Alumni News & Events

Keep up with your fellow alumni and see what’s happening at MET. Recent class notes are listed below but also appear twice a year in Metropolitan, MET’s online and print magazine.

You may submit your own class note with our Class Notes Submission Form or email

Border Sheriff—and MET Criminal Justice Vet—Offers Fresh Ways to Consider Proposed Mexican Wall

April 11th, 2017

Border Sheriff—and MET Criminal Justice Vet—Offers Fresh Ways to Consider Proposed Mexican Wall

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.

Food Business is Booming, Says Gastronomy Alum

February 15th, 2017

Food Business is Booming, Says Gastronomy Alum

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.

MET Alum Offers Advice to Developing Professionals

February 7th, 2017

MET Alum Michael Mccabe Offers Advice to Developing Professionals

Michael McCabe (MET’86,’87) knows how essential lifelong learning is to a flourishing career. McCabe, who sits on the Metropolitan College Dean’s Advisory Board, transitioned from a career in engineering to one in computer science after getting his education at BU. Now a managing director at the world’s largest professional services firm, where he regularly hires fellow BU alums, McCabe spoke with BU Today to share his professional insights for graduates who are just getting started in their careers.

Read more in BU Today.

MET Night is Friday, January 27 at Agganis Arena

January 18th, 2017

MET Night is Friday, January 27 at Agganis Arena
Join us as the BU Terriers take on the Merrimack Warriors.
5 p.m. / Pre-game Reception – Friends of Hockey Lounge
7:30 p.m. / Men’s Ice Hockey

MET Criminal Justice Veteran Elected Sheriff in Arizona

December 12th, 2016

MET Criminal Justice Veteran Elected Sheriff in Arizona

Lead facilitator of the Metropolitan College Master of Criminal Justice online program Mark Napier (MET ’04) has been elected sheriff of Arizona’s Pima County, which includes the city of Tucson.

Napier, who has attributed past law-enforcement promotions to be the “direct result” of the master’s degree in criminal justice he earned online at Boston University, was one of the program’s very first students, and after his completion he took on a role as coordinator, where he helped shepherd other online students to success in their coursework. Today, the program he helped to establish is rated to be 2016’s #1 Best Online Graduate Criminal Justice Program by U.S. News & World Report.

Read more in the Arizona Daily Star.