Rockhurst Celebrates Inauguration of President Sandra Cassady
Last Friday, Rockhurst University celebrated the inauguration of Dr. Sandra Cassady: the first woman and first lay person to serve as president (pictured left). Click here to learn about the inauguration, and here to learn more about Dr. Cassady in a new interview on YouTube.

All of us at AJCU congratulate Dr. Cassady and wish her all the best in her role as president!
New Podcast Examines ‘Being a Whole Person’ in Higher Education
This fall, Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education expanded its portfolio by launching a new podcast series. “The Intersection” was developed by James P. McCartin, Ph.D., associate professor of theology at Fordham University and chair of the National Seminar on Jesuit Higher Education, and is hosted by Jennifer Abe, Ph.D., a professor in the department of psychological science at Loyola Marymount University. Professors McCartin and Abe recently discussed the impetus for creating the podcast, their process for finding guest speakers from Jesuit and non-Jesuit institutions, and their hopes for listeners; click here to learn more.
Le Moyne & Scranton Enter Academic Partnership
In a new partnership announced this week, Le Moyne College and The University of Scranton (whose presidents and provosts are pictured left) signed a MOU to guarantee enrollment for up to five qualified students from each institution in Le Moyne's Physician Assistant program and Scranton's Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Visit and to learn more.
News from Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Canisius College became the first college in Western New York to adopt a test-free undergraduate admissions policy; the University of San Francisco's law school opened a new Center for Contemplative Law and Ethics; Saint Louis University hosted an interfaith memorial service to honor body donors to SLU's medical school; and Gonzaga University shared plans for upcoming physics research with Arizona's Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, funded by the National Science Foundation.

Two of our presidents are in the news! Seattle University's president, Eduardo Peñalver, co-authored an op-ed with SU's nursing dean, Kristen Swanson (who also serves as chair of the Jesuit Nursing Deans Conference) on ways to solve Washington's nursing shortage for The Seattle Times. And Spring Hill College's incoming president, Dr. Mary H. Van Brunt, described her path to a college presidency in a new interview with her graduate alma mater, Saint Joseph's University.
In honor of International Education Week (November 14-18), we want to share several international stories from our campuses here in the United States and abroad! Loyola University Chicago recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of its John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) with an alumni gathering in Rome. Of note, JFRC (whose director, Todd Waller, Ed.D. is pictured right) is the oldest, continuous American university program in Italy.
Creighton University celebrated the 50th anniversary of its partnership with the Institute for Latin American Concern; a Georgetown University student and alum were named Rhodes scholars; The Beijing Center announced public online search access to its library; and the Faculty of Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University issued a call for papers for a conference next spring (April 27-29, 2023) on “Theology Responding to the Challenge of Synodality."

Finally, if you are seeking adventure next summer, consider joining Spring Hill College professor Sr. Nélida Naveros Córdova, CDP on a biblical pilgrimage to Israel! Click here for details and watch the video below to learn more from Sr. Nélida!
Upcoming Events Across the Jesuit Network
Here's what's happening online over the next few weeks:
And save the date! On Saturday, December 17, all Jesuit alumni and friends are invited to participate in Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery. This year, all volunteers must register individually through the ANC website; for details on the meet-up location for Jesuit alumni and friends (and post-event reception!), please write to Wreaths Across America is also being held across the country! Le Moyne College invites alumni and friends in New York and Massachusetts to participate as well; click here to learn more.

Please note! AJCU Higher Ed News will not be published next week. We will return with a new issue (featuring some great resources for Advent!) on Friday, December 2. We wish you and your families a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!
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