May 2016 Connections: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
We are in the midst of commencement season – a time of great celebration for the thousands of graduates on our Jesuit campuses. But what happens after they graduate? How can they find ways to stay connected to the Jesuit mission and its pillars of service and a faith that does justice? This issue of Connections has the answers!
AJCU's vice president for federal relations reports on major issues facing higher education this month: new overtime regulations, transgender student guidance, and appropriations for higher education funding.
What happens after students cross the stage, are handed their diplomas and depart campus to begin the next phase of their journeys? At John Carroll University, the Office of Alumni Relations see an obligation to steward this formation and maintain strong ties with graduates throughout their lives.
At Spring Hill College, the Office of Alumni Programs is working diligently to keep the mission statement of the school as a consistent factor in alumni engagement. Three Ignatian formation retreats this past spring are just the start.
For the past eight years, AJCU’s Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) has been providing an intensive educational and experiential learning program for college and university leaders to deepen their intellectual understanding and engagement of the Jesuit and Catholic mission on their campuses. In an effort to learn how the program has influenced them, the ICP Alumni Narrative Project was launched.
Since 2011, CharisNYC has been offering peer-led retreats for people in their 20s and 30s, helping young adults grow in their relationship with God, deepen their experience of Ignatian spirituality, and reconnect with a community of faith. Retreatants come from throughout NYC and NJ Metro area to learn spiritual tools to help them lead healthy, balanced lives and to make better choices. Each year, CharisNYC offers two or three different retreats on themes of interest to young adults.
Community. It’s the word that comes up over and over again. Participants in Contemplative Leaders in Action (CLA) come from diverse backgrounds and careers, but when asked why they applied to be part of this transformative program sponsored by The Jesuit Collaborative, the answer is almost always, “community.”
AJCU conferences provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, information and best practices; support the professional development of their members; and present opportunities for AJCU representatives to discuss collaboration and challenges in Jesuit higher education. Find out which ones are taking place in summer / fall 2016.
AJCU Connections Archive
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
September 2015: The Impact of HEA Reauthorization on AJCU Campuses
May 2015: Fostering Vocations on Jesuit Campuses
April 2015: New International Collaborations Among Jesuit Institutions
March 2015: How Women Are Shaping Jesuit Institutions