December 14, 2022

2022: A Year of Excellence at CGU

2022 Commencment

CGU’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni contribute to the world around them in so many ways. We’ve rounded up some of the most viewed stories from CGU News in 2022, which provides just a sample of what has been accomplished.

A historic $42 million gift

The commitment from a foundation established by alumnus Patrick F. Cadigan will fund a new home for the School of Arts & Humanities and create a nexus for entrepreneurial business faculty and students.

Tufts Poetry Awards

Divya Victor joins elite company for her stirring examinations of identity, displacement, violence, and other themes. torrin a. greathouse receives the Discovery award, which honors the work of a poet at the start of a career.

Dissipating the fog of war

CISAT doctoral candidate Will Wagner and his advisor, Clinical Full Professor Brian Hilton, create a free website and app that show the scale of fighting in Ukraine by visualizing the heat signatures recorded by NASA/NOAA satellites. “The satellite data shows a relatively non-political way of looking at a very political event,” Wagner says.


CGU celebrates its graduates for the first time since 2019. The Classes of 2020, 2021 and 2022 are honored.

Getting older—and feeling happier

Professor of Economic Sciences Paul Zak and his fellow researchers release a study showing that people whose brains release more of the neurochemical oxytocin are kinder to others and are more satisfied with their lives.

From “Lost Boy” to acclaimed doctoral student

Daniel Akech, orphaned in Sudan’s civil war, receives the Pamela M. Mullin Dream & Believe Award. He becomes the first IMS student to earn the prestigious honor since it was created more than 20 years ago.

A grassroots health network

CGU is part of a consortium of community and academic partners that is awarded $1 million from the California Department of Health Care Services to develop an innovative response to local healthcare inequities.

Math literacy, book by book

Alumnus Collins Allan (PhD, Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics, 2018) is providing expertise and much-needed textbooks to college-level students in his native Ghana.

Caring for the caregivers

Psychology Professor Jason Siegel and his students are working to provide a lifeline to frontline healthcare workers suffering burnout made more acute because of the COVID pandemic.

Applying the Drucker Difference

CGU shares the first in a multi-part series focused on Drucker principles for the burgeoning number of laid-off knowledge workers. Professor Bernie Jaworski, the Drucker Chair in Management and the Liberal Arts, raises a key question: “If I was going to go into my career now, knowing what we now know, what specific career skills or capabilities would I abandon, improve, or develop to best compete in the future?”