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A SPECIAL 2022
COMMEMORATIVE EDITION

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear alums and friends of Pine Manor College,

At Pine Manor College, the belief in our individual and collective ability to transform has always been a part of our DNA. It was with that belief and passion that Helen Temple Cook decided to start Pine Manor Junior College — educating women at a time when women had very limited access to education. That same belief led Carlos Ferry to realize a unique opportunity to relocate PMJC to our beautiful Chestnut Hill campus. Driven and forward-thinking, Rosemary Ashby believed that Pine Manor College could and should expand and grow, so she built out the campus, transformed PMJC into a four-year college, and added a graduate program. And Gloria Nemerowicz’s inspirational quest for social justice reshaped the PMC mission to serve the under-served. This final issue of the PMC Bulletin pays homage to that history, highlighting amazing transformations and, of course, celebrating our alums and the entire Gator community.

I am gratified that the Pine Manor College mission will continue to live on through the Pine Manor Institute for Student Success at Boston College. Thanks to our 2020 agreement with Boston College, the institute is funded by a significant endowment that, at this time, stands at $100 million. Additionally, many Boston College programs that are focused on student success will operate under the Pine Manor Institute, and new, exciting programs directed to support first-generation, low-income students are being developed. The first such program to launch this summer is a college prep program that will be hosted on the BC campus. Beyond the institute’s work, Boston College has announced the launching of a two-year residential college called Messina College, which will offer associate degree programs beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, and will be located on our beloved Pine Manor College campus.

The newly formed programs at Boston College bring together mission, commitment, talent, and resources in a brilliant new way, and I believe that these programs will succeed in magnifying and advancing the mission and legacy of Pine Manor College for years to come.

On a personal note, it has been a great honor and privilege to serve as Pine Manor College’s President these past six years. When I was appointed in the Spring of 2016, I knew that I was about to join an exceptional organization dedicated to social justice. What I did not realize is how wonderfully rewarding it would be to team up with so many in our community – our students, our faculty and staff, our alums, our donors, and our supporters – all working together to make change happen, all believing deeply in our mission and each other. I want to thank you all for giving me this opportunity to help shape a vision and a mission close to my heart. I will be forever grateful for that, and I am hopeful that we will all find ways to continue this important work in the future.
I look forward to seeing you at our all-campus reunion and at our Commencement in May, which will no doubt be a great celebration of the Pine Manor College mission and tradition as well as a celebration of our ever-lasting legacy.

Very truly yours,


Thomas M. O’Reilly
President


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FALL 2020

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LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dear Alumnae/i, Friends and Neighbors,

This past year has been an exceptional one. From a global pandemic, increased racial tension, and an election year like no other in recent memory, our personal and communal resiliency has been tested. As I reflect on the choices we have made and the values we have upheld as individuals and as a community, I am filled with gratitude and pride, because we never lose sight of our mission of caring for our students, placing them and their wellbeing at the center of every decision we make.

Pine Manor College is known for the focus and determination of its community to creating paths for our students to ensure their success, whether in their journey to complete their degrees or their journey to find meaningful careers and beyond. Our passion for student success is woven into our actions, from the programs and initiatives that faculty and staff design, to the dedication of our dining hall team and support staff – small and big acts that are all focused on empowering our students and ourselves to fulfill our promise of Educating with Purpose.

Our story captured the attention and the imagination of our visionary friends and colleagues at Boston College. It was our mission of educating with purpose that was the basis for the relationship we created together and that will ensure the Pine Manor College legacy is magnified for years to come.

When I joined Pine Manor College in 2016 it quickly became clear to me that the expertise, dedication and passion for our students’ success is at the core of the Pine Manor College identity. Through the Initiative for Student Success, we continued to promote and refine what is clearly the Pine Manor College hallmark and quickly gained recognition for the tremendously important work done at Pine Manor College.

Many of the stories you will read in this Bulletin reflect the unique student body of predominantly first-generation, low-income students of color at PMC and the fascinating work that continues to inspire me and others. I am so very proud of the work we do and thankful for everyone in our community who makes our mission come to life on a daily basis.

I hope that you’ll enjoy this issue and keep Pine Manor College in mind during this season of giving. There is so much more to do. Today is just the beginning.

Very truly yours,


Thomas M. O’Reilly
President



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