The 2017 Chapter of the Year is…
Congratulations to Loyola University Andalucia, AΣN's 2017 Chapter of the Year!
When the Board of Alpha Sigma Nu celebrated the first induction of the new Chapter at Loyola Andalucia, little did they know that just seven months later, they would be congratulating this nascent Chapter as the 2017 Chapter of the Year!
The Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter of the Year Award honors the Chapter whose programming for the year has been truly outstanding in embodying, in meaningful and innovative ways, the tenets of scholarship, loyalty, and service. The LUA Chapter impressed the selection committee with a strong service component focusing on refugees, executive boards working on two campuses, and its critical partnership with Campus Ministry. Their programs included:
- Conference on refugees
- Lecture on the Jesuits in Paraguay
- Starting the “Loyola Green Club”
- Initiating a host program to match members with international students
- Holding a school supply drive for Moroccan and Algerian refugees
- Spiritual Exercises Weekend Retreat for E-boards
- Working to promote international collaborations with Marquette and Sogang
- Visiting all freshmen classes to set AΣN membership as a goal
Congratulations to University Faculty Adviser Borja Martin Garrido (Loyola Andalucia ’16), Ignacio Garrido Cruz (Loyola Andalucia ’16), Francisco de Santiago Ruiz (Loyola Andalucia ’16), Julia Linares Martin (Loyola Andalucia ’16), and their fellow Chapter officers on receiving AΣN’s fourth annual Chapter of the Year Award.
“This has been such an honor for us,” said Francisco. “We have worked to take the best of Alpha Sigma Nu and put it together with the culture and concerns in Spain and in Europe. We are committed to strengthening the Chapter to ensure future generations of LUA members.”
Honorable Mention to Fordham University
Fordham University and Loyola University Maryland Chapters received honorable mention. The Fordham Chapter’s notable programs included multiple collaborations on service with both campus and Bronx service organizations, organized 70 volunteers to visit retired Jesuits, and held two gatherings with University President Joseph McShane, SJ (Le Moyne '71), exclusively for members. Congratulations to Chapter officers Nazifa Nasim (Fordham ’16), Nicole Benevento (Fordham ’16), John Moriarty (Fordham ’16), Margaret Fisher (Fordham ’16), and Faculty Adviser Michael Trerotolo (Fordham ’16).
Honorable Mention to Loyola University Maryland
After University President Brian Linnane, SJ (Holy Cross ’95), welcomed the Chapter to the Jesuit residence to kick off the year, the Loyola Maryland Chapter frequently collaborated with the Center for Community Service and Justice on service programs in the community. The Chapter hosted a panel of Jesuit alumni addressing how to live Jesuit values in the “real world” and held its annual spring lecture event. Congratulations to Chapter officers Scott Cannon (Loyola Maryland ’16), Jamie Surgent-Nahay (Loyola Maryland ’16), Michael Jones (Loyola Maryland ’16), Brooke Dugan (Loyola Maryland ’16), Briana Stuhlman (Loyola Maryland ’16), Grace Giannattasio (Loyola Maryland ’16), Faculty Adviser Frank Haig, SJ (Wheeling Jesuit ’66), and Chapter Coordinator Anita Podles.