Monday May 25, 2015 through Sunday May 31, 2015


Lewis University Flight Team finishes in seventh place at nationals

For the fifth year, Lewis University Flight Team placed in the Top Ten of the nation during the 2015 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON). Lewis University placed seventh overall, sixth in ground events and eighth in flight events.

The national event was held May 11-16 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with Lewis University competing against 29 other universities. Other universities that placed in the Top Ten overall with Lewis University include Southern Illinois University, University of North Dakota, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Prescott, Western Michigan University, The Ohio State University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Daytona, LeTourneau University, United States Air Force Academy and Liberty University.

In addition to Lewis University’s team achievements, select Flight Team members earned individual awards. Senior Jack Mullen of Naperville won the Outstanding Team Member award. Mullen won first place in the IFR Simulated Flight Ranking.

Other individual event notable finishes included senior Kayan Todiwalla of Romeoville, who finished in fourth place in the Ground Trainer Ranking. Mullen also secured fifth place. In the Aircraft Preflight Inspection Ranking, seniors Kyle Budewitz of Watertown, Wis. and Kevin DeBoissiere of Columbia, Md. finished in fifth and seventh place, respectively. DeBoissiere teamed up with senior Alex Kwiatkowski of Wheaton to finish in sixth place in the Crew Resource Management/Line Oriented Flight Training Ranking.

The Lewis University flight team members include Nathan Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills, Kyle Budewitz of Watertown, Wis., Michael Calloway of Hazel Crest, George Chiampas of Addison, Geoff Culloton of West Chicago, Kevin DeBoissiere of Columbia, Md., Jason Fourdraine of Oregon, Wis., Jordan George of Winnebago, Kyle Jachcinski of Naperville, Douglas Jette of Cary, Alex Kwiatkowski of Wheaton, Kyle Meyer of Homer Glen, Jack Mullen of Naperville, Igor Stasyuk of Prospect Heights, Kayan Todiwalla of Romeoville and Calvin Warren of Plainfield.

The coaches of the flight team include Head Coach Megan Zahos of Downers Grove, Julia Hamlin of Schaumberg, Daniel Magner of Oak Park and Karyn Wojcik of Lisle.

Illinois Director speaks at Lewis University Vet Ally program

Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Director Erica Jeffries offered words of gratitude while addressing faculty and staff at the opening event of the Lewis University’s Vet Ally program on Tues. May 18.

“I thank you so much for your service to our veterans because I think it makes a tremendous difference,” Jeffries said to the faculty and staff gathered to be educated on how to better serves student veterans as part of the Lewis University Vet Ally program.

“There are real needs for our student veteran population,” Jeffries continued, as she outlined how the Illinois Dept. of Veterans’ Affairs is working to assist veterans in and outside of the classroom.

Jeffries explained how her office is expanding its mental health services in physical locations as well as online through mobile apps. “We’re leveraging technology to reach the veterans of this new era.”

The address kicked of the May seminar for the Lewis University Vet Ally program. More than 100 Lewis University faculty and staff have enhanced their veteran support through the Vet Ally program. The seminar includes six modules:

  • Why I joined? What student veterans want the Lewis community to know

  • Mental Health perspective on serving student veterans

  • “Veterans in the Classroom” presented by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning

  • “From Boots to Books” a discussion on the assets veterans bring to the classroom

  • Lewis University Office of Veterans Affairs Mission and Vision for serving Veterans

  • “Becoming an Ally” how to show your support
Once they faculty and staff have completed the seminar, their support for veterans becomes visible through the use of the Vet Ally logo. It is used in a variety of places on campus, such as workspaces and course syllabi.

The Vet Ally program was created by the Lewis University Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment and the Lewis University Student Veterans of America chapter.

“We have created a real network for veterans to feel more comfortable asking for help. It’s one of the many factors that helped our university maintain a retention rate higher than the national average,” Roman Ortega, Jr., director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, said.

In recent years, Lewis University has welcomed an increase of veteran students on campus. Guided by the Lewis University mission, the Vet Ally program provides the student-veteran population a quality of higher education and a holistic approach for the veterans’ quality of life.

The program received funding through a $5,000 grant from the Aurora Foundation in Fairfax, Virginia.

Lindsy Morgan honored as Student Laureate by Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Lindsy Morgan received special recognition during the May 17 Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. The Alberville, Minn. resident was recognized as the Student Laureate.

Earlier in the academic year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois honored Morgan along with approximately 50 student laureates from Illinois’ higher education institutions during a ceremony hosted by former Governor Patrick Quinn in Springfield.

“I want to commend these students for their hard work, both in the classroom and in their communities,” Quinn said. “Their achievement and dedication attests to the value of higher education in Illinois, and the high quality students our schools produce.”

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each four-year, degree granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Each student received a Student Laureate Medallion, as well as a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement.

“I am honored for winning the Lincoln award, but at the same time I am humbled for receiving this honor when I know there are so many other great candidates at Lewis University,” Morgan said. “I am very proud of myself. My family is also thrilled for me as well. This award is the icing on top of a great four years.”

A social work major, Morgan intends on continuing her education at Lewis through the organizational leadership master’s program in Fall 2015.

Morgan is a member of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, the Social Work Association, Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, Theta Kappa Pi Social/Service Sorority and Inter-Greek Council and works as a Resident Assistant. In the past, she has been a student representative for the Lewis University Student Service Committee of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Student Governing Board.

“I would describe my time at Lewis as a once in a life time opportunity that has changed me for life,” Morgan said. “I have met so many people in this community that have impacted me in dramatic ways. I have gained an education that has taught me to see the world in a different way. I consider Lewis to be my home; I would not trade my experience here for anything.”

Honorary Doctorates to Four at Lewis Commencement

Lewis University presented honorary doctorates at Spring Commencement ceremonies to four distinguished leaders in the fields of journalism, finance/business, community policing, and engineering/science while also awarding nearly 1,000 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to graduating students.

At the Graduate Degree Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, Lewis honored the achievements of John L. Allen, Jr., an internationally renowned journalist who is recognized as an expert on Catholic and Vatican affairs, and Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, a Lewis alumnus who is now Police Commissioner of Philadelphia. At the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, honorary doctorates were presented to Bryan Durkin, former COO of the Chicago Board of Trade who is now Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the CME Group; and Ann Schlenker, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory.

Approximately 255 graduate students received advanced degrees and/or certificates on Saturday with one doctorate awarded in Education. On Sunday, 735 undergraduates will receive bachelor’s degrees. Both Commencement ceremonies were held in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center on the Lewis main campus in Romeoville, Ill.

Honorary degree recipients were recognized for their many career accomplishments, including the following :
At the Graduate Degree Ceremony on Saturday, May 16, Lewis University honored the achievements of John L. Allen, Jr., an internationally renowned journalist who is recognized as an expert on Catholic and Vatican affairs, and Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, a Lewis alumnus who is now Police Commissioner of Philadelphia.

At the Undergraduate Degree Ceremony on Sunday, May 17, honorary doctorates were presented to Bryan Durkin, former COO of the Chicago Board of Trade who is now Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the CME Group; and Ann Schlenker, Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory.

Approximately 255 graduate students received advanced degrees and/or certificates on Saturday with one doctorate to be awarded in Education. On Sunday, 735 undergraduates received bachelor’s degrees. Both Commencement ceremonies were held in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center on the Lewis main campus in Romeoville, Ill.

Honorary degree recipients were recognized for their many career accomplishments, including the following:

John J. Allen, Jr.:
Associate editor of The Boston Globe and a senior analyst for CNN on the Catholic Church and the Vatican for CNN, John J. Allen, Jr., is the author of nine books and is sought-after as a speaker nationally and internationally for his expertise in Catholic affairs and the Vatican. In 2014, he came to Lewis to speak at the annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Lecture about Pope Francis and his approach to the leadership of the Catholic Church. Allen was a prize-winning senior correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter prior to his current position. He provides a weekly Internet column, called “All Things Catholic” to provide insights into the global Church. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Allen divides his time between Rome and his home in Denver, Colo. He holds a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Kansas.

Bryan T. Durkin:
Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of the CME Group since 2014, Durkin is the leader of the Global Client Service and Development Division that includes the company’s International Offices, Business Development, and more. He also is President of GFX Corporation, a subsidiary of CME that provides liquidity in foreign exchange futures. He was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) from 2004 through 2007. In 2008, the CBOT merged with CME to create the CME group, which Durkin served as COO until 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree at Lewis University in 1982 and an MBA in 1993, serving as an adjunct professor at one time. Durkin received the Father Aquinas Award at his first graduation from Lewis University, and was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004.

Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey:
Police Commissioner for the city of Philadelphia since 2008, Charles Ramsey is a double alumnus of Lewis University whose success in law enforcement has led to his appointment as a member of the United States Homeland Security Advisory Council, the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After launching his career in 1971 as an officer for the Chicago Police Department, he steadily rose through the ranks to the post of Deputy Superintendent. In 1998, he became Police Chief for the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. He became Security Consultant in 2007 for both the United States Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Washington, D.C., Convention Center prior to taking his current position. His many honors include the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Innovations in American Government Award, presented in 2006.

Ann Schlenker:
Director of the Center for Transportation Research at Argonne National Laboratory, Ann Schlenker pioneered as a female engineer at a time when women were few in engineering schools and as professionals in the field. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Michigan in Environmental/Civil Engineering, and went to work at Chrysler Engineering where she established herself as an innovator as the automobile industry began to address toxic pollutants and other environmental issues. In her three decades at Chrysler, Schlenker became an expert, eventually testifying at hearings held by the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Safety Administration on auto-related pollution. Director of Advanced Vehicle Engineering and Alliances when she joined Argonne in 2008, she heads a team dedicated to discovering ways to reduce our dependence on gasoline. Now a resident of Downers Grove, she also is section leader for the Vehicle Systems Group at Argonne where she leads a team conducting research and developing technologies to reduce the transportation sector’s reliance on petroleum and imported oil.

Martin Romo receives Father Aquinas Award

A student of many skills—fluent in Spanish, Russian, computer languages, computer security and the legal system—earned the 2015 Spring Father Aquinas Colgan Award. Martin Romo of Romeoville was honored during the May Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony.

Students are nominated for the Father Aquinas Colgan Award by University faculty and staff. To be eligible for nomination, a student must be an undergraduate who has qualified for graduation, who is a four-year student of Lewis University with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who has demonstrated exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of Lewis University’s Mission.

Romo, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal/Social Justice, was an active student at Lewis University. The Fellowship of Justice member was an active member of the nationally-recognized Lewis University Mock Trial Team. During his two-year stint with Mock Trial, the team earned consecutive bids to the national tournament.

“Thanks to Mock Trial, my speaking skills started to flourish. The shy, quiet person I was before was shifting into a more talkative one,” described Romo.

He also was active in other areas of the university, such as being a member of the computer science student organization called Prometheon Club.

"Martin was a great student to have in class. As a minor in Cyber Security Science, Martin came to our Computer Science courses with very little background in computing. But he worked hard, always paid attention, came to our faculty for help when he needed it, and showed a genuine curiosity and desire to learn that we, as faculty, really enjoyed. Cyber security requires people of keen intellect and high integrity, and Martin brings both," commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair and professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences.

The Foreign Language Department was well-acquainted with Romo as well. He wrote numerous articles for the Foreign Language Department newsletter and served in other ways.

Lewis University honored as “green” college

Lewis University has been recognized as an environmentally responsible “green” college by The Princeton Review in the 2015 edition of its free book, “The Princeton Review guide to 353 Green Colleges.”

“We are honored to receive recognition for our sustainable practices,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. “Our commitment remains steadfast to incorporate environmentally friendly initiatives into the university’s systems, new construction and renovations, and academic programming,” he commented.

"We strongly recommend Lewis University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

The guide highlights Lewis University’s Silver level recognition by the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact. In its profile of the university, the guide states: “Lewis University deepens its commitment to sustainability with every passing year.” It continues to list various sustainability initiatives in place at Lewis University, including:

  • An Environmental Studies program for students that “benefits from local internship, volunteer, and curricular opportunities at institutions like the Morton Arboretum and the Shedd Aquarium.

  • The annual “Come Clean, Go Green” Sustainability Contest, held annually at Lewis, which awards students for practical sustainability ideas that can be adopted by the university.

  • The annual Earth Week celebration, which includes tree plantings and sustainability awareness.

  • Sustainable practices in place on the Romeoville campus, such as repurposing rainwater via collection sites, permeable pavers, bioswales and The Glen filtration site and reservoir.

  • The food composting program with the dining services.

  • Electric-vehicle charging stations on campus.

The Princeton Review based its selection of the colleges and universities included in this sixth annual edition of its “green guide” data from the company's 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The guide can be downloaded at

Regarding energy conservation, the guide notes that Lewis University uses occupancy sensors, LED lights, Energy Star rated appliances, and roofs that reduce energy consumption.

The Princeton Review developed the ranking list using data from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation, tutoring, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA, and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI).

Lasallian speaker writes a speech of inspiration

For two years, Theresa Marten has been sharing faith matters with the Lewis University community as religion editor for The Flyer, print student newspaper. She continued to share insights with the community as Lasallian Speaker at the May 17 Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony in Romeoville.

Each Commencement, one graduating senior is chosen to deliver this address, a speech that reflects the principles that guide the University’s Mission as they relate to the speaker’s personal life, and that recognizes the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.

“As we leave Lewis, we are also called in a special way to be present to people in our lives. This is what it means to be Lasallian. As Lasallian graduates, we carry that sense of presence. And so, no matter what our major or specializations, we are all being challenged to care, to listen, to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are suffering, and always to act justly,” Marten told the crowd of nearly 800 undergraduate degree recipients.

Marten reminded the Lewis University graduates that they are not alone as they take on the responsibility. The Peer Minister said, “It is in our presence to others, particularly those in need, which will honor the degrees we receive today; it is our Lasallian heritage.”

Marten earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Theology with high honors. The Lombard resident excelled in and outside the classroom. In the Spring 2014 semester alone, she earned honors as Rotary Student of the month, Lasallian Collegian and a member of the President Student Advisory Council.

Leadership roles appeared often for Marten at Lewis University. In addition to being a religion edition for The Flyer, the Eco-Justice Service trip participant served as captain of the Flyerettes Dance team, president of the Lewis University Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma (National Scholastic Honor Society), leader for Catalyst Social Justice Retreat, leader of a LUMINATE service trip to Cleveland, Ohio, and events coordinator for Sigma Tau Delta (English honors society). The social justice pilgrimage to Israel/Palestine participant served as a director, associate director and leader for the Lewis University Koinonia Retreat.

The social justice advocate also used her professional skills through her time at Lewis University. She served as non-fiction and copy editor for the Jet Fuel Review Magazine. Marten served as co-managing editor for Voices Literary Journal as part of an internship. During the summer of 2014, Marten used her classroom lessons to assist the Diocese of Joliet as a human dignity intern. She assisted the diocese in promoting the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.

Marten plans to intern again this summer. This time, she will serve for six months at The Nativity House in Lockport. Afterward, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in theology.

Boy Scouts honor Brother James Gaffney, FSC with Distinguished Citizen Award

The Rainbow Council Boy Scouts of America will present its 2015 Distinguished Citizen Award to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. The event will be held Wednesday, June 17 at Lewis University at the Saint Charles Borromeo Center in Romeoville. A 6 p.m. reception will be followed by a 7 p.m. dinner and program.

“Brother James is a remarkable leader and is well recognized for his zeal, abundant energy and unfailing commitment to Lewis University, as well as to many civic and community organizations. It is indeed our honor and privilege to bestow this award to a man who places God, country, and service to others above all else” Ted Karns, Scout executive and chief executive officer commented.

Now in his 27th year as President of Lewis University, Brother James has led Lewis University during a period of significant growth in which enrollment has tripled to nearly 7,000 students, while Lewis University has received regional and national recognition for its academic quality. During his presidency, the campus has been transformed through an investment of approximately $275 million in numerous construction and renovation projects. Lewis University now is the seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois and has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

Active in more than a dozen organizations, Brother James chairs the Community Foundation of Will County and serves as a member and former chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. A board member and former chairman for the South Metropolitan Regional Higher Education Consortium and for the Great Lakes Valley Athletic Conference, Brother James also chairs the Association of Lasallian Colleges and Universities, (A.L.C.U.) and serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Illinois Justice Project.

An alumnus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, he holds master’s degrees from Saint Mary’s and Manhattan College (N.Y.), plus a doctorate in pastoral theology from the University of Saint Mary of the Lake (Ill.).

Tickets for the award program and dinner are available for $100 by contacting Bryan Schroeder, Rainbow Council, at or (815) 942-4450. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. All proceeds benefit the Rainbow Council Boy Scouts of America. Visit for more information.

About the Boy Scouts of America:
Over the past 105 years, The Boy Scouts of America has continued to evolve to meet the changing needs of our youth. This time-tested program promotes character development, citizenship training and physical fitness. Today, the Scouting program is delivered through six age-appropriate programs, for boys ranging from age 7 to 18. The Rainbow Council serves more than 4,500 young people in Will, Kankakee and Grundy counties. Last summer, Lewis University in conjunction with the Joliet Regional Port District opened their doors to the Rainbow Council Airfest 2014 where nearly 4,000 Scouts and their families learned about aviation and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) activities.

State Award for Lewis University and Joliet Area Historical Museum

Lewis University and the Joliet Area Historical Museum have received the first place Award of Superior Achievement from the Illinois State Historical Society for a joint exhibit, entitled “The Emergence of Modern Joliet: Art, Industry & Urbanization.” Exhibited in 2014, the project was developed through a collaboration by the Joliet Area Historical Museum; Dr. Dennis Cremin (History) who curated the exhibit; Professor Leslie Colonna (Art and Design) and Lewis University students. Professor Colonna coordinated the work as an educational project for Advanced Design students who contributed individual photographs to the exhibit.

“How impressive that an exhibit developed by Lewis faculty, students and the Joliet Area Historical Museum should receive this prestigious award,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University. “I am pleased that a Certificate of Excellence was also presented for the 27-page booklet that was created by our students as a companion piece to the exhibit to focus on the development of Joliet from its agricultural roots to industrialization to its modern urban status.”

The exhibit, which was originally displayed at the Museum and subsequently here on campus, is the first traveling exhibit sponsored by the Museum. “Collaborative projects, such as these, enrich our curriculum and provide valuable experience to our Lewis students,” Brother James noted, thanking all those who contributed to this project.

Highlights of the May Board of Trustees Meeting

The Lewis University Board of Trustees met Monday, May 4, 2015, on campus. Among the decisions at the meeting were the following:

  • Slate of Officers: Trustees unanimously approved the slate of officers recommended by the Nomination and Governance Committee for Board leadership: Trustee Russ Smyth, who had been serving as Vice Chair, was selected to serve as Chair for two years, succeeding current Chair James LaGrippe; Trustee Kathy Halloran was elected Vice Chair for a three-year term; Trustee Robert Beckman, Treasurer, for a one-year term; and Trustee Mohra Gavankar, Secretary, for a two-year term.

  • Working Budget: Also approved unanimously was the Fiscal Year 2016 Working Budget, which will be utilized to prepare the final Fiscal Year 2016 University Budget that is to be presented for approval at the October 26, 2015 Board of Trustees meeting. This preliminary budget anticipates up to a 2.1% growth in credit hours; a 3.9% increase in undergraduate tuition and fees; 2.6% room and board increase; and funding for benefits including a new 403(b) incentive program. The University continues to exclude investment earnings and market appreciation in developing the annual budget. It is projected that there will be a $5.1 million projected increase in net assets next year with an operating margin of approximately 3.3%.

  • Board Membership: Trustees voted unanimously to expand the upper limit for the number of members on the Board of Trustees to 45 from the current limit of 40. It was noted that the newest nominations for the Board will include minority candidates, women and alumni. A Committee has been established to help the University and the Board to identify additional well-qualified candidates, including younger alumni from the 1980s and 1990s, who fit these same criteria.

  • Capital Projects: A sequence was adopted unanimously to respond to enrollment growth in regard to capital projects. Among the projects to be launched by FY 16 are:
    • The current La Salle House will be renovated to create an Enrollment Admissions Center (EMAC), to be completed in 2016. A new residence for the De La Salle Christian Brothers will first be constructed at a nearby campus site. The offices of Freshman and Transfer Admissions as well as Graduate and Adult Admissions will be relocated from the Learning Resource Center (LRC), to the renovated and expanded new Admissions facility. Following these moves, Marketing and Communications is slated to move from De La Salle Hall to the LRC and new classrooms will be developed in the space vacated. Additional space for Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office and Academic Affairs will be available in the LRC.
    • A small Recreation and Athletic Weight Training Facility will be constructed this summer near South Hall to ease the severe overcrowding due to the great demand on existing weight room and exercise facilities, which current use far exceeds the present capacity in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center.
    • A Recreation and Athletic addition to the JFK Gymnasium and Student Recreation and Fitness Center is being included as part of the Comprehensive Campaign to accommodate the growing number of residential and commuter students, student-athletes, fitness programs and Club Sports.
    • The initial planning for the design of Phase One of a new Student Center is underway, including extensive consultation. This first phase will feature student common areas, dining facilities, and support staff offices.
    • The approved bond-financed projects that are already in process on campus or scheduled within a year or two include final renovations of the Saint Charles Borromeo Center; renovation and modernization of Aviation and Aerospace facilities; and reconstruction of the Science Annex (formerly the Science Building) to add classrooms, specialty labs and the Lewis University Center for Scientific Innovation.
Following the meeting, Trustees were invited to enjoy a reception and dinner in The Flight Deck at the Saint Charles Borromeo Center. Guests who joined the Trustees included the Christian Brothers of Lewis University as well as administrators and coaches from the Athletics Department. The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled on Monday, October 26, 2015 at Lewis University.


Service Award Recipient for May 2015

Congratulations to Cynthia McCallen, Secretary in the Office of Admission, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for May 2015. Cindy was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very affable, enthusiastic, capable and responsive manner in her highly effective role as Secretary in the Office of Admission.

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.


Metropolitan Youth Symphony Concert is May 30

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall located on the Main Campus of Lewis University in Romeoville. The Hall is located at 101 Airport Road, Romeoville, Ill. Admission is $7 at the door.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program that includes "Bacchanal" from Samson and Delilah, "March" from Symphonic Metamorphoses and "Mars" from The Planets. It will also include Aaron Copland's "Hoe Down" from Rodeo and "Variations on a Shaker Tune" from Appalachian Spring.

The concert will also feature horn soloist Paulette Velazquez performing the Strauss Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major. Velazquez of Frankfort, Ill., is horn instructor at Lewis University and a member of the faculty wind quintet.

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 6-8:30 p.m. at Lewis University. Auditions for next season will be held on Aug. 26 and Sept. 2. Visit the MYSO website at for details and to arrange an audition.

Another fun summer session of 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 8-12, June 22-26 and July 13-17. The cost is $75 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week and another $5 discount for those who register multiple children.

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 12, June 26 and July 17.

Registration will be held at 8 a.m.-9 a.m. on June 8, June 22 and July 13 in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The camp is staffed by the Student Recreation and Fitness Center 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


Lewis University recognizes Rita Stasi with Bishop Roger Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award

Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education presented the Bishop Roger Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award to Rita Stasi, Principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Downers Grove during an April 30 celebration on the Romeoville Main Campus.

“Stasi, a leader in the field of Catholic education, personifies the Catholic values and principles of school leadership honored in the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award,” Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dean of the Lewis University College of Education said as she presented the award.

Under Stasi’s strong spiritual and instructional leadership as principal since 2007, St. Joseph School has made remarkable progress and is on the leading edge of many improvements and innovations. Stasi established the St. Joseph Pre-School, implemented full-day kindergarten, developed the Spanish Language Program for all grades, converted the library into a true Learning Resource Center, began the holiday care program and increased the length of the school day to provide extended instructional time for math.

Academic excellence has not only become the norm but also the expectation under Stasi’s leadership. Guiding the effort has been a professional learning committee, which promotes collaboration for the purpose of fostering the academic growth of the students. Assessment indicators show St. Joseph students are high achieving with over 77 percent of the 2014 graduates making the First Semester Honor Roll in their freshman year of high school.

Stasi is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, National Association of Elementary School Principals, American Association of School Administrators and Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Stasi also serves on the Diocesan AdvancedEd Steering Committee.

“I am humbled and honored that Lewis University has bestowed this award on me. This honor is not just for one person. It’s for all the principals and administrators of the diocese that are teaching our children how to be disciples of Christ,” Stasi commented. As a principal, she hopes that each student entering the schools’ doors learns the lesson that “our life’s mission should be to be disciples of Christ.”

The award is sponsored and given by the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education. The institute focuses on leadership development, teacher preparation, professional development, outreach and consulting, grants and research and Lasallian formation. For further information, please contact Larry Wiers, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education at or 815-836-5790.

The award ceremony included more than 100 principals, educators and support staff from around the Diocese of Joliet. Staff and students of St. Joseph School provided a prayer service. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, offered opening remarks. The Most Reverend Joseph M. Siegel, Auxiliary Bishop, Diocese of Joliet, provided a brief reflection and prayer. Father John Belmonte, S.J., Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools, Diocese of Joliet, offered a message on behalf of the Catholic schools. Father John Phan, Pastor of St. Joseph Parish introduced Stasi, while Kelly Roth, St. Joseph School Parent and Volunteer, shared why she nominated Stasi for the honor.

Bishop Kaffer was the rector of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary for five years, and principal of Providence High School for 15 years. The Joliet native served as Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Joliet from 1985 until his death in 2002.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teach both undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the college updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Lewis Celebrates Largest Commencement

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, has extended high praise to those who collaborated in planning, arranging and presenting the impressive Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremonies on May 16-17. He commended the Commencement Committee and all who assisted in coordinating the ceremonies, including the Graduate Ceremony on Saturday and the Undergraduate Ceremony on Sunday which hosted the largest-ever class graduated here at Lewis University. Brother James noted that the graduates and their families and other guests seemed delighted by the interweaving of our traditional graduation ceremonies with our Lasallian heritage and Mission, providing recognition to their very accomplished years of study. He also commented on the “extraordinary honorary degree recipients, including two double alumni, who were warmly received and provided excellent remarks to inspire our graduates.”

Special thanks were offered to Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services, for continuing to chair the Commencement Committee which each semester carefully reviews past ceremonies and adds numerous improvements that facilitate the programs and make them more effective and memorable. Lisa Salazar (Meetings, Conferences and Events) was praised for stepping into the role as Coordinator of the Spring Commencement as Kurt’s second son chose the weekend to make his entrance into the world. Much gratitude again is extended to Lisa and each of the members of the Commencement Committee for excellent planning.

Commencement Committee members include Kurt as chair; Lisa, and the following representatives from various University departments and Colleges: Robert Kempiak, Registrar: Joseph T. Falese, Senior Vice President for Student Services; Robert Arnold (Meetings, Conferences and Events); Donald Castello (Facilities); John Kilpatrick ( Electronic Media/Television Operations); Anne Kolefff (Marketing & Communications); Chief James Montanari and Deputy Chief Michael J. Zegadlo (Lewis University Police Department); Roman Ortega, Jr. (Veterans Affairs); Julie Penner (University Advancement); Michael A. Progress (College of Business); Dr. Peggy Rice (College of Nursing and Health Professions); Jacqueline Schmidt and Claire Temmerman (Registrar’s Office); Jill Siegfried (Student Recreation, Intramurals, Fitness & Wellness); and Steven Zlatic (University Ministry) along with Robert Fraser of Sodexo Services.

John Kilpatrick and Leonard Collum, Jr. expertly provided the web streaming and DVD recording of the ceremony for those who could not attend, as well as for those who may want mementos of the ceremonies. Despite the unpredictable and sometimes rainy weather, attendance was excellent and the bountiful receptions were well-received. Once again, thanks go to Bob Fraser, the team of chefs and the Sodexo staff for presenting beautiful buffets and creating an atmosphere that was formal and celebratory, yet very hospitable, at each of the receptions. Prayerful blessings were extended to Father Dan Torson, C.PP.S, Steven Zlatic, Sabrina Poulin and Ministry staff and students for the beautiful Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, celebrated by Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of Joliet.

Commencement ceremonies again opened with stately processions led by individual faculty serving as the University Marshal at each ceremony and graduates as the Lasallian banner bearers. University Marshals this year included Dr. John Greenwood (Psychology) on Saturday and Dr. Steven Berger (Mathematics and Computer Science) on Sunday. Especially notable this year were the responses from the honorary degree recipients: John L. Allen, Jr., journalist and expert on the Vatican, and double alumnus Charles H. Ramsey, Police Commissioner of Philadelphia on Saturday; and double alumnus Bryan T. Durkin, Chief Commercial Officer of the CME Group who is noted for his expertise in international finance, and Ann M. Schlenker, accomplished engineer who is now Director of the Transportation Research Center at Argonne National Laboratory.

The Lewis University Chamber Choir, directed by Jeremy Landig, provided a stirring performance of our National Anthem at each ceremony. Every aspect of each day’s program was tailored to celebrate with the graduates and carried out with much dignity in the Lewis tradition. The Deans presenting the candidates for their degrees included: Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Rami Khasawneh, College of Business; Dr. Pamela Jessee, College of Education; and Dr. Peggy Rice, College of Nursing and Health Professions. Assisting with the robing was Dr. Nan Yancey, Dean of Graduate Studies. Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost, was Master of Ceremonies on both days. The Prayers for Our Graduates to close each ceremony were presented by Dr. Laura Sloan (Education) on Saturday and Steven Zlatic on Sunday.

Much gratitude was extended as well to the Facilities staff for very capably preparing for both ceremonies and monitoring the air conditioning controls to assure optimal comfort for the thousands in attendance. Chief James Montanari, officers and staff in the Campus Police Department were efficient and effective in cordially directing campus traffic control, assisting with parking and handicapped access, crowd control and safety checks. Among those working inside and outside, sometimes in rain, were Sgt. Mike Kelly; Officers Tom Burgess, Ralph Hegland, Margie Lill and Brian Duffy; and Campus Safety Officers Neil O’Connell, Claire Singleton, Lynn Stancik, Mike Wojahn, Sajid Malik and Blake Huntley.

“As is the tradition, Commencement weekend brings a very large number of people to campus, some of them for the first time, and others who return with special memories of the campus,” Brother James stated. “Those who assisted at Commencement deserve considerable praise for providing a genuine and gracious welcome to our graduates and their guests.” Among those who deserve commendation are the members of the Commencement Committee, the Deans, and those in the Office of the Registrar, Provost’s Office, University Ministry, Mission and Academic Services, University Advancement, Facilities, Marketing and Communications, Sodexo Services, the Lewis University Police Department, Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, the Music Department, Electronic Media, ROTC, the President’s Office, Student Services, and Meetings, Conferences and Events.

Those assisting the Registrar with Commencement included many office staff, administrators and volunteers from other departments, including: Robert Kempiak, Claire Temmerman, Kath Miller, Jacqueline Schmidt, Craig Garibay, and Brandon Riley (Registrar’s Office); Melissa M. Eichelberger (IMPACT Lab and Training); Joan Williams and Dawn M. Peckler (College of Education); Michael Progress and Jessica Kush (College of Business); Brother Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC (College of Arts and Sciences); Brother Pierre St. Raymond, FSC (Chemistry); Dr. Janice M. Smith, (CONHP); Kathleen A. Hutchinson (Technology); Joanna Baumann, Kathleen Lisak and Fabia Tkac (SPCE); Courtney Schmitz (LARC); and Rosemary Thompson (Switchboard).

Assisting in many capacities were Jonathan P. Ficaro, Melanie M. Sandberg and Sean M. Barber from Meetings, Conferences and Events, along with the capable staff from University Advancement, including Julie Penner, Lisa Heizer, Leonard A. Bertolini, Vice President; Allison P. Rios, Lisa R. Heizer, Reynaldo Bustinza, Luigi Amendola, Bob Kanonik, Jennifer Doherty, Martin Salvucci, Tina Crowther, John Mathews, Jared Taylor, Alexander Kuzma, Laura Fleck, Denise M. Salvino, Kelly Kolton, Kyle Hayes, Mary Cronin, and Margaret A. Grabowski.

Working behind the scenes during the week and all weekend were Facilities staff, led by Don Castello, and including Keith A. Kameron, David Korte, Dean Schumacker, Norm Turek, Paul J. Ludwig, Joseph Kmetty, Shawn P. Bailey, Oscar Little, Bret G. Harms, Dennis P. O’Donnell, Mike Marr, John Jones, Gary Kozak, Jim Grisz, Jose Ramirez, Ruben Ruiz, Arturo Garcia, Efrain Zavala and Matt Venegone. Also key to preparations for Commencement were Margaret Kientop and Leigh Bancsy of the President’s Office and Marketing and Communications staff, including Anne Koleff, Syl Goyette, Dr. Ramona LaMontagne, Vanessa Phillips, Kathrynne Skonicki, Joseph Glatz and Sal Ursino.

“Commencement weekend is a time for celebration of achievement for our graduates. Much appreciation to those who provided a memorable experience for our graduates, their families and their guests,” Brother James concluded.

Trends and issues in nursing discussed at Lewis University

Lewis University in Albuquerque recently held a special event on “Trends and Issues in Nursing” featuring Dr. Nancy Spector, Director of Innovation at National Council State Boards of Nursing and Dr. Suling Li, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Faculty Scholarship at Lewis University. They discussed hot issues in nursing practice, education and regulation at the national level.

Specifically, social media as a phenomenon was discussed in depth. Dr. Spector shared scenarios on the effective and ineffective uses of social media, as well as the consequences to nurses when they violate patient privacy or confidentiality by inappropriately using social media. She also discussed common myths about social media along with specific guidelines for nurses. Free resources and educational materials from the National Council State Boards of Nursing were highlighted. Participants were highly engaged and shared their experiences in using social media for practice and professional development. Dr. Spector also discussed findings of a recent national, multisite study of transition to practice and a national study on the use of simulation for nursing education.

In her presentation, Dr. Li compared and contrasted different program options in graduate nursing education and highlighted the current trends and issues in preparing nurses for advanced nursing practice. She cited the findings of the AACN’s RAND October 2014 study indicating that while the DNP programs and enrollments grew exponentially during the past 10 years the master’s degree remains the dominant route into APRN practice at this point in time. She also indicated that the demand for APRNs will continue to increase even if the supply of RN workforce will outpace the demand by 2025, per HRSA’s Future of Nursing Workforce projection in 2014.

The event was highly successful with 75 individuals participating and a waiting list. The participants represented nurses in a variety of roles and background including nursing practice, education, administration and nursing regulation. They also met Dr. Peggy Rice, Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Lewis University, and Jim Saya, the Executive Director of Lewis University in Albuquerque, who discussed the history of and educational programs offered at Lewis University.

In addition to bachelor degrees in nursing and healthcare leadership, Lewis University offers a master’s degree in nursing as well as a dual MSN/MBA degree. RN’s looking to practice nursing at its highest level can earn a Doctor of Nursing degree at Lewis University as well. The master’s degree program offers Nursing Education, Healthcare Systems Leadership (also known as Nursing Administration), Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, School Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner specialty tracks. There are also certifications available in Nursing Education, Healthcare Systems Leadership, Adult Geriatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Professional training shines spotlight on early childhood mental health issues

Three Will County area agencies partnered to enhance understanding about mental health in young children. On Friday, May 15, they sponsored “What are the Mental Health Issues that Affect Birth to Five Families?” at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The seventh annual Early Childhood Mental Health and Development Annual Training Conference provided professional development credits for social workers, parent educators, licensed counselors, domestic violence advocates and school personnel.

Several experts in mental health and early childhood development offered insights throughout the daylong event.

“An Overview of Child Welfare in Illinois/Navigating the System” was presented by Martha Knight, Child Welfare Staff Development Coordinator at the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

“Autism for the Pediatric Professional” was presented by Valerie Lentz, LCSW, Medical Diagnostic and Autism Program Coordinator at Easter Seals Joliet Region.

“Using the Public Library: Save Yourself (and/or) Agency Time and Money” was presented by Anita Quinlan and Kristin McGaffic of Plainfield and Shorewood Public libraries, respectively.

“Social and Emotional Games” was presented by Carolyn Khan, LCPC, CDVP, Executive Director of Bridges to a New Day, nfp.

“Child Development and Helping Parents Navigate the Stages” was presented by Lisa VanDyke, MA, the Director of Client Services and Women’s Choice Services.

All Our Kids Early Childhood Network, Bridges to a New Day, nfp and Lewis University College of Education sponsored the event.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education with English as a Second Language Endorsement. The program is designed to help future teachers become invaluable to districts and schools through their abilities to adapt curriculum and teaching techniques to successfully meet the needs of preschool through third-grade students. Field experiences are completed in three different age groups—infant and toddler, pre-K, and K-3. After completing extensive coursework and field experiences, Lewis University graduates are able to dynamically integrate theory and teaching practices specific for the early childhood student.


Birthdays for May 2015

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 4, Lisa Brown, Psychology
May 4, Kathleen Bruss, Financial Aid Services
May 4, Joseph Jirka, Center for 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 and Health Professions

May 6, Jonathan Drahos, Athletics

May 7, Caleigh O'Connell, Admission

May 8, Catherine Hopp, Health & Counseling Services
May 8, Dr. Emily Normand, Communications

May 9, Lisa Caldwell, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
May 9, Myra Chavez, Business Office
May 9, Dr. William Chura, Biology
May 9, Alexander Kuzma, University Advancement
May 9, Larry Wiers, College of Education

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

May 11, Dr. Mark Schultz, History
May 11, Keith White, Theatre

May 12, Brooke Melvin, Athletics

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

May 15, Sean Barber, Meetings, Events and Conferences
May 15, Dr. Cynthia Misischia, Biology/Chemistry
May 15, Jessica Pudelek, Writing Center
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/Human Services
May 17, Susan Mitchell, English
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 19, Randi Jackson, Human Resources
May 19, Keith McGill, Flight

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

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 and 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, Corbett Sherman, Facilities

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

May 28, Cynthia McCallen, Admission

May 29, Kathryn Hettinger, SPCE
May 29, Dr. Samar Makhlouf, Chemistry

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 for May 2015

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


32 Years, Daryl Soave, Facilities

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

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

14 Years, Jim Cowan, Marketing and Communications

13 Years, Dr. Judith Zito, Psychology

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

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

7 Years, Christopher Swanson, Office of the Provost

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

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

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

2 Years, Brandon Riley, Office of the Registrar
2 Years, Michael Wojahn, Campus Police

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


Illinois Route 53 construction continues through June 15

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced temporary lane closures will occur along Illinois Route 53 / Illinois Route 7 (North Broadway Street) from Caton Farm Road to Renwick Road in Crest Hill for intermittent roadwork beginning, weather permitting, Thursday, April 16.

In order to complete the work, traffic lanes will be reduced during construction activities. Temporary lane closures will occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and weekends. In addition, there may also be occasional temporary lane closures during off peak hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays.

The project, which includes milling, patching and resurfacing, will be complete by June 15.

Motorists can expect delays and should allow extra time for trips through this area. Drivers are urged to pay close attention to flaggers and signs in the work zones, obey the posted speed limits and be on the alert for workers and equipment.

Updates on the impacts to traffic are available at


Edwards appointed to ACA Research Council

Dr. Mary L. Livers, President of the American Correctional Association appointed Dr. Calvin Edwards, Chair and Professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, as a member of the ACA Research Council. It is a four year appointment. He will attend his first Council meeting in August at the ACA Convention in Indianapolis.

Robert Pruter Presents Paper at Annual NASSH Convention

Robert Pruter (library) presented at the 43rd North American Society for Sport History (NASSH) convention on May 23. His presentation, “Chicago’s American Tournament: Women’s Basketball on ‘Semi-Par with Men’ in the 1930s,” made use of secondary sources, contemporary newspapers, and such primary sources such as scrapbooks to shed light on amateur women's basketball during the Depression years in Chicago. Amateur women's basketball mostly involved working class girls, who worked in factories, stores and, offices. Later in the day, keynote speaker Susan Cahn, who wrote the definitive book on women and sports, in her speech cited and lauded Pruter’s presentation as the type of work that still needs to be done on women's sports.

The last night of the conference, NASSH gave out awards, among them the book anthology award, which went to Steven A Riess, as editor of the Companion to American Sports History. This is a collection of 28 historiography essays on various aspects on American sports, among them Robert Pruter’s essay,  “Golf and Tennis.”

The conference was hosted by the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida.

Ortega speaks about student veteran support at Bush Institute event

Roman Ortega, Jr., director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, recently spoke at The Bush Institute at the George Bush Presidential discussion held in Chicago. Ortega was invited to speak on how higher education in Illinois is serving veterans.

The event with former President George W. Bush focused on Post 9/11 Veterans in Illinois.

Ortega discussed how Lewis University is assisting veterans in their transition from combat to college. The Illinois Veterans Advisory Council member also discussed the community higher education forms to support the student veterans through various initiatives, such as Student Veteran of America - Illinois. He also shared the employment assistance outreach efforts underway across the state for veterans who have completed their higher education.

Lewis University student and faculty member to present at chemistry conference

Lewis University College of Education graduate student Tiffany Albers-Lopez and Dr. Teresa Bixby, assistant professor of chemistry, will be presenting "Developing and Assessing Problem-Solving Skills in General Chemistry" at the Gordon Research Conference for Chemical Education Research and Practice June 20-25 at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine.

The Gordon Research Conferences promote discussions and the free exchange of ideas at the research frontiers of the biological, chemical and physical sciences. Scientists with common professional interests come together for a week of intense discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field.

“The conference is a small, secluded and informal atmosphere that includes experts in the field. It provides an excellent opportunity to network, learn from peers and gain invaluable feedback on current research,” explained Bixby.

To attend the conference, Albers-Lopez received the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship through the Gordon Research Conferences. Albers-Lopez is a graduate student in the College of Education, taking all of the content requirements for an endorsement in chemistry.

The College of Education at Lewis University offers degree programs and workshops for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working practitioners. The majority of full-time faculty teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. All programs are offered on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the College updates existing programs as needed in accord with the Illinois State Board of Education standards.

Lewis Philosophy Professor Walks Chesapeake & Ohio Canal Towpath

In early May, Dr. George Miller, chair and professor of philosophy, walked the 184.5 mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Towpath in 9 days. During the past decade, Dr. Miller has explored how exercise brings mind and body together for better learning experiences. His long walk was a way of gaining first-hand experience of that relationship.

His walk started May 2 in Cumberland Maryland, and ended May 9 in Georgetown on Mother’s Day.

Read about his journey on the Faculty Forum blog site.


Lewis’ Alex Thode Named GLVC Men’s Golfer of the Year

Lewis University junior Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) has been named the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Golfer of the Year. Thode and teammates junior Robert Dofflemyer III (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) and senior Ryan Frederick (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) each earned All-GLVC honors. Lewis was the only team in the league to earn three spots on the 11-member team.

Thode finished first at the GLVC Championships with a 54-hole score of 214 (71-72-71), which was a conference-record nine strokes better than the runner-up. Thode set a new single-season program record in 2014-15 with an average of 73.26 over 31 rounds and 13 events. No other player in school history has finished a season averaging less than 74 strokes per round. Thode had nine top-10 finishes, eight top-5 results and three wins. His victories came at the UW-Parkside Invitational (1st of 52, 71-68=139), the SVSU Cardinal Invitational (1st of 75, 71-72=143) and the GLVC Championships (1st of 70). Additionally, the Washington, Iowa, native played five tournaments under par, including the only player to do so at the GLVC Championship. He finished the season with 9-of-31 rounds under par while 16-of-31 at par or better. His 66 at the Matt Dyas Invitational Oct. 28 is the best single round in program history. This is the first GLVC Player of the Year selection for a Lewis men's golfer since Jason Buffone in 2004.

Dofflemyer recorded an average of 74.52 per round in 2014-15. He beat out a field of 90 in the Midwest Regional #2 thanks to a pair of 71's Oct. 13-14 in St. Louis, Mo. at the Glen Echo Country Club. He tied for first with Thode at the SVSU Cardinal Invitational. His 71-72=143 at The Jewell put him tied for fifth among 135 entrants.

Frederick recorded three top five finishes in 2014-15. His 71-79-76=226 tied for fifth at the GLVC Championship. He finished fourth with a 69-78=147 at the UW-Parkside Fall Invitational. Frederick's highest finish came at the Midwest Regional #2 when he tied for second among 90 entrants after shooting a 71-72=143. He finished with a season average of 75.03.

The trio helped Lewis to a second place finish at the GLVC Championship. Lewis won four events and qualified for the NCAA Midwest/Central Super Regional.

Lewis' Levandi Named As ITA Division II Men's Tennis All-American

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced on Friday (May 29) that Lewis University's Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) has claimed his second-straight ITA Division II All-America award for singles play.

In order to be selected, an player must finish in the Top 20 of the final ITA College Tennis Rankings. The two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year went 35-4 in singles action and was 20th in the country in the final rankings announced on Wednesday (May 27). As a junior, Levandi went 26-2 in singles play and finished the 2014 campaign ranked 10th in the country.

Levandi won his second-straight USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Singles Championship and placed second overall at the National Small College Singles Championships last fall. Two of his four losses came against opponents who are also ITA Division II All-Americans and were both ranked in the Top Ten.

No. 15 Lewis Women's Track And Field Places 12th Overall At NCAA Outdoor Championships

The No. 15 Lewis University women's track and field team completed its memorable year with three All-America awards en route to a 12th place finish at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State, on Saturday (May 23) evening.

Lewis junior Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) finished fourth overall in the 400-meter dash (54.00), while senior Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated) picked up All-America accolades in the 100-meter hurdles (7th, 14.13).

Stennis and Marchildon also ran a leg of the sixth-place 4x400 relay (3:43.65) that also included freshman Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) and senior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich).

"We are really pleased with the weekend," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "Our program continues to take strides forward and these athletes are setting a standard for the rest of our team to follow."

Central Missouri won the National Championship with 59 points, while the Flyers registered 18.

Flyer sophomore Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) narrowly missed All-America honors with a ninth-place finish of 17:01.75 in the 5,000-meter run. Lewis junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) finished 19th overall in the triple jump with a mark of 11.61m (38'1 1/4").

Lewis' Preisler named USTFCCCA Midwest Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Friday (May 15) that Lewis University senior Rebecca Preisler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) has been named the USTFCCCA NCAA Division II Midwest Region Women's Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year.

"I am so happy for Rebecca to receive this honor," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "She truly is one of the best athletes in the country and this will mean a lot to her, her family and our program."

Preisler, the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Pole Vault Champion, has not let up as she owns the nation's top outdoor pole vault at 4.20m (13'9 1/4"). She cleared that NCAA Automatic Qualifying height to win the Great Lakes Valley Conference Pole Vault championship. That mark is also a GLVC meet and Lewis record.

Preisler looks for her second national pole vault championship of the season as the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track And Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State, begin on Thursday (May 21). The pole vault competition is slated to begin at 2 PM ET.

Lewis Men's Track And Field Claims Two All-America Finishes At NCAA Outdoor Championships

Behind the strength of two All-America performances from seniors Kevin Dorenkamper (Minooka, Ill./Minooka) and Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead), the Lewis University men's track and field team finished 32nd overall at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State, on Saturday (May 23) afternoon.

Dorenkamper broke his own school-record in the 400-meter hurdles with a fourth-place finish of 52.10. McLain earns All-America accolades in the 5,000-meter run for the second-straight season with a sixth-place showing of 14:29.24.

St. Augustine's won the national championship with 53 points, while the Flyers tallied eight for the weekend.

"We are really pleased with the weekend," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "Our program continues to take strides forward and these athletes are setting a standard for the rest of our team to follow."

No. 19 Lewis Women's Track And Field To Compete In Eight Events At NCAA Championships

The NCAA announced on Tuesday (May 12) that the No. 19 Lewis University women's track and field team will send seven participants to participate in eight different events at the 2015 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Grand Valley State, from May 21-23.

The Flyer qualifiers include junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township), sophomore Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay), senior Megan Marchildon (Ypsilanti, Mich./Lincoln Consolidated), freshman Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton), senior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich), senior Rebecca Preisler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) and junior Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook).

"Having so many of our athletes qualify for nationals is a testament to their hard work and dedication, including our coaching staff," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said.

Cook earns her first NCAA appearance following her Midwest-region best and school-record triple jump of 12.13m (39'9 3/4") at the Kansas Relays. That mark is also good for 18th overall in Division II. She will compete at 12:45 PM on Saturday (May 23).

Farrough qualifies for the second-straight season in the 5,000-meter run following her blazing time of 16:27.01 at the Alabama Relays. That time is the sixth-fastest in NCAA Division II. Farrough's race is slated for 5:25 PM on Saturday.

Marchildon will compete in three different events in Allendale, including the heptathlon, 100-meter hurdles and as a member of the 4x400 relay team with Mead, Polhemus and Stennis. Marchildon set a season-high 4,958 points in the heptathlon as she won her fourth overall GLVC championship. That mark is good for 18th in the country. The heptathlon will begin at 11 AM on Thursday (May 21).

Marchildon also set a personal-best mark of 13.91 - 17th in the country - to win the GLVC 100-meter hurdles championship. The 100-meter hurdle preliminary heats begin at 6:35 PM on Friday (May 22).

The Flyer 4x400 relay team set a school-record of 3:43.47 at the Hillsdale Last Chance Classic to earn the 12th fastest time in the country. The 4x400 relay preliminary heats begin at 7:50 PM on Friday.

Preisler - the 2015 NCAA Division II Indoor Pole Vault Champion and GLVC Indoor and Outdoor Pole Vault Champion - continued her dominance in the outdoor season as she owns the country's best mark with a school-record at 4.20m (13'9 1/4"). The event is scheduled to begin at 2 PM on Thursday.

Stennis joins Marchildon as the other Flyer competing in three different events. Along with the 4x400 relay, Stennis will participate in the 200 (23.80) and 400-meter dash (54.53). She owns the 12th fastest 200-meter dash time in the country and the 11th quickest 400-meter dash time. The 200-meter dash preliminary heats are scheduled to begin at 5:30 on Friday, while the 400-meter dash preliminary heats start at 5:40 PM on Thursday.

Lewis Athletics Finishes Second In GLVC All-Sports Trophy Standings

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Tuesday (May 12) that Lewis University has finished second in the annual All-Sports Trophy race for the third-straight season.

Indianapolis (194.5 points) won the title for the fourth-straight year, followed by the Flyers (174). Lewis claimed a pair of conference championships, winning both the GLVC men's and women's indoor track and field titles for the second-straight season.

"Our program has been competitively balanced from top to bottom and our consistent finishes this season is indicative of the hard work that our student-athletes, coaches and staff have put forth," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said.

The GLVC All-Sports Trophy is presented to the institution that demonstrates the best all-around performance in the league's 20 sponsored sports. Points are allocated based on overall finish in the league standings and finish in their respective conference tournaments.

Lewis' Rachel Sweeney wraps up DII Women's Golf Nationals

Lewis University sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) wrapped up the NCAA Division II Women's Golf National Championship on Saturday (May 16) morning.

The second-year Flyer was competing as an individual. She shot a 79 in the fourth round, bringing her final total to 78-79-78-79=314. Sweeney finished in a tie for 34th. The field featured 71 competitors.

Sweeney was the first Flyer to compete at Nationals since Reetta Laakkonen in the 1999-00 season.

Indianapolis (305-299-309-299=1212) won the team title. Brenna Moore of Midwestern State won the individual championship (74-73-74-76=297). The event was held at The Meadows Golf Course on the campus of Grand Valley State University.

Lewis' Levandi Tabbed As ITA Men's Tennis Senior Player Of The Year

The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced on Tuesday (May 12) that Lewis University's Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) has been selected as the ITA Men's Tennis Division II Senior Player of the Year for the 2014-15 campaign.

Levandi played a crucial role in helping the Flyers to their second NCAA Tournament berth in four seasons, as he was a combined 76-8 in singles and doubles play last year. The Estonian native finished 35-4 in singles play and a combined 31-4 in doubles action. He earned Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year accolades for the second-straight season and placed second overall at the USTA/ITA National Small College Singles Championship. Levandi and classmate Erik Aunapuu (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) also finished fifth in doubles play at the National Small College Championships.

"I am extremely proud of all that Armand has done here at Lewis," Lewis head men's tennis coach Brett Bridel said. "He had a fantastic senior season and I am grateful (that) the ITA has recognized him."

For his career, Levandi was 96-11 (.821) in singles play and 80-18 (.816) in doubles action.


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