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Jan. 20, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 9

The Council for Women of Boston College hosted Trustees Chairman John Connors Jr., shown with council co-president Kathleen McGillycuddy NC '71, at its semi-annual meeting last fall. (Photo by Suzanne Camarata)

Heightening Alumnae Ties

Beginning its third year, Council for Women of BC upbeat on future

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

The Council for Women of Boston College wants to take the University's alumnae to court.

The basketball court at Conte Forum, that is.

As the inaugural event of this semester's council activities, alumnae and their families are invited to attend the Jan. 29 game between the nationally ranked Boston College women's basketball team and Pittsburgh. The game starts at 1 p.m. and will be followed by a special reception in Power Gymnasium for Council guests that will feature Coach Cathy Inglese and her Eagle players.

"We want to encourage Boston College alumnae to come back and support the school, especially the women's programs," said Sally Driscoll '89, co-chair of the basketball event and a member of the council's initiative committee.

"We certainly would like to see an increased representation of women throughout the University and what better way to do that than to reach out to one of the top basketball teams in the country and a fantastic coach who is very supportive of the council.

"For me, this is everything that the Council for Women of Boston College is all about," added Driscoll. "You can bring your daughter to a game where she can watch some exceptionally successful Boston College student-athletes, and then interact directly with them in a social situation."

The Council of Women for Boston College was established in December of 2002 to heighten women graduates' involvement with the University. The council offers activities related to career management, life skills development, the creation of an alumnae resource network, and the development of both a history of women at Boston College and a council Web site that will be a resource for all women in the University community.

"The council has a very clear mission," said co-chair Kathleen McGillycuddy NC '71. "It is dedicated to furthering the role of women as leaders and active participants in the University. It seeks to shape the future of the University."

Since its founding, the Council for Women has sponsored eight "Beginning the Journey" programs which feature successful women graduates who share their life and career experiences with students and young alumnae. "Our graduates talk about the important issues they faced along their own career paths," McGillycuddy said. "The choices, the roadblocks, the opportunities and decisions - the kinds of things you know these students and young alums are dealing with, and will deal with, along the way."

A "Beginning" seminar held in New York City this fall drew nearly 100 students and recent graduates.

At their semi-annual meeting in October, the council hosted Boston College Trustee Chairman John M. Connors Jr., who offered support and encouragement for the council's work and future.

At next week's BC-Pittsburgh game, the council will host 60 students and teachers from Mother Caroline Academy, a highly successful Catholic middle school in Dorchester. Marilee Bell '87, a founding member of the council and a director at Mother Caroline Academy, says this partnership is still another aspect of the council's contributions.

"The overall mission of the council is to provide meaningful programs and different volunteer opportunities for women - both alumnae and undergraduate - from Boston College. To provide an opportunity for women at BC to reach out to these young girls and help them is a great connection for everybody. This gives us another chance to get involved at that young age to support these girls in their life endeavors and, at the same time, work with other alumnae.

"I know the girls are very excited about this," said Bell. "And so are we."

Tickets for the BC-Pittsburgh game are $2 if purchased through the council. Contact Nichole Huard in the University Development office at ext. 2-9175 or nicole.huard@bc.edu for additional information and ticket reservations.

The Council for Women at Boston College Web site is at www.bc.edu/friends/volunteer/cwbc/.

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