Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Excellence Awards


Excellence Awards

Nominations due: 5 pm, Monday, February 1, 2016!

Every year, outstanding students, staff, and faculty are recognized for their commitments to excellence in reaching Loyola's mission and values.  The Division of Student Development is proud to work alongside the following in developing the annual Excellence Awards:

  • The Department of Athletics
  • The Department of Residence Life
  • The Career Development Center
  • The Student Government of Loyola Chicago
  • The Maroon and Gold Society

The Excellence Awards is part of the annual Loyola Weekend of Excellence, which takes place in April and celebrates outstanding Ramblers from across our University.  The Weekend of Excellence involves dozens of offices and departments.  The Student Diversity Awards, below, is part of The Weekend of Excellence and of this application, but is a separate event hosted by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs. 

*Requires supplemental application materials due 5 pm on Friday, February 5, 2016

 

The Damen Award is named for Loyola University Chicago's founder, Arnold Damen, S.J. It seeks to honor undergraduate students who have committed themselves to Jesuit ideals by being a true source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community throughout the year. These students are people who have led other students in spirit, motivation and purpose.

Click here for Criteria and Selection Process Information.

The Damen Award is named for Loyola University Chicago's founder, Arnold Damen, S.J. It seeks to honor student organizations that, throughout the year, have been a true source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community by committing themselves to Jesuit ideals. These organizations have fostered and encouraged individuals to lead with spirit, motivation and purpose.

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Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870. Since that time, it has developed into a vibrant, exciting, and world renowned university. Just as the University grew and developed, so does every student entering its doors. The University encourages entering students to make the most of their first year and has developed guidelines for doing that in "The Loyola Experience: The Four-Year Plan for Student Transformation."

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The “Unity of Heart & Mind" Award is given to a student who is committed to unifying the joys of the heart with the intellectual and academic pursuits of the mind.  In the spirit of transformative, holistic education, this award recognizes a student who has actively engaged in the reflective process of vocational discernment to explore how to use their gifts and passions to address the world's needs.  The winner of this award will have demonstrated intentional involvement with their academic home (by establishing mentoring relationships, or pursuing activities such as undergraduate research), and committed to their personal development through engaging on campus and/ or in the community. 

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The Faculty/Staff Member of the Year Award, sponsored by the Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) and the Maroon & Gold Society, recognizes the extraordinary contributions and quality service of a faculty or staff member in his/her role in fulfilling the mission of Loyola University Chicago, particularly by improving the life of the Loyola student body. This award is the only award given solely by the Loyola student population to a faculty or staff member. It seeks to honor those individuals who have supported and guided students in their personal and leadership development during the past academic year.

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Loyola University Chicago established the Maroon & Gold Society during the 2011-2012 academic year to recognize rising seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to leadershipacademic excellence, and service to others.  Members represent a cross-section of undergraduate communities and leadership paths at the university.  Each spring, students are nominated by faculty and staff for membership with Maroon & Gold Society.  Once nominations are screened and reviewed, eligible students are asked to submit an online application.  A small committee then reviews all applications and makes a recommendation of 25 top students to the Vice President of Student Development and university president who then makes the final selection of its new class.   The new class is recognized at the annual Weekend of Excellence Student Awards Banquet, in April, with their official maroon cardigan and lapel pin.   The outgoing and incoming classes are then invited to a special Induction Dinner with the president of the university and select administrators. 

Maroon & Gold Society has evolved each year with a single-minded focus, to recognize members for their exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence.  In doing so, the Society intends to honor students who personify the efforts of Loyola University Chicago:  Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives.  In doing so, Society members embrace the Jesuit ideal of Magis (pursuit of excellence and not settling for mediocrity).

As a member of this elite group, all will be invited to participate in various activities with alumni as well as participate in a few, existing boards and university committees.  This also includes participating in university functions that enhance school spirit and campus pride.  Members also will have lunch with the president of the university in the fall and dinner with a distinguished alumnus in the spring semester. 

The Five Pillars of Maroon & Gold Society: Academic Excellence, Diversity, Leadership, Loyola Community, and Service 

Expectations

Members of Maroon & Gold Society serve as official student ambassadors at all times especially at major university sponsored events.  They are asked to critically evaluate and share their authentic student experiences with administrators, alumni and parents.  Members are expected to uphold a standard of leadership for students at Loyola University Chicago by maintaining involvement with a leadership role in various groups around campus.  All members are expected to uphold the values of the Student Promise as well as the policies written in the Community Standards.  Membership is contingent upon active participation in the Society’s meetings and events while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.25. 

Benefits for Members

  • Participation for student ambassadorship at major university functions/events
  • Experience communicating needs and desires of students with administrators or board members
  • Networking opportunities with Alumni
  • Participation in large-scale university sponsored events

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Transformative Education Award Recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to student development and has gone beyond their administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students. This individual provides students with the opportunities to explore issues regarding diversity, identity development, multicultural education, social justice, and leadership initiatives. This ultimately enhances the retention, matriculation, and success of historically underrepresented students. Click here for criterion.
Lifelong Commitment to Justice Award Recognizes a professional staff member who has shown a strong commitment to student development and has gone beyond their administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students. Click here for criterion.
Set the World on Fire Award Recognizes a Loyola alumnus who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the University through their appreciation, connection, and respect for all facets of diversity and active contributions to the betterment of the greater community as an agent of social change. Click here for criterion.
Emerging Leader Award Recognizes a first or second year undergraduate student who has motivated other members of the University to strive for excellence. This individual embraces diversity and servicing humanity through learning, justice and faith. Not only is this individual constantly working to better themselves, but they are also dedicated to the growth of their peers. Click here for criterion.
Social Justice in Action Award Recognizes a current LUC student who has demonstrated leadership in assisting the University in responding to its commitment to diversity. This student has worked to develop a university community that appreciates and respects all facets of diversity. This student’s leadership initiatives are in the forefront of exploring issues regarding diversity and they are actively working to expand their knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith. Click here for criterion.
Motivational Member Award Recognizes a member of a registered or sponsored student organization that consistently makes the effort to achieve the goals of their organization. This individual goes beyond the average expectations of an active member to promote unity and diversity. This individual is selfless in their efforts to assist underrepresented students with support and service. Click here for criterion.
Father Arrupe Award Recognizes a graduate assistant or research assistant that has made an outstanding contribution to their department, to students, and the LUC community. This individual has gone beyond their administrative role to promote diversity and unity. They have found an appropriate balance between their educational goals and the desires to help underrepresented students succeed. Click here for criterion.
Community & Solidarity Award Recognizes a registered or sponsored student organization that consistently makes the effort to achieve their organization's goals specifically as they relate to Loyola's diversity, community, and solidarity. Click here for criterion.

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