Reaching Eagles Around the World
When Sun-Ho Lee, MA’66, first came to Boston College from Korea, he was one of just a few international students on what was then a mostly local, commuter campus.
Quickly overcoming both language and cultural barriers, Lee developed a deep love for the University that continues to this day.
“My connection to BC is everlasting,” says Lee, now a retired banker. “But for many years after I returned home, I struggled in vain to find others in Korea with ties to Boston College.”
Now that has changed, says Lee, thanks to recent University initiatives that are energizing and engaging BC’s international community from Dublin to Dubai.
Already Lee has joined the BC Alumni Association’s active Korea Chapter and, in March, he was an honored guest at a cocktail reception in Seoul.
“Despite the age gap, I love to mingle with those young-blood alumni members,” Lee says. “And it is my earnest wish that this younger generation continue to display a vigorous passion for our alma mater.”
Ellen M. Sullivan ’88, executive director of international advancement, shares that wish. In collaboration with BC alumni and families around the world, she’s organized 24 events in 16 countries in just the last 18 months. Along the way, she’s met with countless parents, students, and others to inspire philanthropy toward BC and build a network that could support future partnerships, student internships, and study opportunities.
“We are developing a robust, dynamic, and fully global community that all alumni can benefit from throughout their lives,” says Sullivan.
Together with BC’s academic programming, these efforts are directly tied to the University’s strategic goals and are a natural outgrowth of its Jesuit heritage. Kathleen Bailey ’76, PhD’01, associate professor of political science, says this type of integrated outreach is vital to fulfilling BC’s mission.
“As a major research university, Boston College must continue to develop meaningful connections throughout the world,” says Bailey, who also serves as associate director of BC’s Islamic Civilization and Societies Program. “The University’s work with alumni is an integral part of our efforts to build relevant and timely programs for students interested in the world beyond our borders.”