Monday January 26, 2015 through Sunday February 1, 2015


Lewis Announced as Finalist to Win $100,000 Security Grant from STANLEY Security

Lewis University has been announced as a finalist in STANLEY Security’s TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS grant program. The grant winner could win up to $100,000 in STANLEY Security installed products. A grant award would be used to purchase additional electronic access control equipment and emergency communications systems to further enhance safety and security on campus, according to Lewis Chief of Police, Jim Montanari.

Starting January 19 through February 13, 2015, students, faculty, administrators, parents, alumni, and members of the campus community are encouraged to vote daily for LewisU via the voting website,, SMS text messaging or Twitter. The top two colleges or universities with the most votes in each of three size categories will be selected as grant winners.

How to Vote

Vote Web
Visit Stanley Security
vote for your school.
Vote Text
Text* lewisu to 334455

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Vote Tweet
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Remember – VOTE DAILY! Voting opens: January 19, 2015 at 10 a.m. CST Voting closes: February 13, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST

The college or university with the most votes will win one (1) Grand Prize of $100,000 in STANLEY Security products and services. One (1) runner-up will win a prize of $25,000 in STANLEY Security installed products and services. Winners will be notified in March 2015.

In its second year, the STANLEY Security TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program provides the opportunity to enhance safety and security in the nation’s higher education institutions by awarding winning schools a share of a substantial grant of STANLEY Security installed products and services.

Join in on the nationwide campaign to prevent dating violence on college campuses

From Feb. 2-14, Lewis University will participate in a public awareness effort aimed at stopping dating violence on college campuses. The project, called The Red Flag Campaign, helps students identify “red flags” for dating violence in their friends’ relationships and encourages them to intervene.

During the two-week period, there will be an amplified effort to promote healthy relationships on the Romeoville campus. Social media messages, classroom informational presentations and events are scheduled to educate the community about dating violence and prevention. About 400 red flags will also be posted at various places on the Romeoville campus to symbolize pledges of support for healthy relationships.

Here’s how you can participate:

  • Administer a survey about healthy relationships to your class that will assist the committee in assessing the effectiveness of the campaign. The short survey would be administered once during the week of Feb. 2 and another time during the week of Feb. 16.

  • Schedule a 5-minute class presentation by a trained professional representing the Office of Health & Counseling Services.

  • Display a red flag in your work area.

Contact Dr. Markisha J. Woodson, Prevention Education Coordinator at (815) 588-7191 or to find out more information or to participate in the Lewis University Red Flag Campaign.

The national campaign is a result of the combined work of students, faculty, and victim advocates from more than 20 colleges and universities.

The Red Flag Campaign features a series of eight posters that illustrate “red flags” that might be present in a relationship in which dating violence is occurring. The purpose of the campaign is to encourage students to speak up when they see red flags for dating violence in their friends’ relationships.

“Friends have an influential role in intervening in dating violence not only with the victim, but also with the abusive partner.” Dr. Markisha Woodson, prevention education coordinator at Lewis University said. She explained peer groups have the ability to provide safety and support and can also dictate what behaviors are unacceptable. She noted the key is “helping college students harness their power to change the cultural tolerance of violence in relationships.”

For more information on what constitutes dating violence, how to help, or how to get help for a friend, visit

Lewis University faculty and staff contributing to The Red Flag Campaign on campus include Dr. Jerome Blakemore (Social Work), Barbara-Annie Coryell (Athletics), Sean Fagan (Student Development and Leadership), Randi Jackson (Human Resources), Fred Gandy (Residence Life), Michele Manassah (Health and Counseling Services), Vanessa Phillips (Marketing and Communications), Mariza Rocha (Student Services), Jennifer Rutherford (University Ministry), Kathrynne Skonicki (Marketing and Communications), Samantha Trippett (Health and Counseling Services), Dr. Lynn Tovar (Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies), Dr. Markisha Woodson (Health and Counseling Services) and Michael Zegadlo (Campus Police).

University Provides Bus for Educational and Other Activities

Lewis University has acquired a 40-passenger bus that can be reserved by faculty and/or staff for official University business which includes educationally-related purposes, intercollegiate athletic use, and University-sponsored student, faculty and staff activities. This weekend, as part of a pilot program, the bus will be utilized as a shuttle to take students to shop locally or to the Joliet Metra station from noon-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, January 17-18. Pickups are scheduled in front of the Learning Resource Center, starting at noon and every hour thereafter with the last pickup at 4 p.m. This replaces the usual service that has been provided for campus residents in past semesters.

Faculty, administrators and staff who wish to reserve the bus should submit a request at least ten days in advance of the event. A professional and licensed driver will be provided by the University. All reservations will be made contingent on the availability of approved drivers, safe working condition of the University bus, the number of passengers, and purposes requiring the bus. A minimum of 15 traveling passengers usually will apply. Each trip is required to have a person serving as a trip leader/chaperone. Charges for use of the bus will be assigned to the department sponsoring the request. For complete information or to request a registration form, contact Aaron Scheiwe, Assistant Vice President for Business at

Anxious Images on display Jan. 12-29 at Lewis University Art Gallery

“Anxious Images - Imaginary Landscapes,” an exhibit by Lelde Kalmite will be on display Jan. 12-29 at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

The artist will present a free Reception and Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22 in the Lewis University Art Gallery.

“War and exploration of the land and oceans for human needs and desires have wounded the Earth and all life that depends on it,” commented Kalmite.

The exhibit’s imaginary landscapes reflect anxiety about destruction of the natural world. They also explore more formal issues in painting: the intersection of abstract, illusionistic and surreal elements. The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at

Lewis University hosts its first Spring Service Fair

Community partners from Lewis University and the surrounding community shared their hopes, goals and ideas for serving with each other during the first Lewis University Spring Service Fair. Twenty-six community partners participated in the Jan. 22 event sponsored by the Lewis University Community Engagement Cooperative.

“Partnerships were formed which will promote justice and support efforts to meet the hopes and needs of community members. This new spring semester fair was added as a result of our fall fair’s success. We plan to continue this valuable networking event in the fall and spring semesters,” Dr. Christie Billups, director of Service Learning, commented. “This service fair acts as a great springboard for our various service learning, volunteer and internship opportunities for students, and was an important factor in the university’s inclusion in the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service.”

The community partners in attendance include Agape Missions, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Camp Fire Illinois Prairie, CASA of Will County, Catholic Charities Diocese of Joliet, Community Service Council of Northern Will County, Cornerstone Services, Feed My Starving Children, Forest Preserve District of Will County, Franciscan Outreach, Greater Joliet Area YMCA, Guardian Angel Services, Heart Haven Outreach, Life Directions, Loaves & Fishes, Morningstar Missions, Seed of Hope Foundation, SOS Children’s Village, Spanish Community Center, Valley View School District, Village of Romeoville, Warehouse Workers for Justice, Warren-Sharpe Community Center and Will County Humane Society.

The CEC is a collaborative group of Lewis University entities who seek to grow strategic partnerships in order to enhance student success and address external needs in the community. It is comprised of the Office of Service Learning, Student Development and Leadership, University Ministry Outreach, Career Services and Multicultural Student Services.

Are you concerned about someone in distress?

The Assessment and Care Team (ACT) would like to remind all members of the campus community of resources available for students, faculty and staff who may be in distress.

If you believe a community member needs help, it is your duty to act for the safety of the entire community.

Referrals can be made directly to the Center for Health and Counseling Services, the Office Residence Life, Dean of Student Services, the Office of Human Resources or the University Police Department in person, by telephone, or email.

Emergency planning resources are available at and reports can be submitted anonymously by clicking the “Assessment and Care Team Referral” link.

Program helps support student presentations at conferences

The Lewis University Student Academic Conference Support Program promotes undergraduate and graduate student research by funding travel for presentations at juried disciplinary/research conferences.

At, you will find an overview of the Lewis University Student Academic Conference Support Program along with student application materials; a list of documentation needed; the acknowledgement of personal responsibility and waiver of liability; and budget forms.

Students who are admitted to and in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate academic program at Lewis University are eligible to apply for funding to support. The Culture of Inquiry Advisory Committee will be vetting the applications. The rubric used by the Committee to evaluate applications is also available at this site. This is a competitive process and once the annually allocated funds are awarded, no additional funding will be available until the following year, so applications are encouraged to be submitted early.

All applications with the supporting documentation are to be e-mailed or delivered to Susan Sheldon in the Office of Graduate Studies. Her e-mail address is and her office location is LR-334.


Service Award Winner for January 2015

Congratulations to Patricia Kuchenbecker, Service Desk Coordinator for the Office of Technology, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for January 2015. Pat was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her very affable, enthusiastic, capable, responsive and highly effective role as Service Desk Coordinator.

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.


Music, literature and theatre featured in Spring 2015 Performing Arts Series

Lewis University will host a variety of performances as part of the Spring 2015 Performing Arts Series. All events are located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission 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 performer Ian Maksin, cellist and composer, has gained international acclaim for his beautiful tone and distinct style as well as his uniquely charismatic way with the audience. Apart from being recognized as one of the leading classical musicians, Maksin plays jazz, world, blues, flamenco, rock, R&B, pop, and has taken the cello well outside its conventional scope. He has collaborated with artists of many different genres including Andrea Bocelli, P. Diddy, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan. The performance will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 at the St. Charles Borromeo Chapel.

As the second performance “LitMash Comes to Romeoville” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 in the Philip Lynch Theatre. Building on the success of perhaps the largest literary movement of the last century, Chicago Slam Works presents a new type of show using the slam format. Poetry slam has grown from a raucous bar show in Chicago to a sweeping and hugely popular format in dozens of countries throughout the world. In the LitMash, the city’s finest creators square off in a highly entertaining curated slam unlike any other show out there.

Timothy Mooney returns with “Shakespeare’s Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Speed” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10 at the Philip Lynch Theatre. The author, performer and producer combines all 10 of Shakespeare’s histories into a one-man performance, capturing the history of England, from 1066 to 1533 into a single hour. Combining the most brilliant speeches of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays into a single hour-long performance, Shakespeare’s Histories reveals in a single performance the epic sweep of Shakespeare’s historical vision.

Corky Siegel will fuse blues, classical music and global rhythms to present “Cork Siegel Chamber Blues” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. The composer, blues pianist, singer and songwriter earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. The Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award winner for chamber music composition has performed on stages around the world.

For the fifth and final performance, an a cappella choir group will sing music from the Age of German Romanticism with “Bella Voce Choral” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15 in St. Charles Borromeo Chapel. Founded in 1982 as His Majestie's Clerkes, Bella Voce performs classic a cappella repertoire, early music of the Americas, and contemporary music from all over the world. Bella Voce explores a broad range of choral chamber music, rooted in historical and cultural context that presents an inspiring, informative and intimate experience to be shared by audience and ensemble. Bella Voce provides musical experiences that help people transcend their daily lives.

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.

RSVP now for the Feb. 11 Twinning Awareness Reception

The Office of Mission & Identity is hosting a new international Mission initiative via an upcoming Twinning Awareness Reception at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 11 in the Brent & Jean Wadsworth Gallery in the Oremus Fine Arts Center.

The Twinning Program of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools partners Districts capable of providing funds with Districts in desperate need of support. The program was launched nearly 20 years ago acting on a suggestion by concerned Christian Brothers to financially assist economically poor Districts and new Districts that were forming. A goal was to help these Districts achieve financial self-sufficiency in the long term.

The Lasallian schools in the U.S. Districts are “twinned” with Lasallian schools in the Lwanga District in Africa, which includes the countries of Kenya, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia and South Africa. The high cost of education in Africa presents a major challenge for most students who are financially poor and even without families in some cases. Therefore, the schools subsidize much of the cost. Schools use twinning donations for tuition assistance, maintenance and expansion of school facilities, the purchase of books and class materials, and other essential school expenses. To limit additional costs, students in Africa are responsible for many chores on campus, including cleaning buildings and maintaining grounds, growing food, and preparing, serving, and cleaning up after meals.

Many Lasallian high schools in North America already participate in twinning, but Lewis would be the first Lasallian university to do so. Through consultation with the Christian Brothers National Office and the leadership of the Lwanga District, Lewis University will be paired with St. Paul’s Secondary School in Marsabit, Kenya. The February 11 Awareness Reception is an event designed to explain how Twinning fits into Lewis University’s Mission of increased social responsibility and expanded global connectedness, describe the role of the Christian Brothers in the Lwanga District, and illustrate the very challenging conditions at St. Paul’s Secondary faced by the students, the Brothers, and community at large. The event will serve as a kick starter to a broader series of upcoming awareness and fundraising events.

Michael Bulfin, coordinator of International Mission Outreach, Brother Moses Abunya, FSC, University Minister & Christian Brother from Lwanga, and Dominic Njeru, former deputy principal of St. Paul’s Secondary in Marsabit will speak at the evening’s program.

The reception will end with 10 minutes of idea facilitation for how student groups and the Lewis community can become more deeply involved with twinning at Lewis. Refreshments and appetizers will be served.

If interested please RSVP at More information on Twinning can be found at

“If These Walls Could Talk” a World Premiere Comedy at Lewis University

Lewis University’s Heritage Theatre Company proudly presents the world premiere of an original comedy, “If These Walls Could Talk” by Stephanie Hill, 2011 Lewis University alumna. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. January 30 and 31 in the Oremus Fine Arts Center, Studio Theatre.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (815) 836-5500.

“If These Walls Could Talk” takes a comedic glimpse into the high school experience. The play begins with a high school student named Greg (Will Kostecka of Winfield). He is dressed and ready to go to school. Greg says, “We don’t do anything in school. It’s so boring. Can you just let me stay home?” An unseen voice replies, “No. What do you mean you don’t do anything in school? Are you telling me that you sit in the classroom and absolutely nothing happens? I don’t believe that. Not for one second.” And so it begins... He doesn’t suspect that this seemingly ordinary day at school could be one of the best days of his life. His colorful teachers and energetic friends prove that extraordinary moments exist in ordinary places.

The spirited cast includes Sean Barber ‘11 of Aurora, Christie Billups, assistant professor of Theology, director of Pastoral Ministry, and director of Service Learning at Lewis University, Taylor Cephas, and Laura Wisniewski ‘07 of Chicago; Kamil Borowski of Central Stickney; Mary Bradley of Palos Heights; Kevin Bukauski of Tinley Park; Ashley Daun ‘12 of New Lenox; Austin Hill of Naperville; Christy Jones ‘06 of Homer Glen; Emily Lif of Lockport; Briana Reidy of Darien; Adam Sikorski of Burbank; Kate Sisto ‘11 of Orland Park; and Jeff Weiss of Greenfield, Minn.

Keith White ‘77 of Joliet is directing the production. The behind-the-scene staff includes: Jackie Sabani ’08 of Hanover Park (stage manger), Melissa Chicola ’13 of Lockport (assistant stage manger), Jessie Richey ’13 of McHenry (lighting design), Christopher Hueg ’11 of Roseville, Minn., (sound design) and Amanda Foresta ’13 of Steger (projection design).

The production is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up. The evening performances are at 7:30 p.m. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission seating, first come; first serve. Lewis students, faculty and staff tickets are $2. Tickets are non-refundable.

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

Large cast world premiere of “Little Brother” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

“Little Brother,” a fast-paced techie-political adventure comes to Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT). Based on the young adult novel by Cory Doctorow and adapted by Josh Costello, it is the show the San Francisco Bay Guardian called “the most exciting thing on stage” and “alive like few other productions.” The show is a near-future thriller, a teenage romance, and a frightening predictor of possibilities to come. The show made its small cast San Francisco debut in 2012, and is making the large cast debut at the PLT.

The play begins as “Little Brother,” 17-year-old hacker Marcus (played by Tyler Senjanin of Evergreen Park) plays electronic cat and mouse games on his computer while skipping school in San Francisco. When the city is the victim of a sudden terrorist attack, he finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Apprehended by Homeland Security, experiences merciless interrogation. When no one believes his story, Marcus is left with only one option: take down the system himself.

Theatre professor Kevin Trudeau of Chicago is directing “Little Brother” with a talented cast of 14 performers including: Jill Jeffrey of Romeoville, Alfonso Blanco of Alsip, Zachary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield, Justin Anderson of Orland Park, Matthew Carlson of Lockport, Michael Frale of Elk Grove Village, Sean Gallagher of Mokena, Kate O’Neil of Yorkville, Adam Parker of Naperville, Brianna Peoples of Oak Park, Jordin Richards of Tinley Park, Sylmarie Soto of Joliet and Rachel Tau of Wood Dale.

Working behind the scenes on this modern day digital thriller are: Jordin Richards of Tinley Park (costume design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (assistant costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scene and light design), Adam Sikorski of Burbank (sound and still image projection design), Bryan Lochner of Essex (video design), Briana Reidy of Darien (properties), Allie DiMiele of New Lenox (stage manager), Faith Berry of Joliet (assistant stage manager), Katy Papineau of Kankakee (lightboard operator), Emma McGee of Joliet (projection operator) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

This thought provoking, suspenseful, and emotionally raw show will run February 13-15 and February 19-22 and is recommended for patrons 13 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 matinee performance at 4 p.m. on February 21. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students with an ID pay $2. For groups of 15 or more tickets is $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 1-430 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus, the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53 in Romeoville.


Philippines mission trip makes for rewarding and memorable experience

Seven Lewis University students were among the 28 volunteer participants in the sixth Joliet Diocesan University Mission Trip December 28, 2014 – January 10, 2015 to the Philippines working on various projects of construction work.

“The hospitality, friendship and constant hugs were God’s blessings on all our lives and affirmations of encouragement for participating in such a life changing experience,” commented Christopher Hueg, graduate assistant in University Ministry at Lewis University.

During their seven days of work, students completed two houses starting from the foundation up and helped to complete another two houses to the roof beams. They painted two houses and dug a six-foot wide, eight-feet long and six-foot deep septic tank.

Many hours were spent with the children of Bacolod City playing soccer, basketball, making friendship bracelets and dancing together. The students celebrated Mass with the community and experienced a traditional Filipino meal, Boodle Fight, which is served on top of banana leaves.

Upon reflecting on the mission trip, many students felt that they offered hope to the people that they met and worked with. “In reality it was us that were receiving the hope and love from those we worked alongside,” Hueg commented.

Natalie Bayci, trip organizer for the Diocese of Joliet, accompanied Lewis University students David Bandish, Christopher Hueg, Jessica Kaluzny, Kamille Martinez, Kevin Neitzel, Jamie Palamkunnel and Lori Trousdal. Other students on the trip included attendees of Benedictine University, St. Francis University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Birthdays for January 2015

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from January 1 - January 31:

January 1, Michael Zegadlo, Campus Police
January 1, Megan Zahos, Flight
January 1, Holly Losurdo, College of Nursing & Health Professions

January 2, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

January 3, Br. Stephen Markham, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity

January 4, Dr. Ruth Osuch, Social Work/Human Services
January 4, Dr. Katherine Helm-Lewis, Psychology

January 5, Kyle Hayes, University Advancement

January 7, Leonard Harsy, Psychology
January 7, Michele Latta, College of Arts and Sciences

January 10, Tracy Hemmingway, Communications
January 10, Jacqueline Reilly, Hickory Hills Campus

January 11, Dr. Thomas Brignall, III, Sociology
January 11, Richard J. Clish, College of Education
January 11, Marcus Perry, Financial Aid Services

January 12, Dr. Rami Khasawneh, College of Business

January 14, Shirley Curry, Psychology
January 14, Leonard Bertolini, University Advancement
January 14, Br. Raphael Mascari, FSC, Math & Computer Science
January 14, Dr. Ryan Phillips, Aviation & Transportation Studies
January 14, Darlie Simerson, College of Nursing & Health Professions

January 15, Dr. Joseph Kozminski, Physics

January 16, Joseph Hatch, College of Business
January 16, Dr. Lauren Rentfro, College of Education

January 17, Jeff Hilbruner, Office of Technology
January 17, Jana Fast, Library
January 17, Dr. Maureen Culleeney, College of Business
January 17, James Montanari, Campus Police
January 17, Shawn Bailey, Facilities

January 18, Dr. Chris Condeiu, Chemistry

January 19, Patricia Braida, College of Nursing & Health Professions
January 19, David Alsip, Facilities
January 19, Denise Salvino, University Advancement
January 19, Abigail Nelson, Athletics

January 20, Nathaniel Probst, Athletics
January 20, Kimberly Duris, Psychology
January 20, Katelin Klimczak, Athletics

January 21, Joseph Volin, University Advancement
January 21, Dan Friend, Athletics
January 21, Randy Van Ort, Data Administration and Analysis

January 24, Maureen McCormick, College of Nursing & Health Professions
January 24, Rebecca Eggers, Athletics

January 25, Gregory Gentili, Aviation Services
January 25, Ronald Tomczak, Facilities
January 25, Mary Adams, College of Nursing & Health Professions

January 27, Tracy O'Brien, College of Business

January 28, Julie Branchaw, Admission
January 28, Dr. Jane Petrek, College of Education
January 28, Alexandria Ktenas, Oak Brook Campus

January 29, Susan Sheldon, Office of the Provost
January 29, Michael Bulfin, Office of Mission and Identity

January 30, Sherri Kavanagh, Athletics
January 30, Frederick Gandy, Residence Life
January 30, Margaret Grabowski, University Advancement

January 31, Adam Burkhart, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
January 31, Dr. Leslie Jacobson, Graduate and Adult Admission
January 31, Patricia Levenda, Office of the Provost

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 January 2015

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


36 Years, Nazim Uddin, Aviation & Transportation Studies
36 Years, Joseph Falese, Student Services

28 Years, Tammy Kuse, Office of Technology
28 Years, Br. James Gaffney, FSC, Office of the President

26 Years, Roy Clark, Jr., Facilities

25 Years, Dr. Jeanette Mines, Office of the Provost
25 Years, Patrick Griffin, College of Business

24 Years, Br. Philip Johnson, FSC, Office of Mission and Identity

23 Years, Patricia Braida, College of Nursing & Health Professions
23 Years, Katherine McDannel, College of Nursing & Health Professions

22 Years, Anne McShane, College of Nursing & Health Professions

21 Years, Dr. Thomas Bristow, Psychology

20 Years, Mark Swain, Art and Design

19 Years, Maureen Moore, College of Nursing & Health Professions

17 Years, Dr. Christy Roberts, College of Education

16 Years, Megan Rogge, Office of Technology

15 Years, Joseph Tomsic, College of Business
15 Years, Suzan Sollie, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
15 Years, Ramona LaMontagne, Marketing and Communications

14 Years, Dr. Susan M. Sheffer, Psychology
14 Years, Sandra Zigrossi, College of Education

13 Years, Julie Foote, College of Nursing & Health Professions
13 Years, Mujahid Mushtaq Choudhary, Office of Student Services

12 Years, George Wlodek, Facilities
12 Years, Susan Kovach, Graduate and Adult Admission

11 Years, Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, College of Arts & Sciences

10 Years, Lisa Caldwell, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
10 Years, Michele Ryan, Graduate School of Management
10 Years, Dr. Pamela Jessee, College of Education

9 Years, Fr. Daniel Torson, Theology
9 Years, Barbara Peterek, Graduate and Adult Admission
9 Years, Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

8 Years, Dr. Daisy Sherry, College of Nursing & Health Professions
8 Years, Brett Bridel, Athletics
8 Years, Donna Martin, College of Nursing & Health Professions
8 Years, Kimberly Duris, Psychology
8 Years, Jeralyn Dunlap, Oak Brook Campus
8 Years, Lorelee Smith, Athletics
8 Years, Javier Sanchez, Facilities

7 Years, Terry Karapas, College of Nursing & Health Professions
7 Years, Mary Adams, College of Nursing & Health Professions

6 Years, Diana Schreader, College of Nursing & Health Professions
6 Years, Sandra Razka, College of Nursing & Health Professions
6 Years, Dr. Michele Kramer, College of Nursing & Health Professions
6 Years, Denise Salvino, University Advancement
6 Years, Dr. Jion Liou Yen, Office of the Provost
6 Years, Laura Marks, College of Nursing & Health Professions
6 Years, Dr. Catherine Hancock, English

5 Years, Stephanie Enervold, Career Services

4 Years, Jill Whitaker, Health & Counseling Services
4 Years, Joyce Montoya-Roach, LUA
4 Years, Ann O'Brien, College of Education
4 Years, Randy Van Ort, Data Administration and Analysis

3 Years, Catherine Hopp, Health & Counseling Services
3 Years, Salvatore Ursino, Marketing and Communications
3 Years, Robert Kanonik, University Advancement
3 Years, Raymond Jamiolkowski, Psychology
3 Years, Linda Steffens, College of Nursing & Health Professions
3 Years, Erin Argianas, Graduate School of Management
3 Years, Patricia Kuchenbecker, Office of Technology

2 Years, Julia Lazicki, Library

1 Year, Tricia Littig, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Sheila McGreal, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Nancy O'Sullivan, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
1 Year, Natalie Garcia, Office of Mission and Identity
1 Year, Thomas Urbanski, Library
1 Year, Charles Pustz, Office of Technology
1 Year, Lauren Hanford, Campus Police
1 Year, Darlie Simerson, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Larry Vinson, Campus Police
1 Year, Christopher Kelly, Flight
1 Year, Aaron Brown, Flight
1 Year, Benjamin Stephen, Flight
1 Year, Margaret Grabowski, University Advancement
1 Year, Dr. Chris Condeiu, Chemistry
1 Year, Jaclyn Conrad, Graduate and Adult Admission
1 Year, Matthew Paarlberg, Flight
1 Year, Julia Hamlin, Flight


St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall name is announced

Effective February 1, the former seminary chapel at the Saint Charles Borromeo Center will be renamed “St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall.”

This new name reflects the continued use of this large space for convocations, recognition and award ceremonies, Arts and Ideas events, lectures, musical performances, and choir concerts. An increasing number of these types of programs will be scheduled in Convocation Hall as plans continue to develop for the transformation of Sancta Alberta Chapel and its eventual return to use as a permanent campus Chapel.

In the future, select University-wide Masses will take place at St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall. A new, moveable altar and lectern were recently acquired for this purpose. Convocation Hall will also remain the site of the Christian Brothers annual Jubilee Mass each summer, as well as a handful of other special liturgies.

Significant enhancements and improvements were made to Convocation Hall over the course of the past year, including lighting upgrades, removal of the broken and damaged altar, tile work, repairs to the organ, and a variety of utility and safety enhancements. Additional improvements and upgrades will take place in the future as part of the overall transformation plan for the St. Charles Borromeo Center complex.

Special appreciation is extended to those in Mission and Identity, University Ministry, and Facilities for the development of these plans and the various improvements that have taken place. Father James Notebaart, the University’s liturgical design consultant, also provided valuable guidance during the planning process.

Please direct any questions regarding use of St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall to Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Vice President for Mission and Academic Services.

Rotary Student of the Month –Jessica Reinhart

Jessica Reinhart, a senior who is majoring in Social Media Marketing and Management Information Systems, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for January, 2015, by the Joliet Rotary Club. An honor student with a 3.7 grade point average, Jess has been on the Dean’s List for six semesters and is a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society, the national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. She also is a member of Delta Mu Delta, honor society for business students.

A forward on the Lewis Flyers Women’s Basketball team, currently ranked #1 in the nation in the NCAA Division II, Jessica has earned Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Player of the Week awards and has twice been named to the All-GLVC First Team and twice to the Daktronics All-Midwest Region Second Team. She has received the Brother David Delahanty, FSC, Student Athlete Awards at Lewis for excellence in academics and athletics and been named to the Academic All-GLVC Team.

A resident of Bloomington, Illinois, Jess calls Lewis “her second home.” She also is active on campus with the Best Buddies organization. Congratulations, Jessica, on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in athletics and extra-curricular activities.


Havens publishes article on spinal muscular atrophy cells

"Targeting SR Proteins Improves SMN Expression in Spinal Muscular Atrophy Cells" by Dr. Mallory Havens, assistant professor of biology, was published in the journal "PLOS One."

The article can be found online.

The PDF of the article is available online.

McFerron's composition airs on Ottawa radio station

“Shape Study: Music for Metamorphoses,” an electroacoustic composition by Dr. Mike McFerron, aired January 19 on CKCU FM, a radio station in Ottawa.

His release can be heard on the radio show "Acoustic Frontiers" archive playlist available at:

"Shape Study: Music for Metamorphoses" for fixed media was written at the end of 2008 for the Lewis University Theater Department production of Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. An adaptation of Ovid’s eponymous narrative poem, this production of Zimmeraman’s play was directed by Dr. Kevin Trudeau. Although the composition is intended to serve as a prelude to the production of this play, it is also hoped that the work stands by itself as an independent electroacoustic composition.

Structurally, the composition reduces the distances between traditional foreground, middle ground, and background musical layers, thus clouding these dimensions. Yet at the same time, this work strives to present a clear and logical dramatic shape by assembling spectral, dynamic, and spatial elements.

Muench's Wolf Centos makes notable lists

Simone Muench’s book "Wolf Centos" was listed on two notable lists.

It was listed by Kansas City Star as one of “The 100 best books of 2014.”

Muench’s newest collection Wolf Centos was named one of Newcity’s “Top 5 Chicago Small Press Releases” as well.

Poets are in conversation with one another across centuries and continents in Dr. Simone Muench’s book, “Wolf Centos.” The book is comprised of a patchwork form that originated around the fourth century.

Reconfiguring pre-existing poetic texts into new systems of imagery and ideas, the poems are explicitly sutured together by the motif of the wolf, they are also linked by elements of textuality, loss, desire and transformation. “Wolf Centos” is ultimately elegiac while acknowledging that as people age and experience loss, they must retain their “wildness”—the wolf’s wilderness— inside them.

Muench, professor of English at Lewis University, and “Wolf Centos” recently appeared in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. She is the recipient of an NEA poetry fellowship, two Vermont Studio Center fellowships, two Illinois Arts fellowships, a Yaddo residency, an Artsmith residency and the Bright Lights/Big Verse PSA Award. She is the author of five full-length collections including Orange Crush and Lampblack & Ash, which was an Editor’s Choice at The New York Times Book Review.

Visit to purchase “Wolf Centos.” Also, those interested in teaching the book should visit for a Sarabande in Education Reader’s Guide for educators.

Nawara discusses Alaskan Statehood debate

On January 17, Dr. Steve Nawara, assistant professor of political science, presented the paper “Arguing for Alaskan Statehood: A Content Analysis of the Public Debate” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Political Science Association in New Orleans.

James Tallon was elected Executive Director of Midwest Association of Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies

Assistant Professor of History, James Tallon, was recently elected as Executive Director of the Midwest Association of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

DiMaio appears on WGN Radio

Rick DiMaio, instructor in Aviation and Transportation appeared at 4:10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26 on WGN Radio.

He talked with host Roe Conn to discuss the impact of the Northeast Blizzard on Chicago Aviation and nationwide.


Lewis University Women’s Basketball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

For the first time in program history, Lewis University women's basketball is the No. 1 team in the country. The latest USA Today/Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II Poll released on Tuesday (Jan. 13) has the 15-0 Flyers ranked No. 1.

The Flyers earned 798 points and 30 of a possible 32 first place votes.

Lewis appeared at No. 9 in the preseason poll, moved up to No. 4 on Nov. 25, No. 3 on Dec. 2 and then No. 2 on Dec. 9. Lewis stayed at two until the most recent poll. The door was opened for the Flyers to take the top spot after previous No. 1 Emporia State lost to Central Missouri on Saturday (Jan. 10). Lewis and Florida Tech are the only two undefeated schools in NCAA Division II women's basketball.

"Basketball is a long season, there are a lot of very good basketball teams out there, many of them right here in our league and our region," Lewis head coach Lisa Carlsen said. "We are pleased with our body of work to this point but there is still much work to be done. We just need to keep getting better each day. The ranking is a tribute to this group's preparation and hard work."

Lewis is the first Great Lakes Valley Conference women's basketball team to earn a No. 1 ranking since Northern Kentucky on March 10, 2009.

The Flyers have reached the top spot with an offense averaging 83.7 points per game, third most in the nation. Junior guard Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) and junior forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) have both twice been named the GLVC Player of the Week. Brawner-Henley, who led the nation in double-doubles last season, ranks third this year with 11. She is also third in the nation in rebounds per game (13.3). Senior point guard Nikki Nellen (New Berlin, Wis./Pius XI) is 35th in the nation in assists per game (4.8). Senior guard Kristin Itschner (Metamora, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) is 29th in the country with a 2.09 assist/turnover ratio. Senior forward Jess Reinhart (Normal, Ill./Bloomington Central Catholic) rounds out Lewis' starting five. She owns 1,422 career points, eighth all-time at Lewis. When this group starts, Lewis is 33-4 all-time.

Lewis found success even before the regular season started. The Flyers became the first non-Division I team to defeat three Division I schools in exhibitions, topping Loyola, Northern Illinois and Marquette in less than a week in early November.

The Flyers put their No. 1 ranking on the line with a pair of home GLVC games this week. First up is McKendree on Thursday (Jan. 15) at 5:30 p.m. and then UIS on Saturday (Jan. 17) at 1 p.m.

No. 1 Lewis Women's Hoops Grabs GLVC Road Win 73-54 At Bellarmine

Even the top scoring team in the country needs to win with defense sometimes. No. 1 Lewis women's basketball limited Bellarmine to 30.9 percent shooting to win a Great Lakes Valley Conference road game 73-54 on Thursday (Jan. 22) evening at Knights Hall.

The Flyers led for the final 30 minutes of the contest with Lewis earning breathing room late in the first half. A 15-4 run by the Flyers to close the opening half gave Lewis a 35-23 lead at the break. Lewis increased their lead to as many as 29 points in the second half as the Flyers pulled away.

Senior Alexus Grayer (Washington, Ill./Washington) pitched in a game-high 17 points. Junior Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) recorded her 14th double-double of the season with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Junior Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) added 15 points. Senior Jess Reinhart (Normal, Ill./Bloomington Central Catholic) scored 12 points, doing most of her damage at the line by making 6-of-7 free throws.

"Road wins, especially conference wins, are tough," Lewis head coach Lisa Carlsen said. "We were a little careless with the basketball, but we made shots so we will take it."

The Flyers shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) but committed a season-high 24 turnovers.

Senior point guard Nikki Nellen (New Berlin, Wis./Pius XI) recorded seven assists, one game after tying a career high with 10 against UIS last Saturday. Nellen owns 428 career assists and now ranks fourth in Lewis history. She passed Carey Jewell (1996-00) and Kari Wong (1999-03) in Thursday's contest.

This was Lewis' first win at Bellarmine since 2009. The Knights fall to 8-8 (3-5 GLVC). Lewis improves to 18-0 (8-0 GLVC). The Flyers head to Southern Indiana on Saturday for a 1 p.m. GLVC contest.

Lewis Men’s Volleyball Moves Up To No. 2 In The Nation

Thanks to a 4-1 start to the season, including victories over Stanford and UC Irvine, Lewis men's volleyball has moved up to No. 2 in the country according to the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll. The Flyers earned 220 points in the poll, in front of UC Irvine (217), BYU (216) and USC (208).

"It is great for the team to be recognized early by the coaches across the country," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "The guys know though it is a marathon and not a sprint. We look forward to working hard each week to reach our end goal."

Loyola-Chicago is in the top spot with 269 points and 17-of-18 first place votes. This is the first time in the history of the AVCA Poll that Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association teams occupy the first two spots.

"I'm excited to see the MIVA recognized as well," Friend said. "The MIVA holding the number one and number two spots plus five teams total ranked shows the competitiveness our league is at right now."

The Lewis offense has three players averaging better than 3.00 kills per set. Middle hitter Eric Fitterer (Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville) is at 4.00 with outside hitters Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) (3.82) and Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) (3.18) just behind. The Flyers have been dangerous on first contact, also, recording 24 aces (1.33 per set) while allowing only 11 (0.61).

The No. 2 spot is the highest ranking for Lewis since Friend took over the Lewis program in 2005.

Lewis hits the road this weekend for two matches. First up is Saint Francis (PA) on Friday (Jan. 23) and then No. 15 Penn State on Saturday (Jan. 24). Both matches will start at 7 p.m. ET

Lewis Women's Track And Field Ranked No. 3 In NCAA Division II Coaches Poll

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday (Jan 27) that the Lewis University women's track and field team has vaulted from being unranked to number three in the country, according to the National Team Computer Rankings. That is the highest a Lewis women's track and field squad has ever been ranked.

As of January 24th, Lewis has accumulated 96.80 points, trailing No. 1 Central Missouri (157.36 points) and No. 2 Ashland (149.63 points). To date, the Flyers have racked up nine NCAA Provisional standards, including four that are among the top three in the nation.

"Our women's team had a breakthrough outdoor season last year and that has carried over," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "Everyone is hungry for a Top Ten finish and we are really setting the bar high with our national qualifiers.

"If we have a few more student-athletes break through nationally, we will be able to stay in the Top Ten all year."

Lewis returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 31), as the Flyers will head to Allendale, Mich., to partiipate in the GVSU 5-Way. Action is set to begin at 5:30 PM ET.

No. 16 Lewis Men's Track And Field Captures Illiana Invitational

Lewis University juniors Isaac Jean-Paul (Gurnee, Ill./Warren) and Adam Barr (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest) each set a NCAA Provisional mark and won their respective events to push the host Flyers to the Illiana Invitational title at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center Fieldhouse on Friday (Jan. 16 night).

Jean-Paul claimed the high jump title with a leap of 2.14m (7' 1/4"), while Barr - the reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Week - was victorious in the weight throw with a heave of 19.00m (62'4").

Lewis finished with 146 points, outdistancing second-place St. Francis (Ill.), who totaled 113 points on the evening.

"It was another great meet for a lot of the team," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We looked good in a few more events - specifically the jumps - and we're continuing to make strides on the track.

"Now that we've been back from break for two weeks, we will start expecting even bigger things with each new meet."

Lewis freshman Devin Ingram (Minooka, Ill./Minooka), the reigning GLVC Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, won the 200-meter dash (23.14), nipping sophomore Rapher Ryan (Willowbrook, Ill./Nazareth Academy) by one hundredth of a second at 23.15. Lewis sophomore Eric Herbert (Shorewood, Ill./Minooka) won the pole vault with a mark of 4.20m (13'9 1/4"), while classmate Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) was victorious in the 1,000-meter run (2:32.37).

Flyer freshman Dave Tahiraj (Chicago, Ill./Mather) claimed a runner-up finish in the 800-meter run (2:00.40), while sophomore Asher Scott (Fort Wayne, Ind./Snider) also finished second in the 1-mile run (4:23.24). Lewis redshirt freshman Manuel Lule (Chicago, Ill./Hubbard) was second in the 5,000-meter run (16:22.05), while freshman Mervyn John (Jefferson City, Mo./Jefferson City) was a runner-up in both the 55-meter hurdles (8.15) and triple jump (13.87m/45'6").

Lewis returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 24), as the Flyers will participate in the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge, hosted by Olivet Nazarene.

Lewis Women's Track And Field Dominates Illiana Invitational

Lewis University junior Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) won two events to pace the Flyer women's track and field team to the Illiana Invitational title at the Student Recreation and Fitness Center Fieldhouse on Friday (Jan. 16) evening.

Stennis won both the 55-meter dash (7.23) and 400-meter dash (57.06). The 57.06 was a NCAA Provisional mark and a career-best time for the Bolingbrook, Ill., native. Her efforts helped the Flyers out-distance second-place St. Francis (Ill.) by over 50 points to win the team title.

"It was another great meet for a lot of the team," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We looked good in a few more events - specifically the jumps - and we're continuing to make strides on the track.

"Now that we've been back from break for two weeks, we will start expecting even bigger things with each new meet."

The Flyers also received a NCAA Provisional mark and a victory from junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) who won the triple jump with a leap of 11.59m (38' 1/4"). She beat teammate Keanu Taylor (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais), who was second in the event with a jump of 11.24m (36' 10 1/2").

Flyer senior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley) and freshman Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) both finished second to Stennis in their respective events. King, who also won the long jump (5.4m/17'8 1/2"), crossed the 55-meter finish line in 7.39, while Mead was a runner-up in the 400-meter dash (1:00.55).

Mead also ran a leg of the second-place 4x400 relay (4:14.07) along with sophomores Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case), Courtney Cross (Homewood, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) and junior Tiarra McGee (Chicago, Ill./Steinmetz).

Lewis senior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) was first in the 600-meter run (1:38.66), while freshman Jordan Wait-Parker (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) was victorious in the high jump with a leap of 1.6m (5'3"). Wait-Parker bested teammate Eva Poznanski (Mt. Prospect, Ill./Wheeling), who was second in the high jump with a mark of 1.55m (5'1").

Flyer senior Roslyn Summerville (Wauconda, Ill./Wauconda) rounded out the winners for Lewis, as she captured the weight throw title with a toss of 16.24m (53'3 1/2").

Flyer sophomore Mollie Dalton (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Conant) placed second in the 1,000-meter run (3:15.23), while classmate Jackie Marchildon (Saline, Mich./Saline) was a runner-up in the pole vault with a mark of 3.00m (9'10"). Lewis sophomore Phoenix Smallwood (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) finished second in the long jump with a leap of 5.3m (17'4 3/4").

Lewis returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 24), as the Flyers participate in the NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge, hosted by Olivet Nazarene.

Lewis Women's Track And Field Wins NAIA vs. NCAA Challenge

Lewis University junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township) and senior Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) each picked up a pair of top-two finishes to help the Flyer women's track and field team take home the NAIA vs. NCAA Challlenge title, hosted by Olivet Nazarene, on Saturday (Jan. 24) afternoon.

Cook took home the triple jump title with a career-best and NCAA Provisional setting mark of 11.88m (38'11 3/4") and placed second in the high jump with a leap of 1.55m (5'1"). Polhemus won the 400-meter dash (58.67) and was a runner-up in the 60-meter hurdles (9.49).

Lewis finished with 170 points, followed by Olivet Nazarene (133), Bethel (Ind.) (115), St. Ambrose (87.5), St. Francis (Ill.) (68) and Calvin (63.5).

"We had another great meet today," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We continue to improve in all areas and we're really hitting on all cylinders right now."

Flyer senior Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) continues to impress with a winning and NCAA Provisional pole vault of 3.80m (12'5 1/2").

Lewis junior Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook) won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.14, while sophomore Stephanie Nielsen (Racine, Wis./Case) took home the 800-meter run (2:20.29) title. Lewis junior Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North) placed second behind Nielsen with a time of 2:20.59.

Stennis and Bonsor ran a leg of the winning Distance Medley Relay (11:58.45) along with sophomore Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) and freshman Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton). That time is currently the best in the country.

Lewis took home first and second place in the long jump, as sophomore Jackie Marchildon (Saline, Mich./Saline) jumped 5.45m (17'10 1/2"), followed by senior Kayla King (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), who had a leap of 5.37m (17'7 1/4").

Flyer sophomore Andrea Holm (Plainfield, Ill./Oswego East) finished second in the 1-mile run (5:25.28), while freshman Keanu Taylor (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) was a runner-up in the triple jump with a mark of 11.34m (37'2 1/4").

Lewis returns to action on Saturday (Jan. 31), as the Flyers head to Allendale, Mich., to participate in the GVSU 5-Way. Action is set to begin at 5:30 PM ET.

Undefeated Lewis University Women’s BBall Team Tearing Up Division II

CBS2 Chicago featured undefeated Women's Basketball team in a brief segment on Thursday, January 22.

Lewis Athletics Introduces All-Decades (1970s) Women's Basketball Team

The Lewis University Athletics Department will officially introduce its All-Decades Women's Basketball (1970s) Team at halftime of their showdown with the University of Indianapolis at 1 PM on January 31st.

The team includes Marge Pozen, Michelle Ford, Karen Gallagher, Sue Giacomi, Jane Condon, Mary Schoenhoff and Connie Bruns.

"This will be the first All-Decades Team we honor for the women's basketball program and we couldn't be happier to recognize this group," Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "These women were true trailblazers for not only the athletic department but the entire university."

Pozen led the Flyers in scoring in each of her three seasons from 1974 to 1977. She scored 111 points (13.9 per game) in 1974-75, 162 points (11.1 per game) in 1975-76 and 200 points (15.3 per game) in 1976-77. She was named team MVP in 1974-75, Lewis' first year as a program. In 1975-76, she scored 28 points against Quincy in the state tournament.

Ford played for the Flyers from 1977 to 1980. She averaged 15.9 points in 1977-78 and 15.7 points in 1978-79. She is one of only three student-athletes to score 40 points in a single contest when she scored 40 against UW-Parkside in 1979-80. She was named all-state in 1979-80.

Gallagher played two seasons for the Flyers from 1976 to 1978, scoring 388 total points. In 1977-78, she recorded 302 points (15.1 per game) including 21 against George Williams.

Giacomi played three seasons for the Flyers, from 1977 to 1980. Over her first two seasons, she scored 259 points. She averaged 10.7 rebounds per game in 1977-78, with 15 boards against Carthage. Giacomi helped Lewis finish second in the state in 1978-79.

Condon played for the Flyers from 1975 to 1979. She was the first female to receive an athletic scholarship from Lewis. A 1984 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame, she earned 11 letters at Lewis in basketball, tennis, volleyball and softball. Condon graduated as Lewis' career leader in scoring with 703 points (10.7 points per game). She helped the Flyers finish second in the state in 1978-79.

Schoenhoff played for the Flyers from 1978 to 1980. She averaged 18.2 points per game in 1978-79, highlighted by a 32-point and 20-rebound game against Northeastern Illinois. In 1979-80 she was named all-state and led the Flyers in scoring with 574 points (19.8 per game), including a game of 29 points vs. Marycrest.

Bruns played three seasons with the Flyers from 1977 to 1980. In 1977-78, Bruns averaged 15.1 points per game with 23 tallies coming against Judson. She averaged 12.5 points per contest in 1978-79.

The top-ranked Flyers return to action on Thursday (Jan. 29), as Lewis welcomes Saint Joseph's to Neil Carey Arena for a 5:30 PM tip-off.

Lewis Athletics Unveils All-Decades (1970s) Men's Basketball Team

The Lewis University Athletics Department will officially unveil its All-Decades Men's Basketball (1970s) Team at halftime of their showdown with the top-ranked University of Indianapolis at 3 PM on January 31st.

The team includes Darnell Anderson, Sylvester Cottrell, Mike Flaherty, Bill Groeper, Tim Ferrarell, Jay Miller, Herb Mumford, Frank Kaminsky, George Robson and Ron Williams. Cottrell, Flaherty, Kaminsky, Robson and Williams are all members of the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame.

"We started this initiative last year with our All-Decades Team from the 50s and 60s and it was a huge success," Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "This fine group of gentlemen carried on the tradition set by their predecessors and helped pave the way for the continued success that our program has sustained throughout the years.

"It's only fitting that we bring them back to campus, give them a chance to reconnect with their peers and honor them for all they have given to Lewis University and our basketball program."

Anderson, who competed for the Flyers from 1978-80, twice led the Flyers in scoring and rebounding. As a junior, Anderson averaged 17.0 points-per-game and grabbed 5.4 rebounds-per-contest in 1978-79. Anderson served as a senior co-captain and notched 12.6 points-per-game and hauled in 5.0 rebounds-per-game in the 1979-80 season.

Cottrell played for the Flyers from 1971-73 after transferring from Joliet Junior College. He was a two-time NAIA All District Basketball and All-Midlands Conference First Team selection, while being twice named the Flyers' Team MVP. As a senior, Cottrell was named an NAIA All-American and was named to the NAIA District 20 All Star Team. He still holds Lewis' single-season rebounding average (15.8 rpg.) - pre Division II - and the single-game record for caroms (32) and single-season standard (433; 1972-73).

Flaherty was a prolific scorer off the bench for the Flyers, as he competed for Lewis from 1969-73. He averaged 12 points-per-game as a sophomore and 12.4 points-per-game during his junior campaign in 1971-72. He was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Groeper competed for the Flyers from 1978-82, where he made an immediate impact as a freshman, scoring 13.1 points-per-game. As a junior in 1980-81, as he averaged 12.3 points-per-game and 5.2 rebounds-per-game.

Ferrarell competed for the Flyers from 1975-76 and served as a team co-captain in 1976-77. His best season came as a junior, as he scored 10.8 points-per-game and nabbed 4.0 rebounds-per-game.

Kaminsky, who was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, competed for the Flyers from 1974-77. In three seasons, Kaminsky finished his career with 1,521 points and a 19.3 points-per-game scoring average. His 1,521 points currently places him eighth overall in school history for career scoring. As a junior and senior, Kaminsky averaged 23.5 points-per-game on his way to All-Midlands Conference, NAIA All-Star and Chicagoland Conference MVP accolades. In 1977, Kaminsky - who served as team captain for two seasons - was recognized as a Honorable Mention All-American.

Miller played for the Flyers from 1977-80. In all three seasons, Miller averaged double-figures in points scored, with his high mark of 15.7 points-per-game coming during his sophomore campaign. As a junior co-captain in 1979-80, Miller averaged 12.0 points and 4.5 rebounds-per-game. He contributed right away as a freshman, pitching in 12 points and 5.8 rebounds-per-game for the Flyers.

Robson, who was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, competed for the Flyers from 1970-74. A four-year starter, Robson garnered many honors, among them unanimous All Midlands Conference selections in 1970 and 1974. He finished in the top ten in conference scoring all four years and averaged 25 points-per-game as a senior. He is currently 16th in school history with 1,324 points scored.

Williams, who was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1987, competed for the Flyers from 1973-75. He owns Lewis' single-season record for points scored in a season (776; 1973-74); season scoring average (27.7 ppg; 1973-74) and career scoring average (22.9 ppg.). Williams set the single-season record for field goals made in 1973-74 with 315 buckets. He led the Flyers in scoring in both his junior (27.7 ppg.) and senior (18.1 ppg.) campaigns.

Lewis is back in action on Thursday (Jan. 29), as the Flyers welcome Saint Joseph's to Neil Carey Arena for a 7:30 PM tip-off.


Did you know? University Ministry Plans for Spring

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

Did you know that University Ministry is launching a new program this year to expand participation in observing Lent throughout the Lewis University community? Among the initiatives will be personal reflections by students, faculty and staff on various Lenten Scriptures, to appear on University Ministry’s website every day throughout Lent. Also, watch your e-mail for news of a Lenten Service Program, called G.O.T. Lent (Giving Our Time/Talents/Treasures) that will feature a local service project every day during Lent. Other University Ministry programs also have been very active this year, including the RCIA Program, led by Father Dan Torson, C.PP.S. , which has six candidates for Baptism and seventeen for Confirmation.

Did you know that the Lewis University Flyers are continuing to focus on good sportsmanship as they compete regionally and nationally in twenty sports? Last spring, Lewis University received its first Great Lakes Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award along with three individual team Sportsmanship Awards for the Men’s Cross Country, Women’s Indoor Track & Field, and Men’s Indoor Track & Field teams. This fall, the Flyers Women’s Cross Country and the Men’s Soccer Team each were awarded GLVC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Awards for Fall 2014. Lewis was the only university in the conference to win two awards for Fall among six that won awards. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, commended the Flyers for participating with integrity, mutual respect, and consideration in competition that is challenging and often exciting. “It is quite encouraging that our teams focused on sportsmanship, insofar as it involves treating everyone with equal dignity along with promoting personal and social responsibility as pledged in the Lewis Mission value of Justice,” he said.

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


Picture This! Flyers Ranked #2 in Nation!

Lewis got a point after this play that shows our Flyers defying gravity with two players in mid-air at the net. The Lewis University Men's Volleyball team, currently ranked #2 nationally, swept this competition against Carthage. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking this photo and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! articles. To access more photos, use this link,

Picture This! Winter View of Stritch

Stritch Hall looks elegant with its landscaping of snow and greenery. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking photos despite the frigid temperatures and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! articles. To access more photos, use this link,


Recycling and Landfill Bin Transformation: What Does it All Mean?

Recycling bins on campus are going through a transformation to simplify waste sorting, thereby making it easier for the Lewis community to “Recycle Right.” New labels are being added and bins are being updated to make recycling more convenient and universal throughout campus.

You may have noticed that “garbage” bins across campus have been relabeled with the word “Landfill.”

Why make the change? The purpose of using the word “Landfill” instead of “Garbage” is to give a clear cut picture of where your waste is going.

Here in Will County, the material in the landfill bin goes to the Prairie View Landfill located in Wilmington. According to Will County records, this landfill receives an average of 2,500 tons of municipal solid waste every day.

At Lewis, we intentionally place recycling bins and landfill bins together, side by side, to offer convenience when separating your waste as recyclable or landfill material.

So what types of items should be placed in these landfill bins? Landfill materials include chip bags, candy wrappers, Styrofoam plates, cups, bowls, and unlabeled plastics.

Remember to be mindful when choosing which bin to use and be sure to recycle if you can!

The recycling system on campus is single stream, meaning that all recyclables can go into any of our recycling bins without being separated—this includes individual red, white, or blue desk bins. Our current program accepts: clean paper and cardboard, glass bottles or jars, aluminum or tin cans, and plastic labeled #1-5. To find out what number plastic you have, take a look at the bottom of the item to see the number inside the recycling symbol. If it is 1 through 5 go ahead and drop it in the bin. If it is a 6 or 7, those materials cannot go in the recycling bin and should go in a landfill bin.

Plastic bags should not be disposed of in a traditional recycling bin: plastic film should go in a designated white cardboard TREX bin, which is specifically labeled as “Plastic Film Only” and can be found in most buildings around campus.

Want to learn more?
For more information about the program or to get involved, contact Jaclyn Boyle at or (815) 836-5716.