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Rising Stars

“Rising Stars” is a regular feature in Reflections. It profiles Siena Heights alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years and who excel in their careers, occupations or community service accomplishments. To be considered for “Rising Stars” in an upcoming issue of Reflections, fill out the online form at Those who are selected to be included in an upcoming issue of the magazine will be contacted by the Reflections staff.

Kendall Acho

Graduation year (from SHU): 2012.

Current title/position: Director of Ticketing and Special Events, University of Detroit Mercy.

What Kendall is doing: After receiving her master’s degree in sports administration from Marshall University in 2014, she is currently at the University of Detroit Mercy, overseeing ticketing for all athletic events, as well as any outside events hosted in our venues. She also helps plan marketing and advancement initiatives for the athletics department and university.

My favorite moment/story while a student at Siena Heights was: “Besides playing on the women’s basketball team, was being the only student representative on the football exploratory task force. It was very rewarding to see the hard work of so many people finally come to fruition with the inaugural season during my senior year at SHU.”

My favorite person at Siena Heights was: My basketball coach, Sue Syljebeck.

My ultimate goal in life is: To hold an executive position with a professional sports organization.

My best piece of advice for SHU students is: “Don’t take your time in college for granted, they will be some of the most fun and carefree years of your life. Also, don’t worry about what others think, step out of your comfort zone to try new things.”

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Saints Athletics Highlights—Summer 2016

SHU Athletics Unveils New Bus Wrap

Siena Heights University Athletics unveiled its newly designed bus wrap at a special ceremony Jan. 13, 2016 in the stadium parking lot. SHU President Sister Peg Albert officially introduced the new design that will represent the Saints on the road. Watch the bus being created in this 30 second video!

Hall of Fame Class Chosen

SHU’s 17th Athletic Hall of Fame class was announced. The class is composed of Perry Gilbert (men’s basketball), Adam Hartle (track and field), Jameel Jones (track and field), Stephanie Schaffron Casida (women’s soccer) and the 1980-81 men’s basketball team. The inductees will be honored during Homecoming Weekend Oct. 6-8, 2016.

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From the Heights—Summer 2016 Campus News

Adrian Dominican Sisters Gift St. Joseph Academy to Siena Heights University

Saint Joseph Academy
Saint Joseph Academy

The Adrian Dominican Sisters donated the St. Joseph Academy building to the University in February 2016. Located on the Sisters’ campus, the five-story building will be used for academic purposes, classrooms and faculty offices.

“We are grateful to the Adrian Dominican Sisters for this wonderful gift and promise to live out our Dominican values and traditions with all the students who are educated in this building,” said SHU President Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD. The Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, JD, noted that the Congregation was pleased to make this gift to Siena Heights University. “Whether through myth, legend or actual history of the Congregation, our Congregation grew when Mother Camilla, with great courage and daring, began the Academy from whence St. Joseph College, now Siena Heights, became a reality,” Sister Attracta said. “We can only begin to imagine the hundreds of Sisters and students who have learned about life and how to love themselves and each other in the classrooms and hallways of the Academy. We know that the many who have now gone to their reward will look lovingly and send special graces to all who keep alive the vision of Dominic there.”

The building, which formerly served as an elementary and high school since its construction in 1948, will undergo renovations this year. The first department to move to the facility will be the Education Department. Renovations will occur in phases, and the total project will cost around $4 million.

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