Monday May 30, 2016 through Sunday June 5, 2016

HEADLINES

Highlights of the May Board of Trustees Meeting

The Lewis University Board of Trustees held its Spring meeting on Monday, May 2, 2016, at the St. Charles Borromeo Center on campus. Joining the Board for this meeting was Dr. David Livingston, President-Elect, who will take office following the retirement on June 30, 2016 of Brother James Gaffney, FSC, after twenty-eight years as President and nearly forty years of service at Lewis University. During an Executive Session, Trustees approved a resolution to recognize Brother James as President Emeritus and expressed sincere appreciation for his dedicated, faithful and extraordinary service and the generous contribution of his time and talents for the benefit of Lewis University, the students that we serve, and the community.

Among the other decisions at the Board meeting were the following:
  • Carol Garikes Schneider, a Lewis alumna and former Trustee, was elected to the Board of Trustees by a unanimous vote. She returns to the Board after serving from 1995-2008. Her career achievements include experience as CEO of President of Advocate Christ Medical Center and Hope Children’s Hospital, Chief Operating Office of the Cook County Health and Hospital System and now as President and CEO of Mercy Hospital and Medical Center.

  • Trustees unanimously approved the proposal from the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program to seek accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Trustee and alumna Dolores Pavletic said that CACREP education enhances professional and employment opportunities for students, provides opportunities to seek grants, and will assist Psychology and Counseling programs in creating practitioners in line with Lewis core values.

  • Funding for renovations to the Science Annex were authorized and will allow construction to begin with completion anticipated this summer. This project and the renovation of the Aviation Building are being funded from a bond issue financed by the University two years ago.

  • The Board also authorized the Fiscal Year 2017 Working Budget which factors in the presumption of only partial payment of Monetary Award Program (MAP) grants from the State of Illinois. The Budget conservatively reflects a blended 1.9% decrease in credit hours, primarily due to a decrease in undergraduates because of several unusually large graduating classes. Institutional and departmental cost reductions are included. This budget takes into consideration the regional decline of the number of high school students, certain socioeconomic changes leading to greater student financial need among middle-class and lower-income families, and uncertainty regarding MAP funding.

  • By paper ballot, Trustees approved continuing terms for five members currently serving on the Board: Mohra Gavankar to a third term, and the following to a second term—Brother Dominic Ehrmantraut, FSC; Barbara J. Martin; Brother Joseph Saurbier, FSC; and William Rybak, AFSC.

  • It was announced the James Goodwin will retire from the Board of Trustees after serving for twenty-three years from 1992-2004 and again from 2005-2016, chairing the Board from 2009-2012. Mr. Goodwin assisted Lewis University in the acquisition of the Boeing 737 that is located on the Lewis campus, west of the Br. Neil Kieffe, FSC, Aviation Building.
Trustees also met in Executive Session.

The next Board meeting will be conducted on campus on Monday, October 24, 2016.




The Flyer Earns First Place at Newspaper Competition

The print edition of Lewis University’s student newspaper, The Flyer, earned a first place award in the 2015-16 American Scholastic Press Association’s (ASPA) newspaper competition.

ASPA judges used a rubric to critique a variety of areas: content, page design, general plan/organization, art/illustrations, editing and creativity. The Flyer accrued 945 out of a possible 1,000 points.

“I am especially proud of our editors,” said Lisa O’Toole, faculty adviser of the print edition and assistant professor of Communications. “They work as a unified team to ensure that the Lewis University community can enjoy an entertaining and informative newspaper that highlights a variety of student programs, services and athletics. It’s exciting to earn this award at the conclusion of another successful academic year.”

Staff members for The Flyer include Laura Fox, editor-in-chief; Dominic Liberatore, news editor; Samantha Gennett, assistant news editor; Melanie Plowman, tempo editor; Brianna Peoples, assistant tempo editor; Marissa Mangala, health editor; Taylor Morgan, opinions editor; David Ridderhoff, sports editor; Nicole Wanta, assistant sports editor; Ashley McCann, religion editor; Erin Patrick, copy editor; Kristen Sisto, copy editor; Michael Lane, copy editor; Georgi Presecky, lead layout editor; Abby Persicketti, layout editor; Kayla Chambers, layout editor; Jessica Tennant, advertising/graphics editor; David Olsen, photographer; Stephanie Brandner, web designer; and Natalie Budig, director of online content.

The Flyer reports news and provides a forum for the discussion of issues relevant to the Lewis University community through a biweekly print medium and its online counterpart www.thelewisflyer.com. Its editorial staff consists of students from a variety of academic majors who publish the newspaper in a manner consistent with the Lasallian mission of Lewis University and the accepted norms of American journalism.


Lewis University Flight Team Coach is NIFA Coach of the Year

Lewis University Flight Team soared to 11th place at the National Intercollegiate Flying Association SAFECON competition. Lewis was among 25 schools invited to compete out of the total 75 NIFA teams.

Kayan Todiwalla, Lewis University Flight Team Coach and Graduate Assistant, was named NIFA Coach of the Year during the award ceremony. The honor is presented to the coach who exemplifies the standards and goals of NIFA. Criteria considered are leadership, inspiration, support of flight team, professionalism, organization, delegation of team responsibilities, professional development, instructional skills and history of SAFECON excellence.

Other individuals placing well at the competition include Kevin DeBoissiere, second place in Certified Flight Instructor category, and Leigh Agustin, fifth place in Aircraft Preflight Inspection category.

Lewis University Flight Team Members include: Leigh Agustin of Bolingbrook, Jon Brown of Park Ridge, Mike Calloway of Hazel Crest, Geoff Culloton of West Chicago, Daniel Curran of Monument, Colo., Kevin Deboissiere of Columbia, Md., Jason Fourdraine of Oregon, Wisc., Taylor Klein of Brookfield, James Kobler of Buffalo Grove, Kyle Meyer of Homer Glen, Dan Radz of Frankfort, Thomas Roth of Woodridge, Raymond Sanchez of Elgin, Calvin Warren of Plainfield and Jane Zieba of Orland Park.

Lewis University Coaches include Megan Zahos of Downers Grove, Daniel Magner of Oak Park, Kyle Jachcinski of Naperville and Kayan Todiwalla of Romeoville.


Construction Alert: Science Annex Work Underway

Renovations to the Science Annex (former Science Building) are underway and will require some accommodations and possible detours as work proceeds during the summer, starting almost immediately. 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) will be 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 will be 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.




EMPLOYEE NEWS

Abri Credit Union May Newsletter

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UPCOMING EVENTS

MYSO Opens Concerts on the Hill Series

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2 at Joliet’s Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park. The concert will open the popular Concerts on the Hill series, offering a free outdoor concert every Thursday evening during the summer months.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program that opens with the National Anthem, arranged by Toscanini. It will be sung by Lewis University student Danielle Alicz, a music major and viola player in the orchestra. MYSO will also perform Beethoven’s Fifth and Wagner’s Meistersinger Overture.

Founded in 1959, the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra has resided in Will County since 1991. Players in MYSO come from Lewis University and Joliet Junior College, and from area high schools and middle schools.

MYSO rehearses every Wednesday evening that school is in session from 6-8:30pm at Lewis University. Check the website at www.mysomusic.org for details and to arrange an audition.


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.


Abundance of Alumni Events Available




BIRTHDAY WISHES

Birthdays for May 2016

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

May 1, Leigh Bancsy, Office of the President
May 1, Daryl Soave, Facilities

May 2, Robert Eric Jones, Aviation & Transportation Studies

May 3, Michael Fahey, Athletics

May 4, Lisa Brown, Psychology
May 4, Kathleen Bruss, Financial Aid Services
May 4, Joseph Jirka, Academic Technology Solutions
May 4, Katherine McDannel, College of Nursing & Health Professions
May 4, Mary Myers, Career Services

May 5, Dr. Samuel Enyia, Communications
May 5, Becky Paaso, College of Nursing & Health Professions

May 7, Caleigh O'Connell, College of Arts & Sciences

May 8, Michelle Hoehn, Student Development and Leadership
May 8, Catherine Hopp, Health & Counseling Services
May 8, Dr. Emily Normand, Communications

May 9, Myra Benavides, Business Office
May 9, Lisa Caldwell, Academic Technology Solutions
May 9, Dr. William Chura, Biology
May 9, Larry Wiers, College of Education

May 10, Jefferson Gole Cruz, Office of Technology
May 10, Jennifer Janczak, Athletics
May 10, Dennisa Walker, University Advancement

May 11, Dr. Mark Schultz, History
May 11, Keith White, Theatre
May 11, Lesley Wolfgang, Library

May 14, Erin Argianas, Athletics
May 14, Dr. Donna Martin, College of Nursing & Health Professions
May 14, Dr. Sarah Powers, Biology

May 15, Dr. Cynthia Misischia, Biology
May 15, Michele Ryan, Graduate School of Management
May 15, Dr. Jeffrey Trask, College of Business

May 16, Craig Garibay, Office of the Registrar
May 16, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of the President
May 16, Jean Lucas, College of Education

May 17, Dr. Jerome Blakemore, Social Work
May 17, Linda Steffens, College of Nursing & Health Professions
May 17, Huma Zia, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

May 18, Claudio Jacobo, Facilities
May 18, Nii Tettey, Office of Human Resources

May 19, Randi Jackson, Human Resources
May 19, Keith McGill, Flight

May 20, Matthew Franklin, Aviation & Transportation Studies
May 20, John Kilpatrick, Communications
May 20, Dr. Pramod Mishra, English Studies
May 20, Barbara Nichols, Social Work/Human Services

May 22, Janet Dorencz, Library
May 22, Dr. Pamela Jessee, College of Education
May 22, Dr. Rebecca Pruitt, College of Education

May 23, Alice Creason, Library
May 23, Christine Kosinski, College of Nursing & Health Professions

May 24, Evan Noffsinger, Flight
May 24, Kathryn Sheehan, Business Office

May 26, Jeralyn Dunlap, Oak Brook Campus
May 26, Dr. Calvin Edwards, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
May 26, Edward Lenckus, Facilities
May 26, Matthew Massey, Flight
May 26, Dr. Jason Perry, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
May 26, Corbett Sherman, Facilities

May 27, Nicholas Kazanjian, Flight
May 27, Dr. Bonnie Kyburz, English Studies
May 27, Vera Smith, Office of Technology

May 28, Cynthia McCallen, Admission

May 29, Kathryn Hettinger, SPCE
May 29, Dr. Joanne Kuttner, Theology
May 29, Dr. Samar Makhlouf, Chemistry
May 29, Karen Radz, College of Nursing and Health Professions

May 30, Allison Castello, Tinley Park Campus
May 30, Brian Duffy, Campus Police

May 31, Dr. Daniel Kissel, Chemistry
May 31, Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu, College of Business
May 31, Roman Ortega, Jr., 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

Service Anniversaries for May 2016

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

May

33 Years, Daryl Soave, Facilities

18 Years, Nancy Hanley, College of Arts & Sciences
18 Years, Leonard Collum, Jr., Office of Technology

16 Years, Steven Zlatic, University Ministry
16 Years, Kathleen Anderson, Office of the Provost

15 Years, Jim Cowan, Marketing and Communications

14 Years, Dr. Judith Zito, Psychology

11 Years, Dr. Keith Lavine, Organizational Leadership
11 Years, Jose Sanchez, Facilities

9 Years, Susan Leece, Admission
9 Years, Kathleen Hutchinson, Office of Technology

8 Years, Christopher Swanson, Office of the Provost

7 Years, James Saya, LUA
7 Years, Melissa Carlson, Business Office

6 Years, Keith Kameron, Facilities
6 Years, Kelley Plass, Library

4 Years, Jeffrey Ritchie, Office of the Provost
4 Years, Safia Rabah, Campus Police

2 Years, Dr. Markisha Woodson, Health & Counseling Services
2 Years, Lisa Nicoll, Enrollment Management
2 Years, Joseph Fenili, Facilities
2 Years, Kari Orseske, SPCE
2 Years, Matthew Venegone, Facilities
2 Years, Robert Beckmann, Flight


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Service Award Recipient for May 2016

Congratulations to Mariza Rocha, Coordinator of Multicultural Student Services, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for May, 2016. Mariza was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very friendly, capable, helpful and dedicated service in the Department 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 16, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.




SPORTS

Lewis Men's Track and Field Sends Five to NCAA Outdoor Championships

The NCAA announced on Tuesday (May 17) that the Lewis University men's track and field team will send five student-athletes to compete at the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla., hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy, from May 26-28.

Lewis' qualifiers include seniors Andre Barnes (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) and Isaac Jean-Paul (Gurnee, Ill./Warren); juniors Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) and Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect); and sophomore Bryce Holesinger (Fulton, Ill./Fulton).

"The men have set themselves up to have an impressive run at this year's championships," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "I expect some big performances at the Championships, with our confidence surging after the Great Lakes Valley Conference title."

A two-time NCAA Indoor Qualifier, Barnes makes his first appearance in the NCAA Outdoor Championships and will compete in the 400-meter dash. He won the 400-meter dash title at the GLVC Outdoor Championships with a time of 46.91, which is good for 12th best in the country. The preliminary heats of the 400-meter dash is set for 6:25 PM ET on Thursday (May 26).

A four-time All-American, Jean-Paul makes his second appearance at the Outdoor Championships in the high jump. His first place and school-record showing of 6'11 1/2" (2.12m) at the Dr. Keeler Invitational last week secured his spot into the national meet and is fifth overall in the country. Jean-Paul will compete at 5:05 PM ET on Friday (May 27).

Miranda, who was the GLVC 800-meter run champion, qualified in the same event following his NCAA Provisional time of 1:49.86 at the Dr. Keeler Invitational. That mark is currently the 10th best in the country. He will race at 6:55 PM ET on Saturday (May 28).

Leet, who won the GLVC 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:00.31) championship, will compete in the preliminary heats of the same race at 7:25 PM ET on Thursday (May 26). That time is good for 14th overall in NCAA Division II.

Holesinger qualified in the decathlon with a school-record score of 6,888 points set at the EIU Big Blue Classic, which is the 13th best mark in the country. The decathlon is slated to begin at 10:30 AM ET on Thursday (May 26).




Lewis' Trost Named IBCA Division II Men's Basketball Coach of The Year

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced that Lewis University head men's basketball coach Scott Trost has been selected as the IBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

This marks the eighth time that Trost has been named IBCA Coach of the Year, as he earned the Division III honor four times as the head coach of Illinois Wesleyan from 2003-06 and the Division II award three times as Lewis' head coach in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

Trost guided Lewis to its third-straight 20+ win season in 2015-16, including its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title in 14 seasons. The Flyers finished the year with a record of 24-9, which is the most victories by a Lewis team since 2003-04.

"A Coach of the Year Award" is a staff and program award," Trost said. "We had a great group of young men that bought in to what we were teaching.




Lewis Trio Named to Academic All-District Women's Track & Field/XC Team

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (May 25) that Lewis University seniors Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township), Jamie Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) and junior Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) have been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Women's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team.

"What a great honor for these athletes," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "They all work as hard in the classroom as they do on the track."

Cook, a senior marketing major, owned a 3.64 cumulative grade point average following the Fall '15 semester. She helped Lewis to both the 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.

Farrough, a junior nursing major, held a 3.30 cumulative GPA following the Fall '15 semester. She won the NCAA Division II National Championship in the 5,000-meter run and added another All-America performance in the 3,000-meter run. Those performances keyed Lewis to a fourth-place finish at the National Championships as a team. 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.

On the cross country side, 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.

Hershfang, a senior exercise and movement science major, had a 3.84 cumulative GPA following the Fall '15 semester. She helped Lewis to the GLVC Outdoor Championship with a first-place and NCAA Provisional time of 36:45.81 in the 10,000-meter run.

They advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected in June.




No. 14 Lewis Women's Track and Field Sends Seven to NCAA Outdoor Championships

The NCAA announced on Tuesday (May 17) that the No. 14 Lewis University women's track and field team will send seven student-athletes to compete in eight different events at the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Bradenton, Fla., hosted by the University of Tampa and IMG Academy, from May 26-28.

Lewis' qualifiers include seniors Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North), Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) and Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook); juniors Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton); sophomore Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) and freshman Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville).

"The women have had a season for the record books, and whatever we can do at the Outdoor Championships will only add to this legacy," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We have a great chance to add to our National Champion total and should be in line to bring in a good haul of All-America awards.

"The women have a lot of confidence coming off the impressive GLVC meet, and hopefully we will keep this momentum heading into the NCAA Championships."

Bonsor, who won the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:33.69) at the GLVC Outdoor Championships, will compete in the same race. That mark is good for 16th in the country. The 3,000-meter steeplechase is set to begin at 7:55 PM ET on Thursday (May 26).

Cook and Pulliam have both qualified in the triple jump after impressive performances at the highly prestigious Mt. Sac Relays. Cook won the event with a jump of 41'3" (12.57m) followed by Pulliam's third-place showing of 40'11" (12.47m). Cook is third in NCAA Division II, while Pulliam is ninth in the country in the triple jump. The event is slated to begin at 4:45 PM ET on Friday (May 27).

Stennis will compete in both the 200-meter dash (23.76) and 400-meter dash (54.45) at the NCAA Championships. She is seeking her third consecutive All-America award win in the 400-meter dash and her second All-America award in the 200-meter dash in the last three years. Both times are the 10th best in the country. The 200-meter dash is set to take place at 5:50 PM ET on Friday (May 27) and the 400-meter dash will begin at 6:25 PM ET on Saturday (May 28).

Farrough looks to sweep both the 5,000-meter run indoor and outdoor national championships. She set the school-record in the 5,000-meter outdoor run with a time of 16:05.18 at the Mt. Sac Relays, which is good for second in the country. She is scheduled to compete at 8:30 PM ET on Saturday (May 28).

Smallwood qualified in the long jump with a school-record and first place leap of 19'10 3/4" (6.06m) at the Mt. Sac Relays. That jump is the 11th best in the country. The long jump begins at 6:20 PM ET on Thursday (May 26).

Mead will compete in the 800-meter run following her winning time of 2:10.46 at the GLVC Outdoor Championships. That time is the 23rd fastest in NCAA Division II. The 800-meter run is set to start at 7:05 PM ET on Saturday (May 28).


Lewis Men's Track And Field Earns 13 USTFCCCA All-Region Awards

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday (May 18) that 10 Lewis University student-athletes have earned 13 USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region awards for the 2016 NCAA Division II men's outdoor track and field season.

"In arguably the deepest region in the country, our student-athletes showed that we stack up really well," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "The region is improving so rapidly that our student-athletes really have to step up to the competition - and so far they have."

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region accolade as well as the members of the top three relay teams in the region.

USTFCCA All-Midwest Region Awards
Name Event Mark/Time Regional Ranking
Shabari Bailey (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) 110-meter hurdles 14.44 5th
Andre Barnes (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect) 400-meter dash 46.91 1st
Jared Harkness (Elmwood, Ill./Elmwood) Pole Vault 16'4 3/4" 4th
Decathlon 6,724 4th
Bryce Holesinger (Fulton, Ill./Fulton) Javelin 194'2" 2nd
Decathlon 6,888 1st
Isaac Jean-Paul (Gurnee, Ill./Warren) High Jump 6'11 1/2" 1st
Matt Jemilo (Tinley Park, Ill./Tinley Park) 800-meter run 1:50.90 3rd
Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) Steeplechase 9:00.31 5th
Dan Lentz (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) 110-meter hurdles 14.43 4th
Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) 1,500-meter run 3:51.19 5th
Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) 800-meter run 1:49.86 1st
1,500-meter run 3:49.28 3rd





No. 14 Lewis Women's Track and Field Claims Eight USTFCCCA All-Region Awards

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday (May 18) that six Lewis University student-athletes have earned eight USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region awards for the 2016 NCAA Division II women's outdoor track and field season.

"In arguably the deepest region in the country, our student-athletes showed that we stack up really well," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "The region is improving so rapidly that our student-athletes really have to step up to the competition - and so far they have."

The top five individuals in each event from each region earned the All-Region accolade as well as the members of the top three relay teams in the region.

USTFCCA All-Midwest Region Awards
Name Event Mark/Time Regional Ranking
Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North) Steeplechase 10:33.69 4th
Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) Triple Jump 41'3" 1st
Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) 5,000-meter run 16:05.18 1st
Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) Triple Jump 40'6" 2nd
Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) Long Jump 19'10 3/4" 2nd
Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) 100-meter run 11.89 4th
200-meter run 23.76 1st
400-meter run 54.45 2nd





Lewis' Trost Named IBCA Division II Men's Basketball Coach of The Year

The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced that Lewis University head men's basketball coach Scott Trost has been selected as the IBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year for the second-straight season.

This marks the eighth time that Trost has been named IBCA Coach of the Year, as he earned the Division III honor four times as the head coach of Illinois Wesleyan from 2003-06 and the Division II award three times as Lewis' head coach in 2008, 2012 and 2015.

Trost guided Lewis to its third-straight 20+ win season in 2015-16, including its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament title in 14 seasons. The Flyers finished the year with a record of 24-9, which is the most victories by a Lewis team since 2003-04.

"A Coach of the Year Award" is a staff and program award," Trost said. "We had a great group of young men that bought in to what we were teaching.




Lewis' Alex Thode Named to 2016 GCAA PING All-Midwest Region Men's Golf Team

Lewis University senior men's golfer Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) has been named to the 2016 Golf Coaches Association of America PING All-Midwest Region Team.

The senior recorded a season average of 74.15. Thode earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors after a one-under 70-71-74=215 fifth place finish at the 2016 GLVC Championship. He won the Farmers Insurance Sam Proal Invitational Sept. 7-8 and placed fourth in a field of 120 at Midwest Regional #2 on Oct. 12-13. He finished his time at Lewis with a career average of 74.83 over 109 rounds. He helped the Flyers to four consecutive NCAA Tournament berths.

"Alex finished his last season as a Flyer in the same manner he played in the previous three years, with precision and consistency," Lewis head coach Skip Steffey said. "His approach has resulted in the All-Region recognition he so richly deserves."

Thode was a GCAA All-Region and All-American Honorable Mention selection as a junior.

"His mental approach and ability to hold his emotions in check have allowed him to play excellent golf and record multiple sub-par rounds," Steffey said. "I hope his teammates appreciate what he has accomplished and work to emulate him in the future. He has set a very high standard."

Last week Thode was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for a second consecutive season.




Lewis’ Heckman and Dominguez Earn GLVC James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Awards

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced the 2015-16 James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Awards honorees on Wednesday (May 18). Lewis men's basketball's David Heckman (Greenwood, Ind./Roncalli) and women's soccer's Nicole Dominguez (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) were named the Flyers' recipients of the Spalding Sportsmanship Award. The duo, along with the two sportsmanship award winners at each GLVC school, will now be considered for the GLVC's nominees for the NCAA Sportsmanship Award.

Heckman graduated with a 4.00 GPA and was named Lewis' 2016 Male Senior Student Athlete Award, given to the senior student-athletes with the highest cumulative grade point average. He was a double major in accounting and finance. Heckman was president of Lewis' chapter of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. On the court, he helped Lewis to a 2016 GLVC Championship.

"David is the epitome of a NCAA DII student-athlete," Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost said. "David was a tremendous teammate who provided great leadership and was instrumental to our team success."

Dominguez wrapped up her junior season at Lewis in the fall with a cumulative GPA of 3.99. The psychology major is a three-year starting defender for the Flyers.

"Nicole consistently does things the right way," Lewis head women's soccer coach Chris Koenig said. "She respects the game, the process, her teammates and most importantly who she competes against. She is the most humble athlete I have had the chance to work with."

The league office also announced team winners of the Spalding Sportsmanship Award. Lewis' men's indoor, women's outdoor and women's indoor track and field squads were team winners of the award. Only Maryville and Indianapolis also had three squads win team awards.

In April, the league's annual sportsmanship awards were renamed for former Bellarmine University Athletic Director James Spalding. He was a student-athlete, coach and administrator over his long career at Bellarmine and inducted into the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2001.





Lewis' Lentz Named To Academic All-District Men's Track & Field/Cross Country Team

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (May 25) that Lewis University senior Dan Lentz (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) has been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 Men's Track & Field/Cross Country First Team.

"What a great honor for Dan," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "He works as hard in the classroom as he does on the track."

Lentz, a graduate student, earned his undergraduate degree with a 3.55 cumulative grade point average in biology in 2015. He finished the Fall '16 semester with a 3.744 grade point average, taking graduate chemistry classes.

On the track Lentz was the 2016 Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Heptathlon champion, helping the Flyers to their third-straight team title. Lentz also set the school-record in the same event earlier this season, earning him GLVC Field Athlete of the Week honors. That performance helped Lentz advance to the NCAA Division II Indoor Championships, where he finished 12th overall.

He advances to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team ballot where first, second and third team All-America honorees will be selected in June.




Former Lewis Great Kasia Arient Selected To The USTFCCCA Hall Of Fame

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (May 24) that former Lewis University cross country and track and field great Kasia Arient has been inducted into the USTFCCCA Division II Hall of Fame.

Arient is one of five inductees who will be honored at the NCAA Division II Pre-Championships banquet on Wednesday (May 25) night. Other inductees include Carmelita Jeter (Cal State-Dominguez Hills), Bershawn 'Batman' Jackson (Saint Augustine's), Jim Kemp (Kentucky State) and Clint Prange (Northwest Missouri State).

In all, Arient captured a total of six national championships during her three-year stay at Lewis (1996-99), including the 1997 NCAA Cross Country Championship, helping the Flyers tie for second overall as a team. She was a two-time Cross Country All-American, three-time All-Midwest Region honoree and two-time GLVC Champion (1996, '98).

On the track side, Arient collected five individual national championships, including winning back-to-back national championships in the outdoor 5,000 and 10,000-meter runs in 1997 and 1998. She also added the 1997 indoor 5,000-meter run national championship for good measure.

This is the second-straight year that a Lewis student-athlete has been named to the USTFCCCA Hall of Fame, as former pole vaulter Duane Chappell earned that distinction in 2015.




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