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Dr. DeGioia joins the GU Chapel Choir in St. Peters Square  Dr. DeGioia joins the GU Chapel Choir in St. Peter's Square in Rome

MAY 27, 2011 – THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY CHAPEL Choir sang for Pope Benedict XVI Wednesday morning during the group’s first choral pilgrimage to Italy.  Dr. DeGioia joined the Choir for the Papal audience, during a trip that also has included meetings with Jesuit and Catholic leaders and alumni in the region.

The choir will also sing May 28, when Dr. DeGioia and alumni from all over Europe attend the Georgetown University Alumni Mass in the Church of the Gesù, the mother church of the Jesuits.

To read more about this week's trip to Rome, follow this link.


A graduate with a creative mortarboard  A graduate sends a message to her parents on her mortarboard

MAY 24, 2011 – GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MARKED THE GRADUATION OF 5,455 STUDENTS representing undergraduate and graduate schools and myriad disciplines and expertise over 2011 Commencement weekend May 20-23. 

The festivities featured prominent Commencement speakers ranging from Costa Rica’s president, Laura Chinchilla (G’89), to Prize-winning economist Robert M. Solow to Georgetown’s own Madeleine Albright, giving graduates the opportunity to reflect on their time at Georgetown and their paths for the future.

Dr. DeGioia's remarks spoke to his hope that graduates always will see Georgetown as a home in their lives, and to the community's pride in their hard work and commitment to scholarship and service. He also expressed Georgetown's deep gratitude to all graduates: "We are especially grateful for the many contributions you’ve made – your scholarship, your commitment to personal and professional excellence, your engagement with some of the most important issues of our time. These contributions have helped make us a better and a stronger community."

To read more about Georgetown's 2011 Commencement Weekend, visit this link.


Dean Daly Farewell Reception  Dean Daly spoke of his six years at the MSB before receiving "Carroll's Prospectus", which lays out founder, John Carroll's, first goals and objectives for Georgetown, in recognition of his leadership

MAY 19, 2011 – MEMBERS OF THE GEORGETOWN COMMUNITY GATHERED on the PwC Patio of the Rafik B. Hariri Building May 17 to celebrate Dean George Daly's six years of service as Dean of the McDonough School of Business (MSB).

During his time as dean, Dean Daly led the MSB through a period of significant growth and expansion.  He was integral to the opening of the new Hariri Building, the establishment of the evening MBA program and the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA, and the development of a new business minor for students in the College, among other initiatives.  Dean Daly also made recruitment of the very best faculty a priority and recruited over thirty new faculty members to the MSB. 

As Dr. DeGioia summarized in his remarks, "We are grateful to George for his efforts to strengthen and advance the MSB, and to ensure our students are prepared -- not only to succeed in their careers, but also to live lives of meaning."


Medical School Leaders Discuss Ensemble Science  Panelists answer the question, "How does an ensemble approach to science support your own scholarship and research?"

MAY 18, 2011 –FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF HARRY AND VIRGINIA TOULMIN joined with faculty leaders from the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) and the broader Georgetown community to celebrate the life and contribution of the Toulmins on May 16 with an in-depth panel discussion on the value and impact of "ensemble science." 

Ensemble science is an approach to biomedical research that encourages inter- and multi-disciplinary collaboration, taking the best thinking from multiple spheres to advance areas of mutual interest.  It was described in greater details by the five panelists who participated in the event, which marked the tremendous generosity of Harry and Virginia Toulmin, responsible for the largest philanthropic gift ever received by Georgetown, $87 million for medical research.

Members of the panel included Robert Clarke, Ph.D, Ds.C, Dean for Research, GUMC; Lucile L. Adams-Campbell, Ph.D, Professor of Oncology, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, GUMC; David Hartley, Ph.D, MPH, Director, Division of Integrated Biodefense, GUMC; Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, Chairman, Department of Neurology, GUMC and Georgetown University Hospital; and Joseph G. Verbalis, MD, Professor of Medicine, GUMC.

In his introductory remarks, Dr. DeGioia commented on the enduring impact of the Toulmin's generosity.  "Because of stories like the Toulmin’s, we are able to understand more deeply the capacity each of us has to share in the future of Georgetown… and to inspire in our students, our patients, fellow members of the faculty and friends the same commitment to the service and success of generations to come," he said.


Employees Gather for the 2011 Service Awards

A slide show ran throughout the Service Awards program and featured each of the seventy awardees.

MAY 16, 2011 –SEVENTY FACULTY AND STAFF MEMBERS WERE RECOGNIZED May 13 for their longtime commitment to the community, marking their 20th, 25th, 30th, 35th or 40th anniversaries at Georgetown University at the annual Service Awards Luncheon.

The luncheon celebrated employees from the Law Center, Main Campus and Medical Center and featured special thank you remarks from Calen Angert (B'11), President of the

Georgetown University Student Association.

The two individuals who have served Georgetown for forty years - Paul Tardy of the Law Center Library and Carolyn Baldwin of University Information Services - received special recognition from Dr. DeGioia.

"By sharing your talent and commitment, you enable our students, and our community, to flourish," he said.  "I’m glad to have this opportunity to express my gratitude and to celebrate all that you do to sustain and enhance our university community."


The SFS-Q Class of 2011  Members of the Class of 2011 at the School of Foreign Service in Qatar gathered together following the Commencement ceremony

MAY 10, 2011 – THE GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE IN QATARcelebrated the graduation of its third undergraduate class on May 7, with forty-six students becoming members of Georgetown's alumni community. 

Within the graduating class, thirty-three students earned degrees in International Politics and thirteen in Culture and Politics. Members of the Class of 2011 represented fifteen different nationalities, including American, Qatari, Afghan, Bangladeshi, Bosnian, Canadian, Egyptian, Indian, Jordanian, Kuwaiti, Lebanese, Russian, Saudi Arabian, Somali, and Sudanese.

The graduating students also were recognized for their contribution to numerous important experiences, including travels Rwanda, Cyprus and Northern Ireland to understand the causes and effects of conflict and war; engaging the Model UN Conference project, winning accolades in Oxford, Vienna and the Hague; and leading the first ESCAPE retreat in the history of the School of Foreign Service in Qatar.

Dr. DeGioia directly addressed the graduates as he told them, “You move forward from here but with the understanding that you are prepared to lead in an era of unprecedented change. But to do so you must work cultivate the values and self-knowledge that will allow you to align your decisions and your actions with your most deeply held beliefs.”


The Prince of Wales Arrives on Campus  The Prince of Wales greets students upon his arrival at Georgetown

MAY 4, 2011 – THE PRINCE OF WALES came to Georgetown today to deliver keynote remarks on sustainable agriculture and environmental resilience before an audience of students, faculty, alumni and leaders of the sustainable food movement.

His address, which was part of The Washington Post conference on "The Future of Food," focused on the important changes that need to take place to ensure the future well being of the world's resources and citizens.  “We will have to develop much more sustainable, or durable forms of food production because the way we have done things up to now are no longer as viable as they once appeared to be,” he said. 

In his introduction of His Royal Highness, Dr. DeGioia focused on his longtime commitment to matters of sustainability.  “The Prince of Wales has been a visionary leader in this space for nearly 30 years,” remarked Dr. DeGioia.  “He has been one of the world’s most innovative and admired advocates of sustainable agriculture, ecosystem resilience and green energy sources.”

Read the full story on the Prince of Wales' visit here.


Students are recognized at Lavender Graduation  Graduates are recognized for their leadership at Lavender Graduation

MAY 3, 2011 –THE THIRD ANNUAL LAVENDER GRADUATION was held in Copley Formal Lounge on Monday, bringing students, faculty, alumni, and friends together to celebrate the leadership and achievements of the LGBTQ community across all of Georgetown's campuses. 

Lavender Graduation builds on university-wide commencement events to mark the contribution of our LGBTQ and ally seniors to the Georgetown community. The event is held prior to the academic commencement ceremony to allow for underclassmen participation before the conclusion of the academic year.

This year's Lavender Graduation featured a keynote address by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I., L'86), who spoke of the importance of strong leadership among all members of the LGBTQ community as a way of addressing continuing disparities.

The important work is going out and being all you can be and helping our country better understand that too many [LGBTQ] Americans continue to face burdens and obstacles that must be overcome,” he said.

Dr. DeGioia also spoke at the ceremony, thanking students and their families, faculty, alumni and staff for their efforts to make Georgetown an “ever more inclusive and welcoming campus community.”

Read the full article on Lavender Graduation here.

Read more about the history of Lavender Graduation here.


Dr. DeGioia speaks at the opening of John Carroll Weekend  Dr. DeGioia joins John Carroll Weekend participants at the Opening Reception in San Francisco City Hall

MAY 2, 2011 – ALUMNI, FACULTY AND FRIENDS OF THE GEORGETOWN COMMUNITYjoined together in San Francisco April 28 to May 1 to participate in the 59th annual John Carroll Weekend. The weekend of educational, social and cultural events was created in 1952 to give alumni an opportunity to engage with one another and with Georgetown’s faculty and university leaders, and to learn more about the host city.

This year's John Carroll Weekend featured an opening reception at San Francisco City Hall; the Georgetown Global Forum, focused on "The Innovation Factor: Driving Impact in Education and Social Entrepreneurship"; a luncheon with Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi; and the annual John Carroll Awards Banquet, honoring six members of the Georgetown community for their outstanding leadership and service. The event also included cultural activities with members of the faculty, service opportunities, and a memorial Mass and vigil.

In his opening remarks, Dr. DeGioia spoke to the theme of the weekend, "Innovation for a Growth Economy," and the unique ability of members of the Georgetown community to rise to the challenges of innovation.

"It is only through a commitment to our mission and to our Catholic and Jesuit heritage that we can provide the context for members of community—our students, alumni and faculty—to do their very best work and to become their very best selves," he said. "It is this work—work that is based on a willingness to innovate and to produce new ideas—that we celebrate this weekend."

To read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks click here.


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