Saint Xavier University receives award from Illinois Army National Guard
University recognized for compassion and support of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq
Chicago (Feb. 9, 2007) – The Illinois Army National Guard recognized Saint Xavier University as an Outstanding Center of Influence during a private ceremony in Chicago last week welcoming home soldiers from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 20th Special Forces Group.
The Outstanding Center of Influence Award recognizes the Saint Xavier University community for its generosity, compassion and support expressed during University Development Day in the form of more than 30 packages and letters sent to troops serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The award, presented by Maj. Gen. Randal E. Thomas, adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, and Maj. Cornelius E. Putnam, Alpha Company commander, was accepted on behalf of the University by SXU Police Chief and former Staff Council Vice President Paul Kolessar.
“The Saint Xavier University community is grateful for the opportunity to show their support for the men and women currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq,” Kolessar said.
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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 and World Report has ranked SXU consistently among the Best Colleges in the Midwest.