RecycleMania on February 7th!

RecycleMania, a collection of recycling awareness programs and events, will begin on campus on February 7th. The program is sponsored by Sustainability & Benchmarking, Facilities Services, and the Sustainability Advisory Council, and participation in events varies on activity. For more information, visit the RecycleMania's website by clicking here, or contact Abby Kansal, planner, at (314) 977-6203, or by email at

Congratulations, Eric!

Congratulations to Eric Wilson, Northern California Program Coordinator, Office of Admission, and wife, Eileen on the birth of their son, Eric Jose "EJ" Wilson. EJ was born on January 23rd and weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

Both Mom and Baby are doing great!

Congratulations, Rebecca!

Congratulations to Rebecca Moed, Assistant General Counsel, and Chris Tantillo, who recently were married on January 9.

Rebecca and Chris were married at The Chase Park Plaza. 

Dr. Ian Redmount Presents Physics to Elementary Students in St. Charles

Ian Redmount, Ph.D.,<br/>Associate Professor

Congratulations to Ian Redmount, Ph.D., for completing an important service activity for the Partners in Education Program for the St. Charles City School District . Dr. Redmount traveled to Coverdell Elementary School in St. Charles, MO and gave an hour-long presentation on the fundamentals of physics to Ms. Leslie Spears's class of fifty enthusiastic 4th grade students.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Congratulations to Jennifer Hawasli, a resident in General Surgery, and her husband Ammar  on the birth of their son, Adam Aiman-John Hawasli.

Adam was born on January 5 and weighed 5 pounds and 5 ounces.

Congratulations to those Celebrating Service Year Milestone Anniversaries!

We would like to congratulate those who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 45 years of service in February and March 2016.
Thank you for your years of service at SLU!

45 Years
  • Paul M. Loewenstein, B.S. 

30 Years
  • Mark M. Knuepfer, Ph.D.
  • Linda K. Walthes
    25 Years
    • Debbie L. Alexander
    • Sherry L. Ashford
    • James G. Klarsch
    • Gillian Roper-Hall, D.B.O.T.
      20 Years
      • Karen F. Barney, Ph.D.
      • David A. Ford, Ph.D.
      • Peter J. Garvin
      • Judy K. Highley
      15 Years
      • Darlene Carr
      • Joanna Damalas
      • Jamie L. Hendrix
      • Barbara Kariuki 
      • Patrick J. Kerwin
      • Tammi R. Mooshegian
      • Michael T. O'Keefe
      • Frances A. Smith
      • Cynthia R. Stevens
      • Marion F. Svendrowskim, M.D.
      • Timothy F. Walker  
      • Arline Webb
      10 Years
      • Kelly K. Dineen, J.D.
      • Jeanette Grider
      • Theresa A. Hendrix-Myers
      • Teresa D. Hudson
      • Tanya L. Jackson 
      • Shontay M. Kimmins 
      • Susan L. Krieg
      • John A. Kupsky, M.L.S.
      • Jay A. Nobles
      • Julie A. Orr  
      • Scott Parker, Ph.D.
      • Annie B. Peters 
      • Barbara A. Saffold 
      • Barbara L. Schaefer
      • Marilyn Shields 
      • Megumi Taniuchi, M.D., Ph.D.
      • Regina M. Walton
      • Robert P. Wassel
      5 Years
      • Janice R. Ausby 
      • John J. Besser
      • Jennifer L. Brechbuhler
      • Smadar Chezrony
      • Patrick D. Dalman
      • Saar Danon, M.D.
      • Elizabeth A. Embry, MPH, MBA
      • James H. Fugel
      • Darren Green
      • Kelly F. Hilton
      • Joyce L. Hoffmann
      • Peter J. Horton M.B., B.
      • Rachel A. Jones
      • Jamie M. Kern 
      • Caswalyn Landry
      • Ramont A. Manuel 
      • Ali A. Mehdirad, M.D.
      • Duncan S. McHardy
      • Rita L. McMillan
      • Carolyn M. Moran
      • Julie A. O'Heir
      • David K. Reddick
      • Dawn M. Stoklosa
      • David G. Thomas
      • Patricia D. Valentine
      • Emily J. Wartick
      • Wilbert Webb
      • Maria I. Woodson
      • Debra H. Zand, Ph.D.

      "German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri" Reception at SLU

      The Languages, Literature and Cultures Department, the Center for Global Citizenship and the Center for International Studies is hosting an exhibit and presentation entitled "German Immigrant Abolitionists: Fighting for a Free Missouri."

      The exhibit curator, Dr. Sydney Norton, will give a talk describing the exhibit which explores: Who were the German abolitionists, and how did they contribute to the political landscape of pre-Civil War Missouri? Did German immigrants work closely with African-Americans in Missouri toward the common goal of ending slavery? How did the editors of and contributors to German-language newspapers in the St. Louis area change the course of the Civil War in Missouri, particularly in regards to recruiting German immigrant volunteer soldiers?

      The event will take place on February 12 from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Center for Global Citizenship, Suite 124, and is open to the public. There is no sign-up necessary for the reception, though viewing the exhibit outside of the reception hours requires an appointment.

      For more information, click here.

      Help SLU Compete in RecycleMania 2016

      Saint Louis University is participating in its 6th annual RecycleMania tournament. RecycleMania is a friendly competition between regional and national colleges and universities to see who can collect the most single-stream recycling and e-waste recycling on their campus. This year’s competition will run from February 7 – April 2. The competition is sponsored by the Sustainability Advisory Council in coordination with the department of Sustainability and Benchmarking.

      How you can get help:
      1. Just Recycle! All blue recycle bins have a label showing what is recyclable 
      2. Participate in one of our activities below
      Attend or sign up to volunteer at these upcoming events during RecycleMania:

      Green Basketball Games: Women's Game - Feb. 18th, 7 p.m. | Men's Game - Feb. 20th, 7 p.m.
      Location: Chaifetz Arena

      E-Waste Drive / ShredMania: April 1st: 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Location: Chaifetz Arena Parking Lot

      For more information about these activities or general RecycleMania information at SLU go to For questions email 

      Finally, don’t forget to follow the Green Billiken on Facebook or Twitter @greenbillken for current activities,events, and for your chance to win prizes.
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      Congratulations, Danielle!

      Congratulations to Danielle Huster, Program Manager in Alumni and Donor Engagement, and Jon Christopher, who were married on November 7th.

      Danielle and Jon were married at St. Patrick Parish in Wentzville.

      Tonya Bland Receives Excellence in Nursing Award Nomination

      Tonya Bland, Nurse Supervisor in Family Community Medicine, received a nomination for the Excellence in Nursing Award. The award is given by St. Louis magazine and honors health-care professionals throughout St. Louis who go above and beyond the call of duty.

      If selected as one of the winners, Tonya will be honored at an awards reception in late April and her name will be announced in the May issue of St. Louis magazine.

      Congratulations, Sheena!

      Congratulations to Sheena Jones, Medical Assistant in Family Community Medicine, and Kevin Clanton, who were married on April 9th.

      The couple was married at Savoy's Banquet Hall in St. Louis.

      Congratulations, Eric and Lauren!

      Congratulations to Eric Westhus, Assistant Professor, Center for Outcomes Research, and Lauren Garfield, Adjunct Faculty, Center for Outcome Research, on the adoption of their daughters, Rose (age 6) and Mare (age 7). Rose and Mare were adopted on December 8 from Kinshasha, Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, Rose and Mare's adoptive grandmother, Nina Westhus, is a faculty member in the School of Nursing.

      Congratulations to the new family!

      Congratulations, LaDonna!

      Congratulations to LaDonna Utley, Administrative Assistant in the Student Success Center, on the birth of her first grandchild, a girl, Nina Mai Ann Parker.

      Nina was born on December 24 and weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces. She is the first child of Laney and Brandon Parker, who live in Coffeen, Illinois.

      Fiction Reading by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

      Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will read her fiction as part of the Sheila Nolan Whalen Series. She is the author of two novels, Ms. Hempel Chronicles (2008) and Madeleine Is Sleeping (2004). In an interview, she explained that fairy tales play a strong role in her work because "they always walk that line between wonder and darkness." In 2010, she was named one of "20 under 40" to watch by The New Yorker.

      The English Department will be hosting the event, which will take place on February 9 at 4:00 PM in Dubourg 409. All are welcome, and there is no sign-up necessary ahead of time.

      If you have any questions, or would like more information about the event, you may contact Devin Johnston, organizer, at (314) 977-3013 or email Devin at

      Congratulations, Miriam!

      Congratulations to Miriam Cherry, Law Professor, who was engaged to Lucas Amodio on November 10 in front of the T-Rex at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City (Miriam states they both love dinosaurs!). The couple met two years ago in the Loop, and are just starting the wedding planning process.

      Congratulations, LaShondra!

      Congratulations to LaShondra Jones, Registration Representative in PMO, and Brandon Jackson, who were married on September 12. The couple was married at Grandmarais in East St. Louis.

      Congratulations, Erica!

      Congratulations to Erica Kaufman West, Assistant Professor in Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and husband Rick West on the birth of their son, Richard Joshua West.

      Richard was born on December 25 and weighed 7 pounds and 2 ounces. He joins big sister Eleanor at home.

      Congratulations, Stephen!

      Congratulations to Stephen Schmidt, Director of Research Compliance & Finance for Internal Medicine, and wife Carmen on the birth of their son, Isaiah Augustine Schmidt.

      Isaiah was born on December 29 and weighed 6 pounds and 14 ounces. He joins older siblings Helena, Elijah, Noah, Joshua, John Paul, Benjamin and Seraphina at home.

      Congratulations, Lisa!

      Congratulations to Lisa Israel, Director of Retention & Academic Success in the Student Success Center on the birth of her son, Ari Michael Israel. Ari was born on November 27 and weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces.

      SLU Faculty Speak at Evolutionary Biology Forum 2015

      Peter Bernhardt and Retha Meier at one of their Missouri sites where they study the pollination biology of threatened and endangered species of native wildflowers. 

      Peter Bernhardt, Professor of Biology, and Dr. Retha Edens-Meier, Professor of Education, were guest speakers at the Evolutionary Biology Forum, sponsored by the Institute of Botany, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Beijing, in August. Professors whose research is known and respected by Chinese scientists, and whose work is in one of several sub-disciplines related to plants and topics studied by Charles Darwin in the 19th century are invited to speak.

      Join a Christian Life Community

      Campus Ministry invites all faculty and staff to join a Christian Life Community (CLC).
      Praying with the tools of Ignatian Spirituality, CLCs are small groups that meet weekly to seek and understand God's activity in their lives. Visit the CLC webpage for additional information about the program.

      Click here to view the registration form. Faculty and staff registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis as new groups become available.

      Contact Julie McCourt at for more information.

      Toast of SLU

      Toast of SLU takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in room 128 at the Marvin and Harlene Wool Center. The Club has decided to reduce the meeting schedule from weekly to twice a month in an effort to reduce the time commitment for prospective and current members.

      Charismatic leaders weren't born that way. Saint Louis University faculty and staff are invited to become the speaker and leader they want to be by joining the Toast of SLU Toastmasters Club. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped millions of men and women become more confident when speaking in front of an audience.

      As members of SLU's Toast of SLU club, participants will gain the skills and confidence they need to effectively express themselves in any situation. They will also have an opportunity to organize and conduct meetings, be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations, sharpen their management skills, become a better negotiator and improve their overall communication skills.

      For more information on Toast of SLU or how to join, click here.