Alumni and friends,
Greetings from Campion Hall!
Last month, our community celebrated the graduation of 188 undergraduates and 417 master’s and doctoral students in the class of 2012. I reflected during this time on the achievements of our remarkable students and faculty, and the signal contributions our alumni have made to educational and social change in local, national, and international arenas.
The class of 2012 will augment and enhance the distinguished network of Lynch School alumni who transform our nation and the world as teachers, school leaders, university faculty, student affairs administrators, researchers, public policy makers, human services professionals, and mental health leaders. Lynch School graduates can be counted among national trailblazers who shape policy on college access and financial aid, spearhead efforts to provide quality mental health services to veterans, and advance teaching and research on developmental disabilities and bilingual education.
Within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alone, more than 650 practicing teachers are Lynch School graduates, with many more teaching across the nation and around the globe. Boston College is also the largest single educator of superintendents across the state. The 24 recent graduates of our Professional School Administrator Program (PSAP) doctoral program will bolster those ranks.
In this issue of eColloquia, you will read about the wide reach of Lynch School students, alumni, and faculty. Our feature stories cover a career networking panel of six alumnae in various fields of education and beyond; the work of Professor Usha Tummala-Narra, who is applying her extensive research on immigration in the United States to the shaping of national policy; and the accomplishments of six Lynch School recipients of University-wide leadership awards. Of course, we bring you faculty and alumni notes as well.
I congratulate all of our students who graduated in May, and look forward with excitement to learning of your contributions to the Lynch School’s aspiration to enhance the human condition, to expand the human imagination, and to make the world more just. I applaud all of our alumni who contribute to the impact of the Lynch School, and invite all of you to stay connected with us so that students and other graduates can benefit from our rich alumni network.