Alumni Connections

Brooks Orpik

Silver EaglesBrooks Orpik '01, #44, defenseman on the U.S. Olympic hockey team, vies with Canada's Sidney Crosby for the puck during the gold medal game, Sunday, February 28. Orpik and his teammates won the silver medal, losing 3-2 in overtime. Among other Eagles participating in the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kelli Stack '10 and Molly Schaus '10 also won silver medals as members of the U.S. women's hockey team. Tyler Jewell '99 lost to the eventual gold medal winner in the medal round of the parallel giant slalom in snowboarding, finishing 13th overall. Only one BC alumnus has won a gold medal in the Olympics. Click here to find out who. (AFP/Getty Images)

Laetare Sunday - BC Lenten Tradition

Patrick Rombalski

Patrick Rombalski

BC's 59th annual celebration of Laetare Sunday, March 14, includes Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by brunch with seating by class, at Conte Forum. Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs, is guest speaker. Since 2001, Dr. Rombalski has also served as executive director of Rostro de Cristo Inc., a not-for-profit organization located in Ecuador. The program supports volunteers and high school and college immersion groups from the United States, collaborating with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, Hogar de Cristo, and Catholic Relief Services.

Join classmates for this annual tradition and experience Laetare Sunday as a special liturgical event that distinctively connects graduates of a Jesuit university. For more information and to register, click here.

Beanpot Memories Redux

Cunniff MVP

A championship for BC in the 2010 Beanpot was a great accompaniment to the audio slideshow of Reid Oslin's "Beanpot memories" in last month's edition. Several BC hockey fans, including Mike O'Neil '83, hockey co-captain and Beanpot champion, responded with memories of their own. Click here to view their recollections. If you missed the audio slideshow on Beanpot memories, click here or on the image above. And if you recall special Beanpot games, tournaments, parties, etc., share those recollections by e-mailing

Tickets for Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala on Sale

Tickets are on sale now for the 18th annual Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala. This spectacular event will be held Friday, September 24, on campus in conjunction with Parents' Weekend. This year's performance will feature the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with conductor Keith Lockhart and the University Chorale. Reserve seats today by calling 800-767-5591 or visiting the Web site.

Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner to Honor Francis C. Rooney, Jr.

Francis Rooney

Francis C. Rooney, Jr.

The 22nd annual Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner on April 22 will honor Francis C. Rooney, Jr., H'86, P'76, '78, '87, chairman, H.H. Brown Shoe Co., Inc. Rooney will be awarded the President's Medal for Excellence. Over the past two decades, the Tribute Dinner has raised more than $13 million for the Presidential Scholars Program, through which Boston College is able to attract the best and brightest students from around the world. For more information and to purchase tickets or table packages, click here.

The council held a market perspectives panel on "The State of College Endowment Funds" and a tribute dinner kickoff reception January 28 at the Waldorf=Astoria, New York City. Moderator was John V. Murphy '71, P'99, '09, University trustee and managing director, Korn/Ferry International, and panelists were Charles I. Clough, Jr., '64, P'87, '93, '98, University trustee and chairman and CEO, Clough Capital Partners, LP; Mario J. Gabelli, P'90, '94, '95, '00, '11, University trustee and chairman of Gabelli Funds; and R. Bruce Myers, managing director, Cambridge Associates. For more information about the Wall Street Council, visit the Web site.

Nominate Your Fellow Eagles

Alumni Awards of Excellence
Nominations for this year's Alumni Awards of Excellence should be submitted no later than March 15 to receive full consideration. The awards include the William V. McKenney Award, the highest honor given by the Alumni Association; the Ignatian Award, which recognizes an individual who lives the mission of "men and women for others"; the GOLD Award, given to a Graduate Of the Last Decade; and the Alumni Award for Professional Excellence. Visit the Web site to make your nomination.

Board of Directors
Deadline for nominations for the Boston College Alumni Association Board of Directors is March 15. Members of the board serve three-year terms. To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form online or use the pdf version and e-mail it to Maggie Edmonds at or fax to 617-552-4626.

Alumni Participation Challenge

There are three months left to reach this year's Alumni Participation Challenge (APC) goal and net BC an additional $500,000 for financial aid. Deadline is the end of BC's fiscal year, May 31. APC is a challenge from the same anonymous donor who provided $1 million for financial aid with the success of last year's Neenan Challenge. APC runs throughout the Light the World campaign and could bring in as much as $3 million by 2015, but BC needs to achieve its annual participation target this year to trigger the release of a $500,000 gift for financial aid. More

Donors of any amount during this fiscal year who also gave last year (before May 31, 2009) are charter members of the William B. Neenan, S.J., Society. The new society recognizes loyal undergraduate alumni who make annual gifts of any amount in consecutive years. More

Stay Connected to BC

Always an eagle

The new brochure "Always an Eagle" is your guide to the many opportunities the Alumni Association offers you to stay connected to BC, from keeping in touch with fellow Eagles to making a difference through volunteer work. To find the right volunteer opportunity for you with the Alumni Association and the BC Fund, visit the "volunteer passport."

MBA Fair - Boston

The QS World MBA Tour takes place in Boston Tuesday, March 2, at the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, and offers a complimentary pass to BC alumni. The Carroll School of Management is among the schools represented. To learn more and register, click here.

Life and Times Survey

Alumni are invited to participate in the Life and Times survey conducted by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work in collaboration with the Graduate School of Social Work and the University Institute on Aging. If you are interested, please go to the survey. The survey will be available until April 6 and results will be shared at the Living the Journey conference April 10. Survey participants will be entered into a drawing to win one of eight prizes: one $250 Visa gift card, two pairs of 2010 BC football tickets, and five BC gift packs. Participation is voluntary, and any connection of names or other identifying information to actual surveys will remain confidential. You do not need to attend the conference to participate in the survey.

Tee Off - Campus School Golf Tournament

The Boston College Campus School, a special education day school for local students ages 3-21 with multiple disabilities, invites BC alumni to participate in its 14th annual golf classic. The tournament will be held Monday, May 3, at Brookmeadow Country Club in Canton, Massachusetts. The Campus School Classic is the school's primary community fundraiser, having raised over $100,000 in the last five years. Donations, sponsorships, and player registration may be completed by visiting Registration deadline is April 23.

Featured Alumni

Rita Roach

Rita Roach '86 (Wicked local photo by Ryan Richardson)

Rich Aberman '07 and Bill Clerico '07 are building a start-up company in Silicon Valley and look forward to hosting BC students on the annual "TechTrek West" to the Bay Area. Boston Globe profile.

Carl Cafaro, MA'99, wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch, has been named by On Wall Street to its "40 under 40" list of top financial advisors. His master's degree from BC is in higher education. More

Rita Roach '86, member of the BC women's basketball team who led the Eagles in assists as a freshman, is the first girls basketball player at Wareham (Massachusetts) High School to have her number retired. Roach is an attorney and a basketball referee for the Big East Conference. More

More featured alumni

Upcoming Alumni Events

West Coast Technology Council - 'The Job Climate in Silicon Valley' - March 4

'Charting a New Course: Advice for Career Changers'- March 30

Young Alumni Running Group - April 1

National Day of Service - April 17
The Alumni Association's fifth annual National Day of Service takes place Saturday, April 17. Last year, more than 450 people in 31 regions participated in 38 projects. We hope you will be able to join us this year. Regional project information will be announced in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Spiritual Life Events

Lenten Series: Praying for New Life — March 3, 10

Living the Journey: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life — April 10
Save $10 by registering before March 15.

Alumni Travel: Early Booking Discounts

Announcing new travel study programs with great early booking savings:
• $2,000 per couple savings on the "Crossroads of the Mediterranean Cruise" if you reserve by March 19
• free airfare and 2-for-1 cruise fares on the "Samba Rhythms" cruise to South America by booking no later than April 1
• save $500 per couple on "The Treasures of South Africa" tour by making your reservation by May 4

In addition, an extraordinary trip "Egypt and the Eternal Nile" will depart on September 17. Click here for more information or contact

BC Athletics Update

ACC Basketball Tournament Tickets on Sale


Tickets are available for the 2010 men's and women's ACC basketball tournaments. The men's tournament will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, March 11–14, and tickets (covering all games) are $396 per person. The women's tournament will take place March 4–7, also in Greensboro, and tickets are $99. Please call 617-552-GoBC(4622) to order your tickets.


march 2010

In This Issue

Laetare Sunday
Beanpot Memories Redux
Tickets for Pops Gala
Wall Street Tribute Dinner
Nominate Your Fellow Eagles
Alumni Participation Challenge
Stay Connected to BC
MBA Fair
Life and Times Survey
Campus School Golf Classic
Featured Alumni
Upcoming Alumni Events
Upcoming Spiritual Life Events
Alumni Travel
Athletics Update

University News

Gasson Hall, the University's original and signature building on the Heights, is to be closed for over a year, beginning in June, to permit extensive and complex restoration. More

More campus news

School News

The British periodical, Financial Times, has rated the Carroll School of Management MBA program among the world's top 50 and in the U.S. top 25. BC Chronicle coverage Financial Times rankings

BC Club

BC Club

With more than 2,300 members, the Boston College Club is proud to be Boston's premier private business and social club. Visit the Web site for more information.

Campus Calendar

Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and Dora Schriro, commissioner of the New York City Department of Correction, are to speak on "Deportation, Migration, and Human Rights," Thursday, March 18, 7:00 p.m., Murray Function Room, Yawkey Athletics Center. More

More campus events in March

On Eagles' Wings

On Eagles' Wings

Submit your prayers and intentions through On Eagles' Wings, an online service provided by the Alumni Association.

C21 Corner

Lecture: "Formative Years: Jesuit Institutions and the Challenge of Faith," 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 16, Fulton 511, by Archbishop Timothy Broglio '73, Archdiocese for the Military Services, U.S.A. More

C21 Online

"Christian Faith and Moral Character," featuring articles by Kenneth Himes OFM, professor of theology, examines a fundamental element of moral experience, the formation of a person's character, and how the Christian theological tradition reflects upon this reality. March 1–26.

C21 Online offers a full lineup of courses each semester, including three free mini-courses. Please click here to see if online learning is for you. For further information on upcoming course offerings and workshops, please contact Jessica Salefski at or visit

STM Continuing Education

The School of Theology and Ministry offers several opportunities this month and each month for continuing education:
• Lecture: "Carmelite Authors 101: St. Teresa of Avila," Saturday, March 6, 10:00 a.m.
• Lecture: "The Church's Mission to Social Justice Today," Tuesday, March 16, 5:30 p.m.
• Workshop: "Meditation, Service, and Social Justice: Practices of Natural Awareness and Compassion," Saturday, March 20, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

All events are free of charge. Register at

New Benefits and Discounts for BC Alumni

Boston College alumni now join BC employees in being eligible to receive discounts and special promotions with national and local companies. Among them is a "BC ski package" available through the Hampton Inn, Burlington, Vermont. Click here for information on more discounts.

Health Insurance Option in NYC

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but for those in the Big Apple, high premiums and rising unemployment can make finding affordable coverage difficult. Now, thanks to the Alumni Insurance Program, BC alumni living in New York City can obtain affordable health insurance through physician-owned Atlantis Health Plan, featuring a variety of plan choices. As a member of the BC Alumni Association, you and your family have access to special rates not available to the general public. Monthly premiums start under $400. Read the Atlantis story at Meyer and Associates. This expanded offering reflects the commitment of Meyer and Associates to make well-designed and competitively priced products and services available to you. Learn more

Winter's Last Blast

You may be dreaming of spring, but don't forget the cold, hard fact: winter still has plenty of time to deliver a dangerous blizzard or ice storm. Follow these tips to be prepared if you lose power in your home.
• Replenish dwindling emergency supplies, including food, water and batteries
Stock plenty of dry logs for your fireplace
If you lose electricity that powers your thermostats and furnace, wear warm clothes and keep extra blankets nearby (Never turn on a gas oven to supply heat.)
Instead of candles, use flashlights and battery-powered lanterns to provide light

As Boston College alumni, you are eligible for a discount on your auto, homeowners, and renters insurance through Liberty Mutual. For more information about this program, please call 888-393-GOBC or visit

Reprinted with permission from Liberty Mutual. ©2009 Liberty Mutual Group. All rights reserved.

Official Reunion Airline

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Jet Blue is the official airline for BC's Reunion Weekend 2010.

Reunion Weekend 2010 is June 4–6. Visit the reunion Web site for updates on all reunion-related activities.

BC Rewards Card

BC Rewards Card

Did you know that each purchase on your Boston College Platinum MasterCard® earns you points that you can use toward exclusive BC rewards such as tickets to athletic events, a round of golf with a BC coach, and travel to an away football game?

Plus, if you use your Boston College Platinum MasterCard® at a BC bookstore, you will receive a 10 percent discount on select items. And rewarding yourself also supports the Boston College Alumni Association. Each year, with dollars funded by the card program, the Alumni Association awards $150,000 in scholarships for children of BC alumni.

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