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Bringing the Hilltop to NYC

Dr. DeGioia with Students at WSA Gala

Students from the WSA Scholarship community gather with Dr. DeGioia and the evening's Honorees before dinner

February 25, 2011– Members and friends of the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance came together in New York City last night for the 11th Annual Wall Street Alliance (WSA) Scholarship Dinner & Gala, which brings together the Georgetown financial services community to honor colleagues that have made a significant mark professionally and in service to their community.

The Gala honored two Hoyas, Robert L. Billingsley (F'68), Vice Chairman of Cassidy Turley, and Tim Brosnan (C'80), Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball, for their longstanding contribution to the Georgetown community.  It also included many current students, featuring a performance from the GU Chamber Players and the participation of many of the eighteen students who are receiving Wall Street Alliance scholarship support.  The Alliance has awarded 41 students with scholarships over its history.

The central theme throughout the evening was gratitude to the enduring commitment of the WSA to Georgetown.  As Dr. DeGioia summarized in his remarks: "Your efforts make a direct, positive impact on our students and alumni... For all that you've done - and for all that you continue to do - you make Georgetown a stronger and better university."

Read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks here.

Celebrating Black History Month

2011 Black History Month Dinner

Dr. DeGioia spoke with student leaders prior to dinner

February 24, 2011– Dr. DeGioia joined student leaders and supporters of the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and the Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) for dinner on Tuesday to celebrate Black History Month, to discuss some of the major issues affecting Georgetown's campus community, and to express appreciation for the contribution these students continue to make to the Hilltop.


Thank you to all who attended and took part in the evening's conversation.

The Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service Starts a New Chapter of Service

Dr. DeGioia joins GERMS ambulance dedication

Members of the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service gather together to dedicate Ambulance #9

February 22, 2010– Members of the Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service (GERMS) and University leaders, including Dr. DeGioia, gathered on Sunday to dedicate the latest addition to the team: Ambulance #9. 

The ambulance dedication ceremony celebrated the long-time contribution of GERMS to both the Georgetown and wider Washington, D.C. communities.  Speakers offered stories recollecting the start of the organization in 1979, when the group operated only with golf carts and radios, and narrated the growth of GERMS over the past thirty years to become a critical element of Georgetown's team of first responders.

Dr. DeGioia, who was named an "Honorary GERM" in 1990 for his support of the organization, reiterated the importance of the contribution that each member of GERMS makes on Georgetown's campus, saying, "The volunteerism, the enthusiasm, and the commitment to serving others that the first GERMS members demonstrated has come to define the GERMS community over the past, almost thirty years—and each of you continue this important legacy. GERMS is an integral part of our community thanks to your hard work, dedication, and professionalism."  

Georgetown Celebrates the Contribution of a Leader and Fellow Hoya

Dr. Porterfield Farewell Reception

Dr. Porterfield holds up his phone after sending his first "tweet" during his farewell remarks

February 18, 2011 – Members of the Georgetown community joined together in a packed Copley Formal Lounge yesterday for a reception in honor of Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Dr. Daniel R. Porterfield (C'83), and his family, celebrating their contribution to the University over the past fourteen years.


Dr. Porterfield was named President-Elect of Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, PA in November and will assume the post full-time on March 1.

In his farewell remarks, Dr. DeGioia reflected on the role the Porterfield family has played, saying, "It is no coincidence that the Porterfields live in the heart of this campus community. Since arriving back at Georgetown in 1997, and moving into Copley in 2003, Dan, Karen and their daughters have helped us all to understand the meaning of 'cura personalis,' that idea of 'care for the person,' which lies at the core of Georgetown’s mission and identity, much more deeply."

Remarks also were offered by Dr. Tony Arend, Reina Garcia (C'11) and Dr. Porterfield, who brought some humor to the event by sending his first "tweet" on Twitter from the podium: "To @Georgetown, from the Porterfields: Thank you and we love you. #hoyasaxa."

To conclude the event, Dr. DeGioia's summarized the feelings of many who attended the gathering.

"While this moment of departure is bittersweet, I know that Dan’s leadership at Franklin and Marshall will transform that community, as he has similarly strengthened this community over the past fourteen years," he said.

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

To see a photo gallery of the event on Facebook, click here.

Addressing the Impact of Globalization on Higher Education Around the World

Education & Globalization at Tec de Monterrey

Dr. DeGioia joined Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University, and Carlos Cruz Limón, Vice President of Relations and Internationalization at Tec de Monterrey, for a panel discussion on "The University of the Future"

February 16, 2011 – Politicians, economists and academic leaders – including Dr. DeGioia – attended Tecnológico “Tec” de Monterrey's National Board of Directors meeting in Mexico yesterday to participate in sessions focused on the future of higher education around the world.

Dr. DeGioia served as a keynote speaker and session participant in the meeting, which took place at the Mexican university's central campus in Monterrey.

“As we deepen our connections through new technologies, we must recognize the urgent need to deepen and expand our opportunities for access,” Dr. DeGioia said at the conference.  “We must leapfrog, using technology to ensure all of our people have access to the learning necessary for participation in a global economy.”

The event at Tec de Monterrey also marked the contribution of its longtime President Rafael Rangel Sostmann, who will retire on June 21.

Read the full story here.

Georgetown Inaugurates a New Home for its School of Foreign Service in Qatar

Georgetown Celebrates the Opening of a New Home for SFS-Q

Dr. DeGioia presents Qatar Foundation chairperson, HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, with a symbol of deep gratitude for her enduring dedication to the School of Foreign Service in Qatar

February 14, 2011 – Leaders of the Georgetown University community joined together yesterday with honored guests from the Qatar Foundation and the Qatar Royal Family, including Qatar Foundation chairperson HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Deputy Prime Minister and Emiri Diwan Chairman HE Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, and Georgetown alumnus, HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Thani, to mark the opening of a new, state-of-the-art home for the University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Q).

The day of celebration included tours of the building, panel discussions on the topic, "The World in 2050: Global Issues -- Their Impact on Diplomacy and Education," and further remarks by distinguished speakers, Qatar Foundation vice president for Education, Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani, and Qatar 2022 Bid Committee chairman, Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani.

The festivities concluded with HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser's officially inauguration of the building, during which Dr. DeGioia presented Sheikha Moza with an artist's proof of the larger sculpture commissioned by the University, which will stand at the entrance to the new auditorium. The subject of the sculpture, a lyre, is a traditional musical instrument invented in ancient Mesopotamia that later spread around the world.  It also was incorporated into the Georgetown University seal at the time of its creation due to the lyre's close connections to rich learning and shared culture.

"With its references to the cultivation of the mind, to ideas of beauty and art, and the unifying presence music has, this piece represents the depth of our appreciation to Her Highness, the Qatar Royal Family, the people of Qatar and the spirit of togetherness they share with our community," summarized Dr. DeGioia.

Learn more about the new building and take a tour of the facilities here.

A Successful Celebration of Jesuit Heritage

Mass in Dahlgren Chapel

February 8, 2011 – Faculty, staff and students marked the role and reach of the University's Jesuit heritage last week through a series of lectures, discussions and events focused on the spiritual life of the community.

Founded by students in 2001 and supported by the University's Office of Mission and Ministry, Jesuit Heritage Week is a yearly celebration of Georgetown's Catholic and Jesuit identity.  While the composition of the week varies from year to year, several favorite activities have become annual events, including a campus tour of Georgetown's Jesuit iconography led by Dr. John Glavin ('64) and the "Spike-a-Jesuit" volleyball game. 

Other sessions this year included a discussion of "Technology and the Inner-life" led by Dr. Jeanine Turner and Father Philip Boroughs, S.J.; a conversation between Dean Chester Gillis, Father Chris Steck, S.J., and Dr. Maria Donoghue on "The Meaning of Jesuit Education"; and a panel exploring common misperceptions and general confusion regarding various faith traditions called "Interfaith Mythbusters" led by Father Kevin O'Brien, S.J., Rev. Bryant Oskvig, Imam Yahya Hendi, V. Rev. Constantine White and Rabbi Harold S. White.

In his remarks during the Mass that began the week, Dr. DeGioia commented on the importance of Georgetown's Jesuit heritage: "As we honor the Jesuit community at Georgetown, we honor a spiritual tradition that has been handed down, given to generation after generation of students, faculty and staff here—given to each of us, to embrace, question, challenge, given to each of us to engage, and to offer our own interpretation of what this tradition asks of us, now, here, at this moment in the life of our community."

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


Faculty Come Together for Spring Town Hall

Georgetown University - Small Gold Seal

February 4, 2011 – Georgetown faculty and administrators joined together Feb. 3 for the biannual Faculty Town Hall meeting, which includes updates from Dr. DeGioia on a number of university-wide matters and a question-and-answer dialogue on issues of the day.

Dr. DeGioia's address yesterday focused on areas such as admissions, capital projects, reaccrediitation processes, finances and advancement, and the recent events in Cairo.  The Q&A period took up a number of issues, including the university's recent Campus Plan, strategies for ensuring faculty excellence, and the ways in which the university is addressing globalization and competition in higher education.

"The period of uncertainty and crisis management spurred by the global financial crisis over the past two years has now moved into a moment of intense, focused work to launch the University’s next phase of growth," Dr. DeGioia said.  "Clarity and accountability will be of the utmost importance, yet this also can be a time of aspiration and possibility, as we work together to construct a thoughtful, strategic framework for the future."

Read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks here.

Celebrating and Reflecting on Georgetown's Icons

Georgetown Icons Launch

February 2, 2011 – Award-winning author Leslie Little (C’86) came to Georgetown earlier this week to premiere her new book, Georgetown Icons, in Gaston Hall.

Commissioned by the university, the book pairs photographs of Georgetown’s undergraduate schools and its international, law and medical campuses with quotations from faculty members, alumni, political figures and others.

“The spirit of our university, what Georgetown means for each of us, has been demonstrated in so many ways,” Dr. DeGioia said in his remarks. “This keepsake book will always be a reminder and an inspiration of that spirit.”

Read the full article and view a photo gallery of some of the book's most beautiful images here.

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