Maroon & Gold Society
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 leadership, academic 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 the university president, who then make the final selection of the new class of the Maroon & Gold Society. The new class is recognized at the annual Weekend of Excellence Student Awards Banquet, in April, where they receive their official maroon cardigan and lapel pin. The outgoing and incoming classes are also invited to a special Induction Dinner with the president of the university and select administrators.
The Maroon & Gold Society has evolved each year, with the consistent goal of recognizing 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: to Prepare People to Lead Extraordinary Lives. In doing so, Society members embrace the Jesuit ideal of Magis (pursuit of excellence and not settling for mediocrity).
The Five Pillars of Maroon & Gold Society: Academic Excellence, Diversity, Leadership, Loyola Community, and Service
Members are expected to contribute to our university community through leadership projects, discussing current campus issues with university staff and the President, being ambassadors for the university at important events, and serving as liaisons with Alumni Relations.
The Maroon & Gold Society requires that members participate in projects and programs
The Loyola Maroon & Gold Society works with programs and projects in five key areas. A typical time commitment for projects would be approximately four to six hours per month.
* Academic Excellence: Members may be asked to speak on panels and to represent student voice during conversations related to the academic experience at the university.
* Service: Members will engage in a strategic community partnership, such as serving as site leaders for the Saturday of Service, and coordinating a day of service as part of the Senior Send-Off event schedule.
* Diversity: Members will support Loyola’s commitment to create a more inclusive campus climate for all students.
* Loyola Community: Members will assist with projects that enhance an inclusive LUC community, and that promote a vibrant campus student life
* Student Philanthropy: Members will provide leadership for philanthropic initiatives such as assisting with Wolf and Kettle Day, and advising Alumni Relations on plans for the Senior Gift.
Members of Maroon & Gold Society are asked to critically evaluate and share their authentic student experiences with administrators, alumni, students, and additional members of the Loyola University Chicago community. 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
Programs and Initiatives that the Maroon & Gold Society Typically Attends and Supports:
- The Saturday of Service (coordinated by Community Service & Action)
- Lunch with the University President
- Lunch with the Vice President for Student Development
- Various events sponsored by Alumni Relations, such as networking receptions
- Senior Week Activities, such as participating in the Senior Toast, and coordinating a day of service
- Weekend of Excellence Committee for Faculty/Staff of the Year Awards (1 - 2 Representatives)
- G.O.L.D. Board Membership (3 - 5 Representatives)
2018-2019 M&G Society Members:
Ximena Aranda Mejía Galán