Ten Benedictine University students selected as Wingspread Fellows

Ten Benedictine University students selected as Wingspread Fellows
December 15, 2009

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Ten Benedictine University students have been chosen as Wingspread Fellows for the 2009-2010 academic year. 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. The students selected as Wingspread Fellows at Benedictine University are: Mohammed Ahmed, the son of Syed and Aiysha Ahmed of Palatine; Earl Gerald Garcia Carlos, the son of Edwin and Geraldine Carlos of Honolulu, Hawaii; and Melissa Feinberg, the daughter of Scott and Sabrina Feinberg of Wood Dale. Also, Elizabeth George, the daughter of Floyd and Ellen George of Yorkville; Brittany Hoornaert, the daughter of Gary and Patricia Hoornaert of Mokena; Andrè Molina of Naperville; Adrian Mujagic, the son of Sabahudin and Elma Mujagic of Naperville; and Nicolette Pollack, the daughter of Jim and Kathy Pollack of Batavia. Also, Celia Porod, the daughter of Gregory and Mary Porod of Berwyn; and Giulia Visconti, the daughter of Frank and Enza Visconti of Glendale Heights. Barbara Juster Shore, coordinator of the Wingspread Fellows Program at Benedictine University, said the foundation has realigned its priorities this year and is focusing on environmental issues rather than the social, political or business issues that dominated conferences in the past. It has also scheduled fewer two-to-three day conferences in favor of two-to-three hour briefings. “Since only two or three students can attend each conference and there are fewer conferences to attend, the competition to attend these conferences among the colleges and universities that participate in the program is intense,” Juster Shore said. Students are nominated by Benedictine University faculty members 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. For more information on the Wingspread program at Benedictine University, call Shore at (630) 829-6247.


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.