Students recognized for helping other students at Benedictine University

Students recognized for helping other students at Benedictine University
May 8, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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Two Benedictine University students have been named recipients of the Flo Grebner Instructional Assistant/Tutor Award for their work in tutoring other students during the 2006-2007 academic year. The recipients, both May 2007 degree candidates, are: Jason Racine, a 2003 graduate of (Peru) St. Bede High School, an accounting major at Benedictine and the son of Leonard and Janice Racine of Spring Valley; and Jason Rutta, a 2002 graduate of (Villa Park) Willowbrook High School, a double major in economics and mathematics at Benedictine and the son of Gerald and Nancy Rutta of Oakbrook Terrace. “These are two of our most outstanding students,” said Tina Sonderby, coordinator of special programs for the Benedictine University Academic Resource Center. “They have helped so many undergraduate students be successful in some very difficult courses.” Racine, who was also named the College of Business’ “Student of the Year,” plans to attend law school following graduation. He is considering Marquette, Syracuse and DePaul. Rutta plans to put his two degrees to work in the field of actuarial science. The Flo Grebner Award is named for the former director of the Academic Resource Center who retired in 1997. Grebner established the award for an instructional assistant/tutor who demonstrated expertise in the content or skill area, the ability to focus on the learning of those being assisted, and exemplary character, integrity and citizenship.


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.