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Staff counselor wins Ignatian Award

Loyola press release - April 2, 2012

Brooks Zitzmann, staff counselor at the University Counseling Center in the Office of Student Affairs, was awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs. The award, given at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators conference earlier this month, is conferred on individuals who have distinguished themselves in the early years of their careers, with three years or less service in Jesuit student affairs work. Established in spring 1997, the award is given annually.

“Whether coordinating Loyola’s annual Take Back the Night event, meeting with students struggling with mental health issues, researching the resilience of a New Orleans-based Vietnamese community in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina or attending an Ignatian silent retreat, she embodies our mission in both words and action,” said M.L. “Cissy” Petty, Ph.D., vice president for student affairs and associate provost.

Of particular note is Zitzmann’s cutting edge work on Loyola’s ADVOCACY Initiative. The AI program serves as a resource for victims of sexual assault and reaches out to train Loyola students, staff and faculty for emotional support, referral information and options for reporting. Thanks to her effort, students, staff and faculty work collaboratively and collectively toward a common vision rooted in the Jesuit ideals of dignity, wholeness and compassion.

For more information about Loyola’s ADVOCACY Initiative, please visit http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/counseling/sexual-assault-victims-advocate-list-1st-responders-5 or contact Zitzmann at bzitzman@loyno.edu.

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