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May 2022

Easter season greetings to the Micah community. We hope that this Easter has been joyous and blessed for you and your family!

Some may know that Danute Nourse retired this month from her position as Director of Programs for Center for Catholic Studies; she provided leadership and innovative thinking for the Center since its founding in 1997. In retirement Danute will be able to have more family time, particularly with her grandchildren.
However, she will continue to provide direction and guidance for the university's Praxis Program. We thank Danute for her hard work and numerous contributions, and wish her continued joy as her journey evolves.

Replacing Danute is Matthew Higgins, Ed.D. Matt and Greg Floyd have already reached out to learn more about the Center's engagement with IBC. Your input about Seton Hall's history with IBC, and thoughts about ways to enhance the programming are welcome. We wish Matt success in his new role.

This month the IBC is providing two articles from America for discernment. One ("Want to save the liberal arts? Learn a few things from the business world") links well with previous material about Catholic education. The other ("The 'Great Resignation' and the spirituality of work)" is timely as leaders face new challenges encountered since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the article about saving liberal arts, the author, Joseph J. Dunn, proposes ideas for boosting enrollment in these courses while preserving academic integrity. He makes practical suggestions (e.g., changing catalogue descriptions for classes, making more attractive the names for degrees and majors) which may help increase student preferences for these programs.

On the other hand, Lucia A. Silecchia's essay about the 'Great Resignation' is neither an in depth examination of causes nor predictions about future. Because of so many unknowns, she postulates that deeper insights about human work from Catholic social teaching can contribute more to our understanding about this predicament than today's "hot takes" about the subject. She uses Saint John Paul II's 1981 encyclical, "Laborem Exercens," as a basis for more fruitful conversation about the hopes and fears that might emanate from these structural changes in the workplace.

As I read the material, I thought about the 20th century economist Joseph Schumpeter's theory of creative destruction. From his perspective old methods are constantly replaced by newer, more innovative and productive ways of getting work done. I sense that the 'Great Resignation' may be a period of creative destruction; I also wonder if liberal arts programs must go through a period of creative destruction to survive.

As has been done historically, this month's readings are the last for the current academic year. Enjoy and relax during the summertime! We will resume our activities in September.

Wally Kennedy

2019-20 Ignatian Business Chapter Reading Materials (Seton Hall Chapter)

2018-19 Ignatian Business Chapter Reading Materials (Seton Hall Chapter)

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

December 2018

October 2018

September 2018

2016-17 Woodstock Business Conference Reading Materials (Seton Hall Chapter)