Expanded Opportunities

Expanded Opportunities

Boston College, other Jesuit schools offer exchange program for faculty and staff children

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

It would have been perfectly understandable if James Pustejovsky '03 had elected to attend Marquette University instead of Boston College. Both of his parents are Marquette graduates, and his father, John, is a long-time faculty member at the Jesuit university in Milwaukee.

Current undergraduates who are among those attending Boston College through the Faculty and Staff Children Exchange, or FACHEX, program for Jesuit colleges and universities: (front, L-R) freshmen Michael Scahill and Hannah Nolan-Spohn; (back, L-R) freshmen Catherine Bender and Scott Pearson, James Pustejovsky '03 and Alex Millard '05. (Photo By Lee Pellegrini)
"Jamie grew up at Marquette," said John Pustejovsky, now associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Marquette. "As a little boy, he even used to take his naps in my office.

"We're a Marquette family, so we kind of expected Jamie to go here, too."

That changed when the family visited the BC campus during James' senior year in high school, said John Pustejovsky, who recalled "a perfect fall day" and a "wonderful meeting" with then-College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ. "From that point, Jamie wanted to go to BC."

Thanks to the Faculty and Staff Children Exchange program for American Jesuit colleges and universities, James got his wish, and he has never regretted it - nor have his parents, according to John Pustejovsky.

"I know he's in a fine academic environment and he's on a campus where I know a handful of people who look out for him," said the elder Pustejovsky. "He's also getting a Jesuit education and I know what that means. I have complete confidence in that. I can't imagine a better place for him."

For the past 30 years, children of full-time faculty, administrators and staff eligible for the tuition remission benefit at Boston College and most other Jesuit schools have had the option through FACHEX of applying for the same tuition remission at 27 of the nation's Jesuit colleges and universities.

Since the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities' Conference of Academic Vice Presidents established the FACHEX undergraduate tuition remission program in 1971, hundreds of children of Jesuit school faculty and staff have taken advantage of the opportunity to pursue a Jesuit higher education in institutions other than their own.

Currently, nine children of Boston College employees are attending other Jesuit undergraduate schools through the FACHEX program, while BC has enrolled eight students whose parents work at other Jesuit colleges and universities.

"There are any number of reasons why students choose one college over another," said Human Resources Benefits Director John Burke. "The FACHEX program provides an excellent range of opportunities for employees whose children want a college experience outside of BC."

Employee Relations Director Richard Jefferson, whose son Jeremiah is a senior at Fairfield University, offers more first-hand accolades for the FACHEX program.

Jeremiah had originally been accepted as a freshman at Boston College, Jefferson said, but several factors influenced the young man's final college choice.

"He wanted to go to a smaller school," Jefferson said. "He also wanted to play football in college, but he wanted to play at a pace that was more to his individual preference than a Division 1 program.

"Fairfield was also relatively close to home for us. It's been a wonderful experience for him. He's been very comfortable at Fairfield over the past four years. We are elated."

Children of faculty and staff eligible for tuition remission who wish to apply for the FACHEX benefit are required to apply to the participating Jesuit institution of their choice. At that time, parents must notify Matthew J. Kita, the FACHEX coordinator in BC's Office of Enrollment Management (ext.2-2430) that the child has applied to a participating institution.

After admission decisions have been made, the accepting institution will inform eligible students if they will be offered a FACHEX scholarship which covers the remission of tuition costs, as each institution determines the number of FACHEX grants available in a given academic year.

Jesuit institutions joining Boston College in the FACHEX program are: Canisius College (Buffalo, NY); College of the Holy Cross (Worcester); Creighton University (Omaha, Neb.); Fairfield University (Fairfield, Conn.); Fordham University (Bronx, NY); Gonzaga University (Spokane, Wash.); John Carroll University (University Heights, Ohio); LeMoyne College (Syracuse, NY); Loyola College in Maryland (Baltimore); Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles); Loyola University Chicago; Loyola University New Orleans.

Also, Marquette University (Milwaukee); Regis University (Denver); Rockhurst College (Kansas City, Mo.); St. Joseph's University (Philadelphia); St. Louis University; St. Peter's College (Jersey City, NJ); Santa Clara University (Santa Clara, Calif.); Seattle University; Spring Hill College (Mobile, Ala.); University of Detroit Mercy; University of San Francisco; University of Scranton (Scranton, Pa.); Wheeling Jesuit College (Wheeling, W. Va.); and Xavier University (Cincinnati).

More information on FACHEX is available on-line at www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/enmgt/demo/fachex/fachex.htm.


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