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Alumni on the Front-lines


Alumni Briefs

Alumnus featured in PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow program Covid-19 article

AyayiAlumnus featured in PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow program Covid-19 article

Ayayi Ayate, M.P.H., M.B.A. '18 was featured in a special article by the PHI/CDC Global Health Fellow program which discussed the Covid-19 outbreak and worldwide implications. Within the article, Ayayi discusses his upbringing, education at Benedictine University and personal experience working on the front lines of the battle against Covid-19. Click here to read full article.

BenU community unites under a new graphic amid Covid-19 pandemic

BenU community unites under a new graphic amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Benedictine community has come together under a new graphic. The "B" which is synonymous with the University is now used next to the word, "United." Indicating the call for unity during these current times of shelter in place and social distancing. Though the BenU community, as a whole, has been separated in consideration for public safety, we remain united in both our mission and purpose. Join the movement! Copy the photo and add to your social media as we share with the world that the BenU community is United.

BUnited

Alumni from BenU's MPH program in China donate N95 masks to the University's Lisle campus

Students in ChinaAlumni from BenU's MPH program in China donate N95 masks to the University's Lisle campus

Alumni from BenU’s MPH program based in China have come together to donate 500 N95 masks to the University. The masks will be used for the University’s Police Department other essential worker staff for protection during the Covid-19 crisis. The students wrote in a statement, “There is only one earth for human beings and all countries live in one world. We explicitly proposed to advocate the awareness of ‘a [world] community with [a] shared future.’

This pandemic demonstrates that the global community influences each of us . In the face of great disasters selfishness, hatred and criticism are never the right choices. Conscientious, mutual assistance and gratitude are much more powerful forces. We are very have learned from the excellent faculty of Benedictine [University], experiencing two years of valuable learning opportunities. The interviews, brainstorming, discussions, final presentations and graduation are still vivid memories. Some lovely professors shared delicious food from the United States with students after the completion of courses. We are a group filled with love. As alumni , we have serious concerns about the epidemic situation in the United States and Benedictine faculty on the other side of the Pacific ocean. Hopefully, our donation will help people who are in need.”

Alumni Pictured:

(Top From Left) Mrs. Wang Lei, M.P.H.’18; Mr. Li Guanran, M.P.H.’18; Mr. Wang Lei, M.P.H. ’18

(Bottom From Mr. Yazhou Han, M.P.H. ’18; Mr. Liu ChanCheng, M.P.H. ’18; Mr. Zhou Jun, M.P.H. ’18

For more information visit Benedictine University’s MPH program.

Calling All College of Education and Health Services Alumni!

DuffrinCalling All College of Education and Health Services Alumni!

Dean Chris Duffrin, Ph.D. and the BenU College of Education and Health Services want to connect/reconnect with you! Stay up to date with COEHS news, hear about current student achievements, learn about opportunities to connect with other alumni and much more!

2020 Phon-a-thon to Resume in the Fall

Phonathon2020 Phon-a-thon to Resume in the Fall

Due to the University's response to recent events, the Benedictine University Phonathon will resume later this year. Keeping student safety as our top priority, the entire University has transitioned to our virtual platform for the remainder of the Spring and Summer Semesters. Therefore student-led calling will resume Fall 2020.

To those whom have already so generously made a pledge, we thank you for your support and are standing by to assist you in fulfilling your commitment to assisting our most important resource, our students.

For those still planning a donation, please consider a gift to the mission fund. The BenU Mission Fund assists students who encounter financial hardship while pursuing their educational aspirations. For click on Mission Fund for more information.

BenU MPH Students in China fighting on the front-lines in Covid-19 response.

Students in China

BenU MPH Students in China fighting on the front-lines in Covid-19 response.

Students participating in the Benedictine University MPH program located at the Dalian Medical University in China are among the many healthcare professionals on the front lines in Wuhan, Chin and beyond. They maintain communication with BenU professor Alan Gorr. The story was featured in the Daily Herald. Click here to read more.

Alumni and Friends Enjoy Benedictine Day at Cubs Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona!

Spring TrainingAlumni and Friends Enjoy Benedictine Day at Cubs Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona!

More than 150 Alumni and friends gathered at Sloan Park in sunny Mesa, Arizona During Spring Training! Guests enjoyed food, fun and baseball as the Chicago Cubs took on the San Diego Padres! BenU alumni and friends helped to cheer the Cubbies on to a 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Alumni Board members and Benedictine Mesa, AZ campus graduates Victor, B.B.A. ’17 and Miranda, B.B.A. ’17 Chavez as well as Alumni Board member Diana Williams, B.A. ’99, M.B.A. ’02 were on hand to meet and greet fellow alumni attendees.

20 Words to The Class of 2020 - SEND AN ENCOURAGING MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020!

20 Words Picture20 Words to The Class of 2020

Due to social distancing guidelines and the aggressive steps Benedictine University has taken to combat the Covid-19 virus, 2020 Commencement ceremonies were all postponed until a time deemed safe and appropriate. This means that many hard-working, deserving seniors, our future alumni, will not be able to celebrate their accomplishments on the dates they have worked toward since their initial enrollment.

SEND AN ENCOURAGING MESSAGE TO THE CLASS OF 2020!

To show the class of 2020 the support of their fellow alumni, let's come together and send them a positive message! In 20 words or less, send words of encouragement and hope to the soon-to-be newest members of our Benedictine University Alumni Association.

To participate, all you need to do is click here and complete the form. You can also submit a picture of you in your Benedictine gear to accompany your message.

2020 Alumni Achievement Awards - Postponed until Homecoming 2020

Alumni Awards

2020 Alumni Achievement Awards - Postponed until Homecoming 2020

Due to the University response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Office of Alumni Relations has postponed the 2020 Alumni Achievement Awards ceremony. We look forward to hosting this event, in which the Benedictine Community comes together to celebrate of our incredible alumni. Stay tuned for more information!

To Alumni in America’s Hardest-Hit States and Throughout the World During The Covid-19 Pandemic

Alumni Hardest Hit

To Alumni in America’s Hardest-Hit States and Throughout the World During The Covid-19 Pandemic

First and foremost, we hope you and your family are well. As a resident of a state that has been most affected by Covid-19, it is highly possible this virus has touched your life or the life of a loved one. Please know our prayers are with you.

In the last few days, you have all demonstrated commitment to love of neighbor in extraordinary and innumerable ways. What we have observed in person and remotely has made us all immensely proud to be a part of this enterprise called Benedictine.

Since 1887, our University has weathered wars, economic crises, cultural revolutions, political upheavals, and dramatic changes in higher education. For over 1500 years, Benedictine monks, sisters, oblates, and lay associates have witnessed the rise and fall of civilizations. Through it all, the values articulated in the Rule of St. Benedict have served as our moral and intellectual compass.

As we begin this new and unscripted chapter in our University’s history, we reply on that compass once again. May God grant us the wisdom, courage, and compassion we need to face this new and unforeseen challenge.

We think of the entire Benedictine family spread across the nation and the world. And we remember you with great gratitude—and now especially with great care.

You are a valued and indispensable part of this extraordinary fellowship of learning and service.

Though physically separated, we are together in spirit. May God bless you and your loved ones.

Most Sincerely,

Peter A. Huff, Ph.D.
Chief Mission Officer, Professor of Theology and Religious Studies

Jon-Pierre Bradley, Ed.D.
Director of Alumni Relations

 

Office of Alumni Relations

Jon-Pierre Bradley, Ed.D.
Director of Alumni Relations
Phone: (630) 829-6077
E-mail: jbradley@ben.edu