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Campus Highlights

Chaminade University National Science FoundationThe National Science Foundation (NSF) selected Chaminade University to lead a groundbreaking $10 million, five-year grant project to create new leadership pathways into data science careers for students and working professionals across Hawaii and the Pacific region. The grant is part of a comprehensive $39 million effort to establish four new NSF INCLUDES Alliances nationwide designed to bolster diversity and inclusion in scientific leadership, innovation and discovery.

With the help of the transformative funding, Chaminade University’s new United Nations sustainability center, CIFAL Honolulu, and Data Science program will spearhead the launch of the university’s new Alliance Supporting Pacific Impact through Computational Excellence (ALL-SPICE). Working with a consortium of partners, ALL-SPICE will focus on the application of data analytics to solve critical sustainability issues and promote sustainable development across the Pacific region. The program will also focus on workforce development, providing opportunities for skills building in data science to meet employer needs in this high-demand field. The first Alliance programming will begin this September.

Learn more about this project...

Photo provided by Chaminade University



Brian Bruess, the first president of both the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University as of July 1, threw out the first pitch for CSB+SJU Night at the Minnesota Twins game on July 14 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

Photo credit: Brace Hemmelgarn, Minnesota Twins.


Edgewood College New Athletics & Wellness Campus Site AnnouncementEdgewood College is pleased to announce the acquisition of property in Fitchburg, Wis. that will become the new home for Eagle athletics, student recreation and wellness, and more. The site is formerly a part of the O’Brien family farm; the family identified Edgewood College as their choice of next owner of the farmland, which covers forty acres. 

“We are deeply grateful to the O’Brien family for their partnership and for their steadfast commitment to the community of Fitchburg, and to their vision for the students of Edgewood College for generations to come,” President Andrew Manion, said. “Our vison for this wonderful resource aligns with our mission, the needs of the students we serve, and our call to continue to be good stewards of the gifts that have been shared through generations.” Initial plans for the property, which have been approved by Fitchburg and Dane County, include the restoration of native wetlands, which will become a learning laboratory for future students.  Read more...

Photo courtesy of Edgewood College.


The O’Brien Family, through a spokesperson, said their vision that Edgewood College take on the stewardship of the property for the benefit of both future students, and for the greater community, has been a dream long in the making.

Beginning this academic year, Marquette University is piloting a faculty-in-residence program in a collaborative effort among the divisions of academic affairs (with leadership by the Klingler College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education) and Student Affairs (with leadership by the Office of Residence Life). The vision for the program is that faculty participants will serve as a clear and visible presence to help deepen integration and a more holistic student experience at Marquette. Program participants will serve as campus community leaders and will foster intellectual and academic life beyond the classroom, as well as promote and pursue Marquette’s strategic priorities within the context of Marquette’s guiding values and Catholic, Jesuit mission.

Beyond faculty merely living in campus residence halls and apartment buildings, the program will explore the possibility of faculty partners who will work closely with students who live on campus, particularly first- and second-year students. In addition — and in collaboration with the Near West Side Partners and others — the program will seek to develop and highlight opportunities for Marquette faculty and staff to live near campus.  Learn more about the faculty-in-residence program...


After purchasing the convent and 63 acres of adjacent land from the congregation on June 30, 2021, the university converted one section of the sprawling 152,000-square-foot building to Glen Riddle Hall, the latest (and oldest) residence facility on campus. The wing was previously known as the Franciscan Spiritual Center. More than 30 Sisters will continue to live in the convent in areas separate from the students. Freshman honors program students made history as the first to settle into the building in 200-square-foot double rooms on the third floor. Older students joined them on the second floor of the residence hall on August 27, bringing the Glen Riddle Hall total occupancy to 39. Students living on the second floor have opted to be part of a health and wellness community. During the year, they will have access to programs that focus on physical, mental, and financial health. 

Students reacted positively to the new residence hall. “These dorms are so cool. I love the windows and views,” said Sofia Lozada, a first-year nursing major from Bear, Delaware.

“The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia founded this university in 1965, and they are still providing inspiration 57 years later,” says Dr. Chris Domes, Neumann’s president. “Glen Riddle Hall will allow Neumann University to grow and offer a full residential experience to even more students in the years ahead.”

He notes that, in a way, the university is returning to its roots by housing students in Our Lady of Angels. When the college admitted its first small class in 1965, all 115 students were Sisters, who lived in the building as members of the congregation. Current enrollment is approximately 2,200.

The basement of the new residential wing (where the Sisters of St. Francis used to roller skate and play basketball) and the first floor will be used for activities and programs in 2022-23. The fourth floor will remain unoccupied for the coming year but offers space for additional resident students in the future.


Providence College (PC) President Fr. Kenneth R. Sicard, O.P. announced in September that the College will launch a new School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS). The new school will see the introduction of two new degree programs at PC, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. PC’s existing Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Management will also become part of the new school.

PC received formal approval to proceed with the new bachelor’s degree program in nursing from the Rhode Island Board of Nurse Registration and Nursing Education earlier today. That came after the College’s Faculty Senate voted to approve the establishment of the new school and its two new degree programs prior to the end of the 2022 spring semester. PC’s Board of Trustees also voiced its approval to move forward with the establishment of the new school and its degree programs. The new nursing program will be the first such bachelor’s degree program established in Rhode Island in ten years.  Learn more about the new School...


Congratulations to Katia Passerini, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President, at Seton Hall University who was elected as the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU) North American representative!


The University of Dayton’s Marian Library has a motto: “De Maria numquam satis — Never enough about Mary.” The library, founded in 1943 and known as a one-of-a-kind resource for Marian scholarship, illustrates that motto in its new exhibit featuring some of its recent rare book, art and archival acquisitions. One example is an 18th-century printed amulet scroll that purports to represent the “true length” of Mary’s height; scrolls such as this could be placed upon or wrapped around the sick for healing or the dead for protection.

Some of the materials from the exhibit can also be viewed online: 

  • Wild Flowers from Palestine by Protestant minister Harvey Bartlett Greene (circa 1899) is a collection of pressed flowers and poetry.

  • An Ethiopian devotional manuscript — a psalter, or Dāwit, in Ge’ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, contains the Psalms of David, canticles (hymns derived from Biblical texts other than the Psalms), the Song of Songs, and two devotional texts for Mary — Wəddase Maryam (Praises of Mary) and 'Anqäsä Bərhan (Gate of Light).

The exhibit also highlights some of the Marianst who have contributed to the library’s legacy, including Fr. Johann Roten, Fr. Thomas Thompson, S.M., Bro. William Fackovec, S.M. and Fr. Francois Rossier, S.M.  Read more about the library... 


University of Scranton held their annual Mass of the Holy Spirit this past September with nearly a thousand students, faculty, and staff in attendance.  The Most Rev. Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton served as the principal celebrant and Rev.  James F. Duffy, S.J., M.D., the new superior for the Scranton Jesuit Community delivered the homily. Read more about the Mass...


ACCU Member Institutions  are "Moving the Needle" as the Fall 2022 Cohort

Credo Moving The Needle LogoCredo and ACCU are pleased to announce the Fall 2022 Moving the Needle cohort. Building on the momentum of the inaugural cohort of four ACCU institutions, this new group will continue to promote inclusive, student-centric culture through Moving The Needle, a partnership that engages the full campus community in developing, implementing, and enhancing the conditions, practices, systems, and solutions that foster student success and retention.


Please join us in congratulating the members of the 2022 cohort:

  • Anna Maria College | Paxton, MA
  • Felician University | Rutherford, NJ
  • Misericordia University | Dallas, PA
  • Mount Saint Mary's University | Los Angeles, CA 
  • Siena Heights University | Adrian, MI 

Learn more about Credp and how to join the 2023 cohort...

Upcoming Member Programming

CCMA LogoCatholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA) is offering a free upcoming event for campus ministry leaders on November 9th starting at 1 p.m. (EST).

The CCMA Fall Symposium: Communicating Across Campus offers professional development and training on communication (both spoken and written) on your campus. Workshops cover topics from preaching the Gospel on campuses to marketing strategies to effectively serving as a catalyst for supporting your community on current topics of racism, sexual morality, gender identity and the Church. Best-selling author and administrative expert Ann Garrido will present, “Turning down the temperature:  5 Tips for De-escalating a Heated Conversation” as the event's keynote speaker.

Learn more and register at ccmanetwork.org/fallsymposiuminfo.


St. Ambrose Francis at Ten Spring 2023 Conference

St. Ambrose University is planning to convene a Spring 2023 conference and celebration to honor 10 years of the papacy of Pope Francis. This conference and celebration will be held on their campus March 16-19, 2023 and will examine this remarkably humble servant of God, whose commitment to openness, visibility, and meeting the faithful across the world has transformed the Vatican and, in many ways, reenergized the Catholic Church and beyond. 

Call for Papers for the conference is now open. Submissions are due by November 1, 2022.

Learn more about the conference...



Additional Highlights & Recognition

Charism Corner

In recognition of our institution's founding charisms and our affiliate members that support our colleges and universities, ACCU has created a quarterly feature of our institutional charisms to provide an opportunity for our members to learn more about other charisms and the good work they do to support and advance Catholic higher education.


Association of Marianist Universities

by Bro. Tom Giardino, SM

“Who does not see that since the French Revolution, a new fulcrum must be found for the lever that moves the modern world?”

This was part of the founding vision of Marianist founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, in the early 19th century and the Marianist educational charism was an answer to that question. The present Association of Marianist Universities [AMU] continues to search for such levers to transform our world given the revolutions that keep on challenging us.

A recent lever that we realized was a Symposium in June 2022 involving about 100 faculty, staff and administrators from our three universities:  Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University, San Antonio and the University of Dayton.  The theme, “The Promise of Marianist University Education: Engaging a World in Crisis,” gave us an opportunity to both discuss Marianist educational “levers,” plan for follow up action, and embody our animating vision to enhance formation of lay leadership for the stable future of our Catholic and Marianist mission and identity in service of the Church and world. Check out this link for a brief overview of the Symposium. 

MEA Cohort PhotoThe “Characteristics of Marianist Universities,” stated as: Educate for Formation in Faith, an Integral Quality Education; Family Spirit; Service, Justice and Peace and Integrity of Creation, and Adaptation and Change are also embedded in a lay formation program begun in 2005 called the Marianist Educational Associates, presently numbering about 160 faculty, staff and administrators from all three universities.  They have gone through a week-long formation workshop and continue in their local places to learn and live out their public commitments to be cultural catalysts for the common mission. 

AMU gatheringAMU Affinity groups have flourished and in their areas of expertise they explore “levers” for transformation by enhancing the integration of the Marianist charism into their daily activities and planning collaborative projects.  Some of the groups are: Chief Information Officers, Provosts, Theology chairs, Engineering, Law, Business Deans, Military and Veterans Service directors, Food Insecurity advocates, Campus Ministers, and others. 

Chaminade believed that education could be a fulcrum for levers to transform our world into the reign of God that Jesus proclaimed.  Mary, who formed Jesus for this mission, continues to form and motivate Marianist educators, lay and vowed religious, as sponsorship and leadership roles evolve.  Our conviction is that the Marianist educational charism is an asset in this adventure.

Learn more about the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU)...


Bro. Thomas Giardino, SM, is the Executive Director for the Association of Marianish Universities.

Photo provided by the Association of Marianist Universities.

Presidential Transitions & Inauguration

Welcome and CongratulationsACCU welcomes the newest ACCU member presidents and transitional presidents who have started in their roles along with those who have been inaugurated since our last Update:


Welcome to our newest ACCU presidents!

Gerry Turcotte, President and Principal, Corpus Christi-St. Mark's College at UBC

Robert Manuel, President, DePaul University

Mary K. Boyd, President, Emmanuel College

Terry M. Keller, Interim President, Lourdes University

Marc Reed, President, Loyola University Chicago


Congratulations on those recently inaugurated! 

Alicia Córdoba, President, Aquinas College (MI)

Tania Tetlow, President, Fontbonne University

Terrence Sawyer, President, Loyola University of Maryland

Jennifer Bonds-Raacke, President, Saint Martin's University

Julie Sullivan, President, Santa Clara University

Jeff Gingerich, President, St. Bonaventure University

Robert Kelly, President, University of Portland

Rick Treitley, President, Viterbo University


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