Marist Students in Irish dancing Team Claiming First Place in Dance Championships
An eight-person team ,containing seven Marist High School students, recently finished in first place in The Irish Dancing Commission’s World Championships in Montreal.
The girls study with the Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dancing, and competed in the senior ladies category. The team members are seniors Erin and Bridget Rickert , Keely Dolan of Hickory Hills, juniors Katie Ross, Bailey Donnelly of Oak Lawn, Martina Lee , and freshman Grace O’Brien. The eighth member of their team is Kali McEntee Graziano, a student at Oak Lawn High School. Ross said the team was practicing up to 10 hours per week leading up to the world competition.
Additionally, Marist alum Michael Putman, class of 2010, of Oak Lawn, took third place in the world in the category for men ages 19 to 21. Putman dances with Dennehy School of Irish Dance.
OAK LAWN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL
OLCHS Baseball and Softball Programs Set To Bring Community Together
When the Oak Lawn Community High School baseball and softball programs were thinking of ways to raise funds for their respective programs, many thoughts ran across the board. However, the two teams kept coming back to one idea – uniting staff, parents and alumni. The result is the Spartan Baseball and Softball Spring Bash.
The two teams will host a 21 years and older live music event tomorrow, Friday, from 7 p.m. to midnight at 115 Bourbon Street, 3350 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Tickets are $35, and the night includes food, open bar, and live music being performed by Friday Night Music Club, which features Oak Lawn English teacher Billy Denton as the lead singer. There will also be 50-50 raffles available.
For more information, contact head baseball coach Bill Gerny at
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ST. XAVIER UNIVERSITY
Saint Xavier University Announces 2015 Commencement Ceremony Speakers
Saint Xavier University will host several guest speakers at the 2015 Commencement Ceremony in May. The Commencement ceremonies will be held in the Shannon Center at the University’s Chicago campus, located at 3700 W. 103rd Street.
President and Chief Executive Officer Ana Dutra of Executives’ Club of Chicago, will deliver the Commencement address on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. to graduates of SXU’s Graham School of Management. Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Reynolds, Jr., of Loop Capital, is an honorary degree recipient who will also deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m. to graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Jason Canner, physician and head of pediatric hematology/oncology at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, will receive an honorary degree and deliver the Commencement address on Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m. to graduates of the School of Education and School of Nursing.
Dutra has over 28 years of experience as a global executive, consultant, and business leader in technology, manufacturing, and professional services. She began her career as an attorney in Brazil, then moved to Chicago and started working at IBM. She is the founder and CEO of Mandala Global Advisors, as well as the former CEO and chief executive officer of Leadership and Talent Consulting at Korn/Ferry International. She has two decades of experience helping boards, CEOs, and senior management identify and align around transformational and growth strategies. Dutra received a master’s of business administration from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a master’s degree in economics from Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Rio de Janeiro and a juris doctor in international law from Univeridade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, all summa cum laude.
James Reynolds, Jr. is founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Loop Capital, which has become the largest minority-owned financial services firm and one of the largest privately-held investment banks in the United States. Reynolds oversees all aspects of Loop Capital business – investment banking, brokerage and financial advisory services. He has over 27 years of experience in the financial services industry and began his career at PaineWebber where he established and headed the Midwest Municipal Bond Sales Desk. Reynolds later joined Merrill Lynch in the Corporate and Institutional Client Group department where he managed the municipal sales team responsible for the distribution of all tax-exempt products to institutions in the Midwest. He holds a masters of management in finance from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a bachelor’s degreen in political science from the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. He currently serves on the boards of buildOn, Chicago United, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and The University of Chicago Medical Center.
Dr. Jason Canner is a physician and head of pediatric hematology/oncology at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. Canner is actively involved in research in conjunction with the Children’s Oncology Group and has a specific interest in acute myeloid leukemia, survivorship and education for both families and health care professionals. In 2011 he founded The Cure It Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to winning the fight against childhood cancer by funding groundbreaking research and fulfilling the unmet needs of fighters, survivors and siblings affected by the illness.