Brennan Symposium in Leadership and Ethics
Established in 2007, the Brennan Symposium for Student Leadership and Ethics is the major initiative of the Francis P. Brennan Fund. Named in honor of Frank Brennan, BC ’39, this annual event is designed to equip the rising set of student leaders with new leadership skills and to foster dialogue among student leaders from different domains. Participants are drawn from the ranks of a variety of student clubs and organizations.
A native of Somerville, son of Irish immigrants, and decorated World War II veteran, Brennan was a longtime leader in the Massachusetts banking and financial communities, and chairman of the board of the Massachusetts Business Development Corporation. Mr. Brennan credited much of his success to being educated by Jesuits at Boston College.
Matt and Sarah Ryan
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Murray Room, 7:30PM
Matt Ryan is the current quarterback of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He was drafted in the first round as the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft after playing college football at Boston College. At BC, he led the team as the school’s starting quarterback from 2005 to 2007. Under his leadership, BC claimed three bowl victories and Matt threw for 200 or more yards 15 separate times. He is fifth all-time in school history in passing yards and pass completions, and was a First Team All-American in 2007. Additionally, in 2007, Ryan led his team to an ACC Atlantic Division championship and was named ACC Player of the Year.
During his rookie year with the Falcons, Matt started all 16 games, and led the team to the playoffs with an 11-5 season record. For his efforts, he earned honors as the 2008 NFL AP Offensive Rookie of the Year. Matt is also a two-time Pro Bowl pick, and currently holds the Falcons franchise record for passing yards.
Sarah was a standout high school athlete who was known particularly well for her talent as a basketball player. Her high school basketball career included being twice named the Maine Gatorade Player of the Year, claiming two state titles, being named to the first team all state three times, and being named the Maine Female Athlete of the Year after her junior season. She was also a standout soccer and track athlete, and was named to the all-state teams in those sports in addition to basketball.
Sarah continued her basketball career at Boston College, starting for three seasons at point guard and ending her career second on the school’s all-time assists list. She was a three-time conference academic all-star, and was a part of two teams that made the Sweet Sixteen. Sarah is currently working for the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream as a sponsorship sales consultant.
Sarah and Matt were married in 2011, and are heavily involved in local charities, particularly the Boys and Girls Clubs and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Mark Herzlich '10
Professional football player, New York Giants
Herzlich missed the entire 2009 BC Football season due to Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, which he overcame. In 2010 he returned to the football field and won the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award after starting all 13 games and finishing third on the team with 65 tackles and 50 solo stops. He received the Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award for overcoming cancer, as well as the Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award for sportsmanship. In January 2011, he received the "Most Courageous Athlete" award from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association.
Matt '97 and Sarah Hasselbeck '97
Matt joined the National Football League and has played for the Green Bay Packers, the Seattle Seahawks and the Tennessee Titans. He led the Seahawks to six playoff appearances and a Super Bowl, while being selected to three Pro Bowls. Sarah was inducted into the Boston College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002 (field hockey)
Matt and Sarah have been married almost twelve years and have three children: Annabelle, Mallorie, and Henry.