Monday August 25, 2014
through Sunday August 31, 2014
Lewis University students present research at SURE program symposium
Alternative materials for making solar cells, studying the Lake Michigan food web, protecting pilots’ eyes against laser attacks, more effective cyber security awareness tools, improved cancer detection methods, cell phone cleanliness, color retention in nanoparticles and improved wound healing approaches were presented Aug. 6 by Lewis University students.
Students presented their work, including lab experiments and results, at a concluding symposium for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).
“The fifth annual SURE program was the largest in the history of Lewis University,” said Dr. Bill Chura, assistant professor of biology and program director.
Eight faculty members mentored nine students from biology, chemistry, computer science and physics in the 10-week program. Chura added, “The wide range of projects showcased the many talents of the STEM faculty. This summer program provides students with invaluable experience and challenges them to become better scientists.”
Students presented research at the symposium in a variety of fields:
The SURE program is sponsored by Lewis University and a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.
Lewis University students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions traveled to Greece this summer as part of the Travel Study Abroad program.
“The trip was really wonderful in every way possible,” said Eleftheria Karapas, assistant professor of nursing and trip coordinator. “Everyone got much exposure to professional, social, cultural and historical aspects of Greece.” Jane Trainor, assistant professor of nursing was the faculty co-leader on this journey.
The group spent time visiting the city of Athens with tours of the Acropolis and New Museum; the Argolis region, including Nafplion, Mycenae and Epidaurus; Cape Sounion; and the island of Crete, including a boat excursion to the island of Spinalonga with a tour of this former leper colony. On Crete, there were also tours of the Minoan Knossos Palace, Heraklion Museum, the Holy Trinity Monastery, and the Doctors of the World (Medicins du Monde) free community clinic. Visits to the University of Athens, School of Nursing and the University of Crete, School of Public Health were among the highlights of the 11 day trip.
The students gained knowledge of a new place and its people, insight on the local healthcare professionals and tour guides, and anincreased awareness of culture diversity and recognition of common beliefs. The also received a new understanding of the effects that economic and political processes can have on the health and well-being of a society.
“It was an optimum learning community that was created within this tour group and a vivid display of the Lewis University mission taken on the road,” said Karapas.
Lewis University students who participated in the trip include Taylor Barrientos, Samantha Boris, Heather Collins, Emily Cormwell, Dana DeLisa, Ann Favia, Elizabeth Gambla, Alyssa Gecosala, Rebecca Gibson, Amy Johnson, Rebecca Kalnicky, Laurynn Knerr, Jessica Lisak, Samantha Lutzow, Joy Nestel, Lauren Nowaczyk, Sarah Pawelko, Brittany Pole, Alyssa Ruswick, Tamara Szymanski, Kaitlin Uchman, Autumn Wachs and Cheryl Wilson.
Additional faculty members on the trip were Kathleen Blanchfield, associate professor of nursing; Angie Patras, adjunct professor of nursing; Ellen Renna, assistant professor of nursing; and Gail Vitale, associate professor of nursing.
The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lewis University is among the top 5% of colleges and universities across the country in employee giving, according to a poll of approximately 220 colleges and universities comparable in size and type. “Our very thoughtful faculty and staff at Lewis University are to be commended for their generosity in contributing annually to support our Mission and provide scholarships for needy students,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.
During the 2013-2014 academic year, 82% of the University’s faculty and staff contributed financially to Lewis, said Len Bertolini, Vice President for University Advancement. He noted that the average faculty and staff giving rate is 20% among comparable colleges and universities, according to figures collected by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). According to CASE figures, Lewis ranks in the top 5-10% in employee giving in the nation, he commented. Other national statistics claim that any institution with more than 60% participation by faculty and staff are in the top 10% in the country.
“The Lewis Community has responded enthusiastically to the “We Believe” faculty and staff giving campaign for the past three years,” Bertolini stated. “Our level of participation has increased from 44% in 2010-11 to 81% in 2012-13 and 82% this year, in response to the needs of our students and in support of our Mission and programs. We are also very grateful to the “We Believe” committee, comprised of faculty and staff, for their outstanding leadership and hard work during each year of this campaign,” he concluded.
Science Center Receives National Recognition
Congratulations to all who contributed in planning, designing, and implementing the construction of the dynamic Lewis University Science Center which has won a National Award of Merit in Educational Facilities from the Design-Build Institute of America. The Center also has been nominated for a National Award of Excellence in Educational Facilities. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, thanked Wight & Company for submitting the entry and for their excellence in design and construction of the splendid addition to the Lewis campus, which was greatly facilitated by the Lewis design team.
Leading the team for the Science Center were Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost; Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, who collaborated with the Science faculty, staff and University administrators from the very first discussions on the need for improving facilities, to the incorporation of plans for the future building, to the assurance of success for that impressive three story addition, which has enabled the significant expansion of educational programs in the sciences.
Among the faculty who very capably assisted in planning and designing for the new Science Center were: Dr. Marne Bailey, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Dr. Elizabeth Kozak, Dr. James Rago, Dr. Valerie Vander Vliet and Dr. Erin Zimmer (Biology); Dr. Jason Keleher and Brother Pierre St. Raymond, FSC (Chemistry); Dr. Joseph Kozminski, Dr. Charles Crowder and Dr. Ryan Hooper (Physics), and Dr. Raymond Klump (Math/Computer Science).
“The Science Center has created state-of-the-art facilities for our faculty and students to provide a variety of excellent learning activities, contributed to a major increase in enrollment, and enhanced our beautiful campus with its sweeping glass façade,” said Brother James. He commended all who provided pivotal support and fine leadership in the development of the Science facilities and the realization of optimal educational opportunities for our current and future students upon winning this national recognition for Lewis University.
In the letter announcing this special recognition, the representative of Design-Build noted that Lewis University exhibited “effective team performance” which is considered a “best practice in design-build project delivery.” The announcement praised the Lewis team for interacting collaboratively throughout the design and construction project. Brother James also noted that those on the design team demonstrated the spirit of Association, inherent in the University Mission. “The result of that careful and effective collaboration is the splendid Science facility that our faculty and students utilize so effectively, capably and creatively,” Brother James commented.
The 50,000 square-foot addition of the new Science Center features 12 labs, six prep labs, eight research facilities, three conference rooms, classrooms with Smart Boards, faculty/staff offices and gathering spaces with terrazzo floors. The top level of the three-story $18 million structure focuses on biology, the second floor on chemistry, and the lower level is dedicated to physics. Although the facility will be used extensively by science students, the Science Center serves every student of the university as part of the liberal arts curriculum. Students taking science courses as a requirement of general education and students in science-related fields, such as nursing and aviation, will be utilizing the center.
In the past five years, Lewis University has experienced increased in enrollment in undergraduate science programs. Programs include: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Dental Hygiene, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Environmental Science, Forensic Chemistry, Natural Science, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Nursing, Physics, Podiatric Medicine, Radiation Therapy, Radiography and Vascular Ultrasound Technology. Pre-professional programs include: Pre-Chiropractic, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant and Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
The new Science Center also provides enhanced facilities and an atmosphere for many research projects funded by the Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research Center at Lewis University. The center promotes scholarship among faculty, students and community partners in aviation and health. Projects are in various areas, such as nanotechnology, laser optics, computer and environmental science research.
Wight and Company managed the construction of the building project, which began in October 2010 with a dedication in 2012. The new Science Center received LEED-certification at the Silver level. More than 31 environmentally-friendly features of the structure include its innovative design, indoor environmental quality, materials and resources, energy and atmosphere, water efficiency and sustainable site.
High school students participate in Computer Science summer camp at Lewis University
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science held two summer camps, Camp Code and Guardians of Cyberspace, for high school students that covered an array of topics on computer science at Lewis University.
Camp Code introduced 27 students to the programming language, Python, and taught them how to think like a software developer over the course of three days. A two-day camp, Guardians of Cyberspace helped 10 students understand the critical importance of cyber security, what makes computing insecure and how to find points of insecurity using a variety of tools.
“We described how the electric power grid is a critical infrastructure that could be compromised by cyber antagonists and described the likely consequences of such a breach,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. “This helped us emphasize to the students that what they were learning was really important and that, as computer scientists, they’ll have the nitty-gritty technical knowledge of programming, operating systems, instruction processing, computer networking, encryption and data analysis needed to protect such critical systems from attack.”
Plans are underway to install a live WeatherBug camera here on the campus of Lewis University. Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist at WGN-TV, is working with the University’s Electronic Media faculty to arrange for a camera to be installed atop the WLRA Radio tower in the heart of the Lewis campus. A high powered lens will allow the camera to show live on WGN-TV (Channel 9) weather conditions on our campus, at the Lewis University Airport and National Weather Service, and in Romeoville, Lockport, Joliet and the much of Will County.
The camera should be working by Labor Day, according to John Carey, Director of Electronic Media. Views from the camera may be incorporated into WGN-TV news broadcasts and weather updates. On occasion, the University’s student television station might provide views from the weather camera. Lewis University also may post views from the WeatherBug on its main webpage.
“Installation of a live television feed here on our campus to assist in reporting weather conditions in the Will County and Chicagoland areas will provide a community service while promoting a greater awareness of Lewis University,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “Lewis is pleased to host this project in conjunction with WGN-TV and Tom Skilling, their chief meteorologist. Highly respected, Tom has been a remarkable voice in explaining weather to the public and in forecasting for the Chicagoland and Midwest.”
Tom Skilling also will be a special guest at Lewis University’s The Red Tie Ball-The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held Saturday, September 13, at the Palmer House in Chicago. He was presented with an honorary degree at Lewis University in 1995 for his distinguished career and mentorship of young people and all interested in meteorology, as well as for his newscasting expertise and “teaching” viewers about the weather.
Working on the project with WGN-TV are John Carey and John Kilpatrick, Electronic Media; Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Dr. LeRoy Butler, Associate Vice President for Technology; Nathan Adams and Shawn Adams (Office of Technology), Don Castello (Facilities) and Kathrynne Skonicki (Marketing and Communications).
Opening Week Schedule Fall 2014
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Service Award Recipient for August 2014
Congratulations to Roman Ortega, Jr., Director of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for August 2014. Roman was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service.
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.
Travel Policies for University Sponsored Events
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Lewis Celebrating Traditions/Future With The Red Tie Ball
Reservations are available now for the Lewis University Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Palmer House. The University is expanding its tradition of holding the annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Celebration to celebrate its rich past, present and future with an innovative and entertaining program.
Red ties will be sent to men who make reservations for the gala, formal event which will include an opening reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner, interactive program, live auction, music by the Dan Hayes Orchestra and dancing. Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, will attend the event as a special guest.
Sponsored by Lewis University and its Board of Trustees, the Red Tie Ball will benefit the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. Since its inception in 2009, more than 250 students with severe financial hardship have been able to pursue degree studies through support from the Mission Fund. Lewis University is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers who follow the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle who opened his schools to the poor and established a heritage of educating qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances. This tradition remains very much alive at Lewis University today, characterized by high standards of teaching, a caring faculty and staff, a diverse student population, and a strong focus on our commitment to educating all.
Reservations for the black-tie event are $300 per person and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call (815) 836-5545 or visit www.lewisu.edu/RedTieBall.
The Lewis University Choir will hold auditions for singers in all voice categories (SATB) from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus. Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, the Lewis University Choir comprises students, faculty, staff and members of the community.
Rehearsals are held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus. The choir will present a concert in the Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo on December 9. The repertoire for the fall semester includes Franz Liszt’s Missa choralis and Six Irish Folk Songs by Charles Villiers Stanford.
For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Sisk at email@example.com.
Lewis University will host a variety of performances as part of the Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series. All performances are located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission to all events is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.
The first performance, “Songs of American Labor” by Bucky Halker will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Halker grew up in Ashland, Wis., a blue-collar, iron ore, lumber town on Lake Superior. At 13 years old, Halker plugged in his guitar and was playing at teen rock dances. At 16 years old, he discovered Woody Guthrie, blues piano, songwriting and solo gigs. Dividing time between gigs and footnotes, Halker came back to the Midwest in 1976 and earned a Ph.D. in U.S. labor history at the University of Minnesota.
As the second performance of the series, Willie Pickens will perform American Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. A piano powerhouse, Pickens began his career on Eddie Harris’ 1961 national hit record, “Exodus,” since then playing with James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, and going on the road with Elvin Jones for five years. Instead of staying on the national and international jazz scene, Pickens chose to make a home in Hyde Park, become a Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher, an active member of the Hyde Park Union Church and a mentor to scores of upcoming musicians.
The 16th Street Theatre will take the stage with their production, “Agreed Upon Fiction” for the third performance of the series. Written by Shayne Kennedy and directed by Megan Shuchman, the play is a story about a good mother, Katie. She’s forced to protect her family and neighbors when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.
The fourth event of the series will be the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in the Philip Lynch Theatre. Nine concerts will be performed during the three-day musical festival, which begins Oct. 16. Craig Hultgren, an American cellist and improviser, will sit in on several of the concerts. He has taught at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, as well as teaching privately. Hultgren is a cellist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of several chamber groups such as the Chagall Trio, the Luna Nova Ensemble, and the Ensemble for contemporary chamber music, Thamyris. He is an active performer and performs regularly as a soloist on the cello and e-cello. Hultgren also made a name for himself among improvisational musicians.
Pianist Bryan Stanley will perform as the fifth performance of the series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. Dr. Stanley, accomplished pianist-composer originally from Atlantic, Iowa, is music director at the Park City Community Church in Utah and head of the piano faculty at the Utah Conservatory. He is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, which include two arrangements of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for violin/piano and solo piano, the latter of which was played at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival; and a Hal Leonard Vocal Library book of American Folksong concert arrangements.
The final performance of the series featured Ronald Keaton in his one-man show “Churchill.” Based on the life and writings of the Prime Minister who saw England through its darkest hours, “Churchill” explores the life of one of the greatest leaders of the Greatest Generation. Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..." Hear Winston discuss his failures and his successes, his love of art, liquor, and women, and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. History enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and lovers of great theater will not want to miss this portrayal of the first man to become an honorary citizen of the United States. Politician, painter, Nobel Prize winning author and raconteur, Churchill will continue to leave his mark on future generations. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.
The Performing Arts Series 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.
Birthdays for August 2014
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from August 1 - August 31:August 1, Mary DeGraw,Enrollment Management
August 3, Dr. Kristi Kelly, Career Services
August 3, Br. Pierre St. Raymond, FSC, Chemistry
August 3, Dr. James Houlihan, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
August 3, Alan Finkenbinder, Aviation Services
August 4, Roger Karns, Athletics
August 4, Janelle Kolosh, Admission
August 5, Colin Darschewski, College of Arts & Sciences
August 6, Dr. Valerie Hill Steik, Psychology
August 7, Margaret Juraco, Math & Computer Science
August 8, Sarah Coleman, College of Nursing & Health Professions
August 8, Robert Kempiak, Office of the Registrar
August 8, Joseph Falese, Student Services
August 8, Julio Kennedy, Facilities
August 8, Mark Swain, Art and Design
August 9, Dr. Wallace Ross, English
August 9, Gloria Massey, LUA
August 10, Dr. Serafima Gettys, Foreign Language Program
August 11, Lee Anne McConologue, College of Education
August 13, Rev. Kevin Spiess, College of Business
August 13, Tammy Kuse, Office of Technology
August 14, Dr. Joyce Hayward, College of Education
August 14, Ann O'Brien, College of Education
August 14, William Parrot, Aviation & Transportation Studies
August 14, Joanna Baumann, SPCE
August 14, Matthew McCarthy, Athletics
August 15, Leonard Collum, Jr., Office of Technology
August 15, Louis Revisky, Aviation & Transportation Studies
August 16, Norene Tierney, Human Resources
August 16, Thomas Burgess, Campus Police
August 16, Jane Foster, Financial Aid Services
August 17, Dean Schumacker, Facilities
August 18, Chase Buchler, Flight
August 18, Nina Nowaczyk, Graduate and Adult Admission
August 18, Humphrey Abeh, Aviation & Transportation Studies
August 19, John McGinty, Athletics
August 19, Jim Reed, Aviation Services
August 19, Kimberly Bozych, LaSalle House
August 20, Dr. Jackie White, English
August 21, Dr. Natalia Tapia, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
August 21, John Jones, Facilities
August 22, Larry Van Luyk, Facilities
August 22, Dr. Gwen Svoboda, College of Nursing & Health Professions
August 22, Harold McCay, Jr., Theatre
August 24, Brian Denk, Human Resources
August 25, Melanie Obispo-Young, College of Nursing & Health Professions
August 25, Ryan Pivonka, College of Business
August 25, Lisa O'Toole, Communications
August 26, Norm Turek, Facilities
August 26, Patrice Sidler, College of Business
August 28, Charles Slutz, Aviation & Transportation Studies
August 28, Jeffrey Festin, Facilities
August 29, Jonathan Ficaro, Meetings, Events and Conferences
August 30, Aaron Scheiwe, Business Office
August 30, Linda Cunningham, Oak Brook Campus
August 31, Dr. Susan M. Sheffer, Psychology
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 August 2014
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from August 1 - August 31.
New Café Opens in CONHP for Lewis Community
Jazzman’s Café, offering specialty coffees, pastries and more, will have a Grand Opening on Tuesday, September 2, at Lewis University. Located on the ground floor in the new addition of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Café will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during academic semesters. “Take out” food items, such as salads and sandwiches will be available along with signature specialty coffees, teas, and bakery treats. The Café also will offer standard regular and decaf coffee free of charge to faculty and staff. Student meal plans will cover items from the Café.
The newest in dining facilities provided by Sodexo Services at Lewis University, Jazzman’s Café is open to all Lewis faculty, staff, students, guests and other visitors to the University. Tables and soft seating are available in corridors by the Café which may be used for people to snack or study. Drop in for a wonderful pastry from their bakery or a specialty coffee anytime during its weekday service.
CONHP Addition to be Dedicated in September
Lewis University will dedicate the impressive new two-story addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The event will begin with an Open House with options to tour the new facility from 10-11 a.m., followed by a Dedication and Blessing at 11 a.m., more touring and a reception afterwards. The new construction features three Nursing simulation laboratories, four technology-enhanced classrooms, a conference room, student work/study space, lounge space, offices for faculty and the Dean, as well as a café and bakery.
“The College of Nursing and Health Professions at Lewis University is among the finest and much-respected of all undergraduate nursing program in Illinois,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “The expansion of the CONHP facilities here on campus will better serve our growing population of nursing and health professions students.”
This is the second addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in the past four years. A multi-phased addition was opened in 2010 to provide new educational spaces, additional classrooms, renovated offices, hospital-style labs and more. A doctoral program in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) was launched in the fall of 2013.
State of the University Address Available
Copies of the 2014 State of the University Address, presented by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, at Fall Convocation on Tuesday, August 19, may be obtained by contacting Margaret Kientop (President’s Office) at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 815-836-5230. The address is titled “Associated Together for a Vital Future: A New Look at Lewis’ Readiness to Succeed in a Highly Competitive Environment.”
LewisU App Welcomes Students to Campus
Students coming to campus this week are able to access their Welcome Days Orientation schedule on their Smartphones with a new app. More than just a “cool tool” the app is designed to boost student engagement with the use of a Smartphone. In addition to the more practical functions of maps, directions, and GPS coordinates, this app will provide the social aspect that is lacking in many Smartphone apps.
Students register to use the app in the App store or Google Play store. Once they download the app they can create their own calendar in the Timetable to add their course schedule, to dos, social events, chat with others in their classes, and take advantage of things that they choose to get involved in on campus. Additionally, local vendors can provide deals for the students and they can search for those. Twitter is linked through the app, as well as other University apps like WLRA, the Library, Lewis Flyers, and the Virtual Tour. Student clubs and organizations will be able add their members and communicate using the app.
Syl Goyette, Director of Web Development in Marketing and Communications said, “Students at PSAC have been asking us for an interactive app. Working with Sean Fagan , Asst. Director of Student Development and Leadership, and Sophia Barakat , Coordinator of Student Development and Leadership, we found an app to get students engaged from the start. Student engagement is important to their overall success here. We believe this new app will give them a reason to get involved, know what’s going on, meet new people and remain active.”
Dining facilities are currently being renovated at Saint Charles Borromeo Center, so faculty, staff and students at the SCBC are being asked to use other dining areas on campus until the work is completed. Vending machines, to be installed at SCBC in the next two to three weeks, will be available to offer soda, coffee or snacks in the Student Lounge area near the gym.
The dining facilities at SCBC will provide lunch (soup, salad and coffee) for faculty and staff only, starting in December. Students will be asked to continue using other dining facilities on campus. When the work on the dining facility is completed, there will be permanent seating for 200 people with expansion to 240 for banquets. A full menu and meal hours are anticipated in August, 2015 for faculty, staff and students. Some evening hours are anticipated and will be determined in response to students, faculty and staff.
Renovations to the dining facilities at SCBC include improvements to lighting and air conditioning, renovation of the ceiling, as well as new furniture and painting.
Dining facilities on campus include:
Convocation Focuses on Catholic Education/Provides University Update
Faculty and staff gathered Tuesday, August 19, for the annual Fall Convocation which provided an informative and thoughtful program, focusing on Catholic education plus an update on “The State of the University.” Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, President of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), presented the keynote address on “Catholic Education: Lessons Learned from a Glorious Past,” while Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, spoke in the afternoon on “Associated Together for a Vital Future: A New Look at Lewis’ Readiness to Success in a Highly Competitive Environment.”
“The Convocation provided a very fine occasion for faculty and staff to help successfully launch the new academic year and to focus on issues affecting quality education here at Lewis University,” Brother James noted. “This year we added to this celebratory event with the awarding of an honorary degree to our outstanding keynote speaker, Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, as well as the announcement that our Provost, Dr. Stephany Schlachter has been named an Affiliated Member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools for her significant Mission-related achievements in Lasallian education.”
Brother James extended his appreciation to all who assisted in planning and presenting this exceptional University Convocation for the Lewis Community, especially to those who helped from the Office of the Provost, Mission and Academic Services, University Ministry, Marketing and Communications, Facilities, Sodexo Services, and Meetings, Events and Conferences. Special thanks were given to Father Dan Torson, C.PP.S., for celebrating the very uplifting Mass of the Holy Spirit in Sancta Alberta Chapel prior to the Convocation program in the Fieldhouse.
Particular gratitude to all those who planned this year’s event, including members of the 2014 Convocation Committee: Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost; Dr. Kurt Schackmuth (Mission and Academic Services), Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology), Professor Marvin Bates (Marketing), Professor Patricia Braida (CONHP). Dr. Pamela Jessee and Professor Larry Wiers (College of Education), and Dr. Sheila Kennedy (English).
“The University Convocation wonderfully marked the beginning of this new academic year,” said Brother James. “Thanks to you and all who assisted in helping us so capably to launch another promising academic year.”
Dr. Erin Zimmer receives research grant from the American Society of Human Genetics
Dr. Erin Zimmer, professor of biology, was awarded a two-year grant entitled, “Living in a Genomic World: Tools to Evaluate Students’ Understanding of Genetic Data and Complex Trains” for the Genetics Education Research Project from the American Society of Human Genetics.
Working with Dr. Rivka Glaser from Stevenson University in Maryland, Dr. Zimmer was awarded the grant to explore genetic variation in complex traits in genetic curriculum, to identify gaps in current genetics concept inventories apropos complex traits, and to develop pedagogical resources and assessment tools to repair those gaps.
“We saw the need to expose students to genomic technologies, allow them to explore ‘big data,’ and help them make the connection between genetic variation and disease risk,” said Zimmer. “This project will develop the tools so that genetic educators nation-wide can incorporate these concepts into the undergraduate classroom.”
Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The society’s nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics.
BJ Boldog selected to USA Volleyball Pan American Cup Squad
Former Lewis University men's volleyball student-athlete BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) is one of the 12 players chosen to represent the United States at the IX Men's Pan American Cup being held Aug. 11-16 in Tijuana, Mexico.
Boldog recorded 4,385 assists in a Lewis uniform from 2011-14. His total ranks third all-time for a career at Lewis and first during the rally-scoring era (2002-present). Boldog was a three-time AVCA All-American and twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.
Current Flyer Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) was named an alternate for the squad. Powell, an outside hitter, is entering his redshirt senior season in 2015.
Other teams scheduled to compete at the 2014 IX Men's Pan American Cup are Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and host Mexico. The U.S. is scheduled to share a pool with Colombia and Mexico. Brazil, who is not participating in the event this year, is the defending champion of the annual event last held in 2013 at the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium in Mexico City. The highest ranked participating National Team in the final results of the competition will qualify for the 2015 FIVB World League.
Schedule and results for the 2014 IX Men's Pan American Cup (All Times PDT)
Canada vs. Venezuela (Pool C), 3 p.m.
Cuba vs. Puerto Rico (Pool B), 5 p.m.
Mexico vs. Colombia (Pool A), 7 p.m.
Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic (Pool B), 3 p.m.
Venezuela v Argentina (Pool C), 5 p.m.
Colombia v USA (Pool A), 7 p.m.
Dominican Republic v Cuba (Pool B), 3 p.m.
Venezuela v Argentina (Pool C), 5 p.m.
Mexico v USA (Pool A), 7 p.m.
Ninth-place match, 3 p.m.
Quarterfinals, 5 p.m.
Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.
Seventh-place match, 3 p.m.
Semifinals, 5 p.m.
Semifinals, 7 p.m.
Fifth-place match, 3 p.m.
Bronze medal match, 5 p.m.
Gold medal match, 7 p.m.
3 - Spencer Rowe (Opp, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., 6-7, UCLA)
4 - Taylor Crabb (OH, Honolulu, Hawaii, 6-1, Long Beach State)
5 - Graham Mcilvaine (S, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-2, Ball State)
7 - Michael Brinkley (L, Huntington Beach, Calif., 5-8, UC Irvine)
11 - Scott Kevorken (MB, Westlake Village, Calif., 6-7, UC Irvine)
12 - Robart Page (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 7-0, UCLA)
13 - Taylor Averill (MB, San Jose, Calif., 6-7, University of Hawaii)
14 - Jeremy Dejno (OH, New Berlin, Wis., 6-3, UC Irvine)
17 - Zachary La Cavera (OPP, Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-4, UC Irvine)
18 - Andrew Nally (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, Springfield College)
20 - BJ Boldog (S, Palatine, Ill., 6-3, Lewis University)
22 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., 6-8, Loyola University)
Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan
Assistant Coach: Theo Edwards
Assistant Coach: Nils Nielsen
Physiotherapist: Steve Miller
Team Manager: Sam Zapatka
National Immunization Awareness Month gives shot into arm to Lewis University students
To highlight the importance of immunizations throughout life—and to remind college students that they need vaccines, too—Lewis University is joining partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month.
“This is the perfect opportunity to make sure our students are protected against diseases, like the flu, whooping cough, tetanus and HPV,” commented Michelle Ronchetti, director of Health Services.
Vaccinations required by the State of Illinois for college students include Tetanus, Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella. The Illinois College Student Immunization Act (110-ILCS 20) requires all students enrolled in six or more credit hours per semester (on the Romeoville campus) to provide written evidence of current immune status with respect to certain communicable diseases. They are required to submit an up-to-date copy of an immunization record to the Health Services office on campus.
Every year, thousands of young adults in the U. S. suffer serious health problems, are hospitalized or even die from diseases that could have been prevented by vaccinations. The specific vaccines young adults need are determined by factors, such as age, lifestyle, risk conditions, locations of travel and previous vaccines.
To find out which vaccines are needed and distribution locations, visit www.cdc.gov/vaccines/adults/rec-vac/index.html.
Picture This! Lewis Again Featured at Kidzfest
Lewis University again was a major sponsor at the Kidzfest event in downtown Joliet. Shown are a few photos taken by Margaret Kientop(President's Office), a member of the Kidzfest Committee.
To access more photos, use this link, http://www.lewisu.edu/photoclub
Picture This! President Welcomes New Students
Picture This! Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, posed with many new Lewis students following Freshman Convocation on Friday, August 22. The six students pictured here are wearing tee shirts with the "Explore 2014" Welcome Days theme. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History), for taking the picture.
To access more photos, use this link, http://www.lewisu.edu/photoclub