GU Celebrates Hanukkah: Menorah Lighting, Music

Posted in: G-Town News- Dec 02, 2010 No Comments

The Jewish Chaplaincy, part of Georgetown’s Office of Campus Ministry, and the Jewish Student Association (JSA) lit three Hanukkah menorahs at Georgetown Dec. 1 to give thanks for miracles, religious freedom and each other on the first night of Hanukkah.

Interim Georgetown Rabbi Bruce Aft, other members of the Jewish chaplaincy and JSA members led […]

Drug Adherence Crucial for HIV Patients

Posted in: G-Town News- Dec 01, 2010 No Comments

HIV today is no longer a death sentence – it can be managed well through a combination of powerful medications. But health outcomes depend on patients’ adherence to their drug regimes, says James Habyarimana, assistant professor of public policy. The professor studies how the use of new technologies, such as text messages to patients […]

Turkish Minister Talks at GU on Global Order

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 30, 2010 No Comments

Turkey hopes to help stabilize global order and invite more foreign investment to transform itself into a center of economic influence, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu told a Georgetown audience Nov. 29.

“We will not wait until the crisis emerges,” he said. “We will try to prevent a crisis before it emerges. … In order to […]

AIDS Orphans in Africa Immersed in Art Program

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 30, 2010 No Comments

Two Georgetown leaders are teaching visual arts for two weeks every year to AIDS-orphaned high school students in Kibera – one of Africa’s largest slums.

The Art Immersion program stems from a trip Charles DeSantis, associate vice president and chief benefits officer and associate dean Margaret Halpin took with Georgetown’s 2007 Kenya Immersion Group in […]

New Georgetown University Website to Launch

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 30, 2010 No Comments

The university’s new website – – that will launch on Dec. 3 includes a redesigned homepage and “top tier” pages that are highly trafficked and provide a broad range of information about the entire university.

The site is redesigned for the first time since 2002.

Reflecting Feedback

“I appreciate the many, many people across […]

$17 Mil Gift Will Build Religious Retreat Center

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 29, 2010 No Comments

November 22, 2010 –A new spiritual retreat and contemplative center for Georgetown students of all faiths and for the university’s already established religious retreats will be built in the Blue Ridge Mountains, thanks to a recent $17 million gift.

The gift comes from Arthur (C’54) and Nancy Calcagnini, who previously fully endowed the university’s […]

Diplomatic Network Connects Georgetown Alumni

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 29, 2010 No Comments

November 29, 2010 –Georgetown alumni who work for the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have joined forces through the university’s Hoya Diplomatic Network.

Recently founded by alumni at State and USAID posts in Washington, D.C., the network already has grown to include more than 700 graduates. While […]


Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 29, 2010 No Comments

 Research Grants

• Christine Elsik, assistant professor of biology, received a grant for $704,044 from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture/U.S. Department of Agriculture for her project, “Mining Hymenoptera Genomes for Functional Sequences.” Hymenoptera is a largee order of insects that includes sawflies, wasps, bees and ants. Elsik hopes her work will allow researchers […]

Students Who Can’t be Home Get Campus Thanksgiving

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 25, 2010 No Comments

November 25, 2010 –About 250 Georgetown students who live too far away to be home for Thanksgiving were welcomed with turkey and all the trimmings Nov. 24 at the university president’s annual dinner.

“I’m from Iowa, and although I can’t go home for Thanksgiving this year I’m really happy to be celebrating Thanksgiving with […]

Federal Official Says Health Reform Working

Posted in: G-Town News- Nov 23, 2010 No Comments

The Affordable Care Act is addressing both access to health care in vulnerable populations and the shortage of primary care providers, said Mary Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) during a speech at Georgetown.

Wakefield, whose agency is a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke Nov. […]