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Kavula Wins JASPA Ignatian Medal

Billy Kavula, campus minister for liturgy and music at Spring Hill College (SHC), was recently awarded the Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work by the Jesuit Association for Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) at their annual conference in San Antonio. Kavula was nominated by SHC’s office of campus ministry for the exceptional leadership he has provided on campus and on a national level with the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. Rosalie Carpenter, vice president for student affairs, was in attendance at the conference and said, “It was an honor to accept the award on Billy's behalf for his outstanding service to the college. We are very fortunate to have him in campus ministry.” 

Kavula, who has served SHC campus ministry since 2007, is involved in numerous aspects of campus life. He is engaged not only in planning and coordinating weekly and special liturgies and working with choir members and instrumentalists, but he also serves as the advisor for the International Service Immersion Program (ISIP) and the domestic service/immersion experience program. Kavula has served as chair of the college’s staff assembly and represented the division of student affairs on the college’s strategic planning steering committee and on the Comprehensive Undergraduate Experience (CUE) committee. He has also served for the past four years as a member of the College Senate for Shared Governance.

Billy Kavula with his Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work
Billy Kavula with his Ignatian Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Jesuit Student Affairs Work

On the national level, Kavula has been highly engaged with the Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) for 10 years, serving as a member of the steering committee for the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. In this role, he assists in organizing and implementing a conference for over 1,600 students, faculty and staff from all 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities along with Jesuit high schools and parishes from across the nation. He works closely with the prayer and liturgy committee in choosing and coordinating the music for two prayer services, the closing liturgy and directs a choir of 40 students and various instrumentalists each year.

President Christopher P. Puto, PhD, said, “Billy continues to be a shining example to our students, faculty and staff. His passion for his work, his dedication to the Jesuit ideals and our mission, and his faith make him the ideal candidate to receive such a prestigious award.”

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