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         Association of Main-Campus Retired Faculty 

Recent Programs and Events


Thursday, October 10, 2013 about sixteen members of AMCRF and guests toured the Folger Shakespeare Library and learned about the Library, the Folger Theatre, and several exhibits under the guidance of Dr. Michael Neuman, Senior Associate for Scholarly Information Initiatives at Georgetown University, and a docent at the Folger. Since the US Government was “shut down” on that day, prior plans for a pre-tour lunch at the Library of Congress were not carried out.



On Wednesday, October 3rd 2012, more than twenty AMCRF members and guests toured the Visitor Center of Bladensburg Waterfront Park, located in a waterfront nature preserve. There they saw a new interactive exhibit focusing on the War of 1812 and the Battle of Bladensburg.  Upon leaving the park, the group went to the nearby Riversdale House Museum Riversdale House, built 1801-07, was the home of George Calvert, grandson of the 5th Lord Baltimore, and his wife, Rosalie. The house has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of the Calvert family.  In the mansion, the group enjoyed a private, docent-guided tour, and a box lunch.

The second AMCRF event of the 2012-2013 academic year was a luncheon on Thursday, November 15th, at 12 noon, at the Georgetown Faculty Club.  After lunch, Dr. Kathryn M. Olesko, Associate Professor in the School of Foreign Service and Director of the M.A. Program in German and European Studies, spoke on Jesuit Foot Soldiers of Science. About twenty-five AMCRF members and guests participated in this event.

Present and past officers of this Association participated in a memorial service held on January 6, 2013 at the Latvian Lutheran Church, Rockville, MD in memory of George J. Viksnins, Professor of Economics, Emeritus, long-serving Treasurer of this Association, who died on December 16, 2012.

About thirty members and guests of AMCRF attended a luncheon on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at the Georgetown Faculty Club and heard Professor Robert Groves, newly appointed Provost of Georgetown University, discuss current developments in the University and hopes and plans for the future.

The Annual Mass of Thanksgiving honoring retiring faculty and academic staff and recent decedents was held in Dahlgren Chapel on Thursday, May 2, 2013. The Mass was followed by a luncheon held in Riggs Library and attended by nearly fifty Association members and their guests. 



On Wednesday, October 12, 2011 more than eighteen AMCRF members and guests participated in a tour of historic Tudor Place in Georgetown and, following that, had lunch at The DC Boat House restaurant on McArthur Boulevard.

More than 25 AMCRF members and guests enjoyed an AMCRF luncheon held at noon on October 31, 2011 in the Leavey Center Faculty Club restaurant. Professor Chester Gillis, Dean of Georgetown College, was the after-lunch speaker. 

An AMCRF luncheon was held on Monday, March 19, 2012 in the Leavey Center Faculty Club restaurant. Professor Jim Lengle of the Government Department spoke on: The 2012 Presidential Election. Over 26 AMCRF members and their guests participated.


The annual retiree-recognition Mass was celebrated by Father Joseph Lingan, S.J., the Rector of the Jesuit Community, on 2 May 2012. Ten recently-deceased faculty and staff were remembered during the liturgy. Music was provided by Professor Othmar Winkler, Maura Gregory, and Ryan McMillin. After the Mass, about 30 AMCRF members and other retirees were guests of The Jesuit Community for luncheon in Wolfington Hall, arranged by Father Eugene Nolan, S.J..



On Wednesday, April 20, 2011 over thirty AMCRF members and guests participated in a memorial Mass in the Dahlgren Chapel in honor of retiring faculty and academic staff and in remembrance of recently deceased faculty and staff, followed by a luncheon in Riggs Library, hosted by the President and Provost of Georgetown University.

On Monday, March 21, 2011 an AMCRF luncheon was held in the Faculty Club Restaurant in Leavey Center. After lunch, Prof. Duncan Wu of the Department of English discussed his recent book William Hazlitt: The First Modern Man with about twenty AMCRF members and their guests.

On Monday, February 14 2011 Prof. Dan Martire and his wife Sheila Finn were hosts for a tasting of sparkling wines in the Philodemic Room of Healy Hall.  More than a dozen AMCRF members and guests found that this was an excellent way to warm the blood on a cold winter day!

On Thursday, December 2nd, 2010 about twenty AMCRF members and guests enjoyed lunch at the Georgetown Faculty Club. Lunch was followed by a talk concerning liberal education by Mr. Carl Liggio (Georgetown College, 1963), a prominent lawyer and businessman. 

From 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, October 19th, 2011 more than twenty members of the AMCRF and their guests toured Dumbarton House located on "Q" Street in Georgetown. (This historic house and museum is operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.) Following the tour, the AMCRF group enjoyed a Friday Morning Music Club chamber music concert in Dumbarton House, and then lunch at the Faculty Club on the Georgetown University campus.



On Tuesday, May 4, 2010 over thirty AMCRF members and guests participated in a memorial Mass in the Dahlgren Chapel in honor of retiring faculty and academic staff and in remembrance of recently deceased faculty and staff, followed by a luncheon in Wolfenden Hall, hosted by the Georgetown Jesuit Community. The Annual General Membership Meeting of the AMCRF and election of AMCRF officers for 2010-2012 was held in Wolfington Hall directly after the lunch.

On Monday, April 19, 2010 eighteen members and guests of the AMCRF enjoyed a lunch at noon in the "The Faculty Club" in the Leavey Center. In the Leavey Program Room after lunch, John R. McNeill, University Professor of History, recently returned from an academic stay in Paris, discussed his recent research --- particularly sections of his just-published book Mosquito Empires: Ecology and War in the Greater Caribbean, 1640-1914. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.)

On Sunday April 11, 2010 about 15 members of AMCRF and others who had been involved in the GU learning community during 2009-2010 enjoyed a brunch at Clyde’s Restaurant at Tysons Corners hosted by Sissel Malmbeck, Associate Dean of the School for Continuing Studies.

On Tuesday, March 9, 2010 Cliff and Pat Chieffo led an AMCRF tour of the University's art collections. About 18 members of AMCRF met at 10:00 a.m. at Carroll Parlor, First Floor Healy Building, and viewed items of the University's collections in the Philodemic Room, Carroll Parlor, and the Library's Art Collection vaults.

Registration for the Spring 2010 program of the Georgetown University Learning Community was conducted using Keyform. Members of AMCRF who are registered for each GULC course now serve as “hosts” for the class. More than ninety persons registered for eight courses. On average each registrant participated in about two courses.

On Tuesday, December 1, 2009, in the Claire Boothe Luce Room of the Intercultural Center (ICC 563) on the Georgetown University Main Campus about thirteen AMCRF members and guests enjoyed tasting interesting wines, hosted by Prof. and Mrs. Douglas Brown.

About twenty-five AMCRF members and guests visited George Washington’s Mount Vernon Home and Gardens (newly renovated) on Thursday, October 22, 2009.   Cliff and Pat Chieffo led a customized tour of the Mount Vernon art collection. Many participants ended their visit with lunch in the Mount Vernon Inn.

About eighty persons (including GU alumni, Library Associates, members of AMCRF. and friends and neighbors of the University) registered for the Fall 2009 program of the Georgetown University Learning Community (GULC). There were about 180 total individual course-registrations for ten short courses, the majority offered by AMCRF members.



On Wednesday, October 15, 2008 from 10:30 a.m. to about 12:30 p.m., about twenty-five members of AMCRF and their guests visited the recently-renovated Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens ( at 1703  32nd Street, N.W.. (The Museum opens to the public at 1:00 p.m.) We had  guided tours (with two highly competent docents) of the gardens and of the outstanding pre-Columbian and classical collections.  After the visit, about sixteen persons enjoyed lunch at Cafe Divan, near the museum.

On Friday, November 14, 2008 about fifteen members of the AMCRF attended a performance by the Marcolivia Duo (violin &/viola) in the Friday Music Series” in McNeir Hall on the GU Campus. Then AMCRF members and their friends enjoyed a pre-pre-holiday AMCRF wine-and-cheese reception in the Theology Department conference room, New North 107

Bill Reynolds, head of the GU Alumni Association, graciously invited all GULC registrants, and other AMCRF members, to a reception in Wagner Alumni House to mark the end of the GULC year. About seventy people, including AMCRF members, GULC faculty and participants, and member of the "Magis" group of senior alumni, enjoyed Bill's elegant hospitality at Wagner Alumni House on April 2, 2009.

About twenty-five members participated in the Annual Meeting of the AMCRF held on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 in the Healey Building on the GU Campus, immediately before a Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of retiring faculty and staff  that was held in Dahlgren Chapel at 12:10 p.m.  After the Mass, a luncheon (graciously hosted by John DiGioa, President of the University) was held for recent retirees, AMCRF members and guests (a total of about fifty persons) in The Riggs Library.



On October 17, 2007 members of AMCRF and guests (more than 25 total) visited the Kreeger Museum in Washington, DC. Prior to that visit, 13 members and guests enjoyed lunch at the Georgetown University "Faculty Club" restaurant.

The AMCRF was scheduled to hold a holiday meeting in ICC 270 at 3:30 PM, Wednesday, December 5, 2007  The meeting was to have featured a presentation by Prof. William McDonald (Sociology and Anthropology) on "Immigration Reform: Back to the Future" as well as wine and cheese.  The meeting was cancelled due to snow.

In April 2008, about 20 members of AMCRF and their guests visited the Library of Congress and enjoyed a tour of the Library facilities and lunch at a nearby restaurant.

The Annual Meeting of the AMCRF was held on April 25, 2008 in Wolfington Hall on the GU Campus, immediately after a luncheon (graciously hosted by the Georgetown Jesuit Community) that followed a  Mass of Thanksgiving in honor of retiring faculty and staff  that was held in Dahlgren Chapel at 12:10 p.m.

A picnic for AMCRF members and their guests was held on at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the picnic area of The National Arboretum. Here is a photo of part of the AMCRF group at lunch at the Arboretum.



On Wednesday, September 13, 2006, about twenty-five members and guests of AMCRF enjoyed a private tour of the Museum of American Art and the National Portrait Gallery, with Cliff and Pat Chieffo as guides. Many of them then went to Lunch at Clyde's Restaurant.

On November 9, 2006 about fifteen members and guests of AMCRF met with Georgetown's Moslem Chaplain, Imam Yahya Hendl, toured the Moslem prayer-room in Copley Hall, met with Imam Hendl and several Moslem students for discussion, and had lunch in the Faculty Club.

On December 11, 2006, about 20 members and guests of AMCRF participated in a discussion with the new-appointed Dean of the Graduate School, Timothy A. Barbari, Ph.D., and a reception.

In Spring 07, AMCRF members and guests of AMCRF visited the facilities of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown’s Ballston Campus.

For earlier programs, please see the “History” page.

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