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Loyola University New Orleans student honored by Glamour magazine

Loyola press release - September 25, 2001

(New Orleans)—Loyola University New Orleans announced that student, Jessica Collier, has been selected by Glamour magazine as one of its "Top 10 College Women of 2001." Collier was pickted for her leadership in literacy efforts at Loyola University and the New Orleans community. Collier, a 21-year-old senior from Palm Harbor, FL, is featured in an article in the October 2001 issue of Glamour. The winners were chosen from over 700 applicants who were judged on the basis of leadership experience, grades and inspirational goals.

At Loyola, Collier, an English and modern language major, has been active in literary groups and their publications. She is president of Aleph, a campus literary organization, editor of Revisions, an annual student-published magazine and founder of A Cappella, another student literary magazine, soon to be published online. She serves as president of Sigma Tau Delta, an English honors fraternity and is the undergraduate representative for Loyola’s Standing Council on Academic Planning.

Collier, a passionate cross-country runner, first considered literacy as a career when a tumor on her leg prevented her from participating in sports. Now healthy, she is a member of Loyola’s varsity team, but hasn’t forgotten the new personal goals she discovered while recuperating. Being unable to run for a period of time gave her the opportunity to explore other facets of her life and she became more directed, focused and goal oriented.

Collier volunteers six hours a week at two New Orleans outreach literacy programs. She also tutors at-risk children through the Loyola University Community Action Program at the Lourdes Center and through the Loyola University Literacy Outreach Program, she teaches adults to read. Her long-term goal is to promote literacy in a French-speaking African nation.

Included as part of the honor of being one of the "Glamour Top 10 College Women of 2001" are $1000, and two trips to New York City. Collier was photographed and interviewed for the current article and will return to New York City again to meet the other recipients and women who are already established professionals.

Based on the heritage of Catholic Jesuit higher education in Louisiana since 1849, Loyola University New Orleans was chartered in 1912. Today, the university serves approximately 5,550 undergraduate and graduate students. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.