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Saint Xavier University bestows two student awards

School of Education recognizes two outstanding students

Chicago (May 9, 2006) –Saint Xavier University’s School of Education has awarded two women the 2006 Merwick and Chekouras Awards. 

“The two Sisters of Mercy for whom these awards are named – Sister Mary Dominic Merwick and Sister M. Irenaeus Chekouras – set high standards in terms of scholarship and service,” said Beverly Gulley, dean of Saint Xavier University’s School of Education. 

Linda Schroeder of Chicago was awarded the Sister Mary Dominic Merwick Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award, which recognizes an undergraduate student of high academic achievement, exemplary student teaching and service to education. 

Schroeder will graduate with a 4.0 grade-point average (out of 4.0) in May. Her exemplary student teaching was noted as effectively enhancing the classroom environment with a tone of fairness and cooperation among students with her implemented strategies.

Kathleen Gordon Davis of Orland Park was awarded the Sister M. Irenaeus Chekouras Outstanding Graduate Student Award, which recognizes a graduate student who demonstrates high academic achievement, service to education and outstanding contribution to scholarship based on excellence in writing as evidenced by a research project or other scholarly paper. 

Davis will receive her master’s degree in teaching and leadership with a 4.0 GPA in May. Her portfolio demonstrates her ability to articulate and illustrate visionary approaches to learning through projects that focus on assessing the usefulness of visual arts, which she used to enhance students’ understanding in an integrated art and biology class. 

Sharing her talents with Mother McAuley High School, Saint Xavier University and many local community organizations, Davis has worked with Saint Xavier students to design and create murals across the campus and the community, and directed students in the McAuley Chapter of the National Art Honor Society on numerous service projects, including designing and donating coloring books for a children’s hospital. Her artwork has appeared in fundraising activities, such as the Chicago Bears fund-raiser for Children’s Memorial Hospital.

“It is our pleasure in the School of Education to recognize two fine students who continue that tradition of scholastic excellence and generosity of service,” Gulley said.

For more information about the award winners, please contact Tamara Korenman, assistant professor in the School of Education, at (773) 298-3229.  

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Saint Xavier University, a Catholic institution inspired by the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, educates men and women to search for truth, to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to serve wisely and compassionately in support of human dignity and the common good.

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