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Jamie Headley ’90, MBA ’96 joins Seraph as Director of Business Development

August 31, 2022
Jamie Headley ’90, MBA ’96
has been appointed Director of Business Development at Seraph. She has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and operations leading turnarounds, recoveries, and start-ups. Read more.

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Aarika Miller ’13, MSW ’16 named Head Coach of Maine West’s Competitive Dance Team

August 23, 2022
Aarika Miller ’13, MSW ’16
has been named the head coach of Maine West High School’s competitive dance team. She is also a licensed clinical social worker with a background focusing on interpersonal and community violence. Read more.

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Lynika Strozier ’11 Featured in New Field Museum Exhibit

August 31, 2022
A new exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum highlighting scientists who are women and people of color features Lynika Strozier ’11. Lynika, who passed away in 2020 from complications of COVID-19, worked in the Field Museum’s DNA lab. Read more.

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Eugene Giudice MLIS ’07 Named Fellow of Special Libraries Association

August 19, 2022
Eugene Giudice MLIS ’07
was recently named a fellow of the Special Libraries Association, a nonprofit global organization providing support and career development for information professionals. Read more.

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Visual Artist Julie Weber ’06 Presents New Exhibit

August 18, 2022
McHenry County College is hosting an exhibit titled re | process by artist Julie Weber ’06 through Sept. 9 in its art galleries on the Crystal Lake campus. Julie is a Chicago-based visual artist and educator working conceptually within the framework of photography. Read more.

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Eric Bailey MLIS ’09 starts as Waupaca Library’s Director

August 9, 2022
Eric Bailey MLIS ’09
is the new director of the Waupaca Public Library. He grew up in Waupaca, Wisconsin and previously was the director of the public library in Lake Bluff, Illinois. Read more.

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Jermaine Lawrence Anderson ’04 helps Chicago students through nonprofit

August 8, 2022
Jermaine Lawrence Anderson ’04 is the executive director of I Am A Gentleman, a nonprofit youth mentorship and leadership program for young people ages 13 to 21 who are from under-resourced communities in the city. Jermaine started a graphic design business in grade school and regularly shared his story as a public speaker before forming the nonprofit. Read more.

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Dr. Caleb Navarro ’18 Talks to OneGoal About Journey of Achievement

June 29, 2022
Dr. Caleb Navarro ’18
is featured in an interview with OneGoal, an organization that works with high schools to provide students with college and career planning services. Caleb, who was a bio-chemistry major at DU, earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Roosevelt University. Read more.

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Jazmen Moore MAT ’15 named to prestigious postdoctoral fellowship program

June 29, 2022
Jazmen Moore MAT ’15
, a doctoral candidate at the University of Washington, was recently named among the scholars for the 2022 cohort of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Program. Read more.

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Rebecca Yowler MLIS ’13 Balances Life as a Librarian, Minister and Figure Skater

June 27, 2022
Rebecca Yowler MLIS ’13 was featured by USFigureSkating.com for her unique life as a librarian, Christian minister and competitive adult figure skater. Read more.

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Amy Phillips PhD ’12 named Loveland’s Library Director

June 14, 2022
Amy Phillips PhD ’12
has been named the new director of the Loveland Public Library. Amy joined the library as adult services division manager in June 2013 and added the role of collection management manager in 2018. Read more.

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Reunion 2022 Recap: Three Dominican Graduates Awarded

June 14, 2022
Receiving special recognition during Reunion 2022 were Vanessa Jackson ’03, recipient of the Caritas Veritas Award; Kathryn Klem Large ’71, recipient of the O’Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award; and Portia A. Anderson ’12, recipient of the Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award. Read more.

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Vicki Whooper ’11 on crew of Tony Award-Winning Broadway musical

June 13, 2022
Vicki Whooper ’11 
is on the crew of the hugely successful Broadway musical A Strange Loop, which was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won Best Musical at the 75th Tony Award Ceremony. She serves as the show's Deck Stage Manager. Read more.

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Vanessa Jackson ’03: Caritas Veritas Award

June 11, 2022
The Caritas Veritas Award is presented to an alumna/us whose life reflects Dominican University’s motto, Caritas Veritas, a search for truth through charity or service. The award was presented at Reunion 2022.

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Kathryn Klem Large ’71: O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award

June 11, 2022
The O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award, named for Ruth McGrath O’Keefe ’35, is presented to a dedicated alumna/us for her/his life-long advocacy of Dominican University. The award was presented at Reunion 2022.

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Portia A. Anderson ’12: GOLD Award (Graduate of the Last Decade)

June 11, 2022
The GOLD Award recognizes an outstanding Graduate of the Last Decade who has shown leadership in a career or occupation and in volunteer service. The award was presented at Reunion 2022.

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Dominican Athletics Inducts Two Graduates in 2022 Class

June 11, 2022
Dominican University Athletics inducted its 2022 Hall of Fame Class as two graduates, Darcy Kammeier ’10 and Lio Tovar ’11, were among those enshrined in recognition of their excellence during their time on campus. Read more.

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Victoria Hernandez ’14 joins the American College of Surgeons

June 9, 2022
The American College of Surgeons (ACS) announced the hiring of Victoria Hernandez ’14 as the new Cancer Programs Administrator. She recently worked for Rush Medical College as the Education Coordinator of Medical Student Affairs. Read more.

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Tionna Haynes MSpEd ’17 elected to Colby College’s Board of Trustees

June 3, 2022
Colby College announced the election of six new members to its Board of Trustees, including Tionna Haynes MSpEd ’17. Tionna currently serves as director of special education at Urban Preparatory Charter High School’s Bronzeville campus. Read more.

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Cyndi Robinson MLIS ’97 selected as Executive Director of ILA

May 25, 2022
The Board of Directors of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) unanimously approved the promotion of Cyndi Robinson MLIS ’97 as the organization's next executive director. Cyndi currently serves as ILA’s deputy director and has been with ILA for nearly 22 years. Read more.

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ZwitterCo appoints Peter Ingarra ’03 as Vice President of Sales

May 23, 2022
ZwitterCo recently announced Peter Ingarra ’03 as vice president of sales to accelerate growth as the company continues its rapid expansion. Based in Boston, ZwitterCo provides innovative filtration solutions to wastewater problems. Read more.

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Dr. Seth Wyatt Fallik ’08: Award-Winning Author

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
Amid a national reckoning over racial profiling and police brutality, Dr. Seth Wyatt Fallik ’08 is conducting research that could help shift the dynamics between law enforcement and communities of color. Read more.

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Lubna Saleh ’12: Creating Change

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
The way Lubna Saleh ’12 sees it, challenging life experiences typically affect people in one of two ways: they either go into hiding or get fired up to create change. Lubna counts herself in the latter category. Read more.

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Sr. Joeann Daley, OP, ’62, MFA ’81: ​​​​​​​The Lasting Power of Art

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
In 1964, Sr. Joeann Daley, OP, ’62, MFA ’81, and Kathleen Stagney ’62 spent the summer in a small town in Wisconsin, creating a mosaic to honor the migrant workers who came every year from Mexico, the West Indies and beyond to work on nearby farms. Read more.

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Gilbert Allen MSW ’17: Brotherly Love

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
When Gilbert Allen MSW ’17 was 15 years old, his older brother Michael adopted him to remove him from an untenable home life. The brothers made a pact: if they made it through the chaotic situation they were in, they would write a book and dedicate it to their younger selves. Read more.

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Andrea Jamison MLIS ’08, PHLIS ’21: Representation Matters

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
Growing up, Dr. Andrea Jamison MLIS ’08, PHLIS ’21 was an avid reader. But in the economically disadvantaged schools she attended on the West Side of Chicago, she had limited access to books that reflected her own experience. Read more.

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Valerie Groth MSW ’08: A Big Vision

This story appeared in the Spring 2022 Dominican Magazine
As a full-time social worker in the Chicago Public Schools system, Valerie Groth MSW ’08 worked with a heavy caseload of students affected by poverty, homelessness or violence. Valerie dreamed of building a school that could provide the trauma-informed services her students needed, but she did not know where to begin. Read more.

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Erin Doerr ’00, MBA ’01 sworn in as Des Plaines Park Board President

May 20, 2022
Erin Doerr ’00, MBA ’01
was sworn in as Des Plaines Park Board President following one year of serving as a Park Board Commissioner. Her tenure with the Des Plaines Park District began in 2019. Read more.

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Katherine Valleau MAT ’04 celebrates Exit Strategy Brewing Company’s seventh anniversary

May 17, 2022
It takes guts for someone to quit their steady day job to launch their own business. But that’s what Chris and Katherine Valleau MAT ’04 did when they started Exit Strategy Brewing Company. Read more.

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Young Mazzuchelli Award Presented to Gilbert Allen MSW ’17

May 12, 2022
An author, mentor and co-owner of a consulting firm focused on equity and inclusion education, Gilbert Allen MSW ’17 is the recipient of DU's Young Father Mazzuchelli Award. Read more.

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Plans for New University Welcome Center Move Forward, Benefactors Named

May 10, 2022
Dominican's future Welcome Center now has benefactors and a name. In her inauguration address on April 7, Dr. Glena Temple announced that the center, to be created at Lewis Hall, will be named for Cindy Gizzo-Killips ’82 and Kevin Killips ’79, who are supporting its development. Read more.

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Stephanie Mickley ’95 hired to coach St. Bede girls' basketball

May 6, 2022
Stephanie Mickley ’95
has been hired as the girls' basketball head coach at St. Bede Academy in Peru, Illinois. Stephanie is also a board-certified family nurse practitioner with Associated Gastroenterology Consultants. Read more.

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Happy Retirement: Karen Danczak Lyons MLIS ’97, Evanston Library's Executive Director

April 23, 2022
Karen Danczak Lyons MLIS ’97
, Evanston Public Library’s executive director, has announced she plans to retire in June. Karen joined the Evanston library a decade ago, after spending 19 years with the Chicago Public Library system. Read more.

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Kate Hall ’01, MLIS ’02 named Illinois’ Librarian of the Year

April 7, 2022
Kate Hall ’01, MLIS ’02
recently spoke with the Daily Herald about being named the 2021 Librarian of the Year by the Illinois Library Association. She has served as executive director of the Northbrook Public Library since January 2015. Read more.

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Allison Quinn ’07: Covering the War in Ukraine

March 22, 2022
After graduation, Allison Quinn ’07 started her journalism career in Russia. While she no longer lives overseas, Allison is working diligently to tell the stories of families at the forefront of the war in Ukraine. Read more.

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Richard Green ’15 earns promotion at Northwestern Mutual

March 17, 2022
Richard Green ’15
has been promoted to growth and development director at Northwestern Mutual's Rosemont office. He joined the firm as an intern in 2014 and converted to a full-time financial representative upon graduation with a bachelor's degree in business administration. Read more.

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Local Leaders: Dahlia Mijarez ’16 and Berto Aguayo ’16 honored by Negocios Now

March 11, 2022
Negocios Now announced its 2021 listing of 40 prominent Latinos under the age of 40 in Chicago. Dahlia Mijarez ’16 and Berto Aguayo ’16 were selected to the prestigious list for their leadership in the Chicago metropolitan area. Read more.

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Debut Author: John Schu MLIS ’10 interviewed by Publishers Weekly

Feb. 28, 2022
John Schu MLIS ’10 is the Bookelicious children's librarian and a part-time lecturer at Rutgers University. He is also a former school librarian, elementary school teacher, and ambassador of school libraries for Scholastic Book Fairs. Read more.

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Arthur Wieckiewicz ’15 named WGN’s Teacher of the Month

Feb. 24, 2022
Arthur Wieckiewicz ’15
has been named WGN’s Teacher of the Month. He is a social studies teacher at Fenwick High School. He also coaches the school’s e-sports and debate teams. Read more.

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Kellie Case ’96, MBA ’16 promoted to President of The Camelot Company

Feb. 21, 2022
Kellie Case ’96, MBA ’16
has been promoted to president of The Camelot Company, a full-service customs brokerage and freight forwarding company located near O'Hare airport in Chicago. Read more.

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Marilyn Rhames ’96 selected for Pahara Institute Fellowship

Feb. 17, 2022
Marilyn Rhames ’96
is a graduate student at the University of Arkansas, author and speaker. Throughout her career, Marilyn has leveraged tenets of Christianity to advocate for policies that promote educational justice for children and families living in fragile communities. Read more.

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Doug Pryor MBA ’12 named President & CEO of Will County Center for Economic Development

Feb. 9, 2022
Doug Pryor MBA ’12
has been named the president and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED). He joined the CED in 2017 as the Vice President for Economic Development. Read more.

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Genna Mickey MLIS ’14 promoted to Director at Sugar Grove Public Library

Jan. 27, 2022
Genna Mickey MLIS ’14 has been promoted to director at the Sugar Grove Public Library. Genna previously held the position of assistant director and has worked at the library since 2015. Read more.

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Valerie Groth MSW ’08: Social Worker-Turned-School Founder Gets Surprise on Ellen

Jan. 7, 2022
Valerie Groth MSW ’08 appeared on The Ellen Show to tell her inspiring story of founding Ryan Banks Academy. At the end of Valerie’s segment, guest host tWitch surprised her with a special appearance from her students as well as much-needed gifts from premium art supplies company Arteza. Read more.