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Lauren Rosenthal MLIS ’08 named library director in Fox River Valley

May 5, 2019
The Fox River Valley Public Library District board of trustees has named Lauren Rosenthal MLIS ’08 incoming library director. Lauren joined the Fox River Valley Public Library District staff in 2014 and currently serves as deputy director. Read more.

Claire Stewart MLIS ’99 named Dean of UNL Libraries

May 15, 2019
Claire Stewart MLIS ’99, the associate university librarian for research and learning at the University of Minnesota Libraries, is the new dean of libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Read more.

Michelle Agins '77 to speak at Dominican University Commencement

April 22, 2019
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times photographer Michelle Agins ’77 will serve as the commencement speaker for the undergraduate ceremony, during which she will receive an honorary degree. Read more.

Melissa Connelly MAT ’08, MAEA ’13 named CEO of OneGoal

April 25, 2019
Melissa Connelly MAT ’08, MAEA ’13 has been promoted to CEO at Chicago-based OneGoal, a nationwide a coalition of teachers, students, school leaders and education advocates working to close the college degree divide. Read more.

John Netherly MSW '10 helps homeless community with The Bedrock Movement

April 16, 2019
John Netherly MSW '10 founded The Bedrock Movement with the goal of inspiring others to recognize the needs of the homeless residents in their neighborhood and realize how a small act of kindness goes a long way. Read more.

Jennifer Rodriguez MSW ’16 reaches #1 on Amazon eBook rankings

April 10, 2019
Jennifer Rodriguez MSW ’16
recently published an eBook on Amazon. The eBook, titled How Mama Says Goodbye: A story about love and readiness for lossreached #1 in new releases for its genre, Children's eBooks on Death, Grief & Bereavement. Read more.

Lisa Badger BLS ’17, MCR ’18 wins seat on Springfield Park Board

April 2, 2019
Lisa Badger BLS ’17, MCR ’18 collected the most votes in a five-person field to claim one of three seats on the Springfield Park District board of trustees. Lisa is a community affairs specialist in the state Treasurer’s office and a registered nurse. Read more.

Mary Mulholland ’42 celebrates her 100th birthday

March 25, 2019 
Mary Mulholland ’42 of Hinsdale, who raised four children and sold real estate in the Chicago area for decades, celebrated her 100th birthday. Read more.

Five Alumnae/i Elected to Athletics Hall of Fame

March 6, 2019
Kelly (McEndry) Donlevy ’94 (women's volleyball), Michael Kapusta ’11 (men's soccer), Emily Mahoney ’13 (softball), Willis Lamont McGee ’92, MBA '94 (men's basketball) and Megan Vaccaro ’10 (cross country) will be honored June 8. More details.

Dr. Carmen Ayala MBA ’87 named Illinois' Superintendent of Education

Feb. 26, 2019
Dr. Carmen Ayala MBA ’87
 has been named the 30th State Superintendent of Education, making her the first woman and first person of color to serve as the permanent superintendent. Read more.

Colby Burnett MAEd ’16 captains team in Jeopardy! All-Star Game

Feb. 20, 2019
Colby Burnett MAEd ’16
is the first Jeopardy! contestant to win both the Teachers Tournament and the Tournament of Champions. Read more.

​​​​​​​Jim Madigan ’74, MLIS ’00 honored by Oak Park Library

Feb. 5, 2019

After a quarter-century serving patrons at the Oak Park Library, Jim Madigan ’74, MLIS ’00 will be retiring on Feb. 8. Jim currently serves as the Oak Park Library Deputy Director. Read more.

Michelle Agins ’77 awarded with prestigious honor from NPPA

Jan. 28, 2019

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has awarded its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to Michelle Agins ’77 for her commitment to the craft of visual journalism and to education that advances the profession. Read more.

Tekki Lomnicki ’78 featured by the Chicago Reader

Jan. 25, 2019
Tekki Lomnicki ’78 is a brilliant solo performer and the creator of Tellin' Tales Theater, which has produced and fostered creative work by people with disabilities for more than 20 years. Read more.

Elaine Low ’07 Joins Variety as Senior TV Writer

January 2, 2019
Business Journalist Elaine Low ’07 has been hired by Variety as a senior TV writer. Read more.

David Lawler ’06 named finalist for Young Professional Leader Award

January 3, 2019
David Lawler ’06
has been selected as a finalist for the Marion Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professional Leader Award. Read more.

Tina Beaird MLIS '02 featured in The Daily Herald

January 1, 2019

Tina Beaird MLIS '02 is the owner of Tamarack Genealogy and is a genealogy and history librarian at the Plainfield Public Library. Read more.

Q&A with Jessica MacPhail MALS '76, Racine Public Library Executive Director

December 25, 2018 

Jessica MacPhail MALS ’76, Racine Public Library executive director, came to the library in 1999 and currently oversees a staff of 60 people. She recently sat down with the Journal Times for a Q&A. Read more.

Chanelle Bell MSEd ’16 starts 'Positively Melanin' to help young black professionals find mentors

Nov. 30, 2018

Chanelle Bell MSEd ’16 has founded a group called “Positively Melanin,” an initiative that links young people of color with professionals and to spread the message: Mentors are all around you. Read more.

Cheryl Skender ’80 leads fundraising event for Prentice Women's Hospital

Nov. 27, 2018

Cheryl Skender ’80, President of Friends of Prentice, recently helped raise over $700,000 to fund programs for women and infants at Northwestern Medicine Prentice Women's Hospital. The funds were raised Nov. 3 at Friends of Prentice's 33rd Annual Benefit. Read more.

Yonhee Choi Gordon ’86 named a "Woman to Watch" by InvestmentNews

Nov. 30, 2018

Yonhee Choi Gordon ’86, the Chief Operating Officer at JMG Financial Group, has been named a "Woman to Watch" by InvestmentNews. Read more.

Matthew J. Steward MBA ’07 running for mayor in Schaumburg

Nov. 20, 2018

Matthew J. Steward MBA ’07 is a mayoral candidate for Schaumburg in the Spring 2019 election. He is a Client Account Specialist at Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm and also serves as an adjunct professor at Dominican University. Read more.

Shannyn Schroeder ’94 finds voice as romance author

Nov. 14, 2018

When Shannyn Schroeder ’94 isn't busy teaching grammar to licensed practical nurses at Wheeling North Shore College of Health Care, she writes romance novels about realistic relationships. It's something she's wanted to do since taking creative writing and English courses in high school and at Rosary College. Read more.

Anthony Auston MLIS ’02 starts as Wilmette Library Director

Nov. 5, 2018

Self-confessed 'library kid' Anthony Auston MLIS ’02 recently took the reins as Wilmette Public Library director. Anthony started at the library on October 31. Read more.

Clem Martin SOE ’08 interviewed on WGN Radio

Oct. 23, 2018

Clem Martin SOE ’08, President of Christ The King College Prep School, has helped get a 100% college acceptance rate since the school opened just 11 years ago. Clem was interviewed about Christ the King on WGN Radio. Listen.

Ammie Kessem ’98 running for Office in Illinois

Oct. 19, 2018

Ammie Kessem ’98 is running to represent the Illinois House 19th District. The Chicago Sun-Times Editorial Board recently sat down with Ammie to find out her views on a range of important issues facing the state of Illinois. Read more.

Mariana Bojorquez '16, MLIS '18 starts new role at Evanston Public Library

October 15, 2018

Mariana Bojorquez ’ 16, MLIS 18 has been named the Latino Engagement Librarian at the Evanston Public Library. She will work to provide library services for the Evanston Latino community both within and beyond the walls of the library, with an extra emphasis on the needs of Evanston's growing population of Spanish speaking residents. Read more.

Richard Green ’15 named College Unit Director

October 13, 2018

Richard Green ’15, a financial advisor with Northwestern Mutual in Chicago, has been appointed a College Unit Director. Read more.

'Chef Guy' Klinzing MBA ’82 tours with cooking show

October 14, 2018

Guy Klinzing MBA ’82, better known as Chef Guy to his legions of fans, is touring with his "Let's Get Cooking" show. The show promises to be full of food, fun, music and humor. Read more.

From Project to Profit: Cheryl Fitzgerald ’04 & Maria Dellanina ’17

Oct. 2, 2018

Cheryl Fitzgerald ’04 and Maria Dellanina ’17 made a less fattening and more nutritious alternative to guacamole while in a nutrition class at Dominican. Now, they’ve launched their own business, The Guiltless Garden, and sell their unique product at farmer’s markets around the Chicago area. Read more.

Maureen Harty MBA ’00 named Commissioner of HCAC

July 13, 2018

Maureen Harty MBA ’00 officially began her duties as the third Commissioner of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on July 2nd. Read more

Marilyn Jancewicz ’68 profiled by the Forest Park Review

Sept. 4, 2018

Marilyn Jancewicz ’68 was recently profiled in the Forest Park Review. Marilyn has been a volunteer for her alma mater for over 50 years and is a 2018 recipient of Dominican University's O'Keefe Outstanding Volunteer Achievement Award. Read more.

RRB Honors Ann Wach-Tomory ’01 with Award for Excellence

Aug. 27, 2018

Ann Wach-Tomory ’01, a program integrity and evaluation specialist with the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, has been honored with an RRB “Award for Excellence” in the performance of her duties. Read more.

Robert Zmudka MBA ’93 Elected to Pro Football Hall of Fame Board

Aug. 14, 2018

Robert Zmudka MBA ’93 has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Trustees. He had previously served on the Hall of Fame’s Advisory Board. Read more.

Susan Fay MBA ’89 named executive director at College of Lake County

Aug. 14, 2018

Susan Fay MBA ’89 has been named the executive director of human resources at The College of Lake County. She comes to CLC from Roosevelt University, where she served for nearly 20 years in the human resources department. Read more.

Berto Aguayo '16 Announces Candidacy for Alderman of Chicago's 15th Ward

Aug. 2, 2018

Berto Aguayo '16 has announced his candidacy for alderman for Chicago's 15th Ward, an area including the Back of the Yards neighborhood where he was born and raised. Read more

Colleen Zitkus ’15 joins Prospect Heights police

July 14, 2018

Colleen Zitkus ’15 joined the ranks of the Prospect Heights Police Department June 25, as she was sworn in by Prospect Heights Mayor Nicholas J. Helmer in front of family, friends, co-workers, former colleagues and the Prospect Heights City Council. Read more

Loretta Ragsdell ’75 Receives NCHE Award

July 5, 2018

Loretta Ragsdell ’75 recently earned the National Council for Higher Education's first Higher Educator of the Year Award. She addressed the National Education Association's representative assembly earlier this month. Read more.

 

Tiana Brazzale ’87 has been hired by Oral Health America (OHA) as its new Foundation Development Manager.

May 17, 2018

For the past seven years, Tiana was the Grants Administrator at DuPage County-based Ray Graham Association (RGA), a provider of services and supports to people with disabilities and their families. More

Breanne Stover ’04 expands businesses in Griffith, Indiana

May 13, 2018

Business owner Breanne Stover ’04 has moved her boutique, Bee & Me, to downtown Griffith, Indiana. More