Alumni Connections
First Year Convocation

First Year Convocation Heralds Start of the BC Experience. More than 100 alumni spanning 60 class years returned to campus on September 13 to welcome the Class of 2011 to the University community during First Year Academic Convocation. Established in 2004, convocation unites the entire freshman class at the start of its BC experience, just as the class will come together again four years later at commencement. Carrying flags that represented their residence halls, the Class of 2011 processed from Linden Lane across campus to Conte Forum to hear a speech by Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle: A Memoir.

The Golden Eagle Class of 1958 led the alumni procession, toting the alumni banner and two torches. Prior to the procession, alumni gathered on the quad outside Lyons Hall for a reception.

Featured Events

Pollock Matters

Un-Pollocked: McMullen Exhibit Provides Creative Key to Famed Painter. The highly anticipated art exhibit Pollock Matters, which showcases the artistic connection between abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock and acclaimed photographer Herbert Matter, opened at the McMullen Museum on Labor Day weekend. The exhibit, which has received national attention, runs through December 9. More

The late Welles Remy Crowther '99

The late Welles Remy Crowther '99

Running to Remember: The Welles Remy Crowther 5K. The 3rd annual Welles Remy Crowther Red Bandanna Run will take place Saturday, October 20. The race honors Welles Remy Crowther '99, an equity trader who gave his life saving others at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Registration and check-in will take place at 7:30 a.m. in Gasson Hall. To discover more of Welles's story and register, visit the website.

Alumni in the News

Lisa Ferrari '92

Lisa Ferrari '92

Marybeth Duffy, MSW'80, became director of the Council on Aging for the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. More

Lisa Ferrari '92 is a television reporter for WCAV in Charlottesville, Virginia. More

Vincent McKay, Ph.D.'98, oversees curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Somerville, Massachusetts, public school system. More

More news stories about alumni

New Angle for BC Alumni:
Triangle Chapter Takes Shape

Triangle Chapter

Members of the new Triangle Chapter gathered this summer in Durham, North Carolina, for a service event that provided landscaping for the local Ronald McDonald House.

In the heart of ACC country, the BC Triangle Chapter is taking shape and taking off. The latest Alumni Association chapter, named for the North Carolina region surrounding Raleigh and Durham, has grown out of BC's increased alumni presence in the South.

In June, the chapter hosted its first event, a special reception featuring Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo, which attracted more than 60 alumni and friends. With the football season now in full swing, the chapter has also held game watches at several local venues. "Excitement is high among our local alumni," says chapter leader Tom Buckley '87. "We're hoping our enthusiasm and fan support can help propel us to an ACC championship."

Update your contact information for the Triangle Chapter in the new Alumni Online Community and learn more about the latest chapter events.

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice

Join fellow BC alumni for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, to be held November 16–18 in Columbus, Georgia. The annual event's goals are trifold: to commemorate the lives of the Jesuits and laywomen martyred in El Salvador in 1989, to call for an end to unjust institutions, and to reflect on the Jesuit commitment to justice.

This year, for the first time, the Boston College Alumni Association will send a delegation. For more information, visit the event website. If you are interested in joining the BC contingent, contact John Moynihan '64 at or 617-558-5252.

Are You Vain About Your BC Vanity Plate?

BC Vanity Plate

Thanks to those who have already sent photos of their fantastic BC vanity plates. Keep them coming! We want to collect license plate photos from every state. If you missed the call to action in last month's Alumni Connections, there's still time to send your photos to

Good Sports: "We Are BC" Initiative Kicks Off

Being a good sport has never been easier at Boston College since the campus-wide sportsmanship initiative "We Are BC" launched this fall. The campaign's main goal is to create a positive game-day atmosphere, and the campaign's four tenets—pride, passion, respect, and responsibility—serve as a reminder that it's everyone's job to ensure a fun, safe environment. Read more.

Also this season, the football team inaugurated a new BC tradition: the Eagle Walk. Based on rituals nationwide, the football team now proudly walks as one toward Alumni Stadium before each home game. Students and other fans line the entire length of Campanella Way from Corcoran Commons to the Yawkey Center during the walk, which is led by the BC band and cheerleading squad. The Eagle Walk occurs approximately two hours and 15 minutes prior to kickoff.

Coach Jags Show Invites Live Audience

Continuing throughout the 2007 BC football season, the Jeff Jagodzinski Show, a weekly half-hour radio show, will be taped each Monday from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Hillside Café on the BC campus. Note: Coach Jagodzinski will not be answering questions from the audience. The show will air each Tuesday on WEEI 850 AM Sports Radio from 11:00 to 11:30 p.m. If you miss the broadcast, you can always visit and click on Eagles All Access to listen to the show.

Basketball and Hockey Tickets Now Available

Come out and support your Eagles as they take to the courts and the ice this winter. Individual and season tickets are available for men's and women's basketball and men's ice hockey. Please visit or call 617-552-GOBC for more information.

C21 Online: Spirituality for the Internet Age

C21 Online is offering a new course, Christian Faith and Moral Character, which features downloadable articles by Professor Kenneth Himes. The four-week course begins October 22 and includes discussions on character, moral freedom, human sinfulness, and conversion. A second course will also be available, entitled The Creed: What We Believe. Visit C21 Online.

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Lifelong Learning
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Alumni Services

As a Boston College graduate, you are able to take advantage of a whole range of benefits, including discounted auto insurance, life insurance, and medical insurance, as well as the BC Rewards Platinum MasterCard.

October 2007

In This Issue

Featured Events
Alumni in the News
Triangle Chapter Debuts
Ignatian Teach-In for Justice
BC Vanity Plates
"We Are BC" Initiative
Coach Jags Radio Show
Basketball and Hockey Tickets
C21 Online
Alumni Programs
Alumni Services

Share Your Opinion

Would you attend a reunion of alumni who lived in a specific residence hall (e.g., the Mods, Gonzaga, Duchesne)?

Results from September: Would you take BC courses available online or via podcasts?

Do You Haiku?

Compose haiku in your free time? Feeling creative about your alma mater? Then we have a challenge for you! The top three BC-related haiku will be published in next month's Alumni Connections. Send yours to

FanFest Marches On

With four home football games in the books, FanFest continues to be a great destination for family and friends before every game at Alumni Stadium. Located in the Flynn Recreation Complex, FanFest offers pregame festivities, including food, games, and music. To RSVP for the Bowling Green game, visit the Event Calendar in the Alumni Online Community by 12 p.m. on Friday, October 5.

Boston College News

Joining the ACC has heightened exposure of the University's academic quality and Catholic character in the Southeast, leading to a surge in admission applications from students in the region. Read more.

More campus news

A Campus Calendar

Cartooning 101

Robert Mankoff, who has been drawing cartoons for The New Yorker since 1977, will explain how cartoons work and describe his own cartoon-composing process. Thursday, October 4, 7:30 p.m., Devlin Hall 101.

Jazz: The Jackson Pollock Connection

A concert by Thomas Oboe Lee, Adam Birnbaum '01, and the Fringe explores the relationship between Jackson Pollock and jazz music. Tuesday, October 9, 8 p.m., Gasson Hall 100.

The Monastic Life on Film

Into Great Silence, a film by Philip Gröning, chronicles life at the Grand Chartreuse, one of the world's most ascetic monasteries. Thursday, October 18, 7 p.m., Robsham Theatre.

Alumni Comedy Show

The Undergraduate Government of Boston College will host a comedy show featuring comedians Paul D'Angelo '78 and Gary Gulman '93 and comedy writer Brian Kiley '83. Tuesday, October 23, 9 p.m., Robsham Theatre.

Lecture on Darfur

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice will sponsor a lecture by John Prendergast, a leading human rights activist, on the conflict in Darfur. Wednesday, October 24, 7:30 p.m., Robsham Theatre.

More campus events

Alumni Chapter Events

DC Chapter Hosts Under Secretary of State Burns

The District of Columbia Chapter is hosting an evening with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs R. Nicholas Burns '78 at the National Press Club Ballroom on Tuesday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. Business attire is suggested. RSVP by Wednesday, October 10, to or 800-669-8430.

Maine Attraction: Alumni Bus Trip to Bowling Green Game

Join the Maine Chapter on a road trip to Alumni Stadium to watch BC football take on Bowling Green on Saturday, October 6. Reserve your spot.

Nifty at Fifty: St. Louis Chapter Hits Golden Mark

The St. Louis Chapter will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a reception and dinner with President William P. Leahy, SJ, on Sunday, October 21. Festivities begin at 3 p.m. at the Westborough Country Club in St. Louis. RSVP by October 16 to or 800-669-8430.

Alumni Travel Program

Cruise the Panama Canal

Alumni can enjoy cobalt blue skies, lush tropical forests, and brilliantly colored Caribbean islands during our Panama Canal vacation from January 31–February 11, 2008. Book your trip today.

7th Annual Veterans Mass and Remembrance Ceremony

All members of the Boston College community are invited to participate in the 7th annual Veterans Mass and Remembrance Ceremony to be held on Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, at 10 a.m. in Gasson Hall 100.

BC Marching Band Goes Digital

The Boston College Marching Band recently released a CD of music entitled Game Day featuring favorites that you hear during games at Alumni Stadium. To order a CD and view their fall performance schedule, visit the website.

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