DC Service – The Washington DC Chapter, making up for a rained-out National Day of Service in April, visited the Little Sisters of the Poor July 24. They assisted elderly residents, leading activities ranging from a sing-along to bingo, and did some yard work.
Remember Your First Day at BC?
Early next month, more than 2,000 young men and women will arrive for their first official day at BC. Do you have any special memories of your first day at the Heights? Did you meet someone who is still your friend today? Did you feel homesick? Excited? Apprehensive? Did you get lost? Share your special memories in a note to email@example.com. We'll compile them for the September edition.
Old and New
There was no McElroy Commons or lower campus (hence baseball on "Alumni Field" with Lyons Hall in the background). "Coeds" wore dresses, male students dressed in coats and ties, Jesuits were in cassocks. Those were some of the visible characteristics of BC in 1956. Towers on the Heights is a 27-minute film that brings us back 54 years and includes scenes of a typing class, BC-Holy Cross football in Fenway Park, a spring formal, and alumni "hijinks." If you recognize yourself or a friend in the film, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Videos: @BC Feature archive (RealPlayer required) or YouTube
There will be a new academic building, first since 1991 and twice as big as Devlin Hall. Two building wings will be linked by a glassed-in skyway. A new "quad" will replace the Dustbowl. That's Stokes Hall, construction of which is to start this fall pending approval by the Board of Trustees. The artist's rendition above views the new building from near Carney Hall, with the south side of Lyons Hall at top right and, in the foreground, what is now the Dustbowl. Coverage in BC Chronicle and Boston College Magazine
Affinities—Hellenic Alumni Network
Newest among the alumni groups being formed around shared backgrounds and interests is the Hellenic Alumni Network. Alumni of Greek descent interested in joining together for networking and career development opportunities, mentoring current students of Greek descent, and more should e-mail email@example.com for additional information.
The Alumni Association supports several alumni affinity groups. Click here for more information on current organizations and guidelines about starting an affinity group.
More than 1,300 alumni took the trivia quiz in the July edition. Most people answered most questions correctly, but the one that threw a majority of people asked who wrote For Boston. Only 24 percent picked the correct answer—T. J. Hurley '85. We're sure a lot of people thought someone from the Class of '85 would have been too young, but Mr. Hurley was a member of the Class of 1885. Click here for a breakdown of the quiz results, including all the correct answers. And thanks to all who took the quiz.
Parents, Pops, and Pigskin
Parents' Weekend, September 24–26, provides a variety of programs and activities that make the annual event very popular. Highlights include presentations by William P. Leahy, S.J., president, and other University administrators and faculty; the Pops on the Heights Scholarship Gala, featuring the Boston Pops; and the BC-Virginia Tech football game with a pregame barbeque. For more information and to order tickets, click here.
BC at PGA
Some discounted tickets remain available for the Deutsche Bank Championship, New England's premier PGA tour event, Tuesday, August 31–Monday, September 6, at TPC Boston in Norton, MA. Click here for tickets. At the event, please stop by the Alumni Association table under the BC flag at the 17th tee.
Upcoming Alumni Events
The Alumni Education program aims to provide BC alumni opportunities for lifelong learning that link up to their diverse ages and interests. At this time, 13 programs scheduled for September–December address such topics as women's career hiatus, Massachusetts politics (just before elections), wine selections, and work-life balance for young professionals. Click here for more information on this fall's programs.
All alumni are invited to attend the University's First Year Academic Convocation, Thursday, September 16. The Alumni Association will open the event with a complimentary reception for alumni and friends 5:00–6:00 p.m. The convocation itself, in Conte Forum, will feature an address by Daniel Wolff, author of How Lincoln Learned to Read: Twelve Great Americans and the Educations That Made Them. For more information and to register, click here.
Conor McDonald '09 was sworn in as a New York Police Department cadet July 6, nearly 24 years to the day after his NYPD father was shot and paralyzed. More
Karen Daley, MS'04, PhD'10, is new president of the American Nurses Association, the nation's leading professional nursing organization. More
Geoff Ellis '91 received the 2010 Petaluma (California) "service to youth" award in part because of his leadership role with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marin and Sonoma Counties. More
Beat Cancer Golf Outing
BC football player Mark Herzlich (center) was special guest at the first Beat Cancer golf event held May 22 at the Ritz-Carlton Members Club, Sarasota, Florida. Organized by Tom LaFrance '84, P'13, '14 (right) and his wife, Lynn, P'13, '14, the event also recognized Jake Olson (left). Both Herzlich and Olson had been honored as cancer survivors the night before in Sarasota at the Dick Vitale Gala for cancer research. Herzlich, 2008 ACC defensive player of the year as a linebacker, missed last season to receive treatment for a rare cancer. He has been cleared to return to play this season. The LaFrances hope to make the golf event an annual affair. To receive information on next year's outing, contact Tom LaFrance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Travel with Boston College alumni, friends, and family. Land and sea programs combine fabulous destinations, great food, and touring with like-minded travelers. Take advantage of two new air-inclusive programs: "Costa Rica," departing February 19, 2011, and "The Best of France & Italy," departing April 7, 2011. Of special note are those programs with early booking discounts: "Alumni Campus Abroad in Israel" and "Legends of the Nile." For more information, click here or call Gail Darnell at 617-552-8035.
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