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Young Alumni Awards

Every day, alumni and parents strengthen Boston College. Whether as volunteers in specific roles, as informal ambassadors in their regions, or as philanthropic supporters, their involvement makes a difference. Their efforts result in scholarships for students, career guidance and mentoring for graduates, spiritual nourishment for families, teaching resources for faculty, and the enrichment of Boston College’s mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university.

The recent increased presence of young alumni in these roles has been inspiring to Boston College leadership. In recognition of their efforts, five young alumni who best personify the Jesuit motto of “men and women for others” were recognized at the Young Alumni Awards Celebration on Friday, March 21, at the Liberty Hotel in Boston.


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

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 (Shea) Pultorak ’07 and Timothy Pultorak ’07
Philip J. Callan, Sr., ’25 Young Alumni Award
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 and David LaMattina ’03
GOLD Alumni Association Award

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.

View a list of past years' award recipients.

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Young Alumni Awards Celebration

Friday, March 21, 2014
The Liberty Hotel
215 Charles Street
Boston, Massachusetts


Pablo Beiro '13

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.

Jacquelyn '07 and Timothy Pultorak '07

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.

Mary Kate Rod Hattan '02

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

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.

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