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2005 Saint Xavier University Award Presented to Professor Eileen Quinn Knight

Professor cited for her teaching, service to the university

Chicago (Dec. 2, 2005) – Recognizing her outstanding service and contributions to Saint Xavier University, Eileen Quinn Knight, professor of education, received the 2005 Saint Xavier University Award at the University’s Founders’ Day celebration on Dec. 2.

Part of the university’s faculty for more than 20 years, Knight “deserves this award not only because she is an exceptional teacher but also because of the extensive service she renders to the university community and to the community that surrounds us,” said Sister Susan Sanders, Vice President for University Mission and Heritage, one of her nominators.

“Today we celebrate the outstanding contributions of these individuals in our community. We honor the dedication, academic achievements and strength of spirit shown by our awardees,” said Saint Xavier University President Judith Dwyer at the award ceremony in the Butler reception room on Friday afternoon.

Knight, of Orland Park, received a 2004 grant from the Chicago Math and Science initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to teach a pilot class on middle school mathematics. She works for several foundations including the Golden Apple Foundation and the Music and Arts Grants of the Union League Club.

During the 2004-05 academic year, Knight was assigned to the board of directors of ACE TECH, one of the charter schools for Mayor Richard Daley’s Renaissance 2010 initiative. She is also an outside evaluator for Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in the area of reasoning skills, and she serves on the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Committee.
	
Knight is also chairing the mission aspect of the Higher Learning Commission accreditation process, and she represented the university at a gathering of mission representatives of Chicago area Catholic Colleges and Universities in Spring 2004.

“I am grateful for Eileen’s many contributions to the university. She is a thoughtful and generous colleague and is a most worthy candidate for the Saint Xavier University Award,” Sanders said.

Each year, the Saint Xavier University Award is given to a faculty member who makes a significant contribution to teaching or a substantial advancement in scholarship and research. He or she may help to improve or restore the natural and cultural environment and improve the health, welfare and comfort for the young, poor, aged and disabled. A recipient may meet an urgent civic need or perhaps establish a closer bond between the academic world and the community at large.

“Dr. Knight’s contributions to the intellectual life of the university are grounded in her rigorous and high personal and academic standards,” another nominator said.  

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