Monday November 24, 2014 through Sunday November 30, 2014


Lewis Mock Trial Teams make strong showing at Illinois State Championship

Lewis University Mock Trial teams continued to improve this season while competing in the 13th Annual Illinois State University Tournament. Both teams were highly competitive, finishing 13th and 14th out of 32 teams, while taking on pairings that resulted in them facing five of the six top teams in the final rankings. All of the results of the matches showed very close scores with most in the range of two to eight either way. The field consisted of all teams, which made the opening round of last year’s championship and one half of them made it to the championship final.

The teams were led by David DeSchepper and Anthony Scorzo, with each of them winning Outstanding Attorney. Erica Swanberg won Outstanding Witness. These awards are identical for the third consecutive tournament right down to DeSchepper having another perfect score. Other high scorers but didn’t qualify for an award include Megan Arehart, Maggie Huggins, Amber Milliron, Larry Beyer, Dustin Murray and Korin Navarro.

Nov. 22-23, Lewis University will play at home, hosting the Fantastic Flyer Tournament. With four rounds total, two will be on Saturday and two on Sunday. All will be held on the Romeoville campus in De La Salle and Benilde Halls. They are free of charge and open to the public.

Members of the Lewis University Mock Trial team are David DeSchepper (captain), Megan Arehart (captain), Maggie Huggins, Ashley Patek, Korin Navarro, Vanessa Patenoude, Larry Beyer, Anthony Scorzo (captain), Erica Swanberg (captain), Sandra Ayala, Kajal Sharma, Dustin Murray, Martin Romo and Amber Milliron.

Lewis University Mock Trial Coaches include Bill Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella, Paul Namie of Law Offices of Jason R. Moseley and Cary Hansing, a financial analyst for BP Oil. Contact Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies, at (815) 836-5313 or to learn more about the academic teams at Lewis University.

Lewis Mediation Team maintains top international ranking

For the second consecutive year since the Intercollegiate Mediation Tournament went international two years ago, Lewis University’s team finished in the top five, earning fifth place. In eight years of competition in mediation, Lewis University has never failed to finish in the top 10.

This year’s tournament consisted of the 40 top ranked teams with approximately 140 individual competitors from 22 universities and colleges. The International Mediation Championships were hosted by Brenau University in Gainsville, Ga. Three teams qualified for the tournament.

Lewis University maintained its top five ranking in Advocacy with the team consisting of Bridgette Ferreira, Shannon Lukowski and Kayla King. The team of Olivia Estrada, Lexi Austring and Jane Snyder finished in 15th in Advocacy, and the third team of Brianna Diaz, Ying Gao and Brian Pustz finished 33rd.

In Mediation team standings, the team of Ferriera, Lukowski and King finished 12th and the Estrada, Austring and Synder team finished 20th, with the team of Diaz, Gao and Pustz in 28th. In individual awards, Lewis University had five All-Americans, three in Mediation and two in Advocacy. King finished second, Ferreira in fourth and Diaz 12th in Mediation. In Advocacy, Ferreira and King finished fourth, with Estrada and Austring finishing 14th. Lukowski, while not earning All-American this year, did qualify to play in the championship round of the final four in Mediation.

While the championship concluded the competition under the International Academy of Dispute (INADR) Undergraduate auspices, the Lewis University Mediation Team’s talents are in demand in other arenas. Lewis University has received a bid for one team to compete in the International Law School Championship competition to be held at Drake Law School in Des Moines, Iowa in March 2015. Teams from the schools with the top undergraduate programs are invited to compete with the law schools. This will be the second time Lewis University has competed in the International Law School Championship. In previous years Lewis University has also competed against law schools in England and Scotland, finishing sixth and fifth respectfully.

Also, the Lewis University Mediation Team will present in the “Violent Times” program in the spring semester at Lewis University. The plan is to show the value of mediation in dealing and coping with violence and violent situations.

Angela Henderson, attorney at Henderson Law and Mediation Center in Joliet and Joseph Volin, alumnus and assistant director of Lewis Alumni Relations, coach the team. Contact Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies, at (815) 836-5313 or to learn more about the academic teams at Lewis University.

Lewis University Ranked 14th Among Best Colleges for Adults

Lewis University has been ranked 14th in the nation for non-traditional students among the 50 Best Colleges for Older Students by Factors considered in the rankings include each school’s academics, student engagement, percentage of students above age 25 and programs geared toward non-traditional students.

“This distinction recognizes our excellence in providing a supportive environment committed to student success, regardless of age,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. praises Lewis University for its abundance of programs on-campus and online, including criminal justice, nursing, aviation, business and psychology. It also highlights Lewis University’s Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) system as one that saves students time and money by awarding credits for college learning acquired by on-the-job experience and other professional credentials. “A strong PLA portfolio can save degree candidates up to two and a half years and an estimated $16,000 in tuition,” the website states.

“Since more than 40 percent of Lewis University students are adult learners, we have significant experience understanding and adapting to the unique challenges they face as they work to earn a respected degree. This designation recognizes our support system is exceptional among our peers in the nation,” added Dr. Michele Young, Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Education.

Visit for a full listing of the 50 Best Colleges for Older Students.

WLRA “To Kill a DJ” kicks off with record-holding alumna on Nov. 17

The annual “To Kill a DJ” fundraising event kicks off Nov. 17 with Lewis University alumna Jodi Steinberg ’13. The Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations recipient currently holds the WLRA record for longest on-air time and most money raised for the Advocate Children’s Hospital’s Family Assistance Fund.

“I shall always be connected to this radio marathon and what it has done for the seriously ill children and their families,” Steinberg said.

WLRA’s “To Kill a DJ” is an annual service-learning project for Lewis University students that have WLRA Radio as a lab. Students raise money through continuous on-air marathons with pledged support from listeners. The marathon ends Nov. 25.

Steinberg shared that service learning through events such as this one is a great way to learn and give back simultaneously. “It gave me a sense of connectedness and leadership. Volunteerism is something I will always have in my heart and will always focus on because of this project.”

The Lewis University Family Assistance Fund has raised over $100,000 between WLRA and the College of Nursing & Health Professions. The fund is used to assist families of hospitalized children in their greatest time of need. In the past, funds have been used to pay for cab rides to and from the hospital for children to have chemotherapy, outpatient services, medicine, clothes when being discharged, hotel rooms for families, bus passes, airline flights to the hospital and much more.

A favorite among listeners, 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 Country, local children’s hospital and many others.

Lewis University’s Boeing 737 shows off a new look

Lewis University’s Boeing 737 recently received a fresh coat of paint for the exterior’s first update since United Airlines donated the plane 15 years ago.

Envirotech Inc., a company that specializes in restoring display aircraft, handled the sanding, prepping and painting of the project. “The project manager, Kimball Tatum, and his crew worked in all kinds of weather and during all hours to get the aircraft completed,” said Eric Jones, professor of aviation and coordinator of the plane’s repainting.

Several people around the university were consulted about upgrading the look of the 737. Professor Mark Swain was contacted in the Art & Design department and some conceptual drawings from students were developed last spring.

The plane’s final design concept was created by Anne Koleff, graphic designer in the Marketing and Communications department.

“This is the most exciting and proudest moment in my graphic design career at Lewis University,” Koleff said. “Not too many designers can say they have a new paint scheme for a 737 in their portfolio. And being that I am a Lewis Alumna (1996), makes it even more special.”

Bradford and Haring art exhibition on display until Nov. 25 at Lewis University Art Gallery

“Sirens: Art Exhibition by Blaine Bradford and Samantha Haring” will be on display until Nov. 25 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

The artists will present a free Gallery Talk from 3-4 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Lewis University Art Gallery. Later at 7 p.m., a special reception for the exhibit will be held.

Blaine Bradford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University. He completed his Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University's School of Art in 2010, where he is currently a foundations instructor and 2D mentor. Bradford predominately works in oil paint on canvas, occasionally switching to digital process to manipulate presentation and theme.

Samantha Haring earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011, and she recently completed her Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Haring is an observational oil painter. Her work reinvigorates the mundane through the faithful depiction of things that may otherwise go unnoticed.

The Art 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


Service Award Recipient for November 2014

Congratulations to Dorothy Vodicka, Administrative Secretary for the Office of Student Services, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for November 2014. Dorothy was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very affable, enthusiastic and highly effective service.

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited exceptional service, concern for others and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon, hosted by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President.

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Inclement Weather Protocol

As we approach the winter months, now is a good time to remind you of the protocol that is used to determine if school remains in session during severe weather.

We always try to do all we can to remain open and not interrupt the educational process of our students. However, there are clearly conditions where one of the following decisions needs to be made for the Romeoville Campus and all Regional Centers:

  1. Delay the opening of campus or close the campus early
  2. Close the campus and cancel all classes and activities

First and foremost, the safety of the entire campus community is the most important factor. If there is severe weather forecasted, the Senior Vice President for Student Services and the Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities, CFO communicate with each other to analyze factors in the decision process:

  1. Forecast
  2. Road conditions
  3. Campus conditions
  4. Status of other area schools

Due to early classes at our various sites and due to nursing clinicals at various locations, every effort will be made to communicate the decision to delay or close by approximately 6:00 am.  That time should allow enough lead time for all involved.

When we choose to delay the start of classes or cancel them, the following notification strategies are implemented:

  1. Send Word Now message delivers information to your email, phone and cell phone.
  2. Web site posting on
  3. Radio/TV stations are notified
  4. The main University phone number (815) 838-0500 recording is activated

Send Word Now is a communication tool that alerts the Lewis University community via voice, email, and text messages of weather closing and emergency situations.  Please take the time now to update your information in our system by referring to the attached document.

We would like to thank all members of the University community in advance for their dedicated efforts to continue the educational process for our students during inclement weather. We wish you continued success this semester.


Joseph T. Falese
Senior Vice President for Student Services
Robert DeRose
Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities, CFO



Churchill Nov. 24 performance is CANCELLED

Chicago actor Ronald Keaton in his one-man show “Churchill”, the sixth and final performance of the Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series, is cancelled.

Keaton was scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Philip Lynch Theatre, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

American Meteorological Society holds holiday infused meeting Dec. 9

The Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorological Society’s December monthly meeting will hold its combined holiday get-together and meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Lewis University’s Aviation Department. Richard DiMaio, instructor of aviation and transportation, will be the featured speaker discussing the Lewis Aviation Program, including a tour of the hanger and the Flight Ops Wing.


Birthdays for November 2014

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

November 2, Laura Pratt, History

November 4, Ann Candelaria, LUA

November 5, Jennifer Buss, College of Education
November 5, Fredereike Moskal, Library

November 6, Lindalee Adams, Library
November 6, Dr. William Blackwell, College of Education
November 6, Abraham Adrianzen, Residence Life

November 7, Christine Morrow, College of Arts & Sciences
November 7, Jeanette Pifer, Biology
November 7, Rachael Tracey, University Advancement
November 7, Stephanie Enervold, Career Services
November 7, Dr. Amanda Harsy Ramsay, Math & Computer Science

November 8, Dr. Markisha Woodson, Health & Counseling Services

November 9, Jose Zamora, Office of Technology

November 10, Clifford Evans, Athletics

November 11, Marie Lozano, College of Nursing & Health Professions

November 13, Dr. Jung Kim, College of Education

November 14, Graesen Arnoff, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
November 14, Margaret Kientop, Office of the President
November 14, Dr. Arsalan Memon, Philosophy
November 14, Graciela Dufour, Human Resources
November 14, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, History

November 15, Julie Penner, University Advancement
November 15, Dr. John Greenwood, Psychology

November 16, Joyce Montoya-Roach, LUA
November 16, Dr. Tracey Nicholls, Philosophy
November 16, Matthew Brendich, Athletics
November 16, Evan Fiffles, Athletics
November 16, Matthew Paarlberg, Flight

November 17, Douglas Adams, Flight
November 17, Kerry Meunier, Admission
November 17, Lori Misheck, Human Resources
November 17, Jill Whitaker, Health & Counseling Services
November 17, Nirav Patel, Office of Technology

November 18, Joseph Pasternak, Facilities
November 18, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Office of Mission and Identity
November 18, Michael Streit, Aviation & Transportation Studies

November 20, David Korte, Facilities

November 21, Melissa Eichelberger, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
November 21, Ryan Libert, Flight
November 21, Larry Vinson, Campus Police

November 22, Leona Daniels-Moore, College of Education

November 23, Mary Woods, SPCE
November 23, Jared Taylor, University Advancement
November 23, Kristin Callahan, Art and Design
November 23, Tim McDonough, Athletics
November 23, Jennifer Kilmartin, Mail Room

November 24, Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC, College of Arts & Sciences
November 24, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

November 25, Barbara Seppi, LARC
November 25, Dennis Gray, College of Business
November 25, Julia Hamlin, Flight
November 25, Carmen Wallace, Office of the President

November 26, Br. Thomas Dupre, FSC, Math & Computer Science
November 26, James Doane, De La Salle Institute

November 27, Marvin Bates III, College of Business

November 28, Lisa Nicoll, Enrollment Management

November 29, Derrick Sloboda, Athletics
November 29, Dr. Philip Chumbley, Physics
November 29, Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
November 29, Rukiya Johnson, Graduate School of Management

November 30, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President
November 30, Dr. Tennille Allen, Sociology
November 30, Rita Herrick, Graduate and Adult 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 2014

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


36 Years, Louis Revisky, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

25 Years, Carol Wassberg, Office of the President

22 Years, Beverly Anliker, Business Office

16 Years, Linda Cunningham, Oak Brook Campus

14 Years, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police

13 Years, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

12 Years, Ryan Cockerill, Admission

9 Years, Kerry Meunier, Admission
9 Years, Julie Branchaw, Admission

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

7 Years, Larry Van Luyk, Facilities

6 Years, Liseth Chavez, Enrollment Management
6 Years, Rachael Patera, Athletics
6 Years, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications
6 Years, Timothy Hunt, Facilities

4 Years, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

3 Years, Allison Guziec, Financial Aid Services

2 Years, Sabrina Lynch, Health & Counseling Services
2 Years, Cynthia McCallen, Admission
2 Years, Jennifer Janczak, Athletics
2 Years, Allison Rios, University Advancement
2 Years, Peter Spizzirri, Campus Police

1 Year, Tina Crowther, University Advancement


Christmas Lighting Ceremony Monday, Nov. 24, at LRC

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Campus Christmas Lighting Ceremony, to be held Monday, November 24, at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Learning Resource Center as lights are turned on to illuminate the campus in anticipation of the Christmas season. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, will be assisted by students who will activate the holiday decorations. Brother Leo Jones, FSC, Special Assistant to the President, is coordinating the program. The lighting ceremony will take place next to the new Christmas crčche, designed last year for Lewis University by Art Siegel.

Members of the Lewis University Chamber Choir will perform. Following the ceremony, caroling will be held in the lobby of the Learning Resource Center. Hot chocolate and various treats will be available.

Christmas decorations and lighting have been installed on campus by members of the Lewis University Facilities and Grounds staff, directed by Don Castello, Associate Vice President of Facilities; Dwight DeVries, Superintendent of Grounds; and George Wlodek and the Electrical staff (Facilities).

United Way Luncheon Features “Battle of the Bosses”

The Lewis University Campaign for the United Way of Will County drew nearly 150 participants to a lively luncheon on Tuesday, November 11, served by administrators who vied with each other to earn the title of “Best Server” and collect the most tips which were donated to United Way. Formerly known as the CEO luncheon, the event was re-named successfully as the "Battle of the Bosses" to clarify the “turnabout” theme in which administrators served as “wait” staff for a sit-down luncheon for faculty and staff. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, who has served desserts for this event for the past 7-8 years, extended thanks to the many faculty and staff who assisted at the luncheon, generating abundant good will as well as funding for United Way.

“Special thanks to all who donned aprons, took food orders, and were very creative in gathering tips that were given to United Way.” Brother James noted. Among those assisting were United Way Committee members who sold raffle tickets at the event, provided prizes, created a wondrous array of desserts and promoted the event. Once again, the United Way Committee provided excellent prizes for raffles to generate additional revenue. Michael Hennessy, President and CEO of the United Way of Will County, and Sarah Oprzedek, UWWC Resource and Development, greeted Lewis faculty and staff as they entered the event. Both are alumni of Lewis, confirming the strong link that the University has with the United Way of Will County.

Administrators raised more than $850 in server tips, to be donated to the United Way along with raffle results and ticket sales. Graciela Dufour, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, was named Best Server, while Dr. Peggy Rice, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, generated the most tips, followed by Dr. Mitra Fallahi, Associate Dean for the College of Education, and Len Bertolini, Vice President for University Advancement.

United Way co-chairs who coordinated the “Battle of the Bosses” event included Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Christine Morrow (Arts & Sciences), Dr. Ryan Phillips (Aviation) and Dr. Ryan J. Hooper (Physics). Among those serving, along with the President and the winning servers, were Joseph Falese, Senior Vice President for Student Services; Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning; Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. John Planek, Director of Athletics: Dr. Nan Yancey, Dean of Graduate Studies; Dr. Michele Young, Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Education; Kathy Slattery, Dean of Student Services, Aaron Scheiwe, Assistant Vice President for Business, and Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost.

“The lively concept of presenting an opportunity for administrators to interact informally with other members of the Lewis University Community provides a welcomed respite from our regular routine and prompts some delightful conversations among people from departments from every corner of campus,” Brother James commented. “But, of course, the real reason for this event is to encourage support of the very deserving United Way agencies in Will County.”


Meier Foundation recognizes Dr. Simone Muench with achievement award

Dr. Simone Muench, was recently awarded the 2014 Meier Arts Achievement Award presented by the Helen Coburn Meier and Tim Meier Foundation for the Arts.

The Lewis University English professor was recognized for her innovation, past achievements and community contributions.

Muench is the author of five full-length poetry collections: The Air Lost in Breathing (Helicon Nine, 2000), winner of the Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry; Lampblack & Ash (Sarabande, 2005) winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry and an Editor's Choice at The New York Times Book Review; Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010); Disappearing Address, co-written with Philip Jenks (BlazeVOX, 2010) and Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014). She received a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship and other honors.

At Lewis University, Muench is also director of the Creative and Professional Writing Program, in addition to serving as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. For more information, please visit

The 2014 Meier Achievement Award recognizes past work of mid-career arts professionals with checks for $33,333.33. As there are no applications, no projects to submit and no outcome measurements, the foundation independently researches nominators. The foundation recognizes Chicago-based artists in mid-career who push the artistic envelope. For more information, please visit

Dr. Eileen McMahon shares eyewitness accounts of Chicago’s development

Lewis University History Professor Dr. Eileen McMahon presented “Eyewitness to History: Civil War Chicago,” her newest book, at the Gaylord Building Discovery Dinner with co-editor Dr. Theodore Karamanski, professor of history at Loyola University.

Through images and eyewitness accounts, Karamanski and McMahon explored the way the men and women of Will and Cook Counties faced the challenge of the U.S. Civil War. Using letters, diaries and newspaper accounts, the program explained how Chicago area people affected the war and how the war shaped Chicago.

Dr. Manu Vora nominated as American Society for Quality President

Dr. Manu Vora, an adjunct instructor in the College of Business MBA program, has been nominated as president and chair for the American Society for Quality (ASQ). The organization will be electing a new president by Nov. 10. Vora was recommended for the new role by previous ASQ president, Ron Kingen.

Vora has been a faculty member for the College of Business who has served on the Certification Board since 1987 and continues to be a well-known leader in the ASQ Chicago and Northern Illinois Quality Conference. Vora’s leadership and teaching expands throughout the Chicagoland area and internationally through his global quality movement and social responsibility efforts in India since 2010.

Established in 1946, the American Society for Quality has 80,000 members in 150 countries. The organization is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make the world work better. With individual and organizational members around the world, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.


Lewis' Alexis Davito Named To 2014 Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team

Lewis University junior right side hitter Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) has been named to the 2014 Women's Volleyball Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team, as voted on by the region's sports information directors.

Davito helped the Flyers to their ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this season. The Flyers will play Ferris State on Thursday (Nov. 20) in the Midwest Regional. She leads Lewis with 353 kills (3.57 per set). Her 45 aces this season are the most in a single season during the rally scoring era (2001 to present) for the Flyers. Her 0.45 aces per set average led the Great Lakes Valley Conference and ranked 48th in the nation. She was named an All-GLVC First Team performer last week.

Davito recorded 29 kills in Lewis' 3-2 win over Winona State on Sept. 13, tying for the eighth most kills in an NCAA DII match this season. She totaled six aces against Grand Valley State on Oct. 17.

"Alexis carried the load offensively for us this year," Lewis head coach Lorelee Smith said. "After making major strides last season she continued to improve this year. I'm happy to see her recognized as one of the best players in the region."

Lewis enters the NCAA Tournament with a 22-7 record. The Flyers' match with the Bulldogs of Ferris State on Thursday will start at 4 p.m. CT.

Lewis Women's Volleyball Earns Ninth Consecutive NCAA Tournament Bid

The Lewis University women's volleyball team received good news on Sunday (Nov. 16) evening when they picked up a berth in the 2014 NCAA Midwest Regional.

The Flyers earned the No. 7 seed and will play No. 2 seed Ferris State on Thursday (Nov. 20) in the opening round. The No. 1 seed in the region is Truman State. However the Midwest Regional will be hosted by No. 3 seed Grand Valley State in Allendale, Michigan.

The selection is the 14th NCAA bid in Lewis program history. It is also the ninth consecutive season Lewis has earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The streak is the longest of all women's volleyball teams in the Midwest Region and longest ever of any Lewis program since the Flyers joined the NCAA Division II ranks in 1981.

The Flyers finished the regular season 22-7. Senior outside hitter Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) earned All-Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team accolades. Senior setter Leigh Barea (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek) picked up All-GLVC Second Team accolades. Senior libero Amy Choi (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) and freshman middle hitter Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) were named to All-GLVC Honorable Mention.

Lewis helped the GLVC make history as for the first time ever six of the eight teams in the regional are GLVC teams. Lewis' first opponent, Ferris State, won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday and own a 23-5 record. Ferris State is the only team in the eight-team Midwest Regional Lewis did not play during the regular season. The Bulldogs have defeated Lewis in the NCAA Tournament each of the last two seasons. Time of Thursday's contest will be announced on Monday.

No. 20 Lewis Men’s Swimming Sets Three More Records At House of Champions

No. 20 Lewis men's swimming finished ahead of four Division I squads at the IUPUI House of Champions following the final day of the meet on Sunday (Nov. 23). Lewis set three school records on Sunday, and 10 total men's records over the meet.

The Flyers finished third with 1292.5 points at the nine-team event. Indianapolis won the overall title with 1545.5 points while host IUPUI edged the Flyers for second with 1316 points. Lewis concluded the meet ahead of Division I schools UW-Green Bay, Evansville, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois as well as Division III Centre College and Great Lakes Valley Conference member Bellarmine.

Sophomore Bryan Wiener (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) won the 200 back with a time of 1:48.01. However it was his swim of 1:46.63 in the preliminaries that set a new school record in the event. His performance broke his own school record.

The Flyers dominated the 200 breaststroke. In the preliminaries, freshman Lance Fozo (South Bend, Ind./Riley) swam a time of 2:03.56 to set a new school record, breaking junior Zach Ballon (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek)'s mark. However Fozo's mark didn't last long. In the finals, Ballon came back to swim a time of 2:01.74 to win the event, set a meet record and take the school record back. Fozo came back nearly as strong, swimming a time of 2:02.70 for second place.

The Flyers broke their fourth relay record in three days by stopping the clock in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:01.47. Sophomore Aidan Brennan (Naples, Fla. /Barron Collier), sophomore Victor Tarin (Godelleta, Valencia, Spain/IES Conselleria), Wiener and junior Matt Bacinich (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) teamed on the third place effort.

Sophomore Bryant Jacobs (Pacifica, Calif./Terra Nova) earned a second place finish in the 1650 freestyle (16:07.85) in his first mile event of the season. Junior Alex Elston (Algonquin, Ill./Algonquin) turned in a sixth place performance in the 200 butterfly (1:55.49). Lewis took three of the top seven spots in the 100 freestyle. Tarin tied for fourth (45.76), Brennan took sixth (46.02) and Bacinich finished seventh (46.09).

"All in all, it was a pretty good run these past three days," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "It was nice to have such a strong showing in the same pool which will host Division II nationals in March."

Lewis takes nearly a month break before returning to the pool on Dec. 17 in a dual meet at GLVC-foe William Jewell.

Lewis Women’s Swimming Takes Fourth At IUPUI House Of Champions

Lewis women's swimming finished fourth (940 points) at IUPUI's House of Champions meet following the third and final day of competition on Sunday (Nov. 23). The event was held at IUPUI's Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis.

The Flyers bested three Division I schools (Butler, Western Illinois and Eastern Illinois) teams as well as Great Lakes Valley Conference rivals Indianapolis and Bellarmine. Indianapolis' women were ranked No. 17 in the nation in the most recent College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) DII poll. Host IUPUI won the event thanks to a total of 1,582 points.

Junior Shelby Leonard (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) broke a school record more than five years old in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:03.71 in the preliminaries. That mark lasted only a few hours as she came back in the evening session to swim a time of 2:02.78, good for third place.

Junior Montana Clasby (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) and teammate sophomore Sarah Cameron (Brownstone, Mich./Carlson) went 2-3 in the 200 breaststroke. Clasby recorded a time of 2:20.79 while Cameron swam a mark of 2:22.47. Senior Katie Hallenbeck (Plano, Ill./Plano) earned eighth (2:11.30) in the 200 butterfly. Freshman Caitlin Krull (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) turned in a 10th place performance in the 1650 freestyle (17:58.60).

The Flyers closed the event by finishing sixth in the 400 freestyle relay. Sophomore Kinsey Coble (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson), sophomore Courtney Duy (Buckeye, Ariz./Millennium), senior Cindy Jezuit (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton North) and Leonard swam a time of 3:34.06.

The Lewis women broke five records over the three-day meet.

"All in all, it was a pretty good run these past three days," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "It was nice to have such a strong showing in the same pool which will host Division II nationals in March."

Lewis takes nearly a month break before returning to the pool on Dec. 17 in a dual meet at GLVC-foe William Jewell.

Lewis Women's Volleyball picks up four All-GLVC nods

Four Flyers were named to the 2014 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Volleyball teams, as voted on by the league coaches and announced by the GLVC office on Wednesday (Nov. 12) evening.

Redshirt junior rightside hitter Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) took home All-GLVC First Team accolades. She led the conference in points (4.22) and aces (0.44) per set. Her best match from the service line came against Grand Valley State when she recorded six aces. Davito recorded a career-high 29 kills in Lewis' 3-2 win over Winona State on Sept. 13. This is Davito's second consecutive season with All-GLVC First Team honors. For the season, Davito is hitting .301 with 3.61 kills per set.

Senior setter Leigh Barea (Battle Creek, Mich./Harper Creek) picked up her third career All-GLVC honor after being named to the All-GLVC Second Team on Wednesday. She was previously named All-GLVC Second Team last season and All-GLVC East Division as a sophomore. Barea received two GLVC Offensive Player of the Week awards this season as she guided a Lewis offense hitting .252 on the season, second in the conference. Her 11.40 assists per set this season ranks 14th in the nation. Barea is second all-time in assists at Lewis with 4,592 and 10th in digs at Lewis (1,088).

A pair of Flyers earned All-GLVC Honorable Mention accolades. Senior libero Amy Choi (Vernon Hills, Ill./Vernon Hills) is Lewis' all-time digs leader with 2,078. This year she averaged 5.42 digs per set and totaled four 30 dig matches, including 31 in four sets at UW-Parkside and 30 in four sets at Rockhurst.

Freshman middle hitter Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) was also selected as All-GLVC Honorable Mention. The newcomer finished second in the GLVC in hitting percentage (.373) while averaging 2.52 kills and 0.75 blocks per set. Schneider posted 18 kills and a .615 hitting percentage at Truman State and 15 kills in a three-set sweep of Flagler.

"In a conference as large as the GLVC is with 16 teams, it is a huge honor and a blessing to land four players as all-conference selections," Lewis head coach Lorelee Smith said. "I'm extremely proud of this team. Amy, Aly, Leigh and Alexis have done an amazing job all season."

The Flyers finished the 2014 regular season 22-6 and second place in the GLVC East Division. Lewis opens the GLVC Tournament on Thursday (Nov. 13) against Missouri S&T. The tournament is being held in East Peoria, Ill.

No. 24 Lewis Women's Cross Country Finishes 8th At 6K NCAA Midwest Regional Championships

The No. 24 Lewis University women's cross country team, led by a pair of Top 20 finishes from sophomore Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and redshirt junior Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North), placed eighth out of 30 teams at the 6K NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, hosted by Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corporation, at Angel Mounds on Saturday (Nov. 22) morning.

Farrough finished ninth overall with a career-best time of 21:16, while Bonsor also added a personal record mark of 21:32 to place 17th in the race. Lewis junior Jaime Hershfang (Chicago, Ill./Walter Payton Prep) placed 40th with a time of 22:14, while senior Monica Hahn (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West) was 71st (22:58). Lewis junior Paige Gatter (Geneseo, Ill./Geneseo) rounded out the scoring for the Flyers with a 95th-place showing of 23:34.

Grand Valley State won the team title with 42 points, while Hillsdale's Emily Oren won the individual title with a time of 20:46. Lewis finished with 232 points.

"What more can I ask of our top four?" Lewis head women's cross country coach James Kearney said. "Amanda and Kristin have carried the load for us (all year), but its a matter of getting folks together and making it a five person effort.

"I'm disappointed, but at the same time, what more can you ask for when everyone puts forth the effort they did today?"

Lewis Men's Cross Country Places Ninth At 10K NCAA Midwest Regional Championships

The Lewis University men's cross country team, led by sophomore Michael Leet (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect), placed ninth out of 29 teams at the 10K NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, hosted by the University of Southern Indiana and the Evansville Sports Corporation, at Angel Mounds on Saturday (Nov. 22) morning.

Leet finished 35th overall with a time of 32:02. Flyer sophomore Asher Scott (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) was 50th (32:38), while classmate James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) crossed the finish line in 65th-place with a time of 32:55. Freshman Dave Tahiraj (Chicago, Ill./Mather) finished 79th (33:15) while junior James Weissensel (Sandwich, Ill./Marquette Academy) was 93rd overall with a time of 33:37.

"It was not the day we needed or wanted," Lewis head men's cross country coach James Kearney said. "I'm proud of the progress we've made as a team (this season), but hopefully we can learn from this and move forward."

Former Flyer BJ Boldog Signs Professional Volleyball Contract In Germany

Former All-American setter for the Lewis University men's volleyball program BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) is now playing professionally for Chemie Volley Mitteldeutschland in Germany. The club, which goes by the nickname of the Pirates, hails from the city of Spergau, about two hours south of Berlin. The Pirates play in Bundesliga, the top volleyball league in the country.

The team features players from Germany, Poland, Croatia and Canada. Boldog is the first American for the team since Stanford's Erik Shoji played for the club in 2012-13. The club is coached by Ulf Quell, Germany's junior national team coach.

"I'm really excited for BJ and his opportunity to play overseas," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "BJ is an extremely talented player and person and I know he will continue to excel at the next level."

Boldog recorded 4,385 assists in a Lewis uniform from 2011-14. His total ranks third all-time for a career at Lewis and first during the rally-scoring era (2002-present). Boldog was a three-time AVCA All-American and twice earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors. His 338 blocks ranks seventh all-time in Lewis history.

Boldog isn't the only former Lewis setter currently playing professionally. Mike Iandolo is playing for Falkenbergs Volleybollklubb in Sweden. He is the club's first ever non-Swedish setter. Iandolo played for the Flyers from 2008-10. He is second to only Boldog in career assists during the rally scoring era with 3,389. He also ranks fourth all-time in career aces with 101.

"Having Jay Petty, BJ Boldog, and Mike Iandolo go play overseas these past few years really shows the growth and development of our program," Friend said.

Lewis opens the 2015 campaign Jan. 5 at UC Irvine. Lewis plays a home exhibition contest Jan. 2 against Windsor.


Did You Know? Club Sports Expand at Lewis

This section of University News will be published as little-known or new information is discovered that may be of interest to the Lewis University Community. Send news or suggestions from your department to Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at

Did you know that Club Sports at Lewis University have expanded to offer a wide range of recreational activities to our students? Jill Siegfried, Director of Student Recreation, Intramurals, Fitness and Wellness, notes that there are now 15 active teams. A sixteenth in Woman’s Instructional Lacrosse is being introduced this winter and will compete in the spring semester. The Men’s Lacrosse team just completed its first season. Teams also include Ice Hockey which recently enjoyed a ten-game winning streak; Rugby which took second in its division this Fall; and Baseball which just completed its inaugural season. Volleyball and Basketball are just starting their seasons.

Scuba Diving is in full swing while the Snowboard/Ski Club is waiting for the weather to provide them with some snow. New this year are Co-ed Water Polo and Co-ed Jujitsu, which have just begun. The Women’s Ultimate team has been competing this Fall along with the Men’s Ultimate which has new freshman leadership. Also included under the Club Sports umbrella are the Flyerettes who entertain at Flyer home events and Belegarth, an instructional program in medieval sports. Club Sports offer opportunities for students not involved in Lewis University Athletics to compete in various sports and participate in rigorous athletic activity. According to Jill, Club Sports provides healthful, entertaining and often exciting competition while building community among team players.

Did you know that the young men in our College of Nursing and Health Profession programs have established a Males Entering Nursing (MEN) organization within the Student Nurses Association? Founders of MEN are Mark Sandrzyk, Oscar Jaramillo-Salgado, and Adam Krzak. Mark and Oscar also serve as Outreach-Public Relations Officers for the Student Nursing Association. MEN collaborated with the SNA to present its first event early in October, inviting Karl Kiessling, Senior Clinical Analyst at Advocate Health Hospital, to speak at Lewis University. Kiessling is a 2007 alumnus.

Did you know that the first section of a Legacy Wall has been installed in a hallway of the Academic Building, just south of Charlie’s Place? This section incorporates Lewis University’s history of its first three decades, starting with information on our founding and opening in 1932 as the Holy Name Technical School and extending to the 1950s. Other sections will focus on students, educational programs, the Lasallian tradition instilled by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, and more. Thanks are extended to the university-wide committee responsible for planning this project and for those who contributed to this section, including: Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC (Archives), Sal Ursino and Jim Cowan (Marketing and Communications), Carol Wassberg (President’s Office) and Dr. Dennis Cremin (History). Do you have any suggestions for the future sections? Send comments to


What Does November Mean to You?

It's here. November has arrived. This time of year is truly unique. Autumn air, colors, tastes and traditions envelop the senses. But November is unique for another reason. One that isn't so familiar to everyone. November is our chance to raise awareness about the fact that lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of women. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

Every 5 minutes a mother, daughter, wife or sister will be told she has lung cancer.

You read that correctly. Every 5 minutes.

One year later, fewer than half of these women will be alive.

Lung cancer is not just a smoker's disease—it is THE #1 cancer killer of women, but only one percent of women say it's even on their radar.

Jill Siegfried
Director of Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

Get Covered Illinois Enrollment opportunities available at Lewis University

For the second year, Lewis University is offering appointments for students and employees (who are Illinois residents) to sign up for healthcare coverage. Get Covered Illinois is helping those uninsured to find affordable health coverage options.

All appointments will be held at Lewis University’s Health Center in the lower level of Mother Teresa Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 21 and Dec. 4.

Those needing coverage should prepare the following information prior to the appointment:

  • Proof of Illinois residency (driver’s license, state ID or mail with current address and ID)

  • Proof of citizenship (US birth certificate, US passport, permanent resident card)

  • Social security card

  • Employer and income information (last 30 days of paystubs)

  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members within the household

To make an appointment for enrollment assistance, please contact The Center for Health & Counseling Services at (815) 836-5455.

For more information, please contact the Will County Health Department at (815) 727-5990.


Picture This! Science Center in Late Afternoon

This beautiful panorama of campus shows the Science Center in late afternoon on a Fall day. Thanks to Larissa Barnat, a freshman member of the Photo Club, for taking this photo.

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Picture This! Lewis U. Chamber Choir

The Lewis University Chamber Choir presented a concert on Wednesday, November 19, at the Saint Charles Borromeo Convocation Center. Jeremy Landig directed the impressive concert, focused on the theme, "Creating Universes: Building Worlds." Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking the photo for Picture This!

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