Monday April 23, 2018 through Sunday April 29, 2018


Lewis University CaMS Cyber Defense Group Wins in National Competition

Six Lewis University computer science students took first place in the Department of Energy's 2018 National Cyber Defense Competition April 7 at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Ill. The Lewis University team prevailed over 28 other teams from around the country to win the title of national champions.

The students, who are part of the student-run Cyber Defense Group based in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences department, worked on setting up, troubleshooting and protecting cyber-physical systems associated with critical infrastructures.

The CaMS Cyber Defense Group members include Joey Casalino of Shorewood, Gabriel Diaz DeLeon of Wheaton, Johny Kegaly of Clarendon Hills, Ryan Meeker of Joliet, Brandon White of Burbank and Brian White of Orland Park. They are led by faculty moderator Dr. Jason Perry, assistant professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

“This competition reinforced the cybersecurity skills, concepts and tools our students learned in the numerous cybersecurity courses in the computer science curriculum,” Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of CaMS, said.

The students have been training since September and participated in a variety of other cyber defense competitions, including the Illinois Collegiate Cyber Defense competition in February and Iowa State National Cyber Defense Competition in March.

“One of the best things about this group is the camaraderie they have developed pursuing and complementing each other's interests in cybersecurity as they extend what they've learned in their computer science coursework to new challenges,” added Klump. He continued, “Their success also demonstrates how the problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and deeply technical content of a computer science education equip students to tackle a wide variety of complicated, but important problems.”

Visit the Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Sciences department website for more information.

Lewis University Artists Honored at the President’s 10th Annual Art Show

Artwork by 36 Lewis University students and alumni is currently on display in the President’s Tenth Annual Art Exhibition at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit, free and available to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until April 28.

“This annual competition is an impressive display by our students and alumni,” said Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, who donated $1,000 for the cash prizes. “Each artist brings his or her own talents, personal histories and artistic goals to produce artwork that is unique and quite engaging.”

Over 125 submissions consisting of painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking and graphic design were received. The show was then narrowed down to the 78 pieces exhibited in the gallery. Winners were selected by Mark Swain chair and professor of the Art Department. Swain, a 1993 graduate of Lewis University, also has a painting in the show.

Eleven students received a total of $1,000 in awards for their exhibits in the show. Bryan Sisk of Plainfield took First Place for "Depression," photography and acrylic, Larissa Barnat of Burbank took Second Place for "Mercury," oil, and Third Place went to Zachary Meredith of Grawn, Mich. for "The Way Life Goes," acrylic.

Winning Honorable Mention Awards were students Kayla Feigl of Shorewood for "Trapped in a Perfect World," printmaking; Madeline Janich of Chicago for "Tranquility," photography and graphic design; Angela Morris of Lynwood for "Waiting," pastels and pastel pencils; Jacqueline Nelson of Plainfield for "Bone," photography; Elizabeth Samoska of Oak Forest for "Stephanie," oil; Schuyler Staley of Joliet for "Beauterus," collage, watercolor, pen, Photoshop; Hanna Swanberg of Plainfield for "Yellow, White, and Pink," digital print; and Julianna Walen of Bolingbrook for "Adoration," fluid acrylics.

A Gallery Talk with the winners, also free and open to the public, will take place from 3-4 p.m. April 12 and awards will be presented at the 7 p.m. reception April 26.

The Wadsworth Family Gallery is located in 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

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 beginning Russian and Chinese courses. It is intended for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, and Lewis students entering freshman, sophomore and junior years. The 2018 STARTALK program will be held from June 18 to July 9 at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Foreign Language Program, which has successfully coordinated STARTALK programs since 2009, received an $87,236 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center for the 2018 STARTALK program at Lewis University.

Participants are immersed in a culturally rich target language environment under a theme-based curriculum. No previous language skills are necessary. There are no tuition costs for the students, but admission to the program is competitive. Those who successfully complete the program will receive three transferable university credits of foreign language.

STARTALK is a project of the National Security Agency, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in less commonly 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, contact the director of the STARTALK program Dr. Serafima Gettys at or (815) 836-5544 or program coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez, at


Service Award Recipient for March 2018

Congratulations to Stephanie Enervold for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for March, 2018.  Stephanie was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedication and service as a Student Services Coordinator. 

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

Service Award Recipient for April 2018

Congratulations to Don Castello for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for April, 2018.  Don was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedication and service as the Associate Vice President for Facilities. 

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


Alumni are Invited for Upcoming Events

Annual Career Expo

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
12:00PM-4:00PM | Romeoville Campus

Flyer Red Dinner [Register]
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Cocktail Hour 6:30PM | Dinner 7:30PM | Program 8:00PM
Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center | Oakbrook Terrace

To Make The World Safe: Woodrow Wilson and the Impact of the United States on World War I
James P. '60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series | Presented by Ross A. Kennedy
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Dinner 6:15PM | Lecture 7:30PM
University Dining Room | Romeoville Campus

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 2018
10:00AM-12:00PM | Romeoville Campus

Donor Appreciation Day/I Love Lewis Day
Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:00PM | Romeoville Campus

Lasallian Nurse Retreat [Register]
Saturday, April 14, 2018
8:30AM | D'Arcy Great Room | Romeoville Campus

7th Annual Celebration of Scholarship
Thursday, April 19, 2018
11:00AM | Romeoville Campus

Alumni Baseball Game
Saturday, April 21, 2018
12:00PM and 3:00PM | Brennan Field | Romeoville Campus

Unity Ball 2018
Friday, April 27, 2018
6:30PM | Lewis University

Faculty Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Technology Workshops

Register a for a Spring 2018 Faculty Center Workshop. Workshops are open to all Faculty and Staff.

Registration Open for 38th Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing

Join the Lewis University Athletics Department at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club on Friday, June 8th for the 38th Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing.

Course 3 will be filled first with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. After that is filled, course 1 will open up with select tee times between 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. If choosing Dubsdread (Course 4) select times exist for the course around the 1 p.m. shotgun window and you will be contacted by an athletic department representative to book your time. Cog Hill Golf & Country Club is located at 12294 Archer Avenue in Lemont, Ill.

Cost per player is $175 (Courses #1 and #3) or $275 for Dubsdread (Course #4). Registration includes golf, cart, lunch on the course and dinner. Lewis faculty and staff, young alumni (graduates within the last 10 years), females, students or parents of current students will receive a $50 discount.

If you register before Friday, May 11, you will receive a Lewis Golf Adidas Black Polo shirt. If you are interested in participating, please contact Lewis University Associate Athletics Director/Director External Relations Brian Sisson at or at 815-836-5228.

The Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing raises funds for Lewis Athletics and its 22 sports and 400 student-athletes. There are numerous partnership opportunities available as well.


Lewis University Honors Distinguished Service

The Lewis University community gathered to celebrate service and recognize employee milestones at the 26th Annual “A Celebration of Service” Recognition Ceremony. Employees reaching milestones ranging from 10-40 years were honored. Also, faculty and staff with retirements from July 2017-June 2018 were recognized.

Three prestigious Lasallian awards were announced honoring individuals.


Nanci Reiland, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, was awarded the De La Salle Medallion for Excellence in Community Engaged Learning for her work with nursing students in the community. This award honors a faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in engaging Lewis students in community-based learning.

Dr. Pamela Jessee, dean of the College of Education, and Dr. Nan Yancey, former dean of the Office of Graduate Studies, received Distinguished Lasallian Educator Awards. One of the University’s most prestigious awards, the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award honors a faculty or staff member who exemplifies the ideals of Saint John Baptist de La Salle in his or her work at the University to foster Gospel values in the lives of faculty, staff and students.

The ceremony was held during the month-long “Lasallian Heritage Month.” Several events and activities honor the commitment of Lewis University employees and students in the spirit of Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian Mission. They highlight the core elements of the University’s rich tradition of Catholic identity, academic excellence, faculty and student scholarship, calling and service.

Celebration of Scholarship 2018

Lewis University undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty showcased their scholarly work and creative endeavors April 19 during the Seventh Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship.

The day began with a keynote from Kryssi Staikidis, Ed.D. on “Exploring the Multiple Perspectives of Scholarship.” Dr. Staikidis is an associate professor of Art and Design Education at Northern Illinois University. Her research interests are indigenous research and pedagogy, art studio practice as a site for research, and critical pedagogy in the classroom. She has published in Studies in Art Education, The Journal of Art Education, Visual Arts Research, Visual Culture and Gender, The Journal of Social Theory in Art Education and The Journal of Qualitative Inquiry, has multiple book chapters in art education and general education anthologies, and received the National Art Education Association Western Region Award in 2014 and the J. Eugene Grigsby Jr. Award, for contributions to multicultural and social justice scholarship in art education, in 2015. During years 2011-2013, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education.

During the day there were 54 concurrent sessions, 116 poster presentations, 12 creative works performances and 12 business plan presentations. Accepted Celebration of Scholarship entries were selected from more than 200 submitted abstracts. Judges evaluated the poster presentations that reflected the best of undergraduate and graduate projects for the past year.

Awards were given to the following poster presentations.

In the graduate student category the first, second, and third place projects were: “Probing the Antimicrobial Properties of Ag/TIO2 Nanoparticles Using Epi-fluorescent Optical Tweezers” by Thomas Beckmann; “Coping Strategies in Response to Student Stress,” by Hannah Fishbeck; and “The Ethics of Online Counseling,” byYadira Cisneros, Rachel Brouwer and Laressa McCloyn.

Because of the large number of undergraduate student posters there were two separate categories for awards – math and science, and humanistic disciplines.

The first, second and third place math and science posters were awarded to: “Photochemical Synthesis and Characterization of Metal Functionalized Antimicrobial Nanoparticles,” by Dany Danhausen; “Exploring the Binding Mechanism of Amino Acids with Fingerprint Nano-powders,” by Ashley Barrera and Lena Safi; and “Using Molecular Modeling to Explore Organic Reactions Mechanisms,” by Sarah Bettag.

The first, second and third place in the humanistic posters were awarded to: “Adlerian Therapy as Effective Behavioral Management for Children,” by Natalie Palm; “Gender and Criminal Justice Majors: An Application of the Myers-Briggs Indicator,” by Allison Trendle; and “Implementation of Cost Effective Laboratory Experimentation for the High School Level and Higher Education,” by Lucas Kilmer.


Birthdays for April 2018

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

April 1, Mary Cronin, University Advancement

April 2, Dr. Dominic Colonna, Theology

April 3, Timothy Hunt, Facilities
April 3, Darette Ly, Writing Center
April 3, Edward Tatro, Facilities
April 3, George Wlodek, Facilities

April 4, Dr. Jennifer Consilio Kukler, English Studies
April 4, Lindsay Fredrick, Psychology
April 4, Kyle Schulz, College of Business

April 5, Dr. Tekekee Buckner, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 5, Patrick Griffin, College of Business
April 5, Br. Gustavo Sinco, FSC, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning

April 6, Michael Progress, College of Business
April 6, Dr. Laura Quaynor, College of Education
April 6, Debra Waggoner, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 10, Susan Kovach, Graduate Admission

April 11, Matthew Berger, Flight

April 12, Flora Alvarado, Residence Life
April 12, Dr. James Morris, III, Psychology
April 12, Casey Ross, Tinley Park Campus

April 13, James Saya, LUA

April 15, Zachary Larkin, Athletics
April 15, Sandra Razka, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 15, Ruben Ruiz, Facilities
April 15, Jose Sanchez, Facilities

April 16, Katherine Keating, Oak Brook Campus
April 16, Fabiana Tkac, SPCE

April 18, Samantha Blackburn, Flight
April 18, Arturo Garcia, Facilities

April 19, Shanaz Fatima, College of Education
April 19, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 20, John Galgano, Graduate Admission
April 20, James Kearney, Athletics
April 20, Samantha Kinser, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning
April 20, Dr. Carlene Sipma-Dysico, Sociology
April 20, Erin Thomson, College of Arts & Sciences
April 20, Tammy Thurman, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
April 20, Dr. Betsy Wilber, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 22, Ivette Quinteros, CASE

April 23, Dr. Thomas Bristow, Psychology
April 23, Dr. Justin Delacour, Political Science
April 23, Samantha DeLegge-Stevenson, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
April 23, Stefanie Offerman, Financial Aid Services
April 23, Dr. Karen Trimble Alliaume, Theology

April 24, Carolyn Head, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
April 24, Ellen Renna, College of Nursing & Health Professions
April 24, Fidel Valencia, Facilities

April 26, Cynthia Hinojosa, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 27, Dr. LeRoy Butler, Office of Technology
April 27, Dr. George Miller, Philosophy

April 28, Rachel Hudson, College of Nursing & Health Professions

April 29, Rudi Balich, Athletics
April 29, Jill Canaday, Office of the Provost

April 30, Dr. Erik Baker, Aviation & Transportation Studies
April 30, Robert Barton, Office of Technology
April 30, Ryan Cockerill, 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 April 2018

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


22 Years, Loretta Paver, College of Nursing & Health Professions
22 Years, Anne Koleff, Marketing and Communications

21 Years, Melissa Eichelberger, CASE

18 Years, Julio Kennedy, Facilities
18 Years, Margaret Kientop, Office of the President

13 Years, Rachel Hudson, College of Nursing & Health Professions

12 Years, Scott Trost, Athletics

11 Years, Juanita Pasternak, Mail Room

10 Years, Kathryn Sheehan, Business Office
10 Years, Joseph Kmetty, Facilities

9 Years, Gary Kozak, Facilities
9 Years, Bright Borkorm, College of Education

8 Years, Paul Ludwig, Facilities

5 Years, Raymond Kennelly, Enrollment Management
5 Years, Linda Campbell, Graduate Admission
5 Years, Kristin Burton, College of Business

3 Years, Anne Figus, Office of the Provost
3 Years, Donna Rice, College of Nursing & Health Professions

1 Year, Liping "Lily" Qin, Library


Changes to May 2018 Commencement Weekend Schedule

The May 2018 Commencement Weekend schedule has been modified to ensure that graduates will have the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments with enough guest tickets to accommodate their family and friends. This will be the largest class of graduates in Lewis University history with more than 1,000 graduates being honored.

This updated schedule was developed by the Commencement Coordinating Committee in consultation with the Deans and the University Leadership Team. Revisions to the schedule were based on an analysis of the three-ceremony model that was piloted in December 2017.

Accordingly, the Baccalaureate Mass will take place at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 19 in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall. The Mass will be followed by the President’s Reception for Graduates. Movement of the Mass from Friday evening to Saturday evening (a more traditional time for evening Mass in the Catholic tradition) will help facilitate greater attendance by graduates and their families.

The most significant change to the weekend is the scheduling of all three Degree Ceremonies on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The day will begin with the Professional Colleges & Accelerated Programs Undergraduate Degree Ceremony at 9:00 a.m. The Graduate Degree Ceremony for those receiving certificates of advanced study, master’s degrees, and doctoral degrees will occur at 1:00 p.m. The day will conclude with the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Degree Ceremony at 5:00 p.m. During this ceremony, an honorary doctoral degree will be presented to Brother William Mann, FSC, President of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Brother William will retire from St. Mary’s this June after serving 10 years as President.

Due to the significant size of the College of Arts and Sciences graduating class (nearly 500 students), those undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences graduating from accelerated degree programs will join the graduates in the 9:00 a.m. Professional Colleges Undergraduate Degree Ceremony.

The full, detailed schedule for the May 2018 Commencement Weekend is as follows:

May 2018 Commencement Weekend Schedule

SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 Baccalaureate Mass All graduates, their families, and friends, as well as Lewis University faculty and staff, are invited to worship at this special Catholic Mass in honor of our Spring 2018 graduates. St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, 5:00 p.m.

The President’s Reception for Graduates immediately follows Mass. Graduates, family members, faculty, and staff are cordially invited to join Dr. David Livingston, Lewis University President, for this special “small plates” reception in the Flight Deck Dining Hall at the St. Charles Borromeo Center.

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018 Professional Colleges (Business, Education, Nursing) & Accelerated Programs Undergraduate Degree Ceremony Student Recreation & Fitness Center Fieldhouse, 9:00 a.m. Tickets are required. A brief reception follows on the University Green at approximately 10:30 a.m.

Graduate Degree Ceremony Student Recreation & Fitness Center Fieldhouse, 1:00 p.m. Tickets are required. A brief reception follows on the University Green at approximately 2:30 p.m.

College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Degree Ceremony Student Recreation & Fitness Center Fieldhouse, 5:00 p.m. Tickets are required. A brief reception follows on the University Green at approximately 6:30 p.m.

How to Access the Master Calendar

Below are steps to access the University's Master Calendar, which is managed by the Office of Meetings, Events and Conferences.

1. Go to your Outlook Calendar
2. Right click on ‘My Calendars’
3. Click ‘Add Calendar’
4. Click ‘From Address Book’
5. In the search box type ‘Master Calendar’
6. Double click ‘Master Calendar’ and press ‘Okay’

This calendar will now show up on your calendars. You now have the ability to view what events are going on around campus. This will help with any inquiries you may receive regarding campus events. In addition, if you would like to host an event, you may see what events are already taking place and if the event space you are thinking of is already reserved.

Please reach out to Meetings, Events and Conferences for event space reservations and help in planning your event via submitting a Master Calendar form. Visit to submit a Master calendar form.


Lewis’ Rudi Balich Earns AVCA Thirty Under 30 Award

Rudi Balich, assistant women's volleyball coach at Lewis University, is the recipient of a Thirty Under 30 Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Created in 2009, the award honors up-and-coming coaching talent at all levels of the sport. To qualify for the award, nominees had to be younger than 30 years old in 2017.

"Myself and the Lewis Women's volleyball program have been very fortunate to have Rudi as a member of our coaching staff," Lewis women's volleyball head coach Lorelee Smith said. "She is 100% invested in the program, the players and Lewis University. Rudi works hard with her contribution to the success of our program. Her relationship with the players and ability to help each reach their potential is amazing."

Balich was one of three NCAA Division II women's coaches to earn the award and is set to embark on her eighth season at Lewis. She has been a head coach for Powerhouse Volleyball since November of 2009.

During her seven seasons on staff, Balich has helped the Flyers to a 190-52 record, seven NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four appearance in 2014 and two GLVC Tournament championships in 2015 and 2017. Lewis has earned 25 All-GLVC selections during her tenure.

Bulfin Presents on Warfare and the Media

On April 8, Lewis University doctoral student, Writing Center coordinator and History Department lecturer Michael Bulfin presented on a conference panel titled "Warfare and the Media: From World War Two to the Persian Gulf" at the 85th Annual Meeting for the Society for Military History, "Landscapes of War and Peace", at the Galt Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.

The title of Bulfin's paper was "The Screenification of Conflict: Jean Baudrillard, Virtuality, and the Impending Death of Proximal Warfare". Bulfin's paper made a theoretical argument that new mediated war technologies have nearly eliminated the need for physical proximity in conflict by the West, and that a new theorization of "landscapes of war" is needed.

Faculty Share Various Thoughts Through Blogs in March

Thank you to the full-time faculty members that blogged at during the month of March.

What the Federal Reserve’s rate hike means for you Posted by: Frederick Dewald

Occupation-based Groups to Promote Children’s Mental Health Posted by: Dr. Susan Cahill

Face it, with Facebook there is no privacy Posted by: Robert Bergman

Census 2020 and its Plan to Count Prison Inmates Posted by: Dr. Andrea Krieg

Cake Is Good For Me Cake Is Good For Me Cake Is Good For Me Posted by: Ray Klump

But is She Happy? A Look at Screening in Multi-tiered Systems of Support Posted by: Dr. Susan Cahill

The Power Grid Is the Hacker’s Holy Grail Posted by: Ray Klump

On the Death of Roger Bannister Posted by: Dr. Michael Cunningham

Why Should We Teach Handwriting? Posted by: Dr. Susan Cahill

Is It Rational to Poach Venus Fly Traps? Posted by: Dr. Andrea Krieg

A Libertarian Attack on American Education Posted by: Dr. Michael Cunningham

Declining Prison Population Heading Toward Goal of 25 Percent Decline by 2025 Posted by: Dr. Andrea Krieg

Lessons Learned: Graduate Student Assessment Posted by: Dr. Michael Cherry, Lesley Page

Arm Teachers with Tools for Prevention, Not Guns Posted by: Dr. Andrea Krieg

THE BORDERLINES OF THE SELF Posted by: Dr. Michael Cunningham

Through this sharing of expertise, these faculty members enhance the image of Lewis University. It is also in alignment with the strategic plan, "Strengthen the awareness of the Lewis University name and reputation through scholarship, publications, presentations, media engagement, employer networking, campus experts, advertising and the promotion of our student success."

If you are a full-time faculty member and would like to blog, contact Kathrynne Skonicki at or (815) 836-5711.


No. 10 Lewis Men’s Volleyball Nets Six All-MIVA Selections

The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association announced on Wednesday (April 11) that the 10th ranked Lewis University men's volleyball team had five players earn All-MIVA honors. The Flyers were tied with Ohio State with six selections.

Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) were first team selections, Tyler Mitchem (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook), Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) and Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo) were named to the second team and Mitchem and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) were named to the All-Freshman team.

"I'm proud of the team and these six guys for the work they put in over the entire year," Lewis men's volleyball head coach Dan Friend said. "Each of these guys were instrumental in our team's success."

Coenen, a three-time MIVA Offensive Player of the Week this season, was named first team all-conference for the second straight season. Coenen leads the team in kills with 314, kills per set (3.74) and is third on the team in blocks. He finished the regular season second in the conference in kills per set behind Fort Wayne's Pelegrin Vargas and was fourth in the conference in kills.

"Ryan continued to improve his overall game and set an offensive standard that was at the top of conference," Friend said.

Simmons picked up first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season after averaging 2.39 digs per set which was second best in the conference behind Ryan Vorderer from Lindenwood. Simmons reached double figures in digs eight times this season including a season-high 14 digs in the four set win over McKendree on Feb. 24.

"Michael is one of the best serve receivers in the country and he took another great step with his defense and out of system (OOS) setting," Friend stated.

Mitchem earns his first all-conference accolades after finishing the regular season tied for the conference lead with Ball State's Matt Walsh in blocks at 1.18 per set. Mitchem was also second in the conference with a hitting percentage of .401. He recorded a career-high 12 kills in the four set win over McKendree on Feb. 24 and had a career-high eight blocks at Ball State on Feb. 16.

"Tyler commanded respect as soon as he stepped on the court, becoming the leading blocker in conference and an offensive force at the net," Friend said.

Perinar was named to the all-conference team for third straight year. He was second team selection in 2016 and a first team selection last year. In addition, he was the MIVA Freshman of the Year in 2016. Perinar concluded the regular season with an attack percentage of .329 and averaged 2.87 points and 2.49 kills per set respectively. He reached double figures in kills seven times this season including a season-high 13 kills against King on March 3 and at McKendree on March 29. He reached double figures in three of his final four matches.

"Perinar anchored the team both on offense and defense as well as was a valuable leader as a captain," Friend stated.

In his second season as the Flyers' starting setter, Yoshimoto has guided Lewis to a team hitting percentage of .318 (1097-337-2391). He has recorded 30 or more assists in 16 contests, highlighted by 51 helpers at McKendree. Yoshimoto was second in MIVA in service aces per set with 0.39 and sixth in assists per set at 9.57. He served a season-high four aces against Quincy on Feb. 10 then matched that total in sweeps against Fort Wayne (March 22) and at Quincy (April 5). Yoshimoto also recorded a season-high with 14 digs against UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 27.

"Matt continued to run our offense at a high clip and was our best servers the entire year," Friend said.

Murray, the MIVA Defensive Player of the Week for Jan. 30, was named to the All-Freshman team after averaging 2.26 points, 1.61 kills and 0.99 blocks per set to go along with a .457 hitting percentage during the regular season. He had a career-high 11 kills in the four set win over Cal State Northridge on Jan. 25 and followed that up with a 10 kill performance against UC Santa Barbara two days later. Murray also recorded a career-high seven blocks in the win over the Matadors and matched that with seven blocks against the Gauchos.

"TJ was a grinder the entire year for us, and continued to get better and demanded respect on both sides of the net," Friend stated.

Ohio State senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen was named the MIVA Player of the Year for the third straight season, while Loyola head coach Mark Hulse was named the MIVA Coach of the Year.

The Flyers open the 2018 MIVA Quarterfinals on Saturday (April 14) as they host fifth-seeded Fort Wayne at 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena.

No. 10 Flyers Sweep Past No. 15 Fort Wayne In MIVA Tournament Opener

The No. 10 Lewis Flyer men's volleyball team swept past No. 15 Fort Wayne in the quarterfinal round of the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament opener on Saturday night at Neil Carey Arena. Ryan Coenen (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) led the Flyers (19-10) with 17 and 15 kills respectively.

"Mitch Perinar (Channahon, IL/Minooka) came out of the gates hot for us," Lewis men's volleyball head coach Dan Friend said. "He did a nice job establishing himself with nine kills in game one and we definitely rode him. IPFW was going after it in game one and I thought we did a good job balancing it out by getting some digs and some transition kills which was great.

"I thought we got better in games two and three," Friend continued. "We managed the service line really well putting pressure on them. We ended the night with only five errors and had 40-some kills. Yoshi (Matt Yoshimoto (Ventura, CA/Adolfo Camarillo)) did a great job finishing with 40 assists and finished with a double-double with 10 digs. We ended the match with 37 digs total which gave us several second chance opportunities."

Lewis trailed 19-17 in the opening set but used a 5-2 run to take control of the set after Perinar's eighth kill of the set. Pelegrin Vargas kept the Mastodons alive with his fourth kill of the set but it wouldn't be enough as Perinar finished it off with his ninth kill of the frame. The Flyers hit .333 in the opening set while IPFW hit .379.

Lewis had a four point lead for most of the second set but the Mastodons rallied to it at 20 after an ace by Vargas as part of a 7-3 run. Vargas had two kills in that run to go along with the ace. The Flyers responded by scoring four of the next five points to get to set point after another Perinar kill. Tomas Gago extended the set with a kill after Perinar was called for being in the net but Julian Moses (Atlanta, GA/Atlanta International School) knocked down a kill to give the set to Lewis 25-22 and a commanding 2-0 lead.

The Flyers led wire-to-wire in the third set leading by as many as 10 late in the set. Fort Wayne made things interesting with a 6-2 run to cut the margin to six points before Coenen ended the match with a kill to secure the 25-18 win. Lewis hit .500 in the final set while holding the Mastodons to a .194 hitting percentage.

The Flyers finished the match with 49 kills against 15 errors in 94 attempts for a hitting percentage of .362. Yoshimoto had 40 assists and 10 digs while Coenen was one dig shy of a double-double. Moses and TJ Murray (Barrington, IL/Barrington) added seven and kills respectively.

Fort Wayne ended the match hitting .237 recording 37 kills against 14 errors in 97 chances. Vargas led the Mastodons with 10 kills while Colton Stone and Richie Diedrich had six kills each. Michael Keegan had 22 assists while Kolbie Knorr finished with seven digs.

Lewis travels to Columbus, Ohio to take on Ohio State in the semifinal round of the MIVA Tournament beginning at 6 p.m. (CDT).

"We're excited to get another shot at those guys," Friend said. "They're a good team and we'll give them everything we've got."

Lewis Women's Track & Field Picks Up Provo At Benedictine Relays

Friday (Apr. 13), Lewis University women's track and field competed in the Benedictine Relays in what was intended to be day one of two, however due to inclement weather day two was canceled.

The highlight performance of the day came from Lane Kadlec (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) who earned a provisional in the shot put after recording a 13.83 meter throw and finishing first in the event. She was also able to come away with second place in the hammer throw after a 51.10 meter toss.

Finishing first in the 110 meter hurdles was Joelle Ataessien (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS) who finished in 14.65.

In the 100 meter dash Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) and Allsion Heinzer finished first and second respectively with 12.20 and 12.24.

Jenna Weidacher (Woodridge, IL/Montini Catholic), Ashleigh Macleod (Mishawaka, IN/Penn), Molly Ogren (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), and Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) formed the 4x800 meter relay team taking second in 9:31.01

Kianna Clark (Lake in the Hills, Ill./Crystal Lake South) came in third in the hammer throw with a 50.57 toss.

Another noticeable performances came from Jaime Poppen who placed sixth in the pole vault with a 3.15 meter mark.

In the shot put Kylie Wymer (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) took ninth with a 39.04 meter mark recorded.

The next meet for Lewis will be the Cal State LA Invitational and the Mt. SAC Relays on April 19.

Lewis' Bailey Highlights Men's Track & Field Performance at Benedictine

Lisle, Ill. - On Friday (Apr. 13), Lewis men's track and field took the short ride to Lisle to compete in the Benedictine Relays.

Shabari Bailey (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) placed first in the 110 meter hurdles finishing in 14.45 earning a provisional.

Bryce Holesinger (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) took third in the 110 hurdles when he crossed the finish at 14.86 mark.

In the 200 meter dash Devin Ingram (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) placed third with a time of 22.08.

Finishing third in the 5000 meter was Daniel Laskero who completed the race in 15:27.70.

Lewis heads to the Cal State LA Twilight and Mt. SAC Relays for its next meet on April 19 after day two of the Benedictine Relays was canceled.


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#LewisU Social Media Meet Up is April 26

Does you or someone in your department manage social media channels that represent a Lewis University department or program?

Get some help from the social media team in the Office of Marketing and Communications at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 in DL-202. The #LewisU Social Media Managers Meet Up provides our university’s social media gurus a chance to share their knowledge with the novices with resources and information that can help with editorial calendars, event promotions, hashtag usage and more.

Can’t make it? Please contact Marissa Mangala at so she can include you on future communications to social media managers.