Loyola University Chicago celebrates the accomplishments of alumni through the Damen Award given at the annual Founder’s Dinner. Named for Loyola University Chicago’s primary founder, Arnold Damen, S.J., this award is granted to an alumnus(a) from each of Loyola’s schools and colleges. It recognizes the qualities of leadership in industry, leadership in community and service to others.

This year Barbara J. Menard was selected to receive the award on behalf of the School of Social Work. The event was held on June 2, 2012 at the north shore campus in the beautifully transformed Joseph J. Gentile Athletic Complex with over 800 in attendance. Guests are treated to an evening of entertainment, the always-popular Founders’ Dinner Chorus, and a live orchestra that played throughout the evening. The Dinner benefits Loyola’s Presidential Scholarships, a program that awards 4-year scholarships to academically qualified students.