Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam ("For the Greater Glory of God")
The AMDG Community Award was created to recognize Loyola’s staff and administrators from across all areas of the University who exemplify the Ignatian spirit by displaying extraordinary initiative and dedication to Loyola’s mission, vision, and values. Both awards are presented during Maryland Day Milestone week in March. Each recipient of this award will receive a monetary prize of $500 and a six-month parking pass for the Jenkins parking lot.
The award recognizes staff and administrators who display extraordinary initiative and dedication to Loyola’s mission, vision, and values. This recipient:
- Demonstrates support for strategic initiative(s);
- Participates actively in the University community;
- Commits to engaging others to advance Loyola’s mission;
- Demonstrates a spirit of going above and beyond; and
- Embodies Loyola’s core values, as well as the Ignatian spirit that is central to Loyola University Maryland.
2019 Staff Recipient: Bess Garrett, Theology
Bess Garrett is the Administrative Assistant in the department of Theology and therefore fully supports both the Catholic Studies and Peace & Justice Studies minor programs as well. Bess employs a proactive work style, always looking ahead to uncover new ways to promote critical thinking, reflection, and engagement for students through the many events housed in the academic programs she supports.
Bess surpasses many high expectations to ensure that challenges are handled and programs like the Peace & Justice Speaker Series and Catholic Studies panel discussions go off without a hitch. When she is not helping to run an event or raise awareness for her academic programs, you will find Bess participating in reading groups and Bible studies and serving on the Messina Common Text Committee.
The colleagues who nominated her say, “She epitomizes integrity and honesty, and is drawn to events that promote diversity, community, justice, service, leadership, and academic excellence.”
Thanks to Bess, students are inspired to learn, lead, and serve in a diverse and changing world.
2019 Administrator Recipient: Sunanda Bhatia, International Student Services
Sunanda Bhatia is the Director of International Student services, an office of two, which helps acclimate international and exchange students to Loyola, Baltimore, and U.S. culture. The office also helps the students navigate immigration and visa processes and regulations, and alleviate fears related to personal and social barriers.
Sunanda works with both undergraduate and graduate students from initial contact about applying to Loyola, all the way through graduation and beyond. Most recently, she has been working tirelessly across departments to implement Terra Dotta: an international student software program that makes it easier to apply to Loyola and navigate the admission process. Her work follows the idea that, because of our differences, we are given opportunities to grow together. Through her dedication to guiding each new international student that steps onto campus, Sunanda is building a campus community that reflects perspectives of people from all over the world and is promoting the need for diversity and internationalization in modern education.
Her colleagues describe the incredible amount of energy Sunanda invests in ensuring that each student receives the personalized support that they need. One of her teammates says, “You can ask her students and staff and they’ll tell you, Sunanda genuinely cares for them and it comes through in everything she does.”
Nominate a staff member or administrator for the AMDG Community Award
The nomination process is now closed.
See a list of past AMDG recipients.