Fordham University's Next President Is Tania Tetlow, J.D.
Yesterday, Fordham University announced that Tania Tetlow, J.D., will become its 33rd president on July 1. Then, she will make history as the first layperson and first woman to lead Fordham in its 181 years. Currently, Tetlow serves as president of Loyola University New Orleans, a fellow Jesuit institution of higher education. Notably, she was the first layperson and woman to helm that AJCU school as well. “She is deeply rooted in, and a strong proponent of, Ignatian spirituality, and will be a champion of Fordham’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity,” said Fordham Board Chair Robert D. Daleo.
Rev. Justin Daffron, S.J., Will Lead Loyola University New Orleans
Meanwhile, Rev. Justin Daffron, S.J., vice president of mission and identity at Loyola University New Orleans, will serve as interim president during this time of transition. “President Tetlow will certainly be missed, and she leaves behind an important legacy,” Fr. Daffron said, adding, “I’m committed to making this transition as smooth as possible for our entire Loyola community and continuing the momentum we have built for our students and their success.”
Black History Month Celebrations Continue
Last week, we shared a roundup of some of our AJCU schools’ programs to celebrate Black History Month. Today, we have even more commemorations to note! Check out these Black History Month book recommendations from College of the Holy Cross; events and cultural reflections at Georgetown University; and multiple online and in-person events at John Carroll University, Regis University, and the University of San Francisco

Meanwhile, at a recent National Black Catholic Congress virtual forum, Boston College theology doctoral students Chanelle Robinson and Byron Wratee discussed “nature, racism and the church’s way forward.”
Related uplifting news: Shaka Smart, head coach of the Marquette University men’s basketball program, and his wife, Maya, have made a major gift to help Black students at Marquette cover emergency expenses. “The reality is, in higher education, we need to continue to do more and do better for students of color,” Shaka Smart said. Marquette President Michael R. Lovell called the Smarts’ gift “a true blessing.”
News from Jesuit Colleges and Universities
Thanks to the Moccasin Lake Foundation’s $5 million gift to Seattle University School of Law—the largest single gift in the law school’s history—survivors of domestic violence and residents of underserved communities will have greater access to family law services and legal aid. “Family law, including domestic violence matters, is an area where the stakes are high, the needs are great, and where access to effective legal assistance makes all the difference,” said Eduardo M. Peñalver, university president and law professor.

National media are reporting on how the University of San Francisco has agreed to acquire the financially struggling San Francisco Art Institute. One of the art institute’s many prestigious alumni is Kathryn Bigelow (B.F.A. Painting, 1972), the first and only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. 

Houston Texans General Manager Nick Caserio, a John Carroll University Hall of Fame quarterback, will fund a new leadership position within John Carroll University Athletics: the Assistant Athletic Director for Leadership Development and Student-Athlete Success. “My teammates and friends at John Carroll are now leaders in every industry, and I want to ensure that the next generation of Blue Streaks continue to be equipped to face life’s challenges with integrity, experience and a broad set of skills,” Caserio said. 

The William H. Hannon Library’s Archives and Special Collections at Loyola Marymount University recently acquired the 1969 issues of The Black Panther Party Newspaper. The newspaper was in circulation from 1967–1980, published weekly through the party’s Ministry of Information in San Francisco.
Saint Louis University senior Tinevimbo Ndlovu, who’s studying aerospace engineering, has received a Brooke Owens Fellowship to work with Loft Orbital in San Francisco this summer. The nationally acclaimed fellowship program recognizes exceptional undergraduate women and other gender minorities with space and aviation internships. Ndlovu and fellow honoree Vaishali Shah from Washington University in St. Louis are the first Missouri recipients of the award.
Rockhurst University has launched a hybrid accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), alongside an online suite of graduate nursing programs. This intensive, full-time program prepares students to become skilled nurses in just 16 months. 

Rev. Dan Joyce, S.J., director of mission programs at Saint Joseph’s University, published a reflection, "Consolation & Desolation," on the Jesuit Antiracism Sodality East website. Fr. Joyce’s piece focuses on the work of anti-racism using the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from his appearance at Saint Joseph’s in 2008. 

In some “feel-good Friday” news, enjoy this story about how Dave Wozniak, the son of a 1964 University of Detroit Mercy alumnus, was reunited with his late father’s lost class ring after 15 years, in large part due to the help of a good Samaritan. “I want to thank the University…for going the extra mile,” Wozniak said. “A lot of times life happens and people are busy, and not everyone would do that.
Go Move Challenge: Week Two Recap
As Week Two wraps up, the Go Move Challenge is nearing the halfway point. Santa Clara University continues to be the leading university with outstanding numbers. Size is not a deterrent, as our colleagues at smaller institutions are holding their own as well—great job especially to Saint Peter's University and the University of Detroit Mercy!

Pictured here today, meet Todd, one of AJCU’s four-legged family members (and hiking companion of USF’s Suzy Kisylia)!

See you all back here next Friday for the Week Three recap! Go move!
Upcoming Events Across the Jesuit Network
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