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Loyola announces Coadjutor Optimus Award recipients

April 20, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans Human Resources Coordinator Doris Newman, and Rich Wilson, senior academic counselor in the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, were presented the Coadjutor Optimus Award on April 3 during Loyola’s faculty and staff appreciation luncheon.

The Coadjutor Optimus Award is given annually to one outstanding exempt staff member and one outstanding non-exempt staff member who demonstrate excellent service above that required or expected, and who are representative of Loyola’s commitment to Jesuit values.

Newman has served as an administrator in Human Resources for more than 14 years. Often the first person new employees meet at Loyola, she is the “face of HR.” Newman is also the coordinator of the Federal College Work Study Program, a mammoth undertaking encompassing the placement of more than 600 students across all departments and Loyola’s community service partners. She also often serves as a job coach for students, many in their first jobs, to help make placements successful.

“Doris takes this role seriously and executes the on-boarding of employees with patience, compassion and meticulous attention to detail. Doris is relied upon for her vast institutional knowledge and is all the more effective because of her deep relationships across the University,” said Loyola University New Orleans President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., during the luncheon. “The solid work ethic and enthusiasm Doris displays serves as an inspiration to her colleagues.”

Wilson has served Loyola students and the university for nearly three decades, working with students at every stage of their time on campus. Wilson plays an integral role in freshman registration and orientation, maintains students’ ON COURSE records, updates policies regarding degree programs and coordinates the college’s Honors Convocation. Recently, he was instrumental in helping the College of Humanities and Natural Sciences, along with the College of Social Sciences, craft their curricular tracks, which led to the successful establishment of Loyola’s new Program in the Environment.

At the luncheon, Fr. Wildes said, “It is not simply the brilliant execution of his responsibilities that make Rich worthy of this award; it is also the quality of his character. In his personal and professional life, Rich demonstrates a quiet commitment to the Jesuit values of the University. He is, at his very core, a man with and for others.”

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