Campus Leaders from 4-9-15

Milwaukee School of Engineering
Martha Savory of Evergreen Park was named to the honors list at the Milwaukeee School of Engineering. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering.
Evan Sendra of Oak Lawn earned recognition on dean’s list with high honors. He is studying for a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering
Undergraduate students who have earned at least 30 credits and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or higher on a 4.0 scale are on the dean’s list. Students who have maintained a 3.70 or higher grade point average, receive high honors. Undergraduate students on the honors list have earned a grade point average of at least 3.20 on a 4.0 scale for the current quarter and are not on the dean’s list.

Luther College
Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Rose Okungbowa of Oak Lawn has been accepted for admission for the 2015-16 academic year. Luther is a four-year college located in northeast Iowa. The college has an enrollment of 2,400 students and offers a liberal arts education leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in 60 majors and pre-professional programs.

University of Wisconsin
Six University of Wisconsin-Madison student project proposals, including two from Hickory Hills residents, have been selected from among nearly 20 submissions for 2015-16 Wisconsin Idea Fellowships.
The 17th year of the Wisconsin Idea Fellowships will feature two domestic projects and four international projects. The six projects—to be implemented over the course of the next 12 months—were collectively awarded over $30,000.
2012 Amos Alonzo Stagg High School graduate and Hickory Hills resident Alexandra Arriaga was awarded a fellowship for her project proposal: 
Narrativas del cruce: Female narratives of migration between the US and Latin America; Arizona, USA
Alexandra Arriaga of Hickory Hills, a Carribbean and Iberian Studies student, will explore Journalism and Latin American.
University of Nebraska
Paulina Guzek of Palos Hills was selected for the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Invitations were sent in early February and the initiation ceremony took place March 15 in UNL’s East Campus Union. Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. The society’s mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

Campus Leaders 1-15-15

Lewis University Announces Dean’s List Honorees
A number of local students were among those honored on the Lewis University dean’s list for the fall semester.
Lindsey Campione of Worth was studying forensic criminal investigation, and Kathleen Skopec, also of Worth, was studying physics at Lewis University.
Gabrielle Vasilevskis of Chicago Ridge was studying psychology.
From Hickory Hills, Max Strus and Lyndsey Kandich were studying forensic criminal investigation, Kaitlyn Curtis was studying environmental science, Maciej Kuklinski was studying criminal/social justice, Tanya Kaminski was studying criminal/social justice, Francis Lauth was studying aviation maintenance management, Josh Hamel was studying finance, Kevin Curtis) was studying business administration, Emily Wagner was studying early childhood education special education, Alicja Szaflarska) was studying business administration, and Bridget Ivancic was studying elementary education at Lewis University.
From Oak Lawn, Mutasem Daineh was studying biology, Anna Dusza was studying psychology, Ashley Medel was studying criminal/social justice, Jamie Fionda was studying criminal/social justice, Kelli Leifker was studying social work, Krista Herrera was studying athletic training, Alfredo Melendez was studying computer graphic design, Nicole O’Keefe was studying criminal/social justice, Colin MacDonald was studying criminal/social justice, and
Agnieszka Rychtarczyk was studying finance at Lewis University.
From Evergreen Park, Nicholas Siemiawski was studying computer science, Michael Cotter was studying English, Alex Siemiawski was studying computer science, Tyler Senjanin was studying mass communications, and Michael Enriquez was studying business administration at Lewis University.
From Palos Heights, Fiona Byrne was studying chemistry, and Mary Bradley was studying psychology at Lewis University.
From Palos Hills, Diane Furczon was studying marketing, Anna Opacian was studying special education, Alyssa Theis was studying organizational leadership, Tassneem Abu-Rezeq was studying nursing and Natalia Marusarz was studying criminal/social justice at Lewis University.

Area Students Named to Dean’s List at St. Norbert College

  Matthew Menke of Evergreen Park, Fiona Hehir of Hickory Hills, and Erin Melaniphy and Jennifer Wark of Oak have been named to the fall semester dean’s list at St. Norbert College. A minimum of a 3.5 grade point average is required for academic eligibility.

Lewis University Honors December Graduates
Lewis University honored over 500 undergraduate and graduate students at its December graduation ceremonies in Romeoville.
Both of Evergreen Park, Lauren Romero and Pearce Dowden graduated with a master of arts in elementary education from Lewis University.
All of Oak Lawn, Theresa Nugent) graduated \ with a master of science in nursing in Nursing, Kelli Leifker graduated with a bachelor of arts in social work, James Boyle graduated with a master of science in nursing in nursing, Kristy Zak graduated with a master of business administration in business, and Joanna Staszel) graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of arts in human resource management.
All from Palos Hills, Maricela Lopez graduated with a bachelor of science in chemistry, Antoinette Gray graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of arts in management, Jeff Malyszko graduated with a bachelor of arts in liberal arts, and Anna Kaszewski graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of science in finance.
Both of Hickory Hills, Maciej Kuklinski graduated with a bachelor of arts in criminal/social justice, and Allison Jones graduated from Lewis University with a bachelor of arts in athletic training.

Richards teacher is Hawks’ Fan of the Game

Richards High School band director Charles Martin is heading to the Blackhawks game Sunday.
And he will be treated right.
Martin was selected as the game’s CME Group Community Spotlight Fan of the Game in the game against Dallas. The designation is given to those who make in impact in their communities.
The Oak Lawn resident will receive two 300 level game tickets and free parking. He will also receive a replica Blackhawks jersey, recognition during the WGN radio broadcast and recognition on the scoreboard.
—School District 218

Bulletin Board from 1-15-15

Moraine Valley Seeking Employers for Mock Interview Day
The Job Resource Center at Moraine Valley Community College is seeking employers to participate in Mock Interview Day Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. The event will be in the Moraine Business and Conference Center (Building M), 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills.
Interviewers must be affiliated with a business, and have experience conducting interviews on a professional level. They will engage in a formal, 30-minute mock interview with students, alumni and community members. During the first 20 minutes, employers will ask a series of general interview questions provided by the college. The remaining 10 minutes will be used to offer feedback and helpful tips to the interviewee.
Business people who would like to volunteer their time as interviewers should call 974-5313 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Moraine Valley Now Offering Supply Chain Courses at Tinley Park Campus
Moraine Valley Community College provides specialized Supply Chain Management courses to meet the needs of businesses competing in this fast paced, global economy. Spring classes start the week of Jan. 12 on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills, and at the Southwest Education Center, 17900 S. 94th Ave., Tinley Park.
For more information on the program, visit, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 974-5735.
Registration is being taken in person at the Registration Office, located in Building S, Room 125 on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills, by calling 974-2110 (TTY 711), or online at
Transportation and Logistics Overview is an online class. Job Skills for Competitive Advantage and Cargo Security classes are offered on weekends at the main campus. Transportation, Introduction to Import/Export and the Principles of Operations Management are offered at the Southwest Education Center.

Moraine Valley seeks Distinguished Alumnus Award nominees
Graduates of Moraine Valley Community College who have been successful in their industry or career are being sought for the 2015 Distinguished Alumnus Award. In addition to being named the college’s Distinguished Alumnus, the nominee will be submitted to the statewide Distinguished Alumnus Award program sponsored by the Illinois Community College Trustees Association.
A nomination form can be downloaded from the Moraine Valley website at, or sent electronically by e-mailing Jessica Crotty at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Nominations must be submitted to Moraine Valley’s College and Community Relations Office in Building D, Room 106, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills, by 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. For more information, call 974-5375.
The selection committee will consider such factors as outstanding success and distinction in his/her chosen field, humanitarian service that has proven greatly beneficial to society, and continued interest in and support of education and community colleges. A complete list of the award guidelines can be found online at

Mount Carmel Hosts Adult Spirituality Series
Mount Carmel High School, will host the second of a three part a series on adult spirituality featuring guest speaker Dr. Terry Nelson-Johnson, founder of Soul Play, LLC and resident theologian and animator of faith at Old St. Patrick’s Church. Nelson-Johnson will discuss “The Gift of Grace,” Jan. 28 at 7 p.m., followed by the final session, “A Church to Call Home,” April 15 at 7 p.m. Attendance at the first session is not required to attend subsequent sessions. 
To reserve a spot for the Adult Spirituality Series, provided at no cost by Mount Carmel, register at, or call Denise Carey at 773-324-1020, ext. 214, or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Moraine’s plans for Student Success Center moving along

  • Written by Kelly White

With the completion of Moraine Valley’s Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in the spring, the college is already planning its next major renovation. 

The G Building Renovation/Addition Project is anticipated to begin after the end of this school year’s classes in June. This one-year project is geared for completion in 2016, prior to the August semester starting date. With the new door opening -- literally -- the building will also be taking on a new name as the Student Success Center.
Dominick Demonica of Demonica and Kemper Architects provided an overview and program summary of the spaces in the G Building to be renovated for the Student Success Center at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.
“Not only will we be renovating the inside of the G building, the entire outside will have a new skin on it,” Demonica said, “It will be designed with a combination of brick and glass, similar to the Health, Fitness and Recreation Center, allowing for plenty of natural light into the building.”
The new G building will also have three entrance doors, providing for easy access to the building from all walks of campus.
“We want the building to be easily accessible and provide a constant flow of students using the building’s many sections,” he said.
Plans call to ravamp its current gymnasium on the main level by adding on pre-function lounge space.
“Right now when you walk into the gymnasium in the G building, you walk right into the gym,” Demonica said, “We plan to better utilize the space by providing a pre-function lounge space that will allow for students to gather, socialize and prepare for using the gymnasium.”
The main level will also include a new student orientation room with seating possible for 280 students, along with a computer lab and a coffee bar.
The second level will contain a tutoring center that Domonica said will be flexible and diverse for students to use at their leisure.
“Our tutoring space is very small right now,” Dr. Sylvia Jenkins, Moraine president, said.
The second level will also hold a large testing center. The testing center will be relocated from the B building into the Student Success Center to allow for a larger student capacity. The testing center will overlook buildings S and U, providing for what officials hope is a peaceful outlook through class windows of the campus’s greenery. Demonica also plans for the second level to have two separate study rooms, one for honors students and one for veterans.
“I really like the fact that the honors space is right by the tutoring center on the second level,” Jenkins added.
However, with studying and testing being completed on the building’s second level, would it be possible for those students to be disrupted by the gymnasium on the lower level?
“There will be a double wall constructed to prevent any noise between the two separate levels of the building,” Demonica said.
He assured the board noise presently cannot even be heard in the existing G building between the current lower-level gymnasium and upper level classrooms.
“If anything, we will only be making the existing sound barriers even better,” he said.
This project was included in the college’s Facilities Master Plan. Demoinca has been working alongside Andy Duren, Executive Vice President of Administrative Services, on the proposed project plans. Together they will be going out to bid on the proposed project construction costs in greater detail and present the final numbers for approval by the April board meeting.
•The college came up with an alternate for the purchase of textbooks. Students can swap books among each other directly through the campus’s bookstore website.
“The expense of college textbooks is a constant complaint among students,” Eamon Almiladi, student trustee, said at the board meeting. “We believe we have found a solution for the overwhelming semester cost of textbooks.”
The textbook swap works in collaboration with the Moraine Valley bookstore website. Students have the option to search for a particular book they need for class, contact a seller on a page and list his or her own textbooks for future swapping. The transactions are made with no cost from student to student, however, bookstore employees oversee the website and guarantee all transactions and books listed are of proper class material.
“This is a much more affordable way for the school to provide textbooks to the students,” Almiladi said.