Monday August 22, 2016
through Sunday August 28, 2016
It's Welcome Week for New and Returning Students
This year’s Welcome Week begins Wednesday, Aug. 24 and will present a multi-faceted program to welcome Lewis University’s newest students, orient them to campus, and transition many of them into residence halls, while providing opportunities for new and returning students to meet new friends and to launch the 2016-2017 academic year in the Lasallian spirit of Association.
Freshman move-in will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Any volunteer help would be greatly appreciated. All faculty and staff are invited to attend the new student convocation that day at 4 p.m. in the Fieldhouse, which will be immediately followed by a welcome picnic luau on the University Green. Parents and students will be in attendance so please come out and welcome our new families.
Faculty and staff are also invited to attend the Joliet Slammers baseball game at 7 p.m.Thursday, Aug. 25. Joe Falese, Vice President of Student Services, will throw out the first pitch and the Gospel Choir will be singing that night. Tickets can be purchased at the SORC office for $5 and includes a voucher for a hot dog, chips and soda. Show your Flyer spirit and wear your Lewis gear.
On Friday, Aug. 26, returning students will be moving back in. Volunteer help will be welcome. Offices may see heavier traffic than usual while students try to take care of last minute business, buy textbooks, locate their classes, etc. Students will have an opportunity to participate in a service project that morning with a bonfire planned at 8 p.m. that evening in the Backyard.
Saturday, Aug. 27, will feature a resource fair for students beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the University Green. Any office who would like to let students know what opportunities exist for them should be present. If you’d like to reserve a table, please contact Student Development and Leadership.
For a complete list of activities, times and locations visit the Welcome Days website.
Incoming Lewis University students connected to a network that is building a better tomorrow on July 29 as AT&T presented $45,000 to the Lewis University Success program.
More than 60 Lewis University students are currently enrolled in the Success Program that provides first-year college students with a summer bridge opportunity, peer mentoring experiences, academic support services and scholarships.
“At AT&T we are empowering students everywhere to reach their highest potential. Through Aspire, AT&T passed the $250 million mark on our plan to invest $350 million in education between 2008-2017. We want to help build a better future for the students and help them succeed,” said Jeff Adducci ’92, director of external affairs at AT&T.
The AT&T contribution will be used for textbook stipends, scholarships, an updating and redesign of the program curriculum, enhanced training for Peer Mentors, and new experiential learning opportunities for students.
Adducci was joined by two AT&T colleagues who are also Lewis University alumni Craig Mikalauski ’89, ‘91, senior market research analyst, and Chuck Stahulak ’91, senior network process manager.
“It’s great to see three of our Lewis University alumni investing in the future at Lewis University through AT&T. Their gift will undoubtedly contribute to the betterment of society as we continue research that presents solutions to real world problems,” commented Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.
The contribution is made through AT&T Aspire, the company’s signature philanthropic initiative designed to help equip students with the skills they need to lead the digital, global economy.
AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) is a premier communications holding company and one of the most honored companies in the world. Its subsidiaries and affiliates – AT&T operating companies – are the providers of AT&T services in the United States and internationally. With a powerful array of network resources that includes the nation's largest 4G network, AT&T is a leading provider of wireless, Wi-Fi, high speed Internet, voice and cloud-based services. A leader in mobile Internet, AT&T also offers the best wireless coverage worldwide of any U.S. carrier, offering the most wireless phones that work in the most countries. It also offers advanced TV services under the AT&T U-verse® and AT&T |DIRECTV brands. The company's suite of IP-based business communications services is one of the most advanced in the world.
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The week prior to the University’s 85th academic year’s start is filled with a series of important events and activities for faculty and staff, as well as new and returning students. The semi-annual New Employee Mission Orientation Workshop, Commissioning Service and Welcoming Luncheon for approximately 50 new faculty and staff will be held Monday, August 22. All members of the University Community are invited to participate in the 9 a.m. Mass on Tuesday, August 23 in Sancta Alberta Chapel. Father Daniel Torson, C.PP.S., university chaplain and assistant professor of theology, will serve as the celebrant. Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to the annual University Convocation on Tuesday, August 23 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center Fieldhouse. An optional continental breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Convocation will formally begin at 10 a.m. Dr. Stephany Schlachter, provost, will provide welcoming comments. It will be followed by a community prayer service led by the University Ministry Team. Dr. David Livingston, president, will present a keynote address. He plans to share a reflection on his first months at Lewis as well as present key themes for the upcoming year. Small group table discussions will follow. The formal activities for the day will conclude with a community luncheon from noon until 1 p.m. All members of the University Community are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the University Convocation. Certain offices will remain open with very limited staffing in order to provide essential services to our students and others, while also incorporating the assistance of student employees. First-year students arrive on campus Wednesday, August 24 as part of an expanded series of Welcome Week activities. A schedule of events for new and returning traditional-age undergraduates is available on the University’s website at www.lewisu.edu/welcomeweek.
Nine Lewis University Alumni are Lasallian Volunteers in 2016-17
Nine alumni of Lewis University will be serving as Lasallian Volunteers in the 2016-2017 academic year, joining young adults throughout the country who are committed to serving the educational needs of the poor through the Lasallian Volunteer Program of the USA-Toronto Region of the Brothers of the Christian Schools.
The Lasallian Volunteers participate in a faith-based service program that provides a volunteer opportunity for ministry as well as a supportive community experience where the volunteers reside during their terms of service. The Lasallian Volunteers reside in various communities nationally with De La Salle Christian Brothers and other Lasallian Volunteers during their period of service. The term of service is for one year, but most volunteers choose to serve up to two additional years. Most teach or assist in Lasallian schools or other educational missions that are focused on disadvantaged youth throughout the USA.
Nine Lewis University alumni are serving as Lasallian Volunteers at the following sites:
Four Lasallian Volunteers who have completed their terms of service are currently enrolled in graduate studies at Lewis University through the Lasallian Volunteers Scholar Program, including David Anderson, Monique Cruz, Shanae Farrell and Sonya Lee. They will be serving as Graduate Assistants during the 2016-2017 academic year.
Two alumni groups are welcoming the class of 2020 with a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 27 on the Lewis University main campus in Romeoville.
The Lewis University Aviation Alumni Organization is sponsoring the reception for incoming aviation students, current aviation students and alumni. Register online.
The Lewis University Nursing Alumni Network will be welcoming the class of 2020 and celebrating the class of 1976 during a reception for incoming and current nursing students as well as nursing alumni. Register online.
Lewis University offers an exhibition of sculptor Fisher Stolz, whose work is on display August 29-September 23 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on main campus in Romeoville.
The free exhibit is open to the public and is on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.
There will be a Gallery Talk and reception from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, September 1. It is free and open to the public.
Stolz is a sculptor creating work primarily in stainless steel, cast metals and stone that range in scale from interior pedestal pieces to large outdoor works. The Washington, Ill., resident received his Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Georgia and has studied and taught sculpture abroad in Cortona, Italy. He is a tenured professor teaching sculpture at Bradley University in Peoria. Stolz is a member of the International Sculpture Center Board of Trustees and Chicago Sculpture International, where he served as vice president.
The gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, art gallery coordinator, at email@example.com.
Opening Week Schedule Fall 2016
Please click on the following links to access the Opening Week schedule and dining information:
Service Award Recipient for August 2016
Congratulations to Stefanie Offerman for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for August, 2016. Stefanie Offerman was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her helpful, polite, enthusiastic, friendly, and very dedicated service as a Secretary in the Office of Financial Aid Services.
Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 22, 2017 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.
Convocation Address Fall 2016
Please click on the following link to access the Fall 2016 Convocation Address Dr. David Livingston:
Meet the Candidates September 29 at Lewis University
Lewis University and the Grand Haven neighborhood are hosting Candidates Night, a two-part event, for state and local political candidates to interact with the community at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the University Dining Room, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.
Candidates' Night is an event designed to give members of the Lewis University community an opportunity to meet with various state and local political candidates. The first part of the event will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the University Dining Room. It will allow participants to interact with the candidates in a one-on-one, meet-and-greet format. The second half of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center in Romeoville. Candidates will address a larger audience comprised of local community members. This is an opportunity to interact with some of the people who will be playing critical roles in impactful political positions.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Rago at (815) 836-5394.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. The curriculum provides learning experiences through traditional classes, internships, study abroad and service learning. Political science degree graduates are using their degrees in governmental positions, law school, non-profits and corporations.
Candidates’ Night is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.
Harold E. White Legacy Society of Lewis University is Honored
On July 31, members of the Harold E. White Legacy Society of Lewis University gathered for the third annual recognition ceremony honoring their decision to provide an educational legacy for Lewis University students either through a gift in their estate plans or some other type of planned gift arrangement.
During the event, Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, thanked the Legacy Society members, which includes alumni, faculty, staff, retirees and other friends, for their thoughtful and generous gift. He discussed the significant impact that planned gifts have had on Lewis throughout its history.
The impact of planned gifts was essential to the establishment of Lewis University. The first planned gift was made by Michael Fitzpatrick, and his sister, Frances Fitzpatrick. It consisted of over 170 acres of farmland to the Archdiocese of Chicago. This land was ultimately used to house the first buildings of Lewis University and remains a significant part of the Romeoville campus.
Michael Fitzpatrick participated in the planning that resulted in a school being built on the donated property. He witnessed the realization of his dreams as he participated in the Holy Name Technical School dedication activities in 1932.
Frances, who lived until 1950, watched the school for boys evolve from a high school to Lewis College. Over the years, she maintained her friendship with Lewis by frequently visiting the campus while providing buttermilk and cookies to students.
Their exceptionally generous and far-sighted gift made in the 1920s not only allowed for the formation of what has now become Lewis University, but also continues to keep giving to the University today.
The impact of other completed planned gifts is also clearly evident: a number of buildings that are home to programs of distinction; endowed scholarships that have provided generations of financially-challenged students with the benefits of a quality Catholic education in the Lasallian tradition; and many other endowed programs that have promoted a variety of research initiatives. These significant investments continue to provide students with learning opportunities beyond the classroom, while also further enhancing the academic reputation of Lewis University.
The current members of the Legacy Society have continued the tradition of legacy giving, and their planned gifts will also serve to transform the future of Lewis University.
During the past four years of the “Achieve More. Together” campaign, the Legacy Society increased by more than 50 percent with more than $10 million committed through various planned gifts.
For more information regarding the Harold E. White Legacy Society, or how you can make a difference in the lives of future generations of our students with an estate gift or other planned gift, please contact Robert A. Kanonik, JD, Director of Planned Giving at (815) 836-5813 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional photos of the event are available in our online photo gallery at www.alumni.lewisu.edu/photogallery.
Graciela Dufour, associate vice president of Human Resources, and Liseth Chavez, coordinator of Student Retention Services, recently represented Lewis University at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (C.A.L.L.) Conference.
Lewis University and Christian Brothers Services sponsored the conference held Aug. 18-21 in Chicago.
The Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) is a national organization dedicated to the growth and spiritual formation of the Latino leaders of this country in their knowledge and understanding of the Catholic faith.
Birthdays for August 2016
Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from August 1 - August 31.
August 1, Mary DeGraw, 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 August 2016
The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries
at Lewis from August 1 - August 31.
45 Years, Br. Raphael Mascari, FSC, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Improved Cellular Service is on its Way to Lewis University
The signal for Verizon Wireless users will be stronger this fall on the Lewis University main campus in Romeoville. The improved 4G LTE high speed data voice and data cellular reception is the result of a two-year long project to build a cellular antenna system, located by the Lewis University communications tower outside DeLaSalle Hall.
“This state-of-the-art system will provide the much needed campus wide overlay for cellular communications to our students, faculty, staff, and visitors,” said John Carey, director of the Andrew Center for Broadcasting and coordinator of the project.
Dr. David Livingston, president, invites you to follow him on social media. He invites you to follow him on:
Twitter ( https://twitter.com/DrLivLewisU )
Cremin Travels to Lasallian Sites
“I really felt drawn to Rheims, France to visit the De La Salle sites,” Dr. Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center, said about making a pilgrimage to France.
Over the past academic year, Cremin has been involved in a number of Lasallian activities, including the International Session of Lasallian Studies (SIEL) in Rome and the Lasallian Summer Seminar for Professors at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona. In addition, he provided leadership in a Lasallian Italy Travel Study Program. He also presented as part of Lewis University’s Exploring Lasallian Mission Program (ELM) this year.
“I’ve been studying the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle at the Generalate of the Brothers of the Christian Schools in Rome, and this led me to think about the key moments in the saint’s life. How did he give up his high social status and dedicate his life to education?” Cremin pondered.
Much of his teaching centers on place-based learning, and he wanted to be where De La Salle lived and worked. The more he learned about the saint and the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the more interested he became in his life.
This summer, he visited De La Salle’s home, which now houses a museum, churches, and other sites. In the future, he hopes to lead a Lewis University pilgrimage to Lasallian sites in France.
Cremin concluded, “De La Salle’s life serves as a model. It is often repeated that we place students at the center of our work at Lewis University. This was the core of De La Salle’s mission, and the work continues to this day.”
Lewis Athletics Nets GLVC-Best 102 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards
The Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) announced on Wednesday (August 17) that the Lewis University Athletics Department received a Great Lakes Valley Conference-high 102 D2 ADA Academic Achievement Awards. It is also the 10th most out of the 156 NCAA Division II schools that reported.
In order for a student-athlete to receive an Academic Achievement Award, the athletics director of the Division II institution MUST BE a CURRENT dues paying member of the D2 ADA.
Also, the student-athlete must:
ShopLewisFlyers.com Is Open For Business
The Lewis University Athletics Department, in partnership with Advanced-Online, unveiled its online store - ShopLewisFlyers.com - on Monday (August 22).
ShopLewisFlyers.com features more than 1,300 items for sale including apparel as well as fashion, home and business accessories and novelties. The store will also feature regular promotions throughout the school year and around special events.
"We are thrilled to announce the launch of ShopLewisFlyers.com," Lewis Associate Director of Athletics/Director of External Relations Brian Sisson said. "This agreement between Advanced-Online allows us to offer numerous high quality Lewis Flyer products to all of Flyer Nation and market our brand on a national level."
Advanced-Online, a Texas based company owned by Follett Corporation, is a unique provider of online merchandise stores for the collegiate and corporate market. With over 100 clients across collegiate sports, Advanced-Online specializes in providing technology for online stores and also has an on-demand and in house production model that allows for orders to be placed, produced and shipped within 24 hours.
It’s a Two-Way Street
Opening an email, listening to a voicemail, reading a text message, then thinking, “I’ll respond later” or “Maybe I won’t even respond at all.” We are all guilty of it. Response time relays a nonverbal message.
Imagine standing with a co-worker who remained silent every time you asked a question. Wouldn’t that be rude and uncomfortable? Wouldn’t you think less of the person and think twice before talking to him or her again? Well, that’s what is happening when you leave a phone call or email unanswered.
People may not be responding for an array of reasons:
Although none of these reasons are personal, people take the lack of response as a personal insult. “Do I not matter enough for whomever to respond?”
When you don’t respond, you begin to lose your trustworthiness.
The truth is if you don’t respond, you will not be trusted or respected. Therefore, you will lose all of your credibility.
Here are some tips on how to become more responsive.
Responses are always necessary; however there are a couple situations when you should wait to respond until you have had time to fully process the message, both mentally and emotionally.
Just because you cannot see a face, doesn’t mean there isn’t a person on the other end of every
phone call or email. Responsiveness is critical for building better relationships, trust and rapport.