April 2, 2013

Emmanuel's 1804 Society Receives ASACCU Mission Integration Honor

The Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) has named Emmanuel College's 1804 Society, along with its advisors, Assistant Director of the Center for Mission Engagement Mark Harrington and Associate Dean of Students/Director of Student Activities Dan Darcy, as the winners of the "Student Activities" category of the 2013 ASACCU Mission Integration Project.

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.

"This is a true testament to the dedication and efforts of mission-based strategic planning and the openness to a vision of a student organization that will continue to carry out the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur," Harrington said. "Emmanuel College and the 1804 Society are truly humbled to be receiving this distinction of excellence in mission integration from the Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities."

A press release from the ASACCU noted that "Area of emphasis (Dean of Students, Residence Life, and Student Activities) judges, including the 2012 Best Practices Award recipients, had their work cut out for them as a result of the overwhelming response to the program call from the ASACCU membership. Sixteen member institutions submitted entries into at least one category, several submitting in all three categories."

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. 

"I'm proud to be part of an organization that is not only continuing such a longstanding tradition of goodness, but adapting it to the present day college student and our global society," said 1804 Society President Jenny Konecnik '14. "It is a great recognition of the hard work of the students and the continued growth of the 1804 Society toward fulfilling the mission of the College."

The winners will be recognized at the ASACCU Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., July 23rd-26th, co-hosted by Georgetown University and the Catholic University of America. In addition, the winners will present the highlights of their project at the ASACCU Annual Business meeting on July 25th and throughout the conference.  

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.