Monday June 18, 2018 through Sunday June 24, 2018


WLRA Airs Christmas Music in July to Benefit United Way

If the hot summer sun causes a craving for the coolness of winter, tune in to WLRA-FM (88.1 FM) or download their free iPhone application and listen to holiday music 24 hours a day, from July 8-July 14. The application connects listeners to the “WLRA Christmas in July,” a benefit broadcast for the United Way of Will County. Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief messages every 15 minutes about United Way agencies in Will County at no cost to the United Way or the agencies.

The WLRA Christmas programming has been prepared so the selections will feature sacred and popular music from traditional to contemporary, appealing to people of all tastes and ages, carrying on the happy Christmas tradition of benefitting the 46 partner agencies of United Way.

Tuning into WLRA is easier than ever with many ways to listen to the broadcast. Turn the radio dial to 88.1 FM or enjoy live streaming at Download the iPhone app at the iTunes store and listen on your mobile device.

The United Way of Will County is a local, not-for-profit organization that raises money annually to support local human care services provided by local, not-for-profit agencies. Through donations, the agencies have built neighborhood strength and safety, bolstered the health and well-being of communities, strengthened families and nurtured and supported children and youth. United Way is committed to helping the people of Will County, as it is governed by local volunteers, raises local dollars in local communities and helps local residents.

Publicity Club of Chicago Honors Lewis University Public Relations Alumna

The Publicity Club of Chicago presented Lewis University public relations/advertising alumna Erin Patrick of Joliet with a Trumpet Award at the organization’s 59th annual dinner celebration May 22 at the Palmer House in Chicago. The May 2018 Lewis alumna was the only student recognized by the PCC.

Patrick earned the Trumpet for the design and implementation of a public relations campaign on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties, a non-profit organization focused on helping children reach their potential through one-on-one relationships with mentors to support their individual growth and development.

The external communications campaign was created as the major project for Public Relations Writing, a service learning course in the public relations/advertising major.

Lisa O’Toole, assistant professor of communication and program director for the public relations/advertising major, instructs Public Relations Writing. She mentored Patrick throughout creation and implementation of the public relations campaign.

“Erin’s public relations campaign was exemplary in so many ways,” said Assistant Professor O’Toole. She developed a meaningful relationship with a deserving community organization and applied her creativity and skills to assist the organization with furthering its important mission.”

The campaign included strategies to enhance Big Brothers Big Sister’s name recognition in the far southwest suburbs and recruit additional mentors to support youth throughout the region.

“Without Lisa's guidance and advice, receiving this award would not have been possible. I've been so fortunate to have such wonderful role models in the communication department,” Patrick said. “Lisa is nothing short of an extraordinary professor who genuinely wants her students to excel and be prepared.”

PCC judges evaluated Patrick’s campaign in areas including creativity, objectives, results and return on investment.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is such a wonderful organization that gives back to the community. Mike Trafton, CEO of BBBS Will/Grundy Counties, has worked so hard to promote the organization and help it grow,” Patrick said. ‘It was incredibly rewarding to be able to interact with Bigs and Littles who are in the programs.”

As a part of the Public Relations Writing course, all students work with a local non-profit organization to impact local issues and develop a greater appreciation of the public relations discipline.

“Erin showed that by applying course content in an engaged and practical setting, students deepen their understanding of the value of public relations to improve communities,” Assistant Professor O’Toole said.

Patrick agreed that the value of the course exceeds any external recognition.

“The Public Relations Writing service learning course made a huge impact on my college career,” said Patrick. “It influenced me to stay motivated and take on another internship. Being able to network with those in the communications field and publish my work was great experience and enhanced my resume and portfolio.”

JJC, Lewis University Join to Ease Bachelor’s Path for Nursing Students

Joliet Junior College and Lewis University have formed a partnership enabling students with an associate degree in nursing to earn their bachelor’s from Lewis at JJC’s Main Campus.

JJC President Dr. Judy Mitchell and Lewis University President Dr. David Livingston signed the agreement May 30 at a celebratory event hosted in the JJC Health Professions Center.

Students who have completed their associate of applied science nursing degree and have at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible. JJC alumni and nursing students will be able to enroll in the program at a discounted rate.

“Creating new pathways to connect students to high-demand careers in our region is essential,” Dr. Mitchell said. “This collaboration is an excellent example of the positive impact we can have when we work together to give our residents the high-quality education they deserve. We are excited to partner with Lewis as we continue to explore new opportunities in this arena for our students.”

“We know that JJC offers an opportunity for many women and men to get into the nursing profession. And then after they’re in it for a while this partnership allows them the opportunity to move forward,” said Lewis University President Dr. David Livingston.

JJC’s Dean of Nursing, Health, and Public Service Dr. Amy Gray said the partnership with Lewis addresses an acute shortage of nurses in the U.S. Given the aging population and that nurses are retiring at a rapid rate, Gray said there are not enough graduates to fill the void.

“While there are approximately three million nurses in the U.S., it is expected that the country will need at least one million more by 2022 to be able to handle the healthcare demands,” she said.

Gray said many Chicagoland hospitals are now requiring a BSN for employment, a trend that is becoming the industry standard.

“So while colleges are struggling to keep up with this demand and being forced to turn away qualified applicants with a passion for nursing, JJC and Lewis University have answered the call,” said Gray.

“This partnership between Lewis and JJC is a wonderful complement to the amazing reputations that both schools carry with their respective nursing programs,” said Misti Ludwig, director of RN-BSN and healthcare leadership programs at Lewis University. “It is a natural progression for the JJC nursing students to matriculate from the rigorous courses at JJC and complement them with the excellence and rigor that the Lewis University nursing program brings to the table.”

Dr. Randall Fletcher, JJC’s vice president of academic affairs, said offering seamless transfer pathways for students is always a primary focus of the college.

“This partnership with Lewis University will provide both opportunity and excellence in nursing education for students in the area,” he said.

“We have worked with many students coming from Joliet Junior College and we are known to you and you are known to us,” said Dr. Peggy Rice, dean of Lewis University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. “Now to make it a formal partnership I think is a very wonderful thing.”

Nursing students are encouraged to apply for admission to Lewis in their first semester at JJC in order to receive appropriate advising and maximize their time with the college.

Visit for more information about the BSN partnership program, including how to enroll.


Service Award Recipient for May 2018

Congratulations to Kristin Burton for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for May, 2018.  Kristin was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedication and service as the Director of the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate and Instructor in the College of Business. 

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 14, 2018 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

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Service Award Recipient for June 2018

Congratulations to Michael Progress for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for June, 2018.  Michael was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedication and service as Assistant Dean in the College of Business. 

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 14, 2018 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.


Birthdays for June 2018

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

June 1, Liseth Chavez, CASE
June 1, Dwight DeVries, Facilities
June 1, Dr. Michele Kramer, College of Nursing & Health Professions
June 1, Mary Ortiz, College of Nursing & Health Professions
June 1, Jeffrey Weiss, Arts & Ideas

June 2, Dr. Ann Jordan, Psychology

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

June 5, Frederick Dewald, College of Business
June 5, Alex Koerner, Aviation Services

June 6, Donald Castello, Facilities
June 6, Jaclyn Pullara, Admission
June 6, Gabriella Rocco, Meetings, Events and Conferences

June 7, Leslie Colonna, Art & Design
June 7, Mushira Ghoghawala, Office of the Provost
June 7, Elizabeth Sterner, Library

June 8, Dr. Lesley Page, Organizational Leadership

June 9, Dr. Matthew J. Domico, Psychology
June 9, Dr. Marcelline Fusilier, College of Business
June 9, Dr. Seung Kim, College of Education
June 9, Alec Koczka, Flight

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

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

June 14, Cody Marks, Aviation Services

June 15, Gregory Wegner, Office of Technology

June 17, Dr. James Krejci, College of Business
June 17, Ariana Lim, Library
June 17, Regina Schaefer, Library
June 17, Predrag Sindic, Flight

June 18, Dr. Sheila Kennedy, English Studies

June 19, Matthew Venegone, Facilities

June 20, Montana Clasby, University Advancement
June 20, Anne Koleff, Marketing and Communications
June 20, Kimberly Wilson, Campus Police

June 21, Ryan Altman, Flight
June 21, Morgan Stenson, Athletics
June 21, Claire Tincher, Marketing and Communications

June 22, Dr. Stacie Elder, College of Nursing & Health Professions

June 23, Abigail Kemph, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning
June 23, Johanna Rebman, Office of Technology

June 24, Mary Beth Feeman, Enrollment Management

June 25, Dr. John Parker, Chemistry/Physics
June 25, Caroline Wood, College of Business

June 26, Dr. John Jurowicz, Psychology
June 26, Dr. Dawn Schneider, College of Business

June 27, Jessica LaLonde, Writing Center
June 27, Dr. Jennifer Roberts, Biology

June 29, Pamela Maciulewicz, Business Office

June 30, Jimena Garay-Salazar, Residence Life
June 30, Dr. Stephanie Gedzyk-Nieman, College of Nursing & Health Professions

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 June 2018

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


32 Years, Jun Kikuchi, Campus Police

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

18 Years, Christine Breier, Career Services

17 Years, Syl Goyette, Marketing and Communications

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

14 Years, Dr. Serafima Gettys, Foreign Language Program
14 Years, Dr. John Jurowicz, Psychology
14 Years, Wendy Hess, Business Office

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

11 Years, Jeff Hilbruner, Office of Technology

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

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

6 Years, Randi Jackson, Human Resources
6 Years, Samantha DeLegge-Stevenson, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

5 Years, Roman Ortega, Jr., The Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment
5 Years, Mariza Rocha, Multicultural Student Services

4 Years, Leanne Harris, Career Services
4 Years, Sung Kim, Office of Technology
4 Years, John Galgano, Graduate Admission

3 Years, Lindsay Harmon, Library
3 Years, Carol Skevis-Koch, College of Education

1 Year, Brianne Dougherty, University Advancement
1 Year, Jessica Labombarbe, Admission
1 Year, Cynthia Parent, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Randy Wooding, Office of Technology
1 Year, Stefanie Castelli, Office of Mission and Identity
1 Year, Kelsey Foley, Campus Police
1 Year, Kelly Studer, Office of the Provost


Brother Paul Joslin, FSC begins New Ministry in Puerto Rico

On July 2, Brother Paul Joslin, FSC, of the District of Eastern North America will depart from Lewis University after six years of service in higher education. During those years he taught Spanish on all levels and served in University Ministry with outreach efforts to Latino/Latina students.

Earlier this year, Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, Provincial of DENA, asked Brother Paul to initiate a new position as the DENA representative to the Brothers in Puerto Rico. For the first year, he will live part-time at La Salle University in Philadelphia and part-time at Colegio De La Salle in Bayamon, a suburb of San Juan. His first trip to Puerto Rico will be in September.

Thank you, Brother Paul, and best wishes in your new ministry!

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