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Loyola University New Orleans Announces 2018 Ignatian Awards

Loyola press release - May 9, 2018

Outstanding seniors, graduate student will be honored at Baccalaureate Mass on Friday; winner of the Spirit of Ignatius Award for the College of Law will be announced at the law school mass on Thursday.

Loyola University New Orleans proudly announces recipients of the university’s 2018 Ignatian Award, Loyola’s highest award for students. Two undergraduate students, one graduate student, and one law student have been selected.

The 2018 Ignatian Awards for Outstanding Senior are: Caroline “Carrie” Fenton, an English literature major and sociology minor, and Leigh Adrienne Ingram, who double majors in biology and religious studies (Christianity). Jordan Pedalino, a Metairie, La. resident who is completing her Master’s degree in criminology and justice, will receive the Ignatian Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. All three will receive their awards at Baccalaureate mass on Friday, May 11, 2018, at 4 p.m. in the Holy Name of Jesus Church.

The university’s annual Ignatian Awards are selected through a campus-wide nomination process; a selection committee made up of deans of all five colleges and university vice presidents makes the final determination. Students chosen to receive the Ignatian Awards have distinguished themselves by their holistic involvement in the life of the university, representing Loyola with honor and distinction; living a strong faith commitment; maintaining a high grade point average; providing service for and with others; and demonstrating commitment to the Jesuit values of our university.

Caroline “Carrie” Fenton will graduate Saturday, May 12, 2018, with a major in English literature and a minor in sociology. Fenton, who transferred to Loyola sophomore year, has been a pillar in the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola. She has participated every semester in and served as a rector for the university’s biannual “Awakening” retreats; she has also served as a transformative project leader and team member for the university’s Ignacio Volunteer Urban Immersion Program, working alongside students and staff to build a comprehensive understanding of racism, inequality, and privilege in New Orleans. She has also worked with the university's Christian Life Communities to facilitate the practice of Jesuit spirituality in small-group setting and served as an active member of the university's 9 p.m. mass community. With the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), she served in ministry of presence with the elderly of Uptown Shepherd Center through SMIE; for the Knowledge Extension for Youth program, she wrote and taught curriculat designed to address gaps in education in New Orleans schools; with Loyola's FaithActs program, she mentored high schoolers in service and small group discussion centered on environmental theology. Fenton has also represented students to the Loyola Board of Trustees' Mission and Identity committee, sharing student perspective and experience.

Off campus, she has served as a tutor for New Orleans K-8 graders in the Roots of Music after-school program. She has worked for the Data Center of New Orleans, Bloombury Publishing, Where Y'Art and Catholic Charities of New Orleans, as well as Old Westbury Gardens in Old Westbury, N.Y. Fenton is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu honor societies at Loyola, where she has received the Teacher's Award from the Knowledge Extension for Youth Program. During her first year of college at SUNY Oneonta, Fenton was a member of Phi Eta Sigma and a National Residence Hall Honorary. She also received the Dorothy Wemple English scholarship.

Leigh Adrienne Ingram, known on campus as Adrienne, graduates cum laude on Saturday with a double major in environmental science and religious studies (Christianity). At Loyola, she has served as a biological research assistant, assisting with research and managing the university's aquatic ecology lab; she has also worked as a special projects assistant for the Loyola Center for Environmental Communication, where she co-authored two professional presentations. Ingram this year received a Magis grant, designed to foster the Jesuit and Catholic mission of Loyola University New Orleans. She has also received the Rev. John H. Mullahy, S.J. Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Sciences; the Most Outstanding Environment Major Research Award; the Center for Environmental Communications Outstanding Student of the year Award; and the Rev. Karl Rahner, S.J. Award for Outstanding Student in Religious Studies. Ingram has received a Loyola Scholarship for Academic Excellence, as well as a Regions Bank Scholarship. She has served on the student advisory committee for the College of Arts and Sciences; represented Loyola New Orleans at Loyola Chicago’s annual climate conference, and performed with the Loyola University Chorus at Carnegie Hall.

Active both on and off campus, Ingram is involved in myriad activities from traveling to Belize and Guatemala to study tropical ecology to participating in various honor societies and the Dream Women’s Cycling Team. Outside Loyola, Ingram has served as a ministry intern and youth coordinator for the Main Street United Methodist Church and a communications intern for the Vital Ground Foundation, where she published 15 articles about environmental issues, and for the Cinnabar Foundation, a philanthropic organization. Her vast community service includes serving with various communities within New Orleans’ Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church and mentoring high school students during a week of exploring social justice issues through the lens of environmental justice with the Loyola Institute for Ministry Faith Acts Youth Theology Institute.

Jordan Pedalino, who graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Loyola in 2016, will receive a Master of Science in Criminology and Justice and graduate summa cum laude from Loyola on Saturday. For the last three years, she has served as a research assistant at Loyola, co-authoring two selected scholarly presentations. In 2016, she worked with Loyola faculty and researchers to author an article on general strain theory and college students’ prescription drug misus that was published by the American Society of Criminology. This spring, she co-authored a content analysis of crime by the elderly in Grace and Frankie, published by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. In 2017, she took first place in the graduate student competition at the 2017 LSU Shreveport Student Scholars’ Forum.

Pedalino has served as chair of a national panel on criminal behavior, drugs, alcohol, and crime, for the Academy of the Criminal Justice Sciences. At Loyola, she has served as president of Zeta Beta, the university chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a criminology honors organization. In addition to her work as a research assistant at Loyola, she has worked as a sexual assault advocate and child advocate for the New Orleans Family Justice Center Alliance, a sexual assault medical advocate for the New Orleans Family Justice Center Alliance, an assistant in the New Orleans Probation and Parole Office, and substitute teacher. She is affiliated with the New Orleans Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Action Coalition.

Winner of the Spirit of Ignatius Award for the College of Law will be announced at the Law Graduation mass on Thursday, May 10. Tradition has it that the winner’s name is kept secret until the mass.

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