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SXU’s 2008 Homecoming a success

SXU football wins, “Oktoberfest” themed party

news story imageAcademic Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients - Friday, October 3, 2008

(Left to right) Angela Durante Ph.D., Provost; Judith A. Dwyer Ph.D., President; Interim Dean Kay Thurn Psy.D.; JoAnn Gruca, RN, Ph.D. ’64, ’80; Bess Friedheim ’06; Frances Dennis ’81; Judith Parker-Mastin, MA ’04; Dean Kathleen Alaimo, Ph.D.; Dean Leslie Petty, Ed.D.; Dean James Brodzinski, Pd.D.; Larry R. Rogers, Sr. ’74; Dean S. Beverly Gulley, Ph.D.

Chicago (Oct. 9, 2008) Alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends celebrated Saint Xavier University’s 2008 Homecoming with a variety of events from Oct. 3 to Oct. 5 at its Chicago campus.

The Alumni Association hosted the annual Golden Graduate Society Tea on Oct. 3 at Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, followed by the All-Alumni Celebration honoring the classes of 1968, 1978, 1983 and 1988 in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center.

Academic Alumni Awards were presented to several distinguished Alumni: JoAnn Gruca, RN, CS, Ph.D., ’64, ’80, School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna; Larry R. Rogers, Sr. ’74, College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumnus; Judith Parker Mastin, M.A., ’04, George McGuire Award, School of Education; Justin McElwee ’09, George McGuire Student Award, School of Education; Frances Dennis, CBP, CCP, ’81, Graham School of Management Distinguished Alumna; and Bess Friedheim, ’06, School for Continuing and Professional Studies Distinguished Alumna.

The Oct. 4 activities began with the 8th Annual Cougar 5k Walk/Run at the Shannon Center with more than 800 participants and 100 volunteers turned out for the event. Afterwards, the Alumni Association hosted a pre-game family festival with activities for children, including pumpkin painting, a caricature artist, children’s games, clowns, a bean bag tournament, food vendors and more.

SXU’s Cougars defeated the Walsh University Cavaliers 23-6 in the Homecoming Football Game. Fans celebrated the victory at the 5th Quarter Oktoberfest party at Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon. The party honored the classes of 1998 and 2003, and featured live music, beer tasting, complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

The weekend concluded on Oct. 5 with an Alumni Mass in McDonough Chapel, followed by the Alumni Association Awards Ceremony and Brunch in the Butler Reception Room in the Warde Academic Center. The Alumni Association honored the following graduates at the annual Alumni Brunch: Barbara Moore Pasquinelli ’61, Distinguished Alumni Award; Dr. Loretta Fisher Nolan ’48, Sister Dorothy Marie Peschon Award; Austin Schafer ’04, Rita A. Ford Faith in the Future Award; and Joel Sternberg, Ph.D., Faculty Recognition Award.

For more information about SXU’s 2008 Homecoming, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations, at (773) 298-3316 or alumni@sxu.edu. You may also find more information on the alumni website at www.sxu.edu\alumni.

 news story imageAlumni Association Alumni Awards - Sunday, October 5, 2008

(Left to right) Dr. Loretta Fisher Nolan ’48; Judith A. Dwyer Ph.D., President; Austin Schafer ’04; Barbara Moore Pasquinelli ’61; Joel Sternberg, Ph.D.