Arrupe College Winter Convocation
On January 27, 2016 the students, faculty and staff of Arrupe College gathered for the first Winter Convocation to celebrate student success in the first two academic sessions of the year. Fr. Katsouros opened the convocation by congratulating students for their efforts and reminding them about one of the key tenets of the Arrupe program: supporting one another through challenges. He then distributed the Dean’s Award to 32 students who maintained a GPA of 3.5 or higher for the first two academic sessions and the Forward Award to 27 students who had made significant academic progress.
Arrupe’s Associate Dean of Academics, Dr. Jennifer Boyle, reflected on what she sees as the four core values of Arrupe: excellence, justice, compassion and collaboration. Then she invited students to do three things: “Pay attention to the values and the habits associated with them—where do you see them in yourself and others? Reflect on how you can better fulfill them and then do it! Act! Have the courage to realize them more fully each day.”
Associate Dean of Student Success Yolanda Golden remarked that it was appropriate that Arrupe held the Winter Convocation on the same day as Loyola University’s celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. since Arrupe students are overcoming barriers in pursuing their dream of a college education. She also congratulated students who have created various clubs at Arrupe, including Student Government, Theater Club, the Brotherhood Club and the Sisterhood Club.
Fr. Katsouros closed the ceremony by distributing two important awards: The Spirit of Arrupe Award and the Person for Others Award. Jontae Thomas, who works in the Admissions Office and is a constant warm and welcoming presence at Arrupe, won the Spirit of Arrupe Award. Edquitta Alexander, who works at LUMA, won the Person for Others Award to recognize her great support and care for her classmates and family members.