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Saint Xavier students recognized for outstanding achievement

Awards for leadership, service and co-curricular involvement

Chicago (May 10, 2007) – Students and staff of Saint Xavier University were recently honored for their leadership, service and co-curricular involvement on campus at the seventh annual All-Campus Excellence (ACE) Awards. 

“It is important that Saint Xavier University leaders are recognized and honored,” said Tasha Warfield, assistant director of Campus Life for Diversity and Leadership Programming at Saint Xavier University. “It is with our student leaders that we can remain an institution of service and integrity.” 

The following students were recognized at the ceremony:

· Andrea Wydra, of Midlothian, received the Dean of Students Award for Student Leadership.

· Julie Nichols, of Chicago Ridge, received the Mercy Award for Ministry.

· Sarah Rakauskas, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood neighborhood, received the Cougar Spirit Award.

· Chris Puchmelter, of Chicago’s Brighton Park neighborhood, received the Gabriel Vaught Student Broadcaster of the Year Award.           

· Carrie Williams, of Crestwood, received The Xavierite Student Journalist of the Year Award. 

· Christerralyn Brown-Wilson, of Alsip, received the Student Ambassador of the Year Award.

· Reem Mohammad, of Oak Lawn, received the Student Success Program Peer Mentor of the Year Award.

· Elizabeth Keene, of Lansing, and Efrain Vargas, of Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood, received the Outstanding SXU Seminar Senior Peer Mentor Award.

· Joanna Beituni, of Oak Lawn, received the Outstanding SXU Seminar Peer Mentor Award.

· Jacob Suhail, of Bridgeview, received the Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award.

· Sahr Sweiss, of Palos Heights, received the Outstanding Rookie Tutor of the Year Award.

· The Black Student Union: Progeny and the Student Activities Board received the Campus Life Award for student organizations of the year.

· Staff member Lisa Lyons, of the Chicago Lawn neighborhood, received the Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award for her work with The Black Student Union: Progeny.

Additionally, students were recognized for their achievements and contributions to many University events, programs and departments.  

The awards, sponsored by the Office of Campus Life, a division of Student Affairs, are given out annually to exemplary Saint Xavier students. “Being a leader at SXU today is about making a difference in the world tomorrow,” Warfield said.


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1846, Saint Xavier University was the first Mercy college in the United States and is Chicago’s oldest Catholic university. Serving approximately 5,700 students at its campuses in Chicago, Orland Park and its Loop location, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors; more than 40 graduate program options in arts and sciences, business, education and nursing; and a variety of program options in continuing and professional studies. Recognizing Saint Xavier’s excellence in education, U.S. News & World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.

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