Alumni Mission & Purpose

The CM Advancement Office works to promote good fellowship throughout a community of alumni drawn from all walks of life. Bound together by the common experience of a Christian Brothers' education, CM alumni are a community of men throughout the U.S. and the globe. Together they represent the cultural, ethnic, religious affiliations, and abilities, talents and viewpoints of the global society that CM commits to serves.  CM Alumni give their time and expertise to CM as members of the Board of Directors, as leaders of their classes, mentors, and as ambassadors to prospective students and their families.
 
Alumni may support CM through their generous gifts to the Annual Fund, an unrestricted annual giving program that is central to current operations. Contributions are also made through campaigns to increase CM's endowment, improve the physical plant, establish new educational initiatives and through planned giving programs for bequest commitments and life income arrangements.

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Alumni Spotlight

Peter McAvinn '80


Where did you grow up?  Where did you go to college? How did CM prepare you for college?
"I grew up in Newton, and I went to Boston College after CM. I felt extremely prepared for college after my four years at CM. Going to college, I knew how to write a paper and I felt prepared for my exams. I had a very busy schedule in high school because I always had a job and did well in school. I learned quickly how to manage my schedule and be successful at a young age."
 
"I do see that college is much harder than it was when I went to BC, but I still appreciate how CM prepared me. CM taught me to work hard. I did not appreciate it at the time, but I am so grateful now."

List of 5 items.

  • What do you consider one of your most successful moments during your college or career?

    I was successful during my college years because I did well academically and made many lasting friendships at BC.  I also had a job that I could pay for my college education.  I feel very proud of myself for being able to accomplish that. 
  • You mentioned how you believe college is more difficult now than it was during your time at BC, can you explain why you believe that?

    Well, I have children who are 23, 20, and 15.  My oldest son graduated from BC last year, and I have one in college now.  I see first-hand how much more work is required from students and how much more difficult it is to do well academically.  My son went to Belmont Hill School, which is similar to CM, and then went to Boston College.   I told my son that college will seem easy compared as Belmont Hill as prepared him to succeed in college. 
     
    After two months of being at school, I asked him if he felt like BC was easy.  My son told me that I could not have been more wrong, and he is extremely intelligent and hard working.  It shows how college has more difficult courses than it did when I was there.  Students today must work even harder to succeed.
  • What skills or advice would you give to our CM students today that you believe will help them to be successful during their time in college and in their lives?

    I believe that is crucial for students to be organized and on top of things.  I learned that when I was a young boy because I always had a job and worked all the time.  It taught me how to manage my schedule and be successful.
     
    I also believe being self-aware and self-confident are important to teach the students because it is important to know what you can handle.  Students will need to know how long it takes them to do a paper, so they can work this into their schedule. 
  • Can you tell us more about the Julie Fund that you started in honor of your wife, and how were you able to make it so successful?

    I believe it is difficult for people to help a situation unless it affects them directly.  For me, cancer affected me, so I want to help cure cancer.  I started the Julie Fund, and it has grown to be very successful for the last 13 years.  I have been able to do this because I have been successful in my career and allows me to control the other aspects of my life.
     
                My family is the most important part of my life and then my job.  Since I have great support and I work hard, I have control over these two pieces, so I can do what I want to do, and that is helping cancer research for specific types of cancers.  If I was not successful at work, I would not be able to be there for my family or start the Julie Fund.  I realize that not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and I want to help these families.
     
                I devote my time and money to the Julie Fund because there is not enough help for specific types of cancers such as ovarian and pancreatic cancer.  Cancer affects so many people, but the money and support are not always directed towards specific types of cancers.  I hope the Julie Fund can help a lot of families who are suffering from a family member with a specific type of cancer.
  • Why do you give to CM, and where do you hope your gift will make an impact?

    I give to CM because I can see that my money will have an impact on the students and the school.  Paul Sheff came to see me and asked if I would give to CM, and he explained how my donation will help CM.  Since then, I have given back to CM because CM does not have a multi-million-dollar endowment and appreciates a gift of any size.

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