Loyola University Chicago

Division of Student Development

Maroon & Gold Society

Meet our 2014-2015 Members!

History of Maroon & Gold Society

Loyola University Chicago established the Maroon & Gold Society during the 2011-2012 academic year to recognize rising seniors who have demonstrated a commitment to leadershipacademic excellence, and service to others.  Members represent a cross-section of undergraduate communities and leadership paths at the university.  Each spring, students are nominated by faculty and staff for membership with Maroon & Gold Society.  Once nominations are screened and reviewed, eligible students are asked to submit an online application.  A small committee then reviews all applications and makes a recommendation of 25 top students to the Vice President of Student Development and university president who then makes the final selection of its new class.   The new class is recognized at the annual Weekend of Excellence Student Awards Banquet, in April, with their official maroon cardigan and lapel pin.   The outgoing and incoming classes are then invited to a special Induction Dinner with the president of the university and select administrators. 

Maroon & Gold Society has evolved each year with a single-minded focus, to recognize members for their exemplary leadership and commitment to excellence.  In doing so, the Society intends to honor students who personify the efforts of Loyola University Chicago:  Preparing People to Lead Extraordinary Lives.  In doing so, Society members embrace the Jesuit ideal of Magis (pursuit of excellence and not settling for mediocrity).

As a member of this elite group, all will be invited to participate in various activities with alumni as well as participate in a few, existing boards and university committees.  This also includes participating in university functions that enhance school spirit and campus pride.  Members also will have lunch with the president of the university in the fall and dinner with a distinguished alumnus in the spring semester. 

The Five Pillars of Maroon & Gold Society: Academic Excellence, Diversity, Leadership, Loyola Community, and Service 


Members of Maroon & Gold Society serve as official student ambassadors at all times especially at major university sponsored events.  They are asked to critically evaluate and share their authentic student experiences with administrators, alumni and parents.  Members are expected to uphold a standard of leadership for students at Loyola University Chicago by maintaining involvement with a leadership role in various groups around campus.  All members are expected to uphold the values of the Student Promise as well as the policies written in the Community Standards.  Membership is contingent upon active participation in the Society’s meetings and events while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.2. 

Benefits for Members

  • Participation for student ambassadorship at major university functions/events
  • Experience communicating needs and desires of students with administrators or board members
  • Networking opportunities with Alumni
  • Participation in large-scale university sponsored events

Events that Maroon & Gold Society participate:

  • Community Service & Action Saturday of Service (August 23)
  • Damen Society Reception (September 18)
  • Family Weekend (September 26-28)
  • *Annual Lecture Series (October 22)
  • *Lunch with University President (October 29)
  • President’s Ball Dinner (November)
  • Stritch Dinner (November 22nd)
  • Alumni Christmas Luncheon (December)
  • Arch Madness (March 5-8)
  • Wolf & Kettle Day (March)
  • *Dinner with a Distinguished Alum (April)
  • *Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day (April)
  • Senior Week Activities (May)
  • Founder’s Dinner (June)
  • *Weekend of Excellence Committee for Faculty/Staff of the Year Awards
  • T.G.I.F. (The Green Initiative Fund Committee)
  • G.O.L.D. Board Meetings
  • Parents Council Meetings
  • Alumni Board Meetings

*denotes events coordinated exclusively by Maroon & Gold Society


2014-2015 M&G Society Members

Brittany Abraham  
Lauren Adams
Natasha Adib
Rida Aslam
Benjamin Beltran
Esperanza Benitez
Jared Brocklehurst
Cooper Carriger
Keyona Castleman
Alex Cattigay
Briana Collins
Joseph Crisman
Erin Ebbesmeyer
Emily Edkins
Eleanor Hahn
Tyler Hough
Samantha Juarez
Andrew Kletzien
Jennifer Landes
David Lewis
Michelle Lozano
Kaitlin Madsen
David Markiewicz
Megan Meagher
Zubairuddin Mohammed
Karina Sanchez


2013-2014 M&G Society Members:

Breana Barak Psychology Green Living-Learning Community
Office of Community Service & Action
Habitat for Humanity
Stephanie Bernardo Mathematics
Secondary Education
S.T.A.R.S. Program, SDMA
Resident Assistant
Damen Student Center
Ryan Brisson  Biology
Cognitive & Effective Neuroscience Lab
Sigma Chi Fraternity
Delnor Community Hospital 
Edgar Cruz  Sociology / Political Science
Women's Studies & Gender Studies 
Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs
Student Diversity Fellow
Damen Student Center 
Natalie Duthoy  English
Secondary Education 
Panhellenic Council
Damen Student Center 
Brittany Gardner  Social Work  Softball Team Athlete
Mac Neal Hospital
Social Work 
Andrew Greenia  Sociology  Loyola Coalition for the Homeless
Men's Project
Resident Assistant 
Pedro Guerrero  Political Science
International Studies 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Unified Student Government Association 
Aravindakshan Jagadeesan  Biophysics American Medical Student Association
Office of Community Service & Action
S.T.A.R.S. Program
Mecca Johnson  Health Systems Management Student Leadership Development
Alden Village North Health Facility
After School Matters
Amy Jurczak  Psychology Christian Living Community
Peer Leadership Team
Residence Life
Amanda Levigne  Biology Phi Sigma Sigma
360 Retreat
Resident Assistant
Maureen Lauer  Elementary Education First & Second Year Advising
Alpha Delta Pi
Stephanie Morrow  Psychology  Loyola4Chicago
Feminist Advocate
Hunger Week 
Kieran Murphy Psychology
Resident Assistant 
Steven Patzke  Theology
St. Thomas of Canterbury Soup Kitchen
Resident Assistant
Madonna della Strada 
Thomas Serena  Psychology of Natural Sciences  Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital 
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Unified Student Government Association
Prachi Shah  Biochemistry
Hindu Students' Organization
S.T.A.R.S. Program
Robert H. Lurie's Children's Hospital
Tricia Stonebraker  Psychology  Mather Pavilion
Christmas on Campus 
Britney Tuskan  Psychology  Alpha Sigma Alpha
Dr. Becker's Organic Research Lab 
Jefferson Uriarte  Psychology
International Studies 
School of Ed's Target New Transitions
S.T.A.R.S. Program 
Naushin Vahora  Biology
Colleges Against Cancer
South Asian Students' Alliance
Resident Assistant 
Alexander Boesch  Psychology  Christmas on Campus
Labre Homeless Ministry
Nicholas Herrmann  Communication  Christmas on Campus 
Marcella Perez  Biology
Forensic Science 
American Medical Student Association
Office of Community Service & Action
S.T.A.R.S. Program