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Students Join Together for the President's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Dr. DeGioia Greets Students at Thanksgiving

Dr. DeGioia greets students at the Annual Thanksgiving Dinner.

November 25, 2010– More than 250 students joined Dr. DeGioia for the President's Annual Thanksgiving Dinner last night at Leo O'Donovan Hall, a gathering created for students who cannot be home for the holidays.

"We find this dinner to be an opportunity to express gratitude for the unique contribution of each member of the university community, for the blessings in life, and for the ability to engage with other Georgetown students in a spirit of dialogue and understanding across diverse personal traditions and values," Dr. DeGioia said.

Read the full story here.

British Foreign Secretary Delivers Major Policy Address in Gaston Hall

Dr. DeGioia Welcomes British Foreign Minister, William Hague

Dr. DeGioia applauds Secretary Hague

November 19, 2010– British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, greeted a crowded Gaston Hall to deliver a major address on Wednesday, focusing on national security, U.S.-U.K. relations, and new intelligence gathering methodologies.

In his introduction of Secretary Hague, Dr. DeGioia noted, “All of us are aware that nations are more interdependent… individuals more interconnected…and humanity less divided by narrow domestic walls…and it is imperative for us to consider the way in which this affects our institutions and our daily lives.”

To read the full article on Secretary Hague’s address, click here.

Higher Education Partnerships, Community-building Mark Trip to India

Dr. DeGioia Joins Members of a Community Center Outside New Delh

Dr. DeGioia meets members of the Child Rights & Information Center

November 17, 2010– A delegation of University leaders traveled to New Delhi last week to explore India's current educational infrastructure and the role of international collaboration in the future of the country's higher education system.

Dr. DeGioia was joined by Dr. Carol Lancaster, Dean of the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, and Christopher Augostini, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, among others, for a visit centered on partnership and community building.

While in Delhi, the delegation met with India country representatives from Georgetown’s Institute of Reproductive Health (IRH) to conduct a site visit of the Child Rights & Information Center (CRIC) in Badarpur; joined nearly fifty members of Georgetown’s alumni community in India for a reception at the Imperial Hotel; and participated in a daylong Higher Education Summit, convened annually by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (FICCI), entitled, “Renovations in Indian Higher Education: Renewed Focus on Autonomy, Accountability and Partnerships.”

The conference featured remarks delivered by Minister Kapil Sibal, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, and a keynote address by President DeGioia. In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia reflected on the strong groundwork that has been laid for partnerships between the U.S. and India – especially based on President Obama’s recent visit to the country – and the importance of focusing on human development in the context of higher education.

“When we assemble talent from every corner of the globe, when we can connect that talent in new collaborative partnerships, and when the decisions made in one place can affect the lives of people in many other places,” he said, “I believe we need to acknowledge a new kind of responsibility to engage in the world.”

Previous keynote speakers at the FICCI Higher Education Summit have included Yale University president, Dr. Richard Levin, Stanford University president, Dr. John Hennessey, and University of Oxford Chancellor, The Rt. Hon. Lord Christopher Patten of Barnes.

Read Dr. DeGoia’s full remarks here.

Read more about the Georgetown delegation’s time in New Delhi here.

Not Just an Ordinary Monday

Dikembe Mutombo greets NHS Junior, Patrick Eronini

Georgetown alumnus and basketball great, Dikembe Mutombo, smiles with Dr. DeGioia and Patrick Eronini (N'12), winner of the Dikembe Mutombo Scholarship.

November 8, 2010– NHS Junior, Patrick Eronini, made sure to sport his “dear old blue and gray” today for a very special moment: the opportunity to meet Georgetown graduate, humanitarian and NBA great, Dikembe Mutombo. Patrick received the Dikembe Mutombo Scholarship this summer in recognition of his scholarship and contribution to the Georgetown community.

The Dikembe Mutombo Scholarship is supported by the generosity of both Mr. Mutombo and the Merage Foundation for the American Dream, which inspires young immigrants to achieve their American Dream through scholarship funding and other programs. Patrick, who calls himself the “product of a multicultural background shaped by Nigerian heritage, British birth and upbringing in Maryland and Texas,” is a Nursing major with a pre-med focus. 

He has been an active student leader on issues related to diversity and inclusiveness. He chairs the Students of Color Alliance, works on the President’s Diversity and Inclusiveness Initiative, and has helped to found the Minority Health Initiative Group. The Dikembe Mutombo Scholarship will allow Patrick to further his academic and leadership endeavors, with a view towards achieving his American Dream of attending medical school and addressing central issues related to minority health. 

Georgetown Memorializes Hassib J. Sabbagh

Hassib J. Sabbagh

A portrait of Hassib J. Sabbagh

November 3, 2010– The Georgetown community remembered the life and contributions of Hassib Sabbagh last evening, joining together with Mr. Sabbagh’s family and close friends for a Memorial Service and dinner in honor of this visionary leader, esteemed colleague and dedicated supporter. Mr. Sabbagh passed away earlier this year.

The Memorial Service included remarks from friends and colleagues of Mr. Sabbagh, including former Secretary James A. Baker, III, former Secretary of State; Under Secretary William J. Burns, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Ambassador Richard Murphy; Ambassador Robert Pelletreau; and noted scholar and advocate, Dr. Hanan Ashrawi. 

During the dinner gathering, Dr. DeGioia spoke to Mr. Sabbagh’s “daily conviction that a better world is possible, that a more peaceful world is on the horizon.” It was this conviction that spurred Mr. Sabbagh to found the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, the first academic center of its kind, in 1993. Since then, the Center has become internationally recognized as a leader in the field of Muslim-Christian relations, focusing on critical issues related to the global presence and impact of Islam in our world today.

As Dr. DeGioia concluded, “The Center is a direct extension of the belief that animated so much of Hassib’s work: that only through a greater understanding of each other, only with mutual respect and appreciation of knowledge, can we hope to achieve any kind of peace.”


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