Monday April 14, 2014
through Sunday April 20, 2014
Dr. Michele Young Named Dean of the SPCE
Dr. Michele Young has been appointed Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE), effective March 24, 2014. She had been serving as Interim Dean for the SPCE prior to her appointment and also from 2009-2011. Dr. Young came to Lewis University as Director of Accelerated Programs in 2000 after twenty years of professional experience, including ten years at Benedictine University where she held the positions of Founding Director of the Center for Adult Learning and Nursing Department Chair and Professor.
Dr. Young holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Nursing, master’s degrees in Management & Organizational Behavior as well as Counseling Psychology, and a doctorate (Ed.D.) in Educational Psychology. She began her career in nursing practice, but soon accepted responsibilities for teaching and administration. At Lewis, she has served as a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP), Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, as well as holding administrative positions, including as Health Care Leadership Coordinator, Associate Vice President of the Center for Professional Education and Outreach Initiatives, and her current position as Special Assistant to the Provost.
Sustainability is an Opportunity
The Fifth Annual “Come Clean, Go Green” student awards were celebrated March 31 at Lewis University. They followed a keynote presentation “Sustainability as Opportunity: From Doing Good to Driving the Bottom Line” by Lewis University alumnus, Robert Langert ’78, vice president for sustainability at McDonald’s Corporation.
Zach Sherman won first place for his proposal to install solar panels in a facilities shed to charge batteries for facilities tools and equipment. William Hoffman and the Online Lewis Flyer took second place for their creation of an online app for students to compare gas mileage. The third place prize went to Jose Marquez who analyzed the cost/benefit of using tablets instead of desktop computers in computer labs. Proposals were submitted and reviewed by Donald Castello associate vice president for facilities, Dr. Jennifer Consilio Kukler, associate professor of English, Brother Thomas Dupre, FSC, associate professor of mathematics, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, chair and associate professor of biology, director of environmental science, Dr. Lauren Rentfro, assistant professor of secondary education, and Ken Osmun, Wight & Co. group president, construction.
Langert said that there needs to be a balance of consideration of the ethical issues of treating animals humanely, as well as the effect on the business operations. He has been engaged in social responsibility issues since the late 1980s. In his current role, he contributes to a wide range of areas including McDonald’s commitment to the environment, Balanced Active Lifestyles, supply chain sustainability, among others.
Langert shared specific examples of how McDonald’s has made a commitment to their communities to work with their suppliers for the welfare of animals and the environment. Currently McDonald’s serves a sustainable fish sandwich and coffee that is certified by the rain forest industry. They are in conversations with the beef and pork industries to develop standards and definitions of sustainable meat, with a goal of purchasing that by 2016. They also worked with other companies doing business in the Amazon to stop over-farming there.
The “Come Clean, Go Green” contest is sponsored by the Lewis University Sustainability Council. It develops policies and strategies that reflect Lewis University's commitment to sustainable practices. The council also promotes responsible environmental stewardship.
Lewis University student Samantha Rinehart will be presenting her team’s research in a poster presentation for the 18th Annual Posters on the Hill event, to be held April 28-29 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Only 60 students in the country were selected to present posters at the event. The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts the annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill for members of Congress. The research team of Rinehart, senior Biology and Chemistry major; Jeromy Rech, sophomore Chemical Physics major; and Dr. Jason Keleher, chair and assistant professor of Chemistry, co-authored the paper that supports the poster.
The poster “Photo-active Biomimetic Nanocomposite Films for Next Generation Water Purification Applications,” investigates films that will use only solar energy to remove pollutants from drinking water. The filters are made from non-toxic compounds that mimic biological structures and degrade contaminants in drinking water into environmentally friendly byproducts.
“Dr. Keleher proposed this project to me not only because it incorporates my interests of organic chemistry and material science, but this project addresses the growing necessity for clean water in developing nations. Without clean water, the quality of life in populations is greatly reduced. Our project investigates a water purification system that doesn’t produce harmful byproducts or require electrical energy,” Rinehart explained. She is a 2013 Lincoln Academy Student Laureate, honored by the State of Illinois along with approximately 50 graduating seniors from Illinois colleges and universities for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.
Rinehart and Keleher are among the student and faculty mentor Poster on the Hill participants that have been invited to a Young Professional Panel with members of the White House Office of Science and Technology in the White House executive offices. Lewis University Provost Dr. Stephany Schlachter will also be in Washington to represent Lewis University where she will be meeting with various advocates of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiatives.
After graduation in May, Rinehart plans to attend graduate school to study material science. In 2012, she was awarded a paid fellowship as part of the Lewis University Summer Undergraduate Research Experience. Rinehart’s work focused on the synthesis and characterization of biomimetic antimicrobial nanocomposites for next generation wound management materials. Her work was presented in local and international forums, such as the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship and the 2013 Tech Connect World Conference.
Construction Season Begins on Route 53
Sewer construction on Route 53 will begin Sunday, April 6, resulting in closures of one lane of traffic at a time.
Drivers are encouraged to use extra caution when traveling to the Main Campus in Romeoville.
Construction crews will be on site.
After completion of sewer work, lane closures and traffic rerouting is anticipated as excavation on the east side of Route 53 will begin.
New Employee Discounts
New discounts available for Brunswick Zone, Maggiano’s and Wisconsin Dells – Contact HR for details.
Service Award Recipient for April 2014
Congratulations to Jacob Luedtke, Graduate Assistant for the Department of Aviation and Transportation, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for April 2014. Jacob was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very friendly, highly capable, helpful, and dedicated service within the Department of Aviation and Transportation.
Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited exceptional service, concern for the students and affability to everyone. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.
FOCUS ON MISSION
Spring Break Trip Sheds Light on Helping Others
Lewis University students recently completed their annual Lewis University Ministry Alternative Trip Experiences (LUMINATE) Spring Break service trips. This year, 35 students participated in five different service projects, in locations from Milwaukee to Missouri. LUMINATE provides students weekend or week-long service experiences during Fall Break, Spring Break and May.
“LUMINATE is a great experience,” Abby Michels, student leader said. “You really grow as a human being in the works of God.”
This year’s Spring Break projects varied in location and task.
Lewis University students Cassie Anciulis and Erin Richards led the trip to assist in construction a Habitat for Humanity home and deck in Cookeville, Tenn. Students Trevor DeCook, Ricky Fontan, Megan Hernandez, Bridget Kay, Steve Molenstra and Kaitlyn Sendzik participated in the trip.
Students Yolanda Franco and Nikki Rodighiero led the group helping to renovate a house for the North Grand Neighborhood Services in St. Louis, Mo. They also served at The Bridge soup kitchen. Students Jeff Brick, Sam Linehan, Jessica Jordan and Jamie Palamkunnel participated in the trip.
Students Sean Cleary and Toni Focosi led the group that assisted at-risk boys on the Lives Under Construction ranch in Lampe, Mo. The group completed farm chores and major facility repairs. “The boys' stories touched our hearts and we greatly enjoyed working with them on the farm,” Focosi commented. Students Lexi Austring, Brittany Gorski, Kimberly Nakutis, Nate Robenhymer, Alex Stewart, Stephanie Vargas and Kylie Walsh participated in the trip.
Student Sara Harms led a group to serve adults with disabilities at L’Arche in Clinton, Iowa. Students James Fields, Michael Jaeger, Megan MacDougall and Katie Picman helped with Spring cleaning and participated in evening activities.
Student Abby Michelsled a group to Milwaukee to interact with several ministries. Students Marvin Gomez, Michael Harris, Alex Heaney, Jessica Kaluzny, Lizzie Lorang and Penelope Strid shared meals with the hungry and homeless at St. Benedict the Moor Parish. They also assisted with Growing Power, the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, House of Peace food pantry and donation center, the Urban Ecology Center and the Hunger Task Force.
Social Activist, Folk Singer Performs April 24
John Flynn’sperformance will be the fifth and final event of the Lewis University Spring 2014 Performing Arts Series. The social activist, folk singer will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 24 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission to the event is free for Lewis University students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.
John Flynn’s songs speak for the wounded, the weary and the afflicted; for the prisoner, the soldier and all the forgotten ones who walk unseen in the midst. Fusing the vision of an activist with the unblinking eye of a truth-teller, John Flynn’s music speaks deeply to the heart and spirit. A wordsmith and poet of rare clarity, he evokes society’s shared humanity.
This event is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.
Lewis University RAD Camp brochure 2014. Camp will be held the weeks of June 16, June 23 and July 21. Cost is regularly $75 per child per week but as a Lewis University student, faculty or staff member, you can receive 25% off. Each child per week would be $56.25.
Find out more about RAD Camp, including registration details, here.
Prison Ministry Focuses on Ecumenism, Dialogue and Better Serving Prisoners
The third workshop of Lewis University’s Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum, “Ecumenism & Interfaith Cooperation in a Jail/Prison Setting” was recently held at Villa Maria Catholic Retreat & Conference Center in Springfield, Ill.
The Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum is a series of courses created to support the six Roman Catholic dioceses of Illinois, who seek to provide greater numbers of qualified individuals for ministerial leadership in prison and jail settings.
All eight cohort members were present as well as a special guest from Hoffman Estates’ Harvest Community Church, Pastor Frank Piszczor. Facilitators and cohort members shared challenges, experiences, rewarding relationships and suggestions to one another regarding ecumenical encounters inside and beyond prison walls.
“Insights were gleaned from various Vatican documents as well as statements made by the World Council of Churches, the Jewish and Muslim communities, and various theologians and practitioners from diverse traditions,” said Dr. Christie Billups, assistant professor of theology and director of Pastoral Ministry.
The specific learning goals of the workshop were how best to serve the needs of those who are incarcerated, their families, and those being released from prison. The framework of restorative justice was frequently mentioned, and numerous practical ideas were shared, discovered, and articulated.
The four courses and four workshops are part of the curriculum. They:
Birthdays for April 2014
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from April 1 - April 30:
April 1, Mary Cronin, University Advancement
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 2014
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from April 1 - April 30
18 Years, Loretta Paver, College of Nursing & Health Professions
Forever Flyer Challenge Engages Athletic Alumni
Alumnus Les Kraft '55 is once again sponsoring the Forever Flyers Challenge. Athletic alumni are invited to make a gift and help their team win additional funds for equipment, travel, and more. Read more about the challenge here.
Lewis University has been named a Tree Campus USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation, for the fifth consecutive year. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, praised Dwight DeVries, Superintendent of Grounds, and his staff for their continuing dedication to creating natural beauty and impressive landscaping while following sustainable environmental practices. “The Groundskeeping staff, led by Dwight DeVries, is to be commended for fine success in landscaping, careful implementation of sound environmental practices, resourcefulness in using native plants and trees in landscaping, and creativity in beautifying the campus with multiple varieties of trees, including spectacular flowering species, stately evergreens, traditional long-lived trees, and some selected for size or color,” Brother James stated.
Lewis University now has received the unique Tree Campus USA® designation for the years 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Brother James noted that the efforts to maintain our Tree Campus USA® status have enhanced the beauty and sustainability of the campus for our students, faculty, staff, alumni and many campus visitors, He thanked staff members for demonstrating thoughtful stewardship in collaborating with others in assuring that Lewis fulfills its commitment to effective community forestry and environmental responsibility.
New Edition of Service Learning Newsletter, "Engaged" Now Available
The Spring 2014 version of the Service Learning Newsletter “Engaged” is now available. Please click here to read it.
176 Lewis Student-Athletes Earn Br. Delahanty Awards
The Lewis University student-athletes continue to get it done in the classroom, as 176 Flyers were recognized at the 26th Annual Br. David Delahanty Student-Athlete Awards at the St. Charles Borromeo Pastoral Center on Monday (Apr. 7) night.
The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.25 or higher as of December 31, 2013. In total, 44.1% (176 of 399) of the student-athlete population were in attendance at the awards ceremony, and that group totaled a cumulative GPA of 3.61.
The Lewis women's track and field team had the most Delahanty Award winners with 24 recipients, which accounts for 13.6% of the 176 award-winners. The Lewis women's golf team had the highest percentage of Delahanty Award winners on their roster of any Flyer team, as 75.0% of their student-athletes were awarded.
Two student-athletes that received special recognition were Alessandro Mazza(Chicago, Ill., Walther Lutheran) and Amy Choi (Vernon Hills, Ill., Vernon Hills). Mazza and Choi both took home the Senior Student-Athlete Award, given to the male and female senior student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.
Mazza, a member of the Lewis men's cross country and track and field teams, is a physics major with a 4.0 GPA, while Choi, a member of the women's volleyball team, owns a 3.89 cumulative GPA in mathematics.
Br. David Delahanty, FSC, served as President of Lewis from June, 1982 until his untimely death in October, 1987. A personal advocate of physical fitness, Br. David encouraged Lewis students to achieve excellence not only in the academic sphere, but also in the athletic arena. Following his death, several members of Lewis' athletic teams inquired if they could wear black arm bands to mourn the popular president. After much consultation, it was decided that Br. David would have preferred a tribute to athletes based on their academic achievements. The first ceremony took place in 1988.
This is an exciting time for the Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Our enrollment continues to grow and our students continue to perform exceptionally well on the NCLEX exams. In order to meet enrollment demand, we are renovating and expanding the College of Nursing building, and we have opened a state-of-the-art teaching facility on our Oak Brook campus.
Read more about the growth here.
Robert Pruter Interviewed by BBC Radio for Documentary on Famed Blues and Ballad Singer
Robert Pruter (library) was interviewed on April 12 for a documentary, “Try a little tenderness - the Lost Legend of Little Miss Cornshucks,” by producer Rebecca Maxted and poet Salena Godden, for broadcast on the BBC Radio 4 channel. Little Miss Cornshucks—singer of blues, ballads, and jump tunes, who donned a rustic costume of straw hat and gingham dress—was a huge star in the African American community during the 1940s and 1950s. Pruter, who has researched and written about the Little Miss Cornshucks, was interviewed to provide commentary on how she was groomed and became a star in the Chicago’s famed black and tan clubs and her impactful influence on later African American singers.
Indoor Track and Field Win Team Sportsmanship Award
The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Wednesday (Apr. 2) that the GLVC championship-winning, Lewis University men's and women's indoor track and field teams have been named recipients of the GLVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Award for the winter season.
This is the third-straight season that the Flyer women's track and field team has won the award, as they took home both the indoor (winter) and outdoor (spring) accolades in 2013. The men's team captured the 2013 award for the outdoor season.
"The fact that we won the championships on the track, and then were awarded this honor, just goes to show how our teams carries themselves," Lewis head track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "It's a huge accomplishment to have your peer institutions think of your team this way and to know they respect the Lewis Track and Field athletes."
The SAAC Sportsmanship Award is determined by a vote of the GLVC member institutions' campus SAACs. The committees select their top three choices in each sport based on their view of sportsmanship. Each team that received a first-place vote received three points, second place received two points, and third place received one point. The GLVC sponsors the award in each of the league's 20 championship sports, including six in the winter season.
The Lewis University women's track and field team won five events and set five NCAA Provisional marks on their way to winning the Chicagoland Championships at Lewis Stadium on Saturday (Apr. 12) afternoon.
Lewis finished with 197.5 points, while their closest competitor North Central was second with 127 points.
Lewis sophomore Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) captured the 200-meter dash title with a NCAA Provisional mark of 23.96 and won the 400-meter dash (57.21). She also ran a leg of the winning 4x100 relay (47.21) along with seniors Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), Amber Wentzloff (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and junior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley).
Marchildon took home the 100-meter hurdles title with a NCAA Provisional showing of 13.74, while King added her own NCAA Provisional time in the 100-meter dash with a second-place finish of 12.03.
The Flyers added two more NCAA Provisional marks in the triple jump, as freshman Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) won the event with a leap of 38'11 3/4" (11.88m). Sophomore Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) was second with a jump of 38'10" (11.84m).
Lewis junior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) was a runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles (1:03.32) and ran a leg of the second-place 4x400 relay (4:10.46) along with freshmen Cortney Cross, Andrea Holm (Plainfield, Ill./Oswego East) and sophomore Tiarra McGee (Chicago, Ill./Steinmetz).
Lewis sophomore Monica Hahn (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was second in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:23.31).
Lewis returns to action on Thursday (Apr. 17), as the Flyers will participate in the highly prestigious Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif.
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced that Lewis University head women's basketball coach Lisa Carlsen has been named as the 2014 IBCA NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Co-Coach of the Year.
Picking up the honor for the second-straight year, Carlsen shares this season's award with Quincy's Jeni Garber.
"Awards and great seasons come about when you have great players who buy into a system and a great staff to help facilitate the message," Carlsen said. "I am lucky to have those things here at Lewis and for that, I am blessed."
Carlsen was named the 2014 Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Region 4 Coach of the Year and is a finalist to receive the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy. The award that will be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year at the WBCA Awards Show on April 7th.
Carlsen led the Flyers to their second-straight 20-win season, GLVC East Division title and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 as the squad finished with a 23-6 record.
Lewis University freshman Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) took home individual title at the Regis Spring Invitational with a two-round total of 150 (77-73) as the women's golf team won their first tournament of the season with a score of 638 (325-313) on Tuesday (April 1).
The eight-team field played the par-72, 6,296-yard course at Fox Hollow.
Lewis sophomore Jordan Nichols (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) finished in fourth with a total of 156 (81-75) while freshman Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) tied for ninth-place after turning in a score of 167 (85-82).
Junior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) tallied a two-day total of 169 (82-87) while sophomore Alexandra O'Laughlin (Arvada, Colo./Ralston) rounded out the Flyers with a score of 170 (87-83).
Did You Know? CRS Ambassadors on Campus
This section of University News will be published as little-known or new information is discovered that may be of interest to the Lewis University Community. Send news or suggestions from your department to Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at email@example.com.
Did you know that there are six Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Campus Ambassadors on the Lewis University campus? Nationally, the CRS Campus Ambassadors are dedicated to building a constituency for the global poor on their campus, advocating for just policies regarding poverty, and serving as liaison between their campuses and the Catholic Relief Services. On the Lewis University campus, all six CRS Campus Ambassadors also are members of STAND, an organization that advocates for human rights issues around the world. Members include students Joseph Baltuska, Jake Garringer, Haley Gurgul, Michael Harris, Kevin Neitzel and Kaitlyn Sendzik. Moderators are rother Thomas Dupré, FSC (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Michael McKeon (University Ministry). Joseph, Michael and Campus Minister Joey Preston recently appeared in a video about Lent for the CRS Campus Ambassadors website. The video was sponsored by STAND and filmed and edited by Kevin.
Did you know that many faculty members have designed service learning projects for their classes that provide opportunities for students to develop new insights into their majors by participating in projects to assist others in activities related to their studies? For example, Dr. William Chura (Biology) created an impressive and sensitive project by taking his Neuroscience students to Sunny Hill Nursing Home to offer activities with residents there who have some level of dementia. Leslie Colonna (Art & Design) and her students helped helping to brighten the lives of residents at the Daybreak Center with artwork and are considering the possibility of creating a mural at this shelter for the homeless. Dr. Christie Billups, Coordinator of Service Learning, continues to provide leadership with exceptional and creative projects that help many others in the larger community while providing valuable learning opportunities for our students. Such activities truly help to develop the complete person as well as promoting personal and social responsibility in embracing the Lasallian values in the Lewis University Mission.
Did you know that Lewis yearbooks from 1952 to 1983 are now available online? Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, University Archivist, approved the project which involved the Lewis University Library, students and staff. Students who scanned the yearbooks, created “descriptive metadata” and uploaded the material online included Lindsay Snider, a senior in Private Security/Loss Prevention; Ashley Killian, a junior Nursing major, and A.J. Adrianzen, a senior Accounting major. Julia Lazicki, formerly Technical Services Assistant in the Library, directed the project. Those interested may find the yearbooks through the CARLI Digital Collections, which is sponsored by a consortium of university libraries in Illinois. The yearbooks are “word searchable.” Brother Joseph Martin, FSC, Coordinator of Special Projects, said the yearbooks are available to alumni as well as “to students studying any aspect of Lewis University history, to sports fans interested in Lewis athletic teams during past years, and to family historians seeking information about ancestors or relatives who attended Lewis.” Brother Bernard announced that the Archives will continue to digitize various records under the direction of Brother Joseph with the assistance of Mary Ann Atkins, who retired as Digital Collections Librarian, but currently is working part-time to assist with library projects, including the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection. Among the projects under consideration are the digitization of Commencement programs, The Magazine of Lewis University, and more. At this time, no timelines have been established for future projects.
Picture This! Celebration of Scholarship
Amy Mlynarkski discusses results of her research poster on "Investigating the Role of Surface Film Formation in the CMP of Sapphire" with Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, during the Celebration of Scholarship, held Thursday, April 10 at Lewis University. Her undergraduate student project in Math/Science was mentored by Dr. Jason Keleher, (Chemistry).
In the second photo, Peter Holanda, a Chemistry major, discusses his research for the poster that he co-presented with Brandon Busch, with Dr. Jeanette Mines, Academic Assistant to the Provost. His undergraduate project in Math/Science was mentored by Dr. John Parker (Chemistry/Physics).
Watch this spot for photos taken on campus of Lewis scenes or activities! Photos will include those taken by Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) who took this photo, or members of the Photo Club.
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Post-consumer Composting Begins April 7 in Charlie’s Place
October of 2013, Lewis University made the decision to begin composting pre-consumer food scraps. This included all food waste created during meal prep throughout the day. The program started in the largest dining hall on campus, Charlie’s Place.
Within the first month of collecting pre-consumer food waste, 4 tons had been diverted from the landfill. That number continued to grow to 12 tons at the end of 2013 and is now reaching over 25 tons. It was the success of this program as well as a student waste audit that helped make the decision to expand the program to include post-consumer waste. This audit was performed by Lewis University students, and revealed that each week in Charlie’s Place approximately 260 pounds of post-consumer food waste was being sent to rot in a landfill.
The program expansion will begin on April 7th 2014, to start off a month long celebration of environmental sustainability. Post-consumer composting asks students, faculty, staff and visitors to be mindful when disposing of left-overs from their meal. Individual landfill bins were removed in the dining hall and two three bin waste stations were added. These stations include a blue bin for recycling a green bin for composting and a black bin for landfill, a color theme that is continued throughout the university. Signs can be seen above each bin listing the materials that belong in that bin. The signs have been designed to include items specific to Charlie’s.
The food scraps will be collected twice a week by Waste Management and brought to a composting facility only 5 minutes from Lewis University, Willow Ranch on Joliet Road. The nutrient rich compost created at this facility will be used as a soil amendment to create more food, thus creating a closed loop system and using the waste to its highest potential. Adversely, when sent to a landfill food scraps decay and release methane, a dangerous greenhouse gas with 21 times the global warming potential of carbon dioxide.
Lewis University was able to work with composting specialists at the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and receive funding through the Chicago Community Trust working with a representative at compost collection network. If you any questions about this program or how you can become more informed and involved contact Jaclyn Boyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-836-5716.