Monday May 29, 2017 through Sunday June 4, 2017


Lewis Honors 1,000-plus Graduates at Spring Commencement

Lewis University held Spring Commencement ceremonies for more than 1,000 students and bestowed an honorary degree May 20-21 on the university’s campus in Romeoville. Sunday’s ceremony was be the largest Commencement in the university’s history.

During the Graduate Degree Ceremony, master’s degrees were awarded to 282 men and women. Five doctoral degrees were awarded to candidates in the College of Education and the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

During the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony, more than 730 students were awarded bachelor's degrees.

Lewis University awarded an honorary doctoral degree at its Undergraduate Degree Ceremony to Gery Short, retired director of the Office of Education for the Christian Brothers’ District of San Francisco New Orleans.

Stay Active This Summer with RAD Camp for Kids at Lewis University

Lewis University’s annual summer Recreational Activities Day (RAD) camp will be held from 9 a.m.–noon each day of the following weeks: June 12-16, June 26-June 30, July 10-14 and July 24-28. The cost is $80 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week or those who register multiple children.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. on June 12, June 26, July 10 and July 24 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Visit to access a registration form.

Some of the features of RAD Camp include quality instruction, a fun learning environment, an ice cream social celebration and daily pool time. Common camp activities include sand volleyball, basketball, soccer, dodge ball, relay races, handball, kickball and a walk through Lewis University’s nature trail. The camp is offered for kids ages 5-12.

Campers should come prepared with a tennis racquet, sunscreen, insect repellent, gym shoes, hat, swimsuit, towel, labeled water bottle and a lock each day.

The ice cream social celebrations will take place at 11:30 a.m. on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28.

The camp is led by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center staff as well as students from the Lewis community. The staff is selected by their knowledge of activities, capacity to work well with children, and the ability to be positive role models.

For more information, contact Jill Siegfried, director of Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness, at (815) 836-5277 or


Service Award Recipient for April 2017

Congratulations to Fred Gandy for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for April, 2017.  Fred Gandy was again nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his helpful, friendly and highly professional service as the Director of Residence Life. 

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

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Birthdays for May 2017

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

May 2, Robert Eric Jones, Aviation & Transportation Studies

May 3, Michael Fahey, Athletics
May 3, Dr. Mardy Philippian, Jr., English Studies

May 4, Lisa Brown, Psychology
May 4, Kathleen Bruss, Financial Aid Services
May 4, Geoffrey Culloton, Flight
May 4, Joseph Jirka, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning
May 4, Eric Lazarski, Network Administrator
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 6, Mark Lukasiewicz, Flight

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, Faculty Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning
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 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, Sr., College of Business

May 16, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity
May 16, Jean Lucas, College of Education

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

May 18, Jacob DeMarais, University Ministry
May 18, Claudio Jacobo, Facilities
May 18, Nii Tettey, Human Resources

May 19, Randi Jackson, Human Resources
May 19, Keith McGill, Aviation & Transportation Studies

May 20, Matthew Franklin, Aviation & Transportation Studies
May 20, John Kilpatrick, Communications
May 20, Danny Mejdrech, Residence Life
May 20, Dr. Pramod Mishra, English Studies

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, Kathryn Sheehan, Business Office

May 26, Jeralyn Dunlap, Oak Brook Campus
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 28, Cynthia McCallen, Admission

May 29, Kathryn Hettinger, SPCE
May 29, Dr. Samar Makhlouf, Chemistry
May 29, Karen Radz, College of Nursing & Health Professions

May 31, Dr. Daniel Kissel, Chemistry
May 31, Kylie Link, University Advancement
May 31, Dr. Ibrahim Mescioglu, College of Business
May 31, Roman Ortega, Jr., The Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment

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 May 2017

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


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

17 Years, Steven Zlatic, University Ministry

16 Years, Jim Cowan, Marketing and Communications

12 Years, Dr. Keith Lavine, Organizational Leadership

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

12 Years, Jose Sanchez, Facilities

15 Years, Dr. Judith Zito, Psychology

9 Years, Christopher Swanson, Office of the Provost

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

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

5 Years, Jeffrey Ritchie, Office of the Provost

2 Years, Megan Chaffee, Office of the Registrar

3 Years, Kari Orseske, SPCE
3 Years, Matthew Venegone, Facilities
3 Years, Dr. Markisha Woodson, Health & Counseling Services

1 Year, Lindsy Morgan, Residence Life
1 Year, Eric Lazarski, Network Administrator
1 Year, Jesus Guzman, Office of Technology


LARC Moves to LRC

Renovations have started in Benilde Hall and in the Learning Resource Center.

The Center for Academic Support and Enrichment (CASE), previously known as LARC, has outgrown its space in Benilde Hall. On May 24, the entire department moved into a temporary space on the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Center (LRC). When the permanent space is completed, it will provide several new accommodated testing rooms, additional tutoring space and more.

The Office of Service Learning (OSL) was also moved to the 3rd floor of the Learning Resource Center.

Below are staff from both departments that were moved to temporary locations.

Academic Services Staff
Chavez, Liseth LR-303
Check, Chastity LR-303
Eichelberger, Melissa LR-303
Enervold, Stephanie LR-303
Farrell, Shanae LR-346 (Lab)
Martinez, Angelia LR-305
Schmitz, Courtney LR-305

Office of Service Learning Staff
Billups, Dr. Christine LR-346 (Lab)
Bluemer, Samantha LR-346 (Lab)
Wilmarth Tyna, Laura LR-346 (Lab)

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Chastity Check at 815/836-5593 or email

Ortega Finalist for Corporate Citizen of the Year Award

Major Roman Ortega, Jr. is one of three finalists for the Executive Club of Chicago's annual Corporate Citizen of the Year Award – Individual Category.

Established in 2013, this award recognizes a company and individual for outstanding contributions to the Chicagoland community in areas such as the environment, education, veterans’ initiatives, workforce development or governance. The panel of judges this year includes representatives from The Club’s Civic Affairs Forum.

The winner will be announced at the International Executive of the Year and Annual Awards Luncheon in Chicago on June 28, 2017, featuring Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and CEO, Mondelez International.

Ortega is Director of the Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Recruitment as well as Administrative Director of the ROTC program at Lewis.

May 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.

Wednesday, May 3 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. College of Nursing & Health Professions Lobby (outside of the Dean’s Office)

Friday, May 12 11:30 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pavilion (weather location: Student Union Commons)

Friday, May 19 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Courtyard Café

Wednesday, May 31 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Stritch Hall Garden (weather location: Stritch Hall Sun Room)

Jump Start Your Career with the National Science Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Border Pilgrimage is Selected to be Presented at National Conference

Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin has been selected to present at the Sixteenth Annual Cambio de Colores (Change of Colors) Conference entitled “Todos Juntos: Collaboration and Unity in Uncertain Times” held June 14-16 in St. Louis, Missouri.

The assistant professor of Sociology will present "What we discovered in the desert: The impact of an experiential learning trip to the U.S.-Mexico border on Latinx and non-Latinx students."

Dr. Tennille Allen, chair and associate professor of the Department of Sociology, said, "Every year, students come back from Arizona engaged and energized as they discuss the ways that the trip opened their eyes and changed their lives. I am so thrilled that this important and powerful work that she is doing with the Border Pilgrimage is being shared with those outside our university community as well."


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