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Welcome to the Maroon & Gold Society, Excellence Awards, Graduate, Professional and Adult Awards, and Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Awards Nominations.

The following awards, or memberships, are announced during the Annual Weekend of Excellence:

  1. Maroon & Gold Society
  2. Damen Student Awards
  3. 1870 Award
  4. Unity of Heart & Mind
  5. Graduate, Professional, and Adult (GPA) Awards
  6. Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Awards

You may nominate deserving students, alumni, and faculty and staff for each of these awards on this website. All nominations must be submitted by the deadline indicated here.

A description of each award, and who is eligible, follows.

I. Maroon & Gold Society

Loyola University Chicago created the Maroon & Gold Society in 2011 to recognize and engage outstanding Seniors.

Maroon & Gold Society Criteria

Click here for more information on The Maroon & Gold Society and the selection process for it.

II. Damen Student Awards

The Damen Award is named for Loyola University Chicago's founder, Arnold Damen, S.J. It honors undergraduate students who have committed themselves to Jesuit ideals by being a 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.

Damen Student Awards Criteria

The Jesuit Ideals, referred to above, are:

  1. Commitment to excellence.
  2. Faith in God and the religious experience.
  3. Service that promotes justice.
  4. Values-based leadership.
  5. Global awareness.

These ideals are explained further at:

https://www.luc.edu/mission/mission_vision.shtml

Click here for more information on the Excellence Awards, including the selection process.

III. 1870 Award

Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870. Since that time, Loyola 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 all 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.”

The 1870 Award identifies a first-year student who has exemplified the Year One Goals of The Loyola Experience. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the achievement of these first-year goals:

1870 Award Criteria

IV. Unity of Heart & Mind Award

The Unity of Heart & Mind identifies a second year student who has exemplified the Year Two Goals of The Loyola Experience. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the achievement of these second-year goals:

Unity of Heart & Mind Criteria

V. Graduate, Professional, and Adult (GPA) Awards

The Department of Water Tower Campus Life is pleased to present the Graduate, Professional, and Adult Awards. These awards are designed to recognize and showcase Loyola University Chicago graduate, professional, and adult students and organizations who have contributed to the success of graduate student organizations and programming.

  1. Outstanding GPA Student Leader Award
    This Award recognizes a Graduate, Professional or Adult [GPA] student that has demonstrated outstanding leadership in a graduate student organization. They have transcended the duties of their role and embodied the principals of Magis.

    • Any currently enrolled Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) student is eligible.
    • No nominee may receive this award for two consecutive years.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate nominee.
    • Self-nominations are prohibited.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Nominee must have completed one semester in good academic standing at Loyola University Chicago by January 2019.
    • Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
    • Nominees screened by Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Behavioral Concerns Team.
    • Respective College Dean must approve the nominee.
    • The Graduate, Professional and Adult Student Council selection committee will select the recipient.

  2. Outstanding GPA Student Organization Award
    This award recognizes a student organization that is either a graduate student organization or a student organization with majority Graduate, Professional, & Adult students that promotes and embodies the organization’s mission and has shown a commitment to the university’s mission.

    • Any student organization with a majority of Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) students is eligible, including sponsored student organizations.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate the organization.
    • Self-nominations are allowed.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Student organization advisors will be consulted.
    • Respective College Dean must approve the nominee.
    • The Graduate, Professional, and Adult Student Awards selection committee will vote on finalists

  3. Outstanding GPA Program of the Year Award
    This award recognizes a group or student organization that has produced an outstanding program/event/lecture that made a significant contribution to the Loyola University Chicago community.

    • Any student organization or group with a majority of Graduate, Professional, or Adult (SCPS) students is eligible, including sponsored and ad hoc student organizations.
    • The program may be a conference, summit, lecture, or social event.
    • A faculty, staff, student, or administrator must nominate the organization.
    • Self-nominations are allowed.
    • One award will be presented each year.
    • Student organization advisors will be consulted.
    • Respective College Dean must approve the nominee.
    • The Graduate, Professional, and Adult Student Awards selection committee will vote on finalists

VI. Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Awards

The Department of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs is honored and excited to organize the 10th Annual Diversity Awards Recognition Ceremony. This ceremony is designed to highlight and showcase key Loyola University Chicago students, alumni, faculty, and staff members who have contributed to the success of our diverse student population academically, spiritually, culturally and professionally. It also highlights outstanding individuals who have committed themselves to embracing diversity and social justice at Loyola.

  1. SDMA Emerging Leader Award
    • This 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 serving 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.
    • Current first or second-year student [someone who will have completed less than 60 credits at Loyola University Chicago, as of the time of nominations for this award]
    • Includes Arrupe College students
    • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2019.
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  2. SDMA Social Justice in Action Award
    • Must be a currently enrolled undergraduate student
    • This 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.
    • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2019.
    • Includes Arrupe College students
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  3. SDMA Motivational Member Award
    • Active member of a registered or sponsored student organization
    • This 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.
    • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2019.
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  4. SDMA Father Arrupe Award
    • This award recognizes a graduate assistant or research assistant that has made an outstanding contribution to his or her 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
    • Must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago as a graduate student and anticipate completing a minimum of fifteen credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2019.
    • Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above, as listed in LOCUS.
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  5. SDMA Community and Solidarity Award
    • This award recognizes an active registered or sponsored student organization that has shown exemplary commitment to the University community and has made a great effort to provide underrepresented students with a supplemental source of support. This organization is a role model for any group working with and serving underrepresented students.
    • Any currently registered or sponsored student organization
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators
    • Limited to one organization
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selection made by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  6. SDMA Transformative Education Award
    • This award recognizes a faculty member who has demonstrated a commitment to student development and has gone beyond his or her 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.
    • Any full-time, part-time, tenure-track or adjunct faculty member is eligible.
    • Must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least two semesters, or the equivalent, as of January 2019
    • Includes Arrupe College faculty
    • Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Nomination must be approved by Human Resources
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  7. SDMA Lifelong Commitment to Justice Award
    • This award recognizes a professional staff member who has shown a strong commitment to student development and has gone beyond his or her administrative role to address the needs and concerns of underrepresented students.
    • Any full-time or part-time staff member
    • Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination
    • Must have worked at Loyola University Chicago for at least twelve months as of January 1, 2019
    • Includes Arrupe College staff
    • Nominated by faculty, staff, students, or administrators
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Nomination must be approved by Human Resources
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

  8. SDMA Set the World on Fire Award
    • This 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.
    • Nominee must have graduated from Loyola University Chicago
    • Previous award winners are not eligible to win again
    • Limited to one recipient
    • Self-nominations are prohibited
    • Selected by Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Selection Committee

Click here for more information on the Excellence Awards, including the selection process.

If you have questions about any of the Excellence Awards, please e-mail ExcellenceAwards@luc.edu, call 312-915-6233, or contact us at Terry Student Center, Room 301B.

*Please note that the Office of the Vice President for Student Development responds to inquiries during business hours (M-F, 9-5).

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