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President DeGioia and GUASFU

Dr. DeGioia gathered with GUASFCU founders Alyce Russo (C’84), Len Schoppa (F’84), and Kyle Stevenson (F’84); past leadership; and current CEO Nikhil Lakhanpal (B'13).

February 24, 2013–President DeGioia recently spoke at the 30th Anniversary Celebration of the Georgetown University Alumni and Student Federal Credit Union. The event, which drew more than 200 guests, gave past and present members of the Credit Union an opportunity to come together to commemorate this extraordinary milestone.

Dr. DeGioia commended his audience for their steadfast dedication to excellence and their continued service to this University. “Over the years,” he said, “members of the Credit Union…have always searched for ways to enhance [their] services, respond to new technologies, develop new opportunities for [their] staff, and support the Georgetown Community.”

Founded in 1983 by Alyce Russo (C’84), Len Schoppa (F’84), and Kyle Stevenson (F’84), the Credit Union was the first of its kind at a private university. Now, 30 years later, it stands as the largest student-run credit union in the United States.

In applauding the founders for their leadership and vision, President DeGioia also recognized the ingenuity and innovative spirit of the Georgetown student body.

“Guided by the Jesuit principle of the magis, which translates to ‘the more,’ we are committed to engaging in our work at ever deeper levels, to continually challenging ourselves, and to asking this defining question: what more can we be and what more can we do to impact our world?”

Community Gathers for Annual Black House Dinner


Jewish Chaplaincy Director, Rabbi Rachel Gartner, was among the administrators present at the dinner with students.

February 16, 2013–Last Monday, President DeGioia hosted a dinner for residents of the Black House and members of the Black Student Alliance. This annual tradition provides an opportunity to come together and celebrate the work of our students dedicated to supporting diversity on our campus, and provides a forum to discuss issues and challenges related to this work. Provost Bob Groves, Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity Rosemary Kilkenny, and Dean of Student Affairs Todd Olsen were among those present at the dinner.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia emphasized our University’s commitment to diversity. “Generation after generation,” he said, “this community has worked to understand, to interpret anew, and to always fulfill our founding vision of diversity and inclusion.”

He highlighted a number of initiatives that reflect Georgetown’s commitment to fostering “community in diversity.” The Doyle Engaging Difference Program, for example, provides students and faculty the opportunity to explore the topic of diversity in both academic and extracurricular settings. Endowed in 2011 by a member of our Board of Directors, Bill Doyle (C’72), the program prepares students for leadership in an increasingly globalized world.

The Center for Multicultural Equity and Access (CMEA) has also played an invaluable role in supporting Georgetown’s dedication to diversity. In addition to ensuring that students from a wide range of backgrounds can take full advantage of the benefits offered by the University, the CMEA also helps first-generation and low-income students gain access to a college education. Working in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the CMEA hosts Hoya Saxa Weekend, which gives underrepresented students of color a chance to experience Georgetown before they make their college decisions.

As Dr. DeGioia noted, our student body also plays an integral role in supporting diversity at Georgetown. Students spearhead a variety of organizations such as the Students of Color Alliance (SOCA), A Different Dialogue, and Leaders in Education About Diversity (LEAD), all of which are designed to increase awareness about diversity-related issues on our campus.

Georgetown Chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu Welcomes New Inductees

Alpha Sigma Nu Inductees 2013

Alpha Sigma Nu inductees prepared to receive their certificate in Dahlgren Chapel.

February 14, 2013–Forty-Nine students were inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society in a ceremony at Dahlgren Chapel on February 3. The inductees became the newest members of the national honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, which has chapters throughout the United States, and in Canada and South Korea.

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

Michael Fischer (SFS ’13), Georgetown Chapter President, welcomed the new inductees at this year’s ceremony. In his remarks he described the new inductees as, “not only role models to all of their fellow students, but also…leaders in terms of their character and their accomplishments.”

Members are selected through a rigorous nomination process. First, a current Alpha Sigma Nu member must nominate a student for consideration. Then the nominees must be approved by the Dean of their schools and by the President of their college or university. Inductees are those who have demonstrated, with integrity, the qualities of scholarship, service, and loyalty.

Georgetown Honors Local Humanitarian at 'Let Freedom Ring' Celebration

Coach Thompson II and Mary Brown

At this year's celebration, Mary Brown received the John Thompson, Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

January 29, 2012–The 11th Annual “Let Freedom Ring!” celebration kicked off the Spring semester on Sunday, Jan. 20 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Each year, the Georgetown and Washington, D.C. communities gather to honor the life and legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music and reflection. This year’s celebration featured a performance by Motown legend Smokey Robinson and honored the work of local humanitarian, Mary Brown, this year’s recipient of the John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award.

Mary Brown is the Executive Director and co-founder of Life Pieces to Masterpieces, an organization that provides boys and young men in Washington with educational and extracurricular activities designed to foster creativity and character.

Dr. DeGioia said that Brown, “has made a profound impact on the lives of boys and young men facing great adversity and challenging circumstances right here in the District of Columbia.” Brown, he said, “answers Dr. King’s call by serving our community’s youth and responding to their most urgent needs.”

The John Thompson Jr. “Legacy of a Dream” Award, named after Georgetown’s legendary basketball coach, is presented annually to an individual or organization that reflects Dr. King’s life and spirit. Past awardees have included General Colin and Alma Powell and Professor Clarence Jones, among others.

Singer and composer Smokey Robinson, best known for Top 40 Hits such as “Tracks of My Tears” and “Baby Baby Don’t Cry,” performed along with the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by conductor and artist Rev. Nolan Williams Jr.  Each year, the choir is comprised of members of both the Washington, D.C. and University communities.

The Kennedy Center event was part of a week-long series of activities honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The campus community joined together in community service, spiritual reflections, and live theatrical performance, all based on Dr. King’s legacy.

You can read the full story on the “Let Freedom Ring” celebration here.

For a complete list of on-campus events honoring the legacy of Dr. King, please click here.

President DeGioia REpresents Georgetown at the World Economic Forum

Dr. DeGioia in Panel in Davos

Dr. DeGioia moderated two panels: one on the "Values Context" of our current global economy and another on "Identity Politics."

January 29, 2012–Dr. DeGioia recently traveled to Davos, Switzerland, where he represented Georgetown at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.

At the conference, he moderated two sessions that addressed key issues on the global agenda. During a panel on “The Values Context” this past Wednesday, Dr. DeGioia led a conversation on the effects that our values frameworks are having on leadership challenges and economic developments in the international arena.

In an interview after the session, he noted the panelists’ “tremendously optimistic view about… the opportunities and possibilities that are emerging at this moment in time.” He also recognized our younger generations as a “source of strength” for our global community striving toward sustained economic prosperity.

While leading a second discussion on “Identity Politics” last Friday, he invited panelists to reflect upon the changing notion of identity in a remarkably diverse global society. Throughout the week, he also engaged with leading thinkers and practitioners from a variety of sectors, including his colleagues on the Global Agenda Council on Values and the Global University Leaders Forum.

Georgetown Community Celebrates Thanksgiving  Dinner

Students at Thanksgiving Dinner 2012

Students enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal in Leo O'Donovan Hall.

November 21, 2012–Dr. DeGioia shared Thanksgiving Dinner with students who stayed on campus during the holiday. Close to 800 students attended the President's Thanksgiving Dinner at Leo O’Donovan Dinning Hall.

The President’s Thanksgiving Dinner offers undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come together in celebration of the holiday.  Dr. DeGioia has hosted this Hilltop tradition since becoming President eleven years ago.

The  Hilltop Honors Active Military Members and Veterans

Veterans in Rigg

Veterans and current military members joined Dr. DeGioia in Riggs Library.

November 12, 2012–In honor of Veteran’s Day, Dr. DeGioia hosted active members of the U.S. Armed Forces and veterans of the Georgetown University community for a reception in Riggs Library, Monday Nov. 12.

Currently more than 300 veterans or active duty service members are pursuing degrees at Georgetown. In partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the University has been able to assist these students in funding their tuition expenses.

The Georgetown University Student Veterans Association (GUSVA), a student-run organization, and the Georgetown University Veterans Office support veterans on campus in their transition from active duty to the classroom.

In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia recalled Georgetown’s long tradition of supporting members of the Armed Forces. A number of Georgetown alumni have served in prestigious military and security roles including General Jim Jones (F ’66), Former National Security Advisor; General George Casey (F ’70), recently retired Army Chief of Staff; and General John Allen (G ’83), current Commander of NATO International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces in Afghanistan.

Dr. DeGioia ended his remarks by thanking the students for their service to “our country…to our world…and to our community.”

Bono Speaks on the Power of Social Enterprise at Georgetown

Dr. DeGioia and rock star, Bono

Bono was joined on stage by Dr. DeGioia, Dean David Thomas of the McDonough School of Business, and student Ammu Menon (MBA’13).

November 12, 2012–On November 12, rock star and activist Bono delivered an address in Gaston Hall on the power of social enterprise. The event was sponsored by Bank of America and the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) at the McDonough School of Business.  Additionally, The Atlantic served as a media partner.  Dr. DeGioia, Dean David Thomas of the McDonough School of Business, and student Ammu Menon (MBA’13) offered brief remarks, and Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan introduced Bono.

Bono has been an active advocate of aid for developing countries and a leader in the fight against HIV and AIDS. He co-founded the anti-poverty advocacy organization ONE and the social enterprise initiative (RED), which raises funds for AIDS education and services. In his remarks, he emphasized the need for economic opportunities in Africa in addition to aid. "Commerce [and] entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid. We need Africa to become an economic powerhouse.”

He also encouraged students to reflect on the ways they can bring justice to developing nations, and urged the nation as a whole to continue its commitment to serving those in need despite budget restraints. “Cuts can cost the lives of the poorest of the poor,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a hard case to make, but it is right now in the halls of Congress and the Senate.”

Distinguished guests who attended the event included United States Senator Patrick Leahy, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and the Irish Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Collins.

Watch Bono’s full in Gaston Hall lecture here.

To learn more about the Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) please follow this link.

Georgetown Honors Comedian and Actor Carl Reiner

Provost Groves, Carl Reiner, Dr. DeGioia

Carl Reiner received his Honorary Degree diploma from Provost Groves and Dr. DeGioia.

October 30, 2012–Writer, comedian, actor, and director, Carl Reiner, received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Georgetown University at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California, on October 23.

Reiner studied at Georgetown in the School of Foreign Service in 1943 during his time in the Army Specialized Training Program. While he studied French language and area studies to become an interpreter, the Army eventually decided to send him to the Pacific theater in an entertainment unit.

The comedian’s career in television and film began soon after his time at Georgetown and his military service, as he produced, directed, and acted in multiple shows and movies. He created the iconic Your Show of Shows in the 1950s and The Dick Van Dyke Show in the 1960s. He has also directed more than a dozen films including The Man with Two Brains, and was honored with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2000.

Of his time at Georgetown Reiner has joked, “It was heaven and there were Jesuits there, so we were really close to heaven--they could get me an introduction to angels if I needed it.” He regaled the audience at the honorary degree ceremony with remembrances of the shows he produced on campus and of the impressions he perfected of storied professors.

Dr. Bernard Cook (C’90, G’91), an associate dean and director of Georgetown’s Film and Media Studies, read the citation, and Dr. DeGioia bestowed the degree. Campus leaders, including Provost Robert Groves and Dean Carol Lancaster, attended the event to honor Reiner’s seven-decade career.

In his remarks Dr. DeGioia thanked Reiner for his contributions throughout the years to the arts, saying “His humor is joyful. We all feel just a little bit better about ourselves, one another, and our world when we have the experience of his humor. He brings out the best in us.”

You can watch Reiner’s 2008 interview for the Georgetown Witness to History project at this link.

And you can read the full story of Carl Reiner’s Honorary Degree Ceremony here.

LGBTQ Initiative Celebrates Five Years

Dr. Lord and working group panel

Dr. Jeanne Lord, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, offered remarks on the role of an LGBTQ Center at a Catholic and Jesuit institution.

October 23,2012–Members of the University community gathered in Riggs Library on October 17 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the working group that led to the establishment of our LGBTQ Resource Center. Professor Ricardo Ortiz moderated a panel entitled, “Honoring our Histories,” during which students and alumni joined Dr. DeGioia for reflections and dialogue.

The Center, the first of its kind at a Catholic and Jesuit institution, was established as a result of the Out for Change Campaign, which began in the fall of 2007. Sivagami Subbaraman has served as the Director of the LGBTQ Resource Center since its inception.

In accord with the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, the Center seeks to establish for all students a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment, and to promote better understanding and integration throughout the entire campus community.

Cal Watson (COL’ 07, L’14), Assistant Director at the Office of Advancement, provided a reflection on the process and early years leading to the founding of the Center. Watson reflected on his experience saying, “Coordinating the LGBTQ Initiative provided me with an extraordinary opportunity to give back to Georgetown in a way I never thought would be possible…Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the Jesuit community all came to see each other as peers united in support of a common cause.”

Other University leaders present at the event included Fr. Christopher Steck, S.J.; Jeanne Lord, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs; and Charles DeSantis, Chief Benefits Officer, among others. 

The student and alumni panelists included Jheanelle Brown (SFS ’10), who was honored with the Ally award in 2010; Scott Chessare (F'10, MBA'15), former co-President of GU Pride; Michael Deneen (COL '14), an intern at the LGBTQ Center; Meghan Ferguson (Col, ’14), current President of GU Pride; Tanisha Humphrey (COL ’12), Program Associate at the Gay and Lesbian Victory Institute; and Julia Reticker-Flynn (Col ’08), who was a leader in the Out for Change Campaign. 

The LGBTQ Resource Center is also celebrating “Out-tober” as part of National Coming Out Month, and it recently published “The Zine,” an LGBTQ-focused magazine.

Follow this link to learn more about the LGBTQ Center here.

Georgetown Debate Team Ranked No. One

Debate Team and Dr. DeGioia in the President

The Debate Team, coaches, and other campus leaders celebrated the team's victory last spring.

October 23,2012–Members of Georgetown University’s Debate Team joined Dr. DeGioia in the President’s Office on October 17 to celebrate their first place win at the National Debate Tournament last spring.

The Debate team was ranked number one after defeating a squad from Northwestern University on the topic of the proper level of U.S. democratic assistance in the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. The team was lead by then-sophomores Andrew Arsht (C ’14) and Andrew Markoff (SFS ’14).

Arsht and Markoff became the second-only sophomore team to win the National Debate Tournament in its nearly 70-year history. The two also appeared on a local Washington, D.C. news broadcast before the nation's Vice-Presidential Debate to discuss debate tactics and strategy.

The team is coached by Jonathan Paul, Director of Debate at the Center for Student Programs, who himself won the National Debate Tournament as a student at Northwestern University in 2002.

Georgetown dedicates new Science building

Dedication of Regents Hall

At the dedication, Dr. DeGioia thanked everyone who made the new science building possible.

October 15, 2012–Alumni, students, faculty, and friends of the University community gathered in the new Regents Hall for the building's official dedication on October 4th.  Regents Hall houses the biology, chemistry, and physics departments as well as the Institute for Soft Matter Synthesis and Metrology. 

The dedication ceremony, which took place on the esplanade, was followed by a reception and tours inside the building.  In addition to Dr. DeGioia, Jane Hopkins Carey, Chair of the Board of Regents; Jane Dammen McAuliffe, President of Bryn Mawr College and former Dean of Georgetown College; and Chester Gillis, Dean of Georgetown College offered remarks.  Rev. Kevin O'Brien, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry, offered a blessing and reflections.

The new state-of-the-art building is named in honor of the Board of Regents for their contributions to the Georgetown community. It is designed to promote collaborative work both within and across disciplines and includes three classrooms, twelve teaching labs, four conference rooms, six student lounges, and more than three floors of research labs. Regents Hall was designed and built using sustainable,“green” practices, and the University hopes to receive the Gold LEED designation for the building later this year.

Georgetown hosts Religious dialogue events

President DeGioia and  Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinal Wuerl and Dr. DeGioia greet each other at the Religious Liberty symposium.

September 15, 2012–The Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs hosted two religious dialogue events this week:a panel on the “Legacies of War and Reconciliation in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Living Together into the Future” and a symposium on “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty."

Berkley Center Director Tom Banchoff moderated the discussion on the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which began two decades ago. Panelists included experts Andrea Bartoli, the Drucie French Cumbie Chair and the Dean of The School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University; Sabahudin Ceman, Head Imam of the Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America and Imam of Islamic Center of North Phoenix; Nida Gelazis, Senior Associate for European Studies at the Woodrow Wilson Center; and Maryann Cusimano Love, an Associate Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America and an expert on international security and peacebuilding.

The panel coincided with the Sant’ Egidio International Prayer for Peace, which was held in Sarajevo this year (also to commemorate the 20-year anniversary of the conflict). Sant’ Egidio is a Rome-based public lay association, and its Prayer for Peace is the largest annual interfaith gathering in the world.

Two days after the panel on Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Berkley Center partnered with the Maryland Catholic Bishops Conference to host a symposium, “Catholic Perspectives on Religious Liberty.” Throughout the day, panels addressed questions and themes related to the Vatican II declaration On Religious Liberty, Dignitatis Humanae, and to issues at the intersection of religious liberty, the Church, international law, and other legal rights paradigms.

President DeGioia welcomed the symposium attendees during a lunch, and underscored “our university’s deep, foundational engagement with today’s subject.” He explained, “Our tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university, and our history as an American university, are inextricable from our commitment to the preservation of religious liberty.”

He noted the great honor of introducing Cardinal Wuerl, who has experienced a “lifelong engagement with the issues at stake in our conversation today.” The Cardinal delivered a talk on “ Religious Liberty in a Pluralistic Society: The Legacy of Dignitatis Humanae,” tracing the origins and history of religious liberty in the United States.

For more information on the symposium click here.


Read more about the Religious Freedom Project at this link

Former Georgetown President returns to the Hilltop for portrait unveiling

Dr. DeGioia and Father Leo O

Dr. DeGioia and Father O'Donovan revealed the portrait for the first time to the public.

September 12, 2012–Friends and members of our community gathered in Riggs Library to welcome back to campus Father Leo O'Donovan, S.J., and to celebrate the unveiling of his Presidential Portrait.

Father O'Donovan served as Georgetown's 47th President from 1989 to 2001. During his presidency, the University launched the $1 billion Third Century Campaign, research expanded significantly, particularly at the Medical Center, and Georgetown became a Research I institution. Under Father O’Donovan’s leadership, we also strengthened our commitment to interfaith dialogue, opening the Center for Christian-Muslim Understanding and appointing a Muslim Imam to Campus Ministry, making Georgetown the first American university to do so. Fr. O’Donovan helped to animate our Catholic and Jesuit identity across our community, commissioning a Task Force on Catholic Identity that engaged students, alumni, and faculty. Governance of our University also became more participatory as faculty were invited to play a more active role.

Artist Everett Raymond Kinstler painted Father O’Donovan’s portrait. World renowned, Kinstler has painted the presidential portraits for seven former U.S. Presidents including Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford.

After the official unveiling of the portrait by Dr. DeGioia and Father O'Donovan, Mr. Kinstler spoke about the portrait and his career. John D. Morrell, Chair of the Art and Art History Department, and Elizabeth Prelinger, Keyser Family Professor of Art History, then joined him for a panel discussion.

The evening ended with a reception and dinner in Dahlgren Quadrangle.  In his remarks, Dr. DeGioia thanked Father O'Donovan for his contributions to Georgetown: " a loyal son of Georgetown, Leo always strove to bring out the best of Georgetown... His leadership helped set the foundation for our emergence, in this century, as a global university, positioned to leverage our mission and our areas of strength to address some of the most pressing questions of the day."

Interfaith Prayer Vigil Honors the Victims of the 9/11 Attacks

Campus Faith Leaders

Interfaith leaders helped commemorate the lives of those who died eleven years ago

September 12, 2012–On Tuesday morning, the Georgetown University community gathered on Healy Lawn to honor the memory of those who died on September 11, 2001.

A crowd gathered around the Memorial Tree and bowed their heads as Aaron Johnson, from the Office of Mission and Ministry, read aloud the names and class years of the members of our community who died in the attacks.  He also offered brief reflections, recognizing those who grieve a personal loss, saying, "We accompany them in their grief."

During the service, members of several faith traditions offered reflections and prayers including Father Kevin O’Brien, S.J., Vice President of Mission and Ministry; Rabbi Rachel Gartner, Director of Jewish Chaplaincy; and Imam Yahya Hendi, Director of Muslim Chaplaincy.

Shortly after the attacks in 2001, the University came together for an interfaith prayer vigil. That first gathering has evolved into a tradition which has continued every year since. It is an opportunity for our community to engage in dialogue, to gain a deeper understanding of one another, and to renew our commitment to peace and justice.

Read more on the interfaith prayer service at this link.

Georgetown Fall Traditions Kick oFf New Academic School Year

Dr. DeGioia at the Mass of the Holy Spirit

Dr. DeGioia delivered welcoming remarks at the Mass of the Holy Spirit

August 31, 2012–During the past week, new and returning members of our community gathered across campus for a number of annual Fall traditions.

On Saturday, Aug. 25, New Student Orientation (NSO) officially began with a full schedule of events designed to welcome first-year and transfer students.  After a morning spent moving into dormitories and attending informational events, students attended the Move-In Day Picnic hosted by President DeGioia at Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall.  

On Sunday, students, parents, and faculty attended the NSO Welcome Mass in McDonough Arena. Later that day, they gathered again in McDonough for the New Student Convocation, a ceremony that officially marks the start of students' academic careers at Georgetown.  Dr. DeGioia offered remarks, and Dr. Robert Groves offered his first official public address as the new Provost of the University.

The following day, Dr. DeGioia enjoyed the opportunity to gather with campus leaders for the Residence Life Breakfast in Copley Formal Lounge. Once a Resident Assistant himself, Dr. DeGioia expressed his gratitude to this year's Resident Assistants and the Residence Life staff for their contributions and dedication to the campus community. Later that day, Dr. DeGioia was joined by writer Tea Obreht for the Marino Family International Writers Academic Workshop. Obreht spoke to first-year students about her debut novel, The Tiger's Wife, which they read before arriving on campus.

On Tuesday, Aug. 28, orientation activities concluded with the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Healy Lawn, which is celebrated at the beginning of every school year.  Fr. Kevin O'Brien, S.J., presided over the mass, while Fr. Gaspar Lo Biondo, S.J., served as homilist and Fr. Joseph Lingan, S.J., and Fr. Patrick Rogers, S.J., as third and fourth principal concelebrants, respectively.  Dr. DeGioia also offered his reflections.  After mass, the community gathered at the Welcome Back Jack BBQ, an event filled with music, food, and games.  NSO officially ended that night with a dinner at Leo J. O’Donovan Dining Hall.

Classes resumed on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

To read more about Convocation, click here.

Read the full story on the start of the 2012-2013 academic school year at this link.

Georgetown Prepares for another School year with New Students and Faculty 

President, New Faculty Reception 2012-2013

Dr. DeGioia greets new members of the faculty at a welcome reception in their honor in the Hall of Cardinals

August 27, 2012–As our University community prepares for the 2012-2013 school year, we have come together for a series of events welcoming new students and new members of the faculty.  The Office of the President has had the pleasure of both hosting and participating in a number of receptions and discussions.

In the Hall of Cardinals on Tuesday, Aug. 21, Dr. DeGioia gathered with incoming first-years participating in the Leadership and Beyond pre-orientation program. The group engaged in a discussion of the nature of leadership in the context of our University’s Jesuit tradition. The next day, Wednesday, Aug. 22, Dr. DeGioia hosted a reception, also in the Hall of Cardinals, for new members of the faculty.Later that evening, he met with members of Georgetown’s longest-running pre-orientation program, the First-year Orientation to Community Involvement (FOCI), to offer remarks on the Development, Relief and Education for Minors (DREAM) Act. Dr. DeGioia also had the opportunity to meet with International Pre-Orientation students and their families on Friday afternoon, before the official start of New Student Orientation (NSO).

On Thursday evening, NSO staff and volunteers were honored at a “Thank You Dinner” in Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall. Dr. DeGioia expressed his gratitude to the 32 captains and 179 orientation advisers who will help welcome 1,750 first-year and transfer students to campus this year.

NSO events and activities run through the beginning of classes on Wednesday, Aug. 29.

Faith-based Responses to HIV/AIDS Discussed at XIX International AIDS Conference, Georgetown university

Dr. DeGioia at Summit of Christian Faith Community and HIV/AIDS

Dr. DeGioia welcomed leaders to the Summit on the Role of the Christian Faith Community in Global Health and HIV/AIDS, hosted at Georgetown University

July 26, 2012–Religious and political leaders gathered to attend a panel discussion on the role of faith-based organizations in response to HIV and AIDS July 24 as part of the XIX International AIDS Conference, hosted in Washington, DC. Dr. DeGioia served as the moderator of the event, entitled, "The Role of Faith-Based Organizations in Turning the Tide on the HIV Pandemic." The International AIDS Conference is the primary gathering for those working in the field of HIV/ AIDS, including policy makers, NGO leaders, persons living with HIV, and other individuals involved in ending the pandemic.

The expert panel was composed of diverse religious leaders, included Dr. Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai, Chairman of Asian Interfaith Network on HIV/AIDS; Reverend MacDonald Sembereka, National Coordinator of Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with HIV/AIDS (MANERELA+);  and Kay Warren, co-founder of Saddleback Church and Executive Director of Saddleback's AIDS Initiative. The panelists provided reflections on the importance of involving faith-based organizations in developing effective responses to HIV/AIDS.

In addition to the XIX International AIDS Conference, Georgetown hosted a gathering of international religious and political leaders on July 25, for the Summit on the Role of the Christian Faith Community in Global Health and HIV/AIDS. The summit was sponsored by Saddleback Church, World Vision, Catholic Relief Services, and Food for the Hungry.  Dr. DeGioia welcomed leaders during a luncheon held at the Leo O’Donovan Dinning Hall, which also included video keynote address from President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, and Presidential candidate, Governor Mitt Romney.

During his welcoming remarks, Dr. DeGioia connected the faith-based organizations’ efforts against AIDS to the Jesuit tradition of caring for the whole person, or cura personalis. Dr. DeGioia said, “The commitment that faith-based organizations share to providing care that considers the whole person and to pursuing compassionate and integrated approaches to their work resonates deeply with us here at Georgetown.”

Read the full story on the faith-based response to HIV/AIDS here.

To read more about the XIX International AIDS Conference follow this link.

"Spirit of Cities" Discussed at Wilson Center

Professor Bell, Dr. Blair, an Dr. DeGioia

Professor Daniel Bell, Dr. Blair Rubie, and Dr. DeGioia discussed the "Spirit of Cities" at the Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.

July 25, 2012–Dr. DeGioia joined Professor Daniel Bell for a panel discussion on urbanism today at the Wilson Center. Dr. Blair Ruble, Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies of the Woodrow Wilson Center, moderated the event titled after Professor Bell’s new book, “The Spirit of Cities: Why the Identity of a City Matters in a Global Age."

Professor Bell is the Director of the Center for International and Comparative Philosophy at Tsinghua University in Beijing. In his latest co-authored book, he explores nine major cities—Jerusalem, Montreal, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Oxford, Berlin, Paris and New York – and discusses the ways in which the ethos of each is expressed in its political, cultural and economic life.  This ethos, Professor Bell argues, will become increasingly important as more and more people move to cities, and use their local affiliations to remain rooted in the context of our globalized society.

Dr. DeGioia provided reflections on Professor Bell’s work and the trends of urbanism, discussing both the District of Columbia and the role of Georgetown University in the city.  He said, “Over the centuries, this interconnectedness between the University and the District of Columbia has given us at Georgetown a unique context from which to respond to the defining issues of the day,” showing us that,  “we each have a responsibility to contribute to this collective development of our local community.”

To see full coverage of the event visit the Wilson Center website here.

Georgetown Hosts Gathering on Civic engagement and Social Responsibility for Colleges and Universities

Members of the Talloires Network

Members of the Tallories Network met in the Philodemic Room in Healy Hall

July 11, 2012–Members of the Talloires Network gathered for a meeting hosted at Georgetown University July 9 to continue an ongoing dialogue on the role of colleges and universities in society.

The Talloires Network is an international association of institutions committed to strengthening the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education. Georgetown University has been part of the Network since its inception in 2005, along with 28 other colleges and universities. Today, the Network is composed of 236 members representing 62 different countries.

To read more about the Telloires Network please follow this link.





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