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the campaign newsletter of boston college

world fall 2011, vol. 4, no. 3

Promoting Academic Rigor with a Global Outlook haub family’s $3-million gift addresses international economic challenges LILIANE AND CHRISTIAN HAUB POSSESS AN international perspective akin to that of the Jesuits themselves. So when their children Marie-Liliane ’13 and Maximilian ’14 chose to attend Boston College, the Haubs saw their own values reflected in the BC community. “We have a great appreciation for learning and for the open exchange of new and different ideas,” explains Christian Haub. “Our experience is that this diversity encourages students to think for themselves and helps break down barriers. We feel BC embodies this special commitment.” Christian Haub was born to German parents and holds dual citizenship, while Liliane Haub is a Swiss native. The pair met as students in Austria but now reside in Greenwich, Conn., and feel very much at home when visiting Chestnut Hill. It’s their belief in the University’s mission that led them to give $3 million to support academic excellence in the Carroll School of Management. “When our children enrolled in the Carroll School, we were inspired by how the undergraduate program combines academic rigor with a global outlook and a dedication to the Jesuit, Catholic ideal of ‘men and women for others,’” says Christian Haub. “We wanted to be a part of that.” GLOBAL FORECASTING The couple’s gift advances a key priority of the Light the World campaign and will fund, in perpe-

inside Cornerstone Investment Childhood ties lead Fulchino family to support student-athletes

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Advancement Committee Q&A page 3

Sparking Excellence ▶ BC benefactors embrace academic pursuits at the Heights

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On the Rise Stokes Hall construction update

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Parents of two BC students, Liliane and Christian Haub created a leadership gift that promotes academic excellence in the Carroll School of Management.

tuity, the work of outstanding projects, and further their teachers and scholars who work in meaningful ways. address international economic “We believe our gift benefits issues. The inaugural Haub not only BC faculty but also Family Fellow is Associate the students who interact with Professor of Finance Jun Qian, these international teachers who begins his three-year and scholars and will learn appointment this fall and will from their experiences and expand his research on interperspectives,” says Liliane national finance and emerging Haub. “Our gift is very personmarkets. Through his recent al because of its global focus. studies, Qian has helped build We think BC is a university partnerships between the Carthat is accomplishing great roll School and the World Bank, things, and we want to help the Shanghai Stock Exchange, raise its reputation in Europe —Liliane Haub, P’13, ’14 Peking University, and the and around the world.” The European University Institute, couple’s philanthropy builds among other organizations. on their earlier support of The Haubs negotiate the complexities of global the McGillycuddy-Logue Center for Undergraduate business on a daily basis and believe that their gift Global Studies, which provides travel grants to BC will increase BC’s role in finding solutions to unistudents studying abroad. versal economic problems. Christian Haub is co-CEO of Germany’s Tengelmann Group and runs A GROWING CONNECTION their North American operations and, in that capac The Haubs and their children were first introity, he serves as chairman of The Great Atlantic & duced to BC by University Trustee and current

At BC, we feel like we are contributing to something greater than ourselves. We’re making a gift that reaches out into the world.”

Pacific Tea Company (A&P) and as chairman and president of Emil Capital Partners. Liliane Haub is U.S. director of the Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy. In the future, the Haubs’ gift will also support the academic-related activities of multiple professors, enabling other Carroll School faculty to attend conferences, initiate targeted research

Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., when he was president of St. Joseph’s University, where Christian Haub served as a trustee. “We were familiar with what a Jesuit education meant,” he says, “but we were impressed at how fully those values imbue every aspect of the student experience at Boston College. From training in ethical leadership through the Carroll Continued on Page 2

LIGHT the WORLD campaign leadership Campaign Chairs Charles I. Clough, Jr. ’64 and Gloria L. Clough, MDiv’90, MS’96 William J. Geary ’80 and Kristi J. Geary Kathleen M. McGillycuddy NC’71

coNvening Campaign Chairs Margot C. Connell, H’09 John M. Connors, Jr. ’63, H’07, and Eileen M. Ahearn Connors ’66, MSW’95 Peter S. Lynch ’65, H’95, and Carolyn A. Lynch, H’09 Patrick T. Stokes ’64 and Anna-Kristina L. Stokes

Winning Philosophy Inspires Fulchino Gift THE FULCHINOS MAY sound like the typical Boston College Athletics benefactors. Paul Fulchino ’69 holds an enduring love of sports, and both he and his wife, Pat, have strong Boston roots. But it is a personal connection to BC that truly motivates their support. Fulchino is a Boston College High School Hockey Hall of Famer who played on the same team as BC Men’s Hockey Coach

Jerry York ’67, MEd’70, CAES’73, in the 1960s. After a successful freshman year at West Point, Fulchino decided that a military career was not for him and subsequently entered BC as a sophomore. By then he was married with a child. During his undergraduate years, Fulchino kept up with the rigors of his math major while working full time at Raytheon. Taking in a few Eagles hockey games provided a

Campaign Council Peter W. Bell ’86 and Marilee Denelle Bell ’87 Boston College Fund Matthew J. Botica ’72 and Christine C. Botica Chicago Region Robert A. Ferris ’63 and Evelyn J. Ferris Northern California Region David T. Griffith ’68 Legacy Gifts T.J. Maloney ’75 New York Region

Bill Arnold ’14

rare but much-needed indulgence for him. Years later, that love of BC sports would be reignited during a University event in Dallas, where Fulchino, then the president, chairman, and CEO of Texasbased aerospace company Aviall Inc., and his wife listened to an address given by BC Director of Athletics Gene DeFilippo. “When Gene stated to the group, ‘I’d rather be number 25 in the country and graduate 99 percent of our athletes than be number one and graduate 45 percent of our athletes,’ the reaction was overwhelming,” recalls Fulchino. “Everyone applauded him for that in the great state of Texas, the football capital of the country.” Fulchino was impressed, too, and it wasn’t long before he was also in touch with his old teammate Jerry York. “I think those two guys drove my interest back into BC,” Fulchino says of DeFilippo and York. “I trust them because they believe in education first and athletics second.”

Stephen P. Murray ’84 New York Region David P. O’Connor ’86 New York Region Thomas P. O’Neill III ’68 Gasson Society Dineen A. Riviezzo ’89 Boston College Alumni Association

The Fulchino family recently established a $1-million Cornerstone Scholarship that will benefit the men’s hockey team in perpetuity.

Now personally invested in BC in a way he hadn’t previously considered, Fulchino and his wife have endowed a $1-million Cornerstone Scholarship for the men’s hockey team. The Fulchinos are not just subsidizing the education of team forward Bill Arnold ’14; they provide guidance to him as a student and an athlete. In email exchanges, Arnold updates the couple on his life at Boston College, and Fulchino offers advice, most recently encouraging him not to turn pro until graduation. “He’s a great kid,” says Fulchino, who has ensured that Arnold’s education and growth as a student-athlete are in great hands—the Fulchinos’, Coach York’s, and BC’s.

Paul Fulchino, left, savored many hockey victories with Jerry York when the two were teammates at Boston College High School in the 1960s.

credits Editor: Matthew Bellico Writers: Melissa Baern, Kevin Collins, and Shannon Parks Designer: Bob Monahan Photographers: David Barnes, Jonathan Beller, Gary Wayne Gilbert, Justin Knight, Rose Lincoln, Lee Pellegrini, John Quackenbos, and Scott Wynn The Light the World campaign newsletter is published three times a year and distributed to selected Boston College alumni, parents, and friends by the Office of Advancement Communications & Marketing.

Haub Family Drives Carroll School Research Continued from Page 1 School’s Portico course to volunteer service at the Campus School, our children have already encountered many opportunities to grow as intelligent, caring individuals.” The Haubs are also giving their time and talents to the University. Christian Haub recently joined the Board of Trustees, and the couple now co-chair the Parents’ Leadership Council (see PLC story on Page 6), further enhancing their con-


nection to—and impact on—the Heights. Much like their children, the Haubs feel that they were welcomed into the BC family immediately and are compelled to show their gratitude—through their service and a gift they hope enhances the University’s Jesuit, Catholic pursuit of knowledge. “At BC, we feel like we are contributing to something greater than ourselves,” says Liliane Haub. “We’re making a gift that reaches out into the world.”

Jun Qian, inaugural Haub Family Fellow



Gasson Restored to Original Brilliance



98 Years in service

175 feet Tower height

1991 Year of last significant exterior repairs

1976 Year of last significant interior renovations

8,300 Stones recast (only 2 percent of which was the original Roxbury puddingstone)

39 New lights placed to illuminate tower

332 Energy-efficient windows installed

1,000 Total classroom capacity (including Fulton Debate Room)

GASSON HALL HAS BEEN the centerpiece of the Boston College campus and an unmistakable symbol of the University since it was built in 1913. However, after nearly a century of service, the masonry had deteriorated significantly. It was thus of great concern to BC to restore this iconic faÇade. The resulting restoration of Gasson’s stonework—and a much-needed spruce-up of the building’s interior space—took place over a four-year period, with the first phase requiring a 200foot crane to complete. The project, which was initially estimated to require three phases, was accelerated to two. In August, the construction fencing was removed, and the fully restored Gasson

Stephen P. Murray ’84, P’09, ’15, has taken the reins of the Board of Trustees’ University Advancement Committee this year, 0verseeing BC’s fundraising activities and alumni relations programs. We sat down with Murray to discuss his role and the opportunities he sees ahead.

Hall—in all its glory—was seen for the first time. Gasson’s refurbished exterior and restored stonework make it the perfect backdrop for the coming sesquicentennial, when the University celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding.

Fully restored, Gasson Hall greeted students for fall semester looking as new as the day it first opened in 1913.

WHAT ARE THE GOALS OF THE ADVANCEMENT COMMITTEE? I see this committee as having three main priorities. First, our mission is to steward the ongoing relationship between the BC family and the University. This leads naturally into our second role as the central point of feedback from alumni, parents, and friends to University faculty and administration. Our third responsibility—and it’s a big one—is to support the growth necessary to maintain BC’s position as a leading university. WHAT INTERESTED YOU ABOUT THIS LEADERSHIP ROLE? I’m energized by the enthusiasm of the BC community and the University Advancement staff in particular. BC is an extraordinary institution with a unique niche in the marketplace. I value the University highly and know others do as well. I believe the need and the demand for an elite university with a Jesuit soul will only continue to rise. WHAT FUTURE CHALLENGES DO YOU FORESEE? It’s no secret that this economic environment is difficult. But we must not let that stand in the way of reaching our goals—and we need not. The University has weathered economic storms quite well, and we will continue to move forward. The Light the World campaign will take BC to the next level of excellence: focusing on the longer term, further developing the core programs that are critical to academic excellence, and ensuring that our physical plant has the resources to attract outstanding students and faculty.




hen he contemplates the significance of academic excellence, Drake Behrakis ’86 casts his mind back more than two millennia.

Behrakis feels he received an outstanding education at the Carroll School of Management. And for the CEO of Marwick Associates, a real estate investment and development company, that instruction has proven invaluable. But it was BC’s balance between business and the liberal arts that made him a truly well-educated person, he explains, and gave him a strong foundation for his career. “The core values and beliefs that infuse a liberal arts education go back to ancient Greece and Rome, the cultural background we share,” says Behrakis. “BC has a strong classical orientation and an important connection to ancient Greece through the study of the classics, theology, philosophy, political science, and the arts. I want to help expand those areas so that BC’s students and faculty benefit now and in the future.” Accordingly, Behrakis and his wife, Maria, have made several gifts to

the University, totaling nearly $3.5 million, which work together as “pieces of the puzzle,” as Behrakis puts it, to support academic excellence in the classical arena. The Behrakis Professorship in Hellenic Political Studies—currently held by Robert Bartlett, an expert in the history of political philosophy—endows this position in perpetuity. Enhancing that professorship, the Behrakis Program Endowment provides broad-based support for Hellenic studies, including seminars, forums, teaching fellowships, and other scholarly activities, as well as the Behrakis Assistant Professorship in Hellenic Studies. Students who wish to study abroad will find assistance from the Maria E. and Drake G. Behrakis ’86 Fellowship for Study in Greece Fund. Even the Maria E. and Drake G. Behrakis ’86 Fund for Athletics, supporting student-athletes, fits into the puzzle, as the Greeks saw athletic competition as integral to the development of the intellect. Whether considered individually or as part of an integrated whole, these gifts will go far to ensure BC remains a leader in the liberal arts for generations to come.


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giving back to BC, Karen Izzi Bristing ’84 has addressed issues of deep personal concern—making gifts totaling more than $2 million that advance initiatives in academic excellence at three schools within the University. In doing so, she is making a difference not only at the Heights, but also in the countless lives that BC’s graduates will touch. Touch, in this case, can be taken quite literally. The Bristing Palliative Care Fund provides endowed support for the Connell School of Nursing’s Palliative Care Program, which trains nurses to attend to seriously ill patients with the goal of improving their quality of life. “This is the art of nursing, as well as the science,” according to Connell School Dean Susan Gennaro. Watching two close family members struggle with devastating chronic illnesses, Bristing became acutely aware of the role that nurses play, and she often wished that nursing care emphasizing patients’ comfort was more readily available. “The nurses who do that work are like angels,” she says. With this gift, Bristing is helping ensure that many more nurses will be trained in this critical specialty. Additionally, Bristing’s own experience at

BC led her to establish the Bristing Urban Scholar Fund, making forgivable loans available to Lynch School of Education students who go on to teach in urban schools. As a student, Bristing herself worked with inner-city Boston youth. “Now I live in Los Angeles, where the dropout rate is more than 20 percent,” she says. “It’s a terrible problem. I want to encourage young people to go into that difficult work and inspire whoever they can to learn, not drop out.” Bristing’s drive to inspire learning also led her to establish the Karen Izzi Bristing Faculty Research Fund at the College of Arts and Sciences, currently supporting two junior faculty members in the economics department. Bristing, a former economics major, feels this gift has elevated her bond with BC and expresses her family’s entrepreneurial nature. She is the owner of Equinox Equestrian Center, while her husband, Steve, co-owns and operates Race Truck Trends, which builds prototypes of new car and truck models. At BC, Bristing is proud to apply that same spirit—when she sees areas of need, she finds ways to meet them.


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saw education as a great engine of service to the world—the learn to be “men and women for ege armed not only with knowlsense of passion and responsibils to work. When BC does its job place. for academic excellence, the BC . At the Heights, academic excelUniversity’s Jesuit, Catholic valaspect of the BC experience. The test gifts and help them discern service for the greater good—an for all. emic excellence? It’s the spark room of students debating, searcher working late into the ng a complex idea. And it’s the e teaching and the research posy, the laboratory equipment, the



Jesuit, Catholic mission is at the heart of everything it does. But a new Graduate School of Social Work (GSSW) doctoral program in international social welfare is the very embodiment of Ignatian ideals. Developing nations in Africa, Central and South America, and Asia, collectively known as the Global South, often lack adequate programs of study in social welfare. So students from these countries make their way to North America or Europe, where they study social welfare models that may not transfer well to their homelands, and they may not return at all—a “brain drain” with lasting repercussions. “This deprives their home countries of an important academic and professional resource,” explains James Lubben, Louise McMahon Ahearn Professor of Social Work. “And at the same time, it makes it extremely difficult for the doctoral students to form important contacts or identify potential areas for research in their countries.” Through strategic partnerships with Jesuit, Catholic universities worldwide, the Doctoral Exchange Program in International Social Welfare will address that issue.

The new program has been established with a gift of $450,000 from Santander Universities, the philanthropic arm of Spain-based Banco Santander, the parent company of Sovereign Bank. “This agreement is a very important one for us, as it will benefit students here in the U.S. and worldwide,” says Santander Chairman Emilio Botín. Students will gain the research-driven knowledge, experience-based insight, and field-tested skills to address the unique issues faced by their home countries. By studying at both BC and partner universities, they will spend less time abroad and preserve strong connections to their own communities. “It is no accident that the partnerships are with other Jesuit institutions,” says Lubben, who serves as director of GSSW’s doctoral program and will lead this new initiative. “We want to build on the Jesuit foundation of social justice and global mission—values that are very important to BC and the Graduate School of Social Work.”

President William P. Leahy, S.J., with Banco Santander Chairman Emilio Botín



obert Cooney, Jr. ’74, P’08, ’10, is both a proud BC graduate and parent. He is also a partner in Cooney & Conway, one of the country’s most successful litigation firms, and has played blues guitar for most of his life. When one understands his love of the blues—with Doug Brown, P’05, he was executive producer of two Sonny Landreth albums, one of which was nominated for a Grammy Award—one begins to understand the special interest Cooney and his wife, Loretta, have in BC’s American Studies Program. A lifelong resident of Chicago, Cooney treasures both its myth and its music. “It’s important that we understand who we are as a people, where we came from, and how we got here. It’s the common, daily experiences of life—the culture of the everyday—that teach us that,” he says. Toward that end, the couple have endowed the Cooney Family Assistant

c excellence as part of Light the facet of Boston College. The ound creative ways to marry versity’s mission.


Professorship Fund and the Cooney Family Faculty Research Fund with gifts to the College of Arts and Sciences. Among the humanities-related initiatives supported by their generosity is the American Studies Program, directed by Carlo Rotella, a Chicago South Sider himself. The overarching goal of the American Studies Program is the analysis of American culture, past and present. In addition to course offerings, the program brings distinguished speakers from all walks of life to the Heights. “I’m both fascinated and impressed by the work of the American Studies Program, and I am very happy to be part of it,” says Cooney. “I’m deeply connected to Boston College through my own experiences and those of my children, and it gives both Loretta and me great pleasure to know that we can help the University build its strength in an academic area that’s important to us.”

Countdown to Reunion Weekend 2012 DID YOU KNOW?


5,000 Reunion Weekend attendees


Record attendance for fifth reunion


Reunion volunteerss

5,792 Gifts made in honor of Reunion 2011

70 Percentage of Reunion Weekend attendees who gave to BC

EACH JUNE, THOUSANDS OF BC alumni and their families return to the Heights to reconnect through annual reunion celebrations. And every year, reunion classes build on that excitement by setting new records, from annual dollars raised to donor participation to volunteer hours. Last June, more than 5,000 alumni and their guests bolstered the Light the World campaign in innumerable ways. Now this year’s reunion classes are gearing up to surpass the incredible accomplishments of their predecessors for the 2012 event. The Class of 1992, led by Reunion Committee Co-chair Brett Burns, is looking forward to the chance to improve upon the success achieved by last year’s 20th reunion Class of 1991, which exceeded its reunion fundraising goal and increased its gift participation to a class-record 30 percent. “My classmates and I are excited by the

milestones achieved last year and motivated to honor our own undergraduate experience through a class-wide effort,” explains Burns, who, along with his wife Lisbeth P. Burns ’92, set an example for classmates by making an early reunion gift to enhance the scholarship the couple established in 2006. “Whether we’re capable of leadership-level gifts or excited to volunteer our time, everyone can have a significant impact on BC.” In addition to the Class of 1992, 11 other classes will celebrate their reunions this year, starting with the Class of 1952 and spanning six decades to the Class of 2007. But alumni are not waiting until June to get excited, with reunion kickoff events already underway. The Classes of 2002 and 2007 are among those who have begun their reunion preparations, an early commitment that might be necessary to exceed last year’s strong GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) participation numbers. Last spring, the Classes of 2001 and 2006 broke Reunion Weekend attendance records with nearly 1,000 young alumni and guests participating in the GOLD Outdoor Lawn Party on BC’s Brighton Campus. Just as impressive, the Class of 2006 made a strong showing of financial support with 932 gifts received in honor of its fifth reunion. The buzz for Reunion Weekend 2012, slated for June 1–3, has already begun, and the Boston College community is excited and grateful for the incredible efforts of those alumni honoring their time at the Heights.



HOME? Boston College wouldn’t be the incredible place it is today without you. Come home to the Heights during Reunion Weekend 2012, June 1–3, and celebrate your BC experience.

Want to get more involved with your class’s Reunion Committee? Contact Deborah Ianno at or Ann Connor at to learn more or visit

for the latest Reunion 2012 details.

Impact Is Paramount for New PLC Co-chairs


LILIANE AND CHRISTIAN HAUB, P’13, ’14, WILL co-chair the Parents’ Leadership Council (PLC) this year with the goal to heighten the spirit of service

While aiming to expand parents’ philanthropy, the Haubs also hope more parents will share their time and talents as members of the BC community.

and philanthropy that are hallmarks of the Boston

term as co-chairs, and hope to continue the strides

“It’s about building relationships,” explains

College parent community.

made during the Nolans’ tenure.

Liliane Haub. “Parents can lend career advice to cur-

“We want fellow BC parents to understand the

The Haubs have already led by example—invest-

rent students or perhaps encourage their companies

positives of staying connected to Boston College,”

ing significantly in faculty research at the Carroll

to offer internships to deserving undergraduates.

says Christian Haub. “Giving back in any number

School of Management (see story on Page 1). Both

Likewise, PLC members can host First Year Send-

of ways can have an immediate impact on the BC

leadership-level annual gifts and endowed funding

offs or other regional events. They are invited to join

experience of their child, and all undergraduates,

are critical because they advance Light the World

in and find the best fit for them.”

while strengthening the University for tomorrow’s

campaign priorities that touch students’ lives

Adds Christian Haub, “We hope to motivate the


through financial aid, student formation program-

competitive spirit of BC parents. We all want Boston

The couple succeed Nancy and Ken Nolan, P’03,

ming, and other academic and cocurricular opportu-

College to be the best university possible, which

’05, ’08, ’12, who recently completed a three-year


requires all of us to work together toward that goal.”



young alumni spearhead volunteer participation


Graduates Of the Last Decade, or GOLD

Day of Service to organizing affinity group

world’s most dedicated alumni. And the University relies on its alumni community’s most precious resource: time. In fact, it is a main goal of the Light the World campaign to expand volunteerism, encouraging more alumni and parents to engage in service that raises the University to new heights.

alumni, are demonstrating this leadership in record numbers, with more than 850 volunteers representing 33 percent of the University’s overall alumni service corps. Volunteerism at BC takes many forms, from working on reunion gift committees and participating in the annual National

and chapter events. Two recent graduates are setting an example for their classmates and have found unique and creative ways to give their time to BC—which, as both agree, is essential to ensuring the success of Light the World and the future of the University as a whole.

Mentor in the Making

Giving from the Heart

AMELIA (AMY) FEATHERSTONE ’08 LEARNED QUICKLY the value of a strong alumni network. As a summer intern at Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in New York City, she was paired with mentor Martha Dabagian ’99, who taught her the ins and outs of the financial world, helped her navigate the firm, and led her on a path to discover her own passions in the business world. Featherstone is now an associate in Goldman Sachs’s Prime Brokerage Division in New York, an opportunity she attributes to the strong relationship established through her BC alumna mentor. “I am extremely fortunate to have a strong network of fellow alumni at Goldman Sachs. When I was an intern, Martha devoted a lot of her time to teaching me and bringing me up to speed on industry best practices,” says Featherstone. “I hope to return the favor by serving as a mentor and helping other young alumni discern their own career paths.” This past year, Featherstone was presented with another opportunity to support fellow GOLD alumni by helping to organize the Boston College Goldman Sachs Networking Evening. She was tapped to lead this initiative by one of the firm’s partners, Michael Millette, MS’94, P’15, following her successful coordination of the Goldman GOLD informational table at the Boston College Wall Street Council Tribute Dinner in April. The networking event was a huge smash, with 45 young alumni across various departments of the company in attendance. She adds: “It’s essential to give back as GOLD volunteers because we all benefited from the support of members of the BC community at some point and had role models of our own to look up to. As BC’s youngest alumni, we’re in a great place to understand and reach out to other recent graduates so they can benefit from our experiences.”

MIKE CIANCHETTE ’06, COUNSEL AND POLICY advisor to the governor of Maine and reserve officer in the U.S. Navy, traveled from his home in Cumberland, Maine, to celebrate his fifth reunion this past June. In preparation for this momentous occasion, the young alum served as a chair on his Reunion Gift Committee—connecting with his classmates to communicate the importance of securing the financial stability of Boston College and the impact of gifts of all sizes. “Each and every dollar raised in honor of our fifth reunion ensures that current and future students will share experiences similar to the ones we cherish so dearly,” says Cianchette. “Our generosity is BC’s bridge to the future and will allow the University to continue to educate ‘men and women for others’ for generations to come.” This was not Cianchette’s first time volunteering as a representative for his class and advocate for the University. As a Senior Class Gift Committee co-chair, he rallied his classmates around BC’s culture of giving, which set him on a path to continue his efforts postgraduation. He shared the same message with fellow GOLD alumni—getting them excited about the depths to which the University relies on its community to help move forward. “Ultimately, alumni volunteering is about giving where your heart is—and that could mean time or money, however we are able to do it,” explains Cianchette. “We may have left campus, but there is no Boston College without its alumni.”

I hope to return the favor by serving as a mentor and helping other young alumni discern their own career paths.”

Ultimately, alumni volunteering is about giving where your heart is—and that could mean time or money, however we are able to do it.”


Buildings and Properties & Q A Committee Chair

Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Fish leads Boston College’s Buildings and Properties Committee, a 12-person group that helps guide campus development, including the implementation of the Institutional Master Plan. Here, Fish discusses how today’s campus investments signal future success. HOW IS THE INSTITUTIONAL MASTER PLAN ENHANCING THE BC EXPERIENCE?

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO JOIN THE COMMITTEE? I saw an opportunity to combine my profes-


The Master Plan will help transform campus

sional background in construction with my

Alumni should be energized by the momen-

in a way that better addresses the needs of the

desire to serve BC. I’m humbled to

tum that continues to propel BC forward. The

21st-century student. One can see this with

follow in the footsteps of such

past 25 years have been a period of spectacu-

Stokes Hall, a cornerstone of the plan, which

past chairs as Joe Corcoran ’59,

lar growth, and the University’s positive reach

when completed next fall, will house five hu-

H’09, P’85, ’86, ’87, ’98, and the

is being felt throughout the world. The current

manities departments, First Year Experience,

late Tom Flatley, P’86, ’88, ’89, ’89.

investments that are being made through the

and other student formation resources.

They left big shoes to fill, and I’m

This plan is anchored firmly in BC’s Jesuit tra-

enthusiastic about the chal-

dition. As St. Ignatius wrote, “All the things in

lenge. Their vision, along

this world are gifts of God, created for us, to

with that of the numerous

be the means by which we can come to know

committed Buildings

him better, love him more surely, and serve

and Properties Commit-

him more faithfully.” I feel this way about the

tee members over the

environments that we will create. They will

decades, is the founda-

enhance areas associated with a quality life—

tion beneath—and

from rigorous study and spiritual contempla-

genius behind—the

tion to the fostering of community and loving

most recent Master


Plan improvements.

Light the World campaign—in housing, the sciences, technology, athletics, and all aspects of campus life—reflect the support of the entire BC community and will touch countless lives.

Board of Trustees Vice Chair John Fish

stokes hall: building momentum


tokes Hall soared skyward at more than 15 feet per month this summer and continues to surge toward its fall 2012 opening. A cornerstone of the Institutional Master Plan, Stokes Hall will serve as a center for the humanities and will strengthen the University’s long-standing commitment to student formation. It is the first new academic building to be constructed on Middle Campus since 2001 and will feature 36 state-of-the-art classrooms, including an 80-student performance and lecture hall; a café; commons area; conference rooms; and an outdoor plaza.


▪ October 4, 2010:

▪ July: First concrete floors

Groundbreaking ▪ March 2011: First section of excavation set ▪ April: Foundations completed ▪ June: Steel superstructure begun

poured ▪ September–October: Third floor structural elements placed ▪ November–December: Fourth floor structural elements to progress; masonry to begin

View a live webcam, learn how Stokes Hall will enhance the BC experience, and explore naming opportunities at:

Light the World Fall Campaign Newsletter  

Light the World Campaign Newsletter of Boston College Fall 2011, Vol. 4, No. 3