Monday September 26, 2016 through Sunday October 2, 2016


Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre Presents “The Day They Shot John Lennon”

John Lennon's early death crowned him with a sort of immortality that hasn't lessened to this day. A sort of immortality and communal mourning that is experienced by fans similar to the recent tragic deaths of Robin Williams, Muhammad Ali, Prince or David Bowie. Playwright James McLure has written his play using an ensemble of nine characters who spend the day across the street from Lennon’s residence, the Dakota apartment building at the corner of 72nd Street and Central Park West. “Within this crowd that you see on stage are several groupings of people who represent different cross sections of American types,” said playwright James McClure.

Included are Brian, a young advertising executive (Andrew Wainscott of Mokena) and Fran, a “women’s libber” (Christy Carlson of Lockport) who had both been at Woodstock. A group of high school friends (Taylor Pakryfke of North Aurora, Michael Palermo of Westchester, Miguel Salazar of Crest Hill) who are seemingly more preoccupied with romantic entanglements. Morris, an elderly Jewish man (Keith White, Chair and Director of Theatre at Lewis University of Joliet) who mistakenly thinks that the murder victim was actor Jack Lemmon. Rounding out the cast is Laura, an urban black kid with a street-wise arrogance masking sensitivity (Taylore Cephas of Chicago), and two Vietnam Vets, Silvio (Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago) and Gately (Bradford Bingham of Chicago). Michael Bassett of Oak Park is directing the emotional realistic drama and explores the relationships that are sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, sometimes menacing.

Working behind the scenes are Adam Jezl-Sikorski of Burbank (stage manager and co-sound design), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (assistant stage manager), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scenic and lighting design), Sean Gallagher of Mokena (properties), Grace Spindler of Palos Heights (properties assistant), Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park (co-sound design and sound board operator), Eric Redmon of Yorkville (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director). Front-of-house staff is Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village (box office), Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park, Jessi Sheppard of Peotone and Conrad Sipiora of Chicago (house managers).

The play will run Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 6-9 and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a 4 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, October 8. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for adult and $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 with an ID. For groups of 15 or more, tickets are $8. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located in the the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the Lewis University main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville.

U.S. News & World Report Rankings Includes Lewis University in Top 25

The No. 24 spot in the U.S. News & World Report Midwest Regional Universities rankings belongs to Lewis University. Once again, the university is in the Top 25 universities on the list climbing four spots from last year.

Among the key factors considered in the Midwest Regional Universities rankings were student selectivity, graduation rate performance, retention of students, financial resources, faculty resources, alumni giving and evaluations by administrators at peer institutions.

Lewis University’s overall score increased by an impressive 12 points this year. “Much has been written about the dire state of higher education in Illinois, but we see nothing but great opportunities ahead for our students,” said Ray Kennelly, senior vice president for enrollment management. “The rankings provide a tangible symbol of Lewis’s continual improvement and commitment to the long-term career success of our students.”

Lewis University also moved in the rankings to the Top 20 Best Colleges for Veterans Midwest Regional University rankings. It placed No. 19 of universities on the list of top colleges and universities that assist military veterans and active-duty service members by offering an affordable education.

“This ranking recognizes how our services extend beyond the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program to benefit our students. Our Office for Veterans Affairs and Recruitment works with the Student Veterans of America Chapter to provide unparalleled support,” commented Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.

The 2017 edition of U.S. News’ Best Colleges rankings is available on, which features extensive statistical profiles for each school. It also includes a college search for students and parents looking for the university or college that best fits their needs.

Listen to a WJOL podcast with Dr. Livingston''s conversation about the ranking.

New Faces Join the Familiar Ones at Lewis University This Fall

Dr. David J. Livingston, president of Lewis University, welcomed the students as they began classes Aug. 29. It is the first academic year since Livingston assumed the role as the 10th president of Lewis University on July 1.

“The new academic year is always exciting. I look forward to learning together with our students this school year,” commented Livingston, who previously served as president of Lourdes University in Ohio.

The class of new students this year at Lewis University includes historic milestones and increasing diversity. Including the main campus in Romeoville, regional centers throughout Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico and fully online programs, Lewis University now enrolls students from 46 states and more than 30 countries.

The incoming class of first-year students is being celebrated as one of the strongest academic classes in the university’s history. The average ACT score and GPA are higher than previous years.

Lewis University also welcomed the largest transfer class in university history, over 500 strong.

“Our transfer-supportive policies and approaches make it convenient for students to transfer whether they previously attended a community college or elected to transfer from another four-year institution,” stated Ray Kennelly, senior vice president for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning.

The incoming class is comprised of a 37 percent underrepresented minority population. That is a higher percentage than the 30 percent of students who self-identify as underrepresented minorities in the entire university.

Four Lewis University Research Teams Present at National Electrochemical Society Meeting

Four student research teams of Lewis University chemistry students presented research at the 229th Meeting of The Electrochemical Society in San Diego, Calif. The gathering attracts thousands of scientific leaders from around the world.

The ECS Meeting in San Diego was a forum for sharing the latest scientific and technical developments in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology. It included technical presentations, full-day short courses, professional development workshops, career opportunities, poster sessions and a dynamic technical exhibit. Over 2,000 international scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academic institutions attended.

All the Lewis University teams were mentored by Dr. Jason J. Keleher, associate professor and chair of Chemistry.

Keleher gave an oral presentation on the collaborated work with Pall Corporation in the CMP Fundamentals Session. The presentation, “Probing the Role of Slurry Chemistry on Nanoparticle-Media Adsorption Relevant to Cu CMP Filtration Applications,” was composed of the work done by Lewis University students Richard A. Wiencek and Amy Mlynarski, along with P. Connor and P. Levy of Pall Corporation.

Four Lewis University posters were exhibited during the general session. Wiencek presented “Nanoparticle-Polymer Surface Adsorption Relevant to CMP Applications” and Jacob Murray presented the poster “Synthesis of Photocatalytic Nanocomposite Biomaterials for Enhanced Water Filtration Application”. Mlynarski presented the poster "Probing the Role of Organic Additives on the Film Formation Mechanism Relevant to Metal CMP," which included work done by Lisa Janes. Samantha Brain presented "Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized CdS-QD Polymeric Nanocomposite Films to Mitigate Laser Attacks on Commercial Aircrafts" composed of work from Michelle Zaleski, James Hofmann, David Santefort with collaborations from Dr. Joseph Kozminski and Dr. Chuck Crowder, both from Lewis University’s Physics department.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics and Chemical Physics. Master’s degree programs include Chemistry, Physics and Chemical Physics. The challenging curriculum is led by industry-leading chemists. Students engage in innovative research in the state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge lab equipment.

We're all ready to go for the poster session tonight!

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Don’t Let Cold Weather Stop Your Exercise Routine

Lewis University invites community residents 55 years of age or older to join the Breakfast Club in the Student Recreation and Fitness Center located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The Breakfast Club is for those looking to stay fit, have fun and socialize with others.

The Student Recreation and Fitness Center includes a collegiate-size pool and a 50,000-square-foot field house. The field house features four multipurpose courts, an indoor track, a fitness studio, group exercise classes and wellness programs.

Membership in Lewis’ Breakfast Club is $40 every three months or $150 annually. The fitness center and field house are available for the club members’ use from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. daily. The pool is available from 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. daily.

For more information or to join the Breakfast Club, contact Jill Siegfried at (815) 836-5277.


Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference is October 7

2nd Annual Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference

Lewis will be hosting its third annual Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference on Friday, October 7.

The one-day, on-campus conference features female leaders who are alumnae and friends of the University. They will share their experiences and foster a sense of education, community, and support among all women of Lewis University.

Although the event occurs during Fall Break, it would be great to have a presence from the faculty, staff, and students of Lewis.

For more information, contact Margaret Grabowski at ext. 5944 or Visit to register for the conference.

The cost to attend the conference is:

  • $10 for all Lewis students (Lewis ID must be presented at the event.)

  • $40 for Lewis faculty, staff, and alumnae

  • $60 for community members

Conference Schedule
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch and Keynote Address
Kay Bolden, Executive Director of the Warren-Sharpe Community Center

1:45-2:45 p.m.: Breakout Session 1
Mary L. Spreitzer ’96, MBA ’98 – Career Survival: Being the CEO of Your Own Career
Debra Heinzel ’82 & Debbie Petropoulos – Purpose, Passion, & Possibilities
Representative Natalie Manley, MA ’15 – Women in Public Service

3:00-4:00 p.m.: Breakout Session 2
Sergeant Margaret Kielczynski, Ret. ’77 – Women Supervisors in a Man’s World
La Vada D. Humphrey ’02 – Know Your Voice
Premalatha Mony, MA ’10 – It’s all about me: My Health and Wellness

4:15-5:15 p.m.: Breakout Session 3
Mary E. Lancaster ’88, C.P.A – How Community Involvement Can Shape Your Life
Nancy Hinz Balcer Novak, CFP ’76 – A Discussion about Finances
Geneva Reed, MA ’12 – The Three E’s of Nonprofits: Education, Encourage, and Empower

5:15-7:00 pm: Wine and Cheese Networking Reception

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” Album Concert at Lewis University’s Studio Theatre

Six musicians will perform “John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band,” the former Beatle’s debut solo album, in its entirety Oct. 22 at Lewis University in Romeoville.

The performance hosted by Heritage Theatre Company (HTC), an alumni organization that includes alumni and friends of the Philip Lynch Theatre, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, in the Studio Theatre at Lewis University, 1 University Parkway, Romeoville. Tickets are $10 and may be reserved by calling the box office at 815-836-5500. Proceeds will benefit the ongoing fundraising efforts by the Theatre Department to upgrade technology.

Performers are Robyn Castle of Joliet, Clarence Goodman of Chicago, Ron Kostka of Minooka, Kev Wright of New Lenox, Tim Placher and Ted Slowik both of Joliet.

“John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band” was released on Dec. 11, 1970, in the United States and United Kingdom to critical acclaim. The album features Lennon, Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass. Producer Phil Spector and Billy Preston each play piano on one song, and Yoko Ono contributed as well. Rolling Stone magazine ranked the album No. 23 on its 2010 list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

“Also known as the ‘primal scream’ album, referring to the painful therapy that gave rise to its songs, ‘Plastic Ono Band’ was John Lennon’s first proper solo album and rock & roll's most self-revelatory recording,” Rolling Stone said. “Lennon attacks and ¬denies idols and icons, including his own former band (‘I don't believe in Beatles,’ he sings in ‘God’), to hit a pure, raw core of confession that, in its echo-drenched, garage-rock crudity, is years ahead of punk,” according to Rolling Stone.

While various artists have recorded versions of songs from the album, this may be the first time the album has been performed live in its entirety. An extensive online search revealed no other documented live performances of the 11-song collection.

The performance will include strong language featured in Lennon’s lyrics and is recommended for patrons 16 years old and up. The performance of the album is estimated at 45 minutes. Following an intermission, participating artists will perform other material, including original compositions.

Visit to learn more. For more information, patrons can call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday from 1-4:30 p.m. The Studio Theatre is located on the Lewis University main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.

Meet the Candidates September 29 at Lewis University

Lewis University and the Grand Haven neighborhood are hosting Candidates Night, a two-part event, for state and local political candidates to interact with the community at 5 p.m. Thursday, September 29 in the University Dining Room, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Candidates' Night is an event designed to give members of the Lewis University community an opportunity to meet with various state and local political candidates. The first part of the event will be held from 5-6 p.m. in the University Dining Room. It will allow participants to interact with the candidates in a one-on-one, meet-and-greet format. The second half of the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Haven Community Center in Romeoville. Candidates will address a larger audience comprised of local community members. This is an opportunity to interact with some of the people who will be playing critical roles in impactful political positions.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Jim Rago at (815) 836-5394.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations. The curriculum provides learning experiences through traditional classes, internships, study abroad and service learning. Political science degree graduates are using their degrees in governmental positions, law school, non-profits and corporations.

Candidates’ Night is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


Boeing Executive and Other Aviation Professionals Provide Career Advice

Networking, preparedness, lifelong learning and humility will launch a career in aviation, said Steve Novy, chief pilot of Executive Flight Operations at The Boeing Company. He joined more than 30 other aviation professionals in offering career advice to aviation students during the Chicago Area Business Aviation Association (CABAA) annual networking event at Lewis University.

The aviation professionals offered their experiences and established mentoring relationships with the students. Students’ perspective on aviation career opportunities only escalated after the uplifting experiences professionals shared.

"Aviation is a small world. Look around the room; you can’t walk out of here without making a connection that will help you," said Novy.

The job market looks very positive for aviation graduates. The Boeing executive also pointed out the “2016 Boeing Pilot and Technician Outlook,” which estimates within the next 20 years that the aviation industry will need to hire more than 2 million new aviation personnel—617,000 commercial airline pilots, 679,000 maintenance technicians and 814,000 cabin crew.

CABAA consists of business aviation professionals dedicated to increasing educational and professional development in the field as well as providing networking opportunities. CABBA also offers scholarships to promote educational development for business aviation careers.

In August, two Lewis University alumni, who earned bachelor degrees in aviation studies in May, received scholarships from CABAA and FlightSafety, the world’s leading aviation training company. Elaina Johnson received the funds for advanced training that enhances her career in the aviation maintenance field. Kevin Oliver received the scholarship for advanced training that enhances his progress toward a career in business aviation.

ACCA Series Kickoff at Lewis

Lewis’ Department of Chemistry hosted the first lecture in a series for the ACCA chemistry division on Thursday, Sept. 15 in St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall. The theme of this fall series of presentations will focus on “Chemistry entrepreneurs: Mixing business with science.”

Dr. Jason Kelelher, chair of the ACCA chemistry division, welcomed the keynote speaker, Dr. Andreas Roelofs, who presented “How to get from great science to useful technology – 10x is the key.” Dr. Roelofs is the Director of Argonne National Laboratory’s technology incubator Chain Reaction Innovations (CRI) and the NanoDesign Works (NDW) center. He is the former acting Director of both the Nanoscience and Technology Division and the Center for Nanoscale Materials (CNM). More than 100 students, faculty and staff gathered to hear the lecture.

This seminar was run jointly with other ACCA institutions as a seminar/webinar hybrid. As such, members from Elmhurst, North Park, Benedictine, Dominican, and North Central volunteered their time to help coordinate this event and host a speaker. This year’s fall series will feature 6 different speakers that will give presentations at those ACCA institutions. The presentations will be broadcast live through zoom meeting as a webinar, and also recorded so that they may be viewed at later dates.

Students ENGAGE with Community at Annual Fair

Students, faculty and staff engage in dedicated service to the community through volunteering, community service and academic service-learning.

The Community Engagement Cooperative hosted its annual service fair called "ENGAGE" Sept. 13. The event initiated some conversation that will lead to countless hours of partnership with the more than 25 community agencies in attendance.

Study Abroad Opportunities on Display at Annual Fair

Semester, summer, travel study, work abroad and on-campus opportunities were available Sept. 15 at the Annual Study Abroad Fair.

Students at Lewis University can complement and enhance their academic experience with a variety of international opportunities in 18 countries. Programs can last from a few weeks to an academic year. Students can earn general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program.

Chris Swanson, Director of Study Abroad Programs, coordinated the annual event at Lewis University.


Birthdays for September 2016

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

September 1, Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 1, Chastity Check, LARC
September 1, Dr. Jason Keleher, Chemistry
September 1, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

September 2, David Zurek, Flight

September 3, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 3, Br. Paul Joslin, FSC, Foreign Language Program
September 3, Jacqueline Schmidt, Office of the Registrar

September 4, Br. Chuck Gregor, College of Education
September 4, Dr. Velda Wright, College of Education

September 5, Brett Bridel, Athletics

September 6, Patricia Kuchenbecker, Office of Technology

September 7, Dr. Sheila Boysen-Rotelli, Organizational Leadership

September 8, Peter Spizzirri, Campus Police

September 9, Dr. Jeanette Mines, Office of the Provost
September 9, Suzan Sollie, Academic Technology Solutions
September 9, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 10, Janice Coats, Human Resources

September 11, Dr. Michael Cherry, Organizational Leadership
September 11, Rachel Ford, Library
September 11, Courtney Schmitz, LARC
September 11, Michael Vucsko, Athletics

September 12, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus
September 12, Emily Martinez, Admission
September 12, Robin Williams, Facilities

September 13, Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology
September 13, Dr. Clare Rothschild, Theology
September 13, Karen Senette, Athletics

September 14, Mona Groteguth, Athletics
September 14, Priyanka Joshi, Aviation & Transportation Studies
September 14, Dr. Clare Lawlor, Psychology
September 14, Tricia Littig, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 14, Sandra Zigrossi, College of Education

September 15, Joan Williams, College of Education

September 16, Keith Kameron, Facilities
September 16, Dr. Shan Lin, College of Business
September 16, Dr. Steven Nawara, Political Science
September 16, Heidi Stukel, Health & Counseling Services
September 16, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services

September 17, Jaclyn Boyle, Facilities
September 17, Dr. Christopher Kline, College of Education

September 19, Rachel Reardon, Academic Technology Solutions

September 20, John Carey, Communications
September 20, Raymond Drozs, Aviation & Transportation Studies
September 20, Efrain Zavala, Facilities

September 21, Kelley Plass, Library
September 21, Dr. Piotr Szczurek, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

September 22, Dr. Nancy Kennedy, College of Education
September 22, Dr. Christopher Palmi, College of Education
September 22, Dr. Daisy Sherry, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 23, Dr. Linda Ryan, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 26, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology
September 26, Shaila Koutha, Office of the Provost

September 27, Dominique Dusek, Writing Center
September 27, Carisis Martinez, Student Development and Leadership
September 27, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
September 27, Rhonda Richter, Library

September 28, Br. Philip Johnson, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity
September 28, Kathleen Lisak, SPCE
September 28, Katelyn Myroniak, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 28, Linda Snell, College of Arts & Sciences

September 29, Sergiu Muresan, Athletics
September 29, Becky Pearl, Athletics
September 29, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar

September 30, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences
September 30, Dr. Kang Bai, Office of the Provost
September 30, Kristin Burton, College of Business
September 30, Dr. Wei Chen, College of Business
September 30, Kimberly Mau, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 30, Javier Sanchez, Facilities

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 September 2016

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


48 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business

47 Years, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology

31 Years, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

28 Years, Donald Castello, Facilities

23 Years, Michael Progress, College of Business

21 Years, Dwight DeVries, Facilities

19 Years, Patti Purri, Admission

18 Years, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

16 Years, Norene Tierney, Human Resources

11 Years, James Grisz, Facilities
11 Years, Caroline Wood, College of Business
11 Years, Julie Penner, Meetings, Events and Conferences

10 Years, John Czajkowski, Receiving

9 Years, Sandra Schuh, Office of the Provost

8 Years, Matthew Brendich, Athletics
8 Years, Jim Reed, Aviation Services
8 Years, Kathryn Hettinger, SPCE

7 Years, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity

6 Years, Dennisa Walker, University Advancement
6 Years, Rhonda Richter, Library
6 Years, Dawn Peckler, College of Education
6 Years, Gloria Massey, LUA

5 Years, Roger Karns, Athletics
5 Years, Nina Nowaczyk, Graduate Admission

4 Years, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
4 Years, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police
4 Years, Tracy O'Brien, College of Business
4 Years, Lisa Brown, Psychology

3 Years, Allison Castello, Tinley Park Campus
3 Years, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions
3 Years, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission
3 Years, Patricia Kaira, Office of the Provost
3 Years, Jacqueline Reilly, Hickory Hills Campus
3 Years, Joseph Preston, University Ministry
3 Years, Richard Burke, Graduate School of Management
3 Years, Emily Grimm, Admission

2 Years, Miguel Barboza, College of Nursing & Health Professions
2 Years, Natalie Swain, Art & Design
2 Years, Maria Espitia, LaSalle House

1 Year, Zubair Samad, Office of Technology
1 Year, Erin Thomson, College of Arts & Sciences
1 Year, Linda Snell, College of Arts & Sciences
1 Year, Kathleen Mazies, College of Arts & Sciences


Community Notification Regarding Hickory Hills Campus

Lewis University has been notified by the Hickory Hills Police Department of a kidnapping and attempted sexual assault which occurred in a shared parking lot with our Hickory Hills campus. The victims were not affiliated with Lewis University.

We notified our students, faculty and staff of the situation and encouraged them to take extra precautions.

Our Lewis University Police Department is in communication with the Hickory Hills Police Department and are relaying updates to our faculty, students and staff.

For further questions about this matter, please contact the Hickory Hills Police Department.

Construction Alert Near Romeoville Campus

Drivers traveling to the Romeoville Campus are encouraged to use extra caution. The Illinois Department of Transportation scheduled road work along Illinois Route 53 from September 23- November 15. Plan extra time for travel.

The work will necessitate road closures and a temporary detour of traffic between the north and south juncture of Illinois Routes 7 and 53 from 7 p.m. Sept. 23 through 5 a.m. Sept. 26.

Southbound traffic will be detoured west on Renwick Road to south on Weber Road, then continue south on Weber Road/Larkin Avenue to east on Theodore before ending at Broadway. Northbound Route 53 traffic will be detoured west on Theodore Street to north on Larkin Avenue/Weber Road, then continue north onto Weber Road to east on Renwick Road. It will end at Broadway Street.

Temporary, daily closures of one lane of traffic in each direction is expected to continue through November 15. Visit IDOT online for updated roadway information.

Lewis' Braschinsky Wins Consolation Bracket at Drake Men's Tennis Invite

Lewis University sophomore Alan Braschinsky (Tallinn, Estonia, Milna Harma) won the Flight #1 Consolation Championship at the Drake University Men's Tennis Invitational with the 6-3, 7-6 win over Gustavus Adolphus' Patrick Whaling at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Sunday (Sept. 25) afternoon.

Lewis returns to action on February 13th, as the Flyers open the spring campaign against Hillsdale at the Five Star Tennis Center.


Professors Extend Their Reach Beyond Classroom

Dr. Mark Letcher (English Studies) recently published an article in collaboration with fellow editors from the teacher advocacy/research blog, Teachers, Profs, Parents: Writers Who Care. The article appears in the current (Sept. 2016) issue of Voices from the Middle, a publication of the National Council of Teachers of English. Hochstetler, S., Letcher, M., Jeffers, L., Warrington, A., & Buescher, E. (2016). “The biggest surprise was the feeling of empowerment”: Teachers sharing stories for advocacy and transformation. Voices from the Middle, 24(1), 44-47.

Dr. Steven Nawara (Political Science) published a paper in the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties. “The Abilities and Decisions of Regular and Irregular Voters in American Presidential Elections is available online.”

The presentation by Dr. Bonnie Lenore Kyburz (English Studies) "Cultivating Cinematically, Composing Collectively" was accepted for presentation at the 2017 Conference on College Composition and Communication Convention in Portland, Oregon.

Lewis Faculty, Staff Present at Huether Lasallian Conference

Several groups from Lewis University will be presenting at the 2016 Huether Lasallian Conference in Chicago.

Dr. Tennille Allen, Chair and Associate Professor of Sociology, Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Community Partner Liaison in the Office of Service Learning, Kay Bolden of Warren-Sharpe Community Center in Joliet will make a presentation on developing food justice community partnerships at the Growing Power. The national nonprofit organization and land trust supports people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities. The Lewis University group will be discussing food justice and will be among a select group discussing university-community partnerships.

Dr. Jennifer Buntin, Assistant Professor of Sociology, and Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, will present "Hidden Within: Undocumented Students at Lasallian Schools." They will lead attendees in developing a shared plan of action that Lasallian institutions can put into place to meet the needs of undocumented students, as well as advocate for the students and their families within educational and public policy at the local, state and national levels.

Why Do Presidential Debates Matter?

Why is there so much hype around the presidential candidates' debate?

Dr. Steve Nawara, assistant professor of political science, explains how the debates can impact a candidate for U.S. president.

Dr. McFerron Explains Electrocoustic Music

Dr. Nawara Explains the Electoral College


Lewis Men's Golf Finish 1st In UW-Parkside Fall Invitational

The Lewis men's golf team ended their day one of the University of Wisconsin - Parkside Fall Invitational in first place, and finished the tournament tied for first.

The men finished with a score of 588

Lewis tied for first place thanks to the outstanding performance of freshmen Braden Bentley (Colorado Springs, Colo./Mesa Ridge) who scored 141 and finished in first place overall. Other important contributions to the Lewis first place finish came from Jack Korzon (Downers Grove, Ill.) who tied for fifth, and Austin Buente (Troy, Ill./Triad) who finished in the top 15.

The next Lewis golf meet will be in Chicago, Ill. for the Midwest Regional, September 26 and 27.

Lewis Announces 3rd Annual Flyer Friends and Family Crowdfunding Campaign

The Lewis University Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Lewis University Office of Advancement, is proud to announce the third annual Flyer Friends And Family Crowdfunding Campaign, which will run from September 26th to November 30th. In the past two years, Lewis' most successful athletics fundraising campaign has raised $115,000, including over 700 donors in 2015.

"Our university advancement staff, our student-athletes, coaches and staff have all worked together to make this an annual success," Lewis Associate Director of Athletics/Director of External Relations Brian Sisson said. "We are coming off a historic run of athletic and academic success and without (our donors') support we would not be here today."

Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the internet. It is immensely popular and has allowed countless numbers of organizations across the country raise funds for special projects with an extensive reach that cannot be matched. Everywhere you look on the Lewis University campus, there are multiple examples of private support impacting the student experience. From scholarships to faculty, buildings to programs, and technology to athletics, each gift made to Lewis helps to create an exceptional, well-rounded educational experience for students – including student-athletes.

This campaign aims to support all Lewis student-athletes and help them maintain the resources necessary to once again be one of the top Division II athletic programs in the nation. In the past two seasons, Lewis has finished in the Top 10 in the Learfield Directors' Cup - which is a program that measures overall athletic excellence.

The Flyer Friends and Family Crowdfunding Campaign will help our 20 intercollegiate athletic teams raise funds for specific equipment, travel and training enhancements for their program. With one click of a button, our staff and student-athletes can again reach their internal network via social media channels, such as Twitter and Facebook.

Lewis student-athletes work as hard in the classroom as they do on the field, court, course, or in the pool. They dedicate countless hours to practice and excelling in their sport. Academically, we have a Student-Athlete Academic Success Rate of 90% and collectively, all 20 Flyer teams combined for a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.33 in 2015-16. 12 different Flyer teams advanced to a NCAA Tournament, while seven Lewis student-athletes were selected as a Great Lakes Valley Conference Player last year.

Every gift made to this campaign contributes to helping create the best student-athlete experience for Lewis athletes, and to building an even stronger athletic and educational foundation.

Lewis Duo Repeats as ITA Women's Tennis Midwest Regional Doubles Champs

Lewis University's Dora Andrejszki (Budapest, Hungary/Dozsa Gyorgy) and Nora Mindiyarova (Moscow, Russia/Gimnasium 1577) earned their second-straight ITA Women's Tennis Midwest Regional Doubles Championship with the 8-2 win over Indianapolis' Florence Renard and Hanna Volikova.

This is also the second year that Andrejszki and Mindiyarova has defeated UIndy in the finals, as they claimed the 8-4 win over Renard and Stephanie Hirsch in 2015.

With the victory, Andrejszki and Mindiyarova advance to the ITA Oracle Cup in Surprise, Arizona from October 13-16 at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club.

Andrejszki fell short in her bid for a singles title, as Hirsch claimed the 6-4, 6-4 win in the Semifinal round.

Lewis returns to action on October 7th, as the Flyers head to Kalamazoo, Mich., to participate in Western Michigan's Bronco Invitational.

Lewis Women's Golf Team Finishes 2nd At Ferris State Golf Tournament

After finishing day one in second place at the Bulldog Invitational, the Flyers were able continue their solid play at the golf course and finished second at the end of the two day tournament.

The team finished with a score of 636.

Their top three finish was due in part thanks to Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) who tied for first with 157. Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) who scored 158, and Madison Hill (Pekin, Ill./Pekin Community) who scored 159 also finished in the top ten.

The Lewis women's golf team will play next on October 1 and 2 at the University of Missouri - St. Louis.

Former Lewis Men's Volleyball Players Continue To Thrive Abroad

Four starters from the 2015 National Runner-up Lewis University men's volleyball team will continue their careers abroad, as Scott Fifer (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg), Eric Fitterer (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville), Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) and Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) have each signed professional contracts to play in Europe for the 2016-17 campaign.

Lewis head men's volleyball coach Dan Friend has now mentored seven professional players, including this quartet along with BJ Boldog, Mike Iandolo and Jay Petty.

Fifer, who finished his Flyer career with the sixth-most assists (2,321) in school-history, has signed with Anorthosis Famagusta out of Limasol, Cyprus. Anorthosis Famagusta is the oldest club in the A1 league.

Fitterer, who played for Spain's CAI-Voleibol Teruel Club in 2015-16, makes the move to Germany to play for SVG Luneburs in the 1st Division League. He will be on a squad that features three other Americans.

Petty, who played for Leka Volley Club in Finland in 2015-16, will suit up for Team Pamovochaikos out of Vocha, Corinthia-Greece. Petty finished his career ranked in Lewis' Top 10 for career service aces (3rd, 121) and kills (10th, 972).

Walsh, who holds the highest hitting percentage (.474) and most block assists (498) in Lewis school-history, has signed with Lakkapaa Volleyball Club out of Rovaniemi, Finland. His team competes in the Finland Volleyball League.


Tuition Exchange Deadline

The tuition exchange application for exported Lewis University employees dependent students for 2017-18 academic year is due in HR by October 1, 2016.


Flu Shots are Available for Students and Employees

Anyone interested in receiving a flu shot can walk-in from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday to Health Services (lower level Mother Teresa Hall).

Also, several “pop-up” clinics will be located in Charlie’s Place starting Sept. 29.

The cost for an influenza vaccination is $10. Students can have $10 charged to their student account. Employees can pay $10 cash. There is NO CHARGE for employees with Christian Brothers Insurance.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

The month of September is National Suicide Prevention Month and the week of September 5-September 11 is National Suicide Prevention Week.

The traditional college student has various stresses such as time management, financial circumstances, and academic success that may affect their mental health and wellness. All students handle the stresses of life differently, and we would like to recognize that by using this national health observance and your help to make students aware of their resources. Suicide is 100 percent preventable, and by making campus an informative and safe environment, we increase the potential of students to reach out for help if or when they need it most.

If you would like flyers our resources to display of have in your office please contact Dr. Markisha Woodson at

If you are concerned about a student and believe that assistance is needed please reach out to The Center for Health and Counseling at (815) 836-5455, located in the lower level of Mother Teresa Hall or LUPD at (815) 836-5911 located in the lower level of the Student Union. You can also complete an Assessment and Care Team referral. This form can be completed online at

Additionally, if you are struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide, one resource available to Lewis University employees is the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). For more information regarding the EAP please visit Login with username LEW500 and password perspectives. There is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifelife at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Always remember that you are not alone and support services are available.


It’s a Two-Way Street

Opening an email, listening to a voicemail, reading a text message, then thinking, “I’ll respond later” or “Maybe I won’t even respond at all.” We are all guilty of it. Response time relays a nonverbal message.

Imagine standing with a co-worker who remained silent every time you asked a question. Wouldn’t that be rude and uncomfortable? Wouldn’t you think less of the person and think twice before talking to him or her again? Well, that’s what is happening when you leave a phone call or email unanswered.

People may not be responding for an array of reasons:

  • A person has too many emails and not enough time to respond.

  • A person does not want to say ‘no’ or raise a difficult issue.

  • If the recipient feels ‘above’ or the sender, he or she may be unmotivated to respond.

Although none of these reasons are personal, people take the lack of response as a personal insult. “Do I not matter enough for whomever to respond?”

When you don’t respond, you begin to lose your trustworthiness.

The truth is if you don’t respond, you will not be trusted or respected. Therefore, you will lose all of your credibility.

Here are some tips on how to become more responsive.
1. Make it a priority: Response time speaks volumes about character.
2. Get organized: Manage your messages or fall behind.
3. Pick a response window: The ideal time is 1-2 days, but make sure you are consistent.
4. Acknowledge receipt: Even if you’re busy, take five seconds to send off a “Got your email, I’m tied up this week, but will reply as soon as I can.”
5. Say ‘no’ when you need to: Most people can handle rejection. It’s not knowing that is a struggle.
6. If you fall off the wagon, apologize: Send a “Please forgive me for taking so long to respond,” and don’t fall into a routine. No one is perfect.

Responses are always necessary; however there are a couple situations when you should wait to respond until you have had time to fully process the message, both mentally and emotionally.

  • Complex issues: Take time to think through the issue before carefully gathering your thoughts and ideas for your response.

  • Too many emotions: If you’re feeling emotional about a topic, wait until you can think more clearly to respond.

Just because you cannot see a face, doesn’t mean there isn’t a person on the other end of every phone call or email. Responsiveness is critical for building better relationships, trust and rapport.