Boston College to Salute Fr. Monan on Wednesday


Boston College trustees, administrators, faculty, students and friends will commemorate the 24-year presidency of J. Donald Monan, SJ, at a special University-wide tribute next Wednesday, May 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Conte Forum.

Most administrative offices will close at 3:30 p.m. that day, with the exception of those needed to support regularly scheduled classes and examinations, according to an announcement by Vice President for Human Resources Leo V. Sullivan.

A parade led by the Screaming Eagles Marching Band will start at 3:30 p.m. on the Campus Green in front of McElroy Commons. It will procede past O'Neill Library, the Hillsides residence halls, Robsham Theater, and Walsh and Edmonds halls, gathering students, faculty and staff on the way to Conte Forum.

Academic Vice President and Dean of Faculties William B. Neenan, SJ, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, "A Legacy of Excellence: Boston College Celebrates J. Donald Monan, SJ." A slate of speakers will discuss Fr. Monan's achievements and recall his life and times at Boston College.

Fr. Monan will conclude the event with his own remarks.

The first part of the tribute, "The Legacy and Its Making," will feature comments by Board of Trustees Chairman Geoffrey T. Boisi, Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella, Prof. Robert Faulkner (Political Science) and Prof. Mary Brabeck (SOE), as well as a video presentation produced by the Office of Public Affairs.

In "A Family Tribute," speakers representing a cross-section of the University community will offer comments on Fr. Monan's career. Presenters will include Trustee Associate John M. Connors Jr., Information Processing Support Educational Services Administrator Mary Corcoran, Associate Athletic Director Reid Oslin, Buildings and Grounds Lead Carpenter M. George Roper, Staff Senate Chair Kathleen Tucker, Senior Reference Librarian and Bibliographer Pearl Alberts, University Housing Associate Director for Residential Life Robert Jose and Alumni Association President John P. Connor Jr.

The event also will include musical performances by University groups and individuals, and a video presentation produced by Assoc. Prof. Peter Olivieri (CSOM) titled "The Unknown Father Monan."

"A Legacy of Excellence" is open to all administrators, faculty, staff and students.

- S.S.

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