Brennan Symposium in Leadership and Ethics
Established in 2007, the Brennan Symposium for Student Leadership and Ethics is the major initiative of the Francis P. Brennan Fund. Named in honor of Frank Brennan, BC ’39, this annual event is designed to equip the rising set of student leaders with new leadership skills and to foster dialogue among student leaders from different domains. Participants are drawn from the ranks of a variety of student clubs and organizations.
A native of Somerville, son of Irish immigrants, and decorated World War II veteran, Brennan was a longtime leader in the Massachusetts banking and financial communities, and chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Business Development Corporation. Mr. Brennan credited much of his success to being educated by Jesuits at Boston College.
Frank Brennan '39
Saturday, April 6, 2013
2:00 p.m., Fulton Hall 511
Mark Herzlich, a 2010 graduate of Boston College, is a professional football player and linebacker for the New York Giants. Mark attended Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania, where he earned Associated Press Class First-team AAAA All-State honors as senior linebacker when he registered a team-high 153 tackles. He led the Pioneers to back-to-back Central League titles (2004 and 2005) and became the first player in school history to win the team MVP award three times.
Herzlich went on to attend Boston College and played in all 13 games as a true freshman. He earned College Football News Freshman All-American honors; as a sophomore he started all 14 games for the Eagles and finished the season second in total tackles. Herzlich entered his junior season as a preseason all-star candidate. He was named to the Lott Trophy and Butkus Award watchlists prior to the season and finished as a first-team All-American and the ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He led the team with 110 tackles and 81 stops, six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries and also had 13 tackles for a loss.
Herzlich missed the entire 2009 season due to Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame. In 2010 Herzlich returned to the football field and won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award after starting all 13 games and finishing third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops. He received the Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award for overcoming cancer, as well as the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship. In January 2011, he received the "Most Courageous Athlete" award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
On July 26, 2011, Herzlich signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants. Herzlich made the New York Giants final 53 man roster. On November 20, 2011, Herzlich made his first NFL start against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Matt and Sarah Hasselbeck graduated Boston College in 1997. While at BC both Matt and Sarah excelled as student athletes; Sarah was an All-American field hockey goalie, while Matt quarterbacked the Eagles football team. Matt graduated from BC with a degree in marketing and finance.
After graduation Matt entered the National Football League and spent his first three years in the Green Bay Packers organization before joining the Seattle Seahawks in 2001. Matt led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl, while being selected to three Pro Bowls. He joined the Tennessee Titans before the 2011 season. Sarah, who established school records in wins (41), saves (659), and shutouts (19) was inducted into the Boston College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002.
Matt and Sarah have been married almost twelve years and have three wonderful children: Annabelle, Mallorie, and Henry.