LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO ALUMNI AWARDS
Congratulations Alumni Award Winners!
Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Weekend of Excellence, Alumni Awards, Sister Alicia Torres and Jeanne Wrenn. Sister Torres won the Young Alumna of the Year Award and Jeanne Wrenn won the Life of Loyola Award. All nominees were nominated and voted on by the larger alumni community. Read more about our winners below.
Young Alumnus of the Year
Recognizes alumni who have graduated from Loyola University Chicago within the past 10 years whose actions reflect the mission and values of the university. Recipients of this award have demonstrated a commitment to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith.
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Sr. Alicia Torres, F.E., is a member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago, a religious community that carries out the mission of the Church through service to the poor, evangelization, teaching and Eucharistic Adoration (www.FranciscansOfTheEucharistofChicago.com). Since 2009 she has lived and served at the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels in Chicago's West Humboldt Park neighborhood, helping bring food, other material resources and family, youth and senior enrichment programs to the neighborhood, in addition to the hope and love that come from a relationship with Jesus Christ. She studied theology at Loyola University Chicago (BA, '07) and Mundelein Seminary (MDiv, '15), and is currently pursuing a MA in Teaching at Dominican University in River Forest. She has been involved in many media projects, including competing & winning on the Food Network's Chopped and has contributed articles to several online and print outlets, including First Things and Living City.
From meeting Sr. Alicia, she is kind and also knowledgeable on how to encourage others to help those who are in need through action (volunteering and praying). She also appeared in a TV show called Chopped where she increased awareness about homelessness issues and her ministry, which was a great way to spread the need for support of programs for those experiencing poverty and homelessness.
According to the Nominator:
I've only met her a few months ago at a Campus Ministry event where she spoke about her ministry at the Our Lady of Angels church. In talking with her, she conveyed her deep commitment and passion about her work to support those who are experiencing poverty and homelessness. She raises awareness and funds to support this church's program and for others in the Chicago area.
Life of Loyola Award
Recognizes alumni who have graduated from Loyola University Chicago more than 10 years ago whose demonstrated outstanding continuous engagement within the university community.
Jeanne graduated from LU undergrad in 1993 (Political Science & Theology double major), studied at JFRC for her Junior year and earned her JD from LU in 2000. Currently, Jeanne is General Counsel for The National Safety Council –whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths. Prior to the NSC, Jeanne was the Ethics and EEO Officer for Pace. Prior to that, she was a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office for ten years (five years in a courtroom, 5 years doing legislative and lobbying/policy work). Jeanne does volunteer work for Girls on the Run (former board member), Concern Worldwide, Misericordia and ABC Pilsen athletics. She also has a daughter who is a Freshman at a college.
Jeanne Wrenn is an active member of the National Alumni Association Board, she attends all meetings and events sponsored and supported by the board. Jeanne also has been involved with the women's movement in the US. Most recently she attended the women's march in Chicago that took place in January. Jeanne also has been involved with interviewing incoming students who wish to attend Arrupe College or Loyola University both of which require time, effort and compassion. Jeanne supports her class members by walking with them in their illness and supporting family and friends when they die. Jeanne wears her heart on her sleeve and shares it freely with those around her. I think Jeanne Wrenn is a very good candidate for the Life of Loyola Award.
According to the Nominator:
NAAB member, championing women's issues locally and nationally, interview incoming students, hosts students for Dinner with Twelve.
Know of a member of the Alumni community who is doing great work in and outside of the Loyola community? Consider nominating them for next year's Alumni Awards.