Dr. Walter Fluker to Deliver BUA Keynote Commencement Address

By emmeyerFebruary 21st, 2018in BUA News and Stories, Homepage News

Dr. Walter E. Fluker (GRS ’88), Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Ethical Leadership and Director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Initiative for the Development of Ethical Leadership (MLK-IDEAL) at BU’s School of Theology, has agreed to deliver the keynote address at this year’s Boston University Academy Commencement. BUA’s 24th commencement exercises will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, May 21, 2018 at BU’s Tsai Performance Arts Center. Dr. Fluker is an accomplished author, philanthropist, and educator. In addition to his roles at the School of Theology, he serves as the editor of the Howard Thurman Papers Project, an initiative aimed at preserving the archives of educator, theologian, and civil rights leader Howard Thurman. An expert in the theory and practice of ethical leadership, Dr. Fluker has served as a consultant and workshop leader for various organizations, including the Department of Education, the Department of State, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and Goldman... More

Michael Dillon ’97

After graduating from BUA, Michael Dillon ‘97 received both his BA in Government and JD/MBA from Harvard. He worked in management consulting at Bain & Co. before joining the Houston Astros organization in 2012 as Vice President of Strategy and Analytics. In his free time, Michael enjoys running, reading historical nonfiction, and watching baseball (of course). The Houston Astros won the World Series back in October! What was it like to be a part of that experience as a member of the Astros organization and as a resident of Houston?  Having grown up as a huge baseball fan (almost an inevitability in Boston), I feel incredibly fortunate that I get to walk through a Major League Baseball stadium on the way to my office each morning.  I joined the Astros in 2012, in the middle of what would be the second of three consecutive 100+ loss seasons.  We made the postseason in... More

BUA Announces Enhanced Partnership with BU’s FitRec

Boston University Academy has partnered with BU’s Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec) to offer BUA students broader access to the wealth of physical fitness opportunities that FitRec provides. BUA is committed to collaborating with our colleagues across the University to make BU resources, where appropriate, available to BUA students.  This agreement with FitRec represents the latest step toward more fully taking advantage of the breadth of Boston University’s facilities and resources.  Thank you to Dave Stone, BUA’s director of athletics, and to the leadership team at FitRec for their dedication and hard work over the last several months to bring this enhanced partnership to fruition. Beginning this week, all BUA students 16 years of age or older will have access to FitRec free of charge. BUA’s new agreement with FitRec is in addition to the enhancements we have recently made to our restructured Physical Education program, which gives students a broad range... More

BUA Winter Play: Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

Loyalty. Betrayal. Conspiracy. Murder. Plus sword fights -- lots of sword fights!  Join us for the Winter Play, Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.  All performances will be held in the BUA Black Box Theater.  Performance times are as follows:  Friday, January 19: 3:30 p.m. Saturday, January 20: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 20: 7:00 p.m. Sunday, January 21: 2:00 p.m. Complimentary parking for the Winter Play will be first-come, first-served in the BUA Bridge Lot (Lot H), with overflow at the Agganis Lot (Lot A).

BUA Jazz Ensemble to Perform in University MLK Commemoration

The Swamp Cats, BUA's Jazz Ensemble, will perform in Boston University's annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This event, entitled "Words Beyond the Dream: A Celebration in Honor of Alumnus Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," will take place on Monday, January 15 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the GSU Metcalf Ballroom, 775 Commonwealth Ave. All BUA community members are invited and encouraged to attend this special event.

Samantha Cohen ’08

Samantha Cohen ‘08 received her AB in Social Studies from Harvard University in 2012. After graduating, Cohen moved to New York to work for Sotheby’s, one of the world’s largest auction houses and brokers of art, jewelry, real estate, and automobiles. She currently serves as a Senior Manager in Business Development. In addition to her academic and career interests, Cohen has trained extensively in ballet. She was a member of the Pre-Professional Program at Boston Ballet School during her high school years and went on to dance in college with the Harvard Ballet Company. In her free time, Cohen enjoys visiting museums, going on long runs in Central Park, and trying new restaurants in the city. Can you tell us about what drew you to Sotheby’s and what some of your primary responsibilities are? In college I didn’t major in art history, but I discovered I had a particular fascination with the... More


Larry Tobin ’05

By emmeyerDecember 15th, 2017in Alumni Profiles

After graduating from BUA, Larry Tobin ‘05 received his BA from Boston University in 2007. He refined his fundraising and leadership skills at Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), where he worked from 2008-2017, most recently as Associate VP of Major Gifts. During this time, he also earned his MBA and MA at Brandeis University. This past August, Tobin became the first Director of the Shapiro Foundation, a private foundation which works to serve and resettle refugees across the world. In his free time, Tobin enjoys spending time with his wife Jesse & 8mo daughter Ruthie, deep woods XC ski & canoe trips, and being a Patriots Season Ticket Holder. Can you explain what the Shapiro Foundation strives to accomplish and what some of your primary responsibilities are as Director? Our primary goal is to serve the world’s most vulnerable and overlooked population: refugees. We focus especially on the two opposite ends of the... More


Jennifer Johnson ’00

By emmeyerDecember 15th, 2017in Alumni Profiles, Homepage News

After graduating from BUA in 2000, Jennifer Johnson received her BA in History from Brown University and her PhD in History from Princeton University. She taught history at Lehman College and the City College of New York before returning to Brown in 2015 as an Assistant Professor of African History. Johnson is the author of The Battle for Algeria: Sovereignty, Health Care, and Humanitarianism (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). In addition to her undergraduate and graduate teaching responsibilities at Brown, she is currently working on two projects, a book-length study on family planning programs in postcolonial Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia and a sourcebook of primary documents about African History. Her work has been supported by a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, a Watson Institute Collaboration Grant, and an American Institute for Maghrib Studies grant. In her free time, Johnson enjoys traveling, reading novels, cooking, gardening, and hanging out with her husband and... More


2016-17 Impact of Giving Report

We are proud to share with you our 2016-2017 Impact of Giving Report. From student clubs to strategic initiatives, professional development to physical education, your gifts have a real and tangible effect on BUA's students and teachers. We hope you enjoy reading about the many programs and projects – both large and small –that your support made possible. We are deeply grateful for all of the generous supporters that made 2016-2017 a record-breaking year for the BUA Annual Fund. Thank you. See What BUA Achieved in 2016-17 -- Thanks to You!

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