SXU to open campus in Arizona

  • Written by St. Xavier University

The Gilbert, Ariz. town council approved a development agreement last Thursday, that will allow for the construction of Saint Xavier University’s 87,000- square-foot satellite campus in the downtown Heritage District of Gilbert.

The proposed four-story building will provide students premier access to state-of-the-art technology, smart classrooms, nursing labs and student lounges, as well as gathering and study space. In addition, Gilbert plans to construct a 300-car parking facility located just east of the SXU Gilbert campus.

“It has always been part of our economic development plan to have a faith-based university located in downtown Gilbert. We are thrilled to welcome Saint Xavier University, Chicago’s oldest Catholic University,” said Gilbert Mayor John Lewis. “It’s very important that we can offer our residents opportunities to obtain advanced degrees in a number of academic disciplines within this environment.”

Covington takes tech awards

  • Written by District 123



Submitted Photo. Creators of Bess Beetles and Super Static, (standing) Noah Kohs, Emily Katalinic, fifth grade teacher Joan Boss, Camya Moser, Nathaniel Guerrero-Guzman and (kneeling) Eman Jibawi, Jennifer Soto, and Elise Regalado.


Northern Illinois University holds an annual video competition celebrating innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each year more teachers and students to participate and create videos. This year, D123 submitted over 25 videos and has been awarded Best in Show for their outstanding participation.

  Two groups from Covington School took second and third place this year. The videos explaining static electricity and Bess Beetles were written and edited by the students, with filming help from Instructional Technology Coach Peggy Keiner. Bess Beetles, created by Jennifer Soto, Noah Kohs, and Elise Regalado took second place and Super Static, created by Nathaniel Guerrero-Guzman, Eman Jibawi, Emily Katalinic, and Camya Moser, took third place.



Bulletin Board from 11-7-13

Central Junior High
  Evergreen Park and area veterans are invited to a Veterans Day Breakfast and Program at 8 a.m. Friday at Central Junior High School, 9400 S. Sawyer, in Evergreen Park.
  This event will be hosted by the students and faculty and is planned to honor the Evergreen Park and area residents who are U.S. Military Veterans for their service to our country during war or peacetime.

  Veterans are welcome to bring a guest. The building is handicap accessible, so if you have special needs, please let them know when you are making your reservations. Some parking is available on the school grounds or street in front of the school that day.

Various Schools
  Brother Rice High School’s National Honor Society hosted its first Academic Bowl.

  Top awards were taken by Cardinal Bernadin, followed by St. Christina’s Eighth grade team. Also in the final four were St. Gerald and St. Christina’s 7th grade team.
  Eight teams from local area schools participated in the event. Cardinal Bernardin, St. Bede, St. Christina, St. Gerald, and St. Linus each sent a team to participate, while St. Michael and St. Christina each sent two teams.
  The teams began the day with each individual on the team taking a written test of 20 questions. Then they competed as teams for another round of 20 questions. The top four teams from rounds one and two combined then advanced to the final round. Trophies were awarded to first- and second- place teams, and all participants received certificates and prizes.

  NHS moderator Janet Rzeszutko organized, greeted, and presented awards to the teams. She was assisted by teachers Beth Van, Cindy Charters, and Scholastic Bowl moderator Michelle England, who acted as MC for the competitions.

Moraine Valley
  Moraine Valley Community College is hosting its Medical Education Series presentation on What’s New in Pelvic Floor Disorders from 7 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday in the Dorothy Menker Theater in the Fine and Performing Arts Center, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. The event is co-sponsored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is free and open to the public.
  Dr. Kimberly Kenton and Dr. Anne Marie Boller are presenting this topic. Dr. Kenton is the director of the Integrated Pelvic Health Program, professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Urology, and chief of Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (urogynecology) at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and completed an accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at Loyola University Medical Center. Dr. Kenton is a nationally recognized leader in surgical education, developing innovative surgery and research educational curricula, and serving as a member of the ACGME Obstetrics and Gynecology Residency Review Committee.
  Dr. Boller earned a master’s degree in Medical Sciences from the Boston University School of Medicine before attaining an MD from the University of Minnesota Medical School. She had a fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester as well as at the University of Minnesota’s Pelvic Floor Center. She is involved in the development of Northwestern Memorial’s Integrated Pelvic Health Program.
  For more information call Mari Smith at 708-608-4039 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Mt. Carmel
  Get the jump on your holiday shopping with one-of-a-kind gifts at the Jingle and Mingle Market — a Holiday Bazaar featuring the finest crafts from local artisans and vendors. Choose from the broad array of unique products, including fabulous home decorations, fashionable accessories, and delicious gourmet treats. Appetizers and refreshments will be served.
  The Market will be open on Thursday, November 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Mount Carmel High School Convocation Center, located at 6410 S. Dante Avenue, Chicago.
  Admission is $5, but bring a friend and they’ll get in free.
  For more information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Oak Lawn
  Oak Lawn Community High School Media Center will host its first Family Reading Night on from 7 to 8 p.m. Nov. 21. The event will be an evening book club for students, parents, staff, and the community. There will be discussion and activities based around the popular novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by award-winning author John Green. The book is an insightful, ambitious, and heartbreaking story which explores the funny/tragic business of being alive and in love. It’s a rare best seller aimed at teens and adults.
  Family Reading Night is in conjunction with Illinois Reads, a new statewide campaign to promote reading for all Illinois citizens created under the auspices of the Illinois Reading Council. Illinois Reads focuses on reading at school, as well as at home. Residents across the state from Rockford to Carbondale will be partaking in upcoming family literacy nights. The culmination event is a statewide celebration of literacy on the same evening as the book club.
  All book club participants must register at
  A limited number of event T-shirts will also be on sale that evening or beforehand for $10. Proceeds go to the Media Center activity account. Please contact media specialists Eileen Jones at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jennifer Sidlow at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

  Stagg high School Music Booster organization presents Art for the Season, an arts and crafts festival on from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
  The two-day festival includes over 175 art, craft, and vendor booths, raffles, pancake breakfast, lunch, food sampling, pictures with Santa, and entertainment. On Saturday, the Stagg choir students will perform followed by Stagg’s jazz band.
  Admission is $2 for adults and children are free.
  All proceeds benefit Stagg High School’s music programs.
  Stagg High School is located at the corner of 111th Street and Roberts Road in Palos Hills.

St. Xavier University
  Saint Xavier University is offering new free mobile application.
  The SXU app makes on-the-go communication easier. Download now at the App Store for iPhones/iPads or on Google Play for Android devices by searching for “SXU” or “Saint Xavier University.”

  The app allows users to:
  • Find course descriptions, view your class schedule, and check grades.
  • Keep up with SXU news and information with easy access to MySXU, SXNews, the Xavierite, and WXAV 88.3FM.
  • Browse events happening on campus, such as sporting events, information sessions, and campus traditions.
  • Locate buildings on campus and get directions with the easy-to-use maps.
  • Search for faculty and staff in the campus directory, and tap to call or email.
  • See library hours, check book availability, email articles, and even reserve study rooms.
  • Join the campus conversation through all of SXU’s social media pages, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.
  • Check out upcoming alumni events and opportunities to donate to SXU.
  • Learn more about how prospective students can apply to SXU.
  Saint Xavier University’s School of Nursing will launch of its new 15-month Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Option.
  Starting in May 2014, the A-BSN will allow students with baccalaureate degrees to move through the pre-licensure program in a reduced time-frame. Students will begin nursing coursework each May and complete the fulltime program in 15 months. Pre-requisite courses, if needed, may be completed in advance at SXU prior to the May start.
  Qualified applicants for the A-BSN option must possess an earned baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited institution of higher learning with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, which includes all pre-requisite coursework.
  More information about the Accelerated BSN program is available by visiting, keyword: nursing could not get this to work. For more information about the nursing program or to schedule a visit, please contact the Office of Admission at 800-462-9288 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Haunts Against Hunger raises food donations


The Village of Worth hosted the annual Halloween event Haunts Against Hunger on Sunday. More than 250 participants — including many area grade school children — met to raise awareness for local food pantries. The event was sponsored by the Worth Police Department. Officer Tony Ritz organized the annual Halloween parade. The parade, led by the Grim Reaper and a parade of hears cars, followed by participants that visited five decorated homes in town. The event raised food for the local food pantry at the Worth Methodist Church.

Submitted photo.

Shepard speech team bonds in St. Louis

  • Written by By Bob McParland

  As a test of unity, travelingPge-9-2-col-shepard-st.-lShepard High School speech team members tunnel their way at the City Museum in St. Louis. Submitted photo. together would seem the ultimate trial for any high school team.
  Every waking minute requires conversation and activity — nonstop proximity and interaction that will make or break a group.
  Shepard High School speech coaches and students seem to have discovered some secret. They keep traveling together, this year with a recent trip to St. Louis.
  “The trip’s purpose is to have the team bond while experiencing theatre in a different city. The past two years, we’ve gone to Minneapolis, but this year, we wanted to try something different. I’m glad we went, as the kids had a blast,” said coach Jeff Vazzana.
  Students seemed to love it.
  “The trip was that perfect combination of exhaustion after a long and happy day and the little joy from realizing how cool people you never really talked to before really are,” senior Tasha Wierzal said.
  “It was certainly a super memorable trip, with the most notable aspect being the team bonding that occurred. New relationships were made and old ones were reinforced. We all feel more prepared and confident for the upcoming speech season,” said added senior Mike Peretz.
  The team left Shepard at 5 a.m. and drove to the Gateway Arch. The government shutdown prevented students from taking the elevator to the top, but they still walked the grounds.
  Then it was off to the City Museum.
  “It’s a 10-story piece of interactive artwork. In other words, it’s a 10-story jungle gym. The kids really had a lot of fun crawling through the tunnels that connected floor to ceiling,” Vazzana said.
  That first night, the group saw “Evita.” Despite the long day, “Not a single student fell asleep. All the way (to the hotel), they were singing on the bus, ‘Peron, Peron, Peron,’” Vazzana said of the characters in “Evita.”
  “I know that even though it might annoy other kids in the hallways, it’s nice to have new friends that I can just start belting out “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina!” when a week ago I only I had a vague idea of their names,” said Wierzal.
  Like their previous trips to Minneapolis, the Shepard speech team participated in an improvisational theater workshop on the second day. Even the trip to Six Flags included some theater: The Shepard group visited Fright Fest.
  The trip closed with a trip to the famed St. Louis Zoo.
  Whatever their destination in the upcoming speech season, the Shepard students already have arrived as a team.
  “Even kids I knew since freshmen year I feel like I left the trip knowing them better. It’s a great way to start the season and I think it got everyone more excited for the rest of the year,” Wierzal said.