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USF W ELCO M ES N E W D E A N, D R . L I RI M N E ZI ROSKI

RSM’ S SY D SKL AR B E COME S PRI N CIPAL FO R A DAY

The University of St. Francis recently

Dr. Syd Sklar, chair of USF’s

welcomed Dr. Lirim Neziroski as its new

Recreation & Sport

dean of teaching and learning outcomes.

Management program,

Neziroski’s responsibilities include

represented USF in Joliet

coordinating the assessment of general

Elementary School District 86’s

education program outcomes, collabo-

districtwide “Principal for a

rating with academic departments to

Day” program in October.

develop continuous improvement in

Sklar was placed at Thomas

assessment and program reviews,

Jefferson Elementary School

overseeing first-year experience (called “Foundations”) courses, and

and had the opportunity

supervising first-year experience program coordinators. He also oversees

to visit with his wife, Bev, and

the Department of Academic Technology and coordinates faculty

her class (Bev received her

development activities.

master of education from USF

in 2011). After visiting the

“As I begin my tenure at USF, my main focus is on university outcomes,

which is what the university promises to produce in students outside of

school, Sklar attended a

their major studies,” Neziroski said. “It is a focus on the holistic, broader

luncheon with all the princi-

development of students.”

pals, honorary principals

and district leaders and was

Neziroski holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Georgia, an

MBA in Organizational Leadership from the University of

given the opportunity to

Massachusetts, a master’s degree in English-Humanities from

represent USF and speak to the

the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in English from

crowd about his experience.

Augustana College.

GRA N T AWA RD ED T O JO L I E T S YM P HO N Y ORCHE STRA WI LL E X PAN D PE RCUSSI ON S E CTI ON The Joliet Symphony Orchestra has close to 60 members and is comprised of members of the USF Orchestra and individual community members. It is also the only orchestra for adults in Will County. Its percussion section will be expanding thanks to a grant worth more than $4,600 from the Community Foundation of Will County, through the Jay and Lori Bergman Charitable Fund.

Alexandra Dee, USF’s director of orchestral activities and JSO’s music

director and conductor, was presented with the grant award on October 25 at Mistwood Golf Club.

“We sincerely thank the Community Foundation of Will County and

the Jay and Lori Bergman Charitable Fund for this generous grant,” Dee said. “The grant will allow us to expand our percussion section through the purchase of a vibraphone and a set of tom-tom drums. These additions will also allow us to increase the diversity of music we perform.”

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