Parents' Council Presents Initiatives

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Boston College Parents' Council kicked off the 1997-98 academic year with a presentation of its current and future initiatives on Sept. 26 in Gasson 100.

University President William P. Leahy, SJ, welcomed the approximately 85 council members with an update on University news and activities. The event also included a talk by Center for International Studies Director Marian St. Onge on foreign study opportunities available through Boston College.

The council is represented by parents of undergraduates from all four classes and varied geographic regions. Its mission is to provide a means of communication between the University and parents, and to help in providing career opportunities for students, increase gifts to BC through the Parents' Fund and special fundraising initiatives.

Parents' Council Executive Committee members are, from left: Toni Curry, Brian Curry, Tina Raia, Sam Raia, Mike Argyelan, Sue Argyelan, Robert Sorokolit, Susan Sorokolit, Mary Ellen Kaplan, Leon Kaplan, Pat Buckley and Jerry Buckley. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
The Parents' Council is chaired by Robert and Susan Sorokolit, who oversee the workings of the five subcommittees and their chairs: Jerry and Patricia Buckley, Career Outreach; Brian and Toni Curry, Parents' Weekend; Leon and Mary Ellen Kaplan, Regional Programs; Michael and Susan Argyelan, Parents' Fund; and Samuel and Tina Raia, Special Projects.

"This is an integral part of the BC experience for parents," said Susan Sorokolit before the Sept. 26 meeting. "The council really strives to build closeness among parents and families, and is a way of keeping a finger on the BC pulse. As the University has become more of a national, and even international institution, it is all the more critical to form and maintain these ties."

Following Fr. Leahy's address, the five subcommittees each gave a brief report on their activities. The Currys commented on the popularity and success of Parents' Weekend, noting the sold-out Pops on the Heights event and the 2,400 tickets purchased for the Sept. 27 supper and pep rally held at the Flynn Recreation Complex.

The Special Projects Committee is continuing to solicit support for the Jesuit Institute, and is helping fund the Middle Campus Project. The committee also is beginning a fundraising campaign for the proposed new campus recreation complex.

The Career Outreach Committee, which has organized a successful career night for the past several years, is seeking to focus on building a network for professions - such as teaching or related to the liberal arts - where the job market might prove difficult for college graduates.

Regional Programs will seek more parents to host or sponsor events for incoming students and their families in areas such as New York City, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. Its members also will work on networking initiatives with those from the Parents' Fund, which is discussing ways of building additional support opportunities at the Fides and President's Circle gift levels.

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