March 2019 Connections:
The Distinctiveness of a Jesuit Education
Editing Connections every month always makes me acutely aware of the responsibilities of my own job. This is why, over the past six years, Eloquentia Perfecta has become more than just a favorite "Jesuit catch phrase." It's something that motivates me to become more persuasive, more reasoned and more just in everything that I write or say.
How can we re-imagine and renew a 500-year-old tradition in our digitally mediated, multi-cultural, globally connected age? The Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition comes together to answer this question through “nuestro modo de proceder” – listening, sharing and attending to both what is common and what is unique about our distinct institutional contexts, then moving forward together.
At Seattle University, faculty rarely use the label Eloquentia Perfecta. Instead, they speak of “rhetorical flexibility”: the ability to thoughtfully adapt messages to different topics, situations, audiences and purposes.
At the University of Scranton, students and faculty have much to look forward to every spring, including the return of a renowned campus tradition: a recitation of Plato’s Phaedrus...in togas.
In the great document of Jesuit education, the Ratio Studiorum, Eloquentia Perfecta develops in time, according to a predetermined series of steps meant to ensure sequential mastery. Andrew Tumminia, a Jesuit-educated English professor at Spring Hill College, examines this concept in an analysis of French Jesuit Rev. Michel de Certeau, S.J.
Good writers see writing as a process of sifting through and even wrestling with competing ideas, formulating and organizing their own thoughts, and sharing them with others in a way that is clear, persuasive and respectful. At Le Moyne College, it is the goal of faculty to nurture writers who can do just that.
For many adults, the mere idea of speaking in front of an audience is enough to cause anxiety. But for students at Rockhurst University, public speaking is not just a pre-requisite. It’s a competition — a decades-old, extemporaneous rhetorical “Thunderdome” called the Robert W. Miller Speech Contest.
There is no required ‘Intro to Writing’ class at the College of the Holy Cross. No Academic Writing seminar. No ‘How to Write the College Essay 101.’ How then does the Holy Cross expect to turn out good writers? The answer can be found in 'Cell Biology 266.'
At Loyola University Maryland, students have the unique opportunity to help new authors bring their books to life through the nation's first entirely student-managed book publishing house.
When the faculty in the Department of Rhetoric and Language (R&L) at the University of San Francisco (USF) began re-envisioning their course curriculum in 2014, they decided to highlight Eloquentia Perfecta as a key element of the new 3-course sequence. A backbone of Jesuit education, the concept of Eloquentia Perfecta (affectionately known in-house as EP) became a means to unify the department’s composition and public speaking courses.
An element of Jesuit rhetoric, Eloquentia Perfecta revolves around cultivating a person as a whole, as one learns to speak, write and communicate effectively for the common good. To that end, the new Writing Center at Canisius College offers students help with writing at any stage of the writing process in any discipline.
In an effort to bolster critical investments in higher education, AJCU has signed on to a coalition letter to the bipartisan leadership of the U.S. House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging a significant increase in the proposed FY20 budget allocation available to the Subcommittees that fund the U.S. Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education.
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October 2015: 100th Anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu
November 2015: The Jesuit Mission of Graduate & Professional Programs
December 2015: Celebrating the Arts on Jesuit Campuses
January 2016: The Impact of STEM Programs on Jesuit Institutions
February 2016: Diversity on Jesuit Campuses
March 2016: The Jesuit Mission of Athletic Programs
April 2016: Eco-Jesuit: Campus Responses to Laudato Si'
May 2016: How Jesuit Institutions Help Alumni Live the Mission
AJCU Connections Archive (2015-2019)
January 2019: The Food & Drink Issue
November 2018: Jesuit Schools Trace the Path of St. Ignatius
October 2018: Jesuit Schools Get Out the Vote!
September 2018: The Migration Crisis | How Are Jesuit Institutions Responding?
September 2017: How Jesuit Institutions Serve Under-Served Populations
October 2017: Jesuit Business Education
November 2017: Breakthroughs in Faculty Research
December 2017: The Mission of Jesuit Medical & Nursing Programs
January 2018: Young Jesuits in Higher Education
March 2018: Forming Ignatian Leaders on Jesuit Campuses
April 2018: Finding God in All Things: Prayer Spaces on Jesuit Campuses
May 2018: Building a Culture of Philanthropy
September 2016: Town & Gown Partnerships for Jesuit Schools
October 2016: Election 2016 on Jesuit Campuses
November 2016: Distinguished Faculty on Jesuit Campuses
December 2016: Impact of GC36 on Jesuit Education
January 2017: Social Innovation on Jesuit Campuses
February 2017: Fostering Mission & Identity on Jesuit Campuses
March 2017: Honors Programs at Jesuit Institutions
April 2017: Celebrating Student Scholarship at Jesuit Institutions
May 2017: Marketing the Mission of Jesuit Education