Monday February 13, 2017 through Sunday February 19, 2017


Lewis University Honors Central American Martyrs With February Series

In honor of the 35th anniversary of Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC martyrdom in Guatemala, Lewis University will hold multiple events Feb. 13-22 on the main campus in Romeoville, Ill. All events in the series are free and open to the public.

The “Remembering Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC and Other Central American Martyrs” series will focus on the events surrounding Brother James’ death, the political and theological movements of the time, and the global ministry of Lewis University’s sponsoring religious congregation, the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

The series will open at 11:30 a.m. Feb. 13 in Sancta Alberta Chapel with a Mass to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Brother James’ assassination as well as the slayings of other Central American martyrs.

“Modern Political History and Guatemala 1954-2017” will be presented at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Brother Martin Spellman, FSC, who was a colleague of Brother James in Guatemala, will speak about his experience in the Central American country. A panel discussion with Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin (Sociology), Dr. Carlene Sipma-Dysico (Sociology) and Dr. Justin Delacour (Political Science) will follow.

“How Do I Remember Him?” will be offered at 2 p.m. Feb. 15 in the D’Arcy Great Room. The reflection panel will include Christian Brother colleagues, friends and family of Brother James. Following the panel discussion, there will be the dedication and blessing of the Brother James Miller Chapel at 4 p.m. in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall.

“The Birth and Spread of Liberation Theology” will be presented at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology will make a presentation and panel of theology faculty, including Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC and Dr. Karen Trimble-Alliaume, will respond.

“The Global Ministry of the De La Salle Christian Brothers” will be discussed at 12:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in the D’Arcy Great Room. Brother Thomas Johnson, FSC, director of novices, Lasallian Region of North America and former Vicar General of the Christian Brothers from 2007-2014, will present on global ministry. A panel discussion, including Dr. Dennis Cremin (History) and Dr. Kurt Schackmuth (Mission and Identity), will follow.

The series will conclude with “A Contemporary Lasallian Martyr: Brother James (Santiago) Miller, FSC” presented by Brother Paul Joslin, FSC, a friend of Brother James and university minister. Haley Renison ’17 will serve as a panelist. Brother Paul will share his experience serving with fellow Lasallians as missionaries during Guatemala’s brutal 36-year Civil War.

This series is being presented as 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. Contact for further information.

Lewis University Nursing Program is Highly Ranked in Illinois

Student success on the NCLEX-RN exam consistently in the last five years prompted the independent guide to rank Lewis University’s nursing program as second in Illinois.

“Lewis University’s ranking indicates both quality and value, and attests to a curriculum that is continually being modified to meet the demands of the healthcare system,” Dr. Peggy Rice, dean of the Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions. ranked the nursing programs in the state by analyzing current and historical NCLEX-RN pass rates. Over the last five years, Lewis University has consistently had at least 95 percent of its students pass the NCLEX exam.

"With attention to the pacing of the healthcare field today," said Brooke Wallace, founder and managing editor at “Lewis University creates leaders in the high-tech patient care environment.”

Lewis University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions has been developing nurses at all levels for more than 40 years. The faculty work with students to develop a compassionate, holistic approach to patient care, addressing physical symptoms while caring for the heart, mind and soul. Lewis University nurses become expert practitioners and innovative leaders who will transform practice in an increasingly complex healthcare system.

Lewis University Features Jens Brasch Art Exhibition

Lewis University will host an art exhibition entitled, “whatever my [I] is interested in” by artist Jens Brasch. The exhibit will be on display February 2-28 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

This exhibition of abstract works demonstrates that the notion of abstraction remains a vital part of contemporary art. Brasch reverses the accustomed movement from subject to symbol by enlarging and enlivening graphic language to make paintings and three-dimensional objects inspired by graphs.

Brasch taught art for 27 years. For the last 15 years, he has been creating his own work. His studio is at the Bridgeport Art Center where he has been for 10 years. Jens’ work is concerned with the integration of art, philosophy and science with an emphasis on language and meaning. The public is invited to a Reception and Gallery Talk from 7-9 p.m. on Thursday, February 16.

The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery, 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

Lewis University Chemistry Student Earns ILMA Scholarship

Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Lewis University chemistry student Neera Mistry.

Recognized for her outstanding work in chemistry, Mistry said her Lewis University experience contributed to her earning the ILMA Tagalia Scholarship. “The Department of Chemistry at Lewis University stimulated my interest in science and chemistry and augmented my achievement of this scholarship award.”

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, physics and chemical physics. Master’s degree programs include chemistry, physics and chemical physics. The challenging curriculum is led by faculty with extensive industry-leading chemical experience. Students engage in innovative research in the state-of-the-art facilities with cutting-edge lab equipment.

ILMA is one America’s leading establishments responsible for addressing tribology – the study of friction and wear and lubrication aspects associated with material surfaces. ILMA also represents independent lubricant manufacturers’ interest in the field. Scholarships are given to qualified individuals who study science or entrepreneurship.

Catalyst Retreat Inspires Lewis Students to “Be the Change”

Local, national, and global realities concerning poverty were the focus of the Lewis University Catalyst Retreat at the Brother David Darst Center on Chicago’s south side. It was the eighth year Lewis University Ministry offered this immersion experience that explores issues of social justice through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment.

“The Catalyst Retreat taught me about the issues facing our world, it opened my eyes to the strength that can come from a group of people who care so much, and it showed me the importance of hope in a world that is, at times, full of pain and darkness,” said Caitlyn Quinlan, director of the Catalyst VIII Retreat.

The other student leaders were Alexis Pullins, Latimer Ferrel, Abby Persicketti and Melissa Churchill. These 5 student leaders spent the entire fall semester learning about social justice issues, such as homelessness and hunger, building community with each other, and preparing to lead a group of 20 students and 3 faculty/staff members in a weekend of reflection, faith sharing, simple living, and solidarity.

Throughout the weekend, students engaged in discussion with men and women who have experienced homelessness, participated in activities and simulations that helped them to learn about global realities concerning poverty and hunger, and explored the connection between faith and justice. “My experience at Catalyst was life changing and eye opening. I learned about the reality of those who are living in poverty, homelessness, and the incarcerated. This experience has motivated me to become a catalyst of change in society,” said Mary Kate Bauer, a Lewis University student.

Parkland College Graduates Gain a New Aviation Bachelor’s Degree Opportunity at Lewis University

Representatives of Lewis University and the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College signed an articulation agreement Feb. 3 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our students to continue their studies and complement their flight training in other aviation fields," said Wendy Evans, program recruiter for the Institute of Aviation at Parkland College.

The agreement allows Parkland College aviation graduates the opportunity to transfer into one of Lewis University's seven aviation undergraduate programs to complete a bachelor's degree. These programs include Aviation Administration, Aviation and Aerospace technology, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Flight Management, Transportation Administration and Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

"We welcome the graduates of Parkland College as they continue on their flight path to success," said Dr. Stephany Schlachter, provost of Lewis University.

Lewis University has the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. It is the only aviation program in the state that has an airport on campus. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation and Transportation on campus and online.


Service Award Recipient for January 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Jordan Humphrey for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for January, 2017.  Dr. Jordan Humphrey was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very dedicated service as the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Assessment and Student Development and Leadership.

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 28, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

Service Award Recipient for February 2017

Congratulations to Femi Oyewole for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for January, 2017.  Femi Oyewole was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very dedicated service as the Coordinator of Student Development and Leadership. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 28, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

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Mileage Rates are Decreased

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2017 the mileage rate is 53.5 cents per mile.


Spring Career Expo Set

All Lewis students and alumni are invited to attend the Spring 2017 Career Expo, to be held on Wednesday, March 22, from noon-4 P.M.

The event will feature more than 90 employers and will take place in the Fieldhouse.

For any additional information contact the Office of Career Services.

Lewis University Athletics Host Inaugural Flyer Red Dinner

Friday (March 17), Lewis University Athletics will host its first ever Flyer Red Dinner. The dinner will be a fundraising event to benefit Lewis Flyers Athletics and its 20 teams and 400 student-athletes. The event will be held at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oak Brook Terrance at 6:30 PM.

At the Flyer Red Dinner there will be a cocktail hour to start the night, followed by dinner and a celebration of Flyer Athletics, closed out by a final program that includes honoring the inductees of the Hall of Fame Class of 2017 as well as a silent auction. Those inductees will include: Duane Chappel '04 (Track and Field), Robin Martz Hammer '05 (Baseball), Eduardo Quinones '00 (Volleyball), Kirk Vucsko '84 (Baseball and Basketball). Lewis will also honor Paul Ruddy former Director of Athletics as the Lewis University Athletics Lasallian of the Year.

To register and for more information on partnership opportunities follow the link below. Come join us in a celebration of Lewis Flyers Athletics.

Flyer Red Dinner Online Registration

Remembering Br. James (Santiago) Miller, FSC & Other Central American Martyrs

On the 35th anniversary of Brother James Miller's martyrdom in Guatemala, learn more about events surrounding his tragic death and the global ministry of Lewis University's sponsoring religious congregation - the De La Salle Christian Brothers.

The following events will take place from Feb. 13-22, 2017:

  • Feb. 13, 11:30 A.M., Mass, Sancta Alberta Chapel
  • Feb. 14, 2:00 P.M., Panel discussion on Modern Political History of Guatemala, D'Arcy Great Room
  • Feb. 15, 2:00 P.M., Reflections from Christian Brother Colleagues and His Friends and Family, D'Arcy Great Room
  • Feb. 15, 4:00 P.M., Dedication of the Br. James Miller, FSC Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall
  • Feb. 20, 11:00 A.M., The Birth and Spread of Liberation Theology, D'Arcy Great Room
  • Feb. 21, 12:30 P.M., The Global Ministry of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, D'Arcy Great Room
  • Feb. 22, 2:00 P.M., A Contemporary Lasallian Martyr: Br. James (Santiago) Miller, FSC, D'Arcy Great Room

For more information contact Steve Zlatic, Director of University Ministry at ext. 5289.

A Historical Look at Mexican Border Conflict Dinner/Lecture is March 22 at Lewis University

The James P. ’60 and Mary C. Sczepaniak Lecture Series continues March 22 in the Faculty Dining Room at Lewis University in Romeoville. The lecture is free and open to the public.

“How The Mexican Border Became a Problem: Pancho Villa and Beyond” will be presented by Dr. Benjamin H. Johnson, Loyola University Chicago. Professor Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression Turned Mexicans into Americans.”

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture follows at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public. The dinner is $30.Visit to reserve seats by March 20.

For more information, please contact Dr. Eileen McMahon, chair of History at or (815) 836-5774.

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre travels to Boston in “Good People”

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month's paycheck only covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh (Christy Carlson of Lockport) has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks of Mike (Luke Murphy of Darien), an old fling who has made it out of Southie. And who might be her ticket to a fresh new start. Pressured by her friends Jean (Kayla Carson of Burbank) and Dottie (Ashley Stajura of Lockport), as well as her former boss, Stevie (Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park); Margie goes to Mike’s affluent neighborhood of Chestnut Hill to ask for a job. This leads to a confrontation with Mike and his wife, Kate (Taylore Cephas of Chicago), which will unveil some startling revelations. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Professor of Theatre Kevin Trudeau of Beverly directs the production. Assisting him as stage manager is Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village and Jennifer Glynn of Mt. Greenwood as the assistant stage manager. Andrew Nelsen and Celeste Mackey of Joliet are designing the scenery and costumes, respectively. Designing and operating lights is Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield while Sean Gallagher of Mokena is designing and operating sound. Jamie Voustros of Chicago is the properties manager and Dave Pomatto of Naperville is the assistant technical director. The running crew consists of Simon Merheb of Barlett, Mike Nutter of LaGrange, Chris Pupik of Naperville, Conrad Sipiora of Chicago. Front-of-house staff is Brianna Peoples of Melrose Park, Bradford Bingham of Chicago, Eric Redmon of Yorkville and Andy Wainscott of Mokena.

“Good People” will run February 17-19 and February 23-26 and is recommended for patrons 18 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, February 25. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for adult and $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. For groups of 15 or more tickets are $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.


Birthdays for February 2017

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from February 1 - February 28.

February 1, Thomas Helwich, Athletics
February 1, Mary Eileen Kloster, College of Nursing & Health Professions
February 1, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

February 2, Alex Issa Alhadweh, College of Business

February 4, Dr. Cathy Ayers, College of Arts & Sciences
February 4, Dr. Mark Nolan, LUA

February 5, Jennifer Rutherford, University Ministry
February 5, Christopher Swanson, Office of the Provost

February 6, Katheryn Slattery, Student Services

February 7, Linda Elsik, College of Nursing & Health Professions
February 7, Dr. Eileen McMahon, History
February 7, Gregory Payne, Aviation Services
February 7, Michael Shields, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

February 8, Dr. Christine Billups, LARC

February 9, Lifeng Hu, Foreign Language Program
February 9, John Spruance, Athletics

February 11, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Biology
February 11, Dr. Michael McDowell, College of Nursing & Health Professions

February 12, Karen Burke, College of Arts & Sciences
February 12, Dr. Erin Zimmer, Biology

February 13, Leanne Harris, Career Services

February 14, Megan McCarthy-Biank, Marketing and Communications
February 14, Donna Rice, College of Nursing & Health Professions
February 14, Jennifer Skvarla, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

February 15, Austin Mastela, Residence Life

February 16, Kathleen Anderson, Meetings, Events and Conferences
February 16, Dr. Ralph Miller, Sport and Exercise Science

February 17, Wendy Hess, Business Office
February 17, Michael Prokop, Campus Police
February 17, Megan Wozniak, College of Business

February 18, Kath Miller, Office of the Registrar
February 18, Megan Rogge, Office of Technology

February 19, Thomas Buell, Facilities
February 19, Tina Crowther, University Advancement

February 21, Matthew Wendlandt, Flight

February 22, Cody Fuerst, Admission

February 23, Joseph Tomsic, College of Business

February 26, Ashley Castillo, Writing Center
February 26, Joseph Glatz, Marketing and Communications
February 26, Sheila McGreal, College of Nursing & Health Professions

February 27, Dr. Christopher Wielgos, English Studies

February 28, Dr. Teresa Bixby, Chemistry
February 28, Dr. Simone Muench, English Studies

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 February 2017

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from February 1 - February 28.


27 Years, Gregory Gentili, Aviation Services

26 Years, Janeen Decharinte, Financial Aid Services

20 Years, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

17 Years, Kath Miller, Office of the Registrar
17 Years, Efrain Zavala, Facilities

13 Years, Megan Zahos, Aviation & Transportation Studies

10 Years, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE
10 Years, Christopher Koenig, Athletics
10 Years, Michael Fekete, International Student Services

6 Years, Michael Zegadlo, Campus Police
6 Years, James Montanari, Campus Police

5 Years, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police
5 Years, Jose Zamora, Office of Technology

4 Years, Alondra Bustos, Financial Aid Services
4 Years, Rudi Balich, Athletics
4 Years, Jeannette Ortiz, LUA

2 Years, Napoleon Garcia, Office of Technology
2 Years, Dr. Linda Ryan, College of Nursing & Health Professions
2 Years, Robert Barton, Office of Technology
2 Years, Nathan Robenhymer, Aviation Services


ELS Center at Lewis University Set to Close April 1

Significant reorganization and restructuring of resources within the ELS Educational Services Organization’s U.S. operations will result in the closure of the ELS center April 1 at Lewis University.

Other ELS sites in Denver, Houston, Clear Lake, Pittsburgh, San Jose, Santa Barbara, Sioux Falls and Tacoma will close on various dates in the next few months.

“ELS has informed us that it was the unfavorable market conditions and national decline in their enrollments that prompted the closure,” Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, stated. “We are disappointed with ELS’s decision but understand their rationale. Lewis has benefited greatly from these international students being a part of our community through sharing culture and educational experiences.”

Kennelly added, “We will continue to aggressively pursue other opportunities for collaboration and partnership that will support the growth of our international student population.”

The Lewis University site opened in October 2014. The ELS program offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students are in Mother Teresa Hall on the Romeoville campus. ELS operates continuously in four-week sessions, consisting of six classes per day, 52 weeks per year. Students participate in various classes that focus on structure and speaking practice, language studies and reading and writing. Students also may choose to take skills enhancement classes that focus on conversation, listening comprehension, American culture, public speaking and current events.

ELS students will continue their program until the closing on April 1. After that time, students will be encouraged to transfer to a different ELS Center. The ELS staff will be supporting and assisting all the students throughout the end of their program and working to ensure a successful transfer.

Lewis Offers Support to St. Joseph's College Students

The Lewis University community is saddened by the news that St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana will suspend operations at the end of the 2016-17 academic year. As a fellow Catholic university and partner in the Great Lakes Valley Athletic Conference, we have great respect for the long, proud tradition and history of St. Joseph’s College. The decision to temporarily close a school is never easy and impacts many people. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire St. Joseph’s College community during this time.

This situation is obviously causing great concern and anxiety for the currently enrolled students and families of St. Joseph’s College. The Lewis community would like to help. We are committed to providing as much support as possible so that every St. Joseph’s College student can complete his or her college degree on time, with as little disruption as possible.

In addition to our current transfer-friendly policies, we are prepared to maximize the transferability of credits as well as award scholarships and financial aid for every qualified St. Joseph’s College student. A review of the St. Joseph’s College catalog demonstrates that Lewis University would be able to provide a near seamless transition and ability for students to continue to pursue nearly every major program offered by St. Joseph’s College. Our similar missions and educational philosophy would also provide students with a cohesive atmosphere and learning environment.

We encourage interested St. Joseph’s College students to contact us directly at 815-836-5250 or for a transfer credit analysis and financial aid review. All application fees will be waived.

Puma Pride will live on through all the alumni and lives that Saint Joseph’s College has touched. Lewis University stands ready to assist during this difficult time.

Ray Kennelly
Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning
(815) 836-5520

Career Services on the Move

The Office of Career Services will be moving to the first floor of the Brother Paul French, FSC, Learning Resource Center (LRC). The move from their current location in Benilde Hall, will take place on February 23 and 24. They will now be located in LR 25, offices A-F. This new location will provide enhanced office space and resources for the career services staff to meet with students and employers. The goal of this move, and future planned moves, is to provide greater convenience, access, and collaboration between offices providing essential services to our students. The opening of the new Admission Welcome Center has created an exciting opportunity to centralize many of the support services for our students in the space admissions has vacated in the LRC.

Jump Start Your Career with the National Science Foundation

The Early Career Development Program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, is a way for faculty in the sciences to receive both financial support and professional development early in their academic careers. The NSF program seeks to combine conducting original research and scholarship with the development of teaching excellence.

Designed for faculty who are tenure-track, but not tenured prior to their award, the NSF career program provides five years of summer salary, along with funding for travel to professional conferences and funds to pay the salaries of student researchers. But research is only part of the plan.

Faculty who participate in the program are also expected to create specific ways in which their research and scholarship will serve as the catalyst for change their classroom or in the community at large. While these awards are often associated with research-intensive universities, the career program’s emphasis on teaching makes smaller institutions competitive.

Recent and current awards have gone to St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Claremont McKenna College in California and Hope College in Michigan. The key for success for smaller schools is to make the attempt.

Cece Manoochehri is the Sponsored Research and IRB Administrator at Pitzer College (Enrollment: 1,067) where a faculty member is a current career program awardee. “Like most proposals,” Manoochehri says, “it is the well-developed proposal that gets funded. I think what is so important is that a faculty member needs to articulate their research ideas.”

The key to being funded is to have early conversations with the NSF Program Officer to better understand to goals of the program and how one’s individual research and scholarship interests. But an even greater key to being funded is dogged persistence; applicants can submit up to three times to the program and first-attempt awards are rare.

As hockey great Wayne Gretzky used to say, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” The same is true for grant funding – no proposal ever received funding without first being sent to the sponsor. The career program has a July deadline, but calls to the program officer can be made now.

The Office of Sponsored Programs has several resources available to assist in creating a proposal for the career program. Contact Jeff Ritchie at extension 5129 or via e-mail at

Roadside Parking Prohibited During ComEd Work Along Route 53

Motorists should allow extra time when traveling to the Romeoville campus. The villages of Romeoville and Crest Hill have sent a notice to the community that ComEd began work alongside Route 53 between 135th Street in Romeoville and Caton Farm in Crest Hill. The work is scheduled to continue through February 28, 2017.

The project is in a Critical Habitat Area that is home to endangered species, including dragonflies and turtles. Helicopters will be used on this project to ensure endangered species are not disrupted.

ComEd is urging motorists to not stop to view the operation. ComEd is advising motorists in communities along Route 53 that there is limited space and parking will be prohibited.

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Dr. Nawara Explains U.S. Presidential Executive Orders

Executive orders are directives to executive agencies, says Dr. Dr. Steve Nawara, assistant professor of Political Science at Lewis University in Illinois.

In this video he continues to answer more questions about Executive Orders. How do they work? How can Executive Orders be stopped? How often do presidents issue Executive Orders?

Visit to learn more about studying Political Science at Lewis University.

Schackmuth Elected Chair of National Lasallian Education Council

Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, vice president for Mission and Academic Services, was elected chair of the national Lasallian Education Council.

The LEC is an innovative structure for sharing the responsibility for the Lasallian mission among the De La Salle Christian Brothers and Lasallian Partners in the Lasallian Region of North America. The diversity of Lasallians in the Region is reflected in the membership of the council, which consists of 12-15 members, and includes both brothers and lay partners.

Established in 2011, LEC is responsible for the oversight of mission formation/education programs and the expansion of mission-related activities and ministries. It also serves as a platform for mission-related collaboration among the districts, and creates greater partnerships within and outside the Lasallian world to strengthen the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle.

Schackmuth was named to the group in 2014, and is one of two members representing Lasallian higher education on the Council. In his current capacity, he serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Finance Committee. He will begin fulfilling his two–year role as chair later this year.

Hills Talks Keynesian Economics

Dr. Larry Hill, professor of economics, shared his expertise to a crowd of about 300 people Feb. 11 at the Mundelien Center on the Chicago Loyola University campus.

He addressed the Young Americans for Liberty, a pro-liberty organization on America's college campuses. It has more than 804 YAL chapters and 308,927 youth activists nationwide.


Lewis Men's Cross Country Earns All Academic Honors

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday (Feb. 9) that the Lewis University men's cross country team has earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team accolades, thanks to its 3.23 cumulative team GPA following the 2016 fall semester.

This is the third consecutive year that the team has earned the honor.

"I'm very proud of the team." Lewis head cross country coach James Kearney said. "It says a lot about the young people in our program to find a great balance of academics and athletics."

Seniors James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) and Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) both earned individual academic honors. "The two young men awarded are both in extremely difficult majors, and I'm so impressed with their time management skills and discipline to achieve this honor" said Coach Kearney.

The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

USTFCCCA Names Lewis Women's Cross Country to All-Academic Team List

On Thursday (Feb. 9) for the third straight year Lewis University women's cross country has earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team accolades, thanks to its 3.48 cumulative team GPA following the 2016 fall semester.

"I'm very proud of the team for earning the honor." Lewis head cross country coach James Kearney said. "It says a lot about the team finding balance between academics and athletics."

Lewis also had six runners earn individual academic honors; seniors Mollie Dalton (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Conant), Abby Dodis (Elburn, Ill./Kaneland), and Andrea Holm (Plainfield, Ill./Oswego East), and sophomores Ashley Lafayette (Bloomington, Ill./University High), Megan Shaffer (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon), sophomore Abby Tripp (Schaumburg, Ill./Conant) were awarded the honor.

"I'm extremely honored to work with such dedicated athletes. 6 women on the team is an incredible feat, and I'm very proud of those that were honored."

The individual All-Academic honor was awarded to those athletes who have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

Lewis' Johnson Named to Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (Feb. 9) that Lewis University redshirt senior guard Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team for the third time in her career.

Johnson, who is pursuing a masters degree in business administration, owns a perfect cumulative grade-point-average of 4.00.

"Jamie is the epitome of the word student-athlete," Lewis head women's basketball coach Kristen Gillespie said. "She is a fierce competitor on the court and in the classroom.

"She is a tremendous ambassador for our university as a nationally recognized athlete and scholar."

The South Holland, Ill., native is second on the Flyers in scoring and third overall in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, averaging 17.8 points-per-game. She is the best free throw shooter in the conference, knocking down 89.1% (90-for-101) of her charity tosses. The 2015 Academic All-America First Team selection has knocked down 60 three-pointers and is shooting 39.2% from beyond the arc this season, both good for second overall in the GLVC.