Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Unity of Heart and Mind Award

Nominate someone for a Unity of Heart & Mind Award

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. 

Unity of Heart & Mind Award Criteria & Selection Process

  • Consistent with Second Year goals contained in “The Loyola Experience: The Four-Year Plan for Student Transformation.”
  • Nominee must be a Rising Junior [someone who anticipates being enrolled as a junior, with 60 credits, as of September 2015, but no more than 90 hours as of that date].
  • Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of 30 credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2015.
  • Nominee must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student.
  • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
  • Nominee must be nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators.
  • Self-nominations are prohibited.
  • Campaigning for nominations or votes is prohibited and will result in disqualification.
  • Only a single award will be presented each year.
  • The following staff will vet nominee lists and make recommendations: Vice President for Student Development, Leadership Development & Second Year Experience, Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, Behavioral Concerns Team, Student Activities & Greek Affairs, Residence Life, Campus Ministry, Office of First Year Experience, and First & Second Year Advising.
  • Loyola undergraduate students vote on finalists.
  • Criteria:
    (1) Execute the actions necessary to engage in challenging intellectual work;
    (2) Articulate personal values and discern how you form personal, academic, and professional goals and decisions;
    (3) Develop knowledge and compassion for the mission and core values that comprise the Loyola identity;
    (4) Continue developing and nurturing relationships with peers, faculty, staff, and other members of the Loyola community;
    (5) Deepen your understanding of your own faith and learn about others faiths, religions, and world views
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  • *Note: Campaigning for votes will disqualify you or your organization as a candidate for the 2014-2015 Unity of Heart & Mind Award. Campaigning by the nominee or via proxy, includes but is not limited to: banners, flyers, social media posts, mass emails, and similar forms of publicity.

 

Rubrics for Unity of Heart & Mind Award
  1- Limited 2- Moderate 3- Extensive 4- Excellent
Articulates personal values and discerns how one forms personal academic and professional goals.
Limited articulation of personal values and a limited evidence of discernment. Moderate articulation of personal values and evidence of discernment. Clear articulation of personal values and sustained involvement in activities that are aligned with personal, academic, and professional goals. Advanced articulation of personal values and assumes leadership roles in activities that are aligned with personal, academic, and professional goals.
Develops and nurtures mentoring relationships with members of the Loyola community. Limited demonstration of mentoring relationships with Loyola community members. Demonstration of mentoring relationship with 1-2 Loyola community members. Demonstration of in-depth mentoring relationship with 1-2 Loyola community members. Demonstration of in-depth mentoring relationship with more than 2 Loyola community members.
Deepens understanding of one’s own and other’s faith and worldview. Limited evidence of involvement in or understanding of one’s own and other’s faith and worldview. Strong understanding of one’s own faith. Strong understanding of and appreciation for other’s faith and worldview. Active involvement or leadership role in activities and programs designed to promote interfaith cooperation and understanding.
Illustrates understanding of Loyola’s mission and core values. Limited illustration of understanding Loyola’s mission and core values. Illustration of understanding Loyola’s mission and 1-2 core values. Illustration of understanding Loyola’s mission and 3-4 core values. Illustration of understanding Loyola’s mission and all 5 core values.
Demonstrates academic performance. 2.5 - 2.89 GPA 2.9 - 3.29 GPA 3.3 - 3.69 GPA 3.7 - 4.0 GPA

 

Questions? Please contact ExcellenceAwards@luc.edu or 312-915-6233.