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Notable Happenings from The Office of the President
Georgetown helps to connect leaders from washington, DC and beijing
June 27, 2012– A Georgetown reception took place today in Beijing in honor of Washington, DC Mayor, Vincent Gray's, visit to China and the members of our Global Education Initiative alumni community.
Mayor Gray and a delegation of public and private sector leaders are in China to strengthen relationships between Washington, D.C. businesses and their counterparts in China, specifically in the District's "Sister City," Beijing.
The Georgetown reception celebrated these ties and also welcomed leaders from a number of important financial organizations who have taken part in the University's Global Education Initiative program.
Both Dr. DeGioia and Mayor Gray spoke during the event, which closed with a toast in honor of the new partnerships that will be shared.
Georgetown celebrates official New York City Launch of For Generations to Come
June 25, 2012–Alumni, parents, and friends of Georgetown University based in New York joined Dr. DeGioia June 20 for the official launch of For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown, hosted at the New York City Public Library.
Board member and Campaign Chair, Bill Doyle (C'72), offered remarks, addressing the importance of involving all members of the Georgetown community in the campaign effort. Recent graduate, Toddchelle Young (C'12), also spoke, describing her experience at Georgetown over the last four years and the importance of scholarship funds to her ability to attend the university.
The event included a performance by the KIPP NYC school choir, which led the audience in singing the Alma Mater and Fight Song, as well as "New York, New York."
Like other regional launches, this visit to New York City aims to share the goals and vision of For Generations to Come with members of the Georgetown community across the country and the world.
University Community Gathers in Brazil
June 15, 2012– University leaders, including Dr. DeGioia, traveled to Brazil June 13-15 to connect with alumni and friends throughout the country and to begin exploring ways of deepening Georgetown's connection to the country.
The visit also included the opportunity to meet with some of the nation's brightest high school students in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro as part of a special Expo spearheaded by Fundaçao Estudar. Founded in 1991, Fundação Estudar is a non-profit organization that offers Brazilian youth mentoring, networking, and career development opportunities. Fundaçao Estudar selected Georgetown University as part of their “World’s Greatest Universities” initiative.
Alumni receptions also were held in both cities.
These visits aim to share the goals and future of the University with members of the Georgetown community and partners throughout the country, as Georgetown continues to explore its role as an ever more global university.
World leaders gather for USAID Development forum held at Georgetown
June 11, 2012–The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) launched their first "Frontiers in Development" Forum June 11, hosted by Georgetown University. The three-day conference is bringing together world leaders, government officials, academics and international development experts to engage on issues relevant to foreign aid and global development.
The inaugural forum includes a number of keynote addresses, roundtable discussions, and expert panels concerning key themes ranging from the future of development and security to the critical challenges to extending human flourishing.
Over 700 prominent leaders will attend the event throughout its three-day duration. Monday’s agenda included a discussion between Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland, Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, Atifete Jahjaga, president of Kosovo and Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, moderated by PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff.
Other well-known attendees included supermodel and founder of Every Mother Counts, Christy Turlington Burns, Mandy Moore, actress and philanthropist, and former President George W. Bush’s daughter, Barbara Bush, CEO and Co-founder of Global Health Corps.
During his opening remarks Dr. DeGioia connected the conference’s mission with the university’s spirit saying, “our community has been defined by this purpose…[bettering humankind] since our founding. We are animated by our mission of educating young women and men prepared to contribute to the world’s most pressing problems.” The forum also built upon Georgetown’s ongoing work in the field of human development, including the newly established master’s program in Global Human Development, housed in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and in International Development Policy, housed in the Graduate Public Policy Institute.
Read the full story of USAID’s Frontiers in Development Forum here.
Successful campus Plan Agreement reached between georgetown university and neighbors
June 7, 2012–Dr. DeGioia joined District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and neighborhood leaders June 6 to announce that a successful agreement has been reached in the Campus Plan process.
The agreement will include the launch of a new partnership between the university and the neighborhood, called the Georgetown Community Partnership (GCP), which will enable collaboration between Georgetown University and the Georgetown community to work towards mutual goals.
The Chair of the Advisory Neighborhood Commission, Ron Lewis, also offered remarks at the press conference, expressing his enthusiasm for the future of both the neighborhood and the university. Other community leaders and city official were present at the event, including D.C. councilmember Jack Evans.
In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia thanked Mayor Gray, neighborhood leaders, and university officials whose work and collaboration helped to enable the agreement. He also described the occasion as “an opportunity to reset our relationship with our neighbors, an opportunity to align our interests as a University community even more closely with this vibrant and growing city, and the opportunity to fulfill our responsibility to be good neighbors and disproportionate contributors to the future success of the District of Columbia.”
Read the full story on the Campus Plan agreement here.
Alumni Reunion Weekend on the Hilltop
June 4, 2012–Members of the alumni community came back ‘home’ to campus for Reunion Weekend May 31-June 3. About 4,000 alumni, family, and friends came to celebrate their class reunion, participating in a number of events.
Celebrating milestone anniversaries were the undergraduate classes of 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007. Our Magis Alumni - members of the Class of 1961 and all previous years - our School of Dentistry and MBA/EMBA/EML alumni also attended Reunion Weekend. Georgetown's Board of Directors Chair, Paul Tagliabue (C '62), offered remarks to his classmates at the Class of 1962's 50th Reunion reception at the Library of Congress.
The various celebratory receptions, dinners, and events throughout the District of Columbia allowed alumni to reconnect with classmates and the Hilltop. Weekend events included traditional class parties, campus tours, activities for our Hoya families, and a variety panels including alumni leaders and faculty members. Dr. DeGioia joined in a number of events, speaking to our alumni community about the innovations currently taking place at their alma matter, in the context of our Catholic and Jesuit identity and traditions. Dr. DeGioia also spoke at a special event to dedicate the Charles M. Cawley Career Center in honor of Charlie Cawley (C '62) for his leadership, commitment, and service to Georgetown.