2018 JASPA Annual Awards
JASPA is proud to sponsor 9 distinct awards to recognize outstanding individuals working in Jesuit Higher Education institutions. Descriptions of each award follow:
The Rev. Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J. Award
In 1979, the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) initiated an annual award for outstanding service in the area of student life in Jesuit higher education on the occasion of its 25th anniversary. The award was named in honor of its first recipient, Reverend Victor R. Yanitelli, S.J.
Fr. Yanitelli was a member of the New York Province of the Society of Jesus. He was born on Dec. 16, 1914. He attended Fordham Prep and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 7, 1933 at the Wernersville Novitiate in Pennsylvania. He was ordained on June 20, 1948 by Archbishop Keough of Baltimore in the chapel of Woodstock College in Maryland. He came to Fordham University in 1950 as a teacher of modern languages but soon moved into a vice-presidency. In 1963 he moved over to St. Peter's College in Jersey City and in 1965 became its rector and president. In 1978 he became Chancellor of the College. He was also through much of this period an active member of the Board of the Port Authority of New York. At one time there was even some talk of his running for mayor of Jersey City. In 1980 he became Pastor of St. Ignatius Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan. In 1986 he became the Episcopal Vicar for the East Side of Manhattan and held that office until a few weeks before his death. He died on Jan 2, 1993.
In 1964, Fr. Yanitelli wrote: "There are five philosophic assumptions basic to the whole idea of student personnel work. They are its matrix. They give it life and make it meaningful. The assumptions are these:
- that student personnel work is educational (i.e. intrinsically related to the overall objectives of the institution);
- that student personnel work is intellectual (i.e. oriented to the life of the mind);
- that student personnel work, for want of a better word, is moral (i.e. oriented to the personal uses of freedom with responsibility);
- that student personnel work is social (i.e. oriented to the individual's life as a member of the group);
- and that student personnel work is personal (i.e. both in the sense of the individual's growth as a mature, self-directed person and in the sense that reference to the manner in which the institution involves the student in the educational process and endeavors to attain its objectives.)
The Yanitelli Award is JASPA's most prestigious award. It is given to persons in recognition of outstanding service to student affairs work in Jesuit and Catholic higher education, distinguished by a long-term commitment and support of Jesuit values to the campus, the profession, and the Association. The award winner is a person who may be fairly characterized as the servant/leader, in the tradition of Fr. Yanitelli. The award is given annually, though it is not necessary to determine a recipient every year.
The JASPA Scholarship Award
The JASPA Scholarship Award recognizes distinguished contributions to scholarship and the literature in the areas of Jesuit and Catholic student affairs work and higher education. Established the Spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a professional staff member who has researched, presented, and/or published works which are innovative, relevant, sustainable, and/or impactful to Jesuit higher education
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service Award to JASPA
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Service to JASPA is conferred on individuals who have truly distinguished themselves by the breadth and depth of service they have given to the Association or the significant influence they have had on JASPA's direction, programs, and services. Established the Spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a professional staff member who embodies the above commitment to service to JASPA.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work is conferred on individuals who have made significant, specific accomplishments in the profession. This award thus differs from the Yanitelli Award, which recognizes a person's lifetime of service. Ignatian Medal recipients may have successfully resolved particularly difficult problems or issues, have achieved recognition as a national expert in a particular area of knowledge, or have provided outstanding leadership at the campus or regional level. Established the Spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a professional staff member who embodies the above achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program or Initiative
The Ignatian Medal for an Outstanding Campus Program or Initiative is the only Ignatian Medal awarded to an institution rather than to an individual person. Student Affairs work uses programs and services as the tools to meet students' needs and to resolve conditions on campus which impede the educational process. The development of such programs and initiatives is a creative process, one which requires a multiplicity of skills and talents. Good programs or initiatives are often shared among campuses, and certain programs or initiatives stand out from all others for their creativity, focus, adaptability to different campus environments, and for their proven effectiveness. Established the Spring of 1997, this award is given annually.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding New Professional Award in Jesuit Student Affairs
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs is conferred on individuals who have distinguished themselves within the first three years of their careers in higher education. Ignatian Medal recipients may have brought a strong sense of leadership to their job, or have demonstrated a high level of skill or ability, or have shown an early record of success which stands above the norm. Established the Spring of 1997, this award is given annually to a new professional staff member who demonstrated a strong commitment to Jesuit Student Affairs.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award in Jesuit Student Affairs
The Ignatian Medal for the Outstanding Graduate Student in Jesuit Student Affairs is conferred on individuals who have distinguished themselves in the early years of their careers. A graduate student is defined as a person with two years or less service in Jesuit student affairs work and is enrolled in a graduate program. Ignatian Medal recipients may have brought a strong sense of leadership to their job, or have demonstrated a high level of skill or ability, or have shown an early record of success which stands above the norm. Established the fall of 2012, this award is given annually to a graduate student who demonstrates a strong commitment to Jesuit Student Affairs.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice
Our Ignatian heritage is the living legacy of Ignatius Loyola. It is a rich heritage of faith, seeking God in everyday life; a profound commitment to the [marginalized] and to issues of social responsibility and justice. Ignatius believed that it is imperative to act upon what is learned–to use our values in service to humanity. We are called to make a difference as "persons for others." The Outstanding Commitment to Diversity and Social Justice Award is given to annually to a program or initiative that is aimed at or an individual or a group of persons who demonstrates a strong commitment to issues of diversity and social justice in Jesuit higher education.
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Academic Partnership
According to the Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities, "The distinctiveness of a Jesuit education stems from its deep-rooted history and a mission grounded in faith and intellectual rigor....Jesuit higher education remains committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person." The Ignatian Medal for outstanding academic partnership award is conferred annually in recognition of a program/initiative that demonstrates collaboration or integration of academic and student affairs in support of student success and student learning.
All JASPA award recipients will be announced at the JASPA Meeting in March, and listed on the JASPA website. If you have questions about any of the awards or the submission process, please contact Aris Mosier, the Chair of the JASPA Recognition & Awards Selection Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.338.7620.
2018 JASPA AWARDS
DEADLINE TO NOMINATE: January 26, 2018