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Dr. DeGioia with Mayor Gray and GU students

Mayor Gray joined Dr. DeGioia and students involved in environmental sustainability on campus

February 29, 2012–The nine colleges and universities in Washington D.C.signed the College and University Sustainability Pledge Feb. 29 at a ceremony at American University. Mayor Vincent Gray was present at the signing, along with the presidents of the majority of higher education institutions, including Dr. DeGioia.

All nine colleges and universities in Washington D.C. collaboratively committed to improve the District’s environmental sustainability.  Each school will develop an institutional sustainability plan by the end of the calendar year to work towards selected environmental goals.

Georgetown has committed to strengthening its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by half by 2020, ensuring less than 10% of solid waste on campus goes to landfills, and completing the construction of four LEED buildings among other sustainable efforts.

Dr. DeGioia described the collaboration between the higher education community and District as a shared goal to advance the success of Washington, D.C. He said by signing the pledge all campuses were accepting a “mutual responsibility to uphold the highest standards of achievement for environmental sustainability” and in doing so, “demonstrating how a focus on sustainability can support and improve the overall well being of urban communities around the country.”

To read Dr. DeGioia's remarks, follow this link. 


Dr. DeGioia and WST Award recipients

Dr. DeGioia spent time before the dinner with Wall Street Alliance awardees, Ted Leonsis (C'77) and Professor Reena Aggarwal, and current WSA Scholars.

February 24, 2012–Members of the Georgetown University Wall Street Alliance gathered in New York City Feb. 23 for the 12 Annual Wall Street Alliance Scholarship Dinner and Gala. The event brought together Georgetown alumni, parents, and friends in the financial services industry to honor outstanding members of the community who have made significant contributions to Georgetown and in their professional endeavors.  It also celebrated the extraordinary commitment of the Wall Street Alliance community to supporting student scholarships.

During the Gala, Board Director, Theodore J. Leonsis (C'77), and McDonough School of Business professor, Reena Aggarwal, were honored for their work and deep contributions to the Georgetown community.

Since its inception, the Wall Street Alliance has awarded 45 students with scholarships. Currently, 18 of the scholarship awardees are still undergraduates attending Georgetown University.

The Gala was also an opportunity to thank the Wall Street Alliance for its continuous commitment to Georgetown and all the scholars it helps support. Dr. DeGioia thanked the Alliance by saying, “Who we are as a community has been defined by the vision, the values, and the hard work of generations of Georgetown leaders.  We could not be the university we are today without your support and engagement.”


President DeGioia in Florida

Dr. DeGioia addressed Georgetown University alumni in the Miami and Palm Beach regions

February 17, 2012–Dr. DeGioia traveled to Florida Feb. 15-16,where he held a number of regional preview events to discuss For Generations to Come: The Campaign for Georgetown.

A Miami event took place Feb. 15 and was attended by alumni and friends, including basketball star and University Board Member, Alonzo Mourning (C’92). The second reception took place Feb. 16 in Palm Beach.

These previews aim to share the goals and vision of For Generations to Come with Hoyas across the country and the world.  A Boston preview will be held in late February, and a regional launch event will be held in Chicago in late April during John Carroll Weekend.


President, Black House Dinner 2012

Dr. DeGioia spoke with student leaders during dinner

February 14, 2012–Dr. DeGioia joined residents of the Black House and other student leaders Feb. 13 for a dinner in Riggs Library to celebrate Black History Month.  The dinner was also an opportunity to discuss key issues for students representing diverse interests and experiences across the University.

Multiple senior leaders and members of the faculty were present at the dinner, including Todd Olson, Vice President of Student Affairs; Rev. Kevin O’Brien, SJ; Vice President for Mission and Ministry; and Professor Dennis Williams, among others.

Dr. DeGioia also thanked the student leaders for their continuous contributions to the university and beyond. In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia attributed the University's ability to be a place where members of the community can work to become "their very best selves" to, “the kind of people who come here, and the energy and effort we are constantly willing to contribute to make Georgetown great.”


President, Athletic Hall of Fame 2012

The 2012 Georgetown Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees were honored during halftime at the Verizon Center Feb. 12

February 13, 2012–Seven members of the Georgetown alumni community were honored as the newest inductees to the Athletics Hall of Fame Feb. 11, during the 20th annual induction ceremony.

The seven former student athletes were recognized for their outstanding contributions and legacies on the Hilltop. The new inductees included, All-America basketball player Dikembe Mutombo (I'91, H'10), track & field national champion John Trautmann (B'90), field hockey star Kristi Middleton (B'92, L'95), tennis star Steve Fishbach (C'92), leading football receiver Clayton Wagner (C'79, G '79), and two championship players from the 1993 Sweet 16 women's basketball team, Kris Witfill (C'93) and Leni Wilson (C'93).

The Athletics Hall of Fame Citation is awarded to a former student athlete of Georgetown, a coach, or an administrator qualified for recognition on the basis of superior athletic achievement or contribution to Georgetown’s athletics. This year’s inductees joined the select 230 alumni currently part of the Athletics Hall of Fame, located in the southwest gallery of the Leavey Center.

During his remarks in the induction ceremony Dr. DeGioia spoke of the perseverance and discipline student athletes embody to maintain both athletic and academic excellence. He congratulated the honorees saying, “We are grateful for all that you achieved here, for all that you given us…  for helping us cheer, “We are Georgetown”… and for showing us what it means to wear the Blue and Gray.”


President, Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 2012

The new Alpha Sigma Nu inductees read the honor pledge during the induction ceremony in Dahlgren Chapel

February 6, 2012–Fifty juniors and seniors were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society in a ceremony at Dahlgren Chapel Feb. 5. The new inductees became part of the national Jesuit honor society with chapters at Jesuit colleges and universities throughout the United States.

The honor society was founded in 1915 at Marquette University by John Danihy, S.J. and continues to recognize outstanding students and their accomplishments to Jesuit values.

Members of the Jesuit honor society nominate students for consideration during their junior or senior year, and also as graduates. Students are then approved by the Dean of their schools and the President of the university. The honor society is composed of men and women who have demonstrated outstanding qualities of scholarship, service, and loyalty.

In his remarks Dr. DeGioia congratulated the inductees, saying, “The diversity of your achievements, your unwavering commitment to service, and your exemplary scholarship represents the very best of Jesuit education.  This tradition, as we all know, is a way of being, a way of proceeding, that serves as the foundation for everything that happens here.” 


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