2009
New Hall of Fame inductees run gamut from men's tennis to women's track

New Hall of Fame inductees run gamut from men's tennis to women's track
December 18, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The Benedictine University Department of Athletics will induct four new members into the school’s Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday, January 30 at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. The new inductees are Elyse Weber (Class of 1999), Ben Marchlewicz (Class of 1977), Charles Pisoni (Class of 1960) and Michael Gallagher (Class of 1975). Weber was one of the top performers in Benedictine University track and field history. She was a three-time NCAA Division III All-American and is the current school record-holder in the indoor shot put, the indoor 20-pound weight throw, the outdoor hammer throw and the outdoor discuss. Weber earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology. She now works as a genetics counselor at Edward Hospital in Naperville. Marchlewicz was one of the most prolific tennis players in Benedictine annals, winning 137 matches during his four-year career and earning a No. 13 national ranking in 1976. He was named to multiple all-conference, all-district and all-state teams. Marchlewicz earned a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology at Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) and went on to earn a Ph.D. He is presently a program manager at Abbott Diagnostics. Pisoni received the “Procopian Athlete of the Year” award in 1959 when he led the St. Procopius College (now Benedictine University) men’s basketball in scoring and rebounding. He finished his career as the school’s fourth all-time leading scorer and held the single-season record for rebounds. Pisoni earned a Bachelor of Arts in Literature and is now a professor emeritus at Central Michigan University. Gallagher was a leading receiver on the Illinois Benedictine College (now Benedictine University) football team that led the nation in offense. He held the school record for single-game receiving yards, single-game receptions, single-season receiving yards and single-season receptions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting and is now a senior vice president at Calamos Investments in Naperville. The four new inductees will join 34 individuals and two teams who were previously inducted into the Benedictine University Athletic Hall of Fame, including former NFL head coach Bill Callahan, former Benedictine football coach Tom Beck, former Benet and Barrington basketball coach Bill Geist, the men’s basketball team of 1965-66 and the women’s volleyball team of 1998. Lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by a men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader at 2:00 p.m. versus Rockford College. The cost is $30 per person. R.S.V.P. by January 22, 2010 to John Morris, assistant director of athletics, by calling (630) 829-1812 or by e-mail at jmorris@ben.edu. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics Web site.

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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.