Monday January 16, 2017
through Sunday January 22, 2017
Computer Science Students are Solo American Team in Contest
Lewis University Computer Science students were the only American team competing in a recent video game development contest sponsored by Switzerland-based AirConsole.
The Lewis University students created the game “Falling Fighters” from scratch using C#, Unity, and AirConsole's API. AirConsole manufacturers a platform that enables players to control an on-screen game using their smartphone as the game pad.
“They did a tremendous job, as you'll see from the demo. It is amazing that they were able to develop this game from start to finish in only 11 weeks,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department.
Students John Laschober and Kevin Gannon, both of New Lenox, Karl Ferraren and Mylene Haus of Plainfield, and Miguel Barboza of Chicago created the game.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. A Master of Science in Data Science and Master of Science in Computer Science are available.
Lewis University student Melissa Jimenez of Highland Park, received the Father Aquinas Colgan Award during the university’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held Sunday, December 18 at the Romeoville Main Campus.
This special recognition is awarded to a graduating senior at each of the university’s undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies held in May and December. It is the oldest recognition in university history.
Jimenez said she transformed tremendously while earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work at Lewis University. She commented, “From my academics to my growth as a person, I would not be the woman I am today if it wasn’t for my experiences at Lewis University.”
The resident assistant and Bridge to Success mentor credited caring and engaged faculty with helping her achieve academic success in college. She said, “My professors knew me by name, knew about my family, and knew about my goals in life.”
Jimenez was very active in extra-curricular activities on campus, including being a member of the President Student Advisory Council, Latin American Student Organization and Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority.
In the midst of all her activities, she also discovered a new passion in her life. She reflected, “Being at Lewis University, I realized how much I truly loved to learn; not just about what we read in books, but also about people in general.”
She also appreciates how the collegiate experience fostered growth in self-confidence. “I know I can express myself without the fear of being judged. Lewis University did that for me.”
Students are nominated for the Father Aquinas Colgan Award by university faculty and staff. To be eligible for nomination, a student must be an undergraduate who has qualified for graduation, who is a four-year student of Lewis University with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who has demonstrated exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of Lewis University’s Mission.
Lasallian values are critical in today’s society in the for-profit and non-profit sectors emphasized Austin Soukup as he offered the Lasallian Address during the December 18 Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.
“There are so many ways for us to use our time, talents and treasures to fight for justice for the poor all over the world,” said the Kildeer, Illinois resident, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Each Commencement, one graduating senior is chosen to deliver the address, a speech that reflects the principles that guide the University’s Mission as they relate to the speaker’s personal life. It also recognizes the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.
Soukup told the crowd of graduates, “I think we millennials already believe and embody the cornerstones of the Lasallian mission of Lewis University because we seek wisdom and fight for justice for everyone. We believe in pursuing the truth and promoting personal and social responsibility for individuals and businesses.”
The Men’s Basketball Team member, Celebration of Scholarship presenter and Brother David Delahanty Silver and Gold Medal Award Winner was on the Dean’s List every semester of his college career.
Outside the classroom, the American Marketing Association member credits the university with strengthening his own beliefs and values. His volunteer experiences at a Joliet food bank and a bilingual school in Costa Rica with the Men’s Basketball team deepened his conviction. The 2014-2016 Great Lakes Valley Conference Academic All-Conference Team member reflected, “The business world could use more individuals who embody the Lasallian core values of Justice, Knowledge, Association, Fidelity and Wisdom. Lewis taught me not just what these words mean, but how to live them out.”
Lewis University freshman Mackenzie Chesko of Channahon won the top prize for her idea of creating a roller skate rental storefront in downtown Chicago. The award was for the 2016 Fall Semester Lowell Stahl Center of Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Elevator Pitch and Poster Competition. There were seven Lewis University students that pitched their business ideas and products at the contest.
Chesko aimed to create a summer attraction in Chicago similar to the ice-skating held in Millennium Park, which attracts over 100,000 people every winter. However, with Chesko’s company, Chicagoans would be able to rent skates and roller skate freely throughout the city. Chesko’s family is very active in roller derby competition. Chesko competed at the AAU Junior Olympics in the summer.
The 2016 Elevator Pitch and Poster Competition required participants to submit their proposals beforehand and create a poster board with pre-made templates. At the competition, students pitched their ideas to individual visitors before finally presenting in front of a panel of judges.
Wayne C. Marth, president of Arcline Construction Services, Inc., Terry Arya, chief marketing officer of Christian Brothers Services and Tess Ousley, president of All About Kids Learning Academy served as judges.
The students competed for the first prize of an iPad Air 2 and second prize of $200. The Student Choice Award winner was awarded with a cash prize of $100.
After first prize was awarded to Mackenzie Chesko, the second price was awarded to Arelis Navarro and the Student Choice Award was given to Amanda Straziota. All of the presenters and their pitches are as follows:
The Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate instills entrepreneurial thinking at Lewis University and creates a community of practitioners with a lifelong commitment to achieving social and economic progress through entrepreneurship.
The Lewis University Technology and Innovation in Exercise and Movement Science class recently took over the Snapchat account for StartersTV. The organization is a global community of technologists and sports enthusiasts united around the common goal of pushing sports into the future.
StartersTV is featuring the Snapchat takeover on its Youtube channel (https://youtu.be/ucXznsI4WBI). On the video, the students demonstrate their student-created technology that monitors basketball games, tennis matches and even calculates the speed of swinging a baseball bat.
The uploaded snaps by the Technology and Innovation students highlighted the concepts and technology featured in the class. Taught by Zach Binkley, assistant professor of Sport and Exercise Science, the Technology and Innovation in Sport and Exercise course introduces students to the application and development of technology within sport and exercise science. The students investigate how technology is currently used within each of the sport and exercise science sub-disciplines. In addition, students also conceptualize a new technology and propose how to take the product to the public.
The following students participated in the Snapchat takeover: Zak Arcara, Aurora Breeden, Nate Branchaw, Michael Freeman, Phil Leibham, Andrea Jozefat, Richard Lathus, Yesenia Gonzalez, Kyriakos Kalamaras, Anton Levitin, Lanie Schweickert and Michael Paris.
Lewis University student-run and faculty-advised literary journal, the Jet Fuel Review, recently launched their 12th issue. The online journal features work by Lewis University students and faculty as well as international artists. The work includes fiction, nonfiction, poetry, interviews, book reviews, art and eBooks.
The high-octane literary journal includes students and faculty on its staff. The student and alumni staff members include Samantha Gennett, Haley Renison, Michael Lane, Ashley McCann, Ashley Stajura, Tim Fitzpatrick, Sabrina Parr, Bree Scott, Miguel Gonzalez, Amanda Gieseler, Gina Capperino, Keanu Taylor, Olivia Radakovich, Andrea Holm, Steve Seum, Zakiya Cowan, Rachel Steele, Tina McKee, Audrey Heiberger, Ashley Castillo, Jess Jordan, Dominique Dusek, and Mary Egan.
Chief faculty advisor is Dr. Simone Muench, professor of English Studies. Dr. Jackie White, professor of English Studies, also serves as a faculty advisor.
Persons of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to submit their creative writing and artwork for review with the chance of being featured in the next issue of the Jet Fuel Review. Visit www.jetfuelreview.com to read the latest issue and submission guidelines.
Lewis University students in Dr. Dennis H. Cremin’s History of Illinois class recorded oral histories with residents of nearby Fairmont neighborhood in Lockport.
During the Fall 2016 semester, the history students created a set of questions to ask residents of the racially diverse community. They interviewed the residents to document oral history of the area. Next, the students then processed the collection by creating a listening log, gathering all of the donation documents, and depositing them in the Adelmann Regional History Collection at Lewis University.
Students included: Brandon Ceplecha, Troy Costabile, Brody Fay, Rafael Marzo, Richard Maska, Raymond McGlynn, Katie Rogala, and Charlie Wright.
If interested in hearing these oral histories or accessing other archival information, please contact Dennis Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, at email@example.com. These interviews are held in the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection.
Lewis University held Winter Commencement ceremonies for more than 800 students on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 on the University’s campus in Romeoville.
On Saturday, 360 men and women were awarded master’s degrees during the Graduate Degree Ceremony. The Sunday schedule began with the Baccalaureate Liturgy. During the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony, 458 students were awarded bachelor’s degrees. The President’s Reception for Graduates was held after both ceremonies for graduates and their guests.
Austin Soukup offered the Lasallian Address during the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. The Kildeer, Illinois resident earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. His speech shared how the University Mission values and focus on ethics taught him to look at his future profession in a new way.
Melissa Jimenez of Highland Park, received the Father Aquinas Colgan Award for her transformation while earning a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. The special recognition is awarded to a graduating senior at each of the university’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies held in May and December.
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Christmas Holiday Information (2016-17)
Have a safe and enjoyable break! Please click on this link to view the Christmas Holiday Information page.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Congratulations to Steve Zlatic for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for December, 2016. Steve Zlatic was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very dedicated service as the Director of University Ministry.
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 22, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.
Mileage Rates are Decreased
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 the mileage rate is 53.5 cents per mile.
Lewis University Athletics Host Inaugural Flyer Red Dinner
Friday (March 17), Lewis University Athletics will host its first ever Flyer Red Dinner. The dinner will be a fundraising event to benefit Lewis Flyers Athletics and its 20 teams and 400 student-athletes. The event will be held at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oak Brook Terrance at 6:30 PM.
At the Flyer Red Dinner there will be a cocktail hour to start the night, followed by dinner and a celebration of Flyer Athletics, closed out by a final program that includes honoring the inductees of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 as well as a silent auction. Those inductees will include: Duane Chappel '04 (Track and Field), Robin Martz Hammer '05 (Baseball), Eduardo Quinones '00 (Volleyball), Kirk Vucsko '84 (Baseball and Basketball). Lewis will also honor Paul Ruddy former Director of Athletics as the Lewis University Athletics Lasallian of the Year.
To register and for more information on partnership opportunities follow the link below. Come join us in a celebration of Lewis Flyers Athletics.
Flyer Red Dinner Online Registration
Remembering Br. James (Santiago) Miller, FSC & Other Central American Martyrs
On the 35th anniversary of Brother James Miller's martyrdom in Guatemala, learn more about events surrounding his tragic death and the global ministry of Lewis University's sponsoring religious congregation - the De La Salle Christian Brothers.
The following events will take place from Feb. 13-22, 2017:
For more information contact Steve Zlatic, Director of University Ministry at ext. 5289.
All Lewis students and alumni are invited to attend the Spring 2017 Career Expo, to be held on Wednesday, March 22, from noon-4 P.M.
The event will feature more than 90 employers and will take place in the Fieldhouse.
For any additional information contact the Office of Career Services.
Higher Education Emergency Management Workshop Held at Lewis University
The Campus Preparedness Task Force of Will County Emergency Management Agency hosted the Higher Education Emergency Management Workshop Jan. 11 at Lewis University. Several members of the Lewis University Campus Emergency Planning Team (CEPT) attended.
More than 50 representatives from various higher education institutions in Will and Cook counties attended. Lewis University had the largest contingent with more than 16 CEPT members in attendance.
In his welcoming remarks to the group, Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, offered his appreciation for efforts being made in keeping communities safe. In addition to receiving updates on Will County emergency preparedness, the workshop participants heard presentations on campus violence. Ashley Cannon, director of Public Safety Citizens Crime Commission of New York City, discussed her research on campus shootings that occurred in the United States from 2001-2016. Dr. Jose Adames, president of El Centro Community College in Dallas, Texas, presented his administration’s response to a campus shooting that occurred in July 2016.
The Campus Emergency Planning Team (CEPT) is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals formed to oversee the planning and coordination of the Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP). Visit http://www.lewisu.edu/emergencyplanning/ for more information about emergency preparedness at Lewis University.
Birthdays for January 2017
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from January 1 - January 31.
January 1, Francisco Gonzalez, Graduate 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 January 2017
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from January 1 - January 31.
38 Years, Joseph Falese, Student Services
Roadside Parking Prohibited During ComEd Work Along Route 53
Motorists should allow extra time when traveling to the Romeoville campus. The villages of Romeoville and Crest Hill have sent a notice to the community that ComEd began work alongside Route 53 between 135th Street in Romeoville and Caton Farm in Crest Hill. The work is scheduled to continue through February 28, 2017.
The project is in a Critical Habitat Area that is home to endangered species, including dragonflies and turtles. Helicopters will be used on this project to ensure endangered species are not disrupted.
ComEd is urging motorists to not stop to view the operation. ComEd is advising motorists in communities along Route 53 that there is limited space and parking will be prohibited.
Visit http://cityofcresthill.com/news/1918-comed-performing-work-along-route-53 for more information.
These facts were reported by the Office of Institutional Data and Analysis for fall 2016.
Lewis University Name Badges
All Lewis employees will be receiving new name badges shortly. The University has made a decision to move to a more sustainable product which is less expensive. Names and departments were taken from the Human Resources database.
The new name badges consist of multiple parts - a steel plate, an insert with your name and department, a clear lens cover which will protect your nameplate, and a magnet. The new badges will be assembled in the Office of Marketing and Communications. A new order request form can be found in the Marketing and Communications folder in Blackboard.
These badges can be re-used. If you have a name change, or a department change, the insert with name and department is all that needs to be changed. Student workers should turn in their name badge when they leave, so that departments can re-use everything but the insert with that person's name.
The new badges will cost $5/badge which is less than what we are currently purchasing. The University is discontinuing the old tags and only the new style will be replaced going forward.
If you have an error on your new name badge, please call Mona LaMontagne at ext. 5587.
Dr. Mau Vora Receives Several Honors
Dr. Manu Vora, College of Business adjunct instructor, has received numerous honors recently.
Vora was selected on a Fulbright Specialist roster. The appointment is for a five-year term from 2016-2021. This program is managed by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and the Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). The roster is a list of all candidates who are eligible to be matched with incoming project requests from overseas academic institutions for Fulbright Specialists.
Also, Vora and his team at ASQ India were honored with a D. L. Shah Silver Quality Award for their “Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology” project of Leadership Excellence Series (LES) focusing on life-long transferable knowledge of soft skills and quality management free-of-cost to over 675,000 people globally. This project is connected with over 50 institutions in 14 States of India. The award was presented by Shri Hari Taneja, trustee of D. L. Shah Award Team supported by the Quality Council of India at its National Quality Conclave in New Delhi.
Vora also received the 28th Simon Collier Quality Award from the ASQ Los Angeles Section for his outstanding achievement in the field of quality. The annual recognition was presented by James Morrison, chairperson of the Award Committee and a 1995 recipient of the Simon Collier Quality Award at a dinner in El Segundo, Calif.
In addition, Vora delivered “Project Management for Organizational Excellence,” a Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) Course approved by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India (GOI) at his alma mater, IIT (BHU), Varanasi in India. The 30-hour course, delivered over 10 days, is video recorded and will be offered as a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, is taking his history lessons on the road the week of January 16.
From 7-8:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Schaumburg Township District Library, Cremin will discuss Chicago's Grant Park. From Daniel Burnham’s plan to Lollapalooza to the championship celebrations of the Bulls and Blackhawks, Grant Park has given Chicago a great place to play. Cremin will share the details of the park’s place in Chicago’s history as he speaks about his book, Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard.
From 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Isle a la Cache Museum in Romeoville, Cremin will present "A Canal to Build On." The Illinois & Michigan Canal was here before the Cubs, here before Portillo’s, and many of Will County’s towns owe their beginnings to the little waterway that could. Join Cremin for an engaging illustrated talk as he shares the daily grind and political maneuvers that went into the I&M Canal project. He also will reveal the canal’s second life through the Civilian Conservation Corps and the National Heritage Corridor.
Aslam (Sam) Shahid, adjunct professor in the College of Business, was presented with 2016 IEEE Chicago Section Distinguished Mentoring Award at a December 2016 ceremony in Northlake, Ill.
IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, awarded plaques for exemplary service.
The award states “Aslam’s dedication and selfless support as an educator and presenter of STEM technology using aviation technology over the past 13 years and as a faculty advisor of Cyberspace and Unmanned Arial Club has greatly enhanced the programs of IEEE Chicago Section.”
Lewis Men's Track and Field Wins Illiana Invite
Upon completion of the Illiana Invitational, the Lewis University Men's Track and Field team took first with 252 points.
For the track events, the Flyers won 11 of the 17 events. Joseph McDermott (Westmont, Ill./Westmont) won the 200 meter with a time of 25.08. Kyle Goodwin (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North HS) won the 300 meter, finishing in 37.55. In the 1000 meter, Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) finished in 2:30.44; enough to earn himself first place. Shabari Bailey finished first in the 55 meter hurdles in 7.69. Connor Ritzi (Valparaiso, Ind./Valparaiso), Manuel Lule (Chicago, Ill./Hubbard), Jacob Timmons (South Bend, Ind./John Adams), and Peyton Reed (Valpariso, Ind./Valparaiso) all took first in the 4000 meter distance medley relay.
In the field events, Lewis also did well winning five of the six events. Michael Lyons (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central HS) won the high jump with a mark of 6' 4 3/4". Marcus Holley (Genoa, Ill./Genoa-Kingston) won the pole vault with a 14' 7 1/4" vault. Joshua Smith (Camden, Del./Polytech HS) took first in the long jump with a leap of 22' 9". Marcus Cheatom (Chicago, Ill./Brother Rice) took first in the shot put with 45' 8 3/4" and the weight throw 49' 2 3/4".
The next meet for the Flyers will be the NAIA vs GLVC Challenge Jan. 21.
Lewis Women's Track and Field Take First in Illiana Invitational
The Lewis University Women's Track and Field team won the Illiana Invitational, finishing first among competitors by earning 263 points.
The Flyers won five of the nine track events of the meet. Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) won the 55 meter in 7.30. In the 300 meter, Charlyncia Stennis took first finishing 41.58. Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) took first in the 800 meter, finishing in 2:21.02. Also in the 55 meters hurdles, Joelle Ataessien (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS) finished first in 8.64. In the 4000 meter distance medley relay, the team of Molly Ogren (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian), Haley Renison (Channahon, Ill./Minooka), Kaley McLawhorn, and Hollie Sinn (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) won in 13:18.50.
For the field events, Lewis placed first in each of the six. Abbey Galusha (Williamsville, Ill./Williamsville, HS) won the high jump with a 4' 7" jump. In the pole vault, Angelica Arriaga (Plainfield, Ill./Joliet Catholic) won making a vault of 10' 6". For the long jump, Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) won leaping 18' 5 3/4". Pulliam also earned herself first in the triple jump with a 39' 11 1/4" leap. Finally, Lane Kadlec (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) took first in the shot put with a 44' 11 3/4" toss and the weight throw with a 50' 3 3/4" throw.
The next meet for the Flyers will be the NAIA vs GLVC Challenge Jan. 21.