Campus Leaders from 1-23-14


Area Students Earn Bachelor’s Degrees
  A number of area students earned academic degrees after the fall semester at Western Illinois University. Included in that list were:
  • Matthew J. Swiatkowski of Evergreen Park, Bachelor of Arts, English;
  • Angelo Nicholas Makropoulos of Hickory Hills, Bachelor of Arts, music;
  • Kevin Stephen Jarzabkowski of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration;
  • Brian Koltz of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration;
  • Megan Marie Landis of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, zoology
  • John Henry Veres of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Arts, general studies; and
  • Shonda L. Smith of Worth, Bachelor of Science, psychology.

Indiana State University announces dean’s list
  Katheryne Barrow of Oak Lawn earned a place on the Indiana State University dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Hickory Hills Woman Named to Dean’s List
  Victoria Kulbokas of Hickory Hills was named to the Upper Iowa University fall dean’s list. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.

EP Woman Earns Dean’s List Recognition
  Melanie Doweiko of Evergreen Park has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify for the dean’s list, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Marquette announces its fall Dean’s List
  The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.:
  • Matthew Deal of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in athletic training;
  • Emily Lajeunesse of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in elementary/middle Education; and
  • Tara McQuillan of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance.
  • Austin Lenz of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting;
   • Khader Zahdan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in biomechanics;
  • Patrick Bangs of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration;
  • Ryan Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering;
  • Cody Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering;
  • Andrew Roberts of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering;
  • Jonathan Eskra of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology;
  • Brendan McCarron of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance;
  • Michelle Nudo of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing;
  • Mary Sullivan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing; and
  • Kyle Kalchbrenner of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant in physician assistant studies.
  • Christian Villanueva of Hickory Hills who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Chicago Ridge Resident Receives University Scholarship
  Taylor Sonichsen, a 2014 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School, and daughter of Mark and Judy Sonichsen, has been awarded the Vision Scholarship by Mount Mary University for the 2014-2015 school year. The Vision Scholarship is presented to students who are empowered to carry out the vision of the university as established in 1913. Mount Mary University is recognized as a diverse learning community that works in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world. Taylor will be a freshman at Mount Mary this fall and plans to major in dietetics.


Bulletin Board from 1-23-14

Brother Rice
  Reservations are needed by Monday for the Brother Rice Alumni Mothers’ Club’s second annual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago. The cost is $15 per person. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks, and pizza orders will be taken. This is a 21 and older event; beer, wine, and pop will be available for purchase. Due to our liquor license, no outside liquor is allowed. For more information and reservations, call Peggy Gannon at 773-239-6399, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mother McAuley
  Mother McAuley High School welcomed students from more than 114 grammar schools for the High School Placement Test Jan. 11. Mother McAuley is dedicated to continuing the work begun by our foundress, Catherine McAuley, nearly 170 years: to provide young women with an education that prepares them to meet the challenges of the fast changing world as decision makers and leaders guided by strong Mercy values. This is the lifetime advantage of a McAuley education.
  The administration, faculty and staff at Mother McAuley understand that a Catholic education is a big commitment for families, and know parents have a choice in where to send their daughters. They are looking forward to embracing this group of women who, as the leaders on the stage, on the field and in the classroom, will be enjoying not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity

Moraine Valley
  Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.
  Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, Jan. 31 in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace
  Queen of Peace High School will sponsor a Leadership Conference for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 8. Eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace may also attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide leadership training for female student leaders as they prepare to assume leadership roles in the next few years. The cost is $5. The Queen of Peace Leadership Conference will concentrate on training emerging leaders, as well as provide current leaders new tools in how to lead effectively. For more information, or to register, call Mary Kate Love at 496-4753, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Scholarship Opportunity
  Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.
  Scholarship applications completed in their entirety must be delivered to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Feb. 28. Orland Township is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-4222.
  An additional scholarship opportunity is available at Orland Township. Applications for the Township Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at, or at the Orland Township Office. Applications are due by Saturday, March 1, 2014 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attention Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.

District 123 band raises 8K for tornado victims


PAGE-8-4-col-123-bandThe District 123 band performs and makes money for students in Washington, Il. Submitted photo.  

The District 123 band raised $8,051.06 for music students affected by the November tornados in Washington, Il.
  The destruction left many families with very little, including their music students’ instruments and music supplies.
  “As a band teacher, I can’t imagine how difficult that must be, on top of everything else the families are dealing with,” expressed Mrs. Beth Lyons, former Washington summer band teacher and current band director.
  Lyons was joined by a variety of local performing arts booster clubs in raising money during their winter performances.
  “I feel really excited…because 100% of our money is going to the band boosters in Washington, Illinois and given directly to those students who need assistance,” she said.
  “Words cannot express how incredible our community has been in support of reaching out to our long-distance music families in Washington, IL. I am more proud than I could ever describe.”
  Contributors who helped make the effort a success were D123 bands, the Oak Lawn Hometown Middle School Choruses and Village Singers, the D123 Education Foundation, George Quinlan, Jr., the Oak Lawn Community High School Band, the H. L. Richards Band the St. Laurence Band, St. Rita Band, SXU Bands and Orchestra, the Marist Band the Brother Rice Band, the Mother McAuley Band and Raiders Social Athletic Club.
— Submitted by District 123


Campus Leaders from 1-16-14

Area Student Named to Dean’s List
  The following students have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at St. Norbert College: Matthew Menke of Evergreen Park, and Michael Myren and Jennifer Ward of Oak Lawn. A minimum 3.5 grade-point average is required for academic eligibility. The only Norbertine college in the world, St. Norbert is a four-year, Catholic liberal arts college, devoted to the Norbertine traditions of community, prayer and service to others. St. Norbert College is located on the banks of the Fox River in the residential community of De Pere, Wisconsin, neighboring Green Bay.

Graceland University Honor Roll Features Local Students
  Dariusz Obrochta of Oak Lawn was named to the president’s list and Brittani LaRusso of Oak Lawn was named to the honor’s list for Graceland University’s fall term. Students with a perfect 4.0 grade point average are named to the president’s list. Students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honor’s list. Students with a GPA between 3.25 and 3.64 are named to the dean’s list. Graceland University has two campuses, one in Lamoni, Iowa and one in Independence, Missouri.

Western Illinois University Names Local Residents to Dean’s List
  More than 1,730 undergraduate students enrolled at Western Illinois University were named to the fall dean’s list. The number includes 123 students at WIU-Quad Cities.
  To receive this award, an undergraduate student must earn at least a 3.6 grade point average on a scale of 4.0. Those earning academic honors include:

  • Rebecca Ann Dunterman, a sophomore from Chicago Ridge;
  • Brenna Catherine Smith, a sophomore from Evergreen Park;
  • Christina Nicole Makropoulos, a senior;
  • Amy Michelle Smith, sophomore, both from Hickory Hills;
  • Kyle Thomas Corbett, a senior,
  • Colleen Nicole Krasich, a senior;
  • Lauren Elizabeth Ward, a senior, all from Oak Lawn;
  • Megan Elizabeth Kelly, a senior from Worth.

Brother Rice Student Gains College Acceptance
  James Dwyer of Brother Rice High School has been accepted to Culver-Stockton College for enrollment in the fall 2014 semester. Along with acceptance to the college, Dwyer has been awarded the Hilltop Scholarship, a four-year award. Dwyer’s anticipated major is psychology.

Oak Lawn Woman Earns Academic Honors
  Lily Paterno of Oak Lawn qualified for the fall dean’s list at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s more than 6,900 students qualified for the fall dean’s list.

Palos Hills’ Korniejczuk Named To Dean’s List
  Freshman Melissa Korniejczuk of Palos Hills earned a spot on Beloit College’s dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must carry a semester grade point average of 3.4 or higher, and take a minimum of three letter-graded units for the term.

Taste of ‘Bit of Germany’ at Shepard

  Shepard High School will host “A Little Bit of Germany” to support its exchange program this Saturday, Jan. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.
  The fundraiser, which features German food, a folk band, dancing, and imported goods for sale, has set new attendance records the past two years. Nearly 350 people attended last year.

  Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 12 and under. Ticket price includes a German dinner of bratwurst, sauerkraut, German potato salad, bread, and coffee, water or cider. Dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Soda and root beer will be available for purchase.
  The fun includes entertainment by the folk band Paloma from the Dankhaus German Cultural Center in Chicago.
  Next summer, teacher Jennifer Fischer and a group of German Club students will visit students from Johann Wolfgang Goethe Gymnasium in Germersheim. During their trip, Shepard students will attend classes at Goethe (German schools feature a full-year calendar), visit various cultural and historical sites, and, in general, live as Germans.
  Goethe and Shepard students have visited one another for more than 25 years.