Thursday, December 23, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #11 Fraudulent Check Scam

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #10 Phony Cyber Shopping Sites

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.


More than 430 receive diplomas at SXU's 2010 Winter Commencement

Chicago Ald. Virginia Rugai gave commencement speech

Ald. Viriginia Rugai (left) and President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.

Chicago (Dec. 22, 2010)
Saint Xavier University held its 2010 Winter Commencement on Dec. 18 at its Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. More than 430 students received their diplomas at the ceremony.

Chicago Ald. Virginia Rugai (19th) and SXU graduate Jim Cunningham '10 spoke at the ceremony. Rugai received a Doctor of Public Service, honoris causa and SXU Life Trustee Sr. Lois Graver, R.S.M., received a Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #9 Phony Salesclerks

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #8 ATM Frauds

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #7 Hi-Tech Pickpocketing

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #6 Credit Card Refund Fraud

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

SXU's Tom Lynch on "Chicago Tribune Live" after being named 2010 Fred Mitchell Award recipient

Award honors top place-kicker for excellence on field and in community

Saint Xavier University junior place-kicker Tom Lynch appeared on Comcast Sportsnet Chicago's "Chicago Tribune Live" program on Dec. 15 after recently receiving the 2010 Fred Mitchell Award.

Lynch appeared on the program with All-American kicker/columnist Fred Mitchell. The award honors the nation's top place-kicker in FCS, Division II, Division III and NAIA for excellence on the football field and in the community. Over 600 place-kickers are eligible for the Award.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #5 Phony Charities

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #4 Phony Order Confirmation

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #3 Counterfeit Goods

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tickets now available for author, educator and humanitarian Greg Mortenson's lecture at SXU

"Pennies for Peace" founder's lecture is 7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 3

Chicago (Dec. 10, 2010) Tickets are now available to see author, educator and humanitarian Greg Mortenson lecture at Saint Xavier University. Mortenson's lecture, "Promoting Peace through Education," will be held at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 3 in the Shannon Center.

Admission is free for Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff, who must reserve a ticket online. A valid Cougar Card must be presented the night of the lecture with the ticket. Prior to his lecture, Mortenson will participate in an exclusive classroom discussion with Saint Xavier students.

General admission tickets are $10 plus service charge. Purchase tickets online or call (866) 468-3401. Tickets for school groups of five or more individuals are available at the discounted rate of $8 each.

Mortenson is co-author of "Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace…One School At A Time," co-founder of the Central Asia Institute, a non-profit organization with the mission to promote and support community-based education, especially for girls, in remote regions of northern Pakistan and Afghanistan, and founder of Pennies for Peace, an international service-learning program to empower communities through education in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Mortenson’s visit is coordinated by the Division of Student Affairs with financial support from the Student Activity Fund (SAF).

For more information about the event, please contact the Department of Campus Life at (773) 341-5060 or campuslife@sxu.edu.

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Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" – #2 House Parties and ID Theft

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

Watch previous segments of the 12 Scams of Christmas on SXU's YouTube channel.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas"

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

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Watch Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas"

Exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago" weekday mornings from now through Fri., Dec. 24

Watch Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse, aka "Professor Fraud" in "The 12 Scams of Christmas" exclusively on FOX's "Good Day Chicago." The 12 segments give helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft during the holidays and are scheduled to air at approximately 5:50 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. from now through Fri., Dec. 24.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SXU hosts Catholic high school fairs for elementary students on Dec. 9

One-stop shop for families seeking Catholic education

Chicago (Nov. 30, 2010) Saint Xavier University is partnering with local Catholic high schools to host a fair for elementary school children on Thurs., Dec. 9 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The fair is a one-stop shop for families interested in Catholic education, intended to help guide middle school students and their families through the sometimes intimidating process of choosing the right high school. Families will be informed that Catholic schools are often an affordable option for a quality college preparatory education, thanks to the availability of scholarships and financial aid.

The following high schools will be represented at the fair: Trinity, Mother McAuley, St. Frances de Sales, Resurrection, Maria, Brother Rice, Queen of Peace, St. Ignatius, Marian Catholic, Marist, St. Laurence, Mt. Assisi, St. Rita, Mt. Carmel and De la Salle.

Parking is available free of charge at Lot #12 (across the street from the Warde Academic Center) and Lot #1 (in front of the Shannon Fitness Center). A map of SXU’s campus is available here.

For more information, please contact Katie Mankin at (773) 925-8686, x151 or kmankin@mariahighschool.org.

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SXU to host Fourth Annual Alumni and Friends Holiday Tea

Holiday tea is at 1 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 14

Chicago (Nov. 30, 2010) The Saint Xavier University Office of Alumni and Parent Relations will host the Fourth Annual Alumni and Friends Holiday Tea at 1 p.m. on Tues., Dec. 14. in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Admission to the tea is $35 per person. A portion of the admission will be donated to support student scholarships.
The tea will have open seating and concludes at 4:30 p.m. Please R.S.V.P. by Fri., Dec. 10, as seating is limited.

For more information or to R.S.V.P., contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (773) 298-3316 or alumni@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Video alert! No. 3 SXU football wins NAIA Championship Series quarterfinals game 40-21

Saint Xavier University’s No. 3 football team won its NAIA Championship Series quarterfinals game on Nov. 27. ABC 7 Chicago covered SXU’s 40-21 victory against University of St. Francis (Ind.). The 13-0 Cougars advance to the semifinals, where they face No. 2 Carroll College in Helena, Mont. at 1 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 4.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas president to speak at SXU

Lecture to address challenges of faith and religion for adult believers

Chicago (Nov. 23, 2010) Sister Mary Waskowiak, President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas will speak at Saint Xavier University for the Catholic Colloquium lecture series. Her lecture is titled “Sister Says: ‘Be Adult Catholics.’”
The lecture will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Dec. 1 at Saint Xavier University in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Drawing on her commitment as a Sister of Mercy and her broad experience in Catholic Church ministries, Sister Waskowiak will address some of the challenges that religion and faith pose for all adult believers. How does one hold together faith in a transcendent God and membership in a less than perfect religious organization?

Sister Waskowiak has served as President of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas since July 2005. Prior to her role as president, Mary served as councilor on the Institute Leadership Team from 1991 to 1999 and as President of the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Burlingame, Calif., from 2003 to 2005.

Sister Waskowiak also served as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) from 1996 to 1999, during which time she participated as official observer to the Bishops' Synod for the Americas at the Vatican. Her prior ministry experiences include secondary education, parish ministry, seminary field education, Sisters of Mercy vocation and formation ministry, and directing Mercy Center in Burlingame. Sister Waskowiak has served as facilitator and/or presenter for groups of women and men religious in Argentina, Chile, England, Guyana, Ireland, Peru, South Africa, the United States and Zambia.

The Catholic Colloquium series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. It honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to its many constituents and illustrates how Catholic universities are resources for examining contemporary civic and social questions.

For additional information, please contact the Office for University Mission and Heritage at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Does it matter where we pray?

Liturgical design consultant to speak at SXU on Dec. 2

Chicago (Nov. 23, 2010) Liturgical design consultant J. Philip Horrigan, D. Min., will speak at Saint Xavier University's Theology South lecture series at 9:30 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 2 at Saint Xavier in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Horrigan's lecture, titled “Does It Matter Where We Pray?,” explores the importance of architecture for worship and includes a visual presentation focusing on the relationship between the space for liturgies and the action of liturgies. The lecture costs $6 and coffee will be served at 9 a.m.

From 1997 to 2009, Horrigan worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Director of the Department of Art and Architecture at the Office for Divine Worship. Horrigan acted as a consultant and resource person for all the parishes involved in a building or renovation project.

For more information, contact Donatta Yates at (708) 422-1635.

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SXU Prof. William Kresse discusses phony military scams on CBS 2 Chicago News at 10

Prof. William Kresse commented on people on Craigslist posing as members of the military to scam others on Nov. 23 on CBS 2 Chicago News at 10.

Kresse is an associate professor at the Graham School of Management and director of the Saint Xavier University Center for the Study of Fraud and Corruption.

SXU Prof. Joyce Hunter discusses potential TSA opt-out protests on ABC 7's Chicago News This Morning

Graham School of Management Prof. Joyce Hunter, author of "Anger in the Air," appeared as a live in-studio guest on Nov. 23 on ABC 7's Chicago News This Morning.

Hunter discussed traveler frustration over recently ramped up and controversial security measures at airports, and the possibilities for confusion and slowdowns resulting from "opt out" protests by people unwilling to pass through the new sensors.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Video alert! Watch coverage of No. 3 SXU football's first round NAIA Championship Series win on ABC 7 Chicago, Fox Chicago and WGN-TV

Saint Xavier University’s No. 3 football team defeated University of the Cumberlands (Ky.) 66-19 in the first round of the NAIA Championship Series. The Cougars completed their second undefeated regular season in a row and advance to the NAIA Quarterfinals at 1 p.m., Sat., Nov. 27 at home.





Thursday, November 18, 2010

SXU receives Council for Advancement and Support of Education award

Honored with Silver Award in "Best Annual Report" category

Chicago (Nov. 18, 2010) Saint Xavier University recently received an award from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V. SXU received a Silver Award in the "Best Annual Report" category for its "Saint Xavier University Annual Report: Contributions that Count."

The University will be honored at the 36th Annual CASE V Conference in Chicago from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14 at the Chicago Sheraton Hotel and Towers.

"It's an honor to be recognized by CASE, an organization representing the highest standards in higher education," said Robert Tenczar, vice president for University Relations.

CASE is an international association of education advancement officers whose ultimate goal is to enhance their institutions by bringing in support — be it in the form of money, alumni loyalty, public esteem, or new students. In turn, CASE's purpose is to help these people advance the cause of education. CASE District V includes members from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

SXU Gallery hosts exhibit of selections from University's permanent collection

Includes works by Andy Warhol, Arthur Secunda, Antonio Clave and Elzbieta Sikorska

Chicago (Nov. 17, 2010) The SXU Gallery will host the exhibit “Selections from the University’s Permanent Collection” from now through Sat., Dec. 4.

The exhibit has more than twenty pieces from well-known artists. These works include a silkscreen print by Andy Warhol, two lithographs by Arthur Secunda, a work by Antonio Clave, and a painting by Elzbieta Sikorska.

The exhibit also includes pieces by several Sisters of Mercy, including Sister Edward Mary and Sister Linea Frei, and works from graduates of SXU's Department of Art and Design.

The SXU Gallery is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gallery is closed from Wed., Nov. 24 through Sun., Nov. 28.

For more information, call the Department of Art and Design at (773) 298-3081.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Monday, November 15, 2010

Saint Xavier University Chorale to perform fall concert

Concert is 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20

Chicago (Nov. 15, 2010) The Saint Xavier University Chorale will present a fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20 at the Chicago Campus' McDonough Chapel, 3700 W. 103rd St.

The Chorale, under the direction of Department of Music Prof. Marty Swisher, will perform a number of operatic and holiday selections in their concert, “Sacred Magnificence.” General admission to the concert is $6. Admission for seniors and visiting students is $5.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at (773) 298-3421 or adamus@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Unstoppable! - SXU football finishes second perfect regular season in a row

Watch video highlights



Saint Xavier University's football team defeated No. 7 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ill.) 30-6 on Nov. 6, finishing a perfect 11-0 regular season for the second year in a row and claiming the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title. Additionally, Coach Mike Feminis picked up his 100th win with Saturday's victory.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

Catholic theologian to speak at SXU

"A world of wizardry or spiritual wisdom?"

Chicago (Nov. 4, 2010) Theologian, liturgist, and musician Rev. Edward Foley will discuss the roles of Catholic higher education as part of Saint Xavier University’s Catholic Colloquium lecture series.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 10 in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Foley’s lecture, “Can a University Be a Sacrament? Catholic Magic or Catholic Mysticism?” will examine whether the divine realities conveyed by earthly realities invoke a world of wizardry or one of spiritual wisdom.
Foley is a professor of liturgy and music at Catholic Theological Union. He is the Duns Scotus chair in Franciscan Spirituality at CTU. He has a Ph.D. in theology from the University of Notre Dame and a masters degree in divinity, music, and liturgical research.

The Catholic Colloquium series is sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Heritage. It honors the responsibilities of a Catholic university to its many constituents and illustrates how Catholic universities are resources for examining contemporary civic and social questions.
For additional information, please contact the Office for University Mission and Heritage at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SXU celebrates Arab Heritage Month with special events during November

Arab music improvisation show, calligraphy demonstration and interfaith lecture

Chicago (Nov. 3, 2010) Saint Xavier University invites the community to celebrate Arab Heritage Month with three special events during November at its Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. All events are free and open to the public, organized and sponsored by the SXU Middle Eastern Studies Program.

Irtijalat: Middle Eastern Music Improvisations
Noon to 1 p.m., Mon., Nov. 8, SXU Diner Atrium in the Warde Academic Center
Experience the unique sounds of Wanees Zarour and Majed Abu Ajamiyeh, who will be performing musical improvisations and dialogue on the oud, buzuq, qanun, some of the Arab world's major instruments, and percussion. This event is co-sponsored by SXU's Department of Music.

Reed, Silk and Ink: The Art of Arabic Calligraphy
3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 8, Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center
Decorative writing, or calligraphy, is one of the highest art forms in the Arab world. Majed Abu Ajamiyeh, an instructor of Arabic Calligraphy at the American Islamic college, will demonstrate the use of the reed pen (boussa) with ink used by professional calligraphers. He will focus on the Thuluth styles of Arabic Calligraphy; a style that emerged in the 11th century. This event is co-sponsored by SXU's Department of Art and Design.

Toward a New Paradigm of Inter-faith Dialogue: Looking at the Middle East through the Three Abrahamic Religions
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Mon., Nov. 15, Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center
The Rev. Don Wagner will explore variety of approaches that seek new directions in interfaith relations for the three Abrahamic religions.
Wagner is the research professor of Interfaith and Peace Studies at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Va. From 1995 to 2010 He was a professor at North Park University in Chicago and Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies from 1995 to 2010. He is co-founder of Bridges of Faith, a coalition of Evangelical Christian and Muslim leaders who have held four interfaith dialogue conferences since 2007.
Wagner is the author of "Anxious for Armageddon," which explores the influence of some Christian perspectives on Middle East Politics, and "Dying in the Land of Promise: Palestine and Palestinian Christianity from Pentecost - 2000."

For more information, please contact SXU Middle Eastern Studies Program Director Iman Saca, Ph.D., at (773) 298-3554 or saca@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

SXU Department of Music presents November concert series

Public is invited

Chicago (Nov. 2, 2010) The SXU Music Department presents a series of concerts during November. Students and alumni of various musical groups will perform selections from different composers at the University's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Concerts are free for all SXU faculty, staff, and students with an ID. General admission is $6 and $5 for seniors and visiting students.

All concerts are in the Warde Academic Center’s McGuire Hall unless otherwise noted.

• The Flute Ensemble, led by Prof. Martha Morris, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 5.
• SXU alumni will present a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 6. The recital will be featuring Michelle Gliottoni-Rodriquez and Kojelyte Johnson
• The Jazz Combo and Guitar Ensemble, led by Prof. Frederick Miller, will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 12.
• The Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., Nov. 19.
• The University Chorale will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 20 in McDonough Chapel.

For more information, contact Annette Adamus at (773) 298-3421 or adamus@sxu.edu.

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Monday, October 25, 2010

SXU African American Studies hosts student lecture series

Opening themes include "skin tones" and "Thomas Jefferson's views"

Chicago (Oct. 25, 2010) Saint Xavier University’s African American Studies Program will host a student lecture series in which two undergraduate students will showcase their original research on African American culture.

The lecture will take place at 2 p.m. on Thurs., Nov. 4 in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The event is free and open to the public.

Magan Marshall will discuss the communicative relationship between light-skinned and dark-skinned black women. Marshall examines the verbal and non-verbal messages from other African Americans that confirm or reject individuals and the significance of these messages to racial identity construction.

Daniel Geiter will discuss his research on the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and George Wythe, which shows that Wythe was Jefferson’s law professor and mentor for more than 30 years. Geiter also will discuss Jefferson’s views on African Americans.

For more information, contact African American Studies Director Prof. Elijah Ward at (773) 298-3453 or eward@sxu.edu.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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SXU's next Theology South lecture focuses on Abraham Lincoln's faith

Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael B. Hyman to speak at 9:30 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 4 at Chicago campus

Chicago (Oct. 25, 2010) Judge Michael B. Hyman of the Cook County Circuit Court will speak at Saint Xavier University’s Theology South lecture series on the topic of Abraham Lincoln's faith.

The lecture is $6. It will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Thurs., Nov. 4 in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Judge Hyman is the former president of the Chicago Bar Association. He will discuss Abraham Lincoln’s religious beliefs in his lecture, titled “God of Abraham: Discerning the Faith of Abraham Lincoln.”

For more information, please contact Donatta Yates at (708) 422-1635.

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Jay Foot, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Friday, October 22, 2010

SXU inaugurates Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., as its 19th President

Week of celebratory events concludes with Installation Procession and Ceremony

Chicago (Oct. 22, 2010) More than 500 people attended the Installation Ceremony of Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., as Saint Xavier University's 19th president on Oct. 22.

The University celebrated President Wiseman's Inauguration with a week of special events, culminating on Installation Day. After a special Morning Liturgy at which the Presidential Medallion was blessed, more than 300 SXU faculty and staff members wearing formal academic regalia processed to the Installation Ceremony. Board of Trustees Chairman John T. Costello performed the Investiture ceremony.

Dignitaries in attendance at the Installation Ceremony included State Sen. Edward D. Maloney (D-18), Cook County Board of Commissioners member the Hon. John P. Daley, Chicago Ald. Virginia Rugai (19th), Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus the Most Rev. John R. Gorman, Conference for Mercy Higher Education Board of Directors Chairwoman Barbara Person, J.D., and Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Representative Sr. Betty Smith, R.S.M. Delegates from more than 30 colleges and universities across the nation also attended.

The day concluded with an all-University picnic reception.

Read more information about President Wiseman's Inauguration Week here.

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Cokie Roberts draws more than 1,100 to SXU's fifth Voices and Visions Lecture

ABC political analyst gave insider's view of Washington, D.C. and issues facing lawmakers

Chicago (Oct. 22, 2010) Former network news anchor and ABC political analyst Cokie Roberts drew more than 1,100 people to the fifth installment of Saint Xavier University's Voices and Visions lecture series on Oct. 21.
Roberts brought a practiced political eye and keen perspective to the issues currently facing lawmakers in her lecture “An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C. with Cokie Roberts.” Prior to her lecture, Roberts participated in an exclusive classroom discussion with SXU students.

Roberts discussed heightened partisanship among elected officials, the relevance of the Tea Party movement and three important long-term demographic trends: the closing of the "gender gap," referring to women voters previously being more likely to vote for Democrats; the growing political influence of minorities; and President Barack Obama attracting large numbers of young voters during the 2008 election. She drew parallels between the Reagan Revolution of 1980 and the current political environment, suggesting the country may have made a generational shift toward the Democratic Party.

"I look at the long-term trajectory and I look at the issues younger voters are interested in and I still think it's possible, even after the bath Democrats are likely to take in this election, that we are looking at the ushering in of another generation of change in politics," Roberts said.

Roberts is senior news analyst for National Public Radio and a political analyst for ABC News. She co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program "This Week" from 1996 to 2002. Roberts has won numerous awards, including three Emmys, in her more than 40 years in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. The Library of Congress this year named her a “Living Legend.”

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Video Alert! Watch SXU President Christine Wiseman interviewed live on “Fox Chicago News at Noon”

Saint Xavier University President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. was interviewed live by anchors Jan Jeffcoat and Patrick Elwood on “Fox Chicago News at Noon” today, Oct. 21, on the occasion of her installation as 19th president of the University on Oct. 22.

For more information about President Wiseman’s inauguration, visit www.sxu.edu, keyword: inauguration.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

SXU volunteers pack more than 400 lunches for local shelters

Service Through Action Team has donated more than 1,800 lunches since Dec., 2009

Chicago (Oct. 20, 2010) More than 55 students, alumni, staff and faculty members came together to pack more than 400 brown bag lunches for needy people at local homeless shelters earlier this week.

Members of SXU's Service Through Action Team (S.T.A.T.) prepared peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, juice boxes, chips and candy for people at Southwest Chicago PADS, South Suburban PADS, Maple Morgan Park Food Pantry, Pro Labore Dei, P.R.I.D.E. Alternative School in Oak Lawn and Alicia's House. Other volunteers created more than 80 decorative Halloween masks that will be donated to Hope Children's Hospital this week.

S.T.A.T. has donated more than 1,800 lunches since its inception in December, 2009. S.T.A.T.'s will collect non-perishable food items from Nov. 1 to Dec. 1 for its next food drive, Holiday Harvest, during the first week of December.

For more information about S.T.A.T., please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (773) 298-3316 or alumni@sxu.edu.

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

SXU hosts fifth annual “Breakfast With Your Legislators” question-and-answer and networking event

Attendees included Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3rd), State Sen. Edward Maloney (D-18th), State Rep. Al Riley (D-38), State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31st) and State Rep. John O'Sullivan (D-35th)

Chicago (Oct. 19, 2010) Elected officials from the southern Chicago area answered questions from local business leaders about everything from the health care reform bill to Illinois' pension budget shortfall at the fifth annual “Breakfast with your Legislators” event today. The Beverly Area Planning Association and the Blue Island, Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn Chambers of Commerce presented the event. Saint Xavier University hosted the event at its Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. AT&T sponsored the event.

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3rd), State Sen. Edward Maloney (D-18th), State Rep. Al Riley (D-38), State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31st) and State Rep. John O'Sullivan (D-35th) attended the event.

Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3rd) on opposing the health care reform bill:
"I opposed it because I don't think in the long run it is fiscally sustainable. I think we need to do more to reform the health care system. There's a perverse incentive in our system to keep ordering more and more tests because it's paid for by quantity rather than the quality of care people receive, and I think that's the big reason why we spend so much in this country on health care than other countries without being more healthy. I have not supported repeal. I want reform, I don't want to repeal and have nothing."

State Sen. Edward Maloney (D-18th) on Illinois Monetary Assistance Program grant funding for college students:
"MAP funding has been flat the past several years, we had to go through a major battle to get it funded last spring. I really think the victory in getting it funded was due to students who told their stories and contacted their local legislators, saying 'if this isn't funded I can't go to school.' The problem with MAP is it's currently going to be flat funded again and as the costs go up students have less money to deal with."

State Rep. Al Riley (D-38) on the state's pension funding shortfall:
"It comes from a lot of things – the economic situation that hurt all states equally, but also from neglect. Every time we do a budget, the unfunded pension budget hangs like a sword of Damocles above everyone's head. I think there were some systemic problems with the way we addressed these issues in the past, and you can't do a meaningful budget without looking at how you're going to deal with this $80 billion."

State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31st) on the housing foreclosure crisis:
"There's a mortgage crisis going on here and a lot of us did not create this crisis. A lot of people have lost their homes because they trusted the people telling them to refinance their homes. We trusted them and we believed in them and we didn't know about all these shenanigans going on, so it's in the state's best interest to make sure that for those who can afford to stay in their homes that we should provide them with a way and a means."

State Rep. John O'Sullivan (D-35th) on the biggest issues in the upcoming veto session:
"I think one of the most important things we're going to face in the veto session are funding for education. Before we go with a tax increase, I think we should consider property tax relief for homeowners."

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Oct. 22 marks inauguration celebration for SXU's 19th president Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.

Attending dignitaries include State Sen. Edward Maloney, The Hon. John P. Daley, Ald. Virginia Rugai, The Rev. John R. Gorman and delegates from 32 colleges and universities nationwide

Chicago (Oct. 18, 2010) Saint Xavier University will celebrate the inauguration of Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., as the University's 19th president with a day of special events on Fri., Oct. 22 at its Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

A special Inauguration Liturgy will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in McDonough Chapel, at which the Presidential Medallion will be blessed in preparation for its presentation to President Wiseman.

More than 300 SXU faculty and staff members wearing formal academic regalia will process at 11:30 a.m., starting from the Warde Academic Center down 103rd Street and ending at the Shannon Center.

President Wiseman's Installation Ceremony will begin at noon. Board of Trustees Chairman John T. Costello will perform the Investiture ceremony and Wiseman will deliver her inaugural address. Dignitaries scheduled to attend the ceremony include State Sen. Edward D. Maloney (D-18), Cook County Board of Commissioners member The Hon. John P. Daley, Chicago Ald. Virginia Rugai (19th), Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus the Most Rev. John R. Gorman, Conference for Mercy Higher Education Board of Directors Chairwoman Barbara Person, J.D., and Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Representative Sr. Betty Smith, R.S.M. Delegates from more than 30 colleges and universities across the nation also are scheduled to attend.

The day will conclude with a picnic reception from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in O'Malley Quad and the SXU Diner Atrium.

Media interested in attending this event should contact Executive Director of Media Relations Jay Foot at (773) 298-3937 or foot@sxu.edu.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Award-winning Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin to speak at SXU

Lecture is 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 28

Chicago (Oct. 15, 2010) Author and architecture critic Blair Kamin will discuss the relationship between architecture and the natural, political, artistic, and economic environment, at Saint Xavier University’s Squeaky Weal lecture series.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 28 in the Warde Academic Center’s Butler Reception Room at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Kamin is the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic, as well as a contributing editor for Architectural Record magazine. Kamin’s lecture, “Terror and Wonder: Architecture in a Tumultuous Age” is named after his most recent book. Kamin will explore this era’s architecture and it’s correlation with the political, natural, artistic, and economic environment.

Kamin’s strong critiques on architecture allowed him to lecture and discuss architecture on programs such as ABC’s “Nightline” and WTTW – Channel 11’s “Chicago Tonight.” He is the recipient of 30 awards, including the Pulitzer Prize.

The Squeaky Weal Lecture Series, sponsored by Saint Xavier’s Center for Religion and Public Discourse, provides occasions for thoughtful consideration of issues of public concern, with a focus on religious, moral, and/or ethical implications for the common good. For more information, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu.

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SXU art department hosts “Fresh Produce” exhibit

Exhibit runs through Nov. 2

Chicago (Oct. 15, 2010) Saint Xavier University’s Department of Art & Design is hosting a midterm art exhibit of the best student work from the first half of this semester. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, is titled “Fresh Produce,” as the gallery exhibits the “just ripened” nature of the students’ projects.

Students of all levels contributed pieces from courses including Photo I, Computer Graphics, Digital Imagery, Painting I, Graphic Design, Ceramics and more.

The exhibit is currently on display in the Visual Arts Center Gallery, 10435 S. Spaulding Ave., until Tues., Nov. 2. The Gallery is open Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitor parking is available and shuttle buses are available to the VAC from the Chicago campus, located at 3700 W. 103rd St.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Free lead screenings for children at SXU Health Center

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 27, no appointment necessary

Chicago (Oct. 14, 2010) Saint Xavier University's Health Center will partner with the Chicago Department of Public Health to offer free children's lead screenings from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Wed., Oct. 27 at the Health Center on SXU's Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.

Children ages six months through six years can come for screenings on a walk-in basis, no appointment necessary.

According to the Chicago Department of Public Health, children under the age of six are most likely to get lead poisoning, typically due to eating or breathing dust contaminated with lead. Lead poisoning can be very harmful to children's' health, leaving them vulnerable to serious mental and behavioral problems. For more information about the importance of lead screening, please visit the Chicago Department of Public Health Web Site or call (312) 747-LEAD (5323).

For more information about this event, please contact the SXU Health Center at (773) 298-3712.

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Network TV News Anchor Cokie Roberts to speak at SXU

Tickets still available for Oct. 21 lecture

Chicago (Oct. 8, 2010) Tickets are still available to see former network news anchor and ABC political analyst Cokie Roberts, the next featured lecturer in the SXU Voices & Visions Speaker Series at Saint Xavier University. Roberts will speak at 7 p.m. on Thurs., Oct. 21 in the Shannon Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St.
General admission tickets are $15 plus a nominal 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 Roberts. Purchase tickets online or call (866) 468-3401.

Admission is free for Saint Xavier students, faculty and staff, who must reserve a ticket online. A valid Cougar Card must be presented the night of the lecture with the ticket. Prior to her lecture, Roberts will participate in an exclusive classroom discussion with Saint Xavier students.

Cokie Roberts brings a practiced political eye and keen perspective to the issues currently facing lawmakers in her lecture “An Insider’s View of Washington, D.C. with Cokie Roberts.”

Roberts is senior news analyst for National Public Radio and a political analyst for ABC News. She co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week from 1996 to 2002. Roberts has won numerous awards, including three Emmys, in her more than 40 years in broadcasting. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting. The Library of Congress this year named her a “Living Legend.”

“Our Voices and Visions series has been a popular success on campus and in the surrounding community because of its strong, visionary speakers,” said SXU President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D. “In that tradition, we are very pleased to welcome Cokie Roberts to Saint Xavier.”

The SXU Voices and Visions Speaker Series is sponsored by 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 specialevents@sxu.edu, or click here.

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