Dr. Thomas Knestrict wins Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year award

By: Rebecca Bayens Dr. Thomas Knestrict of the Childhood Education and Literacy department was awarded the 2013 Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year award. The award was presented by the Xavier chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit honors society. Each year’s winner is nominated by Xavier students. “I was stunned [when I found out],” Knestrict said in a recent email. “I’m thinking, really? Me? This kid who had such real struggles in school is winning the university’s highest teaching award? [I was] honored.” Knestrict, who is an associate professor of education, has been at Xavier for nine years and … Continue reading Dr. Thomas Knestrict wins Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year award

CFJ merges two student groups to form X Change program

By: Meredith Francis The Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice (CFJ) has announced that the two weekly service programs, Students Taking Active Roles (S.T.A.R.) and ConneXions, will merge in the 2013-14 academic school year to form a new program called X Change. The name X Change represents the idea that weekly service is a mutual exchange of skills, knowledge and passion between Xavier students and the Cincinnati community. Students will visit the same service site each week to participate in this experience. The format will be similar to S.T.A.R., giving students the opportunity to serve at agencies dealing with education issues, people with disabilities, elderly care, poverty and homelessness. Much like ConneXions, which was geared solely toward first-year students, X Change will allow first-years to get to … Continue reading CFJ merges two student groups to form X Change program

Xavier hosts All Honors Day

By: Lydia Rogers Xavier hosted the 21st annual All Honors Day program on April 20. Over 300 students were recognized for their academic, athletic and leadership excellence. The day’s events took place on various campus locations where family and friends were able to celebrate Xavier students’ achievements. The program kicked off with its first event, the Academic Honors Convocation at 9 a.m. in the James and Caroline Duff Banquet Center in Cintas Center. “This year, 81 awards from all subject matters were given to over 140 students for their academic achievement,” Director of Events Kelly King said. The awards presented included the Kramer-Miller Mathematics Award, the VJ Bieliauskas Psychology Award and the Nursing Mission Award. The first awards were given at Scholar-Athlete ceremony, which took place at 11:30 a.m. … Continue reading Xavier hosts All Honors Day