Monday March 27, 2017 through Sunday April 2, 2017


Father Burke Masters Pitches God to Students at Lewis University

The Chicago Cubs Chaplain shared a life lesson with a packed room of Lewis University students, faculty and staff, “God says to us, ‘I forgive you. Dust yourself off and get back in the game.’”

During the Lewis University 15th Annual Signum Fidei Lecture, Father Burke Masters, vocation director for the Diocese of Joliet, acknowledged that everyone stumbles in their life. God forgives. He emphasized, “We are all beloved sons and daughters of God.”

The Providence Catholic High School alumnus encouraged the college audience to include God in its life. He said people feel love, joy and peace when the Holy Spirit is present.

Father Masters, a native of Joliet, had a lifelong dream of becoming a major league baseball player. He converted to Catholicism during his senior year of high school. He went on to play baseball at Mississippi State University, where he competed in the College World Series and was named one of the top student athletes in the history of MSU. He did not make the majors but little did he know that he would be called to become a Catholic priest and chaplain for the World Champion Chicago Cubs.

The Signum Fidei Lecture is organized by Lewis University’s Center for Ministry & Spirituality to celebrate the university’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage, bringing to campus men and women of vision and faith to illuminate issues affecting the Church and its people, to reflect on spirituality in the Catholic tradition, and to provide a forum for topics based on Church teaching.

The Work of Jacqueline Moses is on Display Until March 31

Lewis University will host an art exhibition by artist Jacqueline Moses. The exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily until March 31 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A Reception and Gallery Talk will be from 7-9 p.m. March 17 at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.

Jacqueline Moses received a B.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute in 1968 and an M.F.A. from NIU in 1979. She has had many one-person exhibitions, including the Illinois State Museum, the Museum of American Art, Chicago Cultural Center, the South Shore Arts Gallery, Kay Garvey Gallery, MC Gallery, Artemisia Gallery, University Club and Sandy Carson Gallery. Her group shows include the Tucson Museum, Indianapolis Museum, Rockford Museum, & many others. She has paintings included in many collections, i.e. Galleria Likovnih (Slovenia), Galleria Arte Moderna (Italy), Tucson Museum of Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Rockford Museum, Midwest Museum of Art, Illinois State Museum and College of DuPage.

The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious-based art shows. More information about the Art Gallery and exhibits is available by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

Computational Lab Adds Paul and Kathleen Kaiser to its Name

Lewis University dedicated a computational science lab in honor of Paul and Kathleen Kaiser on March 14. The lab is housed in the Science Center on the main campus and will provide new opportunities for students of multiple disciplines to use computers to advance science by modeling and simulating the physical world.

“In the sciences, we need to be able to simulate systems to predict their behavior before we invest in expensive lab setups to test our theories,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. “Beyond the sciences, this lab will enhance our students’ engagement in creative work, such as composing new pieces of electroacoustic music, or in visualizing scenes with amazing levels of detail.”

As a mathematician who later turned his attention to computing, Dr. Paul Kaiser championed computational science – the study of how computers perform calculations and the very nature of what is calculable - as an area of academic focus at Lewis University. It is a field that blends theory and practice well, and it has helped launch the careers of thousands of graduates over the past 30 years.

“It is our professors who create the most significant impact on our students. Paul Kaiser is one of our extraordinary professors,” said Dr. David Livingston, President of Lewis University.

“Together with his wife Kathleen – who has devoted both time and support to organizations that support children – the Kaisers have provided a strong foundation of Mission, education and determination to Lewis University and to the community for more than 40 years.”

The couple was previously honored as recipients of Lewis University’s De La Salle Award in 2001 and the Frank J. Lewis Philanthropists of the Year Award in 2012. Professor Emeritus Dr. Paul Kaiser and Kathleen first met in 1964 while volunteering at the Rosemary Home for Handicapped Children. Paul began his 34-year teaching and administrative career at Lewis University as an assistant professor in mathematics, and rose to the rank of tenured professor in 1982. His leadership has included service as Dean of Student Services, Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Kathleen held a career as an individual and family counselor, and has been a longtime supporter of Big Brothers/Big Sisters, a program to mentor children in need; the Head Start Program of Will County which provides valuable services to low-income children and their families; and a very generous volunteer for JACOB (Joliet Area Church-Based Organized Body).

Firm believers in a strong, Catholic education, they are proud parents of two Lewis University graduates, Carolyn and Kevin.

Lewis University is still building a supercomputer that will be housed in the lab in honor of Dr. Paul Kaiser. The system is expected to be operational by the 2017 fall semester. Donations are currently being accepted for the supercomputer. Visit to make a gift or contact University Advancement at (815) 836-5244.

Lewis University Students Honored for Excellence in Technology

Lewis University students were among those recently recognized with the Illinois Technology Foundation’s 2017 Fifty for the Future® awards.

Fifty college students representing 15 different colleges/universities and 10 high school students representing six different high schools received the awards. In addition to receiving a recognition plaque, each student and their nominating faculty received a $1,000 training scholarship from Directions Training.

Honored Lewis University students include Kaileen Beckman, Frank Brandt, Andrew Camphouse, Francisco Cano, Joseph Casalino, Marc Cerda, Trent Chamness, Anthony Conte, Alison Cross, Robert Dudasik, Grecia Equihua, John Laschober, Krystal Le, Lucas Parker, Jenna Rolowicz, Ramandeep Singh, Angel Valdez, Ryan Walker and Ashley Walsh.

The Illinois Technology Foundation (ITF) is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to the development of the technology pipeline in the State of Illinois. ITF is a grassroots organization with volunteers focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent and leadership in Illinois by bringing real-world career opportunities to the classroom.

Lockport Women’s Club/Pat Darin Intern Looks Forward to Future in Museum Studies

Kole Torres of Carol Stream has been selected as the eighth Lockport Woman’s Club/Pat Darin Intern. “This experience has confirmed my passion to pursue a career in Museum Studies,” said the Lewis University student.

The opportunity provides a paid internship in local history. Torres, who is double majoring in history and philosophy, is currently working on transcribing oral histories of the residents of the Fairmont area and scanning 35mm negatives from Joliet journalists’ photos. The senior has assisted with the processing of the Milne collection, which included a large number of objects from the prominent Lockport family.

“Working at the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection, I’ve gained valuable knowledge on archives, how they function, and how to access historical materials and research. My dream job would be to design exhibits for museums, such as the Smithsonian Institute.” Torres stated.

Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, director of the Lewis University History Center and professor of history, said “Kole has been an outstanding intern. She had already interned at Naper Settlement and has gained hands-on experience that will serve her well in her career.”

The Lewis University History degree program provides more than just names and dates. History is the entirety of human civilization - past, present and future. History degree students at Lewis University study historically significant events, ideas, persons and civilizations. They prepare to analyze modern-day economic, social and political happenings with deeper clarity and wisdom. Graduates of the program are game-changers with an intelligent interdisciplinary background in their belief and the research and communication skills necessary to make a difference.

Dedicate a Hymnal

The Sancta Alberta Chapel and University Ministry are the spiritual heart of Lewis. Whether you or a loved one have worshipped with us at a Sunday liturgy, participated in a Koinonia retreat, served on a mission program, or ventured on a Social Justice Pilgrimage, we hope you have been touched in the process and still draw faith, inspiration, and insight from your experience with Lewis Ministry. Therefore, we are asking you to consider a gift to support this essential part of the Lewis mission.

We NEED your help to purchase 250 new Gather hymnals for the Chapel. For a gift of $25, we will purchase a new hymnal, and you can dedicate it with a personalized bookplate which will be placed on the inside back cover. Bookplates can be created in honor of students, alumni, parents, faculty, organizations, or loved ones. We can also dedicate a book from your family as a whole. We are happy to customize the bookplate to meet your wishes. Gifts can be made at

Our hope is to raise these funds before Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Of course, we will happily accept gifts until all 250 hymnals are dedicated. Any additional gifts or gifts above $25 are most welcome and will be directed to support student participation on missions, pilgrimages, and retreats. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Dennisa Walker at or (815) 836-5882.

Lasallian Pilot Program in Italy Continues

During the winter recess, students from Lewis University traveled to Rome with students from four other American universities sponsored by the (Lasallian) Brothers of the Christian Schools to study art and theology. This trip was the second accelerated “pilot” program geared toward establishing a collaborative international Lasallian education center in Rome that will serve Lasallian schools from across the globe.

The Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE) will offer a semester-long program for students starting in February of 2018.

Dr. Dominic Colonna of Lewis University was asked to lead the development of LUCE. The plan is for the center to provide full-semester and other programs for Lasallian students from around the world. Programs will be designed to develop specifically Lasallian international study abroad experiences and to enrich the sense of belonging in the worldwide Lasallian community. In addition to courses in the humanities, students will be offered business courses, a subject that virtually all Lasallian schools offer as a major. The center will be established at the headquarters of the Lasallian Christian Brothers in Rome.

The winter accelerated experience is taxing but rewarding. Joe Kleve of St. Mary’s University in Minnesota said that going to “Italy was the trip of a lifetime and I really learned a lot about theology, churches and also about myself. The trip really helped us to foster good relationships with each other and the professors.” Colonna observed that “students do not enjoy taking quizzes at 7 a.m. before starting a day of touring but most agree that it prepares them for a better educational experience.”

The accelerated winter recess program included students from Christian Brothers University in Memphis, La Salle University in Philadelphia, Lewis University in Romeoville, Manhattan College in the Bronx, and St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. Local students include Marisa Barrowman from Plainfield, Valeria Escalante from Waukegan, Evgeny Gorbundov from Wheaton, Natalie Lara and Kathryn Yeskis from Chicago, Julio Lara, Jr. from Bolingbrook, Molly McEvilly and Olga Paramo from Joliet, Heather Ray from Romeoville, Taelor Rempe from Willowbrook, Nycole Torres from Carol Stream and Nia White from Steger.

To learn more about the plans for the educational center in Rome, contact Dr. Dominic Colonna at

Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer at Lewis University

Lewis University again will offer STARTALK, a free four-week foreign language summer program featuring two levels of Chinese courses. It is for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, and Lewis students entering freshman, sophomore and junior years. The 2017 STARTALK program will be held in June-July at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Foreign Language Program, which has successfully coordinated STARTALK programs since 2009, received a $74,405 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center for the 2017 STARTALK program at Lewis University.

Participants are immersed into a culturally rich target language environment under a theme-based curriculum. No previous language skills are necessary for level 1. There are no tuition costs for the students, but admission to the program is competitive. Students have the ability to earn three transferrable university credits of foreign language.

Visit to obtain an application.

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 to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning. The overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning to speak critical-need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students.

For more information, visit or contact Assistant Professor LiFeng Hu, assistant director of the Foreign Language Program at or (815) 836-5319.


ABRI Credit Union Fall Newsletter

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Kids Thrive at Camp Kata Kani!

$5 Discount for Lewis University Employees (use promo code CFC5). Download the flyer here.

Service Award Recipient for March 2017

Congratulations to Sean Ruane for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for March, 2017.  Sean Ruane was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very dedicated service as the Coordinator of Social Justice Education. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 28, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

Save the Date: Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is April 27

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, USTAC will again be sponsoring the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® day!

The theme for this year’s event is Count on Me!

Online registration will open on April 3.

If you have participated in this event in the past and are interested in doing so again (i.e. providing class presentations, serving as a chaperone, etc.), please contact Denise Salvino at


Diversity Dialogues Series: Race and Religion

On Thursday, March 30 at 4 p.m. Dr. Jeffrey Trask, Assistant Professor in the College of Business, will facilitate a discussion on the topic of Race and Religion in the Flight Deck of St. Charles Borromeo Center.

Politics, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, and physical attributes include many of the reasons people divide themselves. However, we have much more in common than we realize. It is important to engage in dialogue.

About the Diversity Dialogues Series

Diversity Dialogues is a series of forums for faculty, staff and students organized by the Diversity Engagement Committee, which will present an opportunity to relate to one another, build relationships based on what we have in common, and also create space to acknowledge and speak about differences. Given the tenuous climate in larger society, it is imperative that Lewis University takes a proactive approach to address issues that tend to divide rather than unite. These dialogues will help move Lewis in the right direction by allowing us to form bonds, showing that building relationships is more important than being right.

CME Group President to Keynote Lewis University Ethics Week

Bryan T. Durkin, president of CME Group, the world’s leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace, is slated to share his insights with Lewis University students during the 2017 Lewis University College of Business Ethics Week.

Durkin’s address will begin at 11 a.m. March 30 in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Lewis University main campus in Romeoville. The event is free and open to the public.

Durkin, a Lewis alumnus, is responsible for overseeing the CME Group’s Technology, Global Operations, Market Technology and Data Services, and International businesses, as well as the company’s GFX division. The Lewis University adjunct instructor has been part of the futures industry in Chicago for more than 30 years, beginning his career with the Office of Investigations and Audits at the Chicago Board of Trade. He has held several key positions at CBOT, and then later at CME Group, including roles as CME Group’s Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. And, as part of his responsibilities, he led the global integrations following CME Group’s merger with the Chicago Board of Trade and CME Group’s acquisition of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Ethics Week is an annual observance for the College of Business. Professors put an extra emphasis on integrating ethical leadership into their lessons during the week. Some focus on challenging ethical dilemmas, while others create dynamic student projects, such as developing a code of ethics and writing reflective papers and essays.

Ethically grounded and career focused, Lewis University’s business degree programs combine critical thinking with data analysis, financial understanding, technological knowledge and essential communication skills. Distinguished by a focus on global business practices and international relations, more students are taking advantage of short- and long-term study abroad excursions. With small class sizes, one-on-one attention from dedicated faculty who are experts in their field, and accelerated and convenient course options through regional locations, Lewis University offers the ideal learning environment.

Presidential Inauguration Plans for April 7

Dr. David J. Livingston will be formally installed as the 10th President of Lewis University on Friday, April 7, 2017, the Feast of Saint John Baptist de La Salle. The Presidential Inauguration Planning Committee, composed of 15 faculty members, staff and students from areas across the University and co-chaired by Luigi Amendola (University Advancement) and Dr. Kurt Schackmuth (Mission and Identity) has been meeting since last Fall to plan the various events and activities of the day, which include, among others:

  • 1:00 p.m. - Mass of Thanksgiving (Sancta Alberta Chapel)
  • 3:00 p.m. - Installation Ceremony (SRFC Fieldhouse)
  • 4:30 p.m. - Reception (SRFC Fieldhouse)

Faculty and staff received an invitation to participate in these activities via e-mail, which contains a link to formally RSVP for those events which they plan to attend. Full-time faculty are encouraged to participate in the Faculty procession, which will take place at the beginning of the Installation Ceremony. Faculty who choose to participate in the procession should indicate as such when they RSVP online to attend the Inauguration events. Those faculty are asked to wear their own academic attire and are asked to report to Court #4 in the Fieldhouse at 2:30 p.m. to line up by college. Faculty will be seated by college during the Installation Ceremony.

In addition, presidents of other colleges and universities, professional organizations, Lewis Board members, current students, alumni, friends, donors and Livingston family members and friends, Christian Brothers, local elected officials, and Church leaders have also been invited at attend the festivities of April 7.

The University will keep offices open with limited staffing to provide essential services to our students and others on April 7. As was announced in December, all classes held at the Romeoville campus on April 7 beginning between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. are cancelled. This change in the University schedule applies to all undergraduate, graduate and SPCE classes.

Regular updates will be posted here in University News and announced via e-mail in the coming weeks, as well as on the Inauguration website.

Join Us For Our First Community Easter Egg Hunt April 8

As part of Dr. David Livingston’s upcoming Inauguration activities, please join our Student Senate and members of our student organizations on Saturday, April 8 for the first Community Easter Egg Hunt hosted on campus for the surrounding Romeoville and Lockport communities.

This event will be held from 9–11 a.m. on the University Green for children ages 0-10 years and will include photos with the Easter Bunny, a petting zoo, inflatable amusements, and arts and crafts activities.

Our campus community’s involvement is important in making this event a success. Employees are encouraged and welcome to bring their children, grandchildren and family members. Volunteers are needed to assist with morning set-up and also to welcome our community neighbors to campus. Departments and offices are encouraged to consider sponsoring an age group by filling 50 provided plastic eggs with age-appropriate treats.

Interested volunteers can contact Dorothy Vodicka at or ext. 5275. For more information about the event, contact Dr. Jordan Humphrey


Fulfill the Dream by Being Proactive Says Troy Cicero During Annual Conference

More than 120 high school students heard Troy Cicero’s message on “Pain, Peace and Power” at this year’s annual Fulfilling the Dream Conference Feb. 28 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

Troy Cicero, president and chief skill officer at MulticultuReal Communications Inc., focused on celebrating differences among peers, living in a proactive way, and managing emotions to think rationally before acting.

During his keynote address, Cicero encouraged students to find solace through difficult times, “When you’re in pain – physiological, mental, physical, and even if it’s unbearable, when pain enters you when you’re going after your dreams, find your peace to endure the pain. Pain yields power.”

Prior to Cicero’s presentation, students connected with college professionals to gather knowledge about the higher education process and steps to take to achieve their educational goals. Other sessions allowed students to practice professional mannerisms such as proper hand shaking and introducing oneself.

High schools in attendance included: Plainfield East High School, Oak Lawn Community High School, Bloom Trail High School, Elk Grove High School and Thornton Fractional North High School.

The Fulfilling the Dream conference draws its name from the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who had a dream about equality for all people. The conference offers a unique opportunity for African American youth to engage in hands-on learning. This conference was modeled after the “Si Se Puede” Conference, an event for Latino/a high school students, and was coordinated by the Office of Admission and Multicultural Student Services.


Birthdays for March 2017

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

March 1, Margaret Lynch, College of Nursing & Health Professions
March 1, Michael Turner, College of Business

March 2, Michelle Mega, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
March 2, Ramandeep Singh, College of Business

March 3, Syl Goyette, Marketing and Communications
March 3, Karen Lockyer, Sport and Exercise Science

March 4, Dr. Mallory Havens, Biology
March 4, Mariza Rocha, Multicultural Student Services
March 4, Edmond Steffey, Jr., Athletics

March 5, Christopher Crnkovic, Office of Technology
March 5, James Ross, Facilities

March 6, Dr. David Anderson, Communications
March 6, Dr. Safwan Omari, College of Business
March 6, Dr. Robert Wright, LUA

March 7, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business
March 7, Dr. Chwan-Shyang Jih, Psychology

March 8, Angeline Bizzotti, Admission
March 8, Dr. James Burke, Theology
March 8, Lorelee Smith, Athletics

March 9, Scott Trost, Athletics

March 10, Lisa Heizer, Meetings, Events and Conferences
March 10, John Peterselli, Psychology
March 10, Ervin Walker, Campus Police

March 11, Kathrynne Skonicki, Marketing and Communications

March 12, Dr. Maryellen D Collett, Theology
March 12, Paul Ludwig, Facilities
March 12, Hayley Miller, Communications

March 13, Christine Jones, College of Arts & Sciences
March 13, Jun Kikuchi, Campus Police
March 13, Femi Oyewole, Student Development and Leadership

March 15, Dr. Scott Kerth, Organizational Leadership
March 15, Susan Leece, Admission
March 15, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications
March 15, Nancy Wiksten, Graduate Admission

March 16, David B. Anderson, Athletics
March 16, Dr. Dana Dominiak, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
March 16, Dana Schwarting, Athletics
March 16, Ashley Skidmore, Admission
March 16, Jo Ellen Slowik, Theatre

March 17, Therese Jones, English Studies

March 18, Josiah Bolanos, Admission

March 19, Roy Clark, Jr., Facilities
March 19, Nanci Reiland, College of Nursing & Health Professions
March 19, Fr. Daniel Torson, Theology

March 20, Napoleon Garcia, Office of Technology
March 20, Br. Peter Hannon, FSC, History
March 20, Fr. Elizeo Nthalika, University Ministry

March 21, Jessica Hernandez De Leon, Office of Technology
March 21, Br. Robert Veselsky, FSC, University Ministry

March 22, Melissa Jimenez, Meetings, Events and Conferences
March 22, Chanel Kassis, Campus Police
March 22, Barbara Lewis, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
March 22, Daniel Magner, Flight

March 23, David Deitemyer, College of Arts & Sciences

March 24, Dr. Deborah Augsburger, College of Education
March 24, Jesus Guzman, Office of Technology

March 25, Linda Koniuszy, Office of the Registrar

March 26, Dr. Ryan Miskowiec, Sport and Exercise Science
March 26, James Perrone, College of Business

March 27, Dr. Lauren Hoffman, College of Education
March 27, Christopher Koenig, Athletics

March 28, Kathleen Mazies, College of Arts & Sciences

March 29, Karen Covington, College of Nursing & Health Professions
March 29, Dr. Mary Fisher, College of Education
March 29, Lindsy Morgan, Residence Life

March 30, Dr. Faisal Abdullah, College of Business
March 30, Tracy Bradley, Office of Technology
March 30, Oscar Little, Facilities
March 30, Dr. Anne Porter, College of Nursing & Health Professions

March 31, James Grisz, Facilities
March 31, Tyler King, Admission
March 31, Dr. Ray Klump, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
March 31, Rocio Rodriguez, English 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 March 2017

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


29 Years, Oscar Little, Facilities

23 Years, Robin Williams, Facilities

21 Years, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

19 Years, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Office of Mission and Identity

15 Years, Mary Beth Feeman, Enrollment Management

12 Years, Shawn Bailey, Facilities

10 Years, Fredrick Gandy, Residence Life
10 Years, Lori Misheck, Human Resources
10 Years, Adam Burkhart, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

9 Years, Thomas Buell, Facilities
9 Years, Michelle Ronchetti, Health & Counseling Services

7 Years, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services
7 Years, Michelle Mega, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

5 Years, Michael Kelly, Campus Police
5 Years, Janet Dorencz, Library

4 Years, Kelly Kolton, University Advancement
4 Years, Dr. Suling Li, College of Nursing & Health Professions
4 Years, Kristie Jones, Campus Police
4 Years, Michael Bulfin, Office of Mission and Identity

3 Years, Daniel Zehr, Aviation Services
3 Years, Jennifer Kilmartin, Mail Room
3 Years, Caleigh O'Connell, College of Arts & Sciences
3 Years, Alice Creason, Library

2 Years, Vera Smith, Office of Technology
2 Years, Mary Myers, Career Services
2 Years, Michael Prokop, Campus Police
2 Years, Chastity Check, LARC

1 Year, Patrick Healy, Flight
1 Year, James VanDeventer, Flight


ELS Center at Lewis University Set to Close April 1

Significant reorganization and restructuring of resources within the ELS Educational Services Organization’s U.S. operations will result in the closure of the ELS center April 1 at Lewis University.

Other ELS sites in Denver, Houston, Clear Lake, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Sioux Falls and Tacoma will close on various dates in the next few months.

“ELS has informed us that it was the unfavorable market conditions and national decline in their enrollments that prompted the closure,” Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, stated. “We are disappointed with ELS’s decision but understand their rationale. Lewis has benefited greatly from these international students being a part of our community through sharing culture and educational experiences.”

Kennelly added, “We will continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities for collaboration and partnership that will support the growth of our international student population.”

The Lewis University site opened in October 2014. The ELS program offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students are in Mother Teresa Hall on the Romeoville campus. ELS operates continuously in four-week sessions, consisting of six classes per day, 52 weeks per year. Students participate in various classes that focus on structure and speaking practice, language studies and reading and writing. Students also may choose to take skills enhancement classes that focus on conversation, listening comprehension, American culture, public speaking and current events.

ELS students will continue their program until the closing on April 1. After that time, students will be encouraged to transfer to a different ELS Center. The ELS staff will be supporting and assisting all the students throughout the end of their program and working to ensure a successful transfer.

Jump Start Your Career with the National Science Foundation

The Early Career Development Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a way for faculty in the sciences to receive both financial support and professional development early in their academic careers. The NSF program seeks to combine conducting original research and scholarship with the development of teaching excellence.

Designed for faculty who are tenure-track, but not tenured prior to their award, the NSF career program provides five years of summer salary, along with funding for travel to professional conferences and funds to pay the salaries of student researchers. But research is only part of the plan.

Faculty who participate in the program are also expected to create specific ways in which their research and scholarship will serve as the catalyst for change their classroom or in the community at large. While these awards are often associated with research-intensive universities, the career program’s emphasis on teaching makes smaller institutions competitive.

Recent and current awards have gone to St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Claremont McKenna College in California and Hope College in Michigan. The key for success for smaller schools is to make the attempt.

Cece Manoochehri is the Sponsored Research and IRB Administrator at Pitzer College (Enrollment: 1,067) where a faculty member is a current career program awardee. “Like most proposals,” Manoochehri says, “it is the well-developed proposal that gets funded. I think what is so important is that a faculty member needs to articulate their research ideas.”

The key to being funded is to have early conversations with the NSF Program Officer to better understand to goals of the program and how one’s individual research and scholarship interests. But an even greater key to being funded is dogged persistence; applicants can submit up to three times to the program and first-attempt awards are rare.

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky used to say, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The same is true for grant funding – no proposal ever received funding without first being sent to the sponsor. The career program has a July deadline, but calls to the program officer can be made now.

The Office of Sponsored Programs has several resources available to assist in creating a proposal for the career program. Contact Jeff Ritchie at extension 5129 or via e-mail at


Rothschild's Book is Featured on Biblical Literature Website

The latest book of Dr. Clare Rothschild, professor of theology, "Paul in Athens" is a featured title on the Review of Biblical Literature website this week:

Lewis President Emeritus to Receive Community Builder’s Prize at Morehouse College

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president emeritus at Lewis University, has been selected to receive the 2017 Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builder’s Prize at a special ceremony at the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel on March 30 at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Lawrence E. Carter, dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and Founder of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Institute for Global Ethics and Reconciliation, announced that Brother James will be honored for his educational leadership and involvement in the community during nearly 40 years at Lewis, including almost three decades as president.

According to Dr. Carter, Brother James has been chosen “to recognize his efforts to guide the world through higher education to mutual respect and enlightenment based on a commitment and action for courageous dialogue and for humanity to overcome barriers to a more peaceful moral cosmopolitan future.”

The Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders prize is presented to continue the tradition created by these giants of humanity and to provide inspiration to people to take responsibility for the improvement of the human condition. As part of the honor, an oil portrait of Brother James will be added to the Hall of Honor in the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel at Morehouse College. He also will participate in a panel discussion following the ceremony.

During his tenure as President, Brother James directed efforts to transform the Lewis University campus into a dynamic community with several new academic buildings, residence halls, a Science Center and athletic facilities. He oversaw expansion of the curriculum to more than 125 undergraduate and graduate programs with an increase in enrollment to nearly 6,800 students. Programs were added to provide cultural and humanitarian activities, involving students in learning about other cultures and assisting those in need at sites locally and in the U.S. and other countries.

Border Pilgrimage is Selected to be Presented at National Conference

Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin has been selected to present at the Sixteenth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference entitled “Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times” held June 14-16 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The assistant professor of Sociology will present "What we discovered in the desert: The impact of an experiential learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Latinx and non-Latinx students."

Dr. Tennille Allen, chair and associate professor of the Department of Sociology, said, "Every year, students come back from Arizona engaged and energized as they discuss the ways that the trip opened their eyes and changed their lives. I am so thrilled that this important and powerful work that she is doing with the Border Pilgrimage is being shared with those outside our university community as well."


Lewis' Kelliher Earns D2CCA Women's Basketball All-America Accolades

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) announced on Monday (March 20) that Lewis University sophomore forward Jessica Kelliher (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) was selected as a D2CCA Women's Basketball Honorable Mention All-American. Voting for the teams was conducted by the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors from institutions and conference offices.

This is the third consecutive season that Lewis has had a D2CCA All-America selection. Kelliher joins former teammates Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) (2015, '16) and Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) (2015) as D2CCA All-Americans. Of the 25 All-America selections, Kelliher is one of two sophomores that were honored.

"What an amazing accomplishment," Lewis head women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said. "For Jess to be recognized as an All-American as a sophomore shows the kind of level that she performed at this season."

Kelliher, the 2017 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, was a D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team selection as a freshman. A four-time GLVC Player of the Week, Kelliher led the conference in both scoring (19.7 ppg) and scored in double-figures in 31 out of 32 games, including 15 games of 20+ points and three games of 30+ points. The sophomore forward set a school-record with 18 baskets on 18-for-19 shooting to finish with 38 points against Maryville (Jan. 14).

The Waukesha, Wis., native also set a school-record with a field goal percentage of 65.2% (258-for-396), which was also the best in NCAA Division II. Kelliher has the best career field goal percentage (62.8%) of any active Division II player and the second-highest career scoring average (19.0 ppg.).

Lewis finished the 2016-17 campaign with a record of 23-9 and advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament.

Lewis' Johnson & Kelliher Named D2CCA Women's Basketball All-Region

The Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) announced on Tuesday (March 14) that Lewis University's Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) and Jessica Kelliher (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) have both been selected to the 2017 D2CCA Women's Basketball All-Midwest Region First Team. They are both eligible for All-America accolades.

Lewis has had at least one All-Region First Team selection in each of the past four seasons. Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) earned the honors in 2014, 2015 and 2016, while Johnson was honored in 2015.

A three-time All-GLVC First Team selection, Johnson is Lewis' all-time leading scorer (2,059 points) and is currently the fifth-leading scorer among active NCAA Division II players. The redshirt senior guard led the Great Lakes Valley Conference in free throw percentage (.879), was second in three-pointers made (79) and is third in scoring (17.8 ppg.). Those 79 trifectas are the second-most in school-history for a single season.

Johnson, who missed two seasons due to injury, scored in double-figures in 29 out of 32 games, including 14 games of 20+ points or more and a season-high 31 points against Saginaw Valley State (Dec. 30).

"Jamie's story is such a special one," Lewis head women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said. "Her perseverance and work ethic is second to none.

"I am so thrilled that she received this honor," Gillespie continued. "It is quite fitting for her to end her career being named to All-Region First Team."

Kelliher, the 2017 GLVC Player of the Year, was a D2CCA All-Midwest Region Second Team selection as a freshman. A four-time GLVC Player of the Week, Kelliher led the conference in both scoring (19.7 ppg) and scored in double-figures in 31 out of 32 games, including 15 games of 20+ points and three games of 30+ points. The sophomore forward set a school-record with 18 baskets on 18-for-19 shooting to finish with 38 points against Maryville (Jan. 14).

The Waukesha, Wis., native also set a school-record with a field goal percentage of 65.2% (258-for-396), which was also the best in NCAA Division II. Kelliher has the best career field goal percentage (62.8%) of any active Division II player and the second-highest career scoring average (19.0 ppg.).

"I am so proud of Jess," Gillespie said. "(She) faced a variety of defenses all year long and was still able to perform at an elite level.

"The scary thing is she is just starting to scratch the surface of her potential."

Lewis finished the 2016-17 campaign with a record of 23-9 and advanced to its fifth consecutive NCAA Tournament.


Health and Dependent Care FSA Claim Submission Deadline Reminder

March 31st Claim Submission and Rollover Provision- Health FSA Only
Health FSA participants have until March 31, 2017 to submit any claims remaining from the 2016 plan year. This is a three month extension to the 2016 plan year that will allow you to submit expenses incurred prior to the end of your 2016 plan year.

Up to $500 of unused amounts remaining at the end of the 2016 plan year can be used for qualified medical expenses incurred in 2017. This will allow you to carryover up to $500 left over in your 2016 Health FSA account to pay or reimburse medical expenses under the Health FSA incurred during the entire 2017 plan year. The amount remaining unused is the amount unused after expenses have been reimbursed as of the March 31, 2017 deadline.

March 15th Grace Period- Dependent Care FSA Only
You are able to submit claims that were incurred two and a half (2 ½) months after the 2016 plan year ended (March 15, 2017) for the Dependent Care FSA. This will allow you to use any money left over in your 2016 plan year for Dependent Care FSA expenses incurred during the first 2 ½ months of the 2017 plan year.


iNOTICED - Send some AcknowledgeMINT

Nominate a colleague. The WELL Committee will be distributing all acknowledgements received M-Th on Friday of the same week. Those received after Thursday will be rolled into the next week.

Be Prepared for Severe Weather

Be prepared for severe weather. Visit for resources about severe weather preparedness at Lewis University.

Tornado warnings are issued by the National Weather Service and the Romeoville Emergency Management Agency when severe weather is imminent.
Once the warning is issued, move to a designated severe weather refuge area as indicated on the evacuation/refuge plans in each building/room.
Stay away from windows and doors and sit or lie on the floor with arms folded over your head.
If outside, take shelter in the nearest building or a ditch/depression. A vehicle is not suitable for shelter. Do not attempt to run from a tornado.
If the building is severely damaged, evacuate as soon as possible after the storm has passed.
Once the storm has passed, call Lewis University Police Department at extension 5911 or at (815) 836-5911 to report any injuries or damage.