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Saint Xavier student receives Mother Mary Paulita Morris, R.S.M., Service Award

Senior Adeeb Odeh shows commitment to University and community

Chicago (Dec. 4, 2006) – In recognition of his service to the University, the ministry and the community, Saint Xavier University presented Adeeb Odeh with the 2006 Mother Mary Paulita Morris, R.S.M. Service Award at Saint Xavier University’s annual Founders’ Day celebration on Dec. 1.

Each year, the award is given to an SXU student in honor of Mother Paulita Morris, a Sister of Mercy who served on Saint Xavier’s Board of Trustees for 24 years – longer than any other trustee. In addition to the merciful service she extended to those in need, Mother Paulita was known for her scholarship, leadership and sincere interest in people and the development of personal spirituality.

Along with Odeh, Jan Bickel, D.M.A., director of vocal studies, won the Saint Xavier University Award for faculty, and staff member Sue DeMatteo, executive secretary to the president, won the Staff Excellence Award as part of Saint Xavier’s annual Founders’ Day celebration.

“Today, we celebrate the outstanding contributions of these individuals,” said Saint Xavier University President Judith A. Dwyer, Ph.D. “We honor the dedication, academic achievements and strength of spirit shown by our awardees.”

Odeh, a senior psychology major from Tinley Park, is described as a “strong and quiet leader” by Kate Walbert, assistant director of campus life at Saint Xavier, one of his nominators. “Adeeb’s overall genuine nature and dependability have earned him much respect as a student leader on campus,” Walbert said.

Odeh currently serves as president of the Student Activities Board. He has held various leadership positions throughout his years at Saint Xavier. He has helped coordinate events such as Faces of America, Taste of SXU, Multicultural Night, Game Show for Women’s Rights Month, Trivia Game for Black History Month, and many more.

He currently serves as a peer minister in Regina Hall, helping first-year students adjust to college life. In high school, he worked with teens to encourage them to stay active in the church, and he helped organize many fellowship events, such as pancake breakfasts and dinners.

“Adeeb is always approachable, friendly and willing to take on new challenges,” Walbert said.

Founded in 1846 by the Sisters of Mercy, Saint Xavier University is a comprehensive Catholic university serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago and Orland Park. The University offers 35 undergraduate majors and more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing with day, evening and weekend courses to fit busy schedules.


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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