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Naperville Sun, August 12, 2012


Even from across the globe in Hong Kong alumnus Christopher Lobello ’90 made a significant difference on campus in Lisle.  As the Managing Director and the co-Head of Asia Pacific Research at Daiwa Capital Markets, a Japanese brokerage house, Lobello took on a new approach to help raise money for Benedictine University.

He wanted to support the David J. Rausch Chemistry Endowment with a monetary donation but also wanted to make a different type of impact.  As a loyal supporter of Benedictine University he wanted to encourage his peers to give back to their alma mater.  Lobello challenged his classmates to donate and for each dollar in, he would donate 50 cents from a charitable fund that he and his wife established in memory of his grandparents, Frank and Mary Dubczak.

Benedictine University’s Professor Emertius Dave Rausch, Ph.D.  was honored to have his fund selected for the challenge and hit the ground running.  He sent out letters to a select number of Lobello’s classmates asking them to help maximize their gift by contributing to this matching challenge.

This campaign received great response and brought in over $8k.  Dayna Crabb, Advancement Officer for the College of Science, was thrilled at the results especially since it was the first gift back to the University from several of the alumni supporters. 

The College of Science is very grateful to Lobello for his generous contribution and for rallying up his peers.  He is a great example of an alumnus carrying the Benedictine values. 


BP Chemists and Benedictine University Chemistry alumni Ruth Bergeron ('01) and Audris Rubas ('00) present Dr. Rausch with Fabric of America checks from BP for the David J. Rausch Chemistry Endowment.



Dr. Rausch visited with dentist Bill Marchi ('78) in his office in Pensacola during his trip in March 2008 to Alabama & Florida.


Dr. Rausch visited with dentist Bill Marchi  ('78) in his office in Pensacola during his trip in March 2008 to Alabama & Florida.

Dr. Rausch won the First Annual Wine Tasting Competition at Niche Restaurant in Geneva on September 21, 2008. Four white wines and four red wines were tasted blind to identify their grape type,  country, region, winery and date vintered.        

Organic Professor Reunites with Former Students               

(This was posted on-line in the Wall Street Journal Forums)

A special event, “Open That Bottle Night”, at the Thai Cuisine Restaurant in Rockford Illinois, was the motivation that   reunited a distinguished college professor with two exceptional alumni. Dr. David Rausch, Professor Emeritus of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois, had been carefully cellaring a bottle of 1978 Robert Mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon to celebrate the successes of two of his students. 

Rausch 78 ReunionDr. Terry Bugno, Oncologist/Integrative Medicine Specialist, graduated from Benedictine University in 1978. Willow Junya, a program manager at IBM and co-owner of the Thai Cuisine Restaurant, took Dr. Rausch’s organic chemistry course in 1978. They never expected that it would take thirty years and this unique event to finally make this toast! Ten guests including another Benedictine University chemistry major alumnus, Ruth Bergeron, also taught by Dr. Rausch, shared this noteworthy occasion.

The perfectly seasoned appetizers and spicy entrées of the gourmet Thai meal were paired nicely with a 2000 Domaine Zind Humbrecht Goldert VT gewürztraminer, a 2004 Peller Estates VQA gewürztraminer, a 2006 Hop Kiln Thousand Flowers gewürztraminer blend and a 2000 Domaine Zind Humbrecht VT pinot gris. Other flavorful entrées were paired with a 2000 Ruyene & Pascal Bouley Volnay Champans Burgundy and the Benedictine Heritage wine, a 1999 cabernet franc from Napa Valley. The 1978 Robert Mondavi reserve cabernet sauvignon was then tasted without a food course. This beautifully made thirty year old wine maintained its dark ruby color and aged to reveal a delicious balance of concentrated fruit and smooth tannins. Rausch joked that it had held up better than he and his former students. This was considered the wine of the evening by many of the guests. Paired with a “perfect ending” of bananas in coconut milk were the 2001 Meeker Tuta Luna and 2005 Inniskillin VQA ice wine.

The menu for the evening included:

  • Thai Styled Egg Rolls 
  • Beef Salad
  • Pot Stickers
  • Teriyaki Beef
  • Mixed Vegetables 
  • Panang Beef
  • Chicken with Cashew Nuts
  • Red Curry Fish
  • Basil Seafood with Brown Rice
  • Pud Thai Shrimp
  • Chicken Fried Rice
All of us had a wonderful time at the 2/23/2008 dinner. I would like to thank everyone who came and joined. I will send pictures to wine@wsj.com.
Always find joys in life and do not postpone!  -  Willow Junya


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