Celebrate Women's History Month on Jesuit Campuses
In the 2022-23 academic year, 25% of Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States and Belize are being led by women. To begin Women's History Month, we invite you to visit the AJCU board page, which features biographies of the women pictured above, who serve as presidents of our schools.

Throughout the month of March, our schools will be celebrating women's leadership (including some milestone anniversaries!) in a number of ways. Click on the following school names to learn about events happening in-person and online: College of the Holy Cross, Fairfield University, Georgetown University, Gonzaga University, Le Moyne College, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University New Orleans, Marquette University, Seattle University, and The University of Scranton.

In more highlights, Fordham University's president, Tania Tetlow, J.D., was profiled by New York's NBC affiliate, and Spring Hill College announced plans for the inauguration of its first woman president, Dr. Mary Van Brunt, on Friday, March 17.
And what a great coincidence that Women's History Month also coincides with March Madness! On Tuesday, Loyola University Chicago's men's basketball chaplain, Sister Jean Schmidt, released her new memoir: Wake Up With Purpose!: What I’ve Learned in My First Hundred Years. You can watch her discuss the book in two new interviews with ABC's Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
The book has also been covered by Sports Illustrated, America and the Chicago Sun Times, among multiple other outlets. We are excited for Sister Jean and grateful for her 103 years of wisdom and prayers!
Working Together:
New Programs Strengthen Ties Between Jesuit Institutions
What do Gonzaga University, Saint Louis University and Seattle University have in common? All three schools partnered together to receive a joint $1M award from the National Science Foundation to create new processes for faculty promotions at Jesuit colleges and universities. Click here to learn more.
And how about Saint Peter's University, Santa Clara University and the University of Detroit Mercy? All three schools logged the highest regional average of minutes of movement in the 2023 Go Move Challenge! In addition, Santa Clara logged the most minutes of movement for the month of February, while Saint Peter's logged the highest average of minutes per participants. Click here to read the final recap from this year's Challenge. We want to give a big thank you to Suzy Kisylia of the University of San Francisco for leading this great collaborative event between our schools. Here's to Go Move 2024!
Our final exciting Jesuit collaboration will be taking place this weekend, when Boston College's Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life hosts a conference on "The Way Forward: Pope Francis, Vatican II, and Synodality." This gathering will be held in partnership with Fordham University's Center for Religion and Culture and Loyola University Chicago's Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage. Click here to learn more.
News from Jesuit Colleges & Universities
We are not lacking for news this week! Here's what else is happening on our campuses: Canisius College received a $1M gift to support its Urban Leadership Learning Community; Loyola Marymount University received a $10M bequest to support Loyola Law School's library and Social Justice Law Clinic; Rockhurst University announced plans to offer certificates in diversity, equity and inclusion for both undergraduate and graduate students; the Saint Louis University Museum of Contemporary Religious Art announced its spring 2023 art exhibit; the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University launched a daily reflection series for Lent; and the University of San Francisco recently hosted a speaker's tour on Romania's response to Ukrainian refugees sponsored by Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.
Last month, members of the Jesuit Conference on Rhetoric and Composition met in Chicago for their annual breakfast meeting during the annual Conference on College Composition and Communication! Pictured left are faculty from Marquette University, Saint Joseph's University, Santa Clara University, Seattle University, University of San Francisco, and Xavier University. Many thanks to Conference Chair Renea Frey of Xavier for sharing this great picture with us!
This weekend will see the beginning of March Madness for Jesuit men's and women's basketball teams! The John Carroll University men's team and The University of Scranton's men's and women's teams will all be competing in the first round of the NCAA D-III tournaments this afternoon. Stay tuned for results and more coverage of NAIA, NCAA D-II and NCAA D-I tournaments in upcoming issues of AJCU Higher Ed News!
Upcoming Conferences, Lectures & Alumni Events
Here's what's happening through the end of March both on-campus and online:
Finally, our friends at Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) will be sponsoring a virtual information session on Tuesday, March 21, hosted by Rev. James Martin, S.J.!

If you are recently retired and discerning your next steps, consider learning more about IVC, a national organization with regional programs across the country.

Click here to learn more and register online.
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