Monday June 27, 2016
through Sunday July 3, 2016
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, Honored as President Emeritus
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University for 28 years, was honored Saturday evening, June 18 at a special celebration of his leadership and service to the University. More than 500 community leaders, donors, faculty, staff, students and alumni returned to campus to pay tribute.
A special proclamation from the Board of Trustees was presented by Kathleen Halloran, Vice Chair of the Board, James LaGrippe, past Chair of the Board, and Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Board member and Provincial of the Christian Brothers of the Midwest. The proclamation was approved at the May meeting of the Board of Trustees. Brother James is only the second President to be so honored.
The program also included various prayers and reflections by Christian Brothers and faculty, staff and friends. Michael Frale, Lewis University theatre major, sang “Goodbye” from Catch Me If You Can and Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, closed the program with the song “Thankful” by Josh Groban. A reception followed the program.
During the course of his lifetime, Brother James has served Lewis University in many capacities, including as Provincial of the Chicago District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, as Chairperson of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, as Professor of Theology, and most notably, as President of Lewis University for the past 28 years. Throughout his remarkable tenure as the University’s ninth president, he has played an extraordinary role in the development of Lewis through a renewed and revitalized institutional commitment to Mission; the growth and quality of academic programs; the advancement of student success initiatives; significant growth in enrollment; the physical transformation of the campus and the development of regional sites; and leadership in the surrounding community.
Brandon Ceplecha is one of the six students in the nation to be selected as a James Madison Memorial Junior Fellow. The Joliet student is currently pursuing a master’s degree in secondary education at Lewis University. In 2013, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from Lewis University.
“This fellowship provided the academic focus and monetary assistance that I needed to become a stronger candidate,” commented Cepelcha, who plans to teach social studies at the middle school level.
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation of Alexandria, Va., supports the graduate study of American history by aspiring and experienced secondary school teachers of American history, American government, and social studies. Named in honor of the fourth president of the United States and acknowledged “Father of the Constitution and Bill of Rights,” a James Madison Fellowship funds up to $24,000 of each Fellow’s course of study towards a master’s degree. Fellows are required to teach American history or social studies in a secondary school for at least one year for each year of fellowship support.
“The selection committee commended my commitment to civic involvement. My passion to serve my community stems from the Lasallian mission at Lewis University. Its core values: knowledge, wisdom, justice, fidelity, and association advocate for a commitment to serve,” added Cepelcha. “I am forever thankful that my background in Lasallian inspired education helped me obtain the James Madison Fellowship.”
Founded by an Act of Congress in 1986, the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation is an independent agency of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Additional information may be found at www.jamesmadison.gov.
Lewis University students, faculty and staff encountered realities about immigration during this year’s social justice pilgrimage to the U.S. Mexico border.
“These experiences and interactions cannot be recreated in a classroom setting and I have no doubt that the students will remember them and be impacted by them for years to come,” said Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin, assistant professor of sociology and director of the Latino/a Studies. She continued, “It is a deeper level of learning to touch the wall with their hands, feel the heat of the desert and the rocks under their feet.”
The six-day pilgrimage in May was coordinated and led by Tello Buntin, Sean Ruane, coordinator of social justice education in University Ministry and Blair West Keyes, graduate assistant in Residence Life.
“Going on the pilgrimage really ignited my passion for social justice. I saw that there is still much work to be done on behalf of migrants,” commented West Keyes.
The nine undergraduate student participants included Lexi Austring, Ashley Barrera, Elias Ballesteros, Chris Cerda, Daisy Chavez, Natalie Lara, Yesenia Gonzalez-Navarro, Eddie Ibarra and Marisa Villasenor.
Austring said, “The pilgrimage showed me how many perspectives there are on immigration and the power of uniting together for a cause.”
During the pilgrimage, the group traveled to three different border cities in Arizona. Their encounters in Tucson, Douglas and Nogales were introduced to a variety of different people and organizations with different perspectives on immigration issues. The group spoke with undocumented immigrants from Central America, political and governmental leaders, border patrol agents, a federal judge, a federal public defender, immigration lawyers, humanitarians, Lasallian educators and faith-based leaders.
“It’s an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Students take a faith-filled journey to ‘humanize’ the border by encountering the actual people and places that are affected,” commented Ruane.
The group also took part in a number of immersive experiences. Pilgrims touched and learned about the border wall in two different cities, hiked a migrant desert trail, left water on desert trails for future migrants, witnessed a court proceeding for recently detained immigrants, and participated in a prayer vigil for men and women who’ve died in the desert or at the border.
University Ministry, in collaboration with faculty, offers two social justice pilgrimages each year. During the 2016-2017 academic year, University Ministry will collaborate with Jim Burke, professor of Theology and Peace Studies, to offer a pilgrimage on race, civil rights, and nonviolent conflict. In May 2017, University Ministry will partner with Tello Buntin again to offer the pilgrimage to the U.S Mexico Border for the third consecutive year.
For more information about pilgrimages, contact Sean Ruane at email@example.com or (815)836-5868.
Cursillo will hold its 2016 National Encounter on the Lewis University campus from August 4-7. Hosted for the first time by the Diocese of Joliet, the Encounter will feature speakers from throughout the United States on the Cursillo program. An estimated 700-1,000 participants are expected for this national event. Cursillos in Christianity is described online as “a Movement which, by its own Method, attempts from within the Church, to give life to the essential Christian truths in the singularity, originality and creativity of the person.” Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, Bishop of Joliet, will celebrate Mass during the Encounter at Lewis University. Features of the program include speakers from throughout the United States and a Fiesta on Saturday evening, August 6.
“Point of View” Exhibits Fine Art Photography
An exhibition called “Point of View” by Joliet’s Gallery 7 artists is on display until August 12 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 is on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
A reception will be held from 7-9 p.m. Friday, July 29. It is free and open to the public.
The featured artists of the fine art photography are Richard Ainsworth, Jon Balke, Barbara Eberhard, Hank Erdmann, Jim McCollum, Karen McCollum, Donna Nevels and Jennifer Petric. The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery is hosting the collaborative invitational group show.
Gallery 7, established in 2007, is a fine art gallery located in the heart of downtown Joliet (next to the historic Rialto Square Theater) and features the work of local artists.
Lewis University has received a Gold Award for a video created to build excitement about the University, designed for recruiting students and to promote the comprehensive Capital Campaign that is now in its final phases. The award, presented by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), competed with nearly sixty videos in a nationwide contest. With a theme of “Wings in Flight,” the video partially draws upon Lewis history in aviation education, describing its development into a University, while also profiling Lewis’ current and very diverse educational programs.
Powerful and inspiring, the video was created by the Departments of University Advancement and Marketing & Communications. Special thanks are extended to Allison Rios (University Advancement), Luigi Amendola, Interim Vice President for University Advancement, Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning and Dr. Ramona LaMontagne, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications. To view the video, click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcHGBSe_z4o.
Forensic Anthropology Center is added to Travel Study Destinations for Lewis University
Lewis University’s inaugural trip to the Forensic Anthropology Center in Knoxville, Tennessee was a success. Lewis University is one of only four universities in the nation to be invited to return, said Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, associate professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.
The Forensic Anthropology Center at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is a leading institution for forensic anthropology research and training. Its resources and facilities include the Anthropology Research Facility, a body donation program, the Bass Donated Skeletal Collection, the McCormick Skeletal Collection and professional training courses for students, researchers and law enforcement agencies.
Tovar and Dr. Cynthia Misischia, assistant professor of biology led the group and taught the course Human Identification in Criminal Investigations.
“Our students were challenged during a team competition to find out the cause of death and human characteristics of a person by just analyzing skeletal remains,” commented Tovar.
The hands-on course provided an in-depth study of human vs. non-human osteology, bone biology, pathology and the history of anthropology. Students learned how osteology can be used to determine an individual’s sex, age, stature, race and ancestry. They also learned how skeletal trauma, and forensic DNA can be used in criminal investigations.
Students in the course included Kylie Bernardo, Stephanie Brandner, Kyle Burgess, Angela Dominici, Megan Kelly, Jessica King, Nicole Markowski, Allison Pringle, Mariana Rodriguez, Kaitlyn Seldal, Tiffany Smith, Geneva Tomolac, Ashley Travis, James Uhlen, Seth Veloz, and David Wright.
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.
History Set in Stone, a short history of the buildings and features on the Lewis University campus, is now available in print and online. A valuable resource for those interested in the history of Lewis University, the booklet also may serve as a guide for those who take walking tours of the spacious (425+ acres) campus. Brother Joseph Martin, FSC, Coordinator of Special Projects, is responsible for the development of this fine new publication. He also wrote the descriptions for the entire booklet, using original and secondary source documents from the Brother Ambrose Groble, FSC, University Archives, taking color photos and gathering others from various photographers.
Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, commissioned the booklet with its information on more than thirty buildings and twenty-five statues, plazas, pavilions, gardens, stadium, glen and, specifically for Lewis University, a Boeing 737. To access the website, click on www.lewisu.edu/welcome/setinstone.htm. The online information will be updated as needed. Print copies will be available in the Lewis University Library with a limited number of booklets at the Switchboard.
Lewis Mediation Team Finishes 6th in the International Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament
Lewis University’s Mediation Team concluded the 2015-16 academic year with success at the International Mediation Competition. One Lewis University team finished in sixth place and the other finished in 23rd place. This continues the nine-year streak of finishing in the Top Ten at the international competition.
“The 32 team field was extremely well-matched and qualified. Scores in the vast majority of matches were very close, resulting with more splits than in previous years,” commented Dr. James Houlihan, head coach.
Two Lewis University teams qualified for the international competition. The team of Brianna Diaz, Ying Gao and Lane Snyder finished sixth by sweeping Drake University, and splitting with Bowling Green State University, and Maharishi University of Management. In Advocacy competition, Lewis University split with Principia College and Cameron University.
The team of Shannon Lukowski, Lexi Austring and Bridgette Ferreria finished 23rd. They defeated Grace College and spilt with the University of San Diego.
In individual awards, Diaz, Gao and Snyder earned All-American honors, based on total scores.
The team’s success prompted invites to tournaments in Greece, Brazil and Lithuania.
“Next year looks promising to continue our Top Ten streak. Our two All-Americans will lead us as we lose all but two players due to graduation,” said Houlihan.
The team is coached by Angela Henderson, Attorney-Mediator Angela Henderson Law, Joliet, Dr. Joseph Volin, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations, Lewis University and Dr. James Houlihan, Pre-Law Advisor.
Teachers and Administrators Head Back to Class This Summer
The College of Education at Lewis University is offering Summer Seminars for teachers and administrators. Each seminar is $40 per person. Attendees will earn four professional development units for each seminar.
The one-day seminars begin on June 8 and continue through August 3. Most of the seminars are held on the Romeoville campus. Others are at the Oak Brook campus and De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.
The 23 seminars cover many topics such as technology in the classroom, adapting curriculum for all levels of students, vocabulary games and activities to teach engineering. Visit www.lewisu.edu/SummerSeminars for complete seminar descriptions.
Birthdays for June 2016
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from June 1 - June 30.
June 1, Liseth Chavez, Enrollment Management
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 June 2016
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from June 1 - June 30.
31 Years, Robert DeRose, Office of the Chief Financial Officer
Sabbatical Contact Information for Brother James Gaffney, FSC
As Brother James Gaffney, FSC, prepares to begin his retirement after more than forty years at Lewis University with twenty-eight years as President, his plans call for extensive travel throughout the next academic year (July 1, 2016 – May 31, 2017) as part of a sabbatical awarded to him by the Board of Trustees. He will continue his service on twelve boards of directors, unrelated to the Office of the President. These board memberships include La Salle University in Philadelphia, Saint Mary’s College of California and the Holy Spirit Catholic University of Lebanon in Beirut. Brother James also has been asked to continue serving as an At Large Member of the Board of Directors for the International Association of Lasallian Universities (IALU).
Mail may be directed at any time after Thursday, June 30, 2015, to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President Emeritus, 100 Faculty Lane, Romeoville, Illinois 60446-1178. His e-mail address will remain email@example.com.
Renovations Continue for Science Annex
Renovations to the Science Annex (former Science Building) are underway and will require some accommodations and possible detours as work proceeds during the summer. Estimated to cost $3.28 million, this project is funded through the University’s most recent bond issue.
The area directly east of the Science Annex (by the Greenhouse) is closed to traffic insofar as construction materials will be stored there during the renovations. The east entrance will be removed along with a staircase, in order to create a Student Lounge space. There will be much glass and natural light, similar to the Science Center.
The Dean’s office and other staff offices of the College of Arts and Sciences have been relocated temporarily to the third floor of the Br. Paul French Learning Resource Center. The construction timeline is estimated from May 9 to approximately August 1, 2016 in order to be ready for Fall semester.
Lewis Student-Athletes Earn 204 Academic All-GLVC Nods
A total of 204 Lewis University student-athletes were selected to the 2015-16 Academic All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team on Monday (June 27). This is the third-straight season the Flyers have recorded more than 200 Academic All-GLVC selections.
The Academic All-GLVC honor is bestowed upon student-athletes who meet a cumulative GPA of 3.3 after two semesters at the institution.
The 204 selections account for 55.7 percent of Lewis' 366 eligible GLVC student-athletes. Of Lewis' 17 GLVC sports, 10 squads had over half of their team qualify for Academic All-GLVC honors. Women's golf saw all 10 team members earn the honor.
The Flyers' academic accomplishments come during the same season as a No. 6 finish in the Learfield Directors' Cup in 2015-16. Lewis has finished in the top 10 of the Directors' Cup for two consecutive seasons.
League wide 2,584 student-athletes were recognized by the GLVC. The total marks a six-percent increase from last year and the sixth-straight record total for the conference.
Lewis' Amber Cook and Amanda Farrough Named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (June 23) that Lewis University senior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) and junior Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) have both received CoSIDA Academic All-America Track & Field/Cross Country honors for the 2015-16 season.
Cook was named to the Academic All-America First Team, while Farrough garnered Second Team accolades.
Cook, a senior marketing major, owned a 3.64 cumulative grade point average following the Fall '15 semester and won a National Championship in the triple jump at the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She helped Lewis to both the 2016 GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships as she won five out of six possible jumping events, earning her GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year accolades. Cook added an All-America performance in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing fifth overall, helping the Flyers finish fourth overall as a team.
Farrough, a junior nursing major, held a 3.30 cumulative GPA following the Fall '15 semester. She won the 2016 NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 5,000-meter run and added another All-America performance in the 3,000-meter run. Farrough collected another All-America finish at the Outdoor Championships with a runner-up showing in the 5,000-meter run. On the conference side, Farrough won the indoor 3,000-meter run, outdoor 5,000-meter run and placed second in the outdoor 1,500-meter run.
During the cross country season, Farrough finished third at both the NCAA Division II National Championship and NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. She won the GLVC Cross Country Championship, finishing the 6K course in a then, school-record time of 20:51.2.
"For Amber and Amanda to be both National Champions and Academic All-Americans shows that there is no off switch for their work ethic," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "To be able to balance their student-athlete demands is a tremendous accomplishment."
Lewis’ Matt McCarthy Named Assistant Coach for USA Men's Junior National Team
Lewis University men's volleyball associate head coach Matt McCarthy will serve as an assistant coach on the 2016 U.S. Men's Junior National Team.
The team will compete July 3-11 at the NORCECA U21 Continental Championships in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. The USA squad will be competing against Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St. Vincent and Guatemala.
The event will serve as a qualification for the 2017 U21 Men's World Junior Championship.
"I am excited and honored to work with USA Volleyball," McCarthy said. "Representing your country is always special and it makes it more exciting being an Olympic year. We have a great group of men and I look forward to see what we can accomplish."
McCarthy, a Wheaton, Illinois native, was a player on the Men's Junior National Team in 2005.
Six Lewis University Swimming Student-Athletes Honored by CSCAA
Six Lewis University swimmers have been named 2016 Honorable Mention Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA).
The award recognizes student-athletes that have achieved a GPA of 3.50 and earned a "B" time standard during the 2015-16 season.
On the women's team, senior Shelby Leonard (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) and sophomore Shannon Sullivan (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) earned accolade. Junior Aidan Brennan (Naples, Fla. /Barron Collier), freshman Mads Knoblauch (Svenborg, Denmark/Svenborg Gymnasium), junior Quinn Poti (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) and junior Brandon Thoman (Marco Island, Fla./Brarron Collier) received the honor on the men's team.
"We are very proud of these young men and women," Lewis head swimming coach Roger Karns said. "It demonstrates that it is possible to be excellent in the pool and excellent in the classroom. They have dedicated themselves to success and it shows. This is what being a Lewis student-athlete is about."
Founded in 1922, the CSCAA – the oldest organization of college coaches in America -is a professional organization of college swimming and diving coaches dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming & diving at the collegiate level.
DID YOU KNOW?
Did You Know? Club Sports Expand at Lewis
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Did you know that nearly 300 students participate in Club Sports at Lewis University? The program continues to offer a wide range of recreational activities to our students, hosting nineteen active teams, ranging from Baseball, an American classic, to Quidditch, a sport originated in the Harry Potter series. According to Jill Siegfried, Director of Student Recreation, Intramurals, Fitness and Wellness, “Club Sports offer opportunities for students not involved in Lewis University Athletics to compete in various sports and participate in athletic activity.” Students are active also in Ice Hockey (which currently fields two teams), Women’s Soccer, Men’s Lacrosse, Rugby, Juijitsu, Tae Kwon Do, and Men’s Volleyball and Basketball. Water sports include Co-ed Water Polo and Bass Fishing. There is a Snowboard/Ski Club for those who like winter sports plus Men’s and Women’s Ultimate teams. Belegarth, an instructional program in medieval sports, also is available. The Flyerettes dance team also is sponsored through Club Sports which provides healthful, entertaining and often exciting competition while building community among team players. A newcomer to Club Sports is ESports which provides virtual video-gaming competitions with Lewis students competing with students from other colleges and universities. More than fifty students currently participate in this new program.
Picture This! As Time Goes By
Picture This! Flags Honor Those Serving Country
The seven flags at Lewis University's new Veterans Plaza fly proudly to honor all who have served to protect the United States of America and those currently on active duty. The flags include the American flag in the center, surrounded by the State of Illinois flags and flags from each branch of the military service, including the U.S. Army, U.S Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Air Force and the Coast Guard. These flags are displayed year-round and will be on display throughout the July 4 holiday. Located on De La Salle Drive South on the Lewis campus, just north of Mother Teresa Hall, the plaza also features a plaque honoring those who served in World War II.
Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking the photo and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the “Picture This!” article. To suggest a topic for an article, contact Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at email@example.com. To access more photos of Lewis University activities, use this link,