Chapter of the Year
Alpha Sigma Nu is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter of the Year awards. The awards serve to honor student chapters whose programming for the academic year has been truly outstanding in embodying the tenets of scholarship, loyalty, and service. Each year, awards are given in these categories: overall chapter of the year, best scholarship programming, best loyalty programming, and best service programming. In addition, other awards may be included that align with goals or organization programming.
This year, the Board of Alpha Sigma Nu is excited to announce the winners in the following categories:
Overall Chapter of the Year – Campion College (Regina, Saskatchewan)
Through strategic vision and planning, the executive board of the ASN chapter at Campion, led by Dina Tremblay, used social media to increase chapter communication; hosted all-member socials, meetings, and a retreat to create a strong chapter community; and increased engagement by reaching out to Campion ASN alumni to include them in the chapter’s renewed energy and vision. The team increased awareness of ASN across campus through collaborations with Campus Ministry, creating a Welcome Week video, and getting highlighted in the college’s magazine. Along with pandemic-friendly service projects, the Campion chapter hosted an event on life as a grad student, infusing all programs with Ignatian spirituality. We congratulate this chapter on building a strong foundation and community and for increasing visibility and activity across campus.
Best Scholarship Programming – Loyola University Andalucía (Andalucía, Spain)
The Loyola University Andalucía chapter has a great history of strong leadership and activity. This year, the chapter planned and executed a wide range of scholarship programming, ranging from political talks and pandemic mental health programming to leadership training on both the Seville and Cordoba campuses of the university.
Best Loyalty Programming – Boston College
Boston College won in the category of Loyalty for their series of programs by BC Jesuits, including University President Rev. William P. Leahy, SJ, who spoke to chapter members about life as a Jesuit and how to live out Jesuit values. The popular “Dinner with Fr. Leahy” program invites senior ASN student members to talk about their BC experience and learn how to continue living out Jesuit values post-graduation.
Best Service Programming – Fordham University
Fordham University is a perennial honoree for the Chapter of the Year award for their great tradition of action and leadership. Despite a global pandemic and remote instruction during the entire 2020-21 academic year, chapter members served as reading buddies for children in the Bronx; provided virtual company for retired nuns; offered aid to immigrants; and participated in community blood drives.
Incorporation of Diversity & Inclusion Measures in Induction – Rockhurst University
Rockhurst University won for best use of Diversity & Inclusion measures in their selection and induction process. During this year’s induction ceremony, the university’s Chief Inclusion Officer served as keynote speaker to address how Jesuit ideals can be incorporated in diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work. The chapter also began the ceremony with a land and labor acknowledgment.
Chapter Innovation - Fairfield University
Fairfield University won in this category for their innovative use of Fairfield’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. The Fairfield chapter strongly promoted and recommended members take part in the Challenge, and incorporated chapter discussion sessions to build chapter community and create a space for dialogue in the process. They also shared racial justice resources through the chapter’s Instagram account.
The winning student chapters will each win a framed certificate and financial contribution to their chapter programming fund for the next academic year.
In this year of pandemic and remote, hybrid, and in-person instruction, we at Alpha Sigma Nu are proud of all of our student chapters for their resilience and determination to promote the ASN tenets, sharing Ignatian spirituality, and uniting in service to their communities. Read more at www.alphasigmanu.org.