Alumni Connections

Parents' Weekend
Photograph: Rose Lincoln

Illuminating Times: BC Ushers in $1.5 Billion Campaign. Pictured above, Bill Geary ’80, chair of the Board of Trustees and campaign co-chair, addresses approximately 400 benefactors at a gala event October 11 on the Brighton Campus that kicked off BC's seven-year $1.5 billion capital campaign. Light the World: The 150th Anniversary Campaign for Boston College will raise funds for financial aid, student formation programs, and campus construction projects, among other initiatives delineated in the University’s Strategic Plan. Read more.

Upcoming Alumni Events


The Kennedy Legacy — November 6

William Noonan, author of the best seller, Forever Young: My Friendship with John F Kennedy, Jr., will discuss the Kennedy Legacy in context of the 2008 elections, the role JFK, Jr. might have played if he were alive today, and the future of the Kennedy political dynasty. The cost is $15. Register now.

Veterans Memorial Mass — November 11


The annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony will be held on Veterans Day, November 11, at 10:00 a.m. in Gasson 100. The event honors those Boston College veterans who gave their lives in the line of duty. The guest speaker will be General John J. Sheehan '62, USMC (Ret). An update on the Boston College Veterans Memorial will follow the Mass and ceremony. The Mass is open to the public, and all are welcome.

A Healthier, Happier Holiday — November 19

The Alumni Association invites you to join Terri Trespicio '95, senior editor for Martha Stewart's Body+Soul magazine, in an evening seminar designed to prepare you physically, mentally, and spiritually for the upcoming holiday season. The cost is $25. Register now.

Alumni Night at Chorale — December 5

The University Chorale and the Boston College Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Christmas concert on December 5 at 8 p.m. at Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus. Following the concert, the Alumni Association will host a reception at Alumni House. Admission is $10 for the concert and $15 for the reception. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, call the box office at 617-552-4002.

Winter Wonderland—A Magical BC Tradition — December 13

Winter Wonderland

The Alumni Association invites alumni, family, and friends to Winter Wonderland, a special holiday event, on Saturday, December 13, from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Newton Campus. Festivities will include strolling carolers, crafts, entertainer Johnny the K, photos with Santa, a live petting zoo, and horse-drawn carriage rides through Newton Campus.

Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for boys or girls (ages six to 14), which will be donated to a local organization benefiting children. Admission is $20 per family. RSVP here.

Fr. Neenan at Newton College Book Club — December 15

Newton Colege Book Club

Alumni are invited to attend a Newton College Book Club meeting with guest moderator, William B. Neenan, S.J., vice president and special assistant to the president of Boston College, at Alumni House at 7 p.m. Prepare to discuss Do You Believe?: Conversations on God and Religion by Antonio Monda, a teacher and filmmaker. Fr. Neenan has published his Dean's List of recommended books since 1982, and Do You Believe?, which he calls a rewarding read, is a silver anniversary entry.

RSVP by December 11 to Julie Nuzzo, NC'74, at 617-552-4577 or Contact Julie for details about participating by conference call.

Alumni in the News

Daniel O'Sullivan, Ph.D.'00

Daniel O'Sullivan, Ph.D.'00

Matthew Carroll '08, Shelagh O'Donnell '08, and Christine Zosche '08 are among the 11 recent graduates in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. More

Tiffany Gueye '00, Ph.D.'07, is the new CEO of BELL, a leading provider of after-school and summer educational programs, serving more than 12,000 children nationally. More

Daniel O'Sullivan, Ph.D.'00, is the 2008 Humanities Teacher of the Year at the University of Mississippi. More

More news stories about alumni

Upcoming Spirituality and Service Events

Help Feed the Hungry — November 7

Come join other BC alums serve meals to needy families in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on November 7 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Cor Unum (“One Heart”) Meal Center. To volunteer, contact Dianne Duffin at 617-552-1171 or

Jesuit Connection Pizza and a Pint — November 13

Cosponsored by the New England Province of Jesuits and the Office of Spirituality and Service, the program features Chris Korzen, co-author of A Nation for All, who will examine the essential Catholic and Christian belief in promoting the common good. RSVP by November 6 to Dianne Duffin at 617-552-1171 or The event will occur at Alumni House on November 13 at 6 p.m.

Advent Day of Recollection — December 6

Casey Beaumier, S.J., will lead alumni in prayer and reflection at the annual Advent Day of Recollection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jesuit Campion Renewal Center in Weston, Massachusetts. The program is $40 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP by November 17 to Carol Quintiliani at 617-552-4753 or

Alumni Advent Series — December 2 and 9

Back by popular demand, the Alumni Advent Series at the BC Club will be led by Daniel Harrington, S.J., who will focus on encountering Jesus in the Scriptures. Co-hosted by the Church in the 21st Century Center, the event will run 5:30–7:00 p.m. To reserve a seat, contact Dianne Duffin at 617-552-1171 or

Visit the Spirituality and Service website.

Externship Program

Externship Program

Last year, the Boston College Career Center introduced an Externship Program designed to let students job-shadow and learn from alumni mentors. Alumni are again invited to participate as student sponsors. An externship is a one- to five-day job-shadowing and mentoring experience, which allows students to gain an understanding of a job function, company, or industry.

The program is only open to employers in the Boston and New York City areas. The sponsor application deadline is November 9, and the externship period will occur January 5–13, 2009.

For more information, contact Alex Faklis '08 at 617-552-0193 or .

Reconnect: An AHANA Celebration

AHANA Celebration

Join alumni and friends such as (from left) Nguyet T. Le '99, Mary Nguyen '99, M.Ed.'00, and Karla Rodriguez '99, M.Ed.'07, at the AHANA event in July.

Boston College has been dedicated to enriching the undergraduate experience by ever-increasing efforts to recruit and retain AHANA students. As a result, there are currently approximately 10,000 AHANA alumni. The year 2009 also marks the 30th anniversary of the University’s decision to adopt the acronym AHANA, which stands for African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American. On July 17-19, 2009, Reconnect, which promises to be the largest ever gathering of AHANA alumni, will serve as a celebration and an opportunity to solidify the connections among thousands of AHANA alumni and the University. All alumni, students, parents, and friends are welcome to take part in this unprecedented event.

2009 Travel Study Programs


Several exciting destinations await alumni travelers in 2009, including the Galápagos Islands, Peru, and the Dalmatian Islands. Book now to save on most trips, and get ready to experience the joys of traveling with fellow alumni and friends. Discover more.

Save the Date!
Fourth Annual National Day of Service

On Saturday, April 18, 2009, join fellow BC grads, family, and friends for the Fourth Annual National Day of Service, when thousands of Eagles throughout the country will participate in volunteer projects to benefit their local communities. More details will follow in the coming months.

BC Marching Band at Fenway Park

BC Band

(From left) Craig Kowalski '99, JD'02, Becky Kowalski '98, Lisa Tulipani '00, and Chuck Keefe '97 gathered at the Baseball Tavern before heading to Fenway Park.

On September 23, the night the Red Sox clinched a playoff berth, several alumni, former members of the Screaming Eagles Marching Band, were at Fenway Park to cheer on the current band play the national anthem. Prior to the game, more than 50 alumni band members reconnected at The Baseball Tavern for a mini reunion.

November 2008

In This Issue

Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumni in the News
Spirituality and Service Events
Externship Program
AHANA Celebration
Alumni Travel Study 2009
National Day of Service
BC Marching Band at Fenway

BC Grad up for CNN Hero of the Year Award

Liz McCartney

Alumni can vote for Liz McCartney '94 for the CNN Hero of the Year award. One of 10 nominees, McCartney moved to New Orleans to help Hurricane Katrina survivors move back into their homes. Her nonprofit, the St. Bernard Project, has rebuilt more than 120 homes.

BC News

School of Nursing Launches New Master's Program

Boston College's William F. Connell School of Nursing will offer a master's specialty in forensic nursing starting in January 2009. Read more (PDF).

More campus news.

C21 Corner

C21 Corner

BC’s Church in the 21st Century Center (C21) has become a leading national resource and catalyst for renewal in the Catholic Church, offering programs and events that address issues facing the Church today. View November events.

Join the many alumni who participate in C21 programs and courses online through video and audio streaming.

Hit the Road with the Eagles

BC Football

Join the Eagles on the road when they take on Florida State on November 15. When you book an official Alumni Association football weekend tour with Dodds Athletic Tours, your accommodations, game tickets, and exclusive BC pregame events are all included. Options are also available for people interested only in day trips.

Find out more and register.

2009 BC Hockey and Basketball Tickets on Sale

The BC hockey and basketball teams will be in full swing in November. Purchase tickets to home games at Conte Forum and catch the Eagles in action.

Support Coach Jags!

Vote for Coach Jagodzinski for the 2008 Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. The award honors the college football coach who best demonstrates sportsmanship, integrity, responsibility, and excellence on and off the field.

A Campus Calendar

Cynthia Cooper

The Clough Colloquium hosts Cynthia Cooper, the Worldcom whistle blower and one of Time Magazine's Persons of the Year in 2002. Free and open to the public, the event will be held November 17 in Gasson 100 at 4:30 p.m. Previous speakers have included Under Secretary of State R. Nicholas Burns '78 and Janet L. Robinson, CEO, New York Times Company.

The Mass Foundation for Humanities is hosting a day-long symposium at BC on Saturday, November 22. The symposium brings together a stellar group of scholars, journalists, and practitioners to explore the historic and continuing influence of religion and religious belief on civic life in the United States.

Interested in coming back to campus? Check out what else is happening on the Heights in November. More

Alumni Medical Insurance Program

The Alumni Association sponsors both short term and permanent medical insurance for those who need temporary coverage or need to purchase individual insurance. Products are available for new graduates waiting to begin a new job, self-employed workers, freelancers, and virtually anyone searching for coverage. For more information about plans available in your state, call 800-635-7801 or visit the website.

Win a Chance to Cheer on the BC Eagles!

Enter your child's youth sports team for the chance to become the Liberty Mutual Responsible Sports Team of the Game. If you win, your team will receive tickets to a BC Eagles football game! For more information, visit the website.

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