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Ignatian award winners announced

May 13, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans has announced its 2010-11 Ignatian Award winners for outstanding senior and graduate students. Awards for outstanding man and woman for both senior and graduate students will be presented this afternoon at the Baccalaureate Mass, at Holy Name of Jesus Church. The Spirit of Ignatius Award for Outstanding College of Law Graduate was presented at the Law Graduation Mass yesterday, May 12, at Holy Name Church.

Maria Rossi, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with University Honors, will be awarded the Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Woman.

Calvin Monley, will be presented with the Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Man, He will receive a Bachelor of Arts degree with University Honors.

Margaret (Dianne) Perrillioux will be presented with the Ignatian Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. She will graduate with a 4.0 grade point average, receiving a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice.

Rachel Lauren Kovach, graduating Magna Cum Laude as a Crowe Scholar and receiving a Juris Doctor degree, was presented with the Spirit of Ignatius Award for Outstanding College of Law Graduate.

Maria Rossi is an honors student majoring in philosophy and English literature, with a minor in medieval studies. She has contributed to Loyola’s philosophy department through her leadership in the Philosophy Club and Phi Sima Tau, hosting events, discussions and inviting guest lecturers. As an honors student, she has maintained a strong GPA and earned distinction in the philosophy department for writing a senior honors thesis on the philosophy of perception and serving as editor for the published Loyola Undergraduate Journal of Philosophy.

Rossi has actively engaged in the Loyola community since her first semester. She served as vice president in Loyola’s student government association and worked alongside diversity organizations such as the Loyola Asian Student Organization and Bridging the Gap helping promote multicultural awareness. Rossi has helped coordinate the annual Wolves on the Prowl service day and served as an Ignacio Volunteer since her junior year. She will participate as group leader this month in the service trip to Kingston, Jamaica.

As president of Compass, Rossi has maintained a strong sense of faith at Loyola and upheld Jesuit values. She has also participated in the Awakening community by serving on multiple staffs. She helped coordinate the Christian Life Communities Conference in May 2008, along with the Lenten Retreat in Daily Life in 2007 and 2008.

Rossi’s love for Loyola’s academics and student life has inspired her to become a teacher, in hopes that she can give other students similar opportunities.

Calvin Monley is majoring in English literature and philosophy with a minor in Catholic studies. As an honors student, he has shown his ability to balance school and activities by remaining on the dean’s list for five semesters. He is the recipient of the 2010-11 Guy LeMieux, S.J. Award for Outstanding Senior in Philosophy. During the 2008-09 school year, he was also chosen to represent the student body for the English department to the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences.

For the past four years, Monley has shown his passion for the Loyola community and his belief in Jesuit values. He participated in the Ignatian volunteer trip to Kingston, Jamaica, and worked with the Awakening Community, conducting multiple discussions.

As leader of Loyola Life, Monley has been a major advocate to life issues on campus, encouraging conversations that deal with all aspects of life, not just abortion. He organized a trip to Washington, D.C., and was in charge of a pregnancy resource forum. He is also an active member of Christian Life Communities and Compass.

Monley hopes to become a teacher, professor of philosophy and theology or advocate for the rights of immigrants and the unborn.

Margaret Perrillioux is a graduate student with a degree in criminal justice. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA and was inducted into the Alpha Sigma Nu honor society in April 2010 and Alpha Phi Sigma in 2011, showing her dedication to both her education and career in law enforcement. She is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.

Perrillioux served as part of the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office for almost 30 years. During this time she received letters of commendation for her service during Hurricane Katrina. She has also served with the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office as a detective. She has applied her Loyola education, using skills she has learned to develop a program evaluation and plan for the crime stoppers program, helping the community and law enforcement.

Even with a fulltime job and class schedule, Perrillioux has served as a Girl Scout leader and Jefferson Parish Department of Parks and Recreation cheerleading coach. In her capacity as a police officer, Perrillioux has served citizens regularly through her roles as a juvenile detective and hostage negotiator. Throughout her career she has been known to organize charity efforts and provide medical assistance for those in need.

She has used her Loyola education to serve as a role model for both Loyola students and those she encounters in her work as a law enforcement officer. She has proven to be a diligent student, officer and mother.

Rachel Lauren Kovach is a member of the Law Review and received the Best Comment Award for 2009-10. During her second year at Loyola, she was also a member of Moot Court and was both the Brief Writer and Oralist on their Health Law Team.

Since January 2010, she has been a research assistant to College of Law professor Monica Hof Wallace, J.D. ’98, with her work in Family Law.

Outside of her work at Loyola, Kovach has spent time as a children’s director at her Church, where twice a week she teaches children to relate bible studies to their life experiences, plans monthly social events for the children and has been a camp director for their summer camp. She also volunteered locally with the Kids-are-Treats program with Children’s Hospital, and with the Bayou Rebirth’s Coastal Restoration Program.

This past year, Kovach spent time commuting from Hammond, La., to Loyola in order to help her family and spend time caring for her terminally ill grandmother.

Following law school, Kovach plans to take the Louisiana State Bar Exam and then will clerk for Judge Blaire Edwards in the 21st Judicial District Court.

For more information about the Ignatian Award winners, contact Katrina Weschler 504-865-2141 or weschler@loyno.edu.

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