Students are making incredible strides on Loyola’s campus every day, whether it be in leadership positions, philanthropic endeavors, or academic pursuits. As a testament to the work done here on campus, students, faculty, and staff members are invited to recognize the students who embody the ideals of a Jesuit education by nominating them for one of the Excellence Awards.

The awards, which will be formally presented to students at this year’s Weekend of Excellence, provide a way to identify and honor the accomplishments of Loyola students in the past year.

Jack McLean, vice president for student development, says students have a unique perspective on their peers, so they play an important role in nominating fellow classmates.

“Students really know who are the most effective of their peers in terms of student leadership. They have a perspective that’s very different from a faculty or staff member or administrator,” McLean says. “It’s essential for students to make these nominations.”

Students can nominate their peers for the Damen Student Awards, Damen Student Organization Awards, the 1870 Award, and the Maroon & Gold Society. Students are also being asked to nominate a faculty or staff member for the Faculty/Staff Member of the Year award.

Matthew Razek, a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in biology who was inducted into the Maroon & Gold Society last year, agrees with McLean and adds that nominating peers helps them create a lasting impact on campus.

“These awards are important because they give other individuals a way to continue leaving their legacy, as well as continue on with the great work they are currently doing,” Razek says.

As a member of the Maroon & Gold Society, Razek feels like he has been able to leave his mark at Loyola with the help of his fellow society peers. He says the society represents a culmination of his leadership experiences that helped him make change on campus.

Students don’t have to be upperclassmen to initiate change or be recognized for their efforts, which is addressed by the initiation of the 1870 Award. This brand new award will be given to a rising sophomore to recognize him or her for embodying the goals of a Loyola experience in the first year.

“First-year students may think they’re not a leader or community builder, but to have an award that formally recognizes them, it shows they’re just as much of a leader as a senior is,” Razek says.

All these awards are meant to honor past accomplishments, while paving the way for future students.

“The overall umbrella purpose is to recognize outstanding students and set these students up as role models for other students to aspire to,” McLean says.

Please click here to learn more about these awards and the selection process.

The nomination process is now open and runs through February 22.