Al Petras (CAS’78)
Part of the Family
Giving back to BU made Al Petras part of a family on campus—and a growing network that spans the globe.
When Al Petras (CAS’78) moved back to Boston from New Jersey—just two years after graduating with his degree in English Language & Literature—he and a group of friends thought the best way to keep in touch would be to get season tickets to BU hockey. So they did, and they continue to attend games together to this day.
“People have had tickets 40, 50-plus years in our section. The BU Friends of Hockey is truly more of a family,” says Petras. “There are life-time friends that you make.”
These yearly tickets were Petras’s first investment in the University. Soon he began to make regular contributions to the BU Athletics program—and then to participate in the Terrier Legacy Circle: a group of dedicated donors who have chosen to support BU Athletics with a bequest or other planned gift. In fact, Petras was the circle’s very first member.
Why? Because it didn’t take long after graduation for Petras to realize the value of his degree. He credits that degree with putting him in the “fast-track pool” at his first job and for giving him a global perspective that is invaluable in his current postion at Bank of America, where he has worked overseas for the past 10 years.
Working part-time in the States and part-time in China affords Petras a unique opportunity to be an intercontinental alumnus: He keeps an eye out for BU alumni events in Beijing while he’s in the region, assists with BU’s Center for the Study of Asia, and always makes time to attend BU hockey games when he’s home. Wherever he finds himself, he knows that his BU family is never very far.
An act of generosity writes a new chapter in a story begun 20 years ago on the other side of the world.