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January 2013


Features | News


Additions to BC Athletics Brimming with Excitement

Bates and Addazo
Recent hires Bates (left) and Addazio have reenergized BC Athletics.

Less than three months ago, Boston College announced the hiring of Brad Bates as the new director of athletics. Bates wasted no time in making his first high-profile hire when, in early December, he announced that Steve Addazio would become the new head football coach. Together, they have unleashed a tidal wave of energy upon the athletic department and alumni.

Bates previously served as the director of athletics at Miami (Ohio) University where he oversaw the school's first back-to-back football bowl game appearances in nearly 30 years. Addazio, who arrives in Chestnut Hill via Temple University, is no stranger to bowl game appearances either, having won two national championships as a member of the Florida Gators coaching staff in 2006 and 2008.

Click here to read more about Brad Bates.

Click here to watch Steve Addazio's introductory press conference.

Click here to purchase tickets to Boston College basketball and hockey games.


BC's 150th Takes Off on the Road

Sesquicentennial events in seven cities—Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Dublin, and Chicago—will feature opportunities to meet other alumni, parents, and friends of the University while living the BC mission. Each gathering provides a half–day volunteer opportunity that allows attendees to celebrate BC's 150th anniversary as "men and women for others."

A newly launched website has dates, details, and registration information. Visit to sign up or learn more about ways to connect and volunteer with fellow Eagles.

EagleEyes Gives Voice to Challenged

Eagle Eyes
BC-developed technology will help Keith Creighton, center, to communicate. [photo courtesy of the Kincardine Times]
A young man with cerebral palsy who has never "spoken" with his family may now have that chance, thanks to technology developed by James Gips, Egan Chair of Computer Science at the Carroll School of Management, and his colleagues. EagleEyes is an innovative eye-controlled technology that helps individuals with profound physical disabilities to interact and learn by using a computer.

Read more about EagleEyes.

Planning for Peace of Mind

shaw society
As the new year begins, the BC Shaw Society invites you to consider these essentials to ensure that your estate plan remains sound and secure.

1. Seek a lawyer who has specific expertise in estate planning—someone who can understand your objectives and advise you on how best to meet them.

2. Invest in a comprehensive approach that includes a healthcare proxy and a durable power of attorney.

3. Sign your documents. Those left unsigned will do you no good.

4. Communicate your intentions to your family and beneficiaries to avoid any potential conflicts.

5. Review and update your plan every three to five years.

Discover more estate planning tips.

Contact the Shaw Society at 877-304-SHAW or

This Month's Soaring Eagles

Tip O'Neill Suffolk County, Mass., Sheriff Andrea Cabral '81, who has served as a sheriff since 2002, has been named public safety chief by Governor Deval Patrick (D–MA).

Read more.

Richmond Governor Patrick has also appointed Matthew H. Malone, MEd'95, PhD'02, as secretary of education. Malone is currently superintendent of the Brockton, Mass., public school system.

Read more.

Ryan McCarthyLiz Byron '06, who teaches math to special needs students, is hoping to raise $50,000 for student laptops when she embarks on perhaps the most difficult footrace on earth: the Marathon des Sables, a six-day, 155-mile race across the Sahara desert.

Read more.

What are your hopes for BC Athletics
as we enter the new year?

Scenes from the heights
Christmas Tree LightingMembers of the liturgical music group that usually provides accompaniment at Sunday Mass performed a medley of holiday favorites at the annual tree lighting ceremony on O'Neill Plaza. [photo courtesy of Lee Pellegrini]

  Campus Beat

BCMUN BC hosted its first model UN in the Irish Room of Gasson Hall. [photo courtesy of The Heights/Emily Fahey]
Boston College Model United Nations (BCMUN) recently hosted a conference of regional high schools—the first Model U.N. in BC's history.

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