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The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) has announced that ten percent of the 115th U.S. Congress are Jesuit college and university alumni/ae. Among the 535 members of this Congress, 56 are alumni/ae of Jesuit institutions: 12 in the Senate and 44 in the House of Representatives. This represents a notable increase from 50 members in the 114th U.S. Congress.
It's the most wonderful time of the year! Across the country, our campuses are lit with dazzling lights; our churches are filled with beautiful choral music; and our communities are being served by our generous students.
As Presidents of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities we feel spiritually and morally compelled to raise a collective voice confirming our values and commitments as Americans and educators. We represent colleges and universities from across our nation with more than 215,000 students and 21,000 faculty, and over 2 million living alumni.
On Thursday, October 6th, musicians Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids took the stage at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO for the first concert of an 11-city tour across North America. For the next two weeks, these celebrated artists would travel on the road with the staff of Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) USA to raise awareness of the global refugee crisis through the most universal of languages – music.
On Friday, October 14th, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J. was elected the 31st Superior General of the Society of Jesus during General Congregation 36 in Rome. The former Provincial of the Jesuits in Venezuela, Fr. Sosa is the first Superior General to hail from Latin America.
We recently caught up with Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt (a.k.a. Nancy and Beth) to find out why participating on the Jesuit Refugee Service USA Lampedusa Concert Tour for Refugees is so important to them. They will perform at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C. for the final show of the tour on Friday, October 21st!
This month, Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States are hosting a variety of events to commemorate Constitution Day. The U.S. Congress approved the declaration of Constitution Day in 2005 in response to legislative efforts by the late Senator Robert C. Byrd (D-WV) to formally recognize the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787 (constitutionday.com).
On Tuesday, September 13th, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States. Jesuit institutions were featured prominently on the list.
Across the country, members of the "visionary" class of 2020 are moving onto Jesuit campuses and beginning a new chapter in their lives as college students. For several schools, the class of 2020 is their largest freshman class ever. Read on for highlights from move-in week, including videos and photos of the newest Jesuit-educated students on our campuses!