Loyola University Chicago

Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Alumni Awards

The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Alumni Board recognizes and honors alumni for their contributions to the betterment of the School through the presentation of the Distinguished Alumni and Spirit of Ignatius Awards. The awards are presented during the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing's Annual Alumni Mass and Awards Brunch. Nominations are accepted year-round, but they must be received by March 1 to be considered for this year’s award class. Nominations received after March 1 will be considered for future years.

Distinguished AlumnI Award

This the most prestigious acknowledgment of the accomplishments of our nursing and healthcare alumni. This award is presented to an alum who has brought pride and recognition to Niehoff by having achieved prominence in nursing on a regional, national, or international level. One award is given each year.

The criteria for the award are: 

  • Alumna/Alumnus of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  • Sustained record of accomplishments in nursing education, research, or practice
  • Continuing interest in the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Loyola University Chicago
  • Possessing such integrity and stature that the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the school will take pride in, and are inspired by his/her recognition

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Spirit of Ignatius Award

This is presented annually to an alum of the school of nursing who best characterizes Cura Personalis or "Care of the Person."

The criteria for the award are:

  • Promotes the mission of Loyola University and the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing through word, action, and deed
  • Is present to others, be they colleagues, students and other university constituents
  • Displays a spirit of charity to others
  • Through example, engenders in others their desire to perform at their best

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Damen Award

In addition to the two awards presented by the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing Alumni Board, Loyola University Chicago annually presents the Damen Award to an alum from each of Loyola’s schools and colleges. Named for Loyola’s primary founder, Arnold Damen, S.J., this award recognizes the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and service to others. The Damen Awards are presented each year at the Founders’ Dinner. Additional information regarding the Damen Awards can be found here