Thursday, July 30, 2009

SXU grad Donna Rehm shares health tips for kids at Brookfield Zoo

Part of Kleenex Anti-Viral’s Battle the Bug exhibit

Chicago (July 30, 2009) Saint Xavier University graduate Donna Rehm ’07 recently shared tips for keeping children healthy as part of Kleenex Anti-Viral’s Battle the Bug exhibit at Brookfield Zoo.

Please click here to read a Northwest Herald article about Donna’s involvement with the program.


Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to speak at SXU

Tickets on sale now for Sept. 17 lecture

Chicago (July 21, 2009) Tickets are on sale to see Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the fourth speaker in the highly successful SXU Voices & Visions Speaker Series at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Annan will speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17.
Annan will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree, honoris causa, and present “The Five Rules of International Diplomacy,” a call for multilateralism and a renewed faith in a global approach to tackling the world’s problems.

General admission tickets are $20, plus service charge. A limited number of $200 priority tickets are available, which include priority seating and admission to an exclusive post-lecture wine and cheese reception with Annan. To purchase tickets, please click here or call (866) 468-3401.

Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff may attend for free but must reserve a ticket online. A valid Cougar Card must be presented the night of the lecture with the ticket.

Prior to his lecture, Annan will conduct a special classroom discussion with Saint Xavier students.
“We are very pleased that Former Secretary-General Annan continues our tradition of bringing the best of international figures to the Chicago area,” said Robert Tenczar, vice president for University Relations. “Mr. Annan is an ideal interpreter for our times and will undoubtedly provide a uniquely informed perspective as America works with other countries to meet the world’s challenges.”

Annan served as United Nations Secretary-General from 1997 to 2006. During his tenure, he made his mark as an advocate for human rights, the rule of law and the revitalization of the United Nations. He has been a key figure in the fight against HIV/AIDS and a leader of the multilateral response to the global terrorist threat.

When elected to the Secretary-Generalship in 1997, Annan became the first Secretary-General to come directly from the United Nations staff, and the first from a black African nation to hold the position.

As Secretary-General, Annan worked to bolster the United Nation’s relationship with businesses and civil society groups, sponsoring a Global Compact initiative to promote corporate social responsibility. He was instrumental in laying out the Millennium Development Goals, a strategy to meet the needs of the world’s poorest by 2015. In 2005, Annan succeeded in persuading the United Nations to establish the Peacebuilding Commission and the Human Rights Council, new intergovernmental bodies dedicated to global peace and welfare. Annan was also a chief proponent of the creation of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. On Dec. 10, 2001, Annan and the United Nations received the Nobel Peace Prize.

Since leaving the United Nations, Annan has continued to press for better policies to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly in Africa. He has also continued to use his experience to mediate and resolve conflict. In Kenya in early 2008, Annan led the AU Panel of Eminent African Personalities to help find a peaceful resolution to the post-election violence.
The event is sponsored by the Office for University Relations and in part by the Student Government Association.

For more information about the event, please contact the Office of Special Events at (773) 298-3311 or, or click here.

Reporters interested in covering Annan’s lecture or taking advantage of a special media opportunity the day of the lecture should contact Assistant Director of Media Relations Rick Ducat at (773) 298-3325.


Rick Ducat
Asst. Dir. of Media Relations
(773) 298-3325 or

SXU appoints assistant vice president for recruitment, admission and enrollment planning

Anne O. Brennan begins Aug. 10

Chicago (July 21, 2009)
Saint Xavier University announced the appointment of Anne O. Brennan as assistant vice president for recruitment, admission and enrollment planning. Brennan will begin Aug. 10.

Brennan, who was selected after a national search, will be responsible for managing recruitment and enrollment. She will report to Vice President for Student Recruitment and Enrollment Planning Kathleen Carlson, Ph.D.

“Ms. Brennan’s extensive background in higher education administration at other outstanding institutions will help more students experience Saint Xavier’s unique community as it receives greater recognition as a leading comprehensive Catholic university,” said Carlson.

Brennan, of Evergreen Park, has more than 25 years of experience in many areas of university administration, most recently as director of community college partnerships at DePaul University. She previously was assistant dean at DePaul’s School of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Information Systems, director of admissions at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and associate director of admissions at University of Southern California.

“I am honored to join Saint Xavier’s staff and eager to contribute to the University’s goal of helping students get access to the high-quality educations they need in the modern world,” Brennan said.

Brennan has a master’s degree in communications from DePaul University and a bachelor’s degree in education from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

SXU fraud experts to hold financial crimes presentation

“The Cop and the Prof” speak on July 22

Chicago (July 9, 2009) Saint Xavier University’s Graham School of Management presents an informational session about financial fraud at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 at the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.

Presented by Saint Xavier’s financial fraud experts Detective Sergeant John Lucki and Professor William Kresse, “the Cop and the Prof” will share their experiences in fraud examination. The session is free and open to the public.

Additionally, participants will learn about Saint Xavier’s Financial Fraud Examination and Management graduate program, currently the only classroom-based MBA program in financial fraud examination and identity theft in the country. Financial crimes are on the rise and fraud examination is one of the world’s fastest growing professions.

Kresse (a.k.a. Professor Fraud) is the director and chief architect of Saint Xavier’s financial fraud examination and management graduate program. The 40,000-member Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, the world’s leading organization for anti-fraud professionals, recently named Kresse its Educator of the Year.

Lucki is a financial crimes detective sergeant with the Chicago Police Department. He also is an adjunct professor at the Graham School of Management.

Saint Xavier offers the financial fraud examination and management graduate program, which combines law enforcement, law, accounting and general business education. The U.S. Air Force and Chicago Police Department have both chosen the program to better train their agents and officers in identity theft and financial and procurement fraud.

To RSVP for the session, please click here. For more information about Saint Xavier’s Graham School of Management, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at (773) 298-3053 or click here.


SXU alum receives award from National Association of Biology Teachers

Jason Crean of Woodridge also a finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

Chicago (July 9, 2009) Saint Xavier University alumnus Jason Crean will receive the National Association of Biology Teachers’ 2009 Ecology/Environmental Science Teaching Award at the association’s Professional Development Conference later this year in Denver, Colo.

Crean is a Woodridge resident who attended Saint Xavier for both his bachelor's degree in biology and master's degree in education. He also is one of three finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching, which comes with a cash prize and an all-expense paid trip to the White House.

Crean received the NABT award for successfully developing and demonstrating an innovative approach in the teaching of ecology/environmental science and carrying his commitment to the environment into the community.

The award includes $1,000 for travel to the Professional Development Conference, $500 of Vernier equipment, a plaque to be presented at the Professional Development Conference and a one-year complimentary National Association of Biology Teachers’ membership.


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SXU student wins $5,000 Gilman International Scholarship to study in Spain

Ashley Perisee of Oak Park was one of 850 students who received scholarship

Chicago (July 8, 2009) Saint Xavier University student Ashley Perisee of Oak Park received a $5,000 scholarship to study in Seville, Spain for the 2009-10 academic year.

Perisee is one of 850 outstanding American undergraduate students from more than 350 colleges and universities across the United States to receive the 2009 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

The Gilman Scholarship helps American undergraduate students gain greater understanding of other cultures, countries, languages and economies by helping them participate in study abroad programs.

Perisee, who is majoring in Spanish secondary education and pursuing endorsements in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education, will participate in the College Consortium for International Studies program in Seville, Spain. Perisee will live with a Spanish family and take courses at the International College of Seville and the University of Seville.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education’s Southern Regional Center in Houston, Texas.

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