Monday August 31, 2015
through Sunday September 6, 2015
Lewis University continues as Best in the Midwest
Lewis University again has been named one of the best colleges in the Midwest, according to The Princeton Review. Lewis is included among its "Best in the Midwest" recommended schools in the "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" website feature at http://www.princetonreview.com/.
“Lewis University has been distinguished by an unwavering commitment to continuous improvement and student success,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.
“Once again, this honor recognizes our faculty’s commitment to student development in and outside the classroom. Our dedication to lifelong learning is part of the Lasallian heritage of Lewis University,” said Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost.
Only 159 colleges in twelve Midwestern states were selected for The Princeton Review's "Best in the Midwest" list for 2016. "We chose Lewis University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. The Princeton Review editors made their selections based on data the company collected from its survey of administrators at several hundred colleges in each region, as well as its staff visits to schools over the years, and the perspectives of college counselors and advisers whose opinions the company solicits.
In its website profile on Lewis University, The Princeton Review shares students’ descriptions of the university. Among the comments were these: “This suburban Chicago Catholic liberal arts school ‘is all about hard work and academic excellence’ and strives to provide a ‘learning environment for a diverse group of students with various backgrounds.’ A ‘beautiful private school with caring professors, [a] great community, and high focus on academics,’ Lewis University emphasizes ‘community, relationships, learning, and advancing careers.’”
The Princeton Review also scores the schools on its "Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists in six categories – academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green. Earlier this year, Lewis University was recognized as an environmentally responsible “green” college by The Princeton Review in the 2015 edition of its free book, “The Princeton Review guide to 353 Green Colleges.”
The 159 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its "Best in the Midwest" 2016 list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 225 colleges in the Northeast, 125 in the West, and 140 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s "2016 Best Colleges: Region by Region" lists.
The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep and college admission services company. For more information, visit www.princetonreview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @theprincetonrev.
The Lewis University community is cordially invited to attend a meeting with the Presidential Search Consultants, Matthew Kilcoyne and Roger Martin, from the company R.H. Perry. The purpose of this gathering is to give everyone the opportunity to learn about the search process and to have any questions answered. The schedule for the sessions is as follows:
MONDAY, August 31
11:45 am - 12:45 pm - Students - University Dining Room
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Faculty - De La Salle Hall 250
3:15 pm - 4:15 pm - Administrators and Staff - Academic Building AS 156
TUESDAY, September 1
9:30 am - 10:30 am - Faculty - Academic Building AS 134A
10:45 am - 11:45 am - Administrators and Staff - University Dining Room
12:00 noon - 1:00 pm - Students - Seiler Room
The Lewis University community is encouraged to attend one or both sessions. Thank you in advance for your participation.
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University who will be retiring from the presidency next year after 28 years of service, will be the guest of honor at the Lewis University Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago.
Reservations are available now for the gala which will include an opening reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a five-course dinner, live auction, dancing, and music by the Dan Hayes Orchestra.
Sponsored by Lewis University and its Board of Trustees, the Red Tie Ball will benefit the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. In the past six years, more than 275 students experiencing severe financial hardship have been able to continue their degree studies through additional assistance provided by the Mission Fund.
Highlighting the event will be recognition of Brother James Gaffney, FSC, as an Honorary Founder of Lewis University for his leadership, accomplishments and service as President. A faculty member in the Theology Department at Lewis in the early 1970s, he subsequently served as Provincial of the Christian Brothers. In that capacity, Brother James also served as Chairman of the University’s Board of Trustees for 11 years. He has been a member of the Board for a total of 39 years. Since his inauguration as President in 1988, he has revitalized and greatly expanded the university, providing leadership and vision that has emphasized excellence in academics, dramatic enrollment growth, major campus expansion, integration of Mission throughout the University, a constant focus on students and strong ties with the community.
Men will receive red bow-ties to wear to the Red Tie Ball. Transportation is also is available at no cost to guests from the south and southwest suburbs by Free Enterprise Systems, with pickup and drop off locations at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville and regional site in Oak Brook.
Lewis University is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers who follow the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of educators, who opened his schools primarily for the poor and established a heritage of educating qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances. This tradition remains very much alive at Lewis University today, characterized by high standards of teaching, a caring faculty and staff, a diverse student population, and a strong focus on our commitment to providing access to all who are academically qualified.
Reservations are $300 per person and table sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, please call Lisa Heizer at (815) 836-5545 or visit www.lewisu.edu/RedTieBall.
The National Association of Student Personnel Administrators selected Lewis University as a Lead Institution for its Lead Initiative on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement.
NASPA’s Lead Initiative provides support for institutions of higher education in building on- and off-campus partnerships by offering unique professional development opportunities, targeted resources, networking and recognition for its Lead Institutions.
As a Lead Institution, Lewis University will be committed to encouraging and highlighting the civic learning and democratic engagement of its students. NASPA will offer a series of strategies to work in partnership with on- and off-campus constituents to influence students’ ongoing commitment.
This commitment as a Lead Institution enhances the current efforts underway at Lewis University, which was previously recognized through inclusion on the President’s Honor Roll for Service. The Lewis University Community Engagement Cooperative (CEC), a campus-wide collaboration between University Ministry, Office of Service Learning, Student Development and Leadership, Multicultural Student Services, and Career Services, engages students in the community. Through CEC efforts, approximately 1,400 students contributed around 9,400 hours of service and service learning through CEC-related offices last year.
Four De La Salle Christian Brothers will be joining the Lewis University community on a full or part-time basis on campus as the 2015-2016 academic year begins. New to campus will be Brother Dennis Galvin, FSC; Brother Gustavo Sinco, FSC; Brother José Martin Montoya Durà, FSC and Brother Getachew Alemayehu Nadew, FSC.
Brother Dennis will work with Dr. Kurt Schackmuth in the Office of Mission and Identity as Coordinator of Adult Ministry and Spiritual Formation after serving most recently as Vice President for Mission at Christian Brothers College High School in St. Louis. Formerly Director of Sangre de Cristo Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he directed a 100 day sabbatical and spiritual renewal program there for international groups of priests, sisters and brothers. Born in Minneapolis, he holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University, as well as master’s degrees from the University of Saint Thomas and United Theological Seminary.
Joining the staff in the Center for Academic Technology Solutions (CATS) is Brother Gus who started his ministry with the Christian Brothers in Venezuela, teaching for several years before joining the 100+ Program that encouraged Brothers from all over the world to share the Lasallian Mission in another country. He came to the United States to serve at the San Miguel School Back of the Yards Campus and then became project coordinator for San Miguel School Comer Campus in the Austin neighborhood. More recently, Brother Gus served as Technology and Communications Coordinator for the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. A native of Venezuela, he holds bachelor’s degrees from Universidad Javeriana and Universidad Católica Andrés Bello and a master’s degree from DePaul University.
Brother Martin is coming to Lewis to study in the MBA program. He is from Palma de Mallorca in Spain with multiple degrees, including a doctorate in Education and master’s degrees in Resource Management as well as Environmental Sciences/Civil Engineering, plus a degree in Agricultural Engineering. He will serve part-time in a University role that is still being determined.
Brother Getachew has enrolled in the Educational Leadership doctoral program for Teaching and Learning (Ed.D.). Born in Ethiopia, Brother Getachew recently earned a master’s degree from the Educational Leadership program at Christian Brothers University in Memphis. His experience includes serving as principal at a Lasallian school in Africa. Brother Getachew will serve in a part-time capacity in a University role, which is still under consideration.
Please join in welcoming these Brothers as they increase to twenty-five the total number of Christian Brothers actively serving Lewis University full-time and part-time. Lewis University is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, a Roman Catholic congregation of Brothers dedicated to teaching. Founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of educators, the Brothers and their colleagues have been transforming lives since 1680. Lewis University most probably has the largest number of Brothers of any Lasallian university in the world. There are over 62 of those universities and colleges globally.
It also has been announced that Brother Joel Dolan, FSC, Archivist Emeritus, has moved from campus due to declining health and increased need for health care assistance. He is residing at Mercy Circle, 3659 West 99th Street, Room #2308, Evergreen Park, IL 60605. Brother Joel served at Lewis in the 1970s as Acting Librarian, Acting Supervisor and Assistant Law Librarian. From 1985 to 1998, he was a full-time Reference Librarian. He also served as a volunteer Archivist until 2007.
Billboards Focus on Lewis Strengths
A new series of bright, well-designed and impactful billboards have been posted in Will and Cook counties to advertise Lewis University. Developed by Jim Cowan (Marketing and Communications), the billboards carry different messages and are posted in seven areas.
Dr. Ramona LaMontagne (Marketing and Communications) notes that the signs are posted in the following locations:
Watch for these well-chosen messages as you travel in the Chicagoland and Will County areas.
Art Gallery Features Lewis Alumna Jenny Chi Paint Exhibition
A Solo Art Exhibition by Lewis University Alumna, Jenny Chi, will be on display Aug. 31- Sept. 27 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.
Chi will discuss her work from 7- 9 p.m. Thursday. Sept. 17 during the free Gallery Talk and Reception.
As a narrator, her works introduce a contemporary way of seeing the old tales; an inexhaustible language that can be learned and shared and always retains the power of saying new things.
The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery, 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 email@example.com.
Service Award Recipient for August 2015
Congratulations to Bret Harms, General Maintenance Worker for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for August 2015. Bret was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his continued dedication, fine capability, and his helpful and enthusiastic service in the Department of Facilities. In particular, his generous assistance each year for the Kidzfest was highlighted.
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.
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Service Award Recipient for September 2015
Congratulations to Lisa Heizer, Secretary, Alumni and Events, University Advancement, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for September 2015. Lisa was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her exceptionally affable, enthusiastic, competent and highly effective service.
Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding 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 Choir to Hold Auditions for 2015-16 Season
The Lewis University Choir will hold auditions for singers in all voice categories (SATB) from 6- 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus.
Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, the Lewis University Choir comprises students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
Rehearsals are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus.
The choir will present a Dec. 8 concert at St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Center. The repertoire for the fall semester includes Johannes Brahms’s Liebeslieder Waltzes.
Contact Sisk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule an audition.
Lewis University Sets Performing Arts Series for Fall 2015
A Flamenco performance, super hero spectacle, a quartet concert and a Will Rogers one-man show are part of the Lewis University Fall 2015 Performing Arts Series.
All events are located on the University’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.
The first performer, Noche Flamenca is a lively flamenco group based in Chicago, with members from Spain, Ecuador, Mexico, and the United States. The group’s distinct sound is infused with elements of modern and traditional flamenco, encompassing the three main elements of the voice, guitar, and dance. The group will inform the audience about the roots and present expressions of Flamenco and all its elements. The performance will take place on at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel.
Superman headlines the second performance as an epic story in pocket proportions—seven actors share one tiny platform, just 3-by-7 feet of space, and upon it an original Superman tale unfolds. Set in a fictional 2050 Metropolis with a remarkable resemblance to Chicago, the show’s imaginative, resourceful cast members use only their bodies and voices to create every prop, scene, sound effect, and character in a battle between Superman and Lex Luthor for the future of the Midwest’s beloved high-speed rail network. Superman 2050 is bare-bones theatre at its most physical and imaginative. The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.
The Spektral Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 in the St. Charles Borromeo Center Convocation Hall. Founded in 2010, the Spektral Quartet is widely regarded as one of Chicago’s most magnetic and forward-thinking chamber ensembles. The group’s inclusive approach to concert format, shifting the role of audience member from spectator to ally, has earned it a loyal following within and beyond the city limits. Since its inception, the Spektral Quartet has sought out the discourse between the masterworks of the traditional canon and those written this decade, this year, or this week. The Spektral Quartet serves as ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago. The program includes Franz Schubert, Quartettsatz; John Cage, Quartet in Four Parts; Sergei Prokofiev, String Quartet No.1, Op.50; Ludwig van Beethoven, Op.133, and Große Fuge.
Will Rogers: An American Original will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 in the Philip Lynch Theater. This one-man show features Kevin McKillip as the renowned author and humorist. At the time of his death in 1935, Will Rogers hosted the most popular radio show in America, had a daily column that ran in over 400 newspapers, and was an exceptionally popular male box office star in Hollywood. In the course of a career that ranged from Texas Jack’s Wild West Show to The Zeigfeld Follies, Will Rogers, the “Cowboy Philosopher,” spoke to all of America, and all of America listened. Using rope tricks to punctuate his delivery, Will’s folksy observations on government, the economy and society are as timely today as ever.
The Performing Arts Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
Birthdays for August 2015
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from August 1 - August 31.
August 1, Mary DeGraw, Enrollment Management
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 September 2015
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from September 1 - September 30.
47 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from August 1 - August 31.
44 Years, Br. Raphael Mascari, FSC, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
State of the University Address
Because of the rich and complex linking of photos and images with the spoken word in the 2015 State of the University Address at Lewis University’s Fall Convocation, printed copies of the speech will not be available on “The Remarkable Story of Lewis University: The Past, The Present and The Promise of a Hopeful Future.” Instead, a video will be created of the presentation by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. When the video is completed, a notice will appear in University News with information on its availability and distribution. More information will be forthcoming.
Services for Padraic Cunningham
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Padraic Cunningham, Lecturer in the Department of Social Work, will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, August 28, at the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Avenue in Chicago. Born in Ireland, Padraic Cunningham came to the United States in 1965. He died Friday, August 21, 2015 at the age of 72. An adjunct instructor at Lewis from 1994-2014, he was a mental health specialist and therapist who was highly dedicated to helping others.
Padraic Cunningham is survived by his daughters, Shayna and Lia Cunningham, son-in-law James Freeman, three grandchildren, extended family, companion and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Inspiration Kitchen, 3504 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL 60624, an organization that provides support and opportunities for the homeless.
Parking to be Increased at Saint Charles Borromeo Center
Approximately 50 environmentally-sensitive parking spaces will be installed at Saint Charles Borromeo Center during the week of August 31-September 4. Permeable pavers will be placed “hopscotch” style with squares of grass between them to preserve natural drainage in creating this parking area. This type of parking also was installed successfully several years ago at Fitzpatrick House on Route 53 to protect its environmental features.
About 35 new parking spaces will be installed on the east side and an additional 15 to the west of the Saint Charles Borromeo Center along Airport Road. Another feature of the permeable pavers is that the area can be more easily cleared of snow in winter weather.
Helm, Allen set to present at national conference
Two Lewis University professors will present at the 2015 Association of Black Women in Higher Education National Conference. Dr. Katherine Helm, professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Programs in Counseling, and Dr. Tennille Allen, associate professor and chair of Sociology and Director of Applied Sociology and Political Science will present at the national conference at the University of Illinois at Chicago on October 14-16.
They will present a Best Practice/Skill Development Workshop. It focusses on two African American female professors' challenges in teaching diversity/multicultural courses in a predominantly white mid-sized liberal arts institution. Strategies for dealing with microagressions will be discussed.
Along with their presentation, their work will be included in a special edition of the Association of Black Sociologists Issues in Race & Society: An Interdisciplinary Global Journal.
ABWHE has been an advocate for and celebrant of the accomplishments of Black women in higher education for more than two decades.
Lewis University doctoral students Michael Bulfin and Kevin Beirne along with Professor of Educational Leadership Dr. Kip Kline will present a three-paper panel at the Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society Conference Sept. 12 in Dayton, Ohio.
The title of their work is "Baudrillard, Black Mirror, and the Limits of Critical Media Literacy."
Associate Professor of History Dr. James Tallon published a chapter entitled “The Albanian Villayets of the Ottoman Empire: Between Young Turks (or CUP) and Balkan Players, 1909-1912”, in Dimitris Stamatopoulos (ed.), Balkan Nationalism(s) and the Ottoman Empire, vol.3: The Young Turk Revolution and Ethnic Groups. (Istanbul: The Isis Press, 2015), 173-187.
Tuition Exchange Reminder
Per HR policy #3.1030
All regular full-time personnel who are eligible for 100% tuition benefits are eligible to participate at the undergraduate level for their dependent children in tuition exchange programs in which the University is a member. This is a scholarship program and is not a defined benefit. You must complete and return to HR the Application for Tuition Exchange found on the HR web site by the October 1, 2015 deadline for the 2016-17 Academic Year. All staff and faculty with students currently participating in the tuition exchange program must also complete a form to continue the process for the next academic year.