John Carey, Director of Electronic Media, was awarded the Lewis University Distinguished Lasallian Educator. The Tinley Park resident has been an adjunct faculty member in the Communications Department for more than 25 years. The 1985 and 2006 alumnus was honored for being especially adept at helping students identify and cultivate their talents, particularly in the field of broadcasting and communications. He exhibits a tireless focus on mentoring students, assisting them with job placement, connecting them with other alumni in the field and finding them internships and other opportunities to advance in their careers.
Established in 1993, the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award is presented each year to faculty members who exemplify the highest level of Lasallian values to students, colleagues and community members. The award is named for Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers—the religious congregation that sponsors Lewis University—and whose work is modeled in the values of the university mission.
Carey has taught his students how to use their newly acquired skills to help others. He has incorporated service into his courses for years, such as the To Kill a DJ fundraising effort for Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital that has raised more than $79,000. He was essential in establishing the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund, a service learning collaboration between College of Arts and Sciences’ Communications Department and College of Nursing & Health Professions’ Professional Development course for the benefit of hospitalized children's families.
“When service is combined with reflection and deep understanding of the needs of the community, it can have a great impact both on the students and those being served,” Carey commented. He also was honored for exemplary volunteer service in 2001 with the Lewis University De La Salle Medallion.
Carey has also been instrumental in securing the best facilities, equipment and environment for Lewis University students. He established the Andrew Center for Electronic Media, which houses the university’s television and radio stations. The Lewis University television station recently received a significant donation from Univision/Chicago, which included an entire digital control room, news set, robotic television cameras and a live news truck, among other items. Lewis University’s WLRA Radio was the first college radio station in the country to become entirely digital and created the slogan, “Digital radio – press Start.” WLRA continues to be innovative with its convenient access to listeners, through the Internet live streaming on www.lewisu.edu/wlra or www.shoutcast.com, iPhone App and iHeart Radio.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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