Le Moyne’s Manresa Program has been honored with the 2021 Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program by the Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA). Presented since 1997 by JASPA, this is the first time that Le Moyne has received recognition for outstanding campus program. Manresa was selected for the honor from among 10 other programs at fellow Jesuit institutions.
Since launching in 2015 with a pilot group of 63 freshmen, the Manresa Program, which is co-directed by Dr. Steven Affeldt, associate professor in philosophy, and RJ Rapoza, associate director of career advising, has grown to include students from all classes. To date it has provided more than 750 students discernment opportunities in line with the College’s Catholic and Jesuit mission and ideals. This four-year experience is designed to help students develop the critical understanding, values and purpose that will serve as the foundation for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives. The program has received national attention, including being featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education in September 2019.
Key to the success of the program is the role of more than 75 faculty, staff and administrators, who serve as mentors and meet with small groups of students participating in Manresa. The program is a central pillar of Le Moyne’s strategic plan and it collaboratively engages offices and programs from across all divisions of the College, including Career Advising and Development, Academic Affairs, Mission Integration, Campus Ministry, Campus Life and Leadership, and the Wellness Center for Health and Counseling.
In a letter nominating the program for the JASPA award, President Linda LeMura stated, “The Manresa Program has played a leading role in providing our college community a more unified approach to students’ vocational discernment and career readiness, which demonstrates to everyone the value of Jesuit education. Most of all, the program has encouraged dynamic conversations about our shared educational project and has promoted types of connectedness and engagement across our campus which are, now more than ever, essential to higher education.”
The Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Campus Program is the only JASPA award given to an institution rather than to an individual person.