Alumni, Staff Offer Praise, Gifts For Fr. Monan

Speakers representing different segments of the University community offered brief reflections on the presidency of J . Donald Monan, SJ, as well as several gifts, at the May 1 "Legacy of Excellence" tribute.

Trustee Associate John M. Connors Jr., speaking for the University's benefactors, noted that during Fr. Monan's presidency over 400,000 contributors had donated approximately $300 million.

Representing the student body, Dean Bell '98 (at podium) presented Fr. Monan with a golf club and set of golf togs at the tribute. Seated, from left, are Staff Senate Chairwoman Kathleen Tucker, lead carpenter George Roper and Trustee Associate John M. Connors Jr. (Photo by Gary Gilbert)

"Like the building we are in," Connors said, "everything at Boston College is reinforced with steel, stone, vision and mostly love through the gifts of this great man."

Staff Senate Chair Kathleen Tucker thanked Fr. Monan on behalf of the clerical and support staff for his "quiet leadership and influence," and his sponsorship of the many events and activities "which bring us together for a common cause."

Some presenters also announced or bestowed tokens of gratitude. Alumni Association President John P. Connor Jr. said alumni will donate $10,000 to the Ignacio Volunteer Program this year, and would give $5,000 every year thereafter.

Senior Reference Librarian and Bibliographer Pearl Alberts announced that the Burns Library's Jesuitana Collection would be renamed for Fr. Monan, and presented him with a copy of the collection bookplate.

Associate Athletic Director Reid Oslin said a banner bearing Fr. Monan's name will be raised to the Conte Forum rafters at the start of the next winter sports season.

University Housing Associate Director Robert Jose said the sixth floor lounge at 90 St. Thomas More Drive will now be called the J. Donald Monan, SJ, Conference Room.

Noting Fr. Monan's enthusiasm for technology, Information Processing Support Educational Services Administrator Mary Corcoran presented him with a CD-ROM containing his writings made during his presidency. A copy will also be donated to the University Archives, she added.

On behalf of Buildings and Grounds employees, and trades and union workers, lead carpenter George Roper presented Fr. Monan with a plaque.

Finally, on a lighter note, student body representatives Dean Bell '98 and Stephen Sobhi '98 remarked upon Fr. Monan's golf hobby and presented him with a golf club and golfing outfit.

-S.S.

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