On the weekend of February 15-17, Saint Joseph’s University and the Honors Program hosted the 8th annual conference of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Honors Programs. Directors and students from Jesuit institutions across the country met in the Haub Center to discuss a wide range of mutual interests.
The theme for the conference this year was “Scholarship and the Magis,” with directors and students sharing ideas about best practices concerning scholarly research and the Jesuit ideals that inform and inspire these various approaches. Directors offered program updates from the past year, discussed strategies for coping with the pressures of economic austerity, and reviewed the recently completed AJCU guidelines for Honors Programs at Jesuit colleges and universities.
In separate sessions, students exchanged ideas about departmental honors projects. Appropriate to the theme of the conference, it was bookended with lectures by two of SJU’s most esteemed Jesuit scholars: Rev. Patrick H. Samway, SJ and Rev. Joseph J. Feeney, SJ.