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Alpha Sigma Nu, Boston College Chapter

Center for Ignatian Spirituality

logo seal for Alpha Sigma Nu

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education which recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. Founded in 1915, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals - intellectual, social, moral, and religious - of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.

Who is eligible to join? Any student of a Jesuit college or university is eligible. At Boston College, third year undergraduate students who are in the top 15% of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are considered for membership. Only 4% of those candidates from each class may be inducted. View the Alpha Sigma Nu Application guide here.

photo of Fr. Opeil

Boston College Chapter Moderator

Fr. Cyril Opeil, S.J., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Physics at Boston College. His research interests include the synthesis and characterization of thermoelectric materials, as well as, the thermal and physical properties of meteorites.  Thermoelectric materials produce electricity from waste heat and are one form of alternative energy. Advances in the field of thermoelectric materials will reduce our dependency on fossil fuels.  The low-temperature study of meteorites funded by NASA seeks a greater understanding of how planets and asteroids form in the cold temperatures of outer space. This research is in collaboration with the Specula Vaticana run by the Jesuits in Rome and the University of Central Florida.  This research is in preparation for the future manned mission to Mars being planned by NASA.  Fr. Opeil, has no immediate plans at this moment to volunteer for this mission to Mars, unless his Provincial suggests he look into it. 

Fr. Opeil's email address is


President: Maria Meyer

Vice President: Michael Stover

Secretary: Margaret DuChene

Treasurer: Hadley Johnson


Events & Deadlines 2018-2019

  • Friday, August 31, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Student Involvement Fair
    Campus Green lawn (in front of Carney Hall and Stokes Hall)

  • Sunday, September 9, 3 – 5 PM
    Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony and Reception (students who were abroad)
    St. Mary’s Hall Chapel

  • Wednesday, September 19, 9:45 – 10 PM
    Ignatian Spirituality Examen
    Manresa House

  • Thursday, September 20 and Friday, September 21, 7 - 8 PM
    Applicant informational sessions
    Stokes N203

  • Monday, October 15
    Alpha Sigma Nu application deadline

  • Wednesday, October 17, 5 – 6 PM
    Hors d'oeuvres with Jesuits

  • Sunday, November 11, 4:30 – 6 PM
    Thanksgiving Remembrance Mass and Reception
    St. Mary’s Hall Chapel

  • Wednesday, December 5, 5 –  6 PM
    New members welcome reception and Christmas card campaign
    McElroy Commons conference room 237

  • Wednesday, January 23, 9:45 – 10 PM
    Ignatian Spirituality Examen
    Manresa House

  • Tuesday, February 19, 12 – 1:30 PM
    Alpha Sigma Nu Seniors Lunch with Fr. Leahy

  • Wednesday, March 13, 5 – 6 PM
    Pre-Induction reception
    McElroy Commons conference room 237

  • Sunday, March  17, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
    Induction Ceremony and Reception
    St. Ignatius of Loyola Church

  • Tuesday, March 26, 12 – 1:30 PM
    Alpha Sigma Nu Juniors Lunch with Guest Speaker

  • Wednesday, April 10, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
    Last Lecture
    Location TBD

  • Wednesday, April 24, 9:45 – 10 PM
    Ignatian Spirituality Examen
    Manresa House

  • Wednesday, May 1, 5 – 5:45 PM
    Senior Farewell
    McElroy Commons conference room 237
Student sitting at table on campus green during Student Involvement Fair

​Student Involvement Fair
September 1, 2017

Students sitting a conference table with Fr. Opeil

​Executive Board Meeting
August 30, 2017​

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