Ahna Johnson ’10 of Hamden Awarded Prestigious Loyola Medal

Submitted by Nancy Habetz on August 29, 2009

Ahna Johnson

Ahna Johnson ’10 of Hamden has been awarded the St. Ignatius Loyola Medal, the highest honor bestowed on an undergraduate student by the Fairfield University Alumni Association. It is given annually to the senior who has maximized opportunities for emotional, social, and intellectual growth throughout all four years on campus and best exemplifies the true spirit of a Jesuit education.

A double major in physics and information systems as well as captain of the 2008 MAAC Women’s Soccer Championship team, Ahna cited several professors who had guided her in her academic career at Fairfield, including Dr. Winston Tellis, the Camille and Stephen Schramm Professor of Information Systems and Operations Management. Tellis’ class, she said, “taught me about life, not just Information Systems. As his student I was fortunate to visit Nicaragua in the spring of last year and to volunteer in a Bridgeport elementary school this semester.” She said he taught her the values behind Catholic social teaching “by truly embracing those values and demonstrating them in his own life.”

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