Three Benedictine students selected to attend Wingspread conferences

Three Benedictine students selected to attend Wingspread conferences
October 17, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Three Benedictine University students – Amina Waheed, Debra Ann Witczak and Musil Kamil Shihadeh – have been selected to participate in Wingspread Fellows conferences sponsored by The Johnson Foundation at its conference center in Racine, Wis. The Melvin Brorby Wingspread Fellows Program brings students from 13 colleges and universities throughout the Midwest to professional conferences held at “Wingspread,” the estate designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Herbert F. Johnson, Jr., the third-generation leader of the Johnson Wax Company. Since the inception of the Wingspread Fellows program in the 1970s, hundreds of undergraduates have had the opportunity to gain new perspectives on urgent public issues, develop a new sense of career possibilities, foster relationships with experts and engage in discussion with individuals with differing viewpoints. Waheed, the daughter of Mohammed and Rafath Waheed of Lisle and a senior majoring in political science, attended the conference titled “Electrifying the Network: Next Steps for the Higher Education Network for Community Engagement” on September 14-16. Witczak, the daughter of Michael and Gerry Witczak of Darien and a senior majoring in mathematics/education, attended the conference titled “Student Migration Patterns out of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Fields” on October 7-10 and has been invited to attend the follow-up to this conference on April 13-16, 2008. The son of Kamil and Dolly Shihadeh of Downers Grove, Shihadeh has been invited to attend the conference titled “Induction of Science and Mathematics Teachers into Professional Learning Communities” on October 30-November 1. Shihadeh is a senior majoring in mathematics and philosophy. Seven Benedictine University students have been chosen as Wingspread Fellows for the 2007-2008 academic year. In addition to Waheed, Witczak and Shihadeh, Benedictine University Wingspread Fellows are Mary Emil Boulos, Bradley Thomas Callard, Jennifer Amy Erickson and Kiera O’Brien Vizza. Boulos is the daughter of Nadia Boulos of Woodridge and a senior majoring in psychology. Callard is the son of Thomas and Katherine Callard of Rolling Meadows and a senior mathematics/education major. Erickson is the daughter of Daniel and Colleen Erickson of Lockport and a senior with a double major in literature and political science. The daughter of Vincent Vizza and Patricia O’Brien of Evergreen Park, Vizza is a senior majoring in chemistry/education. Students are nominated by Benedictine faculty to become Wingspread Fellows. A prospective Fellow must be a full-time student who has junior or senior standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Fellows must apply for each conference they wish to attend. No more than two students are chosen to attend a conference since accommodations are limited. For more information on the Wingspread program at Benedictine University, call Barbara Juster Shore at (630) 829-6247.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.