Damen Student Award
The Damen Student Award is named for Loyola University Chicago's founder, Arnold Damen, S.J. It seeks to honor undergraduate students who have committed themselves to Jesuit ideals by being a true source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community throughout the year. These students are people who have led other students in spirit, motivation and purpose.
Damen Student Awards Criteria & Selection Process
- Any currently enrolled undergraduate student is eligible.
- No nominee may receive this award for two consecutive years.
- A faculty, staff, students, or administrator must nominate nominee.
- A maximum of ten to twelve awards will be presented each year
- Nominee must anticipate completing two semesters, or the equivalent, at Loyola University Chicago and anticipate completing a minimum of thirty credits at Loyola University Chicago by September 2014.
- Nominee must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above.
- Nominee must be in good judicial standing with Loyola University Chicago.
- Dr. Robert Kelly, the Vice President for Student Development, and his staff, vet the nominee list.
- Students vote on finalists.
- Dr. Kelly screens final roster to achieve balance based upon race, ethnicity, religion, major, gender, and sexual orientation.
- Click the following to read the Excellence Awards 2014 Committee's Principles of Ethics.
- Note: Campaigning for votes will disqualify you or your organization as a candidate for the 2013-2014 Damen Awards. Campaigning by the nominee or via proxy, includes but is not limited to: banners, flyers, social media posts, mass emails, and similar forms of publicity.
- Commitment to excellence.
- Faith in God and the religious experience.
- Service that promotes justice.
- Values-based leadership.
- Global awareness.
For more information on Jesuit Ideals, please see The Value of a Jesuit Education.
|Rubrics for Individual Damen Awards|
|1. How has your commitment to Jesuit ideals been a source of inspiration and leadership to the Loyola community?||Articulates one or more examples of inspiration and leadership but does not give direct reference to one of the Jesuit ideals.||Articulates one or more examples of inspiration and leadership with direct reference to one Jesuit ideal.||Articulates two or more examples of inspiration and leadership with direct reference to at least two Jesuit ideals, with one example illustrating how student has inspired and led at Loyola.||Articulates two or more examples of inspiration and leadership with direct reference to at least three Jesuit ideals, with multiple examples descriptively illustrating how student has inspired and led at Loyola.|
|2. What is your definition of leadership? Provide an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership and explain why you chose to take on such responsibility.||Definition is limited and relates leadership to an individual position or provides general reason for taking leadership position.||Definition is descriptive and emphasizes importance of group. Example includes detail and highlights taking initiative.||Definition is descriptive and emphasizes importance of group. Example has specific detail and reference to definition, highlights taking initiative, seeks to improve self and community.||Definition is descriptive and emphasizes importance of group and community. Examples have specific detail and reference to definition, highlights taking initiative, seeks to improve self and community, and expresses passion for ethical leadership.|
Questions? Please contact ExcellenceAwards@luc.edu or 773-508-8840.