Benedictine University Honors Committee announces winners of Academic Awards

Benedictine University Honors Committee announces winners of Academic Awards
May 7, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Noorjabeen Naseer, the daughter of Syed and Zubaidunnisa Naseer of Wheaton, has been named the recipient of the Procopian Award, the highest honor that Benedictine University can bestow upon a graduating senior. Naseer will receive her award and address the graduates during Benedictine University’s 114th Commencement Convocation at 9:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 20 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex multi-purpose stadium. Naseer and five other Academic Award winners were among several graduating seniors nominated by members of the Benedictine University faculty. The University Honors Committee selected the recipients from a pool of nominations based upon scholarship, leadership and other noteworthy achievements. The Procopian Award is given for consistently outstanding curricular and extracurricular activities while at Benedictine University. The award signifies that scholarship (a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average) and service are exemplified by the student. The Awards in Academic Honors are conferred upon students who have distinguished themselves by positive achievement in their field of study. These students have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and have either completed research of consequence or have been published in their field. The 2006 recipients of the Awards in Academic Honors include: Jason Andrew Racine, the son of Leonard and Janice Racine of Spring Valley, the College of Business; and Eric Michael Molenhouse, the son of Richard and Susan Molenhouse of Oak Lawn, the College of Education and Health Services. Also, Amanda R. Burditt, the daughter of Peter and Judith Burditt of Kenosha, Wis., the College of Science; and Stephany Mirelez, the daughter of Noel and Rachel Mirelez of Crest Hill, the College of Liberal Arts. Jennifer Anne Muskovin, the daughter Steven and Roseann Muskovin of Bolingbrook, was named the recipient of the Thomas J. Dyba Leadership Award, which is awarded to a student for outstanding ability to initiate and organize worthwhile activities, to encourage and direct the cooperative efforts of others and to command respect as a campus leader. This award also requires a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Amy Therese Boruta, the daughter of Kenneth and Sharon Boruta of Chicago, was named the recipient of the Service Award, which is awarded for outstanding service to the University in general and to fellow students in particular. Ugne Adikeviciute, the daughter of Raimundas and Diana Adikeviciute of Darien, was named the recipient of the Community Service Award, which is awarded for outstanding service in religious, educational, social or political activities. David Gustafson, an English Language and Literature major from Warrenville, was named recipient of the Non-Traditional Student Award. This award recognizes an exemplary academic record as well as a record of distinguished contributions either on or off campus.


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.