Monday July 21, 2014 through Sunday July 27, 2014


Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre goes green with “Shrek the Musical"

The Philip Lynch Theatre stage is getting a green swamp makeover this summer with “Shrek The Musical.” The show was created by Jeanine Tesori (music) and David Lindsay-Abaire (book and lyrics) and based on the award-winning DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the children’s book by William Steig. The show revolves around everyone’s favorite ogre and a cast of colorful fairy tale creatures searching for love and acceptance.

The charming and bright modern musical fairy tale will run July 18-20 and July 24-27. Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday July 26. Tickets can be purchased through the Philip Lynch Theatre box office from the hours of 1–4:30 p.m. Monday–Friday. Patrons may reserve tickets over the phone by calling (815) 836-5500.

The plot follows the story of an unseemly green ogre named Shrek (Chad Tallon of Essex) who is on a quest to get his swamp back by saving the feisty Princess Fiona (Jordan Nazos of Bolingbrook) from a fire-breathing dragon. With the help of a Donkey (Michael Carioto of Worth) who won’t shut up and some support from some unlikely fairy tale creatures, Shrek is sure to save the day and warm your heart.

Theatre Manager Jo Slowik of Joliet is directing “Shrek” with a talented cast of 18 performers including: Sara Aldarondo, Faith Berry, Maryley Hennessy and Alexis Smith of Joliet, Justin Anderson of Orland Park, Jacari Campbell of Darien, Benjamin Dow, Emily Dow and Nathan Zurawski of Shorewood, Julia Egizio and Kyrie Richmond of Plainfield, Christopher Hueg of Roseville, MN, John Reidy of Orland Park, Alysa Sandoval and Tim Tholl of Lockport, Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank, Aundrea Wells of Bolingbrook.

Working behind the scenes: Stephanie Daley of Lockport (choreography), Matt Colbert of Plainfield (vocal director), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scenic design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Jackie Sabani of Hanover Park, Stephanie Hill of Romeoville and Annie Martello of Morris (costume assistants), Jessie Richey of McHenry (lighting design), Rachel Tau of Wood Dale (make-up design), Emma McGee of Joliet (stage manager) and Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (properties), Kate O’Neil of Yorkville and Beth Sadler of Homer Glen (dragon and props fabrications), Jordin Richards of Tinley Park and Alex Smith of Westmont (sound engineers), Joe Grenchik of New Lenox and Jonathan Boehle of Cornell, IL (follow spot operators), Mary Bradley of Palos Heights (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto (assistant technical director).

Local high school students prepare for a trip to St. Petersburg/Taipei at Lewis University

Local high school students were recently immersed into the Russian or Chinese cultures while participating in Lewis University’s 2014 STARTALK program June 16-July 11 on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The 30 students ranged from sophomores to seniors.

“A Trip to St. Petersburg/Taipei” was the theme for this year’s free four-week foreign language program. As students made plans for their journey to the target language country, they learned how to get around the major Russian/Taiwanese city, learned about places of interest, engaged in basic conversations with local residents, and conducted simple transactions in stores, restaurants, asked for directions etc.

“Students gained a positive disposition to Russian/Chinese language and culture, developed awareness of the national need to learn these languages, became motivated to continue studying the language and developed basic proficiency in the respective languages,” commented Dr. Serafima Gettys, director of the Lewis University Foreign Language Center.

Students from various high schools participated in the program, hailing from such places as Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Plainfield, Naperville and Joliet. Several Catholic high school students enrolled in the program as well, including students from Joliet Catholic Academy and Montini Catholic High School.

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

For more information, visit or contact Dr. Serafima Gettys at (815) 836-5544 or

Eight Lewis Graduates Active This Year as Lasallian Volunteers

Eight alumni of Lewis University will be serving in the Lasallian Volunteers in the coming year. They will join those attending the National Lasallian Volunteers Orientation Workshop, to be held July 21-31 here on campus. Lewis graduates in the LVs this year include the following with their assignments:

  • David Anderson, first year, La Salle School, Albany
  • Stephanie Daley, first year, De La Salle Blessed Sacrament School in Memphis, Tenn.
  • Monique Cruz, first year, Cristo Rey High School, Minneapolis
  • Alejandra Espitia, first year, Tides Family Services, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
  • Yolanda Franco, first year, San Miguel High School, Tucson, Arizona
  • Matt Halick, La Salle School in Albany, New York
  • Lorenzo Mendez, second year LV, Tides Family Services, Rhode Island
  • Ron Jovi Ramirez, second year LV, La Salle Academy, New York
LV Scholars who have completed terms of service as Lasallian Volunteers and are currently enrolled in graduate studies at Lewis University include Sean Barber, Christopher Hueg and Tracy Bradley. They will be serving as Graduate Assistants during the coming academic year.

Live music photography featured until Aug.14 in Lewis University Art Gallery

A solo art exhibition of photographs by Dennis Pryber, “Sound Capture” will be on display until August 14 in The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. There will be a special reception at 7 p.m. on July 26. The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

Dennis Pryber graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in advertising and design. After starting his own design studio in 2002, he discovered he had a passion for photographing live music. Bringing his two passions of music and photography together, he has built a portfolio that includes live performance photos of Bret Michaels, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes, REO Speedwagon, Josh Turner, Meat Loaf and Eddie Money. For more information on Pryber, visit his website at

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

Lasallian Events Bring Hundreds to Campus

Lewis University will welcome three major Lasallian events to campus this month. Please join in welcoming our guests to the following events:

  • The Brother John Johnston Institute of Contemporary Lasallian Practice: July 13-18. Approximately 125 participants are expected at this Summer Regional Gathering. A new national formation program launched in 2014, the Institute focuses on Lasallian heritage “in light of contemporary realities.” Five Lewis staff are participants.

  • Midwest District Days: July 18-19. Christian Brothers from the Midwest District will hold meetings on campus for about 125-140 participants, including a Jubilee Mass at Saint Charles Borromeo Center on Saturday, July 19. A total of about 400 persons, including Christian Brothers, family members and other guests will gather to celebrate anniversaries and jubilees for certain Christian Brothers in the Midwest District. Among those being honored are Brother Joel Dolan, FSC, retired librarian and archivist, for 70 years of service; and four Brothers who are part of the Lewis University Community who will celebrate their Golden Jubilees, recognizing fifty years as Christian Brothers: Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History), Brother Paul Joslin, FSC (Spanish/University Ministry), Brother Larry Oelschlegel, FSC (English/Assistant Dean, College of Arts & Sciences), and Brother Rob Veselsky, FSC (University Ministry).

  • The National Lasallian Volunteers Orientation Workshop, July 21-31. Approximately 50-60 Lasallian Volunteers (LVs) and facilitators/presenters will gather from across the nation for orientation of volunteers. Included will be six first-year LVs who are Lewis University graduates, David Anderson, Monique Cruz, Stephanie Daley, Alexandra Espitia, Yolanda Franco and Matt Halick, along with second year LVs from Lewis, alumni Ron Jovi Ramirez and Lorenzo Mendez.

Last week of RAD camp begins July 21

Lewis University will host its annual summer Recreational Activities Day (RAD) camp from 9 a.m. – noon each day of the following weeks: June 16-20, June 23-27 and July 21-25. The cost is $75 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week and another $5 discount for those who register multiple children.

Quality instruction, a fun learning environment, an ice cream social celebration and daily pool time are just some of the features of RAD Camp. Common camp activities include sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, dodge ball, relay races, handball, kickball and a walk through Lewis University’s nature trail. The camp is offered for kids ages 5-12.

Campers should come prepared with a tennis racquet, sunscreen, insect repellent, gym shoes, hat, swimsuit, towel, labeled water bottle and a lock each day. The ice cream social celebrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. on June 20, June 27 and July 25.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. on June 16, June 23 and July 21 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Sponsored by Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, the camp is staffed by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center as well as students from the Lewis community. The staff is selected by their knowledge of activities, capacity to work well with children, and the ability to be positive role models.

For more information, contact Jill Siegfried, director of Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, at (815) 836-5277 or


Service Award Recipient for July 2014

Congratulations to Miguel Cambray, Director of Multicultural Student Services, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for July 2014. Miguel was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service in the Department of Multicultural Student Services.

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited exceptional service, concern for others and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.


Free Kidzfest in Joliet brings fun for kids of all ages

Activities for children of all ages will be featured at the Lewis University Mini-Campus during Kidzfest 2014, to be held Saturday, Aug. 2 in downtown Joliet. A free family festival, Kidzfest offers an opportunity for children to play, explore, imagine and create. Kidzfest will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Chicago Street in downtown Joliet.

Lewis University is the main sponsor for the Kidzfest 2014 which will include many attractions including a Legoland exhibit, the Friendly Farms Petting Zoo, and activities/exhibits by the Joliet Public Library, Joliet Police and Fire Departments, Chicagoland Speedway, Rialto Square Theatre, Haunted Trails, Will County Land Use, Gallery 7, Dave Dinaso Traveling World of Reptiles, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, and more. Activities are free. This year, there also will be a Food Court on Chicago, south of Van Buren Street.

Each child may receive a certificate as he/she enters the Lewis University Kidzfest Mini-Campus across from the Rialto Square Theatre. The children earn marks on the certificate for each activity that they attend. Those who earn four marks on the certificate will receive an “aviator wings pin.”

Entertaining and educational experiences at Lewis University exhibits include opportunities for children to:

  • Sit in a small airplane. Parents may have a free digital photo taken of each child in the plane, courtesy of Lewis University.

  • Test their skills on a Microsoft Flight Simulator game (for children in elementary or middle school), with direction from Flight students.

  • Get free photo IDs taken by students in the Criminal/Social Justice program and the Lewis University Police Department.

  • Solve Math problems and play games with the Computer Science and Mathematics Department.

  • Become a scientist through chemistry and biology experiments. Fun includes concoctions that experiment with everyday materials!

  • See themselves on television by visiting an electronic media van and learning how a news program is created by the Communications department.

  • Make a silk-screened patch with supplies and guidance from the Art & Design Department. Pottery demonstrations will also be intermittent throughout the day.

  • See a mastodon tooth and other small fossils and minerals and answer trivia questions from a geologist.

  • Get blood pressures and pulse screenings for children and adults from students and nurses in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. Also, adults can undergo blood sugar testing and receive information on hypertension and diabetes awareness. Several wellness games will focus on nutrition, hand washing, exercise and smoking habits. Free children’s toothbrushes will be available in limited numbers.

  • Enjoy student performers from the Lewis Philip Lynch Theatre who will sing songs from their current production of “Shrek” along with other children’s musical favorites. Performances are scheduled at 11:00 a.m. and noon at the outdoor stage at Clinton and Chicago streets.

  • Learn a lesson with finance games from the College of Business.

  • Choose from designs and get a new look at the Face Painting booth.

  • Enjoy stories about “Things That Fly,” read by future teachers who are students in the College of Education. Free books and bookmarks will be available too!

  • Improve athletic skills with tips from student athletes on sports including men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and golf.

  • Test your physical abilities with ROTC exercises. Write a letter to those now serving in the military.

  • Alumni of Lewis University are invited to sign in at the Alumni Booth to be eligible to win a prize.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, stated: “Kidzfest demonstrates the Lewis University mission to promote life-long learning by encouraging children to take advantage of various learning opportunities, to ask questions, and to interest them in different fields. Moreover, the educational activities offered at Kidzfest are fun for the youngsters.” Brother James is chair of the committee.

Kidzfest Co-Coordinators:

  • Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology

  • Carol Wassberg, President’s Office

  • Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook

  • Melanie Sandberg, Meetings, Conferences and Events


  • Dr. Teresa Bixby, Chemistry

  • Angie Bizzotti, Graduate and Adult Enrollment

  • Officer Thomas Burgess, Lewis Police

  • Professor Jennifer Buss, Education

  • Reggie Bustinza, University Advancement/Alumni

  • Professor Leslie Colonna, Art & Design

  • Brother Thomas Dupré, FSC, Math and Computer Science

  • Bret Harms, Facilities

  • Dr. James Houlihan, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

  • Gregory Kientop, Biology

  • Margaret Kientop, President’s Office

  • John Kilpatrick, Electronic Media

  • Dr. Ray Klump, Math/Computer Science

  • Janelle Kolosh, Admission

  • Keith McGill, Aviation

  • Professor Maureen Moore, College of Nursing and Health Professions

  • Instructor Ann O’Brien, College of Education (alternate for Professor Buss)

  • Cadet Nancy Peak, ROTC (or ROTC representative)

  • Dr. John Planek, Athletics

  • Michael Progress, College of Business (alternate with Caroline Wood)

  • Kathrynne Skonicki, Marketing and Communications

  • Keith White, Theatre

  • Caroline Wood, College of Business (alternate with Michael Progress)


Birthdays for July 2014

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

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

July 2, Sean Fagan, Student Development and Leadership

July 4, Nathan Adams, Office of Technology
July 4, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

July 5, Jessica Kush, College of Business

July 6, Nancy Hanley, College of Arts & Sciences
July 6, Arthur Regal, College of Business

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

July 8, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police
July 8, Dawn Peckler, Office of Executive Vice President

July 9, Gabrielle Negron, University Advancement

July 10, Dr. Eveann Lovero, College of Business

July 11, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

July 13, Jeffrey Ritchie, Office of the Provost

July 14, Dr. Robert Atra, College of Business
July 14, Brian Domke, Student Development and Leadership
July 14, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology
July 14, Denise Rich, LARC

July 15, Frances Welsh, College of Education

July 16, Michael Kelly, Campus Police
July 16, Achawon Sutharojana, Data Administration and Analysis
July 16, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police

July 19, Bernardo Cervantes, Facilities

July 20, Barbara Peterek, Graduate and Adult Admission
July 20, Linda Campbell, Graduate and Adult Admission
July 20, Joseph Burlas IV, Aviation & Transportation Studies
July 20, Claire Singleton, Campus Police

July 21, Dr. YunTaek Pae, College of Business
July 21, Michael Wojahn, Campus Police

July 22, Dr. Edmund Kearney, Psychology

July 23, Diana Schreader, College of Nursing & Health Professions
July 23, Lisa Salazar, Meetings, Events and Conferences

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

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

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

July 27, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE
July 27, Ramona LaMontagne, Marketing and Communications
July 27, Dr. Dawn Walts, English

July 28, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police

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

July 31, Patti Purri, Admission

If you’d rather not have your birthday published, please notify the Office of Marketing and Communications (Unit 196, ext. 5974). To make sure your request is met, call each year at least one month before your birthday. Any corrections should be reported to the Office of Human Resources at ext. 5270.


Service Anniversaries for July 2014

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


35 Years, Lawrence McAuley, Aviation Services

29 Years, John Carey, Communications

24 Years, Kathleen Hall, Admission
24 Years, Angeline Bizzotti, Graduate and Adult Admission

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

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

17 Years, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

13 Years, Robert Pruter, Library

12 Years, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

11 Years, Rita Herrick, Graduate and Adult Admission

10 Years, Kathleen Lisak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
10 Years, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement

9 Years, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences

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

7 Years, Jill Canaday, Office of the Provost
7 Years, William Brogan, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

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

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

3 Years, Jeffrey Festin, Facilities

2 Years, Matthew McCarthy, Athletics
2 Years, Michele Latta, College of Arts and Sciences
2 Years, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement
2 Years, Christopher Stevens, Admission
2 Years, Kimberly Brayboy, Multicultural Student Services
2 Years, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement
2 Years, Reynaldo Bustinza, University Advancement

1 Year, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President
1 Year, Ryan Haggerty, Athletics
1 Year, Aaron Scheiwe, Business Office
1 Year, Dr. LeRoy Butler, Office of Technology
1 Year, Corbett Sherman, Facilities


New Associate Dean shares global perspective with Lewis University

Lewis University recently welcomed Dr. Mitra Fallahi as the new Associate Dean of the College of Education.

“Dr. Fallahi’s expertise in assessment, multicultural education, comparative education, curriculum and teacher preparation will contribute greatly to Lewis University’s College of Education,” commented Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dean of the College.

“I want to be part of a team that moves the institution forward,” said Fallahi, former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professor at Saint Xavier University.

As Associate Dean, Fallahi is expected to coordinate Lewis University’s accreditation process with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, recruit faculty and develop programs.

Fallahi praises the sense of community at Lewis University. “You feel like you belong to a team,” she commented. “Our leadership is well connected to the Mission.”

Fallahi is enthusiastic about providing innovative ways to further advance the College of Education. “We have to think of new ways to move forward, maybe technology is not the only way,” she said. “Lewis University is very good about a personal relationship with the student, we must make sure technology does not lessen that relationship.”

Fallahi earned her doctorate degree in education from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis. She earned a master’s degree in English from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Ind. and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pars College in Tehran, Iran. Her areas of research and expertise include assessment, curriculum, teacher preparation, multi-cultural education and comparative education.

An extensive list of publications mention Fallahi’s name, most recent being “Critical Issues in Teacher Education” and “International Journal of Learning.” She is also an American Educational Research Associate, and a member of the Association of Teacher Educators, Phi Delta Kappa and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

ELM Workshop Serves Lewis and Lasallian Partners

Lewis University faculty and staff were joined by Lasallian partners from Christian Brothers Services and the Provincial Office of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, as well as Christian Brothers High School in Memphis, for this summer’s Exploring Lasallian Mission (ELM) Workshop, held June 16-19 on the Lewis campus. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, thanked those who presented the workshop for continuing to provide an inspiring, informative and much appreciated opportunity to learn more about our shared Lasallian Mission.

“Enthusiastic gratitude to those responsible for this unique workshop that continues to share the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle and to assist others in reaching a deeper understanding of the Lasallian Mission, with a focus on the integration of this Mission into teaching, learning, and everyday responsibilities,” Brother James stated.

Collaborating to present the workshop were Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services; Steven Zlatic and Brother Philip Johnson, FSC (University Ministry); Dr. Susan Sheffer (Psychology); Dr. Deborah Augsburger (Education/Reading & Literacy); Dr. James Burke and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology); Christopher Hueg, Graduate Assistant; and Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, who will be joining the Lewis University staff on a half-time basis to assist in the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education, as well as in the area of Mission and Identity.

“The ELM Workshop continues to assist participants in exploring and renewing their commitment to the Lasallian Mission and to integrate Mission values into their daily life, work and ministries,” said Brother James. “All Lewis University faculty and staff are invited to attend the workshop which is offered each year in June. This wonderfully worthwhile and impactful program provides an impressive and enriching opportunity to learn about Lasallian purposes and priorities.”


Dr. Teresa Bixby elected to Iota Sigma Pi National Council

Dr. Teresa Bixby, assistant professor of chemistry, was recently elected to Iota Sigma Pi’s National Council as Webmaster at the Iota Sigma Pi Honor Society for Women Chemists’ 31st Triennial Convention in Emeryville, Calif.

More than 40 women scientists attended the meeting to address the future direction of the society, plan the activities for the next three years and to elect new national officers. Dr. Bixby was a delegate for Aurum Iodide, the Chicago chapter of Iota Sigma Pi, which has an estimated 75 members locally.

Founded in 1902, Iota Sigma Pi is a national honor society for women in chemistry. Its major objectives are to promote interest in chemistry among women students; to foster mutual advancement in academic, business and social life; and to stimulate personal accomplishment in chemical fields. The society has initiated over 11,000 members and has established more than 46 local chapters in various colleges, universities and metropolitan areas. For more information about Iota Sigma Pi, visit

Dr. Brad Porfilio shares insight on Southern California Public Radio

Dr. Brad Porfilio, associate professor of education, was recently invited by Southern California Public Radio to share insight on whether politicians should have any influence over the context of textbooks in California.

Porfilio and co-editor Dr. Heather Hickman have weighed in on this topic with two edited volumes – “The New Politics of the Textbook: Problematizing the Portrayal of Marginalized Groups in Textbooks” and “The New Politics of the Textbook: Critical Analysis in the Core Content Areas.” Several contributors presented scholarship dedicated to guiding educators, school administrators, academics and other concerned citizens to unpack the political, social, and cultural influences inherent in the textbooks of core content areas such as math, science, English and social science. Other contributors revealed how textbooks, adopted in numerous K-16 classrooms, enhanced the power of dominant social groups in North America, while marginalizing the identities and contributors of minoritized citizens.


Tarin and Polock earn CSCAA Academic Honors for Lewis Men's Swimming

Two Lewis University men's swimming student-athletes were honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Monday (July 14) for their work in the pool and in the classroom.

Sophomore Victor Tarin (Godelleta, Valencia, Spain/IES Conselleria) was named a CSCAA Scholar All-American. Senior Tyson Polack (Canby, Ore./Canby) earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors.

The Scholar All-America award recognizes swimmers who qualified and competed at the national championship meet and earned a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The honorable mention accolades recognizes those who met these same academic qualifications and achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

"The six total (four women and two men) earning this honor are the most in my time at Lewis," Lewis swimming head coach Roger Karns said. "With an award like this that combines academic and athletic achievement it's a great sign for the program that we're seeing more and more student-athletes honored. I'm happy to see their hard work recognized."

The Flyers open the 2014-15 campaign in October.

Four Lewis Women's Swimmers pick up CSCAA Scholar accolades

Four Lewis University women's swimming student-athletes were honored by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Monday (July 14) for their work in the pool and in the classroom.

Junior Montana Clasby (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) took home the CSCAA Scholar All-America Award while seniors Katie Hallenbeck (Plano, Ill./Plano) and Cindy Jezuit (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) as well as former Flyer Caitlyn Scheirer (Washington, Ill./Washington Community) earned Honorable Mention Scholar All-America honors.

The Scholar All-America award recognizes swimmers who qualified and competed at the national championship meet and earned a cumulative, or term grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The honorable mention accolades recognizes those who met these same academic qualifications and achieved a "B" time standard but did not qualify or compete in their respective national championship.

"The six total (four women and two men) earning this honor are the most in my time at Lewis," Lewis swimming head coach Roger Karns said. "With an award like this that combines academic and athletic achievement it's a great sign for the program that we're seeing more and more student-athletes honored. I'm happy to see their hard work recognized."

The Flyers open the 2014-15 campaign in October.

Lewis Women's Tennis nabs ITA All-Academic Team honors

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that the Lewis University women's tennis team has earned the ITA All-Academic Team award, given to squads with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.73 GPA.

The Flyers, who advanced to the NCAA Division II 'Sweet 16', were helped in the classroom by ITA Scholar-Athletes Zsofia Kranczicki (Eger, Hungary/Szilagyi Erzsebet Gimnazium es Kollegium), Zsofia Lanstiak (Budapest, Hungary/Karinthy Frigyes Gimnazium), Kendra Mills (Elmhurst, Ill./York) and sophomore Jill Wetmore (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa). All four of those student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above for the 2013-14 school year.

Kranczicki, the 2014 Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, had a 3.95 cumulative GPA in international business. Lanstiak, the 2012 and 2013 GLVC Player of the Year, earned a 3.8 GPA in psychology. Mills (computer graphic design) and Wetmore (air traffic control management) both registered perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA's in 2013-14.

"We made it to the 'Sweet 16' and had a 3.73 GPA last year," Lewis head women's tennis coach Brett Bridel said. "I am so proud of the effort and hard work that they have all put in."

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Lewis Men's Tennis claims ITA All-Academic Team accolades

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced that the Lewis University men's tennis team has claimed the ITA All-Academic Team award, given to squads with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or above for the 2013-14 school year. The Flyers checked in with a 3.51 GPA.

Helping the Flyers achieve this status was the scholastic performances of juniors Erik Aunapuu (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) and Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) along with freshman Tom Logan (Kenmore, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) - all of whom were named as ITA Scholar-Athletes.

In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status, a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least two semesters (including freshman through senior year).

Aunapuu, who was an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selection for the third-straight season, picked up a 3.8 cumulative GPA in international business in 2013-14. Levandi, the 2014 GLVC Player of the Year, ITA All-American and GLVC Spring Scholar-Athlete of the Year, had a 3.72 cumulative GPA in business administration. Logan had a 3.78 cumulative GPA in aviation administration.

"I'm very proud of the men's efforts during a challenging season to stay committed to excellence in the classroom," Lewis head men's tennis coach Brett Bridel said.

Both Lewis swim squads earn 2014 Spring CSCAA Team Scholar Awards

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its 2014 Spring Team Scholar All-America Awards on Thursday (July 10), with both Lewis University swimming squads appearing on the list. The Lewis men's squad earned a 3.18 team GPA while the women's squad recorded a 3.29 mark.

The Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.


Did You Know? Faculty & Staff Participate in Lasallian Programs

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Did you know that several faculty and staff have participated this summer in Mission Formation programs at Lewis University and around the world? Among those focusing on our Lasallian Mission were the following:

  • International Lasallian Leadership Institute (June 9-22 in Rome): Dr. Jackie White (English), Instructor Patricia Braida (CONHP), Dr. Lauren Rentfro (Secondary Education) and Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology). Brother Armand presented at this Institute.
  • Collegium Annual Faculty Colloquy (June 20-27 at the College of the Holy Cross) with a focus on the Catholic intellectual tradition: Dr. Jerome Blakemore (Social Work)
  • Buttimer Insititute of Lasallian Studies (June 29-July 11 at St. Mary’s of California): Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Dr. Anne Rapp (SPCE), and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology). Dr. Colonna is in his second year in this three year program.
  • Lasallian Social Justice Institute (July 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona): Dr. Tennille Allen (Sociology)
  • Brother John Johnston Institute (Cohort 1) Regional Gathering (July 13-18 at Lewis University): Courtney Schmitz (Academic Services), Ashley Skidmore (Transfer Admissions), Roman Ortega (Admission/Veterans Affairs), Sarah Wiegman (SPCE) and Melissa Carlson (Business Office)
Did you know that the Lewis Aviation program, established in 1932, is the oldest aviation program at a Catholic university in the nation? The Parks College Aviation program pre-dates Lewis since it was founded in 1927, but the Parks College program was not integrated into St. Louis University until 1946.

Did you know that the Lewis Stadium has hosted various athletic competitions, sports camps, and championship playoffs for outside organizations? Eight groups have negotiated to hold events at the Stadium because of its impressive facilities this spring and summer, including the Great Lakes Conference Track & Field Championships in May; the Illinois High School Association Track & Field Championships on May 23; and the National Cheerleaders Association Cheer and Dance Camp, to be held July 30 to August 1. Sports camps that will be held in our Stadium include the Evan Fiffles Soccer Camps (June 16-20 and June 22-26) and the Chris Sailer Kicking Camp (July 13). The Illinois State Police held a fitness training session for recruits here in May.

Did you know that Lewis has thus far received 10 commitments of $1 million or more during the past year as part of the “silent phase” of its current comprehensive campaign? The campaign, which will help provide for additional campus and facility enhancements, further build the University’s endowment, and provide for scholarship, program, and general unrestricted support, will be announced publicly at this year’s Red Tie Ball – “Signum Fidei Celebration,” on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at the Palmer House Hilton in downtown Chicago. Up until this past year, only one person had ever made a gift of $1 million or more to Lewis University. The late Harold E. White, for whom the Aviation Center is named, was extremely generous and gifted a total of almost $12 million to Lewis. He provided an initial gift of $2 million to Lewis in 1991 for the construction of that aviation building. After he passed away in 1993, Lewis received several more gifts from Mr. White’s estate totaling almost $9.5 million, much of which was placed in the University’s endowment.


Step Up! bystander intervention awareness is increasing

Counseling Services is introducing bystander intervention to first year students through a program developed by the University of Arizona and the NCAA, called Step UP! Step UP! is a prosocial behavior and bystander intervention program that educates students to be proactive in helping others. Step UP! principles align nicely with the University Mission and can be applied to various topics including alcohol use, hazing, sexual assault, discrimination, etc.

Teaching people about the determinants of prosocial behavior makes them more aware of why they sometimes fails to help. As a result, they are more likely to help in the future.

The goals of Step UP! are to:

  • Raise awareness of helping behaviors

  • Increase motivation to help

  • Develop skills and confidence when responding to problems or concerns

  • Ensure the safety and well-being of self and others

First year students are initially exposed to Step UP! at SOAR and will continue to engage in the program at Welcome Days and beyond. As the newly added Prevention Education component at The Center for Health and Counseling Services develops, Step UP! will become a major focus of training and promotion for the entire campus community.

Step UP! bystander intervention training was initially introduced on campus in the Spring of 2014 through individual team trainings with several athletics teams, as well as at an Arts & Ideas workshop that focused on ethical decision making of bystander intervention called, “What Would You Do?”. The workshop was part of Student Leadership’s Signum program, in conjunction with the AQIP Ethics project.


Picture This! Focusing on Lewis

Awss Dube, a member of the Flyers Photo Club, is pictured in action with his camera on campus in this photo by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History), Photo Club Advisor. Awss is a junior, majoring in Air Traffic Control and Aviation Administration.

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Picture This! Fountain Featured in Lovely Setting

The fountain in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Plaza adds beauty and an opportunity for contemplation as its three tiers quietly bubble at dusk, recycling water at the entrance to the Oremus Fine Arts Center and the Wadsworth Art Gallery.

Watch this spot for photos taken on campus of Lewis scenes or activities! This entry's photo was taken by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History).

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Picture This! Welcoming Architecture

The entry to the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Art Gallery features the arches and columns of Classical Architecture style that were incorporated into the building’s façade during the renovations and addition to the Oremus Fine Arts Center, completed in 2013. This entrance, flanked by flowers, is located on the east side of the Center. This entry's photo was taken by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History).

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