Monday July 24, 2017
through Sunday July 30, 2017
Mel Brooks’ Monster-sized musical, “Young Frankenstein” Comes Tap Dancing to Lewis University
This monster new musical will be “Puttin’ On the Ritz” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre. The comedy genius, Mel Brooks, adapted his legendary film into a brilliant stage musical creation, “Young Frankenstein.” Frederick Frankenstein (pronounced “Fronk-en-steen”) (Steve Del Real from Plainfield) inherits his family’s estate in Transylvania. With the help of a hunchbacked sidekick, Igor (pronounced “Eye-gore”) (Sean Alyn Young from Pontiac), and a leggy lab assistant, Inga (pronounced normally) (Ingrid Schwartz from Joliet), Frederick finds himself in the mad scientist shoes of his ancestor. He exclaims, “It’s alive!” as he brings to life a creature to rival his grandfather, Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein’s (Brandon Vlach from Homer Glen). Eventually the monster escapes and hilarity continuously abounds.
The Philip Lynch Theatre stage and Lewis alumnus, Chad Tallon ‘08 of Essex, are “Together Again for the First Time” as he takes the helm as director. Assisting Tallon are Matthew Colbert of Aurora (vocal director), Jennifer Jasper ‘95 of Joliet (choreographer) and Shelbi Voss of Joliet (assistant choreographer). The cast includes: Julia Egizio, Lauren Laverdiere, Teri Lopez, and Savannah Riestenberg of Plainfield, Armondo Bouie, and Angel Diaz of Joliet, Kayla Carson of Oak Lawn, McKenzie Frost of Channahon, Elena Gerk of New Lenox, Christopher Hueg ’15 of Crest Hill, Lindsay Murray of Romeoville, Alex Schedel of Bolingbrook, Tim Tholl of Lockport, and Brandon Vlach of Homer Glen.
Working behind the scenes are Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (stage manager), Ashley Stajura of Lockport (assistant stage manager), Christopher Hueg ’15 of Crest Hill and Jackie Sabani ’08 of Plainfield (costume design), Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet (scenic and projection design), Adam Jezl-Sikorski ‘17 of Burbank (lighting design), Daniel Staggs of Minooka (properties), Bradford Bingham of Chicago and Estefania Flores of Tinley Park (microphones and sound reinforcement), Jen Glynn of Mount Greenwood (light board operator), Sean Gallagher of Mokena and Conor Klump of Plainfield (costume dressers), Robert Kornaus of Plainfield and Jonah Ferro of Joliet (follow spot operators), Dave Pomatto ‘71 of Naperville (assistant technical director) and Caleigh Guertin of Minooka (makeup application). Jamie Voustros of Chicago (box office) and Andy Wainscott of Mokena and Mike Nutter of LaGrange (house manager). The backstage running crew consists of Chris Pupik of Naperville and Eric Redmon of Yorkville.
Frederick’s “Transylvania Mania” journey will run July 21-23 and July 27-30 and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a July 29 matinee performance at 4 p.m. Advanced ticket purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $12 for an adult, $11 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at www.lewisu.edu/plt or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.
Activities for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest Saturday, Aug. 5 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, 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:
Lewis University Student Travels to New Zealand for Lasallian Women’s Symposium
Lewis University student Haley Renison of Minooka is attending the Global Lasallian Women’s Symposium from July 16 to July 19 in Auckland, New Zealand.
The symposium is a unique opportunity to go to the heart of what it means to be a Lasallian woman in today’s mission. Participants will learn more about the role of Lasallian women over history and the impact that women can make today as change makers. Participants will discuss, share and synthesize their particular experiences of being women in the Lasallian mission, to consider ways to promote the Lasallian vocation as a desirable and accessible option for young women and girls.
“Once I heard the theme for the symposium is ‘Women as Change-Makers,’ I knew I had to go,” commented Renison, a fourth year Theology major and Peace Studies minor. She was encouraged to apply for the event by her professor of theology, Dr. Dominic Colonna. She continued, “This will help me to form invaluable international connections and relationships from which I can only grow as a person.”
The symposium experience for Renison was supported by yourtown, on behalf of the De La Salle Brothers, which approved the projected expenses for the symposium.
Trinity Services, Inc. will benefit from talented local artists this summer through a charity art show at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville.
“Fine Arts for Finer Lives” Exhibition will be on display June 22 - Aug. 11. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
Fine Arts for Finer Lives is a charity art show founded by Lewis alumna Brittany Bishop of Rockdale. The aim is to feature local artists while helping an important organization in the community. Fifty percent of the proceeds benefit Trinity Services, Inc., a mental health organization that provides help for people with disabilities to successfully achieve their personal goals. The other fifty percent will benefit the local artists.
There will be an opening reception from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 in the Art Gallery. It is free and open to the public. RSVP online at https://lewisu.edu/artgallery/rsvp/index.htm.
The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis University’s annual summer Recreational Activities Day (RAD) camp will be held from 9 a.m.–noon each day of the following weeks: June 12-16, June 26-June 30, July 10-14 and July 24-28. The cost is $80 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week or those who register multiple children.
Registration will be held at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. on June 12, June 26, July 10 and July 24 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Visit https://goo.gl/vO4YBi to access a registration form.
Some of the features of RAD Camp include quality instruction, a fun learning environment, an ice cream social celebration and daily pool time. Common camp activities include sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, dodge ball, relay races, handball, kickball and a walk through Lewis University’s nature trail. The camp is offered for kids ages 5-12.
Campers should come prepared with a tennis racquet, sunscreen, insect repellent, gym shoes, hat, swimsuit, towel, labeled water bottle and a lock each day.
The ice cream social celebrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28.
The camp is led by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center staff as well as students from the Lewis community. The staff is selected by their knowledge of activities, capacity to work well with children, and the ability to be positive role models.
For more information, contact Jill Siegfried, director of Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, at (815) 836-5277 or SiegfrJi@lewisu.edu.
Make history come alive this summer with fun activities at Lincoln Landing in Lockport. Summer interns Troy Costabile of Lockport and Kole Torres of Carol Stream will be conducting free programs that will engage children, families and the general public. Lincoln Landing is located at 200 E 9th St, Lockport, IL 60441, adjoining the Gaylord Building.
The Lewis University College of Education graduate students created the programming that examines Lincoln, Lockport and the I&M Canal. The Give Something Back Foundation sponsored these student internships. Steve Cardamone, executive director and board member of the Give Something Back Foundation, said, “The interns at Lincoln are vital for the park. They will be able to share the story of why Lincoln Landing is so integral to not only Lockport, but to the State of Illinois. Bob Carr’s passion for preserving this precious story is really a long reaching gift to future generations and these docents tell that story today.”
The schedule for the programs dates and times for the summer are as follows:
Follow Lincoln Landing’s Facebook Page for updates on upcoming events.
“Lincoln Landing is an underutilized, educational resource and people can learn about the community from the interpretive park. For the students, this is an opportunity to provide educational programs to the public,” commented Dr. Dennis Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center.
The Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest unites scholars, students and the public in the collection, preservation and interpretation of materials linked to the history of the Upper Midwest. The center preserves and promotes the region’s heritage through the collection of historic documents and materials along with the promotion of research and activities involving core areas of public history. Visit http://www.lewisu.edu/historycenter/ for more information.
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Kidzfest is in Need of Volunteers
Lewis University will once again host its “MiniCampus” at the Kidzfest festival from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, August 5 in downtown Joliet. Each year, it provides a large number of interactive and educational activities for kids of all ages at this free, one-day festival.
We need volunteers for a variety of activities including art projects, face-painting, science experiments, coloring stations and a variety of other interactive games. Students, alumni, faculty, staff and adjuncts are all welcome to join us for the day.
If you are interested in helping for all or part of the day, email Marne Bailey at email@example.com before Friday, July 28. Please include your name and the hours you are available.
Lunch is provided for all volunteers who work half the day or more. Set-up begins around 8:30 a.m. and take-down concludes by 4 p.m.
Join Lewis University for an inspirational evening in the beautiful city of Chicago at this black tie (or, in the spirit of Lewis, red tie) event! The Red Tie Ball supports the Mission Fund, which impacts the dynamic dreams and educational goals of the University’s most financially at-risk students. Your generosity will launch a new world of opportunity for many generations to come.
Get ready for another festive and breathtaking evening at Lewis University’s Red Tie Ball, The Signum Fidei Celebration, with Dr. David Livingston!
Registration for faculty and staff is $175/per person! **Please utilize the Faculty/Staff registration link to arrive at the page with special faculty/staff pricing.
Overnight rooms at the Palmer House Hilton are $229.00 and must be arranged through the Palmer House.
For more information and sponsorship opportunities,please contact Lisa Heizer at (815) 836-5545 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds from the Red Tie Ball will be directed to the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. Since its inception in 2009, more than 250 students who were facing potential withdrawal from the University due to severe financial hardship have been able to continue their pursuit of a degree through support from the Mission Fund. Learn more about the Mission Fund and see the students who have received support through this fund by visiting www.lewisu.edu/RedTieBall.
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for its 2017-2018 season from 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23 and Wednesday, Aug. 30. Auditions will be held at the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Lewis University main campus located on Route 53 in Romeoville.
MYSO has openings in the following sections: concertmaster, violin, viola, cello, bass, harp, oboe, flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba and percussion. Players seeking to join the orchestra should prepare the audition excerpts found at www.mysomusic.org. The orchestra is open to high school students, as well as advanced middle school instrumentalists who study with a private teacher.
Since 1991, MYSO has been under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University. Sisk has plans for an all-Russian program for the first concert of the season, including works by Prokofiev and Borodin’s “In the steppes of Central Asia.”
“I am especially looking forward to conducting Prokofiev’s first piano concerto, which will be a first for me,” said Sisk. “Another first will be the appearance of Tomasz Robak with MYSO, a fine young pianist from the Peabody Institute. This concerto will be an exciting challenge for the soloist, the players and the conductor.”
The youth symphony will also be holding a 2018 Student Concerto Competition among its members, where the selected musician will have the honor of being featured as the spring soloist accompanied by the orchestra.
MYSO seeks to promote and challenge talented orchestral musicians by providing an opportunity to perform a repertoire of a wide variety of styles and historical periods with the goal of musical excellence. Membership in MYSO consists of junior high and high school student from Joliet and 21 surrounding communities as well as students from Lewis University and Joliet Junior College.
MYSO rehearses every Wednesday evening during the school year from 6-8:30 p.m. at Lewis University. The orchestra will perform six concerts during the upcoming 2017-2018 season. Concerts are held at Lewis University, Joliet Junior College and Joliet Bicentennial Park.
Birthdays for July 2017
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
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 2017
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from July 1 - July 31.
32 Years, John Carey, Communications
Lewis Men's Basketball Team Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award
The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Tuesday (July 18) that the Lewis University men's basketball team had six players named to the NABC Honors Court, earning the Flyers the NABC Team Academic Excellence Award.
Lewis is one of five Great Lakes Valley Conference squads to earn the Team Academic Excellence Award and has been recognized in each of the five years that this award has existed.
In order to earn a NABC Team Academic Excellence Award, institutions in NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA Division I and II, must count the grade point averages of all men's student-athletes who competed during the 2016-17 season. The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season. Lewis checked in with a 3.29 cumulative GPA.
"This group of young men did a fantastic job of focusing on their academics last year because they were committed to being successful on and off the court," Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost said. I would like to thank Courtney Schmitz, our Athletic Academic Specialist, for her dedication to our young men in our program."
Helping the Flyers attain that goal were five NABC Honors Court performers in Capel Henshaw (Harrisburg, Ill./Harrisburg), Phil Leibham, Eddie Miles (Chicago, Ill./Hales Franciscan), Nick Norton (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North), Miles Simelton (Oswego, Ill./Oswego) and Jens Soderholm (Peru, Ill./LaSalle Peru).
In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows:
1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player.
2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2016-17 academic year.
3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution.
4. Member of an NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.
Lewis Baseball Earns ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award
The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced on Tuesday (July 18) that Lewis University has earned the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. The award is given to any collegiate or high school baseball team - coached by a member of the ABCA - that registers at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the 2016-17 school year.
Lewis, led by head coach Tim McDonough, checked in with a 3.07 GPA last year.
"This is a tremendous accomplishment for our program and it is an honor to be recognized by the ABCA for academic success," McDonough said. "This award is a testament to the hard work and effort that our players put in on a daily basis in the classroom."
Coaches were able to nominate their teams for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award following the conclusion of their spring semesters prior to the nomination deadline of July 7. To be honored, teams had to meet the following criteria:
The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation's oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA's awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Ethics in Coaching Award.
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