New employee honored with Jesuit award

Assistant director of residence life Lisa Brown receives Ignatian Medal for innovative work with students | April 15, 2004

Lisa Brown, assistant director of residence life, was awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding New Professional in Jesuit Student Affairs at a ceremony in March at Regis University in Denver.

Before distinguishing herself on the job, Brown distinguished herself as a student by graduating with honors in 1998 with dual bachelor’s degrees in English and history. She spent three years working at the University of Dayton before returning to Xavier to take the job that gave her responsibility over all hall directors and the residence assistance staff. Brown assumed the tasks of recruiting and training resident assistants in addition to coordinating the first year experience, sophomore success and life beyond Xavier programs.

In less than a year on the job, Brown also created the community connections program in which first-year students visit 10 different community service sites in a 10-week period. According to vice president of student development Ron Slepitza, the program has offered resident assistants and their residents a greater sense of Cincinnati as well as a chance to dialogue about the various gifts, talents and assets found in the community.

“I am excited to be recognized for doing work I am so passionate about,” says Brown. “I am especially grateful because I have had the opportunity to work with students at an institution that has had such a huge impact on my life.”

The Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators annually awards the Ignatian Medal to individuals who have distinguished themselves in three years or less of their careers in Jesuit student affairs work. She was one of seven people nominated from among the 28 Jesuit universities.