Letter from the Editor

During a recent summer vacation to Rome, Deanna visited St. Ignatius' apartment next to the Jesuit Church of the Gesu (Photo by Pete Spiro)

During a recent summer vacation to Rome, Deanna visited St. Ignatius' apartment next to the Jesuit Church of the Gesu (Photo by Pete Spiro)

This month's issue of Connections features town and gown partnerships between six Jesuit institutions and their surrounding communities. Some are new, like Creighton University's Global Connections and Engagement program in Omaha, NE, while some, like Canisius College's Hamlin Park Initiative in Buffalo, NY, are well-established. All serve to enhance the schools' relationships with their local town or city, creating opportunities for mutual cooperation and collaboration.

We also have two important schedules to share in this issue: AJCU conferences; and national programs and events that are open to Jesuit alumni this fall. One of our upcoming conferences, the annual AJCU Federal Relations Conference, is featured in Cyndy Littlefield's Federal Relations report.

It's been a very busy summer for us here at AJCU. We welcomed three new staffers: Dr. Stephanie Russell, in a new position, vice president for mission integration; Mike Wieczorek, our new executive assistant to the president; and Karen Larios, in another new position, assistant director for federal relations. Stephanie is based in Milwaukee, but will be spending considerable time traveling across the country to offer support to our conference members, administrators and board of trustee members on incorporating the Jesuit mission into their work. Mike W. and Karen are both on our staff in Washington, D.C., and we are grateful to have them on-board!

All of us at AJCU wish you a successful start to the new school year.

All the best,

Deanna I. Howes