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The Cleveland Area Alumni Club encompasses the greater Cleveland metropolitan area, including over 900 Jesuit-educated alumni. Service projects are typically combined with the activities of the Alpha Sigma Nu student members at John Carroll University.



President: Elaine Hocevar

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Alpha Sigma Nu is proud of our published members. To submit your published scholarly work, email us at for consideration in a future ASN Writes column.

Charles Kovich: The Case of the Owl of Minerva  [novel] by Charles M. Kovich and Curtis L. Hancock. Infinity Publishing, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014.


Thank you to everyone who supported Alpha Sigma Nu on #GivingTuesday!

Our generous donors raised over $8,400 for ASN on #GivingTuesday, and we are most grateful!

#GivingTuesday began three years ago when a group of friends and partners came together during the holiday season to find ways to inspire and celebrate philanthropy. We have all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday which promote consumerism, but #GivingTuesday reinforces that this time of year is not merely about consumerism but rather giving. This new movement is meant to inspire people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support to help create a better world.

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Alpha Sigma Nu members across the country will come together for a service project with Cristo Rey and Nativity Miguel Jesuit schools, as conference attendees participate in a service opportunity with Cristo Rey in Milwaukee.

Stay tuned for more information on this national service event!

Learn more about the great work of Cristo Rey High Schools


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Alpha Sigma Nu has a block of rooms reserved at the Double Tree by Hilton near Marquette University. Call (414) 273-2950 and reference group name "Alpha Sigma Nu Centennial Celebration" to reserve your room in the block.


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Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Alpha Sigma Nu. As the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, Alpha Sigma Nu has a 100 year legacy of honoring the students of Jesuit higher education who are most distinguished in scholarship, loyal to Jesuit ideals, and committed to serving others. In this centennial year, we celebrate this long and storied past while also sharing the accomplishments of the Society today. Together we will chart the future of Alpha Sigma Nu for the next century.  

Inducted: Santa Clara University, 2004

Annie Selak comes to the Board of Alpha Sigma Nu as a member and former Chapter officer from Santa Clara University, where she completed her undergraduate work in Political Science and Religious Studies. She went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and serve as a Jesuit Volunteer before beginning her career. Annie served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in California before taking the role as Rector of Walsh Hall at Notre Dame University in 2010. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Boston College. Her expertise in spiritual direction and working directly with students adds an important voice to the AN Board of Directors.

Inducted: Boston College, 2013

Gregory Kalscheur, SJ is the senior associate dean for strategic planning and faculty development in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and associate professor of law at Boston College.

Father Kalscheur graduated from Georgetown University with his undergraduate degree before going on to law school at the University of Michigan. After practicing law for several years, his vocation led him to join the Society of Jesus in 1992. Father Kalscheur was ordained in 2001 and completed his Jesuit training in 2010. During his training, Father Kalscheur had the opportunity to study and work at many of the Jesuit schools around the country as well as in Australia. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Boston College, where he has taught in the law school ever since. His extensive experience working at Jesuit universities and serving on boards will certainly provide valuable insight into the guidance of Alpha Sigma Nu within the network of Jesuit higher education.

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This year, the Challenge brought in $16, 562, including gifts from 226 young alumni donors.


Each gift, of any size, allows ASN to deepen its work toward our mission. Thank you, Challenge participants, for contributing to ASN's misison!

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Inducted: Canisius College, 2012

Jonathan Beck is a political science, European studies, and German major in his senior year at Canisius College.  He is in the all-college honors program.  Mr. Beck is currently a resident assistant, tour guide, and opinion editor for the Canisius student newspaper, The Griffin.  In addition to his leadership role with Alpha Sigma Nu, he is also president of the German Honors Society and the Canisius Chorale.  He is a founding member of the Center for International Learning and a member the Political Science Honors Society.  In service to his community, he started a benefit concert to raise money for local school music programs, which has grown into a successful annual event.


Inducted: Loyola University Maryland, 2012

Nicholas Monatani is a management and international business major at Loyola University Maryland, studying as a Presidential Scholar. He is an active member of the Loyola Maryland community, serving as resident assistant and a member of the Honors Business Program, in addition to serving as President of Loyola Maryland’s Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter.  Mr. Montani chaired the highest performing Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society in the country.  Nick underscored that his commitment to the Jesuit ideals is truly a lifelong commitment, and he looks forward to continuing to promote these ideals as a member of the ΑΣΝ Board of Directors.


Inducted: Fairfield University, 1984

Fr. Regan entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained a priest in 1987. Prior to ordination he taught religious studies at Fordham Prep and philosophy at Fairfield University and Boston College. In 1988, he was appointed assistant professor of philosophy at Fairfield University where he subsequently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. Father Regan served as acting chair (1992-1993) and then chair of the Philosophy Department (1993-2000) and co-director of the program in Legal Studies from 1996-2000. From 2000-2002, he was associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He served six years as the president of Alpha Sigma Nu Board of Directors, the Honor Society for all Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and is a past president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association. In 2003, he was appointed to a six year term as Provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. More recently, he taught philosophy as a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and Fordham University in New York.  He currently serves as Associate Professor of philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago, Director of the Jesuit First Studies Program, and Academic Dean at St. Joseph College Seminary.


Inducted: Loyola Marymount University, 1963

David Morrissey has recently retired as Assistant Vice President for University Relations at University of Notre Dame.  His responsibilities included management of Notre Dame’s Advisory Council Program whose members play key roles in the advancement of the University and its principal academic endeavors. In addition to his advisory council responsibilities, Mr. Morrissey worked with current and prospective benefactors of Notre Dame, many of them living internationally. He also served as a key member of the University Relations senior management group.

Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Morrissey was director of regional development for Notre Dame in the Los Angeles area for 16 years. Before beginning his long career at Notre Dame, he served in the Alumni and Development office at Loyola Marymount University for 10 years, including serving as director of development for the Loyola Law School.

A native of Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Morrissey graduated from Loyola Marymount University, and he received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.


Inducted: Saint Peter's College, 2010

Fr. Michael L. Braden, S.J., has served as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at St. Peter’s University since 2008. Prior to coming to Saint Peter’s, Fr. Braden taught in the Mass Communications programs at both Loyola University in New Orleans and Loyola University of Maryland. Prior to his employment at Loyola College, Braden spent almost 10 years at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he was a director and producer of documentary films. In addition, he worked with the alumni chaplain to establish Christian Living Communities among the students. 

Braden was the assistant producer and program advisor of “Provoke Radio” for The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in Baltimore. This national radio show is dedicated to engaging the audience to reflect on contemporary social issues from a Catholic faith perspective.

He is an experienced director of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, and because of his experience in Asia, especially China, he has an abiding interest in interreligious dialogue.  Braden’s international experience includes providing consultation at the Tien Educational Center, Kuangch’i Program Service and Taipei Language Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. In Cagli, Italy, he was an instructor for Loyola College’s Summer Experiential Learning Project in Journalism.

Braden earned a Ph.D. in International Mass Communications from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois; an S.T.M. in Ethics and Society, as well as an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA; and a B.A. in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University.


Inducted: Marquette University, 1990

Kerry Dziubek concentrates her practice on complex litigation, environmental and land use law, and brand protection litigation and counseling. In her securities litigation practice, Ms. Dziubek represents financial institutions in shareholder class actions, derivative claims, and individual plaintiff actions alleging securities fraud, RICO, and other claims in significant securities litigation matters. Ms. Dziubek helped develop Arnold & Porter's New York WomenConnect semi-annual programs, which provide a forum for the firm's women attorneys and senior-level clients to discuss challenges facing professional women, with a strong focus on practical solutions and advancement. Ms. Dziubek has represented clients on a pro bono basis in matters involving First Amendment and right-to-counsel claims, immigration law, and environmental compliance issues. She also served for many years on Arnold & Porter's Pro Bono Committee.

Inducted: College of the Holy Cross, 2001

Cassandra Clark Theirl, Executive Director, is a member of J.P. Morgan Asset Management- Global Real Assets’ Debt Capital Markets Group. An employee of J.P. Morgan since 2002, she is responsible for debt procurement and mezzanine loan strategy for the domestic platform. Prior to joining Global Real Assets, Cassandra was a Vice President within J.P. Morgan’s Commercial Bank focusing on Investor Real Estate loan origination for the bank’s high net worth clients. Cassandra began her career as a credit analyst in the Commercial Bank’s Asset Based Lending Group. Cassandra graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.

Cassandra was the founding president of the New York Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club, and instituted a diverse array of service, spiritual, and speaker programs.  She also assists in fundraising  for Holy Cross alumni and is active in the HC New York alumni group.


Use this page as inspiration for your Chapter's next big event. See what other Chapters have been doing, and don't forget to tell us about your next big event.

Service to Campus Community

Presentations, Lectures, Educational Forums

Focus on Ignatian Spirituality

Service to the Wider Community

Gathering with the Jesuit Community

Collaboration with Local Alumni Club

Academic Events

Service to Campus Community

Facilitating Thank You notes to faculty and staff           - a huge favorite!  (Gonzaga University, Le Moyne College, Regis University, Spring Hill College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of San Francisco)*

Teacher of the Year Award (Fairfield University, Xavier University)

Presentations, Lectures, Educational Forums 

ΑΣΝ forum on Jesuit Education (Canisius College)*

Lectures on inter-religious dialogue, such as Muslim-Christian understanding (Georgetown University)*

Speaker on social justice issues, such as "Capital Punishment and the Catholic Church" (Marquette University)*

Last Lecture series (Spring Hill College)

Inviting the university president to speak (University of Detroit Mercy)*

Theology on Tap - A Jesuit speaks on a topic of his choosing at a local bar (Regis University)

Focus on Ignatian Spirituality

Chapter retreats (Canisius College, Regis University, College of the Holy Cross)

Talks on Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola University Chicago)*

Program on the Spiritual Exercises (College of the Holy Cross)

Service to the Wider Community*

Christmas gift programs (College of the Holy Cross, Regis University)

Community Service Day (Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University)

Book Drive for local shelters and after0school programs (Fairfield University)

Visit infirmed Jesuits (Fordham University)

Relay for Life Team (John Carroll University)

Letters to children in South of Sudan via Hope for Ariang (Le Moyne College)

National Jesuit Day of Service participation (Loyola University Chicago)

Women Meet & Eat - underprivileged women are invited to campus for a meal and conversation (Loyola Maryland University)

March to College Day - 8th graders come to campus to learn about going to college (Regis University)

Bread Run - delivering grocery store and restaurant excess to food pantries (Wheeling Jesuit)

Gathering with the Jesuit Community*

Jesuit House Event (Creighton University, Spring Hill College)

Never Have I Ever... Met a Jesuit Dinner (Fordham University)

Dinner with a Jesuit with Patrick Rogers, SJ, Director of Campus Ministry (Georgetown University)

Mass with the Jesuits (Gonzaga University)

Ice cream social in the Jesuit Garden, with rector Rober Scholla, SJ (LMU '11) guiding the Places You Have Never Been Tour (Loyola Marymount University)

Pizza social with the Jesuit Community (Marquette Univesity, Regis University)

Collaboration with Alumni Clubs

Mass and Brunch with Alumni Club (Canisius College, Marquette University)

Kevin Byrne (Marquette '71), VP for Public and Community Relations for the Baltimore Ravens, speaking to community (Loyola University Maryland)

Organized the School Supplies for Haiti drive (Saint Louis University)

Academic Events

Freshman Honors Reception - Encourage academic achievement by our brightest freshman, while introducing them to ASN early in college career (Saint Louis University)

Panel on graduate school application (University of San Francisco)

Candy/cookie distribution during finals - To alleviate finals week stress


*Alpha Sigma Nu Week idea

The Bay Area Alpha Sigma Nu Club

The Bay Area Club encourages members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment.

Join the newest ASN Alumni Club! Email Kate Gaertner at

Executive Director
Kate Gaertner

Assistant Director
Kristina Fisher

Development Director
Amy Venables O'Neil

Mailing Address
707 N. 11th Street #330
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881




Your hub for topical and important Jesuit, Ignatian, and Alpha Sigma Nu news. Use this site as a resource for articles, blogs, links, and opportunities that will help you live out the ΑΣΝ vision.

Kristina joined the Alpha Sigma Nu staff as Assistant Director in January of 2012.

She earned her BA in International Studies and German Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2006 and more recently earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies from Marquette University in 2010. Before joining the ASN team, she worked in the Special Events office at Marquette University, where she first learned of Alpha Sigma Nu by helping to plan the Marquette Chapter Induction Ceremony. With a history of honor society membership herself, she is excited to be starting a career with the Society.

As Assistant Director, Kristina serves as liaison between Faculty Advisers and the Central Office in the coordination of annual inductions. She also manages the member database, assists in planning ASN conferences, administers the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, and serves as webmaster for the Society, improving communication among Chapters, Alumni Clubs, and members worldwide.

St. Louis Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club encourages our alumni's lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment.

Contact the Club at stlouis@alphasigmanu

  • President: Dave Frenzia (Saint Louis '06)
  • Vice President: Jim Klenke (Saint Louis '09)
  • Secretary: Justin Bitner (Loyola Chicago '08)
  • Treasurer: Joe Davis (Saint Louis '85)


Founded in 2005, the Scranton Alumni Club welcomes Alpha Sigma Nu alumni/ae from all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs promote the values of Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service in the personal and professional lives of alumni by providing unique opportunities to serve, learn, and connect.

The Scranton Alumni Club has sponsored a variety of events providing ΑΣΝ alumni with opportunities to deepen their Ignatian spirituality and challenge their intellectual and spiritual connection. Activities include an evening of celebrating Mass, a lecture, and dinner (which has featured Rev. William Byron, SJ, Rev. Francis Clooney, SJ, and Rev. Gerald Fogarty, SJ.); emailed online guided reflections around the Advent and Lenten seasons; Jesuit meet-and-greets; and opportunities for service.


President: Michael J. Jenkins (Scranton '06),

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The Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club of Washington D.C. encourages our alumni's lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment:

  • Programs designed to foster excellence in the intellectual arena and growth in Ignatian spirituality
  • Opportunities to give to the community around us through service projects
  • Social contacts with other ΑΣΝ Alumni hailing from Jesuit universities across the country, a very diverse mixture of professionals striving to live the values of scholarship, loyalty, and service.

The Washington Club has featured:

  • Rev. William Byron, S.J. on Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit With Lay Colleagues and Friends
  • Dolores R. Leckey, senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center on “The ABC's of Leadership”
  • Chris Lowney, national speaker and author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World and A Vanished World
  • Rev. Thomas J. Reese, SJ, former editor of America Magazine on “Faithful Citizenship”

The Club has adopted the Washington Jesuit Academy, a NativityMiguel Network school as its service partner. The Club offered a tour of the school, and has collected gift cards from book stores for the school.

President: Jack Landers. (Rockhurst '62)

Omaha Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club

The Omaha Alumni Club serves the Student Chapter in various ways supporting the annual Student Chapter inductions, coordinating the annual Rev. William F. Kelly, S.J. Lecture, and assisting with numerous other networking and service activities.  

Past Kelly Lecture Speakers
Started in 1958, the Rev. William F. Kelley, S.J. ΑΣΝ Lecture Series and reception is an annual event hosted by the Creighton ΑΣΝ Alumni Club.  
The following list is a reverse chronological listing of past speakers from the Kelly, S.J. Lecture Series.

2011  Dr. John P. Curtin

         "A Physician's Reflection on Education:  Lifelong Learning"

2010  Dr. Dan Daly

         "Raising Children in a Health Environment:  How the Boys Town Experience Can Help Today's Parents"

2009  Rev. Don Doll, SJ 

          "Jesuit Refugee Service: The New Missionary Venture of the Society"

2008  Rev. David Schultenover, SJ 

         "Partnership in a Global Mission: What Would Ignatius Do?"

2007  Patricia Callone & Connie Kudlacek  

          "Alzheimer's Disease: Nurture What Remains"

2006   Senator Chuck Hagel

2005  E. Michael McCann, JD

2004  Dennis N. Mihelich, PhD                    

          "The Americanization of Jesuit Education"

2003  Rev. Kevin F. Burke, SJ 

         "Crisis at Kairos"

2002  Rev. Jim Hug, SJ

         "An Ignatian Contemplation on the Two Standards"

2001  Ron Hansen

         "The Catholic Writer"

2000  Jerris Leonard, JD

          "A Catholic Conservative and Civil Rights"

Executive Board

Stephanie Wernig (Boston College `79), President
Gary Batenhorst (Creighton ‘71), Secretary
Richard E. Rossi (Creighton ’99)i, Treasurer
Rev. Thomas J. Shanahan, SJ (Creighton ‘97), Alumni Chapter Moderator

The Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club of New York City has as its purpose the encouragement of New York’s over 2,500 ΑΣΝ alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. The New York Club Alumni Clubs provides programs where members can deepen their Ignatian spirituality, provide service to others, and network with other alumni and Fordham and St. Peter’s students. Past programs have included:

  • Chris Lowney spoke to the Club in his books:
    • On Heroic Leadership (Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World)
    • On 2005, on A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment
  • Dennis Baker, SJ on "Exploring your Spirituality in the “Real World”
  • Linda Rapuano on "Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Spiritual Wellness, An Exploration of Various tools for the Spiritual Journey"
  • David McCallum, SJ on "Spirituality Resources for Everyday Life: An Introduction to the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Three Parts"
    • In the first session, he provided background on the Examen of Consciousness, an updated version of Ignatius' essential method of self-reflection and personal growth, the foundation for being a "contemplative in action."
    • In the second session, Fr. David introduced a form of prayer commonly known as Ignatian Contemplation, combining the use of scripture with the use of the imagination and the senses.
  • James J. Hederman, SJ, MD on "Discovering Our God Given Vocation in Life and Finding Our Most Authentic Self"

President: Bob Kennedy (Canisius `84)

Our general purpose mirrors that of the national ΑΣΝ organization: to encourage our members’ lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, as well as to the ideals of Jesuit education. Our particular purpose is to foster those values in a way that meets the needs of ΑΣΝ members living in one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the country. There are roughly 2,250 ΑΣΝ members in the greater Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Alumni Club will be your chance to interact with this group, to learn from their experiences, to share your own, to participate in what we hope will be stimulating programs and projects, hopefully have some fun, and through all that come to a better understanding of how to live out our shared ΑΣΝ and Jesuit values in the exciting and challenging part of the world that we call home. The Los Angeles Club has welcomed Jesuits from Loyola Marymount University to speak on these topics:

  • Rev. William Fulco, S.J., on “How Writing Began”
  • Rev. Thomas Rausch, S.J. on The Truth about the “DaVinci Code”
  • Rev. Randy Roche, S.J. on “Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Life”

Club Officers

  • President – Patrick Cain (LMU ’78)
  • Secretary – David Morena (SCU ’66 )
  • Treasurer – Chake Kouyoumjian (LMU ’95)

The Kansas City Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club is looking for leadership. With over 600 members from 19 Jesuit institutions of higher education, the Kansas City area boasts Alpha Sigma Nu members active in their professions and in the community.

Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs have as their purpose the encouragement of our alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. Alumni Clubs should provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment, and a platform for the ongoing formation of these values and Ignatian spirituality. Clubs participate in service projects, present speaker events, develop programs that connect faith with life, and provide a venue for career and social networking. Each Club determines its own activities and agenda, with the ΑΣΝ values of Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service acting as the focus.

Alumni contact: Kate Gaertner at

The Greater Denver Alumni Club of Alpha Sigma Nu has as its purpose the encouragement of our alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and the ideals of Jesuit education. The Alumni Club strives to provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment.

Members have voiced an interest in participating in service projects, presenting speaker events, developing programs that connect faith with life, and providing a venue for career and social networking. 

The Greater Denver Alumni Club became an official club at the Triennial Convention in Denver, Colorado in October 2003.


Meet the Board

Kelly Darby (Regis '05) | President

Madonna Gaudio (Regis '12) | Vice President

Ann Williamson (Regis '08) | Secretary

Linda Lange (Regis '11) | Treasurer ​

Lisa Sumida (Regis '06) | Communications Chair


Contact Us

Facebook: Denver ASN





Laugh and grow strong
-St. Ignatius of Loyola

Read the latest Danihy Club Newsletter here.

In 1927, Milwaukee became home to the first Alpha Sigma Nu alumni club. Named in honor of Rev. John Danihy, S.J., who founded the Jesuit Honor Society at Marquette University in 1915, the Danihy Alumni Club has now grown to more than 1,700 members in the southeastern Wisconsin region. Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is the highest honor a Jesuit institution can bestow upon its students, and as recipients of this honor we have a special responsibility to uphold the values of our education. Scholarship, loyalty, and service are not things we left behind on graduation day - they continue to live with and through us as we develop our careers and personal lives.

The Danihy Club’s signature annual events are:

  • ΑΣΝ Fellowship Mass where alumni and students gather to celebrate scholarship, loyalty, and service as a kick-off to the academic year.
  • The Annual Brunch with the presentation of the Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year Awards. The awards' purposes are promoting community/university awareness of the achievements of Alpha Sigma Nu alumni and providing role models/mentors for student chapter members.

The Club collaborates with Marquette on other events focusing on Ignatian spirituality and service projects and provides opportunities for networking among members and students in the Southeastern Wisconsin region.

President | Mary Pat Pfeil (Marquette ’70)
Vice President | Mary Minson (Marquette `05)
Secretary | TBD
Treasurer | Doug Leonhardt, SJ  (Marquette '12)


Gregory J. Borowski (Marquette '88)

Hon. Patricia J. Gorence (Marquette '77)

Jason Rae (Marquette '08)

Rob Shelledy (Marquette '85)

Kate Trevey (Marquette '03)

The Chicago Area Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club seeks to provide a forum for intelligent, provocative discussion and networking in social, service-oriented and educational settings, while promoting the core Jesuit values of scholarship, loyalty and service.

Programs and events include:

  • Ushering at the Alpha Sigma Nu induction at Loyola University of Chicago
  • Volunteering for the WTTW-Channel 11 membership drive phonathons
  • Co-sponsoring lectures and presentations
  • Social activities

To receive emails, sign up for the Club's Yahoo Group ( or email

The Buffalo Area Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club builds on the great tradition of Buffalo area alumni and Canisius student Chapter collaboration on service projects. The Club has many annual programs including:

  • The Benefit Concert
  • The Christmas Toy Drive
  • The Easter Party for Refugees.

The Buffalo Club honorsThe Annual Mass and Brunch where the ΑΣΝ Service Award is presented to an ΑΣΝ alumnus who has performed outstanding service to a charitable project promoting Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service.


Mary Lou Wyrobek (Canisius '85)

Vice President:
Sabiha Ahmad '04 (Canisius ’03)

Jessie Blum ’99 (Canisius ’99)

The Greater Boston Alumni Club of Alpha Sigma Nu exists to promote the ideals of scholarship, loyalty and service within the Greater Boston community.

With more than 1,000 ΑΣΝ members residing in the Boston area, the Club seeks to provide opportunities for meaningful exchange on a variety of important issues related to Ignatian spirituality and social justice. 

The Greater Boston area offers numerous resources for ΑΣΝ alumni: College of the Holy Cross and Boston College, now home to the School of Theology and Ministry and The Church in the 21st Century Center, as well as the New England Provincial Office of the Society of Jesus and the Campion Renewal Center.

President: Mike Heinecke (Wheeling Jesuit '97),

The Jesuits and Alpha Sigma Nu have a great tradition in the Baltimore area.    With over 1,100 ΑΣΝ alumni in the area, the Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter at Loyola College of Maryland looks forward to collaborating on alumni programs.

Alumni Contact: Kate Gaertner at

Did you know that Baltimore is the home of the national offices of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps?

The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), founded in 1925, is the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of membership: general,
specialized, leadership, freshman, and two-year honor societies. To assure member participation in governance, honor societies must be structured on a membership basis so that the interests of individual members are advanced.

Members and society-at-large are protected by the standards of excellence of the Association of College Honor Societies. Not all organizations calling themselves "honor societies" subscribe to the high honors' standards of ACHS. Candidates for membership should assure that the honor society in question meets the rigorous standards of ACHS - both the business model and the scholastic eligibility criteria.

Alpha Sigma Nu has been a member in good stading of the Association of College Honor Societies since 1975. For more information, visit the ACHS website.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) was founded in July 1970 as a national organization to serve its members, the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The Association serves as a facilitator for various cooperative initiatives, such as fostering Jesuit, Catholic identity and institutional and international collaboration, educating for a faith that does justice, supporting leadership initiatives, and developing a distance education network (JesuitNET). Through its various communication efforts and conferences, AJCU provides a forum for the exchange of information and experiences in the lively world of Jesuit higher education today. For more information about AJCU, visit their website:

Inducted: Marquette University, 2008

Mary Wacker joined the staff of Alpha Sigma Nu as Assistant Director in July of 2005, and became Associate Director in 2009.

She earned her BA and teaching certification in Speech and Theatre at Marquette University in 1979. Mary serves as liaison between the Central Office and Faculty Advisers in the planning and coordination of annual inductions. She manages the member database of Alpha Sigma Nu members, and serves as webmaster for the Society, working to improve access and communication among our Chapters, Alumni Clubs, and members around the world.

In addition to her duties at Alpha Sigma Nu, Mary is an adjunct lecturer in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette, and has coached the award-winning Brookfield East High School Forensics team since 1991. A member of the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association Executive Committee, she was awarded the William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence in 2008.

Mary and her husband Tom are the parents of three daughters.

Inducted: Marquette University - 2002

Kate is celebrating her tenth year with Alpha Sigma Nu. As Executive Director, she calls upon her experience and skills as educator, non-profit director, and volunteer manager. As Director of Alumni for Alpha Sigma Nu, Kate facilitated the founding of eight ΑΣΝ Alumni Clubs across the country, and has added three more as Executive Director. Prior to coming to Alpha Sigma Nu, Kate founded and directed Compass Alliance, a community based organization providing a venue for prevention programming and advocacy funded by an Office of National Drug Control Policy grant that she co-authored.  She served as guidance counselor at Dominican High School where she was the director of college counseling. Kate has written for nationally syndicated video news segments on parenting, and consulted with parents and teens on college choice. Her volunteer activities have ranged from serving on community boards to coaching her parish’s 7th grade girls’ basketball team.  Kate earned a BA degree in sociology from Marquette University and a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Loyola University of Chicago. 

Inducted: Loyola University Chicago, 1978

Mark Rzepczynski, Ph.D. is the managing partner of Lakewood Partners LLC,a global macro hedge fund focusing on disciplined and systematic investing in foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodities through the application of structured decisions.

Previously, Mark was president and chief investment officer for John W. Henry & Co., a leading Commodity Trading Advisor. Mark has also served as the taxable bond quantitative and credit research director for Fidelity Management and Research. He has had extensive investment experience as a portfolio manager, research director, and quantitative analyst at leading financial firms.

Along with being an economist at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Mark has been a finance professor and has served on the board of the Futures Industry Association. He is currently on the Advisory Board of CAIA and is an associate editor of the Journal of Alternative Investments. Mark received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.

Inducted: Georgetown University, 1980

Carolyn S. Weber Conkling joined the Alpha Sigma Nu Board of Directors in October 2009. Carolyn received her B.S. in Languages from Georgetown University in 1980 and her J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. Carolyn spent her legal career practicing with the prestigious law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she represented clients in corporate transactions and legal proceedings and advised them on environmental initiatives. Carolyn also conducted professional development and environmental compliance training and served as a mentor to associates.  As an undergraduate, Carolyn was President of the Dahlgren Chapel Choir, Secretary of the School of Languages and Linguistics Academic Council, and recipient of several honors and awards. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Carolyn worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Philip M. Crane and then became a government relations representative for various aviation and other commercial interests. Carolyn and her husband Robert divide their time between Arlington, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland.


Inducted: Regis University - 2005

Anthony is currently a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on both the synthesis of small molecules as well as the modification of surfaces for high performance organic electronic devices. He has received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and the Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Mathematics from Regis University (Summa Cum Laude).

Anthony has served as the President or Vice President of numerous student organizations, and is currently the Publicity Chair of the Graduate Student Forum at Georgia Tech. He has been a teaching assistant and tutor for various Chemistry laboratories and classes. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Mathematical Association of America. Anthony also aided in founding The Turner Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to keeping music and the arts alive in education and currently serves as its Executive Officer. He also serves as a mentor to students on campus and a Lector at Mass on the Georgia Tech Campus as well as the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.

Inducted: Loyola College in Maryland – 2006

Taylor is the Director of Alumnae Relations and Special Projects at the Notre Dame School, a Catholic school for girls in New York City. Previous to her work at Notre Dame, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) at Tabor Community Services, a non-profit housing and financial counseling agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland) and received her BA in English. She holds her MA in English from Lehigh University, where she taught English I and English II—freshman composition courses. As a Teaching Fellow, Taylor worked with her students to coordinate a campus-wide endeavor to bring to Lehigh Paul Rusesabagina, the man who saved 1,268 people by sheltering them inside the Mille Collines Hotel during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Rusesabagina's story was made into the hit motion picture Hotel Rwanda.

In addition to her involvement in education, Taylor's passion is dance. She has taken classes since she was a child and has training in many styles, but she especially enjoys classical ballet.

Inducted: Le Moyne College – 1963

Rev. Benjamin Fiore, S.J. Fiore began his five year term as president of Campion College on July 1, 2005. Campion College is a federated college of the University of Regina. Prior to his appointment, Father Fiore served his second term as Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His first term as Chair was from 1981 to 1986. He taught the New Testament at Canisius from 1979 to 2005, becoming a full Professor in 1988. Fiore is no stranger to Campion College having spent his sabbaticals as a summer lecturer in 1984 and as the Hannin Visiting Professor from 1990 to 1991. Benjamin is a member of the Religious Studies Department and is Director of the Catholic Studies Program. He brought Alpha Sigma Nu to Campion College in 2006 and serves as the ΑΣΝ faculty adviser.

Benjamin received a B.A. in English in 1964 from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; an M.A. in the Classics in 1969 from Fordham University in Bronx, NY; and a S.T.B. (Bachelor's in Sacred Theology) in 1974 from Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ordained in 1974, he also earned three degrees in Religious Studies from Yale University in New Haven, CT - an M.A. in 1975, Ph.M. in 1975 (Master's of Philosophy) and a Ph.D. in 1982.

Benjamin taught English in Poland for six summers and coordinated this educational program with the Buffalo-based organization Pomost International for many years. He is Religion Editor for the Pol-Am Journal, a national Polish American monthly. Among the awards he has earned are the Golden Insignia of Merit, presented by the Polish government for work with the Solidarity and Human Rights Association in Buffalo, NY; the Order of the Smile, an international award given by Polish children to those who devote their energies to helping children; and the Kenneth Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1989. Benjamin is a member of the Regina Calligraphy and Paper Arts Group and teaches calligraphy in area libraries. He is a member of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and founded Didaskalophonia, a Faculty-staff choral ensemble at Campion College.

Inducted: University of Scranton - 1997

Michele cultivates major gifts with donors and funders for Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Previously, she worked in Strategic Development for the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the world’s largest international scholarship, training and exchange organizations.  She led new business strategy and managed the development of competitive proposals for multi-million dollar projects funded by the U.S. government, foundations and corporations.  Previous to her work with IIE, Michele was the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Volunteers, a small nonprofit organization that matched long-term volunteers with social service agencies in the U.S. and Latin America.  During her first tenure with Catholic Relief Services, Michele managed marketing and advocacy programs centered on global poverty issues and traveled to Albania, Ghana, India and Macedonia.  Michele has served on the University of Scranton Board of Trustees and the board of the Campaign for Human Development in Baltimore.  She has a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Scranton.

Inducted: St. Joseph's University - 1987

Louise holds a BS in accounting, graduating summa cum laude from St. Joseph's University in 1988. She has served as a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen in the audit division, and as controller with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews, & Ingersoll. At the William Penn Foundation, a $1 billion private foundation in Philadelphia, she was controller for 6 years and then chief financial officer for 3 years. Presently, she works part-time as an independent consultant on finance and accounting projects.

Inducted: Loyola Marymount University, 1978

Patrick J. Cain is the president of Rodi Pollock Pettker Christian & Pramov, A Law Corporation, where his primary area of practice involves representing and counseling employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. Pat also is involved in the litigation side of the firm's trusts and estates practice.

Pat has served as president of the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association, and currently chairs the University's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board. Pat served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the Inner City Law Center, a pro bono organization in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles. Pat also serves as the president of the Alpha Sigma Nu Los Angeles area Alumni Club.

Pat and his wife, Meg, live in Westchester. Their older son is a 2009 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and their younger son attends Boston College.

Planned gifts provide a way to ensure that your support of Alpha Sigma Nu helps and is remembered by future generations. Any gift which is transferred with the help of a professional is considered a planned gift. Planned gifts are a tax-wise way of giving and offer benefits to you, the donor, as well as to our organization. Planned gifts include: bequests, retained income gifts, life insurance, and retirement plan benefits.  Since the information on this site is not intended as legal, tax, or investment advice, it is highly recommended that prospective donors consult with their own tax or legal advisors prior to making a planned gift.

Gifts of Stock

Increasing numbers of Alpha Sigma Nu members have found that by making a gift of appreciated securities they can not only make a larger contribution than they could with a cash contribution but also potentially reap additional tax benefits. A gift of securities offers a number of advantages to the donor. The gift is credited for the full market value of the securities, and the donor may deduct this full amount from federal income tax (if it is within 30 percent of adjusted gross income). Moreover, the donor does not pay capital gains tax on the increased value of the securities. Alpha Sigma Nu does not render tax advice, so donors are advised to seek tax advice from a qualified tax professional. To make a gift of securities to ΑΣΝ, you may:

  • send the unendorsed stock certificate and, under separate cover, a signed stock-power form executed in blank (no named transferee) to: Katherine B. Gaertner, Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Nu, PO Box 1881, 707 N. 11th St. #330, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.
  • instruct a broker to transfer the securities from your account to Alpha Sigma Nu's account, and at the same time inform Katherine Gaertner of the transfer, by mail, via email message (, or by telephone (414-288-7542).

NOTE: Alpha Sigma Nu's broker is Joseph C. Wilson, Financial Consultant, Smith Barney, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2200, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Phone: 414-226-3052,  (800) 558-7505, FAX (414) 226-3081. The value of a gift of securities is established using the mean of the high and low stock quotations on the day the securities pass to Alpha Sigma Nu's control.

Date of Contribution for Gifts of Securities

If the securities are transferred electronically (via DTC), then the date of contribution is the date on which the securities are received in Alpha Sigma Nu's account. Please note that the gift of securities is not complete until you, and your transfer agent, have delivered the securities to Alpha Sigma Nu's account. Merely instructing your broker to make the transfer is not enough to satisfy the IRS legal requirement. In some cases, brokers may move stocks into a temporary account or delay completing the transfer. Be sure to let your broker know when it is essential that the transfer to Alpha Sigma Nu be executed immediately. For stock certificates mailed or delivered to Alpha Sigma Nu, the date of contribution is the later of: (a) the postmark on the envelope containing the certificate, (b) the postmark on the envelope containing the stock power, (c) the endorsement date on the certificate or stock power, or (d) the date the certificate is hand-delivered to an agent of Alpha Sigma Nu. If a stock certificate is not sent to Alpha Sigma Nu but registered in our name by the donor and the donor's agent, the date of contribution is the date the stock is transferred on the books of the issuing corporation. For more information, reference documents IRS Publication 561.


Alpha Sigma Nu 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 original name of the awards was the National Jesuit Book Awards, and the awards were jointly administered by Alpha Sigma Nu and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).


Each winner receives a $1,000 check and an elegant plaque, which is presented at an AΣN event on the recipient's campus. The winner’s name is on permanent display at the AΣN Central Office, and the books are included in the permanent collection of Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Library. The winners are announced via press release through multiple media outlets, as well as, on the AΣN website.


"The Sciences" - one award each for Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, and Health Sciences

"Professional Studies" - includes the following disciplines: Architecture, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Foreign Service, Law, Social Work, etc.

"The Humanities" - one award each for Theology, Philosophy/Ethics, Literature/Fine Arts and History

The Book Awards operate on a three-year cycle:

2015 - "The Sciences"

2016 - "Professional Studies"

2017 - "The Humanities"


Any member of the faculty or administration, including those with emeritus status, of the Alpha Sigma Nu member institutions, who has published a book in the categories described above, is welcome to apply. The submitted work must be published in the three-year period ending with the year prior to the award year. For example, entries eligible for the 2016 Book Awards had to have been published between 2013 and 2015.

Entries MUST meet the basic requirements of eligibility. Ineligible works include: text books, magazine articles, unpublished monographs, and works of fiction, paintings, sculptures, and recordings. 


Reviewers selected by Alpha Sigma Nu judge the books on the basis of the following specific criteria: serious and exact scholarship, significance of the topic and its continuing importance to scholars in several disciplines, mastery of extensive literature, research findings handled with skill and assurance, authority in interpretation, objectivity, readability and imagination. Judging is heavily-weighted toward research and scholarship.

For questions or if you are interested in judging or submitting your scholarly work in the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, contact:

Kristina Fisher, Assistant Director of Alpha Sigma Nu

Phone | (414) 288-7542

Email |

Use this page as a resource guide. Live the Alpha Sigma Nu mission, and adhere to the core values of your Jesuit education. The information is designed to help you stay informed, involved, and inspired. 


Jesuit Documents on Higher Education

Service Opportunities

  • Ignatian Volunteer Corps | Provides men and women, most 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and transform lives
  • Jesuit Volunteer Corps | Offers men and women an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace as they serve the poor directly, both in the US and abroad
  • JVC Northwest | Provides opportunities for motivated individuals to reach out to persons living on the margins of society and vulnerable places throughout the Pacific Northwest
  • Iggy | "Iggy" is short for Ignatian Social Ministry Database. It provides a listing of Jesuit and Ignatian-inspired social ministries in the US
  • Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality | Seeks to deepen the spiritual life of volunteers, aged 50 or better, as they give of their time and talent to serve those in need
  • National Jesuit Alumni Service Initiative | Fosters the ongoing formation of men and women for others that is the heart of the Catholic and Jesuit mission in higher education

Society of Jesus

  • Jesuit Curia | The site of the Jesuit Curia is in Rome, where many spiritual, educational and administrative works support the operation of the international Order
  • Jesuits USA | Website of the Jesuit Conference of the US Assistancy
  • Understanding the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus
  • America Magazine | The national Catholic weekly magazine published by Jesuits of the US
  • Jesuit Relief Service Dispatches | A fortnightly email bulletin of the JRS International Office, featuring refugee news briefings, press releases, featured articles and project updates from our people in the field
  • Thinking Faith | The online journal of the British Province
  • Eureka Street | Public Affairs, international relations, the arts and theology from the Australian Jesuits
  • Gregorian University in Rome | Founded by St. Ignatius as the "Roman College" in 1551, it is one of the oldest universities in the world
  • Loyola Press | Publishes books that appreciate the wisdom, beauty and vitality of the Catholic tradition of story and sacrament, mystery and mercy, catholicity and compassion
  • Loyola Productions | a nonprofit creative media company that builds on the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of effective involvement in communication arts
  • Theological Studies | A Jesuit-sponsored, quarterly journal of theology

Jesuit Education

Ignatian Spirituality

Social Justice

  • Jesuit Social Aspostolate | Website encourages the first step of building our awareness and facilitating contact between the social justice efforts now underway by the Society of Jesus and the wider Ignatian family
  • Jesuit Refugee Service USA | In continuity with its quarter century of ministry to and with refugees and forcibly displaced individuals, JRS/USA affirms its mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of these people
  • Ignatian Solidarity Network
  • Center for Concern
  • Jesuit Advocacy | The Jesuit Conference has four focus areas: Africa, domestic poverty, immigration, and war & violence. The website has tool kits on each area.
  • Woodstock Theological Center | Georgetown University | Programs for theological reflection on the human problems of today.
  • Jesuit Social Research Institute | Loyola University New Orleans | Transforming the Gulf South through action research, analysis, education, and advocacy

The Church

  • The Church in the 21st Century
  • Woodstock Theological Center | An independent center for theological reflection at Georgetown University
  • CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) | A national nonprofit, university-affiliated organization that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church
  • Catholic Social Thought | Collections of Catholic information and documents relating to Catholic ethics
  • Center of Concern | Providing reliable information and analysis on development issues, practical alternatives to current development policies and practical suggestions for personal action, and faith reflections from an ethical perspective based on Catholic Social Teaching
  • Education for Justice | Offering a wide range of resources to help promote Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues through interactive group activities and discussion
  • Catholic Social Teaching | Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching spelled out



  • Making Ethical Decisions | Guidelines are the product of dialog and debate at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
  • Socially Responsible Investments | Learn about SRI as a work of structural justice which can be used within investment decisions made by Jesuit institutions and interested individuals


  • Jesuit Young Adults and Professional | Sharing a gumbo of faith, friendship, and social justice in New Orleans and beyond, this is a faith-based social group in the New Orleans area
  • The Jesuit Connection | Welcomes young adults (20s and 30s) who are alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher Ed or have experience with Jesuit teachings and values to liturgy, service and social networking events





The key is gathering a few enthusiastic local alumni! The by-laws of Alpha Sigma Nu give basic guidelines regarding establishing an Alumni Club and give measures for legitimacy as you move through the process. Below, you will find a road map for starting a club. You may also click on any of the topics listed.

Establishing an Alumni Club
What an Alumni Club Can Provide
ΑΣΝ Bylaws Pertaining to Starting a Club
Initial Steps
Guidelines and Suggestions
Club Name
Selection of Club Locations
Alumni Club Petition
Generic Bylaws for an Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club
Potential Activities for an Alumni Club
Resources at the Central Office

Establishing an Alumni Club

Purpose of an Alumni Club

Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs have as their purpose the encouragement of Alpha Sigma Nu members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. Alumni Clubs should provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment.

What an Alumni Club Can Provide

To Members

  • Continued recognition of undergraduate and/or graduate achievement
  • Programming designed to foster excellence in the intellectual arena and growth in the spiritual arena
  • A catalyst for alumni involvement in service projects
  • Networking with other alumni
  • Opportunities to interact with present ΑΣΝ students

To Alpha Sigma Nu

  • Meaning to the ΑΣΝ inductees’ lifelong membership
  • Active promotion of the values of scholarship, loyalty and service
  • Increase in alumni activity, thus solidifying alumni identification with ΑΣΝ, i.e. increasing alumni interest and support

To Alpha Sigma Nu Student Chapters

  • Collaboration with and connection to ΑΣΝ alumni
  • ΑΣΝ Alumni as a resource for the student Chapter
  • Career/social contacts for graduating ΑΣΝ members

ΑΣΝ Bylaws Pertaining to Starting a Club

Section 9.11 Alumni Club

An Alumni Club may be established through a petition addressed to the Board Secretary of the Society and signed by a minimum of eight (8) alumni members residing in a geographic area where such a club does not exist. A favorable majority vote of the Board of Directors shall be required for approval.

Alumni club membership shall include all alumni and honorary members of the Society in its geographic area. Alumni Clubs shall use a local name and will be independent but supportive of area student Chapters. Alumni Clubs are established independently from any local institution, although a natural affinity can be expected to exist with a Jesuit institution in the same city or region. Alumni Clubs should be separately incorporated and may engage in fundraising for club projects. Only the Central Office may fund raise for the Society as a whole.

Alumni Clubs send a delegate to the Triennial Conference with full privileges.

The ΑΣΝ Board will foster the development of Alumni Clubs where there is sufficient interest.

Section 9.12 Active and Inactive Clubs

To be considered an active club, the club shall: elect four (4) officers; have eight (8) active alumni members; have by-laws; send an annual report to the Central office; send a representative to the Triennial Conference; and maintain liaison with the ΑΣΝ Alumni Adviser. If a club does not meet these qualifications, the alumni adviser will consult with the Club officers. If the Club does not meet the qualification for two (2) years, the Board will place the Club on inactive status. Inactive Clubs may petition the Board for return to active status by demonstrating compliance in writing.

Initial Steps

Our emerging Clubs have experienced success with the following formula:

  • Contact Kate Gaertner, Executive Director, #(414) 288-7542, at the Central Office for assistance in contacting ΑΣΝ alumni in the area.
  • Identify a group of interested alumni in your area.
  • If there is a local Jesuit institution, cooperate to identify an event already planned by the institution and interesting to our alumni. The Central Office can assist here. Request that ΑΣΝ piggybacks on an event.
  • Plan a reception for ΑΣΝ alumni immediately after the event.
  • Invite area ΑΣΝ alumni via the Central Office. The Central Office will use the database to mail invitations and follow-up with email.
  • Use the reception to enlist a group of alumni interested in forming the Club and in planning the next event.
  • Establish a committee, plan the next event, and set goals for the new Club. The new officers of the Alumni Club emerge from, or can be recruited by, this group.
  • Expect to take approximately six months to get a club up and running, depending on the commitment of the volunteers.

Guidelines and Suggestions

  • Like most of us, our members are busy. By offering them something uniquely available and/or attractive to an ΑΣΝ alumni, we fulfill our purpose, and increase the likelihood of a successful event.
  • When designing programming, remember the focus: scholarship, loyalty, and service.
  • The Central Office can provide free, or at a small cost, ΑΣΝ nametags, stationery for invitations, small door prizes and/or speakers’ gifts.
  • The Central Office has a minimal start up budget for alumni events, therefore, new clubs must become self-sustaining.
  • The location of an event should be accessible, easy to find, of local interest, and have parking where possible.

Club Name

The Central Office generally refers to Alumni Clubs by their geographical locations, such as the Greater Kansas City area, the Greater Boston area, etc., with the emphasis on including all ΑΣΝ alumni who reside in a particular geographic area, not only those who were inducted at a particular local institution. The Father Danihy Club, the Greater Milwaukee area alumni club, is named for the founder of Alpha Sigma Nu. Clubs wishing to call themselves by a name of honor rather than a geographical descriptor should check with the Central Office.

Selection of Alumni Club Locations

The Board of Alpha Sigma Nu has made the establishment of Alumni Clubs a priority. The Alumni Committee of the Board has indicated that, at the outset, resources should go to those areas where we have the most alumni. However, the Central Office and the Board will encourage and support a group of ΑΣΝ alumni, in any area, who wish to form an alumni club.

Alumni Club Petition

You may download an Alumni Club Petition in one of two formats: Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Reader (.pdf). In order to open the file, you must have the Microsoft Word application or a copy of Adobe (formerly Acrobat) Reader. If you do not have Reader, you can download it for free here by clicking on the icon below. (Make sure you get the appropriate format Reader for your operating system.)

Adobe Reader

Generic Bylaws for an Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club

You may download the Alumni Club Generic By-laws in one of two formats: Microsot Word (.doc) or Adobe Reader (.pdf). In order to open the file, you must have the Microsoft Word application or a copy of Adobe Reader. Click the above link to download for free.)

Potential Activities for an Alumni Club: Reaffirming Scholarship, Loyalty and Service

Many of our alumni have asked for activities spiritual in nature, activities that would help them inculcate the ΑΣΝ values in their daily lives. Other alumni have expressed interest in opportunities for career networking. Some have asked for names of fellow alumni when they move to a new city. Most activities will involve more than one of these. Those who gather to organize local Alumni Clubs will speak to the wants and needs of local alumni, so each Club will have its own flavor, guided by ΑΣΝ tenets.

See what our Alumni Clubs are doing:


Annual awards dinner
Support student Chapter service projects


Service programs, including support of the Chicago Jesuit Academy
Collaboration with the Loyola Chapter

Cultural events

Danihy-SE Wisconsin

Fall - Annual Mass and reception for ΑΣΝ alumni and students

Spring - Annual Alumni Award Brunch


Hosted receptions after a speaker evenst co-sponsored by Regis University

Evening of reflection

ΑΣΝ Social Gathering for mingling and networking with students and alumni

Collaboration with the Regis Chapter on service projects

New York City

Ignatian spirituality series

Private Tour of the Onassis Cultural Center's new exhibit, followed by a reception

Collaborating with Fordham Chapter on speaker events

Networking with Fordham and Saint Peter’s students


Annual William Kelley SJ Lecture
Annual Awards Dinner

Washington, DC

Speaker events featuring Jesuits and other noted experts on topics interesting to alumni and students

Resources at the Central Office

Call Kate Gaertner, Executive Director, at (414) 281-7542, or email at if you are interested in starting a Club. The Central Office may have heard from other alumni in your area.

Database Assistance
The Central Office can provide the names, addresses, and email addresses of alumni in a certain area.

Communications Assistance
The Central Office can assist with bulk mailings of an Alumni Club, including help with composition, use of our stationery, postage, and mailing services. The Office can send broadcast email to alumni as well.

Alpha Sigma Nu Materials
Newsletters, By-laws, and brochures are available to hand out at meetings or events. Some door prizes, such as ΑΣΝ pins, luggage tags, or decals may also be available.

Because we at the Central Office work with long-standing Clubs, as well as newer Clubs, we have history and experience on which a new Club can draw. Feel free to use us as a resource, a sounding board, a brainstorming partner, or a place to find an idea for a program or event.

At the 2003 Triennial Conference many Faculty Advisers expressed an interest in sharing selection processes. Click the links below to view the selection process of a particular school.

Canisius College Saint Louis University
Fairfield University University of Scranton
John Carroll University Seattle University
Loyola Marymount University Spring Hill College
Regis College Toronto University of Detroit Mercy

Canisius University

Letters of invitation go out from the respective deans' offices to all undergradutes and graduate students who meet the top 15% criterion. With the letter is an application form.

Applicants send in the completed form along with an essay of no more than two pages on the values of Alpha Sigma Nu and how they relate to the applicant's life. Applicants also have a letter of reference sent to me or the dean.

The undergraduate student chapter members meet in plenary session and go through the applications one by one. In preparation for the meeting, the chapter president and I try to read all the applications and the student members read between 10 and 12 applications each so that each application is read by at least 4 people.

The list decided on is passed on to the dean for her approval and then on to the president for his approval and additions, if there are any.

Then we send out the acceptance and rejection letters.

For the graduate student applications, I meet with the respective deans and go through them with him to determine those to be admitted.

Then we send the list to the president and, after that, inform the applicants of our decision.


Fairfield University

As the applications are received, a master list is made and the names are placed in the order received.

Each member of the Candidates Committee is expected to read (number) applications per week. These applications are kept on file in the (place) and may be read at any time between *: 30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. The applications are not to be removed from (place).

Each member will be given a worksheet with the names for the week listed. We use a grading system from 0 to 4 with 4 being the highest. Some members choose to grade activities and essay separately and then take an average. Others prefer to grade the entire application. Whatever is one’s preference is acceptable as long as they come up with one figure (i.e., 1.0. 3.6, etc.) While GPA is to be considered, we do not put too much weight in that area -- scholarship got these applicants where they are --we tend to put much more emphasis on activities (both school and community) and content of the essay.

There will be a meeting scheduled every week during the month of (name) to go over the essays for the week. Usually the meeting takes place somewhere between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., whichever is convenient for the majority. As long as the essays are graded, a member does not have to attend every meeting; however, attendance is preferable. If someone cannot make a meeting for any reason, they should leave their grading sheet with (designee) so their grade can be totaled with the rest of the committee.

We all decide on figures at the time of our first meeting. For instance, all applications which total 30 and above are accepted, those totaling 23-29.9 are put on hold, and below 23 are denied (if there are 10 people reading). If there are less than 10 people reading, the numbers would go down correspondingly. The people who are put “on hold” will be deliberated at our final meeting and wither accepted or denied. We can take up to xx new members this year.

Confidentiality must be stressed. Whatever is discussed at our meetings cannot be discussed outside of the meeting. Keep in mind that the Dean of Students and the Deans of the Schools must give their approval of our final list, so no one is considered accepted until that approval is received.


John Caroll University

As used in October 2003

This fall, for the first time, we are inducting members in the fall semester. Until now, we have been inducting in the spring semester, often just before Easter. But that has left too little time for new members to learn the organization or to become acquainted with older members. Thus little has been accomplished.

Last spring, on noticing that many chapters inducted in the fall, I decided that we should do that as well. The officers then in place agreed that an earlier induction would be preferable to what we were doing. This was also made more compelling by the JCU Student Union Budget Board’s demand that new officers take over in January rather than later in the year.

Thus, shortly after the start of the present fall semester, in early September, Mrs. Elaine Hocevar, the manager of graduation applications in the office of the Assistant Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (and a two-time president of the John Carroll University chapter of ΑΣΝ), asked the Office of Information Services for a list of all juniors with a GPA of 3.5 and above. (We did not request a similar list of seniors, on the theory that their names had been on the list last year when they were juniors. I’m thinking that this is an omission we should remedy in the future.)

Invitations to apply for membership were sent to all juniors on the list, along with instructions to include an essay telling of their scholarship, loyalty, and service; and to obtain a faculty member’s recommendation or endorsement, to be sent to my office. The potential applicants were given a deadline of October 3, 2003. Since that was a Friday, applications arriving on October 6, the following Monday, were still acceptable.

As the applications and nominations came in, I entered them into the ΑΣΝ Excel spreadsheet template. Thus, when the selections were made, I was able simply to take the unsuccessful candidates out of the sheet, transferring them into a second Excel file, for our use in writing the “Sorry, but please try again next time” letters to them.

Unfortunately, the ΑΣΝ committee was not able to review the applicants until two weeks after the deadline, just before we departed for the Triennial in Denver. (That time frame needs work.) Once the list of acceptances was complete, I e-mailed it to our JCU President, Fr. Ed Glynn, SJ, for his information and approval. And once that approval was given, I e-mailed the list to the Central Office at Marquette.

We are planning an Induction Mass and Dinner for Sunday afternoon, 7 December 2003, on campus. That day comes at the start of the last week of classes. Final exams will occur in the week following that. Our hope is that we will be able to form the new (and old) ΑΣΝ students into a cohesive whole, engaging in one or more group activities in the spring semester before they all depart for the summer.


Loyola Marymount University

At the end of the Fall semester, Faculty are asked to nominate students they feel fulfill the criteria for ΑΣΝ. In January, the Registrar provides a list of students with a 3.5 GPA and above. The coordinator checks with Student Affairs and the Center for Service and Action to document all activities the students are engaged in on campus and beyond. We also keep a record of students who received faculty nominations the year before.

In early February, a gathering of the membership of ΑΣΝ takes place, the purpose of which is selection of new members on the basis of all the information provided by the campus, and on the basis of any information the current members may have of the students whose names are listed by the Registrar.

Following the selection meeting, the Advisor meets with each Dean to get the approval of the list for his/her college, before taking these to the President.

We mail letters of invitiation to the students once all the approvals are in place.


Regis College Toronto

We use a modified version of nomination by the dean. As faculty adviser, I obtain from the registrar the list of students in each of our programs who are halfway through their requirements and whose grades place them in the top fifteen percent of their programs. I then take each of these lists to the appropriate program director, and ask them to select two or three nominees who embody the values of scholarship, loyalty and service (given our total student numbers, I know that getting two names in each program will leave me with the final four percent). I put these names together and submit the list to the dean for his approval. The students whose names appear on the list, once approved, are sent a letter inviting them to allow their names to stand; this letter includes a blank form asking details of their history of scholarship, loyalty and service – we don’t treat this as an application or nomination form, but merely as a record. If the students return the form, they have accepted the nomination by the dean.


Saint Louis University

SEPTEMBER 8 - Send letter to Registrar requesting mailing labels and list: All undergraduates with 60 hours and 3.6 GPA, in College of Arts And Sciences, College of Public Service, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Business and Administration, School of Social Service, Parks College, and School of Professional Studies. Labels and list should be alphabetical, by schools, and with local addresses.

Send letters to deans of graduate and professional schools inviting them to nominate students from their schools who meet the criteria. Deadline 10/24

SEPTEMBER ? - Prepare letters and information to be mailed to undergraduates when labels and lists are available. Include letter of invitation and application form, essay instructions, and AΣN Information Sheet from National Office. When labels arrive, prepare envelopes and insert prepared letter and information. Separate on-campus and off-campus letters, and mail.

Send Spain Campus mail via International Student Office (check International Student Office for lists of other students studying overseas and make necessary arrangements for their mail).

SEPTEMBER 20 - Obtain copy of University enrollment statistics by school/college from Office of Institutional Study.

Decide on names of Honorary members and obtain Presidential Approval.

OCTOBER 24 - As the applications arrive, the information is entered into the computer. When the deadline arrives, all applications are given to the Coordinator.

Applications are sorted by schools then by junior/senior classification.

Determine number of juniors/seniors eligible in each School/college according to the 4% requirement, using Enrollment Statistics.

OCTOBER 28-29 - Members of the Selection Committee (made up of officers, Faculty Advisor, and representatives of schools not included in the officers) meet in the office of the Coordinator to read the essays, marking them Yes, No or Maybe. Final determination is made by the Faculty Advisor and Coordinator. List of invitees, along with lists of Graduate and Professional Deans’ nominees is given to the secretarial staff for letters of invitation or regrets.

NOVEMBER 7 - Mail invitation and regret letters. Invitation letters to honoraries.

DECEMBER 9 - Deadline for acceptance and payment of dues. Endorse and deposit checks.

JANUARY 14 - Prepare list and all required information on order form. Double check for accuracy. Send electronic list to National Office.

Obtain President’s and Advisor’s signatures on order form. Determine amount to be sent for memberships and medallions. Write and send check with list and information.

JANUARY 20 - Send invitation and information about the induction to the deans. Include list of their inductees, to be reported in their pre-Commencement program.

FEBRUARY 16 - Send induction info to candidates, including honoraries, with reservation form. Contact last year’s inductees, inviting them to attend, and asking if they wish to order a medallion for commencement.

MARCH 21 - Mass and induction ceremony, followed by reception.


University of Scranton

  1. Obtain from Registrar the lists of students in top 15% on GPA, separately for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Juniors are those having completed 60-89 credits; seniors 90+ credits; graduate students at least 18 graduate credits.
  2. Mark the list to show current members (so they do not get re-nominated).
  3. Solicit nominations from current ΑΣΝ members, including faculty, staff, and student members. These members receive the list of students in the top 15%, along with a cover letter from the chapter president and faculty advisor. The cover letter outlines the criteria for ΑΣΝ membership, requests that CVs be submitted along with any statement from the nominator, and gives deadlines for submission.
  4. Nominations are also solicited, by way of the same cover letter, for honorary members.
  5. Chapter coordinator and faculty advisor compile the nominations.
  6. The student officers review the nominations and make selections of student nominees. The faculty advisor provides guidance on the selection process.
  7. From the nominations for honorary membership, the ΑΣΝ Advisory Group makes selections. (This group consists of 5 faculty and 4 staff members; the faculty advisor chairs the group.)
  8. Student selections are sent to the deans of the respective colleges for review.
  9. Student and honorary selections are sent to the University President for his review.
  10. The faculty advisor adjusts the lists as needed, based on reviews by deans and the President. The penultimate lists of inductees are prepared.
  11. A letter is sent to persons on the a/r lists inviting membership in ΑΣΝ. The final list of inductees consists of those accepting membership.

Notes on the Process

  1. We do not call for self-nominations. We have tried that in the past and were not happy with the result.
  2. Current members (faculty, staff, students) are very conscientious about making nominations.
  3. Our inductees pay the membership fee. The chapter does cover the fee for those who cannot afford it.
  4. We have not had a problem getting acceptances from persons invited to membership, although some individuals require multiple follow-ups.
  5. We call for nominations in October and hold the induction ceremony in late March to early May.
  6. At present the undergraduate GPA lists are for all colleges combined. We are considering doing this separately by college.


Seattle University

After we meet in the fall to review the Handbook, we request a list of students from the Registrar's Office who are about 3.8 or above (we have quite a few) to identify from each School and College the top students. We select about twice the number we will ultimately accept (not all apply when

invited) and ask them to write a personal statement about their academic aims, service experience, etc., based on their reading of ΑΣΝ goals. Applicants also ask a faculty member to write a letter of recommendation on their behalf.

We usually then meet after Christmas vacation, during which time our local officers have read all submitted materials. The officers, sometimes with help from other chapter members, evaluate the material based on commonly agreed norms, explicitly stated and distributed to each reader.

From this process, we identify the allowed quota of qualified inductees and notify them (and the others) of the decision. We do not require attendance at the Induction Ceremony in order to join. The President of the university usually submits to us the names of 2 or 3 persons whom he would like to honor with membership.

As it has worked out in practice, our Induction Ceremony usually takes place in Spring Quarter.


Spring Hill College

  1. In early January, the Registrar provides a list of
    seniors and juniors ranked according to GPA.
  2. after the top 15% have been identified, each student is sent a letter inviting him or her to apply for menmbership in Alpha Sigma Nu and explaining briefly what this honor society is all about. Enclosed is an application form, which includes a resume or list of all activities and also a 3-page essay reflection on how the student understands and has practiced the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.
  3. a selection committee is formed, consisting of the the Pressdent and Vice-President of the chapter, the faculty adviser, and two other faculty members, usually faculty who are members of Alpha Sigma Nu.
  4. the selection committee reads all applications and each member ranks their top ten juniors and seniors; the committee then meets to finalize the list of 4% of each class who will be invited to become members.This averages to 8 juniors and 8 seniors. In the three years we have used this method, there has been remarkable consistency in the names selected by the members of the committee. Just a couple of names need to be discussed.
  5. all remaining folders are then forwarded to the Presdent who makes his additional selections.
  6. all accepted members are then notified by letter.


University of Detroit Mercy

Letters of invitation to apply for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu are sent to: juniors and seniors with gpa’s in the top 15% in each of five colleges; graduate students in the five colleges with gpa’s in the top 15% who have completed at least half their programs; law and dental school students with gpa’s in the top 15% who have completed at least half their programs. An application form is included, which asks the student to describe in a maximum of two pages how s/he exemplifies the values of loyalty and service. A copy of the pledge is included to inform students of an induction requirement.

Envelopes are mailed to the address the student has indicated as preferred with the Registrar’s Office and bear a label encouraging immediate attention.

An email message is sent to all students inviting them to check their mail at home or at the University for their AΣN application.

Approximately ten days after the deadline stated in the letter of invitation, chapter officers meet to review the applications received and make decisions on each submission. Applications are also reviewed by a faculty or staff member familiar with the students and with student organizations and by the AΣN Campus Coordinator. Should this group be unable to reach consensus, the Faculty Adviser makes the decision.

Names of applicants are submitted to the deans of each college and to the dean of students for concurrence.

The final list of applicants is submitted to the university’s president for approval.

Names of those nominated for student or honorary memberships shall be submitted to the Executive Director for inscription on the records of the Society and for the proper issuance of keys and certificates.

Alumni Clubs
Graduates of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have been initiated into Alpha Sigma Nu or Gamma Pi Epsilon, the former national society for women in Jesuit colleges and universities, and all honorary members enjoy lifetime membership in the Society and may participate in the activities of any Alumni Club.

Federal Employment
In a letter dated April 13, 1973, the U.S. Civil Service Commission stated, "Membership in a national honor society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service. However, applicants must meet all of the requirements as described in the particular Federal Job Announcement covering the positions for which they apply." This affords a tangible acknowledgment of merit.

Internship Scholarships
Through partnerships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and The Washington Center of Internships and academic Seminars, student members of each ACHS member society may qualify for scholarships. See links at for more information.

Reach for Excellence
Honor society membership, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily. Therefore, when an invitation to membership arrives, it truly is a matter of honor, reflecting exceptional academic achievement and perhaps outstanding campus leadership and service.

Recognize Your Outstanding Achievement
Though achievement is its own reward, earning your honor society key or pin demonstrates that you have accomplished something that makes you special and puts you at the top of your chosen field. Having an honor society listed on your resumé provides a tangible sign of your academic success.

Advance Your Professional Career
Whether you intend to go to graduate school or use your knowledge in industry or the professions, your college honor society key helps open doors. People in your field recognize your membership as a mark of excellence that identifies you as exceptional. An invitation to membership in an honor society is more than recognition of your success; it is an invitation to excellence. Reach for excellence.

The qualifications and procedures for inducting students into Alpha Sigma Nu are outlined in the:

Alpha Sigma Nu Bylaws General Qualifications

3.3.1 General Nomination Provisions: Student members shall be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in a Jesuit institution at the time of their induction into the Chapter. Nominees to the Society shall comprise either no more than four (4%) percent of the total student enrollment at a given institution or consist of no more than two (2) students from each college and each graduate school in the institution, whichever number is greater. The full-time equivalent of part-time students attnding the institution shall be calculated and added to the number of full-time students to determine total student enrollment. Further, each year the institution’s President is accorded the privilege of nominating from the scholastic eligibility list not more than three (3) additional candidates for membership. The President of the institution must approve the list of candidates nominated.

Undergraduate Student Qualification and Procedure

3.3.2 Requirements for Undergraduate Nomination: Students nominated for membership in the Society must have scholastic rank in the top fifteen (15%) percent of their class. They must also have distinguished themselves in displaying qualities of loyalty and service as defined in Section 3.1. Undergraduate transfer students shall have completed not less than one and one-half (1-1/2) semesters at a Jesuit institution by the time of their nomination. Part-time undergraduate students shall have completed not less than one-half (1/2) of their degree program by the time of their nomination.

3.3.3 Undergraduate Nomination Procedure: The Student Chapter may recommend candidates selected from the junior and senior classes for nomination to the Society. The number of nominees shall not exceed more than four (4%) percent of the full-time enrollment of the nominee’s class. This list of candidates is submitted to the dean of each school or college in the Jesuit institution with undergraduate students. The dean may delete any name from the list if s/he believes that the candidate is not qualified for membership. The dean may recommend one (1) or more qualified candidates subject to Chapter approval. The Chapter will forward the final list of candidates to the President of the institution for approval.

Graduate Student Qualification and Procedure

3.3.4 Requirements for Graduate Nomination: Graduate students nominated for membership in the Society shall have completed not less than one-half (1/2) of the credit requirements for their graduate degree at a Jesuit institution at the time of their nomination. They must have distinguished themselves in displaying qualities of scholarship, loyalty and service as defined in Section 3.1.

3.3.5 Graduate Nomination Procedure: The Student Chapter or department chairs may recommend for nomination to the Society not more than four (4%) percent of the top fifteen (15%) percent of the total enrollment of the respective graduate program or department. The list of students nominated shall be forwarded to the dean of the graduate school. The dean may delete any name from the list if s/he believes that the candidate is not qualified for membership. The dean may recommend one (1) or more qualified candidates, subject to Chapter approval. The Chapter will forward the final list of candidates to the President of the institution for approval.

Alpha Sigma Nu is committed to equal opportunity for all qualified candidates in light of criteria established in the Bylaws.

Click on a Chapter below to do directly to the contact information.
Boston College Loyola Marymount University Santa Clara University
Campion College Loyola University Chicago Seattle University
Canisius College Loyola University Maryland Sogang University
College of the Holy Cross Loyola University New Orleans Spring Hill College
Creighton University Marquette University University of Detroit Mercy
Fairfield University Regis College Toronto University of San Francisco
Fordham University Regis University University of Scranton
Georgetown University Rockhurst University Wheeling Jesuit University
Gonzaga University Saint Joseph's University Xavier University
John Carroll University Saint Louis University  
Le Moyne College Saint Peter's University  

Boston College

Faculty Adviser
Joseph O'Keefe, SJ
(617) 552-8426
Campion Hall 223
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Chapter Coordinator
Cindy Blazuk

Campion College

Faculty Adviser
Lee Ward, PhD
(306) 359-1259
Campion College
3737 Wascana Parkway
Regina, SK
S4S 0A2 Canada

Canisius College

Faculty Adviser
Patrick J. Lynch, SJ
(716) 888-2831
2001 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

Chapter Coordinator
Veronica Sewacki
(716) 888-2150

College of the Holy Cross

Faculty Adviser
John Gavin, SJ
(508) 793-3446
1 College Street
Ciampi Hall
Worcester, MA 01610

Chapter Coordinator
Diane Girard
(508) 793-3026

Creighton University

Faculty Adviser
Thomas Purcell III, PhD, JD
(402) 280-2062
2500 California St.
Omaha, NE 68178

Chapter Coordinator
Laurel McClure

(402) 280-2834 or 2835

Fairfield University

Faculty Adviser
Thomas C. Pellegrino, PhD
(203) 254-4000 x2244
1703 N. Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824

Chapter Coordinator
Colleen Gilbertson
(203) 254-4000 x3468

Fordham University

Faculty Adviser
Rosemary A. DeJulio, PhD
(718) 817-3009
Administration Building North 109
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458

Georgetown University

Faculty Adviser
Matthew Carnes, SJ
(202) 687-6606
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057-1000

Chapter Coordinator
Meghan Hogge
(202) 687-8488

Gonzaga University

Faculty Adviser
Dan Bradley, PhD
(509) 313-5976
502 E. Boone Ave., AD Box 47
Spokane, WA 99258

John Carroll University

Faculty Adviser
William M. Bichl, SJ
(216) 397-3075
Campus Ministry
20700 N. Park Blvd.
University Heights, OH 44118-4520

Chapter Coordinator
Deanna DePenti
(216) 397-4245

Le Moyne College

Faculty Adviser
William S. Dolan, SJ
(315) 445-4110
Loyola Jesuit Residence
1419 Salt Springs Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13214

Chapter Coordinator
Eileen Ayers


Loyola Marymount University

Faculty Adviser
Kelly Younger, PhD
(310) 338-1927
1 LMU Dr.
University Hall, Suite 3800
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

Chapter Coordinator
Beatrice Henson-O'Neal
(310) 338-7349

Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Adviser
Thomas Regan, SJ
(773) 508-2291
6525 Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626

Chapter Coordinator
Curtis Main
(773) 508-2091

Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Adviser
Frank Haig, SJ
(410) 617-2574
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699

Chapter Coordinator
Peg McKibbin
(410) 617-2030

Loyola University New Orleans

Faculty Adviser
Lawrence Lewis, PhD
(504) 865-3095
6363 St. Charles Ave., Box 194
New Orleans, LA 70118

Marquette University

Faculty Adviser
Nicholas Santos, SJ
(414) 288-1444
School of Business Administration
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Chapter Coordinator
Joshua Martinez
(414) 288-7223

Regis College

Faculty Adviser
Scott Lewis, SJ
(416) 922-5474
100 Wellesley Street W
Toronto ON
Canada M4Y 2R5

Regis University

Faculty Adviser
Sara L. Jarrett, PhD
(303) 458-4082
3333 Regis Blvd., B-4
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Chapter Coordinator
Gina Leyba
(303) 458-1843

Rockhurst University

Faculty Adviser
Charles M. Kovich, PhD
(816) 501-4034
1100 Rockhurst Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561

Chapter Coordinator
Jason Arthur
(816) 501-4345

Saint Joseph’s Unversity

Faculty Adviser
E. Springs Steele. PhD
(610) 660-3290
Office of Mission and identity
5600 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131

Chapter Coordinator
Marge Ryan-Atkinson

(610) 660-3290

Saint Louis University

Faculty Adviser
Paul Stark, SJ
(314) 977-2250
Office of Mission and Ministry
One Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103

Chapter Coordinator
Judi Buncher
(314) 977-7065

Saint Peter's University

Faculty Adviser
Michael Braden, SJ
(201) 761-6018
50 Glenwood Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306-4606

Chapter Coordinator
Maria Santiago
(201) 761-7432

Santa Clara University

Faculty Adviser
Paul Mariani, SJ
(408) 554-4124
History Dept., 500 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95053

Chapter Coordinator - SCU
Judy Gillette
(408) 554-4527

Chapter Coordinator - JST
Maria dePedraza
(510) 549-5012


Seattle University

Faculty Adviser
Paul Fontana, PhD
(206) 296-5934
P.O. Box 222000
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122

Sogang University

Faculty Adviser
Yonghae Kim, SJ
00-82-02 705-8356


Spring Hill College

Faculty Adviser
Michael A. Williams, SJ
(251) 380-4641
English Department
4000 Dauphin
Mobile, AL 36608

University of Detroit Mercy

Faculty Adviser
Simon Hendry, SJ

(313) 578-0352
Lansing-Reilly Hall
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221

Chapter Coordinator
Yvonne King
(313) 993-1208

University of San Francisco

Faculty Adviser
Arturo Araujo, SJ
(415) 422-5762
College of Arts & Sciences, Fromm 002
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

Chapter Coordinator
Monica Doblado
(415) 422-6601

University of Scranton

Faculty Adviser
Michael Sulzinski, PhD
(570) 941-4306
Department of Biology
355 Loyola Science Center
Scranton, PA 18510

Chapter Coordinator
Mary Ann Maslar
(570) 941-7560

Wheeling Jesuit University

Faculty Adviser
Michael F. Steltenkamp, SJ
(304) 243-2547
316 W. Washington Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003

Chapter Coordinator
Margie Cooke
(304) 243-2251

Xavier University

Faculty Adviser
Amy Whipple, PhD
(513) 745-2096
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207 -4443

Chapter Coordinator
Arlene Coffaro
(513) 745-3997

What is Alpha Sigma Nu?

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities.  Founded in 1915,  Alpha Sigma Nu is unique among honor societies in that it honors students who not only distinguish themselves in their academic pursuits, but also in their loyalty to the values of their Jesuit education, and service to others.  Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals - intellectual, social, moral, and religious - of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.

Who is eligible to join?

Any student of a Jesuit college or university is eligible. Juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 15% of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are considered for membership. Only 4% of each class may be inducted.

Why should I join?

·      Membership is one of the highest honors at Jesuit colleges and universities

·      Enhancing your experience of Jesuit education through closer connections to like-minded peers, alumni, and the Jesuit community

·      Remarkable opportunities for networking with members worldwide via the online Member Directory and exclusive LinkedIn group

·      Interaction with a distinguished group of people - Alpha Sigma Nu members on your campus, at other ΑΣΝ Chapters, and at your local Alumni Club

·      Browse the full list of Privileges of Membership

·      Membership is lifelong

What are the commitments?

To be an active Chapter member as a student and to continue to live the ideals of scholarship, loyalty and service as a lifelong member

What is the cost?

Induction fees are $65 for a lifetime membership. This provides for your certificate and official pin, plus ongoing mailings from Alpha Sigma Nu. Please contact your Faculty Adviser if the cost of induction presents a financial hardship.  There are no annual dues, however, ΑΣΝ is supported almost entirely by the annual Sustaining Fund. Consider a donation.

Are there networking possibilities?

Yes, and they are improving regularly. ΑΣΝ has over 74,000 members throughout the world with current addresses for about 75% of them. Alumni contact information can be found in the ΑΣΝ online Member Directory. The Alpha Sigma Nu LinkedIn group has over 1,700 members, and the ΑΣΝ Facebook page is a great way to connect as well. Members can be found in all major cities, in all ranges of positions, at companies and government agencies alike. This is an amazing resource!

Will this help with graduate or professional school admission?

Yes. This is a recognized and respected credential. Established in 1915, ΑΣΝ is a full member of ACHS, the Association of College Honor Societies.

Will this help with career moves?

Yes. The online member directory provides professional contact information, as well as a means to keep your contact and professional information current with Alpha Sigma Nu. Our members-only LinkedIn group also provides a platform for connecting with Alpha Sigma Nu alumni working across all professions in all corners of the country and internationally.


Boston College
Campion College
Canisius College
College of the Holy Cross
Creighton University
Fairfield University
Fordham University
Georgetown University
Gonzaga University
John Carroll University
Le Moyne College
Loyola University Maryland
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University New Orleans
Marquette University
Regis College
Regis University
Rockhurst University
Saint Joseph’s University
Saint Louis University
Saint Peter’s University
Santa Clara University
Seattle University
Sogang University
Spring Hill College
University of Detroit Mercy
University of San Francisco
University of Scranton
Wheeling Jesuit University
Xavier University


Click here for a map of all Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. We have chapters at all of them!





Alpha Sigma Nu is fully member supported by member contributions and induction fees. Your gifts to Alpha Sigma Nu, Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization, are tax deductible.

Gift Recognition

Your gift to Alpha Sigma Nu ensures that the Society endures and thrives. Alpha Sigma Nu giving circles encourage your generous support and reflect Alpha Sigma Nu’s history. Donors to Alpha Sigma Nu may choose from the following:

1915 Society Loyal donors of 10 years or more
Honoring the year of the founding of Alpha Sigma Nu. On June 4, 1915, John Danihy, SJ, held the first Alpha Sigma Nu induction of eleven students. Father Danihy chose students to be the first members who distinguished themselves in their dedication to scholarship in the search for truth, loyalty to the cause of Jesuit education, and service to others.
Danihy Circle $2,500+
Honoring John Danihy, SJ, Alpha Sigma Nu founder, who defined what Jesuit Honor Society should be and inspired the Society to its national and international position today. A man of vision and action, he served as Dean of Journalism, established the Marquette Press, the Marquette Tribune, and the college yearbook. His fine list of achievements in the cause of Jesuit education made Father Danihy an appropriate founder of the Jesuit Honor Society.
O’Gorman Circle $1,000 - $2,500
Honoring Josephine Newell O'Gorman (Marquette ‘19), founder of Gamma Pi Epsilon, who determined that Gamma Pi Epsilon, the Jesuit Women’s Honor Society, would not only recognize academic talent and school loyalty of individual students, but would also "form a compact body through which school spirit would be greatly promoted." The women chose a French phrase, Pour Gloise L'Ecole, For the Glory of the School, to stand as their motto, and the Greek letters Gamma Pi Epsilon which inspired the service-focused action of Gamma Chapters.
Cobeen Circle $500 - $999
Honoring Charles Cobeen (Marquette ’20), who first served ΑΣΝ as chair of the Committee on Nationalization overseeing the expansion of Alpha Sigma Nu to Saint Louis University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Loyola University Chicago. He went on to serve as the Society's Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years. His dedication led the Society in defining its mission, in its expansion across the country, and in its position as the vanguard of Jesuit action and ideals.
Casper Circle $250 - $499
Honoring Henry Casper, SJ, (Creighton ’61) who was the first to call on Alpha Sigma Nu to articulate a greater purpose than being strictly honorary and to challenge members to service to Jesuit education beyond graduation. He encouraged the Society in its role as a national player through the use of its growing alumni base, as he established the annual ΑΣΝ lecture at Creighton. Father Casper taught nineteenth century European History and American Church History at Marquette and Creighton.
Roulier Circle $100 - $249
Honoring Caroline Roulier (University of Detroit Mercy ‘66), who, as Gamma Pi Epsilon National President at the time of the merger with Alpha Sigma Nu, guided both Societies to a spirit of compromise. Her political astuteness, strong leadership, and effective negotiating skills facilitated an equal and honorable partnership. Ms. Roulier was the first woman Convention Chair and the first woman Board Vice-President.
Trame Circle $50 - $99
Honoring Richard Trame, SJ (Loyola Marymount ’62), who, as Board Faculty Moderator, wrote the initiation ritual and pledge that, with a few modifications, are still used today. He was the first Board member to advocate for women members of Alpha Sigma Nu, beginning in 1964, and continued to do so until the merger was accomplished. Father Trame was a strong proponent of liberal arts education and Alpha Sigma Nu’s role in its recognition.

How Donors Support Alpha Sigma Nu Programs

Your donations to Alpha Sigma Nu:

  • Fund the Alpha Sigma Nu scholarships. Established in 1985, $623,750 has been awarded to worthy students attending the 31 member colleges and universities
  • Fund Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards. Founded to promote research excellence,since their inception in 1980, $103,000 in Book Awards have rewarded outstanding scholarly works by the faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities
  • Support the Central Office. Alpha Sigma Nu’s two full time staff members who:
  • Facilitate and assure the integrity of Alpha Sigma Nu inductions at our 31 members institutions
  • With the Board of Directors' guidance and leadership, execute the Alpha Sigma Nu purpose, mission, and vision
  • Assist Faculty Advisers on our campuses with programs promoting the ideals of ΑΣΝ
  • Support Chapter officers in developing and executing programming
  • Support Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs in their effort to encourage a lifelong commitment to Jesuit ideals
  • Communicate with members through the publication of two annual ΑΣΝ newsletters and, the official website of the Society
  • Keep current the Member Directory database where over 53,000 members are able to network
  • Ensure the future of Alpha Sigma Nu by conducting the annual Sustaining Fund
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, maintain good governance of Alpha Sigma Nu and careful shepherding of donors’ gifts

The Scholarship Endowment and the fund balance are marshaled by the Investment Committee, selected by the Nominating Committee, consisting of ΑΣΝ members with strong credentials in the investment field led by the Board Treasurer.

The Board of Directors and Central Office staff welcome you to the ΑΣΝ website.

The Board of Directors:

  • Oversees the good governance of Alpha Sigma Nu and the careful shepherding of donors’ gifts and induction fees
  • Ensures that all activities of the Society address the Alpha Sigma Nu purpose and mission
  • Articulates a vision for ΑΣΝ

The Board consists of 15 members:

·     Eight members are elected by delegates at the Triennial Conference for six-year terms

·     Two student members are elected by delegates at the Triennial Conference for three year terms

·     Two members are appointed by the Board at the midpoint between Triennial Conferences for six year terms to ensure continuity

The Board Faculty Adviser and the Board Alumni Adviser are appointed by the Board of Directors at the Triennial Conference for three year terms and are ex-officio members without a vote

The Executive Director of Alpha Sigma Nu is an ex-officio member without a vote


On June 4, 1915, Alpha Sigma Nu founder, John Danihy, SJ, Dean of Journalism at Marquette University, held the inaugural induction of 11 undergraduate men, founding the Society.  A dynamic leader, he established the Marquette Press, the Marquette Tribune, and the yearbook, the Hilltop. In his travels and reading, Fr. Danihy had encountered and admired honor societies, though in the first half of the 20th century, students at Catholic institutions of higher education were systematically locked out of traditional honor societies.

Fr. Danihy believed these newly inducted men exemplified a dedication to scholarship, loyalty to the cause of Jesuit education, and service to their campuses, and instructed them "to band together those who most fully understand and appreciate the ideals of a Jesuit education and to impress these ideals upon their fellow men.”  With much anticipation that the society would spread to other schools, in 1921, Fr. Danihy announced that his vision for the Society went beyond the walls of Marquette towards the creation of a national Jesuit organization.

The first national convention of Alpha Sigma Nu was held in 1925, where the first Board of Directors was elected. The Constitution was passed, calling for the President of each university or college to appoint a member of the Society of Jesus as Faculty Adviser to its Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter.

The first induction of Gamma Pi Epsilon, the Jesuit honor society for women also founded at Marquette, occurred on April 6, 1925. Gamma Pi Epsilon became a national organization in 1947 when Saint Louis University granted permission to organize a chapter on campus.

From the first, Alpha Sigma Nu encouraged the creation of Alumni Cubs to help foster continued loyalty and service to Jesuit education. The 1940 Convention brought about the creation of a newsletter to help tie the suddenly far-flung organization together and in recognition that Alpha Sigma Nu would need a well-developed alumni base if it were to keep growing.

By 1943, the Society had grown to 19 chapters and was moving into the new decade with its mission as the vanguard of Jesuit action and ideals.

Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu has never been restricted to members of the Catholic Church. The Society's leaders strove to keep the organization open to anyone who was qualified to enroll in a Jesuit institution.

The 1960’s saw great growth in the Society despite the student unrest on many American campuses. The next Convention and the 50th anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu took place during the 1965-66 academic year. This event celebrated the continuing legacy of Jesuit education in America and recognized the Society, which honored the best of that tradition. Father General Pedro Arrupe, SJ, in his keynote address, expressed a desire for the laity to become more involved in Church issues and saw Alpha Sigma Nu as an ideal group for this purpose. He said the profile of the Jesuit-educated graduate was a person with "a balance of intellectual humility and independence" who "respects the traditions and accomplishments of the past but is open to new ideas and developments.” “This is an historical evening for you and me,” he said, celebrating fifty years.  “I looked forward to being with you to show my respect for your achievements of the past but more especially to join with you in charting the future.”

At the 1964 conference, the issues committee reasoned: "If ΑΣΝ is to honor students desirous of said honor, no one should be eliminated on grounds of sex. The present set-up contradicts the notion of Jesuit honor students.” Thus, the two Jesuit honor societies merged and the Boards of Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon met for the first time in March of 1972. Here you see the merger resolution:

"BE IT RESOLVED: That Gamma Pi Epsilon and Alpha Sigma Nu be, and hereby are, merged into one honor society known as Alpha Sigma Nu to continue to advance the causes, traditions and purposes that have been fostered and promoted for many decades by both societies.  That fall, Alpha Sigma Nu inducted a total of 1,140 new members into its organization: 663 men and 477 women. The numbers dramatized the strength of the new organization."

In 1975, Alpha Sigma Nu joined the Association of College Honor Societies. ACHS is an organization that certifies honor societies, assuring they meet standards and providing students a place to check the legitimacy of honor societies who invite their membership.

The board passed n 1979 the bylaw mandating that two members of the board be student members elected at each Triennial Conference. In 1980, the Board founded the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, now given in a 3-year cycle, honoring books in the following categories: the Humanities, Professional Studies, and the Sciences. The Book Awards promote excellence in research and scholarship among faculty and staff at Jesuit institutions of higher education and are one of the hallmarks of Alpha Sigma Nu's commitment to honor scholars of Jesuit institutions.

In 1981, the AΣΝ Scholarship Program began with Board approval of a $1,500 annual scholarship at Marquette University. Our scholarship program now funds $1,000 scholarships at all our member institutions and is funded by the donations of Alpha Sigma Nu alumni to our annual Sustaining Fund.

More recent milestones

2001 - Online Member Directory on our website provides a terrific networking resource

2002-2003 - Six new Alumni Clubs are founded, joining Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Omaha

2006 - Campion College at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan becomes our 33rd Chapter

2008 - Record numbers. 1,694 new inductees at our 33 member institutions, over $184,000 donated to our Sustaining Fund by AΣΝAΣΝ alumni, and 14 Alumni Clubs actively encouraged scholarship, loyalty and service in the lives of our alumni

2008 and 2011- Alpha Sigma Nu Faculty Advisers gather to discuss the mission and vision of the organization

Some 450 years ago, Ignatius Loyola began an order that stressed all Christians should strive for excellence in service to all humanity, all for the greater glory and honor of God. Alpha Sigma Nu, in seeking the best of Jesuit education, requires that its now 74,000 members emulate St. Ignatius through excellence in scholarship, loyalty, and service. This Ignatian heritage is relevant today as Alpha Sigma Nu looks to its 100th anniversary in 2015.

The purpose of Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs is the encouragement of our members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service. Alumni Clubs provide opportunities for expression of that commitment through participating in service projects, presenting speaker events, developing programs that connect faith with life, and providing a venue for career and social networking. Each club determines its own activities and agenda to fit the needs of members in that region.

Find an Alumni Club near you

Bay Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Baltimore Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Boston Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Buffalo Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Chicago Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Danihy Club of SE Wisconsin

Denver Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Kansas City Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Los Angeles ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

New York City Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Omaha Area ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

ΑΣΝ Alumni Club of Washington, D.C.

Scranton ΑΣΝ Alumni Club

Saint Louis ΑΣΝ Alumni Club


Stay connected to ΑΣΝ and Jesuit news

Do we have your current information? Update with us on our online Member Directory.


Thank you for your submissions to the 2015 Book Awards

Judging will begin shortly. Stay tuned for the 2015 winners!

Applications for the 2016 competition are now available

The 2016 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards will honor scholarly works in the category of "Professional Studies." The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.


Congratulations to the 2014 Book Award winners!

Thank you to all the applicants in the 2014 Book Awards. The quality of submissions was lauded by our judging panel, showing excellence in scholarship at our Jesuit member institutions.

Congratulations to the winners, who received $1,000 scholarships per winning book entry and commemorative plaques, with our congratulations for their exemplary contribution to their field.



John E. Thiel, PhD, Fairfield University


Paul Lauritzen, PhD, John Carroll University

Literature/Fine Arts

Min Hyoung Song, PhD, Boston College


Nathaniel Millett, PhD, Saint Louis University


Prospective Students

Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. The Society recognizes the most promising students at these institutions, who distinguish themselves in SCHOLARSHIP, LOYALTY, and SERVICE. Induction into Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors awarded on a Jesuit campus, and members are committed to bearing the name Jesuit in their lives.

Why join?

ΑΣΝ is unique among honor societies. Your induction not only rewards your academic achievements, but equally importantly, your commitment to the values of your Jesuit education and service to others.

Chapters provide opportunities for members to develop leadership skills, create positive change in their communities, more deeply commit to the mission of Jesuit education, and to connect with the Jesuit community.

You will join 74,000+ fellow Ignatian leaders. NETWORK through Alumni Club events across the country, exclusive social media groups, and our online Member Directory. Stay connected to your VALUES as a lifelong leader through events and online resources. Take advantage of SCHOLARSHIPS, internship scholarships, and advanced clearance in Federal Government jobs.

For more Privileges of Membership, click here

How do I join?

Students must be invited to apply by their Jesuit college or university. Only students ranking in the top 15% of their class are eligible. If you receive a letter of invitation, submit your application for consideration. No more than 4% of the junior and senior classes of each member institution may be nominated.

For more information on the Qualifications and Application, click here


Student Members

Welcome and congratulations! As a member, you have been honored for your strong academic record and proven excellence in the three pillars of Alpha Sigmna Nu. Now the Society encourages you to a lifelong pursuit of these ideals and a commitment to the principles of Jesuit education.

Get involved

Become an active member of your Campus Chapter. Run for a leadership position with the Chapter. Take part in service opportunities. Engage with your local Alumni Club. Start networking!

For more Chapter Resources, click here

Our Mission

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.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the Society shall be to honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service; to honor persons who may or may not be Alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service in their intellectual, civic, religious, or professional pursuits; to band together and to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education; to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Chapters in accredited Jesuit institutions of higher education; and to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Alumni Clubs.

A Brief History

Alpha Sigma Nu was founded at Marquette University in 1915 by John Danihy, SJ, Dean of Journalism. In his travels and reading, Father Danihy had encountered and admired honor societies. In the first half of the 20th century, administrators of Catholic institutions of higher education found that their students were being systematically locked out of other honor societies. The society, known as Alpha Sigma Tau until 1930, spread from Marquette to Creighton University, to Saint Louis University and to the University of Detroit in its first decade. By 1924, Gamma Pi Epsilon was founded to honor outstanding women. Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon pursued separate but similar paths for almost 50 years, expanding nationally and cooperating on campuses where they existed together. The society born of their merger in 1973 is open to men and women at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, two in Canada and one in South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu, in seeking the best of Jesuit education, requires that its now over 74,000 members emulate St. Ignatius through excellence in scholarship, loyalty, and service. This Ignatian heritage is relevant today, as Alpha Sigma Nu gears up for its 100th year.

The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS)

Alpha Sigma Nu members are committed to bearing the name Jesuit in their lives and have a special connection with Jesuits, Jesuit apostolic partners, and Jesuit colleges and universities. The ΑΣΝ vision is to be a dynamic organization of lifetime leaders with Ignatian vision and values. This News & Events section is designed to keep our members informed and connected to Alpha Sigma Nu and the Jesuit world.

Campus Chapters

Alpha Sigma Nu has Chapters on 28 Jesuit campuses in the United States, Regis and Campion Colleges in Canada, and Sogang University in South Korea. Each Chapter is run by a Faculty Adviser and student officers, who coordinate the induction of new members and plan Chapter activities. At ΑΣΝ a Chapter is not just another campus club. Chapters have long-standing traditions planning:

Retreats, Tutoring, Honors Convocations, Leadership Conferences, Lecture Series, Teacher Awards, and of course-- Community Service projects.

Once inducted, get involved. Volunteer for events or run for a Chapter office.

Get inspired- 

See what other Chapters are doing

Plan a meaningful induction ceremony

Connect the Chapter with a local Alumni Club

Inspiring Chapter-

Our inaugural Chapter of the Year Award went to Loyola University Maryland for the 2013-14 academic year. Congrats on the great work!

Chapter Resources

Below are links to documents and pages for Faculty Advisers and Officers

Chapter of the Year Application

Faculty Adviser Handbook

Chapter OfficerHandbook

*New* Induction Order Form 2014-15

*New* Honorary Member Form 2014-15

*New* New Member Registration Form 2014-15

Alexander Haig Fund Application

ΑΣΝ Info Brochure

Campus Contacts


Selection Process

Selection Checklist

Ritual of Induction

Induction Timeline

Ideas Sharing- Induction Ceremony

Ideas Sharing- Chapter Programs

*NEW* End-of-Year FA Report 2014-15

*NEW* Upcoming Leadership Form for 2015-16

Alpha Sigma Nu honors students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others while attending one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Regis and Campion Colleges in Canada, or Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea. As the only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, the vision of the Society is the encouragement of Ignatian inspired lifelong leaders, accomplished through Chapter action, Alumni Club programs, and ΑΣΝ website resources.





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