Georgetown University, the oldest Jesuit university in the United States, has announced the appointment of its first Theologian in Residence in its 189-year history.

The post has been awarded to the Rev. Walter J. Burghardt, SJ, an author and historical theologian and for 28 years a professor of patristic theology at Woodstock College.

Father Burghardt comes to Georgetown from Catholic University, where he has been professor of patristic theology for the past four years. Father Burghardt said he took the new post because he wanted more time for research, writing and lecturing. He said, however, he wanted to continue to take part in the give and take of academic life, to remain in Washington and to live in a Jesuit community.

The holder of nine honorary degrees, he is a recipent of the Cardinal Spellman Award for outstanding contribution to theology. His work has appeared in publications ranging from Variety magazine to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

His current research centers around concepts such as freedom as the most significant aspect of the image of God in human beings and a source book on social issues in the early church, especially how early Christians lived and dealt with issues such as poverty and wealth.

The source book will include Father Burghardt's translations of early Christian writings, along with an introduction and his commentary on the works. "I'm unhappy with most translations of early Christian sources," Burghardt said. "At times they are inaccurate; too often they are stilted and don't read well. A readable translation should wed fidelity and felicity."

George Washington University has announced plans to build a $16-million, seven-story tower at 22nd and H streets NW as the first step in a three-phase construction program. The completed academic cluster will include two smaller buildings extending northward and westward towards 22nd and I streets NW.

Construction on the tower will begin this spring. The tower is designed to have a terraced effect - two stories high at the street corner, then receding from the street to a level of five stories and finally to a height of seven stories.

The building will house the art department, some classrooms, the department of continuing education and a few engineering programs.

At its northern end will be a glass enclosed staircase designed as part of the campus security program. In a break from the traditional block buildings of George Washington's urban campus, the buildings in the cluster will be smaller and linked by open, landscaped pedestrian walkways.

Georgetown University and Catholic University have announced plans for a joint, five-year program leading to a bachelor or science degree in electrical or mechanical engineering from Catholic, with a heavy concentration of liberal arts studies along the way.

According to educators at both schools, the program is designed to add a solid liberal arts background to the highly specialized skills and knowledge that scientists and engineers must have.

The program will include approximately three years work at Georgetown and two at Catholic. Students will follow normal admission procedures at Georgetown. But to continue beyond the third year, students must have the approval of the Engineering School at Catholic University and the College of Arts and Sciences at Georgetown.

"We recognize the growing need for scientists and engineers, educated in our traditional universities to respond to the needs of society," said paul Treado, chairman of the department of physics at Georgetown. "However, the goal of producing leaders is difficult to achieve with very narrowly trained graduates. Right now, there are not many technologically trained people with the thorough background in the liberal arts that the graduates of this program will have."