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AMDG Community Award

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 $750.

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.

AMDG Community Award

The Committee is not currently accepting nominations for the 2025 awards. 

2024 Staff Recipient: Lori Neikirk, Loyola College

Lori supports 27 faculty members and numerous students. Lori takes an interest in the scholarship of her faculty colleagues and stays on top of changes to the University’s digital landscape. She organizes events and contributes to making the departments more inviting and inclusive—all with competence, expertise, and upbeat willingness. Just a few examples of the areas her work touches—she supports the pre-law program, helps plan the Committee on Justice activities, and has been instrumental in organizing Frederick Douglass Day, a celebration and transcribe-a-thon that involves students from across the University. Lori is a skilled and cheerful problem solver who is counted on to support her colleagues and students.


2024 Administrator Recipient: Kirsten Lichtner-Baase

As administrative support operations manager in the Sellinger School, Kirsten is praised for her loyalty to Loyola and to her colleagues, along with her leadership during the strategic planning process—as a valued member of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. As one faculty member says, “She's a peacemaker, a servant leader, a confidant, and a sounding board ... She has become emblematic of the best of Loyola's values: humility, tireless effort, concern for others, and a realistic sense of optimism.”


Past Recipients

See a list of past AMDG recipients.