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Founders’ Day celebrates service, liberal arts at Saint Xavier University

Festivities featured guest theologian Sr. Mary Aquin O’Neill, R.S.M., Ph.D.

Chicago (Dec. 4, 2007)--Saint Xavier University celebrated its founders, the Sisters of Mercy, during its annual Founders’ Day ceremonies on Monday, Dec. 3, 2007. A special feature of this year’s observance was a presentation in McDonough Chapel by Sister Mary Aquin O’Neill, R.S.M., Ph.D. on “Mercy: The Fifth Cardinal Virtue.”

Assistant Professor of Biology Christopher Appelt gave a presentation titled “Geckos and Glass Ceilings” in which he discussed the burgeoning field of bio-mimicry and the vast, untapped technologies to be developed from studying nature. 
Saint Xavier Choir Director Jan E. Bickel, D.M.A., discussed and then led the University Chamber singers through W.A. Mozart’s Dixit Dominus, K. 193, vocalized in Latin.  

Founders’ Day is a celebration that highlights Mother Frances Xavier Warde, R.S.M., for whom the University is named. It spotlights service by outstanding members of the University community and the University’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences. Saint Xavier honored three individuals Monday for exemplary service: Communications major Joanna Beituni, senior, of Oak Lawn, received the Mother Paulita Morris, R.S.M., Service Award for Students. Margaret Lepore, of Crestwood, office manager in the School of Nursing, received 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 received the Saint Xavier University Award for Faculty. 
 
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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.

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