Inducted: Georgetown University, 1991
Tom graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992. Thereafter, Tom was a financial analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he worked for two years in the Investment Banking Division in both New York and London, and spent a third year in the Principal Investment Area in New York. Tom received his MBA from Stanford University in 1997, having spent a summer working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Co. Thereafter, Tom joined Marsh & McLennan Capital, Inc. (aka, Stone Point Capital) in Greenwich, CT for three years, where he served as a member of the direct team charged with making investments in financial services companies globally. In 2000, Tom moved to San Francisco, CA and joined Vista Equity Partners, a private equity fund focused on investments in technology-enabled businesses across a wide variety of industries. In 2005, Tom joined Commonfund Capital, where he primarily focused on manager commitments on behalf of endowment and foundation clients in the Private Equity, Venture Capital and Natural Resources sectors globally. He also led Commonfund Capital’s secondary investment effort. Tom left Commonfund Capital in September 2011 to become the Deputy Chief Investment Officer at The Rockefeller University, helping to manage all aspects of the $1.8 billion endowment.
Software Essentials: Design and Construction explicitly defines and illustrates the basic elements of software design and construction, providing a solid understanding of control flow, abstract data types (ADTs), memory, type relationships, and dynamic behavior. This text evaluates the benefits and overhead of object-oriented design (OOD) and analyzes software design options. With a structured but hands-on approach, the book keeps design – and not syntax – as the focal point.
• Delineates malleable and stable characteristics of software design
• Explains how to evaluate the short- and long-term costs and benefits of design decisions
• Compares and contrasts design solutions, such as composition versus inheritance
• Includes supportive appendices and a glossary of over 200 common terms
• Covers key topics such as polymorphism, overloading, and more
Judge's praise for Sofware Essentials: Design and Construction:
"Software Essentials covers the material of software design and construction, an area where the field has made very rapid progress in the last few decades. The material is both accessible for disparate audiences and up to date."
Adair Dingle is professor of computer science and software engineering at Seattle University. She is coauthor of the book, C++: Memory First, and her work has been published in numerous refereed journals and conference proceedings. Her research interests include computer game dynamics, efficient memory management for object-oriented programming languages and applications, and patterns as tools for software engineering education.
Waiting for Cancer to Come tells the stories of women who are struggling with their high risk for cancer. Based on interviews and surveys of dozens of women, this book pieces together the diverse yet interlocking experiences of women who have tested positive for the BRCA 1/2 gene mutations, which indicate a higher risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer. Sharlene Hesse-Biber brings these narratives to light and follows women’s journeys from deciding to get screened for BRCA, to learning the test has come back positive, to dealing with their risk. Many women already know the challenges of a family history riddled with cancer and now find themselves with the devastating knowledge of their own genetic risk. Using the voices of the women themselves to describe the under-explored BRCA experience, Waiting for Cancer to Come looks at the varied emotional, social, economic, and psychological factors at play in women’s decisions about testing and cancer prevention.
Judge's praise for Waiting for Cancer to Come:
"It is beautifully written, with serious attention to science and a welcome focus on the inevitably ethical dimensions of scientific progress and the role of politics and economics in shaping it."
Sharlene J. N. Hesse-Biber, PhD is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Boston College. She is author and editor of numerous award winning academic books on women’s issues and research methods.
Jie Jack Li
University of San Francisco
For the world's largest prescription drug manufacturers, the last few years have been a harrowing time. Recently, many came off patent in the crucial U.S. market. This so-called "patent cliff" meant hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue and has pharmaceutical developers scrambling to create new drugs and litigating to extend current patent protections.
Having spent most of his career in drug discovery in "big pharma," Dr. Li now delivers an insider's account of how the drug industry ascended to its plateau and explores the nature of the turmoil it faces in the coming years. Through stories, and the facets of the pharmaceutical industry that they reveal, Dr. Li can teach valuable lessons and reveal many crucial aspects about the future landscape of drug discovery.
Judge's praise for Block-Buster Drugs: The Rise and Decline of the Pharmaceutical Industry:
"I believe that Block-Buster Drugs represents a serious conribution to the discipline and is written to appeal to a broad audience. The book content is relevant, and as drug development is a field that continues to evolve, this is an area of timely and continuing importance to scholars."
Dr. Li is professor of Organic Chemistry and History of Drug Discovery at the University of San Francisco. In addition to being a professor and inventor of nine patents, he published 24 research articles, 36 reviews, and 17 books with topics ranging from organic chemistry, to medicinal chemistry and the history of drug discovery.
Mary Elaine Hegland
Santa Clara University
Mary Elaine Hegland arrived in a then-small agricultural village of several thousand people in the summer of 1978, unaware of the momentous changes that would sweep this town and this country in the months ahead. She became the only American researcher to witness the Islamic Revolution firsthand over her eighteen-month stay. Days of Revolution offers an insider's view of how regular people were drawn into, experienced, and influenced the 1979 Revolution and its aftermath. Sharing stories of conflict and revolution alongside in-depth interviews, the book sheds new light on this critical historical moment.
Returning decades later, Days of Revolution closes with a view of the village and revolution thirty years on. Over the course of several visits between 2003 and 2008, Mary Hegland investigates the lasting effects of the Revolution on the local political factions and in individual lives.
Judge's praise for Days of Revolution: Political Unrest in an Iranian Village:
"The book will play an important role in enhancing our understanding of contemporary political dynamics in the Middle East and other fast-changing regions of the world."
Mary Elaine Hegland is Professor of Anthropology at Santa Clara University. She was the only American scholar in Iran conducting field research during the Islamic Revolution, and one of very few to have access to the country in the 30 years since.
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100 years of Alpha Sigma Nu, 100 new donors, 100 dollar donation CHALLENGE. #ASN100
Celebrating 100 years of students and alumni carrying out Jesuit ideals in the world.
Students are more engaged than ever before with 31 Chapters at Jesuit Colleges and Universities. Click here to see highlights of 100 Chapter events this past year. Alumni Clubs are actively engaging members through service projects, social events, networking opportunities, lectures, and so much more. Click here to see recent highlights of Alumni events.
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Danihy Club, Milwaukee
President: Mary Pat Pfeil (Marquette ’70)
Spring Mass and awards brunch with the awarding an Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year, Supper with Twelve Strangers, and dinner at the Jesuit residence
President: Kelly Darby (Regis University ’05)
Easter basket service project, lecture with Nobel Peace Prize winner Laureate Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, 5K Walk & Run to support the Clinica Tepeyac, ΑΣΝ happy hour and networking event, 100 days of service to celebrate the Centennial, ΑΣΝ Centennial celebration at Regis University, Fr. Woody Christmas Party for the Poor
Los Angeles Club
President: Patrick Cain (Loyola Marymount ’78)
One Last Thing before You Go, panel where alumni discussed about life experiences and Jesuit ideals with Loyola Marymount Chapter members
New York City Club
President: Bob Kennedy (Canisius ’84)
Lenten Reflections with James Martin, SJ (Weston ’97), ΑΣΝ networking night with alumni and students, serving dinner at the Dwelling Place, a homeless shelter for women
President: Michael Jenkins (Scranton ’05)
Shared three minute retreats via email, symposium on the status of women in the Church, Lenten reflections, and a Mass and mingle
Washington D.C. Club
President: Jack Landers (Rockhurst ’62)
Thomas Reese, SJ (Fordham ’04), spoke on "Pope Francis and the Reform of the Church,” Heidi Elmendorf, PhD (Georgetown ’04), Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biology and Director of Science Education Outreach at Georgetown University, spoke on ”The Astonishing Stories of our Microbial Inhabitants”
Help us reach the challenge goal by our Centennial Triennial in October.
100 years of Alpha Sigma Nu, 100 new donors, 100 dollar donation challenge. #ASN100
“Milk and Cookies” for finals (Fordham)
Collaborated on “Mental Health Awareness Week” (Fordham)
ASN cookies and hot chocolate study break (Georgetown)
ASN reception celebrating scholarship at convocation (Georgetown)
ZagTalks- students speak on issues, research (Gonzaga)
Thank you letters for faculty and staff (Boston College, Gonzaga, Rockhurst, Saint Joseph’s, Xavier)
Partnered on Ignatian Heritage Week (Le Moyne)
Jesuit pride/ Pope picture event (Le Moyne)
Selfies for Service promoting campus service (Loyola Maryland)
Hosted Midwest conference for ASNpresidents (Loyola Chicago)
Mentored Loyola Andalucia students on ASN Chapters (Loyola Chicago)
Speaker on a healthy life balance (Regis University)
Revised Chapter bylaws (Regis University)
Hand-in-Hand booth raised awareness about the disabled (Saint Joseph’s)
Team for “Make a Difference Day” (Saint Louis)
Hosted east coast conference for ASNpresidents (Saint Peter’s)
Underclassmen ice cream social promoted ASN (Seattle)
SU Experience: university and student leaders discuss the university mission (Seattle)
Teacher Appreciation Day (U. of San Francisco)
Christmas cards for faculty and staff (U. of Scranton)
Student research seminar (U. of Scranton)
Care packages for students taking finals (Xavier)
Honored Bishop Teacher of the Year (Xavier)
Cradles to Crayons clothing drive (Boston College)
Kenya’s Beverly School concert and fund drive (Holy Cross)
Cooking for Prospect House homeless shelter (Fairfield)
All-nighter Relay for life team (Fairfield)
Volunteered at St. Paul’s food pantry (Fordham)
Haunted House with Bronx’s P.O.T.S. (Fordham)
KanJam tournament for charity (Fordham)
Volunteering at St. Rose’s Community Garden (Fordham)
Cooked Thanksgiving to Rose Hill residents (Fordham)
Food drive for Campus Kitchens (Gonzaga)
Collaboration on Reforest Spokane, Gonzaga Scares Hunger, and Food for Thought (Gonzaga)
Sandwich-making at the Samaritan Center (Le Moyne)
Co-sponsor of Le Moyne’s day of service (Le Moyne)
Made rosary beads for troops overseas (Loyola Maryland)
“Meet and Eat” with those suffering homelessness (Loyola Maryland)
ASNteam for the ALS Walk (Loyola Maryland)
“Running for Others” benefitting Cristo Rey (Loyola Maryland)
Hosted Holabird Elementary students for a campus visit (Loyola Maryland)
“Beans and Bread” for the needy in March, April and May (Loyola Maryland)
Wrapping gifts for Father Woody’s Christmas Party (Regis University)
‘Showers of Service” projects across STL (Saint Louis)
Collaborated with Colleges against Cancer on Relay for Life (Seattle)
Adopted a family for Christmas through Navos (Seattle)
Served at Saint Francis soup kitchen (U. of Scranton)
Christmas card service project at nursing home (Wheeling Jesuit)
Lead volunteers for the daily bread runs to Catholic Charities (Wheeling Jesuit)
Recruited volunteers for the daily bread run (Wheeling Jesuit)
Volunteered at disaster relief center (Xavier)
Led the ‘letters to troops” event for the campus (Xavier)
Conversations with the Jesuits
Visits to retired and infirmed Jesuits (Boston College, Marquette)
Coffee and Cupcakes with the Jesuits (Boston College)
Lunch with President William Leahy, SJ (Boston College)
Mass to celebrate St. Mary’s hall re-opening (Boston College)
Dinner with the Jesuits (Fairfield, Loyola Maryland, Marquette, Seattle, Xavier)
Photo portfolio salute to the Jesuit community (Fairfield)
Caroling at Murray-Weigel, the home for retired Jesuits (Fordham)
Five Father Carnes dinners at the Jesuit Residence (Georgetown)
Jesuit trivia night (Le Moyne)
Featured Jesuit Scholars at “Nacho Average Jesuit” (Loyola Chicago)
Mixer at the Jesuit residence (U. of San Francisco)
Exams and the Examen (Boston College, Loyola Chicago, Saint Joseph’s)
Retreat on being a Jesuit and Jesuit education (Gonzaga)
Mass and social (Le Moyne)
"Men and Women for or with Others" with Professor Pope (Boston College)
Induction speech on technology and reflection (Holy Cross)
Provost Groves on the interdependence of the ASNvalues (Georgetown)
Last lecture with Brian Cooney, PhD, on the death of poetry (Gonzaga)
ZagTalks- students speak on issues, research (Gonzaga)
Speaker on human trafficking (Loyola Maryland)
Alex Sheen on “Because I Said I would” (Saint Louis)
Sean Carroll, SJ, on the Kino Border Initiative (Saint Louis)
Reflection on immersion trips and migrant issues with Father Carroll (Saint Louis)
ASN student-alumni career networking event (Boston College, Fordham)
Networking with the DC Alumni Club (Georgetown)
ASN Alumni and students discussed living the ASNtenets in one’s professional lives (Seattle, Loyola Marymount)
New member pizza party welcome (Creighton)
New member welcome with President von Arx, SJ (Fairfield)
Georgetown-Loyola Chapter meeting in Washington, DC (Loyola Maryland/Georgetown)
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100 years of Alpha Sigma Nu, 100 new donors, 100 dollar donation challenge. #ASN100
The challenge runs through our Centennial Triennial Conference in October.
Amy joined the ASN staff in November of 2014 in the newly created
Development Director position.
She has spent the last 20 years working in the non-profit sector,
with six years as an Executive Director. She has extensive experience in
program development, administration, fund development, and public speaking.
Her role at ASN as Development Director includes assisting in the development
of the organization, marketing and fundraising, and assisting alumni clubs.
Amy graduated from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse in 1995
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
The Cleveland Area Alumni Club encompasses the greater Cleveland metropolitan area, including over 900 Jesuit-educated alumni. Service projects are typically combined with the activities of the Alpha Sigma Nu student members at John Carroll University.
President: Elaine Hocevar
Facebook: ASN Cleveland Alumni Chapter
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Charles Kovich: The Case of the Owl of Minerva [novel] by Charles M. Kovich and Curtis L. Hancock. Infinity Publishing, West Conshohocken, PA, 2014.
Thank you to everyone who supported Alpha Sigma Nu on #GivingTuesday!
Our generous donors raised over $8,400 for ASN on #GivingTuesday, and we are most grateful!
#GivingTuesday began three years ago when a group of friends and partners came together during the holiday season to find ways to inspire and celebrate philanthropy. We have all heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday which promote consumerism, but #GivingTuesday reinforces that this time of year is not merely about consumerism but rather giving. This new movement is meant to inspire people to give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support to help create a better world.
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Announcing some of the speaker roster for our Centennial Triennial...
Stephanie Russell, PhD (Marquette University ’07)
Vice President for Mission and Ministry, Marquette University
Dr. Stephanie Russell, Arts ’83, is vice president for mission and ministry. Reporting to the president, Russell is responsible for promoting the university’s mission and Catholic, Jesuit identity, expressed in the search for truth, the discovery and sharing of knowledge, the promotion of a life of faith and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. Her responsibilities at the university, which she joined in 2001, include oversight of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality, the Institute for Catholic Leadership, Manresa for Faculty and Campus Ministry. She maintains in her work a strong focus on Catholic social teaching and intellectual tradition, the Ignatian spiritual and educational heritage, and interreligious dialogue as means for deepening the university’s mission.
Russell has worked for many Jesuit institutions, including 11 years as the provincial assistant for lay formation and social ministry with the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus. She is a founding member of the Ignatian Associates, a lay community of women and men who live and serve in the Ignatian tradition, and the Ignatian Colleagues Program, a comprehensive developmental program for administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities across the country. In addition to her work at Marquette, she has served as interim director for the AJCU Seminar on Higher Education Leadership and is a member of the AJCU Mission Advisory Committee. She regularly directs retreats, writes and speaks on Ignatian topics.
Russell’s professional career has focused on pastoral ministry and higher education. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from Marquette University, a master of arts in pastoral studies from St. Francis Seminary in Wisconsin, and a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Spring Hill College in 2009, the University of Scranton’s Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award for Distinguished Contributions to Ignatian Mission and Ministries in 2012, and the Marquette University High School Spirit of St. Ignatius Award in 2006
Gregory Boyle, SJ (Loyola Marymount University ’91)
Founder and Executive Director, Homeboy Industries
Fr. Gregory Boyle – best known as Fr. Greg by all who meet him -- was born in Los Angeles, one of eight children. His father, a third-generation Irish-American, worked in the family-owned dairy in Los Angeles County and his mother worked to keep track of her large family. As a youth, Fr. Greg and several of his siblings worked side by side with their father in the dairy. After graduating from Loyola High School in Los Angeles in 1972, he entered the order of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) and was ordained a priest in 1984.
He received his BA in English from Gonzaga University; an MA in English from Loyola Marymount University; a Master of Divinity from the Weston School of Theology; and a Sacred Theology Masters degree from the Jesuit School of Theology.
Homeboy Industries traces its roots to “Jobs For A Future” (JFF), a program created in 1988 by Fr. Greg at Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and the community developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF’s success demonstrated the model followed today that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the 'streets.'
In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg launched the first business (under the organizational banner of JFF and Proyecto Pastoral, separated from Dolores Mission Church): Homeboy Bakery with a mission to create an environment that provided training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional businesses, thus prompting JFF to become an independent non-profit organization, Homeboy Industries, in 2001. Today Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, and Homegirl Café.
As Executive Director of Homeboy Industries and an acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Fr. Boyle is a nationally renowned speaker. He has given commencement addresses at numerous universities, as well as spoken at conferences for teachers, social workers, criminal justice workers and others about the importance of adult attention, guidance and unconditional love in preventing youth from joining gangs. Fr. Greg and several “homies” were featured speakers at the White House Conference on Youth in 2005 at the personal invitation of Mrs. George Bush. In 1998 he was a member of the 10-person California delegation to President Clinton’s Summit on Children in Philadelphia. Fr. Greg is also a consultant to youth service and governmental agencies, policy-makers and employers. Fr. Boyle serves as a member of the National Gang Center Advisory Board (U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention). He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Law and Policy in Los Angeles. Previously, he held an appointment to the California Commission on Juvenile Justice, Crime and Delinquency Prevention.
Charles Geschke (Xavier University ’61)
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Adobe Systems, Inc.
Dr. Charles Geschke co-founded Adobe in 1982 with Dr. John Warnock, driving technology innovations that forever transformed how people create and consume content across every screen. A respected and inspiring industry leader, Geschke was instrumental in developing some of the software industry’s most pioneering technologies.
Through his vision and passion, Geschke helped build Adobe from a start-up into one of the world’s largest software companies. Today, he and Warnock are co-chairmen of Adobe's board of directors and continue to shape direction for the company with more than $4 billion in annual revenue.
Geschke has served as chairman of the board with Warnock since September 1997. He was chief operating officer of Adobe from December 1986 until July 1994 and president from April 1989 until his retirement in April 2000. Prior to co-founding Adobe, Geschke formed the Imaging Sciences Laboratory at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) and was a principal scientist and researcher at Xerox PARC's Computer Sciences Laboratory.
Among many awards, Geschke, along with Warnock, was the recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation's highest honors bestowed on scientists, engineers and inventors. Geschke holds a Ph.D. in computer science from Carnegie Mellon University as well as a master's degree in mathematics and an A.B. in classics, both from Xavier University.
Michael Sheeran (Regis University ’76)
SJ, President, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU)
Prior to his arrival at AJCU, Father Sheeran served as the 23rd president of Regis University from January 1, 1993 to May 31, 2012. He previously served as academic vice president of the University from 1982-1993. In August 1993, Father Sheeran hosted the first meeting between Pope John Paul II and President Bill Clinton at Regis University. He also served as an expert commentator for Channel 4 in Denver during World Youth Day and the 2005 election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Father Sheeran received his doctorate in politics from Princeton University in 1977. His dissertation on the consensus-based Quaker decision-making process is now a book used by Quakers to teach their method to new members of their community. He entered the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) in 1957 and was ordained a Catholic priest in 1970.
Father Sheeran joined Regis University in 1975 as Assistant Professor of History and Political Science and Director of Student Academic Services. In 1977, he was named Academic Dean of the College and became Academic Vice President in 1982. He also taught at Saint Louis University and at Regis Jesuit High School in Denver.
Father Sheeran is a trustee of John Carroll University and Saint Louis University.
Father Sheeran is a former trustee of the University of San Francisco; the Regis Jesuit High School Board in Denver; the St. John Vianney Seminary Board (Archdiocese of Denver), and the Executive Committee of the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities. Other board service has included: National Board of Campus Compact; Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design; Rockhurst University; Creighton University; Loyola University New Orleans; the Colorado Institute of Technology Board of Directors; the Association of Catholic Colleges & Universities (ACCU) Board of Directors; Community College of Aurora Advisory Council; and chairman of the board for Mile High United Way.
Father Sheeran received an Honorary Degree from the University of Denver in June, 2000 and an Honorary Degree from the University of San Francisco in May, 2012.
John Fitzgibbons, SJ (Marquette University ’96)
President, Regis University
Father John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., is the 24th president of Regis University. He began his term on June 1, 2012, the retirement date of former president, Father Michael J. Sheeran, S.J.
John P. Fitzgibbons, S.J., has most recently served as the associate provost for faculty development at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. He served on the University of San Francisco (USF) Board of Trustees from June 2001 through June 2008. In addition, he was elected to the Gonzaga University Board of Trustees in July 2008. He served as vice president for administration and interim dean of the College of Professional Studies at USF from June 2007 to June 2009.
Fr. Fitzgibbons was appointed superior and director of novices at the Novitiate of the North American Martyrs in St. Paul, Minn., from 2001-2006. He taught English at Marquette University from 1993 to 1996 and at Creighton University from 1996 to 2001. While at Creighton, he was director of the Jesuit Humanities Program and served on the Executive Council of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Fr. Fitzgibbons holds a Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago; an S.T.M. in moral theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley; an M.Div. from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology; an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago; and, a B.A. in philosophy and English from Saint Louis University.
A native of Omaha, Neb., he entered the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1985. He continues to be active in research scholarship, especially in the relationship of religion and culture.
Michael R. Lovell, PhD, (Marquette University ’15)
President, Marquette University
Dr. Michael R. Lovell is the 24th president of Marquette University and the first lay president in the university’s 134-year history.
At Marquette, he is blending initiatives focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and community renewal and development, with the university’s Catholic Jesuit mission. He is focused on getting to know as many Marquette students as possible through his twice-weekly running club, hosting lunches with students and attending student government-sponsored forums, and frequently attending the 10 p.m. Tuesday mass at the St. Joan of Arc Chapel.
He serves on external leadership teams for organizations he helped start over the past several years – some while serving as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – including the Water Council, The Commons, Milwaukee Succeeds, Center for International Health, BizStarts Milwaukee and Innovation in Milwaukee.
Before his arrival in Wisconsin in 2008, he held leadership and faculty positions at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Kentucky.
He holds three degrees, all in mechanical engineering and including his PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Lovell and his wife, Amy, have four children, and their oldest is a third-year student here in the Marquette College of Health Sciences. The Lovells are members of Holy Family Parish in Whitefish Bay.
Timothy Shriver, President, Jesuit Volunteer Core
Shriver came to JVC from The Future Project, where he has held leadership positions since 2012, most recently as Chief Dream Director in San Francisco. Among a handful of the organization’s earliest employees, Shriver has spearheaded the development and growth of The Future Project’s transformative school programs — from youth leadership training and teacher engagement to its innovative recruitment and marketing strategies. The Future Project now serves over 50 schools in seven cities, transforming schools into inspiring and engaging places that encourage young people to identify their dreams and put them into action. A life-long advocate for social justice, Shriver learned early on how to make those efforts count. While a student at Yale University, he co-founded “Spread the Word to End the Word,” a global youth-led campaign to end the casual and pejorative use of the word “retard(ed)” aimed at people with disabilities. Since the effort’s 2009 launch, more than half-a-million people have pledged support for the cause and now over 2,500 student-led events are held annually across the world. Additionally, Shriver spent this past year as a Lecturer at the Stanford Design School with a focus on leadership, creativity and organizational design.
Shriver graduated from Yale University in 2011 with a BA degree in ethics, politics and economics.
Among the nation’s oldest service organizations, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps aspires to create a more just and hopeful world by engaging passionate young people in vital service within poor communities, fostering the growth of leaders committed to faith in action. During their year or two of participation, Jesuit Volunteers live in the communities where they serve among the most marginalized citizens, in the United States and six developing countries. Approximately 300 young men and women serve in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps each year, with legions of former volunteers continuing their commitment to service and social justice throughout their lives.
Christopher Kerr (John Carroll University ’04)
Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network
Chris joined the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) as executive director in 2011. He has over fifteen years of experience in social justice advocacy and leadership in Catholic education and ministry. Prior to ISN he served in multiple roles at John Carroll University, including coordinating international immersion experience and social justice education programming as an inaugural co-director of John Carroll’s Arrupe Scholars Program for Social Action.
Prior to his time at John Carroll he served as a teacher an administrator at the elementary and secondary levels in Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, including time in both urban and suburban settings. Chris also worked for a number of years as a part-time staff member with the InterReligious Task Force Central America, coordinating advocacy and young adult outreach.
Chris speaks regularly at campuses and parishes about social justice education and advocacy, Jesuit mission, and a broad range of social justice issues. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Fair Trade Colleges and Universities campaign.
Mary McGinnity, Executive Director, Ignatian Volunteer Corps
Mary McGinnity is the executive director of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps. IVC provides the opportunity for adult volunteers to serve around the country in soup kitchens, hospices, hospitals, schools and other organizations that lift up and heal those who are often left in the margins of society. “IVC volunteers, because they are older, experienced adults, bring a wealth of wisdom and skill to social service agencies, which now, in the challenge of this economy, are needed more than ever before," she explains. The Baltimore-based organization has 465 retirees working with more than 400 partner groups in 20 cities. It was founded in 1995 by two Jesuit priests who were challenged by parents of Jesuit novices to develop opportunities for older adults to minister to the materially poor while gaining spiritual growth through service.
McGinnity previously was Executive Director of the Department of Charity and Justice for the Archdiocese of Washington. During her service to the archdiocese, she was known by her colleagues and friends for her steadfast service to poor people. During the majority of McGinnity's service to the archdiocese, the Department of Charity and Justice was called the Department for Social Concerns. She helped expand support to parish social ministry. Initiatives formed during McGinnity's service to the archdiocese include The Ignite newsletter for parish coordinators and volunteers, The Social Ministry Leadership Institute, the Archdiocesan Global Partnership with the Diocese of Jeremie, Haiti, the Archdiocesan Global Solidarity Committee, and the Justice and Advocacy Councils.
McGinnity is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. She serves on the board of Rosaria Communities works to develop parish-based housing initiatives for people with disabilities.
Alpha Sigma Nu members across the country will come together for a service project with Cristo Rey and Nativity Miguel Jesuit schools, as conference attendees participate in a service opportunity with Cristo Rey in Milwaukee.
Stay tuned for more information on this national service event!
Learn more about the great work of Cristo Rey High Schools
Plan your visit to Milwaukee!
Learn more about visiting the city here.
Alpha Sigma Nu has a block of rooms reserved at the Double Tree by Hilton near Marquette University. Call (414) 273-2950 and reference group name "Alpha Sigma Nu Centennial Celebration" to reserve your room in the block.
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Joseph W. Giere, MD (Boston College ’58)
In addition to teaching obstetrics and gynecology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, Joseph W. Giere, MD, has spent over 15 years working with Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti, bringing safe, high quality health care to local residents. Dr. Giere first began working at Hopital Sacre Coeur as a member an informal group of 40 physicians most of whom work and teach at Georgetown School of Medicine and Georgetown University Medical Center.
Today, Dr. Giere serves on the Board of Directors for The CRUDEM Foundation (www.crudem.org), the U S nonprofit organization that supports Hopital Sacre Coeur with volunteers and donations. He also visits the hospital regularly as a medical volunteer. He has worked in the 12 bed NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the hospital to put new policies and procedures in place in order to reduce the spread of infections among newborns. He has led numerous teams for to provide training sessions for local medical staff on safe and sanitary delivery practices and for neonatal care. The infant mortality rate at the hospital has decreased since the NICU’s implementation. Dr. Giere also provided lifesaving emergency care at Hopital Sacre Coeur in the wake of the earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010.
Curtis Kleisinger (Campion College ’15)
Curtis Kleisinger is the Executive Director of Mother Teresa Middle School in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. The Jesuit middle school was created in 2011, using the NativityMiguel model, to aid the disadvantaged aboriginal population in the area. Until recently, only 33% of aboriginal students in Regina graduated high school on time. Mr. Kleisinger was the founding principal of the school before becoming executive director in 2013.
Previously, Mr. Kleisinger worked for 14 years as a high school history teacher in Regina, beloved for his dynamic teaching style, specifically in bringing the Normandy invasion to life for his students. He helped his students research the 85 members of the Regina Rifle Regiment who died in the invasion. They fundraised to purchase 85 commemorative bricks bearing the names of the members for display at the Juno Beach Centre in France. In 2006, Mr. Kleisinger organized a student trip to France for the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. In 2008, he led a committee that raised money to bring Vigil 1914-1918 to Saskatchewan. For four days, the names of all who died in the First World War were projected onto the Provincial Legislative Building in Regina.
Megan Brenner-Zwara (Canisius College ’09)
Megan Brenner-Zwara is Recruitment Coordinator at the Service Collaborative of Western New York working on Americorps Build lives through Education (ABLE) program. MilieShe served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Sacramento, California, working as a teacher's assistant and music teacher at a small Catholic elementary school. She spent a second year in service with Americorps VISTA as a member of the Serve New York program in Buffalo, NY, specifically at EPIC- Every Person Influences Children as the Families in Transition Military Program Assistant. Her project was to research and create partnerships with local agencies that work with military families and veterans in Western New York.
Kellie Terry-Sepulveda (College of the Holy Cross ’99)
Kellie Terry-Sepulveda discovered a passion for social justice and community organizing at a young age. Ms. Terry-Sepulveda joined the Take Charge Be Somebody youth group at just 11 years old, where she learned the foundation of civic engagement from experienced advocates, including her parents and youth leaders in the community. After graduating from Holy Cross, she taught eighth grade English for Teach for America.
Ms. Terry-Sepulveda returned to the Bronx as the Youth Program Coordinator at The POINT CDC, a non-profit organization focused on youth development and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point neighborhood, where over half of the population lives below the poverty line. Today, Ms. Terry-Sepulveda is the Executive Director of The POINT CDC, overseeing program development, fundraising, environmental justice campaigns and community development projects. She completed an Executive Leadership Development course at Columbia University’s Institute for Non-Profit Management and is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree in Regional and Urban Planning at Pratt Institute. Kellie is also active on several boards, including The New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, The Bronx River Alliance and The Norcross Foundation. She is a proud mother of two sons, Ali and Naim Sepulveda.
Charles Thomas Jr., EdD (Creighton University ’13)
Charles Thomas, Jr., EdD, has committed himself to service and philanthropic efforts. Dr. Thomas is Chairman of the Board for OAR Fairfax - a non-profit restorative justice/human services organization; Treasurer of the Board for Leadership Fairfax - a non-profit leadership development organization; and a member of the Leadership Committee for the Future Fund - a philanthropic giving circle of more than 150 young professionals. Charles is also a Wish Granter and Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Charles serves as an Adjunct Professor of Organizational Behavior and Leadership Theory and Practice, and teaches Life Skills classes to men who are currently incarcerated and preparing for re-entry into society. Charles was selected as the 2015 Emerging Influential Leader of the Year in Northern Virginia and a 2015 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Network Journal. He is frequently asked to speak to audiences on a variety of topics that aim to educate, inspire, and motivate individuals to strive for excellence.
Elizabeth Lambert (Fairfield University ’10)
During her years as a consultant, Beth Lambert worked primarily within the healthcare industry, analyzing industry trends and assessing opportunities for pharmaceutical, medical device, diagnostic and other similar companies. Alarmed by the recent increases in chronic illnesses like autism, ADD/ADHD, asthma, and allergies, in the U.S., Ms. Lambert partnered with children's health advocates and health care providers to create the non-profit organization Epidemic Answers in 2009. Epidemic Answers works to educate and empower parents and caregivers to address the root causes of chronic illnesses in children. In 2009, Ms. Lambert published the book A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children (Sentient Publications) and she is currently the Executive Producer of Documenting Hope, a science and media initiative that will support 14 children on their journeys to heal from chronic illnesses. One of the goals of the project is to help physicians and scientists develop best practices for preventing and reversing chronic conditions.
Rebecca Yang (Georgetown’12)
Rebecca Yang is a first generation American. Her parents were born in China, where her mother’s family faced persecution during the Cultural Revolution and her stepfather was forced into years of hard labor in the countryside. Both of her parents lost the opportunity to attend college and became part of China’s “lost generation.” Her family eventually left China and settled in Ithaca, NY. In high school, she founded an organization that raises awareness of educational and environmental issues affecting migrant schoolchildren in China. Ms. Yang used her Georgetown scholarship to study abroad at Peking University in China. She recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government with a Master in Public Policy. As a Pickering Fellow, she will join the U.S. Foreign Service as a diplomat this summer and will remain committed to public service throughout her life.
Mary McFarland, PhD (Gonzaga ‘71)
Dr. Mary McFarland is former dean of the Gonzaga University School of Professional Studies and the co-founder and International Director for Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins. The program is an outgrowth of the 35th General Congregation, where the imperative was to reach out “to the margins” to educate a secular world. In her role, she is responsible for implementation of the vision and mission of JC:HEM, working closely with Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and university partners to ensure those at the margins have access to Jesuit higher education. She says access to higher education “is not a community problem, it’s a world problem.” McFarland focuses on preparing community leaders and tomorrow’s educators through higher education.
The program leverages the global Jesuit network to bring Jesuit education to the world’s poorest people and empower those to eradicate poverty. Dr. McFarland coordinates an extensive effort. Through online tools, accredited university courses are available to refugees and other at the margins with little, if any, access to postsecondary education. JRS and other partners provide on-site coordination, tutoring, and cultural expertise. Regis University awards the Diploma in Liberal Studies, several Jesuit Universities award certificate credentials, Georgetown provides the SIS and LMS, and Gonzaga University provides office space and direct financial support. Over 130 faculty have taught courses for JC:HEM, many of who volunteer their time.
Join us in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Alpha Sigma Nu. As the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities, Alpha Sigma Nu has a 100 year legacy of honoring the students of Jesuit higher education who are most distinguished in scholarship, loyal to Jesuit ideals, and committed to serving others. In this centennial year, we celebrate this long and storied past while also sharing the accomplishments of the Society today. Together we will chart the future of Alpha Sigma Nu for the next century.
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Inducted: Santa Clara University, 2004
Annie Selak comes to the Board of Alpha Sigma Nu as a member and former Chapter officer from Santa Clara University, where she completed her undergraduate work in Political Science and Religious Studies. She went on to earn her Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and serve as a Jesuit Volunteer before beginning her career. Annie served as the Director of Campus Ministry at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in California before taking the role as Rector of Walsh Hall at Notre Dame University in 2010. She is currently pursuing a PhD at Boston College. Her expertise in spiritual direction and working directly with students adds an important voice to the AN Board of Directors.
Inducted: Boston College, 2013
Gregory Kalscheur, SJ is the Dean of Arts and Sciences as well as a professor in both the Law School and Political Science Department at Boston College.
Father Kalscheur graduated from Georgetown University with his undergraduate degree before going on to law school at the University of Michigan. After practicing law for several years, his vocation led him to join the Society of Jesus in 1992. Father Kalscheur was ordained in 2001 and completed his Jesuit training in 2010. During his training, Father Kalscheur had the opportunity to study and work at many of the Jesuit schools around the country as well as in Australia. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Boston College, where he has taught in the law school ever since. His extensive experience working at Jesuit universities and serving on boards will certainly provide valuable insight into the guidance of Alpha Sigma Nu within the network of Jesuit higher education.
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Inducted: Canisius College, 2012
Jonathan Beck is a political science, European studies, and German major in his senior year at Canisius College. He is in the all-college honors program. Mr. Beck is currently a resident assistant, tour guide, and opinion editor for the Canisius student newspaper, The Griffin. In addition to his leadership role with Alpha Sigma Nu, he is also president of the German Honors Society and the Canisius Chorale. He is a founding member of the Center for International Learning and a member the Political Science Honors Society. In service to his community, he started a benefit concert to raise money for local school music programs, which has grown into a successful annual event.
Inducted: Loyola University Maryland, 2012
Nicholas Monatani is a management and international business major at Loyola University Maryland, studying as a Presidential Scholar. He is an active member of the Loyola Maryland community, serving as resident assistant and a member of the Honors Business Program, in addition to serving as President of Loyola Maryland’s Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter. Mr. Montani chaired the highest performing Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society in the country. Nick underscored that his commitment to the Jesuit ideals is truly a lifelong commitment, and he looks forward to continuing to promote these ideals as a member of the ΑΣΝ Board of Directors.
Inducted: Fairfield University, 1984
Fr. Regan entered the Society of Jesus in 1976 and was ordained a priest in 1987. Prior to ordination he taught religious studies at Fordham Prep and philosophy at Fairfield University and Boston College. In 1988, he was appointed assistant professor of philosophy at Fairfield University where he subsequently received tenure and was promoted to associate professor. He served as acting chair (1992-1993) and then chair of the Philosophy Department (1993-2000) and co-director of the program in Legal Studies from 1996-2000. From 2000-2002, he was associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. He served six years as the national president of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society for all Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, and is a past president of the Jesuit Philosophical Association. In 2003, he was appointed to a six year term as Provincial of the New England Province of the Society of Jesus. Prior to coming to Loyola, he taught philosophy as a visiting professor at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles (2010) and at Fordham University in New York (2010-2011). He currently serves as the Dean for the College of Arts & Sciences as well as an Associate Professor of philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and is the Academic Dean for St. Joseph College Seminary.
Inducted: Loyola Marymount University, 1963
David Morrissey has recently retired as Assistant Vice President for University Relations at University of Notre Dame. His responsibilities included management of Notre Dame’s Advisory Council Program whose members play key roles in the advancement of the University and its principal academic endeavors. In addition to his advisory council responsibilities, Mr. Morrissey worked with current and prospective benefactors of Notre Dame, many of them living internationally. He also served as a key member of the University Relations senior management group.
Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Morrissey was director of regional development for Notre Dame in the Los Angeles area for 16 years. Before beginning his long career at Notre Dame, he served in the Alumni and Development office at Loyola Marymount University for 10 years, including serving as director of development for the Loyola Law School.
A native of Santa Barbara, California, Mr. Morrissey graduated from Loyola Marymount University, and he received an MBA degree from the University of Southern California.
Inducted: Saint Peter's College, 2010
Fr. Michael L. Braden, S.J., has served as Vice President for Mission and Ministry at St. Peter’s University since 2008. Prior to coming to Saint Peter’s, Fr. Braden taught in the Mass Communications programs at both Loyola University in New Orleans and Loyola University of Maryland. Prior to his employment at Loyola College, Braden spent almost 10 years at Loyola University in New Orleans, where he was a director and producer of documentary films. In addition, he worked with the alumni chaplain to establish Christian Living Communities among the students.
Braden was the assistant producer and program advisor of “Provoke Radio” for The Maryland Province of the Society of Jesus in Baltimore. This national radio show is dedicated to engaging the audience to reflect on contemporary social issues from a Catholic faith perspective.
He is an experienced director of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, and because of his experience in Asia, especially China, he has an abiding interest in interreligious dialogue. Braden’s international experience includes providing consultation at the Tien Educational Center, Kuangch’i Program Service and Taipei Language Institute in Taipei, Taiwan. In Cagli, Italy, he was an instructor for Loyola College’s Summer Experiential Learning Project in Journalism.
Braden earned a Ph.D. in International Mass Communications from the Institute of Communication Research at the University of Illinois; an S.T.M. in Ethics and Society, as well as an M.Div. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA; and a B.A. in Communication Arts from Loyola Marymount University.
Inducted: Marquette University, 1990
Kerry Dziubek concentrates her practice on complex litigation, environmental and land use law, and brand protection litigation and counseling. In her securities litigation practice, Ms. Dziubek represents financial institutions in shareholder class actions, derivative claims, and individual plaintiff actions alleging securities fraud, RICO, and other claims in significant securities litigation matters. Ms. Dziubek helped develop Arnold & Porter's New York WomenConnect semi-annual programs, which provide a forum for the firm's women attorneys and senior-level clients to discuss challenges facing professional women, with a strong focus on practical solutions and advancement. Ms. Dziubek has represented clients on a pro bono basis in matters involving First Amendment and right-to-counsel claims, immigration law, and environmental compliance issues. She also served for many years on Arnold & Porter's Pro Bono Committee.
Inducted: College of the Holy Cross, 2001
Cassandra Clark Theirl, Executive Director, is a member of J.P. Morgan Asset Management- Global Real Assets’ Debt Capital Markets Group. An employee of J.P. Morgan since 2002, she is responsible for debt procurement and mezzanine loan strategy for the domestic platform. Prior to joining Global Real Assets, Cassandra was a Vice President within J.P. Morgan’s Commercial Bank focusing on Investor Real Estate loan origination for the bank’s high net worth clients. Cassandra began her career as a credit analyst in the Commercial Bank’s Asset Based Lending Group. Cassandra graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross.
Cassandra was the founding president of the New York Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club, and instituted a diverse array of service, spiritual, and speaker programs. She also assists in fundraising for Holy Cross alumni and is active in the HC New York alumni group.
Use this page as inspiration for your Chapter's next big event. See what other Chapters have been doing, and don't forget to tell us about your next big event.
Facilitating Thank You notes to faculty and staff - a huge favorite! (Gonzaga University, Le Moyne College, Regis University, Spring Hill College, University of Detroit Mercy, University of San Francisco)*
Teacher of the Year Award (Fairfield University, Xavier University)
ΑΣΝ forum on Jesuit Education (Canisius College)*
Lectures on inter-religious dialogue, such as Muslim-Christian understanding (Georgetown University)*
Speaker on social justice issues, such as "Capital Punishment and the Catholic Church" (Marquette University)*
Last Lecture series (Spring Hill College)
Inviting the university president to speak (University of Detroit Mercy)*
Theology on Tap - A Jesuit speaks on a topic of his choosing at a local bar (Regis University)
Chapter retreats (Canisius College, Regis University, College of the Holy Cross)
Talks on Ignatian Spirituality (Loyola University Chicago)*
Program on the Spiritual Exercises (College of the Holy Cross)
Christmas gift programs (College of the Holy Cross, Regis University)
Community Service Day (Canisius College, Loyola Marymount University)
Book Drive for local shelters and after0school programs (Fairfield University)
Visit infirmed Jesuits (Fordham University)
Relay for Life Team (John Carroll University)
Letters to children in South of Sudan via Hope for Ariang (Le Moyne College)
National Jesuit Day of Service participation (Loyola University Chicago)
Women Meet & Eat - underprivileged women are invited to campus for a meal and conversation (Loyola Maryland University)
March to College Day - 8th graders come to campus to learn about going to college (Regis University)
Bread Run - delivering grocery store and restaurant excess to food pantries (Wheeling Jesuit)
Jesuit House Event (Creighton University, Spring Hill College)
Never Have I Ever... Met a Jesuit Dinner (Fordham University)
Dinner with a Jesuit with Patrick Rogers, SJ, Director of Campus Ministry (Georgetown University)
Mass with the Jesuits (Gonzaga University)
Ice cream social in the Jesuit Garden, with rector Rober Scholla, SJ (LMU '11) guiding the Places You Have Never Been Tour (Loyola Marymount University)
Pizza social with the Jesuit Community (Marquette Univesity, Regis University)
Mass and Brunch with Alumni Club (Canisius College, Marquette University)
Kevin Byrne (Marquette '71), VP for Public and Community Relations for the Baltimore Ravens, speaking to community (Loyola University Maryland)
Organized the School Supplies for Haiti drive (Saint Louis University)
Freshman Honors Reception - Encourage academic achievement by our brightest freshman, while introducing them to ASN early in college career (Saint Louis University)
Panel on graduate school application (University of San Francisco)
Candy/cookie distribution during finals - To alleviate finals week stress
*Alpha Sigma Nu Week idea
The Bay Area Alpha Sigma Nu Club
The Bay Area Club encourages members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment.
Join the newest ASN Alumni Club! Email Kate Gaertner at email@example.com.
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Your hub for topical and important Jesuit, Ignatian, and Alpha Sigma Nu news. Use this site as a resource for articles, blogs, links, and opportunities that will help you live out the ΑΣΝ vision.
Kristina joined the Alpha Sigma Nu staff as Assistant Director in January of 2012.
She earned her BA in International Studies and German Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in 2006 and more recently earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies from Marquette University in 2010. Before joining the ASN team, she worked in the Special Events office at Marquette University, where she first learned of Alpha Sigma Nu by helping to plan the Marquette Chapter Induction Ceremony. With a history of honor society membership herself, she is excited to be starting a career with the Society.
As Assistant Director, Kristina serves as liaison between Faculty Advisers and the Central Office in the coordination of annual inductions. She also manages the member database, assists in planning ASN conferences, administers the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, and serves as webmaster for the Society, improving communication among Chapters, Alumni Clubs, and members worldwide.
St. Louis Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club encourages our alumni's lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment.
Contact the Club at stlouis@alphasigmanu
- President: Dave Frenzia (Saint Louis '06)
- Vice President: Jim Klenke (Saint Louis '09)
- Secretary: Justin Bitner (Loyola Chicago '08)
- Treasurer: Joe Davis (Saint Louis '85)
Founded in 2005, the Scranton Alumni Club welcomes Alpha Sigma Nu alumni/ae from all 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs promote the values of Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service in the personal and professional lives of alumni by providing unique opportunities to serve, learn, and connect.
The Scranton Alumni Club has sponsored a variety of events providing ΑΣΝ alumni with opportunities to deepen their Ignatian spirituality and challenge their intellectual and spiritual connection. Activities include an evening of celebrating Mass, a lecture, and dinner (which has featured Rev. William Byron, SJ, Rev. Francis Clooney, SJ, and Rev. Gerald Fogarty, SJ.); emailed online guided reflections around the Advent and Lenten seasons; Jesuit meet-and-greets; and opportunities for service.
President: Michael J. Jenkins (Scranton '06), Scranton@alphasigmanu.org
Facebook: Scranton Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club
The Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club of Washington D.C. encourages our alumni's lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty, and service and the ideals of Jesuit education and provides concrete opportunities to nurture that commitment:
- Programs designed to foster excellence in the intellectual arena and growth in Ignatian spirituality
- Opportunities to give to the community around us through service projects
- Social contacts with other ΑΣΝ Alumni hailing from Jesuit universities across the country, a very diverse mixture of professionals striving to live the values of scholarship, loyalty, and service.
The Washington Club has featured:
- Rev. William Byron, S.J. on Jesuit Saturdays: Sharing the Ignatian Spirit With Lay Colleagues and Friends
- Dolores R. Leckey, senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center on “The ABC's of Leadership”
- Chris Lowney, national speaker and author of Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company that Changed the World and A Vanished World
- Rev. Thomas J. Reese, SJ, former editor of America Magazine on “Faithful Citizenship”
The Club has adopted the Washington Jesuit Academy, a NativityMiguel Network school as its service partner. The Club offered a tour of the school, and has collected gift cards from book stores for the school.
President: Jack Landers. (Rockhurst '62)
Omaha Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club
The Omaha Alumni Club serves the Student Chapter in various ways supporting the annual Student Chapter inductions, coordinating the annual Rev. William F. Kelly, S.J. Lecture, and assisting with numerous other networking and service activities.
Past Kelly Lecture Speakers
Started in 1958, the Rev. William F. Kelley, S.J. ΑΣΝ Lecture Series and reception is an annual event hosted by the Creighton ΑΣΝ Alumni Club.
The following list is a reverse chronological listing of past speakers from the Kelly, S.J. Lecture Series.
2011 Dr. John P. Curtin
"A Physician's Reflection on Education: Lifelong Learning"
2010 Dr. Dan Daly
"Raising Children in a Health Environment: How the Boys Town Experience Can Help Today's Parents"
2009 Rev. Don Doll, SJ
"Jesuit Refugee Service: The New Missionary Venture of the Society"
2008 Rev. David Schultenover, SJ
"Partnership in a Global Mission: What Would Ignatius Do?"
2007 Patricia Callone & Connie Kudlacek
"Alzheimer's Disease: Nurture What Remains"
2006 Senator Chuck Hagel
2005 E. Michael McCann, JD
2004 Dennis N. Mihelich, PhD
"The Americanization of Jesuit Education"
2003 Rev. Kevin F. Burke, SJ
"Crisis at Kairos"
2002 Rev. Jim Hug, SJ
"An Ignatian Contemplation on the Two Standards"
2001 Ron Hansen
"The Catholic Writer"
2000 Jerris Leonard, JD
"A Catholic Conservative and Civil Rights"
Stephanie Wernig (Boston College `79), President Omaha@alphasigmnu.org
Gary Batenhorst (Creighton ‘71), Secretary
Richard E. Rossi (Creighton ’99)i, Treasurer
Rev. Thomas J. Shanahan, SJ (Creighton ‘97), Alumni Chapter Moderator
The Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club of New York City has as its purpose the encouragement of New York’s over 2,500 ΑΣΝ alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. The New York Club Alumni Clubs provides programs where members can deepen their Ignatian spirituality, provide service to others, and network with other alumni and Fordham and St. Peter’s students. Past programs have included:
- Career Night for ASN students by ASN alums
- Assisted with the food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Church (Manhattan)
- Served meals at The Dwelling Place
Chris Lowney spoke to the Club in his books:
- On Heroic Leadership (Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World)
- On 2005, on A Vanished World: Medieval Spain’s Golden Age of Enlightenment
- Dennis Baker, SJ on "Exploring your Spirituality in the “Real World”
- Linda Rapuano on "Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Spiritual Wellness, An Exploration of Various tools for the Spiritual Journey"
David McCallum, SJ on "Spirituality Resources for Everyday Life: An Introduction to the Spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola in Three Parts"
- In the first session, he provided background on the Examen of Consciousness, an updated version of Ignatius' essential method of self-reflection and personal growth, the foundation for being a "contemplative in action."
- In the second session, Fr. David introduced a form of prayer commonly known as Ignatian Contemplation, combining the use of scripture with the use of the imagination and the senses.
- James J. Hederman, SJ, MD on "Discovering Our God Given Vocation in Life and Finding Our Most Authentic Self"
President: Bob Kennedy (Canisius `84) firstname.lastname@example.org
Our general purpose mirrors that of the national ΑΣΝ organization: to encourage our members’ lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, as well as to the ideals of Jesuit education. Our particular purpose is to foster those values in a way that meets the needs of ΑΣΝ members living in one of the largest and most diverse metropolitan areas in the country. There are roughly 2,250 ΑΣΝ members in the greater Los Angeles area. The Los Angeles Alumni Club will be your chance to interact with this group, to learn from their experiences, to share your own, to participate in what we hope will be stimulating programs and projects, hopefully have some fun, and through all that come to a better understanding of how to live out our shared ΑΣΝ and Jesuit values in the exciting and challenging part of the world that we call home. The Los Angeles Club has welcomed Jesuits from Loyola Marymount University to speak on these topics:
- Rev. William Fulco, S.J., on “How Writing Began”
- Rev. Thomas Rausch, S.J. on The Truth about the “DaVinci Code”
- Rev. Randy Roche, S.J. on “Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Life”
- President – Patrick Cain (LMU ’78) LA@alphasigmanu.org
- Secretary – David Morena (SCU ’66 )
- Treasurer – Chake Kouyoumjian (LMU ’95)
The Kansas City Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club is looking for leadership. With over 600 members from 19 Jesuit institutions of higher education, the Kansas City area boasts Alpha Sigma Nu members active in their professions and in the community.
Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs have as their purpose the encouragement of our alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. Alumni Clubs should provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment, and a platform for the ongoing formation of these values and Ignatian spirituality. Clubs participate in service projects, present speaker events, develop programs that connect faith with life, and provide a venue for career and social networking. Each Club determines its own activities and agenda, with the ΑΣΝ values of Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service acting as the focus.
Alumni contact: Kate Gaertner at email@example.com
The Greater Denver Alumni Club of Alpha Sigma Nu has as its purpose the encouragement of our alumni’s lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and the ideals of Jesuit education. The Alumni Club strives to provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment.
Members have voiced an interest in participating in service projects, presenting speaker events, developing programs that connect faith with life, and providing a venue for career and social networking.
The Greater Denver Alumni Club became an official club at the Triennial Convention in Denver, Colorado in October 2003.
Meet the Board
Kelly Darby (Regis '05) | President
Madonna Gaudio (Regis '12) | Vice President
Ann Williamson (Regis '08) | Secretary
Linda Lange (Regis '11) | Treasurer
Lisa Sumida (Regis '06) | Communications Chair
Facebook: Denver ASN
Laugh and grow strong
-St. Ignatius of Loyola
In 1927, Milwaukee became home to the first Alpha Sigma Nu alumni club. Named in honor of Rev. John Danihy, S.J., who founded the Jesuit Honor Society at Marquette University in 1915, the Danihy Alumni Club has now grown to more than 1,700 members in the southeastern Wisconsin region. Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu is the highest honor a Jesuit institution can bestow upon its students, and as recipients of this honor we have a special responsibility to uphold the values of our education. Scholarship, loyalty, and service are not things we left behind on graduation day - they continue to live with and through us as we develop our careers and personal lives.
The Danihy Club annually sponsors a spring Mass and Awards Brunch at which we recognize an Alumnus of the Year and Young Alumnus of the Year. The awards promote community awareness of the achievements of Alpha Sigma Nu alumni who exemplify the values of scholarship, loyalty and service. These award winners serve as role models for student chapter members. Nominations can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to the annual Mass and Awards Brunch, The Danihy Club collaborates with the Marquette University student chapter and other university organizations focusing on Ignatian spirituality, service projects and mentoring of students.
Mary Pat Pfeil (Marquette '69) | President
Mary Minson (Marquette '05) | Vice President
Rob Shelledy (Marquette '85) | Secretary
Dough Leonhardt, SJ (Marquette '12) | Treasurer
Gregory J. Borowski (Marquette '88)
Hon. Patricia J. Gorence (Marquette '77)
Jason Rae (Marquette '08)
Susan Stilp Becherer (Marqette '72)
Kate Trevey (Marquette '03)
The Chicago Area Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club seeks to provide a forum for intelligent, provocative discussion and networking in social, service-oriented and educational settings, while promoting the core Jesuit values of scholarship, loyalty and service.
Programs and events include:
- Ushering at the Alpha Sigma Nu induction at Loyola University of Chicago
- Volunteering for the WTTW-Channel 11 membership drive phonathons
- Co-sponsoring lectures and presentations
- Social activities
The Buffalo Area Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Club builds on the great tradition of Buffalo area alumni and Canisius student Chapter collaboration on service projects. The Club has many annual programs including:
- The Benefit Concert
- The Christmas Toy Drive
- The Easter Party for Refugees.
The Buffalo Club honorsThe Annual Mass and Brunch where the ΑΣΝ Service Award is presented to an ΑΣΝ alumnus who has performed outstanding service to a charitable project promoting Scholarship, Loyalty, and Service.
Mary Lou Wyrobek (Canisius '85) Buffalo@alphasigmanu.org
Sabiha Ahmad '04 (Canisius ’03)
Jessie Blum ’99 (Canisius ’99)
The Greater Boston Alumni Club of Alpha Sigma Nu exists to promote the ideals of scholarship, loyalty and service within the Greater Boston community.
With more than 1,000 ΑΣΝ members residing in the Boston area, the Club seeks to provide opportunities for meaningful exchange on a variety of important issues related to Ignatian spirituality and social justice.
The Greater Boston area offers numerous resources for ΑΣΝ alumni: College of the Holy Cross and Boston College, now home to the School of Theology and Ministry and The Church in the 21st Century Center, as well as the New England Provincial Office of the Society of Jesus and the Campion Renewal Center.
President: Mike Heinecke (Wheeling Jesuit '97), email@example.com
The Jesuits and Alpha Sigma Nu have a great tradition in the Baltimore area. With over 1,100 ΑΣΝ alumni in the area, the Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter at Loyola College of Maryland looks forward to collaborating on alumni programs.
Alumni Contact: Kate Gaertner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that Baltimore is the home of the national offices of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps?
The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), founded in 1925, is the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of membership: general,
specialized, leadership, freshman, and two-year honor societies. To assure member participation in governance, honor societies must be structured on a membership basis so that the interests of individual members are advanced.
Members and society-at-large are protected by the standards of excellence of the Association of College Honor Societies. Not all organizations calling themselves "honor societies" subscribe to the high honors' standards of ACHS. Candidates for membership should assure that the honor society in question meets the rigorous standards of ACHS - both the business model and the scholastic eligibility criteria.
Alpha Sigma Nu has been a member in good stading of the Association of College Honor Societies since 1975. For more information, visit the ACHS website.
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) was founded in July 1970 as a national organization to serve its members, the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. The Association serves as a facilitator for various cooperative initiatives, such as fostering Jesuit, Catholic identity and institutional and international collaboration, educating for a faith that does justice, supporting leadership initiatives, and developing a distance education network (JesuitNET). Through its various communication efforts and conferences, AJCU provides a forum for the exchange of information and experiences in the lively world of Jesuit higher education today. For more information about AJCU, visit their website: http://www.ajcunet.edu.
Inducted: Marquette University, 2008
Mary Wacker joined the staff of Alpha Sigma Nu as Assistant Director in July of 2005, and became Associate Director in 2009.
She earned her BA and teaching certification in Speech and Theatre at Marquette University in 1979. Mary serves as liaison between the Central Office and Faculty Advisers in the planning and coordination of annual inductions. She manages the member database of Alpha Sigma Nu members, and serves as webmaster for the Society, working to improve access and communication among our Chapters, Alumni Clubs, and members around the world.
In addition to her duties at Alpha Sigma Nu, Mary is an adjunct lecturer in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette, and has coached the award-winning Brookfield East High School Forensics team since 1991. A member of the Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association Executive Committee, she was awarded the William Hintz Memorial Award for Coaching Excellence in 2008.
Mary and her husband Tom are the parents of three daughters.
Inducted: Marquette University - 2002
Kate is celebrating her tenth year with Alpha Sigma Nu. As Executive Director, she calls upon her experience and skills as educator, non-profit director, and volunteer manager. As Director of Alumni for Alpha Sigma Nu, Kate facilitated the founding of eight ΑΣΝ Alumni Clubs across the country, and has added three more as Executive Director. Prior to coming to Alpha Sigma Nu, Kate founded and directed Compass Alliance, a community based organization providing a venue for prevention programming and advocacy funded by an Office of National Drug Control Policy grant that she co-authored. She served as guidance counselor at Dominican High School where she was the director of college counseling. Kate has written for nationally syndicated video news segments on parenting, and consulted with parents and teens on college choice. Her volunteer activities have ranged from serving on community boards to coaching her parish’s 7th grade girls’ basketball team. Kate earned a BA degree in sociology from Marquette University and a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling from Loyola University of Chicago.
Inducted: Loyola University Chicago, 1978
Mark Rzepczynski, Ph.D. is the managing partner of Lakewood Partners LLC,a global macro hedge fund focusing on disciplined and systematic investing in foreign exchange, interest rates, and commodities through the application of structured decisions.
Previously, Mark was president and chief investment officer for John W. Henry & Co., a leading Commodity Trading Advisor. Mark has also served as the taxable bond quantitative and credit research director for Fidelity Management and Research. He has had extensive investment experience as a portfolio manager, research director, and quantitative analyst at leading financial firms.
Along with being an economist at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Mark has been a finance professor and has served on the board of the Futures Industry Association. He is currently on the Advisory Board of CAIA and is an associate editor of the Journal of Alternative Investments. Mark received his Ph.D. in economics from Brown University.
Inducted: Canisius College, 2005
Rev. Patrick J. Lynch, S.J., chair and associate professor of religious studies and theology, says that the Jesuit mission to find God in all things is a major reason education is so important to the Order. Now, as an instrumental leader in many areas at Canisius, he is heavily invested in its academic affairs and mission. Father Lynch currently serves as vice chair of the faculty senate and was its president for three years. He also served as a member of the Canisius College Board of Trustees from 2001-2007.
As rector of the Canisius College Jesuit Community from 2000-2007, Father Lynch oversaw the completion of renovations to Loyola Hall and worked to promote a greater sense of community and interaction among the Jesuits. As chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Theology for the last two years, he developed the college’s interdisciplinary Catholic studies minor, which began in the fall of 2005.
An engaging classroom professor, Father Lynch obtained his PhD in Christian theology from the University of Chicago, an STM in the history of ethics from Yale Divinity School, a master of divinity degree from Woodstock College and master and bachelor degrees in classics from Fordham University. He has a particular interest in Christian social ethics and religion, politics and liberation theologies, and has published many articles in religious journals. Father Lynch is the host of Crossroads, a monthly public affairs radio show, on WJYE-FM and WBUF-FM.
Inducted: Georgetown University, 1980
Carolyn S. Weber Conkling joined the Alpha Sigma Nu Board of Directors in October 2009. Carolyn received her B.S. in Languages from Georgetown University in 1980 and her J.D. with honors from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. Carolyn spent her legal career practicing with the prestigious law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP where she represented clients in corporate transactions and legal proceedings and advised them on environmental initiatives. Carolyn also conducted professional development and environmental compliance training and served as a mentor to associates. As an undergraduate, Carolyn was President of the Dahlgren Chapel Choir, Secretary of the School of Languages and Linguistics Academic Council, and recipient of several honors and awards. Prior to embarking on her legal career, Carolyn worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Philip M. Crane and then became a government relations representative for various aviation and other commercial interests. Carolyn and her husband Robert divide their time between Arlington, Virginia, and Annapolis, Maryland.
Inducted: Regis University - 2005
Anthony is currently a graduate student pursuing a PhD in Chemistry at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests focus on both the synthesis of small molecules as well as the modification of surfaces for high performance organic electronic devices. He has received the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, the National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, and the Georgia Tech Institute Fellowship. He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Chemistry and Mathematics from Regis University (Summa Cum Laude).
Anthony has served as the President or Vice President of numerous student organizations, and is currently the Publicity Chair of the Graduate Student Forum at Georgia Tech. He has been a teaching assistant and tutor for various Chemistry laboratories and classes. He is a member of several professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Mathematical Association of America. Anthony also aided in founding The Turner Foundation, a non profit organization dedicated to keeping music and the arts alive in education and currently serves as its Executive Officer. He also serves as a mentor to students on campus and a Lector at Mass on the Georgia Tech Campus as well as the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.
Inducted: Loyola College in Maryland – 2006
Taylor is the Director of Alumnae Relations and Special Projects at the Notre Dame School, a Catholic school for girls in New York City. Previous to her work at Notre Dame, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) at Tabor Community Services, a non-profit housing and financial counseling agency in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola College in Maryland (now Loyola University Maryland) and received her BA in English. She holds her MA in English from Lehigh University, where she taught English I and English II—freshman composition courses. As a Teaching Fellow, Taylor worked with her students to coordinate a campus-wide endeavor to bring to Lehigh Paul Rusesabagina, the man who saved 1,268 people by sheltering them inside the Mille Collines Hotel during the Rwandan Genocide of 1994. Rusesabagina's story was made into the hit motion picture Hotel Rwanda.
In addition to her involvement in education, Taylor's passion is dance. She has taken classes since she was a child and has training in many styles, but she especially enjoys classical ballet.
Inducted: Le Moyne College – 1963
Rev. Benjamin Fiore, S.J. Fiore began his five year term as president of Campion College on July 1, 2005. Campion College is a federated college of the University of Regina. Prior to his appointment, Father Fiore served his second term as Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY. His first term as Chair was from 1981 to 1986. He taught the New Testament at Canisius from 1979 to 2005, becoming a full Professor in 1988. Fiore is no stranger to Campion College having spent his sabbaticals as a summer lecturer in 1984 and as the Hannin Visiting Professor from 1990 to 1991. Benjamin is a member of the Religious Studies Department and is Director of the Catholic Studies Program. He brought Alpha Sigma Nu to Campion College in 2006 and serves as the ΑΣΝ faculty adviser.
Benjamin received a B.A. in English in 1964 from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; an M.A. in the Classics in 1969 from Fordham University in Bronx, NY; and a S.T.B. (Bachelor's in Sacred Theology) in 1974 from Gregorian University in Rome, Italy. Ordained in 1974, he also earned three degrees in Religious Studies from Yale University in New Haven, CT - an M.A. in 1975, Ph.M. in 1975 (Master's of Philosophy) and a Ph.D. in 1982.
Benjamin taught English in Poland for six summers and coordinated this educational program with the Buffalo-based organization Pomost International for many years. He is Religion Editor for the Pol-Am Journal, a national Polish American monthly. Among the awards he has earned are the Golden Insignia of Merit, presented by the Polish government for work with the Solidarity and Human Rights Association in Buffalo, NY; the Order of the Smile, an international award given by Polish children to those who devote their energies to helping children; and the Kenneth Koessler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1989. Benjamin is a member of the Regina Calligraphy and Paper Arts Group and teaches calligraphy in area libraries. He is a member of the Regina Philharmonic Chorus and founded Didaskalophonia, a Faculty-staff choral ensemble at Campion College.
Inducted: University of Scranton - 1997
Michele cultivates major gifts with donors and funders for Catholic Relief Services (CRS). Previously, she worked in Strategic Development for the Institute of International Education (IIE), one of the world’s largest international scholarship, training and exchange organizations. She led new business strategy and managed the development of competitive proposals for multi-million dollar projects funded by the U.S. government, foundations and corporations. Previous to her work with IIE, Michele was the Executive Director of Good Shepherd Volunteers, a small nonprofit organization that matched long-term volunteers with social service agencies in the U.S. and Latin America. During her first tenure with Catholic Relief Services, Michele managed marketing and advocacy programs centered on global poverty issues and traveled to Albania, Ghana, India and Macedonia. Michele has served on the University of Scranton Board of Trustees and the board of the Campaign for Human Development in Baltimore. She has a Masters in Nonprofit Management from Notre Dame of Maryland University and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Political Science from the University of Scranton.
Inducted: St. Joseph's University - 1987
Louise holds a BS in accounting, graduating summa cum laude from St. Joseph's University in 1988. She has served as a senior accountant at Arthur Andersen in the audit division, and as controller with Ballard, Spahr, Andrews, & Ingersoll. At the William Penn Foundation, a $1 billion private foundation in Philadelphia, she was controller for 6 years and then chief financial officer for 3 years. Presently, she works part-time as an independent consultant on finance and accounting projects.
Inducted: Loyola Marymount University, 1978
Patrick J. Cain is the president of Rodi Pollock Pettker Christian & Pramov, A Law Corporation, where his primary area of practice involves representing and counseling employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. Pat also is involved in the litigation side of the firm's trusts and estates practice.
Pat has served as president of the Loyola Marymount University Alumni Association, and currently chairs the University's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts Advisory Board. Pat served for a number of years on the Board of Directors of the Inner City Law Center, a pro bono organization in the Skid Row section of Los Angeles. Pat also serves as the president of the Alpha Sigma Nu Los Angeles area Alumni Club.
Pat and his wife, Meg, live in Westchester. Their older son is a 2009 graduate of Loyola Marymount University, and their younger son attends Boston College.
Planned gifts provide a way to ensure that your support of Alpha Sigma Nu helps and is remembered by future generations. Any gift which is transferred with the help of a professional is considered a planned gift. Planned gifts are a tax-wise way of giving and offer benefits to you, the donor, as well as to our organization. Planned gifts include: bequests, retained income gifts, life insurance, and retirement plan benefits. Since the information on this site is not intended as legal, tax, or investment advice, it is highly recommended that prospective donors consult with their own tax or legal advisors prior to making a planned gift.
Gifts of Stock
Increasing numbers of Alpha Sigma Nu members have found that by making a gift of appreciated securities they can not only make a larger contribution than they could with a cash contribution but also potentially reap additional tax benefits. A gift of securities offers a number of advantages to the donor. The gift is credited for the full market value of the securities, and the donor may deduct this full amount from federal income tax (if it is within 30 percent of adjusted gross income). Moreover, the donor does not pay capital gains tax on the increased value of the securities. Alpha Sigma Nu does not render tax advice, so donors are advised to seek tax advice from a qualified tax professional. To make a gift of securities to ΑΣΝ, you may:
- send the unendorsed stock certificate and, under separate cover, a signed stock-power form executed in blank (no named transferee) to: Katherine B. Gaertner, Executive Director, Alpha Sigma Nu, PO Box 1881, 707 N. 11th St. #330, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881.
- instruct a broker to transfer the securities from your account to Alpha Sigma Nu's account, and at the same time inform Katherine Gaertner of the transfer, by mail, via email message (info@AlphaSigma.org), or by telephone (414-288-7542).
NOTE: Alpha Sigma Nu's broker is Joseph C. Wilson, Financial Consultant, Smith Barney, 411 E. Wisconsin Ave., Suite 2200, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Phone: 414-226-3052, (800) 558-7505, FAX (414) 226-3081. The value of a gift of securities is established using the mean of the high and low stock quotations on the day the securities pass to Alpha Sigma Nu's control.
Date of Contribution for Gifts of Securities
If the securities are transferred electronically (via DTC), then the date of contribution is the date on which the securities are received in Alpha Sigma Nu's account. Please note that the gift of securities is not complete until you, and your transfer agent, have delivered the securities to Alpha Sigma Nu's account. Merely instructing your broker to make the transfer is not enough to satisfy the IRS legal requirement. In some cases, brokers may move stocks into a temporary account or delay completing the transfer. Be sure to let your broker know when it is essential that the transfer to Alpha Sigma Nu be executed immediately. For stock certificates mailed or delivered to Alpha Sigma Nu, the date of contribution is the later of: (a) the postmark on the envelope containing the certificate, (b) the postmark on the envelope containing the stock power, (c) the endorsement date on the certificate or stock power, or (d) the date the certificate is hand-delivered to an agent of Alpha Sigma Nu. If a stock certificate is not sent to Alpha Sigma Nu but registered in our name by the donor and the donor's agent, the date of contribution is the date the stock is transferred on the books of the issuing corporation. For more information, reference documents IRS Publication 561.
Alpha Sigma Nu established and funded the Book Awards in 1979 to recognize outstanding publishing achievement in the humanities and sciences by faculty and administrators at its 31 member Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Korea. The original name of the awards was the National Jesuit Book Awards, and the awards were jointly administered by Alpha Sigma Nu and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU).
Each winner receives a $1,000 check and an elegant plaque, which is presented at an AΣN event on the recipient's campus. The winner’s name is on permanent display at the AΣN Central Office, and the books are included in the permanent collection of Marquette University's Raynor Memorial Library. The winners are announced via press release through multiple media outlets, as well as, on the AΣN website.
"The Sciences" - one award each for Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, and Health Sciences
"Professional Studies" - includes the following disciplines: Architecture, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Foreign Service, Law, Social Work, etc.
"The Humanities" - one award each for Theology, Philosophy/Ethics, Literature/Fine Arts and History
The Book Awards operate on a three-year cycle:
2015 - "The Sciences"
2016 - "Professional Studies"
2017 - "The Humanities"
Any member of the faculty or administration, including those with emeritus status, of the Alpha Sigma Nu member institutions, who has published a book in the categories described above, is welcome to apply. The submitted work must be published in the three-year period ending with the year prior to the award year. For example, entries eligible for the 2016 Book Awards had to have been published between 2013 and 2015.
Entries MUST meet the basic requirements of eligibility. Ineligible works include: text books, magazine articles, unpublished monographs, and works of fiction, paintings, sculptures, and recordings.
Reviewers selected by Alpha Sigma Nu judge the books on the basis of the following specific criteria: serious and exact scholarship, significance of the topic and its continuing importance to scholars in several disciplines, mastery of extensive literature, research findings handled with skill and assurance, authority in interpretation, objectivity, readability and imagination. Judging is heavily-weighted toward research and scholarship.
For questions or if you are interested in judging or submitting your scholarly work in the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, contact:
Kristina Tadeo, Assistant Director of Alpha Sigma Nu
Phone | (414) 288-7542
Email | email@example.com
Use this page as a resource guide. Live the Alpha Sigma Nu mission, and adhere to the core values of your Jesuit education. The information is designed to help you stay informed, involved, and inspired.
Jesuit Documents on Higher Education
- Jesuit Curia on Jesuit Education | Society of Jesus education documents
- The Catholic University of the 21st Century: Educating for Solidarity | by Paul Locatelli, SJ
- The Influence of the Spiritual Exercises on Six Dimensions of Jesuit Education | by Michael Graham, SJ
- Challenges to Jesuit Higher Education Today | by Adolfo Nicolás, SJ
- Ignatian Volunteer Corps | Provides men and women, most 50 or better, opportunities to serve others and transform lives
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps | Offers men and women an opportunity to work full-time for justice and peace as they serve the poor directly, both in the US and abroad
- JVC Northwest | Provides opportunities for motivated individuals to reach out to persons living on the margins of society and vulnerable places throughout the Pacific Northwest
- Iggy | "Iggy" is short for Ignatian Social Ministry Database. It provides a listing of Jesuit and Ignatian-inspired social ministries in the US
- Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality | Seeks to deepen the spiritual life of volunteers, aged 50 or better, as they give of their time and talent to serve those in need
- National Jesuit Alumni Service Initiative | Fosters the ongoing formation of men and women for others that is the heart of the Catholic and Jesuit mission in higher education
Society of Jesus
- Jesuit Curia | The site of the Jesuit Curia is in Rome, where many spiritual, educational and administrative works support the operation of the international Order
- Jesuits USA | Website of the Jesuit Conference of the US Assistancy
- Understanding the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus
- America Magazine | The national Catholic weekly magazine published by Jesuits of the US
- Jesuit Relief Service Dispatches | A fortnightly email bulletin of the JRS International Office, featuring refugee news briefings, press releases, featured articles and project updates from our people in the field
- Thinking Faith | The online journal of the British Province
- Eureka Street | Public Affairs, international relations, the arts and theology from the Australian Jesuits
- Gregorian University in Rome | Founded by St. Ignatius as the "Roman College" in 1551, it is one of the oldest universities in the world
- Loyola Press | Publishes books that appreciate the wisdom, beauty and vitality of the Catholic tradition of story and sacrament, mystery and mercy, catholicity and compassion
- Loyola Productions | a nonprofit creative media company that builds on the 450-year-old Jesuit tradition of effective involvement in communication arts
- Theological Studies | A Jesuit-sponsored, quarterly journal of theology
- Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities | News of the 28 US Jesuit colleges and universities
- The Jesuit Channel | Video/audio files of lectures, speeches, interviews, and discussions addressing issues related to the mission of Jesuit higher education
- The Jesuit, Catholic Mission of US Jesuit Colleges & Universities | This statement offers a consensus reflection of the 28 presidents of these colleges and universities on the Jesuit, Catholic identity they share
- Conversations Magazine | Encourages serious conversations on the nature of Jesuit higher education
- JEBNET | The network of MBA programs at Jesuit colleges and universities
- Jesuit Secondary Education Association | Membership organization serving all Jesuit high schools in the continental United States, Puerto Rico and Canada
- World Union of Jesuit Alumni/ae | Organization which unites alumni of all Jesuit educational institutions, joined together in their local, regional, national, and international organizations
- Nativity Miguel Schools | A growing network of middle schools across the country, designed to provide families struggling in impoverished neighborhoods with high quality education
- Cristo Rey Network | Comprised of 24 quality, Catholic, college preparatory high schools for urban young people with limited educational options.
- Creighton Online Ministries | An amazing resource for all things Ignatian
- The Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis University
- Prayer Windows
- The Jesuit Resource | Online resource sponsored by Xavier University's Center for Mission and Identity provides information on Jesuit education and Ignatian Spirituality
- Pray as You Go | Daily prayer for your MP3 player from the British Jesuits
- The Jesuit Collaborative | The Ignatian spirituality ministry initiative of the New England, New York, and Maryland provinces of the Jesuits to share the gift of the Spiritual Exercises
- The Christian Life Communities | CLC | Movement is a world-wide cofraternity of lay men and women, single and married, who want to live their lives in the spirit of the Ignatian Exercises
- Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits | An academic journal that deals with the many facets of Jesuit life
- Ignatian-style Rosary
- Summer Ignatian Reading 2012
- Jesuit Prayer | Ignatian Spirituality reminds us that God pursues us in the routines of our home and work life and in the hopes and fears of life's challenges
- Jesuit Social Aspostolate | Website encourages the first step of building our awareness and facilitating contact between the social justice efforts now underway by the Society of Jesus and the wider Ignatian family
- Jesuit Refugee Service USA | In continuity with its quarter century of ministry to and with refugees and forcibly displaced individuals, JRS/USA affirms its mission to accompany, serve and defend the rights of these people
- Ignatian Solidarity Network
- Center for Concern
- Jesuit Advocacy | The Jesuit Conference has four focus areas: Africa, domestic poverty, immigration, and war & violence. The website has tool kits on each area.
- Woodstock Theological Center | Georgetown University | Programs for theological reflection on the human problems of today.
- Jesuit Social Research Institute | Loyola University New Orleans | Transforming the Gulf South through action research, analysis, education, and advocacy
- The Church in the 21st Century
- Woodstock Theological Center | An independent center for theological reflection at Georgetown University
- CARA (Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate) | A national nonprofit, university-affiliated organization that conducts social scientific studies about the Catholic Church
- Catholic Social Thought | Collections of Catholic information and documents relating to Catholic ethics
- Center of Concern | Providing reliable information and analysis on development issues, practical alternatives to current development policies and practical suggestions for personal action, and faith reflections from an ethical perspective based on Catholic Social Teaching
- Education for Justice | Offering a wide range of resources to help promote Catholic Social Teaching and social justice issues through interactive group activities and discussion
- Catholic Social Teaching | Seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching spelled out
- California Province
- Chicago-Detroit Province
- Maryland Province
- Missouri Province
- New Orleans Province
- New England Province
- New York Province
- Oregon Province
- Wisconsin Province
- Making Ethical Decisions | Guidelines are the product of dialog and debate at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University
- Socially Responsible Investments | Learn about SRI as a work of structural justice which can be used within investment decisions made by Jesuit institutions and interested individuals
- Jesuit Young Adults and Professional | Sharing a gumbo of faith, friendship, and social justice in New Orleans and beyond, this is a faith-based social group in the New Orleans area
- The Jesuit Connection | Welcomes young adults (20s and 30s) who are alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher Ed or have experience with Jesuit teachings and values to liturgy, service and social networking events
- Greg Boyle, SJ on "Finding God, with the Poor, in our Poverty" and "The Two Standards and Our Culture Today"
- Chris Lowney on "Effective self-leadership in a complex world: practical insights from Ignatius of Loyola"
- Jane Knuth on Thrift Store Saints | YouTube video
The key is gathering a few enthusiastic local alumni! The by-laws of Alpha Sigma Nu give basic guidelines regarding establishing an Alumni Club and give measures for legitimacy as you move through the process. Below, you will find a road map for starting a club. You may also click on any of the topics listed.
Purpose of an Alumni Club
Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs have as their purpose the encouragement of Alpha Sigma Nu members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service, and to the ideals of Jesuit education. Alumni Clubs should provide concrete opportunities for expression of that commitment.
- Continued recognition of undergraduate and/or graduate achievement
- Programming designed to foster excellence in the intellectual arena and growth in the spiritual arena
- A catalyst for alumni involvement in service projects
- Networking with other alumni
- Opportunities to interact with present ΑΣΝ students
To Alpha Sigma Nu
- Meaning to the ΑΣΝ inductees’ lifelong membership
- Active promotion of the values of scholarship, loyalty and service
- Increase in alumni activity, thus solidifying alumni identification with ΑΣΝ, i.e. increasing alumni interest and support
To Alpha Sigma Nu Student Chapters
- Collaboration with and connection to ΑΣΝ alumni
- ΑΣΝ Alumni as a resource for the student Chapter
- Career/social contacts for graduating ΑΣΝ members
Section 9.11 Alumni Club
An Alumni Club may be established through a petition addressed to the Board Secretary of the Society and signed by a minimum of eight (8) alumni members residing in a geographic area where such a club does not exist. A favorable majority vote of the Board of Directors shall be required for approval.
Alumni club membership shall include all alumni and honorary members of the Society in its geographic area. Alumni Clubs shall use a local name and will be independent but supportive of area student Chapters. Alumni Clubs are established independently from any local institution, although a natural affinity can be expected to exist with a Jesuit institution in the same city or region. Alumni Clubs should be separately incorporated and may engage in fundraising for club projects. Only the Central Office may fund raise for the Society as a whole.
Alumni Clubs send a delegate to the Triennial Conference with full privileges.
The ΑΣΝ Board will foster the development of Alumni Clubs where there is sufficient interest.
Section 9.12 Active and Inactive Clubs
To be considered an active club, the club shall: elect four (4) officers; have eight (8) active alumni members; have by-laws; send an annual report to the Central office; send a representative to the Triennial Conference; and maintain liaison with the ΑΣΝ Alumni Adviser. If a club does not meet these qualifications, the alumni adviser will consult with the Club officers. If the Club does not meet the qualification for two (2) years, the Board will place the Club on inactive status. Inactive Clubs may petition the Board for return to active status by demonstrating compliance in writing.
Our emerging Clubs have experienced success with the following formula:
- Contact Kate Gaertner, Executive Director, #(414) 288-7542, at the Central Office for assistance in contacting ΑΣΝ alumni in the area.
- Identify a group of interested alumni in your area.
- If there is a local Jesuit institution, cooperate to identify an event already planned by the institution and interesting to our alumni. The Central Office can assist here. Request that ΑΣΝ piggybacks on an event.
- Plan a reception for ΑΣΝ alumni immediately after the event.
- Invite area ΑΣΝ alumni via the Central Office. The Central Office will use the database to mail invitations and follow-up with email.
- Use the reception to enlist a group of alumni interested in forming the Club and in planning the next event.
- Establish a committee, plan the next event, and set goals for the new Club. The new officers of the Alumni Club emerge from, or can be recruited by, this group.
- Expect to take approximately six months to get a club up and running, depending on the commitment of the volunteers.
- Like most of us, our members are busy. By offering them something uniquely available and/or attractive to an ΑΣΝ alumni, we fulfill our purpose, and increase the likelihood of a successful event.
- When designing programming, remember the focus: scholarship, loyalty, and service.
- The Central Office can provide free, or at a small cost, ΑΣΝ nametags, stationery for invitations, small door prizes and/or speakers’ gifts.
- The Central Office has a minimal start up budget for alumni events, therefore, new clubs must become self-sustaining.
- The location of an event should be accessible, easy to find, of local interest, and have parking where possible.
The Central Office generally refers to Alumni Clubs by their geographical locations, such as the Greater Kansas City area, the Greater Boston area, etc., with the emphasis on including all ΑΣΝ alumni who reside in a particular geographic area, not only those who were inducted at a particular local institution. The Father Danihy Club, the Greater Milwaukee area alumni club, is named for the founder of Alpha Sigma Nu. Clubs wishing to call themselves by a name of honor rather than a geographical descriptor should check with the Central Office.
The Board of Alpha Sigma Nu has made the establishment of Alumni Clubs a priority. The Alumni Committee of the Board has indicated that, at the outset, resources should go to those areas where we have the most alumni. However, the Central Office and the Board will encourage and support a group of ΑΣΝ alumni, in any area, who wish to form an alumni club.
You may download an Alumni Club Petition in one of two formats: Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Reader (.pdf). In order to open the file, you must have the Microsoft Word application or a copy of Adobe (formerly Acrobat) Reader. If you do not have Reader, you can download it for free here by clicking on the icon below. (Make sure you get the appropriate format Reader for your operating system.)
You may download the Alumni Club Generic By-laws in one of two formats: Microsot Word (.doc) or Adobe Reader (.pdf). In order to open the file, you must have the Microsoft Word application or a copy of Adobe Reader. Click the above link to download for free.)
Many of our alumni have asked for activities spiritual in nature, activities that would help them inculcate the ΑΣΝ values in their daily lives. Other alumni have expressed interest in opportunities for career networking. Some have asked for names of fellow alumni when they move to a new city. Most activities will involve more than one of these. Those who gather to organize local Alumni Clubs will speak to the wants and needs of local alumni, so each Club will have its own flavor, guided by ΑΣΝ tenets.
See what our Alumni Clubs are doing:
Annual awards dinner
Service programs, including support of the Chicago Jesuit Academy
Fall - Annual Mass and reception for ΑΣΝ alumni and students
Spring - Annual Alumni Award Brunch
Hosted receptions after a speaker evenst co-sponsored by Regis University
Evening of reflection
ΑΣΝ Social Gathering for mingling and networking with students and alumni
Collaboration with the Regis Chapter on service projects
New York City
Ignatian spirituality series
Private Tour of the Onassis Cultural Center's new exhibit, followed by a reception
Collaborating with Fordham Chapter on speaker events
Networking with Fordham and Saint Peter’s students
Annual William Kelley SJ Lecture
Speaker events featuring Jesuits and other noted experts on topics interesting to alumni and students
Call Kate Gaertner, Executive Director, at (414) 281-7542, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in starting a Club. The Central Office may have heard from other alumni in your area.
The Central Office can provide the names, addresses, and email addresses of alumni in a certain area.
The Central Office can assist with bulk mailings of an Alumni Club, including help with composition, use of our stationery, postage, and mailing services. The Office can send broadcast email to alumni as well.
Alpha Sigma Nu Materials
Newsletters, By-laws, and brochures are available to hand out at meetings or events. Some door prizes, such as ΑΣΝ pins, luggage tags, or decals may also be available.
Because we at the Central Office work with long-standing Clubs, as well as newer Clubs, we have history and experience on which a new Club can draw. Feel free to use us as a resource, a sounding board, a brainstorming partner, or a place to find an idea for a program or event.
At the 2003 Triennial Conference many Faculty Advisers expressed an interest in sharing selection processes. Click the links below to view the selection process of a particular school.
|Canisius College||Saint Louis University|
|Fairfield University||University of Scranton|
|John Carroll University||Seattle University|
|Loyola Marymount University||Spring Hill College|
|Regis College Toronto||University of Detroit Mercy|
Letters of invitation go out from the respective deans' offices to all undergradutes and graduate students who meet the top 15% criterion. With the letter is an application form.
Applicants send in the completed form along with an essay of no more than two pages on the values of Alpha Sigma Nu and how they relate to the applicant's life. Applicants also have a letter of reference sent to me or the dean.
The undergraduate student chapter members meet in plenary session and go through the applications one by one. In preparation for the meeting, the chapter president and I try to read all the applications and the student members read between 10 and 12 applications each so that each application is read by at least 4 people.
The list decided on is passed on to the dean for her approval and then on to the president for his approval and additions, if there are any.
Then we send out the acceptance and rejection letters.
For the graduate student applications, I meet with the respective deans and go through them with him to determine those to be admitted.
Then we send the list to the president and, after that, inform the applicants of our decision.
As the applications are received, a master list is made and the names are placed in the order received.
Each member of the Candidates Committee is expected to read (number) applications per week. These applications are kept on file in the (place) and may be read at any time between *: 30 and 4:30 Monday through Friday. The applications are not to be removed from (place).
Each member will be given a worksheet with the names for the week listed. We use a grading system from 0 to 4 with 4 being the highest. Some members choose to grade activities and essay separately and then take an average. Others prefer to grade the entire application. Whatever is one’s preference is acceptable as long as they come up with one figure (i.e., 1.0. 3.6, etc.) While GPA is to be considered, we do not put too much weight in that area -- scholarship got these applicants where they are --we tend to put much more emphasis on activities (both school and community) and content of the essay.
There will be a meeting scheduled every week during the month of (name) to go over the essays for the week. Usually the meeting takes place somewhere between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., whichever is convenient for the majority. As long as the essays are graded, a member does not have to attend every meeting; however, attendance is preferable. If someone cannot make a meeting for any reason, they should leave their grading sheet with (designee) so their grade can be totaled with the rest of the committee.
We all decide on figures at the time of our first meeting. For instance, all applications which total 30 and above are accepted, those totaling 23-29.9 are put on hold, and below 23 are denied (if there are 10 people reading). If there are less than 10 people reading, the numbers would go down correspondingly. The people who are put “on hold” will be deliberated at our final meeting and wither accepted or denied. We can take up to xx new members this year.
Confidentiality must be stressed. Whatever is discussed at our meetings cannot be discussed outside of the meeting. Keep in mind that the Dean of Students and the Deans of the Schools must give their approval of our final list, so no one is considered accepted until that approval is received.
As used in October 2003
This fall, for the first time, we are inducting members in the fall semester. Until now, we have been inducting in the spring semester, often just before Easter. But that has left too little time for new members to learn the organization or to become acquainted with older members. Thus little has been accomplished.
Last spring, on noticing that many chapters inducted in the fall, I decided that we should do that as well. The officers then in place agreed that an earlier induction would be preferable to what we were doing. This was also made more compelling by the JCU Student Union Budget Board’s demand that new officers take over in January rather than later in the year.
Thus, shortly after the start of the present fall semester, in early September, Mrs. Elaine Hocevar, the manager of graduation applications in the office of the Assistant Deans of the College of Arts and Sciences (and a two-time president of the John Carroll University chapter of ΑΣΝ), asked the Office of Information Services for a list of all juniors with a GPA of 3.5 and above. (We did not request a similar list of seniors, on the theory that their names had been on the list last year when they were juniors. I’m thinking that this is an omission we should remedy in the future.)
Invitations to apply for membership were sent to all juniors on the list, along with instructions to include an essay telling of their scholarship, loyalty, and service; and to obtain a faculty member’s recommendation or endorsement, to be sent to my office. The potential applicants were given a deadline of October 3, 2003. Since that was a Friday, applications arriving on October 6, the following Monday, were still acceptable.
As the applications and nominations came in, I entered them into the ΑΣΝ Excel spreadsheet template. Thus, when the selections were made, I was able simply to take the unsuccessful candidates out of the sheet, transferring them into a second Excel file, for our use in writing the “Sorry, but please try again next time” letters to them.
Unfortunately, the ΑΣΝ committee was not able to review the applicants until two weeks after the deadline, just before we departed for the Triennial in Denver. (That time frame needs work.) Once the list of acceptances was complete, I e-mailed it to our JCU President, Fr. Ed Glynn, SJ, for his information and approval. And once that approval was given, I e-mailed the list to the Central Office at Marquette.
We are planning an Induction Mass and Dinner for Sunday afternoon, 7 December 2003, on campus. That day comes at the start of the last week of classes. Final exams will occur in the week following that. Our hope is that we will be able to form the new (and old) ΑΣΝ students into a cohesive whole, engaging in one or more group activities in the spring semester before they all depart for the summer.
At the end of the Fall semester, Faculty are asked to nominate students they feel fulfill the criteria for ΑΣΝ. In January, the Registrar provides a list of students with a 3.5 GPA and above. The coordinator checks with Student Affairs and the Center for Service and Action to document all activities the students are engaged in on campus and beyond. We also keep a record of students who received faculty nominations the year before.
In early February, a gathering of the membership of ΑΣΝ takes place, the purpose of which is selection of new members on the basis of all the information provided by the campus, and on the basis of any information the current members may have of the students whose names are listed by the Registrar.
Following the selection meeting, the Advisor meets with each Dean to get the approval of the list for his/her college, before taking these to the President.
We mail letters of invitiation to the students once all the approvals are in place.
We use a modified version of nomination by the dean. As faculty adviser, I obtain from the registrar the list of students in each of our programs who are halfway through their requirements and whose grades place them in the top fifteen percent of their programs. I then take each of these lists to the appropriate program director, and ask them to select two or three nominees who embody the values of scholarship, loyalty and service (given our total student numbers, I know that getting two names in each program will leave me with the final four percent). I put these names together and submit the list to the dean for his approval. The students whose names appear on the list, once approved, are sent a letter inviting them to allow their names to stand; this letter includes a blank form asking details of their history of scholarship, loyalty and service – we don’t treat this as an application or nomination form, but merely as a record. If the students return the form, they have accepted the nomination by the dean.
SEPTEMBER 8 - Send letter to Registrar requesting mailing labels and list: All undergraduates with 60 hours and 3.6 GPA, in College of Arts And Sciences, College of Public Service, School of Nursing, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Business and Administration, School of Social Service, Parks College, and School of Professional Studies. Labels and list should be alphabetical, by schools, and with local addresses.
Send letters to deans of graduate and professional schools inviting them to nominate students from their schools who meet the criteria. Deadline 10/24
SEPTEMBER ? - Prepare letters and information to be mailed to undergraduates when labels and lists are available. Include letter of invitation and application form, essay instructions, and AΣN Information Sheet from National Office. When labels arrive, prepare envelopes and insert prepared letter and information. Separate on-campus and off-campus letters, and mail.
Send Spain Campus mail via International Student Office (check International Student Office for lists of other students studying overseas and make necessary arrangements for their mail).
SEPTEMBER 20 - Obtain copy of University enrollment statistics by school/college from Office of Institutional Study.
Decide on names of Honorary members and obtain Presidential Approval.
OCTOBER 24 - As the applications arrive, the information is entered into the computer. When the deadline arrives, all applications are given to the Coordinator.
Applications are sorted by schools then by junior/senior classification.
Determine number of juniors/seniors eligible in each School/college according to the 4% requirement, using Enrollment Statistics.
OCTOBER 28-29 - Members of the Selection Committee (made up of officers, Faculty Advisor, and representatives of schools not included in the officers) meet in the office of the Coordinator to read the essays, marking them Yes, No or Maybe. Final determination is made by the Faculty Advisor and Coordinator. List of invitees, along with lists of Graduate and Professional Deans’ nominees is given to the secretarial staff for letters of invitation or regrets.
NOVEMBER 7 - Mail invitation and regret letters. Invitation letters to honoraries.
DECEMBER 9 - Deadline for acceptance and payment of dues. Endorse and deposit checks.
JANUARY 14 - Prepare list and all required information on order form. Double check for accuracy. Send electronic list to National Office.
Obtain President’s and Advisor’s signatures on order form. Determine amount to be sent for memberships and medallions. Write and send check with list and information.
JANUARY 20 - Send invitation and information about the induction to the deans. Include list of their inductees, to be reported in their pre-Commencement program.
FEBRUARY 16 - Send induction info to candidates, including honoraries, with reservation form. Contact last year’s inductees, inviting them to attend, and asking if they wish to order a medallion for commencement.
MARCH 21 - Mass and induction ceremony, followed by reception.
- Obtain from Registrar the lists of students in top 15% on GPA, separately for juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Juniors are those having completed 60-89 credits; seniors 90+ credits; graduate students at least 18 graduate credits.
- Mark the list to show current members (so they do not get re-nominated).
- Solicit nominations from current ΑΣΝ members, including faculty, staff, and student members. These members receive the list of students in the top 15%, along with a cover letter from the chapter president and faculty advisor. The cover letter outlines the criteria for ΑΣΝ membership, requests that CVs be submitted along with any statement from the nominator, and gives deadlines for submission.
- Nominations are also solicited, by way of the same cover letter, for honorary members.
- Chapter coordinator and faculty advisor compile the nominations.
- The student officers review the nominations and make selections of student nominees. The faculty advisor provides guidance on the selection process.
- From the nominations for honorary membership, the ΑΣΝ Advisory Group makes selections. (This group consists of 5 faculty and 4 staff members; the faculty advisor chairs the group.)
- Student selections are sent to the deans of the respective colleges for review.
- Student and honorary selections are sent to the University President for his review.
- The faculty advisor adjusts the lists as needed, based on reviews by deans and the President. The penultimate lists of inductees are prepared.
- A letter is sent to persons on the a/r lists inviting membership in ΑΣΝ. The final list of inductees consists of those accepting membership.
Notes on the Process
- We do not call for self-nominations. We have tried that in the past and were not happy with the result.
- Current members (faculty, staff, students) are very conscientious about making nominations.
- Our inductees pay the membership fee. The chapter does cover the fee for those who cannot afford it.
- We have not had a problem getting acceptances from persons invited to membership, although some individuals require multiple follow-ups.
- We call for nominations in October and hold the induction ceremony in late March to early May.
- At present the undergraduate GPA lists are for all colleges combined. We are considering doing this separately by college.
After we meet in the fall to review the Handbook, we request a list of students from the Registrar's Office who are about 3.8 or above (we have quite a few) to identify from each School and College the top students. We select about twice the number we will ultimately accept (not all apply when
invited) and ask them to write a personal statement about their academic aims, service experience, etc., based on their reading of ΑΣΝ goals. Applicants also ask a faculty member to write a letter of recommendation on their behalf.
We usually then meet after Christmas vacation, during which time our local officers have read all submitted materials. The officers, sometimes with help from other chapter members, evaluate the material based on commonly agreed norms, explicitly stated and distributed to each reader.
From this process, we identify the allowed quota of qualified inductees and notify them (and the others) of the decision. We do not require attendance at the Induction Ceremony in order to join. The President of the university usually submits to us the names of 2 or 3 persons whom he would like to honor with membership.
As it has worked out in practice, our Induction Ceremony usually takes place in Spring Quarter.
In early January, the Registrar provides a list of
seniors and juniors ranked according to GPA.
- after the top 15% have been identified, each student is sent a letter inviting him or her to apply for menmbership in Alpha Sigma Nu and explaining briefly what this honor society is all about. Enclosed is an application form, which includes a resume or list of all activities and also a 3-page essay reflection on how the student understands and has practiced the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.
- a selection committee is formed, consisting of the the Pressdent and Vice-President of the chapter, the faculty adviser, and two other faculty members, usually faculty who are members of Alpha Sigma Nu.
- the selection committee reads all applications and each member ranks their top ten juniors and seniors; the committee then meets to finalize the list of 4% of each class who will be invited to become members.This averages to 8 juniors and 8 seniors. In the three years we have used this method, there has been remarkable consistency in the names selected by the members of the committee. Just a couple of names need to be discussed.
- all remaining folders are then forwarded to the Presdent who makes his additional selections.
- all accepted members are then notified by letter.
Letters of invitation to apply for membership in Alpha Sigma Nu are sent to: juniors and seniors with gpa’s in the top 15% in each of five colleges; graduate students in the five colleges with gpa’s in the top 15% who have completed at least half their programs; law and dental school students with gpa’s in the top 15% who have completed at least half their programs. An application form is included, which asks the student to describe in a maximum of two pages how s/he exemplifies the values of loyalty and service. A copy of the pledge is included to inform students of an induction requirement.
Envelopes are mailed to the address the student has indicated as preferred with the Registrar’s Office and bear a label encouraging immediate attention.
An email message is sent to all students inviting them to check their mail at home or at the University for their AΣN application.
Approximately ten days after the deadline stated in the letter of invitation, chapter officers meet to review the applications received and make decisions on each submission. Applications are also reviewed by a faculty or staff member familiar with the students and with student organizations and by the AΣN Campus Coordinator. Should this group be unable to reach consensus, the Faculty Adviser makes the decision.
Names of applicants are submitted to the deans of each college and to the dean of students for concurrence.
The final list of applicants is submitted to the university’s president for approval.
Names of those nominated for student or honorary memberships shall be submitted to the Executive Director for inscription on the records of the Society and for the proper issuance of keys and certificates.
Graduates of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have been initiated into Alpha Sigma Nu or Gamma Pi Epsilon, the former national society for women in Jesuit colleges and universities, and all honorary members enjoy lifetime membership in the Society and may participate in the activities of any Alumni Club.
In a letter dated April 13, 1973, the U.S. Civil Service Commission stated, "Membership in a national honor society meets one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal service. However, applicants must meet all of the requirements as described in the particular Federal Job Announcement covering the positions for which they apply." This affords a tangible acknowledgment of merit.
Through partnerships with the Washington Internship Institute, The Fund for American Studies, and The Washington Center of Internships and academic Seminars, student members of each ACHS member society may qualify for scholarships. See links at www.achsnatl.org/index.asp for more information.
Reach for Excellence
Honor society membership, like most worthwhile things in life, does not come easily. Therefore, when an invitation to membership arrives, it truly is a matter of honor, reflecting exceptional academic achievement and perhaps outstanding campus leadership and service.
Recognize Your Outstanding Achievement
Though achievement is its own reward, earning your honor society key or pin demonstrates that you have accomplished something that makes you special and puts you at the top of your chosen field. Having an honor society listed on your resumé provides a tangible sign of your academic success.
Advance Your Professional Career
Whether you intend to go to graduate school or use your knowledge in industry or the professions, your college honor society key helps open doors. People in your field recognize your membership as a mark of excellence that identifies you as exceptional. An invitation to membership in an honor society is more than recognition of your success; it is an invitation to excellence. Reach for excellence.
The qualifications and procedures for inducting students into Alpha Sigma Nu are outlined in the:
Alpha Sigma Nu Bylaws General Qualifications
3.3.1 General Nomination Provisions: Student members shall be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs in a Jesuit institution at the time of their induction into the Chapter. Nominees to the Society shall comprise either no more than four (4%) percent of the total student enrollment at a given institution or consist of no more than two (2) students from each college and each graduate school in the institution, whichever number is greater. The full-time equivalent of part-time students attnding the institution shall be calculated and added to the number of full-time students to determine total student enrollment. Further, each year the institution’s President is accorded the privilege of nominating from the scholastic eligibility list not more than three (3) additional candidates for membership. The President of the institution must approve the list of candidates nominated.
Undergraduate Student Qualification and Procedure
3.3.2 Requirements for Undergraduate Nomination: Students nominated for membership in the Society must have scholastic rank in the top fifteen (15%) percent of their class. They must also have distinguished themselves in displaying qualities of loyalty and service as defined in Section 3.1. Undergraduate transfer students shall have completed not less than one and one-half (1-1/2) semesters at a Jesuit institution by the time of their nomination. Part-time undergraduate students shall have completed not less than one-half (1/2) of their degree program by the time of their nomination.
3.3.3 Undergraduate Nomination Procedure: The Student Chapter may recommend candidates selected from the junior and senior classes for nomination to the Society. The number of nominees shall not exceed more than four (4%) percent of the full-time enrollment of the nominee’s class. This list of candidates is submitted to the dean of each school or college in the Jesuit institution with undergraduate students. The dean may delete any name from the list if s/he believes that the candidate is not qualified for membership. The dean may recommend one (1) or more qualified candidates subject to Chapter approval. The Chapter will forward the final list of candidates to the President of the institution for approval.
Graduate Student Qualification and Procedure
3.3.4 Requirements for Graduate Nomination: Graduate students nominated for membership in the Society shall have completed not less than one-half (1/2) of the credit requirements for their graduate degree at a Jesuit institution at the time of their nomination. They must have distinguished themselves in displaying qualities of scholarship, loyalty and service as defined in Section 3.1.
3.3.5 Graduate Nomination Procedure: The Student Chapter or department chairs may recommend for nomination to the Society not more than four (4%) percent of the top fifteen (15%) percent of the total enrollment of the respective graduate program or department. The list of students nominated shall be forwarded to the dean of the graduate school. The dean may delete any name from the list if s/he believes that the candidate is not qualified for membership. The dean may recommend one (1) or more qualified candidates, subject to Chapter approval. The Chapter will forward the final list of candidates to the President of the institution for approval.
Alpha Sigma Nu is committed to equal opportunity for all qualified candidates in light of criteria established in the Bylaws.
|Click on a Chapter below to do directly to the contact information.|
Joseph O'Keefe, SJ
Campion Hall 223
140 Commonwealth Ave
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Lee Ward, PhD
3737 Wascana Parkway
S4S 0A2 Canada
Patrick J. Lynch, SJ
2001 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14208-1098
John Gavin, SJ
1 College Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Thomas Purcell III, PhD, JD
2500 California St.
Omaha, NE 68178
(402) 280-2834 or 2835
Thomas C. Pellegrino, PhD
(203) 254-4000 x2244
1703 N. Benson Rd.
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 254-4000 x3468
Rosemary A. DeJulio, PhD
Administration Building North 109
441 E. Fordham Road
Bronx, NY 10458
Matthew Carnes, SJ
37th and O Streets, NW
Washington, D.C. 20057-1000
Dan Bradley, PhD
502 E. Boone Ave., AD Box 47
Spokane, WA 99258
William M. Bichl, SJ
20700 N. Park Blvd.
University Heights, OH 44118-4520
William S. Dolan, SJ
Loyola Jesuit Residence
1419 Salt Springs Rd.
Syracuse, NY 13214
Kelly Younger, PhD
1 LMU Dr.
University Hall, Suite 3800
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Thomas Regan, SJ
6525 Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60626
Frank Haig, SJ
4501 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21210-2699
Lawrence Lewis, PhD
6363 St. Charles Ave., Box 194
New Orleans, LA 70118
Nicholas Santos, SJ
School of Business Administration
P.O. Box 1881
Milwaukee, WI 53233
Scott Lewis, SJ
100 Wellesley Street W
Canada M4Y 2R5
Sara L. Jarrett, PhD
3333 Regis Blvd., B-4
Denver, CO 80221-1099
Charles M. Kovich, PhD
1100 Rockhurst Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110-2561
E. Springs Steele. PhD
Office of Mission and identity
5600 City Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Paul Stark, SJ
Office of Mission and Ministry
One Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Michael Braden, SJ
50 Glenwood Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306-4606
Paul Mariani, SJ
History Dept., 500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
Chapter Coordinator - SCU
Chapter Coordinator - JST
Paul Fontana, PhD
P.O. Box 222000
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
Yonghae Kim, SJ
Michael A. Williams, SJ
Mobile, AL 36608
Simon Hendry, SJ
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221
Arturo Araujo, SJ
College of Arts & Sciences, Fromm 002
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
Michael Sulzinski, PhD
Department of Biology
355 Loyola Science Center
Scranton, PA 18510
Mary Ann Maslar
Michael F. Steltenkamp, SJ
316 W. Washington Ave.
Wheeling, WV 26003
Amy Whipple, PhD
3800 Victory Parkway
Cincinnati, OH 45207 -4443
What is Alpha Sigma Nu?
Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. Founded in 1915, Alpha Sigma Nu is unique among honor societies in that it honors students who not only distinguish themselves in their academic pursuits, but also in their loyalty to the values of their Jesuit education, and service to others. Inductees demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to the ideals - intellectual, social, moral, and religious - of Jesuit higher education. Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors that can be given on a Jesuit campus.
Who is eligible to join?
Any student of a Jesuit college or university is eligible. Juniors, seniors and graduate students who are in the top 15% of their class academically and have a demonstrated record of service and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of education are considered for membership. Only 4% of each class may be inducted.
Why should I join?
· Membership is one of the highest honors at Jesuit colleges and universities
· Enhancing your experience of Jesuit education through closer connections to like-minded peers, alumni, and the Jesuit community
· Remarkable opportunities for networking with members worldwide via the online Member Directory and exclusive LinkedIn group
· Browse the full list of Privileges of Membership
· Membership is lifelong
What are the commitments?
To be an active Chapter member as a student and to continue to live the ideals of scholarship, loyalty and service as a lifelong member
What is the cost?
Induction fees are $65 for a lifetime membership. This provides for your certificate and official pin, plus ongoing mailings from Alpha Sigma Nu. Please contact your Faculty Adviser if the cost of induction presents a financial hardship. There are no annual dues, however, ΑΣΝ is supported almost entirely by the annual Sustaining Fund. Consider a donation.
Are there networking possibilities?
Yes, and they are improving regularly. ΑΣΝ has over 74,000 members throughout the world with current addresses for about 75% of them. Alumni contact information can be found in the ΑΣΝ online Member Directory. The Alpha Sigma Nu LinkedIn group has over 1,700 members, and the ΑΣΝ Facebook page is a great way to connect as well. Members can be found in all major cities, in all ranges of positions, at companies and government agencies alike. This is an amazing resource!
Will this help with graduate or professional school admission?
Yes. This is a recognized and respected credential. Established in 1915, ΑΣΝ is a full member of ACHS, the Association of College Honor Societies.
Will this help with career moves?
Yes. The online member directory provides professional contact information, as well as a means to keep your contact and professional information current with Alpha Sigma Nu. Our members-only LinkedIn group also provides a platform for connecting with Alpha Sigma Nu alumni working across all professions in all corners of the country and internationally.
Click here for a map of all Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. We have chapters at all of them!
Map from AJCUnet.edu
Alpha Sigma Nu is fully member supported by member contributions and induction fees. Your gifts to Alpha Sigma Nu, Inc., a 501(c) (3) organization, are tax deductible.
Your gift to Alpha Sigma Nu ensures that the Society endures and thrives. Alpha Sigma Nu giving circles encourage your generous support and reflect Alpha Sigma Nu’s history. Donors to Alpha Sigma Nu may choose from the following:
|1915 Society||Loyal donors of 10 years or more|
|Honoring the year of the founding of Alpha Sigma Nu. On June 4, 1915, John Danihy, SJ, held the first Alpha Sigma Nu induction of eleven students. Father Danihy chose students to be the first members who distinguished themselves in their dedication to scholarship in the search for truth, loyalty to the cause of Jesuit education, and service to others.|
|Honoring John Danihy, SJ, Alpha Sigma Nu founder, who defined what Jesuit Honor Society should be and inspired the Society to its national and international position today. A man of vision and action, he served as Dean of Journalism, established the Marquette Press, the Marquette Tribune, and the college yearbook. His fine list of achievements in the cause of Jesuit education made Father Danihy an appropriate founder of the Jesuit Honor Society.|
|O’Gorman Circle||$1,000 - $2,500|
|Honoring Josephine Newell O'Gorman (Marquette ‘19), founder of Gamma Pi Epsilon, who determined that Gamma Pi Epsilon, the Jesuit Women’s Honor Society, would not only recognize academic talent and school loyalty of individual students, but would also "form a compact body through which school spirit would be greatly promoted." The women chose a French phrase, Pour Gloise L'Ecole, For the Glory of the School, to stand as their motto, and the Greek letters Gamma Pi Epsilon which inspired the service-focused action of Gamma Chapters.|
|Cobeen Circle||$500 - $999|
|Honoring Charles Cobeen (Marquette ’20), who first served ΑΣΝ as chair of the Committee on Nationalization overseeing the expansion of Alpha Sigma Nu to Saint Louis University, University of Detroit Mercy, and Loyola University Chicago. He went on to serve as the Society's Secretary-Treasurer for 25 years. His dedication led the Society in defining its mission, in its expansion across the country, and in its position as the vanguard of Jesuit action and ideals.|
|Casper Circle||$250 - $499|
|Honoring Henry Casper, SJ, (Creighton ’61) who was the first to call on Alpha Sigma Nu to articulate a greater purpose than being strictly honorary and to challenge members to service to Jesuit education beyond graduation. He encouraged the Society in its role as a national player through the use of its growing alumni base, as he established the annual ΑΣΝ lecture at Creighton. Father Casper taught nineteenth century European History and American Church History at Marquette and Creighton.|
|Roulier Circle||$100 - $249|
|Honoring Caroline Roulier (University of Detroit Mercy ‘66), who, as Gamma Pi Epsilon National President at the time of the merger with Alpha Sigma Nu, guided both Societies to a spirit of compromise. Her political astuteness, strong leadership, and effective negotiating skills facilitated an equal and honorable partnership. Ms. Roulier was the first woman Convention Chair and the first woman Board Vice-President.|
|Trame Circle||$50 - $99|
|Honoring Richard Trame, SJ (Loyola Marymount ’62), who, as Board Faculty Moderator, wrote the initiation ritual and pledge that, with a few modifications, are still used today. He was the first Board member to advocate for women members of Alpha Sigma Nu, beginning in 1964, and continued to do so until the merger was accomplished. Father Trame was a strong proponent of liberal arts education and Alpha Sigma Nu’s role in its recognition.|
How Donors Support Alpha Sigma Nu Programs
Your donations to Alpha Sigma Nu:
- Fund the Alpha Sigma Nu scholarships. Established in 1985, $623,750 has been awarded to worthy students attending the 31 member colleges and universities
- Fund Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards. Founded to promote research excellence,since their inception in 1980, $103,000 in Book Awards have rewarded outstanding scholarly works by the faculty at Jesuit colleges and universities
- Support the Central Office. Alpha Sigma Nu’s two full time staff members who:
- Facilitate and assure the integrity of Alpha Sigma Nu inductions at our 31 members institutions
- With the Board of Directors' guidance and leadership, execute the Alpha Sigma Nu purpose, mission, and vision
- Assist Faculty Advisers on our campuses with programs promoting the ideals of ΑΣΝ
- Support Chapter officers in developing and executing programming
- Support Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs in their effort to encourage a lifelong commitment to Jesuit ideals
- Communicate with members through the publication of two annual ΑΣΝ newsletters and www.AlphaSigmaNu.org, the official website of the Society
- Keep current the Member Directory database where over 53,000 members are able to network
- Ensure the future of Alpha Sigma Nu by conducting the annual Sustaining Fund
- In collaboration with the Board of Directors, maintain good governance of Alpha Sigma Nu and careful shepherding of donors’ gifts
The Scholarship Endowment and the fund balance are marshaled by the Investment Committee, selected by the Nominating Committee, consisting of ΑΣΝ members with strong credentials in the investment field led by the Board Treasurer.
The Board of Directors and Central Office staff welcome you to the ΑΣΝ website.
- Patrick J.Cain - President
- Kerry Dziubek - Vice President
- Mark Rzepczynski - Treasurer
- Carolyn Conkling - Secretary
- Thomas Regan, SJ - Board Faculty Adviser
- J. Taylor Minervini - Board Alumni Co-Adviser
- Anthony Giordano - Board Alumni Co-Adviser
- Jonathan Beck - Student Board Member
- Nicholas Montani - Student Board Member
- Michael Braden, SJ
- Cassandra Clark Theirl
- Gregory Kalscheur, SJ
- Tom Lenehan
- Patrick Lynch, SJ
- David Morrissey
- Annie Selak
- Kate Gaertner - Executive Director
- Kristina Tadeo - Assistant Director
- Amy Venables O'Neil - Development Director
The Board of Directors:
- Oversees the good governance of Alpha Sigma Nu and the careful shepherding of donors’ gifts and induction fees
- Ensures that all activities of the Society address the Alpha Sigma Nu purpose and mission
- Articulates a vision for ΑΣΝ
The Board consists of 15 members:
· Eight members are elected by delegates at the Triennial Conference for six-year terms
· Two student members are elected by delegates at the Triennial Conference for three year terms
· Two members are appointed by the Board at the midpoint between Triennial Conferences for six year terms to ensure continuity
The Board Faculty Adviser and the Board Alumni Adviser are appointed by the Board of Directors at the Triennial Conference for three year terms and are ex-officio members without a vote
The Executive Director of Alpha Sigma Nu is an ex-officio member without a vote
On June 4, 1915, Alpha Sigma Nu founder, John Danihy, SJ, Dean of Journalism at Marquette University, held the inaugural induction of 11 undergraduate men, founding the Society. A dynamic leader, he established the Marquette Press, the Marquette Tribune, and the yearbook, the Hilltop. In his travels and reading, Fr. Danihy had encountered and admired honor societies, though in the first half of the 20th century, students at Catholic institutions of higher education were systematically locked out of traditional honor societies.
Fr. Danihy believed these newly inducted men exemplified a dedication to scholarship, loyalty to the cause of Jesuit education, and service to their campuses, and instructed them "to band together those who most fully understand and appreciate the ideals of a Jesuit education and to impress these ideals upon their fellow men.” With much anticipation that the society would spread to other schools, in 1921, Fr. Danihy announced that his vision for the Society went beyond the walls of Marquette towards the creation of a national Jesuit organization.
The first national convention of Alpha Sigma Nu was held in 1925, where the first Board of Directors was elected. The Constitution was passed, calling for the President of each university or college to appoint a member of the Society of Jesus as Faculty Adviser to its Alpha Sigma Nu Chapter.
The first induction of Gamma Pi Epsilon, the Jesuit honor society for women also founded at Marquette, occurred on April 6, 1925. Gamma Pi Epsilon became a national organization in 1947 when Saint Louis University granted permission to organize a chapter on campus.
From the first, Alpha Sigma Nu encouraged the creation of Alumni Cubs to help foster continued loyalty and service to Jesuit education. The 1940 Convention brought about the creation of a newsletter to help tie the suddenly far-flung organization together and in recognition that Alpha Sigma Nu would need a well-developed alumni base if it were to keep growing.
By 1943, the Society had grown to 19 chapters and was moving into the new decade with its mission as the vanguard of Jesuit action and ideals.
Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu has never been restricted to members of the Catholic Church. The Society's leaders strove to keep the organization open to anyone who was qualified to enroll in a Jesuit institution.
The 1960’s saw great growth in the Society despite the student unrest on many American campuses. The next Convention and the 50th anniversary of Alpha Sigma Nu took place during the 1965-66 academic year. This event celebrated the continuing legacy of Jesuit education in America and recognized the Society, which honored the best of that tradition. Father General Pedro Arrupe, SJ, in his keynote address, expressed a desire for the laity to become more involved in Church issues and saw Alpha Sigma Nu as an ideal group for this purpose. He said the profile of the Jesuit-educated graduate was a person with "a balance of intellectual humility and independence" who "respects the traditions and accomplishments of the past but is open to new ideas and developments.” “This is an historical evening for you and me,” he said, celebrating fifty years. “I looked forward to being with you to show my respect for your achievements of the past but more especially to join with you in charting the future.”
At the 1964 conference, the issues committee reasoned: "If ΑΣΝ is to honor students desirous of said honor, no one should be eliminated on grounds of sex. The present set-up contradicts the notion of Jesuit honor students.” Thus, the two Jesuit honor societies merged and the Boards of Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon met for the first time in March of 1972. Here you see the merger resolution:
"BE IT RESOLVED: That Gamma Pi Epsilon and Alpha Sigma Nu be, and hereby are, merged into one honor society known as Alpha Sigma Nu to continue to advance the causes, traditions and purposes that have been fostered and promoted for many decades by both societies. That fall, Alpha Sigma Nu inducted a total of 1,140 new members into its organization: 663 men and 477 women. The numbers dramatized the strength of the new organization."
In 1975, Alpha Sigma Nu joined the Association of College Honor Societies. ACHS is an organization that certifies honor societies, assuring they meet standards and providing students a place to check the legitimacy of honor societies who invite their membership.
The board passed n 1979 the bylaw mandating that two members of the board be student members elected at each Triennial Conference. In 1980, the Board founded the Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards, now given in a 3-year cycle, honoring books in the following categories: the Humanities, Professional Studies, and the Sciences. The Book Awards promote excellence in research and scholarship among faculty and staff at Jesuit institutions of higher education and are one of the hallmarks of Alpha Sigma Nu's commitment to honor scholars of Jesuit institutions.
In 1981, the AΣΝ Scholarship Program began with Board approval of a $1,500 annual scholarship at Marquette University. Our scholarship program now funds $1,000 scholarships at all our member institutions and is funded by the donations of Alpha Sigma Nu alumni to our annual Sustaining Fund.
More recent milestones
2001 - Online Member Directory on our website provides a terrific networking resource
2002-2003 - Six new Alumni Clubs are founded, joining Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Omaha
2006 - Campion College at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan becomes our 33rd Chapter
2008 - Record numbers. 1,694 new inductees at our 33 member institutions, over $184,000 donated to our Sustaining Fund by AΣΝAΣΝ alumni, and 14 Alumni Clubs actively encouraged scholarship, loyalty and service in the lives of our alumni
2008 and 2011- Alpha Sigma Nu Faculty Advisers gather to discuss the mission and vision of the organization
Some 450 years ago, Ignatius Loyola began an order that stressed all Christians should strive for excellence in service to all humanity, all for the greater glory and honor of God. Alpha Sigma Nu, in seeking the best of Jesuit education, requires that its now 74,000 members emulate St. Ignatius through excellence in scholarship, loyalty, and service. This Ignatian heritage is relevant today as Alpha Sigma Nu looks to its 100th anniversary in 2015.
The purpose of Alpha Sigma Nu Alumni Clubs is the encouragement of our members' lifelong commitment to the ΑΣΝ values of scholarship, loyalty and service. Alumni Clubs provide opportunities for expression of that commitment through participating in service projects, presenting speaker events, developing programs that connect faith with life, and providing a venue for career and social networking. Each club determines its own activities and agenda to fit the needs of members in that region.
See what Clubs are doing
Find an Alumni Club near you
Stay connected to ΑΣΝ and Jesuit news
- Read the latest news and happenings on our News & Events tab
- Browse through our list of useful links for alumni
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Announcing the 2015 Book Award Winners
Thank you to all the applicants in the 2015 Book Awards. This year garnered exceptional book entries in the fields of the natural sciences, social sciences, and mathematics and computer sciences.
Congratulations to the winners, who each receive $1,000 scholarships and commemorative plaques, with our congratulations for their exemplary contribution to their field!
Click on each book below to learn more about the book, the author, and to read our judges' praise for the entries.
Jie Jack Li, University of San Francisco
(Oxford University Press, 2014)
Mary Elaine Hegland, Santa Clara University
(Standford University Press, 2014)
Adair Dingle, Seattle University
(CRC Press, 2014)
Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Boston College
(The University of Michigan Press, 2014)
The 2016 Application is Now Available
The 2016 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards will honor scholarly works in the category of "Professional Studies." The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.
Alpha Sigma Nu is the honor society of Jesuit colleges and universities. The Society recognizes the most promising students at these institutions, who distinguish themselves in SCHOLARSHIP, LOYALTY, and SERVICE. Induction into Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors awarded on a Jesuit campus, and members are committed to bearing the name Jesuit in their lives.
ΑΣΝ is unique among honor societies. Your induction not only rewards your academic achievements, but equally importantly, your commitment to the values of your Jesuit education and service to others.
Chapters provide opportunities for members to develop leadership skills, create positive change in their communities, more deeply commit to the mission of Jesuit education, and to connect with the Jesuit community.
You will join 74,000+ fellow Ignatian leaders. NETWORK through Alumni Club events across the country, exclusive social media groups, and our online Member Directory. Stay connected to your VALUES as a lifelong leader through events and online resources. Take advantage of SCHOLARSHIPS, internship scholarships, and advanced clearance in Federal Government jobs.
For more Privileges of Membership, click here
How do I join?
Students must be invited to apply by their Jesuit college or university. Only students ranking in the top 15% of their class are eligible. If you receive a letter of invitation, submit your application for consideration. No more than 4% of the junior and senior classes of each member institution may be nominated.
For more information on the Qualifications and Application, click here
Welcome and congratulations! As a member, you have been honored for your strong academic record and proven excellence in the three pillars of Alpha Sigmna Nu. Now the Society encourages you to a lifelong pursuit of these ideals and a commitment to the principles of Jesuit education.
For more Chapter Resources, click here
Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education, recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, ΑΣΝ encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.
The purpose of the Society shall be to honor students of Jesuit institutions of higher education who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service; to honor persons who may or may not be Alumni of Jesuit institutions of higher education who have distinguished themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service in their intellectual, civic, religious, or professional pursuits; to band together and to encourage those so honored to understand, to appreciate and to promote the ideals of Jesuit education; to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Chapters in accredited Jesuit institutions of higher education; and to encourage the establishment and proper functioning of Alumni Clubs.
A Brief History
Alpha Sigma Nu was founded at Marquette University in 1915 by John Danihy, SJ, Dean of Journalism. In his travels and reading, Father Danihy had encountered and admired honor societies. In the first half of the 20th century, administrators of Catholic institutions of higher education found that their students were being systematically locked out of other honor societies. The society, known as Alpha Sigma Tau until 1930, spread from Marquette to Creighton University, to Saint Louis University and to the University of Detroit in its first decade. By 1924, Gamma Pi Epsilon was founded to honor outstanding women. Alpha Sigma Nu and Gamma Pi Epsilon pursued separate but similar paths for almost 50 years, expanding nationally and cooperating on campuses where they existed together. The society born of their merger in 1973 is open to men and women at the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, two in Canada and one in South Korea. Alpha Sigma Nu, in seeking the best of Jesuit education, requires that its now over 74,000 members emulate St. Ignatius through excellence in scholarship, loyalty, and service. This Ignatian heritage is relevant today, as Alpha Sigma Nu gears up for its 100th year.
Alpha Sigma Nu members are committed to bearing the name Jesuit in their lives and have a special connection with Jesuits, Jesuit apostolic partners, and Jesuit colleges and universities. The ΑΣΝ vision is to be a dynamic organization of lifetime leaders with Ignatian vision and values. This News & Events section is designed to keep our members informed and connected to Alpha Sigma Nu and the Jesuit world.
Alpha Sigma Nu has Chapters on 28 Jesuit campuses in the United States, Regis and Campion Colleges in Canada, and Sogang University in South Korea. Each Chapter is run by a Faculty Adviser and student officers, who coordinate the induction of new members and plan Chapter activities. At ΑΣΝ a Chapter is not just another campus club. Chapters have long-standing traditions planning:
Retreats, Tutoring, Honors Convocations, Leadership Conferences, Lecture Series, Teacher Awards, and of course-- Community Service projects.
Once inducted, get involved. Volunteer for events or run for a Chapter office.
Our second annual Chapter of the Year Award went to Fordham University for the 2014-15 academic year. Congrats on the great work!
Below are links to documents and pages for Faculty Advisers and Officers
Alpha Sigma Nu honors students of Jesuit colleges and universities who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education, and service to others. As the only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, the vision of the Society is the encouragement of Ignatian inspired lifelong leaders.
2015 Alpha Sigma Nu Book Awards winners announced
Congratulations to our winners for their outstanding contribution to scholarly writing in their field!
Have you visited our Centennial Website yet?
Learn more about our history and the celebrations of our 100th anniversary.
For 100 days, Alpha Sigma Nu is announcing the 100 Magis Medals winners. Winners are alumni who are living their Jesuit values out in the world in inspiring ways. See winners as they are announced and learn more.
You can also watch our Centennial video highlighting 100 years of Alpha Sigma Nu history and get Centennial updates and events throughout the year.