SLU Night at the Ballpark with the Gateway Grizzlies

Take in a close-up, personal baseball experience and support SLU in the process! The Gateway Grizzlies are partnering with SLU's new Pediatric Dental Clinic, which provides oral care for children with special needs, by offering discounted ticket prices, a portion of which will support the clinic. The game will be on June 24 at 7pm. Purchase tickets here and use the code SLUNIGHT. 

This is an experience you won't forget. If you've never been to the Gateway Grizzlies Ballpark, this is your perfect opportunity. Click here to view the flyer with more information. For questions, contact Wendy Schlesinger, development officer in Corporate and Foundation Relations, at schlesingerwj@slu.edu. 

 

Fine & Performing Arts Partners with Prison Performing Arts

Throughout the summer, SLU Theatre undergoes a joint project with Prison Performing Arts. Theatre faculty and students work with Prison Performing Arts and the women's prison in Vandalia, MO to create a new version of the Greek tragedy, ANTIGONE. SLU Theatre then produces this jointly-created adaptation for the first production of its 2017-2018 season. The production opens in October.

For questions, contact Lucy Cashion, Co-Director and assistant professor in Fine and Performing Arts at cashionlr@slu.edu or visit the U Theatre website.


Congratulations, Matthew!

Congratulations to Matthew Mancini, professor in American Studies on his retirement. Matt is retiring on June 30 after 17 years at SLU.


2017 Grueber Award Winners Announced

On April 18, the Center for International Studies announced the recipients of this year's Grueber Award.  The 2017 honorees include: Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, assistant professor of Sociology; Lori Turner Corzine, administrative secretary in the Center for International Studies; Rosemary Bornstein, SLU undergraduate student; and Samuel Shreve, SLU undergraduate student.

The Grueber Awards for Globalization at Saint Louis University have been awarded annually since 2010 to current or former members of the SLU community who share in the innovative and daring spirit of Johann Grueber, an early Jesuit, who made and recorded the first overland trek from China to India by a European. The winners of the Grueber awards are recognized for advancing the international and global mission of Saint Louis University.

From left to right: Sam Shreve, Rosemary Bornstein, Lori Turner Corzine, Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic, and Dr. David Borgmeyer, Assistant Professor and Director of the Center for International Studies.

Congratulations, Lisa!

Congratulations to Lisa Brooks, Research Assistant, Sr. in Comparative Medicine, and husband Thomas Tempel, on their marriage. Lisa and Thomas will be married on June 2 in Riviera Maya Mexico.


Dannielle Davis Builds Library for Local Agency

On December 21, Dr. Dannielle Davis, Associate Professor in Leadership and Higher Education, supplied the library of the The Near Southside Employment Coalition. Through partial funding from a SLU Community Engagement Grant, Dr. Davis provided books to supply the agency's first library.

Dr. Davis presenting books for the agency's new library to community partners.

Dannielle Davis Founds the Circle of Excellence Math and Science Academy

Dr. Dannielle Davis, Associate Professor in Leadership and Higher Education, founded the Circle of Excellence Math and Science Academy in University City.  The group is made up of boys in 2nd-4th grade in the St. Louis Area. Dr. Davis meets weekly with the Circle of Excellence boys to prepare them for various math and science competitions. Since January, participants have competed in two math contests (one locally and one at the national level). The program offers year round math and science enrichment for the boys, as well as guest speakers in varied STEM fields. The goal of the program is to improve STEM preparation and educational access for the participants.

Dr. Davis coaching Circle of Excellence participants in math.

Dr. Davis (Right), Pamela Blair, and Members of the Circle of Excellence Boys Team
On April 3, the participants in the Circle of Excellence Math and Science Academy, presented a poster they helped create at the SLU North St. Louis Symposium, hosted by the division of Diversity & Community Engagement.

Circle of Excellence boys presenting a poster they helped create at the SLU North St. Louis Symposium.

Billiken BOT

On April 8, the SLU student chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers made up of both students and faculty hosted more than 60 Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts on campus for the Billiken BOT event.  37 Boy Scouts got to build light sensing robots, with the help of the SLU students and compete on a track.

ITS SaLUting You Recipients

Congratulations to the following members of ITS for being recognized with the "SaLUting You" award.

  • March 2017: Bob Aitken, Report Developer, ITS-Enterprise Resources
  • April 2017: Eric Van Deven, Application Systems Analyst, ITS-Enterprise Resources
The program is meant to promote and formally reward employees’ contributions to the overall objectives of ITS. As part of the program, one employee is chosen from nominations each month to receive the “SaLUting You” award. The award is designed to recognize employees for excellence in customer service, financial efficiency, and creative ingenuity.

SLU Sparks

SLU Sparks: Recognize Those Who Ignite Excellence 


Have you spotted a colleague going above and beyond? Have you ever wanted to give someone a gold star? You now have the opportunity to make it official!

SLU Sparks is an immediate, outlet for peer-to-peer recognition. The inspiration for the name comes from the Jesuit phrase “Go forth and set the world on fire”. We want you to recognize the people who light a spark in you through their actions.

Click here to learn more and submit a SLU Spark. 

SLU Sparks Recognition Kits
SLU faculty and staff can also show appreciation for your colleagues with a physical SLU Sparks note. SLU Sparks recognition kits, which include SLU Sparks branded cards, postcards, and notepads, are available for faculty and staff to purchase. Click here to learn more about SLU Sparks recognition kits.

Shawn McCaw Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Shawn McCaw, Student Financial Services, who received a SLU Spark! Shawn was recognized by Jamie Motley, Student Educational Services, for serving others.

"Thank you for being a wonderful advocate for TRIO-Student Support Services! I knew when an SSS advisee of mine e-mailed me today with the subject heading, "Shawn McCaw Experience" and the first word in the body of the message was "Wow!", that you had somehow made this young woman's day. I also knew when I first made the referral that she would be in caring, competent hands. Her message made me smile, and your efforts made the difference!"

Jeremy Nagle Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Jeremy Nagle, Arts & Sciences, who received a SLU Spark! Jeremy was recognized by Becky Ball, Arts & Sciences, for pursuing excellence.

"Thanks for everything you are doing with the new website! Your efforts ensure that the transition goes smoothly. I have witnessed you going above and beyond and for that we are grateful!"

Danielle Lacey Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Danielle Lacey, Marcom-Design Services, who received a SLU Spark! Danielle was recognized by Jeremy Nagle, Arts & Sciences, for pursuing excellence.

"Hi Danielle! Thank you so much for helping me with the OU Campus site. I really appreciate you taking the time to train me on some things."

Arathi Srikanta Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Arathi Srikanta, Campus Recreation, who received a SLU Spark! Arathi was recognized by Peter Garvin, Public Safety, for showing compassion.

"I have had an opportunity to work with and be in different training seminars with Arathi and she is has demonstrated an authentic care and concern for all members of our SLU community. I have witnessed her endeavors in Suicide Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness and training and her altruism and passion for these causes were evident. I could have easily chosen the "Serving others" and "Strengthening our community" categories as well since she examples those characteristics as well. Thanks for what you do and being you Arathi!"

Patrick Cousins Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Patrick Cousins, Campus Ministry, who received a SLU Spark! Patrick was recognized by Peter Garvin, Public Safety, for strengthening our community.

"I have had an opportunity to chat with and be in different training seminars with Patrick and have been moved and inspired by his genuineness.  He continuously demonstrates his care and concern for everyone in our SLU community.  I have participated and supported his endeavors in raising awareness and support through training with the Safe Zone and ally development programs and his desire to recognize and include all members of our community is most evident.  I could have just as easily chosen "Serving others," "Showing compassion" or even "Driving Change & Innovation" as categories as he fits those principles as well.  Thanks for what you do and being you Patrick!"

Michelle Holtmann Received a SLU Spark

Congratulations to Michelle Holtmann, Electronic Health Records, who received a SLU Spark! Michelle was recognized by Kovy Young, Electronic Health Records, for serving others.

"Good job voluntarily helping others with build tasks. I appreciate hearing about your efforts from others. If they didn't say thank you then, I'd like to say thank you now. Keep up the good work."

Margo Lubus Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Margo Lubus, Athletics, who received a SLU Spark! Margo was recognized by Chris May, Athletics, for strengthening our community.

"Great work on the 38th annual golf tournament Margo!  Your work to organize it will ensure it's a successful event.  Go Billikens!  Win the Moment!"

Roy Tippett Received a SLU Spark

Congratulations to Roy Tippett, Athletics, who received a SLU Spark! Roy was recognized by Chris May, Athletics, for strengthening our community.

"Great job supporting our student-athletes at they planned and executed this year's SLUspys!  The event was great.  I appreciate the work you do to support our student-athletes!  #WTM"

Becky Ball Received a SLU Spark

Congratulations to Becky Ball, Admin. Arts & Sciences, who received a SLU Spark! Becky was recognized by Jeremy Nagle, Admin. Arts & Sciences, for serving others.

"Thank you for all you do in the college. I appreciate you taking on the challenge of extra job duties."

Ellen Barnidge Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Ellen Barnidge, Behavioral Science and Health Education, who received a SLU Spark! Ellen was recognized by Donna Halloran, Pediatrics, for serving others.

"Dr. Barnidge translates her work on social determinants of health into the clinical setting.  She has developed a program so that we screen ALL our families for food insecurity.  After much feet dragging, I am now doing so and identified my first mom last week.  Her work meets all the SLU Sparks categories.  My patients and families are blessed to have her working to improve my performance as a physician and their lives!"

Natalie Sevener Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Natalie Sevener, Admin. Nursing, who received a SLU Spark! Natalie was recognized by Jessica Passow, Admin. Nursing, for serving others.

"Natalie consistently offers help to others.  She stops what she is doing at a moment's notice to assist anyone whether it is to meet a deadline or to expedite a process.  Her efforts are swift and worthy. Her enthusiasm and dedication are valued assets in the School of Nursing."

Molly Thompson Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Molly Thompson, CSB-Career Resources, who received a SLU Spark! Molly was recognized by Allison Roba, CSB-Career Resources, for showing compassion.

"Molly has a deep level of understanding, empathy and compassion for the students she serves. In the time that I have worked with her, I have seen first-hand her caring and thoughtful approach has benefited the MBA students at the John Cook School of Business. Her compassionate actions has also resulted in solidarity not only with her students but also with fellow staff and faculty."

Diane Devine Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Diane Devine, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Diane was recognized by Jordan Waddy, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"Di is the only member on our team who is a SLU Alum. Her experience with SLU as a former student has really helped us better serve our students. Di has a passion for SLU and the SLU community, which helps to ensure that we are incorporating the mission into our work. She is very hard-working, and is always striving to be better than she was the day before. She is eager to learn and to immerse herself in her student population. She has aided a lot in our programming and is always thinking of ways to better serve students. Di is a wonderful member of our team!"

Chandra Piper Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Chandra Piper, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Chandra was recognized by Jordan Waddy, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"Chandra is one of the most student-focused people that I know. She ensures that students are receiving the best service when working with them. She is orderly, organized, and helps ensure our office is upholding our ethical and professional standards. She strives to continuously improve herself, even though she already does amazing work! Chandra has built very meaningful relationships with her students and faculty, which have led to very successful programming!"

LaDonna Utley Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to LaDonna Utley, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! LaDonna was recognized by Jordan Waddy, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"Our office would not function without LaDonna. Words cannot express how thankful we are to have her on our team. Her calm and gentle demeanor has helped make our department successful. She is always available to solve any problem and lend a helping hand. She is a wonderful professional and a wonderful person. I cannot imagine our office without her and I look forward to working with her in the future!"

Meghan Hunt Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Meghan Hunt, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Meghan was recognized by Jordan Waddy, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"In Meg's short time with Career Services, she has brought a lot of positive energy and excitement. She truly exemplifies the idea of having a fun job. She never complains, and is always willing to problem- solve. Her smile and laughter is contagious and she is always sending best wishes to everyone in the department. She is a great listener and a wonderful person to collaborate with! I am so glad that Meg is a member of our team."

Megan Shaffer Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Megan Shaffer, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Megan was recognized by Jordan Waddy, Career Services, for pursuing excellence.

"Megan has worked at SLU for years, but recently joined Career Services. She has truly hit the ground running. She is very open to feedback and extremely innovative with problem-solving. She has a very calm demeanor and she is always thinking of new ideas. Megan is extremely intelligent and an absolute joy to work with! I look forward to working with her in the years to come!"

Fay Ellatif Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Fay Ellatif, Shared Services, who received a SLU Spark! Fay was recognized by Toni Dean, Facilities Services, for pursuing excellence.

"Fay is such a hardworker.  Even when she leaves campus at the end of the day or on her days off, she is still working for the benefit of Saint Louis University.  Her number one priority is doing her job to the absolute best of her ability and in the best interest of the University.  Fay is extremely smart, talented and thorough.  She never gives up and will see a task to the end and won't settle until it is exactly "balanced" and perfect in every way.  She is such an asset to SLU and to all her colleagues.  I would like to recognize her with this Spark for being a great example of the Jesuit Identity of pursuing excellence and serving others.  Love you Fay!!!!!!"

Jordan Waddy Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Jordan Waddy, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Jordan was recognized by Allison Roba, CSB-Career Resources, for pursuing excellence.

"Jordan has been a tremendous asset to the Cook School of Business since her arrival. She is flexible in her approach with students and has an ability to know how to assist them in career development process. She is constantly seeking ways to improve her skills in order to benefit our student population and it shows!"

Toni Dean Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Toni Dean, Facilities Services, who received a SLU Spark! Toni was recognized by Brooks Goedeker, Facilities Services, for serving others.

"Toni is always upbeat, hard working, and willing to help whomever it may be.  She is truly the definition of a team player.  Toni already has a lot on her plate and even more put on it daily, but she never demonstrates signs of frustration or takes it out on others.  She is a constant source of knowledge and dependability for the Facilities Department.  Since I have come to SLU, she has been extremely warm, welcoming, and is always willing to answer questions and lend a helping hand.  She is truly the example of SLU and the Jesuit's mission of serving others."

Laura Dailey Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Laura Dailey, Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies, who received a SLU Spark! Laura was recognized by Eva Gonzales, Pre-Health & Pre-Law Studies, for strengthening our community.

"Laura's position (Assist Director) was eliminated in March. This was a traumatic change for her professionally and personally as she prepares to welcome her first baby soon. She remained on our team by accepting an entry level Advisor position and continues to perform all tasks as needed using her experience and goes more than an Extra Mile to serve our students. Laura exhibits exceptionally positive attitude and remains a REMARKABLE team player supporting SLU mission. I am offering my genuine appreciation for her selfless commitment to SLU. Laura, you truly deserve Fireworks of Sparks!"

Rachel Millinger Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Rachel Millinger, Office of Research Integrity, who received a SLU Spark! Rachel was recognized by Annamaria Szakonyi, ITS-Enterprise Resources, for serving others.

"Rachel is one of the most compassionate, hard working colleagues I've ever encountered during my professional career. She thrives for excellence in every aspect of her job, not only focusing on her own and department's goals and priorities, but also assisting others in the process. She's provided a helping hand to me and my customers to solve issues multiple times during our work together, going above and beyond the standard. During these past few months, her dedication to SLU has been exemplified in her efforts and commitment to others. She demonstrates sound judgement in every hard situation and decision. Her motivation, curiosity and wit makes you want to perform at your best. She has been an outstanding partner and a supportive, sympathetic and trusted ally for many years. Her efforts and the personal touch in our interactions makes me feel like a valued member of the SLU community. Without her, my everyday efforts at SLU would be missing that spark. Thank you, Rachel, for these amazing years of working together. Looking forward to more to come."

Brittany Ludwig Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Brittany Ludwig, CSB-Undergraduate Advising Services, who received a SLU Spark! Brittany was recognized by Libby Gallogly, Consultant and Client Services, for serving others.

"I want to recognize Brittany for diligently serving and making an impact on the students she interacts with each day. It has been a few years since I graduated, and I still think about the impact Brittany had on my student experience at SLU. She is a great listener and is invested in her students' success. Thank you for all you do!"

Tonya Bland Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Tonya Bland, Family and Community Medicine, who received a SLU Spark! Tonya was recognized by Kathy Vogt, PMO-Billing Operations, for serving others. 

"Tonya was on vacation when my daughter needed to get in and see a surgeon. She took the time to work on her day off calling around surgical clinics and was able to get my child fitted into Dr. Kraemer's schedule the following day. She knew just how emotional I was, as the parent of my daughter needing to see a specialist because she had possibly broken/fractured three fingers and needed to be seen quickly. We were the first patient seen the next day and surgery was needed. I want to commend Tonya for her compassion and understanding of what a fellow colleague needed for her child. While I could have chosen compassion for this spark because she has that as well but I chose serving others because I know she would do the same for anyone through her daily work."

Bruce Pratte Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Bruce Pratte, Facilities Management, who received a SLU Spark! Bruce was recognized by Amelia Blanton Hibner, Instruction-Social Work, for showing compassion.

"Today was an admitted students day for prospective SLU students. As Bruce was driving around campus on his golf cart he encountered the father and sister, who has autism, of a prospective student. The sister had limited mobility and could not walk long distances. After talking with them, Bruce drove his cart to the BSC to find some admissions staff to have them come and pick the father and daughter up. He went back and spoke with the father and daughter more while they waited on an admissions golf cart. After waiting for a bit, he drove back to the BSC to check on the status of the golf cart for them. The admissions staff eventually came and arranged a golf cart tour of campus for the family. Bruce went out of his way to serve this family and show compassion to them. They spoke so highly of him and how kind he was and he truly deserves to be recognized for this!"

Cura Day of Appreciation - April 28

Faculty and staff are invited to share stories of appreciation and gratitude for their colleagues on the Cura Day of Appreciation, Friday April 28. Each member of the SLU community shares their gifts and talents with the world everyday. These gifts and talents are shared through actions that go above and beyond what is expected. On the Cura Day of Appreciation, faculty and staff will share meaningful positive stories about the impact their colleagues have had.

From 7-9am on Friday, April 28, faculty and staff are encouraged to stop by the following locations to receive a SLU Sparks notepad and write at least 2 notes to their colleagues.
  • North Campus
    • Wool Center Lobby
    • DuBourg Hall (ground floor by main staircase)
  • South Campus
    • Salus Center Lobby
    • Learning Resources Center Lobby
  • Law Campus - Scott Hall Lobby
Electronic SLU Sparks can also be sent by clicking here.

At 12:30pm, faculty and staff can come to the Center for Global Citizenship for a program, at which individuals will have the opportunity to share stories of appreciation for their colleagues. The program will include brief opening remarks and then the floor will be open for faculty and staff to recognize each other by sharing their notes of gratitude with those in attendance.  Submit an electronic SLU Spark beforehand and bring a copy of it to the program, or bring the notes written earlier in the day to share. Even if you do not have a story to share, come hear about the outstanding contributions of the members of the SLU community! Light beverages and cookies will be provided at the program at 12:30pm.

The best way to spread workplace cheer is sharing a special note with a peer!
Share what makes your colleagues special on the Cura Day of Appreciation!



Freda Branch Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Freda Branch, Pediatrics, who received a SLU Spark! Freda was recognized by Maureen Bresnahan, Office of Research Integrity, for strengthening our community. 

"The Pediatrics Clinical Trials Unit underwent a significant shift when their manager retired, and they have been working diligently to maintain their level of excellence during the transition.  One member's efforts in particular have recently been standing out. Not only have my recent experiences with Freda been extremely productive, but I can also see that her experiences with other members of the SLU community and study sponsors are similarly as productive. Others have noted how diligent, helpful and professional she is. They have also complimented her on her cooperation, hard work and dedication. This type of partnership not only helps strengthen relationships within the university, but it also helps strengthen relationships with partnering research communities."

Annamaria Szakonyi Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Annamaria Szakonyi, ITS-Enterprise Resources, who received a SLU Spark! Annamaria was recognized by Malcolm Townes, Office of Technology Management, for serving others. 

"Annamaria, I just want to say thank you for helping me and the rest of the Research Innovation Group get our computers set up in our office in CIC@4240. I really appreciate your intensity when tackling an issue. Circumstances weren't ideal but you found a way get things done. Thanks again for your help and all that you do."

Lydia Westmoreland Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Lydia Westmoreland, ITS-Customer Service, who received a SLU Spark! Lydia was recognized by Malcolm Townes, Office of Technology Management, for serving others. 

"Lydia, I just want to say thank you for your efforts setting up the computers for me and the rest of the Research Innovation Group. I realize circumstances weren't ideal and providing service to an off-campus group can be somewhat inconvenient. Moreover, I would imagine that your workload increased significantly with the recent organization redesign and position eliminations. None the less, you managed to get it all done. Your efforts helped ease my transition to SLU as a new hire and allowed me to be productive right out of the gate. Thanks again for your help and all that you do."

Christina Moore Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Christina Moore, General Counsel, who received a SLU Spark! Christina was recognized by Susan Caldwell, PMO-Managed Care, for seeking truth. 

"In her role as Associate General Counsel, Christina is confronted each day with situations where she is called upon to make a decision to do the right thing. Her advice and comments related to contractual obligations and strategic planning for the future of SLUCare and Saint Louis University are continually made with honesty and integrity, even when it may not be the popular opinion. She makes an impact daily in each of the 6 categories and should be recognized for her tremendous efforts! Christina's intelligence and sense of humor make it a pleasure to work with her every day.  Today, like many other days, she has truly been an inspiration."

Lisa Brooks Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Lisa Brooks, Comparative Medicine, who received a SLU Spark! Lisa was recognized by Dana McHugh, Comparative Medicine, for pursuing excellence. 

"Lisa is great! I started on 3/8/17, so almost exactly a month ago. She took me under her wing and trained me extremely well. She was patient, kind, empathetic, knowledgeable, funny, and just an amazing teacher. I am now 'flying solo' after such a short amount of time due to Lisa's very hard work."

Anna Knobeloch Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Anna Knobeloch, Comparative Medicine, who received a SLU Spark! Anna was recognized by Dana McHugh, Comparative Medicine, for pursuing excellence. 

"Anna is wonderful. Being new, she treated me as if I had been here for a while and made me feel comfortable. She is very nice and knowledgeable. She trained me extremely well. I have only been here a month, and I'm already 'flying solo'. I believe the mark of a great employee is one that can successfully teach their job to someone else. I look forward to continue to work with her."

Fourth Cohort of Exceptional Leadership Program Graduates

Standing (Left to Right): Eric Miller, Kevin Leslie, Libby Gallogly, Elaine Marschik, Libby Tempel, Megan Greathouse Gause, John Soucy, Janine Meyer, Angela Hawkins, Robby Francis, Tyler De Shon, and Lisa Wagner
Sitting (Left to Right): Kerry Borawski, Matt Taitt, Alexis Posnanski, Jessica Passow, Debi Striler, Cherie Burroughs, Megan Shaffer, and Jackie Forbes
Not pictured: Ellen Borowiak, Mindy Brown, and Teri Monken

Twenty-three staff members were recognized for their completion of the University’s Exceptional Leadership Program on Friday, April 7. The honorees included in this fourth cohort of the program are as follows:
  • Kerry Borawski, Compliance Department
  • Ellen Borowiak, Business Services
  • Mindy Brown, Treasury & Investments
  • Cherie Burroughs, Marketing & Provider Services
  • Tyler De Shon, Student Responsibility and Community Standards
  • Jacqueline Forbes, Practice Management Operations
  • Robby Francis, Campus Ministry
  • Libby Gallogly, HR - Consulting & Client Services
  • Megan Greathouse Gause, ITS - Customer Service
  • Angela Hawkins, Facilities Management
  • Kevin Leslie, Office of Sponsored Programs Administration
  • Elaine Marschik, ITS - Academic Tech Commons
  • Janine Meyer, John Cook School of Business
  • Eric Miller, School for Professional Studies
  • Teri Monken, Parking & Card Services
  • Jessica Passow, School of Nursing
  • Alexis Posnanski, Medical Center Development
  • Megan Shaffer, Career Services
  • John Soucy, Principal Giving
  • Debi Striler, SLUCare Administration
  • Matt Taitt, Office of Admissions
  • Libby Tempel, Office of Research Integrity
  • Lisa Wagner, College for Public Health & Social Justice 
Saint Louis University's Exceptional Leadership Program (ELP) is a leadership development opportunity created through collaborative efforts between Human Resources and the School for Professional Studies’ Center for Workforce and Organizational Development. High-potential SLU employees are nominated by their division vice president to take part in the Exceptional Leadership Program. Participants attend twelve modules over seven months to build their knowledge and skills in three areas: leading self, leading others, and leading organizations. To learn more about the Exceptional Leadership Program, click here.

At the graduation luncheon, Patrick Maloney, Manager of Learning & Development, offered thanks for the support of the program and congratulations to the participants. Katherine Cain, Executive Director for the Center for Workforce & Organizational Development, thanked all of the instructors, the majority of whom are SLU faculty members. Mickey Luna, Vice President for Human Resources, offered remarks about how the knowledge and skills gained by the ELP participants are vital to shaping SLU’s future. “Our Jesuit-inspired leadership values are more important than ever for creating the community we desire,” Luna shared.

Two Exceptional Leadership Program participants also offered testimonials. Matt Taitt, Assistant Director in the Office of Admissions, spoke about how the ELP equips participants with the tools to be a proactive leader, but also be able to respond intentionally to the unexpected. Lisa Wagner, Senior Financial Coordinator for the College for Public Health & Social Justice, commented how the interaction and candid discussion of the cohort members throughout the program made the experience even more valuable.

Congratulations to all of the 2016-2017 graduates of the Exceptional Leadership Program!

Candace King Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Candace King, PMO-Registration, who received a SLU Spark! Candace was recognized by Jim Greathouse, Learning and Development, for serving others. 

"Anyone who visits the Bellevue office of OB/GYN in Clayton is immediately warmly greeted by Candace. Candace is the Registration Representative and puts a smile on the faces of anyone who visits the office. I chose the category of Service Others, but in truth, all the categories would be appropriate to recognize Candace and what she does to pursue excellence, seek truth, show compassion, serve others, strengthen community, and drive change. In a recent visit to facilitate a Customer Service class, I told Candace she should be teaching the session and allow me to learn from her."

Cura Mission Service Day

On March 16, the John Cook School of Business Cura Team consisting of Gerry Singer, Debbie Barbeau,Nancy Biscan, Camilla Hall, Judy Pierce, Valerie Shor Perrier, Beth-Anne Yakubu, Jill Newman, and Teresa Walsh completed service at Operation Food Search. 



Team members wrapping and packing donated pottery for Operation Food Search fundraiser.  From left, Nancy Biscan, Judy Pierce, Camilla Hall, Valerie Shor Perrier and Jill Newman.

Team members met prior to the event to select a service location, complete a team building exercise, and determine logistics for the volunteer day.  The day of the event the team of volunteers delivered 10 boxes of canned goods and assisted Operation Food Search in preparing for their fundraiser, Purses 4 Pantries, which was taking place on March 18.  They were touched by the statistics provided by the site coordinator regarding the number of people in the region who are hungry, especially that 1 in 4 children experience hunger.  This organization not only raises money and collects food to meet immediate needs, they provide food education (how to cook with healthy ingredients with recipes and demonstrations), and grocery store education (how to read labels, foods that qualify for WIC program, how to select healthy foods).  They encourage participation of volunteers of all ages, with creative strategies to educate and involve volunteers of all ages. Operation Food Search supports hungry children during the school year by providing meal backpacks to kids who may otherwise go hungry over the weekend.  Seeing huge bins labeled by school definitely made an impression on the group as to the extent of the need and the impact this program has.  To address hunger for these same kids over the summer months, they run a mobile truck to apartment complexes and parks to provide meals and promote healthy exercise for kids.  The most meaningful portion of the service day was the group being together as co-workers doing a good thing.  The experience reminds the group of how extremely blessed they are to have food on the table and have access to healthy food shopping options. On March 16, they acted as a group of women for others who are experiencing hunger.

Pamela Murray Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Pamela Murray, Center for Advanced Dental Education, who received a SLU Spark! Pamela was recognized by Mary Anderson, Center for Advanced Dental Education, for pursuing excellence.

"When a co-worker in another area suddenly left SLU, Pam was asked to temporarily take on some additional responsibilities.  She accepted these responsibilities cheerfully.  In completing these new tasks, she identified an area where we were losing out on insurance revenue due to the incomplete classification of the program director with state dental board.  Pam took it upon herself to check the classification of each of the program directors and brought her findings to me.  Once the change is completed, the department will be reimbursed at a higher rate.  Pam deserves to be recognized with a SLU Spark for her pursuit of excellence and willingness to investigate something that did not look correct to her."

Amy Ficklen Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Amy Ficklen, Dermatology, who received a SLU Spark! Amy was recognized by Joey Weissmann, Dermatology, for pursuing excellence.

"Amy and I have been co-workers since I began in 2013. I've worked closely with her throughout this time and I'm able to say that she is always pursuing excellence in her daily work. Amy is consistently upbeat, friendly and adaptable to her role within the department. Her efforts certainly do not go unnoticed as she is very often a point of contact throughout the university as someone to depend on in dermatology. Amy never complains, stays late, comes in early, is eager to help a co-worker, and puts her best effort into her work. She is knowledgeable in regards to SLU processes and procedures, and all new employees often seek her wisdom upon starting in the department. She absolutely deserves recognition for pursuing excellence here at SLU!"

Danaye Gebru Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Danaye Gebru, PMO-Information Systems, who received a SLU Spark! Danaye was recognized by Debi Pratt, PMO-Administration, for serving others.

"Thank you for your service to PMO staff and to everyone who works for SLU. You embody the phrase "service to others!"

3rd Midwest Bowecho Workshop

On March 9, Dr. Chuck Graves and his two MS graduate students, Kyle Perez and Alex Elmore attended the 3rd Midwest Bowecho Workshop at Il Monastero. The event was sponsored by the Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Department.

Floyd Welsh Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Floyd Welsh, Career Services, who received a SLU Spark! Floyd was recognized by the Parks Advising Team for serving others.

"Dear Floyd - Thank you so much for helping our students with their job search skills and resumes in the MDH Rotunda. We greatly appreciate your involvement in National Engineers Week, as well as, all of the other countless things you do for Parks College students! We are so very lucky to have you as our Career Development Specialist.  From the Parks College Advising Team (Jenn, Nancy, Summer and Lisa)"

The Justice Fleet is Coming to SLU

The Justice Fleet is a Mobile Social Justice Museum that engages community members in intergroup dialogue, art activism, and play to create community healing. Come visit the mobile museum for its pop-up debut outside of the Center for Global Citizenship during ATLAS week (April 5, 1:00-5:00pm). The Department of Communication, Fine Arts Department, and Office of Diversity and Engagement will be talking about Radical Forgiveness as a social justice practice. Admission is free and open to the public.

For questions about the event, contact Amber Johnson, Creator, at ajohns37@slu.edu or (314) 977-2921.

Parks Marketing Team Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Rachel Rimmerman and the rest of the Parks Marketing Team who received a SLU Spark! The group was recognized by the Parks Advising Team for strengthening our community.

"Dear Rachel and the rest of the Parks College Marketing Team (Sue, Chris and Mike) - Thank you so much for your planning and preparation of National Engineers Week! Year after year, you impress us with wonderful events that enhance our strong Parks College community. We could tell the students really enjoyed themselves, too!  Thank you for all of your hard work!  Keep the pancakes coming!!!  From the Parks College Advising Team (Jenn, Nancy, Summer and Lisa)"

Mary Frazer Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Mary Frazer, Shared Services, who received a SLU Spark! Mary was recognized by Angela Coleman, Center for Sustainability, for serving others.

"Mary Frazer is always so kind and willing to help others when problems arise.  She is a shining example of university's mission of achieving excellence in the service to the SLU community.  Her efforts should not go unnoticed. Thanks Mary for all you do."

Katelyn Missey Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Katelyn Missey, Controller, who received a SLU Spark! Katelyn was recognized by Angela Coleman, Center for Sustainability, for serving others.

"Katelyn Missey has been a blessing to work with and her work should not go unrecognized. Katelyn demonstrates the perfect example of professionalism; her willingness to help others throughout departments is very apparent. She is a great representative of her department, and consistently makes herself available to help others. Katelyn is continuously working to improve her skills in order to better serve those around her. I look forward to working with Katelyn more in the future."

Congratulations, Deborah!



Congratulations to Deborah Pratt, Manager in PMO, on the birth of her fourth grandchild, Henry Michael Thomas Pratt. Henry was born on March 6 and weighed 7 pounds and 13 ounces.

Henry joins parents Christina and Nate Pratt at their home in St. Louis, MO.

Susan Torretta Received a SLU Spark

Congratulations to Susan Torretta, IM Gastroenterology, who received a SLU Spark! Susan was recognized by Maureen Bresnahan, Office of Research Integrity, for serving others.

"Throughout Susan's tenure at SLU, she has proven to be an excellent research coordinator.  Not only does she produce quality work, she continuously offers aid those in her work environment. No matter how heavy her current workload is, she continuously goes above and beyond to help others. Her generosity helps to strengthen the research community and does not go unnoticed."

Jan Gannon Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Jan Gannon, Finance Office-Medical Center, who received a SLU Spark! Jan was nominated by Mary Ann Barrale, IM-Gastroenterology, for pursuing excellence.

"Jan is always helpful. She follows-up with me with answers to all of my questions and does an outstanding job.  I never have to question whether the information she is providing is accurate because she has always been right and has correct information.  I depend on her and she has never let me down.  She deserves this SLU Spark for her outstanding work and contributions to SLU!"

Congratulations, LaKita!



Congratulations to LaKita May-Johnson, Research Assistant for GI, and husband Tony Johnson, on the birth of their fourth child, Journee Wynter Rose Johnson. Journee joins siblings Jaxon, Brooke, and Amiyah. 

Journee was born on January 29 and weighed 8 pounds and 14 ounces.

Annamaria Szakonyi Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Annamaria Szakonyi, Vice President for Research, who received a SLU Spark! Annamaria was nominated by Rachel Millinger, Office of Research Integrity, for showing compassion.

"It is difficult to pick one spark category for Annamaria Szakonyi, because she qualifies for several. She is dedicated to excellence in her work, and she works in service of others, as well as a great product. But one of the most important things that I appreciate about Annamaria is her compassion for others. She shows compassion to everyone- her colleagues, our software vendors, and our customers. She is genuine and accepting, and those qualities in a team member are invaluable. There is something special about her warmth and friendliness. It's hard to put her many contributions into words, but she is a tenacious and trusted partner, and our eIRB system is better for it. Thank you for all that you do, Annamaria!"

Cory Cullen Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Cory Cullen, Information Technology Services, who received a SLU Spark! Cory was nominated by Rachel Millinger, Office of Research Integrity, for pursuing excellence.

"Cory Cullen is a great example of the pursuit of excellence here at SLU. He works tirelessly, often after hours, or at a moment's notice, and sometimes on weekends. His attention to detail and commitment to high quality make him a trusted partner and an invaluable resource to the eIRB team. It's difficult to articulate the complicated nature all of the things that we ask of him, but the bottom line is that he handles these difficulties and makes it look easy.  It's not an overstatement to say that eIRB would not work as well without Cory- it wouldn't. He is also patient and kind, and makes IT details understandable to non-IT minds. Thank you for all that you do, Cory!"

Mike Martin Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Mike Martin, ITS-Customer Service, who received a SLU Spark! Mike was nominated by Rachel Millinger, Office of Research Integrity, for serving others.

"Mike is a SLU IT superstar! He has repeatedly saved the day by providing answers to my many questions and by taking the time to investigate an issue until its resolution. He goes out of his way to help, and often the help is above and beyond the call of duty. Access to our eIRB system would not run as smoothly without Mike's dedication. Kudos and many many thanks for all your hard work, Mike!"

Congratulations, Kayla!


Congratulations to Kayla Allen, Patient Care Coordinator of Internal Medicine, who was engaged to Gage Walker on January 21 while at the Laumeier Sculpture Park in Saint Louis. Kayla and Gage met when they were 7 years old in their subdivision; they were next door neighbors! The couple is planning to get married at St. John's United Church of Christ on June 16th, 2018.

Amy Hargis Received a SLU Spark!

Congratulations to Amy Hargis, Sustainability and Benchmarking, who received a SLU Spark! Amy was nominated by Brandon Verhoff, School of Education, for driving change and innovation.

"Amy proposes great ideas in team meetings often, but in a recent meeting she came up with an idea for our restaurant waste audits to have cards for people to view and find out more."

ITS SaLUting You Recipients

Congratulations to the following members of ITS for being recognized with the "SaLUting You" award.

  • January 2017: Nathan Burge, Multimedia Architect., ITS-TLRC 
  • February 2017: Jon Nevins, Application Systems Specialist, ITS-TLRC 
The program is meant to promote and formally reward employees’ contributions to the overall objectives of ITS. As part of the program, one employee is chosen from nominations each month to receive the “SaLUting You” award. The award is designed to recognize employees for excellence in customer service, financial efficiency, and creative ingenuity.

Congratulations to those Celebrating Milestone Service Anniversaries!

We would like to congratulate those who are celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service in April and May 2017.
Thank you for your service at SLU!

35 Years
  • Mary J. Keegan
  • Cirilo Sotelo-Avila, M.D.
30 Years
  • Joel C. Eissenberg, Ph.D.
  • Kemberly S. Waller
25 Years
  • Stephen J. Barenkamp, M.D.
  • Theresa M. Forsythe 
  • Rodney B. Harvey
  • Linda E. Winter 
20 Years
  • Trisha F. Bowman 
  • Viki S. Cadwallader
  • Kimmett J. Dean 
  • Susan M. Ganey  
  • Priti Lele, M.D.
  • Marilyn A. Maxwell, M.D.
  • Peri H. Pepmueller, M.D.
  • Melissa Westwood 
15 Years
  • Flora J. Adams 
  • Dennis W. Blanton 
  • Kathryn J. Brennan 
  • Karen L. Cartwright 
  • Kimberly D. Cox 
  • Andre L. Curry
  • Denise Dorsey-Williams  
  • Linda R. Drohlich 
  • Jamie L. Emery, M.S.
  • Ricardo O. Fleming 
  • Veronica L. Ford
  • Jeffro V. Gill 
  • Assako N. Holyoke, Ph.D.
  • Anthony L. Martin 
  • Michael L. Mathis  
  • Debra McCoy
  • Deketra M. Nearing 
  • Angela F. Parham
  • Curtis M. Parham  
  • Kim D. Perry 
  • Timothy Ransom 
  • Maury M. Rich 
  • Lenora Richard 
  • Renee Richard 
  • Sharon M. Robinson 
  • Debra L. Schindler, Ph.D.
  • Kenneth W. Simpson 
  • Gwenever L. Templeton 
  • Jennifer J. Thomas
  • Raymond R. Vollmer 
  • Denise S. Williams 
10 Years
  • Laura L. Bernett 
  • Elliott Casey 
  • Patrick G. Johnson 
  • Donald W. Lawrence, Ph.D.
  • Demetrius Myers 
  • Tulin O. Price, Ph.D.
  • LaVonda L. Tucker-Jackson 
5 Years
  • Scott J. Androff 
  • Joyce A. Bryan 
  • Sarah A. Dawson 
  • Susana Gonzalo-Hervas, Ph.D.
  • Matthew D. Hudson 
  • Gene M. LaBarge, M.D.
  • Anne K. Miller 
  • William L. Perkins 
  • Elizabeth A. Rhyne, RN, CPNP
  • Katherine J. Robbins, M.D.
  • Diana Rupprecht 
  • Evelyn Shields-Benford
  • Adrienne N. Smith 
  • Lisa L. Stone 
  • Lisa R. Wagner 
  • Elizabeth A. Wallis 
  • Yihua Zhou, M.D., Ph.D. 
To learn more about SLU's service award recognition program, click here.

2017 SLU Stars Recognized for Living the Mission

SLU Stars recipients gather for a photo at the breakfast ceremony. From left to right: (front row) Tina Gray, Susan Androff, Kristin Knobloch; (back row) Zack Thatcher, Blake Noyes, Carolyn Merkel, Debie Lohe
Seven members of the University community were recognized as the 2017 SLU Stars in a ceremony on Thursday, March 30. The awardees are as follows:
  • Susan Androff, Internal Medicine
  • Tina Gray, Pediatrics
  • Debie Lohe, Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning
  • Carolyn Merkel, Student Financial Services
  • Blakeslee Noyes, Pediatrics
  • Zack Thatcher, Psychology
The SLU Star award is an annual peer-to-peer recognition award to honor faculty and staff whose commitment to the mission is not a singular event, but a continuous story of the mission in action. The award recognizes colleagues who demonstrate professionalism and behavior congruent with the University's Ignatian ideals and Cura Standards, and whose accomplishments further the mission of Saint Louis University. SLU Stars are those unheralded people in our departments who regularly go above and beyond to touch the lives of the colleagues, students, clients, friends, and family they interact with on a daily basis. As an initiative within the Cura program, SLU Stars support a culture of understanding, respect, and appreciation for everyone, and they inspire a collaborative and collegial working, learning, and social environment.

SLU Stars are nominated by their peers to receive the award. Each nomination cycle, the SLU Stars Committee reviews nominations and selects those which best speak to the criteria of the award. The SLU Stars Committee includes:
  • Alexis Bruce-Staudt, College for Public Health & Social Justice
  • Judi Buncher, Mission & Identity
  • Peter Garvin, Department of Public Safety
  • Cathy Happa, Internal Medicine
  • Katie Hoff (Chair), Learning & Development
  • Maddie O’Connell, Learning & Development
  • Rita Stites, Pediatrics
  • Cathy Zimmer, College of Arts & Sciences
This year, Chris Collins, S.J., Assistant to the President for Mission & Identity, and Mickey Luna, Vice President for Human Resources, offered remarks. Luna expressed, “During each award cycle, the committee receives numerous nominations, which in itself is a tribute to the regard SLU colleagues have for one another. Not only do these tributes tell the story of our mission one SLU Star at a time, but they also reflect how ardently the nominators admire and support their colleagues.” Katie Hoff, SLU Stars Committee Chair, added, “it is an honor to be nominated, and an even greater honor to be chosen as a SLU Star.” Collins remarked that the Society of Jesus was built around friendship, and it is wonderful to bring together individuals from across the University community in a form of friendship as SLU Stars.

To learn more about the SLU Stars award, please click here.
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The following is a summarized version of the nominations of each SLU Star:

Susan Androff, ambulatory care nurse in General Internal Medicine. The ambulatory care clinic has gone through many transitions through the years, and Susan has been a presence of strength and positivity through them all. She exudes positivity in her work and builds the morale of her fellow colleagues. She portrays leadership by patiently training new recruits, teaching them to take pride in their work while encouraging them to work diligently to serve our patients. Susan, thank you for your contagious positive attitude and commitment to serving our patients and your colleagues.

Tina Gray, director of operations for Pediatrics. Tina treats faculty and staff colleagues the same regardless of their position or their affiliation with the University. She acts not only as a manager, but also as a mentor and helps her staff solve problems and proposes ways to achieve their goals. She also offers the same kind of support and sense of community to others within the University, particularly on the Medical Campus, and to those in administrative roles in other departments such as SLUCare and the Practice Management Organization. Tina, thank you for your commitment to creating a positive work environment that allows others to thrive.

Kristin Knobloch, advanced practice registered nurse within the hospitalist section of Internal Medicine. Kristin has been integral in growing the hospitalist program at SLU. She helped pioneer the program through her ability to collaborate and innovate. She has done an immense amount of work to help other staff and faculty in the hospital understand how the hospitalist section functions; her efforts have substantially improved communication amongst the different care providers. Kristin, thank you for building relationships to help your colleagues succeed and provide excellent patient care.

Debie Lohe, director of the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning. Debie is a colleague who evokes respect from those with whom she interacts. In her work, Debie brings great intellect paired with an understanding of the perspectives of both faculty and staff who educate our students. She is a highly competent professional not only in her direct field of work, but in bridging those skills and knowledge with broad concepts of student learning that requires collaboration in support of holistic student learning. Debie, thank you for your work to help your faculty and staff colleagues best serve our students.

Carolyn Merkel, financial services associate in Student Financial Services. Carolyn demonstrates care and concern for members of the SLU community, as well as those around the area. She has to work with many different offices and departments as her position requires; she always follows through and has an excellent repertoire with everyone with whom she speaks. Carolyn focuses on improving process and procedure to help her colleagues work more easily and therefore better serve our students’ needs. Carolyn, thank you for your caring spirit for your colleagues and students in the workplace.

Blakeslee Noyes, professor in Pediatrics. Over his time at SLU, Blake has led his division and supported all the efforts of the Pediatrics department through quiet, humble service, thoughtfulness and hard work. He is known among the faculty and staff of the Department of Pediatrics and Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital for his consideration, devotion to patients, families and colleagues, and having a calm, steadying hand. Blake has demonstrated commitment to Cura Personalis by mentoring a culture of compassion at all times. Blake, thank you for your care and concern for the whole person in your daily work.

Zack Thatcher, administrative secretary in Psychology. Zack has been instrumental in making sure that the Neuroscience program runs smoothly and successfully throughout its growth over the past two years. Zack is a conscientious worker who works well with students, faculty, and co-workers, anticipating their needs and following through with all tasks that he is given. His relentless work ethic to help others manage their work and assist with problem solving has been a great asset to the entire Department of Psychology. Zack, thank you for caring about the success of our students and your faculty and staff colleagues.