May 25, 2006 • Volume 14 Number 18

2006 Finnegan Award Candidates

Elizabeth O'Day

BC Highlights: Organizer, Women in Science & Technology program; confirmation instructor; winner of Beckman, Goldwater, Churchill awards, recommended for Fulbright Fellowship; Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program; Student Leadership Award; women's rugby.

Post-BC Plans: Study at Churchill College, Cambridge University.

Quote: "BC faculty members really try to inspire their students to be the best they can be. Although I still sometimes find myself unsure or questioning whether something will work out, I know BC has prepared me well for whatever lies ahead. The other amazing attribute BC instills in its students is its sense to be man or woman for others. BC and its Jesuit philosophy has really inspired me to not settle for simply being a 'scientist.' BC works hard to ignite a spirit of giving in its students, and through my engagements here I have found great satisfaction giving to others."

Michael Dixon

BC Highlights: First place winner, Dalhousie University Business Ethics Case Competition; Carroll School of Management peer advisor; Haley House service project; volunteer teacher, Spectrum Boys Unit; Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program; student representative on Academic Vice President Executive Search Committee, University Assessment and Planning Initiative Steering Committee.

Post-BC Plans: Analyst at Fidelity Investments, Boston.

Quote: "Working on the AVP search and the Assessment and Planning Initiative was a very rewarding experience. I had a chance to relay students' views, concerns and interests, and I learned so much about the University. Most importantly, I was able to meet a lot of the administration, and I couldn't have been more impressed with their passion for BC."

Christina Pherson

BC Highlights: Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program; resident assistant; nursing tutor, Connors Learning Center; Emerging Leadership Program; Appalachia Volunteers trips to Virginia and Mississippi; volunteer, Boston Living Center for HIV/AIDS patients; instructor, Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped.

Post-BC Plans: Graduate Women's Health Practitioner Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Quote: "Each student at BC seems to have something driving them: volunteerism, sports, academics, friendships and so on. By establishing relationships with people who have so many different interests that may be different from my own, I have expanded my realm of knowledge and increased my interests. I have always felt that volunteering is an important piece of who I am, and BC has provided me with insight of how important it can be. The Jesuit philosophy at BC has taught me that service doesn't ever end. I've learned that through education and advocacy, volunteerism can go beyond a few days in Biloxi, Miss., and contribute to something bigger."

Stephanie Bronner

BC Highlights: Lynch School of Education Dean's List; special events assistant, Children's Hospital Boston Development Office; 48 Hours retreat leader; volunteer for Jesuit Missions project serving HIV victims in Zambia; editor-in-chief of cookbook used for Lynch School service trip fundraising; Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship.

Post-BC Plans: Working with high school students at retreat center near Chicago.

Quote: "The BC community has illumined and exposed me to the inestimable scope of God's presence and action in the world. Through the relationships - both in friends and in mentors - I have found nourished on the Heights, I sense my spirit to be permanently energized, specifically for a life of seeking God's word, whatever form it might take. I have found my faith forged; faith that delight to be found in the world and in whomever I encounter is boundless."

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