Reunion Weekend University President William P. Leahy, SJ, greeted members of the 25th anniversary class at last weekend's reunion. More than 500 alumni and guests from the Class of 1982 attended, and more than 630 classmates contributed to the class gift of $4.2 million--more than raised by each of the past two years' 25th reunion classes. Pictured above from left to right are Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations John Feudo '82, University Trustee Kathleen Corbet '82, Fr. Leahy, Kathy Kasper '82, Mark Bronzo '82, and Diane Bronzo '82. View photos from Reunion Weekend.
Commencement 2007. John M. "Jack" Connors Jr. '63, a founding partner of the marketing communications company Hill, Holliday, Connors, Cosmopulos Inc., welcomed the Class of 2007 to alumni status when he delivered the Commencement speech on May 21. Connors offered the new graduates five pieces of advice for success, among them using imagination, maintaining meaningful relationships, and working for the love of the job. More about Commencement
Patricia Maguire Meservey, Ph.D.'88, has been named president of Salem State College. More
Thomas Regan, SJ '76, provincial superior of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus, delivered the Commencement address at Fairfield University. More
Lisa Signori '90 has been named director of administration and finance for the city of Boston. More
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As the Class of '57 dons its golden wings after celebrating its 50th reunion, BC Connections strolls down Linden Lane and recaptures bits of life on the Heights (thanks to the class yearbook) circa 1957:
- Boston College had fraternities on campus, including Alpha Sigma Nu, the national honor fraternity of Jesuit colleges.
- Among the many on-campus clubs were the Rifle Team, for which campus sharpshooters competed in both local and national matches, and the Skindivers' Club, for individuals who sought enjoyment and relaxation in underwater activities.
- BC's main football rivals were neither national colleges nor ACC powerhouses, but local schools such as Holy Cross, Brandeis, and Boston University.
- The student publications The Heights and Stylus disseminated campus news and creative writing, respectively, as they still do today.
In May, when most students are packing up and leaving campus for the summer, a cadre of volunteers, clad in identical T-shirts and wheeling blue plastic bins, returns to the Heights, heralding the start of another Cleansweep.
This spring, as in each of the past 15 years, over 100 members of the Boston College community helped gather and distribute items such as televisions, radios, microwaves, and clothes, which were left behind by departing students, to some 90 social service agencies and churches in the Boston area.
John McLaughlin '83 founded Cleansweep in 1991 as a practical way to give back to the community. "Cleansweep is great because it brings together so many different parts of the BC family--faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends--for a common cause," explains McLaughlin.
For more information on Cleansweep, visit the website.
According to the Boston College Admissions Office, 15 percent of incoming freshmen in the Class of 2011 are children of BC alumni. This number ranks among the highest in recent history.
To reach out to this special group of BC students and their alumni parents, the Alumni Association last year began hosting two events to bookend their experience. Members of the Class of 2011 and their alumni parents will be welcomed by the Association at one of these events this fall. In four years, the Association will again welcome them--this time into the alumni ranks--at a capstone reception. Pictured above right are members of the Forte and Daley families at a reception for graduating students of alumni that was held on Commencement morning last month. The reception attracted more than 500 guests--alumni fathers, mothers, sisters, and brothers who came together to celebrate the family spirit on the Heights and foster a powerful alumni connection in the future.
College campuses can sometimes be difficult places for students to understand the expectations of the "real world" they will enter upon graduation, yet a Capstone course, Advanced Video Production, taught by Professor William Stanwood aims to do just that.
Capstone courses are designed to give graduating seniors and second-semester juniors a glimpse into life after college. Boston College considers them valuable opportunities for students to review their educational and personal development and prepare for their upcoming careers.
For each of the last 10 years, Stanwood has charged the students in his course with the task of creating a video that highlights the main events on campus in the past year for a professional client, the Boston College Alumni Association. Read more.
View the video here.
Welcome to the Class of 2007
Alumni in the News
New Flock of Golden Eagles
Furnishing the Community
All in the Family
The Real World Close-up
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Boston College football legend and 1984 Heisman Trophy winner Doug Flutie '85 was recently elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. In addition to throwing one of the most memorable 'Hail Mary' touchdown passes in football history, Flutie led BC to a 10-2 record and a Cotton Bowl victory during his 1984 Heisman season.
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The Alumni Association seeks an executive assistant to serve as senior level advisor to the associate vice president for alumni relations, act as liaison to the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and advocate for the Alumni Association staff. For more information, contact Amy Bronson Smith, director of recruitment and training, at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online.
The Westchester County Alumni Chapter will host a discussion with Patrick J. Keating, executive vice president of Boston College, on June 7 at the Apawamis Club in Rye, New York. Pat will share Boston College's 10-year campus master plan and vision for the future. The Fairfield County and New York City chapters, as well as others, are invited to attend.
Baltimore alumni and friends will gather for the first annual crab feast on the waterside at Nick's Fish House in Federal Hill on June 9. More info
The Palm Beach Chapter will host a professional networking event on a monthly basis for local alumni. The June event will take place on Monday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Hotel Biba in West Palm Beach. RSVP to Gael A. Beriro '90 at email@example.com.
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Festivities to celebrate James Joyce's Ulysses will include a panel discussion on the evolving relationship between the Irish and the Jews in Boston, readings by notable Bostonians, music, films, and food. Saturday, June 16, 11:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Bapst Library. Free and open to the public. More
Epicenters, a new online multimedia publication, serves as a showcase for the creativity of those who have influenced or been influenced by the artistic culture of Boston College.
C21 Online is offering Spirituality Matters, a 4-week online course featuring videos with Professor Michael Himes and guided group discussions. The topics include spirituality, prayer, suffering, and community. The course begins June 4 and ends June 29. For more information, visit the website.
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