CHICAGO – Saint Xavier University senior student-athletes Michael Prosser (Rockton, Ill./Rockton-Hononegah) and Brittany Jones (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) were each recently awarded the O'Brien Medallion for outstanding co-curricular involvement and leadership, substantive service to the campus and local community and noteworthy academic achievement. The Medallion is named after Mother Mary Agatha O'Brien in recognition of her founding role as one of the original Chicago Sisters of Mercy. Prosser is a senior defensive end on the No. 1 ranked SXU football team, while Jones is a forward on the Cougar women's basketball team, a perennial national power in the NAIA.
Students from each college or school at Saint Xavier University (Arts & Sciences, Graham School of Management, Education, Nursing, and Continuing and Professional Studies) are nominated for consideration and recipients are selected by a committee of SXU faculty and staff. The awards were distributed at a formal gathering last Thursday evening in conjunction with the annual Alumni Awards and Homecoming festivities.
Prosser, who represented the Graham School of Management, is a business management major at Saint Xavier University and currently serves as president of the Student Activities Board and a captain on the football team. He also is a community liaison for the off-campus apartments. Jones represented the College of Arts & Sciences and is majoring in psychology with a minor in biology. She is serving her second term as president of the Student Government Association and plans to continue her education by pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology focusing on the behavior and cognition of marine animals.
"I was honored to be included with such an amazing collection of people, both students and alumni," said Jones. "The night was really nice as the alumni saw that there are many students carrying on the traditions they started. Plus, the students got the opportunity to meet a role model who was in their position years ago and see the amazing opportunities and potential we have for future success."
"I was really moved by some of the stories I heard during the evening from the alumni in attendance," mentioned Prosser. "Over these past four years, I have grown and learned so much. The welcoming, friendly environment at Saint Xavier is what makes everything I do worthwhile. One of the best decisions I have made was to come to Saint Xavier University."