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Dr. DeGioia congratulates Erik Smulson  Dr. DeGioia congratulates Chief of Staff Erik Smulson on his four years of leadership in the Office of the President

JUNE 29, 2011–UNIVERSITY LEADERS AND FRIENDS GATHERED JUNE 28 TO RECOGNIZE THE EFFORTS of Chief of Staff, Erik Smulson (C'89), as he moves to become Vice President for Public Affairs and Senior Advisor to the President.

Smulson has served as Chief of Staff since 2007, overseeing the Office of the President and collaborating with colleagues from across the University on major events and initiatives.

He will be succeeded in this role by Joseph Farrara (G'96), the current associate dean of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI).

In reflecting on Smulson's time as Chief of Staff, Dr. DeGioia focused on his constant ability to help all around him work at the highest level of excellence.

"Erik’s leadership has always ensured that Georgetown puts our best foot forward…that we are able to achieve our very best as an institution," he said.  "I know we are all grateful that he just will be right across the hall in Healy 206."

To learn more about Smulson and Ferrara's new roles, click here.  


Dr. DeGioia presents Fr. Boroughs with a gift  Fr. Boroughs enjoys a laugh as Dr. DeGioia suggests his gift will look excellent in his new office at Holy Cross

JUNE 24, 2011–THE GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER JUNE 23 IN COPLEY FORMAL LOUNGE TO CELEBRATE the contribution of Fr. Philip Boroughs, S.J. as the University's first Vice President of Mission and Ministry, and to wish him well as the newly appointed president of the College of the Holy Cross.

Fr. Boroughs was named president of Holy Cross in May and will officially assume the post in January 2012. 

The celebration in Copley marked the end of Fr. Borough's tenure at Georgetown and, as Dr. DeGioia described, was a "very bittersweet occasion" for university leaders, faculty members and students, alike.

"We take great comfort in the knowledge that Phil will remain a valued partner in advocating for Jesuit higher education," Dr. DeGioia said during his remarks. I look forward to working with him through the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities … and through the many other opportunities for collaboration that will arise in the years ahead," he added.


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JUNE 20, 2011– DR. DEGIOIA JOINED OTHER LEADERS FROM THE GLOBAL ACADEMIC AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIESJune 17 for the annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), contributing to a panel discussion on the role of science and R&D to national competitiveness in Russia and around the world, as well as the future progress of the global economy.

The panel also included Dr. Harley Balzer, a member of the Governing Council of the Basic Research and Higher Education Programme and an Associate Professor within the Government department at Georgetown University. Dr. Balzer, who formerly directed the Center for Eurasian,   Russian and Eastern European Studies (CERES), focuses his research on Russian domestic politics, education, Russian and Soviet social history, science and technology, and US-Russian relations.

The SPIEF panel capitalized on many of these themes, with special attention to the ways in which international universities and research institutions can support the flourishing of science and R&D around the world.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia emphasized the role of the imagination in boosting excitement about science and R&D among the world's students. "We need to capture the imagination of our young people again," he said. "We need to be able to establish the kind of vision that was present in many different contexts at very different points in the lives of our countries. We need more young people engaged in science. We need more science", he continued.

The forum also was attended by Dr. Angela Stent, the current Director of CERES and a Professor of Government, whose expertise lies in the political and economic relationship between the United States, Russia and Europe.

To learn more about SPIEF, visit this link


Dr. DeGioia meets with London City Alliance  Members of the London City Alliance and other alumni and friends of the community come took part in a Town Hall meeting with Dr. DeGioia

JUNE 16, 2011–MEMBERS OF THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY BASED IN LONDONjoined Dr. DeGioia for a reception and town hall meeting earlier this week, celebrating the contribution of alumni, parents and friends from "across the pond."

The event also included a dialogue about both present and future initiatives, events, and University priorities.

The gathering was spearheaded by the leaders of the London City Alliance, an organization modeled after the Georgetown Wall Street Alliance and formed to bring together Alumni, Parents, Students and Friends who have an interest in networking, mentoring, career counseling and promoting Georgetown's profile in the London financial community.  The Alliance was formally launched in October 2008 and chaired by Joseph Barratta (B'93), Dr. Martin Halusa (C'77) and Paul Harvey (B'85).

Dr. DeGioia opened the program with thanks to all who attended: "Through your work with our London Club and the London City Alliance, you represent some of the most committed and engaged members of our community.

So, I want to thank you for the countless ways that you support Georgetown as volunteer leaders and as donors here in London and around the world."


KIPP Infinity Students Visit Georgetown  KIPPsters visit with Dr. DeGioia in a Healy Hall classroom

JUNE 10,2011– OVER SIXTY FIFTH GRADERS FROM THE KIPP INFINITY CHARTER SCHOOL in New York City toured the Georgetown campus on June 8, learning about the university's history and traditions, working out with student athletes, attending a physics class, and meeting Dr. DeGioia.

KIPP – which stands for Knowledge Is Power Program – is a network of 99 free open-enrollment college preparatory public schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia.  The schools have predominately African-American and Hispanic students and are based in underserved communities and cities.

During his meeting with the students, Dr. DeGioia shared stories of his time as an undergraduate at Georgetown and answered questions ranging from, "Why is the Georgetown mascot a bulldog?" to "How was Georgetown founded?"

The group was led by Peter Croncota (B'83), director of operations for the KIPP Infinity school, who also has established a significant grant to enable KIPP students to attend Georgetown.

To read the full story, follow this link.


Members of our alumni community gather for Reunion Weekend  Members of the alumni community gather in the Leavey Center for the Welcome Home Luncheon on Friday afternoon

JUNE 6, 2011–NEARLY 3,500 MEMBERS OF THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY ALUMNI COMMUNITY gathered on the Hilltop June 2 - 5 to celebrate Reunion Weekend.

The weekend included individual class celebrations as well as events for the entire community, such as a "Welcome Home Luncheon" featuring a dialogue with Tony Coscia (F'81), commissioner of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; walking tours of campus; academic events with members of the faculty; and a President's Event in which Dr. DeGioia led a conversation about the Georgetown of today and into the future.

The celebration concluded with masses on Sunday morning and a Magis Celebration and Brunch for members of the class of 1961, marking their 50th "Golden Jubilee" reunion.

To see photos of the weekend, visit Dr. DeGioia's Facebook page here.



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JUNE 1, 2011– THE MAY/JUNE 2011 ISSUE OF EDUCAUSE REVIEW currently is featuring an article authored by Dr. DeGioia, "The Impact of Globalization and the Future University."

The article discusses the roles and responsibilities of the university in a world shaped by the forces of globalization, calling for an expanded definition of "globalization": one that not only considers market forces, but also includes the ways in which globalization can be a "force through which we can further advance the betterment of humankind."

  To read the full article, visit the EDUCAUSE website here.

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