May 24th, 2016

Beyond Boston University

Campaign events in BU communities across the globe

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Choose to be Great: An evening with Boston University

The campaign took to the road this winter, with Choose to be Great (CTBG) events in five cities:
Boston, New York, Palm Beach, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.

CTBG Boston photo

Meghna Chakrabarti (Questrom’13), host of WBUR’s Radio Boston, opened the first CTBG event in Boston.

CTBG NY photo

President Brown with Stewart Lane (CFA’73) and wife
Bonnie Comley—nine-time Tony-Award-winning producers. Lane was a presenter at the NYC event.

President Brown CTBG photo

At each event, President Brown gave an update on the state of BU today…

Audience CTBG photo

…and took questions from the crowd.

CTBG LA photo

Actress and comedian Michaela Watkins (CFA’94) got serious at the LA event, which was hosted at CBS Studios by former CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler (CFA’79).

CTBG DC photo

The events began and ended with receptions for networking and reunions with friends, as seen here at the Institute of Peace in D.C.

CTBG DC photo 2

NPR legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg (Hon.’11) at the gathering in D.C.

Sons of Serendip CTBG photo

Sons of Serendip—whose members are all BU alums—performed at all five events.

William Fairfield Warren Society medaling

The second induction of founding Fellows of the William Fairfield Warren Society was celebrated at Boston’s Liberty Hotel on December 9. The Warren Society was launched in April 2015 to honor donors—125 individuals and families to date—whose lifetime giving to BU totals $1 million or more.

WFW crowd photo

Allen Questrom (Questrom’64), Ahmass Fakahany (Questrom’79), Suzanne Cutler (Questrom’61), Trustee Chairman Robert Knox (CAS’74, Questrom’75), Sidney Feltenstein (COM’62), and Stephen Karp (CAS’63) enjoyed the reception before the medaling.

WFW Cohen medaling photo

Richard Cohen (CGS’67, Questrom’69) shook hands with President Brown after receiving his medal.

WFW Shong medaling photo

Hugo Shong (COM’87) was medaled by Robert Knox.

WFW fellows photo

Warren Society Fellows Marshall (Questrom’49) and
Barbara Sloane.

WFW toast photo

Warren Society Chairman Richard Shipley (Questrom’68,’72), Robert Knox, President Brown, and Campaign Chair Kenneth Feld (Questrom’70) toasted the Warren Society members.

WFW toast photo 2

Kenneth Slater, Provost Jean Morrison, Gayle Berg (SAR’74), and Timothy Mullen celebrated.


In January, University leaders visited Bangkok, Thailand, for three important events: the presentation of the first-ever International Alumni Statesman Award to His Excellency Pong Sarasin (Questrom’51); an elegant evening gathering hosted by Nishita Shah Federbush (CGS’00, Questrom’02) at her home; and a gala dinner to celebrate the strength of the Boston University Alumni Association in Thailand (BUAAT).

Sarasin family photo

BU leaders with the family of Pong Sarasin, seated at right.

BUAAT leadership photo

BU officials with the leaders of the BUAAT, including its president, Prasutr Thawornchaisit (SPH’91), far right.

BUAAT dinner photo

More than 100 guests attended the BUAAT dinner at Dusit Thani Bangkok hotel.

Federbush dinner photo

During the visit, BU leaders joined alumni for an intimate gathering at the home of Nishita Shah Federbush.

Federbush photo

President Brown with Shah Federbush…

Federbush guest photo

…and with guests (from left) Sara Lamsam (MET’95), Pornwut Sarasin (Questrom’82), and Kirit Shah.

Thailand guest photo

Many prominent alumni in Southeast Asia took part in the weekend’s festivities.


In March, top BU officials traveled to New Delhi and Bangalore, where the University’s International Advisory Board (IAB) met, and two distinguished alumni—Analjit Singh (Questrom’77,’79), in New Delhi, and S.D. “Shibu” Shibulal (MET’88), in Bangalore — hosted elegant, culture-based gatherings for alumni in the region.

S.D. Shibulal photo

At the IAB meeting in New Delhi, Shibulal spoke with Provost Morrison.

Analjit Singh photo

The IAB meeting gave Chairman Knox and President Brown the chance to present Singh with his William Fairfield Warren Society medal.

Taj West End photo

The elegant setting at Shibulal’s event, hosted at the Taj West End.

Ryan Roth Gallo photo

Trustee Ryan Roth Gallo (LAW’99) with two performers at the Taj West End.

Dean Kenneth Freeman photo

Shibulal greets Dean Kenneth Freeman and
Chairman Knox.

Pratt guest photo

Singh greets trustee Stuart Pratt (CAS’69) and his wife, Elizabeth.

Singh event photo

Singh and his wife, Neelu, opened their home to more than 150 guests.

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