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This fall, the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program will mark a decade highlighting the mission of Jesuit education through basketball with two Jesuit Basketball Classics, played by four men’s and women’s teams. On Friday, Dec. 1, Gonzaga University will host Creighton University in a nationally televised men’s matchup on ESPN2; that same weekend, on Sunday, Dec. 3, Boston College will host Fairfield University in a women’s contest that will be streamed live on ACC Network Extra.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, October 25th, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), urged each Jesuit alum now serving in the 115th United States Congress to pass a bipartisan Dream Act and save DACA students. Fr. Sheeran’s remarks during a press conference in Washington, D.C. featured higher education leaders from across the country, and members from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, including Senate Assistant Minority Leader Richard Durbin (D-IL) and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
On Monday, October 16th, the Board of Directors of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) elected Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J. as its new chair. Fr. Linnane, president of Loyola University Maryland, began his 3-year term as chair immediately, succeeding Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J., president of Xavier University.
On Thursday, October 5th, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) hosted the biannual AJCU Congressional Breakfast at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C. Twenty-eight members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives attended the breakfast, as well as the presidents and government relations officers of twenty-three Jesuit colleges and universities (including AJCU associate member, St. John's College in Belize).
Sixty years ago, Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of AJCU entered the Society of Jesus as a novice of the USA Central and Southern Province, formerly known as the Missouri Province. On the occasion of his 60th Jubilee, Fr. Sheeran concelebrated Mass at St. Louis University High School on Sunday, September 24th, just one day after serving as a concelebrant for the Saint Louis University Bicentennial Mass, held underneath the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, MO.
In response to the recent announcement of the removal of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the student body Presidents of the twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States publicly stand in solidarity with our undocumented students and their allies. We, as a collective unit, acknowledge that this is a human issue that will impact over 800,000 members of our nation. Immigrants have played a crucial part in the foundation of this nation and have dreams and aspirations like any other person; these dreams should be preserved and kept sacred just as any other.
The AJCU Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) is pleased to announce the recipients of this year’s Bill Davis Scholarship. This scholarship is named in honor of the late Mr. Bill Davis, director of the Upward Bound project at Loyola University Chicago from 1969-1990, and one of the founding members of CDE. This scholarship, awarded annually, commemorates his commitment to education, public image, and student of color motivation.
On the occasion of this week's European Association for International Education (EAIE), Loyola University Andalusia, the Jesuit university of Seville, has joined forces with the newly-organized International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU) to promote collaboration and exhibit the universality of the values of justice, dialogue and work at the service of others that inspire Ignatian education. Under the guidance of Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., the General Secretary of Higher Education for the Society of Jesus, the IAJU seeks to create common lines of work and projects that involve the whole Jesuit educational community, from students and teachers to administrators.
On Tuesday, September 12th, 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.
On Tuesday, September 5th, President Donald Trump announced the rescission of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) issued a statement urging Congress to enact legislation that would protect the 800,000 students and young professionals affected by the program's rescission. Many presidents of the nation's Jesuit colleges and universities joined AJCU in issuing statements of their own in defense of the program.