May 2008

May 2008 Events Calendar

May 1

MFA Thesis Exhibition Five artists in the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts display their work. Tufts University Art Gallery, through May 18. Opening reception: May 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Artists' talk, with MFA thesis candidates, Thursday, May 8, 6 p.m. Free and open to the public. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Information: call 617-627-3518 or visit the Gallery's Web site.

Highlights from the Dorothy M. Skinner and John S. Cook Art Bequest Features 18 works of modern European and American art donated to the university by Dorothy M. Skinner, J52, and John S. Cook. Includes works by Jean Arp, Max Ernst, Henry Moore, Joan Miró and David Smith. Tufts University Art Gallery, Koppelman Gallery, through May 18. Opening reception: May 1, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursdays until 8 p.m. Information: call 617-627-3518 or visit the Gallery's Web site.

Catholic Mass Ascension Thursday Goddard Chapel, 5:15-6:15 p.m.

May 2

Final Examinations Through May 9.

Softball NESCAC Tournament, Tufts vs. Williams at Wesleyan, time TBA.

May 3

Flute Recital Senior flutist Alyssa Tomm presents her final Tufts concert. Free, no tickets or reservations required. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, 5 p.m.

May 4

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine "Tufts Goes West: An Overview of Practical Clinical Topics for Veterinarians and Technicians," course director: Dr. Elizabeth Rozanski. Sheraton Monarch Place, Springfield, Mass., 8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Information: go to; phone 508-887-4723, or e-mail

Baseball Tufts at Babson, doubleheader, 1 p.m.

Catholic Mass Goddard Chapel, 10 p.m.

May 5

Office of Sustainability: Eco Ambassador Do you want to make your office at Tufts greener? Are you interested in learning more about today's biggest environmental challenges and how they relate to the workplace? Apply to become an eco ambassador and start helping. This new program for campus staff will run throughout the fall semester. For more details and to submit an application online, visit Application deadline is Friday, May 30. Contact Tina Woolston at the Office of Sustainability, 617-627-5517, or with questions.

Clinical Research Symposium The Tufts Medical Center Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies holds its 10th annual Clinical Research Symposium. Fellows in the Clinical Research Graduate Program will present their research in the form of academic posters and a series of 10-minute oral presentations. Open to members of the Tufts community and to all health-care professionals. A light breakfast will be served. Tufts Medical Center, Wolff Auditorium, 750 Washington St., 8 a.m. to noon. Boston campus.

May 7

Occupational Therapy Lecture "Using Music and Auditory Feedback to Facilitate Motor Recovery after Stroke: From Brain Imaging Studies to Clinical Practice," Amir Lahav, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Granoff Music Center, Room 155, noon-1 p.m.

May 8

William Shucart Neuroscience Lecture "Neural Stem Cells and Brain Development," Pasko Rakic, Yale University. Jaharis Center, Behrakis Auditorium, 4 p.m. Boston campus.

MFA Thesis Exhibition Artists' talk with MFA thesis candidates, in conjunction with exhibition of contemporary art. Information: call 617-627-3518 or visit the Gallery's Web site. Tufts University Art Gallery, 6 p.m.

May 9

Baseball NESCAC Tournament, time TBA.

May 10

14th Annual Vet Olympics and BBQ Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Phelps Field, noon-5 p.m. Grafton campus.

May 11

Ecumenical Worship Service With Ann Penick, Catholic chaplain, and the Rev. Jeff VonWald, Protestant chaplain. Goddard Chapel, 8 p.m.

May 12

Senior Week Today through May 16. For more information, visit

May 16

Muslim Service Crane Room, Paige Hall, 1 p.m. Information: University Chaplain's Office, 617-627-3427.

Shabbat Evening Services (Reform and Conservative) Granoff Family Hillel Center, 6 p.m. Dinner ($18; $8 for children under 10) at 7:30 p.m. Information: 617-627-3242.

May 17

Spring Yard Sale The Tufts Educational Day Care Center spring yard sale, with proceeds benefiting the Children's Memorial Scholarship Fund. Information: 617-627-3412. Donations may be dropped off at the Day Care Center between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. from May 12 to 16. 165 Holland St., Somerville; rain or shine, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Tisch Library Open House Friends and alumni are invited to take self-guided tours, view the 2008 reunion classes exhibit and relax in the Tower Café, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Shabbat Morning Service (Conservative), followed by Kiddush. Granoff Family Hillel Center, 10 a.m. Information: 617-627-3242.

Renewal of Marriage Vows Goddard Chapel, 11 a.m.-noon. All members of the Tufts community are invited to renew their vows in the chapel. Information: Chaplain's Office, 617-627-3427.

Graduation Recital Senior music majors, minors and longtime ensemble members give one last performance before graduating from Tufts. Free and open to the public. Granoff Music Center, Distler Performance Hall, noon. Information: 617-627-3564.

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony Goddard Chapel, 1:30 p.m.

Baccalaureate Service The traditional baccalaureate service, which honors graduating seniors at Tufts, began in 1865. "Baccalaureate" technically means a sermon to a graduating class, and for most of Tufts' history, the inspirational message has been delivered by the university president. In recent years, the baccalaureate has been an interfaith service, with all university chaplains organizing and participating in the service. Family and friends are invited to attend. The winner of the Wendell Phillips Award will speak, and members of the senior Baccalaureate Committee and the chaplains will present readings and prayers. There are also hymns and musical offerings by soloists and instrumentalists. Fletcher Field, 3 p.m.

Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony Cohen Auditorium, 1:30 p.m.

Roman Catholic Mass Goddard Chapel, 5:30 p.m. Information: Catholic Center, 781-391-7272.

Candlelight Procession Up the Hill Starting at the Mayer Campus Center patio, 10:45 p.m.

Top of the Hill Tribute/Illumination Ceremony Ceremonial welcome to Tufts' newest alumni, the Class of 2008. Goddard Chapel terrace, 11 p.m.

May 18

Commencement Day Phase I All-university ceremony begins with the academic procession. Academic Quad, 9 a.m.

Commencement Day Phase II Diploma presentation ceremonies for individual schools and departments. Various campus venues, 11:30 a.m. For a listing of locations of diploma ceremonies, go to

May 19

Residence Halls Close for graduating students.

May 21

Summer Session First session starts.

May 26

Memorial Day University holiday.

Editor's note: The deadline for Calendar submissions for the June issue of the Tufts Journal is Tuesday, May 27. Submissions may be e-mailed to or you may send Calendar announcements to Barbara Lewis, Office of Publications, 80 George Street, Medford campus.

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