Former professor receives Komechak Award for contributions to University

Former professor receives Komechak Award for contributions to University
May 13, 2010

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Gloria Tysl, Ph.D., former professor of History and long-time supporter of Benedictine University, was presented the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Faculty/Staff Award at a banquet hosted by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies on May 6 in the Krasa Student Center on the Benedictine campus. The award is conferred upon an alumnus, staff or faculty member who has provided a lifetime of distinctive and exemplary service to the University and its students. This person has embodied the loving spirit of Jesus Christ by embracing each individual as an invaluable member of the Benedictine community. “I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Tysl said. “Benedictine University has and will always have a special place in my heart.” Tysl, a Hoffman Estates resident, taught at Benedictine for 27 years and served as dean when the school was known as St. Procopius College and Illinois Benedictine College. “I might never have earned my doctorate if not for Gloria,” said Phyllis M. Kittel, professor emeritus in the College of Science at Benedictine University. “Gloria was held in high esteem by faculty for her fairness, her understanding of women faculty in a formerly men’s institution, her honesty, openness and integrity.” Tysl’s late brother, Robert, was a speech and theater professor at William Rainey Harper College. As a memorial to Robert, Tysl commissioned artist Joan Ladendorf of Hanover Park to create a seven-panel quilted wall hanging, “Creating the Illusion,” which hangs in the college’s theater building. An endowment has been established in Tysl’s name at Benedictine University to provide funds for scholarships, equipment, research and visiting scholars.


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.