Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students

Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students
May 10, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Twenty-eight graduating seniors have been honored by various academic programs at Benedictine University for their outstanding academic achievements. Honorees in Business and Economics include: Jason Rutta, the son of Gerald and Nancy Rutta of Oakbrook Terrace, who was awarded the Margaret Roth Award for the Outstanding Senior in Economics; and Martha Alejandra Rolon-Campise of Woodridge, who was awarded the Margaret Roth Award for the Outstanding Senior in International Business. Katherine Kelly Bartgen, the daughter of William and Christine Bartgen of Chicago, and Kushal D. Shah, the son of Dilipkomar and Purnima Shah of Schiller Park, shared the Rev. Cyprian G. Tomecko Chemistry Achievement Award presented by the Department of Chemistry. Students honored in Communication Arts include: George Koch, son of George and Victoria Koch of Wheaton, and Norjabeen Naseer, daughter of Syed and Zubaidunissa Naseer of Wheaton, who were awarded the Print Media Excellence Award; and Walter Hall, son of Walter and Diane Hall of Harvey, who received the Electronic Media Excellence Award. Also honored in Communication Arts were: Kristen Salava, daughter of Ronald and Deborah Salava of Batavia, who received the Communication Arts Excellence Award; and Stephany Mirelez, daughter of Noel and Rachel Mirelez of Crest Hill, who was awarded the Writing and Publishing Excellence Award. Students honored in Education were: Johanna Dara Felde of Bensenville, who was named the recipient of the Margaret M. Gillett Memorial Scholarship, the Luz and Malcom Berd Endowed Scholarship and the Sharon A. Arndt Memorial Scholarship for Returning Adult Education Majors; and Angela M. Vitto, daughter of Steve and Judy Vitto of Muskegon (Mich.), recipient of the Anthony LaScalla Scholarship and the Bernadine M. Lanser Memorial Scholarship for Teachers. The Department of History bestowed departmental honors (graduating with a 3.5 grade point average or greater) upon Laura Kathryn Johnson, daughter of Thomas and Janet Johnson of Lisle, and Adam Sean Winchell, the son of David and Mary Kay Winchell of Chicago Ridge. The Nutrition Department recognized Rebecca Ann Stiles, the daughter of Robert and Leann Stiles of Blandinsville, as the Outstanding Senior Nutritionist; Shannon Empen of Schaumburg as the recipient of the Clinical Nutrition Award; and Lauren Renee Zuro, daughter of David and Jean Zuro of Crestwood, as the recipient of the Leadership Award. Receiving department honors in Philosophy were: Nicholas Kostyk, son of Myron and Bernadette Kostyk of Chicago; Jacqueline Lynch of Lisle; Jeffrey Ptacek, son of Scott and Marylou Ptacek of River Grove; and Faruk Rahmanovic, son of Ahmet and Nidzara Rahmanovic of Villa Park. Sharif Ahmed Hassanein, the son of Ahmed and Clara Hassanein of Naperville, was named the Joel Setzen Outstanding Senior in Political Science. Receiving department honors in Social Science were: Mir Rizwan Ali, son of Mir and Najia Ali of Glen Ellyn; Michael Bartgen, son of John and Mary Bartgen of Chicago; Sofia Farooq, daughter of Mohammad and Julie Farooq of Lombard; Matthew Lukemeyer, son of Louis and Joseph Lukemeyer of Lake Villa; Eric Molenhouse, son of Richard and Susan Molenhouse of Oak Lawn; Allison Morse, daughter of Ron and Anthia Morse of Naperville; and Mariyam Syed, daughter of Zainulabuddin Syed and Aliya Sultana of Lombard.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.