News from Xavier University"s Center for Mission and Identity

April 29, 2011

The Center for Mission and Identity’s student worker Maria Konerman ’11 received the “Student Employee of the Year Award” for Xavier University for her work on the Jesuit Resource, specifically Spanish translations of some Ignatian resources and producing “Living the Mission” videos. This award led to a nomination as the “Student Employee of the Year for the State of Ohio” for which she received the state award as well; see the attached letter. Maria has been with the Center throughout her 4 years.

The National Network Board of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts awarded a grant to Drs. David Burns and Debra Mooney for a Mission Academy for senior faculty to begin August 2011.

At the Celebration of Excellence, Fr Michael Graham, president of Xavier, recognized participants involved in Mission and Identity activities, including AFMIX, Loyola, Conway Fellowship, Educating for Justice. Those involved in the national Ignatian Colleagues Program described their capstone project:
Debora Del Valle, director for Public Relations – Sometimes We Say Funny Words
Dana Tindall, Associate Director of E Learning Developments - Connecting Campus Students with the Immersion Experience

This summer, Fr. Gregory Lucey, SJ will become the next president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. In preparation for his new role, he is visiting all of the Jesuit universities in the country. He visited Xavier on April 14 and met with many on campus.

Drs. Jennifer Fager (Associate Dean, College of Social Sciences, Health and Education) and Debra Mooney, (Assistant to the President for Mission and Identity) presented on best practices in the assessment of institutional mission at the annual meeting of the Higher Learning Commission in Chicago.

A 12-member group participating in a regional project for Africa entitled “Religious Freedom in the United States” met with Joe Shadle of Xavier’s Center for Mission and Identity and Rabbi Abie Ingber of the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement while visiting Cincinnati as guests of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. Project participants were interested in an overview of religious freedom and tolerance amid diverse populations in the U.S., as well as the role of religious and faith-based organizations in various arenas, including community service, education and electoral politics.