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Past News from the Woods College Alumni Council

Happy New Year! As we head into our second semester this school year, we would like to update you on what has happened in the Alumni Council this past year and what’s to come in 2018.

The WCASAC comprises executive and general council members, who serve on three  committees: Programming, Engagement, and Communications & Marketing. This year, we added six general council members, including a student representative from the Woods College.

Headshot of Michael Rodriguez

We have also welcomed a new co-chair, former general council member Michael Rodriguez, to our leadership team. Michael earned his master’s from the Woods College in 2015 and is now director of events and project manager at a nonprofit in Boston called The Trustees, the oldest land conservation in the United States. Michael became involved with the Woods College immediately after graduating because, in his words: “I was working at BC, a place that I grew to love and value, and I thought that being on the council would keep me connected to the BC community.” Michael’s insight has helped tremendously to shape the structure of the council, and we are excited to have him on our leadership team! He is co-chairing the council alongside Lisa Hassan WCAS’97.

During the past year, our goal has been to bring Woods alumni back into the fold of the larger Boston College Alumni Association through engagement opportunities. We began collaborating with the Woods College on football tailgating and Manresa experience events, career panel discussions, service projects, commencement and reunion events, and general networking events such as our signature wine and cheese gatherings at the McMullen as well as basketball and hockey games.

Photo of Rick Reilly

Woods College Alumni Council executive member Rick Reilly WGCAS’03 ran the Welles Crowther 5K in October 2017 as part of the Manresa Experience, hosted by the Woods College of Advancing Studies!

The Woods College has grown significantly over the last two years, and we continue to expand our council and programming to reach our alumni globally. We look forward to our next full council meeting in February, when we will be defining more events for spring 2018.

Meanwhile, we hope you make it to our upcoming events:

BC Men’s Basketball vs. Miami Hurricanes

February 10, 2018

$8 per ticket in section NN; Woods Promotional Code: WOODSBB

Get tickets here!


Woods College Alumni Reception

March 27, 2018

Boston College Club


Please note also: February 15 is the deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 Woods College Alumni Awards. Submit your nominations today for the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Service Award.




Michael Rodriguez WGCAS'15

Executive Committee

Sheyron Banks WGCAS'11, P'11,'16

Abby Blaisdell WCAS'15

Colleen (Carney) Connelly MCAS'91, WGCAS'14, P'19

Jane Crimlisk WCAS'74

Abby Jarvis WGCAS'10

James Nagle WCAS'89

Rick Reilly WGCAS'03, P'19

Sharyl Thompson WGCAS'06


General Committee

Anthony Biondolillo WCAS’15, MCGS’17

Chris Falbo WCAS'14

Les Grant WCAS'91, WGCAS’20

Peter MacInnis WCAS'09

Kevin McCarthy WCAS'12, SSW'15

Milvia Sanchez MCGS'88, WGCAS'00, P'15,'12

Michele Simms WCAS'17

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