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April 2013


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BC's Mission Comes to Life

Chestnut Hill will host the 150 on the Road service project on April 13 for the National Day of Service.

The National Day of Service is a beloved BC tradition that brings Eagles everywhere together to give back. Nearly 30 chapters have planned projects for this year's Eighth Annual National Day of Service, ranging from the 150 on the Road service project in Chestnut Hill, and the breakfast service to women and children in a Cleveland homeless shelter, to cleaning up a park cleanup project in Hawaii. See what your local chapter has planned.

150 on the Road
Boston College alumni, parents, and friends are coming together around the country for the 150 on the Road service projects, packing meals for hungry families. With events completed in Los Angeles and Miami, more than 65,000 meals have been packed toward the final goal of 150,000, in honor of the University's 150th anniversary. Each of these family-friendly events promises to be a meaningful experience for all.

There are still five 150 on the Road events to go, including BC's National Day of Service in Chestnut Hill. Find out when the Sesquicentennial celebration will be in your area, and register now!


Smaller Pool, Better Applicants

Admissions Prospective students take a tour of the Heights.
As BC continues to soar in the national rankings, its emphasis on admitting only the best remains paramount. Recently, the University saw a 26 percent drop in the number of applications received after requiring that a written essay accompany each application. The approach was aimed at deterring less serious potential students and has resulted in a higher quality applicant pool, according to a recent Boston Globe article.

Arts in Bloom at the Heights

Dancers perform at last year's Arts Festival.
One of BC's most colorful traditions returns April 25–27 when the 15th Annual BC Arts Festival fills O'Neill Plaza, Stokes Lawn, and Gasson Hall with music, theater, dance, poetry, film, painting, sculpture, and more. See the 2013 schedule.

This year, Robert Polito '73 will receive the Arts Alumni Award in recognition of his accomplishments in scholarship and poetry. The director of the writing program at The New School, Polito has published several volumes of poetry as well as film and literary criticism.

Young Eagles Honored

Young Alumni Awards
Thomas Cornwell '12 and Georgette Asfoura '12 accept their awards from President William P. Leahy, S.J.
Young alumni—or those who have graduated in the past 20 years—are among the University's most active volunteers and loyal ambassadors. Their service to Boston College was honored March 22 at the Celebration of Young Alumni Service. The Cadigan Alumni Center resounded with good cheer as President William P. Leahy, S.J., and University Advancement Senior Vice President Jim Husson expressed the University's deep gratitude for the hard work and dedicated service that are so important to the success of Boston College.

During a special ceremony, Kimberly O'Neil '97 was presented with the Stanton Award in honor of her loyal commitment and great service to the University. Meanwhile, members of the Class of 2012 Georgette Asfoura and Thomas Cornwell received the James F. Stanton Senior Class Gift Award in recognition of their outstanding leadership as undergraduate volunteers.

BC Media Rep Wages Courageous Battle

Assistant AD and Media Relations Director Dick Kelley '87 working the sidelines for the Eagles.
Dick Kelley '87, MA'89, BC assistant athletics director and media relations director, was honored with the 2013 United States Basketball Writers Association's "Most Courageous" Award—the first administrator ever to receive the award. Kelley was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2011. Although confined to a wheelchair and in declining health, Kelley continues to be a vibrant presence on campus and remains an important contributor to BC's athletics department and its basketball program. Read more about Kelley and this award.

In November, the Boston College Varsity Club recognized Kelley's distinguished career of service by naming him the inaugural recipient of the Varsity Club Medal. Read an article on the BC athletics site detailing Kelley's career and the impact he's had on BC athletes.

BC Club Celebrates 15 Years

(L-R) Jack MacKinnon '62, chair of the Alumni Association Council of Past Presidents; University President William P. Leahy, S.J.; Meredith Waites, general manager of the BC Club; Jack Joyce '61, BC Club President; and John Feudo '82, Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)
This year's 15th anniversary celebration of the BC Club could be considered by many as a monument to the persistence and passion of John E. "Jack" Joyce '61, MBA'70. Joyce saw a need for a social gathering place in downtown Boston where BC alumni could meet and entertain guests, and with friends Jack MacKinnon '62, P'89, '90, '92, '99, and Owen Lynch '56, JD'59, P'90, '92, he made that dream a reality.

Today, the BC Club is not only a popular spot for local Eagles and friends, but through its annual gifts designated for financial assistance, 38 deserving students from Boston's inner city have been able to attend BC. Read more about the BC Club and Jack Joyce's dedicated involvement.

This Month's Soaring Eagles

Brian Kiley Brian Kiley '83 got started doing stand-up comedy while a student at BC. Since 1994, he's been a monologue writer for Conan O'Brien, working on every one of the comic's television shows over the years, including his current show, Conan on TBS. The Boston Globe recently wrote about Kiley's career. Photo courtesy of The Boston Globe.

Juan Arteaga The career of lawyer Juan Arteaga '99 brings BC's mission of "men and women for others" to life. Through his work in his firm's pro bono practice, Arteaga has regularly represented clients referred by inMotion, a nonprofit organization that assists low-income, and often battered, women obtain legal aid. In 2010, he was successful in overturning the sentence of a client falsely convicted of murder. On Laetare Sunday, he received the Alumni Ignatian Award in recognition of his dedicated service. Watch Arteaga's impassioned speech accepting his award.

Betsy FountainAs a student, Betsy Fountain '09 twice traveled to Jamaica with fellow members of the Lynch School for spring break service trips run by an organization founded by Fr. Gregory Ramkissoon, MA'81, MA'82, called Mustard Seed. This year, faculty advisor Alec Peck P'00 asked her to make another trip—but this time as an adult leader. Mustard Seed's mission is to work with the most vulnerable members of society; in Jamaica, students work primarily with children with disabilities or HIV. "It was particularly special for me to be able to return on the trip because I was able to see many of the kids I worked with five years ago," said Fountain. Read more about BC and Mustard Seed's work in Jamaica.

BC Bubble
Stokes Hall is completed and now open for classes. The following projects are in the University's master plan for the coming years; which one are you most looking forward to seeing? A renovated St. Mary's Hall, a new recreational athletic facility, or a new dormitory? Click here to share your answer.

Scenes from the heights
Symphony Hall
Standing ovation: The Boston College Symphony Orchestra, BC bOp!, the University Wind Ensemble, the University Chorale, and actor Chris O'Donnell '92 performed at Boston's Symphony Hall for the Sesquicentennial concert.

  Campus Beat

Pope Francis
The naming of the new pope was an exciting moment for Catholics everywhere. The Heights covered the reaction from Jesuits, theologians, and students on campus.


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