This month’s issue of Connections focuses on the 100th anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN). AJCU enjoys very close ties with ASN, the honor society for Jesuit colleges and universities. For many years, AJCU and ASN have collaborated on the review and selection of the annual recipients of the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, which recognize outstanding publishing achievement in the humanities and sciences by faculty and administrators at its 31 member Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Korea. This year’s winners were announced this month; click here for the full list. We are proud to celebrate the many accomplishments of ASN members, and congratulate Executive Director Kate Gaertner and her colleagues on a very successful centennial conference at Marquette University last week!

October brought great excitement to our campuses for the inaugurations of four new presidents: Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J. of Creighton University; Dr. Timothy Law Snyder of Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Mark C. Reed of Saint Joseph’s University; and Dr. Christopher Puto of Spring Hill College. You will read more about their inaugurations in this issue of Connections.

Finally, in case you haven’t heard, we have launched our new website:! The site is mobile-friendly, easy to navigate, and features all of the information that you need about the 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities, and the services that AJCU provides for our members. We are proud to feature profiles of our prominent Jesuit alumni, as well as news on our blog, #JesuitEducated, on Medium. After a brief hiatus, we’re thrilled to share new reflections from students, alumni, faculty and staff. If you’re interested in submitting your reflection, please send it to me at We hope you enjoy the new lay-out for Connections too!

As mid-term season comes to an end, we wish you all a successful fall semester!

All the best,

Deanna I. Howes
Director of Communications, AJCU