FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Loyola University Chicago Celebrates
2017 Founders’ Dinner
Keynote Speaker Cokie Roberts Headlines
Annual Fundraiser for Student Scholarships
CHICAGO, May 23, 2017—Loyola University Chicago will celebrate its annual Founders’ Dinner on Friday, June 9, at the University’s Lake Shore Campus located at 1032 W. Sheridan Road. A signature fundraising event for student scholarships, the gala recognizes alumni, students, individuals, and corporate and foundation partners who exemplify the hallmarks of a Loyola education—leadership and service to others. This year, political commentator Cokie Roberts will provide the event’s keynote address and receive the Spirit of Loyola Award as an individual who embodies the Ignatian spirit.
In more than 40 years in broadcasting, Roberts has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2000 and was named one of the 50 greatest women in the history of broadcasting by the American Women in Radio and Television. In addition to her television career, Roberts has written six books that have appeared on The New York Times Best Sellers list, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history. She serves on the boards of several nonprofit institutions and holds more than 25 honorary degrees. In 2008, the Library of Congress named her a “Living Legend.”
Also among this year’s Founders’ Dinner signature award winners are Sister Mary Ann Zollmann, BVM (MUND ’64)—Coffey Award; Audrey G. Ratner (BSEd ’78)—Heart of Loyola Award; and CME Group Foundation—Caritas Award.
Loyola’s schools, institutes, John Felice Rome Center, and the College of Arts and Sciences also honor an alumnus/alumna during the celebration. This year’s awardees include:
The Damen Award Recipients
- College of Arts and Sciences – Sandra Cisneros (BA ’76)
- Quinlan School of Business – Francesca A. DeBiase (BBA ’88)
- School of Communication – Lorraine M. Klemz (BA ’90)
- School of Continuing and Professional Studies – Thomas C. Wendt (BA ’98)
- School of Education – Dr. Barbara June Eason-Watkins (EdD ’99)
- Institute of Environmental Sustainability – Stacey A. Paradis (BA ’92)
- School of Law – The Honorable Thomas J. Dart (JD ’87)
- Stritch School of Medicine – Dr. Joel P. Carpenter (MD ’89)
- Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing – Mary Ann B. Noonan (BSN ’64, MSN ’79)
- Institute of Pastoral Studies – Dr. Carole M. Eipers (MPS ’80)
- School of Social Work – Gertrude I. Mack (MSW ’46)
The Felice Award Recipient
- John Felice Rome Center – James L. Centner Jr. (JFRC ’66–’67)
Since 2002, Founders’ Dinner awardees have provided over $4 million in scholarship support for Loyola students. For tickets, accommodations, sponsorship information, and more on each of this year’s awardees, visit LUC.edu/founders.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,500 students. More than 11,000 undergraduates call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 11 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, Graduate School, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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