Neenan Challenge Pushes
Toward Goal. As Boston College's fiscal year comes to a close on
May 31, the final push to meet the Neenan Challenge is underway. As of
today, BC is only 5,517 donors away from 25,000—a milestone that will
secure $500,000 from anoynymous donors for financial aid. If you haven't
made your gift yet, click here to give to the Neenan Challenge.
Make plans now to join Reunion Weekend festivities May 28-31. Reconnect with old friends, attend your class party, and enjoy being back at the Heights. More than 5,000 alumni attended last year's celebration; don't miss out!
RECONNECT, which promises to be BC's largest gathering of AHANA alumni, takes place July 16–19. Registration is now available by clicking here. If you have any questions, contact Eva Maynard at email@example.com.
An Evening with Father Monan
at the BC Club — May 6
During his 24 successful years as president of Boston College, J. Donald Monan, S.J., always remained his own speech writer. Join Fr. Monan as he reflects upon his new book, Echoes of a University Presidency, which features a selection of speeches delivered throughout his tenure, and offers his perspective on how the speeches weave together the people and events that are the fabric of BC's history. The event is free and will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a reception and book signing to follow at 6 p.m. RSVP by calling 617-946-2828.
Broadway Hits the Heights! —
Jason Robert Brown's critically-acclaimed musical, Songs for a New World, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in Robsham Theater. This one-night-only performance features a cast of professional alumni entertainers and represents the culmination of a year-long relationship between BC and Visiting Monan Professor of Theatre Arts Mary-Mitchell Campbell, who is spending the 2008–09 academic year on campus working with students and faculty on a series of programs. For tickets to the show and the cast party, click here.
Reunion Reception for Woods
College Alumni — May 28
Real Estate Council — June
The Last Trip to South Bend?
BC vs Notre Dame — October 23–25
The Alumni Association and BC Athletics invite all alumni and fans to visit South Bend to cheer on the Eagles, when they battle the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on the gridiron! This will be the Eagles' last visit to Notre Dame in the foreseeable future, so don't miss out on this great trip! For more information and to book your package today, visit the website.
Do you ever wonder where your life is headed? The Pathways retreat offers Boston College alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years an opportunity to return to campus and consider their path since graduation. This special gathering offered by the Alumni Association's Office of Spirituality and Service combines the elements of a spiritual retreat with a career/vocation discernment workshop. The cost for this overnight retreat is $85 (single rooms available for an additional $20), and the retreat is limited to 30 spots. Register online.
Some of us are old
enough to remember communicating with our friends using two tin cans
and a piece of string. Times sure have changed, and the Alumni
Association is interested in tapping into the knowledge and expertise of
those of you who are up to speed with today's ever-changing
communications vehicles. Do you tweet with the best of them? Are you a
Facebook fanatic? Are you LinkedIn like no other? Then please consider
joining our new Communications Committee to help us understand how to
best keep in touch with our BC friends. Contact Jean Chisser for more
information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tech Council members are invited to the Boston College Technology Council Annual Spring Dinner on May 12. Featuring keynote speaker Joseph M. Tucci, chairman, president, and chief executive officer of EMC Corporation, the event will be held at the Needham Sheraton. Reception at 6:00 p.m.; dinner at 7:00 p.m. The cost is $30. To register for the dinner, visit the Tech Council website. Registration deadline is May 5.
The Alumni Association offers dozens of ways for alumni to stay actively involved as volunteers for their alma mater. Visit the volunteer website to view all the available opportunities.
On April 14, some 225 alumni and friends attended Volunteer Information Night at the BC Club to learn more ways to stay connected, engaged, and involved with Boston College. The event was part of the Light the World campaign effort to double the number of engaged alumni. View event photos.
Deb Hanewich '90 published a cookbook to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More
Linda Katz, JD'78, co-founder of the Poverty Institute, will receive the 2009 Profile in Change Award from the Fund for Community Progress. More
Philip Gilpin, Jr. '03 is the founder of the International Green Shield, a nonprofit organization with a mission to protect people affected by harsh climates and natural disasters. More
It's not too late to sign up for the following trips offered by the Alumni Association's travel study program: Dordogne (PDF), Italian Lake District (PDF), and South Pacific Wonders. Recently announced destinations in 2010 include: Egypt, Vietnam, Provence, the Mediterranean, Oberammergau, Tuscany, and South Africa. Discover more.
The Alumni Association's fourth annual National Day of Service was one of the best on record! The great efforts of chapter leaders and hundreds of alumni volunteers across the country produced some astounding results in the name of Boston College: 31 regions/chapters were involved; 38 projects/sites were visited; and more than 500 volunteers performed a total of well over 1,000 hours collectively. The fifth annual National Day of Service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2010, so please mark your calendars accordingly! The Alumni Association thanks everyone involved for all the effort, hours, and service! Please send any photos, feedback, or questions to email@example.com. In the June edition of Alumni Connections, more photos will be available and the designation of the Magis Chapter will be announced.
On April 23, more than 600 alumni, parents, and friends attended the 21st annual Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York City. The evening raised more than $1.1 million for the Presidential Scholars Program and honored Alfred F. Kelly, Jr., P'09,'11,'13, president, American Express Company, with the President's Medal for Excellence. Event highlights included a video featuring presidential scholar alumni, and a speech by presidential scholar, Nate Keegan '09, who thanked the audience for their generous support on behalf of his class and the program. The following morning, the senior class of presidential scholars rang the opening bell at the NYSE. Read Nate Keegan's speech (PDF).
In This Issue
Chemistry Professor Udayan Mohanty won a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship for his theoretical studies of rare chemical reactions. Read more.
The Carroll School of Management ranked #1 in accounting and #17 overall in BusinessWeek's 2009 ranking of top undergraduate business schools. Read more (PDF).
Tickets are on sale now for the 17th annual Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala. This spectacular event will be held on Friday, September 25, at Conte Forum on the Boston College campus in conjunction with Parents' Weekend. This year's performance will feature conductor Keith Lockhart, soloist Bernadette Peters, the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and BC's own University Chorale. Reserve seats today by calling 1-800-767-5591 or visiting the website.
On Eagles' Wings
Submit your prayers and intentions through On Eagles' Wings, an online service provided by the Alumni Association's Office of Spirituality and Service, and the Alumni Association staff will bring them to St. Mary's Chapel.
The Church in the 21st Century Center's awarding-winning book series celebrates a new release, Two Centuries of Faith: The Influence of Catholicism on Boston: 1808–2008, edited by Thomas H. O'Connor. For more information or to order a copy, visit the website.
Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, C21 Online is offering its two most popular workshops of 2008: "Encountering Jesus in Scripture," which begins June 1, and "Spiritual Practices," starting June 15.
Esteemed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns will address the Class of 2009 at the University's Commencement, where he will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree. Monday, May 18, 10:00 a.m., Alumni Stadium.
Interested in coming back to campus? Check out what else is happening on the Heights in May. More
During this time of economic uncertainty, many alumni and their family members are in need of health insurance. Short-term and permanent health insurance options are available through the alumni insurance program. The program is typically promoted to new grads just before and after graduation, but in response to the rising unemployment rate and in an effort to help all of those in need, the Alumni Association is spreading the word more broadly.
This program is also perfect for alumni children who are graduating (even if they did not attend BC) and aren't yet covered under an employer’s health plan. For more information, individuals can contact Meyer & Associates at 800-635-7801 or through the website.
The Boston College Alumni Association and Liberty Mutual are pleased to announce a program called Group Savings Plus. 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.
Got ideas for programs or services you'd like us to consider? Contact a member of our staff.
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