Monthly Archives: March 2018

Meet the Library Staff: Gina Sopko

Gina SopkoGina Sopko is the Secretary to the Library Director. She manages the day-to-day operational activities of the Library, ensuring that the Library is an inviting place for our community members. You can reach her by email at gsopko(at)lewisu(dot)edu, or just stop by the Library and say hi!

Welcome to Lewis University Library, Gina! What aspects of your position as Secretary to the Library Director are you most excited about?
What I am most excited about being the new Secretary to the Library Director is that I get to meet so many new people. I am also excited to be part of the Library and seeing it grow and succeed.

What attracted you to Lewis University? What do you like most about it so far?
What attracted me to Lewis University was friends, family, and colleagues have said many great things about working here, like that the staff and faculty are so friendly. What I like most so far in my position is that I really feel like I am able to help with the day-to-day functions of the Library.

You are active in the local community, including the Romeoville Citizens Police Academy. Can you tell us a little about those activities?
I absolutely love this community. I have worked in this community for more than 10 years and through this time I was invited to take a free class that gives the community a basic understanding of police practices in a wide range of areas and it is hoped that this program will allow participants to get to know the members of the Police Department better. I have been given the great opportunity sit on the Board of Directors as treasurer beginning this year.

What are you passionate about?
What I feel I am passionate about is flowers. In my spare time I surround myself in flowers, and enjoy making flower arrangements. I love making a particular day in someone’s life that much brighter because of the flowers I put together for them.

If you had a year off with pay (hypothetically, of course!), what would you do?
I think if I had a year off with pay I would travel to Italy and explore where my ancestors came from.

What are you reading (or what was the last book you read)?
A book I am reading at the present time is Some like it Witchy by Heather Blake, which is book 5 out of 7 in her Wishcraft Mystery series. Heather has a great way of blending crime, magic and romance, which is a perfect blend for my taste in books.

Library to Host Workshop Series for Celebration of Scholarship Presenters

Workshops for accepted Celebration of Scholarship student presenters

Students who are preparing to present their research at this year’s Celebration of Scholarship are invited to attend a series of informational workshops. All sessions will be held in the Library Media Classroom and will last approximately 15 – 20 minutes.

Student presenters can attend any or all three sessions. To register, visit:

Presented by Lindsay Harmon, Lewis University Library 
Your proposal was accepted…Now what? In this session, we’ll examine what makes an effective academic poster and presentation, including tips for organizing information, presenting it visually, and translating it into an “elevator pitch.” We’ll look at some example posters from various academic disciplines and share additional resources.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 9:30a.m. or 1:30p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 10:30a.m. or 2:30p.m.

Presented by Dr. Emily Normand, Lewis University Speech & Presentation Lab
Feeling a little anxious about your Celebration of Scholarship presentation? Ensure your delivery of information matches the excellent quality of your project with tips about appropriate audience analysis, effective verbal and nonverbal delivery, and overcoming speaking anxiety. Information about the Speech and Presentation Lab as a Celebration of Scholarship resource will also be discussed.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 9:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 11:00a.m. or 2:00p.m.

Presented by Chris Breier, Lewis University Career Services Office
Attend this session to learn how to shine as a new professional including professional attire and how to introduce yourself. This session will conclude with how to add your research/presentation to your professional resume for graduate school or employment opportunities.

Wednesday, 3/21/18 8:30a.m. or 12:00p.m.
Thursday, 3/22/18 10:00a.m. or 1:00p.m.

Additional resources for Celebration of Scholarship presenters can be found on the Library’s Celebration of Scholarship guide.