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San Diego Chapter Spring 2015 Newsletter

BC’s SD Chapter will be active this spring and summer, and we hope you can find the time to join us! As a Boston College community here in San Diego we welcome all alumni, parents, friends, and family. It looks like many of you did not know we exist, so WELCOME! Our events bring together Eagles of all ages, and we rarely have an event with only one age group, so we hope to see you soon.

Connect with fellow San Diego Eagles and keep a lookout for an upcoming north county social and Padres game outing on our social media pages:

Recent Events

March 2015: Los Penasquitos Canyon Hike and Lunch

(From L to R) Alison Kasterko ‘95, Mike Kasterko, Yonette Hobson ‘01, Vince Kotchian ‘97, Julie Cunningham, Rachel Cunningham ‘00, Brian Tsu ‘00, Lissa Tsu ‘00, Bradley Cunningham, Margot Tsu, 3.5 years, Ivan Huang(in BC hat) P’17 and family. Not pictured Chris Lamb ‘07 and Adrienne Choi, and Walid Soussou ‘95 and Mazen 1.5 yrs).
From front to back, Mazin(1.5 yrs.), Bradley Cunningham, Rachel Cunningham ‘00, Adrienne Choi, Chris Lamb ’07.

On a warm March morning over fifteen BC alumni, parents of current students, friends and family hiked the 6.2 mile trail to and from the waterfalls at Los Penasquitos Canyon.

The group, aging from 1.5 to 83 even traversed the waterfalls and took the north trail back for lunch. It was nice to connect about familiar BC stories, the upcoming BC reunion for at least 6 of the group, and staying connected all the way out on the west coast.

Alumni Profile

Rita L. Hanscom JD’80

Rita attended the University of Hawaii for her undergraduate degree, and then Boston College for her J.D. As a lawyer for 35 years, she has had five career changes: civil litigator at a large law firm, law professor at a small law school, Pro-Tem Judge for the Juvenile Court, deputy district attorney, and state prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office. She has been married for 33 years and has two grown children. As a hobby, she started competing in masters track and field when she was 47 and in 2009 was selected the best female athlete in the world, receiving a luxury trip to Monaco to meet Prince Albert and Sir Sebastian Coe and receive her award at a formal gala with other Olympic stars. She has continued to compete at world championships and has several age-group world and American records in the decathlon and heptathlon. Her favorite events are pole vault, high jump, and hurdles.


How did you choose Boston College?
It was the farthest away from Hawaii, where I spent my undergrad years, and I thought it would give me the greatest opportunity to explore the northeastern U.S.

What is your favorite memory from when you were at school?
Watching the BC fans tear down the goal posts after a rare win.

What was your favorite spot on the Heights?
The sports complex

Why and when did you move out to San Diego?
I had a summer clerkship and then received a job offer after graduation.  San Diego seemed a good choice if I wasn’t going back to Hawaii.

What do you do now here in San Diego?
Deputy Attorney General with the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse

How do you think the BC Alumni SD Chapter can engage more alumni?
That’s an interesting question.  Everyone has various reasons for joining an alumni group.

What is something you learned at BC that you have carried with you?
Just thinking back brings a flood of memories. I made wonderful friends, I saw beautiful places, I’m happy to have spent a significant amount of time living in that part of the country and my legal education was fabulous. I would recommend BC to anyone.  

Upcoming Events

Museum Morning and Lunch

Join fellow San Diego Eagles on Saturday, May 16, at 10 a.m. for a morning at the NAT, the Natural History Museum, followed by lunch at The Prado at Balboa Park.

We'll gather at the museum at 10 a.m. and spend time at the new permanent exhibit, Coast to Cactus, which provides a broad look at the wide range of environments that grace our larger "neighborhood."

Attendees can view other exhibits and/or view a showing of the 3D Tiny Giants at 11 a.m. The NAT describes it this way: "Come on an extraordinary adventure into magical worlds beneath our feet that most of us never see. From BBC Earth and narrated by Stephen Fry (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Tiny Giants 3D is the story of a day in the life of two little heroes, a scorpion mouse and a chipmunk. You’ll be transported into their astonishing world, showing that the smaller you are the bigger the adventure. Groundbreaking cinematography and cutting edge 3D achieve an incredible immersive intimacy that allows audiences to truly see and feel what life is like when you’re under one foot tall."

At noon, we'll gather at The Prado nearby for lunch.

When: Saturday, May 16
           10 a.m. Natural History Museum
           12 p.m. The Prado

Where: San Diego Natural History Museum
             1788 El Prado
             San Diego, Calif.

Please pay and register here by May 8


San Diego Chapter's Second Annual Alumni Mass and Breakfast

Please join the San Diego Chapter on Sunday, June 7, at 10:30 a.m. for our second annual alumni Mass. We are very happy to again welcome Reverend Peter Gyves, S.J., '73, MA'94, S.T.L.'08, associate pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the only Jesuit parish in San Diego. Fr. Gyves holds three degrees from Boston College, an M.D. from Georgetown University, and is a pediatrician by training. Immediately following Mass, the chapter will host a breakfast reception in the garden behind the chapel at Cathedral Catholic School, which will be a great opportunity to gather and catch up with friends.

When: Sunday, June 7, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Cathedral Catholic High School
             5555 Del Mar Heights Road, San Diego, Calif.
             Parking is available off Old Carmel Valley Rd.

Register here.

If you are interested in being a reader, greeter, or Eucharistic minister at the Mass, please contact Lissa Tsu '00 at

Upcoming Opportunities

Dinner with Eight Strangers: Young Alumni Mentoring

Let's strengthen our professional networks by trying something new! Are you an alum over the age of 35 who would host eight other alumni for dinner in an effort to support young alumni? The idea is for four alumni over 35 and four alumni under 35 to come together to break bread and hopefully forge lasting partnerships.

Depending on interest, the goal will be to match eight professionals in similar or tangential fields. Please email Lissa Tsu at if a) you are an alum over 35 who would host eight for dinner; b) you are an alum over 35 who would like to attend to potentially mentor young alumni, but cannot host at this time; c) you are an alum under the age of 35 who would like to attend. Please include the field of work you are in. 

You are Invited: Lux After Dark, May 9

Fellow BC Alum Kate Beaver '10 of Lux Art Institute invites the Boston College San Diego Chapter to attend Lux After Dark, the Institute's colorful annual Gala and critical fundraiser. Your support helps build five ambitious artist residencies annually at Lux, and contributions go toward Lux's scholarship fund and outreach education team- the Valise project- which serves over 10,000 elementary school students in North County. Lux also has a Pavilion with four classrooms dedicated to adult and youth art programs, helping cultivate the artist inside everyone.

When: Saturday, May 9
Where: Lux Art Institute Artist and Education Pavilions
Time: Evening begins at 6 p.m.

For tickets email Kate Beaver at, using Boston College Alumni/Parent in subject line by May 3.

Ticket Levels

Individual ticket to Education Pavilion dinner: $300
One gala ticket

Honorary: $5,000
Ten gala tickets, recognition as a member of the Host Committee

Luminary: $10,000
Priority seating, ten gala tickets, recognition as Luminary Host in Lux After Dark Program

Are you a journalist, blogger or writer? We are looking for contributors to the BC Alumni SD blog, so please email us at if you are interested. 

We look forward to bringing the San Diego Chapter together often and WELCOME your ideas, suggestions, feedback, and involvement! Please email Lissa Tsu '00 at anytime!

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