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Loyola Professors Honored with Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards
Professors Join Expanding List of Loyola Academics to Receive Award

CHICAGO, November 30, 2011– Two Loyola University Chicago professors received the prestigious 2011 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards earlier this month. Paul Moser, PhD, professor and chairperson of philosophy, received the award in the philosophy category for his book, The Elusive God: Reorienting Religious Epistemology. Robert Mayer, PhD, political science professor, received the award for his book, Quick Cash: The Story of the Loan Shark in the history category.

Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, established and funded the Book Awards in 1979 to recognize outstanding publishing achievement in the humanities and sciences by faculty and administrators at its 31 member Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and Korea. The 2011 focus category was “The Humanities,” with one award each for theology, philosophy/ethics, literature/fine arts, and history.

Dr. Moser and Dr. Mayer, both honored to receive such recognition within the Jesuit community and higher education, are part of the expanding list of Loyola professors to receive Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards (list provided on page two).
“I am deeply honored by this award, and I hope that my book can extend the Jesuit educational mission in at least a modest way,” said Dr. Moser. “My work on the book benefited immensely from students and colleagues at Loyola University Chicago, particularly in its Department of Philosophy. Loyola provided an ideal environment for work on this book.”

“Teaching this topic (referring to his publication Quick Cash: The Story of the Loan Shark) to students at a Jesuit institution helped me to develop my ideas, and I am grateful to Alpha Sigma Nu for recognizing a book that is a fruit of the tree of Jesuit education,” said Dr. Mayer.

To learn more about the awarded publications, please visit www.alphasigmanu.org/book_awards.

Loyola University Chicago Alpha Sigma Nu Book Award Winners:

About Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty, and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.

About the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards
The Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards are open to all faculty and administrators, including emeritus faculty and administrators, who have published a book in the three years immediately prior to the year of the discipline. The books are judged by volunteer faculty members on the basis of scholarship, significance of topic to scholars across several disciplines, authority in interpretation, objectivity, presentation, and style.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.

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