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Saint Xavier University announces Founders’ Day honorees

Celebration to be Monday, Dec. 3, 2007

Chicago (Nov. 09, 2007) – Saint Xavier University will honor three individuals for exemplary service at its Founders’ Day ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007.  

Founders’ Day celebrates the Sisters of Mercy who, led by Mother Frances Xavier Warde, founded Saint Francis Xavier Academy for Females in 1846 in downtown Chicago, the forerunner of Saint Xavier University.

Communications major Joanna Beituni, senior, of Oak Lawn, will receive the Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M., Service Award for Students. Margaret Lepore, of Crestwood, office manager in the School of Nursing, will receive the Sister Isidore Perrigo, R.S.M., Service Award for Staff. Michael Flahive, Ph.D., of Valparaiso, Ind., professor of communication disorders and graduate program director in the College of Arts and Sciences will receive the Saint Xavier University Award for Faculty. 

“These outstanding individuals serve as visible reminders of the remarkable women who founded Saint Xavier more than 160 years ago,” said Sister Susan Sanders, R.S.M., Ph.D., vice president for University Mission and Heritage. “Each awardee is a living example of the University’s commitment to its core value of service.”

All University community members are invited to attend the Dec. 3 Founders’ Day celebrations, which will begin with a Eucharistic Liturgy at 11:30 a.m. in McDonough Chapel. The University then hosts the Founders’ Day Awards Ceremony in the Butler Reception Room at 2 p.m. A celebration of the University’s commitment to the liberal arts and tradition of service to others follows at 3 p.m. in McDonough Chapel. A reception follows in the Butler Reception Room. 

Contact Joe Moore
(773) 298-3937 or jmoore@sxu.edu


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.