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June 2013


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Class of 2013 Joins the Family

The Boston College Alumni Association welcomes the Class of 2013.

One last game at Fenway Park; a cup of coffee with a favorite professor; a mad dash through the Mods carrying an egg in a spoon—it must be Senior Week at BC! The Class of 2013 breathed a collective sigh of relief as the last papers were turned in and the final exams ended, and turned its attention to the games, parties, and traditions that make Senior Week memorable.

The fun-filled week kicked off with a Dance Through the Decades, with students invited to wear a costume from their favorite era and dance the evening away at Club Royale. This year's Senior Week schedule included both golf and dodgeball tournaments as well as the Mod Relay, which tested students' mettle in a three-legged race, water balloon toss, and egg carry. As they do each year, the BC Police Department fired up the barbecue and rewarded relay participants with hamburgers.

On Friday evening, seniors dined, danced, and reminisced at the Commencement Ball in Boston's Sheraton Hotel. Then on Sunday, the Alumni Association officially welcomed its newest members at the Senior Legacy Breakfast before it was time for the main event: the 137th annual Boston College Commencement Exercises.

The BC Alumni Association is delighted to welcome the Class of 2013 to the alumni community. Visit the BC Alumni Portal to find out how to stay connected to your classmates and access all the resources BC makes available to members of the alumni and friends community.


Thousands Reunite at the Heights

Thousands Reunite at the Heights Members of the Class of 1963 celebrate their 50th Reunion.
A record number of Boston College alumni, family, and friends enjoyed a memorable three days at the Heights during Reunion Weekend. On a summery New England weekend, Eagles from all over gathered to reminisce, share stories, and catch up with old friends.

Weren't able to make Reunion Weekend? Watch this video recap.

Click here to view and purchase photos from Reunion Weekend.

Celebrating Excellence

T.J. Maloney '75, P'09, '15, University T.J. Maloney '75, P'09, '15, University President William P. Leahy, S.J., Geoffrey T. Boisi '69, P'11; and Steven M. Barry '85, P'14, P'17 at the 2013 Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner.
Finance executive, longtime Boston College supporter, and Wall Street Council co-founder Geoffrey T. Boisi '69 was honored at the 25th Annual Boston College Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner, held April 25 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. Boisi was presented with the President's Medal for Excellence in recognition of his exceptional career, as well as his personal and professional contributions to society.

Attended by more than 1,000 guests, the festive evening recognized the Wall Street Council's 25 years of service to Boston College and to the financial services industry.

The dinner raised $2.7 million for the Presidential Scholars Program, bringing the total raised to upward of $29 million since the Tribute Dinner began. The Presidential Scholars Program offers outstanding students a full four-year scholarship to the University and provides extensive opportunities for leadership development, personal discernment, and spiritual growth. At the gala, graduating Presidential Scholar Kelsey Swift '13 spoke to attendees about the role the program played in her own personal and educational development.

View a gallery of photos from the Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner.

View a short video featuring current and former Presidential Scholars.

All A Twitter About BC Athletics

Brad Bates Director of Athletics Brad Bates took to Twitter to answer your questions.
In an unprecedented move, BC Director of Athletics Brad Bates went to find feedback where no AD had gone before him—on social media. An enthusiastic Bates sat down with @BCAlumni to answer questions from alumni, family, and fans on Twitter. Bates answered everything as candidly as possible and proved to the Boston College community that the Athletics Department not only values its BC fan base but more importantly, is listening. Read on for a summary of the candid chat.

This Month's Soaring Eagles

Ernest J. Moniz '66 President Obama's pick to lead the Department of Energy, Ernest J. Moniz '66, was confirmed by the Senate with a vote of 97–0. Moniz, a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and director of the school's Energy Initiative, has held key energy-policy roles under Presidents Clinton and Obama. Read more about Moniz here.

Patricia Plunkett Hurley '88 The University of California Berkeley School of Law announced recently that Patricia Plunkett Hurley '88 received the 2013 Rutter Award for Teaching Distinction, which recognizes an educator who has shown an outstanding commitment to teaching and who is an inspiration to students. A leading instructor in the law school's First-Year Skills Program, Hurley is the first-ever nontenured faculty member to receive the award. Read more about Hurley.

Maurya Couvares '06 CBS News recently reported on ScriptEd, a nonprofit initiative cofounded by Maurya Couvares '06, which trains people with technology skills to volunteer to teach computer programming to high school students in Harlem. Students learn how to use JavaScript and other programming languages, participate in apprenticeships, and take field trips to learn more about technology companies. ScriptEd, founded last year, has already won several awards for social innovation and community service. Watch the CBS News video feature on ScriptEd.

What advice would you give to the recently graduated Class of 2013?

Scenes from the heights
Art Festival Baldwin poses with some graduates of the Class of 2013. (Photo courtesy: Caitlin Cunningham)

  Campus Beat

Provost and Dean of Faculties Cutberto Garza announced that he will step down after eight years in his position. The Heights has the story.


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