Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students

Benedictine academic departments honor their programs' top students
May 7, 2009

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

Thirty-one graduates were honored by various academic programs at Benedictine University for their outstanding academic achievements. Honorees in Business and Economics include: Andreas Gloor of Sugar Grove and Heather Z. Pink of Aurora, Overall Outstanding Seniors in the University’s Adult Program; and Andrej Kiricov, son of Paskal and Mirjana Kiricov of Hickory Hills, who was named the Overall Outstanding Senior in the Traditional Program. Outstanding Senior in Accounting was Adriana Salatova, daughter of Jan Salata of Darien; Michael Wallace Wadland, son of Malcolm and Mary Wadland of Wheaton, was named Outstanding Senior in Management and Organizational Behavior; Indu Jayawardhan of Naperville was named the Outstanding Senior in Finance; and Bradley Joseph DiLeonardi, son of Patrick and Shannon DiLeonardi of Wheaton, was named the Outstanding Senior in Marketing. Nicholas Carl Dobes, son of Douglas and Susan Dobes of Lyons, was named the recipient of the Rev. Cyprian G. Tomecko Chemistry Achievement Award presented by the Department of Chemistry. Mary Shannon Duggan, daughter of James and Donna Duggan of Des Plaines, was named to the Iota Sigma Pi National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry. Students honored in Communication Arts include: Christy Ann Carver, daughter of Harold and Judy Carver of Crestwood, who was awarded the Communication Arts All-Around Excellence Award and the Communications Research Excellence Award; and Richard Edward Kraetsch, son of Richard and Rosemary Kraetsch of Downers Grove, who was awarded the Communication Arts All-Around Excellence Award and the Electronic Media Excellence Award. Also honored in Communication Arts were: Mary Lauren Wleklinski, daughter of Wallace and Halina Wleklinski of Arlington Heights, who received the Communications Research Excellence Award; and Danielle Lillian Swanson, daughter of William and Andrea Swanson of Carol Stream, who was awarded the Writing and Publishing Excellence Award. The Nutrition Department named Kelly F. Sierra, daughter of Patrick and Janet Flaherty of Grosse Ile, Michigan, and Courtney Southwood of Naperville as Outstanding Senior Nutritionists. Recipients of the Nutrition Achievement Award were: Elizabeth Ashley McGinty, daughter of Terry and Paulette Starck of Batavia; Sameena M. Toor, daughter of Saleem and Marjorie Toor of Carol Stream; and Ann Marie Haydu of Lombard. Other award recipients in the Nutrition Department were: Tara Oliva of Palos Heights, Community Nutrition Service Award; Amanda Michele Agamy, daughter of Ronald Agamy of Diamond and Deborah Agamy of Coal City, Leadership in Nutrition Award; and Sarah M. Schuster, daughter of Paul and Antoinette Schuster of Willowbrook, Nutrition Education Award. Matthew Thomas Kunz, son of Thomas and Sharon Kunz of McHenry, received department honors in Global Studies and History (graduating with a 3.5 grade point average or greater). David Thomas Ebeling, son of Thomas and Susan Ebeling of Naperville, received department honors in Philosophy and Theology. Receiving department honors in Social Science were: Anthony Michael Gonzalez, son of Adolfo and Grace Gonzalez of Blue Island; Kyle Hogan, son of Richard and Patricia Hogan of Westmont; Anthony Kanalas, son of Michael and Caroline Kanalas of Tinley Park; and Peter G. Kud, son of Peter and Jean Kud of Winfield. Also receiving department honors in Social Science were: Laura Lazzari, daughter of Joseph Loughney of Winfield; Javeriya Mansoor, daughter of Masood Mansoor and Asma Akther of Glen Ellyn; Danielle Louise Mikos, daughter of Mark Mikos of Chicago and Rosemary Mikos of Burbank; and Danielle Marie Ragano, daughter of Timothy and Terrie Graves of Bloomingdale. Named recipients of the Flo Grebner Instructional Assistant/Tutor Recognition Award were: Christine Hyun Ahn, daughter of Michael and Seung Ahn of Hinsdale; and Scott Jeffrey Toth, son of Frank and Gizella Toth of Plainfield.


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.