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Undergraduate Government of Boston College President Al Dea. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

'Six to Remember': Seniors Who Made an Impact

Conversations with some outstanding members of the Class of 2010 about their life and times at BC
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By Sean Smith | Chronicle Editor
Published: May 13, 2010
'Six to Remember' is a series of short profiles on some of the most outstanding members of the Class of 2010. From scholars to activists to volunteers, this class had a special mix of talent, leadership and drive.

Al Dea

Hometown: Rochester, NY

Major: Marketing and Theology

Notable Activities: Undergraduate Government of Boston College President 2009-10; UGBC Senator, Senate President and Vice President; Orientation Leader; Resident Assistant; participant in Pedro Arrupe Program

Post-Graduation Plans: Working for Deloitte Consulting in Boston.

Overview: Before he came to BC, Alex Dea ran for student government five years in a row, and lost each time (he finally won the student body presidency in his senior year of high school). He brought this strong desire for public service to the Heights, and became involved at all levels of UGBC until he won the presidency at the end of his junior year. A hallmark of his administration with UGBC Vice President Alex Hirs '10 has been outreach, especially to less visible segments of the BC student population.

Q: What made you decide to attend Boston College?
I went to a Jesuit High school, and I felt the Ignatian values really spoke to me. The Jesuits helped me find myself.  My sister was a student here, so I had a sense of what the atmosphere at BC was like, and it seemed to me I could continue experiencing the same educational and formational opportunities - and more - if I chose to enroll.

Q: It seems that government and public service has such a negative image nowadays. What is the attraction for you?
I just think that leadership is a very positive way to live your life. You have an opportunity not many have: the ability to serve on behalf of others, which is very humbling.

At UGBC, our major goal is to improve student life. The best way to accomplish this is to focus on a simple point: Students call this place home, so what are the things we can do to help them get as much as possible out of their BC experience? Sometimes it might involve a real bread-and-butter issue, like improving the academic advising system. But it also has to do with, say, putting a GPS system on the shuttle buses so students know when the next bus is coming, or arranging for shuttle service to Watertown. Those are the things that can be meaningful in the day-to-day lives of students.

Q: In what aspect of your UGBC presidency do you take particular pride?
We felt there were pockets of high-needs students UGBC should reach out to, so that they had opportunities to enjoy student life the same as anyone else. So we worked with offices to offer tickets to these students so they could attend campus events they might not otherwise have been able to because of the cost.

Reaching out is the most critical part of leadership. I have talked with so many people who said, "I never knew about UGBC or what it did until you reached out." If we want people to be involved or taken an interest in government, whether it's at the college level or anywhere else, you have to show your care about them and the issues they're facing.

Q: Who are the people who made a difference in your life at BC?
While there definitely are a laundry list of people, I would say Elizabeth "Biz" Bracher in the office of First Year Experience as well as Mike Sacco in the Intersections Office were a major influences. Both have played a pivotal role in my development at BC and have helped me make some of my biggest decisions. I consider them like family.

Q: What do you think you'll take with you from BC?
Being a student at the Carroll School of Management has taught me how to do business, and how to work with others to make that business successful. Studying theology, I've learned what it means to be a human being in this world, and how humans relate to one another. So I hope that I can find a way to combine these elements, to do business that brings people up, and helps them to work together.

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