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December 2012


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Alumni Reach Out to Help in Sandy Aftermath

Samantha Trella '10 (far right) and friends help a Jersey Shore homeowner salvage his belongings.

Here at the Heights, our thoughts and prayers have been very much with the many BC alumni who were affected by superstorm Sandy. Many of you wrote to tell us how you fared in the storm, and we hope you'll continue to let us know how the cleanup and rebuilding are going.

In the BC tradition of "men and women for others," Eagles have been deeply involved with storm recovery efforts. Samantha Trella '10 and Anne Muscarella '10 shared some of their experiences with Alumni Connections.

"I loaded up tons of cleaning supplies and food and drove down to Point Pleasant. We spent the weekend surveying residents' needs, distributing winter coats, and clearing out sewage-flooded houses.

Right now, I am organizing donations for home improvement supplies, nonperishable food, and Christmas decorations to help not only restore people's homes but spread holiday cheer. Though my own family was hit by Sandy (a tree fell on our house), I think we always have something we can give someone else." — Samantha Trella '10

"I have had opportunities to lend a hand on Coney Island, Randall's Island, Staten Island, and Long Island. One afternoon, my friends and I came across a devastated house three blocks from the beach on Long Island and asked the homeowner if we could help. A young man put us to work tearing down drywall in the basement. We figured he was a family friend, but in fact he was a complete stranger who drove up from Baltimore looking for a way to help. The entire home was destroyed, as the storm surge filled every room with water, forcing the family to throw away all of their belongings. A couple in Queens offered to host a large family displaced by the storm, so this woman and her seven children are staying with complete strangers while they rebuild their lives." — Anne Muscarella '10

To offer up prayers for all those recovering from the devastation, please visit BC's online prayer request program, On Eagles' Wings.

Share the Heights' Holiday Spirit

Holiday Cards
There are four seasonal tidings options to select from in the holiday card catalog.
Once again, the Boston College Alumni Association is pleased to offer alumni a selection of digital holiday cards featuring picturesque images of campus during the splendor of the season.

View and download here

Reflecting on the Meaning of Advent

Throughout Advent, alumni are invited to join together online for a weekly reflection written by Randy Sachs, S.J., professor in the School of Theology and Ministry. The series' theme is "Blessed Hope, the Coming of Our Savior," an invitation to reflect on the many different ways God comes into our lives and the hope God's coming brings.

Advent begins Dec. 2. A new Reflection will be posted each Friday afternoon at Alumni are encouraged to submit comments and responses; as many as possible will be posted on the website.

Eagles Tie for Third in Graduation Rate

The NCAA has announced that Boston College, along with Northwestern University, tied for third in the nation for overall Graduation Success Rate (GSR) in all sports among FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools. BC's 97 percent graduation rate was topped only by Notre Dame (99) and Duke (98).

Click here for more about the NCAA rankings

Winter Sports

Basketball and hockey tickets are now on sale! Visit the BC Athletics website for rosters, schedules, and tickets.

Employers Want Eagles

employers As the job market grows more and more competitive, the Boston College name continues to stand out on résumés.
Thousands of executives, managers, and recruiters from 20 countries ranked universities based on the desirability of their graduates as potential employees. Boston College ranked 22nd among U.S. colleges and universities and 83rd globally in the 2012 Global Employability Survey. The top 150 list appears exclusively in an International Herald Tribune education report.

See full rankings here

This Month's Soaring Eagles

Tip O'Neill Longtime Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1936 alumnus, and BC benefactor Tip O'Neill would have turned a century old Dec. 9. His birthday was celebrated recently on campus by family, students, faculty, and alumni.

Read more.

Richmond Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (D-NY) has appointed Darcel D. Clark '83 to the Appellate Division, First Department, the second highest court in New York. Clark, the first recipient of BC's Martin Luther King Scholarship, is also a BC trustee.

Read more.

Ryan McCarthy Jared "P.J." Driscoll '09 had trained for the New York City Marathon for months and raised more than $3,000 in support of the Pat Tillman Foundation, which provides scholarships for veterans and their families. When superstorm Sandy forced the race's cancellation, he decided to run a marathon anyway.

Read more.

Merry Christmas from your
Boston College Alumni Association!

Scenes from the heights


In November, audiences were thrilled by the Boston College Theatre Department's dazzling production of The Arabian Nights, directed by BC Associate Professor of Theatre John Houchin.
  Campus Beat

Loughrin Heights Editor–in–Chief Taylour Kumpf '13 and News Editor David Cote '14 celebrate their paper's honor.
Congratulations! The Heights, BC's independent student newspaper, has won the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Newspaper Pacemaker Award for general excellence and outstanding achievement for the second consecutive year.

The award is considered the highest honor in collegiate journalism. Read more.


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