St. Louis de Montfort’s students visited Northern Illinois University’s School of Engineering recently. Pictured is Juliana Rehnquist testing her engineering skills at Northern Illinois University. Juliana worked with a group of students to develop an object to cushion its descent. She was selected to drop the object and observe the fall.
Maura Slattery of Oak Lawn, a first-year student at Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., received the 2014 J. T. Lewis Prize during the College’s annual awards convocation, held recently. A one-year subscription to Scientific American is awarded to the student who shows outstanding initiative and performance in the introductory biology courses. Slattery is the child of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Slattery of Oak Lawn. *** Jessica Cap of Palos Heights has made the dean’s list for Franklin & Marshall College’s fall 2013 semester. Dean’s list status is awarded to students who have successfully completed their course work with a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 score at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. Cap is the child of James T. Cap and Rose M. Cap, and a graduate of Marist High School.
Local residents were recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. All three students were initiated at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Neda Khudeira of Bridgeview, Kelly Peterson of Palos Heights, and Sylwia Szmigiel of Palos Hills became members of Phi Kappa Phi. These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation, and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors, and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. *** Nearly 2,000 students received degrees at the University of Dayton’s spring commencement, held at the University of Dayton Arena on May 4, including more than 1,400 undergraduates. Local students earning degrees included: • Alexandra Loperena of Burbank who graduated with a bachelor of science in Education and Health Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education; and • Kimberly Murray of Oak Lawn who graduated magna cum laude with university honors with a bachelor of science in Business Administration degree in Entrepreneurship. The University of Dayton is a national, Catholic, research institution, which was founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary (the Marianists).
Moraine Valley The Moraine Valley Community College Foundation is seeking notable alumni, who have achieved success in their careers or through work in the community, for its new Hall of Fame. Between five to eight inductees will be honored at the inaugural Hall of Fame reception in November. Candidates must have completed any amount of credit or noncredit coursework at Moraine Valley, achieved success in their chosen field and made a positive impact on the community through volunteering or leadership. They also must agree to attend the reception to accept the award, and return to campus at least once within the year to be a guest speaker and/or participate in a student engagement activity. Nominees can self-nominate (must include a letter of recommendation) or be nominated by someone else. All nominees are encouraged to submit up to three letters of recommendation and a maximum of three pages of supplementary materials such as news articles, brochures or photos highlighting the applicant’s accomplishments and contributions. Nominations, which must be accompanied by a current resume or bio, are due by midnight Sunday, June 1. Application forms are online at morainevalley.edu/alumni. For more information, contact Kari Pantol at
or (708) 974-5551.
Oak Lawn Community H.S. Oak Lawn Community High School will host its Relay for Life for the 12th year in a row. Relay for Life is an organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research. This year’s Relay for Life will take place Saturday, May 17. Per Relay tradition, the faculty, staff and students painted the gym purple on Feb. 7 by wearing purple T-shirts during the varsity basketball game. Relay for Life coordinator Thaddeus Zuzga said that OLCHS raised more than $1,500. These funds will be used to cover all of the extracurricular activities at this year’s Relay For Life Event on May 17. It is not too late to register teams or participants for the event. For more information, call 424-5200.
St. Laurence St. Laurence students participated in Viking Quest Week, which included a variety of speakers and culminated in a Team of Teams competition called Igor’s Challenge. Rich Panico ’69 kicked off the week reminding everyone of the importance of vision and knowing where you’re going. Nathan Kipnis talked about his experience in the architecture industry as it relates to problem solving, and Mark Wollschlaeger highlighted the positive aspects of a STEM curriculum. During the Igor Challenge, each team of students created a ship from limited materials and then tested it in a competition, which gave them the opportunity to use creativity and problem-solving skills they have learned through the St. Laurence STEM curriculum. The final assembly also recognized students, faculty, and staff who are emblematic leaders at St. Laurence.
When Governors State University athletics in University Park begins intercollegiate play in the fall, its opponents will face off against the GSU Jaguars. The university unveiled the Jaguar mascot Tuesday, after conducting a search that took several months and included input from faculty, staff, student and the surrounding community. “The university is growing and having a mascot is an important component to a rich experience for our students,” said Courtney Sanders, vice president of enrollment management and marketing. “A mascot is an identifying symbol for a university, an important tool for building a tradition. We are thrilled to start building long-lasting traditions as the GSU Jaguars.” The university began its search in February by taking suggestions from students, staff, faculty and residents of the surrounding communities. It received over 400 entries, more than half of which were unique. The university’s search committee then voted to narrow the choices down to four finalists: the Jaguars, the Prairie Wolves, the Gladiators and the Bengals. After an artist designed sketches of what the mascot could look like, the university then put the choice to an open vote online. The university received an overwhelming response, logging over 30,000 online votes. Sanders said the university wanted to make the process as democratic as possible. With a mascot being an enduring symbol, the university wanted as much outside input as possible when making the choice, she said. The Jaguar is the university’s first mascot. It stands among other firsts for the university coming this fall, including the first freshman class, the opening of its first student residence hall and the beginning of intercollegiate play for its first sports teams. GSU presented prizes to the people who were the first to submit the four finalists. Joseph Iniguez received $175 for his submission of the Gladiators. Calvin Rowe received $100 for submitting the Prairie Wolves and Steven Alvarado received $50 for submitting the Bengals. Paula Franklin was the grand prize winner and received $350 for submitting the Jaguars. — Submitted by Governors State University