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Members of the BCSSW Alumni Association participated in the 2016 NAMIWalks Massachusetts event in Boston this May. The group outing was one of many volunteer and networking opportunities organized for BCSSW alums this year.
Hello BC Social Work Alumni,

We hope you are enjoying these final days of summer! As we quickly approach the new academic year, we are excited to begin plans for this year's events. Participating in BCSSW Alumni Association activities is a great way to give back and keep in touch with the school. 
We would love for you to join us! 

Below are descriptions of events planned for the coming semester and ways to stay connected with each other and the school, even if you don't live near campus.
Emily Greising, MSW '07
President, BCSSW Alumni Board
Alumni Board Meetings
The Alumni Board monthly meetings are open and we encourage you to attend to learn how you can get involved with the BCSSW Alumni Association. We meet on the following dates for academic year 2016 - 2017:
9/26, 10/24, 1/30, 2/27, 3/27, and 4/24
Although, at this time, board members need to be physically present, any alum can attend a meeting either in person or by phone.
Interested or have questions? Please contact: 
Emily Greising, Alumni Board President: 
Upcoming Alumni Events
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Boston College, Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
5:30 p.m.
The Church in the 21st Century Center is hosting a presentation by Archbishop Josť Horacio Gomez. He is the fifth Archbishop of Los Angeles and the first Hispanic to serve in this role, as well as the highest-ranking Hispanic bishop in the United States. RSVP at:
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus
We will hold a day-long conference celebrating some of the diverse social work practice activities carried out by our BCSSW alums. This conference will be organized by and for our alums. The conference will award 7.0 CEUs, just in time for the October 1st relicensing deadline.
BC vs. Wagner Football Game
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Boston College, Alumni Stadium
Group tickets are being purchased at $10.50 each.  Please contact Heather Slugaski at by August 24 if you are interested in tickets.
Career Networking 
Thursday, November 3, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 
Boston College, McGuinn Hall, Room 521
An annual event for alumni and students. Informal networking and a short panel discussion.
Alumni Awards and Diversity Conference
Friday, January 6, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 
Boston College, McGuinn Hall, Room 121
Save the date for the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards and Diversity Conference. See instructions for nominating your fellow alumni below.
Recruitment Fair
Friday, March 24, 2017
11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
Boston College, Yawkey Center, 4th Floor, Murray Room
Mark your calendars for BCSSW's annual Recruitment Fair. Alumni can attend this event either as agency representatives to meet potential employees or as attendants to look for a new career opportunity. Email with questions about attending as a hiring agency.
Nationwide Alumni Opportunities 
Networking Events
Cindy Snell, Director of the Office of Career Services and Emily Greising, BCSSW Alumni Board President have held networking events around the country.  This past June, Cindy had a great time reconnecting with alumni in San Francisco. Alumni networking events have also been held in Seattle and New York City. If you are interested in helping plan a BCSSW networking event in your area, please contact Cindy at
BCSSW Alumni Mentoring Program
The BCCSW Alumni Board would like to invite you to sign up for the 2017 mentoring program. Mentors are alumni that have graduated in 2011 or earlier, and mentees are alumni whose graduation years fall between 2012 and 2016. Quarterly email communication is expected (January, April, July, & November) with the option to have phone or in-person communication if participants wish. Quarterly check-ins, as well as articles, will be sent by the program coordinators. Some of the mentoring topics will include: mentoring relationship goals, leadership & teamwork, work-life balance, workplace challenges, and career goals. The program will run from January-December 2017 with the option to continue a more informal mentorship if participants wish. Please email Heather Slugaski '13 and Samantha Alves '13 at if you would like to participate.
Mock Interviewing
Alumni from across the globe are invited to participate in the Mock Interviewing program taking place in February 2017. Mock Interviews take place in person, over the phone, or via Skype so soon-to-be graduates can practice their interviewing skills. Please contact Cindy Snell at if you are interested in participating as an interviewer.
Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations
We invite all BC Social Work alumni to nominate an MSW or Doctoral alumnus who they feel has made a significant contribution to the profession of social work.
January 6, 2017 McGuinn Hall 8:30 - Noon
Diversity Conference + Alumni Awards Event 
This year we will be presenting two awards:
1. Distinguished Alumni Award 
2. Distinguished Recent Graduate Award (for alumni who have graduated within the last 5-10 years)
NOMINATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.
Note: Current BC Social Work Alumni Association Board members and staff are not eligible. Both the award winner and the person who nominated him or her should be able to attend the Diversity Conference & Alumni Awards Event on January 6, 2017.
McGuinn Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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Stay Connected
LinkedIn: Join the BCSSW grouto connect with other alums in your area, act as a resource for job searchers, post a job opening, or ask professional advice.

Ph.D. LinkedIn Group: This online community focuses on connecting Ph.D. alumni, offering and sharing resources with one another, and updating information from relevant social work happenings.

Jobs Database: Want to hire the best and brightest? Email to post your job openings in the BCSSW jobs database. Job searchers can also email us to request a username and password to access the jobs database. Listings include opportunities from across the country and across the globe.
Continuing Education Opportunity

Travel Grant Awards from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
We are delighted to share with you that the Academic Affiliates and Research Division of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (BPSI) has selected the Boston College School of Social Work for the opportunity to receive travel grant awards for social workers who are interested in deepening their experience in psychoanalytic ideas. The one-time travel grants will cover costs of travel, lodging, meals, and registration fee to attend the American Psychoanalytic Association's annual meeting held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City in January, 2017. The travel award includes one year of mentoring with a BPSI social work psychoanalyst mentor along with other benefits. The award is open to applicants who are post-master's, and who are alumni of BCSSW.

Application deadline for submission:  October 1, 2016.
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