Alumni Connections

Boston Reunion Kickoff
Photograph: Rose Lincoln

Kicking Off Reunion 2009. While Reunion Weekend 2009 won't be here until the end of May, the celebration has started in two alumni bastions: New York City and Boston. Pictured above (l-r), Daniel Finkle, Julia Tyler, Margot Danzig, Sara Farnan Colleary, Katharine Rocco, Matthew Bonavita, Kristen Farrell, and Eric Nelson – all members of the Class of 1999 – were among nearly 300 alumni who attended the Reunion 2009 Kickoff in Boston on November 19 at the Marriott Long Wharf.

On October 22, some 300 alumni turned out for the New York Reunion Kickoff at The Pierre in New Yok City. Reunion Weekend 2009 will be May 28–31, 2009. View photos from the Reunion 2009 Kickoff in New York City.

Ready for a Challenge?
The Neenan Challenge is Underway

Recently, Father William Neenan, a beloved BC icon, received wonderful news from good friends who plan to contribute $500,000 to Boston College to help meet the pressing need of financial aid to deserving students. In return, these generous donors have asked for only one thing—5,000 alumni donors to join BC's honor roll of donors this year. Fr. Neenan's friends will give Boston College $100 for every new gift it receives. In the first two weeks, more than 1,633 have taken the challenge. Will you help Fr. Neenan and BC reach this important goal?

Give here through a secure online giving form.

Two Perfect Holiday Reads

Alumni Directory on Sale Now

Alumni Directory

Looking for an old-fashioned way to get in touch with your alumni friends? The Alumni Association has a limited number of Alumni Directories for sale. This 1,482-page, hard-cover volume is beautifully bound and contains all the contact information you’ll need to stay connected with classmates and friends this holiday season.

Prices include:
$45/copy – pick-up at Alumni House
$50/copy – ground shipping
$55/copy – expedited shipping

To purchase an Alumni Directory, contact Fabia Denaro at 617-552-4700.

Echoes of a University Presidency Available this Week

Fr. Monan's Book

As president of Boston College through an extraordinary 24-year tenure, J. Donald Monan, S.J., led the University from the brink of bankruptcy to a period of growth and revival hailed by The Boston Globe as "the Monan Renaissance." A hands-on president both on campus and off, he was always his own speech writer.

This volume, Echoes of a University Presidency, which can be purchased later this week at the BC Bookstore, gathers together, in Fr. Monan's own words, his ideas and ideals, as well as the motivations and sensitive appreciation of colleagues. Through this lens, as Geoffrey Boisi '69, P'11, writes in the foreword, "Boston College found its authentic voice." Learn more about the book.

If you would like to be notified later this week when the book is available to purchase online, please e-mail

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni Advent Series — December 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. This second night in the series, which is co-hosted by the Church in the 21st Century Center, 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.

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 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

All 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 Day at Men's Basketball — January 10

The Boston College Alumni Association, the Varsity Club, and the Boston Chapter invite you to Alumni Day at Men’s Basketball. This special, alumni-only reception will include traditional tailgate fare, special guest speakers, an appearance by the BC cheerleaders and Baldwin, and much more! The event will include a cash bar.

The reception will be 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Power Gym, followed by BC vs. Miami at 7 p.m. in Conte Forum. The cost is $30 for the reception and game, and $20 for the game alone. Click here to purchase tickets.

Alumni in the News

Laura Moan '93

Laura Moan '93

Molly Hamilton '93 started a business crafting dishes for kids. More

Professional fisherman Francis Mirarchi '65 is part of a movement to clean up the ocean near his home in Scituate, Massachusetts. More

Laura Moan '93, who coached women's lacrosse at SUNY Oneonta, has been named the head coach of Susquehanna University's women's lacrosse team. More

More news stories about alumni

BC Alumni Connections Application in Facebook

Have you clicked the 'Go to Application' button to the right? Almost 4,000 alumni have added the application for Facebook, but only 1,415 are getting the full benefits. If you are one of those who haven't clicked the button yet, here are three reasons to join:

1. You can visit the Alumni Online Community through Facebook at any time without having to remember your BC username and password for each visit.

2. You can enjoy quick and easy event registration when clicking on the event from the Facebook application. And the application will pre-fill your contact information for you when you register.

3. You can update your address information directly from Facebook and keep up-to-date on all the latest BC news and events.

Visit the BC Alumni Connections Application in Facebook today to enjoy these benefits.

Viva Italia!
A Successful Alumni Travel Experience


Patricia Owen '73, MA'78, and her husband Ken Owen in Volterra, Italy.

Twenty alumni and friends recently enjoyed the sights and sounds of Italy thanks to the Alumni Association's travel study program. Titled "Chianti in a Tuscan Villa," the tour took them to art galleries, ancient Etruscan ruins, and medieval squares. In 2009, many exciting destinations await alumni travelers, including the Galápagos Islands, Peru, and the Dalmatian Coast. Book now to save on most trips, and get ready to experience the joys of traveling with alumni and friends.

A View from Above:
Google Exec Visits Madrid Chapter


Bernardo Hernandez, MSF'95, discusses Google Maps with the Madrid Chapter.

An alumni chapter in Madrid, Spain, is a long way from the BC campus, but not if you’re looking at a Google map. On October 27, more than 60 people—a mix of BC alumni, business executives, and alumni from other universities—attended a Madrid Chapter event at EOI Business School. Bernardo Hernandez, MSF'95, worldwide director of marketing for Google Maps and Google Earth, discussed the trajectory, use, and societal influence of Google Maps. Find out what's happening with your alumni chapter.

Reconnect: An AHANA Celebration

AHANA Celebration

Join alumni and friends such as Vinay Chadha '04, MS'05, (left) and Jason Clark '04 at the AHANA event in July.

During 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.

December 2008

In This Issue

The Neenan Challenge
BC Books for the Holidays
Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumni in the News
BC Application in Facebook
Alumni Travel Study 2009
Madrid Chapter Event
AHANA Celebration

BC News

Alumna Named CNN Hero of the Year

Liz McCartney

Liz McCartney '94 of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, has been named the 2008 CNN Hero of the Year for her work helping survivors of Hurricane Katrina rebuild their homes. Read more.

More campus news.

C21 Corner

C21 Corner

The Church in the 21st Century Center's spring 2009 series will begin in January with the publication of C21 Resources, which will examine the spiritual practices of the Catholic tradition.

C21 Corner

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, C21 Online is offering an opportunity for Advent reflection with a free mini-course, "The Birth of Jesus: Two Gospel Accounts." Explore the birth narratives in this online, self-paced tutorial. Log on at your convenience, 24/7.

BC Hockey and Basketball Tickets on Sale

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

Join Baldwin's Bunch!

				s Bunch

Baldwin the Eagle has a special kid’s club so that your children can celebrate BC and enjoy exclusive benefits! Perks include a Baldwin’s Bunch welcome packet, free tickets for you and your children to select games, private events with Baldwin and BC athletes, and many more exciting opportunities! Join now.

Support Coach Jags!

Vote for Coach Jeff 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

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

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.

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 basketball game! For more information, visit the website.

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