Founders’ Day event honors past, recognizes current faculty, staff for sustaining values

March 6, 2015

FoundersDay_03-06-15_0204Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine University paid homage to the founding monks of the institution by honoring those, who 128 years later, continue to advance their vision for providing a values-based Catholic education at the annual Founders’ Day Celebration.

Among those values is an emphasis on stewardship, which is a respect for the beauty and goodness of creation and the responsible use of the Earth’s vital resources. It also pertains to the careful and responsible management of others and their talents.

Four Benedictine staff and two faculty members were recognized for their dedication to responsible stewardship.

Chad Treisch, executive director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management and Annie Swanson, director of Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management, were recognized for implementing “green” building elements such as recycled construction materials, energy-efficient lighting and a cooling and heating system which utilizes non-ozone depleting refrigerants, among other features into the design of various campus buildings.

Jon Miller, associate dean for Student Life, was recognized for training and maximizing the strengths of his staff to provide students with extra support and opportunities for growth on campus.

Julie Wroblewski, University archivist and special collections librarian, was recognized for her work maintaining the University’s archival history and making it accessible to the community.

Tim Marin, Ph.D., associate professor of Chemistry/Biochemistry, for his dedication to helping both faculty and students succeed along with his work promoting the efforts of the Center for Mission and Identity.

Jean-Marie Kauth, Ph.D., associate professor of Humanities, was recognized for her support integrating stewardship and environmental conservation efforts into the Writing 102 course curriculum, advising the student-led Environmental Club and communicating the importance of pesticide-free lawn care and other efforts to reduce waste on campus.

Two alumni, Gerald “Tex” Hoffmann, C69, a local high school teacher and former college professor, and Manuel Barbosa, C69, a former U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge for the Northern District of Illinois, both gave a speech recalling the significance of their time at Benedictine and how the experience has stayed with them throughout the course of their lives.

“It’s been said that we stand on the shoulders of the people who came before us, but that is probably even truer for institutions of higher education,” Barbosa said. “Founders' Day is a time for Benedictine to honor the past by redirecting and recommitting itself to its values, which will have future generations saying, we were there, and we were special.”

Sandra Gill, Ph.D., associate dean for Strategy of the College of Business, was awarded the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity for her visionary leadership of the College of Business and the growth of its programs.

Benedictine University President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., was honored with the Benedictine Life Award for a 20-year career leading a host of initiatives that reaffirmed the institution’s position as an innovator in higher education.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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