Monday June 29, 2015 through Sunday July 5, 2015


Lewis Receives NSF Grant for STEM Education

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has approved a grant of $201,123 to implement a Lewis University project on “Implementing and Investigating Mathematical Modeling as a Means to Demonstrate the Interdisciplinary Nature of Science and Increase STEM Retention.” The NSF Grant for Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) addresses ways to increase retention to assure student success and encourage continued interest in STEM-related careers.

Directors of this program include: Dr. Cynthia Howard and Dr. Raymond Klump (Computer and Mathematical Sciences) plus Dr. Jerry Kavouras and Dr. Sarah Powers (Biology). Among those key in assisting with the grant application were Jeffrey Ritchie, Director of Sponsored Programs and Research, and Vicky Tucker, Director of Institutional Analysis and Assessment.

“High praise to those involved in developing the application for this impressive grant,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “It is timely to address retention in the STEM disciplines as Lewis continues to increase enrollment in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. I am encouraged that this project will provide additional resources for our students, assisting in retention and encouraging them to pursue STEM careers.”

Lewis University honors Christian Brothers with statue/bench

A sculpture installation was dedicated Friday, June 26, as a special tribute to the De La Salle Christian Brothers to mark the 55th anniversary of their dedicated sponsorship of Lewis University. The ceremony unveiled a bronze statue of a Christian Brother, a limestone bench and bronze plaque to honor the more than 110 De La Salle Christian Brothers who have served at Lewis since 1960.

Fe y Vida Holds Ceremony at Lewis

Instituto Fe y Vida, the Institute for Faith and Life, and Lewis University will hold a Blessing and Ribbon Ceremony at Saint Charles Borromeo Center on Friday, June 26, to celebrate its official relocation from California to campus. A ministry of the Midwest District of the De La Salle Christian Brothers and now affiliated with Lewis University, Fe y Vida provides innovative strategies to empower Catholic Latino/Hispanic young people for leadership in the Church and society. The Institute, recently restructured, focuses on religious and pastoral formation programs and resources for ministry.

Speakers at the Inauguration Ceremony will include Dr. Carmen Cervantes, Executive Director of Instituto Fe y Vida; Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Provincial/Visitor of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest, and Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. The brief ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the offices for the Institute, located in the Saint Charles Borromeo Center (SB125-126). Following the introductory remarks, the ribbon ceremony will begin. Instead of cutting a ribbon, those participating will untie it to symbolize the unfurling of the Institute’s potential at Lewis University. Blessing of the Offices will be provided by Reverend Alejandro Lopez Cardinale, President of La Red –National Catholic Network of Pastoral Juvenil Hispana. Guests then will proceed to the Flight Deck dining room for a luncheon, hosted by Br. James and the Lewis University Community.

Fe y Vida has scheduled its annual National Summer Program on the Lewis campus from June 28-July 4. Featuring a bilingual track, this conference provides leadership training for young Hispanic adults, training them to evangelize in the Latino Community. Father Alejandro will lead Fe y Vida’s Bilingual program in this year’s summer program. Approximately 200 pastoral and youth ministers will be staying at Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa Halls at Saint De La Salle Hall during the workshop. Religious services will be held in Sancta Alberta Chapel with activities in the Union Commons and the Saint Charles Borromeo Center, Flight Deck and various classrooms.

Dr. Cervantes received an honorary doctoral degree at Lewis University’s Commencement Ceremonies in May, 2014, for her extraordinary leadership in Hispanic educational ministry. She is a co-founder of the Institute which has for twenty-one years assisted Hispanic youth in developing maturity, hope and faith through education, preparing them for leadership. Staff members for Fe y Vida include Dr. Cervantes; Soraya Garcia, Director of Communications and Development; and Leonardo Mongui, Associate Director of Biblical Ministry. The Institute also publishes Bibles and Biblical study materials in Spanish, Italian and Portuguese. Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, serves as liaison for the Fe y Vida Board and as a representative of the Midwest District and Lewis University. The University-owned house on Independence Boulevard that the University recently purchased just north of campus, has been designated as a residence for Instituto Fe y Vida at Lewis University.

Brother James Honored in the Philippines

De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, one of the largest Lasallian universities in the world, presented an honorary doctorate this past week to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, “for leading the way in advancing a student-centered educational ministry anchored on a rich heritage and its Catholic and Lasallian identity.” In ceremonies on Thursday, June 4, Brother Gus Boquer, FSC, President and Chancellor, and Brother Victor A. Franco, FSC, Chair of the university’s Board of Trustees, presented the doctorate and the Medal of St. John Baptist de La Salle. The Medal was given to Brother James “for his valuable contributions in the Lasallian mission worldwide…in his dedication as Brother and educator, leading by example in his commitment to promote personalized, value centered, faith-filled and academically rewarding educational experiences….”

Brother James delivered the Convocation Address to an audience of 2,000 people at De La Salle University-Dasmariñas which is ranked as a top level university in the Philippines. While visiting there, Brother James also met with numerous administrators and faculty leaders at three other Lasallian colleges and universities: De La Salle University and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, both in Manila, and De LaSalle Lipa. Brother Kenneth Martinez, FSC, President and Chancellor of De LaSalle Lipa, will visit the Lewis campus in September, to discuss various forms of collaboration.

Lewis University has been active in expanding agreements with certain Lasallian universities in the Philippines, resulting in shared and/or collaborative research, student exchanges, and certain shared programs.

London travel study program brings Lewis University students across the pond

Fourteen Lewis University students from Culture & Civilization II, History of the British Empire and Literary London courses traveled across the pond to London May 11-21 as part of the Travel Study program.

While in London, the group of students visited Westminster Abbey, the Churchill War Rooms, St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Dickens Museum, along with other sites in the area. They attended a performance of “The Merchant of Venice” at the Globe Theatre as well. Students also enjoyed an Oxford University excursion.

Highlights of the trip included visits to the Museum of London, British Museum, National Gallery and Buckingham Palace. The group also took a river cruise boat from Westminster Pier to Greenwich that made stops at the Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory and the Museum of the London Docklands.

The students who attended the trip included: Joseph Barry, Marvin Gomez, Holli Kirsch, Katelyn Liptrot, Nicholas Carter, Tyson Polack, Logan Johnson, Priyank Macchar, Alexandria Austring, Kaylan Brown, Alison Cross, Melissa Jimenez, Caroline Dutka and Stephanie Hernandez.

Faculty members Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor of history, and Dr. Nancy Workman, professor of English, led the courses and the trip.

“The London Travel Study is a unique, and even life-changing experience for students to experience the immediacy of British history and culture and how it shaped this vibrant world capital,” Dr. McMahon said.

The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or

An assortment of art is on display June-August at Lewis University

The summer exhibit for the Lewis University Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery “The Lewis University Permanent Art Collection” will be on display June 1-Aug. 14. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville.

The exhibit is the inception of a permanent collection. There are plans to add to the current 19 works of art in future years. The current collection was made possible through generous donations from friends of the university, and it is eclectic in nature. It features an assortment of paintings and drawings ranging from a 17th century portrait to a 19th century ball scene. Artists vary from Wilhelm Schreuer to British artist Donald Hamilton Fraser.

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

Another fun summer session of RAD Camp for kids at Lewis University

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 8-12, June 22-26 and July 13-17. The cost is $75 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week and another $5 discount for those who register multiple children.

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 12, June 26 and July 17.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. on June 8, June 22 and July 13 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The camp is staffed by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center 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


Service Award Recipient for July 2015

Congratulations once again to Sophia Barakat, Coordinator for Student Development and Leadership for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for July 2015. Sophia was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her continued dedication, capability, helpful, friendly, and enthusiastic service in the Department of Student Development and Leadership.

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.

Service Award Recipient for June 2015

Congratulations to Sabrina Poulin, University Minister and Coordinator of Ministry Service, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for June 2015. Sabrina was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very affable, enthusiastic, very caring, capable and responsive manner in her highly effective role as University Minister/Coordinator of Ministry Service.

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 June 2015

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

June 1, Liseth Chavez, Enrollment Management
June 1, Dwight DeVries, Facilities
June 1, Dr. Michele Kramer, College of Nursing & Health Professions

June 2, Lauren Hanford, Campus Police
June 2, Dr. Ann Jordan, Psychology
June 2, Dr. Gail Vitale, College of Nursing & Health Professions

June 3, Anne Czech, Graduate and Adult Admission
June 3, Carla Johnson, Athletics
June 3, Eric Olsen, Marketing and Communications

June 4, Carla Lebre, College of Education
June 4, Kari Orseske, SPCE
June 4, David Pomatto, Theatre

June 5, Christopher Hueg, University Ministry
June 5, Alex Koerner, Aviation Services
June 5, Nathan Robenhymer, Aviation Services

June 6, Donald Castello, Facilities
June 6, Jaclyn Conrad, Admission
June 6, Alfonso Montero, LARC

June 7, Leslie Colonna, Art and Design

June 8, Dr. Lesley Page, Organizational Leadership

June 9, Reynaldo Bustinza, University Advancement
June 9, Dr. Matthew Domico, Psychology
June 9, Dr. Seung Kim, College of Education

June 10, Br. Christopher Ford, FSC, Writing Center

June 11, Melissa Carlson, Business Office
June 11, Terry Karapas, College of Nursing & Health Professions
June 11, Brian Sisson, Athletics

June 12, Br. Bernard Rapp, FSC, Archives

June 13, Barbara (Annie) Coryell, Athletics
June 13, Steven Zlatic, University Ministry

June 14, Marc Denson, Athletics

June 15, Samuel Suber, Library
June 15, Gregory Wegner, Office of Technology

June 17, Dr. James Krejci, College of Business

June 18, Dr. Sheila Kennedy, English
June 18, Richard Mladic, Aviation & Transportation Studies

June 19, Matthew Venegone, Facilities

June 20, Anne Koleff, Marketing and Communications
June 20, Sean Ruane, University Ministry

June 21, Claire Tincher, Marketing and Communications

June 22, Dr. Stacie Elder, College of Nursing & Health Professions
June 22, Sue Carole Pajak, College of Arts & Sciences

June 24, Wayne Draudt, Office of the President
June 24, Mary Beth Feeman, Enrollment Management

June 25, Dr. Keith Killacky, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
June 25, Dr. John Parker, Chemistry/Physics
June 25, Caroline Wood, College of Business

June 26, Robert Escoto, Facilities
June 26, Dr. John Jurowicz, Psychology
June 26, Matthew Lange, Psychology

June 27, Dr. Jennifer Roberts, Biology

June 29, Stephen Loza, Residence Life
June 29, Pamela Maciulewicz, Business Office

June 30, Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman, College of Nursing & Health Professions
June 30, Patricia Jones, LARC

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.

Birthdays for July 2015

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

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

July 2, Sean Fagan, Student Development and Leadership
July 2, Tina McKee, Arts & Ideas

July 4, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

July 5, Jessica Kush, College of Business

July 6, Nancy Hanley, College of Arts & Sciences

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

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

July 9, Louis Rossano, Office of Technology

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, 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, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police

July 19, Bernardo Cervantes, Facilities

July 20, Linda Campbell, Graduate Admission
July 20, Barbara Peterek, Graduate Admission
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, Lisa Salazar, Meetings, Events and Conferences
July 23, Diana Schreader, College of Nursing & Health Professions

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

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

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

July 27, Dr. Dawn Walts, English Studies
July 27, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE

July 28, Anas Anees, Graduate Admission
July 28, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police

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

July 31, Patti Purri, Admission

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 2015

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


36 Years, Lawrence McAuley, Aviation Services

30 Years, John Carey, Communications

25 Years, Angeline Bizzotti, Admission

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

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

18 Years, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

15 Years, Shaila Koutha, Office of the Provost

14 Years, Robert Pruter, Library

13 Years, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

12 Years, Rita Herrick, Graduate Admission

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

10 Years, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences

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

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

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

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

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

4 Years, Jeffrey Festin, Facilities

3 Years, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement
3 Years, Matthew McCarthy, Athletics
3 Years, Christopher Stevens, Admission
3 Years, Reynaldo Bustinza, University Advancement
3 Years, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement
3 Years, Michele Latta, College of Arts & Sciences

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

1 Year, Jennifer Rutherford, University Ministry
1 Year, David Deitemyer, College of Arts & Sciences
1 Year, Dr. Mitra Fallahi, College of Education
1 Year, Rachel Ford, Library
1 Year, Derrick Sloboda, Athletics
1 Year, Martin Salvucci, University Advancement
1 Year, Stefanie Offerman, Financial Aid Services
1 Year, Sinai Ornelas, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Michael Vucsko, Athletics

Service Anniversaries for June 2015

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


47 Years, Robert Kempiak, Office of the Registrar

30 Years, Robert DeRose, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

29 Years, Jun Kikuchi, Campus Police

19 Years, Dr. Joyce Hayward, College of Education

17 Years, Margaret Pfrommer, SPCE

16 Years, Lisa Salazar, Meetings, Events and Conferences
16 Years, Jo Ellen Slowik, Theatre
16 Years, Dr. Leslie Jacobson, Graduate and Adult Admission

15 Years, Dr. Michele Young, SPCE
15 Years, Christine Breier, Career Services

14 Years, James Doane, De La Salle Institute
14 Years, Syl Goyette, Marketing and Communications

13 Years, Fidel Valencia, Facilities
13 Years, Christopher Crnkovic, Office of Technology
13 Years, Bret Harms, Facilities

11 Years, Dr. Serafima Gettys, Foreign Language Program
11 Years, Dr. Calvin Edwards, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
11 Years, Wendy Hess, Business Office
11 Years, Dr. John Jurowicz, Psychology

10 Years, Ruth Whims, College of Nursing & Health Professions
10 Years, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology

8 Years, Jeff Hilbruner, Office of Technology

7 Years, Kathrynne Skonicki, Marketing and Communications
7 Years, Luke Baskerville, Facilities

6 Years, Edmond Steffey, Jr., Athletics
6 Years, Huma Zia, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
6 Years, John Harvey, LUA
6 Years, Bernardo Cervantes, Facilities

5 Years, Dr. Jung Kim, College of Education

3 Years, Samantha De Legge-Stevenson, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
3 Years, Randi Jackson, Human Resources
3 Years, Joseph Volin, University Advancement
3 Years, Kimberly Bozych, LaSalle House

2 Years, Mariza Rocha, Multicultural Student Services
2 Years, Roman Ortega, Jr., Enrollment Management
2 Years, Miguel Cambray, Multicultural Student Services

1 Year, Leanne Harris, Career Services
1 Year, John Galgano, Graduate and Adult Admission
1 Year, Sung Kim, Office of Technology
1 Year, John Mathews, University Advancement
1 Year, Sean Whitten, Admission


Executive Dining Room at SCBC

Faculty and staff who wish to have breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings at the Saint Charles Borromeo Center are invited to reserve the newly created Executive Dining Room, which is adjacent to The Flight Deck dining room. Elegant in its royal blue and beige décor with wrought iron chairs, the Executive Dining Room can accommodate 16-18 people. Food service also is available through Sodexo Services.

Reservations for the Executive Dining Room may be arranged by calling Robert Arnold, Director of Meetings, Events and Conferences at (815) 836-5488. The room provides an excellent place for luncheon and dinner meetings, and also for other meetings that require a private atmosphere for discussion.

Please Welcome the Diocesan Youth Leadership Conference

About 600-700 young people will be on campus Friday, June 26 for the Diocese of Joliet Youth Leadership Conference (DYLC). Lewis University is the site each year for the Conference which provides outstanding high school students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills and to grow in their faith. Activities will be centered in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, will officially welcome the participants on Friday at 2:30 p.m. Please welcome our young guests as well as the youth ministers, speakers and pastoral counselors who will be directing the DYLC.


Dr. Faisal Abdullah presents at Cybersecurity Seminar

Lewis University Professor of Management Information Systems Dr. Faisal Abdullah recently presented “How to calculate the true cost of a cybersecurity incident” at the Cybersecurity Seminar Series hosted by Argonne National Laboratory’s Cyber Operations and Analysis Research (COAR).

Abdullah discussed the importance of implementing cybersecurity controls to mitigate threats. He explained that with increasing threats and limited resources, information security managers are required to conduct a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) to prioritize and justify expenditure on cybersecurity controls. Furthermore, determining the cost of a data breach is the first step in conducting a risk assessment and a cost-benefit analysis for implementing controls.

The Lewis University College of Business offers a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and a bachelor’s degree in Information Security and Risk Management. Courses in the Computer Information Systems and Information Security majors are hands-on and focus on providing skills that are in high demand. Students have the option to complete their coursework, assignments and projects online using the redesigned VMware CloudLab. Scholarships, internships, job opportunities, alumni news and news articles are posted regularly on MIS Department’s Facebook page.

DiMaio assists WGN Radio during tornado warning

As the excitement was building for the Blackhawk Stanley Cup win June 15, Rick DiMaio (Aviation) was on WGN Radio with Roe Conn discussing the potential Tornado Threat moving towards the United Center. He was joined with Steve Cochran and Anna Devlantes at the UC for the pregame of Game 6.

He returned the airwaves the following day to discuss the heavy rainfall.

DiMaio has also been serving as a resource for Shane Gustafson '15, who is general assignment reporter for WMBD and WYZZ News in Peoria, Ill. DiMaio has been discussing weather information affecting flooding and crop status in Central Illinois.


Lewis’ Walsh and Petty To Represent The United States At World University Games

USA Volleyball has announced that Lewis University senior Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) and recent graduate Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) will play for the United States in the World University Games (WUG) on July 4-12 in Gwangju, South Korea. They are two of 12 members on the men's volleyball squad.

"It is fantastic that we have two student-athletes who will represent our country and Lewis University at the World University Games," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "Bob and Greg both had tremendous years and I'm extremely proud of them for this opportunity."

Walsh and Petty helped Lewis to a national runner-up finish in 2015. They were both American Volleyball Coaches Association All-Americans. Petty led the Flyers with 3.47 kills per set while adding 37 aces. Walsh led the nation in blocks, recording 1.54 per set. Lewis finished the 2015 campaign 27-4.

Lewis Athletics Nets School-Record 10 Team Academic All-GLVC Awards

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (June 23) that the Lewis University Athletics Department tied for third overall with a school-record 10 Team Academic All-GLVC Awards. The previous record of nine teams was set in both 2013 and 2014.

The GLVC recognizes each team from member institutions that have maintained a 3.30 grade point average for the 2014-15 academic year.

The Flyer softball team had the highest GPA of any squad in the department, checking in with a 3.56. The softball team was followed by women's golf (3.55), women's tennis (3.47), women's swimming (3.46), women's cross country (3.45), women's basketball (3.42), women's soccer (3.41), men's golf (3.36), women's volleyball (3.35) and women's track and field (3.31).

Lewis Head Men’s Volleyball Coach Dan Friend To Coach US Men’s Junior National Team

Lewis University men's volleyball head coach Dan Friend is serving as the head coach of the United States Men's Junior National Team at the Pan-American Cup June 23-28 at the Centre Sportif de Gatineau, in Quebec, Canada.

The squad is made up of some of the best under 21 men's volleyball players in the United States. The team includes Lewis freshman opposite hitter Mitch Perinar (Channahon, Ill./Minooka).

"We have been training for the last 12 days in Lake Placid, New York, and brought 21 guys together and are down to 12 now," Friend said. "The group is excited to compete at the Pan Am Cup and be in Canada. We have a few that were on the team last year and a few new guys. They have the opportunity to grow in this tournament and put us in the position to hopefully get to the World Championships."

The teams taking part in the competition are hosts Canada, Chile and Mexico in Pool A and Barbados, Brazil, El Salvador and United States in Pool B.

A preliminary round-robin will be played from June 23 to 25 with the top two teams from each pool advancing to the semifinal phase.


Tuition Exchange Reminder

Per HR policy #3.1030

All regular full-time personnel who are eligible for 100% tuition benefits are eligible to participate at the undergraduate level for their dependent children in tuition exchange programs in which the University is a member. This is a scholarship program and is not a defined benefit. You must complete and return to HR the Application for Tuition Exchange found on the HR web site by the October 1, 2015 deadline for the 2016-17 Academic Year. All staff and faculty with students currently participating in the tuition exchange program must also complete a form to continue the process for the next academic year.


Did You Know? Rate Freeze for Risk Pooling Trust

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Did you know that Lewis University has benefitted once again from another year of growth and member retention by the Christian Brothers Risk Pooling Trust (CBRPT)? For the ninth consecutive year, the CBRPT has announced that it will continue to freeze the property and liability insurance rates for the Risk Pooling Trust members. Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Lewis University, said that the past year was also “relatively uneventful” regarding storm damage that would have resulted in increased costs to the CBRPT, allowing the Trust to keep its rate at the same level since 2007. The savings have been nearly $250,000 due to freezing the premium rates during those eight years.

Trustees of the CBRPT approved using investment returns to offset the cost of claims and maintain its current rates for the 2015-2016 Plan year, CFO DeRose indicated. “Astute business practices by the Christian Brothers Services have allowed the CBRPT to maintain its rate freeze which is advantageous to all members of the Trust, including the Lewis University,” DeRose noted.


Picture This! Summer Solitude

Marigolds flourish in the summer sun at the Wadsworth Family Plaza as the fountain bubbles merrily, providing a beautiful setting at the east entrance to the Oremus Fine Arts Center. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC, for taking the photo and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! article. To suggest a topic for an article, contact Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at To access more photos of Lewis University activities, use this link,


Lewis University students’ Introduction of Environmental Science course takes them to Costa Rica

Lewis University students are learning about ecology and conservation this summer in Costa Rica. Dr. Jerry Kavouras, chair and associate professor of biology, led students enrolled in “Introduction to Environmental Science” on a trip to the Central American nation in May as part of the Lewis University Travel Study program.

Some of the highlights of the nine-day trip include volunteering at the Pacuare Sea Turtle Conservation Project on night patrols, hiking through rain and cloud forests, and visiting active volcanoes. The trip gave students an opportunity to interact with the local culture, while learning about the biodiversity of this tropical country. “Hopefully, by visiting the national parks and experiencing firsthand the difficulties in protecting endangered species, our students will gain an appreciation for conservation and support measures in the United States," said Dr. Kavouras. He led a similar trip in May 2013.

The students who attended the Costa Rica trip in 2015 include: Anthony Fredian, Manuel Lube, Alexa Mlyniec, Tabitha Ratay, Nicole Reidy and Nycole Torres.

The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or