Monday September 29, 2014 through Sunday October 5, 2014


Lewis University named a Military Friendly School for sixth year

Lewis University has been named to the Military Friendly Schools list for the sixth consecutive year by Victory Media, which focuses on military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2014-2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, university and trade schools in the country that are outstanding in embracing America’s military service members, veterans, spouses and families as students to ensure their success on campus.

Lewis University continues to support current military students with various initiatives. Flexible formats in classes online and in-person make Lewis University a convenient option for military. Lewis offers several quality programs that allow those in the military to easily transfer their skills into continued military service or civilian careers. Financial assistance also is available through the Yellow Ribbon Program and acceptance of many chapters of VA education benefits.

The Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment was established at Lewis in 2013 to enhance the University’s support of veterans. The office recruits veterans to Lewis University, assists in their transition to academic studies, supports them and works to retain veterans and their dependents. Roman Ortega Jr., who served in the U.S. Army for more than 15 years and achieved the rank of Major, is director of the office.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. In its sixth year, the 2014-2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014-2015 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

Lewis University dedicates new nursing addition

More than 100 Lewis University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and invited guests gathered Wednesday, Sept. 24 to participate in the Open House and Blessing ceremony for an addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The 24,000 square-foot expansion of the College of Nursing and Health Professions’ facilities includes three new state-of-the-art simulation labs, high fidelity simulated manikins, a viewing room to provide an opportunity for faculty to observe student performance, four classrooms, additional faculty offices, conference rooms, several student gathering spaces and a café. Wight & Company designed and constructed the addition. Lewis University staff collaborated with Wight & Company, by completing most of the renovations and some of the preparatory work for the construction project.

“This addition signifies our commitment to providing our students in the College of Nursing and Health Professions with exceptional facilities, state of the art technology and highly competent faculty that work together to provide a quality educational experience,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. The undergraduate nursing program at Lewis is one of the largest among private, not-for-profit schools in Illinois.

Barbara Martin, a member of the University’s Board of Trustees who holds two degrees from Lewis University, spoke at the ceremony. Now President and CEO of Vista Health System, Martin praised the dedication of those Lewis University students majoring in Nursing: “Quite simply, these students do excel. They prove it year in and year out,” she declared. “I always refer to Lewis University as my roots for my career successes,” she added.

Lewis University nursing graduates have achieved excellent results in the NCLEX national nursing exam, earning marks well over the national averages and posting a 98 per cent pass rate this year after two straight years at 100 percent pass rate.

Current students expressed their gratitude for the addition, noting new space for gathering, studying and networking. Margaret Webber, a senior nursing major and President of the Student Nursing Association, said, “It is clear to us that Lewis supports us in our mission. The education we receive here truly allows us to do what we love most, provide the best possible care for our patients.”

“The student gathering spaces have created welcoming areas for students to gather and are in constant use. Having the additional classrooms and simulation labs make it so much more realistic for our students when they are learning,” said Dr. Peggy Rice, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers bachelor’s and master’s programs accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The Doctor of Nursing Practice program began two years ago and also is offered online. College of Nursing and Health Professions faculty promote Lasallian and Catholic values while the curricula and experiences integrate the concepts of person, health, environment and the healthcare professional.

“Passing through these doors each day are students and faculty engaged in significant research. The work being done right here is advancing the national agenda in health care as well,” added Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost.

Diocesan Convocation Addresses Higher Education Issues

“Mission Communities,” the Fourth Annual Joliet Diocesan Higher Education Convocation, will be held here on campus on Tuesday, September 30 from 4-6 p.m. at Sancta Alberta Chapel and the D’Arcy Great Room. The keynote speaker will be Dr. John R. Wilcox, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and Vice President for Mission (retired) at Manhattan College. His topic will be “A New Mission Community: Securing the Future of Catholic Universities and Colleges.”

The author of Revisioning Mission: The Future of Catholic Higher Education, a 2013 publication, Dr. Wilcox will address challenges and opportunities presented by the substantial reduction in the “presence” of the founding religious communities at Catholic colleges and universities while also considering the religious diversity of today’s faculty, staff, administrators and students in Catholic higher education.

Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet will also be a speaker. Lewis University is pleased to welcome the Diocesan Convocation and Dr. Wilcox, a Lasallian partner from Manhattan College, to our campus. Approximately 50 participants are expected. Those interested in attending the Convocation may contact Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, at

Lewis In Top 25 in Best Midwest Rankings

University Rises in U.S. News & World Report for Best Midwest Regional Universities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Lewis University among the top 25 in its ratings of Midwest Regional Universities. Lewis broke into the Top 25 for the first time with its results and dramatically increased its ranking by eleven points in the annual Best Colleges rankings, resulting in a tie for 23rd place among regional institutions in the Midwest with a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Lewis also has two doctoral programs.

“Key to our progress in the ratings are steadily-improving retention and graduation rates, which reflect the commitment of our faculty and staff who work to inspire our students and assist them in achieving their goals,” noted Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. "Also contributing to the improvement in ratings is the percentage of freshmen who rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Average ACT scores also pushed Lewis higher in the standings,” he said.

Lewis experienced a record number of applicants this year which is attributed to the enhancement of the curriculum in areas such as the Sciences, Aviation, Nursing, and in other fields, as well as continued improvement in academic services. New and renovated facilities, such as the state-of-the-art Science Center, acquisition of the St. Charles Borromeo Center, construction of a new addition for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and more, also have contributed to the interest of students of all ages.

“Lewis University’s progress in moving upward in the rankings for four consecutive years is evidence of our unwavered commitment to continuous improvement and student success,” commented Brother James.

U.S. News & World Report ranks institutions with a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The Best Colleges rankings provide a thorough examination of how nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools compare on at least 11 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings and key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. The 2014 edition of U.S. News' Best Colleges rankings is available on, which features extensive statistical profiles for each school. It also includes a college search for students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs.

Huge Success for Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration

Lewis University hosted 430 guests Saturday, September 13, for the remarkably successful Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration, held in downtown Chicago at the Palmer House. More than 55 administrators, faculty, staff members, students and volunteers collaborated in planning and presenting the Celebration which is held annually to raise funds for the Mission Fund which provides need-based scholarships for Lewis students. It was announced that the gala event realized $300,000 in sponsorships, which is the highest ever, and a net of approximately $270,000 for the Mission Fund.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, extended his appreciation to those who collaborated on the event, stating: “Those responsible for this impressive event deserve high praise for their outstanding success this year in infusing new ideas into the program, adding interactive features, eliminating the silent auction, and providing an informative and entertaining focus on Lewis University, past, present and future. Revitalized with the excitement of the changes, the Red Tie Ball - Signum Fidei Celebration was impressive in its elegant setting and successful in its appeal for vital support for scholarships to assist Lewis students.”

Special thanks were extended to the Committee for suggesting very creative changes to enhance this gala, and also to those who orchestrated these changes with significant success. Committee members included: Len Bertolini, Vice President for University Advancement; Julie Penner, Lisa Heizer, Luigi Amendola and Allison Rios (UA), John Kilpatrick (Television Operations), Professor Keith White (Theatre), Dr. Jeanette Mines (Provost’s Office), Dr. Joyce Hayward (College of Education), Bob Arnold (Meetings, Events & Conferences), Mushtaq Choudhary (Residence Life), and Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services.

Historic scenes from Lewis history were displayed during the cocktail reception, providing an excellent focus for conversation and consideration of live auction items as well as attention to the Lewis Lucky 11 Raffle. Once again, our very generous student volunteers were extraordinary and very personable ambassadors for the University, conversing with the guests, assisting in various tasks, and some even sharing their Lewis experiences with those attending the Celebration. Much gratitude to all of the students who participated, particularly to Samantha Brain who was the very compelling Student Speaker in the dinner program; to Noelle Trainor, for her remarkably effective and quite delightful role; and to the Philip Lynch Theatre students who presented an interesting and vibrant musical selection, directed by Professor Keith White. Among the performers were Faith Berry, Kate O’Neil, Kawaan Panama, Sylmarie Soto, Adam Sikorski and Rachel Tau. Keith rewrote the lyrics for the musical entertainment, which were quite relevant and very much appreciated by the audience.

Brother James opened the program, welcoming the guests. Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost, provided an inspirational Invocation. An interactive video provided a delightful guide through the program. Congratulations are extended to John Kilpatrick and all who were involved in the concept, filming, editing, production and presentation of the interactive video that Noelle so beautifully hosted, guiding guests through the representations and images of the various strengths, quality, academic programs and beautiful campus scenes here at Lewis. Among those working on the video with John Kilpatrick were: John Carey, Joe Glatz and graduate assistant Colin Darschewski.

Dinner was excellent with courses alternating with slides highlighting our sponsors and the sharing of interesting facts about Lewis University. Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist for WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune, was very well-received as an honored guest who provided affirming remarks, signed autographs, and patiently posed for dozens of photographs with guests during and following the dinner. He enthusiastically shared with our guests how the new WeatherBug camera initiative occurred, explaining that WGN-TV placed it on the Lewis campus to assist with weather forecasting for the areas southwest of Chicago. The camera also captures attractive acres of the campus. Tom was amazingly generous with his contribution of $5,000 to the Mission Fund.

Following dinner, the dancing area was opened and guests responded happily, with many dancing until nearly midnight. Many of the gentleman guests wore red ties in recognition of the event’s celebratory theme, while the distinguished tradition of the Signum Fidei Celebration was continued by this very successful event, focusing on scholarship need and carefully planned by University Advancement (UA). Among those assisting from UA were: Kathy Heise, Denise Salvino, Mary Cronin, Tina Crowther, Jennifer Doherty, Jared Taylor, Kaitie Gaimari, Dennisa Walker, Reggie Bustinza, John Mathews, Martin Salvucci, Kyle Hayes and Kelly Kolton. An impressive program was provided by Allison Rios (UA), and Jim Cowan, Sal Ursino and Dr. Mona LaMontagne (Marketing and Communications). Also key to the evening’s success were Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer Skvarla (Business Office), Don Castello (Facilities), Margaret Kientop and Leigh Bancsy (President’s Office), John Carey (Electronic Media) and the following from Meetings, Conferences and Events: Jon Ficaro, Lisa Salazar and Melanie Sandberg. Student assistants included: Jessica Kaluzny, Trevor DeCook, Alexander Stewart, Kaitlyn Sendzik, Nicole Reidy, Francisco Gonzalez, Ashley Piontkowski, Jessica Price, Ellen Kientop, Lauren Grad andJamie Palamkunnel.

Special thanks are extended to all who were responsible for the event and program in any way, and to everyone who worked so hard in arranging for sponsors, special prizes that appealed to many different interests, and the generous gifts for the highly successful live auctions.

“The Red Tie Ball - Signum Fidei Celebration continues to provide an exceptional event that is very effective in raising funds for scholarships through sponsorships, ticket sales, and the live auction,” Brother James noted. “Abundant appreciation to all of our marvelous students, volunteers, administrators, faculty and staff who so enthusiastically collaborated in assuring that our guests greatly enjoyed the evening. Their collaborative efforts to support this major event as a vital fundraiser for scholarships and a way to strengthen relationships within the community to promote the University are greatly appreciated. It provided an exceptional opportunity to focus on scholarship needs as well as the quality of Lewis programs and our Catholic identity and Lasallian tradition.”

Artwork with power, vitality and strength on display Sept. 26-Oct. 24 at Lewis University Art Gallery

A solo art exhibition by Denise Bellezzo will be on display Sept. 26-Oct. 24 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

A special reception and Gallery Talk about the exhibit will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Lewis University Art Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

Bellezzo's work is a response to organic matter through observational drawing and abstraction. Her aesthetic sensibilities are centered on producing lively biomorphic shapes that promote a sense of power, vitality and strength. Marks are made both spontaneously and specifically in order to record the complex systems found in the organic world. Layering of imagery, fantastical rhythms, juxtaposition of lines and patterns, erasures, bold color are all ways to allow the life force of drawing to create its own spatial plane.

The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

WGN-TV WeatherBug Camera Now Live on Lewis Campus

A WeatherBug “live” Camera has been installed here on the campus of Lewis University for WGN-TV. John Carey, Director of Electronic Media, said the camera is located on the WLRA Radio tower in the heart of the Lewis campus and is ready to present weather information live. Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist at WGN-TV, has been working with the University’s Electronic Media faculty and may use the camera’s high power lens to show weather conditions live on WGN-TV (Channel 9) from our campus, as well as views of the Lewis University Airport, National Weather Service, and parts of Romeoville, Lockport, Joliet and much of Will County.

Scheduled to be installed by Labor Day, the WeatherBug was ready for use by Friday, August 29. Views from the camera will be incorporated into WGN-TV news broadcasts and weather updates as appropriate. On occasion, the University’s student television station might provide views from the weather camera. Lewis University also may post views from the WeatherBug on its main webpage. Views are available at ttp://

“Lewis University is pleased and grateful to be able to collaborate with WGN-TV and Tom Skilling with the installation of the WeatherBug to provide a live television feed here on our campus to assist in reporting weather conditions in the Will County and Chicagoland areas. Having information televised from this camera will provide a community service to those watching WGN-TV weather while also promoting a greater awareness of Lewis University,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “Tom Skilling has been a remarkable voice in explaining weather to the public and in forecasting for the Chicagoland and Midwest.”

An honorary degree recipient at Lewis University, Skilling was honored at Lewis University in 1995 for his distinguished career and mentorship of young people and all interested in meteorology, as well as for his newscasting expertise and “teaching” viewers about the weather He also will be a special guest at Lewis University’s The Red Tie Ball, The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held Saturday, September 13, at the Palmer House in Chicago.

Working on the project with WGN-TV are John Carey and John Kilpatrick, Electronic Media; Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Dr. LeRoy Butler, Associate Vice President for Technology; Nathan Adams and Shawn Adams (Office of Technology), Don Castello (Facilities) and Kathrynne Skonicki (Marketing and Communications).


Service Award Recipient for September 2014

Congratulations to Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Student Development and Leadership, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for September 2014. Sean was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his 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.


Lewis alumnae share success at Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference Oct. 10

Join alumnae of Lewis University as they share their experiences at the Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference at noon Oct. 10 on the main campus in Romeoville. This first-time event is for all Lewis University women to come together to network, educate, mentor, inspire and motivate each other.

Celebrating Women in Leadership is a conference featuring female leaders who are alumnae and friends of Lewis, sharing their experiences and fostering a sense of education, community, and support.

Diane Ballweg will be presenting the keynote presentation. The humanitarian, educator, pilot, world traveler, volunteer and businesswoman received an honorary doctorate degree from Lewis University in December 2013. As President of the Endres Manufacturing Company Foundation, Ballweg guides her family company’s generous funding to non-profit organizations.

Following lunch, there will be breakout sessions for the women to attend:

  • “Learn to Lead: Five Ways to Create Future Leading Ladies” by Gwendolyn L. Young ‘13

  • “Mentoring: Knowledge is Useless Unless it is Shared” by Sharon Rangel ’07 and Shawn Tyrrell ‘78

  • “Living a Balanced Life: Maintaining Healthy Relationships with Family, Friends and Yourself” by Kristie Bavaro ’81 and ‘82

  • “Out and About: The What, Why and Where for Women. How to Network Effectively” by Judge Dinah Lennon Archambeault ’74 of the 12th Judicial District of Illinois

  • “Women Flourishing in Male-Dominated Industries” by Judge Carla Policandriotes ’83 of the 12th Judicial District of Illinois

Representatives from Lewis University’s Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Career Services, Office of Graduate and Adult Admission, and Health and Counseling Services will offer participants resources for women.

RSVP by Oct. 6 with Lisa Heizer at or (815) 836-5545. The event is free for current Lewis students and $25 for alumni. Proceeds will go to an outstanding female student through the Lewis University Alumni Association Board Scholarship.

Contact Margaret Grabowski at or (815) 836-5944 or visit for more information.

When the only way out is through the “Rabbit Hole” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre presents the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole” on September 26-28 and October 2-5. Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire brilliantly unfolds the emotional conflict of a family dealing with grief. Guest director Michael Bassett of Oak Park carefully leads the cast into a place of authenticity, and delicately balances their characters into a place of truthfulness.

“Rabbit Hole” tells the story of a family dealing with a tragic loss. Becca (Rachel Tau of Woodale) and Howie (Sean Gallagher of Mokena) lean on their family to put their lives back together after losing their 4 year-old son Danny. After eight months of mourning, Becca and Howie are spiraling down a “rabbit hole” in their own ways, with no clear way to get out. From Jason (Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield) the teenager who has the misfortune of forever being affected by Danny’s death, Becca’s mother Nat (Jo Slowik of Joliet) and sister Izzy (Nicole Riedy of Darien), all confront their despair through comedy, wit and strength. “Rabbit Hole”…. when the only way out is through.

Working behind the scenes: Harold McCay of Joliet (scenic design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet(lighting design), Emma McGee of Joliet (sound design), Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (stage manager) and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (properties), Faith Berry of Joliet (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto (assistant technical director).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 4. Tickets can be purchased through the Philip Lynch Theatre box office from the hours of 1–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Patrons may reserve tickets over the phone by calling (815) 836-5500.

Counselors for Computing Sept. 30

Lewis University is hosting Counselors for Computing, a professional development in emerging careers event at 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Lewis University Science Center, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The event is in cooperation with Illinois School Counselor Association (ISCA) and the National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT).

The program provides counselors and others in an advising role with up-to-date information and resources about education and careers in computing. The computer science education landscape is changing in Illinois, and participants will learn what this means for school counselors guiding student career choices. Attendees will receive information and resources they can use to advise students about the many paths toward rewarding and flexible careers. A light dinner will also be included during the event.

A $25 registration fee for the program supports ISCA. NCWIT will present participants with a $25 Amazon gift card at the end of the evening. To register, please visit

The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 575 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase women’s participation in computing and technology. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Find out more at

ISCA was chartered in 1958 as a division of the Illinois Guidance and Personnel Association, now known as the Illinois Counseling Association. ISCA is a branch of the American School Counselor Association as well as a division of the Illinois branch of the American Counseling Association. Membership is approximately 750 school counselors across the state of Illinois. ISCA works to promote excellence in professional school counseling as an integral component in the development of all students while fostering public awareness in the counseling profession statewide.


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.

Birthdays for September 2014

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from September 1 - September 30:

September 1, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
September 1, Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 1, Joseph Fenili, Facilities
September 1, Dr. Jason Keleher, Chemistry

September 2, David Zurek, Flight

September 3, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 3, Br. Paul Joslin, FSC, Foreign Language Program
September 3, Jacqueline Schmidt, Office of the Registrar
September 3, Dr. Stanley Harriman, Aviation & Transportation Studies

September 4, Miguel Cambray, Multicultural Student Services
September 4, Dr. Velda Wright, College of Education
September 4, Joyelle Schulz, Financial Aid Services

September 5, Brett Bridel, Athletics

September 6, Michael Danielson, Sociology/Math/Computer Science
September 6, Patricia Kuchenbecker, Office of Technology

September 7, Dr. Sheila Boysen-Rotelli, Organizational Leadership

September 8, Peter Spizzirri, Campus Police

September 9, Dr. Jeanette Mines, Office of the Provost
September 9, Suzan Sollie, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
September 9, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 10, Janice Coats, Human Resources

September 11, Rachel Ford, Library
September 11, Michael Vucsko, Athletics
September 11, Courtney Schmitz, LARC
September 11, Dr. Michael Cherry, College of Business

September 12, Robin Williams, Facilities
September 12, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus

September 13, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement
September 13, Dr. Clare Rothschild, Theology
September 13, Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology

September 14, Bradley Swenby, Athletics
September 14, Dr. Mitra Fallahi, College of Education
September 14, Tricia Littig, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 14, Sandra Zigrossi, College of Education
September 14, Dr. Clare Lawlor, College of Arts & Sciences

September 15, Joan Williams, College of Education

September 16, Rosemary Thompson, Office of Technology
September 16, Sarah Palya, Office of the Provost
September 16, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services
September 16, Keith Kameron, Facilities
September 16, Dr. Steven Nawara, Political Science/Public Administration

September 17, Jaclyn Boyle, Facilities
September 17, Dr. Christopher Kline, College of Education

September 19, Iyad Rock, College of Business
September 19, Natalie Castro, Admission

September 20, Raymond Drozs, Aviation & Transportation Studies
September 20, Efrain Zavala, Facilities
September 20, Thomas Szura, Psychology
September 20, John Carey, Communications

September 21, Kelley Plass, Library
September 21, Dr. Piotr Szczurek, Math & Computer Science
September 21, Allison Guziec, Financial Aid Services

September 22, Dr. Daisy Sherry, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 22, Dr. Nancy Kennedy, College of Education
September 22, Dr. Christopher Palmi, College of Education

September 23, Dr. Yann Kerevel, Political Science/Public Administration
September 23, Yiwei Zhou, International Student Services

September 26, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology

September 27, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
September 27, Rhonda Richter, Library
September 27, John McNamara, Athletics

September 28, Katelyn Sauve, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 28, Kathleen Lisak, SPCE

September 29, Sandy O'Brien, College of Arts & Sciences
September 29, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar
September 29, Becky Pearl, Athletics

September 30, Kristin Nance, College of Business
September 30, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences
September 30, Dr. Suzanne O'Brien, College of Education
September 30, Kimberly Mau, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 30, Wei Chen, College of Business
September 30, Javier Sanchez, Facilities

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

Service Anniversaries for September 2014

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


46 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business

45 Years, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology

42 Years, Rev. Kevin Spiess, College of Business
42 Years, Lindalee Adams, Library

39 Years, Paul Mitchell, Art and Design

29 Years, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

26 Years, Donald Castello, Facilities

21 Years, Michael Progress, College of Business

19 Years, Dwight DeVries, Facilities

17 Years, Jane Foster, Financial Aid Services
17 Years, Patti Purri, Admission

16 Years, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

14 Years, Norene Tierney, Human Resources

10 Years, Robert Arnold, Meetings, Events and Conferences

9 Years, James Grisz, Facilities
9 Years, Sherri Kavanagh, Athletics
9 Years, Caroline Wood, College of Business
9 Years, Julie Penner, University Advancement

8 Years, John Czajkowski, Receiving

7 Years, Sandra Schuh, Office of the Provost

6 Years, Kathryn Hettinger, SPCE
6 Years, Matthew Brendich, Athletics
6 Years, Jim Reed, Aviation Services

5 Years, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of the President

4 Years, Dennisa Walker, University Advancement
4 Years, Rhonda Richter, Library
4 Years, Dawn Peckler, Office of Executive Vice President
4 Years, Gloria Massey, LUA

3 Years, Adam DeMong, Athletics
3 Years, Nina Nowaczyk, Graduate and Adult Admission
3 Years, Roger Karns, Athletics

2 Years, Tracy O'Brien, College of Business
2 Years, Kerrie Anne James, Athletics
2 Years, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police
2 Years, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
2 Years, Lisa Brown, Psychology

1 Year, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Richard Burke, Graduate School of Management
1 Year, Joseph Preston, University Ministry
1 Year, Jacqueline Reilly, Hickory Hills Campus
1 Year, Allison Castello, Tinley Park Campus
1 Year, Patricia Kaira, Office of the Provost
1 Year, Rodolfo (Rudy) Mireles, Library
1 Year, Emily Grimm, Admission
1 Year, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission


Retirement of Executive VP Wayne J. Draudt

Wayne J. Draudt, Executive Vice President, will be retiring on Tuesday, September 30, after thirty-four years of highly distinguished service and leadership at Lewis University. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, announced that Mr. Draudt is being honored with the title Executive Vice President Emeritus in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University.

After coming to Lewis as Assistant Vice President for Business and Finance in 1980, Draudt quickly advanced, providing astute advice, sound decisions and the ability to collaborate with teams of administrators, faculty, staff and trustees to assist the University in restoring its financial viability during a very difficult period. He was also instrumental in helping the University to expand from its base of fewer than 3,000 students to a current enrollment of more than 6,700, as Lewis added programs including undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees, sponsorship of twenty athletic teams, and the transformation of the main campus in Romeoville, Illinois into a dynamic learning environment meriting national rankings and regional recognition. He became Vice President for Business and Finance and CFO, serving from 1986-2001, was appointed Senior Vice President for Business and Finance from 2001-2004, and was promoted to Executive Vice President in 2004.

Early in his career, Draudt was a controller at Governors State University and a Supervising Senior Accountant at Peat Marwick, Mitchell & Company. He holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University.

“Wayne Draudt has been truly exceptional in his resourcefulness and productivity in his more than three decades at Lewis University,” stated Brother James. “He has also been a remarkable leader in land planning, helping us to establish regional sites and expand the main campus. Wayne assisted in providing excellent academic facilities to increase our continuing education and graduate programs for adult students. He also was chief administrator for technology services when online courses were first introduced.

“Very focused, determined and accomplished, Wayne Draudt played an essential role in planning and arranging for the financial resources required to implement the plan spearheaded by the President and the Board of Trustees for the complete transformation of the Lewis Campus,” said Brother James. “That plan featured construction of numerous new buildings, including the Harold E. White Aviation Center, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center and the Science Center; renovation of historic structures, such as Sheil Hall and the Oremus Fine Arts Center; building various residence halls; remodeling and expanding athletic facilities; and the recent purchase of the Saint Charles Borromeo Center property located adjacent to the main campus.”

Brother James also commented on the “remarkable financial management and progressive financial planning that Wayne Draudt provided to allow the University to grow its endowment, invest significantly in quality academic programs, address the financial needs of many students annually, and complete five separate tax-exempt bond issues for new buildings and renovation projects. In addition, he has helped to ensure that the Catholic identity and Lasallian tradition of Lewis University and its Mission were always central to any important planning.”

Although officially retired, Draudt will serve in a part-time consultant role as an Executive Assistant to the President, coordinating certain of the external relationships of the University with governmental, business, ecclesial and other organizations and entities, as well as being available to provide expertise in designated projects. He will be invited to sit in as a guest participant at certain on-campus meetings, such as UPBRAC, to the extent he is interested, in order to keep up with major University developments. He retains an office at the Saint Charles Borromeo Center.

Lewis Campaign Committee Announces Fall United Way Activities

The Lewis University Campaign Committee for the United Way of Will County has announced its membership and tentative dates for major events during the fall 2014 semester. Three of last year’s co-chairs have returned to leadership positions: Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Christine Morrow (Social Sciences) and Dr. Ryan Phillips (Aviation). They will be joined this year by a new co-chair, Dr. Ryan Hooper (Physics). All four have been members of the Lewis United Way campaign committee previously.

“The combined experience of the co-chairs and the Committee will be of great benefit in planning fund-raising activities to raise funds for the 45 not-for-profit United Way agencies in the Will County area that provide social services to hundreds of area residents; aid to the homeless, hungry and aged; housing; employment assistance; medical services, and more,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.

United Way events this year at Lewis will include the following:
  • Wednesday, October 1: KickOff Luncheon Buffet. Come anytime from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the University Dining Room. Representatives of approximately fifteen United Way agencies will be in attendance to talk informally about their services.
  • October: An I-PAD will be raffled in a University-wide promotion that will be conducted in person and online.
  • Tuesday, November 11: CEO Luncheon. Administrators will don aprons to serve Lewis faculty and staff at this delightful event. Lunch will be served continuously from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the University Dining Room, so faculty can come between classes and staff may come at a convenient time during the lunch period.
  • Wednesday, December 10: The United Way Committee will present its traditional raffle at the Lewis University Christmas Party. Online bidding for the prizes will be provided prior to the event.
A pledge drive and other events will be scheduled as announced by the committee.

Many at Lewis University have volunteered at United Way agencies within their own communities and some families from time-to-time may have been beneficiaries of United Way agencies, which include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Catholic Charities, Child Care Resource and Referral, Crisis Line of Will County, Daybreak, Easter Seals, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the American Red Cross, the Joliet Area Hospice, Senior Services Center of Will County, Sertoma Speech and Hearing Center, Will County Habitat for Humanity, Trinity Services, United Cerebral Palsy and dozens of other worthy organizations.

The Lewis University Campaign Committee is welcoming some new members this year, but there also are numerous members remaining who will continue to serve with dedication to help raise funds for the United Way agencies. The Committee this year includes the co-chairs mentioned above, plus Professor Jennifer Buss (College of Education), Myra Chavez (Business Office), Mushtaq M. Choudhary (Residence Life), Professor Karen Covington-Freitag (CONHP), Sean Fagan, (Student Development and Leadership), Jon Ficaro (Meetings, Events & Conferences), Dr. Neena Gopalan (Psychology), Sherri Kavanaugh (Athletics), Dr. Ray Klump (Math/Computer Science), Pat Kuchenbecker (Office of Technology), Kathleen Lisak (SPCE), Oscar Little (Facilities), Jennifer Manderscheid (Oak Brook), Chris Miller (Financial Aid), Chief James Montanari (Lewis Police), Dr. Ruth Osuch (Social Work), Professor Jeannette Pifer (Biology), Dr. Sarah E. Powers (Biology), Michael Progress (College of Business), Instructor Patrice Sidler (College of Business) and Kathy Slattery (Dean of Student Services).

The Lewis University Community serves the United Way of Will County in many ways. Dean of Student Services Kathy Slattery chairs the United Way of Will County Board; Lawrence Wiers (College of Education) continues as a member of the UWWC Campaign Committee; while Michael Progress (College of Business) and Kimberly Brayboy (Multicultural Student Services) are members of the Allocations Committee that visits the 45 UW agencies and recommends division of United Way funding each year. Michael Hennessy, President and CEO of the United Way of Will County, is an alumnus of Lewis University.

Dr. Stephany Schlachter affiliated to the Institute of the Christian Brothers

Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost of Lewis University, was affiliated to the Institute of the De La Salle Christian Brothers on Saturday, September 6, during a liturgy at Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Lewis campus. Members of her family, several Lewis University faculty and staff members, and many Brothers attended the late afternoon ceremony. Fr. Raymond Webb, AFSC, Chairperson, Department of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, presided at the mass. Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Visitor, presented the letters of affiliation from Rome.

Dr. Schlachter has been extraordinary in discerning where the Spirit is leading the Lewis University community, and she is exceptional in her ability to invite and encourage others to integrate Lasallian values into all levels of education and everyday life on campus. She has participated in the Buttimer Institute and received the Brother Louis De La Salle Ministry of Teaching Award from Lewis. The Midwest District also honored her with the Distinguished Lasallian Education Award.

She has been sought as a speaker and author and has presented on various Lasallian topics at national conferences, including programs for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Higher Learning Commission, the Council of Independent Colleges, and at various national Lasallian forums. Recognized as an international leader and resource on Lasallian research, she presented a major address on “What Is Lasallian Research?” at the International Association of Lasallian Universities General Assembly in Manila in 2012.

Rest in Peace: Professor Emeritus Robert Sullivan

The Lewis University Community mourns the death of Robert Sullivan, Professor Emeritus of Theatre, who died recently following an accident. An instructor in Speech/Theatre, Professor Sullivan joined the faculty at what was then the Lewis College of Science and Technology in 1955. He worked with the Drama Club to build a “Music-Theatre Hall” in an old airplane hangar which later was destroyed by fire. When the Philip Lynch Theatre was opened in 1976, Professor Sullivan directed its first play, Scapino. A fine teacher, he was well-loved and highly respected by his colleagues and students. He taught nearly forty years at Lewis before retiring in 1994.

Sympathy is extended to his wife, Marlayne, and his family. Details will be published if a memorial is arranged.

University Archives provides all commencement programs online

The Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, University Archives has made available online all the commencement programs from 1947 to the present. University Archivist, Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, said, “We are pleased to add the collection of all the Lewis commencement programs in a digitized format. This allows the information and the names of our graduates to be searched from any computer.”

The commencement programs are fully word searchable and could be valuable to students or others studying the history of Lewis or looking for family members who also attended Lewis. The programs are also available to the general public and appear under Special Collections on the Lewis University Library web page.

Brother Bernard added, “We appreciate the efforts of Julia Lazicki, Library Acquisitions Coordinator, and Alice Creason, Systems/Digital Collections Librarian, who oversaw this project. We also want to thank the student employees in the Library who scanned the commencement programs, created descriptive metadata, and uploaded the content online.”

Lindsay Snider (Lewis grad) and Kelly Kevil (Nursing) are former student workers in the Library. Two others working in the Library are current students: Ashley Killian (Nursing) and Jennifer Levigne (Biology).

The commencement programs are available through the CARLI Digital Collections, which is sponsored by a consortium of university libraries through the state of Illinois. CARLI also hosts the digital archives of the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection.


Robert Pruter's essay on Jewish basketball star reported in Jerusalem Post

Robert Pruter (library), whose essay, “Anne Goldstein: Putting the Lie in Chicago to the Unathletic Jewish Female,” appeared last June in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, had the piece recently discussed in the Jerusalem Post. Prof. Renee Levine Melammed of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem devoted her column to a report on Pruter’s essay on Anne Goldstein and her achievements as a basketball and softball star in Chicago.

Dr. Simone Muench publishes “Wolf Centos” book

Poets are in conversation with one another across centuries and continents in Dr. Simone Muench’s latest book, “Wolf Centos.” The book is comprised of a patchwork form that originated around the fourth century.

Reconfiguring pre-existing poetic texts into new systems of imagery and ideas, the poems are explicitly sutured together by the motif of the wolf, they are also linked by elements of textuality, loss, desire and transformation. “Wolf Centos” is ultimately elegiac while acknowledging that as people age and experience loss, they must retain their “wildness”—the wolf’s wilderness— inside them.

Muench, professor of English at Lewis University, and “Wolf Centos” recently appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. She is the recipient of an NEA poetry fellowship, two Vermont Studio Center fellowships, two Illinois Arts fellowships, a Yaddo residency, an Artsmith residency and the Bright Lights/Big Verse PSA Award. She is the author of five full-length collections including Orange Crush and Lampblack & Ash, which was an Editor’s Choice at The New York Times Book Review.

Visit to purchase “Wolf Centos.” Also, those interested in teaching the book should visit for a Sarabande in Education Reader’s Guide for educators.

Dr. Eileen McMahon discusses Chicago/Civil War history through new book

The American Civil War was a crucial event in the development of Chicago as the metropolis of the heartland. Lewis University Professor of History Dr. Eileen McMahon shares the events of Chicago’s development through her new book, “Civil War Chicago,” co-edited by Thedore Karamanski, professor of history at Loyola University.

Chicagoans played an important role in the Civil War through politics, policies and support. The Civil War also transformed the region into an industrial power. However, the war also created and increased divisions.

Photographs throughout the book effectively convey the geography of events in this pivotal period of Chicago’s history, and the editors have provided a useful driving guide to Civil War sites in and around the city.

McMahon is a professor of history at Lewis University. She holds a doctorate in history from Loyola University Chicago and is the author of “What Parish Are You From: A Chicago Irish Community and Race Relations,” coauthor of “North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History.”

Theodore Karamanski is a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, where he founded and directs the Public History Program. He is the author of seven books, including “Rally ‘Round the Flag: Chicago and the Civil War,” “Schooner Passage: Sailing Ships and the Lake Michigan Frontier,” and most recently “Blackbird’s Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People.”


Lewis Men's Cross Country finishes third at National Catholic Championships

Lewis University junior James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) placed sixth overall at the 8K National Catholic Championships, hosted by Notre Dame, as the Flyer men's cross country team finished third out of 24 teams on Friday (Sept. 19) afternoon.

Frederickson crossed the finish line with a career-best showing of 25:47.93. Lewis freshman Andrew Timmons (South Bend, Ind./Adams) added a Top-20 mark with a 13th-place finish of 26:13.90.

"I thought both James and Andrew ran awesome (today)," Lewis head men's cross country coach James Kearney said. "I'm so pleased with (James') first effort of the season and Andrew ran a very mature race."

Lewis sophomore Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) was the third Flyer to cross the finish line with a 21st-place showing of 26:32.85. Milhauser's classmate Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) placed 29th (26:44.98), while redshirt junior Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) rounded out the scoring for the Flyers with a 32nd-place finish of 26:48.01.

The Flyers return to action in two weeks, as they head to Kentucky to participate in the Greater Louisville Classic (Oct. 4). The race is slated to begin at 9:30 AM ET.

Lewis' Mindiyarova captures Singles title at NKU Women's Tennis Invitational

Lewis University freshman Nora Mindiyarova (Moscow, Russia/Gimnasium 1577) bested a pair of NCAA Division I opponents on her way to the A Flight singles championship at the NKU Women's Tennis Invitational, hosted by Northern Kentucky, at the Joyce Yeager Tennis Complex on Saturday (Sept. 20) afternoon.

Mindiyarova opened with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Morehead State's Andrea LeBlanc in the semifinals. She capped off her championship with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat of Dayton's Marlys Bridgham.

Lewis sophomore Ana Banic (Skradin, Croatia/Gimnazija Antuna Vrancica) placed second in the B Flight singles bracket. She opened with a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) come-from-behind victory over Dayton's Jackie Kawamoto in the semis. Banic, however, was unable to upend Dayton's Mandy Marchant, who claimed the 6-1, 6-3 win for the title.

Lewis Men's Tennis wins both Singles and Doubles Titles at ITA Midwest Regionals

Lewis University's senior duo of Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) and Erik Aunapuu (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) proved that they are the best duo in the Midwest, as they won two matches to claim the ITA Men's Tennis Midwest Regional Doubles Championship at Center Grove High School on Sunday (Sept. 21) morning.

They opened Sunday with an 8-6 win over Southern Indiana's Jack Joyce and Aaron Barris and capped off their title run with an 8-4 triumph over Drury's Maxi Hepp and Jorge Nadal.

Both advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships in Sumter, S.C., from October 9th-11th. One of them will also have a chance to participate in the singles tournament there, as both Levandi and Aunapuu qualified for the A Singles Finals. The match will be completed later this week at Lewis University at a time to be determined.

Aunapuu bested Northwood's Uli Guyot, 6-3, 6-0, in the first semifinal contest while Levandi dropped Hepp, 6-3, 6-2, in the other.

Lewis Men's Golf earns convincing victory at UW-Parkside Fall Invitational

Lewis men's golf turned in a 24-stroke victory at the UW-Parkside Fall Invitational on Tuesday (Sept. 16) during the final round of the event.

The Flyers finished with a 293 on Tuesday following Monday's 283 for a two-round even par total of 576. Second place Bellarmine carded a 600.

The individual leaderboard reflected Lewis' dominance with four Flyers in the top five of the event. Junior Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) improved by three strokes on Tuesday for medalist honors. He totaled a five-under 139 (71-68). Teammate junior Robert Dofflemyer III (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) finished second overall with a score of 142 (68-74). Senior Ryan Frederick (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) shot a 147 (69-78), good for fourth. Senior Jeremy Fraser (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) tied for fifth after a second 75 on Tuesday for a 150 total. Freshman Eric Raube (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac Township) rounded out the Lewis squad with a 30th place finish of 160 (84-76).

Lewis entered three individuals in the event. Senior Anthony Lodovico (Homer Glen, Ill. /Lockport Township) fired a 156 with two 78's, tying for 21st. Freshman Austin Buente (Troy, Ill./Triad) shot a 164 (84-80). Freshman Trent Smith (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac Township) carded a 166 (84-82).

"It was a great tournament for the men," Lewis head coach Skip Steffey said. "Alex gets a collegiate win, which is fantastic because he's been playing great. For the five rounds of tournament play this year, he's just played phenomenally well and has been a great cornerstone for our team. Alex, Robert and Ryan have played terrific golf in the first two tournaments this year. We're real happy with team's progress and looking forward to trying to step into the upper echelon of the region."

Lewis returns to the course on Sept. 29-30 at the Midwest Regional #1 at Harborside International Golf Center.

Lewis Women's Volleyball hits .429 in sweep of UMSL

Lewis women's volleyball committed just five hitting errors in a 3-0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-15) sweep of Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday (Sept. 20) evening at Neil Carey Arena.

Lewis' .429 attack percentage on Saturday was the highest in a match for a Lewis squad since Nov. 4, 2011 when Lewis defeated Saint Joseph's in three sets.

Leading the pack offensively was junior Cassidy Parsons (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial). She hit .571 with a double-double of 13 kills and 12 digs. Senior Kim Vertin (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Central) hit .391 with 10 kills. Junior Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) added eight kills and two aces while sophomore Carolyn Nojiri (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) contributed three aces.

Senior setter Leigh Barea (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek) ran the efficient Lewis offense. She recorded 36 assists for an average of exactly 12 per set.

"We worked hard in the last couple months and the preseason to make sure (Barea) had options," Lewis head coach Lorelee Smith said. "I think she's very thankful for it and it makes being a setter a lot more fun knowing you can flick the ball wherever ever you want and she's having a lot of success because of it."

The closest set was the first as it featured seven ties and three lead changes. The Flyers trailed 12-11 before a 4-0 push put Lewis up for good in the frame. Lewis recorded back-to-back points three more times in the game to put the set away. The Flyers sided out at 72 percent in the first set, 73 percent in the second and 60 percent in the third.

UMSL falls to 5-3 (2-1 GLVC). Lewis improves to 6-2 (2-1 GLVC). The Flyers host Maryville on Sunday at 1 p.m.


Did You Know? First Section of Legacy Wall Posted at Lewis

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 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.

Did you know that several faculty and staff have participated this summer in Mission Formation programs at Lewis University and around the world? Among those focusing on our Lasallian Mission were the following:

  • International Lasallian Leadership Institute (June 9-22 in Rome): Dr. Jackie White (English), Instructor Patricia Braida (CONHP), Dr. Lauren Rentfro (Secondary Education) and Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology). Brother Armand presented at this Institute.
  • Collegium Annual Faculty Colloquy (June 20-27 at the College of the Holy Cross) with a focus on the Catholic intellectual tradition: Dr. Jerome Blakemore (Social Work)
  • Buttimer Insititute of Lasallian Studies (June 29-July 11 at St. Mary’s of California): Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Dr. Anne Rapp (SPCE), and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology). Dr. Colonna is in his second year in this three year program.
  • Lasallian Social Justice Institute (July 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona): Dr. Tennille Allen (Sociology)
  • Brother John Johnston Institute (Cohort 1) Regional Gathering (July 13-18 at Lewis University): Courtney Schmitz (Academic Services), Ashley Skidmore (Transfer Admissions), Roman Ortega (Admission/Veterans Affairs), Sarah Wiegman (SPCE) and Melissa Carlson (Business Office)
Did you know that the Lewis Aviation program, established in 1932, is the oldest aviation program at a Catholic university in the nation? The Parks College Aviation program pre-dates Lewis since it was founded in 1927, but the Parks College program was not integrated into St. Louis University until 1946.


Picture This! Young Campus Resident

A very young deer looks surprised to find a photographer on campus, but poses nonetheless. The Lewis campus with its small lake, wooded area and vast green lawns and plantings provides a hospitable environment for area wildlife. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC, (History) moderator of the Flyers Photo Club, for taking the picture.

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Picture This! It's Officially Fall!

The beautiful maple tree just north of the Learning Resource Center is ablaze with color as the Fall season brings its inevitable changes to the Lewis University campus. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC, (History) moderator of the Flyers Photo Club, for taking the picture and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting this article.

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