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Nearly 10,000 alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff joined together to enjoy the 10th annual Pops on the Heights concert in Conte Forum on Friday, September 27. The sold-out event kicked off this year's Boston College Fund drive and raised more than $1.3 million, adding to the Ever to Excel Campaign total. Through the Boston College Fund over the last 10 years, 269 scholarships have been awarded to 138 talented students across a wide range of academic disciplines. The event was chaired by University trustee associate Jim Cleary '50 (at left). Pictured with Cleary are Pops on the Heights executive committee member Jay Yost '70, JD'75, Shannon Toumey, Jake Yost '03, Dee Yost, and Quinby
Yost '99.

Photo: Fay Foto

Karen Izzi Bristing '84 contributed $250,000 to help establish an endowed Junior Faculty Research Fund in the College of Arts and Sciences. The income from the fund will provide support for a new faculty member for a three-year period. "Since the faculty are an integral part of the University, it is imperative that we hire the best," says A&S dean Joseph Quinn. "The young faculty we look for are being sought by many outstanding institutions, and now this fund allows us to be more attractive in a very competitive market," according to Quinn. Bristing, a Gasson Society member, says, "I look forward to meeting the talented faculty members who will receive this grant and to learning firsthand about their research and their ability to teach and inspire students. I already feel a stronger bond with BC and hope for more opportunities like this in the future."

Entering the home stretch, Boston College's Ever to Excel Campaign is turning its attention to a key source of the University's excellence: its employees. In October, BC faculty, administrators, and staff received a letter requesting their support for Ever to Excel and outlining the various ways they can contribute to the drive: by check, stock, credit card, or payroll deduction. Since its launch in 1999, the Ever to Excel Campaign has raised $375 million of its $400 million goal from University trustees, alumni, parents, friends, and foundations. The employee drive is being chaired by Rattigan Professor of English emeritus John L. Mahoney, Sr. '50, MA'52, acting codirector of residential life Linda J. Riley '76, MS'79, and human resources administrative coordinator Jan M. Lent.

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