Monday April 13, 2015 through Sunday April 19, 2015


Lewis University returns to Posters on the Hill for second time

Lewis University will be represented for the second consecutive year in the 19th Annual Posters on the Hill event, to be April 23-24 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. A Lewis University student again will be among the 60 students in the country selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research to present research posters for members of Congress.

Lewis University student Brandon Schabell will present the work of the research team of Schabell, Zachary Widel, Samantha Brain and Michelle Zaleski. “Had it not been for each of them, this research would not have been possible,” Schabell said.

The poster, titled “Synthesis of Photo-responsive Polymeric Nanocomposite Films for Reduction of Hazardous Flight Deck Laser Illumination Events,” focuses on the development of films to protect pilots from laser attacks. The research team developed protective windshield films that dissipate the laser beams when they are directed at the cockpit.

“The work we have been doing is a collaboration between the Physics and Chemistry departments. As a Physics major, my research would have been impossible had it not been for the collaborative effort put forth by both departments,” commented Schabell.

“This has been a great example of how our students and faculty from various disciplines can collaborate on finding a solution to a serious problem. We’re excited that Brandon will be able to share our great work with our nation’s leaders on Capitol Hill,” said Dr. Jason Keleher, associate professor and chair of the Chemistry department. He served as the faculty mentor on this project, with Dr. Joseph Kozminski, associate professor and chair of Physics, and Dr. Charles Crowder, associate professor of Physics, serving as co-mentors. Dr. Randy DeMik, associate professor of Aviation and Transportation, and Dr. Ryan Phillips, assistant professor of Aviation and Transportation, helped the group by discussing the potential issue in the aviation fields and providing an opportunity for chemists and physicists to apply their knowledge.

At last year’s Posters on the Hill event, Samantha Rinehart presented the work of her research team of Jeromy Rech, Chemical Physics major, and Dr. Jason Keleher, chair and assistant professor of Chemistry. That poster was titled “Photo-active Biomimetic Nanocomposite Films for Next Generation Water Purification Applications.”

“Lewis University faculty and students regularly partner to make major advances in research that strengthens and serves society,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “The research aligns with Lasallian values of the University which is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as well as national priorities in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”

Lewis University students and faculty have been recognized for their excellence as they share their findings through national and international presentations, an Annual Celebration of Scholarship event on the Lewis campus, a summer undergraduate research experience and research collaborations with regional and international businesses. The Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research at Lewis also supports students and faculty year-round in solving real-world problems.

Honorary Doctorates to Four at Lewis Commencement

Lewis University will present honorary doctorates at Spring Commencement ceremonies to four distinguished leaders in the fields of journalism, finance/business, community policing, and engineering/science while also awarding nearly 1,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to graduating students.

At the Graduate Degree Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, Lewis will honor the achievements of John L. Allen, Jr., an internationally renowned journalist who is recognized as an expert on Catholic and Vatican affairs, and Commissioner Charles H, Ramsey, a Lewis alumnus who is now Police Commissioner of Philadelphia. At the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, honorary doctorates will be presented to Bryan Durkin, former CEO of the Chicago Board of Trade who is now Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the CME Group; and Ann Schlenker, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory.

Approximately 255 graduate students will receive advanced degrees and/or certificates on Saturday with one doctorate to be awarded in Education. On Sunday, 735 undergraduates will receive bachelor’s degrees. Both Commencement ceremonies will be held in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center on the Lewis main campus in Romeoville, Ill. The Saturday ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m., while the Sunday ceremony starts at 11:30 a.m., for invited guests.

Honorary degree recipients will be recognized for their many career accomplishments, including the following :
John J. Allen, Jr. : Associate editor of The Boston Globe and a senior analyst for CNN on the Catholic Church and the Vatican for CNN, John J. Allen, Jr., is the author of nine books and is sought-after as a speaker nationally and internationally for his expertise in Catholic affairs and the Vatican. In 2014, he came to Lewis to speak at the annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Lecture about Pope Francis and his approach to the leadership of the Catholic Church. Allen was a prize-winning Senior Correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter prior to his current position. He provides a weekly Internet column, called “All Things Catholic” to provide insights into the global Church. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Allen divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colorado. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.

Bryan T. Durkin: Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the CME Group since 2014, Durkin is the leader of the Global Client Service and Development Division that includes the company’s International Offices, Business Development, and more. He also is President of GFX Corporation, a subsidiary of CME that provides liquidity in foreign exchange futures. Formerly the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT), Mr. Durkin led CME’s merger with the CBOT in 2007 and, in 2008, CME’s merger with the New York Mercantile Exchange. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Lewis University in 1982 and an MBA in 1993, serving as an adjunct professor at one time. Durkin received the Father Aquinas Award at his first graduation from Lewis and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey: Police Commissioner for the city of Philadelphia since 2008, Charles Ramsey is a double alumnus of Lewis University whose success in law enforcement has led to his appointment as a member of the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council, the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After launching his career in 1971 as an officer for the Chicago Police Department, he steadily rose through the ranks to the post of Deputy Superintendent. In 1998, he became Police Chief for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. He became Security Consultant in 2007 for both the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Washington, D.C., Convention Center prior to taking his current position. His many honors include the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Innovations in American Government Award, presented in 2006.

Ann Schlenker: Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, Ann Schlenker pioneered as a female engineer at a time when women were few in engineering schools and as professionals in the field. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Environmental/Civil Engineering, and went to work at Chrysler Engineering where she established herself as an innovator as the automobile industry began to address toxic pollutants and other environmental issues. In her three decades at Chrysler, Schlenker became an expert, eventually testifying at hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Safety Administration on auto-related pollution. Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances when she joined Argonne in 2008, she heads a team dedicated to discovering ways to reduce our dependence on gasoline. Now a resident of Downers Grove, she also is section leader for the Vehicle Systems Group at Argonne where she leads a team conducting research and developing technologies to reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on petroleum and imported oil.

Mediation Team Takes 1st in Peacekeeper Tournament

The Mediation Team placed first in Advocacy/Client category at the Peacekeeper Championship Tournament, held April 10-11 at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. The Flyers also clinched second place in the Mediation category. Taking first in Advocacy/Client were Brianna Diaz, Ying Gao and Marcus Newell. In the Mediation competition, Shannon Lukowski, Dustin Murray and Brian Pustz placed second. Team members also won seven individual awards.

“High praise to the Mediation Team for its success at the Peacekeeper Championship competition,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “The Team has been exceptional in preparing for and participating in the challenging Mediation events. Abundant gratitude to each team member and their coaches for representing Lewis University so well in this spirited competition.”

In the Individual awards, Brianna won first place in Mediation while the teams of Brianna and Marcus, Shannon and Dustin, and Marcus and Ying won awards for Advocacy. Coaching at this competition were Dr. James Houlihan, Coach and Moderator, and alumnus Cary Hansing.

Lewis University features multimedia art exhibit

An Art Exhibition by David Bower will be on display until April 26 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.

As a collector of all sorts of things - bottle caps, Lincoln head pennies, small medicine bottles and miniature dogs made from glass, plastic and wood - Multimedia Artist David Bower explores how things are both similar and different, and when two different objects or materials are placed together, new meanings emerge and a kind of visual poetry is created.

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

Lewis University Department of Social Work inducts 20 students into Phi Alpha Honor Society

The Lewis University Rho Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society recently inducted 20 students.

Students inducted into the Rho Mu Chapter of Phi Alpha include: Joseph Baltuska, Jamie Esparza, Brianna Filewicz, Alejandra Garcia, Jamie Hogan, Mary Clair Hubert, Lindsay Leadinghouse, Ashley Lauren Markley, Paige Niestrom, Alexis Pullins, Rebecca Reiter, Maria Lourdes Reyes, Amber Lee Riff, Kelly Ann Schmidt, Julie Slayton, Brittany Diana Stankiewicz, Theresa Lilly Toth, Amanda Weinreis, Staci Wood and Brittany Wozniak.

To be eligible for nomination, students must be at least a sophomore with social work as a declared major, completed eight semesters hours of required social work courses, achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and achieved a 3.25 GPA in required social work courses.

Since 2011, the society has inducted a total of 69 students. Phi Alpha Honor Society promotes humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

The Department of Social Work at Lewis University educates generalist practice social workers who exhibit integrity and follow ethical principles. Supported by a Catholic and Lasallian heritage, social work students engage in an education that is dedicated to advancing social and economic justice and the well-being and quality of life for individuals, groups and families in urban and suburban communities. Social work students know and respect diversity, respond to context, think critically and understand and utilize research.

Lewis University graduate students present at counselor institute day

Lewis University graduate students and faculty members of the School Counseling Graduate Program presented multiple sessions at the DuPage Counselor Countywide Institute at the College of DuPage.

  • Neveen Shalabi, graduate student, and Dr. Judy Zito, associate professor of psychology, presented the topic, "Welcoming Middle Eastern Students to Your School."

  • Thea Gattone, graduate student, and Lee Harsy, assistant professor of psychology, discussed, "Increasing Minority Student College Graduation Rates."

  • Stephanie Magdic, graduate student, presented with Harsy on the topic, "From Failure to Success: Building Resilience in Students."

College of DuPage and Technology Center of DuPage co-hosted the annual DuPage Countywide Institute Day for all middle school and high school counselors. The informative event provided networking opportunities for other counselors. Industry experts presented best practices and trends. Sessions included a variety of topics, ranging from college through career.

Lewis University students earn 2015 Fifty for the Future Award

Four Lewis University students won the prestigious 2015 Fifty for the Future Award by the Illinois Technology Foundation. The honor is awarded annually to 50 students in the state of Illinois who exhibit great potential for becoming leaders in the computer industry. Computer Science majors Thao Le of Oswego and Victoria Vodicka of Romeoville were joined by Michelle Campana of Shorewood and Saradha Kannan of Naperville, who are pursuing the Technical Concentration of the Master of Science in Information Security degree, as Lewis University winners of the award.

The Fifty for the Future Award is sponsored by the Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF). The Illinois Technology Foundation is a volunteer group of IT industry professionals who devote their talents and experience to mentoring young computer scientists as they try to prepare themselves for work in industry.

Lewis University’s Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences hosted two events for the ITF last year. During the event, students learned about life and work in the IT sector and how to distinguish themselves as professionals who can bring value to an organization.

“Victoria, Thao, Saradha, and Michelle are among Lewis’ best and brightest women in Computer Science. One of the department’s major initiatives is to increase the number of women in Computer Science, a field in which only 12 percent of its new workers are female. This is regrettable statistic, and Lewis is taking steps to reverse it,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Lewis University’s Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

One example includes the Girls Create with Technology program hosted by the Lewis University Computer Science program. Vodicka volunteered a lot of her time to help lead the initiative, which teaches girls in grades six through eight how to program, how to set up networks, and how to secure data. Klump added, “The hope is that efforts like these will help bring more outstanding women like Lewis' four Fifty for the Future awardees to this most important of fields.”

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Computer Science majors can pursue formal concentrations in Cyber Security, Video Game Development, Web and Mobile Development, Computational Theory, and Data Science. Internship and hands-on learning opportunities are plentiful. The university is nationally recognized for its 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. A master's degree in Data Science is also available.

Lewis University STEM students present at Infinite Possibilities Conference

Three Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences students recently presented a poster at the Infinite Possibilities Conference in Portland, Ore.

The students - Melanie Harrison of Tinley Park, Betsy Langland of Downers Grove, and Nicole Ware of Peotone - presented their work entitled “Linear Regression and the Sum of Squares in Matlab” at the conference, which focused on innovative work done by women and minorities in the mathematical sciences. The work they presented at the Infinite Possibilities Conferences demonstrated how the theory of linear regression could be applied to evaluate the sum of squares using the computer programming language Matlab.

“This is precisely the kind of applied mathematical study mathematicians and computer scientists at Lewis University can do,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

He added, “Melanie, Betsy, and Nicole are among the department’s best and brightest. They have benefited from this natural mingling of the two fields at Lewis University.”

Harrison is double-majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science, Langland in majoring in Mathematics and minoring in Computer Science, and Ware is majoring in Mathematics. The students’ attendance was funded by a scholarship they won because of their academic accomplishments.

Lewis University’s Mathematics and Computer Science programs are offered through the same department, which gives students a lot of flexibility in what they study when it comes to the two complementary fields. Some choose to take a more theoretical approach to mathematics, while others prefer to explore mathematics in terms of its application to interdisciplinary problems, which often calls for combining mathematical theory with code and algorithms created by computer scientists. Others choose to study cyber security, which depends quite directly on encryption and authentication algorithms created by algebraists.

The Flight Deck Open at Saint Charles Borromeo Center

Thanks to the creative suggestions of our Lewis students, the newly renovated dining room at Saint Charles Borromeo Center will be named The Flight Deck. A contest was held during the highly successful opening of the splendidly renovated dining room at Saint Charles Borromeo Center, held Monday, March 16. Hundreds of faculty, staff and students attended that fine opening. Students were invited to recommend names for the facility in a very popular contest.

Two students entered the same name, so they both will receive a prize for their proposing the title The Flight Deck. Heather Ray submitted the name “Flight Deck” and Zachary Abu-Shanab entered “The Flight Deck,” so each are winners. The President’s Student Advisory Council made the final selection among a list of more than 40 possible titles.

Quite inviting and impressive, that dining room features round tables and attractive chairs for up to 240. It is conveniently located as a gathering place for students, faculty and staff at the SCBC and for those who will soon be housed in the renovated and/or new residential rooms. Full food service will begin at the Cafeteria in the fall semester, but there is limited lunch time service even now.

The dining facility consists of The Flight Deck and the Executive Dining Room with royal blue décor and wrought iron chairs that will provide an excellent place for luncheon and dinner meetings, and also for other meetings that require a private atmosphere for discussion. Reservations for the Executive Dining Room may be arranged by calling Robert Arnold, Director of Meetings, Events and Conferences at (815) 836-5488.

Those responsible for the design, décor and renovations for the marvelous new dining area include Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Donald Castello, Associate Vice President of Facilities; and Jennifer Skvarla, Director of Operations and Purchasing. Other key personnel involved in the renovation include Facilities staff members Dwight DeVries, Keith Kameron, Dean Schumacker, Norman Turek, David Korte and Jacklyn Boyle.


Retirement savings options discussed at Lunch & Learn event

The Office of Human Resources and the Business Office partnered to host a Lunch & Learn event, “Is a 403(b) Right For me?” for Lewis faculty and staff at noon on April 13 in the Library Media Room.

The event will discuss the 403(b) as a retirement savings option, and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP, please contact Randi Jackson, assistant director of human resources, at (815) 836-5137 or


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Service Award Recipient for April 2015

Congratulations to Michele Ryan, Director of Admissions, Graduate School of Management, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for April 2015. Michele was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very affable, enthusiastic, capable and responsive manner in her highly effective role as Director of Admissions.

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 University’s Philip Lynch Theatre takes a magic carpet ride with “The Arabian Nights”

“The Arabian Nights,” weaves ancient tales of wonder into a rich and poetic testament to the transformational power of storytelling at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT). This storybook world is based on Powys Mathers’s translation, “The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night” and adapted by Chicago’s award winning director, Mary Zimmerman. The show revolves around a brave young woman spinning tales using imagination and the encyclopedia of human experiences to prevent her husband, the powerful king, from executing her at sunrise. The show made its debut in 1992 at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago and has been enchanting audiences across the U.S. ever since.

It is revealed at the beginning of the play that King Shahryar (Zachary Abu-Shanab, Plainfield) has been betrayed by his first wife, and as a consequence he murders her. From then on, he believes that all women are deceitful, and he vows to marry a virgin each night and kill her the next morning. This royal nightly ritual has gone on for three years. Shahryar’s next victim is Scheherazade (Brianna Reidy, Darien) the beautiful eldest daughter of his faithful wazir(Christopher Hueg, Roseville, MN). The King demands Scheherazade as his bride and queen. Scheherazade weds the brooding King and brings her little sister, Dunyazade (Kate Sisto, Orland Park) to the palace with aplan. Scheherazade, the clever girl, nightly spins enough tales to weave a tapestry. Her stories are full of magic, humor, wonder, and a lesson or two. She attempts to save her life, and the life of her sister – and maybe even the King’s – by distracting him with stories. Like her tales, however, the king is unpredictable. How many sunrises will Scheherazade live to see?

Theatre manager Jo Slowik of Joliet is directing “The Arabian Nights” with a talented cast of Lewis student performers and musicians including: Faith Berry of Joliet, Stephanie Lipinski of Oak Forest, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Rachel Tau of Wood Dale, Matthew Carlson of Lockport, Jake Dorencz of Romeoville, Mike Frale of Elk Grove Village, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, William Kostecka of Winfield, Kawaan Panama and Kevin Zigman both of Chicago, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank, Adam Parker of Naperville and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville.

Working behind the scenes are Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (technical director and student design mentor), Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (stage manger and setdesign), Emma McGee of Joliet (assistant stage manager), Allie DiMiele of New Lenox (properties manager), Carole McKee of Plainfield (assistant properties manager), Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (light design), Jonathan Boehle of Cornell (light board operator), Rob Kornaus of Plainfield (sound design), Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director), Katy Papineau of Kankakee and Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park are the backstage crew.

“The Arabian Nights” is a celebration of the powers of storytelling and will be performed on April 17-19 and April 23-26. It 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 benefit matinee performance for Regional Care Association at 4 p.m. on April 25 complete with silent auction and dessert buffet. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged for all performances. 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 are $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 1-430 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

April is abound with Alumni events

Several alumni events are scheduled in April:

Forever Flyers Athletic Challenge
For the third year, Les Kraft ’55 has generously pledged $10,000 to the Lewis teams that can get the most of their alumni athletes to participate in the Forever Flyers Challenge. Two top prizes of $3,500 will be awarded to the team that achieves the highest percentage of alumni participation and to the team that has the highest increase in alumni participation over last year. Two second prizes of $1,500 will also be awarded in each category.

Gifts help teams to continue to maintain and even surpass the standards set by previous Flyer teams, help ease travel expenses, and purchase top-of-the-line equipment. The Challenge ends at midnight on April 30, 2015.

View the video online and learn more about the campaign at

Science Center Lab Dedications in honor of Sister Noel Dreska, OSF, and Dr. Philip Hogan
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Join Lewis University for a special dedication of two Science Center labs in honor and recognition of Sister Noel Dreska, OSF and Dr. Philip Hogan for their extraordinary dedication to their students, their profession, and the University.

    Thursday, April 16, 2015
    Science Center at Lewis University
    4:00 p.m. Dedication (Reception to immediately follow in the University Dining Room)
    For more information or to register, visit

Spring Networking Event for Alumni
5:30 PM
Wednesday, April 29
Fado Irish Pub, 100 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL 60654

Girl’s Nite Out: Paint Nite at Lewis University
6:30 PM Thursday, April 30, 2015
Lewis University, University Dining Room

Lewis University offers ‘Sky’s the Limit’ aviation camp for female high school students

Lewis University and Chicago’s Leading Edge, a chapter of Women in Aviation International, are hosting the fourth annual “Sky’s the Limit” aviation career camp for female high school students from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 2 in the Harold White Aviation Center, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The free interactive aviation camp is designed to inspire young females to develop an interest in aviation.

The aviation camps events will allow participants to:

  • Fly a flight simulator

  • Preflight a Cessna 172 and explore a 737 aircraft

  • Experiment with aerodynamics and learn about flight training

  • Discover career paths in aviation

  • Tour the Lewis maintenance hangar with vintage airplanes

To register for the camp, contact Megan Zahos, assistant chief pilot, at by April 27.

Women in Aviation International is dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields and interests. Members of the organization include astronauts, airline pilots, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, enthusiasts and many others.

Brother John Vietoris to speak at ''Lincoln and the End of the Civil War'' Discovery Dinner

People all over the world are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, and the events seem even more tragic in the light of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln shortly after the war ended.

Brother John Vietoris, FSC, associate professor and chair of history at Lewis University, will address the close of the war and the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, in a Discovery Dinner April 30 at the Gaylord Building.

"From the memorials in our courthouse squares to the Lincoln head pennies in our pockets, we carry a bit of the Civil War and its legacy with us,” said Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history.

The dinner program is a chance to hear a great speaker reflect on the war and its immediate aftermath and learn a bit more about the Lincoln Funeral Train that made its way from Washington, D.C. to Springfield.

Prior to the dinner program, participants are encouraged to visit Lockport's Lincoln Landing, which is located in front of the Gaylord Building, and to view the site’s temporary exhibits. The exhibits include “Visions of the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30” and “Lockport on View: Canal Community.” Both draw on images from Lewis University's Adelmann Regional History Collection. The exhibits are available to view until May 20.

The evening will start with dinner at 6 p.m. and be followed by Vietoris’ presentation. The cost of the event is $25 and reservations are required.

For reservations or for more information, please contact or 815-838-9400. The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Gaylord Building is located at 200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, Ill.

Vietoris grew up in Joliet and earned an undergraduate degree from Lewis University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a doctorate from Marquette University. Vietoris is the chair of the History Department at Lewis University. He has taught the Civil War course for many years.


4th Annual Celebration of Scholarship Highlights Interpreting the World Around Us

More than 300 Lewis University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty showcased their scholarly and artistic work on April 16 during the 4th Annual Celebration of Scholarship. Celebration of Scholarship entries representing a broad range of academic disciplines, were selected from submitted abstracts through a blind-review process. Following the keynote address, poster sessions and concurrent presentations were held spotlighting the scholarship of students and faculty from across the University. Creative works were displayed in the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

Dr. Margaret M. Mitchell, author and Dean of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, addressed the topic of “Rigor in Scholarship: Interpreting the World Around Us.” She is a literary historian of ancient Christianity. Her research and teaching span a range of topics in New Testament and early Christian writings through the end of the fourth century. She analyzes how the earliest Christians wrote their way into history, developing a literary and religious culture that was embedded in Hellenistic Judaism and the wider Greco-Roman world, while also proclaiming distinctiveness from each.

Dr. Mitchell said that we as homo sapiens are sentient, wise, thinking beings. As we are thinking, we are also interpreting. She posed the question, “What does it mean to interpret the world?” This involves not only understanding, but translating and communicating which all relates to research and scholarship.

In particular as it relates to Lewis University’s Mission statement, she highlighted the phrase “the interaction of knowledge and fidelity in the search for truth.” Lewis has a commitment to be faithful to the quest for new knowledge as part of an ongoing Mission.

Special thanks to the Co-Chairs, Dr. Nan Yancey and Dr. Joyce Hayward and Associate Chair, Dr. Sarah Powers, as well as the members of the Coordinating Committee in making this event a success. The Coordinating Committee members are: Dr. Tennille Allen, Dr. Marne Bailey, Dr. James Burke, Dr. Dennis Cremin, Dr. Ray Klump, Dr. Joe Kozminski, Dr. Tracey Nicholls, Dr. James Rago, Dr. Clare Rothschild, Dr. Lauren Rentfro, Jeff Ritchie, Dr. Frank Rose, Lisa Salazar, Mark Swain, Sal Ursino, and Betsy Wilber.

Student Recognition Awards 2015

Fifteen student employees of Lewis University were nominated as part of the annual Celebration of Association month in April. There are more than 650 total students in the Work/Study program at Lewis University. Students represented offices and departments across campus, including the Library, Office of Technology, Marketing and Communications, and Intramural Sports.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Lewis University President, held a reception for the students prior to the award ceremony on April 15. He praised the students for their hard work, their ability to solve problems, to volunteer for extra projects and their overall relationship-building with their supervisors and those they work with. He said, “When you return to campus, you will go back to the departments where you worked. That is where you developed your interpersonal skills and relationships.”

Katherine Morris, nursing major and student employee in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center (SRFC), received the student employee of the year award. Jill Siegfried, Director of the Center said, “Katherine is one of the most loyal students we have had in my time here. Beyond her work here and her studies, she volunteers at local emergency rooms. She is a great human being.”

Sustainability Council awards students at ‘Come Clean, Go Green’ ceremony

The Sixth Annual “Come Clean, Go Green” student awards were celebrated April 14 at Lewis University. The ceremony followed a keynote presentation by Kay McKeen, founder and executive director of School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), who stressed the importance of “Little Things Matter.”

Sam Baker won first place for “Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary,” a proposal to create a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary on campus with native plants to foster the health of this important species. Second place went to Ciersten Deardorf for “Compostable Cutlery,” a proposal to purchase and use compostable cutlery on campus to work in tandem with the existing food scrap composting program. Sam Baker also earned third place for “Apple Trees,” a proposal to plant several apple trees on campus for both the human wellness component and environmental benefits of planting more trees on campus. Students also voted for their favorite proposals during the ‘student choice’ section of the program, where Compostable Cutlery was voted the favorite among those who attended.

Six student proposals were submitted for judging this year: Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Community Garden, Apple Trees on Campus, Geothermal Energy, Compostable Cutlery, and an Environmental Development Plan. A panel of judges from across campus blindly judged the proposals based on merit and feasibility of implementation. Students were awarded cash prizes, ranging from $250-$1,000. Half of the funds will go towards implementation of the project.

McKeen reminded the audience of “little things” they can do at home to go green, such as recycling electronics, printing on both sides of a sheet of paper, changing fonts to use less ink and dropping off unused medications to police stations for proper disposal. McKeen also discussed ways to help conserve water and encouraged people to plant milkweed for Monarch butterflies.

The “Come Clean, Go Green” contest is sponsored by the Lewis University Sustainability Council. The organization develops policies and strategies that reflect Lewis University's commitment to sustainable practices. The council also promotes responsible environmental stewardship.


Birthdays for April 2015

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

April 1, Mary Cronin, University Advancement

April 2, Dr. Dominic Colonna, Theology
April 2, Kelly Kolton, University Advancement

April 3, Timothy Hunt, Facilities
April 3, Edward Tatro, Facilities
April 3, George Wlodek, Facilities

April 4, Mujahid Mushtaq Choudhary, Student Services
April 4, Dr. Jennifer Consilio Kukler, English
April 4, Lindsay Miroballi, Psychology
April 4, Rachael Patera, Athletics

April 5, Patrick Griffin, College of Business

April 6, Michael Progress, College of Business
April 6, Debra Waggoner, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 7, Mary Hasse, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 8, Dr. Nan Yancey, Office of the Provost

April 9, Max Welsh, Graduate and Adult Admission
April 9, Stephen Winn, Residence Life

April 10, Susan Kovach, Graduate and Adult Admission
April 10, Julia Lazicki, Library
April 10, Charles Pustz, Office of Technology

April 11, Matthew Berger, Flight
April 11, Megan Marcello, Admission
April 11, Martin Salvucci, University Advancement

April 12, Kathleen Hall, Admission

April 13, James Saya, LUA

April 15, Sandra Razka, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 15, Ruben Ruiz, Facilities
April 15, Jose Sanchez, Facilities

April 16, Katherine Keating, Hickory Hills Campus
April 16, Fabiana Tkac, SPCE

April 17, Emily Grimm, Admission

April 18, Arturo Garcia, Facilities
April 18, Dr. Nancy Workman, English

April 19, Miguel Barboza, College of Nursing and Health Professions
April 19, Kathryn Risor-Heise, University Advancement
April 19, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 19, Dr. Jion Liou Yen, Office of the Provost

April 20, John Galgano, Graduate and Adult Admission
April 20, James Kearney, Athletics
April 20, Tammy Thurman, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
April 20, Dr. Betsy Wilber, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 21, Kristie Machtan, Campus Police
April 21, Dr. Janice Smith, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 22, Br. Armand Alcazar, FSC, Theology
April 22, Robert Arnold, Meetings, Events and Conferences
April 22, Dr. Ewa Bacon, History
April 22, Brandon Riley, Office of the Registrar

April 23, Dr. Thomas Bristow, Psychology
April 23, Samantha De Legge-Stevenson, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
April 23, Stefanie Offerman, Financial Aid Services
April 23, Dr. Karen Trimble Alliaume, Theology

April 24, Ellen Renna, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 24, Fidel Valencia, Facilities

April 26, Cynthia Hinojosa, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 27, Dr. LeRoy Butler, Office of Technology
April 27, Dr. George Miller, Philosophy
April 27, Sinai Ornelas, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 28, Rachel Hudson, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 29, Rudi Balich, Athletics
April 29, Jill Canaday, Office of the Provost

April 30, Robert Barton, Office of Technology
April 30, Ryan Cockerill, Admission
April 30, Richard DiMaio, Aviation & Transportation Studies
April 30, Br. James Gaffney, FSC, Office of the President
April 30, Dr. Frank Rose, College of Business

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 April 2015

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from April 1 - April 30.


19 Years, Loretta Paver, College of Nursing & Health Professions
19 Years, Anne Koleff, Marketing and Communications

18 Years, Melissa Eichelberger, Center for Academic Technology Solutions

15 Years, Julio Kennedy, Facilities
15 Years, Margaret Kientop, Office of the President

10 Years, Rachel Hudson, College of Nursing & Health Professions

9 Years, Scott Trost, Athletics

8 Years, Juanita Pasternak, Mail Room

7 Years, Kathryn Sheehan, Business Office
7 Years, Joseph Kmetty, Facilities

6 Years, Gary Kozak, Facilities
6 Years, Bright Borkorm, College of Education

5 Years, Paul Ludwig, Facilities

4 Years, Kathryn Risor-Heise, University Advancement
4 Years, Graesen Arnoff, Center for Academic Technology Solutions

2 Years, Raymond Kennelly, Enrollment Management
2 Years, Linda Campbell, Graduate and Adult Admission
2 Years, Kristin Nance, College of Business

1 Year, Isabel Vargas, Business Office
1 Year, Jared Taylor, University Advancement


Illinois Route 53 construction begins Thursday

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced temporary lane closures will occur along Illinois Route 53 / Illinois Route 7 (North Broadway Street) from Caton Farm Road to Renwick Road in Crest Hill for intermittent roadwork beginning, weather permitting, Thursday, April 16.

In order to complete the work, traffic lanes will be reduced during construction activities. Temporary lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. In addition, there may also be occasional temporary lane closures during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The project, which includes milling, patching and resurfacing, will be complete by June 15.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at

Sancta Alberta Chapel Bells to Ring to Commemorate 150th Anniversary of Civil War End

On April 9, 2015, the United States will mark the 150th anniversary of the surrender ceremony at the Appomattox Court House, which came to symbolize the beginning of reconciliation throughout the United States for a nation torn apart by Civil War. The terms of General Robert E. Lee’s surrender were intentionally lenient, as President Abraham Lincoln wanted to demonstrate to people in the South that they had a place in America. Confederate troops were paroled, allowed to keep their side arms, their horses and their possessions and urged to return to their homes.

One-hundred-and-fifty years later as we commemorate this event, we all can benefit from the words with which President Lincoln concluded his second inaugural address just weeks before the war ended:

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan—to do all which may achieve and cherish, a just and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.

With a sense of respect for those who have labored these many years to act on President Lincoln’s vision and with a profound sense of hope for the future, Bishop R. Daniel Conlon and the other Catholic Bishops of Illinois have asked that all parishes, schools, universities and religious houses in Illinois to ring their bells at 2:15 p.m., CDT, on April 9, for four minutes. This will be done to coincide with the very hour of the ceremony at Appomattox, leading to the end of the four-year Civil War and to an end to slavery in the United States, which came in December of that year with the ratification of the 13th Amendment.

Lewis University is pleased to participate in this important commemoration. During the ringing of the Sancta Alberta Chapel bells, all are invited to pause and say a prayer for our nation in the spirit of President Lincoln’s inspiring words. We also recall during this time that the fight against modern-day slavery, human trafficking, is a grave violation of human rights and remains a global problem.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services.


Dr. Jerry Kavouras receives inaugural Lasallian Research Grant

Dr. Jerry Kavouras, associate professor and chair of biology, has been awarded the first Lewis University Lasallian Research Grant for his project "Changing Food Webs in Lake Michigan: Dreissena and the Microbial Loop."

The research will examine how the zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) and quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis) are changing the Great Lakes ecosystem and surrounding fresh waters.

“This grant will help continue the work I’ve been doing with students, such as Tami Roginski (Biology ’15), who started this work as an undergraduate researcher in the 2014 S.U.R.E. program. We’re making good progress in this area. The Lasallian Research Grant will help the progress continue,” commented Kavouras.

Dr. Frank Rose, who co-chairs the Lasallian Research Grant committee with Dr. Betsy Wilber, commented, “Work on environmental issues is one of the Lasallian research priorities. This is an excellent example of the type of research the grants are intended to support.”

The Lasallian Research Grant program supports projects conducted by Lewis University full-time faculty who explore issues arising from areas of focus identified by the International Association of Lasallian Universities. Examples include food, nutrition and health; sustainability and the environment; and education and learning innovations. Preference is given to projects that actively engage students in the research process, are collaborative and involve interdisciplinary perspectives and external partners, particularly other Lasallian institutions.

College of Education faculty present at Lasallian education conference

College of Education faculty members recently presented two areas of focus at the District of Eastern North America (DENA) Lasallian Association of Elementary and Middle Schools Winter Workshop in Tinton Falls, New Jersey.

Dr. Dorene Huvaere, professor of education; Dr. Barbara Mackey, associate professor of education; Dr. Christopher Palmi, associate professor of education and Dr. Pamela Jessee, professor and dean of education presented the workshops to teachers and student support personnel, such as principals, presidents and counselors.

The morning topic was “The Intersection of Poverty and Grit.” The afternoon presentation was “Creating the Environment to Foster Grit and Resilience.”

Jessee commented, “I believe that we were well received, and we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to interact with our east coast Lasallian colleagues.”


No. 4 Lewis Men’s Volleyball Leaves No Doubt In 3-1 Win Over No. 2 Loyola

A kill by junior Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) on match point helped No. 4 Lewis men's volleyball defeat No. 2 Loyola 3-1 (22-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23) on Wednesday (April 1) night in a crucial Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association match at Neil Carey Arena.

The win moves Lewis to 20-2 (11-1 MIVA) and drops the defending national champion Ramblers to 18-2 (10-2 MIVA). Both of Loyola's losses have come at the hands of Lewis, giving the Flyers the crucial head-to-head tiebreaker between the two clubs.

Lewis dominated at the net, out-blocking the Ramblers 18-7. Walsh totaled a match-high eight blocks (one solo). Fellow middle blocker sophomore Jacob Schmiegelt (Lombard, Ill./Willowbrook) added seven blocks.

"I thought in games 2-3-4 you saw us do a fantastic job of finishing with 18 blocks and putting up four hands as much has possible," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "We also created pressure from the service line. We put service pressure on them and got them out of system a little bit."

The standing room only crowd of 1,226 was treated to a high-energy contest throughout. Loyola won the opening set before the Flyers bounced back in set two to tie the match.

The third set saw the Flyers take a 10-4 lead, seemingly on their way to an easy 2-1 lead. But back came the Ramblers. Loyola scored two straight points seven times to eventually grab a 22-20 lead. Senior Eric Fitterer (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) went back to serve and helped ignite a game ending 5-0 run for the Flyers that saw Loyola record four hitting errors in the stretch. Lewis won the third game with only six kills in the entire set.

It was a similar story in the fourth set. Lewis looked to be in control after taking a 19-13 advantage only to see Loyola score three straight points three times to grab a 22-21 lead. Lewis took a timeout, the final for the Flyers in the set, and it worked as a Loyola service error followed on the next point. Fitterer had a kill for point 23, but a Lewis service error tied the score at 23. The Flyers went to Fitterer on the next point and his kill gave Lewis match point at 24-23. Fitterer was Lewis' next server and with the match on the line delivered a serve that resulted in a Loyola overpass. Walsh jumped on the errant pass and put it down on Loyola's side for a kill and point 25.

Lewis out-hit the Ramblers .248 to .154. Senior Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) led the Lewis offensive attack with 14 kills. Fitterer finished with 11 kills.

"I think we saw a lot of grit from the guys tonight," Friend said.

Thomas Jaeschke led Loyola with 19 kills and 14 digs.

The Flyers return to the court on April 10 at Lindenwood. First serve in St. Charles, Mo. is set for 7 p.m. in the MIVA contest.

Lewis' Lisa Carlsen Named WBCA NCAA DII National Coach Of The Year

Lewis University women's basketball head coach Lisa Carlsen was named the 2015 United States Marine Corps/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year on Monday (April 6) night. It was announced at the fifth annual WBCA Awards Show in Tampa, Florida.

This is Carlsen's third coaching honor this season. She was previously named the WBCA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and the Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year.

Carlsen guided Lewis to the best season in program history in 2014-15. The Flyers finished the year 31-3, setting school records for most wins and fewest losses in a season. Lewis won the program's first ever Midwest Regional Championship to qualify for Lewis' first Elite Eight. The 2014-15 squad picked up the program's first ever No. 1 ranking when Lewis spent five weeks atop the WBCA Top 25 Poll. Lewis finished the season No. 5 in the nation in the season's final WBCA rankings.

"Awards like this don't come about without the support of many people," Carlsen said. "I'd like to say a huge thank you to Lewis for the opportunity to coach a wonderful group of student-athletes, to the administration, to my staff for sharing the passion for our program and our team, and to my family for the love and support."

The 2014-15 Flyers were led by juniors Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) and Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic). Brawner-Henley was named a WBCA All-American, the only junior in the nation to receive the honor. Johnson picked up WBCA All-America Honorable Mention accolades.

Lewis' Scott Trost Named 2015 IBCA NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Coach Of The Year

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) has announced that Lewis University head men's basketball coach Scott Trost has been selected as the 2015 IBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year, following the Flyers' run to the NCAA Tournament this past season.

This marks the seventh time that Trost has won this awared, as he earned the Division III award four times as the head coach of Illinois Wesleyan from 2003-06 and the Division II award twice as Lewis' head coach in 2008 and 2012.

Lewis finished with a record of 22-9 and won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2002.

"I consider this a team award and a reflection of our success this season," Trost said. "The people that truly deserve this award and recognition are my players and staff.

"(My coaching staff of) Adam DeMong, Ryan Haggerty, John Spruance and Kevin Dix have done an unbelievable job is all aspects of our program."

Lewis Student-Athletes Set New Standard For Br. David Delahanty Award Winners

After a four-year streak of breaking previous school-records ended in 2014, the Lewis University student-athletes started a new one on Monday (April 13) night, as 207 individuals took home Br. David Delahanty Student-Athlete Awards at the Convocation Hall located within the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center.

The previous record of 181 award winners was set in 2013.

The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher as of December 31, 2014. In total, 53% (207 of 389) of the student-athlete population were in attendance at the awards ceremony, and that group totaled a cumulative GPA of 3.61.

The Lewis women's track and field team had the most Delahanty Award winners with 30 recipients, which accounts for 14.5% of the 207 award-winners. The Lewis women's golf team had the highest percentage of Delahanty Award winners on their roster of any Flyer team, as 90.9% of their student-athletes were awarded.

Two student-athletes that received special recognition were Tyson Polack and Jamie Johnson. Polack (men's swimming) and Johnson (women's basketball) both took home the Senior Student-Athlete Award, given to the male and female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

Polack is a history major with a 3.86 GPA, while Johnson owns a perfect 4.0 in communication studies.

Br. David Delahanty, FSC, served as President of Lewis from June, 1982 until his untimely death in October, 1987. A personal advocate of physical fitness, Br. David encouraged Lewis students to achieve excellence not only in the academic sphere, but also in the athletic arena. Following his death, several members of Lewis' athletic teams inquired if they could wear black arm bands to mourn the popular president. After much consultation, it was decided that Br. David would have preferred a tribute to athletes based on their academic achievements. The first ceremony took place in 1988.

Lewis Athletics Department In 18th Place For Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings

The Lewis University Athletics Department is not resting on its laurels, as the Flyers - following their 28th-place finish last year - are 18th overall in the 2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Division II Winter Standings.

"Finishing in the top 30 last year was a tremendous accomplishment for our department, but give all the credit to our student-athletes, coaches and staff for setting even higher standards and achieving those goals so far this season," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "To be in the top 20 is a wonderful achievement and is reflective of the broad-based excellence that our department continually strives for."

The Flyers have totaled 322.25 points through the winter season, which makes them the highest ranked Great Lakes Valley Conference team. They are the third-highest ranked Midwest region team, following Grand Valley State (1st, 660) and Ashland (6th, 405).

Lewis, who was 38th in the country as of March 19th, can thank its surge in the standings to the No. 5 ranked women's basketball team. Lewis (31-3) advanced to the Elite Eight, following its first-ever regional championship. The Lewis men's basketball team also made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2012.

Both of the Flyer track and field teams made history, as the men finished eighth at the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, while the women placed 11th as a team. The men were led by national high jump champion, Isaac Jean-Paul, while Rebecca Preisler took home the pole vault championship for the women.

The Lewis men's swimming team notched its second-best finish in school-history at the NCAA Championships, as the Flyers came home with a 17th-place showing.

The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 14 sports -- seven women's and seven men's.

Lewis Men’s Volleyball Assistant Coach Matt McCarthy Named AVCA Thirty Under 30

Lewis University assistant men's volleyball coach Matt McCarthy has been named an American Volleyball Coaches Association 2015 Thirty Under 30 award winner.

This award was created by the AVCA in 2009 to honor up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award nominees had to be 30 years old or younger in 2014.

McCarthy is in his sixth season as an assistant coach with the Flyers. Following Wednesday's win over second-ranked Loyola, the Flyers have a 128-48 record with McCarthy on the bench. The Flyers have earned 21 all-conference selections during this time. Lewis won the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in 2012 and took another trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014. The Flyers have reached as high as No. 2 in nation in 2015.

"I want to thank (Lewis men's volleyball head) Coach Dan Friend for being an excellent coach, a great person to work for and an outstanding mentor," McCarthy said. "Thank you to our amazingly talented student-athletes. It would not be possible without their trust, talent and hard work."

This is the second time in McCarthy's career he has won the Thirty Under 30 honor form the AVCA. He took home the same honor in 2013.

The 20-2 Flyers return to the court on April 10 at Lindenwood. No. 4 Lewis is in first place in the MIVA with four matches remaining in the regular season.

No. 5 Lewis Women's Track And Field Wins Greenville Select Meet

Lewis University junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) won one event, placed second in two events and turned in a NCAA Provisional mark to help the No. 5 women's track and field team to the Greenville Select Meet Championship on Saturday (April 4) afternoon.

Cook ran a leg of the first-place 4x100 relay (47.37) with seniors Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) and junior Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook). Cook also turned in runner-up finishes of 5.52m (18'1 1/2") in the long jump and 11.82m (37' 1/4") in the triple jump. Her triple jump was good for a NCAA Provisional mark.

"We had a lot of season PR's and three NCAA Provisional marks," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "I'm really proud of the team and the way they handled and competed this weekend."

Lewis finished the event with 201.5 points, while its nearest competitor Lindenwood totaled 144.5.

Flyer senior Rebecca Preisler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) notched another NCAA Provisional with a first-place mark of 3.85m (12'7 1/2") in the pole vault.

Lewis freshman Jordan Wait-Parker (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) won the high jump with a mark of 1.60m (5'3"), while Marchildon was victorious in the 100-meter hurdles (14.56). Stennis emerged as the 200-meter dash champion with a NCAA Provisional mark of 24.49. Lewis freshman Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) crossed the finish line first in the 800-meter run (2:16.37).

Marchildon, Stennis, Mead and senior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) finished second in the 4x400 relay (3:50.75).

Flyer senior Monica Hahn (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase title (11:38.80), while teammate Hollie Sinn (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) was second (11:56.38).

Lewis senior Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda) finished second in the hammer throw with a heave of 45.08m (147'11"), while King was a runner-up in the 100-meter dash (12.48). Flyer junior Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) added a second-place showing of 17:55.71 in the 5,000-meter run.

Lewis returns to action on Friday (April 10), as they head to Naperville to participate in the Chicagoland Championships, hosted by North Central.

Lewis Baseball Series With Southern Indiana Adjusted To Friday-Saturday Schedule

The schedule for Lewis baseball's home series with Southern Indiana this weekend has been adjusted. Due to forecasted rain on Sunday, this weekend's series will now be played on Friday (April 17) and Saturday (April 18) at Brennan Field.

Friday's doubleheader will start at 1 p.m. Saturday's doubleheader will start at noon.

The Flyers enter the weekend 15-18 overall and 10-14 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Lewis University To Honor Gordie Gillespie With Memorial Mass

The Lewis University Athletics, University Advancement and Student Services Departments have announced that there will be a memorial Mass held for former Lewis Athletics Director, teacher, baseball and basketball coach Gordie Gillespie on Saturday, May 2nd prior to the Flyers' baseball doubleheader against the University of Indianapolis.

Gillespie served as the Lewis University Director of Athletics from 1951-76, basketball coach from 1951-65 and baseball coach from 1953-76. Gillespie guided the Flyer baseball team to three NAIA championships, eight top-six finishes and 16 NAIA Tournament bids during his tenure.

The Mass, which will be presided by Fr. Dan Torson, will take place at 9:30 AM in the Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Lewis University campus. Immediately following the Mass, there will be a reception held in the D'Arcy Great Room - which is adjacent to the chapel. The twinbill against the Greyhounds is slated to begin at 12:30 PM at Brennan Field.

The Lewis baseball team, which will honor Gillespie with a 'GG' decal on its helmets this season, returns to action on Saturday (May 11), as the Flyers head to the state capital for a 12 PM doubleheader against Illinois Springfield.

Lewis’ Rachel Sweeney Wins Women’s Golf Triton Spring Invitational

Lewis women's golf sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) tied a career-best round with a 73 on Monday (April 13) to win the individual title at the Triton Spring Invitational.

Sweeney finished the tournament with a 79-73=152. She was one stroke ahead of a three entrants who finished with a 153. Her 73 on Monday is her best round of the season and is tied for the best round by a Flyer this year.

"Rachel had a great round today to bounce back and take away a win," Lewis head coach Skip Steffey said. "She showed her great ball striking skills today on a shot makers course."

She helped the Flyers take fourth at the 12-team tournament. Lewis improved by 10 strokes on day two for a final score of 326-316=642. Host Missouri-St. Louis won the event, 325-299=624.

Sophomore Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) took 18th after she improved by 12 strokes on day two, firing an 87-75=162. Freshman Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) tied for 22nd with a 78-88=166. Senior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) tied for 28th after an 88-80=168. Junior Jordan Nichols (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) shot an 82-89=171.

Lewis had one individual entered in the tournament. Freshman Katie Wortman (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village) tied for 33rd after an 89-81=170.

Lewis is back on the course on April 17-18 at the UW-Whitewater Invite.

Lewis Cheerleading Places Third At NCA National Championships

The Lewis University cheerleading squad turned in its best finish in four seasons, as the Flyers placed third overall at the National Cheerleading Association (NCA) Collegiate National Championships on April 12th in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The Flyers posted a score of 89.20 while California Baptist University won the title with a score of 94.58. Lewis placed second overall in 2011.

"I'm so very proud of the team and what they have ccomplished this weekend," Lewis head cheerleading coach Carla Johnson said. "They represented Lewis University and the team, very well."

Former Lewis Pole Vaulter Duane Chappell Selected To GLVC Hall Of Fame

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (April 9) that former Lewis University men's track and field student-athlete Duane Chappell (pole vault) has been elected to the GLVC Hall of Fame.

This is Chappell's second Hall of Fame induction in the past year, as he was elected to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II Track & Field Athlete Hall of Fame in 2014.

"Being selected into the GLVC Hall of Fame is a huge honor in my life," Chappell said. "My success wouldn't be possible without the coaches at Lewis that provided me their knowledge, leadership, and dedication to making me a better person and athlete.

"I would also like to thank my teammates at Lewis that trained and competed with me over the years and the love and support shown to me by my family."

Joining Chappell in the 2015 class is Southern Indiana's Jon Mark Hall (tennis coach; athletics director), Southern Indiana's Shannon Wells (volleyball; women's basketball), Indianapolis' June (Wernke) Rigney (women's tennis), Missouri S&T's Jordan Henry (men's track and field) and Tamara McCaskill (women's basketball; women's track and field).

The GLVC Hall of Fame Class of 2015 will be honored at the Enterprise Rent-a-Car/GLVC Spring Awards Banquet at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis on Tuesday, May 20th.

Chappell is a six-time NCAA champion, taking home the indoor pole vault (2001, '02, '04) and outdoor pole vault (2002, '03, '04) titles three times apiece. He was also a six-time GLVC champion, winning the indoor pole vault (2001, '02, '04) and outdoor pole vault (2001, '02, '03) titles three times apiece. He was also an All-GLVC Indoor selection in the 55-meter dash as a senior in 2004.

His success also helped the Flyer team to four GLVC Championships including three indoor titles (2001, '02, '03) and the 2001 outdoor championship. He was a member of two Flyer indoor teams that finished in the Top 20 at the NCAA Championships (t-19th, 2003; t-13th, '04) and four Top 25 outdoor finishes (15th, 2001; 23rd, '02; t-15th, '03; t-14th, '04).

Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting - who was Chappell's pole vault coach as an assistant - is thrilled for his former protege.

"This is a huge honor for Duane and his family," Schwarting said. "He was such a dominant force in both the GLVC and the nation.

"As a coach, you see all the hard work that goes into a career as stellar as his and realize that this honor was well earned," Schwarting continued. "I could not be more proud of him."


Did You Know? Award for Dr. Sloan

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 Dr. Laura Sloan, Professor of Special Education, received the “Best Buddies Legacy Award” from the State of Illinois at Lewis University’s 16th annual Best Buddies Ball, held Sunday, March 29? Nearly 170 guests attended the Ball which is held annually by the Lewis University College of Education for those with intellectual disabilities, their families, and Lewis students to provide a very special, social event for the “best buddies.” Dr. Sloan was recognized for helping to establish the Best Buddies Ball as an annual event at Lewis University and for her dedication to those with intellectual disabilities and to educating students to serve this population. Professor Jennifer Buss will succeed Dr. Sloan as Faculty Advisor for Best Buddies when Dr. Sloan retires after this semester.

Did you know that the Fourth Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015? Presentations will include research posters and creative works, plus fifteen minute presentations by students and/or faculty on research topics or papers they have written. The Celebration is co-sponsored by the Culture of Inquiry Advisory Committee; the University Office of Graduate Studies; the Colonel Stephen W. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research; the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Studies; the History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest; the Center for Ministry and Spirituality; the University Faculty Development Committee; and the Scholars Academy. Co-chairing this university-wide event are Dr. Nan Yancey, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Joyce Hayward, Professor of Reading & Literacy.

Did you know that the Lewis University Flyers are continuing to focus on good sportsmanship as they compete regionally and nationally in twenty sports? Last spring, Lewis University received its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award along with three individual team Sportsmanship Awards for the Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, and Men’s Indoor Track & Field teams. This fall, the Flyers Women’s Cross Country and the Men’s Soccer Team each were awarded GLVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Awards for Fall 2014. Lewis was the only university in the conference to win two awards for Fall among six that won awards. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, commended the Flyers for participating with integrity, mutual respect, and consideration in competition that is challenging and often exciting. “It is quite encouraging that our teams focused on sportsmanship, insofar as it involves treating everyone with equal dignity along with promoting personal and social responsibility as pledged in the Lewis Mission value of Justice,” he said.


Picture This! Flyers Soaring in Men’s Volleyball

Flyers Men’s Volleyball players successfully challenge the Ramblers in the Lewis University victory over Loyola University on Wednesday, April 1. Second-ranked Loyola fell to Lewis by a score of 3-1 with sets of 22-25, 25-16, 25-22 and 25-23 in an exciting Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) match at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers now have a record of 20-2 while the Loyola Ramblers drop to 18-2. Both of Loyola's losses have been to Lewis.

Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking the photo and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! articles. To suggest a topic for an article, contact Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at To access more photos of Lewis University activities, use this link,

Picture This! Celebration of Scholarship Photos

Pictured are two students discussing the findings in their posters during the Celebration of Scholarship, held Thursday, April 16, at Lewis University. On the left, Caitlyn Greminger explains a point with Professor Deborah Kornacker. On the right, David Santefort discusses his work with students. Dozens of poster presentations and other projects were on display for the Celebration which focused on “Rigor in Scholarship: Interpreting the World Around Us.”

Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking the photos and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! articles. To suggest a topic for an article, contact Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at To access more photos of Lewis University activities, use this link,


Lewis University celebrates Earth Week with recycling, planting and picnics

The Lewis University celebration of Earth Day and Arbor Day spans a week again this year. Earth Week begins a collection drive and concludes with the annual Arbor Day celebration on April 24. The week of events will be located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Lewis University will kick off the week with an electronics drive at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 18 in Lot L (across from the LRC). South Star Electronics, a growing electronic recycling business in Chicago, will be at the event to collect household electronics that are in need of recycling. The accepted items include: computers, laptops, desktop computer wire/cable (all types), modems, keyboards, mice, speakers, cell phones, hand-held devices, printers, fax machines and calculators. Televisions will be accepted as well, but not tube TV sets. Contact Jaclyn Boyle, facilities coordinator for sustainability and administration at (815) 836-5716 or for more information about the collection drive.

Beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, April 20, staff at an informational booth outside of Charlie’s Place will explain the food scrap composting program. Visitors will be able to play games, win some great prizes and sign a banner pledging support to compost correctly.

ENACTUS, a student led organization at Lewis University, will host a documentary showing on Tuesday. ENACTUS develops community outreach projects that improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need.

Sodexo food, music, games and prizes will be at The Sustainability Council’s second annual No Waste Picnic at 11 a.m. April 22 on The Green (picnic area by the Student Union). A farmer’s market will offer fresh produce for sale.

Campus Conservation Day, a day of planting and enjoying the outdoors, will begin at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 23. Volunteers will meet in the parking lot of Pope John Paul II Hall to clean up the bioswales and prep them for spring planting. The Forest Preserve District of Will County also will share their knowledge on the importance of the bioswales/rain gardens around campus.

Concluding Earth Week, volunteers will once again find their way to the Burnham Centennial Nature Trail to plant native tree species in honor of Arbor Day, at 2 p.m. on Friday.

For more information on the Earth Week events, contact Jaclyn Boyle, facilities coordinator for sustainability and administration at (815) 836-5716 or

The Lewis University Sustainability Council promotes responsible environmental stewardship to accomplish its mission, which calls for personal responsibility in the care of the planet. The council is committed to leading by example. In this regard, university activities are conducted in a manner that conserves natural resources in a sustainable manner, protects the health and safety of students, faculty, and staff as well as the surrounding community, and promotes environmental education, local action, and global awareness.