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Community Service Award

Thanh V. Tran, the 2018 Community Service Award recipient. Photo by Lee Pellegrini

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Many Boston College faculty and staff serve the communities where they work and live by volunteering their time in support of programs for youth and seniors, coordinating neighborhood clean-up and beautification projects, and participating in the philanthropic activities of various health, educational, cultural and religious organizations.

The Boston College Community Service Award was created to recognize the outstanding contributions of an employee whose actions truly exemplify the Jesuit spirit of community service and involvement.

Do you know a Boston College employee who embodies these Jesuit values and whose volunteer efforts deserve special recognition?

If so, please take the time to complete the Nomination Form.

Past Award Recipients

2017: Mary Ellen Fulton, Lynch School of Education

Fulton’s record of service is marked by “dedication and steadfast advocacy” for quality education from the elementary to college level, according to the award citation, citing her work with two Boston-area Catholic schools, Saint Joseph’s Preparatory Academy, and Saint Columbkille Partnership School, and the Natick Education Foundation, a nonprofit in her home community.

2016: Michael Malec, Department of Sociology

Malec has organized several service trips with faculty and students to Nicaragua, where they have installed ecological water filters and stoves in rural homes and schools, and aided local health outreach. He also has helped to maintain and expand the sister city project between San Juan del Sur and Newton, where he lives. Malec’s colleagues also point out that he has put his ideals into action locally as well as in Nicaragua, as an advocate for affordable housing in Newton and a three-term alderman for the city during the 1980s.

2015: Dan Bunch, Learning to Learn

Bunch began his professional career at Boston College in 1982 and since 1987 has directed Learning to Learn, a program designed to improve students’ critical thinking abilities and provide them with the learning skills and problem-solving skills they need to succeed in college and beyond. In addition to official duties with Learning to Learn, Bunch contributes to the University as an advisor to the Black Student Forum, a member of the Black Staff Faculty Association, a founding member and treasurer of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Scholarship Committee and as a member of the AHANA Alumni Council. He also works directly with a handful of students as a Benjamin E. Mays mentor.

2014: Marianne Carrabba, Residential Life

Carrabba has worked at the University for 45 years. Her job is to help students, as well as new faculty and staff, secure off-campus housing, but Carrabba goes above and beyond that job description to make sure they find not just a place to live, but a home. Colleagues describe her as humble, selfless, kind and empathetic, with a knack for turning a negative experience into a positive one.

2013: Christopher Darcy, Residential Life

A 17-year member of the University community, Darcy is responsible for the ministerial components and programs of the Office of Residential Life, and serves as a part-time campus minister for the division of University Mission and Ministry. Among his activities at Boston College, he has been an Arrupe mentor and staff person for numerous international immersion programs; serves as a Mays mentor for two students; as a retreat director for the Kairos program and assists in co-directing an annual 48 Hours retreat for first-year students.

2012: Paul Doherty, English Department

Doherty has lived in Newton since 1966 and his volunteerism is focused on enriching his community. He has been actively involved in the Newton Community Development Foundation, a non-profit that develops and manages affordable housing in Newton, since its founding in a1968. Paul also directed the steering committee that established a parish council at Sacred Heart Parish in Newton Center and served as the council’s first president. In his other time, Paul volunteers as a youth baseball coach for the Newton Astros.

2011: Donna Cullinan, Connell School of Nursing

For the past decade, Donna Cullinan has traveled to Haiti to volunteer and deliver critical medical care to families living in the most isolated and rural sections of this impoverished country. Prior to the trip, she works tirelessly to raise much needed funds and promote general awareness of the serious health and living conditions facing the people of Haiti. Over the years, she has built lasting relationships with families in need. At home, Donna is an active member of the Nativitiy Prep Board of Trustees and the Mother Caroline Academy. BC Chronicle.

2010: Mark Dalton, Facilities

Mark Dalton not only embraces the Jesuit ideal; he “embodies” it.  Mark is the recipient of the 2010 Boston College Community Service Award because beyond his many duties as a Grounds Maintenance Department worker, he is an exemplary human being with great compassion for the less fortunate in life.  Mark is a long time hair donor for “Locks for Love” personifies “Santa Claus” at the Alumni Christmas Party, and is involved with the Boston College Police Department Annual Auction.  He is also blessed with a contagious personality, and he fully understands the sense of community both within the collegiate campus and outside its walls. BC Chronicle

2009: Joan Engler, University Advancement

Joan is a member of St. Ignatius Church which enables her to provide hospitality services for special occasions throughout the year. She has been member of West Roxbury Friends of Rosie’s Place for many years, participating in fundraising efforts for the shelter, including forming groups to serve meals to the women and children at the shelter.  More recently, and through her church, Joan volunteered to help families from the Congo with family errands, some schooling and shopping.  Moreover, Joan helps the families navigate the obstacles involved with immigration, social workers, hospitals and public schools. BC Chronicle

2008: Maureen A. Eldredge, Undergraduate Program Assistant, School of Nursing

2007: Phil Temples, Computer Science

2006: Jane McGuire, Student Services

2005: Margaret Laurence, Development

2004: Anne Marie Flaherty, Gate Attendant

2003: John G. Boylan, Jr., Chemistry Department