Krista Bailey Murphy and Emily Schademan Win Best Practice Awards from The Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities

Release Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – The Association of Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities (ASACCU) has recognized Krista Bailey Murphy, dean of students and Emily Schademan, director of student activities with a Best Practice Award as part of their Mission Integration Project. 


They will be recognized at the ASACCU Annual Conference July 24-27, 2012 hosted by the University of Notre Dame. In addition, the winners will present highlights of their project at the ASACCU Annual Business meeting in July. As the “Voice for student affairs professionals in Catholic higher education,” the ASACCU project aims to highlight model practice programs in various student life areas which intentionally articulate Catholic identity as an integral part of a student life program.


Programs 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. Chestnut Hill College was chosen for their IDEAS (Involvement, Development & Engagement for Active Students) leadership program.


The IDEAS program strives to provide formal, deliberate and structured leadership opportunities in the areas of individual growth and organizational development. The program provides developmental opportunities for students to become informed and effective leaders in the College, fields of study, careers and communities. Programming is targeted at three distinct groups: Emerging Leaders, Achieving Leaders and Logue Leaders (named after Sister Maria Kostka Logue, the first dean of the College). It includes on campus workshops, off-campus conferences, a Leadership in Action class (sponsored by the Religious Studies department) and student leader training across multiple groups and organizations.


The program also challenges students to enrich and deepen their self-knowledge, develop self-confidence and competence, manage their time and energy to live balanced lives, and recognize and assume accountability for their actions and decisions. In addition it encourages students to communicate and interact effectively, think creatively and critically, consider multiple perspectives and embrace the responsibilities associated with becoming ethical, socially responsible leaders.


“Leadership development is critically important as part of our students' co-curricular experience,” says Lynn Ortale, vice president for student life. “We are so proud of the work of our staff and students. Any time the College receives national recognition is wonderful. We are particularly pleased with this recognition due to the award's distinction for Mission integration.”