MAYWOOD, Ill. -- The Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing will honor two alumni at the Fourth Annual Alumni Awards Brunch this Sunday, Feb. 12, at the Lake Shore campus. There will be a Mass at 10:30 a.m. in the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 6453 N. Kenmore Ave., followed by the brunch and award presentation from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in the Mundelein Center Auditorium at 1020 W. Sheridan Road.
Mary Jane Sauve, DNSc (BSN ’61), will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award, which is the most prestigious acknowledgment of Loyola nursing alumni accomplishments. Sister Maureen Grady, CSC, DMin, MA (BSN ’65), will be honored with the Spirit of Ignatius Award. This is given to a graduate who best characterizes Curas Personalis or "Care of the Person."
Mary Jane Sauvé, DNSc (BSN ’61) – Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Dr. Sauvé has had a long and distinguished career in cardiovascular nursing (CVN) as a clinician, educator and clinical researcher. She began her career in CVN in 1969, and went on to become director of the Center for Nursing Research (CNR) at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento in 1998, where she worked until her retirement in 2005. Dr. Sauvé also has worked at Sonoma State University and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Her research has focused on long-term outcomes in survivors of sudden cardiac attacks. Dr. Sauvé was an active volunteer of the American Heart Association (AHA) for 25 years as well as a frequent presenter at the AHA Scientific Session. She was elected as a fellow of the AHA in 2002.
Sister Maureen Grady, CSC, DMin, MA (BSN ’65) – Spirit of Ignatius Award Winner
Sister Maureen Grady is a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, and she teaches communication and pastoral skills to second- and third-year nursing students at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Ind. For 10 years, she held positions as head nurse and nursing supervisor at various institutions of the Holy Cross Health System throughout the United States. Subsequently, Sister Maureen spent 20 years in Asian and Middle Eastern countries helping refugees and war victims through Catholic Relief Services and the Catholic Near East Welfare Association. She went on to teach pastoral theology to undergraduate nursing students at the Antonine University School of Nursing of Beirut before returning to the United States to serve as dean of Pastoral Formation and director of Pastoral Supervision at Saint Vincent de Paul Regional Seminary in Boynton Beach, Fla.