(New Orleans, La.) Justin Romaire was named the 2013 Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Man. Romaire, a chemistry major from Harvey, La., is a four year letter winner for the Loyola baseball team. He will graduate magna cum laude in May and will attend Yale University in the fall to pursue a PhD in Chemistry.
The Ignatian Award is given annually to select graduating seniors and graduate students for representing Loyola University New Orleans and its commitment to Ignatian values with distinction and honor. The Awards are the highest awards presented by Loyola University New Orleans to a graduating student. The recipient must have a distinguished, pronounced involvement in the life of the university, represent Loyola with honor and distinction, and possess a strong faith commitment. In addition to maintaining a distinguished grade point average, the award winner must demonstrate a commitment to the integrity of life, providing service to others, among other Ignatian and Jesuit values.
Romaire did extensive research for four years in organic chemistry as an undergraduate at Loyola. In the summer of 2011, he was invited to participate in a research project at the University of Texas-Austin. The John Ehret High School graduate spent the 2012 Christmas break as an Ignacio Volunteer in Belize. He travelled with five baseball teammates to the Central American country where he taught the children in the classroom and on the baseball field. He described his time in the Mayan village as “the most influential and invigorating time of my life. Experiencing the cultural differences in Belize, gave me a new perspective and it is something that I will always cherish.”
Romaire has made 20 appearances as a pitcher for the Wolf Pack baseball team. He has made one start and has six strikeouts in 22.1 innings pitched in his career. He sports a 1-1 record and picked up his first career victory on March 13th of this season when the Wolf Pack defeated Blackburn College 11-7 at John Ryan Stadium. Romaire has posted a 1.50 ERA over six innings pitched this campaign.
"We are extremely proud of Justin’s accomplishments and particularly this honor bestowed upon him by the University. He has worked very hard on and off the field and is very deserving of this recognition. He is a great example of a Loyola student-athlete, and we wish him the best as he continues his studies at Yale,” said head baseball coach Doug Faust.
This is the second consecutive year that a student-athlete has earned the Ignatian Award. Women’s basketball player Keiva Council won the Outstanding Senior Woman Award in 2012. Other honorees included Carissa Marston for the 2013 Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Woman and Mary DePartout who won the award for Outstanding Graduate Student.