Join Newsradio the week of May 15th for Education Week sponsored by Saint Xavier University on the WBBM Noon Business Hour!

Monday, May 15th


Marc Wojno, Senior Associate Editor
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine &

Marc Wojno is the research director for data-intensive projects such as Kiplinger’s college and mutual fund rankings. As chief of reporters, he manages the team responsible for fact-checking and writing stories for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. Previously, Wojno covered convertible bonds, REITs and mutual funds as a newswire reporter and newsletter editor for Dow Jones and served as market research manager for Keane Federal Systems. A 10-year member of the National Press Club, he currently serves as membership secretary. Wojno received a B.A. in communications and computer science and an MBA from George Washington University.

Marc Wojno, Senior Associate Editor at Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine & talks about finding the best college values.

Monday, May 15th


Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Eric Zarnikow is the executive director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC), a state agency focused on making college more accessible and affordable for Illinois families. He formerly led the Office of Capital Access as the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) associate administrator, responsible for all of the agency’s programs and operations concerning financial assistance to small businesses, 800 employees and a $90 billion loan and investment portfolio. Prior to his work with the SBA, Zarnikow spent over 20 years in the private sector, including serving as senior vice president, chief risk officer and treasurer at ServiceMaster. A certified public accountant, he received his bachelor’s degree from Iowa State University and MBA from Drake University.

Eric Zarnikow, Executive Director of the Illinois Student Assistance Commission gives the 1-0-1 on Illinois College Savings Plans.

Tuesday, May 16th


Stephen Schutt, President of Lake Forest College

Stephen D. Schutt was inaugurated as the 13th president of Lake Forest College in 2001. Under his leadership, enrollment has increased by more than 300 students; applications have more than doubled; the College has completed two development campaigns, including a Sesquicentennial Campaign that surpassed its $100 million goal a year early in 2011; and the College has invested $100 million in campus facility improvements. Faculty also have developed nearly a dozen new majors or minors during President Schutt’s tenure, along with a series of innovative joint, accelerated degree programs with prestigious graduate and professional schools. Before coming to Lake Forest, President Schutt served as vice president and chief of staff at the University of Pennsylvania for six year, chief of staff to United States Senator Harris Wofford, and deputy secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry.

Stephen Schutt, President of Lake Forest College discusses the advantages of a small college experience.

Wednesday, May 17th


Tim Killeen, President
The University of Illinois system

Timothy L. Killeen took office as the University of Illinois’ 20th president in 2015, bringing more than three decades of experience as an educator, researcher and administrator in public higher education and in leadership positions with national scientific research agencies. He led the development of an ambitious new strategic framework to guide the U of I System and its universities in Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign. Under his leadership, the U of I System has proposed a groundbreaking new partnership with the state of Illinois to support its efforts to transform the lives of students and drive economic growth; enrollment also has grown to a record 81,000-plus students across the System. Before joining the U of I System, Killeen served as vice chancellor for research and president of the Research Foundation at the State University of New York (SUNY) and spent more than 20 years as a University of Michigan faculty member and researcher. Killeen has authored more than 150 publications in peer-reviewed journals, along with more than 300 other publications and papers.

Tim Killeen, President of the University of Illinois system talks about the host of opportunities available at their three distinctively different campuses; Urbana-Champaign, Chicago & Springfield.

Wednesday, May 17th


Frank Palmasani, College Counselor
Providence Catholic High School

Frank Palmasani has been a professional educator at the college and high school level for 41 years. He has been a seminar presenter on the challenges of college costs for the last 31 years. The author of ‘Right College, Right Price,’ Palmasani has delivered presentations to thousands of students, parents, and high school counselors. His goal is to help families learn how to manage their college costs without excessive debt, by teaching them how to maximize opportunities for sticker price reduction and how to find affordable college options. He currently serves as a college counselor at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox.

Frank Palmasani, College Counselor at Providence Catholic High School talks about college affordability.

Thursday, May 18th


Sue Swisher, Executive Director of Financial Aid
Saint Xavier University

Sue Swisher has been in the financial aid industry for over 30 years, including 22 years as Saint Xavier University’s executive director of financial aid. Throughout her professional career, she has been active at the state, regional and national level. She is a past president of the Illinois Association of Financial Aid Administrators (ILASFAA), serving on the executive board and as a committee chair in various positions. On the regional level, she is the current president of the Midwest Association of Student Financial Aid Administrator (MASFAA) and has served on the MASFAA Executive Council as a state representative and treasurer. On the national level, Swisher serves as a regional representative on the National Association of Financial Aid Administrator’s (NASFAA) board of directors. She has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the MASFAA’s Leadership Award and the ILASFAA’s Meritorious Service, President’s and Sustained Service Awards.

Sue Swisher, Executive Director of Financial Aid at Saint Xavier University shares advice on navigating the financial aid process.

Friday, May 19th


Deb Donley, Post-High School Counselor
New Trier High School

Deb Donley has been involved in college admissions or counseling since 1981. She spent the first half of her professional career teaching English and working in college admission offices in the Midwest. She has been a post-high school counselor at New Trier High School for the past 22 years. Donley also is on the faculty of the Academy for College Admission Counseling – a not-for-profit, stand-alone professional development program for individuals interested in college counseling. She has also given numerous presentations as a member of the Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling and its national counterpart, NACAC.

Deb Donley, Post-High School Counselor at New Trier High School talks about how to stand out during the college application process.