Academic departments honor top students at hooding ceremony

Academic departments honor top students at hooding ceremony
May 19, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
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One hundred eighty graduates were honored for their outstanding academic achievements at the Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony May 7 at Benedictine University. Celia Helene Porod, the daughter of Gregory and Mary Porod of Berwyn, was named the recipient of the Procopian Award, the highest honor that Benedictine University can bestow upon a graduating senior. The Procopian Award is given for consistently outstanding curricular and extracurricular activities while at Benedictine University. The award signifies that scholarship (a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average) and service are exemplified by the student. The selection is made by the University Honors Committee from a pool nominated by faculty. The Honors Committee also named the recipients of the Awards in Academic Honors, which are conferred upon students who have distinguished themselves by positive achievement in their field of study. These students have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better and have either completed research of consequence or have been published in their field. The 2010 recipients of the Awards in Academic Honors include: Alexandr Smirnov (Vernon Hills), College of Business; Lisa Fetting (Romeoville), College of Education and Health Services; Sara Cunningham (Wheaton), College of Liberal Arts; Jacob Tyler Polaski (Glen Ellyn), College of Science; and Lynn Raymer (Lisle), Margaret and Harold Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies. Giulia Visconti (Glendale Heights) was named the recipient of the Thomas J. Dyba Leadership Award, which is awarded to a student for outstanding ability to initiate and organize worthwhile activities, to encourage and direct the cooperative efforts of others, and to command respect as a campus leader. This award also requires a minimum 3.5 grade point average. Frederick Andrew Eichler (Downers Grove) was named the recipient of the Benedictine Service Award, which is awarded for outstanding service to the University in general and to fellow students in particular; and Priyanka Jain (Orland Park) was named the recipient of the Community Service Award, which is awarded for outstanding service in religious, educational, social or political activities. Barbara Lynn Cissell (Chicago) was named the recipient of the Bishop Daniel Kucera, O.S.B. Award, which recognizes non-traditional students who have an exemplary academic record as well as a record of contributions to the University community. The American Legion Award, which honors the qualities of courage, honor, leadership, patriotism, scholarship and service, was presented to Celia Helene Porod (Berwyn) and Giulia Visconti (Glendale Heights); while Maria Jauch (Palatine) was named the recipient of the Student Laureate Award by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Named recipients of the Flo Grebner Instructional Assistant/Tutor Recognition Award were Kristen Callero (Darien) and Daniel Furnari (Westmont). Kappa Delta Pi is a national honor society that recognizes students who are in the top 20 percent of their class and have a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses. Members of Kappa Delta Pi at Benedictine University are: Julia Berezewski (Chicago), Richard Bilkey (Lombard), Carly Byron (Lombard), Jaclyn Caschetta (Frankfort), Aimee Mahoney (Gardner), Michelle Most (Worth), Brett Olson (Arlington Heights), Barbara Payonk (Tinley Park), Nicolette Pollack (Batavia), Daniel Ponce (Elmhurst), Karissa Povlsen (DeKalb), Nicole Rodriguez (Chicago), Nicole Spire (Des Planes) and Krystal Verlotta (Bloomingdale). Recipients of the St. Catherine Medal awarded by Kappa Gamma Pi National Catholic College Graduate Honor Society were Robert Horsley (Bolingbrook) and Monica Guio (Glen Ellyn). Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national honor society that recognizes students who are in the top 35 percent of their class and have attained an average of “B” or better in all mathematics classes. Members of Kappa Mu Epsilon are: Thymur Chaudhry (Westmont), Katherine Cihak (Geneva), Bohdan Khomtchouk (Clarendon Hills) and Tina Nguyen (Glendale Heights). Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that recognizes students who are in the top 35 percent of their class, have achieved a minimum 3.1 GPA in History and a 3.0 GPA overall. Recognized as a member of Phi Alpha Theta was Steven Montalto (Westchester). Pi Gamma Mu is a national honor society that recognizes students who have attained a “B” average in the social sciences. Members are: Hunan Ali Chaudhry (Westmont), Catherine Marie Deardruff (Lemont), Samantha Rachel Hugh (Naperville), Patricia Hope Keber (Plainfield), Rafia Amina Khader (Bolingbrook), Marcus Joseph Kreidl (Wheaton), Jason Kruski (Darien), Rachel Anne Mellema (Fremont, Mich.), Krisanna Marie Sharon (Carol Stream), Ewelina Stachulak (Chicago), Victoria S. Victorenko (Willowbrook) and Brittni Elizabeth Westergren (Wood Dale). Phi Lambda Upsilon is a national honor society that recognizes outstanding Chemistry or Biochemistry graduates who have a minimum 3.5 GPA. Recognized as a member of Phi Lambda Upsilon was Daniel Furnari (Westmont). Sara Cunningham (Wheaton), David McKinney (Chicago), Kyle Schultz (Lockport) and Kevin Stockmann (St. Louis, Mo.) were welcomed into Phi Sigma Alpha, a national honor society that recognizes students who have attained an average grade of “B” or higher in Political Science. Welcomed into Psi Chi, a national honor society that recognizes outstanding Psychology majors who are in the top 35 percent of their class and have earned an average of “B” or better in Psychology classes were: Erin Emerson (Glendale Heights), Patricia Hope Keber (Plainfield), Marcus Joseph Kreidl (Wheaton), Krisanna Marie Sharon (Carol Stream), Victoria S. Victorenko (Willowbrook), Giulia Visconti (Glendale Heights) and Brittni Elizabeth Westergren (Wood Dale). Sigma Beta Delta National Honor Society in Business, Management and Administration recognizes students who have achieved a cumulative grade point average in the top 20 percent of their graduating class. Inducted into Sigma Beta Delta were: Frank Amato (South Elgin), Linda Besich (Bolingbrook), Kristin Callero (Darien) and Patrick Caulfield (La Grange). Also, Deborah Collum (Carol Stream), Charles Conner Jr. (Bellwood), Penny Converse (Hinckley), Jennifer Daly (Burbank), John De Canto (Naperville), Jason Dexter (Aurora), Jaclyn Dominguez (Woodridge), Michael Fahey (Huntley), Isabelle Farmer (Naperville), Sadaf Fatani (Villa Park), Sherri Fiore (Homer Glen), Louis Garriott (Downers Grove) and Beata Geigalaite (Lisle). Also, Diane Graham (Elgin), Elizabeth Grask (Woodstock), Kristina Grudem (Woodridge), Thomas Guzy (Burbank), Tom Hall (North Aurora), Elizabeth Hermann (Shorewood), Diane Hogan (Waterman), Conrad Huck (Bloomingdale), Amina Jabbar (Glendale Heights), Aleksandra Karcz (Willowbrook), Kevin Keane (Elgin) and Cheryl Kesselmayer (Warrenville). Also, Nikolay Kostitchkov (Westmont), Mary Ann Martin (Naperville), Rochelle Nellums (Hillside), Denise Nelson (Bartlett), Timothy Norton (Lake in the Hills), Helen O’Connor (Oak Lawn), Nelly Ohner (Naperville), Paul Olszak (Crystal Lake), John Palcu IV (Palos Heights), Kathy Priegel (Yorkville), Lynn Raymer (Lisle), Alan Roechner (Joliet) and Kevin Rutkowski (Wheaton). Also, Dominic Sanfilippo (Villa Park), James Schmidt II (Bolingbrook), Robert Schwalbach (New Berlin, Wis.), Nadia Sheikh (Plainfield), Alexandr Smirnov (Vernon Hills), Dana Wright (Joliet) and Mitchell Zemanek (Granville). Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society recognizes students who have attained at least a “B” average in Physics. Named to Sigma Pi Sigma were Muzamil Arshad (Romeoville) and Swetha Sabu (Bloomingdale). Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society recognizes students who are ranked in the top 35 percent of their graduating class and have achieved a 3.0 GPA or better. Named to Sigma Theta Tau were: Rebecca Lynn Cazzato (Bloomingdale), Kimberly Charo (Hillside), Patricia Cruz (Naperville), Mariola Dilauro (Oak Park), Kimberly Hertzmann (Crest Hill), Joy Holtz (Lisle), Lynn Madonna Kolasny (Wheaton) and Jessica Lee (Forest Park). Also, Princess Lomax (Chicago), Brandi Nicole Mounts (Brookfield), Tebe Ogba (Hillside), Marilyn Ortiz (Hanover Park), Donna Tracey Perchatsch (Naperville), Kimberley Riley (Chicago), Jo Anne Marie Robertson (Norridge), Shania Saleem (Stone Park), Cynthia Renee Shaird-Watson (Westchester), Victoria Marie Shink (Yorkville), Julisa Lai On Tsang (Chicago), Joanne Marie Turner (Aurora) and Mary Valadka (Elmwood Park). Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) Biological Honor Society is a national honor society for students majoring in Biology who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Tri Beta members are: Yousuf Ahmed (Bloomingdale), Mustafel Alkhawaja (Darien), Suzanne Delahunt (Chicago), Hala Elkhadra (Burr Ridge), Lisa Fetting (Romeoville), Ishtiaq Habib (Bolingbrook), Priyanka Jain (Orland Park), Carmen Jaramillo (Downers Grove), Neal Jhanji (Orland Park) and Sandeep Kola (Aurora). Also, Kevin Koszola (Oak Brook), Monika Krozel (Norridge), Amy Lindberg (Aurora), Asim Malik (Naperville), Harshitha Mukunda (Westmont), Bismah Najeeb (Naperville), Durre Nosheen (Naperville), Nishant Patel (Hanover Park), Michael Posch (Lombard), Rana Salem (Hickory Hills), Autumn Schwed (Evergreen, Colo.), Michael Stanek (Oak Lawn), Dev Surati (Crystal Lake), Jeremy Swaw (Bartlett), Maliha Tahniyath (Glen Ellyn) and Brian Talon (Berwyn). Also, Aleta Turrentine (Plainfield), Natalie Valenzio (Plainfield), Rama Wahood (West Lafayette, Ind.), Jennifer Walther (Carol Stream), Timothy B. Williams (Bourbonnais) and Arthur Zacharjasz (Naperville). The Benedictine Scholars Program is designed for a select number of gifted students who develop their skills and leaders and thinkers. Students must maintain 3.2 GPA throughout their four years at Benedictine. Graduates of the Scholars Program are: Yousef Ahmed (Bloomingdale), Nida Akhter (Villa Park), Priyanka Jain (Orland Park), Neal Jhanji (Orland Park), Uzma Kothawala (Lombard), Patrick Mulligan (Lisle), Panah Nabili (Lisle) and Pooja Patel (Bartlett). The Wingspread Fellows program at Benedictine offers students who are superior in intellectual, creative and leadership abilities to enrich their experiences by attending professional conferences at the Wingspread estate in Racine, Wis. Wingspread graduates are: Mohammad Ahmed (Niles), Melissa Feinberg (Wood Dale), Elizabeth George (Yorkville), Andre Molina (Naperville), Nicolette Pollack (Batavia), Celia Porod (Berwyn) and Giulia Visconti (Glendale Heights). Benedictine University’s various academic programs also recognize graduating seniors for their outstanding achievements. Individual program award winners included: Overall Outstanding Senior in Business – Jaclyn Dominguez (Woodridge). Outstanding Senior in Business and Economics – Aleksandra Karcz (Willowbrook) Outstanding Seniors in Accounting – Kristin Callero (Darien) and Nadia Sheikh (Plainfield) Outstanding Senior in Finance – Patrick Caulfield (LaGrange) Outstanding Senior in Management and Organizational Behavior – Luann Maslana (Westchester) Outstanding Senior in Marketing – Kristina Grudem (Woodridge) Outstanding Seniors in International Business (Margaret Roth Award) – Gaelle Marie Enjalric (France) and Mathieu Basach (France) Communication Arts All-Around Excellence Award – Marcus Pass (Chicago) and Anna Zak (Chicago) Electronic Media Excellence Award – Jenni Brechtel (Hanover Park) and Lisa Rybak (Midlothian) Independent Production Award – Amanda Sidorowicz (Tinley Park) Print Media Excellence Award – Matt Libs (Tinley Park) Writing and Publishing Excellence Award – Noe Aratani-Mandiberg (Lisle) Outstanding Senior Nutritionists – Brittany Bergmeier (Naperville) and Barbara Cissell (Chicago) Excellence in Nutrition Communications – Christine Scarcello (Downers Grove) and Becky Williamson (Chicago) Clinical Nutrition Award – Kelly Knopf (Aurora) Leadership in Nutrition Award – Chrissy Sitarski (Medinah) Nutrition Systems Management Award – Kate Korzeniewski (Chicago) Senior Nutrition Recognition Awards – Joey Bolek (Bolingbrook), Kimberly McDonough (Batavia),Tiffany DeMay (Rock Falls) and Afsah Moinuddin (Glendale Heights) Joel Stetzen Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior in Political Science – Sara Cunningham (Wheaton) History Departmental Honors (graduating with a 3.5 or higher) – Elizabeth Garza (Bolingbrook), Steve Montalto (Westchester), Barbara Payonk (Tinley Park) and Jacqueline Schultz (Warrenville)


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.