Monday November 28, 2016 through Sunday December 4, 2016


Christmas Music Returns to WLRA

Tune into WLRA-FM for holiday music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at or iHeartRadio as well as through a mobile device through the WLRA / United Way Christmas Music app.

The WLRA Christmas programming will feature sacred, traditional, contemporary and new hits for people of all tastes and ages. The Christmas programming as well as the university’s Andrew Center of Electronic Media are made possible with the help of a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

This is the 16th year that WLRA-FM switched to all Christmas music as part of the annual “Christmas Memories for You and Your Family,” a benefit broadcast for the United Way of Will County. Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief public service announcements about United Way agencies in Will County.

“It’s our Christmas gift to the community. Our students are honored to use their skills in the radio industry to help others in the various United Way programs,” John Carey, director of the Andrew Center of Electronic Media, commented.

WLRA has been on the air for more than 40 years. WLRA’s programming includes news and sports coverage, coverage of Lewis University events and a wide variety of music. Students and faculty involved with WLRA are committed to community service and have produced several marathon broadcasts to benefit United Way of Will County, local children’s hospital and many others.

The United Way of Will County is a local, not-for-profit organization that raises money annually to support local human care services provided by local, not-for-profit agencies. With financial contributions from the community, United Way is helping and changing lives every day.

Lewis University is Ranked Best for Vets by Military Times

Military Times magazine selected Lewis University as the top private college and university in Illinois that is on its 2017 national rankings list, Best for Vets.

The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey of veteran and military student services as well as ratings of academic achievement. The Military Times’ Best for Vets distinction recognizes Lewis University for its commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America's veterans, service members and families.

Lewis University was evaluated as a university that demonstrates the factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

“When a veteran steps onto campus, he or she is welcomed and supported through many services,” stated Roman Ortega, Jr., director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, and ROTC Administrative Director.

Comprehensive support is provided by the Lewis University Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, which mentors and advises students as they navigate college. Lewis University is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which allows qualified Post-9/11 veterans to enroll in more than 100 approved education programs at Lewis University, tuition free. Incoming veteran students are encouraged to participate in the Veteran Introduction to the College Experience course. The group of veterans meet weekly to discuss issues surrounding their transition from military to civilian life and any struggles associated with their experience on campus. An active chapter of the Student Veterans of America keeps Lewis University students engaged in the community and provides support in networking, academics and other professional opportunities.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, go to:

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Visual Artist Jill King’s Work on Display in November

"Fate, Form, and Faith" by Jill King will be on display November 3-28 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on the main campus of Lewis University in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and is on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

The artist’s work is constructed out of a wide range of permanent materials, such as powdered pigments, soldered steel, wire, parachute fabric, silk, acrylic gels and fiberglass. Formed by stretching a sturdy fabric over a linear steel construction, the art looks like fantastical, botanical drawings, flying kites or celestial cloud formations that have come to life on canvas or in three dimensional sculptures.

Jill King holds a BFA from Northern Illinois University and an MA from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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

Heritage Theatre Company’s 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular at Lewis University

Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will celebrate the season with the 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular. Performances will be Thursday through Saturday, December 8, 9 and 10 at 7:30 p.m. Due to popular demand, a 4 p.m. matinee has been added on Saturday, December 10. Last year, reserved seating was introduced and was successful for this event. Advanced reserved seating reservations are strongly recommended again this year. Tickets may be purchased at the Philip Lynch Theatre box office in advance during regular box office hours Monday–Friday, 1–4:30 p.m. For more information, patrons can visit the PLT website at or call the box office at (815) 836-5500.

Fun for the whole family, the show will deck the halls with 90 minutes of joyful music, skits, and merriment. The Holiday Spectacular is a non-stop sleigh ride of heartwarming moments filled with singing, dancing, and laughter. The box office opens at 6 p.m. and 3 p.m. for the matinee on December 10 with holiday confections in the lobby. Digital photos for $5 on stage with Santa and his holiday helpers will be available 30 minutes prior to show time. Commemorative 40th Anniversary Philip Lynch Theatre ornaments are also available for $5. Proceeds from the concessions, photos with Santa and the ornaments go to the Theatre Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $10 for the general public, and $2 for the members of the Lewis community. Half price tickets are available with a donation of non-perishable foods going to local shelters.

This year’s show features a cast of 23 Lewis students and alumni. They’ll sing, dance and warm your spirits as they put a holiday twist on Billboard chart toppers both new and old. The show will get patrons of all ages in the season’s spirit. HTC has been sharing the festive fever with the gift of live theatre for 12 years.

The cast features: Zeusan Balquin of New Lenox, Kayla Marie Carson of Burbank, Christina Carlson, Matt Carlson ‘15 both of Lockport; Nicole Reidy ‘16, Briana Reidy ‘16, and Luke Murphy, all of Darien; Ashley Bihun of Oak Brook, Mike Frale of Elk Grove, Jessi Shepard of Peotone, Tim Collins of Monee, Kristen Leano, Carole McKee ‘16 both of Plainfield, Bradford Bingham, Taylore Cephas, Jennifer Glynn, Jamie Voustros (properties manager), all of Chicago, Jordin Richards ‘16, Kevin Bukauski, and Alicia Iuliano all of Tinley Park, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Miguel Salazar of Crest Hill, and Christopher Pupik of Naperville.

The show is conceived and directed by Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik ‘88 of Joliet. Stage-managing the production is Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank. Celeste Mackey of Joliet is the costume designer. Eric Redmon of Yorkville is the assistant stage manager, Christian Marshall of St. Louis is the properties assistant, and Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank is the lighting and special FX designer. Andrew Nelsen ‘04 of Joliet is the technical director and the sound designer is Kate O’Neil ’15 of Yorkville. The follow spot operators are Annie Martello of Morris, and Justice Westan of Joliet. Don’t be a grinch; join HTC as it rings in the holiday season with the 12th Annual Holiday Spectacular.

Contribute to the Christmas Giving Tree Sponsored by Lewis University Ministry

Consider contributing to the Lewis University Ministry Christmas Giving Tree.

It can be done in a few easy steps:
- Choose 1 or 2 tags from the Christmas trees located in Sancta Alberta Chapel
- Fill out the appropriate information in the binder on the table next to the trees.
- Sizes were not provided this year. Please choose gifts that are not overly size specific. Consider buying winter gloves/hat/socks, gift cards, toy/game, etc.
- Purchase your gift(s) using information provided on the tag(s). Be sure to get a gift receipt.
- Return the gift to the Chapel, wrapped, with the gift receipt, and with the selected tag(s) attached to the outside of the gift by Wednesday, December 14.


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Service Award Recipient for November 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Kristi Kelly for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for November, 2016.  Dr. Kristi Kelly was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her leadership and very dedicated service as the Director of Multicultural Student Services. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 22, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

Staff Attends Emergency Preparedness Seminar

Joe Falese, Kathy Slattery, Dr. Jordan Humphrey, Sean Fagan, Chris Swanson and Kathrynne Skonicki, as representatives of the Campus Emergency Planning Team (CEPT), attended the 2016 National Seminar and Tabletop Exercise for Institutions of Higher Education on November 16 and 17, 2016 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

This was a very valuable seminar/exercise as it relates to our ongoing work to enhance our systems related to preparedness, response and recovery in emergency situations.

Service Award Recipient for October 2016

Congratulations to Cynthia McCallen for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for October, 2016.  Cynthia McCallen was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her helpful, polite, enthusiastic, friendly, and very dedicated service as a Secretary in the Admissions Office. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 22, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.


Enjoy Cookies With Santa December 4

Lewis University Alumni are invited to Cookies With Santa from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, December 4 at St. Charles Borromeo Center on the Romeoville Campus.

Attendees will receive a printed and digital copy of their photo, cookies, snacks, and crafts.

Register for the event at

In the past, attendees have brought gifts to donate to a local organization, a tremendous outreach that has benefited many area communities at Christmas. This year, we ask that instead of bringing one toy per child to the event, attendees make a gift to the Lewis University Mission Fund.

The Mission Fund provides students in need the opportunity to continue their education at Lewis. This holiday season, the gift of education can help students on their quest to become future Lewis alumni.

The Mission Fund assists students who meet the following qualifications:
Exhaustion of all other possible avenues of financial support, including student loans;
Parent or parents who have lost a job due to the economy, permanent disability, illness or death; and
Successful progress toward completion of their degree.

The vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle remains very much alive at Lewis University, characterized by high standards of teaching, caring faculty, a diverse student population and a strong focus on our commitment to educating all qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances.

Lewis University Choir to Present Music from Dante’s Divine Comedy

The Lewis University Choir will present a concert on Tuesday evening, November 29 at 7:30 at St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. The concert will be open to the public without charge.

The unique and varied program will comprise musical settings of texts from Dante’s Divine Comedy. There are many instances of singing in Purgatorio and Paradiso, ranging from Psalms to the Mass Ordinary to Marian antiphons. Our presentation will include music from all periods, not just songs from Dante’s time. Program highlights include Gregorio Allegri’s legendary Miserere (Psalm 51) and Charles Villiers Stanford’s stirring setting of the Te Deum laudamus.

Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, Chairman and Professor of Music at Lewis University, the Lewis University Choir includes students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The choir performs choral music ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of living composers. Dr. Sisk is a well-known exponent of choral and liturgical music, having conducted college and church choirs for more than 40 years.


Veterans Day Ceremony Offers Gratitude for Unselfish Service

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Lewis University unified the community through prayer, song and inspiring words from Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, and U.S. Air Force Colonel Duane Hayden.

The Nov. 11 ceremony was presented by the Lewis University Army and Air Force ROTC units, Student Veterans of America and Office of Veteran Affairs.

U.S. Army ROTC Cadet Melissa Churchill served as master of ceremonies. A joint-service color guard posted colors, followed by the national anthem. Father Daniel Torson, university chaplain and Air Force veteran, offered an invocation.

Livingston spoke of his pride in Lewis University as one of the nation’s best institutions for veterans. He acknowledged the sacrifices of those in service. He said, “It’s the act of being unselfish and it’s all about service to others.”

Hayden echoed Livingston in the selflessness of service. The Lewis University Board of Trustees member spoke with sincerity and gratitude to past, present and future members of service. He encouraged future members of service to “seek knowledge and apply wisdom.”

After his address, Hayden presented his Commanders Pin to Churchill. He wanted the exemplary Lewis University student to be mindful of his support as she progresses in her military career.

Each branch of the military sang their respective songs with pride and the event concluded with Father Torson offering a final benediction. The joint-color guard retired the colors.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony kicked off the holiday season on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016. Students, faculty and staff gathered to sing Christmas carols with brief remarks by Dr. David Livingston, president. Refreshments were served in the LRC lobby. The photo shows some of the lovely lighting and decorations on campus for the Christmas holiday in front of the Brother Paul French, FSC, Learning Resource Center.


Birthdays for December 2016

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

December 1, Patricia Kaira, Office of the Provost

December 2, Brandon Gonzales, Athletics
December 2, Gary Kozak, Facilities
December 2, Deana Ligda, Marketing and Communications
December 2, Dr. James Rago, Biology

December 3, Robert DeRose, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

December 4, Dr. Laurette Liesen, Political Science

December 6, Sheri Vilcek, Graduate Admission

December 7, Dr. Charles Crowder, Physics

December 8, Luke Baskerville, Facilities
December 8, Alondra Bustos, Financial Aid Services
December 8, Dr. Suling Li, College of Nursing & Health Professions

December 9, Brianne Dougherty, University Advancement
December 9, Dr. Touwanna Edwards, Psychology
December 9, Dr. Dorene Huvaere, College of Education
December 9, Francesca Romo, Admission

December 10, Daniel Fagan, Flight
December 10, Thomas Urbanski, Library

December 11, Raymond Jamiolkowski, Psychology

December 12, Cathy Bohlin, Sport and Exercise Science
December 12, Patricia Perez, Graduate School of Management

December 13, Deborah Kornacker, College of Nursing & Health Professions
December 13, Javonda Pelman, University Advancement

December 14, Allison Rios, University Advancement

December 15, Dr. Mathias Plass, College of Business
December 15, Natalie Swain, Art & Design
December 15, Kathleen Ulivi, College of Nursing & Health Professions

December 17, Mary W. Charles, Chemistry

December 18, Dr. Laura McDonald, Sport and Exercise Science

December 19, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission

December 21, Kathleen Medved, Admission

December 22, Dr. Jennifer Buntin, Sociology
December 22, Michael Fekete, International Student Services
December 22, Dr. John Planek, Athletics

December 23, Laura Marks, College of Nursing & Health Professions
December 23, Erin Valentine, College of Nursing & Health Professions

December 25, James Addis, Office of Technology
December 25, Janna Eudave, Residence Life
December 25, Michele Manassah, Health & Counseling Services

December 26, Dr. Randal DeMik, Aviation & Transportation Studies
December 26, Dr. Keith Lavine, Organizational Leadership

December 27, Sean Whitten, Admission

December 28, Haleigh Rajnic, Admission

December 29, John Hurst, Office of Technology
December 29, Melanie Sandberg, Office of the Provost

December 31, Dr. Judith Zito, 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.

Birthdays for November 2016

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from November 1 - November 30.

November 2, Dr. Lucien Ngalamou Pideau, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
November 2, Zubair Samad, Office of Technology

November 5, Dr. Jennifer Buss, College of Education
November 5, Carol Skevis-Koch, College of Education

November 7, Stephanie Enervold, Career Services
November 7, Dr. Amanda Harsy Ramsay, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
November 7, Christine Morrow, College of Arts & Sciences
November 7, Jeanette Pifer, Biology

November 8, Dr. Markisha Woodson, Health & Counseling Services

November 9, Jose Zamora, Office of Technology

November 13, Dr. Jung Kim, College of Education

November 14, Graciela Dufour, Human Resources
November 14, Margaret Kientop, Office of the President
November 14, Dr. Arsalan Memon, Philosophy
November 14, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, History

November 15, Dr. John Greenwood, Psychology
November 15, Julie Penner, Meetings, Events and Conferences

November 16, Matthew Brendich, Athletics
November 16, Evan Fiffles, Athletics
November 16, Joyce Montoya-Roach, LUA
November 16, Dr. Tracey Nicholls, Philosophy
November 16, Susan Olson, Office of the President
November 16, James VanDeventer, Flight

November 17, Douglas Adams, Flight
November 17, Latesha Long, Athletics
November 17, Kerry Meunier, Admission
November 17, Lori Misheck, Human Resources
November 17, Jill Whitaker, Health & Counseling Services

November 18, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Office of Mission and Identity
November 18, Michael Streit, Aviation & Transportation Studies

November 19, Ashleigh Ellenwood, Athletics

November 20, Alexandra Brems, Athletics
November 20, David Korte, Facilities
November 20, Dr. Andrea Krieg, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

November 21, Ramsey Baya, Office of Technology
November 21, Melissa Eichelberger, LARC
November 21, Laura Paley, Career Services
November 21, Larry Vinson, Campus Police

November 23, Kristin Callahan, Art & Design
November 23, Jennifer Kilmartin, Mail Room
November 23, Tim McDonough, Athletics
November 23, Jared Taylor, University Advancement

November 24, Michael Frausto, Facilities
November 24, Jennifer McGowan, Admission
November 24, Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC, English Studies
November 24, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

November 26, Br. Thomas Dupre, FSC, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

November 27, Marvin Bates, III, College of Business

November 28, Lisa Nicoll, Enrollment Management

November 29, Dr. Philip Chumbley, Physics
November 29, Kathy Marek, University Advancement
November 29, Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
November 29, Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Office of Service Learning

November 30, Dr. Tennille Allen, Sociology
November 30, Jessica Hernandez, Flight
November 30, Rita Herrick, Graduate Admission
November 30, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President

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 November 2016

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from November 1 - November 30.


38 Years, Louis Revisky, Aviation & Transportation Studies

30 Years, Barbara Lewis, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

24 Years, Beverly Anliker, Business Office

18 Years, Linda Cunningham, Oak Brook Campus

16 Years, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police

15 Years, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

14 Years, Ryan Cockerill, Admission

11 Years, Kerry Meunier, Admission
11 Years, Julie Branchaw, Admission

10 Years, Christine Morrow, College of Arts & Sciences
10 Years, Christine Jones, College of Arts & Sciences

9 Years, Larry Van Luyk, Facilities

8 Years, Timothy Hunt, Facilities
8 Years, Liseth Chavez, Enrollment Management
8 Years, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications

6 Years, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

4 Years, Cynthia McCallen, Admission
4 Years, Jennifer Janczak, Athletics
4 Years, Allison Rios, University Advancement

3 Years, Tina Crowther, University Advancement

2 Years, Andrew Lenaghan, Library
2 Years, Megan Wozniak, College of Business
2 Years, Alex Koerner, Aviation Services

1 Year, Alyssa Schneider, Office of the Registrar
1 Year, Emily Martinez, Admission
1 Year, Femi Oyewole, Student Development and Leadership
1 Year, Maria Emerson, Library
1 Year, Megan McCarthy-Biank, Marketing and Communications
1 Year, Cody Marks, Aviation Services
1 Year, Dr. Kristi Kelly, Multicultural Student Services
1 Year, Joseph Zuleger, Facilities

Service Award Recipient for December 2016

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


36 Years, Alan Finkenbinder, Aviation Services

30 Years, Raymond Drozs, Aviation & Transportation Studies

16 Years, Gregory Payne, Aviation Services

18 Years, Lisa Heizer, Meetings, Events and Conferences

2 Years, Joseph Glatz, Marketing and Communications

5 Years, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
5 Years, Claire Singleton, Campus Police

4 Years, Brian Duffy, Campus Police


Lewis University Shuttle Bus Launched

Students and administrators gathered on Nov. 18 for a ribbon cutting and blessing of the new Lewis shuttle bus in front of the student union. The bus is a strategic initiative of the President to provide opportunities for Lewis students to take advantage of the surrounding communities and what they have to offer.

Joseph Falese, senior vice president for student services and Dr. David J. Livingston, president welcomed members of the Student Senate and invited them to utilize the bus and bring ideas forward for additional student needs. Jennifer Rutherford, University minister said a brief prayer for the blessing.

Student senate officers participating in the ribbon cutting included Valerie Peterson, president; William Riley, vice president; Lacey Boulware, director of finance and Michael Stramaglia, director of communication.

The shuttle will operate on weekends from now through the end of the semester and go to various places in Joliet, Aurora, Naperville and Romeoville. The shuttle schedule can be viewed at

Get involved in Ongoing Campus Violence Prevention

Fundamental to any campus violence prevention program is the involvement of the community in recognizing individuals who may need help. Those who commit acts of violence generally develop behaviors or send signals to those around them that they are distressed or may be in need of assistance.

The University’s Assessment and Care Team (ACT) provides resources and assistance for students, faculty and staff who may be in distress. If you believe a community member needs help, it is your duty to act for the safety of the entire community. Referrals can be made directly to the Center for Health and Counseling Services, Residence Life, Dean of Student Services, Human Resources or University Police in person, by telephone, or via email. Reports may also be submitted anonymously by clicking the concerned about someone link from the Emergency Planning webpage.

Additional information and resources are available to the community via the University’s Emergency Planning webpage. Incidents requiring an immediate response should be relayed to the Lewis University Police Department Communications Center by dialing extension 5911 from a campus phone or (815) 836-5911 from a mobile phone. Non-emergency concerns may also be reported anonymously via the LUPD “Silent Witness” form available on the LUPD webpage.

Finally, if you have not participated in active shooter training, seats are still available in our three remaining ALICE trainings (see attached flyer for details). The ALICE (Alert Lockdown Inform Counter Evacuate) program is based on decades of research on active shooter incidents conducted by the Department of Homeland Security, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the New York Police Department. It provides insights on what to expect during these dynamic and dangerous incidents and how to maximize your chances to survive.

Sessions will include a classroom presentation followed by live action simulations which will allow participants to develop confidence in their ability to put into practice the ALICE concepts. (Participation in the simulations is optional). LUPD’s certified instructors have trained over 1200 community members in ALICE and we look forward to you joining the ranks of those prepared to survive a critical incident. You may reserve your seat by emailing Campus Safety Officer Claire Singleton at

If you’d like us to come to your office, classroom, residence hall, department meeting or student organization to present the training, send an email to Mike Zegadlo 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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Lewis Men's Cross Country Finishes 17th in NCAA DII Championship

For the first time since 2001 the Lewis University men's cross country team made it to the NCAA Division II Championship. At the end of the day the Flyers finished the 10k 17th with a team score of 425 and an average time of 32:17.5.

The stand out performance of the day for the Flyers came from Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect). Leet finished 33rd overall with a time of 31:09.9, this was enough for him to qualify as an All-American. "I'm very proud of Michael, he ran a smart race." Head men's cross country coach James Kearney said. "He did an awesome job in his first national meet, and its a positive step for him and the program. We're very excited looking ahead to indoor and outdoor track."

Among the rest of the team Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) finished the race in 32:04.6, James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) finished in 32:07.0 and Xavier Reed (Valpariso, Ind./Valparaiso) finished in 32:57.2. Asher Scott (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) also earned points for the Flyers with a time of 33:08.4

Completion of the championship meet marks the end of the cross country season and the Flyers now look to the start of the track and field season which begins December 2 in Allendale, Mich. for the GVSU Laker Early Bird meet.

No. 18 Lewis Women's Volleyball Picks Up 11th Consecutive NCAA Bid

The NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament will have a familiar face among its 64 teams, as No. 18 Lewis University has received its 11th consecutive bid and 16th overall, as the bracket for the Midwest Regional was announced on Monday (Nov. 21) night.

The Flyers (25-7) received the No. 3 seed in the tournament and will face No. 6 seed Ashland (23-10) in the opening round on Thursday, December 1st at a yet to be determined time. Top seeded Ferris State will host the tournament for the second-straight season. Lewis and the Eagles last met on October 12, 2012 with Ashland coming away with the 3-1 victory over the Flyers.

"To be awarded an at-large bid is a huge accomplishment for any team and we had a some major injury set backs to overcome," Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith said. "I'm really proud of their work this season and couldn't be more excited to play for an NCAA championship!"

Lewis' streak of 11 consecutive NCAA trips is the longest of all women's volleyball teams in the Midwest Region and longest ever of any Lewis program since the Flyers joined the NCAA Division II ranks in 1981.


Delete. Delete. Delete.

Although they are easy and convenient, most mass emails are moved to the trash before ever being opened. What took you maybe five minutes to send off, took the recipient about 30 seconds to delete. However, there are a few techniques within subject lines, content and readability that will determine whether or not your email stands a chance in the inbox of your audience.

Subject lines

Just like a newspaper headline, the subject line should both grab the recipient’s attention and summarize the content. It decides whether or not the recipient will open and read the email. In order to create the effective subject line, you must abide by the following rules:

  • Stay within 50 characters: The entire subject line should appear in the viewer’s inbox.

  • Avoid all caps and excessive punctuation: Overusing these tools can put the recipient off by making the email look like spam.

  • Change it up: If sending more than one email on the same content, add variety to the headline without changing the content.

  • What’s in it for me? The subject line should answer this question for the recipient. If the he or she does not feel a need for the information within, the email will not be opened.

  • Be creative and original: This is your first chance to connect with your recipient, so the subject line should be eye-catching, yet straightforward.


Content is the heart of your email. It contains the central message. Many emails drag on, allowing the recipient to get lost in wordage and lose that main focus along the way. The most important thing to remember is that emails are skimmed, not read. Following these tips will allow the recipient to obtain the necessary information in a short amount of time.

  • Keep it clear and concise: Keep your sentences short and to the point. Stick to one direct and informative message while including all pertinent information.

  • Make it easy to read: Use short paragraphs rather than long blocks, knowing your recipients are going to skim.

  • Don’t beg: Make your content strong enough that the recipient engages right away rather than needing to send the same email out everyday. Repetitive emails will turn the recipient away.

  • Proofread: Take a moment to read over your grammar, spelling and punctuation. Your emails reflect your professional image; therefore, sending an email full of typos reflects poorly on you.


With technology advancing and everyone constantly running around, many recipients are opening your email on their phones or tablets. Your email should be compatible with all devices or your recipient will keep scrolling. The best ways to optimize viewing capabilities are:

  • Test it: Test your emails on all different devices prior to sending them out to ensure they appear correctly.

  • Be careful with images: Many times images prove to cause issues: large images take too long to download, display issues arise and sometimes images show up as white space. Having to scroll up and down and left to right in order to view the whole image is a hassle.

  • Make it mobile friendly: People are always on their phones. Make a mobile friendly version of the email - think vertical, not horizontal.

  • Plain-text version: Always create a plain text only version of the email so no matter what device, the recipient can view the necessary information.

General Avoidances

When it comes to mass emails, there are a few things people must avoid at all costs. By avoiding them, senders will keep their recipients much happier and boost the their credibility.

  • Sending off too quickly: When sending off an email right away, mistakes are likely to be left unfixed. Slowing down and investing a few extra minutes will create a stronger, clearer email leading to higher open rates.

  • Large attachments: Large attachments take up time and space on the recipient’s device. This inconvenience can be erased by simply replacing it with a link to the website.

  • Reply all: As a recipient, if you are responding to the email, take the time to make sure you do not click ‘Reply All’. Chances are that every recipient of the email does not need to read your personal response.

  • Sending too many emails: You might think sending the email off more than once emphasizes your message; however, you are really just putting the recipient off. The stronger the first email is, the fewer follow-up emails you need to send.