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Spring 2012

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This newsletter is being brought to you by the Graduate Alumni Council of the Boston College Alumni Association. The Council is co-chaired by Alumni Association board members Mary-Jane Flaherty NC'75 and Ann Riley Finck '66, P'93, '95, '96, '06, '08. Membership includes alumni and staff from all graduate schools/programs.

For more information or to get involved with the council, contact Jean Chisser at the Alumni Association at jean.chisser@bc.edu.

Graduate Alumni—
This Is For You!

Welcome to the second issue of our newsletter, written especially for you: one of more than 50,000 graduate alumni of Boston College.

Our goal is to help keep you connected to your particular graduate school and to Boston College. We invite you to stay engaged with BC and to attend special events geared to stimulate and engage you on intellectual and social levels. Can't get to campus? There are many online resources available.

Please stay in touch. Send us an email and let us know your thoughts on this issue and what you would like to see in upcoming issues.

Always an Eagle,

John Feudo '82
Associate Vice President, Alumni Relations

Pass It On!

And pay it forward. We have emails for only about half of the graduate alumni population. Please forward this email to other grad alumni you know and encourage them to update their contact information with Boston College. We don't want any of our grad alumni to feel left out. Thanks!

Highlighted Event

GRADUATE ALUMNI EVENT: Workplace Age Diversity: Bridging the Generational Gap

Thursday, May 3, 6:30 p.m.
Alumni Center, Brighton Campus
RSVP by April 30, 2012, at Grad Alumni Event
$10/person includes hors d'oeuvres and beverages

Almost without exception we work in diverse, multi–generational workplaces. Join us for an evening of learning and sharing around the cutting-edge issues that professionals of all ages and at all career stages face in the workplace today in regard to age diversity. The Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College will lead this program. For more info and to register, click here. This event will take place in the newly–opened Alumni Center on Brighton Campus. Free parking next to the center. Guests are welcome.

News from Your School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Single by Choice

Read about the increased number of singles in the U.S. in an article written by Janelle Nanos '02, senior editor at Boston Magazine. The article features an interview with associate professor of sociology Natasha Sarkisian who co-authored Nuclear Family Values, Extended Family Lives.

View the video of Dean David Quigley's presentation The Making of Modern Boston.

Graduate School of Social Work

GSSW to Collaborate on Program in Afghanistan

A collaboration between Boston College and Hunter College aims to help establish social work as a recognized profession in Afghanistan by developing national qualification standards and university level curricula at undergraduate and graduate levels.

Lynch School of Education

The Lynch School has recently been covered by various news outlets for excellent faculty and student research, including that of Professor Janet Helms (pictured) and Caitlin Lombardi, and for the launch of a new set of Catholic school standards, developed in partnership with Roche Center for Catholic Education Executive Director Patricia Weitzel–O'Neill. The Lynch School supports the resources of the community through partnerships including a $300,000 pledge for technology upgrades in the Newton Public Schools.

School of Theology and Ministry

Art Exhibit: Seeing the Man: Art from Behind Bars,
a Vision of Restorative Justice and Healing

This exhibit is on display through April 30 in the School of Theology and Ministry's Library. The exhibition features more than 40 works of art depicting images of grief and hope created by men imprisoned in American jails and penitentiaries.

BC Law School

BC Law is ranked No. 18 in hiring by top 250 law firms by The National Law Journal; Kari Hong recently joined the faculty; and BC Law School Dean Vincent Rougeau (pictured) has been named one of the 100 most influential black attorneys in the U.S. by On Being a Black Lawyer (OBABL). Read about all these topics and more news from the Law School here.

Carroll Graduate School of Management

In February, the Graduate Management Association of the Boston College Carroll School of Management held its annual leadership event at the Boston College Club in Boston. This year's guest speaker was John Leahy, MBA'82, CFO of iRobot. He discussed the challenges and lessons learned while operating in the current business environment. Read more here.

Connell School of Nursing

Three alumnae, including Tricia Gordon '06, Connell Graduate School of Nursing Class of 2014, were recently honored with awards at the New England Regional Black Nurses Association (NERBNA) Awards Dinner.

Click here to see the video of the collaboration that the Connell School and NERBNA have together.

Woods College of Advancing Studies

Cereal for Kids

The annual Woods College Cereal for Kids campaign will take place on April 28. The goal of the campaign is to provide cereal to families with children so they can start their day with a meal. To make a donation or to help deliver cereal to a local food bank, please contact us at bcecaa@mail.com. For more information about WCAS, click here.

Graduate Alumni in the News

Law Alumna Named "Rising Star" 

Eleanor Williams, JD'06, assistant vice president and counsel for MassMutual Financial Group and a member of the executive board of the Law School's Black Alumni Network, is among "40 Rising Stars 40 & Under" identified by Black Enterprise magazine. She was recognized at the recent Black Enterprise Women of Power Summit in Orlando, Fla. Read more here.

Grace Cotter Regan '82, MA'08, daughter of the late BC High football coaching legend Jim Cotter, has been named head of school at St. Mary's High School in Lynn, Mass. Read more here.

Lori Baker, MA'03, recently published her second book: Crash & Tell: Stories. "Readers will come away hungry for more from this macabre, humorous, and tantalizing voice" says Publishers Weekly. "I was recently back at BC giving a reading and doing a Q&A with undergraduate creative writing students in the English Department," wrote Lori. "It was so nice to be back and see some old friends on campus." Read more here.

Upcoming Events

Distinguished Speakers Lecture: Delano Lewis, former ambassador to South Africa "Caring for People is a Global Responsibility"

April 26, 2012, 9–11 a.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Boston College, Lower Campus

Delano Lewis will discuss how we are all interconnected globally and will speak about opportunities to serve in the U.S. and around the world. He will refer to his Peace Corps and South African ambassadorship experiences. RSVP here.

Laughing with the Saints: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life with James Martin, S.J., MDiv'98

Saturday, July 14, 10 a.m.
Robsham Theater
Free. Entrance by TICKET ONLY. This event is sponsored by STM. Click here to register. Who says being religious means being serious all the time? Fr. Martin, author of Between Heaven and Mirth, will show how the life of faith leads to joy and how laughter is a gift from God. Fr. Martin is a popular author and culture editor of America magazine.

Boston College Celebrates 150 Years with a Mass at Fenway Park

Saturday, September 15
4:00 p.m.

Save the date! The Sesquicentennial Celebration will officially begin on September 15 with a Mass at Fenway Park in Boston. The Mass is open to all members of the Boston College community and will be concelebrated by members of the Jesuit community and alumni priests. It will be followed by a reception that will include a walking tour of the ballpark and field. Click here for more information about Boston College's Sesquicentennial celebration.

Campus Update

New Alumni Center on Brighton Campus

In February, more than 175 administrators moved into the new Alumni Center. The centerpiece of the center is a sunlit, 3,000–square–foot, three–story atrium that will provide an informal gathering space for alumni and staff. Attend the May 3 graduate alumni event and see this great new space for alumni! Read more here.

State of the University

"Alumni and members of the University community should take pride in the remarkable evolution and progress of Boston College, which not only stands as a leader in Catholic education in the United States, but also ranks among the premier higher education institutions in the world," President William P. Leahy, S.J., writes in an open letter. Read more here.

Online Resources Available 24/7

Even if you've moved away from the Heights, you can still participate in many of the events that happen on campus—virtually! Check out these online resources:

The Deans Series – four deans gave presentations on topics of interest during the 2011/12 academic year

@BC– featured multi-media productions

Church21 Webcasts on Demand – spirituality presentations on a wide range of topics

News about BC – stay up–to–date with BC's happenings

Why They Give

"My husband, Michael '98, and I contribute to Boston College because we have seen first–hand the tremendous impact of the students, faculty, and staff on the community. The Lynch School's work, in particular, makes a real difference in children's lives." —Christine L. Power, PhD Candidate in the Lynch School of Education. Click here to give to Boston College.

Share Your Thoughts

Share your comments about this newsletter, share your personal/professional news, or tell us what you would like to see happen for graduate alumni by dropping a note to gradalumni@bc.edu.

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