Monday October 27, 2014 through Sunday November 2, 2014


Lewis University Awards 10 Alumni with Achievement Awards

Lewis University recognized 10 notable alumni during its Annual Alumni Awards Dinner in October. John “Jack” Marco ’68, Chairman of the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in business. Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award were Col. Duane Hayden ’88 (Aviation); Sgt. James McGreal ’02 M.S. ’04 (Criminal/Social Justice); James Girard, Ph.D., ’67 (Education); Dr. Ronald Ariagno ’64 (Sciences), and Ed Puisis ’83 (Business).

Those receiving Young Alumni Achievement awards were Dana (Erickson) Mayer RN, BSN, CCRN, ’04 (Nursing) and Justin Kempiak ’07, M.B.A. ’12 (Business). The Father Brennan Service with Honor Award: Service to Country recipients went to Capt. Todd G. Kruder ’88 and Sharon T. Kruder ’88.

John “Jack” Marco was a Math major at Lewis who co-founded a chapter of Phi Kappa Theta, a fraternity that still is providing development and activities for Lewis students on campus. He has excelled in business, served with distinction as a U.S. Congressional aide, earned high marks as a teacher, and is noted today as an astute business executive and an exemplary community volunteer. Currently, Marco chairs the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), an investment consulting firm and the largest provider of investment consulting services to multi-employer plans. Early in his career, Marco was selected by the Illinois Governor to serve at the age of 26 as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency for the State, making him the youngest person in the United States to hold that position. Marco is an Evanston resident, originally from Riverdale, Ill.

A Chicagoan, Colonel Duane Hayden ’88, continues as a member of the Air National Guard while holding a civilian post in the aerospace industry as Operations Manager at O’Hare International Airport, serving as Assistant Commissioner, Terminal Operations. Col. Hayden also holds the prestigious position of Director of Logistics for the Illinois Air National Guard – JOINT Staff. He completed a tour of duty in the Air Force after graduating from Lane Technical High School. He then enrolled at Lewis University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management Technology in 1988. Hayden was called back to active duty in deployments to serve in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and other action in the Global War on Terrorism. He studied Military Science at the USAF War College. He also completed the Embry Riddle International Aviation Security Academy, Flight Safety International Maintenance Resource Management Course, the USAF Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course-Southern California Safety Institute, and the OSHA Advanced Accident Investigation Course. Col. Hayden is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

Sgt. James McGreal ’02, M.S. ’04, serves as Sergeant of the Downers Grove Police Department, Investigations Unit. Noted for his effectiveness, compassion and integrity, he holds the distinction of being a sworn law enforcement officer on the local, state and federal levels. In these capacities, McGreal is a Sergeant in the Downers Grove Police Department Investigations Unit and assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Task Force Officer in Interdiction Group 24 for the DEA, and as a Special Agent for the Illinois State Police DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group. He also works as the Drug Enforcement Administration Liaison. McGreal, originally from Alsip, attended Marist High School in Chicago before choosing Lewis University for the next step on his educational path. A member of the Scholars Academy, he also capably served as a Student Officer for Campus Security. McGreal was awarded his bachelor’s degree with honors in Criminal/Social Justice and Private Security/Loss Prevention Management in 2002. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Administration in 2004.

Dr. James Girard ’67, is noted for his achievements as a chemist, his excellence as a teacher, and his highly effective mentoring to those who, like himself, have a passion for science, chemistry and higher education. A resident of Fairfax Station, Virginia, Dr. Girard is The Horace S. and May Davidson Isbell Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry at the American University in Washington, D.C., where he has been a faculty member since 1979. A distinguished professor in the areas of analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, Dr. Girard is a prolific writer who has developed courses for major and non-major chemistry students while also authoring nine textbooks, including “Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism.” Once a Joliet resident, Dr. Girard attended the Cathedral of St. Raymond Catholic School and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School (now Joliet Catholic Academy). He received a four-year scholarship and a National Science Foundation undergraduate research participation grant for his studies at Lewis College – now Lewis University – and was awarded his bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971 at Penn State University. Dr. Girard also received a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship and was a Postdoctoral Scholar in 1972 and 1973 at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Ronald Ariagno ’64, Professor Emeritus in Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is noted for his extraordinary dedication to medicine, research, teaching and humanitarian volunteer service. He is the Preceptor of Training in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since 1982. A highly distinguished author, he has held many prominent academic and clinical appointments at Stanford University School of Medicine. He resides in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Ariagno attended Saint Patrick’s Grade School and Joliet Catholic High School before continuing on to graduate from Lewis University, then Lewis College, in 1964 as the first graduating class under the leadership of the De La Salle Christian Brothers who had become sponsors of the University in 1960. At Lewis University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and continued on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for his medical degree, awarded in 1968.

Ed Puisis ’83, is an extraordinary executive officer who has led several organizations in lucrative growth opportunities and successful restructuring. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Intelligrated, the largest designer, engineer, manufacturer and installer of automated material handling equipment in the nation. Since 2010, Puisis has effectively directed his firm’s worldwide Finance and Accounting Departments, as well as Purchasing, Information Systems, Human Resources and Facilities. Born in Chicago, Ed grew up in Glenview, Ill., attending Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Elementary School in Hinsdale, Ill. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Ill., Puisis earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Lewis University in 1983 and an MBA at DePaul University in 1985. He now resides in Mason, Ohio.

Dana (Erickson) Mayer RN, BSN, CCRN, ’04, is noted as a dedicated, caring and meticulous nurse, a member of the United States Air Force and now of the Air Force Reserve. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, she joined the Air Force where she aided in saving countless lives. Her military service includes deployment to Balad, Iraq in 2008 where she spent seven months caring for those in the Roll 3 Intensive Care Unit, helping to treat severely injured casualties of war. She also was a Critical Care Air Transport Team Nurse who flew more than 400 combat hours and completed 45 combat missions while assisting critically injured patients. A recipient of the Deputy Secretary of State for Excellence in Critical Care Award in 2013, Mayer continues to pursue her dream of serving her country. Today, she serves as a Government Civilian – Trauma Nurse Clinician – at San Antonio Military Medical Center and resides in New Mexico. In the Air Force Reserve, she earned a promotion to Major in September 2014. Born in Barrington, Ill., she grew up in Cary, Ill., and attended grade school at Johnsburg Elementary School before attending Cary Junior High, followed by Cary-Grove High School. She chose Lewis University for her college studies.

Justin Kempiak ’07, M.B.A. ’12, utilizes the academic, practical and technical knowledge acquired as a double major in Computer Graphic Design and Music Merchandising. He founded an interactive technology company, Acapella Media LLC in Chicago, and has served as its Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Technology Officer since 2008. Kempiak began his Catholic education at St. Mary Immaculate School in Plainfield, Ill., continuing on to Benet Academy in Lisle, for high school. In earning his Bachelor of Arts at Lewis as a double major, he also managed to complete three minors Communication Technology, Music Technology, and Marketing. Awarded the Departmental Award for High Achievement in Music Merchandising from Lewis University for being the best in class, Kempiak published an Electronic Music Composition. He returned to his alma mater for his graduate studies, earning his Master of Business Administration degree in 2012. Now a Chicagoan, Kempiak grew up in Plainfield in a family of college educators. His parents, Lewis University alumni Robert ’66 and Jeanne Kempiak ’71, M.A. ’81 and ’05, are administrators at Lewis University and the College of DuPage, respectively.

Captain Todd ’88 and Sharon (Freelin) ’88 Kruder have been recognized for extraordinary contributions to those in the Armed Forces and veterans by being named as the first recipients of the inaugural Father Brennan Service with Honor Award: Service to Country at Lewis University. A retired officer in the United States Navy, Capt. Kruder, USN, has devoted his life to protecting this country and bettering life for our veterans. After his return from service in Iraq, Capt. Kruder found difficulty in adjusting to day-to-day life and eventually sought treatment for depression. This led to sharing his experiences through reading and writing, and a joint initiative with his wife in establishing the non-profit Lucius Seneca Wellness Group Inc., dedicated to educating the general public on the important issues surrounding the mental health and wellness of active duty and veteran communities. Sharon serves as President and Treasurer and Capt. Kruder serves as Chief Executive Officer.

A notable author, he recently published “A Journey in the Fog of Depression: A Military Spouse’s Experience,” which joins two previous works that address depression among military personnel and their families. Capt. Kruder continues to share his experience and skills as a Subject Matter Expert IV at AMEWAS, a veteran-owned business, utilizing his extensive knowledge to analyze, research, design, and put into service various products and tools. Chief Editor and Financial Advisor for Seurat Innovations, LLC, Sharon, then known as Sharon Freelin, was born and raised in Chicago, attending St. John Fisher School and Mother McAuley High School. Todd, born in San Jose, Calif., and raised primarily in Oak Lawn and Palos Heights, Ill., attended St. Germaine Grammar School and Brother Rice High School. Both attended Lewis University, where Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Systems Operations and Management, and Sharon received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both in 1988. In 1993, Todd was assigned to the Naval Post Graduate School and went on to earn his Master of Science in Systems Technology with an emphasis in Space Systems. The Kruders now are residents of Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Lewis student Steven Day awarded second place at computer science conference

Lewis University Computer Science student Steven Day recently won Second Place Poster at the Consortium for Computing Sciences in College Midwest 2014 Conference. Day’s poster, “SISERTA: System for Information Security Education and Real-Time Awareness”, presented the work he did with Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, as part of the STEM Undergraduate Research Experience program this summer on developing intuitive visualization tools for identifying critical cyber security threats in real time.

“The research experience has given me a better understanding of how to deal with issues regarding cyber security in the real world,” said Day. “Working with Dr. Ray Klump was a privilege and an honor. Dr. Klump has an incredible amount of knowledge and passion toward the security section of computer science, so it was really great to share in some of that knowledge and see different ways of trying to solve persisting problems.”

The real-time visualization tool provides current operators a unique visual experience into the cyber health of their systems using color-coding and contouring. The visualization tool represents the exposure of individual nodes and of networks to various cyber problems.

Currently, the visualization is in 2D, but the research plan is to develop a 3D representation that would better draw attention to the nodes that are being most severely and why. The training aspect of the tool enables trainees to grasp the concept of how exploits affect hosts on a network, the severity of the exploits, and what the best strategies might be mitigate them. Tools such as these can improve cyber security training and education and also give current cyber professionals the heads-up they need to battle the persistent threats.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Regional history conference features Lewis University faculty and students

Lewis University chapter of Phi Theta Alpha sponsored the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference for Illinois. The history honors society conference was in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association held September 26-27 at Governors State University in University Park, Ill.

At the conference, senior history majors Nick Czerwinski of New Lenox, Zeferino Martinez of Orland Park and Mary Moran of Crestwood presented papers on a panel “Exploring Local History: Examining the Emergence of Joliet, IL through Material Culture.” Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor of history, moderated the panel.

Dr. Anne Rapp, associate professor of history and coordinator of program development in the School for Professional and Continuing Education, moderated “Rights and their Definition: Conflict, Panic, and the Violence.”

Dr. James Tallon, associate professor of history, organized the program for the conference and presented a paper “Colonialism, Peripheral Incorporation, and Islamism in the Libyan Hinterland, 1900-1912.”

The Lewis University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, is one of the most active honor societies on campus. The student organization expands on their educational experience through field trips to historical conversation starters, special exhibits, various historical museums and architectural tours.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates 200th production with “Noises Off”

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre celebrates their 200th production with the uproarious play-within-a-play, “Noises Off” written by Michael Frayn. It is the show the New York Post called “the funniest farce ever written” and “a spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce.” The show revolves around the on-and-off stage antics of a mediocre British acting company as they desperately try to stage the show “Nothing On.” The show made its Broadway debut in 1983,and has been entertaining audiences throughout the United States and Europe ever since.

“Noises Off” tells the story of an acting company as they stumble their way through an ominously bad dress rehearsal to disastrous performances. In the first act, the cast and crew struggle their way through a dress rehearsal. In the second act, the audience is transported backstage during a performance where the mounting friction between actors becomes evident. The third and final act takes place near the end of the run revealing the fallout of backstage disasters.

Department chair Keith White of Joliet is directing “Noises Off” with a talented cast of nine performers including: David R. Laurich of Joliet, Jonathan M. Boehle of Cornell, Jake Dorencz of Romeoville, Kamil Borowski of Central Stickney, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Sylmarie Soto and Faith Berry both of Joliet, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park and Kathleen O’Neil of Yorkville.

Working behind the scenes: Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Harold McCay of Joliet (scenic design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (light design), Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, (sound design), Kawaan Panama of Chicago and Adam Parker of Plainfield (properties), Annie Martello of Morris (stage manager), Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (assistant stage manager), Emma McGee of Joliet (light board operator), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director), and Katy Papineau of Bourbonnais, Carole McKee, and Rob Kornaus both of Plainfield (backstage crew).

This hilarious farce will run November 14-16 and November 20-23 and is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. November 22.

Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students with an ID pay $2. For groups of 15 or more tickets is $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500, Monday through Friday, 1-4:30 p.m. Patrons can also email at The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Chicago Marathon helpers included Lewis Athletic Training Students

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon volunteers assisted more than 40,000 runners Oct. 12 as they crossed the finish line. Nine Lewis Athletic Training Students (LATS) club members volunteered at the end of the race. “If an athlete collapsed, vomited, cramped up, or simply didn't feel right, we were there to make sure that they were cared for properly by the correct medical team,” described LATS President Meghan Faloona.

The Lewis student volunteers included Thomas Barkoski, Marisa Castaneda, Meghan Faloona, Jonathan Hawkins, Krista Herrera, Payton Laczynski, Erica Lorenz, Amy Mueller and Jessica Prepura. The group checked in at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for their station at the finish line, where they worked with other health care professionals to triage and provide care for the runners after the race.

“We were split into teams of 15 and competed to see who could make the most ice bags. We had to make over 40,000 bags. Surprisingly, this task was completed in about an hour. We were stationed anywhere from 10 feet from the finish line to approximately one half of a mile away from it,” explained Faloona.

The runners need to walk an extra half-mile to reach the resting and refreshment area, so many of the student volunteers became designated walkers to keep the athletes moving to where they needed to be. Additionally, the athletic training students made sure the correct medical team was notified if a runner had collapsed or was not feeling well.

Faloona enjoyed the atmosphere of the day. She said, “By far, one of the most amazing experiences during the marathon was watching the athletes finish. Many of them would look at you and thank you for volunteering your time, others were crying, and some simply yelled and cheered.”

Lewis University’s Athletic Training degree program offers five diverse clinical experiences, starting as early as the first semester. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and many graduates go straight to work in local physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics, high schools and physician's offices as Certified Athletic Trainers. Some graduates choose athletic training as a springboard into graduate school and continue on to get their Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology or Exercise Science.


Service Award Recipient for October 2014

Congratulations to Kathleen Hutchinson, Service Desk Specialist-Evening of the Office of Technology, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for October 2014. Kathleen was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service.

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited exceptional service, concern for others and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.

Understanding Your Annual Pension Statement

Information Session:

When: Thursday, October 30th
Time: 11am and 1pm
Where: Library Media Room

Robert Pruter’s History of High School Sports Highly Praised in American Historical Review

Robert Pruter’s The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930, which was published by Syracuse University Press late last year, has just received a highly favorable review from one of the most prestigious history journals in the profession, American Historical Review.

Reviewer Murray Sperber says, “[The author] has done an amazing amount of research, mainly in archives and in the popular press of the era, and he produces an immensely detailed history of the birth and growth of high school sports.”  After citing several “excellent” chapters, he concludes with, “Pruter’s book is…an outstanding example of empirical history.”

Rewards & Recognition 2014: Nominate Real Life Superheroes

Do you know a faculty or staff member who deserves RECOGNITION?

Do you know an employee or work group that has made a difference?

If a University employee is a "Real Life SUPERHERO" to you, please take a few minutes to tell us why.

Download the attached document to nominate a Lewis University employee or team to be recognized for this very special recognition at our annual Reward & Recognition Ceremony.

Deadline to nominate: November 4, 2014.


Pianist to perform at Lewis University’s Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series

As the fifth performance of the Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series, Pianist Bryan Stanley will play at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 in St. Charles Borromeo Chapel, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission to the event is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.

Stanley, accomplished pianist-composer originally from Atlantic, Iowa, is music director at the Park City Community Church in Utah and head of the piano faculty at the Utah Conservatory. He is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, which include two arrangements of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for violin/piano and solo piano, the latter of which was played at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival; and a Hal Leonard Vocal Library book of American Folksong concert arrangements.

In 2010, The Utah Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered his Serenade to Spring scored for four harps, strings and brass at the famed Salt Lake City Mormon Tabernacle. His compositions have also been performed with the Riverton Symphony Orchestra at St. Louis Community College, Indiana University-Southeast, Simpson College, University of Oklahoma and Lewis University.

This event is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham/, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Job interview tips at Young Alumni University event Nov. 13

Learn how to articulate your worth and create and edge for yourself in the marketplace from Amanda Noel ’03, student success coordinator at College of DuPage. The alumna will be featured in the Lewis University Alumni Association’s speaker series, Young Alumni University. It begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13 in the Faculty Dining Room of Charlie’s Place, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The free event is open to all current students and alumni.

Utilizing a strengths-based approach, Noel takes a proactive approach to career development. She has extensive experience teaching students how to research careers and organizations, prepare professional career documents, network successfully, interview like a pro and create a path for a lifelong career satisfaction.

Noel has been serving higher education students in the area of career management for a decade. She is a licensed clinical professional counselor and certified professional resume writer. She currently is a student success counselor at College of DuPage, combining academic advising, career counseling and mental health services.

Noel is the past president of the Illinois Career Development Association and volunteers with the Southwest Job Networking Group in Orland Park. Noel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, specialization in Counseling from Saint Xavier University and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Lewis University.

Young Alumni University is a new alumni speaker series that targets current students and young alumni, allowing them to gain insight on pertinent topics that will help them achieve their career, financial and personal goals as they enter the workplace. Alumni have a chance to share their invaluable knowledge and work experience with attendees who also have the opportunity to network with other attendees at a reception following the presentation.

For a reservation to the event, contact Lisa Heizer at or (815) 836-5545. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information on the Young Alumni University, contact Margaret Grabowski at or (815) 836-5944.


Latino students are inspired at annual Si Se Puede Conference

More than 180 high school students and over 60 Lewis University students from the Chicago area were motivated by Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto Oct. 9 at Lewis University’s annual Si Se Puede Conference. “Always bring your spirit to the table. If you leave your spirit off the table, you leave so much,” the keynote speaker said to the crowd.

The annual event included workshops that provide students with the information and inspiration about the college admission and financial aid process, college life, and what to do now to prepare for college. New this year was a specific college track, which included a presentation by CoolSpeak, a youth engagement organization aimed at keeping students inspired. There was also a workshop for high school staff providing information about the changing demographics of Latinos.

Salgado is inspired by his father who taught him that maximum effort will get you through anything. He attended and excelled at Illinois Wesleyan University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. He continued on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and most recently he received an honorary doctoral degree from Illinois Wesleyan.

The Si Se Puede Conference is in the spirit of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who believed strongly in community empowerment. The conference is designed to provide Latino students with the tools and resources needed for educational success. Since Lewis first started hosting this conference in 2004, more than 3,700 students have participated in the Si Se Puede Conference.

“I think the value of the conference was that students and staff came together in an attempt to engage students in developing skills and networks that will allow them to advance in their learning.” commented Miguel Cambray, director of Multicultural Student Services at Lewis University.

High schools in attendance included: Waubonsie Valley High School – Aurora, Matea Valley High School – Aurora, De La Salle Institute – Chicago, and Curie Metropolitan High School – Chicago.

The critical role of DNA in forensic criminal investigations is explored by Lewis University alumnus

Dr. James E. Girard ‘67 presented a seminar "Forensic DNA Typing and CODIS,” which focused on the biochemistry behind DNA typing and its relationship to the growing field of forensic science to an overflowing room of students, faculty and staff Oct. 3 at Lewis University in Romeoville. The Lewis University alumnus is currently professor and chairman of chemistry at American University in Washington, DC. The DNA expert is often testifying in court about the process.

Girard shared many relevant examples with respect to the role DNA evidence has played in high-profile court cases. He also presented a mechanistic introduction to the science behind DNA analysis and how it is applied to criminal investigations. Additionally he provided the audience resources for further information. At the end of the presentation and in the spirit of alumni weekend, Girard shared some interesting historical photos from his time at Lewis College.

Girard’s lecture was the first of many annual seminars in the newly launched Dr. Leonard Weisenthal Colloquium Series sponsored by the departments of chemistry and physics. Weisenthal is an emeritus professor in the Lewis University Physics Department. The long-time faculty member inspired hundreds of young scientists as they explored and discovered new findings while earning a bachelor’s degree. Weisenthal earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics from Wayne State University after he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the same university.


Birthdays for October 2014

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from October 1 - October 31:

October 1, Cheryl Kleina, Financial Aid Services
October 1, Stephen Sherwin, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

October 2, Robert Kanonik, University Advancement
October 2, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement
October 2, Frank DuBois, Aviation & Transportation Studies
October 2, Bret Harms, Facilities

October 3, Shaun Reynolds, Shorewood Campus

October 4, Rodolfo (Rudy) Mireles, Library
October 4, Ruben Ortiz, Facilities
October 4, Michael Marr, Facilities

October 5, Sheila Berkemeyer, College of Nursing & Health Professions

October 6, Yvonne LeClaire, Aviation & Transportation Studies
October 6, Janeen Decharinte, Financial Aid Services
October 6, Dr. Cynthia Howard, Math & Computer Science

October 7, Zachary Binkley, Sports and Exercise Science

October 8, Dr. George Klemic, College of Business

October 9, Dr. Anne Rapp, SPCE
October 9, Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, College of Education

October 11, Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, College of Arts & Sciences
October 11, Christopher Stevens, Admission
October 11, Gary DeLeonardis, Health & Counseling Services
October 11, RoseMarie Jurgens, Chemistry

October 13, Dr. James Tallon, History
October 13, Isabel Vargas, Business Office

October 14, Bright Borkorm, College of Education

October 15, Philip Pickar, Flight
October 15, Edward Bockman, Office of Technology

October 16, Dr. Jamil Mustafa, English
October 16, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
October 16, Dr. Ryan Hooper, Physics

October 17, Dr. Dennis Cremin, History
October 17, Jeannette Ortiz, LUA
October 17, Amelia Alvarado, Sports and Exercise Science

October 19, Christine Breier, Career Services
October 19, Elizabeth Sturm, College of Education

October 20, Sophia Barakat, Student Development and Leadership
October 20, Kimberly Brayboy, Multicultural Student Services

October 21, Raymond Bobzin, Facilities
October 21, Robert Bergman, College of Business
October 21, Walter Purdy, Facilities
October 22, Blair West-Keyes, Residence Life

October 24, Michelle Ronchetti, Health & Counseling Services
October 24, Rosa Salazar, Office of Technology
October 24, Nancy O'Sullivan, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
October 24, Shane Muir, Receiving

October 25, Linda Fitzpatrick-Russell, College of Arts & Sciences
October 25, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement

October 26, Dr. Michael Cunningham, Arts & Ideas

October 27, Dr. Kevin Trudeau, Theatre
October 27, Joseph Kmetty, Facilities
October 27, John Czajkowski, Receiving
October 27, Juanita Pasternak, Mail Room

October 29, Daniel Zehr, Aviation Services
October 29, Robert Beckmann, Flight

October 30, Raymond Kennelly, Enrollment Management

October 31, Randell Venzke, College of Arts & Sciences
October 31, Dr. Michele Young, SPCE

If you’d rather not have your birthday published, please notify the Office of Marketing and Communications (Unit 196, ext. 5974). To make sure your request is met, call each year at least one month before your birthday. Any corrections should be reported to the Office of Human Resources at ext. 5270.


Service Anniversaries for October 2014

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from October 1 - October 31.


21 Years, Joan Williams, College of Education

20 Years, Dr. Betsy Wilber, College of Nursing & Health Professions

17 Years, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

14 Years, Kathleen Medved, Admission
14 Years, Claire Tincher, Marketing and Communications
14 Years, David Zurek, Flight

13 Years, Joseph Pasternak, Facilities

12 Years, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus

10 Years, Claudio Jacobo, Facilities

8 Years, Linda Fitzpatrick-Russell, College of Arts & Sciences

7 Years, Ruben Ruiz, Facilities
7 Years, Kathleen Bruss, Financial Aid Services

6 Years, Patricia Perez, Graduate School of Management
6 Years, David Alsip, Facilities

5 Years, Ann Candelaria, LUA

4 Years, Sarah Coleman, College of Nursing & Health Professions
4 Years, Claudia Maloney, Admission
4 Years, Shirley Curry, Psychology

3 Years, Walter Purdy, Facilities

2 Years, Michael Marr, Facilities
2 Years, Sandy O'Brien, College of Arts & Sciences
2 Years, Alexandria Ktenas, Oak Brook Campus
2 Years, Cheryl Kleina, Financial Aid Services

1 Year, Erin Valentine, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Marcus Perry, Financial Aid Services


Rotary Student of the Month - Ashley Bohr

Ashley Bohr, a junior majoring in Nursing, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for September, 2014, by the Joliet Rotary Club. A transfer student, she came to Lewis last year to enroll in the College of Nursing and Health Professions after attending the University of Dayton and Waubonsee Community college. She holds a 3.7 grade point average at Lewis. Very active on campus, Ashley is a member of the Student Nurses Association and has participated in fund-raising for the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund for Advocate Children’s Hospital.

At Waubonsee Community College, Ashley was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team in 2012, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Award Academic Team of the Year, and received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. She joined Best Buddies at the University of Dayton and resumed her membership with that organization here on campus.

At Lewis, Ashley has been active with University Ministry, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, singing with the choir at Sunday liturgies, and participating in the Koinonia Retreat in Fall, 2013, and the EPIC Retreat in Spring, 2014. In her major, she is active in the College of Nursing Mentor-Mentee Program. Her career goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner so she expects to continue her education after she launches her career professionally.

Congratulations, Ashley on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in extracurricular activities.

Board of Trustees to Hold Fall Meeting on Campus

The Lewis University Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting of the year on Monday, October 27, in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. That Board meeting is scheduled from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the new addition for that College’s building.

Various Committees of the Board will also be meeting on campus earlier that day, including the following: BOT Audit Committee; BOT Finance Committee; BOT Mission & Planning Committee; and BOT Executive Committee. Please welcome our Trustees to campus!

Visitation Services for Long-Time Sodexo Employee, Cresencio Ruiz

Prayerful sympathy is extended to the family of Cresencio Ruiz, a very dedicated Sodexo employee here at Lewis for the last 36 years. Cresencio worked most recently at our Student Recreation and Fitness Center. His wife, Maria Amezcua, is also a 36-year employee of Sodexo. His Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Delgado Funeral Home, 400 Landau, Joliet, IL (815) 774-9220. The Mass of Christian Burial for Cresencio will be on Monday morning, but details are not yet available. Shown here is a photo of Cresencio, along with Sodexo employee, Marcella Martinez, taken here on campus.

ELS Language Center Opens at Lewis

The ELS Language Center has opened at Lewis University, with eight students from seven countries participating in the first session. Four of these students are housed in the Lewis residence halls. The ELS program offers instruction in multiple levels of English as a Second Language to international students.

The ELS program at Lewis has offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students in Mother Teresa Hall. Classes also will be held in Dorothy Day Hall. ELS operates year-round in four-week sessions.

“Bringing ELS to our community is an important aspect of our strategic planning initiative to enhance global awareness,” said Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost. “Their program in intensive English will make Lewis more accessible to international applicants who haven’t yet developed strong English proficiency. The firm has a strong reputation and commitment to their students.”

Another section of the ELS program will open November 10, bringing additional international students to campus. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Tyler King, Director of the ELS Center at extension 7211 (815-588-7211) or

Rotary Student of the Month – Matthew Ronchetti

Matthew Ronchetti, a senior Biology major, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for October, 2014, by the Joliet Rotary Club. An honor student with a grade point average of 3.758, Matt is a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of Catholic universities and colleges. He is a member of the U.S. Army ROTC program and is expected to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army upon his graduation in May, 2014, when he receives his Bachelor of Science in Biology.

An active student, Matt is a member of the Club Rugby team and participates in Intramural Sports. He received the USAA Spirit Award. He is the son of Mark Ronchetti, Sr. , and Michelle Ronchetti who serves as Director of Health Services at Lewis University.

Congratulations, Matt, on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in academic and athletic activities.

College of Arts and Sciences to Host Open House

Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has announced an Open House at the new location for the College in Benilde Hall. The Open House will take place 2-4 p.m. Thursday, October 30. The departments now located there include Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science and Organizational Leadership. The Open House will be an opportunity to meet the faculty and staff of the College and to tour the new facilities. Light refreshments will be served.

Those who plan to attend should contact Lucy Alvarez so that refreshments may be ordered appropriately at

Governor Pat Quinn to Visit Campus

Governor Patrick Quinn will be on campus on Friday, October 31, 2014, in the Science Center Main Lobby. A ceremony is scheduled to begin at 11:15 a.m., in which Brother James Gaffney, FSC, will welcome the Governor. Governor Quinn will present the fourth and final payment of the Capital Fund allocation to Lewis University for the Science Center.


Thurman presents new options for incarcerated girls

Tammy Thurman, assistant professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies, presented “Social Support and delinquency-implications for incarcerated girls” at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association in Chicago.

The presentation provided the theoretical framework for a project that examines the nature and significance of relationships between incarcerated girls and corrections officers.

The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. MCJA fosters better communication and collaboration among criminal justice researchers, academics, and practitioners within the Midwestern United States.

Lewis University offers one of the largest and most relevant Criminal/Social Justice programs in the country. A real-world curriculum provides practical career focused education, experienced and nationally-renowned faculty, small class sizes for personalized learning, flexible and convenient learning options, and an ethical framework to help face the moral challenges in the field. Many Lewis University graduates work in high-level private and public sector positions, including with the FBI, Secret Service and Homeland Security. Lewis University is currently a member of the Academic Alliance of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.

Fekete and King present Lewis University and ELS partnership at NAFSA conference

Lewis University Director of International Student Services Michael Fekete presented “Partnerships Done Right – Case Study: ELS & Lewis University” with Tyler King, ELS Language Centers (ELS) Center Director, at the NAFSA Region V 2014 Regional Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Fekete and King showed how there was an emergent relationship between Lewis and ELS and both organizations worked toward deepening the relationship on many levels. It resulted in Lewis University becoming a host institution for an ELS Pathway Center.

Lewis University increased communication both internally and with their partner to ensure a smooth opening of the pathway center. They demonstrated how the process is replicable in any situation when there is an external partner working with a university. Fekete and King also helped participants identify those campus stakeholders that need to be involved and what stage in the process of any relationship building, not just specific to an international education program.

In October, ELS joined the Lewis University community to offer instruction in multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from abroad. Contributing to international diversity, the ELS program provides offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students on the Lewis University campus in Romeoville.

With more than 50 locations nationwide, ELS is the largest network of U.S. campus-based English language instruction centers in the world. Since opening its first center in 1961, ELS has helped more than 1 million international students from over 140 countries to learn English. Building on its many years of experience in preparing international students for university study in the United States, ELS has developed its own unique curriculum, textbooks and branded language-learning software.


1-2 Finish Helps Lewis Women’s Golf To Commercial Bank Classic Championship

Lewis women's golf won the Commercial Bank Classic Championship on Tuesday (Oct. 21) with a final round of 332. Lewis finished the two-round tournament with a 650 (318-332) to defeat Henderson State by 12 strokes. The event was held at Greystone Country Club.

Sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) was individual medalist, shooting a 157 (76-81). Sophomore Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was runner up following a 159 (78-81) performance. Senior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) tied for fifth. She shot a 167 (80-87). Junior Alexandra O'Laughlin (Arvada, Colo./Ralston) finished 15th with a 174 (84-90). Freshman Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) improved on day two to finish in 16th with a final total of 175 (92-83).

Tuesday's tournament was the final event for the Flyers in the fall season. Lewis won two events and finished second in two other events. Sweeney, Schultz and VanSistine each won indivudal medalist honors at a tournament in the fall.

Lewis Men's Golf Takes Home Midwest Regional #2 Championship

Lewis men's golf won the Midwest Regional #2 on Tuesday (Oct. 14), carding a two-round score of 581 (287-294). The 18-team, 90-player event was held at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Flyers were tied with host Missouri-St. Louis for first place following the first round of play, but bested the Tritons by three strokes during the second round. UMSL totaled a 297 during the second round for a final total of 584.

Lewis junior Robert Dofflemyer III (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) was the tournament's individual champion, shooting a two-round score of 142 (71-71). It was Dofflemyer's first career medalist honor. Dofflemyer recorded 25 pars. Senior Ryan Frederick (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) completed the tournament tied for second with a 143 (71-72). Junior Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) finished tied for fourth with a 145 (72-73). All three were named to the all-tournament team. Senior Anthony Lodovico (Homer Glen, Ill. /Lockport Township) shot a 151 (73-78) to tie for 22nd. Senior Jeremy Fraser (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) carded a 161 (79-82) for 61st.

Due to a rainy Monday, many teams didn't conclude play of the first round until Tuesday morning.

"It was a great win for the team and Robert," Lewis head coach Skip Steffey said. "This will propel us a long way towards making the NCAA Tournament."

Tuesday's victory was the Flyers' second of the fall. Lewis also won the UW-Parkside Invitational on Sept. 15-16.

The Flyers conclude the fall schedule Oct. 27-28 at the Matt Dyas Invitational at the Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton, Georgia.

Lewis Men's Tennis Earns Two Runner-Up Finishes At Grizzly Open

Lewis University senior Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) and sophomore Mate Srdanovic (Split, Croatia/Graditeljsko-Geodetska Tehnicka) both placed second in their overall singles flights at the Grizzly Men's Tennis Open, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett, at the GGC Facility on Sunday (Oct. 19) afternoon.

Levandi advanced to the A Flight Singles Championship following wins over Georgia Gwinnett's Lachlan McPhee (6-4, 6-1) and Stefano Licata (6-2, 6-0). The Estonian native, however, was unable to defeat his third-straight Georgia Gwinnett opponent, as Connor Clements beat him 6-3, 6-3.

Srdanovic beat Alabama State's Karlo Skyorc, 6-3, 6-0, in the B Flight Singles Semfinals, but dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to USC Aiken's Julien Tan in the championship.

Lewis returns to action on January 24, 2015, as they meet Division I Western Illinois in a 10 AM exhibition match in Macomb, Ill.

Thode Shoots School Record 66 For Lewis Men’s Golf At Matt Dyas Invite

Junior Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) shot a school record 66 on Tuesday (Oct. 28) during the final round of the Matt Dyas Invitational.

Several Flyers have recorded a 67, with the last being Peter Tanaka Sept. 15, 2009 at the St. Francis Fall Classic, but Thode is the first to beat that mark.

Thode finished tied for fourth overall with a three-round score of 212 (74-72-66). He helped Lewis to a seventh place performance of 886 (296-297-293) at the 14-team event. Thode's 66 was also the low round of the tournament.

Senior Ryan Frederick (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) recorded a 218 (70-72-76), tying for 19th. Junior Robert Dofflemyer III (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) tied for 25th, following a scorecard of 220 (75-72-73). Senior Jeremy Fraser (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) tied for 66th overall, carding a 236 (77-81-78). Senior Anthony Lodovico (Homer Glen, Ill. /Lockport Township) fired a 254 (89-83-82), ranking 79th.

The event was hosted by the University of West Georgia at the Oak Mountain Championship Golf Course. West Georgia won the event (853).

Tuesday was Lewis' final day of competition for the fall season.

0-0 Tie At UW-Parkside Gives Lewis Women’s Soccer GLVC Tournament Berth

A 0-0 tie at No. 4 UW-Parkside in the regular season finale on Wednesday (Oct. 29) for the Lewis women's soccer team clinched a berth in the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament for the Flyers.

The game went to a second overtime however it was stopped with 8:15 remaining in the extra session due to darkness.

The decision gives Lewis the No. 8 seed. The Flyers will play the top seeded Rangers on Sunday at noon in Wisconsin.

"I'm really happy for this group considering the challenges and injuries we've had this year," Lewis head coach Chris Koenig said. "Three weeks ago this seemed like a long shot but we figured out a way to grind things out and extend the season."

The Flyers were out-shot 21-3. The unbeaten Rangers held an 11-3 edge in corner kicks. Lewis senior goalkeeper Mara Bennett (Portage, Mich./Portage Central) recorded six saves to pick up her sixth shutout of the season. Junior Lauren Grady (Algonquin, Ill./Jacobs) recorded the Flyers' only shot on goal.

This is Lewis' second tournament berth in the last three years. The 2012 team made the tournament for the first time since 1997.

Wednesday's tie snaps a six-match losing streak against the Rangers for the Flyers.

"Parkside's national ranking is well deserved," Koenig said. "They are the most complete group we've played against this year. It took a solid effort on our part to get the tie today. We have a few days now to reevaluate and figure out a few things for Sunday."

The Rangers finish the regular season 15-0-2 (13-0-2 GLVC) and regular season GLVC Champions. Lewis concludes the regular season 5-6-6 (5-5-5 GLVC). The two clubs will meet again on Sunday in the opening round of the GLVC Tournament.


Did You Know? MEN now part of SNA

This section of University News will be published as little-known or new information is discovered that may be of interest to the Lewis University Community. Send news or suggestions from your department to Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at

Did you know that the young men in our College of Nursing and Health Profession programs have established a Males Entering Nursing (MEN) organization within the Student Nurses Association? Founders of MEN are Mark Sandrzyk, Oscar Jaramillo-Salgado, and Adam Krzak. Mark and Oscar also serve as Outreach-Public Relations Officers for the Student Nursing Association. MEN collaborated with the SNA to present its first event early in October, inviting Karl Kiessling, Senior Clinical Analyst at Advocate Health Hospital, to speak at Lewis University. Kiessling is a 2007 alumnus.

Did you know that the first section of a Legacy Wall has been installed in a hallway of the Academic Building, just south of Charlie’s Place? This section incorporates Lewis University’s history of its first three decades, starting with information on our founding and opening in 1932 as the Holy Name Technical School and extending to the 1950s. Other sections will focus on students, educational programs, the Lasallian tradition instilled by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and more. Thanks are extended to the university-wide committee responsible for planning this project and for those who contributed to this section, including: Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC (Archives), Sal Ursino and Jim Cowan (Marketing and Communications), Carol Wassberg (President’s Office) and
Dr. Dennis Cremin
(History). Do you have any suggestions for the future sections? Send comments to

Did you know that the Lewis Men's Basketball team participated in a week-long trip to Costa Rica just before the start of the semester? The team members raised the necessary funds to cover their travel expenses. The Flyers played games there and created a blog about their trip.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2014, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.

Due to the use of regular mammography screening, most breast cancers in the U.S. are found at an early stage, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common symptoms are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

If you have any of the symptoms, see a health care provider. If you do not have a provider, one of the best ways to find a good one is to get a referral from a trusted family member or friend. If that is not an option, call your health department, a clinic or a nearby hospital.

Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. For some women, the lumpiness is more pronounced than for others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern and should be checked. When this type of lump is found, it may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (as a cyst or fibroadenoma).

See your health care provider if you:

  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
  • Feel something that is different from what you felt before

If you are unsure whether you should have a lump (or any change) checked, it is best to see a provider. Although a lump (or any change) may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it has been checked.

-Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator
Lewis University

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate.

We feel safer when we think domestic violence happens somewhere else to someone else. In reality, domestic violence occurs in our neighborhoods and in our families. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Abusers control and terrorize our daughters, bosses, sisters, friends, and even our sons – who are most often abused by their male partners and sometimes their female partners.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, characterized by one partner’s need to control the other by using a range of tactics. While the frequency and severity of physical or sexual violence may vary, coercions, intimidation and emotional manipulation occur on a routine basis throughout the relationship. Domestic violence is a social problem and is rooted in social values that place importance on people having power over others. And allow violence against women and other groups to occur with minimal and/or inconsistent punishment.

To stop domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution.

The following are some things that you can do to help:

  • Help a friend or family member who is being abused: Let them know that abuse is not their fault, listen to them, help them to identify resources and options, empower them to make choices for their safety, and provide nonjudgmental support and an opportunity for them to seek your support again.
  • Support your local domestic violence program/shelter: Donate new items and gift cards to a local shelter throughout the year. Most hotlines, advocacy or shelter organizations could benefit from your time too.
  • Speak up about abuse: Never tolerate a friend or relative belittling or controlling his or her partner. Tell your friend or relative that what they are doing is not okay.
  • Set an example: Make a commitment to work for equality and ending violence in all its forms. Model non-violent band respectful behavior through your everyday actions.

While there are so many good causes, rarely will you find an issue that impacts 1 in 4 women. It is likely that someone in your neighborhood, office, or extended family is in danger right now from an abusive partner.

Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator
Lewis University

Workplace bullying happens too

Bullying is a systematic campaign of interpersonal destruction that jeopardizes your health, your career, the job you once loved. Bullying is a non-physical, non-homicidal form of violence and, because it is violence and abusive, emotional harm frequently results. You may not be the first person to have noticed that you were bullied.

Workplace Bullying is repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more persons by one or more perpetrators. It is abusive conduct that is:

  • Threatening, humiliating, or intimidating, or

  • Work interference — sabotage — which prevents work from getting done, or

  • Verbal abuse

Remember, you did not cause bullying to happen. Unlike schoolyard bullying, you were not targeted because you were a "loner" without friends to stand up to the bullying gang. Nor are you a weakling. Most likely, you were targeted (for reasons the instigator may or may not have known) because you posed a "threat" to him or her. The perception of threat is entirely in his/her mind, but it is what he/she feels and believes.

The primary reason bullying occurs so frequently in workplaces is that bullying is not yet illegal. Bullying is four times more common than either sexual harassment or racial discrimination on the job.

Should you confront the bully? If you could have, you would have. Remember, put your health first. Don't believe the lies told about you. Spend time with loved ones and friends. About 45 percent of individuals targeted by bullies at work suffer stress-related health problems. At times of debilitating stress like this, you must not be isolated. Isolation will only make the stress worse.

Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator
Lewis University


Picture This! Fall Blazes in Glory

The leaves on the trees throughout campus are breathtaking in their colors as they await winter's icy blasts. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for sharing this beautiful view and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting this article.

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