May 31st, 2013

Around the world in 40 days

The campaign launches in Los Angeles and Dubai

After a successful launch in Boston in September, The Campaign for Boston University went on the road to spread University news, campaign updates, and lots of excitement to alumni leaders and donors in Southern California and the Middle East. The two events, attended by more than 230 people, were the first in a series of regional kickoffs that will continue over the course of the campaign. Next stops: Chicago and London!

Los Angeles

Woodard and Chiklis

Emcees and Emmy Award–winning actors Alfre Woodard (CFA’74, Hon.’04) and Michael Chiklis (CFA’85) charm the crowd.


Regional Campaign Chair, co-general partner of the Edward Thomas Companies, and Slatkin Challenge donor Edward Slatkin (SMG’77) co-hosted the evening.

Carlson, Tassler, and Secunda

Partner at William Morris Agency Rob Carlson (SMG’88); BU Trustee, President of CBS Entertainment, and LA kickoff Co-Host Nina Tassler (CFA’79); and Endeavor Talent Agency’s Ruthanne Secunda (CAS’87)


Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering Muhammad Zaman explains the life-saving technologies he and his students are creating.

Brown, Feld, and Pardee

President Brown, Campaign Chair Kenneth Feld (SMG’70), and Frederick Pardee (SMG’54, GSM’54, Hon.’06), whose $7 million gift was announced at the kickoff gala


Cody Brotter (COM’13) talks about coming out of his shell at BU and how the University supported him in times of crisis.

Firstenberg, Arnold, and Fiedler

Director of the American Film Institute Jean Firstenberg (COM’58), DreamWorks Producer Bonnie Arnold (COM’78), and COM Dean Tom Fiedler (COM’71)


President Brown does his best impression of CSI’s Horatio Caine.


Morrison and Mayet

Provost Jean Morrison and Dean’s Advisory Board member Tasneem Mayet (CAS’95), who gave a speech about Dubai’s history and culture

Robert Knox

Chairman of BU’s Board of Trustees Robert Knox (CAS’74, GSM’75) emceed.

Abdulla Al Karam

Abdulla Al Karam, director general of the Knowledge and Human Development Authority, represented Sheikh Mohammed.

Shetty, Freeman, Kilachand, Morrison

Founder of UAE’s New Medical Centre and BU International Advisory Board member B.R. Shetty; School of Management Dean Kenneth Freeman; Nina Kilachand; and BU Provost Jean Morrison

Rajen Kilachand

Host Rajen Kilachand (GSM’74) welcomes the crowd.

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