Monday July 18, 2016 through Sunday July 24, 2016


Change in FAA Hiring Practices is Good News for Air Traffic Control Students

The passage of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2016 represents a big win for the 36 Collegiate Training Initiative program schools in the United States, says Bill Parrot, director of the Lewis University Air Traffic Control Program.

The 2016 legislation returns the relevancy of CTI graduates in FAA hiring. Now, there will be a similar number of veterans and CTI graduates hired as there are from the general population. “This now gives full credit to our students who have dedicated themselves through years of preparation,” added Parrot.

The former airline pilot and FAA Air Traffic flight data specialist explained that in December 2013, the FAA changed its hiring practices for air traffic controllers. The 2013 changes no longer recognized graduates of CTI programs who passed the FAA's skills and aptitude exam.

Since the 2013 announcement, the CTI schools have worked together and lobbied for bi-partisan legislation to recognize how the advanced preparation and skills of CTI graduates benefit the aviation industry and the safety of passengers. The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2016 does that.

“We had weekly teleconferences, made many trips to Washington, D.C., and met with several key legislators on campus. The support from both sides of the aisle has been critical as we moved forward on this,” said Parrot. “I’m especially grateful to U.S. Representatives Randy Hultgren (R-IL-14) and Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3) for their continued bi-partisan support of Lewis University and the preparation of our nation’s air traffic controllers.”

Since 1932, Lewis University has led the field of aviation education by preparing students from around the world to succeed in the aviation industries. An on-site airport, experienced and industry-leading faculty, personalized learning, degree programs that provide a specialized experience. A well-rounded business, management and liberal arts education have made Lewis University’s aviation program one of the most respected in the nation. Visit for more information about the Lewis University bachelor’s degree in Air Traffic Control Management.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Makes a Splash with “Big Fish the Musical”

Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish the Musical centers on the life of Edward Bloom (Stephen Cannon of New Lenox), a traveling man with tall tales who lives life to the fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories include a giant, a mermaid and many more. His stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra (Jenna Kirkeeng of New Lenox). But their son Will (Eliseo Martinez of Oswego), about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre. It is an experience that’s richer, funnier, and BIGGER than life itself.

Theatre Manager, Jo Slowik ‘88 of Joliet, directs this “delightfully old-fashioned musical.” Assisting Slowik are Becky Hicks of Joliet (vocal director), Stephanie Daley ‘13 of Lockport (choreographer) and Jordin Richards ’16 of Tinley Park (assistant choreographer). The cast includes Sean Barber ’11 and Christopher Hueg ‘11 of Crest Hill, Elliot Bilus, Sean Gallagher, Emma Herring and Amanda Mascarello of Mokena, Armondo Bouie, Zariya Butler, Bailey Garland, Ingrid Schwartz and Shelbi Voss of Joliet, Kayla Carson of Burbank, Emily Dow of Shorewood, Julia Egizio of Plainfield, Elena Gerk of New Lenox, Luke Murphy of Darien, Michael Norkus of Romeoville, Adeline Normand of Lockport, Kate O’Neil ’15 of Oswego, Alysa Sandoval of Tinley Park, and Carolina Soto of Rockdale.

Working behind the scenes are Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village (stage manager), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank and Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park (assistant stage managers), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Jackie Sabani ‘08 of Plainfield (assistant costume design), Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet (scenic and projection design), Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (lighting design), Ashley Stajura of Lockport (properties), Taylore Cephas of Chicago and Robert Kornaus ‘16 of Plainfield (microphones and sound reinforcement), Noah Smith of Joliet (light board operator), Kelly Carson of Burbank and Katy Papineau ‘16 of Kankakee (costume dressers), Cienna Jones of Joliet and Lauren Laverdiere of Plainfield (follow spot operators) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director). Front-of-house staff is Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (box office) and Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park (house manager). The backstage running crew consists of Chris Pupik of Naperville and Daniel Staggs of Minooka.

This inspiring musical will run July 22-24 and July 28-31 and is recommended for patrons 6 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 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, July 30. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $12 for adult and $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. For groups of 15 or more tickets are $10. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Free activities for kids at Kidzfest in Joliet

Activities for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest 2016 Saturday, Aug. 6 in downtown Joliet. A free family festival, Kidzfest offers an opportunity for children to play, explore, imagine and create. Kidzfest will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Chicago Street in downtown Joliet.

Lewis University is the main sponsor for the Kidzfest 2016, which will include many attractions including the Friendly Farms Petting Zoo, a juggler, and activities/exhibits by other area organizations, including the Joliet Public Library, Rialto Square Theatre, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Joliet Slammers and more. Activities are free.

Each child may receive a certificate as he/she enters the Lewis University Kidzfest Mini-Campus across from the Rialto Square Theatre. The children earn marks on the certificate for each activity that they attend. Those who earn four marks on the certificate will receive an “aviator wings pin.”

Entertaining and educational experiences at Lewis University exhibits include opportunities for children to:

  • Sit in a small airplane. Parents may have a free digital photo taken of each child in the plane, courtesy of Lewis University.

  • Test their skills on an unmanned aircraft system simulator with direction from Flight students.

  • Get free photo IDs taken by students in the Criminal/Social Justice program and the Lewis University Police Department.

  • Solve math problems and play computer games with the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department.

  • Become a scientist through chemistry and biology experiments. Fun includes concoctions that experiment with everyday materials.

  • Step into the shoes of a weather reporter and see what it’s like to be on TV using equipment and assistance from the Communications Department.

  • Make an art project with supplies and guidance from the Art & Design Department.

  • See a mastodon tooth and other small fossils and minerals and tackle trivia questions from geologist Greg Kientop.

  • Get blood pressures and pulse screenings for children and adults from students and nurses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, adults can receive information on hypertension and diabetes awareness. Several wellness games will focus on nutrition, stress reduction, hand washing, exercise and smoking habits.

  • Enjoy student performers from the Lewis Philip Lynch Theatre who will sing songs from Disney musical favorites. Performances are scheduled at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the outdoor stage at Clinton and Chicago streets.

  • Learn a marketing lesson with games and take home shredded money from the College of Business. Kids will be challenged to match restaurant logos to the name of the restaurant and also may play a “Memory” game to find matching international currency.

  • Choose from designs and get a new look at the Face Painting booth.

  • With the theme “Come, Fly with Us,” enjoy stories about flying read by future teachers who are students in the College of Education. Children will also do a craft with butterflies, play with bubbles, make a paper airplane and bring it home.

  • Improve athletic skills with tips from student athletes on sports including men’s and women’s basketball and golf.

  • Test your fitness skills against a member of the ROTC. Write words or draw pictures of gratitude for currently serving military.

  • Take a photo with the Flyer mascot of Lewis University, Bedcheck Charlie, if weather permits.

Leadership Program Introduces Faculty to International Lasallian Family

The global Lasallian network has more than 60 colleges and universities with 250,000 students. The International Association of Lasallian Universities is one of the largest educational networks in the world. Lewis University faculty, staff, and administration recently became more acquainted with it as they participated in the annual Leadership Program led by IALU.

“Attending this program was a transformative experience. My perspective on what it means to be ‘Lasallian’ has come into focus through learning about and discussing the history of the Christian Brothers,” commented Dr. Steven Nawara, assistant professor of political science.

Forty-nine faculty, staff and administration from 29 Lasallian Universities gathered for two weeks this summer in Rome, Italy. The countries represented included Philippines, Indonesia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Kenya, Palestine, Spain, and the United States.

Lewis University participants included Dr. Mary Fisher, associate professor of special education, Dr. Steven Nawara, assistant professor of political science, and Dr. James Oakley, associate professor of marketing.

Dr. Dominic Colonna, professor of theology, was one of the three organizing committee members appointed by the IALU. Colonna also gave a presentation on the Catholic Intellectual Tradition. Brother Gus Sinco, FSC, academic technologist for the Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning, served as a translator and facilitator.

Participants learned about and discussed Lasallian topics, such as the founding of the Christian Brothers by St. John Baptist de LaSalle, the development of pedagogy by the order, the Catholic intellectual tradition, and the challenges faced by Lasallian schools in the 21st Century.

The participants also visited cultural centers throughout Rome, Florence and Assisi, as well as an audience with Pope Francis. “A critical outcome of this IALU experience is about relationships and understanding the world through others,” added Fisher.

The Leadership Program connects faculty, administrators and staff from across the Lasallian network and creates opportunities to pursue projects, programs, and research with colleagues around the world.

“The opportunity to not only meet so many fellow Lasallian educators, but to spend two weeks with them was a truly immersive experience. The relationships formed open doors to new programs for our students and faculty around the world,” commented Oakley.

Projects are already in development with several expected to be presented at the International Symposium on Lasallian Research in September at Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis, Minn.

Public Policy Student Interns with Congressional Black Caucus Foundation

William Z. Riley is currently serving in a summer internship with the Congressional Black Caucus.

"I am looking forward to this internship because I will gain a better understanding of how the policy making process works, and learn how to serve the Lewis community, as well as my residential community better,” commented Riley, who is studying Public Policy and Aviation Administration at Lewis University.

The CBCF Congressional Internship program sponsored by Walmart offers undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in the policy making process. Interns work in Congressional Black Caucus member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. Housing and a stipend are provided.

“William is an impressive student. He will be a junior in the fall, and it is unusual for students to secure this type of opportunity during their sophomore year,” said Dr. Laurette T. Liesen, professor and chair of the Lewis University Department of Political Science.

The Public Policy major is an interdisciplinary major in which students take a core of mostly political science courses and select electives based on their career interests: environmental policy; gender, sexuality, and the family; international and foreign policy; society and the legal system; and transportation policy. Students preparing for careers in government, law, non-profits, or business learn about how the public policy-making process works at the local, state, national, and international levels of government.

“History Set in Stone” Published by Lewis University

History Set in Stone, a short history of the buildings and features on the Lewis University campus, is now available in print and online. A valuable resource for those interested in the history of Lewis University, the booklet also may serve as a guide for those who take walking tours of the spacious (425+ acres) campus. Brother Joseph Martin, FSC, Coordinator of Special Projects, is responsible for the development of this fine new publication. He also wrote the descriptions for the entire booklet, using original and secondary source documents from the Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, University Archives, taking color photos and gathering others from various photographers.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, commissioned the booklet with its information on more than thirty buildings and twenty-five statues, plazas, pavilions, gardens, stadium, glen and, specifically for Lewis University, a Boeing 737. To access the website, click on The online information will be updated as needed. Print copies will be available in the Lewis University Library with a limited number of booklets at the Switchboard.

Fe Y Vida Provides Five Pastoral Leadership Programs this Summer on Lewis University Campus

The Annual National Summer Program conducted by Instituto Fe y Vida, from June 26-July 2 at Lewis University in Romeoville is the 22nd summer program the institute has offered since 1994. This program was a fruitful pastoral formation experience for 225 participants and the pastoral team who facilitated five inspiring programs.

Five pastoral leadership programs were offered this summer for young leaders of Pastoral Juvenil, Latino adolescent ministry coordinators, ecclesial ministers and catechists, and trainers in Hispanic ministry in the United States:

  • The Symposium on Leadership for a Comprehensive Pastoral Juvenil: Sharing a Vision of Hope

  • The Church Reaching Out to Youth: Liturgy, music and dynamics for Pastoral Juvenil

  • Spirituality, Life Project, and Self-improvement: Bilingual program for ministry with young Latinos born or educated in the U.S.

  • Pastoral Ministry at the Institutional Level: Spirituality, theory, and praxis

  • Formation for Christian Living of Human Sexuality. This new training of trainers’ program provided a comprehensive vision and practical tools for a Christian education in sexuality, with an emphasis on parents as educators of their adolescent children. It was based on a manual, recently published by Fe y Vida, written by pioneers and veteran pastoral leaders Carlos Carrillo, M.Ed. and Dr. Carmen Cervantes, Ed.D.

This is the second time Fe y Vida celebrates the annual leadership training program at Lewis since its affiliation with the university, in May 2015. This affiliation is grounded on a common sense of mission, and a common desire to engage young people in Christian formation programs that develop their leadership potential in holistic, ethical and socially responsible ways.

Fe y Vida is a Pastoral Leadership Training Institute with a Formation System that includes more than 20 programs from basic pastoral formation to the training of trainers.’ Through its alumni, programs and publications, the institute is contributing to the ministry of the Catholic Church among young Latinos in nearly every diocese in the United States. More than 35,000 people have participated in Fe y Vida formation programs since 1994. For more information about the Fe y Vida Leadership Formation System visit or contact Walter F. Mena at


Teachers and Administrators Head Back to Class This Summer

The College of Education at Lewis University is offering Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40 per person. Attendees will earn four professional development units for each seminar.

The one-day seminars begin on June 8 and continue through August 3. Most of the seminars are held on the Romeoville campus. Others are at the Oak Brook campus and De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

The 23 seminars cover many topics such as technology in the classroom, adapting curriculum for all levels of students, vocabulary games and activities to teach engineering. Visit for complete seminar descriptions.

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Spotlight Shines on Illinois Arts Council Grant Students

Illinois State Senator Pat McGuire (D-Joliet) recently met the four high school students participating in the Illinois Arts Council Agency’s Summer Youth Employment in the Arts program at the Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre in Romeoville.

It’s the second year the PLT has received an IACA grant to employ high school students. The amount was increased this year to $6,000 to subsidize the summer work of four students.

This year’s students are Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank, Cienna Jones of Joliet, Lauren Laverdiere of Plainfield and Noah Smith of Joliet.

“Some of us are used to being on stage. This experience has been interesting to learn what goes on behind the scenes,” said Laverdiere.

“This is a different atmosphere than our high school productions,” added Bednarczyk.

In addition to props, set construction and scenic painting tasks, the high school students are responsible for production roles in the upcoming PLT “Big Fish” production. Joliet Catholic Academy graduate Laverdiere and current JCA student Jones are running followspot lights. Joliet West student Smith is operating the light board. Reavis High School student Bednarczyk is an assistant stage manager. The production will make a splash on July 22. Eight public performances will be available until the curtain falls July 31.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into these productions. What you are doing is something that people really care about. They talk about it,” said McGuire, as he toured the theatre with the SYEA students, Lewis University students and staff.

“It’s an honor to witness the passion that goes into these productions both on and off the stage by the entire cast and crew. This grant provides us the opportunity to foster that passion for the arts with the broader community,” said Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.

Jo Slowik, PLT manager and supervisor of the IAC students at PLT, said the program has been a positive experience for the theatre and students. “What I love about mentoring these students is that I get to see their love of the theatre blossom as they work on assembling hundreds of daffodils for the show.”

The PLT’s season continues year round with five productions. The theatre serves as a learning lab for students in the Lewis University baccalaureate program in theatre. Lewis University theater students actively participate in all aspects of play production. They develop in pursuing a career in acting, directing, technical theatre, theatre design or management.

Ronald McDonald House Families Receive a Tex-Mex Lunch from Lewis University SPCE Staff

Sixteen Ronald McDonald House families received a lunch featuring a taco bar consisting of both beef and chicken tacos with all of the fixings on June 13th in Oak Lawn. The desserts of baked chocolate chip and sugar cookies were washed down with water, iced tea, and lemonade.

The volunteer-prepared meal was part of Ronald McDonald House’s “Meals from the Heart” program. Staff members of Lewis University’s School for Professional and Continuing Education volunteered for that particular day.

Volunteers plan, provide, prepare, serve, and clean up a meal for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House across the street from Hope Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. It allows the families to focus on caring for their sick children receiving care in the hospital. Ronald McDonald House is 100-percent dependent upon donations and does not require the families to pay for room and board.

Participating in the program was in an effort to both bond as a team and uphold Lewis University’s spirit of association present in the mission.

The SPCE volunteers included Kari Orseske, Dr. Anne Figus, Maggi Pfrommer, Joanna Baumann, Sarah Wiegman, Fabiana Tkac and Dr. Anne Rapp.

Lewis University Celebrates Service

The Lewis University community gathered to celebrate service and recognize employee milestones at the 24th Annual “A Celebration of Service” Mass and Recognition Ceremony.

This year’s celebration included an opening liturgy, celebrated by Father Paul Novak, OSM, President of De La Salle Institute in Chicago and Lewis University Trustee. Father Dan Torson, CPPS, Lewis University Chaplain, concelebrated the Mass.

Recognition of service milestones ranging from 10-40 years and retirements followed the Mass.

Three prestigious Lasallian awards were awarded honoring three individuals. Allison Rios, Director of Advancement Communications, was presented with the De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service. Brother Ray McManaman, FSC, Professor of Theology, received the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. Dr. Bill Chura, Associate Professor of Biology, was the first recipient of the De La Salle Medallion for Service Learning Excellence.

The ceremony was held during the month-long Celebration of Association at Lewis University. Several events and acitvities honor the commitment of Lewis University employees and students in the spirit of Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian mission. They highlight the core elements of the university’s rich tradition of Catholic identity, academic excellence, faculty and student scholarship, calling and service.


Birthdays for July 2016

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

July 1, Dr. Raymond Garritano, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
July 1, Lawrence McAuley, Aviation Services
July 1, Robert Pruter, Library
July 1, Carli Wheeler, Admission

July 2, Sean Fagan, Student Services
July 2, Tina McKee, Arts & Ideas

July 4, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

July 5, Jessica Kush, College of Business

July 6, Nancy Hanley, College of Arts & Sciences
July 6, Dr. Mark Letcher, English Studies

July 7, Dr. Ian Gladding, College of Business
July 7, Uno Lapimaa, Athletics
July 7, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

July 8, Dawn Peckler, College of Education
July 8, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police

July 10, Nicholas Fischer, Flight
July 10, Dr. Eveann Lovero, College of Business

July 11, Lindsay Harmon, Library
July 11, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

July 13, Jeffrey Ritchie, Office of the Provost

July 14, Dr. Robert Atra, College of Business
July 14, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology
July 14, Denise Rich, LARC

July 16, Michael Kelly, Campus Police
July 16, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police

July 19, Bernardo Cervantes, Facilities
July 19, Dr. Jenny DeVivo, Theology

July 20, Linda Campbell, Graduate Admission
July 20, Barbara Peterek, Graduate Admission
July 20, Claire Singleton, Campus Police

July 22, Dr. Edmund Kearney, Psychology

July 23, Dr. Kathy Kremer, Office of the Provost
July 23, Lisa Salazar, Meetings, Events and Conferences
July 23, Diana Schreader, College of Nursing & Health Professions

July 24, John Harvey, LUA
July 24, Dr. Richard Walsh, Organizational Leadership

July 25, Anne McShane, College of Nursing & Health Professions
July 25, Nazim Uddin, Aviation & Transportation Studies

July 26, Linda Arnold, College of Nursing & Health Professions
July 26, John Morris, Office of Technology
July 26, Margaret Pfrommer, SPCE
July 26, Joseph Preston, University Ministry
July 26, Sandra Schuh, Office of the Provost
July 26, Vicky Weidling, College of Nursing & Health Professions

July 27, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE

July 28, Dr. Erica Davila, College of Education
July 28, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police

July 29, William Brogan, Aviation & Transportation Studies
July 29, Jim Cowan, Marketing and Communications
July 29, Dr. Christy Roberts, College of Education

July 31, Patti Purri, Admission
July 31, Kelsey Wallace, Meetings, Events and Conferences

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 July 2016

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


37 Years, Lawrence McAuley, Aviation Services

31 Years, John Carey, Communications

26 Years, Angeline Bizzotti, Admission

23 Years, Pamela Maciulewicz, Business Office

20 Years, Janice Coats, Human Resources

19 Years, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

16 Years, Shaila Koutha, Office of the Provost

15 Years, Robert Pruter, Library

14 Years, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

13 Years, Rita Herrick, Graduate Admission

12 Years, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement
12 Years, Kathleen Lisak, SPCE

11 Years, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences

10 Years, Jessica Kush, College of Business

9 Years, Jill Canaday, Office of the Provost
9 Years, William Brogan, Aviation & Transportation Studies
9 Years, Matthew Berger, Flight

8 Years, Dr. Anne Rapp, SPCE
8 Years, Karen Burke, College of Arts & Sciences
8 Years, Fabiana Tkac, SPCE

6 Years, Jean Lucas, College of Education
6 Years, Jefferson Gole Cruz, Office of Technology
6 Years, David Pomatto, Theatre
6 Years, Lee Anne McConologue, College of Education

5 Years, Jeffrey Festin, Facilities

4 Years, Matthew McCarthy, Athletics
4 Years, Christopher Stevens, Aviation & Transportation Studies
4 Years, Reynaldo Bustinza, University Advancement
4 Years, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement
4 Years, Michele Latta, College of Arts & Sciences
4 Years, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement

3 Years, Corbett Sherman, Facilities
3 Years, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President
3 Years, Aaron Scheiwe, Business Office
3 Years, Dr. LeRoy Butler, Office of Technology

2 Years, Jennifer Rutherford, University Ministry
2 Years, Michael Vucsko, Athletics
2 Years, Sinai Ornelas, College of Nursing & Health Professions
2 Years, Stefanie Offerman, Financial Aid Services
2 Years, Derrick Sloboda, Athletics
2 Years, Rachel Ford, Library
2 Years, David Deitemyer, College of Arts & Sciences

1 Year, Lesley Wolfgang, Library
1 Year, John Spruance, Athletics
1 Year, Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Office of Service Learning


Sabbatical Contact Information for Brother James Gaffney, FSC

As Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President Emeritus, begins his retirement after more than forty years at Lewis University with twenty-eight years as President, his plans call for extensive travel throughout the next academic year (July 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017) as part of a sabbatical awarded to him by the Board of Trustees. He will continue his service on twelve boards of directors, unrelated to the Office of the President. These board memberships include La Salle University in Philadelphia, Saint Mary’s College of California and the Holy Spirit Catholic University of Lebanon in Beirut. Brother James also has been asked to continue serving as an At Large Member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU).

Mail may be directed at any time after Thursday, June 30, 2015, to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President Emeritus, 100 Faculty Lane, Romeoville, Illinois 60446-1178. His e-mail address will remain

Christian Brother to be Canonized

In June, Pope Francis officially announced plans to canonize Blessed Brother Solomon Leclercq, FSC, at ceremonies on October 16.

A member of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Brother Solomon was one of the priests, brothers and other religious who refused to take an oath to support the constitution in France as a result of the French Revolution. The country’s new constitution in 1790 gave the state complete control over the Church in France. After refusing to take the oath, Brother Solomon (Nicholas Leclerq) lived in secrecy in Paris until being arrested in 1792 along with several bishops and priests and imprisoned in what previously had been a Carmelite monastery. On September 2, 1792, he was killed in the monastery garden along with almost all of the prisoners. Brother Solomon was beatified on October 17, 1926 along with 188 fellow martyrs. He was the first Christian Brother to be beatified and was one of the first martyrs among the Brothers. His feast is celebrated on September 2 along with other Brother Martyrs who died later.


Robert Pruter Essay Published in African American Sport History Compilation

Robert Pruter (library) essay, “The National Interscholastic Basketball Tournament: The Crown Jewel of African American High School Sports During the Era of Segregation, “ has been published in the compilation,  Separate Games: African American Sport  Behind the Walls of Segregation, recently announced by the University of Arkansas Press.  The essay is part of a collect ion of twelve essays on various facets of African American sports during the era of segregation.

Dr. Clare Lawlor is Among “Nuns on the Bus”

Dr. Clare Lawlor, professor of psychology, and Dr. Julie Krahl, former associate provost, are participating in the Nuns on the Bus this July. NETWORK, a Catholic sisters lobby group, has organized this tour to advocate for pro-active policies that ‘mend the gaps’ of wealth inequality and income. Lawlor and Krahl, members of the Sisters of St. Agnes, will be visiting 10 cities in 5 Midwestern states ending at the Republican convention.

Sisters Clare and Julie are blogging about the experience at Visit for a further information about Nuns on the Bus.


Lewis Athletics Breaks Conference Mark With 13 Team Academic All-GLVC Awards

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (June 28) that the Lewis University Athletics Department broke the GLVC record with 13 Team Academic All-GLVC Awards. The previous record of 10 - also set by Lewis - was established in 2015.

The GLVC recognizes each team from member institutions that have maintained a 3.30 grade point average for the academic year.

2015-16 Team Academic All-GLVC Award Honorees
Team GPA
Women's Golf 3.65
Women's Tennis 3.62
Softball 3.52
Women's Cross Country 3.49
Men's Golf 3.47
Women's Basketball 3.42
Women's Soccer 3.42
Men's Cross Country 3.38
Women's Track and Field 3.37
Women's Volleyball 3.35
Men's Soccer 3.33
Women's Swimming and Diving 3.33
Men's Basketball 3.32

The Flyers' academic accomplishments come during the same season as a No. 6 finish in the 2015-16 Learfield Directors' Cup. Lewis has finished in the Top 10 of the Directors' Cup for two consecutive seasons.

As a whole, the GLVC honored 137 teams, surpassing the previous conference record of 119 set last year.

Lewis' Amber Cook Named GLVC Scholar-Athlete Of The Year

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (June 30) that Lewis University's Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) has been selected as the GLVC Winter/Spring Sports Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's track and field.

"What an amazing honor for Amber," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "She has put in a tremendous amount of work over the last four years both on and off the track.

"She has had many setbacks (during her career), but her ability to persevere has helped her to grow into an amazing woman," Schwarting continued. "This is a fitting honor to cap off her run as a Lewis student-athlete."

Cook, a CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team selection and 2016 NCAA Division II Indoor National Triple Jump Champion, finished her career with a 3.66 cumulative grade point average in marketing.

She helped Lewis to both the 2016 GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships as she won five out of six possible jumping events, earning her GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year accolades. Cook added an All-America performance in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing fifth overall, helping the Flyers finish fourth overall as a team.

Former Lewis Men's Hoops Standout Ryan Jackson Signs Professional Contract

Former Lewis University men's basketball standout Ryan Jackson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) has signed a professional contract with France's Brissac Aubance Basket of the Nationale Masculine 2 League.

Jackson is the fifth Flyer to sign a professional contract under the guidance of 11th year head men's basketball coach Scott Trost, joining Stephen Bolt, Brandon Dagans, Chris McClellan and Julian Lewis (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor).

"I am really proud of Ryan and happy that he is able to achieve his goal of becoming a professional basketball player," Trost said. "It goes to show you that hard work and dedication pays off.

"I am sure that he will do well (in France) and represent not only himself, but Lewis University, very well."

Jackson started all 113 games that he appeared in during his career and finished with 1,742 career points, which is the fifth-best in school history. He also ranks in Lewis' Top 10 in career statistics for free throws made (2nd, 522) and field goals made (6th, 552).

"I am excited and pleased to take on this new challenge and opportunity that I was provided with through (Brissac Aubance Basket) and my agency AK Sports," Jackson said. "It's a great feeling to be able to get a chance to play again at a highly competitive level and be paid meaningful money as well.

"I am thankful for my God, my parents and my family who supported me and helped my keep my faith that my opportunity would come," Jackson continued. "I could not be happier and I am eager to start my professional career."


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All full time Lewis University faculty and staff are reminded that the tuition exchange application for the 2017-18 Academic Year is due by October 1, 2016. You can find the form by going to the myLewis Portal, Human Resources Tab, look for the Forms –Tuition, Tuition Exchange Application. Please submit it to the Office of Human Resources by email to or interoffice mail to Unit 291.


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