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 metalum@bu.edu.

MET Alum Pair Named to BU Athletic Hall of Fame

July 24th, 2017

MET Alum Pair Named to BU Athletic Hall of Fame

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.

Cybercrime Expert Choi Makes Case for Security Bill at State House

July 11th, 2017

Professor Choi testifies on cybercrime bill

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.

Alumnus Ralph H. Groce III Delivers Speech for MET Commencement 2017

June 7th, 2017

MET 2017 Commencement Speaker Ralph H. Groce III

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.

Documentary Tells Life Story, Accomplishments of Chef Jacques Pépin

May 18th, 2017

Jacques Pépin speaks at Boston University's MET50 Gala

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.

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.