We all know the power of mentorship. Each of us has had one or more teachers who inspired us to try a new course of study, finish a project that seemed to be going nowhere, or who simply introduced us to an academic discipline that became a passion.

The chance to be a mentor is what brought many of us to the professoriate at Loyola and recent data from the Gallup-Purdue Index show that mentorship is a key factor in the success of college students.

Dr. Anne Young, professor emerita of mathematics and statistics, served as an outstanding mentor to one of our famous alumni, Dr. Lisa Mazzuca, ’91. Dr. Mazzuca is an actual rocket scientist; she works at NASA and currently is the manager of the Search and Rescue Mission. She has served in a number of capacities at NASA and credits her liberal arts education at Loyola and Dr. Young’s mentorship as critical to her success.

Dr. Mazzuca recommends that each of our students find a mentor and take advantage of internships and other services offered by the Career Center. Read more about Dr. Mazzuca in Loyola magazine and vote for her to receive the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal in the Promising Innovations category, a category the Partnership for Public Service introduced in 2017 to recognize federal employees who are developing cutting-edge technologies or driving innovative approaches that have demonstrated measurable success and great potential but are still in progress.

The Service to America Medals are considered to be the “Oscars” of government service. You can vote up to once a day for her to receive the People’s Choice Award here. Voting will continue until Sept. 15. Encourage all members of the community to participate!

~ Amanda M. Thomas, interim vice president for academic affairs

~ Rita Buettner, director of marketing and communications

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