Monday September 1, 2014 through Sunday September 7, 2014


WGN-TV WeatherBug Camera Now Live on Lewis Campus

A WeatherBug “live” Camera has been installed here on the campus of Lewis University for WGN-TV. John Carey, Director of Electronic Media, said the camera is located on the WLRA Radio tower in the heart of the Lewis campus and is ready to present weather information live. Tom Skilling, Chief Meteorologist at WGN-TV, has been working with the University’s Electronic Media faculty and may use the camera’s high power lens to show weather conditions live on WGN-TV (Channel 9) from our campus, as well as views of the Lewis University Airport, National Weather Service, and parts of Romeoville, Lockport, Joliet and much of Will County.

Scheduled to be installed by Labor Day, the WeatherBug was ready for use by Friday, August 29. Views from the camera will be incorporated into WGN-TV news broadcasts and weather updates as appropriate. On occasion, the University’s student television station might provide views from the weather camera. Lewis University also may post views from the WeatherBug on its main webpage. Views are available at ttp://

“Lewis University is pleased and grateful to be able to collaborate with WGN-TV and Tom Skilling with the installation of the WeatherBug to provide a live television feed here on our campus to assist in reporting weather conditions in the Will County and Chicagoland areas. Having information televised from this camera will provide a community service to those watching WGN-TV weather while also promoting a greater awareness of Lewis University,” said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “Tom Skilling has been a remarkable voice in explaining weather to the public and in forecasting for the Chicagoland and Midwest.”

An honorary degree recipient at Lewis University, Skilling was honored at Lewis University in 1995 for his distinguished career and mentorship of young people and all interested in meteorology, as well as for his newscasting expertise and “teaching” viewers about the weather He also will be a special guest at Lewis University’s The Red Tie Ball, The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held Saturday, September 13, at the Palmer House in Chicago.

Working on the project with WGN-TV are John Carey and John Kilpatrick, Electronic Media; Robert DeRose, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Dr. LeRoy Butler, Associate Vice President for Technology; Nathan Adams and Shawn Adams (Office of Technology), Don Castello (Facilities) and Kathrynne Skonicki (Marketing and Communications).

Lewis University students present research at SURE program symposium

Alternative materials for making solar cells, studying the Lake Michigan food web, protecting pilots’ eyes against laser attacks, more effective cyber security awareness tools, improved cancer detection methods, cell phone cleanliness, color retention in nanoparticles and improved wound healing approaches were presented Aug. 6 by Lewis University students.

Students presented their work, including lab experiments and results, at a concluding symposium for the Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

“The fifth annual SURE program was the largest in the history of Lewis University,” said Dr. Bill Chura, assistant professor of biology and program director.

Eight faculty members mentored nine students from biology, chemistry, computer science and physics in the 10-week program. Chura added, “The wide range of projects showcased the many talents of the STEM faculty. This summer program provides students with invaluable experience and challenges them to become better scientists.”

Students presented research at the symposium in a variety of fields:

  • Chemistry major Samantha Brain presented “Synthesis of Zinc Oxide Quantum Dots for Solar Cell Applications.” Dr. Jason Keleher served as her faculty mentor.

  • Biology major Tami Roginski presented “Changing Food Webs in Lake Michigan: Dreissena and the Microbial Loop.” Dr. Jerry Kavouras served as her faculty mentor. The research was sponsored by an Illinois Water Resources Center Grant.

  • Physics major Brandon Schabell presented “The Use of Semiconductor Incorporated Dye Nanocomposites for the Absorbance of Green Laser Light.” Dr. Joe Kozminski served as his faculty mentor.
  • Computer Science major Steven Day presented “System for Information Security Education and Real-Time Awareness (SISERTA).” Dr. Ray Klump served as his faculty mentor.

  • Biology major Leigh Smith presented “Characterization of Mutated Cyclin D3 Human Cancer Cell Lines.” Dr. Sarah Powers served as her faculty mentor.

  • Biology major Justin Ramotowski presented “Antibiotic Sensitivity of Microbes Present on Cellular Devices.” Dr. Marne Bailey and Jeannette Pifer served as his faculty mentors.

  • Chemistry majors John Hodul and Zach Struzik presented “Nano-Templating and Mesoporous Adjustment of Silica Sol-Gel.” Dr. John Parker served as their faculty mentor.

  • Biology major Daniel Lentz presented “Balancing Act: Variance of PVA/Chitosan ratios in the Optimization of Biomimetic Hydrogels.” Dr. Bill Chura served as his faculty mentor.

The SURE program is sponsored by Lewis University and a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

Lewis University nursing students take part in Greece study abroad trip

Lewis University students from the College of Nursing and Health Professions traveled to Greece this summer as part of the Travel Study Abroad program.

“The trip was really wonderful in every way possible,” said Eleftheria Karapas, assistant professor of nursing and trip coordinator. “Everyone got much exposure to professional, social, cultural and historical aspects of Greece.” Jane Trainor, assistant professor of nursing was the faculty co-leader on this journey.

The group spent time visiting the city of Athens with tours of the Acropolis and New Museum; the Argolis region, including Nafplion, Mycenae and Epidaurus; Cape Sounion; and the island of Crete, including a boat excursion to the island of Spinalonga with a tour of this former leper colony. On Crete, there were also tours of the Minoan Knossos Palace, Heraklion Museum, the Holy Trinity Monastery, and the Doctors of the World (Medicins du Monde) free community clinic. Visits to the University of Athens, School of Nursing and the University of Crete, School of Public Health were among the highlights of the 11 day trip.

The students gained knowledge of a new place and its people, insight on the local healthcare professionals and tour guides, and anincreased awareness of culture diversity and recognition of common beliefs. The also received a new understanding of the effects that economic and political processes can have on the health and well-being of a society.

“It was an optimum learning community that was created within this tour group and a vivid display of the Lewis University mission taken on the road,” said Karapas.

Lewis University students who participated in the trip include Taylor Barrientos, Samantha Boris, Heather Collins, Emily Cormwell, Dana DeLisa, Ann Favia, Elizabeth Gambla, Alyssa Gecosala, Rebecca Gibson, Amy Johnson, Rebecca Kalnicky, Laurynn Knerr, Jessica Lisak, Samantha Lutzow, Joy Nestel, Lauren Nowaczyk, Sarah Pawelko, Brittany Pole, Alyssa Ruswick, Tamara Szymanski, Kaitlin Uchman, Autumn Wachs and Cheryl Wilson.

Additional faculty members on the trip were Kathleen Blanchfield, associate professor of nursing; Angie Patras, adjunct professor of nursing; Ellen Renna, assistant professor of nursing; and Gail Vitale, associate professor of nursing.

The Study Abroad office provides students at Lewis University the unique chance to complement and enhance their academic careers with a variety of international academic opportunities. Programs run anywhere from a few weeks to an academic year and offer Lewis courses that can fit into general education, elective, minor, and/or major credits depending on the program. More information about study abroad experiences is available by contacting Chris Swanson, director of Study Abroad at 815-836-5993 or

High school students participate in Computer Science summer camp at Lewis University

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science held two summer camps, Camp Code and Guardians of Cyberspace, for high school students that covered an array of topics on computer science at Lewis University.

Camp Code introduced 27 students to the programming language, Python, and taught them how to think like a software developer over the course of three days. A two-day camp, Guardians of Cyberspace helped 10 students understand the critical importance of cyber security, what makes computing insecure and how to find points of insecurity using a variety of tools.

“We described how the electric power grid is a critical infrastructure that could be compromised by cyber antagonists and described the likely consequences of such a breach,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. “This helped us emphasize to the students that what they were learning was really important and that, as computer scientists, they’ll have the nitty-gritty technical knowledge of programming, operating systems, instruction processing, computer networking, encryption and data analysis needed to protect such critical systems from attack.”


Travel Policies for University Sponsored Events

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Lewis Celebrating Traditions/Future With The Red Tie Ball

Reservations are available now for the Lewis University Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration, to be held Saturday, Sept. 13 at the Palmer House. The University is expanding its tradition of holding the annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Celebration to celebrate its rich past, present and future with an innovative and entertaining program.

Red ties will be sent to men who make reservations for the gala, formal event which will include an opening reception at 6:00 p.m., followed by a gourmet dinner, interactive program, live auction, music by the Dan Hayes Orchestra and dancing. Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV, will attend the event as a special guest.

Sponsored by Lewis University and its Board of Trustees, the Red Tie Ball will benefit the Lewis University Mission Fund, which provides additional support to the University’s most financially at-risk students. Since its inception in 2009, more than 250 students with severe financial hardship have been able to pursue degree studies through support from the Mission Fund. Lewis University is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers who follow the vision of Saint John Baptist de La Salle who opened his schools to the poor and established a heritage of educating qualified students regardless of their financial circumstances. This tradition remains very much alive at Lewis University today, characterized by high standards of teaching, a caring faculty and staff, a diverse student population, and a strong focus on our commitment to educating all.

Reservations for the black-tie event are $300 per person and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, call (815) 836-5545 or visit

Lewis University Choir holds auditions for 2014-15 season

The Lewis University Choir will hold auditions for singers in all voice categories (SATB) from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 26 in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus. Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, the Lewis University Choir comprises students, faculty, staff and members of the community.

Rehearsals are held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays in Ives Recital Hall in the Oremus Fine Arts Building on the Romeoville campus. The choir will present a concert in the Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo on December 9. The repertoire for the fall semester includes Franz Liszt’s Missa choralis and Six Irish Folk Songs by Charles Villiers Stanford. For more information or to schedule an audition, please contact Dr. Sisk at

Musical performances, theatre productions combine for Lewis University’s Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series

Lewis University will host a variety of performances as part of the Fall 2014 Performing Arts Series. All performances are located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission to all events is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.

The first performance, “Songs of American Labor” by Bucky Halker will take place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel. Halker grew up in Ashland, Wis., a blue-collar, iron ore, lumber town on Lake Superior. At 13 years old, Halker plugged in his guitar and was playing at teen rock dances. At 16 years old, he discovered Woody Guthrie, blues piano, songwriting and solo gigs. Dividing time between gigs and footnotes, Halker came back to the Midwest in 1976 and earned a Ph.D. in U.S. labor history at the University of Minnesota.

As the second performance of the series, Willie Pickens will perform American Jazz at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 29 in St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. A piano powerhouse, Pickens began his career on Eddie Harris’ 1961 national hit record, “Exodus,” since then playing with James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, and going on the road with Elvin Jones for five years. Instead of staying on the national and international jazz scene, Pickens chose to make a home in Hyde Park, become a Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher, an active member of the Hyde Park Union Church and a mentor to scores of upcoming musicians.

The 16th Street Theatre will take the stage with their production, “Agreed Upon Fiction” for the third performance of the series. Written by Shayne Kennedy and directed by Megan Shuchman, the play is a story about a good mother, Katie. She’s forced to protect her family and neighbors when the most vulnerable member of the community is revealed as a threat. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.

The fourth event of the series will be the Electronic Music Midwest Festival in the Philip Lynch Theatre. Nine concerts will be performed during the three-day musical festival, which begins Oct. 16. Craig Hultgren, an American cellist and improviser, will sit in on several of the concerts. He has taught at Birmingham-Southern College, the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Alabama School of Fine Arts, as well as teaching privately. Hultgren is a cellist with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and has been a member of several chamber groups such as the Chagall Trio, the Luna Nova Ensemble, and the Ensemble for contemporary chamber music, Thamyris. He is an active performer and performs regularly as a soloist on the cello and e-cello. Hultgren also made a name for himself among improvisational musicians.

Pianist Bryan Stanley will perform as the fifth performance of the series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30 in the St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. Dr. Stanley, accomplished pianist-composer originally from Atlantic, Iowa, is music director at the Park City Community Church in Utah and head of the piano faculty at the Utah Conservatory. He is published by Hal Leonard, Boosey & Hawkes and G. Schirmer, which include two arrangements of Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring for violin/piano and solo piano, the latter of which was played at the Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival; and a Hal Leonard Vocal Library book of American Folksong concert arrangements.

The final performance of the series featured Ronald Keaton in his one-man show “Churchill.” Based on the life and writings of the Prime Minister who saw England through its darkest hours, “Churchill” explores the life of one of the greatest leaders of the Greatest Generation. Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter..." Hear Winston discuss his failures and his successes, his love of art, liquor, and women, and the bravery of Britain's finest hour. History enthusiasts, Anglophiles, and lovers of great theater will not want to miss this portrayal of the first man to become an honorary citizen of the United States. Politician, painter, Nobel Prize winning author and raconteur, Churchill will continue to leave his mark on future generations. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 in the Philip Lynch Theatre.

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


Welcome Days Invites Students to “Explore 2014”

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, has expressed deep appreciation to the dozens of departments and individuals who collaborated very successfully to present the 2014 Welcome Days for our newest students on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 21-23, and on Sunday, August 24, for freshmen and new transfer students, plus our returning students. This year’s theme, Explore 2014, provided freshmen with an invitation and encouragement to become acquainted with all that Lewis University offers, as well as to make new friends and engage with the broader community in various creative events. The rainy weather did not dampen spirits although it did result in added work for those who had to reschedule and accommodate events indoors that were originally scheduled to be held outdoors.

“Those responsible for the 2014 Welcome Days are to be greatly commended for the new features in Explore 2014, including the GroupMe program and the Major Mixers,” said Brother James. “An excellent orientation feature, the GroupMe opportunity was very effective in offering three sessions: one to introduce students and encourage new friendships; one to strengthen connections, and one that served as their first ICE class, allowing them to meet their mentors and have an orientation into what ICE will accomplish. The Major Mixers project introduced students into their majors while providing our new students the opportunity to meet faculty members and other students in their field; gain information on what their majors have to offer; and have an occasion to ask questions about majors, minors and other academic topics,” he noted.

Gratitude was extended as well to those who provided four days of quite varied, informative and entertaining campus events and ensured an exceptionally hospitable welcome. The move-in on Thursday went very well, thanks to the many student volunteers, including the generous Peer Ministers and residence hall staff (including the RA’s), and the terrific members of the Facilities Department. A service component again was included in Welcome Days, inviting students to choose from two projects, providing service to Campfire USA as well as the MorningStar Mission Thrift Store. Committee members wisely included numerous entertaining events, informative programs, scheduled free time, games, great meals and snacks, and challenges to appeal to our friendly, diverse and very curious and sociable students. This year’s program was especially successful in reaching out to our new and returning students, with particular emphasis on students of the Class of 2018 and transfer students, including both residential and commuter students. An excellent Explore 2014 schedule booklet was provided as well as the new LewisU app on Lewis happenings and services.

The Freshman Convocation was inspirational, connecting the freshmen to our Mission through a dignified and uplifting ceremony. Dr. Jackie White (English) presented a much-appreciated and relevant keynote address. Saturday’s more relaxed schedule of events thoughtfully provided time for students to become acclimated to campus. Although it had to be moved indoors because of the weather conditions, the “Mass on the Grass” was quite joyous, community-centered, and welcoming to students of all backgrounds.

Among those to be thanked for the success of Welcome Days 2014 are the many departments that participated, including staff and faculty who planned and presented creative and inviting events throughout this important weekend prior to the new semester: Residence Life, Student Services, University Ministry, Mission and Academic Services, LARC, Enrollment Management, Admission, Financial Aid, the Registrar’s Office, Business Office, Campus Police, Marketing and Communications, the Student Recreation and Fitness Center, Athletics, the Library, Sodexo Services, Facilities, Multicultural Student Services, Health and Counseling Services, the Office of Technology, Career Services, Multicultural Student Services, Follett’s Bookstore, Meetings, Conferences and Events, the Student Governing Board, Theatre, and Study Abroad.

Among those responsible for planning and presenting Welcome Days are Sean Fagan (Student Development and Leadership) and Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services; Mushtaq Choudhary and Fred Gandy (Residence Life); Sophia Barakat and Brian Domke (Student Development & Leadership); Steven Zlatic, Sabrina Poulin, Joey Preston, Jennifer Rutherford, Sean Ruane, Chris Hueg and Samantha De Legge-Stevenson (University Ministry); Father Dan Torson, C.PP.S. (University Ministry/Theology); Courtney Schmitz, Alfonso Montero, Michael Bulfin and Liseth Chavez (Leckrone Academic Resource Center/LARC); Adam Burkhart (Student Recreation), Dwight DeVries and Don Castello (Facilities) and Miguel Cambray (Multicultural Student Services). Bob Fraser (Sodexo Services) and the entire Sodexo staff also are to be congratulated for providing creative menus and events throughout the weekend.

“Welcome Days has become a well-established, quite successful and constantly improving Lewis tradition, reaching out to both residential and commuter students (including many commuter students who stayed overnight on campus) in providing a fine introduction to residential and student life, a carefully planned balance of community-building and learning experiences, plus plenty of fun and a valued opportunity for service,” commented Brother James. He extends appreciation to those staff and students who contributed so very generously, creatively and effectively to plan and present Explore 2014.

“It is encouraging that so many of our staff, faculty, administrators, and students continue to manifest the Lasallian spirit of Association in reaching out so caringly to our new students and their families and by warmly greeting returning students. Thanks to all those involved for your enthusiasm, professionalism, energy, exceptional planning and organizational skills, as well as for your selflessness, very collegial cooperation, and personal attention that was evident throughout the entire weekend,” he concluded.


Birthdays for September 2014

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

September 1, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
September 1, Dr. Kathleen Blanchfield, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 1, Joseph Fenili, Facilities
September 1, Dr. Jason Keleher, Chemistry

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 3, Dr. Stanley Harriman, Aviation & Transportation Studies

September 4, Miguel Cambray, Multicultural Student Services
September 4, Dr. Velda Wright, College of Education
September 4, Joyelle Schulz, Financial Aid Services

September 5, Brett Bridel, Athletics

September 6, Michael Danielson, Sociology/Math/Computer Science
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, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
September 9, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 10, Janice Coats, Human Resources

September 11, Rachel Ford, Library
September 11, Michael Vucsko, Athletics
September 11, Courtney Schmitz, LARC
September 11, Dr. Michael Cherry, College of Business

September 12, Robin Williams, Facilities
September 12, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus

September 13, Laura Rave Fleck, University Advancement
September 13, Dr. Clare Rothschild, Theology
September 13, Dr. Marne Bailey, Biology

September 14, Bradley Swenby, Athletics
September 14, Dr. Mitra Fallahi, College of Education
September 14, Tricia Littig, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 14, Sandra Zigrossi, College of Education
September 14, Dr. Clare Lawlor, College of Arts & Sciences

September 15, Joan Williams, College of Education

September 16, Rosemary Thompson, Office of Technology
September 16, Sarah Palya, Office of the Provost
September 16, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services
September 16, Keith Kameron, Facilities
September 16, Dr. Steven Nawara, Political Science/Public Administration

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

September 19, Iyad Rock, College of Business
September 19, Natalie Castro, Admission

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

September 21, Kelley Plass, Library
September 21, Dr. Piotr Szczurek, Math & Computer Science
September 21, Allison Guziec, Financial Aid Services

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

September 23, Dr. Yann Kerevel, Political Science/Public Administration
September 23, Yiwei Zhou, International Student Services

September 26, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology

September 27, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
September 27, Rhonda Richter, Library
September 27, John McNamara, Athletics

September 28, Katelyn Sauve, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 28, Kathleen Lisak, SPCE

September 29, Sandy O'Brien, College of Arts & Sciences
September 29, Claire Temmerman, Office of the Registrar
September 29, Becky Pearl, Athletics

September 30, Kristin Nance, College of Business
September 30, Lucy Alvarez, College of Arts & Sciences
September 30, Dr. Suzanne O'Brien, College of Education
September 30, Kimberly Mau, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 30, Wei Chen, College of Business
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 2014

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


46 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business

45 Years, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology

42 Years, Rev. Kevin Spiess, College of Business
42 Years, Lindalee Adams, Library

39 Years, Paul Mitchell, Art and Design

29 Years, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

26 Years, Donald Castello, Facilities

21 Years, Michael Progress, College of Business

19 Years, Dwight DeVries, Facilities

17 Years, Jane Foster, Financial Aid Services
17 Years, Patti Purri, Admission

16 Years, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

14 Years, Norene Tierney, Human Resources

10 Years, Robert Arnold, Meetings, Events and Conferences

9 Years, James Grisz, Facilities
9 Years, Sherri Kavanagh, Athletics
9 Years, Caroline Wood, College of Business
9 Years, Julie Penner, University Advancement

8 Years, John Czajkowski, Receiving

7 Years, Sandra Schuh, Office of the Provost

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

5 Years, Br. Leo Jones, FSC, Office of the President

4 Years, Dennisa Walker, University Advancement
4 Years, Rhonda Richter, Library
4 Years, Dawn Peckler, Office of Executive Vice President
4 Years, Gloria Massey, LUA

3 Years, Adam DeMong, Athletics
3 Years, Nina Nowaczyk, Graduate and Adult Admission
3 Years, Roger Karns, Athletics

2 Years, Tracy O'Brien, College of Business
2 Years, Kerrie Anne James, Athletics
2 Years, Ralph Hegland, Campus Police
2 Years, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
2 Years, Lisa Brown, Psychology

1 Year, Rosalie Veneris, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Richard Burke, Graduate School of Management
1 Year, Joseph Preston, University Ministry
1 Year, Jacqueline Reilly, Hickory Hills Campus
1 Year, Allison Castello, Tinley Park Campus
1 Year, Patricia Kaira, Office of the Provost
1 Year, Rodolfo (Rudy) Mireles, Library
1 Year, Emily Grimm, Admission
1 Year, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission


Convocation Focuses on Catholic Education/Provides University Update

Faculty and staff gathered Tuesday, August 19, for the annual Fall Convocation which provided an informative and thoughtful program, focusing on Catholic education plus an update on “The State of the University.”  Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, President of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), presented the keynote address on “Catholic Education:  Lessons Learned from a Glorious Past,” while Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, spoke in the afternoon on “Associated Together for a Vital Future:  A New Look at Lewis’ Readiness to Success in a Highly Competitive Environment.” 

“The Convocation provided a very fine occasion for faculty and staff to help successfully launch the new academic year and to focus on issues affecting quality education here at Lewis University,” Brother James noted.  “This year we added to this celebratory event with the awarding of an honorary degree to our outstanding keynote speaker, Brother Robert Bimonte, FSC, as well as the announcement that our Provost, Dr. Stephany Schlachter has been named an Affiliated Member of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools for her significant Mission-related achievements in Lasallian education.”

Brother James extended his appreciation to all who assisted in planning and presenting this exceptional University Convocation for the Lewis Community, especially to those who helped from the Office of the Provost, Mission and Academic Services, University Ministry, Marketing and Communications, Facilities, Sodexo Services, and Meetings, Events and Conferences. Special thanks were given to Father Dan Torson, C.PP.S., for celebrating the very uplifting Mass of the Holy Spirit in Sancta Alberta Chapel prior to the Convocation program in the Fieldhouse.

Particular gratitude to all those who planned this year’s event, including members of the 2014 Convocation Committee: Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost; Dr. Kurt Schackmuth (Mission and Academic Services), Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology), Professor Marvin Bates (Marketing), Professor Patricia Braida (CONHP). Dr. Pamela Jessee and Professor Larry Wiers (College of Education), and Dr. Sheila Kennedy (English). 

“The University Convocation wonderfully marked the beginning of this new academic year,” said Brother James. “Thanks to you and all who assisted in helping us so capably to launch another promising academic year.”

CONHP Addition to be Dedicated in September

Lewis University will dedicate the impressive new two-story addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The event will begin with an Open House with options to tour the new facility from 10-11 a.m., followed by a Dedication and Blessing at 11 a.m., more touring and a reception afterwards. The new construction features three Nursing simulation laboratories, four technology-enhanced classrooms, a conference room, student work/study space, lounge space, offices for faculty and the Dean, as well as a café and bakery.

“The College of Nursing and Health Professions at Lewis University is among the finest and much-respected of all undergraduate nursing program in Illinois,” stated Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. “The expansion of the CONHP facilities here on campus will better serve our growing population of nursing and health professions students.”

This is the second addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions in the past four years. A multi-phased addition was opened in 2010 to provide new educational spaces, additional classrooms, renovated offices, hospital-style labs and more. A doctoral program in Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) was launched in the fall of 2013.


New Café Opens in CONHP for Lewis Community

Jazzman’s Café, offering specialty coffees, pastries and more, will have a Grand Opening on Tuesday, September 2, at Lewis University. Located on the ground floor in the new addition of the College of Nursing and Health Professions, the Café will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday during academic semesters. “Take out” food items, such as salads and sandwiches will be available along with signature specialty coffees, teas, and bakery treats. The Café also will offer standard regular and decaf coffee free of charge to faculty and staff. Student meal plans will cover items from the Café.

The newest in dining facilities provided by Sodexo Services at Lewis University, Jazzman’s Café is open to all Lewis faculty, staff, students, guests and other visitors to the University. Tables and soft seating are available in corridors by the Café which may be used for people to snack or study. Drop in for a wonderful pastry from their bakery or a specialty coffee anytime during its weekday service.

State of the University Address Available

Copies of the 2014 State of the University Address, presented by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, at Fall Convocation on Tuesday, August 19, may be obtained by contacting Margaret Kientop (President’s Office) at or calling 815-836-5230. The address is titled “Associated Together for a Vital Future: A New Look at Lewis’ Readiness to Succeed in a Highly Competitive Environment.”

Dining Facilities Being Renovated at St. Charles Borromeo Center

Dining facilities are currently being renovated at Saint Charles Borromeo Center, so faculty, staff and students at the SCBC are being asked to use other dining areas on campus until the work is completed.  Vending machines, to be installed at SCBC in the next two to three weeks, will be available to offer soda, coffee or snacks in the Student Lounge area near the gym.

The dining facilities at SCBC will provide lunch (soup, salad and coffee) for faculty and staff only, starting in December.  Students will be asked to continue using other dining facilities on campus. When the work on the dining facility is completed, there will be permanent seating for 200 people with expansion to 240 for banquets. A full menu and meal hours are anticipated in August, 2015 for faculty, staff and students. Some evening hours are anticipated and will be determined in response to students, faculty and staff.

Renovations to the dining facilities at SCBC include improvements to lighting and air conditioning, renovation of the ceiling, as well as new furniture and painting.

Dining facilities on campus include:

Charlie's Place   
Academic Bldg.
Full Service
 M-F, 7a.m.-7 p.m.,
Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Sunday - Closed
Courtyard Café
De La Salle Hall 
Sandwiches, soup
Breakfast M-F, 7 am – 11 am
Lunch M-F, 11 a.m.-midnight
Sat/Sun., 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Flyers' Den
Student Union
Full Service, grill, smoothie bar
M-F, 11 a.m.-midnight
Sat/Sun., 5 p.m.-midnight
Jazzman's Café
College of Nursing & Health Professions
Specialty coffees, pastries, Take out sandwiches, salad
M-F, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Opening September 2, 2014
Common Grounds
Connected to Fitzpatrick Hall
Sandwiches, juices, frozen entrees, desserts
24 hours


Dr. Erin Zimmer receives research grant from the American Society of Human Genetics

Dr. Erin Zimmer, professor of biology, was awarded a two-year grant entitled, “Living in a Genomic World: Tools to Evaluate Students’ Understanding of Genetic Data and Complex Trains” for the Genetics Education Research Project from the American Society of Human Genetics.

Working with Dr. Rivka Glaser from Stevenson University in Maryland, Dr. Zimmer was awarded the grant to explore genetic variation in complex traits in genetic curriculum, to identify gaps in current genetics concept inventories apropos complex traits, and to develop pedagogical resources and assessment tools to repair those gaps.

“We saw the need to expose students to genomic technologies, allow them to explore ‘big data,’ and help them make the connection between genetic variation and disease risk,” said Zimmer. “This project will develop the tools so that genetic educators nation-wide can incorporate these concepts into the undergraduate classroom.”

Founded in 1948, the American Society of Human Genetics is the primary professional membership organization for human genetics specialists worldwide. The society’s nearly 8,000 members include researchers, academicians, clinicians, laboratory practice professionals, genetic counselors, nurses and others who have a special interest in the field of human genetics.


BJ Boldog selected to USA Volleyball Pan American Cup Squad

Former Lewis University men's volleyball student-athlete BJ Boldog (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) is one of the 12 players chosen to represent the United States at the IX Men's Pan American Cup being held Aug. 11-16 in Tijuana, Mexico.

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

Current Flyer Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) was named an alternate for the squad. Powell, an outside hitter, is entering his redshirt senior season in 2015.

Other teams scheduled to compete at the 2014 IX Men's Pan American Cup are Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and host Mexico. The U.S. is scheduled to share a pool with Colombia and Mexico. Brazil, who is not participating in the event this year, is the defending champion of the annual event last held in 2013 at the Juan de la Barrera Olympic Gymnasium in Mexico City. The highest ranked participating National Team in the final results of the competition will qualify for the 2015 FIVB World League.

Schedule and results for the 2014 IX Men's Pan American Cup (All Times PDT)

    Aug. 11
    Canada vs. Venezuela (Pool C), 3 p.m.
    Cuba vs. Puerto Rico (Pool B), 5 p.m.
    Mexico vs. Colombia (Pool A), 7 p.m.

    Aug. 12
    Puerto Rico v Dominican Republic (Pool B), 3 p.m.
    Venezuela v Argentina (Pool C), 5 p.m.
    Colombia v USA (Pool A), 7 p.m.

    Aug. 13
    Dominican Republic v Cuba (Pool B), 3 p.m.
    Venezuela v Argentina (Pool C), 5 p.m.
    Mexico v USA (Pool A), 7 p.m.

    Aug. 14
    Ninth-place match, 3 p.m.
    Quarterfinals, 5 p.m.
    Quarterfinals, 7 p.m.

    Aug. 15
    Seventh-place match, 3 p.m.
    Semifinals, 5 p.m.
    Semifinals, 7 p.m.

    Aug. 16
    Fifth-place match, 3 p.m.
    Bronze medal match, 5 p.m.
    Gold medal match, 7 p.m.

    # - Name (Position, Hometown, Height, Club/College)
    3 - Spencer Rowe (Opp, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., 6-7, UCLA)
    4 - Taylor Crabb (OH, Honolulu, Hawaii, 6-1, Long Beach State)
    5 - Graham Mcilvaine (S, Hinsdale, Ill., 6-2, Ball State)
    7 - Michael Brinkley (L, Huntington Beach, Calif., 5-8, UC Irvine)
    11 - Scott Kevorken (MB, Westlake Village, Calif., 6-7, UC Irvine)
    12 - Robart Page (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 7-0, UCLA)
    13 - Taylor Averill (MB, San Jose, Calif., 6-7, University of Hawaii)
    14 - Jeremy Dejno (OH, New Berlin, Wis., 6-3, UC Irvine)
    17 - Zachary La Cavera (OPP, Huntington Beach, Calif., 6-4, UC Irvine)
    18 - Andrew Nally (OH, Rochester, N.Y., 6-2, Springfield College)
    20 - BJ Boldog (S, Palatine, Ill., 6-3, Lewis University)
    22 - Nicholas Olson (MB, New Berlin, Wis., 6-8, Loyola University)

    Head Coach: Charlie Sullivan
    Assistant Coach: Theo Edwards
    Assistant Coach: Nils Nielsen
    Physiotherapist: Steve Miller
    Team Manager: Sam Zapatka


Picture This! President Welcomes New Students

Picture This! Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, posed with many new Lewis students following Freshman Convocation on Friday, August 22. The six students pictured here are wearing tee shirts with the "Explore 2014" Welcome Days theme. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History), for taking the picture.

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