Conversations Magazine highlights recent president changes and changing statistics of AJCU Presidents.
Jesuit colleges and universities issue statements against the Trump Administration's Executive Order halting entrance into the US for seven countries. Many students at these universities are affected by this Executive Order.
By Lucas Sharma SJ
Santa Clara University recently announced that long time donors John A. (1960) and Susan Sobrato have made a $100 million gift to the university to fund the Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation. This center will allow students at Santa Clara to continue to advance learning across “STEM” disciplines – sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Mr. Sobrato stated that
The Sobratos have been long-time benefactors of the university as well as supporters of Jesuit secondary education in Silicon Valley. They have given generously to both Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, and their commitment to Jesuit education helped launched Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School.
This gift is exciting for the university, especially as STEM education and research continues to be increasingly important in the United States. Former President Barack Obama, for example, highlighted the crucial need for commitment to STEM disciplines in his 2016 State of the Union Address. With the new center, Santa Clara expects more than 5,400 students will benefit.
President Michael E. Engh, S.J. praised the Sobratos for their continuous commitment to the Jesuit higher education:
Visit Santa Clara’s website to learn more about the center and see a video documenting this historic gift. San Jose’s Mercury News also featured an article on this historic donation. For more information about the Sobrato Family, visit the website of the Sobrato Organization.
Photos Courtesy of Santa Clara University.
By Lucas Sharma, S.J.
As the U.S. Congress opened this month, the Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) announced that ten percent of its members are Jesuit college and university graduates. Among the 535 members of this Congress, 56 are alumni/ae of Jesuit institutions: 12 in the Senate and 44 in the House of Representatives. This represents a notable increase from 50 members in the 114th U.S. Congress. Many more are graduates of Jesuit high schools around the country.
AJCU President Michael J. Sheeran, SJ comments added his own comment in the press released issued by the AJCU:
For more information, and to whether your Senator and/or Representative is a graduate of one of our schools, click here.
Loyola University Chicago is proud to inaugurate Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD, today as the University's 24th President. Today's Missioning Mass (10:00 am), Inaugural Procession (1:30 pm), and Installation Ceremony (2:00 pm) will be featured live on LUC's website. All times are US Central Standard Time.
Fairfield University's Dolan School of Business was recently ranked #15 nationally among graduate degrees in accounting. This marks the Dolan School's continual commitment to excellent business education for both undergraduate and graduate students of Fairfield University.
“This is continued recognition for our nationally ranked accounting program, which emphasizes small class sizes and high interaction between our stellar faculty and students,” said Dr. Donald Gibson, Dean of the Dolan School. “It’s a program that fully prepares our students for entry into major accounting firms, and nearly 100% of them do just that.”
Click here for more information about the Dolan School of Business.
Receiving a $200,000 grant from the Bill Ford Better World Challenge, University of Detroit Mercy faculty, students, and alumni are collaborating to build a mobile app connecting volunteers and non-profit organizations. This exciting grant allows for students to connect academic learning with the importance of utilizing tools of social media in the 21st century.
For more information on this grant, please visit the University of Detroit Mercy News Release by clicking here.
Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago is the world’s first Jesuit community college. Opened in August 2015 the college is named for former Jesuit superior general, Pedro Arrupe, S.J. The aim of the college is to provide a more affordable liberal arts education while using the same core curriculum offered at the university.
To power a car so it can travel hundreds of miles at a time, lithium-ion batteries of the future are going to have to hold more energy without growing too big in size. That's one of the dilemmas confronting efforts to power cars through re-chargeable battery technologies.
The Spring Hill College Board of Trustees announced today the election of Dr. Christopher Puto as the 37th president of Spring Hill College. Puto will begin his post officially on June 1. He succeeds the Rev. Gregory F. Lucey, S.J., who will continue to serve the College in a senior administrative role focusing on mission and identity.
Brian P. Hopkins, Ph.D., professor of mathematics at Saint Peter's University, was awarded a 2015 Haimo teaching award from the Mathematical Association of America. He is the first teacher from New Jersey to receive this special honor since the award's inception in 1991.
Associate professor of sociology, Renée Beard, can trace back her initial interest in Alzheimer’s disease to when she was fourteen years old. Working as a housecleaner in a nursing home in a small New Hampshire town, she met Margarita Wheeler, a resident originally from Montreal, who had what was called “Oldtimers” at the time.