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

MET Food & Wine Studies Alum Among Boston’s Top Sommeliers

September 22nd, 2016

MET Food & Wine Studies Alum Among Boston’s Top Sommeliers

Sarah Marshall, an alumnus of the Metropolitan College’s Wine Studies certificate program, has made the most out of her Food & Wine expertise. The drink curator at Cambridge’s Oleana restaurant was recently named one of Boston’s top sommeliers by Meininger’s Wine Business International.

Role for MET Alumnus in Upcoming Marathon Bombing Survivor Biopic

June 29th, 2016


Health Communication faculty member Tim Sullivan (MET’05), director of communications at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, facilitated hospital location filming for the upcoming film Stronger. Based on the bestseller by Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, the film stars Jake Gyllenhaal and is expected in 2017.

Spaulding treated 32 critically injured Marathon bombing survivors, including Bauman, and scenes filmed in the hospital featured Bauman’s caregivers along with staff and patients. During filming, Sullivan, who earned his master’s in Advertising from MET, found himself suddenly cast in a role as a reporter when he advised actors on how to ask questions like “real” reporters.

MET Online Master’s Alum Awarded Maritime Honors

June 6th, 2016


Bill Payne (MET’12), an alumni of Metropolitan College’s online International Marketing Management Master’s program, was one of five honorees recently deemed a “Marine Visionary” by the International Maritime Hall of Fame. Payne completed his Master of Science in International Marketing Management while serving as vice president of international shipping stalwart NYK Line, where he now serves as president and vice chairman for the North American division. MET’s online business graduate programs are ranked #6 in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Speaker Announced for MET Commencement 2016

May 2nd, 2016

Ira CohenIra D. Cohen (MET’07) will be the speaker at the 2016 Commencement ceremony for Boston University Metropolitan College. Mr. Cohen is a managing director and board member of Signal Hill Capital, the largest investment-banking firm in the U.S. that focuses on technology, media, and telecom for growth companies.

Respected as one of the foremost experts in merger and acquisitions issues surrounding IT firms, Mr. Cohen is the former managing partner, cofounder, and president of Updata Advisors, Inc., a leading IT boutique investment banking firm. In August 2010, he led the merger of Updata into Signal Hill.

Mr. Cohen, who is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA), has served on the Board of Advisors of Boston University Metropolitan College since 2012 and is a current part-time faculty member in Administrative Sciences at MET. He has a bachelor’s in accounting from the City University of New York–Herbert H. Lehman College of the City University of New York, and earned his master’s in Banking & Financial Services Management online from BU’s Metropolitan College.

MET Administrative Studies Alum Receives Prestigious Finance Award

April 1st, 2016

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Daniel Miele (MET’00) has been named a 2016 Five Star Wealth Manager, an honor awarded to those financial advisors that exhibit excellence in their field and meet requisite criteria which includes objective assessments of client retention rates, client assets administered, and a favorable regulatory and complaint history. Miele, an alumnus of Metropolitan College’s Administrative Studies program, serves as a financial advisor with Centinel Financial Group, LLC in Marshfield, Massachusetts. The recognition, which comes from the independent experts at Five Star Professional, was announced in the pages of Boston Magazine’s February issue.