During the week of July 23rd, Emmanuel's 1804 Society was honored with an excellence in mission integration award at the annual Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) Conference in Washington, D.C. This year's conference was hosted by the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University.
The 1804 Society is a mission and leadership student organization named in honor of the founding year of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SND) by St. Julie Billiart. The society continues the tradition of mission at Emmanuel through a deeper understanding of the SNDs, the College history and Emmanuel's Catholic identity. In turn, the students act as ambassadors for the College at annual traditions and celebrations. The six values of the 1804 Society are community, education, goodness, leadership, service and tradition.
The winners were selected for their originality, positive impact on student learning, quality assessment, demonstration of at least one of ASACCU's Principles of Good Practice and a firm integration of Catholic identity and institutional mission. At the conference, 1804 Society President Jenny Konecnik '14 and Associate Director, Center for Mission + Engagement Mark Harrington '08 presented on the 1804 Society as a model of best practices in student affairs.
"On behalf of Emmanuel College and the 1804 Society, we would like to thank ASACCU for selecting us as this year's recipient. We greatly appreciate the recognition as a leader in mission integration fostering the development of the whole person during a student's collegiate experience," said Harrington.
As the "voice for student affairs professionals in Catholic higher education," the intent of the annual ASACCU project is to highlight model practice programs in various student life areas that intentionally articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of a student life program. Through the mutual sharing of ideas and practical applications, ASACCU hopes to foster dialogue to deepen our member's understanding of the interplay between Catholic identity and the ever-changing complexity of contemporary circumstances and student life issues on our campuses.
Above image (left to right): Jenny Konecnik '14, 1804 Society President, Dr. MaryEllen Gilroy, Chair, ASACCU Board of Directors, Mark Harrington '08, 1804 Society Advisor