Alumni Connections

Parents' Weekend
Photograph: Matthew Hakola

Families Unite for Parents' Weekend. More than 1,500 families weathered a rainy fall weekend in Chestnut Hill to celebrate Parents' Weekend on the Heights. While the rain didn't relent, neither did the excitement on campus. Among the weekend highlights, the Boston Pops Orchestra and guest soloist Brian Stokes Mitchell played to a full house in Conte Forum, and the BC Eagles shut out the Rhode Island Rams 42-0 in Alumni Stadium. Pictured above, Cecily Delapena '11 was joined on campus by her parents, Deanne and Wilfredo.

New Alumni Application for Facebook

Facebook, Inc.

Do you want to broaden your Boston College online experience? A new Boston College Alumni Connections application built on the Facebook platform is now available! When you log into Facebook and add the application to your profile, you will gain unlimited access to the following BC Alumni Online Community features and much more:

—updating your directory profile information
—posting your resume
—searching for classmates

To add the application to your profile, visit the home page and select "Add Application." Once you have added the application, you can select the hyperlink, “Link your Facebook account,” to link your Facebook record to your BC Alumni Online Community record.

Upcoming Alumni Events

Help Feed the Hungry — October 10

Come join other BC alumni to serve meals to needy families in Lawrence, Massachusetts, at the Cor Unum (“One Heart”) Meal Center, which feeds up to 600 people every day. Once a month, a group of alumni give a few hours of service, 4:00–7:00 p.m., to this worthwhile outreach. To volunteer, contact Dianne Duffin at 617-552-1171 or by October 6.

A Run to Remember: The Welles Remy Crowther 5K — October 25

Welles Crowther

The late Welles Remy Crowther '99

The 4th annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run will take place on the Heights on Saturday, October 25, at 9:00 a.m. The race honors Welles Remy Crowther '99, an equity trader who gave his life saving others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Learn more of Welles's story and register.

Fall Tradition: Annual Alumni Memorial Mass — November 2


Boston College will hold its traditional annual Memorial Mass to remember all its deceased alumni and friends on Sunday, November 2, at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity Chapel on the Newton Campus. Immediately following Mass, all are invited to a reception at Alumni House. RSVP to Carol Quintiliani at 617-552-4753 or

Veterans Memorial Mass — November 11

The ninth annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony will be held on Veterans Day, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. in Gasson 100. The event honors those Boston College veterans who gave their lives in the line of duty. The guest speaker will be General John J. Sheehan '62, USMC (ret). An update on the Boston College Veterans Memorial will follow the Mass and ceremony. The Mass is open to the public, and all are welcome.

Alumni in the News

Jeanette Clough '82

Jeanette Clough '82

Jeanette Clough '82, president and CEO of Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has helped engineer the hospital's financial turnaround. More

Diana Leddy '81, an elementary school teacher in South Strafford, Vermont, was named Vermont's teacher of the year. More

Will McDonough '02 has a unique working relationship with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. More

More news stories about alumni

Upcoming Chapter Events

D.C. Networking Night — October 16

The Alumni Association Career Services Committee, in partnership with the Washington, DC, and Baltimore Chapters, is hosting "Perspectives in Today’s Media," a networking night for all alumni. 6:30–9:00 p.m., The University Club, Washington, DC. More

Gene DeFilippo in Dallas — October 22

The Alumni Association and the Dallas Chapter cordially invite alumni and friends to a reception featuring Gene DeFilippo, director of athletics. The reception will take place at Trece, 4513 Travis Street, Dallas, 6:00–8:00 p.m. Gene will address alumni at 6:30 p.m. Voted "Best Mexican Restaurant" by the Dallas Observer, Trece is made available through the courtesy of Paul Fulchino '69. RSVP by Thursday, October 16, to alumnichapters@bc.eduor 617-552-4700.

Find out about your chapter's upcoming events.

2009 Travel Study Programs


Several exciting destinations await alumni travelers in 2009, including the Galápagos Islands, Peru, and the Dalmatian Islands. Book now to save on most trips, and get ready to experience the joys of traveling with fellow alumni and friends. Reflecting on their trip in April to Dordogne, France, Jane and Joe Gannon '68, JD'72, P’01, offered, "Our accommodations and meals were excellent and every detail was covered. We applaud all those involved in making our BC alumni experience one to remember and we look forward to attending more in the years to come." Discover more.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Ignatian Family Teach-in

(From left) Rev. Leo Shea, M.M., '60, Bob Hart '60, MSW'62, and John Moynihan '64 represented BC alumni at last year's Teach-In.

Join fellow BC alumni for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) to be held November 21-23 in Columbus, Georgia. The annual event's goals are trifold: to commemorate the Jesuits and laywomen who were martyred in El Salvador in 1989, to call for an end to unjust institutions, and to reflect on the Jesuit commitment to justice. Each year, dozens of Jesuit high schools and universities as well as many Jesuit parishes are represented. Last year, the Boston College Alumni Association became the first alumni organization to send a delegation.

If you are interested in joining the BC alumni contingent, contact John Moynihan '64 at 617-558-5252 (w), 781-598-8981 (h), or For more information, visit the event website.

Volunteers Converge on the Heights

First Year Student Convocation

Cory Williams '04 and Sara McCarthy '90 were among the 70 alumni volunteers who participated in the first Volunteer Summit.

More than 70 alumni returned to campus for the first Volunteer Summit on September 19-20. The summit offered alumni volunteers an opportunity to reconnect with one another and build a deeper connection to BC. Highlights included a lunch with Father Leahy; an "insider's look" at today's BC with Jack Dunn, director of Public Affairs; volunteer training sessions; entertainment by Seamus Connolly and friends; and much more.

To become more involved with your alma mater, visit the volunteer website.

Reconnect: AHANA Reunion

AHANA Reunion

Join alumni and friends such as Jacqueline Renaye Henry-Rafiq '88 and Aftab Rafiq at the AHANA Reunion in July.

Save the dates July 17–19, 2009 for a special weekend on campus to celebrate BC's 10,000+ African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American (AHANA) graduates. The occasion also will mark the 30th anniversary of the University's decision to recognize its diverse student body with the acronym AHANA. The event promises to be the largest ever gathering of AHANA alumni, and will feature festivities sure to strengthen the bonds among graduates across the decades. All alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome to take part.

First Year Students Welcomed to BC

First Year Student Convocation

(From left) Emily Brady '04, MA'07, Alison Casey '05, MA'07, Cara Caponi '08, Robinson Murphy '06, MA'08, and Taryn Marino '04, LGSOE '12, visited the Heights to participate in First Year Academic Convocation.

On September 17, nearly 100 alumni, including many Golden Eagles of the Class of 1959, gathered on the Academic Quad for a reception prior to First Year Academic Convocation. Before processing to Conte Forum to hear a speech by J.R. Moehringer, author of The Tender Bar, the freshmen class lined up by dorm along Linden Lane. There, faculty and administrators welcomed them to Boston College and invited them to "set the world aflame."

A Legacy to Uphold

Freshmen Legacy Event

Allie '12 and her father Larry Burak '82.

More than 300 people gathered in the Murray Room in the Yawkey Athletic Center on August 29 for a First Year Student Reception. Hosted by the Alumni Association, the occasion brought together incoming freshmen and their alumni family members, much the way the Senior Legacy Breakfast, which occurs before graduation, will again for these families.

October 2008

In This Issue

New Application for Facebook
Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumni in the News
Upcoming Chapter Events
Alumni Travel Study 2009
Ignatian Teach-In for Justice
Volunteer Summit 2008
AHANA Reunion
First Year Convocation
First Year Student Reception

A BC Halloween

BC Halloween

Alumni are invited to submit Halloween photos displaying BC pride such as this image sent in by Ken Pierce '79, former Alumni Association president. Send photos to

BC News

Carroll School Launches New Ethics Course

"Portico," a new business ethics course at the Carroll School of Management, allows undergraduates to grapple with ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Read more.

More campus news.

A Year in Review

Year in Review

The past year was a great one for the Alumni Association, which offered nearly 500 events and programs involving more than 30,000 alumni. Discover more highlights and photos from the 2007-2008 Alumni Association Year in Review (PDF).

Hit the Road with the Eagles

BC Football

Join the Eagles on the road in October and November with Dodds Athletic Tours. When you book an official Alumni Association football weekend tour, your accommodations, game tickets, and exclusive BC pregame events are all included. Options are also available for people interested only in day trips.

Upcoming road games include key matchups against NC State, UNC, and Florida State. Find out more and register.

2009 BC Hockey Tickets on Sale

Excited for the start of hockey season as the Eagles try to repeat as national champions? "Champion" is a short video of highlights from last year's memorable season. The video also provides a link to purchase tickets.

Go Green and Grow Your Faith!

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, five non-credit C21 Online courses are offered in October, including "What Makes Us Catholic," "Christian Faith and Moral Character," and "Sacraments in the Lives of Catholics." This is user-friendly, schedule-friendly faith renewal as close as your computer! For more information, contact Christine Kowalcky at or visit the website.

Support Coach Jags!

Vote for Coach Jagodzinski for the 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. The award honors the college football coach who best demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on and off the field.

A Campus Calendar

Interested in coming back to campus? Check out what else is happening on the Heights in October. More

Alumni Medical Insurance Program

The Alumni Association sponsors both short term and permanent medical insurance for those who need temporary coverage or need to purchase individual insurance. Products are available for new graduates waiting to begin a new job, self-employed workers, freelancers, and virtually anyone searching for coverage. For more information about plans available in your state, call 800-635-7801 or visit the website.

Win a Chance to Cheer on the BC Eagles!

Enter your child's youth sports team for the chance to become the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Team of the Game. If you win, your team will receive tickets to a BC Eagles football game! For more information, visit the website.

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