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Education Forum Explores Character Development and Student Achievement

Education Forum Panelists

The Education Forum panelists gather with Dr. DeGioia prior to the event

March 31, 2011–Georgetown partnered with the César Chávez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy this evening to co-host an education forum exploring the relationship between character development and student achievement. 

The event featured a keynote address by Paul Tough, a former editor of The New York Times Magazine and author of Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America, as well as a panel discussion with education leaders Irasema Salcido, founder and CEO of the César Chávez Schools; Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education; Tim King (F'89, L'93), CEO and founder of Urban Prep Charter Schools in Chicago; and Abigail Smith, Chief of the Transformation Management Office for the District of Columbia Public Schools.

Many members of the Georgetown and the Chavez Schools communities attended the event, including Chavez student, Darryl Robinson: the first in the school's history to gain admittance to Georgetown.  Dr. DeGioia had the chance to meet with Darryl prior to the event and to congratulate him on his achievements.

During his introductory remarks, Dr. DeGioia framed the topic at hand: “One of our nation’s most pressing issues, the challenge to reinvigorate the education system, requires our highest talents and our deepest commitments.  We are grateful to be a part of a community so dedicated to changing the future of education for our nation’s students.”

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Richardson Lecture Features First Playwright,
Kicks Off Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival

Edward Albee and Susan Stamberg Watch a Performance

Edward Albee and Susan Stamberg watch Georgetown students perform

March 25, 2011–The annual Richardson Lecture featured a first-time collaboration between the American Studies Program, the Theater and Performance Studies Program and the Davis Performing Arts Center to present an onstage conversation with playwright Edward Albee in Gaston Hall yesterday.

The collaboration kicked off Georgetown's Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival, a major national festival marking the 100th birthday of this celebrated American playwright known for plays like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie.

The event featured dialogue between Mr. Albee and broadcast journalist great, Susan Stamberg, who interviewed Mr. Albee on a number of topics, as well as performances from students who will soon perform Tennessee Williams' play, Suddenly Last Summer, and from noted professional actors Kathleen Chalfant, Rick Foucheux, and Georgetown professor, Susan Lynsky. 

The Richardson Lecture is an annual event that complements the American Studies curriculum, made possible by the contribution of American Studies graduate, Dora Richardson.  This year's Lecture also honored Dean Hugh Cloke for his tremendous contribution both to the American Studies Program and the Performing Arts.

Dr. DeGioia had the opportunity to introduce Mr. Albee and Ms. Stamberg for this very special event.

Read his full remarks here.

Read more about the lecture here and about the Tennessee Williams Centennial Festival here.

Women's Basketball Achieves First Sweet 16 Appearance in Program History

Dr. DeGioia congratulates Coach Flournoy

Dr. DeGioia celebrates with Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy

March 23, 2011– With a 79-57 win over Maryland last night, the Georgetown University Women's Basketball team advanced to the prestigious Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA tournament. 

The team was led by sophomore Sugar Rodgers, who scored a career-high 34 points.  The Hoyas will aim for the Elite Eight when they play top-ranked UConn on Sunday in Philadelphia.

"We came out with an agenda," said senior guard and team leader, Monica McNutt.  "We thoroughly believe in ourselves," she added.

Dr. DeGioia had the opportunity to congratulate the team following the game, celebrating this program first with Coach Terri Williams-Flournoy and a group of very proud Hoyas after a fantastic win.

Read the full story here and watch the team in action at noon on Sunday, March 27.

Georgetown Honors 'Father of Pharmacogenetics' During Medical Center Convocation

Dr. DeGioia congratulates Dr. Motulsky

Dr. DeGioia congratulates Dr. Arno Motulsky following the presentation of the Cura Personalis Award

March 17, 2011– Georgetown University Medical Center honored Dr. Arno Motulsky, the founder of the field of pharmacogenetics, with the Cura Personalis Award during its annual Convocation ceremony, held March 15.  The Cura Personalis Award, celebrates the Catholic and Jesuit concept of care for the whole person and is awarded for outstanding contributions to human health guided by compassion and service. 

The Convocation ceremony also honored faculty members and students for top achievements in research and education.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia emphasized the role of cura personalis at the Medical Center and the university as a whole, calling it "the holistic approach we aspire to bring to every aspect of our teaching and learning – across all of our campuses.”

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

To read more about Medical Center Convocation, click here.

Kennedy Center President Receives Honorary Degree

Michael Kaiser Receives an Honorary Degree

Dr. DeGioia congratulates Dr. Michael Kaiser, our newest Hoya

March 15, 2011– Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, received an honorary degree from Georgetown yesterday for his commitment to promoting arts around the world and his willingness to enrich the lives of his community.

In the spirit of the arts, the event included a special performance by world-renowned mezzo-soprano, Denyce Graves, who is also a Washington, D.C. native.  After the ceremony, a red carpet guided the attendees from Gaston Hall to a reception in the Royden B. Davis, S.J. Performing Arts Center.
In his remarks Michael M. Kaiser spoke about his faith in the power of the arts. “I do this work with the firm belief that the arts are an essential part of our society,” Kaiser said, “a human right, not a luxury to be enjoyed by a small elite.
Dr. DeGioia spoke about the values shared between the Georgetown University community and Michael M. Kaiser, “Each characteristic element of Michael’s approach to leadership – his commitment to excellence in art, to community engagement, to volunteerism, and to art’s global impact, resonates with us here at Georgetown, where we seek as a community to pursue each of these principles in our own work, and, like Michael, strive to help those around us to become their very best selves”
To read the full article, click here.
To read Dr. DeGioia's full remarks, click here.

Men's Basketball Team to Tour China This Summer


Georgetown's men's basketball team will spend two weeks in China during the month of August in what head coach John Thompson III calls "a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our team."

March 8, 2011 – Georgetown’s global presence will be enhanced this summer when the men’s basketball team tours China to participate in a range of athletic, educational and cultural activities during a two-week tour.  The team will depart on August 13 and return to Washington, D.C. on August 27. 

The Hoyas will arrive in Beijing and spend time there before heading to Shanghai.  In each city the team – and other Georgetown representatives, including Dr. DeGioia – will meet with Chinese officials and university alumni and participate in cultural and community service programs in addition to playing exhibition basketball games. 

“This trip marks an opportunity for us to deepen our engagement in China by incorporating athletics into our efforts,” said Dr. DeGioia.  “Our outreach with China is designed to promote dialogue and understanding across cultures. This is the first time one of our athletic teams has traveled to China and the trip will bring the team’s excitement to a nation of avid fans with a rich history and tradition.”

Read the full story here.

Celebrating an Annual Tradition: Spring Faculty Convocation

Spring Faculty Convocation 2011

 The Georgetown community marks Spring Faculty Convocation

March 2, 2011– Video collages honored Georgetown’s Vicennial Medalists - faculty and staff members who have served at the university for 20 years, inaugural McDevitt Chairholders, and new inductees to the university's 1789 Society during Spring Faculty Convocation March 1.

The event also included remarks from Dr. DeGioia, who reflected on Georgetown's response to the changing roles and responsibilities required by the forces of globalization.

“An enduring tradition, an adaptive capacity, a generosity of spirit,” he said. “These are the qualities of our community that allows us to respond to the forces of globalization, and those that we celebrate today.”  

Georgetown is grateful to honor:

Vicennial Medalists
Gold Medalists:
Andrew O. Bennett, Robert J. Bies, Felicidad A. Bunuan, John L. Casey, Pamela A. Fox, William T. Gormley, Michael H. Gottesman, Bonnie L. Green, Heidi E. Hamilton, Pascal D. Kokora, Neil T. Lewis, Donald Massaro, Gloria D. Massaro, Patricia A. McWade, Fathali M. Moghaddam, Marko Moscovitch, Jennifer Ng-McClelland, Motoko Omori, Sergey Pshenichkin, Milton C. Regan, Jr., Michael A. Stoto, Jane E. Stromseth, and Carlos M. Vázquez.

Silver Medalists:
W. Shepardson Abell, Maysam J. Al Faruqi, William A. Butler, Bernard I. Finel, Barry Freundel, Kenneth A. Lazarus, Abbe D. Lowell, Charles P. Sabatino, and Smith T. Wood.

McDevitt Chairholders
Jim Freericks, Mark Murphy, Ophir Frieder, and Milton C. Regan.

1789 Society Inductees
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Edelman
Gerald E. Egan and Kathleen Toohey Egan
The David K. Reyes Family
Marc H. Sulam
Gregory L. Summe
Michael and Nancy Vespoli
Joann and Victor Wright

Read Dr. DeGioia's Convocation remarks here.

Georgetown Marks 19th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 

The 2011 Inductees to the Athletic Hall of Fame

The 2011 Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees–Photograph by Rafael Suanes

March 1, 2011– Members and friends of the Georgetown University athletics community welcomed back former student-athletes with remarkable legacies on the Hilltop for the 19th annual Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, held Feb. 25.

Seven Hoyas were inducted as the largest class in Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame history, including All-American basketball player, Alonzo Mourning (C’92); track and field national champion, Michael Stahr (C’88); tennis star, Kathryn Federici (C’87); football running back, Dean Lowry (C’89); lacrosse goaltender, James Kenny (B’90); Big East swimming champion, Mark Marilley (C’86); and offensive soccer star, Andrew Hoffmann (B’90).

The Athletic Hall of Fame Citation is an award presented to a graduate of Georgetown, a coach, or an administrator qualified for recognition on the basis of superior athletic achievement or contribution to Georgetown’s athletics. The Georgetown Athletic Hall of Fame is housed in the southwest gallery of the Leavey Center. This year’s inductees where also honored by Dr. DeGioia and Lee Reed, Director of Athletics, during halftime at the Georgetown vs. Syracuse game at the Verizon Center Feb. 26.

In his remarks at the induction ceremony, Dr. DeGioia thanked each of the inductees and referred to them as “Individuals who not only found ways to develop themselves to the maximum of their potential, but who through their example, brought out the best in all of us here at Georgetown”.

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


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