The Council for Women of Boston College

Fall 2012

In this issue:

Committee Updates

membership committee

The Membership Committee reports that the CWBC has grown to 140 Full Council Members and 747 Associate Members. The Committee continues to work to deepen engagement among all Full Council Members and Associate Members by matching member interests with opportunities for involvement, developing the School Liaison Program, and partnering with Alumni Chapters across the country.

Initiatives Committee

The Initiatives Committee offered numerous successful spring events, ranging from enhanced Journey programming to ever-popular Athletics and Arts events. The Committee has launched several novel programs in recent months, including an On the Road Authors' Luncheon and a Performing Arts Series.

Marketing and Communications Committee

The Marketing and Communications Committee has made great strides in developing a CWBC Facebook page, enhancing the Council website, and establishing the new CWBC brand identity. The Committee continues to roll out a fresh look and feel on all CWBC communications and publications and to provide marketing support for all Council initiatives.

The Council for Women of Boston College

Executive Committee

Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC'71, Chair
Pat Bonan '79
Cathy M. Brienza NC'71
Mary Lou DeLong NC'71
Patricia McCormack NC'75
Donna Morris '81

Committee Chairs

Beth Barbagallo '81

Mary Lou Jackson, PhD'02

Jo Ann Holland NC'75

Edited by
Martie Kendrick NC'71
Kathleen O'Donnell '74
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A Celebration of Associate Membership

The Council for Women of Boston College is inviting all Associate Members and Council Members back to campus for a special evening celebration and networking opportunity at the Cadigan Alumni Center on October 24.

CWBC Chair Kathleen McGillycuddy NC '71 will kick off the event with words of welcome and thanks. "Associate Members extend the Council's reach in so many ways, helping us connect to a greater number of alumnae in a greater diversity of locations," says Kathleen. "The evening is really about recognizing their critically important role in advancing the Council."

University President William P. Leahy, S.J., will deliver the keynote address, offering an overview of BC's state of the university. A networking reception following his address will give Associate Members and Council Members a chance to reaffirm old ties and make new connections. "The evening is a great opportunity for Associate Members to meet Council Members and build their personal and professional networks," says Jane Fay, '80, who along with Jodi Petrucelli '89, JD'92, leads the Council's Associate Member subcommittee.

The Journey Series
Paths to Success and Fulfillment

The Journey series offers current BC students and alumnae opportunities for professional and personal growth tailored to meet each woman's stage of life. Contact for more information.

Preparing for the Journey—Students

Preparing for the Journey: Hot Topics for Tomorrow's Professionals
The Council hosted its signature program for undergraduate students on October 16 in the Heights Room. Experienced alumnae including Diane Green '82, Kathleen Gallanar '86; Joy Moore '81 H'10; and Janet Costa Bates MA'85, discussed interviewing, internships, social media and networking—issues central to career launching. Three recently graduated Associate Members, Blaire Horner '07, Sarah McCormack '10, and Katy Meagher '06, then took the stage to describe their career progress. The event concluded with a reception, led by accomplished alumnae facilitators, designed to help participants polish networking skills.

Beginning the Journey—GOLD Alumnae

Young alumnae are invited to Beginning the Journey: Navingating an Over-Wired World at The Liberty Hotel, Boston, on November 7, 6–8 p.m., to participate in a thought–provoking discussion on the ways in which professionals communicate in an overly charged environment and how to use this ever–changing world of technology to advance careers. The cost is $25 per person or $15 for Associate Members. To register, click here. Please register early as space is limited.

Spring 2013 Heralds More Journey Programming

The CWBC will sponsor Continuing the Journey and Refining the Journey at Boston College in spring 2013.

On March 7, the Council will offer its highly popular Continuing the Journey program for BC alumnae navigating the path back into the workforce or finding new professional roles. This full–day interactive seminar is focused on the practical "how–tos" of the job search with several skills–based breakout sessions.

A special Refining the Journey offering for seasoned alumnae is also slated for spring 2013. This program explores the opportunities and the unique circumstances related to midlife. Distinguished faculty and accomplished alumnae will discuss volunteerism, spirituality, caregiving, and lifelong learning.

Please visit for more information.

CWBC Networks
Paths to Engagement and Enrichment

The Council offers career information, mentoring, and networking opportunities to BC students through its ongoing collaborations with faculty and student organizations. The CWBC also actively engages with undergraduate women through its Student Advisory Board, which advises the Council on student issues and programming and provides marketing and assistance with student events. Contact for more information.

Student Advisory Board Promotes CWBC

On Friday, September 7, several Student Advisory Board members braved the crowds at BC's Student Activities Fair as part of ongoing efforts to spread the word among undergraduate women about the Council's mission and programming.

"The fair was a great way to get the CWBC mission and message across to fellow students," said Student Advisory Board Vice Chair Katie Hinderhofer '13.

Katie said she handed out more than 50 flyers for the Preparing the Journey program on October 16. Students expressed great enthusiasm. Numerous students inquired about the Council's mentoring program—and about joining the Board. "We are looking forward to a great year ahead, supporting CWBC in all ways possible," said Katie.

CWBC/Women Athletes
CWBC cosponsors with Boston College Athletics various women's athletic events annually with the goal of supporting the female athletes and increasing attendance at events. Contact for more information.

A Celebration of Women's Athletics

The Council for Women of Boston College teamed up with the Boston College Athletics Department to present a full day of fun and games on Sunday, October 14. Alumni, friends, and family turned out to support the Lady Eagles as they took on fierce competition in three separate events—volleyball, soccer, and field hockey. The women's volleyball team dropped a hard–fought five set match to Miami while the 24th–ranked women's field hockey team defeated No.20 New Hampshire, 6–2, and the women's soccer team defeated NC State, 6–2. Each game was followed by a Meet & Greet and autograph session with players and coaches.

Save the Date:
The Council will sponsor the women's basketball game and team Meet & Greet on Sunday, January 6, 2013, as the Lady Eagles face ACC rival Duke.

For more information on upcoming CWBC–Women's Athletic events, please click here.

CWBC/Engaging with One Another
The Council connects Members and alumnae with one another and with BC through service–oriented, social, and educational events hosted throughout the country.

Museum Event Examines Relationship of Art and Philosophy

More than 200 alumni and friends convened at the McMullen Museum on campus on September 10 for a private viewing of the museum's newly opened exhibition, Paul Klee Philosophical Vision: From Nature to Art. Museum Director Nancy Netzer offered an overview of the exhibit during a pre–reception in Gasson Hall. Attendees were then led through the newly constructed green on O'Neill Plaza to the exhibit in Devlin Hall. The Council will host a second museum event and reception during the spring semester. Please visit for more information.

CWBC on the Road: Authors' Events

Council Member and author Joan Luise Hill '75 visited alumnae across the country to discuss her recent book, The Miracle Chase: Three Women, Three Miracles, and a Ten Year Journey of Discovery and Friendship, which she co-wrote with Katie Mahon and Mary Beth Phillips. On September 15, Council Member Joanne Caruso '82, JD'85, hosted a luncheon in Los Angeles where Joan led a vibrant discussion with West Coast alumnae. Next, Joan visited Pittsburgh on October 17, where Council Member Denise Pampena Nairn '85 and alumnae Erin Freyvogel Leland '00 and Cristina Silva Muracca '85 hosted a wonderful dinner for local alumnae and friends. Finally, on October 19, Council Members Bernadette Broccolo '77, Trish Kelly '81, and Jeanne Picerne JD'92, welcomed Joan to Chicago for a special luncheon with more than 30 alumnae. Thank you to all Council Members and alumnae for your support and hospitality across the country!

CWBC/Associate Members
CWBC's Associate Members comprise approximately 800 alumnae who are committed to helping CWBC pursue its mission. Associate Membership provides a unique opportunity for alumnae to participate in select Council events and programs, engage with Council Members, and strengthen their connection to Boston College. For more information about Associate Membership, contact

New Associate Members

The CWBC is pleased to welcome its newest Associate Members:

Nicole Amon '07
Kristin Barry '02
Susan Connors, MA'07
Angela Donkor '12
Jennifer Fagan '10
Mary Corbelli Ferrante '01, MA'02
Jeanie Foley '05, MS'08
Joelle Formato '11
Mollie Griffin (Widen )'03
Tara Keramaty '10
Ryan McCarthy '09
Elizabeth McCleary '05, MSW'10
Melissa McLane '08
Jennifer McManama '11
Maria Medua '85
Maggie Messitt '01
Katherine O’Neil '11
Marina Pastrana '08, MST'10
Jessica Paul, MA/MBA'06
Kristin Plude '03
Karen Pomerantz, MS'08
Corinne Sapah-Gulian, MEd'86
Theresa Schmall '10
Kristin Theiss '08
Jennifer Tomich '12
Natasha Treacy '09
Katherine Worthington '12
Nancy Ydoate '83

BC Women Making a Difference:
Mary Lou DeLong NC '71

When Mary Lou DeLong NC'71 looks back on a career of more than 33 years of service to Boston College, she reflects on an upward trajectory that mirrors the University's own.

From her earliest days in the Office of Alumni Relations starting in 1976, to her years on the Board of Trustees, to her top positions in University Relations, Mary Lou has led BC's advancement operations to new heights. Her advancement work catalyzed tremendous growth among all sectors of the University, significantly extending its influence and impact.

"I take a lot of satisfaction in having been a part of BC's development," says Mary Lou, who plans to retire on December 31, 2012. "In terms of money we've raised as well the number of volunteers and hours they have dedicated, advancement operations at BC have enjoyed a very steep climb."

In 2004, Mary Lou was named Vice President and University Secretary with responsibility as Corporate Secretary of the University. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Commencement and she led the University's Sesquicentennial Celebration, a three semester series of programs and initiatives marking the 1863 founding of Boston College.

"Boston College is a special place, a major national University," she says. "But more importantly, it is special because of the people. The dedication of everyone in this community not only allows us to accomplish more, but it also gives each of us a sense of being part of something bigger."

Among the many initiatives she has led, Mary Lou says that her work with The Council for Women of Boston College has been among the most rewarding. "From my first days in the Alumni Office, it was always a goal of mine to increase the engagement of women with BC," she explains. She credits the CWBC's leadership and the dedication of its members for the Council's vibrant success.

While Mary Lou says she has not made definite plans for her retirement, she does know that she will remain involved with the University as a volunteer and will continue to serve on the Council's Executive Committee.

Council Member News

Council Members Beth Vanderslice '86 and Kathleen Corbet '82 were recently featured in the Fall 2012 Light the World newsletter.

On October 11 at Boston College, Council Member Paula Ebben '89 moderated "Decision 2012," a panel of four of BC's most popular Political Science professors, including Dennis Hale, David Hopkins, Marc Landy, and Kay Schlozman, for a bi–partisan discussion on major campaign topics. The event was cosponsored by the BC Alumni Association, the Political Science Department, and the BC Political Science Alumni Network.

In an August 13 episode of WGBH's "1 GUEST," Emily Rooney interviewed Wendy Murphy '83, JD'87, about her own path as an outspoken advocate for women and child victims of sexual violence.

Congratulations to Kathy Kasper '82, who rode her bicycle a grueling 84 miles from Wellesley to Bourne as part of the Pan Mass Challenge. The event raises money for Dana- Farber Cancer Institute.

New Council Members

The Council extends a warm welcome to its newest members.
Thank you for joining our efforts to advance the women of Boston College!

Kristin Canty '87

Mary Gene Clavin '87

Claudia Henao de la Cruz '85

Katherine Kelleher '85

Sheilah McCauley '86

Questions? Contact the Council for Women of Boston College
Cadigan Alumni Center, 140 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
617-552-4700 |