Letter from the Editor

By Deanna Howes, Director of Communications, AJCU

This month’s issue of Connections features graduate and professional programs as they are enhanced by mission at Jesuit universities. From social justice outreach at Loyola Law School (Loyola Marymount University), Saint Louis University and the University of Detroit Mercy, to mission-based curricula at Seattle University and The University of Scranton, these institutions demonstrate a commitment to Jesuit values through all levels of higher education.
 
At this time of crisis for refugees across the world, we proudly feature in this issue the new Master’s in Migration Studies offered by the University of San Francisco (USF). This program will prepare professionals for careers at policy think tanks, international agencies, non-governmental organizations and other entities assisting migrants. USF is now accepting applications for the program; click here to apply online.
 
This issue also features an update on the AJCU Graduate Deans Conference by Dr. Kevin Gibson, Dean of the Graduate School at Marquette University. This Conference is comprised of deans and directors of graduate programs at Jesuit institutions who meet annually to share best practices and collaborate to advance new initiatives across campuses.
 
Our monthly Federal Relations report features highlights from last month’s AJCU Congressional Breakfast on Capitol Hill. We were honored to present former Speaker John Boehner with the AJCU Appreciation Award in recognition of his 25 years of distinguished public service as a member of Congress, including two and a half terms as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Xavier University president Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J. presented the award to Boehner, who graduated from the University in 1977.
 
At this time of year, we are especially thankful for the gifts of freedom and education, and pray for those across the world who lack such opportunities. We wish you and yours a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
 
All the best,
 
Deanna