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2016 Distinguished Volunteer Award Recipients


Margot Connell, H'09

Margot C. Connell, H’09, BC Parent

Margot C. Connell is the chair of the advisory board of Connell Limited Partnership. She is a member of the Boston College Board of Trustees and a convening co-chair of the Light the World campaign.  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.

Darcel Clark '83

The Honorable Darcel D. Clark ’83

Darcel D. Clark is the 13th district attorney for Bronx County and the first African-American women to hold the office in New York State. She has dedicated her life to public service, and she is a member of the Boston College Board of Trustees. 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.

Whip Saltmarsh '53

Sherman W. "Whip" Saltmarsh, Jr., ’53

Sherman "Whip" Saltmarsh is the founder of Saltmarsh Insurance Agency. He was inducted into the Boston College Varsity Club Hall of Fame in 1991 and is a founding member of the Flynn Fund. 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 Athletic Department. The award is named for BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame member John P. Curley, who is widely acknowledged as having brought BC athletics into the modern era.

Roshan Rajkumar '95

Roshan N. Rajkumar ’95

Roshan N. Rajkumar is a trial attorney in the Minneapolis office of Bowman and Brooke LLP, where he is a partner. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and the University of St. Thomas School of Law. The de facto president of the BC Alumni Association's Minnesota Chapter, he has coordinated more than 160 events in his 20 years as a BC volunteer. 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.

Kathryn Balch '08

Kathryn M. Balch ’08

Kathryn M. Balch works for The Huffington Post, producing live segments for its online video platform, HuffPost Live. She has served as co-chair for the GOLD Leadership Council since 2013. Read more


A benevolent donor and a remarkable volunteer who inspired countless alumni to become engaged in the life of Boston College, 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 Boston College, Mr. Callan was posthumously awarded the William V. McKenney Award for bestowing honor and glory on his alma mater.

Nick Solazzo '15

Nicholas R. Solazzo ’15

Nick R. Solazzo works as a management consultant for Gap International. He was a student supervisor in the BC phone center and served as co-chair of the Class of 2015 Senior Class Gift Committee. Read more

Meghan Dunn '15

Meghan C. Dunn ’15

Meghan C. Dunn joined the 2015 Teach For America Corps in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is now a teacher to 28 energetic third-grade scholars. She was a member of the Student Admission Program and 4Boston, and she served as co-chair of the Class of 2015 Senior Class Gift Committee. Read more


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, Mr. Stanton 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 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.

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