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Ignatian Award winners announced

Loyola press release - May 1, 2012

The Ignatian Awards for Outstanding Senior and Graduate Students were announced earlier this week. The awards are given annually to those students who represent Loyola University New Orleans and its commitment to Ignatian values with distinction and honor. The 2012 award winners are:

  • Outstanding Ignatian Senior Woman - Garkeiva "Keiva" Council (sociology/criminal justice/women's basketball)
  • Outstanding Ignatian Senior Man - James McBride (theater arts/business)
  • Outstanding Ignatian Graduate Student - Stephanie Ducros (counseling)
  • Outstanding Ignatian Law Student - Sara H. Godchaux (law)

The awards will be formally presented at the Baccalaureate Mass on Friday, May 11 at 4 p.m. The 2012 Spirit of Ignatius Award for outstanding graduating law student will be presented at the law graduation Mass on Thursday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m.

The Ignatian Awards are the highest awards presented by the university to a graduating student. The recipient must have a distinguished, pronounced involvement in the life of the university, represent Loyola with honor and distinction and possess a strong commitment to faith. In addition to maintaining a distinguished grade point average, the award winner must demonstrate devotion to the integrity of life and providing service to others, among other Ignatian and Jesuit values.

“Selecting a winner is never easy, but this year it was extremely tough,” said Kurt Bindewald, associate director of the Loyola University New Orleans Office of Mission and Ministry. “We had an extremely large number of applications from all across campus, and many of them were very impressive. The selection committees had some very difficult picks to make in choosing the award winners.”

The selection committee for the outstanding senior man and woman awards includes: vice president of Student Affairs; vice president of Mission and Ministry; deans from all five colleges and the library; and the director of ministry.

The selection committee for outstanding graduate student is the Graduate Council, comprised of directors of each graduate program at Loyola.

For more information about the award, contact Loyola’s Office of Mission and Ministry at 504-865-3226 or ministry@loyno.edu.