College of Nursing graduate, faculty member honored with Ignatian Educator of Distinction Award 

Marquette Nursing alumna and faculty Dr. Marija Bjegovich-Weidman was honored with the first-ever Marquette Ignatian Educator of Distinction Award during the Marquette Women’s Luncheon on Monday, Feb. 5. 
The award recognizes Bjegovich-Weidman’s incorporation of Jesuit values into her teaching. Dr. Rita Dollard O’Malley, provincial assistant for Ignatian spirituality, presented Bjegovich-Weidman with the award on behalf of the Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus. 
“Marija is a tremendous example of what it means to live your principles and I’m glad to see others recognize her efforts,” said Dr. Jill Guttormson, dean of the College of Nursing. “Her commitment to our students, the profession and to advancing equity and inclusion for all has enriched the lives of her peers, patients and students over decades of nursing practice. ” 
Bjegovich-Weidman graduated with her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2023. She was also a clinical instructor in the college. While at Marquette, Bjegovich-Weidman introduced a Human Library project in which students could engage with members of marginalized or stigmatized groups and challenge prejudices through intentional conversations.   
In addition to her time at Marquette, Bjegovich-Weidman spent 38 years at Aurora Health Care, ending her practicing career in 2019 as a lung CT screening program manager.