Alumni Connections

Father McInnes

BC Community Mourns Beloved Chaplain. Several hundred people filled St. Ignatius Church December 15 for the funeral of William C. McInnes, S.J., '44, MA'51, STL'58, chaplain of the Alumni Association. Obituaries: BC Chronicle, Boston Globe.

Wonderful Winter Wonderland

Santa with three

BC alumni and families braved a brisk Saturday to enjoy Winter Wonderland. Many had pictures taken with Santa, shared stories with Mrs. Claus, and made holiday crafts during this annual holiday fete.

View more Winter Wonderland photos.

Maroon & GOLD Reception

Maroon & GOLD reception

Maroon & GOLD (Graduates of the Last Decade) donors to BC rang in the holiday season December 14 at a BC Club reception in Boston. Dozens of alumni, including (l-r) Craig Von Ahn, Kelly Wallenberg, and Liz Hassan, all Class of 2005, heard Patrick Rombalski, vice president for student affairs, give an update on BC student life and the Light the World campaign.

Tune in on Tweagle Tuesdays

Are you a Twittering Eagle? Then join us for Tweagle Tuesdays! Every Tuesday we pose questions to alumni and retweet the answers. We also let you know about upcoming alumni events and contests. Be sure to follow us at

New Benefits and Discounts for BC Alumni

Partnering with the University's employee benefits department, we are pleased to announce that Boston College alumni now join BC employees in being eligible to receive discounts and special promotions with national and local companies. Click on any of the following links to learn more.


Extra Space Storage

From You Flowers

Hampton Inn and Event Center: BC Ski Package

Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club

Real Estate Advantage Program

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Participation Keeping Pace

Hundreds of BC alumni finished up 2009 with a gift to BC in response to the Alumni Participation Challenge (APC). APC was issued by the same anonymous donor who provided $1 million for financial aid with the success of last year's Neenan Challenge. While APC runs throughout the Light the World campaign and could bring in as much as $3 million by 2015, achieving annual targets will trigger the release of $500,000 gifts for financial aid each year. The goal for 2010 is 29,000 donors. More

All those who gave last fiscal year (before May 31) and give again this year—at any level—are charter members of the William B. Neenan, S.J., Society. The new society recognizes alumni who make annual gifts of any amount in consecutive years. more

Featured Alumni

Chmiel in desert

George Chmiel '03 in the Sahara (Photo, RacingThePlanet Limited)

George Chmiel '03, to help raise funds for a young girl with a rare disease, ran 155 miles in five days . . . in the Sahara. ESPN Boston has more.

Debra Brown Steinberg, JD'79, is a nationally recognized advocate for families of 9/11 victims and her pro bono work on their behalf has been hailed in U.S. Senate and House of Representatives resolutions. More

Ernest DuBester '72 was nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a member of the Federal Labor Relations Authority. DuBester previously served as chairman of the National Mediation Board. Long active in alumni affairs, he served as president of the Washington, DC, Chapter, 1984–1992.

More news stories about alumni

Holiday Helping

The Chicago Chapter's "winter attire drive" made the holiday season special for 120 local youngsters at Marconi Elementary Community Academy, outfitting each with a new winter coat, hat, scarf, and pair of gloves. Drive volunteers pose (below) with items that brought definite warmth and cheer. Another group of Chicago alumni volunteered at a local Catholic Charities holiday party.

Chicago clothing drive

Energy and Environment Alumni Kickoff

BCEEAN Reception

The new Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN) held its inaugural event last month in Washington, DC. Co-sponsored by the Washington, DC, and Baltimore chapters as well as the Alumni Association Career Services Committee, the event attracted more than 50 alumni. They heard a discussion on the "Transition to a Green Economy" by panelists Frances Dubrowski NC'70, P '09; Doreen Hope '80; Elliot Oxman, JD'04; and Susan Schruth NC'71; and moderated by Patricia Randolph Williams '77 (above, right). Alumni interested in joining this new affinity group should e-mail

Upcoming Alumni Events

BC-BU Hockey at Fenway - Pregame Reception - January 8

Join fellow Eagles hockey fans for a reception prior to the historic BC-BU matchup at Fenway Park, Friday, January 8. Reception is at 5 p.m., The Baseball Tavern, 1270 Boylston Street, Boston. Appetizers and cash bar, $20. Faceoff is at 7:30 p.m.

Council for Women of Boston College - Women's Basketball - January 10

The Council for Women of Boston College invites you and family and friends to cheer on the Eagles as they face ACC rival North Carolina State Sunday, January 10, 2 p.m., Conte Forum. Then, after the game, come to an exclusive meet-and-greet with Coach Sylvia Crawley and members of the team! Discount tickets are available. Click here and enter the promotion code "CWBC" to receive the discounted price of $2.

Alumni Day at Men's Basketball - January 16

The Alumni Association and the Varsity Club invite you to come to Alumni Day at Men's Basketball, Saturday, January 16. This special alumni reception begins at 2 p.m., preceding the BC-Maryland game, and will include traditional tailgate fare, cash bar, appearances by the BC cheerleaders and Baldwin, and much more! Tickets for the reception and game are $35; for the reception only, $20. To register.

Wall Street Tribute Dinner Kickoff Reception - January 28

The Wall Street Council is holding a market perspectives panel on "The State of College Endowment Funds" and a tribute dinner kickoff reception Thursday, January 28, Waldorf Astoria, New York City. Tickets are $25 per person. To register.

West Coast Technology Council Dinner - February 9

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Evelyn J. And Robert A. Ferris Professor Michael Naughton will speak at the West Coast Technology Council dinner Tuesday, February 9, Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel, Menlo Park, Calif. Check the website for more information.

Council for Women of Boston College - Museum Reception - February 10

Council Members and Associate Members of the Council for Women of Boston College, alumnae, and friends are invited to a reception at the McMullen Museum, Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 p.m. Guests will be able to view the museum exhibit "Asian Journeys: Collecting Art in Post-War America." Check the website for more information.

Boston Winter Ball- February 20

The 2010 Boston Winter Ball will celebrate the last quarter century of excellence at Boston College with a special evening February 20 in the grand ballroom of the Fairmont Copley Plaza hotel. All proceeds will benefit financial aid at Boston College. With live music and over 700 BC alumni expected to attend, this black-tie, open bar event will be a great gala for Boston College alumni of the last 25 years. Please visit for more details and for tickets.

Upcoming Spirituality and Service Events

Calling BC Alumni to March for Life — January 22

Plan now to join a contingent of Boston College alumni in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life and to attend a special alumni reception at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. For more information, click here (pdf) or e-mail Rosemary Maffei '02 at

Laetare Sunday — March 14

Save the date for the annual Lenten event. Laetare Sunday will take place March 14 and includes Mass at 9:30 a.m., followed by brunch and a special guest speaker.

Share Your Ideas on Alumni Education

We always strive to provide our alumni opportunities for continuing learning and engagement, and we want to know what you want to know. Do you have an idea for a lecture, series, program, or event that you think will appeal to many alumni? Do you want tips on parenting? Careers? Healthy living? Politics? Do you want to attend a lecture by your favorite professor? Do you want to hear from alumni authors and learn how to be published? What else? We are developing our program of offerings for the coming months and your feedback is welcome. Send your ideas to Jean Chisser, MA'91, at Thanks in advance for your suggestions.

Alumni Travel: Lineup for 2010

The Alumni Association Travel Study program has an exciting lineup for 2010. Join Boston College alumni, friends, and family to destinations that include France, Croatia, the Mediterranean and Greek Isles, Egypt, Italy, and South Africa. Please check out the travel study website for details.

BC Athletics Update

Hockey and Basketball Tickets on Sale


The Eagles have an attractive slate of home games in the coming weeks, including men's basketball against Clemson, men's hockey vs. Maine, and the women's basketball team challenging four ACC foes.

For more information and for tickets, click here.


January 2010

In This Issue

Wonderful Winter Wonderland

Maroon and GOLD Reception
Tweagle Tuesdays New Benefits and Discounts Participation Keeping Pace Featured Alumni Holiday Helping Energy and Environment Alumni Kickoff Upcoming Alumni Events Upcoming Spirituality and Service Events Share Your Ideas Alumni Travel Athletics Update

University News

BC is assisting Irish educators in the use of EagleEyes, the adaptive technology developed by faculty here that gives people with physical and cognitive disabilities access to the personal computer. More

More campus news

School News

Marjory Gordon

Marjory Gordon

Marjory Gordon, professor emerita at the Connell School of Nursing, has been named a "living legend" by the American Academy of Nursing. More

Explore continuing education opportunities offered through the School of Theology and Ministry by clicking here.

BC Club

BC Club

Home to over 2,300 members, the Boston College Club is proud to be Boston's premier private business and social club. Visit the website for more information.

Campus Calendar

"What's in a Series?" is a panel discussion with three authors of book series, sponsored by the Educational Resource Center, Tuesday, January 26, 7:30 p.m., Vanderslice Hall. More

More campus events in January

On Eagles' Wings

On Eagles' Wings

Submit your prayers and intentions through On Eagles' Wings, an online service provided by the Alumni Association.

Spirituality Conference

A major, day-long conference, "Living the Journey: Spirituality for the Second Half of Life," will be held April 10, Robsham Theater. It features Jennie Chin Hansen '70, H'08, president of the American Association of Retired People (AARP). Attendees will hear her and other experts from the fields of theology, ministry, and health talk about how the challenges of growing older are being redefined by faith and service, and they will learn surprising new discoveries linking mental health and emotional well-being to faith and community. Registration will be available online beginning January 19. Register early and save.

C21 Corner

Lecture: "Called to Become a Community of Practice," Thursday, January 28. Jane Regan, associate professor of theology and religious education, discusses what it means to bring spiritual practices to the fore. More

Visit the new Church in the 21st Century Center website.

C21 Online

C21 Online offers a full lineup of courses, including "Spirituality Matters," offered January 19–February 12. Alumni are invited to register for "Spirituality Matters" and participate in a special online forum exclusively for BC alumni. To receive the special rate, contact Jean Chisser ( no later than January 13 to receive the unique registration code for BC alumni. (Regular cost is $75 per person, but alumni can participate at the special rate of only $35 per person.) Registration is limited to the first 50 people who sign up.

Official Reunion Airline

Jet Blue logo

Jet Blue is the official airline for BC's Reunion Weekend 2010.

Reunion Weekend 2010 is June 4–6. Visit the Reunion website for updates on all Reunion-related activities.

BC Rewards Card

BC Rewards Card

Did you know that each purchase on your Boston College Platinum MasterCard® earns you points that you can use toward exclusive BC rewards such as tickets to athletic events, a round of golf with a BC coach, and travel to an away football game?

Plus, if you use your Boston College Platinum MasterCard® at a BC bookstore, you will receive a 10 percent discount on select items. And, while rewarding yourself, you are supporting the Boston College Alumni Association. Each year, with dollars funded by the card program, the Alumni Association awards $150,000 in scholarships for children of BC alumni.

Life Insurance through the Alumni Association

We’re pleased to announce that the BC Alumni Insurance Program now offers an advisory service—at no charge—to guide you in making wise insurance choices. Do you want to increase the amount of your life insurance coverage? Are you planning a vacation that requires trip cancellation or travel medical protection? Are you hosting a wedding or other function that requires special event insurance for the day? The New Year is a good time to review and reassess all of your insurance needs. A professional insurance advisor is available to answer your questions and provide details on specific products that can best fit your needs—for individuals, families, or even small businesses. Learn more at the website or call 800-635-7801.

Discounted Insurance from Liberty Mutual

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.

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