News from Jesuit Colleges and Universities
It's been two weeks since our last issue of AJCU Higher Ed News, so there's lots to catch up on! Here's the latest news from our campuses:

Georgetown University received a $12.5M grant from the National Science Foundation to establish an Institute for Emerging Virus Research. Two more Jesuit schools have also received NSF grants over the past few weeks to support research by their faculty (Loyola University Maryland and Marquette University), while Gonzaga University received a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency to support environmental education.

More faculty honors and updates: Creighton University named its inaugural endowed chair for population health; the Mathematical Association of America honored Fordham University's dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill and faculty from Loyola University Chicago and Seattle University during its annual awards ceremony; Santa Clara University named Emmy-winning actor Mark Duplass as its next Sinatra Artist-in-Residence; and faculty from the McAuley School of Nursing at the University of Detroit Mercy will participate in a national diversity initiative sponsored by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

The College of the Holy Cross announced the elimination of application fees for students from Worcester Public Schools; John Carroll University embarked on plans to build a new state-of-the-art nursing lab; Saint Joseph's University launched a new digital insights lab; and Saint Louis University announced the completion of construction for its new Jesuit residence.

And we are happy to share two stories featuring our presidents! Creighton University's president, Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., issued a video message to conclude the Ignatian Year last month, while Seattle University's president, Eduardo Peñalver, threw out the ceremonial first pitch during a recent Seattle Mariners baseball game.
AJCU Statement on Student Veterans Bill Cited by Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman
Last week, AJCU worked with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee in support of the bipartisan Ensuring the Best Schools for Veterans Act of 2022. A statement from AJCU's president, Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., was cited by Committee Chairman Jon Tester (D-MT); click here to read it online.
National Figures Mourned by Jesuit Institutions
Over the past few weeks, Jesuit colleges and universities have been among the mourners for three national figures of prominence. The late NBA player, coach and social activist Bill Russell played college basketball at the University of San Francisco; click here to read a reflection from USF.

The late Los Angeles Dodgers' sports broadcaster, Vin Scully, was a Fordham University graduate and Loyola Marymount University parent and grandparent; click here for a tribute from Fordham and here for photos from LMU.

Finally, Boston College is mourning the late historian David McCullough, who received an honorary degree from BC and served as commencement speaker in 2008; click here to read excerpts from his speech online.
Upcoming Conferences & Events Across the Jesuit Network
Here's what's happening on campus and online over the next few months:
Finally, the Gerard Manley Hopkins Virtual Conference will be held online on Friday, September 23 and Saturday, September 24. This year's conference theme is "Hopkins, Voice, and Echo." Faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals for papers and register online; click here to learn more.
AJCU Higher Ed News is a weekly e-newsletter that features the latest news and information from Jesuit colleges and universities. To submit a story or subscribe, please send an e-mail to Deanna Howes Spiro (

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