AJCU Schools Welcome Class of 2023 to Campus

AJCU Schools Welcome Class of 2023 to Campus

It's that time of year again! The class of 2023 has arrived on Jesuit campuses across the country, ready to begin the next four years of their lives. Over the past few weeks, students have participated in orientation programs, many of which included community service events. In addition to bringing students together, these events helped to introduce them to their local communities, as well as the Jesuit mission of being men and women for and with others.

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A New Way of Proceeding: Ignatian Colleagues Program Discerns Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus

A New Way of Proceeding: Ignatian Colleagues Program Discerns Universal Apostolic Preferences for the Society of Jesus

In February 2019, Jesuits across the world received a letter from the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J. In this formal communication, Fr. Sosa recommended four areas of consideration for all Jesuit ministries, institutions and organizations over the next ten years. Known as the Universal Apostolic Preferences, these four areas have been approved by Pope Francis and received enthusiastically throughout the world.

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AJCU Advocates for End of Ban on Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

AJCU Advocates for End of Ban on Pell Grants for Incarcerated Students

For more than two decades, incarcerated individuals in the United States have been banned from receiving Federal Pell Grants, thereby leaving the financial cost of post-secondary education up to the individual who desires to further his/her education while imprisoned. This summer, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has worked to advocate for the Restoring Education and Learning (REAL) Act of 2019 (S.1074/H.R. 2168): a critical step in removing the ban and reinstating Pell Grant eligibility for individuals incarcerated in Federal and state prisons.

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International Association of Jesuit Universities Marks One Year of Global Collaboration

International Association of Jesuit Universities Marks One Year of Global Collaboration

The International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) is a global network of Jesuit institutions of higher education that serves as the international advisory and coordinating body for the Secretariat of Jesuit Higher Education. On July 11, 2019, IAJU will mark one year since it was approved by Rev. Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, during an international assembly at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain.

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Jesuit Leadership Seminar Inspires Administrators, Faculty & Staff to Seek the Magis

Jesuit Leadership Seminar Inspires Administrators, Faculty & Staff to Seek the Magis

Earlier this month, Loyola University Chicago hosted the sixteenth annual Jesuit Leadership Seminar (JLS) for faculty, staff and administrators from Jesuit colleges and universities. For the first time, two staff members from Loyola University Andalusia in Spain, participated in the Seminar, reflecting the program’s growth and impact both in the United States and abroad.

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Seattle University Honors President of the University of Central America in Nicaragua

Seattle University Honors President of the University of Central America in Nicaragua

On Sunday, June 16, Rev. José Alberto “Chepe” Idiaquez, S.J, president of the University of Central America (UCA), a Jesuit institution in Managua, Nicaragua, received an honorary degree during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at Seattle University. The degree was conferred by Seattle University’s president, Rev. Stephen Sundborg, S.J., at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA.

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AJCU Welcomes New Director of Government Relations

AJCU Welcomes New Director of Government Relations

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is pleased to welcome Jenny Smulson as Director of Government Relations. A proud Georgetown University graduate with nearly two decades of experience advocating on higher education issues, Smulson comes to AJCU from the American Psychological Association (APA), where she served as senior legislative and federal affairs officer.

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'Professional Humans': AJCU Career Service Leaders Explore Jesuit Education and the Future of Work

'Professional Humans': AJCU Career Service Leaders Explore Jesuit Education and the Future of Work

On Wednesday, June 5, members of the AJCU Career Service Leaders affinity group gathered at the 2019 National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) conference in Orlando, FL. The AJCU Career Service Leaders hosted a panel discussion and networking reception for guests, exploring the theme of Professional Humans: Jesuit Education and the Future of Work.

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In Commencement Address, AJCU President Calls Loyola Chicago Graduates to Rebuild U.S. Catholic Church

In Commencement Address, AJCU President Calls Loyola Chicago Graduates to Rebuild U.S. Catholic Church

On Tuesday, May 7, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), became an honorary Rambler when he received an honorary degree from Loyola University Chicago. The degree was conferred during the commencement ceremony for graduates of Loyola’s Graduate School and Institute of Pastoral Studies, for which Fr. Sheeran served as commencement speaker.

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Markus Howard & Makenzie Mason Named National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Year

Markus Howard & Makenzie Mason Named National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Year

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is pleased to name Markus Howard of Marquette University and Makenzie Mason of the University of Scranton the National Jesuit Basketball Players of the Year. This award honors two student-athletes, one man and one woman, who best display excellence on the basketball court while maintaining core values of Jesuit education: men and women for others who are committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person.

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AJCU Partners with Loyola University New Orleans to Establish Cyndy Littlefield Memorial Scholarship

AJCU Partners with Loyola University New Orleans to Establish Cyndy Littlefield Memorial Scholarship

As we mourn the passing of Cyndy Littlefield, who served as vice president for federal relations at the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) for more than two decades, we are reminded time and again about the extent of her work on behalf of low-income students across the country. To honor Cyndy’s advocacy for financial aid programs to help low-income students attend college, AJCU has partnered with her alma mater, Loyola University New Orleans, to endow a need-based scholarship there in her name.

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AJCU Welcomes New Associate Member

AJCU Welcomes New Associate Member

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) is pleased to announce its newest associate member: Newman College of the University of Melbourne in Australia. The AJCU Board of Directors voted unanimously to accept Newman as an associate member during its annual winter board meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 2. Newman joins two associate members: Campion College at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan and St. John’s College in Belize.

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Jesuit Schools Celebrate Christmas 2018

Jesuit Schools Celebrate Christmas 2018

It has become a tradition for our schools to produce Christmas videos featuring greetings and well wishes from presidents, faculty, staff and students. We want to give a special thank you to the AJCU Marketing & Communications Network for sharing these beautiful videos and photos with us, and for putting so much time and energy into their productions. We hope you enjoy seeing Christmas on campus this year!

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