AJCU Fall Inauguration Preview!
There will be plenty of excitement on our campuses this fall, with the inauguration ceremonies for six presidents of Jesuit colleges and universities taking place across the country (the seventh ceremony at the University of Detroit Mercy will be held next spring).
The first inauguration of the fall will be held on Friday, October 7 at Santa Clara University, where Dr. Julie Sullivan (left) will be installed as the University's 30th president. The inauguration will be preceded by an Inaugural Mass on Thursday, October 6. Both events will be livestreamed; visit to learn more (links will be made available immediately prior to the events).
Click on the links below to learn more about the other AJCU school inaugurations taking place this fall:

Wednesday, October 12: President Terrence Sawyer at Loyola University Maryland
Friday, October 14: President Tania Tetlow at Fordham University
Saturday, October 22: President Steve K. Stoute at Canisius College
Thursday, November 3: President Mark C. Reed at Loyola University Chicago
Friday, November 11: President Sandra Cassady at Rockhurst University

We will report on each inauguration after they are held by including links and photos in AJCU Higher Ed News, as well as our website. We will keep all of our new presidents in our prayers this fall!
Saint Louis University Hosts AJCU President to
Launch New Core Curriculum
Last Thursday, Saint Louis University hosted AJCU's president, Rev. Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., to launch SLU's new core curriculum with an address on "What Makes a Jesuit Core Jesuit." In his remarks, he said, "If you’re going to train leaders, they have to know who they are inside. You have to instill in them a sense of discovery that points not only to themselves or the world, but to society in general and also to God.”
To learn more about SLU's new curriculum and read additional excerpts from Fr. Garanzini's speech, please click here.
AJCU Leaders Discern Future of Jesuit Higher Education in
New IAJU Assembly Video
What do leaders in Jesuit higher education hope to see accomplished through the International Association of Jesuit Universities (IAJU)? Find out by watching the brand-new IAJU 2022 Assembly recap video above!
News from Jesuit Colleges & Universities
Fairfield University announced the naming of its new $51M on-campus arena; Loyola University New Orleans opened a new $1.9M nursing simulation lab within its College of Nursing; a Regis University professor's research on "brown noise" was featured in The New York Times; Spring Hill College received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to support teaching on Africatown in Alabama; and a University of Detroit Mercy professor of religious studies participated in an international summit on sports and accessibility at the Vatican.

Looking for some inspiring new reading material this weekend? In a new article for Commonweal, Rev. Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J., President Emeritus of Georgetown University, and Director of Mission for Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, offers suggestions for "building a culture of encounter"; click here to read it online.
This week marks the conclusion of Dr. Jo Ann Rooney's six-year tenure as the first lay, female president of Loyola University Chicago. In recognition of her accomplishments and service to the University, the Board of Directors approved the renaming of the Mundelein Auditorium in the Mundelein Center for Fine and Performing Arts to Jo Ann Rooney Hall. To learn more about Dr. Rooney's tenure as president of Loyola, please click here.
Finally, when Saturday Night Live premieres tomorrow night, the new cast will include a Jesuit-educated alumnus of John Carroll University! Click here to learn more about Marcello Hernandez, a rising stand-up comedian and graduate of the Class of 2019.
Upcoming Conferences & Events Across the Jesuit Network
Here's what's happening on campus and online over the next two weeks:
Please note: In light of the upcoming holiday weekend, AJCU Higher Ed News will not be published on Friday, October 7. We will return with a new issue on Friday, October 14 (but stay tuned for our first bimonthly issue of Connections on Wednesday, October 5). Have a great weekend!
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