2016â€“2017 Issue 3
Fighting Saints & Scholars
MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
Cheer for the Fighting Saints… the Brown and Gold!
Our spring season is not quite done. As a matter
of fact, as I write this, our softball team is headed to Kentucky for the opening round of the NAIA championships. I (absolutely, positively, even-if-
Dear Members of the USF Family,
it’s-not-exactly-Franciscan) have to “brag” at this point: • Within the CCAC, USF earned seven conference
Welcome to the latest issue of “Engaging Mind &
titles, one conference co-championship and two conference tournament championship plaques.
Spirit”—our University of St. Francis magazine and one way that we strive to remain connected to you:
• Eleven of our 22 athletics teams earned invitations
our alumni, our friends, our parents, our employees,
to NAIA national tournaments—with our women’s
and our supporters…in short, our USF family.
bowling team winning its first-ever NAIA National
Invitational Championship, our men’s cross country
What if I told you that there was a group of almost
450 USF students (almost 30% of our undergraduate
team finishing as the national runner-up, and our
population) who comprise about half of our male
women’s basketball team advancing to the national
students and four of five of our out-of-state students,
semi-finals as the first team in USF’s history to go undefeated in the regular season.
and have maintained an overall GPA of at least 3.1 for the past three semesters? What if I told you that
Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. President University of St. Francis
• Our first-ever individual national champion, Jenna
this group of students has a six-year graduation
Moody, earned her crown in the 400-meter at the
rate 3–11% higher than our overall average (which is,
indoor track and field championships.
admittedly, already higher than our peers)? Would you want to know their “secret?” It’s being a
student-athlete at USF!
without Dave Laketa, our incredibly dedicated
athletics director, and the leadership of our many
USF is a proud, 45-year member of the National
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)—an organization committed to ensuring that student-
Of course, none of this would have been possible
coaches—seven of whom were recognized as “best-in-the-CCAC!” My sincere hope is that they know
An aside from Arvid…
athletes are, first and foremost, “students.” Being a part
how proud I am of each of them.
Being the “Fighting Saints” is not the oxymoron
of the NAIA, with its commitment to developing
you might think it to be, as our mascot is a SAINT Bernard named Bernie. That said, Bernie is nowhere near as fearsome as our athletics
“Champions of Character”—athletes who evidence the
In recognition of all this, at first quietly in 2015–16,
and then in full force in 2016–17, I have encouraged
NAIA’s values of respect, integrity, servant leadership,
every member of the USF family to be ready to
responsibility and sportsmanshipis also congruent
sing the USF fight song (composed by our Grammy-
making appearances at our home (and many of
with our core values of respect, integrity, service,
nominated College of Arts & Sciences Dean, Dr. Bob
our away) athletic events, Bernie is a key
and compassion. As a result, our student-athletes not
Kase) every time we win:
recruitment partner. We have several “Bernie
only provide a critical mass of committed student
Cheer for St. Francis, loyal and true!
Days” each semester (an event that allows
leaders for many university-led mission and service
Fighting for Victory!
prospects to “sample” USF before committing to a
initiatives (please see the last magazine issue
We are St. Francis, strong and bold!
for many examples), but also develop and lead
Cheer for the Fighting Saints, the Brown and Gold!
logo might have you believe. In addition to
longer, traditional visit day) which include a photo with Bernie. Bernie also visits local schools in town, and has served as the grand marshal
mission-supporting initiatives of their own—e.g.,
of Joliet’s Light Up the Holidays parade for
the “It’s On Us” sexual violence prevention campaign.
myself incredibly blessed to SERVE as your president
Through the NAIA, we partner with 15 nearby
As always, please know that I continue to consider
public and private institutions as part of the
and promise to work hard to earn the trust that you
Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC)
have placed in me.
to ensure that our “conference play” permits both a high-quality athletic experience as well as the scheduling flexibility necessary to minimize adverse academic impact (i.e., missed class time). In this regard, across our 22 athletic teams (up four teams since I arrived in 2013), USF is committed to “doing athletics right”...and that includes winning!
Peace and all good things,
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USF N EWS
Jeremy Grachan Named 2016 Lincoln Laureate Jeremy Grachan was recently recognized for excel-
USF students can major in
lence in his curricular and extracurricular activities
Biochemistry starting in fall of 2017.
by being selected as a 2016 Student Laureate of
Biochemistry is the study of the
The Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Grachan graduated in
molecules and chemical processes
May with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry.
present in cells. The Biochemistry
Grachan has been very involved at the University
major builds upon the strengths of
of St. Francis, including serving as president of both the
the Department of Natural &
Student Government Association and Beta Beta Beta,
Health Sciences through its
the biology honor society. He was a resident assistant,
innovative and student-centered
a Duns Scotus Honors Program student and a biology
curriculum. The opening of the
fellow, and was involved in numerous other campus
LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science
groups and activities. Says Grachan about his future
Hall in January 2018 will
path, “After some of my experiences at USF, I really like the idea of going on to get a Ph.D. and teach anatomy or physiology. I’d love to be able to lead my own human dissection course one day.”
N E W B I O CH EM ISTRY MAJOR ANNOUNCED
Jeremy Grachan is pictured with USF Provost Frank Pascoe, First Lady Diana Rauner, Governor Bruce Rauner and The Lincoln Academy of Illinois Chancellor Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall at the 42nd Annual Student Laureate Award Ceremony in Springfield, Ill.
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profoundly enhance the growth and development of this new major and other science programs offered by USF.
Congratulations, Class of 2017 Albuquerque students in USF’s Physician Assistant and Family Nurse Practitioner programs graduated in April, and the Joliet campus sent off its newest graduates after the undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies in early May.
Congratulations to all of USF’s newest alumni!
The University of St. Francis was thrilled to have three alumni return to campus during Green Week in April to discuss their work on the eco-documentary “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.” Brendan ’05 and Jessica (Saraga ’05) Walsh, both Communication & Media Arts graduates, and Gabe Jaskowiak ’16, a Digital Audio Recording Arts graduate, spoke to more than 60 students, employees and community members regarding their work on the documentary. The Walshes are co-owners of Great Lakes Media, the video production company responsible for “Making Waves.” They filmed, wrote and produced the documentary which was narrated by Chicago news-legend Bill Kurtis. The Walshes then partnered with Jaskowiak, who composed a compelling score for the film, providing recorded, engineered music that truly completed the piece. 2
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June 2 Athletics—Pat Sullivan Golf Outing
Dr. Alicia McLaughlin Awarded Fulbright Scholarship Associate Professor of Social Work Dr. Alicia McLaughlin has been awarded a 2017 Fulbright Scholarship. McLaughlin has been teaching for nine years in the bachelor’s and master’s Social Work programs and is the first professor at the university to receive this honor. She plans to conduct her research at the University of Guyana in Guyana, South America, and will focus on the nationwide suicide epidemic affecting the country associated with mass murders by cult leaders.
“The values associated with social work promote the dignity and
worth of a person,” says McLaughlin. “I am so privileged to be in the position to train aspiring social work professionals at USF and I really look forward to doing the same in Guyana.”
SHA RE YO U R S O L E S F O U N D E R MO N A P U RDY RECEIVES 2 017 SI S T E R C L A RE AWA RD Each year in March, USF bestows the Sister Clare Award upon a deserving individual in honor of Women’s History Month. The award, presented in honor of USF’s patroness, Clare of Assisi, recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world of their time. The 2017 Sister Clare Award recipient is Mona Purdy, founder and CEO of Share Your Soles—a not-for-profit organization founded by Purdy 17 years ago after a visit to South America. More than 2.5 million pairs of shoes later, Purdy has donated lightly used and new shoes to children in 40 impoverished nations. For more information or to donate to Share
CALENDAR OF E V EN TS
13 Youth Camp—Radio Camp 15 Alumni—Trip to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion and Lunch at Tiebel’s 19–23 Youth Camp—Digital Audio Recording Arts Camp July 17–28 Youth Camp—Summer Strings Music Camp 19 Admissions—Open House for Transfer, Adult Degree Completion and Graduate Students 21 Alumni—Business Alumnni Network (BAN) Bowling Party 25 Alumni—Crosstown Classic at Wrigley Field August 8 Admissions—Freshman Sneak Peek 12 Alumni—12th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner
For a complete listing of events, visit stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw.
Your Soles, please visit shareyoursoles.org.
NOTA B L E N O T ES President Arvid C. Johnson was elected to the
USF will join representatives from across the
The university celebrated the retirement of
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board
Joliet community on the Chicago St. Corridor
loyal employees Chuck Beutel, John Bowers,
of Directors. Johnson will serve a three-year
Advisory Committee, a 9–12 month project
Patrick Brannon, Sara Leone, Billie Terrell,
term beginning January 2017 until January
that will review and discuss ideas for the
Marilyn Vollmer and Ling-Yi Zhou during an
2020. The CIC is the only national higher
upcoming Chicago Street re-construction plan.
all-campus presentation and reception in
education association that focuses solely on
Criminal Justice major Juanita Munoz-Lopez
May. This group, combined, has given the
providing services and a broad range of
and USF’s Communications Content Manager
university more than 200 years of service, with
initiatives directly to independent colleges
Katie Smith will join the rest of the committee to
Charles “Chuck” Beutel offering 41 of those
and universities to help improve the quality of
review drawings by the architectural consultant
years. Beutel was honored at commencement
education and strengthen resources.
hired by the City of Joliet.
with VP Emeritus status. Best wishes to all! A Year of Compassion / 2016–2017
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HERE’S THAT HYPHEN IN “STUDENT-ATHLETE,” AND IT IMPLIES THAT THE TWO TITLES, AND THE RESPONSIBILITIES THAT ACCOMPANY THEM, ARE EQUAL—THAT ANYONE
FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO HAVE A BRAIN CAPABLE OF WITHSTANDING THE RIGORS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, AND THE PHYSICAL SKILLS WORTHY OF COLLEGIATE-LEVEL SPORTS, MUST NOT TAKE EITHER PRIVILEGE LIGHTLY. AT USF, THEY DO NOT.
Jordan Giddings—get this—received an Honorable Mention not only on the same All-American team, but also was named a CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-American—one of the country’s highest scholar-athlete honors. An All-American in basketball and school—wow. There was some pain and struggle along the way. Coach Quigley Smith recalls Giddings being ill and curled up in a ball when the team was on its way to Sioux City, Iowa for the NAIA National Tournament. After deciding that enough was enough, they called an ambulance,
Athletes who wear the brown and gold of the Fighting Saints are
and that night Giddings underwent emergency surgery to have
expected to bring the same passion and dedication to their classroom
her appendix removed. In subsequent days, she rested, rejoined her
activities as they do to their practices and games. There is no sliding
teammates, sat on the bench and cheered them on, and then exactly
scale when it comes to academic dedication for USF student-athletes.
one week after surgery entered a game and hit a big three-point
This is why one of the greatest teams the university has ever produced—the 2016–17 women’s basketball team—has such a wonderful story. It’s not just because for much of last season they were the best team in NAIA—literally the No. 1-ranked team in the country. It’s not because for the second straight year, they won the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship. And it’s not because even when this year’s dream season ended too soon, with a semifinal loss to the defending national champions, the Saints still finished with a USF all-time-best record of 34-2.
shot in the first half of a Final Four game. “It was quite an inspirational moment,” Quigley Smith says. Did we mention that Giddings’ GPA is a perfect 4.0? She also carried 17 credit hours during the season, worked for the maintenance department, tutored in the math center, and regularly observed a high school math class, as she hopes to one day be a teacher and coach close to her hometown of Rock Falls, Ill. “I think the biggest ‘struggle’ for me was time management,” says Giddings, the first person in her family to attend college.
MAKE THE GRADE It’s because on top of all of that unprecedented athletic success,
“Sometimes I would leave my apartment at 7:30 a.m. and not get back
head coach Samantha Quigley Smith’s team also posted the
until 10:30 p.m. But I never felt stressed. I didn’t feel like my school
highest cumulative GPA in the entire USF athletic department.
work suffered if my game was lacking, or vice-versa.”
No team did better this season in their arena or in their classrooms. The women’s basketball team’s impressive GPA also landed them on the nation’s Top 25 list, academically.
Her version of “lacking” may be different than most of ours because all evidence points to a conspicuous lack of lacking in all of her pursuits. This is what the model scholar-athlete looks like—at USF or
For her skill on the court, senior guard Charnelle Reed was named
anywhere—with the words on both sides of the hyphen treated with
a First Team 2016–17 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball
equal respect and dedication.
First Team All-American, while her teammate, senior center
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“I think many athletes decide which college to attend based on how
effort to try to get closer to fairness for both teams—so that
much playing time they’re going to get, and how successful the
ideally both teams would have a 50 percent chance of winning.
program is going to be,” she says. “The academics are sort of pushed
And they succeeded.
to the side, and thought about last. I was the complete opposite. My first instinct was, ‘How is the academic program? How many students are normally in a classroom? What will an employer think if they see that school’s name on my resume?’” The answers to those questions are what led her to USF.
Shaving fractions of percentage points off of the probability of the first team with possession winning may not seem like a very big difference to us, but if you are somehow invested in those games, it’s a different story. Besides that, Timmons and Martin essentially outsmarted the NFL at its own rules. They offered a viable alternative,
Yet another teammate, Renee Martin, who is a junior guard/forward,
increasing the fairness of the game while minimally increasing
is also excelling off the court. She partnered with a senior forward
the length of overtime. It’s satisfying work for two people who love
from the men’s basketball team, Logan Timmons, on a unique project
sports and also love math, and they both agree that the hard work
that recently won both of them an Outstanding Undergraduate
was worth it.
Research award at the Illinois section of the Mathematical Association of America conference.
“We all are given an opportunity to have an impact on our own life,” says Timmons, an NAIA Scholar-Athlete and two-time conference
The project, begun in the spring of 2015 by Timmons under the
All-Academic honoree. “The hardest thing to understand is that
guidance of Assistant Professor Dr. Megan Powell, centers on
the reward from all of the time, effort and energy you are putting into
the application of a Markov Chain (a mathematical system in which
a particular subject or sport won’t be received until a later date.”
the movement of a set of states is not dependent on any previous events). Applied to the game of football, as is the case in Timmons’ and Martin’s project, those “states” are represented by ball possessions. Specifically, the research partners looked at National Football League overtime rules, which have become
Timmons recalls a scripture passage (1 Peter 5:7) when his workload starts to weigh on him: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” “Once you can truly let go of all of the ‘What Ifs’ in life and put all of your energy into working hard, that’s when you will see the dovetail between academics and athletics. I approach each
Their education, after four years, is far more important than the successes on their court. Don’t get me wrong, we love to win. But more importantly, we love to learn.
thing that I am doing in my life as an opportunity to change my life for the better. As an athlete you’re asked to dedicate yourself to both your studies and your sport. However, we are students before we are athletes,” says Timmons. He has a point. The hyphen in “student-athlete” implies equality but “student” literally comes first. Any college athlete who realizes this is taking a preliminary step in the right direction, and at USF, the concept is always emphasized.
controversial in recent years. Even as recent as this year’s Super Bowl, a game that involved a thrilling comeback to tie the game and subsequently ended on the first possession of overtime. Timmons and Martin used a Markov Chain to determine the average length of overtime in the NFL (the League is concerned that previous overtime rules let games drag on too long), and to arrive at the probability of a team with the first overtime possession winning the game. They also proposed an Alternative Modified Sudden Death overtime, in which both teams get a chance to score. It was all an
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“We talk a lot about being competitive,” says Quigley Smith. “Otherwise, what’s the point? Their education, after four years, is far more important than the successes on their court. Don’t get me wrong, we love to win. But more importantly, we love to learn.” All women’s basketball team members are required to complete a certain amount of study zone hours each week (based on their GPA) and sit with the coaching staff for an academic update. It’s that kind of accountability that keeps many of the athletes on track. Still, many others need even less outside support.
Martin believes that excelling in both sports and academics is
Beyond the nose-to-the-grindstone dedication and success of these
basically a single pursuit since they require the same mindset.
students in sports and studies, there is also humanness—shining
“For me, it’s more of a lifestyle to work hard,” says Martin, who is from Poplar Grove, Ill. “I grew up on a small farm in northern Illinois and learned a lot of great life skills from it. I’ve always really enjoyed
examples of young adults who look beyond their personal goals and get involved in pursuits that are far less glamorous than the hours they spend in front of screaming, adoring fans.
being super-involved, too, and I’ve found that it has helped become
For Martin, one of those outside pursuits involves greeting potential
more successful. It also has a lot to do with time management,
students and showing them around campus—a volunteer gesture that
being aware that sometimes you’ll have to type that paper on the bus
could easily be filed in the “giving back” category.
ride to an away game because you don’t have any other time to do it.” Speaking of papers, Timmons and Martin have submitted their work
“One of my favorite things to do is go on a campus tour with Renee when she is acting as a Saints Ambassador,” says Quigley Smith. “She begins each tour by talking with every potential student, and
to the Journal of Sports Analytics and, after making a few requested
looking each one of the tour members in the eye, stressing
revisions, they expect their findings to be published.
how wonderful this place is. Her involvement on campus is a great
Timmons, a native Floridian, will graduate this year and move straight
example to underclassmen and other students here at USF.”
into a position as a risk analyst for BMO Financial Group in Chicago.
This is what a real student-athlete looks like—like Martin, Timmons
Martin will conduct further research on the project this summer
and Giddings, along with scores of their teammates and the
and then return for, no doubt, yet another year of basketball and
exceptional scholars and athletes on other USF teams. They are the
complete package. They make not only USF, but the world around them, a better place to be.
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CAS Notes Six Communication and Media Arts students
In February, USF’s new College Democrats
highest amount of online listening time ever
and two instructors attended the Illinois
club held a town hall forum, featuring State
recorded—24,566 hours. (The average is
College Press Association conference in
Representative Will Guzzardi. Councilwoman
between 2,000–3,000 hours during the rest
February. The Encounter staff was awarded first
Brooke Hernandez Brewer, members of
of the year.) WCSF and the USF Radio Club
place for “full page ad” (open division),
the Will County Progressives, and USF alumni,
are also preparing for the second annual
second place for “sports page design” (small
students and faculty were in attendance.
Mega-Music Rummage Sale, to be held in
schools division); and third place for “critical
review” (open division).
The Department of Natural & Health Sciences
In February, four Recreation and Sport
to the 2016 Chicago Area Radiation Therapists
hosted its annual winter research symposium in
Management students traveled to YMCA Camp
Annual Conference and Student Seminar
December. Fifty-three students participated,
Mystic Lake in Michigan to participate in
in April. Students who participated in the
with 25 posters exhibited, and compelling
the Midwest Outdoor Leadership Conference.
scholarship, essay and research, and poster
presentations given by Jekzaly Arellano and
Also in February, RSM hosted a student
board competitions were Jamie Burian, Ashley
Terry Blondin, Bridget Burke and Haylie Lohmar,
luncheon of the South Suburban Professional
Golda, Danielle Hoffman, Rutvi Patel, Lisa
Shannon Pedone, and Bradley Schoenrock.
Recreation and Park Association, allowing
Ringstmeyer, Christopher Rogina, Andrea Serna,
students to network with field professionals.
and Deanna Wright.
into the Gamma Kappa chapter of the Beta Beta
Members of the Mock Trial team—Captain
The work of graduating Art & Design students
Beta national biology honor society:
Miranda Castro, Co-captain Alejandra Medina,
Danielle Conrad, Yifan Mao, Jose Ortiz,
Leah M. Alles, Bridget Burke, Brenda Carbajal,
Christina Budd, Courtney Joyce, Roberto
Joey Santillo, Amber Shibley, Ashlee Stevens
Kelly Elizabeth Gould, Taylor P. Green,
Santillan, Jeremiah Soto and Irma Sandoval
and Shannon Walker was displayed at
Patrycja A. Lalik, Haylie J. Lohmar,
Vizcaina—competed in the American Mock Trial
the Senior Thesis Exhibition in May at the
Peyton Paterson, Meghan J. Price,
Association Illinois Regional Competition
USF Art Gallery.
Lindsey Sayner, Sara Shan, Nicole Troha and
in February. Castro, Joyce, Medina and Santillan
Vashni Patrice V. Vasquez.
ranked as Top Attorneys, while Vizcaina ranked
“Spirit of Christmas” on WCSF-FM saw the
Instructors Leia Levy and Elva Dawson accompanied senior Radiation Therapy students
In December, 13 students were inducted
as Top Witness.
Q&A NAME: SHANNON PEDONE, SENIOR MAJOR: BIOLOGY, WITH MINORS IN CHEMISTRY AND PSYCHOLOGY SPORT: SOCCER
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How has athletics impacted your life as a young person and a college student? Athletics has impacted how I view life. Not everything has to be a victory through winning. You can lose and still win; it’s all how you look at the situation. For instance, I may not have been accepted into medical school, but that doesn’t mean I lost. It will just guide me toward my real purpose. Are there any good life lessons you have learned as a scholar-athlete? Besides staying true to yourself, my other lesson would be to live “in the now” by reaching out to people and doing things that may scare you. I once attended a conference where there was a presentation about taking daily risks. The risks don’t have to be anything crazy, like sky-diving. It could be as simple as saying “hello” to the person who lives next to you that you see every day and never say a word to.
Any sage advice instilled in you by an influential teacher or coach at USF? Some good advice came from my coach, John Nikchevich. I don’t know exactly how he said it, but the meaning was something along the lines of “nothing lasts forever.” He mentioned that soccer seasons come and go quickly— it’s all about what the team makes of it. I always enjoyed his pre-game speeches and translate his advice to real-life applications. In the end, I want to say that I did all I could do. For instance, when college is over and I graduate, I want to look back and be able to say I took advantage of every opportunity I had and got the grades I wanted. I made my college experience the best it could have possibly been and there is nothing I would have done differently. For that, I thank USF for all the opportunity I was given.
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Two COBHA student-athletes ‘bowl over’ the rest: Sam Marcotte and Michael Dertz find success in the classroom and on the lanes Sam Marcotte ’17 and Michael Dertz ’18 are not only two of COBHA’s best performing students with GPAs of 3.92 and 4.0, respectively,
I will never forget when Dr. Tony Zordan was
but they’re also both members of the USF men’s bowling team.
giving my class tips on how to save money,
A May graduate, Marcotte was a Management major and obtained
and he told us to try to avoid wasting money
minors in Economics and Finance. He has always enjoyed math, and at USF, finance and banking were his favorite courses. Marcotte began his
on items that depreciate immediately. Another
athletic career at age 10—participating in youth bowling leagues,
lesson I will always remember came from Dr.
then adding golf and tennis to the mix in high school. At USF, Marcotte
Steve Morrissette. In his Business Policy class,
joined the bowling team and bowled for four years. The experience taught
I learned how to make quality presentations
Marcotte quite a bit about teamwork. Juggling multiple athletic and
and learned presentation skills. I will be able
academic responsibilities has helped him improve his time management and organization skills—skills he knows will help him as he pursues his
to use those lessons for the rest of my life.
SA M MA R COT T E
Recipient of USF’s Dean’s Scholarship and Meritorious Service Awards
Dertz, soon to be a senior, is double-majoring in Accounting and
Marketing. He has felt a love for sports since he was young—making many friends along the way through baseball, football and bowling. He was part of a state championship bowling team as a high school sophomore,
and was recognized as a USBC Dexter All-American. Those accomplish-
week, it becomes difficult to budget time for schoolwork. It’s also
ments led him to the University of St. Francis, where he continues
challenging to go on the road for a tournament when you need to prepare
to bowl and enjoys accounting classes, which allow him to use critical
for an exam the following week.”
thinking and problem solving skills. His marketing classes bring out
his creative side.
Marcotte, “so I can plan out my day and find time for homework too.”
While Marcotte and Dertz are branching out into different fields
Says Dertz, “When you are expected to practice three or four days a
“Luckily, we have a pretty consistent practice schedule,” adds Both Marcotte and Dertz have also learned many valuable life lessons
in business, they agree that it can be difficult, at times, to balance
at USF. One of the most important is that being a scholar-athlete means a
their academic and athletic priorities in college. Time management and
student needs to work just as hard in the classroom as they do on the
planning skills are an absolute necessity.
playing field. Without classroom success, a student cannot be a successful athlete. Marcotte and Dertz take pride in being both, and Dertz feels discipline has a lot to do with it.
Dr. Rich Vaughan talked a lot about creating a
plan for ourselves before we graduate. He said
from those who are just trying to get by. Being disciplined as an athlete
that if we have a plan, we can be as successful as we want to be. But there is a difference
“Discipline makes those who are dedicated to working hard stand out
requires things like showing up on time to practice, maintaining a good diet, and representing USF in a positive manner. Being disciplined as a student is a little different. I have always had strong discipline with
between saying you ‘might’ do something
schoolwork, because I want to have a successful career one day,” he says.
and actually taking the necessary steps. I have
now developed a five-year plan that I am
Marcotte enjoys watching sports and is a big Cubs fan. He interned at
sticking to in order to have a successful career after I graduate from USF. M I CH AE L DE RT Z
Providence Bank over the last semester and has plans to become a credit analyst there after graduating. Dertz’s favorite sport is hockey, and his favorite team is the Chicago Blackhawks. After graduation, he hopes to become a CPA and work alongside his father.
Recipient of USF’s Dean’s Scholarship Award
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CO LLEG E O F E D U CAT I O N
Former USF Scholar Athletes-Turned-Educators Reflect on Experiences John Greenan
a lot about determination, work ethic, team
work and perseverance. Though his playing
of Education, saying, “There are so many things
career was cut short due to a medical issue and
I learned from professors and other staff
injury, the situation turned positive when
members that have made me successful.” She
Sullivan allowed him to remain a part of the
adds that while those individuals taught her
program as a student assistant coach. This role
how to be a successful teacher, they more
offered Greenan great experience for his
importantly showed her by demonstrating an
future profession in education and coaching.
authentic passion for helping students achieve
great things in the classroom.
Greenan still speaks fondly of his coaches
Webb enjoyed studying in USF’s College
received their foundation for teaching at the
and instructors, saying they were “great
University of St. Francis, including John
examples of servant leadership. Servant
the volleyball court—both coaches and
Greenan. His excellence as a classroom teacher
leadership is emphasized at USF and has
teammates—for helping her to become the
for nine years, dean of students for six years,
resonated with me in all of my roles as an
person she is today. Coach Cara Currier,
and boys’ basketball coach for twelve years led
educator and always will.”
her staff and her players were exceptionally
him to his much-deserved position as assistant
welcoming, and Webb remembers feeling like a
principal for leadership, student, and building
Greenan, who is pursuing his Doctor of
Saint from her very first visit. Playing in
operations at Lockport Township High School’s
Education degree in Educational Leadership.
Currier’s program provided insights about the
East Campus for the 2017–18 school year.
It will be his third degree from USF. “The
special qualities that make an effective leader.
knowledge and support of my professors has
Webb applied knowledge gained from every
reasons. Growing up in the nearby Cathedral
been tremendous. I have formed many
mistake and loss to help make herself and the
Area, he was already familiar with the university.
partnerships with people that I know will aid me
team more successful.
He attended youth basketball camps coached
as I continue my career,” stated Greenan.
by Pat Sullivan and Jack Hermanski, and
School in Minooka, Ill. and in her spare time,
Greenan chose to attend USF for many
Twenty years later, USF remains “home” to
Webb also gives credit to her teachers on
Now a teacher at Minooka Intermediate
recalls being a spectator at many St. Francis
an assistant coach for the Fighting Saints
games with his father. During senior year of
volleyball team, Webb acknowledges that she
high school at Joliet Catholic Academy,
relies on that same kind of determination
Greenan’s familiarity with USF was influential
in her classroom and on the court. Drawing on
when he made his college decision. He already
past experiences and lessons learned at USF,
knew the coaches and some players, and
she works hard to demonstrate to her students
liked the idea of a smaller school setting. He
and players the same passion that made
also already knew that someday he wanted
For as long as
the difference for her. “I want my students and
players to love every day of school, to practice
to be a high school social studies teacher and basketball coach. After visiting three other
remember, Ashley Webb wanted to be a
colleges, his heart told him that St. Francis and
teacher. Ashley remembers teachers who left
its College of Education was the perfect fit.
big impressions on her while growing up and
easily recalls how those role models sparked
He was recruited by Sullivan to play
basketball at St. Francis, and so his career as a
her excitement for learning. She decided she
Saint began. His academic experiences began
wanted to pass that same kind of passion on
to shape him, and through athletics, he learned
to younger generations by empowering them to learn and to enjoy the learning process.
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hard, and to work to be the best they can be.”
LEAC H CO L L EG E O F N U RS I N G
Scholarship Day a Success The Leach College of Nursing hosts a special scholarship day each year to allow students the opportunity to share the results of their work throughout the year. LCON Scholarship Day 2017 took place May 4 in the Turk Studio Theater at USF. During the event, DNP and MSN students presented their research to partners, guests and the community.
LCON students and faculty gather in front of their research presentation boards at LCON’s Scholarship Day in May.
NUR S IN G N O T ES
STUDE N T N URSE S AS S OCI ATI ON DON ATE S $ 1,0 00 TO H ERO Student Nicole Walshon
On May 1, USF’s Student Nurses
was one of six Silver Cross
Association (SNA) presented
Hospital employees to
the Heroin Epidemic Relief
receive a $500 Silver Cross
Organization (HERO) with a
check for $1,000. Students raised
Walshon works as a CNA on
funds through a spring blood
the hospital’s 4:2 patient
drive, a clothing sale, and a sale
of LCON lanyards, badge pulls and decals.
Student Lana Laschober’s
abstract, “A Life-or-Death
assistant professor and SNA
Said Kate Weigel, LCON
Situation: The Right to Die
faculty advisor, “This is a
vs. Right to Live Debate”
wonderful demonstration of
has been accepted for
LCON’s community involvement,
presentation at the biennial
and evidence that the college
convention of Sigma Theta
and its students actively live out
Tau, International. Laschober
USF’s four values of compassion, service, integrity and respect. SNA fully supports HERO in
was a May graduate of the
its continued efforts to combat the heroin epidemic in our community.”
Left to right: Dr. Carol Wilson, dean of USF’s Leach College of Nursing; Caitlyn Coneset, SNA vice president; Crystal Conteras, SNA president; John Roberts, HERO president; Lauren Vandelinde, SNA fundraising rep; Kate Weigel, LCON assistant professor and SNA faculty advisor; and Dr. Deb Peterson, LCON professor and associate dean.
SNA also received the Student Government Association’s 2017 Vinciguerra Award,
presented annually to the USF club or organization that 1) fulfilled all club requirements as outlined in the Student Government Association Constitution; 2) exhibited the values of respect, integrity, compassion and service in mission and in other club-related activities; 3) actively portrayed a strong community in club and among other students on campus, and 4) has become a great model of the USF community.
A Year of Compassion / 2016–2017
THE F I G HT I N G S A I N T S
David Ross, Chicago Cubs catcher, speaks at 2017 Brown & Gold David Ross, a catcher for the 2016 World Series
Dodgers (2002–04), Pittsburgh Pirates (2005),
champion Chicago Cubs, was the featured
San Diego Padres (2005), Cincinnati Reds
speaker at University of St. Francis’ 40th annual
(2006–08), Boston Red Sox (2008, 2013–14),
Brown & Gold Night in January. $40,000
Atlanta Braves (2009–12) and Chicago
Cubs (2015–16). He was a member of two
World Series champion teams, beginning with
Nine-hundred people packed the Pat
Sullivan Center to hear emcee Scott Slocum,
the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
from Joliet’s WJOL Radio, speak with Ross
about his 15-year Major League Baseball career.
professional sports personalities featured at the
Ross hit 10 home runs in 67 games for the
Brown & Gold event, including Cubs executive
Ross joins an impressive list of Chicago
Cubs last season. He batted .400 in the World
vice-president/general manager Jed Hoyer
Series, including a key home run against
(2016), Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster (2014),
the Cleveland Indians in game seven. He also
Frank Thomas of the Chicago White Sox (2013),
homered in the decisive fourth game of
Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl XX quarterback
the National League Divisional Series against the
Jim McMahon (2012), Denis Savard of
San Francisco Giants.
the Chicago Blackhawks (2011), Fergie Jenkins
of the Cubs (2008) and Chicago Bears’
Since his rookie campaign in 2002, Ross
played for seven teams: the Los Angeles
Mike Ditka (1982, 2007) and Dick Butkus (1980).
FIGH T IN G S A IN T S RO U N D U P In only its fourth year as a varsity
In women’s track & field, Jenna
of the Meet. Coach Jeff Chiapello
Women’s Basketball finished in
program, the USF women’s
Moody earned Female Track
was named the Midwest Region
the Final Four and Charnelle Reed
bowling team captured the 2017
Athlete of the Year and won the
Men’s Assistant Coach of the
was named 1st Team All-American.
NAIA National Invitational
400m indoor national champion-
Year for U.S. Track and Field and
Women’s Coach Sam Quigley
championship in April. Freshman
ship. She is USF’s first track and
Cross Country Coaches
Smith was named CCAC Coach of
Abby Ragsdale was a key figure in
field individual national champion,
the title drive winning the National
among other wins. USF’s softball team, ranked as
The USF Fighting Saints athletics
Association’s Rookie of the Year
The combined men’s cross
high as No. 11 in the nation this
app, developed by alumnus Nick
Award and gaining honorable
country and track & field program
season, captured its first confer-
Bond ‘15, is the official app of the
mention All-American accolades.
has pulled off the trifecta this year.
ence regular-season title since
USF athletic depart-
Beginning this past fall with
2001 and its first-ever league
ment. Features include
its Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic
tournament championship this
having access to the
Conference (CCAC) men’s
spring. This year’s team was led
latest sports news
cross country title, the Fighting
by CCAC Player of the Year
from around campus,
Saints followed that up with
Morghan Dieringer, Freshman of
their first-ever indoor and outdoor
the Year Kayla Garcia and Coach
track & field conference champi-
of the Year Amanda Jensen.
Sullivan Center gym
Collegiate Bowling Coaches
onships this past spring to sweep the league titles this year.
Volleyball player Leah Alles
At the outdoor championships,
was named an All-American and
Kyle Mitchell was recognized as
the Region Libero of the Year.
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event schedules and a live stats scoreboard and a fan rewards program called The Boneyard.
INTERN ATIO NA L P R O G R A MS
FA I T H, M I S S I O N & D I V E R SIT Y
Pakistani Student Enjoys Studying at USF through Global UGRAD-Pakistan Program
Day of Service in April
The University of St. Francis was pleased to welcome “Abdul,” an international student from Pakistan, to campus in the spring semester as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Undergraduate Exchange Program in Pakistan (Global UGRAD-Pakistan). Through semester-long programs of study, the program works to build the capacity of diverse
The university community participated in its annual Day of Service just prior to Easter on Holy Thursday. Volunteers could choose from four worksites—Our Lady of Angels, Helping Hands Food Pantry, the Theodore Marsh Forest Preserve in Joliet and a plarn-making gathering (plarn is a unique kind of “yarn” made out of plastic shopping bags, used to make mats for the homeless). Nearly 100 employees and students participated in the event and enjoyed living out the university’s core Franciscan values of respect, service, integrity and compassion.
young leaders from underserved populations across Pakistan. U.S.-based training and opportunities for practical experience in the students’ desired professional fields enables them to implement long-term civic and economic changes in their communities—building stability through cross-cultural understanding.
Abdul, a chemistry major, has been grateful for this unique leadership
experience. So far, he has observed that “American people are very kind and loving people. Everyone I have met here is very nice and helpful.”
In addition to his studies, Abdul experienced American culture
firsthand while participating in community service projects alongside other USF students. The interaction with not only community members, but also other students, helped Abdul develop a more well-rounded perception of American culture. Hopefully he will share this understanding with friends and family when he returns home to Pakistan. His plan is to work in rural communities to promote literacy and education.
“This experience has made great changes in my personality and
confidence level. I have also sharpened my leadership skills,” says Abdul.
This partnership was made possible through USF’s International
Programs Office (IPO). USF is currently home to approximately 70 international students from 18 countries. The IPO handles international student services, study abroad, international recruitment assistance and the English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program.
Employees, students and friends of the International Programs Office were in attendance to support Abdul and his involvement in the Global UGRAD-Pakistan program.
Top: Deb Bacharz and Gina Korczak help to clean the chapel at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Bottom: Dr. Carol Wilson and Lynnann Murphy make plastic “plarn” from shopping bags.
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G IVIN G BAC K DO NO R NEWS
60th Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball
The 2017 Caritas Scholarship Ball in January raised over $330,000, including $95,000 in sponsorships thanks to Gold Sponsor: Wintrust Commercial Banking; Silver Sponsors: an anonymous alumna, Mr. and Mrs. LaVerne Brown, Carlson Construction; and Bronze Sponsors: Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Jay and Lori Bergman, Fifth Third Bank, Hollywood Casino and Bob and Pat Wheeler. Additional scholarship dollars were secured through the paddle raise, which netted almost $140,000. In addition, over $19,000 was raised in the silent auction and over $42,000 in the live auction. Finally, the event would not have been possible without the leadership and support of the Caritas committee, led by Tom and Michele Vana. Photos can be viewed at stfrancis.edu/caritas. Caritas 2018 has been scheduled for January 27.
Left: Members of the 2017 Caritas Committee gather for a photo before this year’s event. Right: Sr. Rosemary Fonck, OSF and Sr. Juanita Ujcik, OSF of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate were in attendance to support the university.
LIFELO N G ED U CAT O R A N D JO L I E T RE S I D EN T E STAB LI SHE S JAME S R. S E F CI K E N DOWE D S CHOL AR SH IP Through a $25,000 gift, donor James Sefcik
appointed the chief examiner for the Will
has established the James R. Sefcik Endowed
County Regional Office of Education.
Scholarship at the University of St. Francis (USF).
Sefcik chose St. Francis because the mission of
in Catholic education. I feel that there are
the university aligns closely with his personal
many pitfalls in society that can trap a young
person and Catholic education provides
them the structure and background they need
Sefcik, born and raised in Joliet, is a
“In my heart, I believe totally and completely
graduate of Ss. Cyril and Methodius Grade
to avoid those pitfalls and lead a successful life,”
School, Joliet Catholic High School, Joliet
Junior College, Lewis University and George
Williams College. Later in his career, Sefcik
scholarship annually, but it is Sefcik’s wish
came to St. Francis and enrolled in the Chemical
that the endowment will continue to grow and
Dependency Certificate program. He taught
allow $1,000 awards to be presented. “I want
science in numerous schools throughout
to see students benefit from this scholarship as
his career—at the pinnacle of which he was
much as possible,” he said.
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Currently, two students will receive a $500
Donor James Sefcik recently met with Dr. Arvid Johnson, president of USF, to discuss the establishment of his scholarship at the university.
S TAYIN G CO NNEC TED A LU MN I N E W S
New USF Trustee Reminisces About Time as St. Francis Scholar-Athlete The University of St. Francis recently
welcomed Mike Brennan ’81 as a new
Inc., which was owned by Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (SLK). SLK was then
member of the USF Board of Trustees.
purchased by Goldman Sachs in 2000. Brennan stayed through all the
Brennan received his Bachelor
After leaving St. Francis, Brennan got a job at First Options of Chicago,
transitions, became a vice president for the company, and recently retired
of Business Administration from St. Francis.
after 35 years of loyal service. He noted that even though he worked
He transferred in as a sophomore student
in a high pressure field, he was lucky to find a group of colleagues that
and commuted until the second semester
reminded him of the people he knew at St. Francis. “We had each
of his junior year, when he moved into the
other’s backs and mentored each other. My boss was exceptional. I always
dorms. He started learning from energetic
equated that environment to USF, and felt lucky to be a part of it.”
instructors like Sr. Rose Marie Surwilo, who “got a 20-year-old to like
philosophy,” Brennan joked. The next year, Brennan made the basketball
the campaign to name the basketball court after him. They were also
team, playing for legendary coach Pat Sullivan.
key participants in the university’s campaign to re-name the rec center as
the “Pat Sullivan Center.” Brennan and Kenny remain great friends today,
His best mates (and teammates) quickly became Pat Quigley and Ron
When Quigley passed away in 1993, Brennan and Kenny spearheaded
Kenny, both class of ’81. Quigley was the one who first encouraged him
united in their loyalty to and passion for education and the university.
to try out for basketball and introduced him to Sullivan. Little did Brennan
know that Sullivan would soon become such an influential figure in his life.
in Arizona, where they hope to spend the winter months. They have three
sons—the oldest attended University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wis.;
“Sully reminded us that nobody would ever ask what our scoring
average was, they’d only be interested in our GPA. He made me focus on
In February, after retiring, Brennan and his wife purchased a condo
the second attended Carthage College in Kenosha, Wis.; and the youngest
academics and life after graduation. When I started looking for work,
is currently attending Texas Christian in Fort Worth, Texas.
he’d call people in the financial industry trying to get me an interview.
At times, I’d be sitting there for the call and he’d be saying such
enjoying life with his family, he offers some words of wisdom to
complimentary things that I didn’t realize he was talking about me!
As Brennan’s focus now turns away from work and more towards
Even though it sounded like he was talking to an old friend, I eventually
realized that Pat had never met some of the people he called on
but it doesn’t have to be all academics, every second of every day.
my behalf. Once I started working, he’d call me about a St. Francis
The university has so much to offer, both in and out of the classroom.
student for the very same reason. With Sully, it wasn’t just about
Take advantage of it,” advised Brennan. “When it came time for me
basketball—it was more than that. Coach Sullivan wanted everyone to
to graduate, I had a friend that was so excited to leave—I couldn’t
graduate and enjoy a successful and happy life,” said Brennan.
understand it. ‘Are you nuts?’ I asked. I really enjoyed my experience at
St. Francis and didn’t want it to end.”
Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Being Sought
Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Mentors Wanted
Do you know, or are you, a USF alumnus/a with outstanding
The Alumni & Family Relations Office is currently accepting applica-
professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic,
tions for alumni mentors. Mentors are paired with students with
cultural or charitable activities? Consider nominating a worthy
similar career goals for the academic year in a guided, professional
alum candidate! Nominations due by July 31. Learn more or
program. SAM provides alumni with a great reason to stay engaged
nominate at stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.
with their alma mater while helping current students reach their
“I hope you enjoy your college years. Your grades are important,
goals. Learn more at stfrancis.edu/alumni/sam. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALUMNI AWARDS OR STUDENT ALUMNI MENTORING, CONTACT THE ALUMNI & FAMILY RELATIONS OFFICE AT 877-811-ALUM OR ALUMNI@STFRANCIS.EDU.
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STAYIN G CO NNEC TED A LU MN I N E W S
Playing Field and Cheer Mat Lessons Give Alumni Leadership Skills Necessary for Success Mike Mravle ’97
outstanding and growing business, and interact
best effort! Also, one of the things I loved about
with all kinds of stakeholders including
going to USF was the focus on Christian and
franchisees, board members, shareholders, and
Franciscan values. I encourage you to keep God
bankers. One great thing about my job is that
at the center of your life, and through Him
obtained his B.A.
every day is different,” says Mravle.
you will find happiness and salvation.”
collegiate experience, but also helped him to
Mravle’s favorite sport is soccer but he likes
from USF, and
learn the importance of hard work, preparation
watching football and his favorite Chicago
his degree has served him well. Mravle, who was
and adversity. He feels the lessons of leadership,
team is the Bears, with the Cubs coming in at a
recently named CFO of Wingstop Restaurants,
teamwork and accountability that were learned
Inc., loves his job and knows exactly what kind
through sports have remained applicable in all
of determination it took to climb to the top.
areas of his life—including his job.
One of the things that helped Mravle
“I get to manage great people, work in an
one of the best times of your life. Give your
Playing soccer not only enhanced his
Lexi (Herrera) Schladenhauffen ’00 Lexi (Herrera)
Though he hasn’t lived in the Chicago area
develop his leadership skills was sports. Mravle’s
since 2006, Mravle remains involved at USF
father introduced him and his older brother,
from afar as an alumni mentor—most recently
’00, a four-year
Tony ’95, to the game of soccer when they were
giving guidance to Sebastian Thurner ’14, who is
very young. Once they reached college, the
currently working on his graduate degree at
brothers got the opportunity to play on the
USF. Thurner actually traveled to Dallas to do an
same college team at USF, led by coach Mario
internship with Mravle, who for obvious reasons
Dukovac. Dukovac encouraged his players to be
was recently named “Mentor of the Year” within
“Saints spirit” to
leaders and to build enduring friendships.
the student-alumni mentoring program.
Mravle fondly remembers the team’s annual
He also keeps the Saints Connection alive
climb the corporate ladder. As Senior Vice President of
fall trip—traveling to Florida twice and also
through maintaining friendships with old friends
Marketing and Design at 1888 Mills,
visiting Boston and San Diego. He credits
from St. Francis—his two roomates, Eric Futterer
Schladenhauffen oversees the product
Dukovac for organizing the schedule so the
‘98 and Jim Hoff ’97—and great friends like
development, design and marketing for her
team could play some competitive games but
Jason Swicionis ’98, DJ Birdsell Holmgren ’98,
company—a global manufacturer of home
also enjoy some free time. “They were great
Shane ’97 and Shawn ’97 Green, Jason Blust ’98,
and commercial textiles.
times when we could bond and have some fun.”
Brian Sharp ’97 and Mike Kovas ’97.”
kitchen towels and window and shower
Perhaps more a friend than a coach, Mravle
However, Mravle would have never gotten
1888 Mills makes bath towels, bedding,
feels Dukovac always cared about his players
where he is today without the love and support
curtains. The company’s products can be found
beyond athletic participation. He feels Dukovac
of his family. He and his wife, Amy, will celebrate
in just about every retail store that carries
helped him to get prepared for his career.
their 15th wedding anniversary this year and
home décor, as well as many hotels around the
The two of them still keep in touch today—
have three beautiful children. Mia (11) is in sixth
world. It makes for an interesting work day.
20 years later.
grade and plays the flute and softball. Andrew
(9) is in third grade, plays soccer, and just started
color palette for Target, reviewing a new
sports due to getting old and having too
playing flag football. Finally, Luke (4) will be
bedding design with one of the designers,
many injuries,” he still plays sports with his kids
head to kindergarten next year.
negotiating a licensing deal with a celebrity like
and tries to coach their teams when possible.
Jessica Simpson or Chip and Joanna from
He also enjoys both cycling and mountain
Saints who are playing sports and trying to
HGTV, or planning a social media blitz. It truly
biking, which are his chosen forms of exercise
maintain good grades: “It is challenging to focus
is a job that changes daily or even by the
on both but try to enjoy it. You will look back on
hour. I wear many hats and have to be ready for
your time in college and realize that it was
anything,” says Shladenhauffen.
Though Mravle has “given up competitive
In his career, Mravle is content. Engaging Mind & Spirit Magazine
Fatherly advice from Mravle to current
“In one day I could be working on a new
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS President
Keith Schomig ’13 President-Elect
Caroline Portlock ’02, ’04
TA K E A CLO S ER LO O K AT W HE RE O U R A LUMN I ARE LOCATE D!
Shawn Walsh ’00, ’15 Vice President for Constitution
Jason Whiteside, J.D., ’00 Vice President for Programs
Erika Martinez ’11, ’15 Vice President for Scholarships
Karen Ciarlette ’94, ’97 Vice President for Young Alumni & Student Engagement
Candice Quinerly ’10 Secretary
Wihelmine Vidmar ’68 Sisters of St. Francis Representative
Sr. Lois Prebil, OSF ’61 Alumni & Family Relations Office Administrator(s)
Aubrey Knight ’04, ’07, Director Student Representative(s)
GENERAL BOARD MEMBERS
Matthew Bisek ’10 Patricia Bracken ’73, ’86, ’94 Judith M. Bulat ’72 Danielle Ciechanski ’08 Sharon Dewart ’78
Schladenhauffen feels athletics has helped her
build confidence in her career and in life. She also feels
“Rebecca used to call us ‘little warriors,’” she said.
“We had a saying my first year on Spiritline: ‘Be strong,
Elmer F. Eddy ’80 Jacqueline A. Edmonson ’63, ’88, ’94 Laura Eggert ’09, ’13
that being part of a team was one of the most
little warrior.’ I use that phrase to this day with my son,
Ysenia Gallegos ’13
important things she learned through participating in
family, friends and associates.”
H. Richard Hagen, J.D., ’90
athletics—something she will always carry with her
Linda M. Kilroy ’72
doing yoga, and she is even learning to surf. She sees
a big connection between cheer and yoga, noting
“Not just being a good teammate, but learning the
Today, Schladenhauffen keeps in shape by running,
Eric Lawhead ’07 Lynley Louzensky ’10 Frances H. Naal ’58
dynamics of how a team works, who is going to play
that balance, flexibility, strength and mindfulness are
what roles and the best way to motivate the group.
all important in both practices. She hopes to become a
And as you gain experience, you learn how to lead.
yoga instructor and master surfing someday when
Alan Randolph ’07
Attitude is everything. As a cheerleader, the goal was
her work life isn’t so busy.
Corey Richardson ’09
to be positive, upbeat, outgoing and passionate.
Susan Rogina ’94, ’99
I really think having those characteristics helped me
Perhaps appropriate advice to our current Saints:
“Find balance. Make sure your attention is being
Jan Novotny ’67 L. Scott Pekol ’99
Anne-Christine Tompkins ’14
accomplish my career goals. The way you approach
given to the right areas when they need it. Sometimes
life, work, successes and failures says a lot about your
it’s your speed or strength that needs focus and
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character. I look for these characteristics in candidates
sometimes it’s your studies. Don’t ignore the area that
when hiring as well. If I have two candidates for a job
needs work, but be sure that one is not dominating
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and one has more experience and the other is less
experienced but has amazing energy, I will go with less experience and great energy every time,” she admits.
Schladenhauffen loves watching her six-year-old son,
Sawyer, play football. Her favorite Chicago team is,
Schladenhauffen’s coach, Rebecca (Stonitsch)
Zalewski ’91 instilled a “toughness” in the team that
and will always be, the Cubbies! She has been married
Schladenhauffen still really appreciates. According to
for almost 15 years and she and her husband also
Schladenhauffen, cheerleading can be hard on
share their Frisco, Texas home with a Peekapoo named
a body, and training for competitions is exhausting.
Wrigley and an English Bulldog named Soldier. A Year of Compassion / 2016–2017
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