Loyola Marymount University students, families and faculty filled Sacred Heart Chapel for the induction ceremony April 17 by Alpha Sigma Nu, the honor society of Jesuit institutions of higher education.
About 150 undergraduate and graduate students from LMU and Loyola Law School joined Alpha Sigma Nu, as well as four LMU faculty members who were given honorary membership. The honorary faculty members include Stephen Duncan, interim dean of the School of Film and Television, Antonia Petro, Spanish professor, Birute Vileisis, director of Faculty Support Services and Paul Zeleza, dean of Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts.
Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes students who exhibit scholarship, loyalty and service. The society was founded in 1915 at Marquette University and has chapters at the 29 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. LMU’s Alpha Sigma Nu “seeks to identify the most promising students of LMU who demonstrate an intelligent appreciation of and commitment to Jesuit ideals,” according to its website.
The top fifteen per cent of the student body may apply for membership into Alpha Sigma Nu, but only four per cent of the applicants may be accepted.
Kelly Younger, the Alpha Sigma Nu faculty adviser at LMU and associate professor of English, said his goal for this year was to make Alpha Sigma Nu the “most sought-after honor society at LMU.” He said the applicant pool nearly doubled this year, and the liturgy, ceremony, and reception reached nearly 500 attendees. He added "The goals for next year are to strengthen our ties to Alpha Sigma Nu alumni, as well as deepen the bonds between our members and the Jesuit Community."
For more information on Alpha Sigma Nu, visit www.lmu.edu/asn.
Posted April 26, 2010