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SCHOLARSHIP IN ACTION
Jennifer Castro ’26 receives the annual BC Strong Scholarship
Each year, the BC Strong Scholarship celebrates a student with a physical disability who has overcome adversity. Jennifer Castro ’26, a marketing major in the Carroll School of Management who was born without a left arm below the elbow, is its most recent recipient.
Director of Undergraduate Admission Grant Gosselin, who selected Castro for the scholarship, says she epitomizes the spirit of “BC Strong.”
“Jen is an individual who is incredibly talented both academically and athletically and who fits everything the scholarship is about,” he says. “She shares her gifts and talents with the BC community.”
Castro speaks from the heart about the everyday challenges—from riding a bike to tying her shoes—she faced growing up, due to her disability. And then there was the emotional pain of being viewed as “different.” “As I would walk in my mother’s shadow, I always seemed to pass the little boy or girl who would tug on their own mother and say in a loud whisper, ‘Mommy, what’s wrong with that girl’s arm?’” she recalls.
Castro ultimately learned to embrace her condition with the help of a loving family and supportive community and became a star athlete in lacrosse and basketball, captaining her high school basketball team at the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut. In school, she excelled in the classroom and in athletic competition and was a mentor for young kids with disabilities.
“After high school ended, I was afraid that I would never again experience the warmth that the Canterbury community provided me,” Castro admits. “However, at BC, I have been welcomed into one of the best places I could be by a community that is just as warm. I can’t wait for my next chapter to unfold at Boston College.”
FACULTY LEADERSHIP IN ACTION
New dean named for Boston College Law School
Marianne D. Short, Esq., Dean and Professor of Law
After a nationwide search, Boston College named Odette Lienau, professor of law and former associate dean for faculty research and intellectual life at Cornell University Law School, as the inaugural Marianne D. Short, Esq., Dean at BC Law School. A distinguished legal and political scholar and internationally renowned expert on sovereign debt issues, Lienau has centered her research and teaching interests on international economic law, debtor-creditor relations, international politics, and political and legal theory. She has served as a consultant and expert for the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank.
BC Law School Founders Professor Mary Sarah Bilder, who served on the search committee, calls Lienau an “extraordinary scholar, inspirational leader, and imaginative problem-solver with an abiding faith that global and local communities can be improved through thoughtful and respectful intellectual engagement.”
EAGLES IN ACTION
Marathon Monday brought a morning Flo Rida concert to campus
Rapper Flo Rida, headliner of BC’s annual Marathon Monday festivities, snapped a selfie while being simultaneously photographed by a crowd of cheering students. Capturing the entire scene was Charlotte Ward ’25, whose photo was posted by the official Boston College account on Instagram. The mutual appreciation continued, with Flo Rida commenting on Ward’s pic with a series of emojis.