Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

This month’s issue of Connections highlights the many ways that our colleges and universities are helping their faculty, staff and administrators to become leaders in the Ignatian tradition. Many of these new programs at our schools were founded by faculty who were inspired by their experiences in the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), which is a program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU). You will learn more about ICP and AJCU’s second leadership program, the Jesuit Leadership Seminar, in this issue.

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Federal Relations

Federal Relations

The higher education community has long championed the safety and security for the nation's 780,000 undocumented individuals known as Dreamers. We support passing the Dream Act and securing an extension to the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which was scheduled to expire on March 5. But the February 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL shifted focus from DACA to gun control on Capitol Hill.

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Pilgrims on a Journey: Loyola Maryland Leaders Follow the Ignatian Compass

Pilgrims on a Journey: Loyola Maryland Leaders Follow the Ignatian Compass

As the new strategic plan for Loyola University Maryland was entering its final stages in June 2016, members of Loyola’s Board of Trustees joined Loyola's president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., and members of his cabinet for a pilgrimage through Spain and Italy. The trip made a significant impact on Loyola's community, whose members were inspired to collaborate on the strategic plan, called The Ignatian Compass.

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Forming for Mission: Scranton’s First Year Ignatian Faculty Program

Forming for Mission: Scranton’s First Year Ignatian Faculty Program

It seems to me that the issue of “hiring for mission” is a neuralgic one at Jesuit colleges and universities. As the number of Jesuits on our campuses continues to decrease, the onus of passing on the foundational principles of Jesuit education is increasingly incumbent on the intentional work of dedicated administrators, faculty and staff. Given this current reality, how do we engage those we hire and form them in the great educational tradition that has been entrusted to us?

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Forging Formation at Rockhurst, One Ignatian Conversation at a Time

Forging Formation at Rockhurst, One Ignatian Conversation at a Time

Three years ago, John Kerrigan, Ph.D., associate professor of English at Rockhurst University, began inviting faculty and staff to sit down and talk about the ways that the Jesuit philosophy informs their every-day life at the University, and how they can bring that philosophy into their work. The conversations have not stopped and now serve as "mission multipliers" for the University community.

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A Hidden Gem of Ignatian Leadership at Santa Clara University

A Hidden Gem of Ignatian Leadership at Santa Clara University

In today’s world, we are given many messages that our spiritual and professional lives should be kept separate — preferably with a thick wall between them. Luckily for Santa Clara University, in 2002, a beloved professor of business organization saw a need and an opportunity to help faculty scale this wall by tapping into the rich resources of the University’s Ignatian roots. 

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Re-Create the Walk that Changed History

Re-Create the Walk that Changed History

One student called it, “easily the best academic experience I’ve ever taken part in.” Another said that the experience “had a profound impact on me from a leadership perspective.” This effusive praise came from Jesuit university students who were describing their experiences on the Ignatian Camino, a pilgrimage / trekking route that traces St. Ignatius Loyola’s famous journey through Spain in 1521, after his battle injury convalescence and conversion, from Loyola to Montserrat and Manresa.

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