Alumni Connections

Reunion Weekend
Photograph: Matthew Hakola

Reunion Weekend 2008. Nearly 5,000 alumni from 11 Reunion classes attended Reunion Weekend from May 29-June 1. They reminisced about the past with old friends, forged new memories, and reconnected with the evolving BC campus.

Pictured above, three generations of the Hogan family—William M. Hogan, Jr. '33, his son, William M. Hogan '63, and his granddaughter, Katheryn Hogan Ascione '93—all celebrated Reunion. The family gathered in Gasson Hall 100 at a Golden Eagle Society Breakfast on Saturday morning.

View photos from Reunion Weekend.

Welcome to the Class of 2008!

The alumni Boston Marathon experience

Very recent graduates Patrick Twomey '08 and Jamie Best '08 stand alongside their school's flag.
Photograph: Lee Pelligrini

On May 19, the Class of 2008 was welcomed into alumni status by acclaimed historian and author David McCullough, who delivered a Commencement speech that stressed the importance of lifelong learning and reading. McCullough was one of five recipients of honorary degrees at Commencement, along with Brother Celestino M. Arias, OFM Cap.; Jennie Chin Hansen Abrams, president of AARP and the winner of an Outstanding Alumni Award in 1998; Anne P. Jones '58, JD'61; and Vice President and Special Assistant to the President William B. Neenan, SJ.

Upcoming Alumni Events

The World According to Tip — June 22 – July 13

World According to Tip

The memorable career of Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Jr. '36, the former speaker of the House, is traced in According to Tip (PDF), a play written by Dick Flavin, a writer well-known to the BC community. The play will run at the New Repertory Theatre in Watertown, Massachusetts.

A Call for Volunteers — June 27

Come join your fellow alumni serve meals to needy families in Lawrence, Massachusetts, at the Cor Unum ("one heart") Meal Center, which feeds up to 600 people every day. Alumni will work from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, June 27. What's different about this outreach is that Cor Unum serves their meals restaurant style, which means that guests are served at their tables. RSVP to Dianne Duffin by June 18 at 617-552-1171 or Cor Unum must know in advance how many people plan to volunteer.

Eagles in Ireland: European Alumni Weekend — June 27-29

The Boston College Alumni Association is planning a first-ever European BC Alumni Weekend in Dublin, Ireland, from Friday, June 27, to Sunday, June 29. The weekend will provide BC alumni with an opportunity to receive updates on the state of the University, connect with fellow alumni in Europe, and enjoy the cultural settings and surroundings of Dublin. Learn more.

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Heartwarm Hill for BC Alums

The alumni Boston Marathon experience

Walter Looney, Jr. '72

Any runner who has made it past mile 20 of the Boston Marathon knows what to expect at the top of Heartbreak Hill: thousands of cheering BC students and a carnival atmosphere. Marathon Monday on April 21 proved to be a special experience for several BC grads.

Walter Looney, Jr. '72
If you look closely, you'll notice a patch with my name and "BC '72," my graduation year. The cheers it elicited from BC students helped get me through Heartbreak Hill at mile 21. Unfortunately, I haven't discovered any tricks for the remaining five miles!

More marathon stories and photos.

Spots Still Open for Alumni Travel!

Space is still available for summer and fall Travel Study programs. It's not too late to sign up for:

Normandy and Brittany — July 8–19
The Wonders of Iceland — July 20–27
County Clare and Ennis, Ireland — July 31 – August 8
China and the Yangtze River — September 10–22
Village Life in Burgundy and Provence — October 10–18
Chianti in a Tuscan Villa — October 26 – November 3

For more information, contact Gail Darnell at

Alumni in the News

Liz McCartney '94

Liz McCartney '94

Amber Bock, M.Ed.'87, is the new assistant superintendent of public schools for Weston, Massachusetts. More

Christina Kim '04 is an active volunteer with Partners Hospice in Waltham, Massachusetts. More

Liz McCartney '94 was recently named a CNN Hero for her work with the St. Bernard Project, an organization she founded to rebuild homes for Hurricane Katrina victims just outside of New Orleans. In January, 40 BC alumni performed a service project with McCartney's organization. More

More news stories about alumni

Alumni Volunteers Keep it Clean


Dennis Razz Berry '70 (left) and Marcin Partyka '01 organize computer parts left by students for Cleansweep.

Throughout May, more than 100 members of the Boston College community participated in Cleansweep, the longstanding tradition on the Heights that allows departing students to donate clothes and other items to churches and non-profit social service agencies throughout greater Boston. This year, volunteers compiled some 50 microwaves, 60 refrigerators, and 75 lamps, among thousands of other integral household items, which were distributed to 60 agencies.

Maine's Mass with President Leahy

Maine Alumni Mass

(From left) Peter Carignan '92, Alicia Danielson '81, and Stephen Saks '92.

A large contingent of alumni, family, and friends of the Maine Chapter—nearly 250 in total—attended a Mass on May 4 celebrated by University President William P. Leahy, SJ. The Mass occurred at Cheverus High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school in Portland, and was followed by a reception.

Building a Legacy

Senior Legacy Breakfast

Courtney Chapman '08 (center) and her parents, Debbi and Gerald Chapman, LGSOE '01, were one of the many families at the Senior Legacy Breakfast.

While BC seeks to foster a family environment on campus for everyone, the University, for some students, is already kith and kin, literally. On May 18, more than 500 people attended a Senior Legacy Breakfast in the Plex. Hosted by the Alumni Association, the event brought together graduating seniors with their alumni family members to celebrate commencement and familial bonds on the Heights.

New DVD Release: A History of Women at BC

History of Women

In 2002, University President William Leahy, SJ, commissioned The Council for Women of Boston College (CWBC) to increase the role of women as leaders and active participants in the University. Today, more than 100 alumnae are active in leadership roles on the council.

A new DVD sponsored by CWBC, Making Our Place: A History of Women at Boston College, is now on sale at the BC Bookstore. Learn more.

The Age of Exploration: Alumni Career Tours

Alumni Career Tour

(From left) Fran Dubrowski, NC'70, Patricia Williams '77, Jonathan Pike '10, Sarah Buente '09, Andrew Rivera '11, Anne Kornahrens '11, Coley Krauss (from Beloit College), and Marcus Peacock, deputy administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, at the Alumni Career Tour in Washington, D.C.

Finding the right job can be a challenge for many recent college grads. This spring, the Alumni Association's Career Services Committee provided BC students, many from the Class of 2008, with opportunities to attend career tours to discover more about an occupation that interests them. From March 3–4, four BC students traveled to Washington, DC, on an environmental career tour for an in-depth look at the government's environmental agencies.

The students met with several federal leaders, including James Connaughton, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality, and Marcus Peacock, deputy administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. "Coming from a Jesuit institution with a strong tradition of public service, BC students are a natural fit for government employers looking for smart, savvy, and dedicated public servants," says Fran Dubrowski, NC'70, chair of the Career Services Committee and an environmental attorney in Washington, DC.

More recently, from May 21–22, the New York City Chapter, headed by Jason Moore '03, hosted a career exploration tour for 12 BC undergraduates interested in the media and entertainment industry. The students met with executives from companies such as NBC Universal, HBO, and DIRECTV.

June 2008

In This Issue

Commencement 2008
Alumni Events
Heartwarm Hill
Alumni Travel
Alumni in the News
Maine's Mass
Building a Legacy
History of Women Video
Alumni Career Tours

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BC News

Making the Campus Green

In its effort to go green, Boston College has welcomed the addition of three new solar-powered trash collectors in high-traffic areas—the Dustbowl, between Kostka Hall and Gonzaga Hall, and near the Yawkey Center. Read about this and other eco-friendly initiatives on campus.

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Featured Website

BC's Fighting Irish

The new Burns Library exhibit Fighting Irishmen: Celebrating Celtic Prize Fighters 1820 to the Present showcases an eclectic assemblage of boxing artifacts, including photographs, gloves, and one boxer's mummified arm. The exhibit runs through September 5.

Hit the Road with the Eagles

Alumni are invited to follow the BC football team to away games this upcoming season with Dodds Athletic Tours. Starting with the season opener vs. Kent State at Cleveland Browns Stadium on August 30, fans can travel throughout the season to see key matchups against NC State and Florida State. Find out more and register.

Fall Faith with C21 Online

Get a jump on your faith enrichment this fall with C21 Online. The 2008-09 course calendar is now available. Each course features a guided discussion community and offers access at any time.

Alumni may also take advantage of several free mini-courses offered this summer. For more information, contact Chris Kowalcky at 617-552-4075 or

Pops on the Heights Tickets on Sale!

Tickets are on sale now for the 16th annual Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, which will take place on Friday, September 26, in Conte Forum. Tickets for this Parents' Weekend tradition can be purchased by calling 800-767-5591 or by visiting the website.

A Campus Calendar

Neenan, Have You Read a Good Book Lately?

Visit O'Neill Library throughout June to see selections from the well-known reading list of William Neenan, SJ. O'Neill Library, Main Lobby.

Nobel Laureate to Address Finance Conference

The Center for Asset Management 2008 Finance Conference will feature keynote speaker Robert Merton, 1997 Nobel Prize winner and pioneer in option pricing and multifactor asset pricing models. The conference will include panel discussions on the subprime mortgage crisis. For more information, call 617-552-9193. Friday, June 6, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Boston College Law School, East Wing 120.

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Discounted Insurance from Liberty Mutual

The Boston College Alumni Association and Liberty Mutual are pleased to announce a program called Group Savings Plus. BC alumni can now enjoy group discounts on auto and homeowners insurance. Liberty Mutual also offers a multi-policy discount on homeowners insurance when you insure your auto with them. Learn if you could save money by starting a quote on the website, or by calling 1-888-393-GOBC.

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