Wednesday, August 31, 2011

SXU to host book signing with distinguished author and lawyer Laura Caldwell

Caldwell will discuss her latest mystery novel Claim of Innocence

Chicago (Aug. 31, 2011) Saint Xavier University will host distinguished author and lawyer Laura Caldwell at a book-signing from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 8 at Gilhooley's Grande Saloon, 3901 W. 103rd St. The event is free and open to the public.

Caldwell will discuss how her career as a lawyer turned author turned humanitarian unfolded. She’ll also entertain questions and read excerpts from her new novel Claim of Innocence, a mystery continuing the adventures of attorney Izzy McNeil. In addition, Caldwell will participate in a discussion with SXU students earlier in the day at SXU's Chicago campus, located at 3700 West 103rd St.

Caldwell is a former civil trial attorney and a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a published author of several women's lit and mystery/thriller novels, as well as a nonfiction book titled Long Way Home: A Young Man Lost in the System and the Two Women Who Found Him. Long Way Home is the result of Caldwell's pro bono defense work on the criminal case of Jovan Mosley, a young man who was charged with murder and spent nearly six years in a Cook County holding cell awaiting trial after a forced confession. After proving Mosley's innocence, Caldwell founded Life After Innocence, a program at Loyola that assists wrongfully convicted individuals as they reenter society and reclaim their lives.

Claim of Innocence and Long Way Home will be available for purchase during the signing. For more information, please contact the Office of Special Events at (773) 298-3748 or


Media Contact:
Karla Thomas, Executive Director of Media Relations
(773) 298-3937 or

Monday, August 22, 2011

Video alert - Prof. Faisal Rahman discusses the Libyan revolution

Watch interview on ABC 7 Chicago

Saint Xavier University Professor Faisal Rahman discusses the Libyan revolution after rebel forces took control of the capital city of Tripoli on Aug. 22 on ABC 7 Chicago.

Rahman is a professor and the founding dean at SXU's Graham School of Management.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Painter Joel Sheesley’s work to be displayed at SXU Gallery through Sept. 13

Artist’s lecture and reception on Sept. 1

Chicago (Aug. 19, 2011) The works of painter Joel Sheesley will be displayed from Mon., Aug. 22 to Tues., Sept. 13 at Saint Xavier University’s SXU Gallery, located in the Warde Academic Center at the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Sheesley will discuss the exhibit, which is titled “The Long Wait,” at a reception at 3:30 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 1 at the Gallery.

Sheesley said the exhibit reflects on the chance discoveries of content or meaning in everyday life.

“To me, the patching together of content suggests an arrival at a turning point; a point at which our pervasive tendency toward oblivion is dispelled by an awareness that the status quo, oblivion’s usual way of manifesting itself, is illusory,” Sheesley said. “At this turning point one senses that everything is important.”

Sheesley teaches art at Wheaton College and his work has been exhibited regularly in Chicago and in other cities across the country, including at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2010. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2002 and his work was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at the Brauer Museum of Art at Valparaiso University in 2008.

For more information, please contact the Gallery at (773) 298-3081.


Media Contact:
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Monday, August 15, 2011

SXU’s 15th Annual Golf Classic raises more than $120,000 for student scholarships

(L to R) Golf Classic Co-Chair George Ferrell (Henry Bros. Co.), SXU Graham School of Management Dean James Brodzinski, Ph.D., Bill Wiseman, SXU President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D., Nancy Callaghan and Golf Classic Co-Chair Bill Callaghan (Henry Bros. Co.) at the 15th Annual SXU Golf Classic.

Chicago (Aug. 15, 2011)
Saint Xavier University alumni, benefactors and friends gathered for a day at the links at SXU’s 15th Annual Golf Classic at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. The event drew more than 175 participants and raised more than $120,000 with all proceeds going to student scholarships. Former Chicago Bears player and SXU Golf Classic Committee member Bruce Herron joined in the fun at the Aug. 2 event.

The event featured two successful live auctions: A foursome at The Bear Golf Course in Traverse City that included same-day travel in a private plane, and President Christine Wiseman to host and cook “Dinner with the President” in her home for four people. Also, a series of raffle prizes were drawn, including the following: Apple iPad2, a flat screen TV, and a Trek mountain bike as well as a variety of golf items and prize packages.

Major sponsors included Henry Bros. Co., AT & T, Bear Cartage & Intermodal, Inc., DLA Piper, Dr. Gerald F. & Mrs. Mary Clare ’65 Loftus, Ozinga Bros. Inc., Mid American Group, and Linear Electric Co. Inc.

"We are delighted that the SXU Golf Classic is so successful in raising funds for student scholarships," said SXU Vice President for University Advancement Steven Murphy. "We are grateful to the many generous sponsors, alumni and friends of the University who made this possible."


Media Contact:
Karla Thomas, Executive Director of Media Relations
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Monday, August 1, 2011

SXU releases spring 2011 Honorable Mention List

Maribel Acevedo, junior, business
Nicole Crocilla, senior, accounting
Meghan Lambert, senior, elementary education

Patricia L. Davidson, senior, elementary education

Mariola Gasienica, junior, business

Robert Campbell, Jr., senior, business
Katelyn Delaney, senior, elementary education
Carmella Dickman, student-at-large, liberal studies
Linda Francis, junior, liberal studies
Maureen Godsel, sophomore, psychology
Katherine Mann, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Velva Murphy, junior, liberal studies
Leah Murphy, junior, art
Lisa Nuzzo, senior, communication sciences and disorders
Michael O'Boyle, junior, liberal studies
Tracey Rewers, senior, elementary education
Eileen Rohan, senior, management
Roberto Ruiz, student-at-large, liberal studies
Angelica Sanchez, senior, biology
Juliette Scott, junior, liberal studies
Melanie Sell, senior, elementary education
Debbie Strubin, sophomore, liberal studies
Lee Trevino, senior, liberal studies

Chicago Ridge
Jenna T. Jurkovic, senior, biology

Sonja Winburn, junior, nursing

Evergreen Park
Leah Moore, senior, elementary education

Madelyn Bloom, senior, elementary education
Mindy Swaney, senior, biology

Hickory Hills
Amy Lindemann, senior, elementary education

Melanie K. Matijevic, junior, nursing

Justyna Buniowska-Mate, senior, business

Homer Glen
Karen Bonfiglio, senior, elementary education

Merionette Park
Melanie A. Holmes, senior, liberal studies

Donna Vance, senior, elementary education

Kara Mach, junior, elementary education

New Lenox
Elaine McCann, senior, business
Brooke Paulson, senior, finance

Oak Forest
Elizabeth L. Maka, senior, accounting

Oak Lawn
Fiona Connaghan, senior, elementary education
Donald Galvin, senior, psychology
Sheila Jackson, senior, criminal justice
Christopher Jensen, senior, elementary education

Orland Park
Souzan Kattaieh, senior, management
Mark Korosa, junior, History
Taofik O. Ogbara, freshman, communication sciences and disorders

Dianna Kritz, senior, nursing

Palos Hills
Rana Amine, senior, accounting
Nicholas McDougal, senior, English

Richton Park
Stephen Zahradnik, senior, social studies

Anastasia Urbonas, freshman, communication sciences and disorders

Tinley Park
Leila Dahleh, senior, elementary education
Chris Erickson, senior, marketing
Susan McGuire, senior, elementary education
Kevin Palys, senior, art
Matthew Rychel Jr., senior, accounting/finance
Chelsea Steuber, senior, elementary education

Michelle Keller, senior, liberal studies
Thomas McAleenan, senior, accounting
Kristianne Puhr, senior, elementary education

Hammond, Ind.
Julie Davis, freshman, hospitality management


Media Contact:
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SXU releases spring 2011 Dean’s List

List honors full-time students with high GPAs

Chicago (Aug. 1, 2011) Saint Xavier University has announced the Dean's List of students for the spring 2011 semester. The Dean's List recognizes full-time students who have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours at Saint Xavier and have maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75 out of 4.0. Students must be enrolled for a minimum of 12 credit hours during the given semester and have earned a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.75.

Emily P. Caliendo, freshman, English
Lyndsey P. Caliendo, freshman, education

Kayla Hiatt, freshman, nursing
Dominic Paguio, senior, biology
Elizabeth Pappas, junior, communication sciences and disorders

Bedford Park
Steven Lesniak, junior, business

Allyson Herlitz, freshman, nursing

Sarah Schroepfer, freshman, nursing

Blue Island
Daniel Carroll, senior, philosophy
Kathryn James, senior, English
Lindsey Krassel, senior, marketing/management

Joanna Janulis, junior, elementary education

Brooke Restoff, sophomore, nursing

Daniel Synoga, freshman, business

Amy Lee, senior, nursing
Veronica Moul, freshman, nursing

Dominik Bydlon, senior, computer science
Kinga Cachro, senior, psychology
Massoud Joudeh, senior, marketing/management
Agnieszka Kacki, senior, psychology
Natalia Kojs, junior, elementary education
Elzbieta Mulica, freshman, elementary education
Danielle Wilbur, Spanish/criminal justice

Burr Ridge
Kenneth Hagen, senior, management

Suzanne M. Abubaker, senior, communication sciences and disorders
Tarana Ahmed, junior, communication sciences and disorders
Danielle August, freshman, accounting
Sarah Baughman, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
William Brogan, junior, liberal studies
Colleen Bruen, senior, nursing
Patrick Carroll, sophomore, psychology
Julianna Cechowski, senior, business
Ruth Chan, junior, biology
Kristin Cronin, senior, accounting
Michelle Deiermann, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Patricia Dillow, sophomore, political science
Thuy Do, senior, elementary education
Robert Driscoll, senior, accounting
Kristin Duewerth, sophomore, nursing
Jennifer Elder, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Maritzza Escudero, freshman, political science
Natacha Fahey, freshman, biology
Breeanna Greska, junior, English
Cathy Hornik, senior, biology
Carla Hoskins, junior, criminal justice
Marcell Jackson, freshman, business
Kathleen Jantz, student-at-large, elementary education
Antonique Johnson, senior, liberal studies
Amanda Jones, senior, accounting
Kevin Kordas, junior, nursing
Kimberly Lavin, senior, nursing
Matthew Lopez, junior, accounting
Vito Martinez, freshman, computer studies
Katelyn Peters, sophomore, art
Elizabeth Ramirez, student-at-large, liberal studies
Esmeralda Rivera Linday, sophomore, nursing
Lindsey Samawi, junior, nursing
Kristina Scholberg, sophomore, nursing
Meghan Schuemann, senior, social studies
Thomas Sieja, junior, liberal studies
Chris Skarupinski, student-at-large, liberal studies
Matthew Stojack, sophomore, liberal studies
Eve Talkington, senior, liberal studies
Margaret Tomal, senior, nursing
Grazyna Urbanczyk, senior, math
Jessica Usher, junior, nursing
Matthew Van Etten, senior, psychology
Laura Yach, freshman, nursing

Chicago Ridge
Hiba Anaqrah, junior, biology
Kendra Blank, senior, English
Agata Guzek, senior, communication sciences and disorders
Deania Macak, junior, accounting
Mona Sadek, sophomore, International Studies
Thomas Watts, junior, liberal studies

Alexis M. Plante, freshman, nursing

Downers Grove
Adam Jablonowski, senior, political science
Erin Sebo, senior, nursing

Nicole Callsen, sophomore, nursing

Colleen O'Hara, junior, nursing
Stuart K. Watson, senior, biology education

Evergreen Park
Amanda Harris, senior, elementary education
Patrick Higgins, senior, biology
Kevin Kelly, junior, communications
Kane McKeown, junior, communications
Trumaine Mitchell, sophomore, history
Jennifer O'Connor, sophomore, elementary education
Bethany Orlowski, junior, art
Sarah O'Rourke, senior, biology
Patrick Seiter, junior, computer studies
Alison Winkler, senior, elementary education

Fairview Heights
Samantha Powers, senior, communications

Melanie R. Kachinsky, freshman, math
Sandeep Kaur, senior, psychology

Hickory Hills
Amanda Bixman, junior, biology education
Kathryn Chambers, senior, psychology
Basheer Shahbain, junior, nursing

Homer Glen
Isra Hamad, senior, biology
Colleen Nash, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Gregory Orlando, junior, business
Stephanie Russo, freshman, nursing

Christopher Buettner, senior, biology
Frank Kenny, senior, pre-med

Ewelina Sienkiewicz, junior, accounting

LaGrange Park
Ashley E. August, senior, math education

Lake Villa
Olivia Gonzalez, sophomore, communications

Adrianna Munoz, freshman, nursing

Machesney Park
Jana Knezovic, sophomore, social studies

Merrionette Park
Michael Bober, junior, business

Anthony Bara, junior, history
Nichole Brauer, sophomore, nursing
Brittany Cuthbert, sophomore, communication sciences and disorders
Matthew Dornbos, senior, math

Mount Prospect
Joanna Stawarz, junior, nursing

Steven Breitenfield, freshman, communication sciences and disorders

Annemarie Perez, junior, communication sciences and disorders
Elizabeth Roake, freshman, nursing

New Lenox
Breanna Hacker, freshman, accounting
Caitlin Hickey, sophomore psychology
Justine Kudla, junior, art

Oak Forest
Gregory Alcock, junior, computer science
Angela Arriaga, freshman, nursing
Neil Benedict, sophomore, accounting
Guadalupe Benedict, junior, education
Lawrence Borgman, senior, accounting
Alyssa Gage, senior, biology
Megan Grzegorski, senior, nursing
Jenna Marvin, freshman, math education
Benjamin Noffke, senior, chemistry
Lisa Vondrak, junior, math education

Oak Lawn
Julie Adams, senior, marketing
Maha Barakat, sophomore, psychology/English
Madeline Bilanzic, junior, nursing
Amanda El-Ramahi, junior, management
Matthew W. Erickson, senior, math
Jordan Groll, senior, art
Rana Nino, senior, elementary education/psychology
Deena Rostom, junior, biology education
Monica Sanchez, sophomore, accounting
Jake Shelpman, senior, biology
Kathryn Strama, junior, nursing/psychology
Chau Truong, junior, biology/chemistry
Natalie Zakarzecka, junior, political science/history

Orland Park
John Donahue, senior, history, education
Daniel Gordon, sophomore, music
Jena Gust, junior, business
Aya Odeh, junior, communication sciences and disorders
Asif Parvez, junior, psychology
Daniel Regan, senior, Finance
Molly Sheehan, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Jennifer Tiess, senior, criminal justice

Palos Heights
Katherine Bern, senior, music education
Jillian Greenwald, senior, marketing
Matthew Hartigan, sophomore, business
Samantha Koranda, senior, elementary education
Jenna Pyznarski, junior, elementary education

Palos Hills
Kinga S. Maciusiak, senior, biology
Brian Studnicka, freshman, biology

Palos Park
Lindsay Bartolini, freshman, Undecided

Park Ridge
Michelle Tourtillott, junior, political science

Amy Kennedy, senior, elementary education

Barbara Roman, junior, education

Rolling Meadows
Lauren Bryk, freshman, education

Michael Prosser, freshman, business

Sarah Quadri, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Liane Salazar, freshman, nursing

St. Charles
Jaclyn Salmon, freshman, nursing

Tinley Park
Randall Broholm, junior, elementary education
Michele Brown, senior, education
Paul Bushno, senior, finance/accounting
James Casillas, senior, music
Matthew Cavanaugh, junior, communications
Alison Cristelli, freshman, communication sciences and disorders
Noor Hamdan, sophomore, communication sciences and disorders
Nathan Jimenez, senior, management/accounting
Brittany Jones, senior, psychology
Michael Kennedy, sophomore, accounting
Danielle Malloy, senior, English
Maryann McCabe, junior, political science
Thomas McConville, senior, criminal justice
Daniel Renken, senior, political science
Romy Antonne Sazon, freshman, nursing
Colleen Thomiszer, freshman, business
Sarah Thompson, senior, psychology
Evelina Vasiliauskas, junior, biology
Ashley Wojdyla, junior, math education

Vernon Hills
Corey Lasky, freshmanm, business

Meghan Kelly, freshman, communication sciences and disorders

Samantha Grice, senior, elementary education
Alisha Kats, junior, nursing

Evergreen, Colo.
Meghan Sloan, freshman, business

Crown Point, Ind.
Christopher Batty, senior, math

Morgan West, sophomore, marketing/management

LaPorte, Ind.
Kyle Mossman, sophomore, history education

Munster, Ind.
Megan Paradzinski, senior, social studies

Overland Park, Kan.
Brianna Stingley, senior, psychology

Dearborn, Mich.
Kelly Mihalik, junior, nursing

Grand Rapids, Mich.
Madeline Lyons, senior, communication sciences and disorders

Lake Orton, Mich.
Ashley Shugar, senior, nursing

Lincoln, Neb.
Jamie Reed, sophomore, biology education

New York City, N.Y.
Bruxhilda Lumaj, junior, communications

Tullahoma, Tenn.
Ben Johnson, senior, finance

Conroe, Texas
Brian Robin, junior, psychology/management

Hortonville, Wis.
Ryan Bain, senior, chemistry

Monroe, Wis.
Marissa Young, senior, biology

Oshkosh, Wis.
Emily Borchardt, senior, history


Media Contact:
Karla Thomas, Executive Director of Media Relations
(773) 298-3937 or

Prof. William Kresse discusses the debt ceiling debate on Chicago TV news

Watch video of Kresse on ABC 7 and NBC 5

Saint Xavier University Prof. William Kresse discussed the debt ceiling debate on ABC 7 News This Morning and NBC 5 Chicago News at 6 a.m. and at 8 a.m. on July 31.

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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