Monday November 20, 2017 through Sunday November 26, 2017


Lewis University Admissions Letters are Delivered by Drone

Lewis University kicked off the College Admission season with a special delivery to eight Romeoville High School students. A Lewis University Unmanned Aircraft Systems program drone delivered a college admissions acceptance letter November 13 to the students at their high school.

“Being the first delivery of this kind in the nation demonstrates how Lewis University is a leader in aviation education from the first moments of your Lewis University experience,” Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, said.

The students receiving the official acceptance letters by drone delivery were Yamilette Arias, Abbey Brand, Ryan Dabrowski, Abigail Diaz, Daniel Gal, Jeremy Kinsley, Ashley Pitt and Malik Tifah.

“We are excited to be taking part in this unique way of notifying Romeoville High School students of their acceptance to Lewis University,” Derek Kinder, principal of Romeoville high School, said. “At all grade levels in Valley View School District, we emphasize college and career readiness. This event reinforces to all of our students the possibilities available to them after high school graduation.”

“We’re so proud that the first drone delivery of this type happened right here in Romeoville. Innovation leads to progress and Lewis University is a prime example of this,” Mayor John Noak said. “What a great experience for these students. They were not only accepted to a leading college, but they were part of a major milestone in the advancement of drones.”

Since 1932, Lewis University has led the field of aviation education by preparing students from around the world to succeed in the aviation industries. An on-site airport, experienced and industry-leading faculty, personalized learning, degree programs that provide a specialized experience. A well-rounded business, management and liberal arts education have made Lewis University’s aviation program one of the most respected in the nation.

Lewis University Ranked in Top Five Best Colleges for Veterans in U.S.

Lewis University has been selected as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans, ranking No. 5 in the U.S. and No. 1 in Illinois, by College Choice, an independent ranking organization utilizing data-driven research and methodology to help students and families find the best schools.

“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. “The Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment provides comprehensive support while mentoring and advising students as they navigate college.”

College Choice looks at a number of factors including institutional excellence, student satisfaction, and return on investment to develop rankings. 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. Lewis offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, which includes options for Air Force ROTC through the Aerospace Studies program and the Army ROTC through the Military Studies program.

Lewis University has received accolades as a military friendly school from publications, such as Military Times and GI Jobs. The Office of Veteran Affairs and delivers resources and support to veterans and their families. 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. 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.

Lewis University Art and Design Faculty Exhibit Work Nov. 6-30

In November, Lewis University’s Department of Art and Design will open an art exhibit featuring its faculty members, Kristin Callahan, Leslie Colonna and Mark Swain as well as retired professor Paul Mitchell.

The collective artwork will be on display from November 6-30 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Romeoville campus. A reception and gallery talk will be from 7 -9 p.m. on November 9. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Kristin Callahan, assistant professor of Art and Design at Lewis University, is an experienced motion and interactive designer. In her personal work, she experiments with 3D printing and 2D/3D animated film and installation art.

Leslie Colonna is an assistant professor in the Department of Art and Design at Lewis University. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She works in all media with attention to the figure and focuses on the human condition of being in the world. Her work has been exhibited nationally.

Mark Swain is the chairperson of Art and Design at Lewis University, where he has taught for 20 years. He holds an MFA in Painting from Northern Illinois University, and has shown his work extensively regionally and nationally. He paints representationally in oil.

Paul Mitchell received his education as a painter, producing paintings and drawings. Mitchell taught studio courses at Lewis University for 15 years. In 1990, he began teaching computer graphic design and continued teaching at Lewis for another 20 years. Since his retirement, Mitchell has been focusing his attention on climate change images and illustrations of critically endangered animals.

In the Department of Art and Design at Lewis University, students develop visual communication skills in core disciplines of art and gain knowledge of art principles, concepts and methodologies. Students work closely with talented faculty and peers in well-equipped studios, practicing techniques, developing analytical and evaluative skills, and preparing materials for a portfolio. Bachelor’s degrees are available in computer graphic design, general studio art, illustration, drawing and painting.

Lewis University WLRA Radio “Christmas Memories” Starts Thanksgiving Day

Tune into WLRA-FM for holiday music 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from Thanksgiving Day through January 1. Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at, the apps iTunes and Google Play and iHeartRadio.

The WLRA Christmas programming will feature sacred, traditional, contemporary and new hits for people of all tastes and ages, including artists such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Gwen Stefani, Hanson, 98 Degrees, Leann Rimes, Kenny Rogers and many more. The Christmas programming, as well as the University's Andrew Center of Electronic Media, are made possible through a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

This is the 18th 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 also treats listeners to the “WLRA Christmas in July,” a benefit broadcast for the United Way of Will County during the first week in July. Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief messages every 15 minutes about United Way agencies in Will County at no cost to the United Way or the agencies.

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.

William Z. Riley is Named Illinois Student Laureate

Chicago resident William Z. Riley, an Aviation Administration and Public Policy double major who is minoring in Economics, was honored November 11 in Springfield by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Riley was selected as the student laureate for Lewis University.

Governor Bruce Rauner, President of the Lincoln Academy, and First Lady Diana Rauner awarded each student laureate with a certificate of merit, a medal of Lincoln and a $1,000 educational grant.

Riley also will be honored as a student laureate when he receives his bachelor’s degree at the December 2018 Lewis University Commencement Ceremony. He plans to pursue a career with the Federal Aviation Administration or the Department of Transportation, with hopes to directly influence national or international transportation policies.

“I grew up in a neighborhood where most people don’t get college degrees,” Riley said. “My education has changed my life and it is my goal to be a mentor to children in my neighborhood and help them follow their dreams.”

Riley is vice president of the Lewis University Student Senate and serves on the Illinois Board of Higher Education Student Advisory Council as a Lewis University representative. He also serves on the Civic Engagement Committee, the Community Partnership Committee, the University Policy and Budget Review Advisory Council, the Planning Council, the Mission and Heritage Council and the Student Services Board of Trustees Committee.

He is vice president of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals and was a Congressional Black Caucus intern for Congressman Bobby L. Rush. He also is the president of Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society.

One of the founding members of the Lasallian Justice Coalition, a group dedicated to promoting Lasallian values by talking about and providing action plans to combat social justice issues, Riley was also nominated by multiple faculty and staff members in the summer of 2015 to attend a Global Leadership and Understanding Conference in Rome, Italy. He also served as a Student Leader on the Civil Rights Pilgrimage, an eight-day journey to visit over 30 different sacred sites pertaining to slavery, the Civil Rights Movement, and current race-related issues in five cities — Memphis, Tenn.; Birmingham, Ala.; Montgomery, Ala.; Selma, Ala.; and Ferguson, Mo.

Lewis University Acting Workshop Presented at Minooka Community High School

Lewis University Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik of Joliet and Lewis University students Justin Anderson of New Lenox and Bradford Bingham of Chicago presented an Acting Workshop November 11 at Minooka Community High School.

The workshop was arranged by Minooka High School teacher and speech team coach, Olivia Gerk of New Lenox.

The workshop focused on three areas for the high school students, warm-up exercises, improv and Meisner technique exercises as well as individualized coaching. The physical and vocal warm-up exercises assist and control nervous energy or stage fright in a speech tournament competition setting. Improv games and Meisner technique exercises create partnership bonding and trust. Individual coaching also was provided to the high school students in their competition areas of public speaking, comedic and dramatic duets, as well as interpretation events.

The high school students are preparing for their first speech team tournament on December 2.

Historic Preservationists from Around the World Visit Lewis University Students in Lockport

More than 30 participants in the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference received a brief history lesson from Lewis University students Kole Torres and Danielle Bradley on November 17 in Lockport. The students presented a “pop-up” exhibit created from material in the Howard and Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection, which collects materials related to the I & M Canal and its communities.

The pop-up exhibit was part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference’s field study trip to the Gaylord Building in Lockport, entitled “Learning in Lockport: The Gaylord Building and I&M Canal.”

Pamela Owens, Gaylord Building site director, said “We are so happy to welcome these visitors. They learned about how the United States Congress designated the first National Heritage Corridor in 1984 to protect the I&M Canal’s remnants and highlight the canal’s enormous impact on our nation’s development.”

As the I&M Canal’s headquarters, Lockport played a central role in the development of Chicago and the region. Jerry Adelman, president and CEO of Openlands, delivered a dynamic illustrated presentation after lunch. He addressed the public-private efforts to conserve historic, natural, and cultural resources in the area.

Students Enjoy Historic Preservation Field Study

Explore an old prison, go behind the scenes at a museum, and consider the future uses for historic structures. Lewis University students did all of this and more November 10-11 as part of the Lewis University History Department’s Historic Preservation Workshop. Led by Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history and director of Lewis University History Center, the short course provides a historical overview and an intensive field study experience.

“The workshop provided an introduction, but it is hoped that the students will become involved. Historic buildings do connect us to our past,” Cremin said.

Students visited the Old Joliet Penitentiary and the Unlocking the Past: From Prison to Vision exhibit at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Gaylord Building in Lockport, Ill. They also took a walking tour of Lockport’s downtown, which is listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Later, Rachel Christian, Museum Educator, led a behind the scenes tour of the Martin Mitchell Mansion, a restored Victorian, at Naper Settlement. Students concluded by discussing the case of the recently municipally-landmarked Old Martin Library while sipping hot chocolate at Le Chocolat, located in a historic structure in downtown Naperville.

Political Science major Joseph Favicchio of Tinley Park said, “I appreciated how historic preservation bring the past into the future, but I was surprised by how much it depends on economics. We discussed historic tax credits and how revitalized communities create jobs. This was not something I expected to learn from a history workshop.”

Participating students included Jakob Kagay of Joliet, Skyler Wurst of Romeoville, Brody Fay of Joliet and Evgeny Gorbunov of Springfield, Va.

The Lewis University History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest seeks to unite scholars, students, and the public in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials linked to the history of the Upper Midwest.


ABRI Credit Union October 2017 Newsletter

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Lewis University Choir Performs Eclectic Program November 28

The Lewis University Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. November 28 at St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. The concert will be open to the public without charge.

The eclectic program comprises music of J. S. Bach, Maurice Greene, Andrea Gabrieli, Orland de Lassus, Franz Liszt, Anton Bruckner, C. V. Stanford and Charles Wood. The choir will present the world premiere of a new composition by Dr. Timothy Bowlby, senior lecturer in music at Lewis University. The piece is dedicated to the memory of Stephen Platko, a celebrated composer who wrote a number of works for the Lewis University Choir.

Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, 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. Sisk is a well-known exponent of choral and liturgical music, having conducted college and church choirs for more than 40 years.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities for the Fall 2017 Semester

*Dates are subject to change and specific times are to be determined.

Interview Prep for Fall Interview Day
October 9 and 10, 2017

Perform mock interviews with students as they prepare to interview with employers on Interview Day.

Resume Reviews
October 25 and 26, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm in Charlie’s Place

Look over the resumes of the students so they are ready to go on job interviews.

December Commencement Weekend
December 16-17, 2017

Assist the graduates with the last minute items they need to look their best before crossing the stage.

Use Your Phone and Become a Social Media Volunteer

This will be the easiest way to volunteer at Lewis! Help promote the Lewis University alumni social media pages by sharing and liking our posts and inviting your friends to follow us, too.By being a social media volunteer, you will help Lewis reach more alumni – just by doing what you already do on a daily basis! Social media volunteers are expected to forward, like, and/or share at least one post per week from the Lewis University alumni social media accounts.

Volunteers Needed for ALUMNET, New Initiative with Career Services

ALUMNET is an alumni networking program whereby current students and alumni can identify contacts for career advice and guidance. ALUMNET is supported by the Alumni Engagement Team, Career Services and the Lewis Alumni Board and has been created to enhance our alumni outreach and assist our current students and alumni.

ALUMNET volunteers agree to be contacted for informational interviews via phone, email, social media, or in person. Volunteers identify how they wish to be contacted, and users of ALUMNET sign a written agreement stating that they will not share contact information with anyone and will not use this contact information for purposes other than informational interviews regarding career guidance and professional development advice.

As we prepare to launch this pilot program for the 2017-2018 academic year, the Alumni Engagement Team is seeking individuals who wish to participate as an alumni volunteer for ALUMNET.

The ideal alumni volunteer for ALUMNT will be:

  • Open to sharing professional and personal experiences with current Lewis students
  • Responsive to different forms of communication with current Lewis University
  • Understanding that initial contact from current students may take some time and could potentially be inconsistent
  • Responsible for updating his or her business information on ALUMNET in a timely manner

    For more information, contact Kathy Risor-Heise at or (815) 836-5471.

    For more information about volunteering, contact us at


    Aviation Career Conference Launches Aspirations of Future Aviators

    An exploration of career possibilities available in the fields of aviation and transportation were offered during the annual Aviation Career Conference November 18 on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free conference was designed for anyone interested in a career in aviation.

    More than 40 regional representatives joined with Lewis University aviation students and faculty to provide informational sessions, which included various careers of interest, such as airport management, FAA administration, unmanned aircraft systems, aviation maintenance technicians, tower air traffic control, radar air traffic control, aircraft dispatch, commercial airline pilot, regional pilot corporate pilot, military aviation and logistics and transportation.

    Students and parents were able to choose from multiple breakout sessions throughout the day led by company representatives. Aviation professionals leading the breakout sessions included chief pilots, first officers, dispatchers, air traffic controllers, supply chain managers, and operations managers from Midway and O’Hare International Airports, Clow Airport, SkyWest, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines, the Hub Group, Republic Airline and Kraft Foods, among others.

    This unique opportunity to learn first-hand from real-world aviation professionals was hosted by Lewis University, the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. It is the only aviation program in the state that has an airport on campus. Lewis University offers undergraduate degrees in Aviation & Aerospace Technology, Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Security, Aviation Flight Management, Transportation Administration, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation Transportation on campus or online.


    Birthdays for November 2017

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

    November 1, John Lerczak, Facilities

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

    November 4, John Halloran, Social Work

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

    November 7, Elizabeth Eccles-Ambrose, Purchasing
    November 7, Stephanie Enervold, CASE
    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, Jacob Smith, Office of Service Learning
    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 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 18, Jane Zieba, Aviation and Transportation Services

    November 19, Ashleigh Ellenwood, Athletics

    November 20, David Korte, Facilities
    November 20, Dr. Andrea Krieg, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
    November 20, Randy Wooding, Office of Technology

    November 21, Ramsey Baya, Office of Technology
    November 21, Melissa Eichelberger, CASE
    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, Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC, English Studies
    November 24, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

    November 25, Carmen Wallace, College of Nursing & Health Professions

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

    November 27, Marvin Bates, III, College of Business

    November 29, Dr. Philip Chumbley, Physics
    November 29, Kathy Marek, University Advancement
    November 29, Charnelle Reed, Athletics
    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, Rita Herrick, Graduate Admission

    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 2017

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


    39 Years, Louis Revisky, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

    25 Years, Beverly Anliker, Business Office

    17 Years, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police

    16 Years, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

    15 Years, Ryan Cockerill, Admission

    12 Years, Kerry Meunier, Admission
    12 Years, Julie Branchaw, Admission

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

    10 Years, Larry Van Luyk, Facilities

    9 Years, Liseth Chavez, CASE
    9 Years, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications
    9 Years, Timothy Hunt, Facilities

    7 Years, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

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

    4 Years, Tina Crowther, University Advancement

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

    2 Years, Megan McCarthy-Biank, Marketing and Communications
    2 Years, Alyssa Schneider, Office of the Registrar
    2 Years, Dr. Kristi Kelly, Multicultural Student Services
    2 Years, Cody Marks, Aviation Services
    2 Years, Femi Oyewole, Student Development and Leadership
    2 Years, Javonda Pelman, University Advancement

    1 Year, Kristen Pengiel, College of Nursing & Health Professions
    1 Year, David Farkasch, Facilities
    1 Year, Herberto Gonzalez, Office of Technology
    1 Year, Angelia Martinez, CASE


    Conversations with the President

    The Lewis University community is invited to share a cup of tea or coffee in an open conversation with Dr. David Livingston. These informal dialogues will take place on the following dates and at the listed locations. RSVP is not necessary.

    • Wed., Nov. 8 - 10:30–11:30 am - Courtyard Café
    • Tues., Nov. 21 - 9:00–10:00 am - LRC Lobby
    • Tues., Dec. 5 - 2:00-3:00 pm - Science Center Lobby, Lower Level
    • Thurs., Dec. 21 - 11:00–noon - Student Union Commons

    Provost Search Consultant Sessions are Nov. 15-16

    The Lewis University community is cordially invited to attend a meeting with the Provost Search Consultants, Matthew Kilcoyne and Jean Scott, from the company R.H. Perry. The purpose of this gathering is to give everyone the opportunity to learn about the search process and to have any questions answered.

    The schedule for the sessions is as follows:

    Day 1 – Wednesday, November 15
    11:30 am – 12:50 pm - Faculty
    SB 157

    Day 2 – Thursday, November 16
    9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. - Faculty
    AS 158A

    10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. - Staff
    AS 158A


    Consilio and Parker Share Expertise

    Dr. Jennifer Consilio will be presenting Mindful Writing Evaluation: Characterizing Labor, Cultivating Student Agency, Transforming Pedagogy at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in March.

    Also at CCCC, she will be presenting in a collaborative day-long workshop called Contemplative Practice in Writing Pedagogy as well as leading the Special Interest Group on Contemplative Writing Pedagogies.

    Dr. John Parker's paper was published in the prestigious chemistry journal called Langmuir. The work was through a collaboration with Bradley University. Jamie L. Marsh, Ashley E. Wayman, Nicole M. Smiddy, Dean J. Campbell, John C. Parker, Wayne B. Bosma and Edward E. Remsen contributed to "Infrared Spectroscopic Analysis of the Adsorption of Pyridine Carboxylic Acids on Colloidal Ceria."

    Kline Speaks on Fatal Theory and Education

    On October 19, Dr. Kip Kline, Lewis University professor of Educational Leadership, was the invited speaker at the Philosophy and Education Colloquium at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, NY.

    He discussed "Jean Baudrillard, Youth, and American Film: Fatal Theory and Education."

    Dr. James Stillwaggon of Iona University's Department of Philosophy was the respondent.


    Cahill Brings OT Knowledge to State Conferences

    Dr. Susan Cahill, associate professor/director of the Master of Science Occupational Therapy Program, will present at two state association gatherings this fall.

    On Sept. 15, she will be presenting at the Kansas Occupational Therapy Association’s annual conference in Topeka, Kansas. She will discuss “Meeting the Needs of Students with Mental Health Concerns: OT Screening and Intervention.”

    On Nov. 21, she will be presenting at the Nevada Occupational Therapy Association’s Specialty School-Based Conference for OTs and PTs in Las Vegas, Nevada. She will discuss “Serving All Students: Integrating OT and PT into Multi-tiered Systems of Support.”


    Lewis Men's Cross Country Ends Season with 13th Place Finish at Nationals

    Saturday (Nov. 18), Lewis University men's cross country finished the NCAA Championship in thirteenth place with 397 points.

    Lewis finished second among conference opponents coming in behind Southern Indiana who placed 12th.

    Finishing as the top runner for the Flyers was
    Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) who ran the 10K in 32:18.7 earning 58th place.

    Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) came in at 66th with 32:24.4.

    James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) finished in 32:33.6 placing 82nd.

    Placing 125th was Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) who finished the race in 33:19.2.

    In 140th was Jackson Waters (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) who had a time of 33:31.8.

    Mauricio Galvan (Chicago, Ill./Kennedy) finished in 164th with 33:55.9.

    Rounding out for the efforts for the Flyers was Dan Laskero (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) who finished in 34:38.4 placing 208th.

    "It was a solid day, we ran tough in a very deep field." Lewis head coach James Kearney said. "I'm very proud of what these young men have built, especially our seniors who sacrificed and worked immensely to push our program here, I will miss them greatly. I also want to thank their families who have been the best group of fans we could ever ask for."

    No. 3 Lewis Women's V-Ball Wins GLVC Title with 5-Set Win Over Rockhurst

    The No. 3 Lewis University women's volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn its 10th Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship with the 22-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-19, 15-8 win over Rockhurst University at the EastSide Centre on Sunday (Nov. 19).

    The championship is the fifth under Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith and the Flyers' first since 2015.

    The win also secures Lewis' 12th-straight NCAA Tournament berth, which is the longest streak for any volleyball team in the Midwest Region and the longest streak of consecutive NCAA berths for any Lewis program in department history.

    "This was an amazing match," Smith said. "We had to fight and work so hard for every single point because Rockhurst played relentless defense.

    "This year's team has proven to themselves exactly how deep they can dig and we showed that today," Smith continued. "From 1 to 43, I'm so very proud of them."

    Lewis' 11th straight victory helps them improve to 31-2 on the campaign. Rockhurst falls to 28-7 on the campaign. The NCAA Tournament pairings will be announced on Monday (Nov. 20) and can be found at

    Lewis senior middle hitter Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) turned in a season-high in both kills (20) and blocks (1 solo, 7 block assists) against Rockhurst. Schneider hit .432 (20 kills, 4 errors, 37 attacks).

    Flyer redshirt seniors Bailey Sparkman (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell), Maddie Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) and redshirt junior Abby Becker (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls) each contributed double-doubles in the Lewis victory.

    Sparkman had 13 kills and 16 digs, while Seliga had 12 kills and 13 digs. Becker dished out a match-high 57 assists and had 12 digs.

    Lewis junior outside hitter Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) had 12 kills, eight digs and four block assists, while sophomore libero Ronni Katarzynski (Winfield, Ill./West Chicago) pitched in a match-high 27 digs.

    Lewis sophomore middle hitter Caroline Stefanon (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) had a match-high 10 blocks (1 solo), as the Flyers had an 18-3 advantage in blocks.

    Lewis hit .243 (68-22-189) for the match, while Rockhurst registered a hitting percentage of .165 (61-30-188).

    Lewis' Mueller Named to Division II Men's Soccer CCA All-Region Second Team

    The Division II Conference Commissioners Association announced Wednesday (Nov. 15) that Lewis University men's soccer player Nico Mueller (Braunschweig, Germany/Raabeschule Braunschweig) was named to the All-Midwest Region Second Team.

    Mueller finished the season with 13 goals and two assists. He scored the last five game-winning goals for the Flyers to end the season.

    "Congratulations to Nico," Lewis head men's soccer coach Evan Fiffles said. "He is well deserving of all the accolades he is getting."

    He recorded a hat trick in the Flyers' 3-2 win over Quincy (Oct. 20) and followed that up with two goals in a win over Truman on Oct. 22.

    Those performances led him to being named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time on the year and he was also awarded the United Soccer Coaches Division II Player of the Week.

    The senior, who scored 20 goals in his two-year career at Lewis, was a First Team All-GLVC selection.

    No. 3 Lewis Women's Volleyball Nets Five All-GLVC Selections

    The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (Nov. 16) that the No. 3 Lewis University women's volleyball team had five student-athletes claim All-Conference accolades at the GLVC Championship Tournament banquet.

    Lewis redshirt junior setter Abby Becker (Menomonee Falls, Wis./Menomonee Falls), junior outside hitter Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) and senior middle hitter Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) were named to the All-GLVC First Team, while sophomore outside hitter Alexandra Preuss (Elmhurst, Ill./York) and redshirt senior right side hitter Maddie Seliga (St. Louis, Mo./Nerinx Hall) claimed All-GLVC Second Team accolades.

    This the most All-Conference selections for a Lewis squad since 2000 when Sarah Beebe and Patty Getz made All-GLVC First Team, while Stacy Moss, Katie Gilman and Beth Steele were named to the second team.

    "I'm so excited for our team," Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith said. "It's always great news when anyone on the team is named All-Conference, but for five players to be selected truly shows what a 'team' we are."

    Becker, who was a unanimous All-GLVC First Team selection in 2016, makes her second appearance on the squad. She is second in the GLVC with 11.07 assists-per-set and has helped the Flyers to a league-best team hitting percentage of .260 (1448 kills, 489 errors, 3668 attacks). Earlier this season, she recorded her 3000th assist in a Flyer uniform.

    Hyland, who was a three-time Baden/GLVC Offensive Player of the Week selection this season, is fourth in the GLVC with 3.64 kills-per-set. The two-time All-GLVC First Team honoree has a team-best 346 kills and is second on the squad with 310 digs. Earlier this season, Hyland was named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division II Player of the Week after averaging 16.3 kills and 7.5 digs-per-match in four wins, including a five-set victory over then No. 3 Nebraska Kearney (Sept. 2). The Plainfield, Ill., native also became the seventh-player in Lewis history to collect 1000 career kills and 1000 career digs.

    Schneider, who was the 2016 GLVC Player of the Year, earns her fourth-straight All-GLVC selection. She leads the GLVC in hitting percentage (.353) and is fifth in the conference in blocks-per-game at 1.10. The Granger, Ind., native, is second on the squad with 294 kills, was named both the Baden/GLVC Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week this season.

    Preuss makes her first career appearance as an All-GLVC selection. She is fourth on the Flyers in both kills (219) and digs (215). Preuss was named the Baden/GLVC Defensive Player of the Week for the period ending October 30th, as she averaged 7.3 digs-per-set in a pair of sweeps over Drury and Missouri S&T. She is second on the squad with seven double-doubles this season.

    Seliga, who was a 2016 All-GLVC First Team honoree, is third on the squad in both kills (244) and digs (243). She has three double-doubles this season and leads the Flyers with 24 service aces and averages 0.25 aces-per-set. Seliga was Lewis' nominee for the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award.

    Lewis opens GLVC Championship Tournament action on Friday (Nov. 17) at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria, Ill., as the top-seeded Flyers take on Indianapolis. First serve is set for 8:30 PM.


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