Category: Alumni News
Boston University’s Metropolitan College is well represented at this year’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as hockey defenseman Matt Gilroy (MET’09) is suiting up for Team USA.
Gilroy, who earned his Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at MET, earned the 2009 Hobey Baker Award as the best player in college hockey after leading the Terriers to the 2008–2009 NCAA championship, and was named to the BU Athletic Hall of Fame last summer.
Read more about Team USA’s BU connections in BU Today.
A team of Metropolitan College Master of City Planning and Master of Urban Affairs students and alumni were crowned victors at the prestigious 2017 IXL Innovation Olympics, which sees graduate students from around the world compete to creatively solve sponsor-presented challenges.
Graduates Alejandro Delgado (MBA, MUA ’17), David Valecillos (MCP ’14), and Luis Quintanilla (MBA, MCP ’17), as well as current students Ruben Ceron (MUA ’18) and Diego Lomelli (MCP ’18) were all named winners for the plan they devised to develop a business innovation district for the Government of Atlántico in Colombia, and awarded a $4,000 prize for their efforts. The 8-week global consulting competition is co-sponsored by IXL Center and the nonprofit Global Innovation Management Institute.
Learn more about the team’s victory here.
John P. Molière (MET’86), a graduate of Metropolitan College’s Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program and president and CEO of Standard Communications, Inc., is the winner of the 2016 John K. Lopez Lifetime Achievement Award. Bestowed by the National Veteran Business Owners Association (NaVOBA) and Vetrepreneur magazine, the award comes in recognition of the Navy veteran’s longtime commitment to working with his fellow veteran community. After being wounded during service, Mr. Molière attended MET on the G.I. Bill before founding Standard Communications, Inc., which provides information technology support services to the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Veterans Affairs.
Also president emeritus of the National Veterans Small Business Coalition, Mr. Molière has received congratulations from multiple U.S. congressmen since winning the award. He hopes his story will inspire other veterans attending BU, or anyone working full-time to put themselves through school. “Without BU,” he has said previously, “I wouldn’t be the successful businessman and person that I am today.”
Read more here.
On Monday, October 30, BU Today featured a Q&A with Boston University alumnus Ralph H. Groce III (Questrom’82, MET’84), who is senior vice president and chief information officer at Everest Reinsurance and recipient of MET’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award. In the Q&A, part of BU Today’s “Jump-start Your Job Search” series, Groce shares valuable career insight and perspective about success and failure. This past May, he also addressed graduating MET students and their families with a galvanizing Convocation speech.
Read the full Q&A in BU Today.
Two Metropolitan College graduates have been elected to the Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame. Bob Danville (MET’82) and Matt Gilroy (MET’09) will be feted for their accomplishments as Terriers and enshrined during a ceremony and banquet to be held in November.
Danville, a 1982 All-American in track and field who obtained his business administration bachelor’s at MET, still holds the New England record for fastest time in the 400m hurdles. The Birmingham, England native and recent retiree was a part of seven national championships during his time at BU.
Gilroy won the 2009 Hobey Baker Award, which recognizes the nation’s top collegiate hockey player. Only the second BU player to win the award, the defenseman went on to a noteworthy professional career in both the NHL and international Kontinental Hockey League after earning his Bachelor of Science in Management Studies at MET.
The Boston University Athletic Hall of Fame 52nd induction festivities will be held Saturday, November 4, at noon, in the Francis Burke Club Room at Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave.
Read more in BU Today.
Kyung-shick Choi (MET’02) has spent 10 years studying and teaching in the field of cybercrime and cybersecurity. As an authority on the subject, the BU adjunct associate professor and Metropolitan College Cybercrime Investigation and Cybersecurity program coordinator was called to the Massachusetts State House to testify before officials to share his insights regarding pending legislation that aims to update the Commonwealth’s current cybersecurity laws.
Echoing lessons he has imparted on MET students enrolled in both the Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Master of Criminal Justice concentration and graduate certificate programs, Professor Choi voiced his support for Bill No. H2814—which seeks to address the rising threat of cybercrime through enhanced criminal penalties, civil remedies, and transparency.
“The criminal justice system has not yet caught up with the rapidly evolving dynamics of current technology and its related issues,” Choi testified, in prepared remarks. “The proposed bill [addresses this] by increasing the level of sanction placed on data breaches.”
Read more about the bill here.
On May 20, 2017, Metropolitan College welcomed Ralph H. Groce III as the Commencement speaker and recipient of MET’s Distinguished Alumni Award honoring service to the alma mater. Groce (Questrom’82, MET’84) delivered a galvanizing and rousing address that referenced playwright George Bernard Shaw, Apple CEO Steve Jobs, fictional Star Wars character Yoda, and two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee Ric Flair.
Groce is chief information officer and senior vice president at Everest Global Services, where he oversees a global team of 500 responsible for delivering industry-leading technology solutions that support Everest’s strategy and deliver business outcomes. Over the course of his twenty-year career, Groce has worked for organizations including Wells Fargo, Bankers Trust, Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase, MetLife, and Wachovia. He has served on the boards of Fresh Youth Initiatives in New York City and the Socrates Academy in Charlotte. He has also served as a mentor for the Covenant House Rites of Passage program in New York City, and a mentor and professional advisor to the GENTS program at Vance High School in Charlotte.
As a BU undergraduate in the early 1980s, Groce was on the Men’s Basketball team, for which he earned a varsity letter. He received his bachelor’s degree from BU’s Questrom School of Business in 1982, and then earned his Master of Urban Affairs degree at Metropolitan College in 1984. He currently serves on the MET Dean’s Advisory Board, and recently endowed a scholarship to support undergraduate students completing their degrees at Metropolitan College.
Before Jacques Pépin became an acclaimed chef, TV host, author, and cofounder (with Julia Child) of MET’s Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts and MLA in Gastronomy, he put in his time humbly developing the craft that would go on to bring him worldwide renown. The story of his ascent as a food icon is documented in the new PBS special, American Masters—Jacques Pépin: The Art of the Craft, which debuts Friday, May 26, at 9 p.m.
After a recent advance screening of the documentary, Pépin admitted that when he got his start, kitchen work was not as respected as it has become today. “At the time, the cook was very low on the social scale,” Pépin explained.
Read more in the Boston Herald.
Arizona Sheriff Mark Napier (MET ’04) knows his way around the Mexican border. After all, the law-enforcement officer and coordinator of Metropolitan College’s top-ranked online Master of Criminal Justice program is tasked with policing a 125 mile stretch of the international boundary, giving him unique perspective on the challenges facing the immigration hotbed.
Elected sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County in November, Napier spoke with the BBC’s Eddie Mair to offer insight into President Donald J. Trump’s proposed boundary wall along the U.S./Mexican border.
“I think ‘the wall’ as a term is analogous to a lot of things,” he explained. “We talk, in this country, a lot about a traditional wall, meaning bricks and mortar or some sort of physical barrier, and there are places on the border that simply do not lend themselves to what we would categorize as a traditional wall,” he added, citing topographical and structural concerns.
“So I think when we speak of a wall, we need to think of it as an analogous term to meaning, potentially, human resources, technology, and where appropriate, physical borders,” Napier said.
For more, tune into the BBC.
The food industry is growing in rapid and innovative ways, according to one MET alum, who says some businesses are even turning down opportunities for funding. After earning the Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from BU, Natalie Shmulik (MLA’13) now serves a food business consultant at a Chicago-based food incubator, and she spoke with Forbes magazine about the many ways people are finding funding in food.
Read more of Shmulik’s advice to aspiring food entrepreneurs in Forbes.