New Art Exhibits Debut on Jesuit Campuses
Fall is a busy time on our campuses, not just for our students, but for our galleries and museums as well! An exhibit on alternative American comics at Boston College, a collection of manuscripts by J.R.R. Tolkien at Marquette University, and an El Greco painting at Fairfield University are among the exciting works on display at our schools this semester. Click here for a full list on the AJCU website!

Left: Luciana Abait, "Black Water (The Exquisite Edge of the Precipice)," 2022, photograph with acrylic on canvas, 56 in. diameter, Courtesy of the artist and Laband Art Gallery (Loyola Marymount University)
AJCU Network Pays Tribute to Rev. John O'Malley, S.J.
The revered Jesuit historian Rev. John O'Malley, S.J. passed away last Sunday at the age of 95. All of us at AJCU remember him fondly, including our celebration of his 90th birthday together during the 2017 AJCU Leadership Institute at Loyola University Chicago, pictured below. Tributes were shared this week from Georgetown University, the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States, America and National Catholic Reporter. May he rest in peace.
New Book Narrates History of
Jesuit Colleges & Universities in the United States
Just when you think you know all that there is to know about Jesuit higher education, a new book is published with even more information!

From author Michael T. Rizzi, "Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States: A History tells the complete story of American Jesuit higher education in a single volume, weaving together the stories of the 54 colleges that Jesuits have operated (successfully and unsuccessfully) since 1789. It explains how Jesuit colleges supported each other by sharing faculty, finances, and even presidents throughout history."

This book is now available via Catholic University of America Press; click here to learn more and purchase it online.
News from Jesuit Colleges & Universities
On Monday, U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of the best colleges and universities in the United States. Jesuit institutions were featured prominently on the list, including in rankings for best undergraduate teaching and best colleges for veterans. Click here to learn more.

Here's what else is new this week: the College of the Holy Cross announced plans to increase access for underrepresented students through a $40M scholarship initiative in partnership with the Schuler Education Foundation; Fordham University extended its test-optional policy to students applying for admission in Fall 2024; Gonzaga University announced the launch of its Center for Lifelong Learning; John Carroll University was named one of thirteen Ohio-based college collaborators in the new Intel Semiconductor Education and Research Program for Ohio; Loyola Marymount University announced plans to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering; a new Center for Student Well-Being at Marquette University was named for President Michael R. Lovell and his wife, Amy; Regis University hosted renowned author Farah Jasmine Griffin to launch a weekly conversation series on her book, Read Until You Understand: The Profound Wisdom of Black Life and Literature; Spring Hill College hosted Mission Week; and the University of Detroit Mercy hosted a blessing for its new student union.
Last weekend, members of the Loyola University New Orleans community bade farewell to noted alumnus, Moon Landrieu, former mayor of New Orleans, during his funeral at the Holy Name of Jesus Church. Click here to learn more about Landrieu's ties to Loyola, and here for a tribute from The Times-Picayune. May he rest in peace.
Upcoming Conferences & Events Across the Jesuit Network
Our calendar continues to fill up this fall! Here's what's happening on campus and online through the end of the month:
Finally save the date! On Thursday, October 6, all are invited to participate in an in-person and live-streamed series on "Encountering Vatican II: Living Into the Council with Francis," sponsored by St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco. Click here to learn more.
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