ST. BONAVENTURE - St. Bonaventure University senior Makeda Loney has been named the 2014 recipient of the Dr. Mary A. Hamilton Woman of Promise award.
Loney will be honored at the annual Woman of Promise ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, in the Dresser Auditorium of the John J. Murphy Professional Building on campus.
The award recognizes a female journalism and mass communication student who has excelled both in and out of the classroom, set an example for peers and demonstrated great promise for success in future endeavors. The award is named in honor of Dr. Mary Hamilton, '59, retired associate professor for the Russell Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Loney is a student in the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, and is the first HEOP student to be named a Woman of Promise. In the fall of 2013, Loney was inducted into the HEOP National Honor Society, Chi Alpha Epsilon.
Loney's involvement on campus spans numerous organizations, including campus radio station WSBU 88.3 The Buzz, the Slam Poetry Club, the American Advertising Federation and SBU Theater. Loney also participated in the university's prestigious Francis E. Kelley Oxford Program studying abroad in England during the summer of 2012.
A Brooklyn native, Loney plans to move to Atlanta after graduation to attend copywriting classes at the The Creative Circus, a portfolio-building educational program.
Originally a marketing major during her freshman year, Loney switched to journalism and mass communication after realizing what the program could offer her.
"I learned that marketing was more numbers than creativity, and I found out that the journalism school had classes geared right to what I wanted to do," she said. "I was extremely happy with my switch."
Loney said she considers this recognition her biggest accomplishment to date and that she never saw it coming.
"I was extremely touched that they considered me such a great representation of the journalism school," she said. "This reassured me that I am a talented and capable young woman and that I am going places after graduation."
Leah Shearer, '00, will be the keynote speaker at the Woman of Promise award ceremony. A two-time cancer survivor and program coordinator of the Teens Living with Cancer program,
Shearer is an advocate for adolescents and young adults who must navigate a complicated medical system all while enduring the difficult isolation of their illness.
Members of the St. Bonaventure community are invited to attend.