Monday July 28, 2014 through Sunday August 3, 2014


Free Kidzfest in Joliet brings fun for kids of all ages

Activities for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest 2014, to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 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 2014 which will include many attractions including a Legoland exhibit, the Friendly Farms Petting Zoo, and activities/exhibits by the Joliet Public Library, Joliet Police and Fire Departments, Chicagoland Speedway, Rialto Square Theatre, Haunted Trails, Will County Land Use, Gallery 7, Dave Dinaso Traveling World of Reptiles, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and more. Activities are free. This year, there also will be a Food Court on Chicago, south of Van Buren Street.

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

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

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

  • Test their skills on a Microsoft Flight Simulator game (for children in elementary or middle school), with direction from Flight students.

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

  • Solve Math problems and play games with the Computer Science and Mathematics Department.

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

  • See themselves on television by visiting an electronic media van and learning how a news program is created by the Communications department.

  • Make a silk-screened patch with supplies and guidance from the Art & Design Department. Pottery demonstrations will also be intermittent throughout the day.

  • See a mastodon tooth and other small fossils and minerals and answer trivia questions from a geologist.

  • Get blood pressures and pulse screenings for children and adults from students and nurses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, adults can undergo blood sugar testing and receive information on hypertension and diabetes awareness. Several wellness games will focus on nutrition, hand washing, exercise and smoking habits. Free children’s toothbrushes will be available in limited numbers.

  • Enjoy student performers from the Lewis Philip Lynch Theatre who will sing songs from their current production of “Shrek” along with other children’s musical favorites. Performances are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and noon at the outdoor stage at Clinton and Chicago streets.

  • Learn a lesson with finance games from the College of Business.

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

  • Enjoy stories about “Things That Fly,” read by future teachers who are students in the College of Education. Free books and bookmarks will be available too!

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

  • Test your physical abilities with ROTC exercises. Write a letter to those now serving in the military.

  • Alumni of Lewis University are invited to sign in at the Alumni Booth to be eligible to win a prize.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, stated: “Kidzfest demonstrates the Lewis University mission to promote life-long learning by encouraging children to take advantage of various learning opportunities, to ask questions, and to interest them in different fields. Moreover, the educational activities offered at Kidzfest are fun for the youngsters.” Brother James is chair of the committee.

Kidzfest Co-Coordinators:

  • Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology

  • Carol Wassberg, President’s Office

  • Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook

  • Melanie Sandberg, Meetings, Conferences and Events


  • Dr. Teresa Bixby, Chemistry

  • Angie Bizzotti, Graduate and Adult Enrollment

  • Officer Thomas Burgess, Lewis Police

  • Professor Jennifer Buss, Education

  • Reggie Bustinza, University Advancement/Alumni

  • Professor Leslie Colonna, Art & Design

  • Brother Thomas Dupré, FSC, Math and Computer Science

  • Bret Harms, Facilities

  • Dr. James Houlihan, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

  • Gregory Kientop, Biology

  • Margaret Kientop, President’s Office

  • John Kilpatrick, Electronic Media

  • Dr. Ray Klump, Math/Computer Science

  • Janelle Kolosh, Admission

  • Keith McGill, Aviation

  • Professor Maureen Moore, College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Instructor Ann O’Brien, College of Education (alternate for Professor Buss)

  • Cadet Nancy Peak, ROTC (or ROTC representative)

  • Dr. John Planek, Athletics

  • Michael Progress, College of Business (alternate with Caroline Wood)

  • Kathrynne Skonicki, Marketing and Communications

  • Keith White, Theatre

  • Caroline Wood, College of Business (alternate with Michael Progress)

Lewis University Biology Faculty selected to participate in Small World Initiative

Lewis University Biology faculty members were selected as a partner instructors in the Yale University Center for Scientific Teaching Small World Initiative (SWI) during the 2014-2015 academic year. The project uses undergraduate research courses at universities across the nation to crowd source the discovery of new antibiotics.

Dr. Marne Bailey, assistant professor of biology, and Jeannette Pifer, instructor of biology, will be leading the microbiology lab courses this fall and spring that are participating in the initiative. “It’s a good fit with our microbiology lab course that incorporates learning and research,” Bailey said. Last semester, biology majors were conducting similar research that enhanced their educational experience. They were sampling cell phones to identify present bacteria.

The Lewis University students participating in the SWI will conduct research by culturing soil microbes, screening for antibiotic activity against pathogens, 16s rRNA gene sequencing, and extracting metabolites. The microbiology lab students will be learning core biological concepts as they do research in this introductory course. They will be undertaking experimental design, data analysis and presentations.

Earlier this year, the Small World Initiative was highlighted at the President's Forum at the American Society for Microbiology’s 2014 General Meeting in Boston.

Turkish grant awarded to enhance Lewis University Library

The Lewis University Library received a $4,000 Library Acquisition Grant from the Institute of Turkish Studies. This is the second grant awarded to Lewis from the Institute in Washington, D.C.

The grant funds new library resources for faculty and students studying Middle Eastern history and culture. The materials will also have wide interest for students in history, literature, political science, and contemporary global studies among other academic areas.

“We’re pleased with the new resources and grateful to Dr. James Tallon, assistant professor of history, for securing this second grant. The new additions will enhance our offerings to students interested in this area of study,” Thomas Urbanski, library director, said.

Since 1983, the Institute of Turkish Studies has sponsored an annual grant program that offers a variety of awards to scholars, colleges and universities in the United States. The principal purpose of the grant program is to support and encourage the development of research, scholarship, and learning in the field of Turkish Studies in the U.S.

Local high school students prepare for a trip to St. Petersburg/Taipei at Lewis University

Local high school students were recently immersed into the Russian or Chinese cultures while participating in Lewis University’s 2014 STARTALK program June 16-July 11 on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The 30 students ranged from sophomores to seniors.

“A Trip to St. Petersburg/Taipei” was the theme for this year’s free four-week foreign language program. As students made plans for their journey to the target language country, they learned how to get around the major Russian/Taiwanese city, learned about places of interest, engaged in basic conversations with local residents, and conducted simple transactions in stores, restaurants, asked for directions etc.

“Students gained a positive disposition to Russian/Chinese language and culture, developed awareness of the national need to learn these languages, became motivated to continue studying the language and developed basic proficiency in the respective languages,” commented Dr. Serafima Gettys, director of the Lewis University Foreign Language Center.

Students from various high schools participated in the program, hailing from such places as Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield, Naperville and Joliet. Several Catholic high school students enrolled in the program as well, including students from Joliet Catholic Academy and Montini Catholic High School.

STARTALK is a project of the National Security Initiative, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in under-taught critical languages by funding new and existing programs and providing incentives and rewards for foreign language learning. The overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning and speaking critical-need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students.

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Serafima Gettys at (815) 836-5544 or

Live music photography featured until Aug.14 in Lewis University Art Gallery

A solo art exhibition of photographs by Dennis Pryber, “Sound Capture” will be on display until August 14 in The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. There will be a special reception at 7 p.m. on July 26. The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

Dennis Pryber graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in advertising and design. After starting his own design studio in 2002, he discovered he had a passion for photographing live music. Bringing his two passions of music and photography together, he has built a portfolio that includes live performance photos of Bret Michaels, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, REO Speedwagon, Josh Turner, Meat Loaf and Eddie Money. For more information on Pryber, visit his website at

The gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, 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


Service Award Recipient for July 2014

Congratulations to Miguel Cambray, Director of Multicultural Student Services, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for July 2014. Miguel was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service in the Department of Multicultural Student Services.

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited exceptional service, concern for others and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.


Birthdays for July 2014

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

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

July 2, Sean Fagan, Student Development and Leadership

July 4, Nathan Adams, Office of Technology
July 4, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

July 5, Jessica Kush, College of Business

July 6, Nancy Hanley, College of Arts & Sciences
July 6, Arthur Regal, College of Business

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

July 8, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police
July 8, Dawn Peckler, Office of Executive Vice President

July 9, Gabrielle Negron, University Advancement

July 10, Dr. Eveann Lovero, College of Business

July 11, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

July 13, Jeffrey Ritchie, Office of the Provost

July 14, Dr. Robert Atra, College of Business
July 14, Brian Domke, Student Development and Leadership
July 14, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology
July 14, Denise Rich, LARC

July 15, Frances Welsh, College of Education

July 16, Michael Kelly, Campus Police
July 16, Achawon Sutharojana, Data Administration and Analysis
July 16, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police

July 19, Bernardo Cervantes, Facilities

July 20, Barbara Peterek, Graduate and Adult Admission
July 20, Linda Campbell, Graduate and Adult Admission
July 20, Joseph Burlas IV, Aviation & Transportation Studies
July 20, Claire Singleton, Campus Police

July 21, Dr. YunTaek Pae, College of Business
July 21, Michael Wojahn, Campus Police

July 22, Dr. Edmund Kearney, Psychology

July 23, Diana Schreader, College of Nursing & Health Professions
July 23, Lisa Salazar, Meetings, Events and Conferences

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

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

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

July 27, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE
July 27, Ramona LaMontagne, Marketing and Communications
July 27, Dr. Dawn Walts, English

July 28, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police

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

July 31, Patti Purri, Admission

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 2014

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


35 Years, Lawrence McAuley, Aviation Services

29 Years, John Carey, Communications

24 Years, Kathleen Hall, Admission
24 Years, Angeline Bizzotti, Graduate and Adult Admission

21 Years, Norm Turek, Facilities
21 Years, Pamela Maciulewicz, Business Office

18 Years, Janice Coats, Human Resources
18 Years, Patricia Jones, LARC

17 Years, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

13 Years, Robert Pruter, Library

12 Years, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

11 Years, Rita Herrick, Graduate and Adult Admission

10 Years, Kathleen Lisak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
10 Years, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement

9 Years, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences

8 Years, Frances Welsh, College of Education
8 Years, Jessica Kush, College of Business

7 Years, Jill Canaday, Office of the Provost
7 Years, William Brogan, Aviation & Transportation Studies

6 Years, Karen Burke, College of Arts & Sciences
6 Years, Dr. Anne Rapp, SPCE
6 Years, Fabiana Tkac, SPCE
6 Years, Leonard Bertolini, University Advancement

5 Years, Dr. Ruth Osuch, Social Work/Human Services

4 Years, Jeff Gole Cruz, Office of Technology
4 Years, David Pomatto, Theatre
4 Years, Jean Lucas, College of Education
4 Years, Eric Olsen, Marketing and Communications
4 Years, Lee Anne McConologue, College of Education

3 Years, Jeffrey Festin, Facilities

2 Years, Matthew McCarthy, Athletics
2 Years, Michele Latta, College of Arts and Sciences
2 Years, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement
2 Years, Christopher Stevens, Admission
2 Years, Kimberly Brayboy, Multicultural Student Services
2 Years, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement
2 Years, Reynaldo Bustinza, University Advancement

1 Year, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President
1 Year, Ryan Haggerty, Athletics
1 Year, Aaron Scheiwe, Business Office
1 Year, Dr. LeRoy Butler, Office of Technology
1 Year, Corbett Sherman, Facilities


New Associate Dean shares global perspective with Lewis University

Lewis University recently welcomed Dr. Mitra Fallahi as the new Associate Dean of the College of Education.

“Dr. Fallahi’s expertise in assessment, multicultural education, comparative education, curriculum and teacher preparation will contribute greatly to Lewis University’s College of Education,” commented Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dean of the College.

“I want to be part of a team that moves the institution forward,” said Fallahi, former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor at Saint Xavier University.

As Associate Dean, Fallahi is expected to coordinate Lewis University’s accreditation process with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, recruit faculty and develop programs.

Fallahi praises the sense of community at Lewis University. “You feel like you belong to a team,” she commented. “Our leadership is well connected to the Mission.”

Fallahi is enthusiastic about providing innovative ways to further advance the College of Education. “We have to think of new ways to move forward, maybe technology is not the only way,” she said. “Lewis University is very good about a personal relationship with the student, we must make sure technology does not lessen that relationship.”

Fallahi earned her doctorate degree in education from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She earned a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pars College in Tehran, Iran. Her areas of research and expertise include assessment, curriculum, teacher preparation, multi-cultural education and comparative education.

An extensive list of publications mention Fallahi’s name, most recent being “Critical Issues in Teacher Education” and “International Journal of Learning.” She is also an American Educational Research Associate, and a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, Phi Delta Kappa and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

ELM Workshop Serves Lewis and Lasallian Partners

Lewis University faculty and staff were joined by Lasallian partners from Christian Brothers Services and the Provincial Office of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as well as Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, for this summer’s Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM) Workshop, held June 16-19 on the Lewis campus. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, thanked those who presented the workshop for continuing to provide an inspiring, informative and much appreciated opportunity to learn more about our shared Lasallian Mission.

“Enthusiastic gratitude to those responsible for this unique workshop that continues to share the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and to assist others in reaching a deeper understanding of the Lasallian Mission, with a focus on the integration of this Mission into teaching, learning, and everyday responsibilities,” Brother James stated.

Collaborating to present the workshop were Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services; Steven Zlatic and Brother Philip Johnson, FSC (University Ministry); Dr. Susan Sheffer (Psychology); Dr. Deborah Augsburger (Education/Reading & Literacy); Dr. James Burke and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology); Christopher Hueg, Graduate Assistant; and Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, who will be joining the Lewis University staff on a half-time basis to assist in the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education, as well as in the area of Mission and Identity.

“The ELM Workshop continues to assist participants in exploring and renewing their commitment to the Lasallian Mission and to integrate Mission values into their daily life, work and ministries,” said Brother James. “All Lewis University faculty and staff are invited to attend the workshop which is offered each year in June. This wonderfully worthwhile and impactful program provides an impressive and enriching opportunity to learn about Lasallian purposes and priorities.”

Lewis Athletics tabs Becky Pearl as new Head Softball Coach

Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek announced on Monday (July 21) that he has hired Becky (Stenning) Pearl as the fifth head softball coach in Flyer history.

"I am so excited for this opportunity," Pearl said. "Lewis has a great tradition of excellence both on and off the field, and I feel blessed to have this opportunity.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the team and starting this new chapter of my life."

Pearl, who has served as the Judson University head softball coach since 2004, takes over for George DiMatteo, who announced his retirement following the 2014 campaign.

"Coach Pearl will be a great addition to the Lewis coaching staff," Planek said. "Her head coaching experience, knowing the Chicagoland recruiting landscape and her pitching expertise really gives her a strong foundation to lead the Flyer program.

"You can't replace Coach DiMatteo and all that he meant to the softball program and Lewis University for over 30 years, but Coach Pearl will continue on this path of excellence that has been forged."

In 10 seasons, Pearl set a school-record with over 250 victories and helped Judson advance to the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Tournament six times, with three third-place finishes. In 2011, Pearl guided the Eagles to their first-ever Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) championship and was named the CCAC Coach of the Year for her efforts. That year, she was awarded the first of her three NCCAA Regional Coach of the Year awards, including being honored as the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Regional Coach of the Year.

The Eagles had a plethora of individual success under Pearl, as she coached 32 NCCAA All-Region players, 27 CCAC All-Conference players, 21 NCCAA All-American players, six NCCAA All-Tournament players, three NFCA All-Region players, two CCAC Freshmen of the Year and two NAIA All-Region selections. Most recently, Pearl coached the 2014 North Central Region Player and Pitcher of the Year.

Pearl's players are traditionally excellent in the classroom. During her tenure, Pearl has coached 15 NCCAA Academic All-Americans, 10 NAIA Scholar-Athletes, five NFCA All-Academic Teams, four NAIA Scholar Team Award winners and one College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American.

Prior to her arrival in Elgin, Pearl spent seven years at Illinois Wesleyan both as a player (1998-2001) and as an assistant coach (2001-04). In those seven seasons, the Titans won 242 games, went to four NCAA Division III National Tournaments, won six College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) Championships, one NCAA Regional Championship and finished third in the nation in 2003. Pearl was a member of the IWU staff that was named the 2003 CCIW Coaching Staff of the Year.

Pearl's first official day is Monday, August 4th.


Alfonso Montero is named DFI Fellow

Alfonso Montero, a Lewis University Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning doctoral program candidate, was recently named a DFI Fellow by the Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois (DFI) program. The Fellowship award provides approximately $10,000 in financial assistance to students of an underrepresented group completing graduate degrees.

“This fellowship will provide me additional support to achieve my career goals of working as a critical transformative educator in an institution of higher education,” said Montero, who currently is a student success specialist at Lewis University while earning his doctoral degree. He plans on using the funds to continue participating in national and international scholarly conferences and research studies.

“Overall, the DFI Fellow Program will provide an additional outlet for helping me grow and succeed during my doctoral studies and beyond as a global citizen in an interconnected, globalized environment, through research, innovation and civic engagement,” added Montero.

The goal of DFI is to increase the number of minority full-time tenure track faculty and staff at Illinois’ two- and four-year, public and private colleges and universities.

With a critical view and explicit focus on social justice, the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program is uniquely designed to prepare leaders to address the most pressing educational, social, moral, and political issues of their neighborhood, community, and society. The program emphasizes research, critical pedagogy, moral philosophy, cultural difference, curriculum theory, global issues, and critical policy issues and assists students to move skillfully between theory, practice, and politics.

Dr. Brad Porfilio shares insight on Southern California Public Radio

Dr. Brad Porfilio, associate professor of education, was recently invited by Southern California Public Radio to share insight on whether politicians should have any influence over the context of textbooks in California.

Porfilio and co-editor Dr. Heather Hickman have weighed in on this topic with two edited volumes – “The New Politics of the Textbook: Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks” and “The New Politics of the Textbook: Critical Analysis in the Core Content Areas.” Several contributors presented scholarship dedicated to guiding educators, school administrators, academics and other concerned citizens to unpack the political, social, and cultural influences inherent in the textbooks of core content areas such as math, science, English and social science. Other contributors revealed how textbooks, adopted in numerous K-16 classrooms, enhanced the power of dominant social groups in North America, while marginalizing the identities and contributors of minoritized citizens.


Lewis Men's Basketball claims 2013-14 NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced on Wednesday (July 23) that the Lewis University men's basketball team has earned the 2013-14 Team Academic Excellence Award, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.

The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-14 school year. Lewis, who had three players named to the NABC Honors Court, finished with a 3.21 cumulative GPA last year.

"Our guys did an excellent job in the classroom last year," Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost said. "A lot of credit goes out to my staff and (Athletics Academic Advisor) Courtney Schmitz.

"This award is a testament to our team's hard work, perseverance, time management, and dedication to being the best student-athletes they can be."

Lewis kicks off the 2013-14 exhibition campaign on November 6th, as they head to Lincoln Park to square off with DePaul for a 7:30 PM showdown.

Lewis Men's Track and Field claims USTFCCCA All-Academic Team accolades

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (July 22) that the Lewis University men's track and field team, led by nine USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status.

In order to qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.14 GPA.

Helping the Flyers' cause was the performance of nine USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, including senior Mike Gallagher (Poplar Grove, Ill./Rockford Lutheran), junior Jared Harkness (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood), junior Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park), senior Nick Juhas (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove), junior Dan Lentz (Minooka, Ill./Minooka), junior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), freshman Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac), senior Sean Smith (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago) and senior Robert Sterling (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice).

All nine of those student-athletes notched both a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the 2013-14 school year and reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.

"This caps off a great year for us," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We had so much success on the track, it's great to see that we were also stellar in the classroom."

  • Mike Gallagher (Poplar Grove, Ill./Rockford Lutheran) Aviation Maintenance Management -3.46

  • Jared Harkness (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood) Air Traffic Control Management -3.40

  • Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) Sport Management -3.68

  • Nick Juhas (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove) Aviation Maintenance Management -3.50

  • Dan Lentz (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) Biology -3.63

  • Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) Sport Management -3.86

  • Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) Biology -3.77

  • Sean Smith (Winnebago, Ill./Winnebago) Mathematics -3.98

  • Robert Sterling (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) Criminal/Social Justice 3.62

Lewis Women's Track and Field earns USTFCCCA all-academic team honors

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (July 22) that the Lewis University women's track and field team, led by 10 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team status.

In order to qualify for the award, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.20 GPA.

Helping the Flyers' cause was the performance of 10 USTFCCCA All-Academic honorees, including sophomore Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township), freshman Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep), junior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), senior Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), freshman Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case), junior Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), junior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), freshman Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton), sophomore Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) and junior Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda).

All 10 of those student-athletes notched both a 3.25 cumulative GPA for the 2013-14 school year and reached a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships in either the indoor or outdoor season.

"This caps off a great year for us," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We had so much success on the track, it's great to see that we were also stellar in the classroom."

  • Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) Marketing -3.59

  • Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) Athletic Training 3.85

  • Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) Criminal/Social Justice -3.74

  • Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated) Mathematics -3.28

  • Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case) Biology -3.31

  • Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead) Nursing -3.40

  • Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) Environmental Science -3.90

  • Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) Undeclared -3.49

  • Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) Psychology -3.64

  • Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda) Mass Communication -3.84


Did You Know? Lewis Campus Expansion

This section of University News will be published as little-known or new information is discovered that may be of interest to the Lewis University Community. Send news or suggestions from your department to Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at

Did you know that the Lewis University campus has expanded by more than 40 acres because of the acquisition of the Saint Charles Borromeo Center (SCBC)? Currently, the campus contains approximately 419 acres, compared to slightly more than 377 prior to acquiring the SCBC. Remodeling and construction continues at the Center where the College of Business now will be located.

Did you know that several faculty and staff have participated this summer in Mission Formation programs at Lewis University and around the world? Among those focusing on our Lasallian Mission were the following:
  • International Lasallian Leadership Institute (June 9-22 in Rome): Dr. Jackie White (English), Instructor Patricia Braida (CONHP), Dr. Lauren Rentfro (Secondary Education) and Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology). Brother Armand presented at this Institute.
  • Collegium Annual Faculty Colloquy (June 20-27 at the College of the Holy Cross) with a focus on the Catholic intellectual tradition: Dr. Jerome Blakemore (Social Work)
  • Buttimer Insititute of Lasallian Studies (June 29-July 11 at St. Mary’s of California): Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Dr. Anne Rapp (SPCE), and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology). Dr. Colonna is in his second year in this three year program.
  • Lasallian Social Justice Institute (July 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona): Dr. Tennille Allen (Sociology)
  • Brother John Johnston Institute (Cohort 1) Regional Gathering (July 13-18 at Lewis University): Courtney Schmitz (Academic Services), Ashley Skidmore (Transfer Admissions), Roman Ortega (Admission/Veterans Affairs), Sarah Wiegman (SPCE) and Melissa Carlson (Business Office)
Did you know that the Lewis Aviation program, established in 1932, is the oldest aviation program at a Catholic university in the nation? The Parks College Aviation program pre-dates Lewis since it was founded in 1927, but the Parks College program was not integrated into St. Louis University until 1946.

Did you know that the Lewis Stadium has hosted various athletic competitions, sports camps, and championship playoffs for outside organizations? Eight groups have negotiated to hold events at the Stadium because of its impressive facilities this spring and summer, including the Great Lakes Conference Track & Field Championships in May; the Illinois High School Association Track & Field Championships on May 23; and the National Cheerleaders Association Cheer and Dance Camp, to be held July 30 to August 1. Sports camps that will be held in our Stadium include the Evan Fiffles Soccer Camps (June 16-20 and June 22-26) and the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp (July 13). The Illinois State Police held a fitness training session for recruits here in May.


Kognito At-Risk offers help for concerned faculty/staff

Lewis University faculty, staff and students can now gain crucial skills to identify, approach and refer students who are experiencing psychological distress, and learn how to connect them to on-campus or local mental health resources.

Funded by a three year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Illinois Department of Public Health has made Kognito At-Risk training available to all public and private schools in Illinois, as part of the Illinois Youth Suicide Prevention Project.

Our campus community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress students are experiencing and its negative impact on their health and academic performance. For this reason, members of the Assessment and Care Team chose to participate in offering Kognito At-Risk as a means of enhancing the trainings that they already conduct by assisting campus community members to gain crucial skills.

The skills will be developed through unique, online learning programs in which users practice conversations with students in a virtual environment. Two versions of the program, one for faculty and staff and one for students, are available. During the learning experience, users engage in role-play conversations with fully animated virtual students who act and respond like real students in distress. The role-play simulations cover challenging issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and thoughts of suicide, and are developed by Kognito, the leader in research-proven, immersive learning experiences for health and wellness.

The latest National College Health Assessment survey, conducted in the spring of 2013, found that during the past 12 months, 51 percent of American students felt overwhelmed by anxiety, 31 percent felt so depressed it was difficult to function, and 7 percent seriously considered suicide.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students in the United States.

“The emotional well-being of our students is critical to their academic performance, graduation rates and overall health and safety. We know that faculty, staff and students can play a vital role in identifying students in distress and motivating them to seek help. However, too often people don’t know what to look for, and even when they are concerned about a student, are unsure what to say or how best to refer them to help.”-Michele Manassah, Director of Counseling Services.

Lewis University decided to use online programs to reach as many members of the campus community as possible. Creating a large extended network increases the likelihood that someone will recognize a student in distress. The At-Risk programs have been proven effective in empirical studies, resulting in statistically significant and sustainable changes in attitudes, skills, and behaviors.

Both Kognito programs are listed in the AFSP/SPRC Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention (

At-Risk for Students is included in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (

The programs work because users are able to engage in and practice conversations with virtual students that exhibit signs of psychological distress. This allows users to gain the confidence and skills to have what can often be a very challenging conversation in real life and know how to best connect students to the help they need.

Faculty, staff and students can access the Kognito At-Risk programs on the bottom left of the Emergency Planning webpage:, as well as on the Office of Human Resources webpage under the Training tab:

Faculty, staff and students will see more promotion of Kognito At-Risk in the fall semester.

eCHECKUP TO GO program adds to prevention intervention for alcohol and marijuana efforts

eCHECKUP TO GO programs are anonymous, personalized, evidence-based, online prevention interventions for alcohol & marijuana. The programs were designed by San Diego State University counseling center psychologists, to reduce destructive alcohol and marijuana use at the individual and population-levels. eCHECKUP TO GO is an evidence based program that is considered part of a comprehensive best practice program aimed at reducing alcohol and drug use and related negative consequences among college students. eCHECKUP TO GO programs are currently in use on over 600 universities and colleges across in 49 states, in Canada, Australia and Ireland. Lewis University joined that group this past year.

Over 20 years of research in the field of prevention has shown that alcohol education is not sufficient. The drinking cultures of first-year students require an individual, personalized feedback approach. This summer, Student Services began asking all new incoming students to complete E-CheckUpToGo for Alcohol as part of a prevention program for first year and transfer students.

The primary goal of the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is to reduce levels of dangerous and destructive drinking on campus with a focus on a high risk group: first year students. The questions students are asked and each student’s personalized feedback profile is designed to change the behavior of individuals in this high-risk group. For first year students, choices regarding alcohol are likely to change as they move through their college years. The Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO prepares students for these challenges by: providing them with campus-specific social norms information extracted from the 2014 CORE survey, identifying their own key risk-factors, and identifying dangerous behaviors and destructive drinking habits.

Finally, even those students who do not drink and never intend to drink may know someone (a classmate, friend, family member or teammate) who drinks at a level that causes them concern. By providing specific resources available on campus and in the local community, the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO supports and empowers students to help a friend, help themselves and strengthen the wellness culture on campus. In addition to the Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO module, a similarly constructed Marijuana eCHECKUP TO GO is also available for use by the Lewis community.

Both modules can be accessed on Counseling Services webpage by clicking the Alcohol and Other Drugs tab.

In addition to the use of eCHECKUP TO GO with first year and transfer students, Counseling Services staff also incorporates both the Alcohol and Marijuana surveys to strengthen and support their individual counseling work with students who are seeking help for substance use and for students who are seen as part of the judicial process for violation of alcohol or drug policy on campus.

Step Up! bystander intervention awareness is increasing

Counseling Services is introducing bystander intervention to first year students through a program developed by the University of Arizona and the NCAA, called Step UP! Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. Step UP! principles align nicely with the University Mission and can be applied to various topics including alcohol use, hazing, sexual assault, discrimination, etc.

Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes fails to help. As a result, they are more likely to help in the future.

The goals of Step UP! are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors

  • Increase motivation to help

  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

First year students are initially exposed to Step UP! at SOAR and will continue to engage in the program at Welcome Days and beyond. As the newly added Prevention Education component at The Center for Health and Counseling Services develops, Step UP! will become a major focus of training and promotion for the entire campus community.

Step UP! bystander intervention training was initially introduced on campus in the Spring of 2014 through individual team trainings with several athletics teams, as well as at an Arts & Ideas workshop that focused on ethical decision making of bystander intervention called, “What Would You Do?”. The workshop was part of Student Leadership’s Signum program, in conjunction with the AQIP Ethics project.


Picture This! Focusing on Lewis

Awss Dube, a member of the Flyers Photo Club, is pictured in action with his camera on campus in this photo by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History), Photo Club Advisor. Awss is a junior, majoring in Air Traffic Control and Aviation Administration.

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Picture This! Welcoming Architecture

The entry to the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Art Gallery features the arches and columns of Classical Architecture style that were incorporated into the building’s façade during the renovations and addition to the Oremus Fine Arts Center, completed in 2013. This entrance, flanked by flowers, is located on the east side of the Center. This entry's photo was taken by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History).

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