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Winter 2006 • Volume 12, Issue 1


Five inducted as Centurions

Five alumni were inducted into the Centurion Society during the Founder’s Day Convocation on October 21. Founded in 1982, the Centurion Society honors alumni who have become national or international leaders in their fields and recognizes them for achievements in business, public life, and their professions. The following alumni were named Centurions:

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Shown from left are James Fiala ’67, John Ciardullo, Jr. ’61,
Jerald Kehe ’68, Robert Clark ’67,
and Keith Bane ’61.

Keith J. Bane ’61, Distinguished Alumnus Award recipient, was named to the Centurion Society.

John J. Ciardullo, Jr. ’61; MS in architecture ’67 Harvard University Graduate School of Design; principal, John Ciardullo Associates, PC, New York; served as instructor of design and structural engineering courses in the Department of Architecture at Pratt Institute; served as instructor and director, first year Planning Studio in the City and Regional Planning Department; served as associate professor in architecture at Columbia University; taught structural engineering at Harvard University Graduate School of Architecture.

Robert J. Clark ’67; MBA ’74 Northern Illinois University; director, president, and CEO, Bear Cub Investments, LLC, Denver, Colorado, a natural gas gathering and processing company; past president and member of the Board of Directors of the Denver Petroleum Club.

James D. Fiala ’67; founder, president-CEO, James D. Fiala Paving Company, Bolingbrook; also president and CEO of Delcumbray Inc. and ILS Properties, LLC; business has grown from a residential paving contractor to a major road building general contractor prequalified with the Illinois Department of Transportation, for projects in excess of $20 million; past president, Illinois Asphalt Pavement Association; past director, Illinois State Crime Commission.

Jerald F. Kehe ’68; president, Kehe Foods, Chicago; largest privately held specialty food distributor in the U.S., employing 1,900 individuals in 37 states; past president, National Food Distributor Association.


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Faculty recognized at convocation

Faculty achievements in teaching, scholarship, and service were recognized during the annual Founder’s Day Convocation. Pictured after the ceremony in Dingeldine Music Center, from left are Dr. Kevin Swafford, assistant professor of English, recipient of the Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Award for Scholarship; Dr. Jeff Huberman, dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, recipient of the Francis C. Mergen Memorial Award for Public Service; Dr. Larry Weinzimmer ’83 MBA ‘85, professor of management, recipient of the Putnam Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Dr. Sherri Morris, assistant professor of biology, recipient of the Caterpillar Inc. Faculty Award for Teaching.

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