Monday September 18, 2017 through Sunday September 24, 2017


U.S. News & World Report Rankings Move Lewis University Further Up in Top 25

Lewis University moved up another spot to No. 23 in the U.S. News & World Report Midwest Regional Universities rankings this year.

An improved graduation rate, a more academically-talented freshman class and an increase in average alumni giving rate were factors that helped the ranking bump up another place from the previous year of rankings. Lewis University’s acceptance rate also decreased, noting that the university was more selective in the admission process.

“Our students are the real success story. Their experiences and accomplishments lead to great career and graduate school opportunities, which reflects so positively on Lewis,” said Ray Kennelly, senior vice president for Enrollment Management.

Also, Lewis University is once again in the Top 20 Best Colleges for Veterans Midwest Regional University rankings. It placed No. 19 on the list of top colleges and universities that assist military veterans and active-duty service members by offering an affordable education.

“Our Office for Veterans Affairs and Recruitment works with the Student Veterans of America Chapter to provide unparalleled support that extends beyond the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program,” commented Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University. “These recognitions honor our dedication to supporting student success.”

The 2017 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges rankings is available on, which features extensive statistical profiles for each school. It also includes a college search for students and parents looking for the university or college that best fits their needs.

Lewis University Statement on DACA Program Announcement

I am very disappointed and discouraged by President Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program that was announced by his administration on Tuesday, September 5.

We are very fortunate to have students in the DACA program studying with us at Lewis University and we want them to know that we will work diligently to convince Congress to act on their behalf. Though this adds a great deal of stress to all DACA students and their families, and I wish the President had made a different choice, it does allow the citizens of our country to send a strong message to Congress to enact laws that have been proposed over the last decade to clarify the status of DACA students.

In supporting the members of our community affected by this action, we are living out our Lasallian Mission and values. I encourage all of us to ask U.S. Congressional leaders to not punish the more than 800,000 undocumented young people around the country who made no choice of their own to come to the United States. Since they have been in the U.S., many of these students have finished high school and are either working or attending college with the hope of finding a legal path to citizenship. They add to the Lewis community and to thousands of colleges and universities across the county. They will continue to add great value after they graduate as neighbors, friends, and contributing members of our workforce.

We are not alone in supporting these students. The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, and our Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, have all called for people to communicate with Congressional leaders to support these students.

Therefore, I ask that we as a community reach out to our representatives in Congress to ask them to support the Bridge Act or the DREAM Act described below.

Two Bi-Partisan Pieces of Legislation in Congress

• The most recent groundwork for bi-partisan legislation on DACA is the "BRIDGE" Act - H.R. 496 in the House, sponsored by Reps. Coffman (R-CO) and Gutierrez (D-IL), and S. 128 in the Senate, sponsored by Sens. Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL). The "Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy" or BRIDGE Act, does NOT grant legal status to DACA recipients. Rather, it allows individuals registered under the DACA program, and others who qualify for DACA status, to maintain work authorization in a new "provisional protected presence" status that would last for three years. So, while its content might be less appropriate for the current situation, its bi-partisan sponsorship could lay the groundwork for a permanent solution from Congress.

• In addition, the DREAM Act has been reintroduced in both sessions of Congress. The DREAM Act would allow individuals brought to the U.S. as children to pursue a higher education, serve in the U.S. military, or work for at least three years to pursue a path to citizenship. Reps. Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Roybal-Allard (D-CA) sponsored companion legislation, H.R. 3440, in the House, and Sens. Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL) introduced S. 1615 in the Senate. Many of you may have friends, classmates, teammates or family who are affected by the rescinding of the DACA program. Please use your own personal story to tell your representatives about your thoughts on this matter. I have listed contact information for U.S. Representatives and Senators and the Attorney General below.

The Secretary of Education and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights have made resources and a family support hotline available, also listed below. Over the next six months, I hope that our leaders in Washington will hear the voices of the Lewis community in support of our friends and students. We will continue to monitor the situation and share information as it becomes available.

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senators

Attorney General

Sec. of Ed Educational Resources for Immigrants, Refugees, Asylees and other New Americans

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (Family Support Hotline)

Dr. David Livingston
President of Lewis University

Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient Speaks Sept. 19 at Lewis University

As part of the events for Latino Heritage Month, Lewis University will host Sylvia Mendez, an American civil rights activist from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Sept. 19 in the Student Union on Lewis’ main campus on Rt. 53 in Romeoville. The event is free and open to the public.

Mendez played an instrumental role in the Mendez v. Westminster case, the landmark desegregation case. Mendez won the case and helped make California the first state in the nation to end school segregation. Seven years later, Mendez served as significant precedent for the NAACP in its U.S. Supreme Court school desegregation case Brown v. Board of Education. In 2011, President Barack Obama presented Sylvia Mendez with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor.

The entire Lewis community celebrates Latino Heritage Month as a framework for understanding Latina/o history and culture and the contemporary triumphs and struggles of Latinos.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at or call (815) 836-5538.

“Art, Science and the Elegant Universe” Exhibition is at Lewis University

Lewis University will host an art exhibition by artist Lindsay Olson. The show will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and runs until Sept. 28 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A reception and Gallery Talk will take place from 7-9pm on Sept. 21 in the gallery.

This project, "Art and The Elegant Universe,” depicts the smallest frontier: the subatomic realm of quarks and leptons. Olson is fascinated by the behavior of nature’s fundamental building blocks that make up all that we see and uses art to invite others with little or no technical background to explore the elegant world of particle physics. This event is also free and open to the public.

Lindsay Olson is a visual artist whose work is inspired by science. Her most recent project, working with Fermi National Accelerator as the first artist-in-residence sheds light on the fascinating world of sub atomic particles. She is known for her unusual subject matter including a stint as the artist-in-residence for the Oak Park Police Department. She has worked with scientists at CERN, the Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden and Indiana University Northwest.

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 about the Art Gallery and exhibits is available by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

Sympathy and Prayers at the Loss of a Colleague

Joseph Tomsic, a long-time instructor of Management of Information Systems, died in a car accident yesterday.

Lewis University extends our deepest sympathy and prayerful consolation to the family and friends of Joe Tomsic.

Joe Tomsic touched the lives of many students over his 17 years of service at Lewis University. He served as a mentor to his fellow faculty members and an inspirational educator to his students. He assisted the university in many ways beyond the classroom, such as serving on a committee addressing the university’s technology.

Counseling services are available to students through the Lewis University Center for Health and Counseling Services at (815) 836-5455 or in the lower level of Mother Teresa Hall.

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to employees, family and friends 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call (800) 456-6327 or visit for more information.

Help Provide Supplies for Community Screenings and Health Fairs

The College of Nursing at Lewis University wants to purchase and provide supplies for screenings and health fairs in the community. They need your help. Visit to contribute.

In following Lewis' Catholic and Lasallian mission, students look forward to contributing to the health of their own communities and assisting the most vulnerable through health screenings.

The program hopes to raise enough money to be able to purchase materials and machinery that can be utilized at these screenings and health fairs. Being able to purchase these items will enable Lewis to provide more comprehensive screenings at sites that don't have the resources to otherwise provide them, such as churches and community centers.

Below you will find a list of specific items that will be purchased and how much each item costs. With the help of your donation, the program will be able to purchase these items and provide the community with more opportunities for health care and better quality care.

"Being a part of this nursing program has greatly changed my life and outlook on the impact that I personally can make in health care," accelerated nursing student, Leah Manning said.

"I have learned that nursing care does not only pertain to a hospital setting," Manning continued. "Conducting these community screenings and health fairs gives us the chance to detect health problems sooner and empowers the patients to get more involved with their own health."


250 Cholesterol Test Strips = $2,100
1 CardioChek PA Cholesterol Monitor = $756
500 Glucose Test Strips = $555
2 Accu-Chek Aviva Plus Glucose Machine = $180
750 Glucose Testing Lanclets = $70
2 Blood Pressure Cuffs (Regular) = $50
10 Boxes of Powder-free Exam Gloves = $30
5 Boxes of Alcohol Wipes = $25
1 Blood Pressure Cuff (Large) = $25
1 Blood Pressure Cuff (Child) = $25
5 Boxes of 2x2 Gauze Squares = $15
2 Boxes Fingertip Bandages = $15
2 1-Quart Sharps Containers = $5
This list of supplies will allow for 500 screenings (5-10 health fairs)

For more information, please contact Leah Manning at 708-491-7949 or or Nanci Reiland at 815-836-5720 or

What's the Impact of Your Gift?

Check out just some ways gifts to the University have been making an impact. From each college to campus life, there have been some amazing enhancements.

Visit the Lewis University Alumni website to find out.


Tuition Waiver Deadline

Dear Faculty and Staff,

This is a reminder to complete a Tuition Waiver form for employees using the tuition waiver benefit for the Fall 2017 semester for yourself or a family member.

Also, if you wish to apply for a Tuition Exchange Scholarship for your undergraduate dependents for AY 2018-19, the deadline is October 1, 2017.

Both forms can be found on line:

Service Award Recipient for August 2017

Congratulations to Jennifer Rutherford for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for August, 2017.  Jennifer was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedication and helpful service as University Minister and Coordinator of Retreats and Faith Formation. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 21, 2018 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

ABRI Credit Union Fall Newsletter

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History Connections Events

History Connections Alumni Book Club meets Thursday October 26 from 6:30-9 pm. in the President's Dining Room  Dr. Ewa Bacon will lead the discussion on her new book, Saving Lives in Auschwitz: The Prisoner's Hospital in Buna-Monowitz. Purdue University, 2017.  All are welcome.  Please register at

Upcoming Events for Lewis Alumni & Friends

Celebrating Women In Leadership Conference
October 28 - St. Charles Borromeo, Romeoville Campus
Our annual conference for women returns with more speakers in a new location.

History Connections Events

Sczepaniak Lecture Series: "The Global Challenge of 'Place Making'"
October 19 - University Dining Room, Romeoville Campus
Gerald W. Adelmann presents this free lecture on maintaining culture and history during a period of massive change. 

History Connections Fall Book Club
October 26 – President's Dining Room, Romeoville Campus
Our book selection is Dr. Ewa Bacon's recent book, Saving Lives at Auschwitz: The Prisoners' Hospital at Buna-Monowitz

LUAAO Events

Annual Aviation Career Conference 
November 18 
Details coming soon!

Athletics Alumni Events 


September 23, 2017 – Men’s and Women’s Swim Alumni Meet

September 23, 2017 – Men’s Golf Alumni Cup

September 30, 2017 – Baseball Alumni Day (Golf Outing and Game)

October 1, 2017 – Soccer Alumni Day

February 3, 2018 – Men’s Volleyball Alumni Event

June 8, 2018 – The 38th Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing

Lewis University Civic Engagement Committee to Hold Voter Registration Drive

As part of a massive 50-state effort to register thousands of voters, Lewis University Civic Engagement will host a National Voter Registration Day 2017 event at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 26 in the Arts and Sciences Building on the main campus on Rt. 53 in Romeoville, joining over 2,500 partners nationwide in a massive cultural and civic event with nationwide reach.

The goal for this year’s annual National Voter Registration Day is to increase participation in the 2017 state and municipal elections across the country by encouraging Americans to register to vote and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

As a nonpartisan unofficial national holiday, National Voter Registration Day counts on thousands of partners and volunteers across the political spectrum. Started in 2012 for the presidential election, National Voter Registration Day is designed to create an annual moment when the entire nation focuses on registering Americans to exercise their most basic right – the right to vote.

Americans can register to vote at hundreds of events across the nation and online at Supporters can also follow National Voter Registration Day activities through social media on September 26 by searching #NationalVoterRegistrationDay.

Lewis University Hosts Sky’s the Limit Girls in Aviation Career Camp

Lewis University, along with Chicago’s Leading Edge, a Chapter of Women in Aviation International and Exelon Corporation will host a free camp that allows middle and high school females to interact and learn from professionals in a variety of aviation fields including air traffic control, dispatch and pilots. In addition, they will have the opportunity to fly a flight simulator and sit in a Boeing 737 cockpit.

Designed to inspire middle and high school females to develop an interest in aviation, the camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 in the Harold E. White building on the main campus of Lewis University in Romeoville. Register for free at

The event is sponsored by Chicago’s Leading Edge Chapter of Women in Aviation, Exelon Corporation and Lewis University. Chicago's Leading Edge Chapter of WAI provides year-round resources to assist women in aviation and to encourage young women to consider aviation as a career.

Women in Aviation International (WAI) is dedicated to the advancement and encouragement of women in the field of aviation. Its 12,000-plus membership includes astronauts, airline pilots, corporate pilots, maintenance technicians, air traffic controllers, business owners, educators, journalists, flight attendants, high school and university students, air show performers, airport managers, enthusiasts and many others.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Fall 2017 Semester

*Dates are subject to change and specific times are to be determined.

Interview Prep for Fall Interview Day
October 9 and 10, 2017

Perform mock interviews with students as they prepare to interview with employers on Interview Day.

Resume Reviews
October 25 and 26, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Charlie’s Place

Look over the resumes of the students so they are ready to go on job interviews.

December Commencement Weekend
December 16-17, 2017

Assist the graduates with the last minute items they need to look their best before crossing the stage.

Use Your Phone and Become a Social Media Volunteer

This will be the easiest way to volunteer at Lewis! Help promote the Lewis University alumni social media pages by sharing and liking our posts and inviting your friends to follow us, too.By being a social media volunteer, you will help Lewis reach more alumni – just by doing what you already do on a daily basis! Social media volunteers are expected to forward, like, and/or share at least one post per week from the Lewis University alumni social media accounts.

Volunteers Needed for ALUMNET, New Initiative with Career Services

ALUMNET is an alumni networking program whereby current students and alumni can identify contacts for career advice and guidance. ALUMNET is supported by the Alumni Engagement Team, Career Services and the Lewis Alumni Board and has been created to enhance our alumni outreach and assist our current students and alumni.

ALUMNET volunteers agree to be contacted for informational interviews via phone, email, social media, or in person. Volunteers identify how they wish to be contacted, and users of ALUMNET sign a written agreement stating that they will not share contact information with anyone and will not use this contact information for purposes other than informational interviews regarding career guidance and professional development advice.

As we prepare to launch this pilot program for the 2017-2018 academic year, the Alumni Engagement Team is seeking individuals who wish to participate as an alumni volunteer for ALUMNET.

The ideal alumni volunteer for ALUMNT will be:

  • Open to sharing professional and personal experiences with current Lewis students
  • Responsive to different forms of communication with current Lewis University
  • Understanding that initial contact from current students may take some time and could potentially be inconsistent
  • Responsible for updating his or her business information on ALUMNET in a timely manner

    For more information, contact Kathy Risor-Heise at or (815) 836-5471.

    For more information about volunteering, contact us at


    Mass of the Holy Spirit Begins New Tradition at Lewis University

    Approximately 400 members of the Lewis University community filled the pews of Convocation Hall in the Saint Charles Borromeo Center Sept. 13 during the inaugural Mass of the Holy Spirit. Attendees enjoyed a community picnic afterward in the Flight Deck and the Prodehl Courtyard.

    It is common at Catholic colleges and universities to begin the academic school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit as a way to ask God to infuse all of the institution’s endeavors with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Although Lewis University celebrates this Mass during the Fall Convocation for faculty and staff each year, it was decided that this year’s celebration would take place during the semester so the entire community of learners could attend.

    All people, regardless of their faith tradition, were welcome to attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The 11 a.m. and noon classes on the Romeoville campus were canceled as a way to encourage participation.

    The celebrant for the Mass was Reverend Ed Foley, OFM Cap from the Catholic Theological Union. Father Foley spoke about the relevance of performing rituals such as a Mass of the Holy Spirit and reminded the congregation to continue to evolve our traditions so they are not lost in obscurity. He also talked about the importance of human beings making true connections with each other despite differences and the universality of people looking for forgiveness.

    The music that accompanied the liturgy was performed by the Lewis University Gospel Choir and the Student, Faculty and Staff Liturgical Choir, James Grzadzinski, organist at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Nonnatus in Joliet, Mike Stewart, playing the trumpet, and Jennifer Rutherford from University Ministry playing the flute.


    Birthdays for September 2017

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

    September 1, Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, College of Nursing & Health Professions
    September 1, Chastity Check, CASE
    September 1, Dr. Jason Keleher, Chemistry
    September 1, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

    September 2, David Zurek, Flight

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

    September 4, Br. Chuck Gregor, College of Education
    September 4, Dr. Velda Wright, College of Education

    September 5, Brett Bridel, Athletics
    September 5, James Hofmann, Physics

    September 6, Patricia Kuchenbecker, Office of Technology
    September 6, Christopher Millerin, Flight

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

    September 9, Lori Forbear, Health & Counseling Services
    September 9, Dr. Jeanette Mines, Office of the Provost
    September 9, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

    September 10, Janice Coats, Human Resources

    September 11, Dr. Michael Cherry, Organizational Leadership
    September 11, Rachel Ford, Library
    September 11, Courtney Schmitz, CASE
    September 11, Michael Vucsko, Athletics

    September 12, Mahmud Atra, Flight
    September 12, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus
    September 12, Robin Williams, Facilities

    September 13, Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology
    September 13, Dr. Clare Rothschild, Theology

    September 14, Koryna Bucholz, Student Services
    September 14, Tricia Littig, College of Nursing & Health Professions
    September 14, Sandra Zigrossi, College of Education

    September 15, Joan Williams, College of Education

    September 16, Keith Kameron, Facilities
    September 16, Dr. Shan Lin, College of Business
    September 16, Dr. Steven Nawara, Political Science
    September 16, Constantine Sparagis, Office of the Registrar
    September 16, Heidi Stukel, Health & Counseling Services
    September 16, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services

    September 17, Dr. Christopher Kline, College of Education

    September 18, Sr. Emily Brabham, OSF, University Ministry

    September 19, Marissa Mangala, Marketing and Communications
    September 19, Rachel Reardon, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning

    September 20, John Carey, Communications
    September 20, John Nyhoff, College of Business
    September 20, Efrain Zavala, Facilities

    September 21, Kelley Plass, Library
    September 21, Dr. Piotr Szczurek, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

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

    September 23, Dr. Linda Ryan, College of Nursing & Health Professions

    September 25, Randle Ross, Office of Technology

    September 26, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology
    September 26, Shaila Koutha, Office of the Provost

    September 27, Dominique Dusek, Writing Center
    September 27, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
    September 27, Rhonda Richter, Library

    September 28, Br. Philip Johnson, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity
    September 28, Kathleen Lisak, Graduate Admission
    September 28, Julia Murphy, Admission
    September 28, Katelyn Myroniak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
    September 28, Linda Snell, College of Arts & Sciences

    September 29, Sergiu Muresan, Athletics
    September 29, Becky Pearl, Athletics
    September 29, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

    September 30, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences
    September 30, Dr. Kang Bai, Office of the Provost
    September 30, Kristin Burton, College of Business
    September 30, Dr. Wei Chen, College of Business
    September 30, Kimberly Mau, College of Nursing & Health Professions

    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 2017

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


    49 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business

    48 Years, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology

    32 Years, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

    29 Years, Donald Castello, Facilities

    24 Years, Michael Progress, College of Business

    22 Years, Dwight DeVries, Facilities

    20 Years, Patti Purri, Admission

    19 Years, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

    17 Years, Norene Tierney, Human Resources

    12 Years, Julie Penner, Meetings, Events and Conferences
    12 Years, James Grisz, Facilities
    12 Years, Caroline Wood, College of Business

    11 Years, John Czajkowski, Receiving

    10 Years, Sandra Schuh, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

    8 Years, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity

    7 Years, Dawn Peckler, College of Education
    7 Years, Dennisa Walker, University Advancement
    7 Years, Rhonda Richter, Library

    6 Years, Nina Nowaczyk, Graduate Admission
    6 Years, Roger Karns, Athletics

    5 Years, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
    5 Years, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police
    5 Years, Tracy O'Brien, College of Business
    5 Years, Lisa Brown, Psychology

    4 Years, Jacqueline Reilly, Business Office
    4 Years, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission
    4 Years, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions

    3 Years, Natalie Swain, Art & Design
    3 Years, Maria Espitia, LaSalle House

    2 Years, Erin Thomson, College of Arts & Sciences
    2 Years, Linda Snell, College of Arts & Sciences
    2 Years, Kathleen Mazies, College of Arts & Sciences
    2 Years, Zubair Samad, Office of Technology

    1 Year, John Hurst, Office of Technology
    1 Year, Zachary Szymel, Athletics


    Arts & Science Faculty Excel

    On August 16, Dr. James Morris of the Psychology Department was successful in his oral defense of his dissertation "Student Perceptions of Social Support and its Relationship to Academic Self-Concept Among Male Undergraduates: A Correlational Study." As a result, he officially completed the Doctorate of Education in Counselor Education and Supervision.

    Dr. Susan Cahill's article "College students’ mental health: Creating supportive learning environments" was recently published in "OT Practice."

    Dr. Steven Nawara of the Political Science Department just had a book chapter published called “Gay Candidates, Group Stereotypes, and the News Media: An Experimental Design.” His coauthor is Mandi Bates Bailey (Valdosta State University). It is appearing in "LGBTQ Politics: A Critical Reader," which is edited by Marla Brettschneider, Christine Keating, and Susan Burgess for New York University Press.

    Cahill Brings OT Knowledge to State Conferences

    Dr. Susan Cahill, associate professor/director of the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program, will present at two state association gatherings this fall.

    On Sept. 15, she will be presenting at the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference in Topeka, Kansas. She will discuss “Meeting the Needs of Students with Mental Health Concerns: OT Screening and Intervention.”

    On Nov. 21, she will be presenting at the Nevada Occupational Therapy Association’s Specialty School-Based Conference for OTs and PTs in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will discuss “Serving All Students: Integrating OT and PT into Multi-tiered Systems of Support.”

    Dr. Cremin presents on the History of the I&M Canal

    Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, is taking local history on the road this fall. He will be speaking at two locations about the canal that transformed Illinois.

    From 7-8:30 p.m. September 13 at the Schaumburg Township District Library, Cremin will present the “History of the I&M Canal.” It’s part of the library’s popular “Chicagoland: Read All About It” series, which features authors on a variety of topics. Cremin will share the details about the canal’s history that connected New York to New Orleans right though Chicago. He will base his comments on his book, co-authored with Charlene Giardina, “Starved Rock State Park and the CCC Along the I&M Canal.”

    From 10:30-11:30 a.m. October 14, he will discuss on the I&M Canal at the Coal City Public Library. This program for the Will/Grundy Genealogical Society’s meeting will address the canal, but pay particular attention to how the transportation system transformed the lives of people in the area.

    For more information on these programs or the history of the I&M Canal, contact Danielle Bradley at 815-836-7098.


    Lewis' Jamie Johnson Named a Top 30 Honoree for NCAA Woman of the Year

    The NCAA announced on Wednesday (Sept. 6) that former Lewis University women's basketball great Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) has been selected as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

    The NCAA Woman of the Year is a national award honoring academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership. It is one of the highest awards given by the NCAA. The Woman of the Year award is unique in its recognition of female student-athletes who are not just successful on the field and in the classroom, but have also contributed to their communities and campuses.

    "The Top 30 honorees are remarkable representatives of the thousands of women competing in college sports each year," said Sarah Hebberd, chair of the Woman of the Year selection committee and director of compliance at Georgia. "They have seized every opportunity available to them on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community, and we are proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."

    From the Top 30, three finalists from each NCAA division will be named. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will then select the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from among the nine finalists at the annual banquet on October 22nd in Indianapolis.

    "It was incredibly humbling to (even) be nominated," Johnson said. "When I found out I made the top 30 I was shocked, but it's really a testament to my experience at Lewis.

    "The teachers, teammates, coaches and athletic administration have had such an impact on my life," Johnson continued. "I want to thank them and I owe so much of my success and accomplishments to them."

    Johnson won the Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award this past May, awarded to one male and one female student-athlete by the GLVC, based upon academic excellence, athletic ability and achievement, character and leadership.

    The South Holland, Ill., native, who was the 2015 GLVC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, was a three-time All-GLVC First Team selection and two-time All-American (2015, '17). Johnson, who left Lewis as its all-time leading scorer, was a member of five Flyer teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, including a run to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2015.

    Academically, Johnson received both her bachelors (communication studies) and masters (business administration) degrees from Lewis University with a perfect 4.0 grade point average. She is a six-time recipient of the Br. David Delahanty Award - given to Lewis student-athletes for academic excellence, and a six-time Academic All-GLVC selection.

    Johnson was a 2015 Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection and NCAA Elite 89 winner for academic excellence of all participants at the 2015 NCAA Tournament. She was also selected as the Lewis Senior Student-Athlete of the Year.

    She was active outside of the court and classroom as well.

    Johnson was a member of both the Intercollegiate Athletic Advisory Committee (2012-17) and Student Athletic Advisory Committee (2011-16). She was a yearly volunteer camp counselor at Lewis University Youth Basketball Camps (2011-16) and was a volunteer pilot leader for Lewis University Welcome Days in 2014.

    She often volunteered at various Chicagoland Soup Kitchens and Food Pantries, while helping fundraise for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Ronald McDonald House charities.


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