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
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.