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Messina Awards

Messina staff are pictured with Common Text speaker Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and the 18-19 Messina award winners Oscar Rodas-Falla, Andrea Leary, and Christina Spearman. The group is standing in front of two Messina theme banners.

Congratulations to our 18-19 award winners!
Outstanding Messina Faculty Award: Andrea Leary, Ph.D. (Writing)
Outstanding Messina Mentor Award: Christina Spearman, Ed.D.
Outstanding Messina Evergreen Award: Chiara Maalouf
Outstanding Messina Resident Assistant Award: Oscar Rodas-Falla

Messina Recognition Awards

The Messina Advisory Board invites nominations for its recognition awards. The four awards provide Messina an opportunity to recognize the service and contributions of professionals and student leaders dedicated to fostering first year student success in their transition to Loyola University Maryland. When nominating individuals for one or more of these awards, please consider the following qualities we consider when recruiting leaders to work within our program. 

  • Ability to engage with first-year students in and out of the classroom 
  • Understanding of Jesuit Mission and Pedagogy
  • Understanding of first year student transition issues and retention
  • Demonstrates organization and is able to prepare in advance 
  • Flexibility 
  • Demonstrates basic multicultural competencies 
  • Understanding of group dynamics and working with groups of students 
  • Well versed in campus resources and referral sources

Outstanding Messina Faculty Award

This award will be presented to a current Messina faculty member in recognition of their significant contributions and service as a Messina professor. Individuals selected for this award will have demonstrated exceptional leadership that has had a significant positive impact on the lives of their first year students, fellow working group members, and/or the greater campus community. Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • A student-centered approach- including a commitment to furthering student growth and development through activities in and outside of the classroom,
  • A willingness to collaborate with colleagues, students, and/or community members in addressing aspects of the first year experience,
  • Innovation and creativity in teaching and their approach to Messina classes and/or enrichment sessions, and/or
  • A commitment to fostering interdisciplinary conversations and/or connections to their Messina theme.

18-19 Winner: Andrea Leary, Ph.D. (Writing)

Outstanding Messina Mentor Award

This award will be presented to a current Messina Mentor (staff or administrator) in recognition of their significant contributions and service as a Messina Mentor. Individuals selected for this award will have demonstrated exceptional leadership that has had a significant positive  impact on the lives of their first year students, fellow working group members, and/or the greater campus community. Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • A student-centered approach- including a commitment to furthering student growth and development through activities in and outside of enrichment sessions,
  • A willingness to collaborate with colleagues, students, and/or community members in addressing aspects of the first year experience, 
  • Innovation and creativity in their approach to Messina enrichment sessions, and/or
  • A commitment to fostering interdisciplinary conversations and/or connections to their Messina theme.

18-19 Winner: Christina Spearman, Ed.D.

Outstanding Messina Evergreen Award

This award will be presented to a current Evergreen who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within their role of working with first year students. This award recognizes creativity, integrity, innovative thought, and an ability to collaborate with other student leaders, faculty, and staff through programming and purposeful interactions  with first-year students in an effort to support and improve their social, psychological, and/or academic well-being. Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • A student-centered approach- including a commitment to furthering student growth and development through activities in and outside of enrichment sessions,
  • A willingness to collaborate with peers, faculty, administrators, and/or community members in addressing aspects of the first year experience, 
  • Enthusiasm for Loyola University Maryland and Messina, and/or
  • Creativity in fostering student connections to their Messina theme.

18-19 Winner: Chiara Maalouf

Outstanding Messina Resident Assistant Award

This award will be presented to a current Resident Assistant in Hopkins, Hillside, or Campion Halls who has demonstrated exceptional leadership within their role of working with first year students. This award recognizes creativity, integrity, innovative thought, and an ability to collaborate with other student leaders, faculty, and staff through programming and purposeful interactions with first-year students in an effort to support and improve their social, psychological, and/or academic well-being specifically in their residential community. Recipients of this award demonstrate:

  • A student-centered approach- including a commitment to furthering student growth and development through activities in and outside of the residence hall,
  • A willingness to collaborate with peers, faculty, administrators, and/or community members in addressing aspects of the first year experience,
  • Innovation and creativity in their approach to residential programming  and community development
  • Enthusiasm for Loyola University Maryland and Messina, and/or
  • Creativity in fostering student connections to their Messina theme.

18-19 Winner: Oscar Rodas-Falla

Nomination and Selection Process

The following information relates to our 18-19 award process. Please revisit this page in December 2019 for information about our 2019-2020 selection process.

Any member of the Loyola University Maryland community may submit nominations using our online nomination form. Nominations for 2018-2019 awards must be received by March 1, 2019. While not required, nominators may wish to consider recruiting others to support the nomination they submit. At the conclusion of the selection process, Messina will contact all nominees to inform them of their nomination. At the conclusion of the nomination deadline, the Messina Advisory Board will review all submissions and select a winner for each category. If no nominations are submitted for a category, an award will not be provided in that year. Award winners will be honored at a Messina Common Text Event on April 1, 2019. 

In the form, you will be asked to respond to the following questions:

  • Your contact info (name, role at Loyola, email address)
  • Name of the person you are nominating for a Messina award
  • Which Messina award you are nominating that person for
  • Please describe why you are nominating this individual for this award. In your response, please provide specific examples, attributes and/or qualities that support your nominee’s contributions to Messina and the first year experience. (you are limited to a response of up to 5000 characters)
  • Is there anything else about your nominee that you would like the selection committee to consider? (you are limited to a response of up to 2500 characters)

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