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Dec. 2, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 7

New Alumni Club Reaches Out to Grads in Greater Boston Area

A newly launched Boston College Alumni Club chapter will provide social, spiritual and service opportunities for the University's nearly 60,000 graduates living in the Greater Boston area, BC's largest alumni cluster.

The new chapter was formally launched on Nov. 3 when more than 200 area alumni attended a kickoff reception in the Heights Room at Corcoran Commons to hear guest speaker Dennis Lehane, a best-selling author of Boston-based mystery books.

"We were really excited by the turnout," said Alumni Association Assistant Director for Alumni Chapters Victoria Watchko. "We had recent grads and we had some from as far back as the Class of 1954."

Watchko said the new chapter evolved from the former Young Alumni Club, which was primarily geared for recent graduates up to 10 years out of school. "It was a very active organization," Watchko said, "but there was nothing past the Young Alumni Club to service the needs and desires of alumni wanting to stay connected."

Watchko says members of the new organization will be offered a wide variety of activities to choose from. "We are asking them to conduct events in relation to community service, to spirituality, as well as additional social events throughout the year."

Kim O'Neill '97 and J.R. Craven '96 are heading up the chapter's initial organization, Watchko said. The chapter will be involved in the Alumni Association's Winter Wonderland family event on Sunday, Dec. 5, and leaders will be meeting with fellow alumni volunteers to plan a spring schedule of activities.

"I expect that in a year or so, the Boston Chapter will be the flagship of the whole program," said Senior Alumni Association Associate Director John F. Moynihan. "We are really trying to reconnect our graduates back with the reasons why they went to Boston College.

"Whether it's Church in the 21st Century, or FanFest at a football game or some of the cultural activities, we are looking at a wide array of things to offer our alumni," Moynihan said.

Alumni interested in joining the Boston chapter may contact the Alumni Association office at (617)552-4700 or through the Association's Web page at www.bc.edu/friends/alumni/. -Reid Oslin

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