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Ex Libris is the newsletter of the Boston College Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program. Read the latest issue in Adobe PDF (warning for modem users—download may take time). Viewers must have Adobe Acrobat Reader, downloadable for free.

Past Issues of Ex Libris:

Spring 2018

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Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Winter 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

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Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Winter 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

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Fall 2013

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Fall 2011

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Archived News

Junior Reed Piercey ran for 2019 UGBC President! Read The Heights article here.

The first annual GPSP Women's Summit took place on Saturday, March 24th on BC campus. 

Class of 2007 alums Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico are selling their startup company WePay to JPMorgan Chase.  Read the Silicon Valley Business Journal article here, and about how they founded the company on page 10 of the GPSP brochure here.

Chris Reynolds '18 is featured in The Heights for his health research.

Riley Soward '18 is one of The Heights' "Seniors to Watch"

Mackenzie Arnold '17 and Hagop Toghramadjian '17 are among Boston College's Fulbright Award winners in 2017. Read the article in the BC Chronicle here.  Jesse Mu is also highlighted for his Winston Churchill Scholarship.

Jesse Mu and Russell Simons are honored as "BC Seniors to Remember"

David Makransky starred in Evita at BC this weekend.  Read about it in The Heights

The Heights featured an article on senior Jesse Mu's accomplishments and vision.

Boston College Chronicle covers the 29th annual Wall Street Council dinner honoring our seniors. 

The Boston Herald covered this year's Wall Street Council dinner in NYC.  Jackson Bowers '17 was photographed for the article.

Mark Noferi '96 recently wrote an article for the American Bar Association newsletter about the Immigration Law Division in the Dept. of Homeland Security. 

GPSP celebrated its 25th Anniversary in Cadigan Alumni Center Tuesday night, February 28th, 2017. The BC Chronicle covered the event.

Jesse Mu '17 won the Winston Churchill Award. This prestigious scholarship provides funding to American students for a year of Master’s study in science, mathematics, and engineering at the University of Cambridge. Read the BC Chronicle article here.

Christopher Yu '18 presented at BC Advancing Research and Scholarship Day, on his experience working in a factory in China during his 2016 summer.

David Makransky '17 starred in "Constellations" in the Bonn Studio on campus in November.

Isra Hussain '17 and Russell Simons '17 were among the five panelists in a town hall on campus titled "Speak, Stand, Sit, or Scream?"

GPSP Alum Sean Flahaven '95 is now CEO of The Musical Company, a new venture between Andrew Lloyd Webber's production company the Really Useful Group and the US based Concord Bicycle Music.

Daniel Lundberg '16 has started a tie-and-dye social enteprise in Ghana, Africa.  Find out more about his new venture at his website.

Russell Simons '17 is featured in The Heights as part of the UGBC budget announcement. 

Jesse Mu '17 is featured in the Spring 2016 issue of BC Magazine for his computer algorithm rendition of Gasson. 

Marissa Marandola wins the Finnegan Award at commencement. 

Matthew Alonsozana '14 was recently named one of Asian Fortune's Rising Asian American Stars of 2016

Jesse Mu '17 was awarded the distinguished Barry M. Goldwater scholarship.

Patricia Noonan '07 and Sean Flahaven '95 returned to campus to take part in the BC Arts Council event on Friday April 29th.

Hagop Toghramadjian '17 has an article published in the Spring 2016 issue of Columbia University's Slavic and Eastern European Studies Journal, The Birch. Scroll to page 77 (which is actually page 75 of the magazine) to read it. 

Claudio Quintana '16 is one of the BC Chronicle's "Seniors to Remember"

Marissa Marandola '16 is one of the BC Chronicles'"Seniors to Remember"

Lucas Allen '16 and Marissa Marandola '16 presented presented research at the conference on Economic Inequality on Boston College campus in April 2016.

Russell Simons '17 and his running mate Meredith win the election to become the 2016-17 UGBC President and Executive Vice President!  The inauguration is May 4th. Read the results in The Heights.

Tate Krasner '16 has his paper "Assessing China's Unmanned Aerial Vehicles" referenced in a recent CNN article on the subject. His paper can be found by clicking the hyperlink "officially apply" in the second to last paragraph, or you can read it here.

Russell Simons '17 and his running partner are endorsed by The Heights, for President and Executive Vice President.

Russell Simons '17 and his running mate make it through the primary, after winning the first Presidential debate.  Read The Heights article here.

Hannah Nolan-Spohn '05 was interviewed by Educators 4 Excellence.

GPSP Junior Russell Simons throws his hat in the ring for the UGBC Presidency.  Read the Heights article here.

Sean Flahaven GPSP '95  wins Grammy Award as associate producer of the cast album for Hamilton.  See Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance speech here.

GPSP class of 2007 Patricia Noonan's original musical began it's limited run February 17th.  See article for more details.

GPSP class of 2007 Patricia Noonan's original musical "Learning How to Drown" played at Robsham Theater in February.

Ali Mills '18 & Jackson Bowers '17 are photographed in the feature on five of BC's Laboratories, found in the Fall 2015 issue of the Boston College Magazine.  Their lab, Higgins 430, is discussed about halfway down the page.

Isra Hussain '17 makes the news again in an article on Huffington Post.

Isra Hussain '17 is mentioned in a timely Christian Science Monitor article about students taking on Islamophobia.

Claudio Quintana '16 was named one of the 2016 "Best and Brightest" by Poets & Quants.

Elements Editor-in-Chief, Marissa Marandola '16, is featured in a recent BC Chronicle article on the undergraduate reasearch journal.

Jesse Mu '17 and Isra Hussain '17 participated in the recent "BC Talks".  Click Here for the Heights article.

Alumna Marie Pellissier '15 is number 10 on the Washington Post's list of "The Most Facinating Wikipedia Articles You've Never Read" To see the full list click here. 

Read the review for the BC production of Carousel starring David Makransky '17 here.  

The class of 2018 held their first event for their Social Justice Project.  To read the Heights article written by GPSP freshman Connor Murphy, click here.

David Makransky '17 stars in this month's production of "Carousel" at Robsham Theater, from October 21-25.  Click here to read about it. 

Riley Soward '18 is number 13 on the BostInno Top 25 Start-up Founders Under age 25!  Click here for the article.

Jeremy Zipple, SJ '00 premiered his new video "For the Greater Glory of God" at Robsham.  Click here for full article.

The class of 2018 has created a short video for their upcoming Social Justice Project on mass incarceration.  Event details will be posted when available.  Click here to view the video.

Class of 2015 Scholars, Andrew Babbitt, and Frank DiRenno receive Fulbright Awards, with Daniel Cattolica and Paul Davey named as alternates. Read the article here.

Mary Rose Fissinger GPSP '15 and Alicia McKean GPSP '15 are finalists for Finnegan Award. For full article click here

Lucas Allen GPSP '16 and Daniel Lundberg GPSP '16 were mentioned in a Chronicle article about the BCVC competition. 

Marissa Marandola GPSP '16 Wins 2015 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. For full article click here

Scholar Alum, Patricia Noonan '07 is a part of The Make It Fair Project ( ) which is a call for gender equality in the stories we tell, the wages we earn, and the future we shape.

Hagop Toghramadjian's, GPSP '17, essay  "National Identity and the Crisis of Democracy In the Arab Middle East" appeared in the SCIR Journal Spring 2015 edition.  His article can be found on page 50.  

Isra Hussain GPSP '17 wins U.S. State Department Language Award.  Read the full article here

The class of 2017's Sophomore Social Justice Project appeared in the BC Chronicle.

Another article in the BC Chronicle about the class of 2017's Social Justice Project. Read the full article here.

An article in The Heights newpaper titled "Sophomore Presidential Scholars Set To Air Mental Health Documentary" by Kayla Fernando. 

Marie Pellissier's GPSP '15, research on pioneering woman of the American West, Susan LaFlesche Picotte, was made an entry on the Wikipedia website. Read the Chronicle article.

Alison Wawrzynek GPSP '14 was one of 9 Boston College students who received a Fulbright scholarship. For the complete article, click here

The class of 2016's Sophomore Social Justice Project was covered in the BC Chronicle

The Class of 2016 developed for their Sophomore Social Justice Project. For others to learn about remembering the 2013 marathon attacks and hekp the city of Boston become stronger. You can also join the facebook page and follow on their twitter feed:

The Class of 2016 is mentioned in a Boston Globe article about the Boston Marathon preparations in 2014, which highlights their Social Justice Project.

Serving as the state captain of Students for Education Reform, Nate Schwan GPSP '16, writes an op-ed piece in the Boston Globe about a new bill that would transform the way English language learners are educated in Massachusetts.

Matthew Alonsozana, GPSP '14, was a key player in supporting recovery efforts in the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan. Read the article here.

Lucas Allen, GPSP ’16, was part of an interdisciplinary team that presented at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting in Boston, MA.

The Class of 2016 Presiential Scholars explore the meaning of Boston Strong, as part of the Sophomore Social Justice Project.

Brooke Loughrin, GPSP '14 has been involved in helping to launch the Pen Pal program that connects Afghan women with current female students at BC. Click here to read the article.

Claudio Quintana, GPSP '16, has been named to the .406 Ventures Student Fellow Program. Read the article here.

Brian Tracz, GPSP '12, was selected as a Lilly Graduate Fellow. Click here for the  article.

Kelsey Swift, GPSP '13 and Colleen Sinnott, GPSP '13 were two of 22 Boston College seniors who received a Fulbright scholarship. For the complete article, click here.

Matthew Alonsozana, GPSP '14, has been awarded the Aquino Scholarship.

Joseph Manning, GPSP'14, has received a Udall Scholarship, which is awarded to students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice, economics, and other related fields. Click here for the article.

Andrew Babbitt, GPSP '15 has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for his study in China. Click here for the full article.

Ryan Polischuk, GPSP'15, steps up to the Men's Hockey Team! Click here for the article.

Marty Long, GPSP'13, received an ACC Weaver-James-Corrigan Scholarship. The Weaver-James-Corrigan scholarships are awarded to selected student-athletes - three from each league institution - who intend to pursue a graduate degree following completion of their undergraduate requirements. Click here for the press release.

Rachel Newmiller, GPSP' 13, recently spearheaded an effort to create and install adaptive flowerbeds for wheelchair-bound students with severe, multiple special needs at the Boston College Campus School. See the video here and read the article here.

Aditya Ashok, GPSP '12, has been named a recipient of the prestigious George Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. Click here for the full article.

Matthew Alonsozana, GPSP '14, was part of a team that won the 2012 Eller Ethics Competition at the University of Arizona. Click here to read the article and here to view a video of their presentation.

Read the Boston Globe article on Brooke Loughrin, GPSP '14, who is the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. She was also featured in a student spotlight on the Boston College Islamic Civilizations and Societies website.

Brooke Loughrin, GPSP '14, has been named the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations, part of a new effort to empower young voices on the global stage. Click here for the full article.

Joseph Manning, GPSP '14, was awarded the Joseph Barbosa Award in recognition of his work at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He was also awarded the Sierra Student Coalition's highest honor, the Adam Werback Award.

Tori Luu, GPSP '14 is featured as a "BC Celebrity" on Her Campus for her work in chemical oceanography.

Matthew Alonsozana, GPSP '14, was awarded a Boren Scholarship.

Zachary Zimmermannm, GPSP '12 was one of 16 Boston College seniors who received a Fulbright scholarship. For the complete article, click here.

Brooke Loughrin, GPSP '14 has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship for her study in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Click here for the full article.

Joseph Manning, GPSP '14 was invited to hear President Obama speak about energy policy in the Rose Garden. Click here for the full article.

Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico, both GPSP '07, were recently featured in a Forbes article for their company's (WePay) involvement in Occupy Wall Street.

Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico, both GPSP '07, are featured in an article for their start-up's (WePay) involvement in the Wall Street Protest.

Leon Ratz, GPSP '11, is featured in Boston College Magazine for his work in organizing "The Obama Administration and the Future of Nuclear Arms Control."

Robert Kubala, GPSP '09, selected as Lilly Graduate Fellow. Click here for full article.

Lake Coreth, GPSP ' 11 and Kelly McCartney, GPSP '11, were two of the 13 Boston College seniors who received Fulbright scholarships. For the complete article, click here.

Leon Ratz, GPSP '11, named 2011 Finnegan Award Recipient at BC's 135th Commencement ceremonies on May 23, 2011. To read the article, click here.

Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico, both GPSP '07, were recently featured in Bloomberg Businessweek as two of the Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs in 2011 for their work on, their internet start-up company.

Anne Kornahrens, GPSP '11, was featured on a panel titled "Scholarship and Discernment," sponsored by the BC University Fellowships Committee and the College of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.  To read the BC Chronicle article highlighting the panel, click here.

Adi Ashok, GPSP '12 is featured on in an article highlighting him as the recipient for the 2011 Harry S. Truman Scholarship.

With a Goldwater and National Science Foundation grant under her belt Anne Kornahrens, GPSP '11, is the first BC student to land a Skaggs-Oxford Scholarship

Christopher Sheridan, GPSP '12, has been awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, considered the premier undergraduate fellowship in the sciences. 
Click here to read the complete article.

Adi Ashok, GPSP '12, has recently been named Boston College's 7th Truman Scholar.  Click here for more details.  Congrats Adi!

Mayor Menino recently visited BC as part of a series titled, "Revisiting Boston: its culture, diversity, and youth" sponsored by the Boston College Presidential Scholars, Class of 2013. Click the following link to see more about Mayor Menino's address to BC. The Heights | Boston Globe.

Joseph Manning, GPSP '14, was selected to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Cancun, Mexico, over the winter break.  An article in The Heights comments on his experience and involvement at the conference.

Dustin Rawlin, GPSP ’97, a partner at Tucker Ellis LLP, was one of only five attorneys nationwide to be named a 2012 Law360 Rising Star in the area of product liability litigation. Read the article here.

Jeremy Zipple, GPSP ’00, directed, wrote and produced a National Geographic documentary that will premiere nationally on PBS March 28th.  The documentary is called Quest for the Lost Maya and features interesting new archaeology on the origins and demise of the ancient Maya.  A trailer for the film can be viewed by clicking on the following link:

Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico, both GPSP '07, are featured on in an article titled WePay is the anti-PayPal.  To read the complete article click here.

Scott Jelinek, GPSP '10 is featured in The Boston Globe in an article titled, "Dreams of international medicine."  To read the complete article, click here.

Read the recently published NY Times article titled "A New Way to Get Money for Group Events," featuring  Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico, GPSP '07. 

Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, GPSP '07, is featured in The Boston College Magazine, for her work at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) in Washington D.C.  To read the complete article, click here.

The Boston College Chronicle recently featured students from the Class of 2010 who were awarded Fulbright Grants, including three Scholars: Pat Passarelli, Joe Zabinski, and Sarah Lang. The Chronicle also featured an article on this year's Finnegan nominees including Scholar, Scott Jelinek. 

Caroline Beyer, GPSP '12, discusses her ASG project, a film titled "Modern Day Slaves: Human Trafficking in New York and San Francisco."  Read more about this exciting project here.

Ari Daniel Shapiro, GPSP '01, takes to the airwaves as he reports environmental stories around the globe.  

Patricia Noonan, GPSP '07, appears inSigns of Life in New York City.  You can read The New York Times review of the show here.

GPSP '07 graduates, Rich Aberman and Bill Clerico have launched their startup WePay and have raised $1.6 million in venture capital.  A entry in Boston Globe's Innovation Economy blog about startup can be read here.

Science Careers
 did a career profile of GPSP alum, Ari Daniel Shapiro '01.  Ari has combined his interest in science and broadcasting to build a successful career as an independent science radio producer.  You can read the story here.

The GPSP congratulates Will Dowd '06 who was one of only two runners-up - chosen from thousands of submissions - in the second round of NPR's '3 Minute Fiction' contest.  His entry can be read here.

Gabelli Presidential Scholars Program Alumnus Gary Gabor '02 receives Fulbright Grant for study in Belgium - Congratulations, Gary!

Congratulations to Emily Neumeier '08 who is among 16 Names Lilly Graduate Fellows!

Watch out for... Patricia Noonan - Article in Friday, May 25, 2009 issue of The Berkshire Eagle about Patricia Noonan, PSP '07 who is playing the female lead in Barrington Stage's production of Carousel.

Beyond the Ivory Tower: From Academic to Radio Producer - Article in April 29, 2009 issue of Chronicle for HIgher Education about Ari Daniel Shapiro, GPSP '01.


A glimpse into the experience of Brooke Loughrin, GPSP'14, the first-ever U.S. Youth Observer at the United Nations. Video below:

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