By Deanna Howes Spiro, Director of Communications, AJCU


Welcome back to Connections! We are kicking off the new year with an issue highlighting student activism on Jesuit campuses. From inside the classroom to out in their communities, students are learning how to become advocates for the social issues of our day. This issue will feature two of our schools, as well as updates from the Jesuit Student Government Alliance and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

This issue also features the first government relations report from our new director of government relations, Jenny Smulson. Jenny joined us in June and has taken on the ambitious task of representing the needs of our nation’s 27 Jesuit colleges and universities to the Federal government and U.S. Department of Education. A proud graduate of Georgetown University, Jenny is deeply committed to the mission of Jesuit higher education, and we are blessed by her energy, enthusiasm and dedication to helping others.

Over the next few months, a number of AJCU Conferences and affinity groups will be holding their annual meetings on our campuses; you will find a full calendar in this issue of Connections, along with a calendar featuring events for Jesuit-educated alumni and friends across the country. As always, please feel free to submit your events to me by writing to

We hope that your fall semester is off to a great start, and look forward to keeping you informed of the latest news from Jesuit colleges and universities!