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Alumni Weekend: Stars, Sports, and Service

Actress Uzo Aduba, Nickerson Field centennial among this year’s draws

Television Academy, eat your heart out. This month, the academy gave actress Uzo Aduba a second consecutive Emmy Award for her performance as Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren in the hit Netflix series Orange Is the New Black. And yet, when Aduba (CFA’05) received an Inspiring Young Alumni Award last weekend from the College of Fine Arts, it was clear where her heart lay. “I can say without question that this is easily the best thing that has ever happened to me,” Aduba said.

The former School of Music voice major and track star was one of three graduates honored by CFA during Alumni Weekend. Broadway actor Greg Hildreth (CFA’05) and David Delmar (CFA’06), a designer and founder of volunteer-based Resilient Coders, also were given the award on Saturday.

It was a weekend of celebrations. At the Best of BU Luncheon & University Alumni Awards, two alums received the Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University presents its graduates: Robert K. Jackler (MED’79), an otologist-neurotologist who specializes in complex ear diseases and who founded the group Stanford Research into the Impact of Tobacco Advertising, and Sarah Degnan Kambou (SPH’84, UNI’94), president of the International Center for Research on Women and a recipient of the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area. Lisa A. Wong (CAS’00, GRS’00), who is serving her fourth term as mayor of Fitchburg, Mass., was presented with the 2015 Young Alumni Award. “I try to honor the BU alumni every day in the work that I do,” said Wong, who was first elected to the office at age 28.

The weekend, which featured more than 100 events, gave alums the opportunity not only to celebrate fellow Terriers, but also to reminisce and reconnect with one another. At 100 Years of Braves/Nickerson Field, Fred Rapoport (CAS’71), Arnold Baker (SED’72), and Gary Capehart (SED’71) met to catch up and remember their days on the BU football team. They toured the field with fellow alums, imagining the cheers when the Boston Braves played baseball here decades ago. The Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953 and to Atlanta in 1966.

Back at CFA’s Inspiring Young Alumni Awards, harpist Amelia Cook (CFA’18, CAS’18) played Bach as a crowd of elegantly attired guests mingled in the 808 Gallery. Eager fans flocked to Aduba. Jade’ Davis (CFA’16) said that as an African American and an aspiring actress, she was especially excited about hearing Aduba speak: “She’s someone for me to look up to.”

But it’s more than celebrity, or even classmates, that keeps the BU community coming back for the festivities. For some, it’s tradition. Joanna Couto said she attends almost every time. “It just makes the year complete,” said Couto (Questrom’81), an SAP developer at BU. “It’s almost like another holiday. You wouldn’t skip Thanksgiving, right?”

Julie Butters can be reached at jbutters@bu.edu

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