Graduate student receives medal from national Jesuit association

Kathleen Horenstein, a graduate student in the College of Education's Student Development Administration program, has won the 2013 St. Ignatius Medal for Outstanding Graduate Assistant. Established this year, the medal recognizes individuals who distinguish themselves in the early years of their careers. Horenstein received the award at the Jesuit Association for Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) Annual Spring Conference earlier in the month. JASPA consists of professionals representing the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.

Nominating Horenstein for the medal were Ryan Greene, director of the International Student Center (ISC), and Kate Elias, assistant dean for student academic affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Horenstein served as a graduate assistant in the ISC this past summer and fall; her current graduate assistant assignment is as an academic advisor in Arts and Sciences.

In their nomination letter, Greene and Elias wrote: "(Horenstein) is a demonstrated leader…with a high level of skill and ability in community building and student advising…She brings a great attitude and ethic of care to her professional work which exemplifies Jesuit values."