JASPA Awards

The following list comprises the awards given each year at the annual JASPA Conference.

JASPA's Most Prestigious Award:
The Rev. Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Award

The JASPA Scholarship Award
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to JASPA
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs
The Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program

The Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Jesuit Student Affairs

 

The Rev. Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Award
In 1979, the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) initiated an annual award for outstanding service in the area of student life in Jesuit higher education on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The award was named in honor of its first recipient, Reverend Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J.

Fr. Yanitelli was a member of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He was born on Dec. 16, 1914. He attended Fordham Prep and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1933 at the Wernersville Novitiate in Pennsylvania. He was ordained on June 20, 1948 by Archbishop Keough of Baltimore in the chapel of Woodstock College in Maryland. He came to Fordham University in 1950 as a teacher of modern languages but soon moved into a vice-presidency. In 1963 he moved over to St. Peter's College in Jersey City and in 1965 became its rector and president. In 1978 he became Chancellor of the College. He was also through much of this period an active member of the Board of the Port Authority of New York. At one time there was even some talk of his running for mayor of Jersey City. In 1980 he became Pastor of St. Ignatius Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. In 1986 he became the Episcopal Vicar for the East Side of Manhattan and held that office until a few weeks before his death. He died on Jan 2, 1993.

In 1964, Fr. Yanitelli wrote: "There are five philosophic assumptions basic to the whole idea of student personnel work.   They are its matrix.  They give it life and make it meaningful.  The assumptions are these:

  • that student personnel work is educational,
    i.e. intrinsically related to the overall objectives of the institution;
  • that student personnel work is intellectual,
    i.e. oriented to the life of the mind;
  • that student personnel work, for want of a better word,  is moral,
    i.e. oriented to the personal uses of freedom with responsibility;
  • that student personnel work is social,
    i.e. oriented to the individual's life as a member of the group; and
  • that student personnel work is personal,
    i.e. both in the sense of the individual's growth as a mature, self-directed person and in the sense that reference to the manner in which the institution involves the student in the educational process and endeavors to attain its objectives."

The Yanitelli Award is JASPA's most prestigious award. It is given to persons in recognition of outstanding service to student affairs work in Jesuit and Catholic higher education, distinguished by a long-term commitment and support of Jesuit values to the campus, the profession, and the Association.  The award winner is a person who may be fairly characterized as the servant/leader, in the tradition of Fr. Yanitelli.  The award is given annually, though it is not necessary to determine a recipient every year.

Past Yanitelli Award Awardees:

  • 2011-12 - Not awarded
  • 2010 - Susan Donovan, Loyola Maryland
  • 2009 - Richie Salmi, S.J., Loyola University Chicago
  • 2008 - Not awarded
  • 2007 - Liz Brent, Rockhurst University and Linda Lelli, St. Joseph's University
  • 2006 - Not awarded
  • 2005 - Ronald Slepitza, Xavier University
  • 2004 - Not awarded
  • 2003 - John Cernech, Creighton University
  • 2002 - Not awarded
  • 2001 - James I. Briggs, Santa Clara University
  • 2000--1998 - Not awarded
  • 1997 - Andy Thon, S.J., Marquette University
  • 1996 - Jan Slattery, Loyola University Chicago
  • 1995 - Lillian M. Levey, Canisius College
  • 1994 - Judy Sharpe, Seattle University
  • 1993 - Bernard O'Kane, Boston College
  • 1992 - Henry F. Durand, Loyola University
  • 1991 - William P. Schimpf, Fairfield University
  • 1990 - Barbara Chryst, St. Peter's College
  • 1989 - Thomas Emmet, Regis College
  • 1988 - Eileen Lieben, Creighton University and Wayne Tinkle, Marquette University, Loyola University Chicago, & Gonzaga University
  • 1987 - Edmund G. Ryan, S.J., Canisius College
  • 1986 - Mariette LeBlanc, Loyola University Chicago
  • 1985 - Kevin P. Duffy, Boston College
  • 1984 - James Lavin, John Carroll University
  • 1983 - Vincent P. Knipfing, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 1982 - Edward Heavey, S.J., St. Peter's College
  • 1981 - F. Anne Dolan, University of San Francisco
  • 1980 - Mary A. Bruemmer, St. Louis University
  • 1979 - Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J., St. Peter's College


The JASPA Scholarship Award
The JASPA Scholarship Award recognizes distinguished contributions to scholarship and the literature in the areas of Jesuit and Catholic student affairs work and higher education.   Established the spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a student (undergraduate or graduate degree seeking) or professional staff member who has researched, presented, and/or published works which are innovative, relevant, sustainable, and impactful to Jesuit higher education.

Past JASPA Scholarship Award Awardees:

  • 2010-12 - Not awarded
  • 2009 - Jennifer Mussi, Fordham University
  • 2008 - Principles of Good Practice for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities by Andrew J. Thon, S.J., Marquette University; Todd A. Olson, Georgetown University; Jacqueline D. Peterson, College of the Holy Cross; Sandra M. Estanek, Canisius College; and MIchael James, Boston College
  • 2007-1998 - Not awarded
  • 1997 - Stephanie Wernig, Creighton University; Erin Swezey, Loyola College in Maryland;
    Penny Rue, Georgetown University; & Mark McCarthy, Marquette University

 

The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to JASPA
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to JASPA is conferred on individuals who have truly distinguished themselves by the breadth and depth of service they have given to the Association or the significant influence they have had on JASPA's direction, programs, and services.  Established the spring of 1997, this award is given annually to an individual who embodies the above commitment to service to JASPA.

Past Outstanding Service to JASPA  Awardees:

  • 2012 - Not awarded
  • 2011 - Matt Cameron, Santa Clara University, and Diane McSheehy, Regis University
  • 2010 - Andy Thon, S.J., Marquette University
  • 2009 - Jacqueline D. Peterson, College of the Holy Cross
  • 2006-2008 - Not awarded
  • 2005 - Beth Stoddard, Loyola Marymount University
  • 2004 - 2000 - Not awarded
  • 1999 - Stephanie Wernig, Creighton University
  • 1998 - Not awarded
  • 1997 - Beth Stoddard, Loyola Marymount University

 

The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work is conferred on individuals who have made significant, specific accomplishments in the profession.  This award thus differs from the Yanitelli Award, which recognizes a person's lifetime of service.  Ignatian Medal recipients may have successfully resolved particularly difficult problems or issues, have achieved recognition as a national expert in a particular area of knowledge, or have provided outstanding leadership at the campus or regional level.  Established the spring of 1997, this award is given annually to an individual who embodies the above achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work.

Past Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work  Awardees:

  • 2012 - Barbara Karper, LeMoyne University and Donna L. Byrnes, John Carroll University
  • 2011 - James D. "Fitz" Fitzpatrick, Fairfield University
  • 2010 - Nancy Gerou, Seattle University and Sandy Waddell, Rockhurst University
  • 2007-2008 - Not awarded
  • 2006 - Tim Leary, Seattle University
  • 2005 - Mark McCarthy, Marquette University and Richard E. Rossi, Creighton University
  • 2004 - Leonard F. Sitter, S.J., Gonzaga University
  • 2002 - Not awarded
  • 2001/2000 - Not awarded
  • 1999 - Tom Miller, Eckerd College
  • 1998 - Sue Weitz, Gonzaga University
  • 1997 - Larry Morton, University of Scranton

 

The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs is conferred on individuals who have distinguished themselves in the early years of their careers.  A new professional is defined as a person with three years or less service in Jesuit student affairs work.   Ignatian Medal recipients may have brought a strong sense of professionalism to their job, or have demonstrated a high level of skill or ability, or have shown an early record of success which stands above the norm.  Established the spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a new professional who demonstrates a strong commitment to Jesuit Student Affairs.

Past Outstanding New Professionals  Awardees:

  • 2012 - Andra Bickel, Regis University; Patrice French, Saint Louis University; Sara E. Johnson, Marquette University; and Brooks Zitzmann, Loyola University New Orleans
  • 2011 - Amber Cardamone, University of Scranton, and Domonic Rollins, Loyola University Chicago
  • 2010 - Sharon Chia Claros, Loyola Chicago; Anthony Garrison-Engbrecht, Loyola Marymount; and Njal Lundberg, Regis University
  • 2009 - Kate Trevey, Marquette University
  • 2008 - Renata Opocynski, Seattle University
  • 2007 - Darrell Goodwin, Seattle University & Creighton University
  • 2006 - Erin Engelhardt, Seattle University
  • 2005 - Kafele Khalfani, Loyola Marymount University, Michael Puma, Loyola College in Maryland, and Pamela Peters, Marquette University
  • 2004 - Lisa M. Brown, Xavier University
  • 2003 - Melissa DiNofia-Bozzone, Saint Joseph's University
  • 2002 - Not awarded
  • 2001 - Jason Parcover, Loyola College in Maryland
  • 2000 - Not awarded
  • 1999 - Sarah Kelly, Xavier University
  • 1998 - Michael Sacco, Boston College
  • 1997 - Not awarded

 

The Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program
The Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program is the only Ignatian Medal awarded to an institution rather than to an individual person.  Student Affairs work uses programs and services as the tools to meet students' needs and to resolve conditions on campus which impede the educational process.  Program development is a creative process, one which requires a multiplicity of skills and talents.  Good programs or initiatives are often shared among campuses, and certain programs stand out from all others for their creativity, focus, adaptability to different campus environments, and for their proven effectiveness.  Established the spring of 1997, this award is given annually.

Past Outstanding Campus Program Awardees:

  • 2012 - Allies for Inclusion: The Ability Exhibit, Saint Louis University; Packport, Loyola University New Orleans; and Uncensored- Perform! Deliver! Produce!, Xavier University
  • 2011 - Day of Solidarity, Xavier University; Anne Carragher Fitness & Wellness Challenge, Seattle University; Ignatius Loyola Institute for Values Education (iLIVE), Loyola University New Orleans; and Integritas, Gonzaga University
  • 2010 - Bright Idea Grants, Saint Louis University and The People's Institute, Loyola University-Chicago
  • 2009 - Initiatives in Diversity Education in Action (IDEA) by Creighton University, Options by Loyola University Maryland,
    and the Senior Legacy Symposium by Saint Louis University
  • 2008 - The Discovery Program by Loyola College in Maryland and A Comprehensive Approach to Alcohol, Georgetown University
  • 2007 - EPrep by Santa Clara University
  • 2006 - Magis Retreat by Santa Clara University
  • 2005 - I.D.E.A. (Integrating Development, Equality, and Acceptance): the First National Gay and Lesbian Conference for Jesuit Universities by John Carroll University
  • 2004 - Companions in Leadership by Marquette University
  • 2003 - SLU Campus Kitchen by St. Louis University
  • 2002 - Not awarded
  • 2001 - Student Leadership Summit by Marquette University and
                Late Night Loyola by Loyola College in Maryland
  • 2000 - Not awarded
  • 1999 - The Collegia Program by Seattle University and
                 The Student Reflection Leaders Program by Santa Clara University
  • 1998 - The Collegiate Black Male Summit by Loyola College in Maryland and
                 The Gonzaga Alumni Mentoring Program by Gonzaga University
  • 1997 - Proloques & Transitions by University of Detroit Mercy

The Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award
Our Ignatian heritage is the living legacy of Ignatius Loyola. It is a rich heritage of faith, seeking God in everyday life; a profound commitment to the poor and to issues of social responsibility and justice. Ignatius believed that it is imperative to act upon what is learned–to use our values in service to humanity. We are called to make a difference as “persons for others.” Established in spring of 2013, this award is given annually to a program/initiative or to an individual or a group of persons who demonstrate(s) a strong commitment to issues of diversity and social justice in Jesuit higher education.

Past Outstanding Diversity and Social Justice Awardees:

  • 2013 - TBA

The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Jesuit Student Affairs
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding Graduate Assistant in Jesuit Student Affairs is conferred on individuals who have distinguished themselves in the early years of their careers.  A graduate assistant is defined as a person currently enrolled in either a Master’s or doctoral graduate program while simultaneously working a part-time graduate assistantship.   Ignatian Medal recipients may have demonstrated a high level of skill or ability, or have shown an early record of success which stands above the norm, or have demonstrated strong promise as an emerging professional in Student Affairs. Established the spring of 2013, this award is given annually to a graduate assistant who demonstrates a strong commitment to Jesuit Student Affairs.

Past Outstanding Graduate Assistant Awardees:

  • 2013 - TBA

 

 

 

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