Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students

Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students
May 27, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Forty-four graduating seniors were honored by various academic programs at Benedictine University for their outstanding academic achievements. Honorees in Business and Economics include: Peggy Krencius, who was named the Overall Outstanding Senior in the University’s Adult Program; Jessica Nicole Bellino, daughter of Sandy Cincotti of Willow Springs, who was named the Overall Outstanding Senior in the Traditional Program; and Anne Elisabeth Perkins, daughter of Lawrence and Ruth Perkins of Alpena, Mich., who was awarded the Margaret Roth Award for the Outstanding Senior in International Business. Outstanding Seniors in Accounting were John Gordon Gromer, the son of Gordon and Hope Gromer of South Elgin; Jeremy Hadley, son of Brian and Karin Hadley of Darien; and Michael Allen Senska, son of Michael and Robin Senska of Naperville. Matthew Lee Warpinski, the son of Greg and Patricia Warpinski of Plainfield, was named the Outstanding Senior in Business and Economics; Laura Marie Nelson of Berwyn was named the Outstanding Senior in Finance; Jorie Livingston, the daughter of Joseph and Judy Livingston of Woodridge, was named the Outstanding Senior in Marketing; and Alexander Milne, son of Alexander and Janis Milne of Naperville, and Stephen B. Nesci, son of Bruno and Cheryl Nesci of Oak Lawn, were named Outstanding Seniors in Management and Organizational Behavior. Kiera O’Brien Vizza, the daughter of Vincent Vizza and Patricia O’Brien of Evergreen Park, was named the recipient of the Rev. Cyprian G. Tomecko Chemistry Achievement Award presented by the Department of Chemistry. Students honored in Communication Arts include: Heather Ashley Nelson, the daughter of Leslie and Jeannine Nelson of Oswego, who was awarded the Print Media Excellence Award; and Andy Schultz, the son of Mark and Kathy Schultz of Carol Stream, who received the Electronic Media Excellence Award. Also honored in Communication Arts were: Katie A. Buell, daughter of Joseph and Maureen Buell of Darien, who received the Excellence in Photojournalism Award; Emily Anne Taylor, daughter of Joseph and Susan Taylor of Naperville, who received the Communication Arts Excellence Award; and Cyntillia Q. Eison, daughter of Kelvin and Roshenna Eison of Chicago, who was awarded the Writing and Publishing Excellence Award. Students honored in Education were: Ayat Abuakar, daughter of Awni and Ayat Abuakar of Orland Park, and Johanna Selde, who were named recipients of the Margaret M. Gillett Memorial Scholarship; and Azfar Z. Uddin, son of Zin and Alya Uddin of Glendale Heights, who was awarded the Bernadine M. Lanser Memorial Scholarship for Teachers. The Department of English Language and Literature bestowed departmental honors (graduating with a 3.5 grade point average or greater) upon Gail Catherine Bush, daughter of Paul and Susan Bush of Elmhurst; Liese Lore Cope, daughter of David and Karen Cope of Yorkville; Sridevi Ranganathan, daughter of Thodour and Usha Ranganathan of Lemont; Mary E. Wilkerson, daughter of Ardith Tubbs of Abingdon; and Angel C. Woods, daughter of Raymond and Margo Woods of Matteson. The Nutrition Department named Lisa Eaton-Wright of Lemont as the Outstanding Senior Nutritionist. Other award recipients in the Nutrition Department were: Caitlin Anne Plank, daughter of Charles and Bernadette Plank of Oak Forest, Excellence in Nutrition Communication Award; Kristi Lorraine Blanco, daughter of David Neiser of Napavine, Wash., and Pamela Neiser of Rochester, Wash., Community Nutrition Service Award; Susannah Marie Nelson, daughter of Mary Nelson of Arlington Heights, Clinical Nutrition Award; and Laurie Schubert of Naperville, Nutrition Research Award. Amy Giedrojc, the daughter of Boleslaw and Alfreda Giedrojc of Oak Lawn, and Cheryl Reining of Bartlett and were named recipients of the Senior Recognition Award by the Nutrition Department. Receiving department honors in Philosophy (graduating with a 3.5 grade point average or greater) was Musil Kamil Shihadeh, the son of Kamil and Dolly Shihadeh of Downers Grove. Amina Tahira Waheed, daughter of Mohammed and Rafath Waheed of Lisle, was named the Joel Setzen Outstanding Senior in Political Science. Receiving department honors in Social Science were: Shefy Alexander, daughter of K.T. and Rosely Alexander of Roselle; Scott K. Hall, son of Kenneth Hall of Carol Stream; Joseph Richard Hallman, son of Richard and Anita Hallman of Burbank; Sharon Ramey; Michael Robinson, son of Donald and Debra Robinson of Prophetstown; and George A. Shimko of Manhattan, Ill. Named recipients of the Flo Grebner Instructional Assistant/Tutor Recognition Award were Tayyabba Athar, daughter of Mohammad and Naveeda Athar of Carol Stream; Gail Catherine Bush, daughter of Paul and Susan Bush of Elmhurst; and Bradley Thomas Callard, the son of Thomas and Katherine Callard of Rolling Meadows.


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.