The Chaminade Award is annually presented to a faculty or professional staff member who has exhibited a continuous commitment to Marianist values in education by promoting the dignity and rights of people, by accepting others with love and respect, by being dedicated to a collaborative and honest search for truth, and by undertaking the intellectual life as a form of service in the interest of justice and truth, exhibiting the Marian traits of openness, hospitality, graciousness and faith in a loving God. The university presented 2013 Chaminade Award to Venus Ituralde, director of Residential Life.
Venus Ituralde strives to build community, both with the students and with her resident assistants and directors. She has a challenging mission here on campus to oversee the welfare of all our resident students. She is deeply committed to Marianist values and trains her staff to promote them and incorporate them in their residence hall activities. A strong faith in a loving God helps her to maintain a spirit of graciousness to others. Even when Ituralde has to act as a disciplinarian, she does it with fairness and love. It is clear that she truly believes in each student and acts in their best interest. No one can contest the energy and enthusiasm that she brings to her work. Thus, she has attained the respect and love of students, faculty and staff alike. In addition, Ituralde has a great sense of humor, loves to tell stories, and can keep all entertained for hours.