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  • Who's Who 2014
    Who's Who Among Benedictine University Alumni 2014 Honorees | Click image for more information.
  • Congratulations Don Taylor
    Provost Don Taylor Accepts Presidency at Cabrini College | Click image for full announcement.
  • Alumni Award Winners 2013
    Congratulations to our 2013 Alumni Award Winners! Read their bios here.
  • 2013 Golden Eagles
    At Homecoming 2013, we honored this year's Golden Eagles: the Class of 1963!
Welcome!

Welcome to the Benedictine University alumni and friends website. Here you will find the latest updates about alumni programs, upcoming events, student-alumni networking opportunities, scholarships, donor awareness and much more! 

Alumni: This tab includes information for all of our alumni, including alumni-specific events, volunteer opportunities, the Alumni Association and reunions.

Benedict10: This section focuses on information and events for our young alumni who graduated less than ten years ago, hence the name "Benedict10."

Get Connected: Looking for networking and professional development opportunities? You've come to the right place! Learn more about our webinar series and networking events.

Winners' Circle: This section focuses on recent alumni award winners and highlights some of our amazing alumni's most recent accomplishments.

Annual Fund: Click here to find information about the Annual Fund, phonathon, class gifts and more!

Give: Interested in making a donation to help support Benedictine University and its students? You'll find everything you need to know in this section.

Events: Details about about University Development events including BenFest, BenBash, Homecoming and the President's Invitational Golf Outing can be found here.

Stewardship: Learn more about stewardship on the Benedictine campus, from Eagle Walk and Founders' Day to Donor Awareness, Tuition Freedom Day and everything in between!

If you would like more information about any of our offerings, want to get involved or support the University with your time, talent or treasure, please contact the Office of University Development.

Office of University Development
The Office of University Development is home to Alumni Development, University Development Events, Scholarships, the Annual Fund and Research & Development. Click here to learn more about what we do or view our staff directory.
Donor Impact Report 2013
Learn how your donations invigorate students by providing them with exceptional academic, spiritual, and social growth opportunities. We truly appreciate everything our alumni and friends do for our University! Be sure to check out our entire 2013 Donor Impact Report.
Andy Ayers: Computer Science C94
Ray Konopka: Computer Science and Mathematics C89
Andy Ayers

Andy Ayers is a principal software development specialist and team lead in Argonne’s Environmental Science division. He has been significantly involved in developing a new online tool called the Energy Zones Mapping Tool that will help identify geographic areas suitable for the development of clean energy resources, such as solar, wind and biomass. Read more.

Ray Konopka

Ray Konopka founded Raize Software in 1995. He started as a consultant for the Walt Disney Co. in 2002 and has worked on several software projects for them, most notably, the Fastpass system, which is used in all of the Disney Parks worldwide. He was honored in 2012 with the first ever Mathematical and Computational Sciences Alumni Achievement Award.  Read more.

Deborah Pagel: M.S.'92 in Management and Organizational Behavior
2013 Distinguished Alumni Award Winner
Brian Walker: Political Science C96
2013 Spirit Alumni Award Winner
Deborah Pagel

Deborah Pagel is the Senior Organizational Development Advisor for Boeing Company and has over 20 years of strategic business experience. She is a leader in her field, and has published a dozen articles focusing on organizational development, human resources, culture change and nuclear energy. Deborah has received a number of awards from the Organizational Development Institute, most notably, the 2006 Outstanding OD Project of the Year Award; and has been recognized by the Boeing Company for Human Resource Excellence Awards in both 2011 and 2013.

Brian Walker

Brian Walker is the CEO of AE Marketing Group and Chairman of the AE Foundation Group. Throughout his career, Brian has won numerous awards and led brand marketing strategy and creative across a number of B2C industries. An avid philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Brian is a member of the Young Associates Board at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.

Brian led our July webinar about branding and its career benefits.

Dana Wright: M.S.'12 in Leadership, Management C10
2013 Service Alumni Award Winner
Donald Wyma, Ph.D.: Biochemistry C97
2013 COS Alumni Achievement Award
Dana Wright

Dana Wright is the 1st Deputy Chief of Police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. She has nearly 14 years of Law Enforcement experience and over 8 years of Administrative, Managerial and Leadership experience with one of the largest Sheriff’s Offices in the nation. She is also a graduate of the highly competitive FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and the founder of Wright Vision Consulting, LLC.

Donald Wyma

Donald Wyma has led a unique and impressive career that includes pharma consulting, project management and operations. Wyma spent almost a decade in various leadership positions within the Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community. He currently works at AbbVie as Assistant Director of Planning and Portfolio Support. Watch video.

Let your Voices be heard.

Every Benedictine graduate has a unique story to tell, and we would love to share yours with your fellow alumni as well as students, parents, donors and the rest of the Benedictine University community. New career? Promotion? Baby? Met the person of your dreams? Finally retired? Share your news with us, and we'll include you in the Class Notes section of Voices magazine.

 

Click here to fill out our Class Notes form.
Annual Fund
Annual Fund gifts through direct mail, phonathon, online, faculty/staff giving and other programs are vital for Benedictine University's most immediate needs. Learn more about the Annual Fund here.
April Networking Tip: Ask for advice, not a job.

Don’t ask for a job; that type of request comes with a lot of pressure. You want your contacts to become allies in your job search, not make them feel ambushed, so ask for information or insight instead. If they’re able to hire you or refer you to someone who can, they will. If not, you haven’t put them in the uncomfortable position of turning you down or telling you they can’t help.

Upcoming Events


College of Science Reunion
Saturday, April 12
Kindlon Atrium

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