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2016 Arts Council Awards

Boston College Arts Council


Nick Scandalios '87 to Receive 2016 Arts Alumni Award

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The Arts Council has selected Nick Scandalios to be the recipient of the 2016 Alumni Award.  Established in 1999, this award recognizes alumni who have achieved an outstanding level of distinction and public recognition for contributions in their art-related professions.

Nick Scandalios graduated from Boston College in 1987 from the Carroll School of Management.  A committed CSOM student, Scandalios was also an active member of the theatre scene, starring in West Side Story during his time at the Heights.  Shortly after graduating, he became the assistant to Jimmy Nederlander, Chairman of the Nederlander Organization.   Jimmy Nederlander is recognized today as the man that built one of the largest private live entertainment companies still in existence.  Since joining the company in 1987, Scandalios has risen in the ranks and now stands as the Executive Vice President of this century-old company.

The Nederlander Organization was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1912, when David T. Nederlander obtained a lease on the Detroit Opera House.  It has since grown into an international company committed to operating historic theatre and producing and presenting the best in theatrical entertainment and concert events.  Devoted to only producing “the best”, the organization owns many of Broadway’s best-known theaters, including the Gershwin, Marquis, Minskoff, and Palace, not to mention the theaters it owns in London, Chicago, San Diego, and other cities across the US.  As the Executive Vice President of this organization, Scandalios is integral in the company’s production choices and so has been actively involved in the booking decisions for the theaters for years.  Under his guidance, shows including The Lion King, Wicked, Rent, Beauty and the Beast, Hairspray and many others have played and continue to play Nederlander Theatres.  It is thus no surprise that in 2008 Scandalios received the Robert Whitehead Award, which is given to graduates of the Commercial Theater Institute that have achieved “outstanding achievement in commercial theatre production.”

Scandalios’s impact in the theatre world extends beyond his position with the Nederlander Organization.  He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Broadway League, the trade association representing the entire commercial theatre industry on Broadway and across North America, and has served as the Immediate past Chair and now Treasurer of the Family Equality Council.  Furthermore, he has demonstrated his steadfast commitment to humanitarian causes through serving on the Board of Trustees for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Currently the Nederlander Organization is home to some of Broadways newest hits including the groundbreaking Hamilton, ON YOUR FEET!, and Waitress, the new musical with a score by Sara Bareilles that tried out here in Boston.  The Arts Council is proud to recognize the achievements of an alumnus such as Nick Scandalios, who not only has become one of the most influential people on Broadway, but who is also staunchly committed to promoting nothing short of excellence in professional theater.


T. Frank Kennedy, S.J. '71 to Receive 2016 Faculty Arts Award

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T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Professor in the Music Department, former Chair of the Department, former Director of the Jesuit Institute and holder of the Canisius Chair, and former Rector of the Jesuit Community will receive this year’s Faculty Arts Award. Fr. Kennedy received his Bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1971. In 1989 he was hired at Boston College as one of the original founders of the BC Music Department, serving as its Chair for some 17 years. A specialist in the early Baroque period, he has produced five Jesuit operas that have been performed all over the world, including “The Apotheosis or Consecration of Saints Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier” composed for the canonization of Saints. Ignatius and Francis Xavier in 1622, and the 18th century mission opera entitled “San Ignacio Loyola.”  His work recovering neglected Jesuit operas of the 17th and 18th centuries has reinvigorated a tradition of Jesuits in music.  Indeed, his efforts to promote Jesuit culture in Western artistic practice have been profound.


2016 Student Art Award Recipients:

Ke Cao '16, MUSIC


Christopher Kabacinski '16, ENGLISH

Andrew Malley '16, MUSIC & ECONOMICS

Nicholas James Robinson '16, THEATRE & POLITICAL SCIENCE

Michael Rolincik '16, MUSIC & SOCIOLOGY


Jeffrey Howe Art History Award Recipient:

Benjamin Richard Flythe '16, ART HISTORY



The Barth Award is given each year at Commencement to one senior from the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences who has made an outstanding contribution to Boston College by participating in the fine or performing arts, such as music, theater, dance, film or other visual media.

2016 Recipient: Caitlin Mason