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Distinguished Volunteer Awards Dinner

The Distinguished Volunteer Awards Dinner has a long and respected history at Boston College. The Alumni Association is proud to recognize annually several BC alumni, parents, and friends for their varied contributions to the University, to their profession, and to society.

Please visit our Volunteer Award Nominations form to submit your nomination today.

The 2015 Distinguished Volunteer Awards Dinner will take place on Thursday, June 4, at an exciting new venue! Please save the date and check back often for the latest details.

2014 Distinguished Volunteer Tribute Awards


John F. Fish

John F. Fish, P’13

John F. Fish is currently vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Boston College, the first non-alumnus to serve in that role. Fish is the chairman and chief executive officer of Suffolk Construction Company. Under his leadership, Suffolk has grown into one of the most successful privately held general building contractors in the country. Read more

Jim Cleary ’50, H’93, was founder of the Fides and President’s Circle annual giving societies. He was co-chair of the University’s first truly ambitious capital campaign, which began in 1988 and well exceeded its goal. Jim was also the creator of our highly successful Pops on the Heights program. His ideas and energy propelled Boston College’s development program to a new level of achievement. Accordingly, this special award is presented to University Advancement volunteers who have distinguished themselves as masters by providing ideas, energy, and leadership.

Vincent J. Quealy, Jr., '75, P'06, '07, '10

Vincent J. Quealy, Jr., ’75, P’06, ’07, ’10

Vinnie Quealy, Carroll School of Management Class of 1975, has maintained an active association with Boston College over the course of the past 39 years. Quealy began the first of his many volunteer efforts on behalf of Boston College in the late 1970s as a participant in telethon fundraising drives and through his involvement with the Alumni Admission Volunteers. Read more

The highest honor bestowed by the Alumni Association, this award was created in 1936 in honor of its first recipient, William V. McKenney 1915. The award recognizes a Boston College graduate whose outstanding service to a chosen profession, community, or cause reflects honor on the University.

Patricia Randolph Williams, Esq., ’77

Patricia Randolph Williams, Esq., ’77

Patricia Randolph Williams is an active member of the District of Columbia Chapter of the Boston College Alumni Association. She has served on the steering committee of the AHANA Advisory Council and participated in the D.C. Alumni Career Network, and she is the cofounder and co-chair of the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN). Read more

Named after John J. Griffin, Sr., ’35, H’72, who was one of the University’s most dedicated contributors, this award recognizes the crucial role that volunteers play in Alumni Association programming, which is a cornerstone of the University’s advancement efforts. The Griffin Alumni Association Award is presented to an outstanding volunteer whose meritorious service on behalf of Boston College contributed to the advancement of the academic mission of higher education in the Jesuit tradition at the grassroots level of the alumni organization.

Jeremiah F. York ’67, MEd’70, CAES’73

Jeremiah F. York ’67, MEd’70, CAES’73

Jerry York, Schiller Family Head Hockey Coach, is the epitome of what Boston College stands for. Since returning to his alma mater in 1994, York has carried out the University’s motto “Ever to Excel” over and over again. The Watertown, Mass., native is college hockey’s all-time winningest coach, having secured 963 victories over the course of his 42 seasons as a college hockey coach. Having just concluded his 20th season at the Heights, York is four victories shy of his 500th victory as bench boss of the Eagles. Read more

The Curley Award honors an outstanding volunteer who has committed both time and resources to advance the efforts of Boston College and especially the Athletics Department. Named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley 1913, the senior football manager for the 1912 Boston College Eagles and graduate manager of Athletics from 1929 to 1957 who is widely acknowledged as having brought Boston College Athletics into the modern era, this award fittingly recognizes his lifetime commitment to Boston College and the Athletics Department.


2014 Young Alumni Award Recipients



Pablo Beiro '13
James F. Stanton 42 Senior Class Gift Award Recipient

Born in the town of Pedrafigueira in Galicia, Spain, Pablo Beiro grew up in Queens, New York. While completing a double major in economics and English, Beiro worked as a student caller in the University Advancement phone center, calling BC alumni and friends to raise money for the Boston College Fund. In his senior year, he served as co-chair of the Senior Class Gift Committee and became the public face of the highly successful campaign, which broke all previous records for participation. Currently, Pablo is a graduate student at the Carroll School of Management. Following his graduation this spring, he will work for PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.

A dedicated volunteer, James F. Stanton ’42 worked with the students of Boston College in the 1960s to establish the first Senior Class Gift program, with the goal of inspiring lifelong giving to Boston College. In recognition of his efforts, Jim earned the William V. McKenney Award as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 1963, and he received the Presidential Bicentennial Award “Râle Medal” in 1976. The Stanton Award is presented to a past member or members of the Senior Class Gift Committee in recognition of outstanding volunteer service and leadership. The award honors a graduate whose work on the committee exemplifies the many efforts of James F. Stanton ’42 on behalf of Boston College.


Jacquelyn '07 and Timothy Pultorak '07
Philip J. Callan, Sr., 25 Young Alumni Award Recipient

Jacquelyn, who grew up in Massachusetts, and Tim, a central New Jersey native, were brought together by BC even before they started classes. The couple met at freshman orientation in the summer and by September they were dating. The two Carroll School accounting majors began sharing their love for BC while still at the Heights, introducing prospective students to campus through the Day Visit program. Both were leaders on campus. Among their many student activities, Jacqui was president of Women in Business, and Tim was president of the Liturgy Arts Group. Since graduation, they have taken on leadership roles as alumni, serving on their 5th Reunion Committee, the BC GOLD Leadership Council, and as Neenan Society volunteers. They are strong advocates for both continuing engagement and ongoing support of Boston College. The Pultoraks, now both CPAs, live in New Jersey and work in New York City.

A benevolent donor and a remarkable volunteer who inspired countless alumni to become engaged in the life of this University, Philip J. Callan, Sr., ’25 devoted himself not only to volunteer service, but also to the enlistment of others so that the base of Boston College volunteers could grow. In 1977, in recognition of his extraordinary commitment to this University, Mr. Callan was posthumously awarded the William V. McKenney Award for bestowing honor and glory on his alma mater.


Mary Kate Rod Hattan '02
GOLD Alumni Association Award Recipient

Connecticut native Mary Kate Rod Hattan, a biology major, was a member of both the University Chorale and the Hello…Shovelhead comedy troupe at BC. A Nicaraguan immersion trip and a semester studying and volunteering in Ecuador were formative experiences for her, setting her on a path of service both abroad and at home. Following graduation, she joined Building with Books (now buildOn), spending two years helping communities in Nicaragua, Haiti, and New Mexico to build their own primary schools. She came back to the Boston area to work with HomeStart as an advocate for those transitioning out of homelessness. She graduated from the Urban Health Scholars program at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine in 2012 and is now in her residency at the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center in Lawrence, Mass. Mary Kate lives in Somerville with her husband, Patrick.


David LaMattina '03
GOLD Alumni Association Award Recipient

Communication major Dave LaMattina found his life's work through a filmmaking class at BC. Through a grant from the Jacques Salmanowitz Program for Moral Courage in Film, Dave directed and produced a documentary about South African child AIDS activist Nkosi Johnson. He credits that experience and his work as an associate sports editor for The Heights, which taught him both how to interview and how to tell a story, as the inspiration that led him to earn his MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts in 2006. In 2007, Dave cofounded Copper Pot Pictures, where he directed the award-winning documentary Brownstones to Red Dirt, chronicling the pen-pal relationship between a school in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood and refugee children in Sierra Leone. Copper Pot Pictures continues to raise money through film projects to build schools in Sierra Leone. Dave and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Manhattan with their son, Ryer.

This award recognizes an outstanding graduate of the last decade for excellence in a chosen profession, to a community/social cause, or to Boston College. It is intended to recognize those who are truly inspirational to others.

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