Twenty-two Benedictine students inducted into education honor society

Twenty-two Benedictine students inducted into education honor society
September 30, 2008

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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The Tau Rho chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education at Benedictine University announced that 22 students were inducted during ceremonies on September 5. Kappa Delta Pi members exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards and promise in teaching and allied professions. Selection is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures steady growth in the profession. The new members are: Robin Berry of Naperville; Katherine Braun, the daughter of George and Judith Braun of Naperville; Carly Bryon of Lombard; Erica Chavez, the daughter of Maggie Saenz of Elgin; and Elizabeth Emily Jensen, the daughter of Robert and Francesca Jensen of Lombard. Also, Suzanna Koivun, the daughter of Stefan and Daniella Koivun of Park Ridge; Jessica Lin, the daughter of Ker and Nanyue Lin of Downers Grove; Courtney Ann Mikesh, the daughter of Michael and Donna Mikesh of Brookfield; and Lauren Elizabeth Miller, the daughter of David and Barbara Miller of Burr Ridge. Also, Michelle Lynn Most, the daughter of Anne Kane of Palos Hills; Margaret Ashley Papoccia, the daughter of Michael and Mary Papoccia of Sterling; Barbara Jean Payonk, the daughter of Dennis and Loretta Payonk of Tinley Park; and Brett Steven Olson, the son of Steven and Catherine Olson of Arlington Heights. New members also include: Karissa Povlsen, the daughter of Paul and Jenine Povlsen of DeKalb; Debra Sacco of Broadview; Heather Shaffer of Lisle; Nicole Michelle Spire, the daughter of Mike and Susan Spire of Des Plaines; Kerry Steele of Lisle; and Lindsay Marie Sulka, the daughter of David and Melody Sulka of Addison. Also, Katherine Thomas of New Lenox; Krystle Verlotta, the daughter of Karen Verlotta-Zinga of Bloomingdale; and Mary “Ginger” Whitesel of Shorewood.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.