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Georgetown Hosts 60th Annual John Carroll Weekend in chicago
April 30, 2012–The 60th annual John Carroll Weekend, hosted in Chicago five times since its inception, kicked off once again in the Windy City April 26. This annual tradition began in 1952, giving alumni an opportunity to engage with classmates and fellow alums, faculty, administrators, and the host city. The weekend of educational, cultural, and social celebrates the best of Georgetown in different cities each year.
This year’s weekend began with the Chicago launch of the “For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown” at the historic Soldier Field. Friday was marked by a full schedule of events including a women’s leadership luncheon featuring Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon (L’87) and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan (C’88); a “Think about it” education panel; an LGBTQ gathering in celebration of the Tagliabue Initiative for LGBTQ Life; and an event at the Art Institute of Chicago.
On Saturday morning, Dr. DeGioia joined the Board of Governors and Board of Regents for a joint meeting. There was also a luncheon with keynote remarks by Senator Dick Durbin (F’66, L’69) at the Art Institute's ornate Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room.
The evening closed with a Gala at the Field Museum, which honored five alumni for their dedication to Georgetown’s mission of excellence, service, and leadership. The John Carroll Awardees were Michael E. Karam (F’72, L’76, L’81), Lee I. Miller (B’69, L’73), Thomas A. Reynolds III (B’74), Mary Colleen Scanion, R.N. (NHS’76, H’00), and L. Edward Shaw Jr. (C’66). The Patrick Healy Award, which recognizes an individual who is not alumni who has made an extraordinary contribution to Georgetown, was bestowed upon Daniel J. Hennessy (Parent ’07, ’10, ’13).
Georgetown awards DCPS Chancellor honorary degree
April 24, 2012–Members of the Georgetown University and Washington D.C. communities joined together April 21 to celebrate the work of D.C. Public Schools Chancellor, Kaya Henderson (SFS ’92, G’07), who was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters, honoris causa.
The honorary degree honors Henderson’s work in education reform over the past two decades, culminating in her role as DCPS Chancellor. Leaders of the Washington D.C. government and education communities were present at the ceremony, including Mayor Vincent Grey.
In her remarks Chancellor Henderson spoke of the influence that her mother, a teacher and principal, had on her passion for education, and the role of her grandmother in helping her to believe that she "was somebody" throughout her life. Following the ceremony, a lunch reception was held in Riggs Library.
Earlier this month, Chancellor Henderson also announced a five-year plan for DCPS. A city-wide public school curriculum is a key aspect of the plan to improve the education of the District’s students.
In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia touched on the responsibility that Georgetown University has to serve the wider Washington, D.C. community. He described Chancellor Henderson as demonstrating “what it means to be a true ‘contemplative in action,’ leveraging the gifts of her intellect and her special capacity for leadership to create positive, actionable, and enduring impacts for the communities she serves. It is this quality that we at Georgetown value most, and that makes it a privilege to count her as a member of our Georgetown family.”
Read the full story of Chancellor Kaya Henderson's honorary ceremony here.
April Events at Georgetown
April 20, 2012–The end of April always marks a busy time on the Hilltop, and the evening of April 19 was no exception, with back-to-back events on campus: a reception in honor of our student veterans, a Summit on Millennial Values, and the annual Basketball Banquet.
The Veterans Reception gathered members of the Georgetown University to recognize the contributions of our student veterans through their academics and extra-curricular involvement on campus, and for their extraordinary service to the nation.
In thanking the student veterans for their work, Dr. DeGioia said, “The dedication and commitment to our country you have demonstrated through your service not only animates the tradition of our armed service, but also reflects our mission and values here at Georgetown."
Later in the evening, a dinner reception in the Bioethics Library welcomed leading students and scholars who have been part of a two-day symposium on Millennial Values. Hosted by the Berkley Center, the symposium focused on issues such as the moral and religious values that animate young women and men today. The Berkley Center also released a first of its kind survey on the role that values play in affecting voting preferences among young people and a range of issues including religious pluralism, social inequality, immigration, and perceptions of race and gender.
At the reception, Timothy P. Shiver, Chair and CEO of the Special Olympics, offered the keynote remarks. Other leaders present at the summit included authors, Joshua Foer and Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Sojourners founder, Jim Wallis, and student leaders from across the country. To learn more about the Berkley Center's survey and the Millennium Values symposium please follow this link.
The evening night concluded with the annual Hoya Hoop Club Men's Basketball Banquet, held in the Leavey Center Ballroom. This annual tradition celebrates these leading student athletes and celebrates the support of our most loyal alumni for our basketball community. Men's Basketball captain, Jason Clark, offered remarks, which you can listen to here.
Thursday also marked the beginning of a two day summit on technological innovations on campus. The h.Innovation Summit brought together faculty, students, university leaders and creative companies to reimagine the role of technology in higher education. The summit is part of the Chief Information Officer’s effort to improve students’ experience with technology on campus. To learn more about the h.Innovation Summit click here.
New Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities launched at Georgetown
April 17, 2012–The University this week launched the Georgetown Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities, designed to identify, reduce and ultimately eliminate health and health care disparities by conducting interdisciplinary research and providing education and community engagement.
This new initiative will be co-chaired by Lucile Adams-Campbell, Associate Director of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Phyllis Magrab, Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Center for Child and Human Development at the Medical Center.
The launch event also recognized three faculty-sponsored projected submitted as part of the 2011 Call for Proposals. All three represent significant interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships with local, national, and global health leaders.
Dr. DeGioia spoke during the launch and focused on the ways in which the Initiative fulfills Georgetown's value of pursuing work in service of the betterment of humankind, saying, “The Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities models this effort – driven by the interest and expertise of our faculty, and animated by the principles of service and social justice.”
Read the full story on the Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities launch here.
Georgetown Announces new Provost
April 11, 2012–Robert M. Groves, who successfully led the 2010 Census to count more than 308 million Americans, will become Georgetown’s new executive vice president and provost on August 20, 2012. As provost, Groves will serve as the chief academic officer for Georgetown's main campus.
Groves, who was appointed director of the U.S. Census Bureau by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, previously served as a professor at the University of Michigan and director of its Survey Research Center.
“I am honored by the opportunity to be the next provost of Georgetown University,” Groves says. “I look forward to working with Georgetown’s world-class faculty and students to build the Georgetown of the future, one that fulfills all their aspirations.”
Robert Groves also served as a research professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He has written or co-written seven books and scores of scientific articles.
"The depth and breadth of Bob's experience and scholarship will make an extraordinary impact within our community," Dr. DeGioia said. "We are excited to welcome his innovative leadership as we continue to strengthen our academic programs and fulfill our educational mission in Washington, D.C. and beyond."
To read the full story of Robert M. Grove's announcement as Provost please click here.
Georgetown completes middle states accreditation process
April 5, 2012–Members of Georgetown University's accreditation team for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education delivered an oral summary of the University's review April 4. The Middle States’ representatives gathered in Copley Formal Lounge to present their recommendations for Georgetown's accreditation as an institution of higher education.
Georgetown University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education through an external peer evaluation process. This year, the accreditation process evaluated four self-selected standards that the University must meet: Institutional Planning and Resource Allocation; Institutional Assessment; General Education; and Assessment of Student Learning. Rebecca Chopp, Swarthmore College president, and chair of the accreditation committee, delivered the committee’s analysis.
As part of the Middle States accreditation review, Georgetown has conducted a number of self-evaluations. Georgetown’s self-assessments, developed through the leadership of the Middle States Steering Committee and Self-Study Groups, have been published in a report, Strengthening and Integrating Scholarly and Educational Excellence.
To learn more about the Middle States Accreditation please click here.
Read the Strengthening and Integrating Scholarly and Educational Excellence report at this link.
Learn more about the Student Life report published by Georgetown University Student Association at this link.
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