SXU to honor James and Patricia Morris with the Shield of Saint Xavier at 27th Annual President’s Scholarship Ball

James A. and Patricia A. Morris ’83, Ph.D., will receive the Shield of Saint Xavier at the 27th Annual Saint Xavier University President’s Scholarship Ball on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. The Shield is awarded annually to individuals nominated by the University community and chosen by its Board of Trustees.

“The Shield of Saint Xavier is our University’s highest honor, awarded to recognize outstanding people for their enduring support of Saint Xavier’s mission of academic excellence and social concern,” said President Christine M. Wiseman, J.D.”Jim and Trish Morris are among the most fervent supporters and generous donors in University history, and we are deeply pleased to bestow this honor upon them.”

The Morrises have a long and distinguished history with SXU. The Smith-Morris Quadrangle in the Chicago campus is named in their honor. They have made significant annual monetary gifts to underwrite and sponsor the Shield of Saint Xavier for the past eight years, given generously to the annual fund, and created a culture of giving among students through their matching support of the annual Class Gift program for the last 11 years. They have also created a legacy gift to Saint Xavier University.

Additionally, the Morrises have chaired the President’s Club and the President’s Scholarship Ball in the past. Patricia served on the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2010 and was vice chair from 2007 to 2010.

The President’s Scholarship Ball has raised millions of dollars for the Presidential Scholarship Program, which provides financial support to Saint Xavier’s most deserving students. This gala event is open to the public and will be co-chaired by SXU Board of Trustees Chairman John T. Costello and Sally Clair. For more information or to make a reservation, please contact 773-298-3748 or visit, keyword: ball.

Media interested in attending the Ball should contact Karla Thomas at 773-298-3937 or