Monday October 17, 2016 through Sunday October 23, 2016


The F Word Exhibit is on Display Oct. 18-26 at Lewis University

Victims’ of atrocities are sharing their testimonies and uttering the “F Word” in October at Lewis University. The thought-provoking collection of arresting images and personal narratives exploring forgiveness will be on display in the “The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness” exhibition Oct. 18-26 in Sancta Alberta on the Lewis University campus in Romeoville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The exhibit consists of banners that offer stories of reconciliation and forgiveness from around the world and within the U.S. Drawing together voices from South Africa, America, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland and England, the exhibition examines forgiveness as a healing process, a path out of victimhood and, ultimately, a journey of hope.

At 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, Louisa Hext, curator of the exhibit, will explore the issues that the stories lift up. She will encourage people to consider alternatives to resentment, retaliation and revenge.

“The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness” exhibit is part of three days filled with dialogue, understanding and imagining peace. The annual Peace Teach-In is Oct. 19-21 at Lewis University in Romeoville. “Reconnecting in a Disconnected Age” is the focus of this year’s peace series.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christie Billups, assistant professor of theology and co-director of Peace Studies, at or (815) 836-5829.

Lewis University offers a Peace Studies minor rooted in Catholic social teaching and shaped by Lasallian global praxis. The program critically engages students in addressing contemporary social justice problems and building just peace.

The Peace Teach-In 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. Contact for further information.

Reconnecting in a Disconnected Age is the focus of Lewis University Peace Teach-In

Three days packed with dialogue, understanding and imagining peace are scheduled to be held Oct. 19-21 at Lewis University in Romeoville. “Reconnecting in a Disconnected Age” is the focus of this year’s Peace Teach-In. A majority of the presentations will be offered by faculty, staff and students of Lewis University. All of the events are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, Oct. 19

  • “You Have No Right to Your Opinion: The Rise of Intolerance on College Campuses” will take place at 9 a.m. in Sancta Alberta.

  • “Forgiveness Through Story: Sharing the F Word Exhibit” will be explained at 10 a.m. in Sancta Alberta by Louisa Hext, curator of the exhibit. The F Word exhibit, part of The Forgiveness Project, will be on display Oct. 17-26 in Sancta Alberta and the adjacent hallway.

  • “How Good It Is! Building Interfaith Social Justice Collaborations” begins at 11 a.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room.

  • “The Effects of a Disconnected Neighborhood” will take place at noon in the D’Arcy Great Room.

  • The documentary “First Degree” about prisoners attaining a college education will be shown at 1 p.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room.

  • “Reconciliation with Earth: Act Justly, Love Tenderly” will be presented at 2 p.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room.

  • The documentary “Reflections Unheard: Black Women in Civil Rights” will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in Room AS158A. This event is also part of the Women’s Studies Film Series for fall 2016.

Thursday, Oct. 20

  • “The Peaceful Effects of Relationship Building: Catholics and Muslims Connecting in Chicago” begins at 9:30 a.m. in Sancta Alberta and will be facilitated by Daniel Olsen of the Archdiocese of Chicago and collaborator Karen Gustafson.

  • “Listening Across Difference for Peace & Justice” will be held at 11 a.m. in Sancta Alberta.

  • “Leaders and Social Movement: Communities Working Together for Justice” will be presented by Mrs. Suzanne Sahloul, president & executive director of the Syrian Community Network, at 12:30 p.m. in Room AS158.

  • “How We Communicate in 2016: Pros and Cons - Perspectives from Business Students” will be held at 2 p.m. in Sancta Alberta.

  • “Race, Policing & the Culture of Violence: Reconnecting Communities with the Police” will be presented at 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Commons.

Friday, Oct. 21
  • “Making Moments Matter” begins at 9 a.m. in Sancta Alberta.

  • “Fostering a Sense of Community through Online Engagement” begins at 10 a.m. in Sancta Alberta.

  • “It's Not Just an Echo Chamber: Social Media, Community and Justice” will be presented at 11 a.m. in the D'Arcy Great Room.

  • “(Dis)Connecting with the Electorate: Engagement in the 2016 Election” begins at noon in the D'Arcy Great Room.

For more information, please contact Dr. Christie Billups, assistant professor of theology and co-director of Peace Studies, at or (815) 836-5829.

Lewis University offers a Peace Studies minor rooted in Catholic social teaching and shaped by Lasallian global praxis. The program critically engages students in addressing contemporary social justice problems and building just peace.

The Peace Teach-In 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. Contact for further information.

The Latina/o Leadership Endowed Scholarship Needs Your Help

Lewis University recently launched The Latina/o Leadership Endowed Scholarship. More than $22,000 has been raised, but an additional $3,000 is needed to bring the fund to the endowment level.

Once it is endowed, it will be a permanent fund at Lewis and it will help Latina/o students for generations to come.

There has been a significant increase in the number of Latina/o students in the last decade at Lewis University. The endowed scholarship will help deserving Latina/o students, in particular first generation students, continue their education at Lewis University, regardless of their immigration status.

University Advancement is working with Lewis University alumni, friends and the Latina/o community to fully endow the scholarship.

Visit to make your gift and add your name to the online honor roll of donors. Feel free to share the website via your social media networks using the social media icons that appear on the page.

Lewis University Aviation Students Feel Thin Air at High Altitudes

Lewis University Aviation students recently took part in a training exercise conducted by instructors from the Federal Aviation Administration's Civil Aeromedical Institute (CAMI) in Oklahoma City. Students are able to experience the same symptoms of oxygen deprivation at sea level that they would experience in an unpressurized aircraft at 30,000 feet.

The CAMI unit transported and set up a Portable Reduced Oxygen Training Enclosure at nearby Clow International Airport in Bolingbrook. An entire day of the CAMI training was dedicated to 52 Lewis University aviation students.

Richard Mladic, assistant professor of aviation and transportation, explained the enclosure that simulated a high altitude experience. He said the PROTE is an airtight enclosure made up of see-through panels that snap together to form a room, approximately 10 feet x 15 feet. Special air exchange units are attached to the enclosure which scrub oxygen molecules from the air and leave the nitrogen behind. Air normally consists of 78 percent nitrogen and 21 percent oxygen. By reducing the oxygen content of the air in the chamber, the partial pressure of the oxygen is also reduced. As a result, the PROTE is able simulate the oxygen levels at higher altitudes.

The simulated altitude in the chamber is raised to create the same partial pressure of oxygen as exists at 30,000 feet, while the partial pressure of the increased levels of nitrogen keep the total atmospheric pressure at sea level.

The changed levels of nitrogen and oxygen create a condition called hypoxia. Mladic said, “Hypoxia recognition is important training for pilots and air crew members to receive, as aircraft system malfunctions and depressurizations are an ever present possibility any time we fly.”

After entering the altitude chamber, the students had the opportunity to experience their individual symptoms of hypoxia under the supervision of the CAMI instructors. Mladic noted, “This type of training is invaluable for pilots and allows them to learn about the dangers of hypoxia in a safe, controlled environment.”

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.

Old Joliet Prison Lecture is Oct. 27 at Lewis University

Join Lewis University for the launch of the James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series. The inaugural lecture “Bars and Stripes: The Old Joliet Prison” will be presented by historian Dr. Robert Sterling. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture begins at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 in the University Dining Room on the Lewis University Main Campus in Romeoville. Register online at or reserve a seat by contacting Lisa Heizer at (815) 836-5545 or by Oct. 24.

Sterling was born and educated in Joliet, Illinois. The alumnus of Joliet Township High School received a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College in 1964. He earned master’s degree in 1967 and a Ph.D. in Civil War history in 1974 from Northern Illinois University. Sterling served as history faculty at Joliet Junior College and served as Chair of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department for 30 years before retirement. In 2011, the author of a number of books on Joliet and Will County donated the core of his regional history collection to the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University.

The legacy of Jim and Mary Clare Sczepaniak lives on through scholarships, Lewis University enhancements and now the James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series.


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Enjoy a Halloween Organ Spooktacular Oct. 27 at Lewis University

Lewis University Department of Music and the American Guild of Organists will present a Halloween Organ Spooktacular at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. Admission is free.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will host a program played by the Southwest Suburban chapter of the American Guild of Organists members. Organists Dick Siegel, Chris Siegel, Mark Downey, Ben Amenta, John MacKey, Catherine Griesmeye, Joe Gonzales and Sharon Fisher will perform music evocative of the Halloween spirit, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor of J. S. Bach, Saint-Saens’s Danse macabre, Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette” and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken” by Vic Mizzy.

This annual event is presented in memory of Thomas Secor, former dean of the chapter and a generous benefactor of the fine arts at Lewis University. Secor served for 20 years as organist and music director at St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church in Lockport and accompanied the Lewis University Choir.

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra Performs Oct. 26

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. Admission is free.

The all-French program will be repeated at 4 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Joliet Junior College. Admission is $10 at the door.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes Georges Bizet’s two suites from the opera Carmen, Gounod’s “Funeral March of a Marionette,” and Debussy’s Danses sacrée et profane. Harpist Nichole Luchs, an applied music instructor at Lewis University, will be the featured soloist in the Debussy.

Founded in 1959, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra has resided in Will County since 1991. Players in MYSO come from Lewis University and Joliet Junior College, and from area high schools and middle schools. Maestro Sisk is celebrating 25 years as music director of MYSO.

MYSO rehearses every Wednesday evening that school is in session from 6:00 to 8:30 at Lewis University. Visit for more concert and audition information.

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” Album Concert at Lewis University’s Studio Theatre

Six musicians will perform “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” the former Beatle’s debut solo album, in its entirety Oct. 22 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

The performance hosted by Heritage Theatre Company (HTC), an alumni organization that includes alumni and friends of the Philip Lynch Theatre, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Studio Theatre at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling the box office at 815-836-5500. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts by the Theatre Department to upgrade technology.

Performers are Robyn Castle of Joliet, Clarence Goodman of Chicago, Ron Kostka of Minooka, Kev Wright of New Lenox, Tim Placher and Ted Slowik both of Joliet.

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” was released on Dec. 11, 1970, in the United States and United Kingdom to critical acclaim. The album features Lennon, Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass. Producer Phil Spector and Billy Preston each play piano on one song, and Yoko Ono contributed as well. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album No. 23 on its 2010 list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

“Also known as the ‘primal scream’ album, referring to the painful therapy that gave rise to its songs, ‘Plastic Ono Band’ was John Lennon’s first proper solo album and rock & roll's most self-revelatory recording,” Rolling Stone said. “Lennon attacks and ¬denies idols and icons, including his own former band (‘I don't believe in Beatles,’ he sings in ‘God’), to hit a pure, raw core of confession that, in its echo-drenched, garage-rock crudity, is years ahead of punk,” according to Rolling Stone.

While various artists have recorded versions of songs from the album, this may be the first time the album has been performed live in its entirety. An extensive online search revealed no other documented live performances of the 11-song collection.

The performance will include strong language featured in Lennon’s lyrics and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The performance of the album is estimated at 45 minutes. Following an intermission, participating artists will perform other material, including original compositions.

Visit to learn more. For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Alumni Want to See You at Alumni Events

Our alumni like to catch up with old classmates during the various alumni events throughout the year.

They also want to see the faculty and staff that they connected with during their time at Lewis. Please join us for one of the many alumni events scheduled for this academic year.

    Saturday, October 22, 2016
    Women’s Volleyball Alumnae Day

    Thursday, October 27, 2016
    Inaugural Lecture: Bars and Stripes: The Old Joliet Prison, presented by historian Dr. Robert Sterling

    Thursday, November 3, 2016
    Nursing Alumni Network: Educational Opportunity (second session)
    “Complementary and Alternative Medicine: An Overview.”

    Thursday, November 10, 2016
    History Connections Book Club:
    Alexander Hamilton

    Friday, November 18, 2016
    Government Job Fair Hosted at UIC, Chicago, IL

    Friday, December 2, 2017
    President’s Circle Dinner

    Sunday, December 4, 2017
    Cookies With Santa

    Saturday, January 28, 2017
    Alumni Day at the Basketball games

    Saturday, March 18, 2017
    Athletics Hall of Fame

    Wednesday, March 22, 2017
    Annual Career Expo: Job and Internship Fair

    Friday, June 9, 2017
    Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing

Visit for more information.


Assessment of First Assesstival is Full of Data

The Division of Student Services showcased its AQIP Action Project assessment work Sept. 29 with an “Assesstival.” Student Services staff members shared its development of four division strategic objectives as well as departmental goals, objectives and annual end of the year reports.

“This Assesstival was an exciting opportunity to share our work with our colleagues throughout the University,” Joe Falese, senior vice president for Student Services. “It was a great team-building experience, and each staff member contributed.”

Thirteen posters exhibited the outcomes that have emerged from Student Affairs’ two AQIP action projects (AQIP 2012-2015, AQIP 2015-2018). They focused on goal setting, strategic planning and institutional effectiveness.

“We envision that the Assesstival will be an annual event at which the division and its individual departments have the opportunity to share key performance data that tell a broader narrative about the productivity, effectiveness, goals and objectives of the division throughout the past academic year,” said Dr. Jordan Humphrey, assistant dean of Student Affairs.

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Si Se Puede Conference Shows Path to College

More than 60 students from Curie Metropolitan High School and De La Salle Institute received tools for educational success during the annual Si Se Puede Conference Oct. 6 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

The conference is in honor of Dolores Huerta and Cesar E. Chavez, co-founders of the United Farm Workers (UFW). They educated farmworkers about their worker’s rights and mobilized thousands of people using nonviolent tactics for peace and social justice. In the spirit of Chavez and Huerta, who strongly believed in community empowerment, the Si Se Puede Conference serves as a beacon of hope for many Latino/a high school students whom would otherwise feel a college degree is not attainable.

Dr. Aliza Gilbert, college counselor at Highland Park High School, provided a keynote address to students at this year’s conference. The recipient of the NACAC Human Relations Award said, “Things don’t work out in life the way you planned. Make the most of the experiences you have. It can be really powerful.”

Level-specific sessions were offered by representatives of Lewis University, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission and Junior Achievement of Chicago.

For more information, contact the Lewis University Office of Multicultural Student Services at or Admission at (815) 836-5250.

Surrounding High School Students Attend Business Leaders Seminar

Executives from Unified Agency and MTH Industries joined other business leaders in sharing lessons with more than 130 high students Oct. 14 at Lewis University College of Business’ sixth annual Business Leaders Seminar.

Accounting, economics, finance, information systems, information security, business administration, marketing, international business and social media marketing were topics of discussion.

Students gained knowledge from Joe Hatch, chief financial officer of Olmarc Packaging (retired), Kevin Glowacki, director of Berkley Research Group, and Amanda Joyce, cyber security analyst for Argonne National Laboratory.

Ken Lomasney, chief operating officer of Unified Agency and Michael Swanberg, president/CEO of MTH Industries also shared business acumen.

“This seminar provided students with a great opportunity to meet business executives one on one and learn from them about their business,” said Dr. Rami Khasawneh, dean of the College of Business.

Ethically grounded and career focused, Lewis University’s business degree programs combine critical thinking with data analysis, financial understanding, technological knowledge and essential communication skills. Distinguished by a focus on global business practices and international relations, more students are taking advantage of short- and long-term study abroad excursions.

Lewis University’s College of Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Project management programs are approved by the Project Management Institute, and Lewis University is designated as a National Center for Academic Excellence by the Department of Homeland Security and National Security Agency.

Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference is Another Success

Lewis University hosted its third annual Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference Oct. 7. The one-day, on-campus conference featured female leaders who are alumnae and friends of the University.

Celebrating Women in Leadership 2016

Conference attendees participated in morning activities for personal enrichment, including one-on-one resume reviews, 30-minute individual coaching sessions and a presentation titled "Growing through Spiritual Small Groups: Opportunity for Leadership Development."

Attendees also networked at a wine and cheese celebration in the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

Kay Bolden, executive director of the Warren-Sharpe Community Center, provided a keynote address. Other speakers included Mary L. Spreitzer ’96, MBA ’98; Debra Heinzel ’82; Debbie Petropoulos; Representative Natalie Manley, MA ’15; Sergeant Margaret Kielczynski, Ret. ’77; La Vada D. Humphrey ’02; Premalatha Mony, MA ’10; Mary E. Lancaster ’88, C.P.A; Nancy Hinz Balcer Novak, CFP ’76; and Geneva Reed, MA ’12.

Topics included:

  • Career Survival: Being the CEO of Your Own Career

  • Purpose, Passion, & Possibilities

  • Women in Public Service

  • Women Supervisors in a Man’s World

  • Know Your Voice

  • It’s all about me: My Health and Wellness

  • How Community Involvement Can Shape Your Life

  • A Discussion about Finances

  • The Three E’s of Nonprofits: Education, Encourage, and Empower

For more information about the conference, contact Margaret Grabowski at ext. 5944 or Visit for sponsors and photos of past events.


Birthdays for October 2016

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

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

October 2, Kenneth "Mike" Canada, Aviation & Transportation Studies
October 2, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement
October 2, Bret Harms, Facilities
October 2, Robert Kanonik, University Advancement
October 2, Tiffany Nguyen, Office of Service Learning

October 3, Br. Jose Martin Montoya Dura, FSC, Office of the Provost

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

October 6, Janeen Decharinte, Financial Aid Services
October 6, Dr. Cindy Howard, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
October 6, Yvonne LeClaire, Aviation & Transportation Studies

October 7, Zachary Binkley, Sport and Exercise Science
October 7, Maria Espitia, LaSalle House

October 8, Dr. George Klemic, College of Business
October 8, Dr. Michael Lloyd, Social Work/Human Services
October 8, Alexander Stewart, University Advancement

October 9, Jamie Hogan, Residence Life
October 9, Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, College of Education
October 9, Dr. Anne Rapp, SPCE

October 11, Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, College of Arts & Sciences
October 11, Dr. Susan Cahill, Sport and Exercise Science
October 11, Gary DeLeonardis, Health & Counseling Services
October 11, Christopher Stevens, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

October 14, Bright Borkorm, College of Education
October 14, Kristen Gillespie, Athletics

October 16, Dr. Ryan Hooper, Physics
October 16, Dr. Young June Kim, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
October 16, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
October 16, Dr. Jamil Mustafa, English Studies

October 17, Amelia Alvarado, Organizational Leadership
October 17, Dr. Dennis Cremin, History
October 17, Jeannette Ortiz, LUA

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

October 20, Daniel Doll, Enrollment Management

October 21, Robert Bergman, College of Business
October 21, Walter Purdy, Facilities

October 23, Paul Coriell, Flight
October 23, Rebecca Klaff, Graduate School of Management
October 23, Victoria Watts, Marketing and Communications

October 24, Shane Muir, Receiving
October 24, Nancy O'Sullivan, Academic Technology Solutions
October 24, Michelle Ronchetti, Health & Counseling Services

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

October 27, Megan Chaffee, Office of the Registrar
October 27, John Czajkowski, Receiving
October 27, Joseph Kmetty, Facilities
October 27, Juanita Pasternak, Mail Room
October 27, Dr. Kevin Trudeau, Theatre

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

October 30, Raymond Kennelly, Enrollment Management
October 30, Dr. James Oakley, College of Business

October 31, Randell Venzke, College of Arts & Sciences
October 31, Dr. Michele Young, Office of the Provost

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


Service Anniversaries for October 2016

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


23 Years, Joan Williams, College of Education

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

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

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

14 Years, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus

12 Years, Claudio Jacobo, Facilities

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

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

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

6 Years, Sarah Coleman, College of Nursing & Health Professions

5 Years, Walter Purdy, Facilities

4 Years, Alexandria Ktenas, Oak Brook Campus
4 Years, Cheryl Kleina, Financial Aid Services

3 Years, Marcus Perry, Financial Aid Services

2 Years, James Addis, Office of Technology
2 Years, Joseph Jirka, Academic Technology Solutions

1 Year, Deana Ligda, Marketing and Communications
1 Year, Dr. Kathy Kremer, Office of the Provost
1 Year, Rebecca Klaff, Graduate School of Management
1 Year, Michael Frausto, Facilities
1 Year, Javonda Pelman, University Advancement


Construction Alert Near Romeoville Campus

Drivers traveling to the Romeoville Campus are encouraged to use extra caution. The Illinois Department of Transportation scheduled road work along Illinois Route 53 from September 23 - November 15. Plan extra time for travel.

The work will necessitate road closures and a temporary detour of traffic between the north and south juncture of Illinois Routes 7 and 53 from 7 p.m. Sept. 23 through 5 a.m. Sept. 26.

Southbound traffic will be detoured west on Renwick Road to south on Weber Road, then continue south on Weber Road/Larkin Avenue to east on Theodore before ending at Broadway. Northbound Route 53 traffic will be detoured west on Theodore Street to north on Larkin Avenue/Weber Road, then continue north onto Weber Road to east on Renwick Road. It will end at Broadway Street.

Temporary, daily closures of one lane of traffic in each direction is expected to continue through November 15. Visit IDOT online for updated roadway information.


Dr. Workman Participates in Panel Discussion in Indianapolis

Dr. Nancy V. Workman, faculty athletics representative, participated in a panel discussion on Diversity and Inclusion sponsored by the Great Lakes Valley Conference during their fall meeting held in Indianapolis.

The panel addressed various topics related to participation in sports and was moderated by Kristen Matha , NCAA associate director of Academic and Membership Affairs. It was presented live to the GLVC member institutions and also broadcast to other Division II institutions via the GLVCSN network.

Workman addressed Disability Discrimination and spoke of her experiences and fears about hiring an instructor with a severe visual impairment to teach composition and how she was surprised at her own biases in doing so. She also discussed her attendance at the Spring 2016 NCAA Inclusion forum, where she saw athletes preparing for the Para Olympics in Rio. The athletes were demonstrating Goal Ball, a game for athletes who have visual impairments.

In her brief remarks, she addressed the need for accommodations in sports to allow participation by all student athletes, especially those that are overlooked in traditional college programs.

Society of Composers Features McFerron Music

Dr. Mike McFerron’s (Music) composition for marimba and computer was recently selected for inclusion on the Society of Composers, Inc., upcoming Volume 31 CD Series, which is distributed by Parma Records.

Written for acclaimed percussionist Andrew Spencer, “If You Walked a Mile” was completed while McFerron was in Hong Kong during the fall 2015 semester.

It has been performed many times in the U.S., including the 47th Annual Ball State University New Music Festival and as part of the Arts&Ideas Touring Series in February.

The interactive electroacoustic music composition for marimba and computer incorporates text written by Dr. George Miller (Philosophy). This is the second composition that McFerron has written which uses the social justice themed creative work of Dr. Miller as its basis.

Visit for more information about McFerron’s music.

Conference on Illinois History Includes Cremin on Joliet Prison Panel

The Conference on Illinois History in Springfield, Ill., included a panel discussion by Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history, Pamela J. Owens of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Gaylord Building and Gregory T. Peerbolte, director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

On Oct. 6, the three experts presented “The Old Joliet Penitentiary: From Prison to Vision.” They discussed the history of the Old Joliet Prison, perspectives on historic preservation advocacy and models for future use of the prison.

“This was a great opportunity to share information with the larger scholarly community,” said Cremin. They also met with members of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

The Lewis University History Center plans to continue the discussion on the Old Joliet Prison with a lecture by Dr. Robert Sterling. “Bars and Stripes: The Old Joliet Prison” will begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 27 on Lewis University’s Romeoville Campus.

Sterling will also conduct a book signing at the Gaylord Building on the same day at 5:30 p.m.

The evening event is part of the opening of a new exhibit “Unlocking the Past: From Prison to Vision.” The exhibit will be on view at the Gaylord Building Historic Site, 200 West 8th Street, Lockport, Ill. Each of these events are free and open to the public. If you are interesting in attending the lecture, please contact Lisa Heizer at either (815) 836-5545 or by October 24, 2016. Visit for information on the book signing and exhibit.

Organizational Leadership Shares Knowledge

An article by Organizational Leadership Assistant Professors Drs. Mike Cherry and Sheila Boysen-Rotelli was recently published. "What theories of leadership at implicit in a coach approach?" is in the inaugural issue of "Philosophy of Coaching: An International Journal." They reviewed leadership literature and identified three theories at the heart of a coach approach to leadership development.

In other department news, the faculty recently created the School of Leadership for the Catholic Cemeteries Conference held in June at the University of Notre Dame. The inaugural cohort of 19 participants from around the world engaged in three days of deep dialogue and best practices related to leadership, ethics, conflict and change management and motivation.

A brief overview of the program was recently published in "Catholic Cemetery" magazine. Drs. Lesley Page, Mike Cherry, Scott Kerth and Keith Lavine were listed as the authors of "Great startup for new leadership track at CCC School of Leadership & Management Excellence."

Lewis Faculty, Staff Present at Huether Lasallian Conference

Several groups from Lewis University will be presenting at the 2016 Huether Lasallian Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Tennille Allen, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Community Partner Liaison in the Office of Service Learning, Kay Bolden of Warren-Sharpe Community Center in Joliet will make a presentation on developing food justice community partnerships at the Growing Power. The national nonprofit organization and land trust supports people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. The Lewis University group will be discussing food justice and will be among a select group discussing university-community partnerships.

Dr. Jennifer Buntin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will present "Hidden Within: Undocumented Students at Lasallian Schools." They will lead attendees in developing a shared plan of action that Lasallian institutions can put into place to meet the needs of undocumented students, as well as advocate for the students and their families within educational and public policy at the local, state and national levels.

Provost Stephany Schlachter Engages the Nation in Conversation

Dr. Stephany Schlachter, provost, engaged the nation in a dialogue on Mission this year.

In October, she was a keynote speaker with Dr. Marilyn McEntyre, professor of medical humanities at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program, at the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts’ Seventeenth Annual Workshop for Senior Administrators. With a theme of “Uniting Liberal and Professional Learning through Christian Mission,” the workshop explored how the Christian idea of vocation connects the relationship between liberal learning and professional study. Schlachter has been a board member of the Lilly Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts since 2014.

In January, Schlachter provided the keynote address “Bringing Ethics into the University: Race, Gender, Accountability, and Athletics” at the inaugural 2016 ACCU Chief Academic Officers Conference. Schlachter, who is on the conference planning committee, made the presentation with Father James F. Keenan, SJ, canisius professor of theology at Boston College.

As a member of the Council of Independent Colleges’ Chief Academic Officers Task Force for the last three years, Schlachter also assisted in the planning of the 2016 Institute for Chief Academic Officers.

Leslie Colonna’s Artwork is on Exhibit in Reopened Lockport Museum

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery has reopened with an exhibit called “Open.” The exhibit includes a range of artwork from the permanent collections. Illinois artists from the region are spotlighted in the exhibition. The goal is underscoring the commitment to practicing artists whose work fosters a sense of openness.

Leslie Colonna, assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design, is among the artists featured in the current exhibit. Six of her ceramic and mixed media figurative and animal sculptures based on fables and mythology are on display. Some of the sculptures are based on Aesop’s Fables and some are classical female forms inspired by myths.

The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located at 201 West 10th St. in Lockport. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed on Saturdays and state holidays. Admission and parking are free.

Tallon Presents Again on Arabia

History Associate Professor Dr. James Tallon presented a paper entitled “The Scramble for Arabia: The Ottoman Empire, the British, and Arab States Struggle for Dominance, 1903-1925” at the Midwest World History Association Conference Sept. 24 in St. Paul, Minn.


Lewis Softball Earns Easton / NFCA Division II All-Academic Team Accolades

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced on Thursday (Oct. 6) that the Lewis University softball team finished 16th overall in NCAA Division II with a 3.516 cumulative grade point average for the 2015-16 schoolyear.

"I am very proud of our team and how hard they work in the classroom," Lewis head softball coach Becky Pearl said. "We always strive to improve upon ourselves both academically and athletically."

The Flyers also had 11 players selected as NFCA Scholar-Athletes. In order to win this award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average for the 2015-16 schoolyear.

Those players include: Lauren Brennan (Cantonment, Fla./J.M. Tate), Frankie Castagna (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle), Emily Espinosa (Chicago, Ill./Lane Tech), Nicole Kappelman (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central), Jessica Lofthouse (Oswego, Ill./Oswego), Carley Maupin (Peotone, Ill./Peotone), Alise Perna (Naperville, Ill./Metea Valley), Kaylee Prieto (Chicago, Ill./Marist), Cori Reynolds (Lansing, Ill./TF South), Brittany Russell (Oswego, Ill./Oswego East) and Dara Sanders (Crestwood, Ill./Mother McAuley).

Lewis opens the 2017 season on February 24, 2017, as the Flyers host the annual D2 Midwest Region Dome Invitational and meet both Ashland (11 AM) and Walsh (3:30 PM).

Lewis Men's Golf Finishes Buccaneers Invite in First

After finishing day one in first place the Lewis University men's golf team was able to maintain the lead and finished the Buccaneer Invitational in first place with 932 (306-316-310).

At the conclusion of the tournament the Flyers had two golfers medal. Braden Bentley (Colorado Springs, Colo./Mesa Ridge) was able to finish in second place with 229 (75-74-80), and Jack Korzon (Downers Grove, Ill.) earned fifth place medal honors with 233 (79-83-71). Austin Buente (Troy, Ill./Triad) with 234 (73-81-80) finished seventh, and Ryan Ballard (Germantown Hills, Ill./Metamora) with 239 (82-78-79) finished tied for tenth.

The team will travel to Carrollton, Georgia October 24 for the two day Matt Dyas Invitational.

Lewis Women's Golf Finishes Buccaneer Invitational with First Place Victory

The Lewis University women's golf team finished the Buccaneer Invitational the same way they did day one, in first place. The Flyers finished with a team score of 974 (324-314-336).

Three of the five Flyers were medalists for the tournament and the entire team finished in the top ten. Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) finished first overall with 231 (78-74-79), Gabby David (Collinsville, Ill/Althoff Catholic) earned the second place medal with 242 (81-78-83), and Madison Hill (Pekin, Ill./Pekin Community) finished fourth with 246 (83-78-85). Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) finished with 260 (87-84-89) placing her in sixth, and Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) finished in seventh with 265 (82-94-89).

The next tournament for the Flyers will be October 24 in Nashville, Tennessee for the Trevecca Woman's Invitational.

No. 13 Lewis Women's Volleyball Nets 10th Straight Against Southern Indiana, 3-0

The No. 13 Lewis University women's volleyball team won its 10th straight match with a 25-14, 25-14, 25-19 Great Lakes Valley Conference sweep over Southern Indiana at the Physical Activities Center on Saturday (Oct. 8) afternoon.

Lewis sophomore outside hitter Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) notched a double-double with a match-high 12 kills and 11 digs, while redshirt junior right side Maddie Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) contributed 10 putaways in the victory.

Flyer redshirt sophomore setter Abby Becker (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) had a match-high 41 assists, while redshirt senior libero Nicole Yuede (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) netted a match-high 20 digs.

With the victory, Lewis improves to 15-3 on the season and 9-0 in GLVC action, while the host Screaming Eagles fall to 8-10 on the campaign and 3-6 in conference play.

As a team, Lewis recorded a hitting percentage of .374 (48-8-107) while the Screaming Eagles were held to a performance of .074 (25-17-108).

Lewis returns to action on Friday (Oct. 14), as the Flyers will participate against a yet-to-be determined opponent in the annual Midwest Regional Crossover in Aurora, Ill.

Lewis Women's Tennis Duo Wins Bronco Invitational Doubles Title

Lewis University juniors Dora Andrejszki (Budapest, Hungary/Dozsa Gyorgy) and Nora Mindiyarova (Moscow, Russia/Gimnasium 1577) won the Bronco Women's Tennis Invitational Doubles Title with a pair of victories over host Western Michigan on Saturday (Oct. 8) afternoon.

The Flyer duo bested Western Michigan's Olivia Myers and Meika Ashby, 6-1, and followed that up with a 7-6 (9) win over the Broncos' Tracy Kuhle and Melina Lyubomirova to win the Betsy Kuhle Bracket.

Both Andrejszki and Mindiyarova advanced to the finals of their individual singles brackets. Andrejszki beat Myers, 6-2, 6-4 and will meet Kuhle for the White Flight championship on Sunday (Oct. 9) morning. Mindiyarova dropped Western Michigan's Katja Fevralev, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 1-0 (1) and will battle Lyubomirova for the Black Flight championship on Sunday.

Lewis Men's and Women's Soccer Claim NSCAA College Team Academic Awards

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced on Thursday (Oct. 6) that both the Lewis University men's and women's soccer teams have earned the 2015-16 College Team Academic Award.

The award is given to any team with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the 2015-16 school year. Lewis is one of 221 schools in the country that had both of its teams recognized by the NSCAA.

The women's team takes home its 12th overall NSCAA College Team Academic Award with a 3.42 cumulative GPA in 2014-15. The men's squad earns the honor for the fourth-straight season with a 3.33 cumulative GPA.

Both soccer teams return to action on Friday (Oct. 7), as the Flyers head to St. Louis to square off with Missouri-St. Louis. The women's game is slated to start at 5 PM, while the men's contest kicks off at 7:30 PM.


Flu Shots are Available for Students and Employees

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot can walk-in from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday to Health Services (lower level Mother Teresa Hall).

Also, several “pop-up” clinics will be located in Charlie’s Place starting Sept. 29.

The cost for an influenza vaccination is $10. Students can have $10 charged to their student account. Employees can pay $10 cash. There is NO CHARGE for employees with Christian Brothers Insurance.