Mary Janz, director of residence life, has received the prestigious Parthenon Award from the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. The Parthenon Award is the Housing Association’s highest honor and recognizes outstanding collegiate housing professionals for their service, leadership, achievement, and contributions to the housing field. Janz has been a member of the Office of Residence Life at Marquette for more than 20 years.
To be considered for the Parthenon, nominees are submitted by their colleagues, and must have at least ten years of service in housing, residence life, or an affiliated field, have at least five years of service at the regional or international level with ACUHO-I, and have demonstrated an impact on the campus housing profession. Janz received the award at the recent ACUHO-I Annual Conference & Exposition in Rhode Island, in front of more than 1,400 delegates representing nations from around the world. Tradition calls for these nominations and championing to be a secret so that the recipients may be surprised at the conference. As part of the award, a minimum of $4,000 in donations to the ACUHO-I Foundation are collected on behalf of the recipient.
In her current role as director, Janz oversees the administration of the Office of Residence Life. She has distinguished herself as a leader and member of various committees and task forces through the years. In addition to her role at Marquette University, Janz has been extremely active with ACUHO-I, with 10 years of service on the faculty and leading the “STARS College,” a training experience established for undergraduates considering a profession in higher education.
Janz was named the recipient of Marquette’s Excellence in University Service award in 2011, named the American College Personnel Administration Mentor of the Year in 2001, and the Marquette Division of Student Affairs Employee of the Year in 2000.