Benedictine University is home to a diverse group of alumni, successful in all walks of life. On the following pages, we aim to highlight and recognize the accomplishments of those that truly exemplify the Benedictine values of service, leadership and social contribution. These are just some of our alumni who are not only at the top in their respective fields but are also making a difference in their communities. We have recognized these individuals through special events, programs and awards.
After being accepted with a valedictorian scholarship, Alia Salem was honored to be a part of the Benedictine University community and prepare for her career in the field of health care. Salem graduated midyear from high school only to have one weekend before her first day at Benedictine University, unaware of what to expect. She quickly acclimated to the school, admiring the campus' dedication to its students, the small class sizes, and the relationships students had with their professors. Salem was actively involved in the Rho Chi Honor Society and received the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence each semester while continuing her studies at Benedictine University. In 2006, Salem completed her education at Benedictine University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science.
Salem continued her education after graduation and graduated magna cum laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Midwestern University's Chicago College of Pharmacy in 2011.As a pharmacy student, she participated in various activities student activities, meetings, clubs, and served on the student senate as vice-president of the Muslim Student Association.Her pharmaceutical rotations encompassed various specialties at hospitals and educational institutions within the Chicagoland area to gain the clinical knowledge and experience before embarking in her career after graduation.
Currently, Salem is employed with Walgreens Pharmacy in the Joliet District of Illinois. She puts her patients first by gaining continuous knowledge and skills within the evolving pharmaceutical industry.She administers preventative &travel vaccinations, performs drug utilization reviews, medication therapy management, blood pressure &blood glucose screenings, cholesterol screenings, and patient education. She enjoys working with other health care professionals within her interdisciplinary team, making the best decisions together for their patients. Salem is a member of the American Pharmacists Association and is seeking Board Certification in Pharmacotherapy to further enhance her skills and gain specialized knowledge in the field of pharmacy and patient care.
Outside of work, Salem enjoys volunteering at Walgreens and the health care community. She participates in foundation walks, charitable drives, and health clinics for good causes.She continues to stay connected with Benedictine University and gives back to her college by helping potential incoming students and undertaking various campus activities. She also enjoys spending time with her six siblings, exercising, traveling, photography, creative projects, and being outdoors.
Salem is extremely thankful to God who has blessed her with her life and has given her the wisdom to make a difference in the lives of others.She is also thankful for those who have supported her along the way, including her family, mentors, professors, the Benedictine community and her closest friends.In particular, she is grateful for her father whose enthusiasm and passion in medicine has been my source of admiration throughout the years.
Salem believes that the secret to a successful life is to find out what is one's desire to do, and then do it, and to never stop.Challenges make life interesting, however overcoming those challenges makes life very rewarding.