Monday October 20, 2014 through Sunday October 26, 2014


Lewis University Awards 10 Alumni with Achievement Awards

Lewis University recognized 10 notable alumni during its Annual Alumni Awards Dinner in October. John “Jack” Marco ’68, Chairman of the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), received the Distinguished Alumni Award for his accomplishments in business. Recipients of the Alumni Achievement Award were Col. Duane Hayden ’88 (Aviation); Sgt. James McGreal ’02 M.S. ’04 (Criminal/Social Justice); James Girard, Ph.D., ’67 (Education); Dr. Ronald Ariagno ’64 (Sciences), and Ed Puisis ’83 (Business).

Those receiving Young Alumni Achievement awards were Dana (Erickson) Mayer RN, BSN, CCRN, ’04 (Nursing) and Justin Kempiak ’07, M.B.A. ’12 (Business). The Father Brennan Service with Honor Award: Service to Country recipients went to Capt. Todd G. Kruder ’88 and Sharon T. Kruder ’88.

John “Jack” Marco was a Math major at Lewis who co-founded a chapter of Phi Kappa Theta, a fraternity that still is providing development and activities for Lewis students on campus. He has excelled in business, served with distinction as a U.S. Congressional aide, earned high marks as a teacher, and is noted today as an astute business executive and an exemplary community volunteer. Currently, Marco chairs the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), an investment consulting firm and the largest provider of investment consulting services to multi-employer plans. Early in his career, Marco was selected by the Illinois Governor to serve at the age of 26 as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency for the State, making him the youngest person in the United States to hold that position. Marco is an Evanston resident, originally from Riverdale, Ill.

A Chicagoan, Colonel Duane Hayden ’88, continues as a member of the Air National Guard while holding a civilian post in the aerospace industry as Operations Manager at O’Hare International Airport, serving as Assistant Commissioner, Terminal Operations. Col. Hayden also holds the prestigious position of Director of Logistics for the Illinois Air National Guard – JOINT Staff. He completed a tour of duty in the Air Force after graduating from Lane Technical High School. He then enrolled at Lewis University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management Technology in 1988. Hayden was called back to active duty in deployments to serve in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and other action in the Global War on Terrorism. He studied Military Science at the USAF War College. He also completed the Embry Riddle International Aviation Security Academy, Flight Safety International Maintenance Resource Management Course, the USAF Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course-Southern California Safety Institute, and the OSHA Advanced Accident Investigation Course. Col. Hayden is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University.

Sgt. James McGreal ’02, M.S. ’04, serves as Sergeant of the Downers Grove Police Department, Investigations Unit. Noted for his effectiveness, compassion and integrity, he holds the distinction of being a sworn law enforcement officer on the local, state and federal levels. In these capacities, McGreal is a Sergeant in the Downers Grove Police Department Investigations Unit and assigned to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) as a Task Force Officer in Interdiction Group 24 for the DEA, and as a Special Agent for the Illinois State Police DuPage Metropolitan Enforcement Group. A Schaumburg resident, he also works as the Drug Enforcement Administration Liaison. McGreal, originally from Alsip, attended Marist High School in Chicago before choosing Lewis University for the next step on his educational path. A member of the Scholars Academy, he also capably served as a Student Officer for Campus Security. McGreal was awarded his bachelor’s degree with honors in Criminal/Social Justice and Private Security/Loss Prevention Management in 2002. He also earned a Master of Science degree in Public Safety Administration in 2004.

Dr. James Girard ’67, is noted for his achievements as a chemist, his excellence as a teacher, and his highly effective mentoring to those who, like himself, have a passion for science, chemistry and higher education. A resident of Fairfax Station, Virginia, Dr. Girard is The Horace S. and May Davidson Isbell Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry at the American University in Washington, D.C., where he has been a faculty member since 1979. A distinguished professor in the areas of analytical, environmental and forensic chemistry, Dr. Girard is a prolific writer who has developed courses for major and non-major chemistry students while also authoring nine textbooks, including “Criminalistics: Forensic Science, Crime and Terrorism.” Once a Joliet resident, Dr. Girard attended the Cathedral of St. Raymond Catholic School and graduated from Joliet Catholic High School (now Joliet Catholic Academy). He received a four-year scholarship and a National Science Foundation undergraduate research participation grant for his studies at Lewis College – now Lewis University – and was awarded his bachelor’s degree with honors in chemistry. He earned his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971 at Penn State University. Dr. Girard also received a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship and was a Postdoctoral Scholar in 1972 and 1973 at the University of California, San Diego.

Dr. Ronald Ariagno ’64, Professor Emeritus in Pediatrics at the Stanford University School of Medicine, is noted for his extraordinary dedication to medicine, research, teaching and humanitarian volunteer service. He is the Preceptor of Training in Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, a position he has held since 1982. A highly distinguished author, he has held many prominent academic and clinical appointments at Stanford University School of Medicine. He resides in Menlo Park, California. Dr. Ariagno attended Saint Patrick’s Grade School and Joliet Catholic High School before continuing on to graduate from Lewis University, then Lewis College, in 1964 as the first graduating class under the leadership of the De La Salle Christian Brothers who had become sponsors of the University in 1960. At Lewis University, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, and continued on to the University of Illinois College of Medicine for his medical degree, awarded in 1968.

Ed Puisis ’83, is an extraordinary executive officer who has led several organizations in lucrative growth opportunities and successful restructuring. He currently serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Intelligrated, the largest designer, engineer, manufacturer and installer of automated material handling equipment in the nation. Since 2010, Puisis has effectively directed his firm’s worldwide Finance and Accounting Departments, as well as Purchasing, Information Systems, Human Resources and Facilities. Born in Chicago, Ed grew up in Glenview, Ill., attending Woodrow Wilson Elementary School and St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Elementary School in Hinsdale, Ill. After graduating from Notre Dame High School for Boys in Niles, Ill., Puisis earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at Lewis University in 1983 and an MBA at DePaul University in 1985. He now resides in Mason, Ohio.

Dana (Erickson) Mayer RN, BSN, CCRN, ’04, is noted as a dedicated, caring and meticulous nurse, a member of the United States Air Force and now of the Air Force Reserve. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2004, she joined the Air Force where she aided in saving countless lives. Her military service includes deployment to Balad, Iraq in 2008 where she spent seven months caring for those in the Roll 3 Intensive Care Unit, helping to treat severely injured casualties of war. She also was a Critical Care Air Transport Team Nurse who flew more than 400 combat hours and completed 45 combat missions while assisting critically injured patients. A recipient of the Deputy Secretary of State for Excellence in Critical Care Award in 2013, Mayer continues to pursue her dream of serving her country. Today, she serves as a Government Civilian – Trauma Nurse Clinician – at San Antonio Military Medical Center and resides in New Mexico. In the Air Force Reserve, she earned a promotion to Major in September 2014. Born in Barrington, Ill., she grew up in Cary, Ill., and attended grade school at Johnsburg Elementary School before attending Cary Junior High, followed by Cary-Grove High School. She chose Lewis University for her college studies.

Justin Kempiak ’07, M.B.A. ’12, utilizes the academic, practical and technical knowledge acquired as a double major in Computer Graphic Design and Music Merchandising. He founded an interactive technology company, Acapella Media LLC in Chicago, and has served as its Founder, Managing Partner, and Chief Technology Officer since 2008. Kempiak began his Catholic education at St. Mary Immaculate School in Plainfield, Ill., continuing on to Benet Academy in Lisle, for high school. In earning his Bachelor of Arts at Lewis as a double major, he also managed to complete three minors Communication Technology, Music Technology, and Marketing. Awarded the Departmental Award for High Achievement in Music Merchandising from Lewis University for being the best in class, Kempiak published an Electronic Music Composition. He returned to his alma mater for his graduate studies, earning his Master of Business Administration degree in 2012. Now a Chicagoan, Kempiak grew up in Plainfield in a family of college educators. His parents, Lewis University alumni Robert ’66 and Jeanne Kempiak ’71, M.A. ’81 and ’05, are administrators at Lewis University and the College of DuPage, respectively.

Captain Todd ’88 and Sharon (Freelin) ’88 Kruder have been recognized for extraordinary contributions to those in the Armed Forces and veterans by being named as the first recipients of the inaugural Father Brennan Service with Honor Award: Service to Country at Lewis University. A retired officer in the United States Navy, Capt. Kruder, USN, has devoted his life to protecting this country and bettering life for our veterans. After his return from service in Iraq, Capt. Kruder found difficulty in adjusting to day-to-day life and eventually sought treatment for depression. This led to sharing his experiences through reading and writing, and a joint initiative with his wife in establishing the non-profit Lucius Seneca Wellness Group Inc., dedicated to educating the general public on the important issues surrounding the mental health and wellness of active duty and veteran communities. Sharon serves as President and Treasurer and Capt. Kruder serves as Chief Executive Officer.

A notable author, he recently published “A Journey in the Fog of Depression: A Military Spouse’s Experience,” which joins two previous works that address depression among military personnel and their families. Capt. Kruder continues to share his experience and skills as a Subject Matter Expert IV at AMEWAS, a veteran-owned business, utilizing his extensive knowledge to analyze, research, design, and put into service various products and tools. Chief Editor and Financial Advisor for Seurat Innovations, LLC, Sharon, then known as Sharon Freelin, was born and raised in Chicago, attending St. John Fisher School and Mother McAuley High School. Todd, born in San Jose, Calif., and raised primarily in Oak Lawn and Palos Heights, Ill., attended St. Germaine Grammar School and Brother Rice High School. Both attended Lewis University, where Todd earned his Bachelor of Science in Aircraft Systems Operations and Management, and Sharon received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, both in 1988. In 1993, Todd was assigned to the Naval Post Graduate School and went on to earn his Master of Science in Systems Technology with an emphasis in Space Systems. The Kruders now are residents of Prince Frederick, Maryland.

Regional history conference features Lewis University faculty and students

Lewis University chapter of Phi Theta Alpha sponsored the Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference for Illinois. The history honors society conference was in conjunction with the Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association held September 26-27 at Governors State University in University Park, Ill.

At the conference, senior history majors Nick Czerwinski of New Lenox, Zeferino Martinez of Orland Park and Mary Moran of Crestwood presented papers on a panel “Exploring Local History: Examining the Emergence of Joliet, IL through Material Culture.” Dr. Eileen McMahon, professor of history, moderated the panel.

Dr. Anne Rapp, associate professor of history and coordinator of program development in the School for Professional and Continuing Education, moderated “Rights and their Definition: Conflict, Panic, and the Violence.”

Dr. James Tallon, associate professor of history, organized the program for the conference and presented a paper “Colonialism, Peripheral Incorporation, and Islamism in the Libyan Hinterland, 1900-1912.”

The Lewis University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society, is one of the most active honor societies on campus. The student organization expands on their educational experience through field trips to historical conversation starters, special exhibits, various historical museums and architectural tours.

Media professionals provide insights to communication students at Lewis University

Neha Datt Schultz, executive producer of 71 Degrees North, recently visited Lewis University to speak with the Field Production class taught by Tracy Hemmingway, assistant professor of communications.

“[Schultz] gave the students constructive feedback on their first segment of ‘Lewis Spotlight,’” a TV series the students are producing in the class, said Hemmingway. “She also shared her insight on writing, producing and creating budgets.”

Shultz majored in Radio/Television/Film at Northwestern University and graduated in 2006. She began her decade long career in television and film at Creative Artists Agency, one of Hollywood’s top entertainment firms. As an assistant in the Motion Picture Talent department, she worked closely with notable celebrity clients like Alex Baldwin, Robin Williams, Gary Sinese and Cuba Gooding Jr. She mastered the ins and outs of the entertainment business from concept to creation; pitching show ideas, reviewing scripts and developing media content.

In 2008, Schultz returned to Chicago and joined the award-winning team at Harpo Studios, producing shows for the final three seasons of the internationally-renowned Oprah Winfrey Show. When Oprah said goodbye to her 25 years in daytime, Schultz was asked to join a skeleton team at Harpo Studios and start producing for the Oprah Winfrey Network. She was a story producer on one of the highest rated shows on OWN, Iyanla Fix My Life, which was credited for turning the network around when it was in a ratings slump. She wrote the premieres of Iyanla Fix My Life seasons one and two, and both shows brought in over a million viewers.

For six years, she contributed to building OWN and the new Harpo Studios from scratch; conceptualizing shows, brainstorming new ideas for television/digital viewing, and producing top-rated media content. Schultz is now the executive producer of 71 Degrees North, a boutique commercial and television production company in Chicago.

Later in the week, Hemmingway coordinated an ABC7 Chicago tour for her Advanced Broadcast Journalism class The students toured the studios and met anchors Linda Yu and Alan Krashesky as well as many other members of the ABC news team. They were able to see behind the scenes of an actual newsroom as well as go on the news set for a question and answer session with Yu and Krashesky.

“After touring ABC7, I have an even better understanding of the hard work that goes in to running a newscast. I'm excited to implement some of this new knowledge into WFLY-TV News on campus. As a senior, receiving career advice from ABC7 anchors was definitely a highlight from the tour,” said student Noelle Trainor.

Hemmingway typically includes one news station tour each semester in her Advanced Broadcast Journalism class. Last Fall, she brought her class to NBC5 for a personal tour with political reporter, MaryAnn Ahern and they also visited Harpo Studios.

“There is nothing like getting the students out of the classroom and into a real working newsroom. It’s an invaluable experience. We have so many opportunities being so close to Chicago,“ said Hemmingway.

Chicago Marathon helpers included Lewis Athletic Training Students

The 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon volunteers assisted more than 40,000 runners Oct. 12 as they crossed the finish line. Nine Lewis Athletic Training Students (LATS) club members volunteered at the end of the race. “If an athlete collapsed, vomited, cramped up, or simply didn't feel right, we were there to make sure that they were cared for properly by the correct medical team,” described LATS President Meghan Faloona.

The Lewis student volunteers included Thomas Barkoski, Marisa Castaneda, Meghan Faloona, Jonathan Hawkins, Krista Herrera, Payton Laczynski, Erica Lorenz, Amy Mueller and Jessica Prepura. The group checked in at 5:30 a.m. to prepare for their station at the finish line, where they worked with other health care professionals to triage and provide care for the runners after the race.

“We were split into teams of 15 and competed to see who could make the most ice bags. We had to make over 40,000 bags. Surprisingly, this task was completed in about an hour. We were stationed anywhere from 10 feet from the finish line to approximately one half of a mile away from it,” explained Faloona.

The runners need to walk an extra half-mile to reach the resting and refreshment area, so many of the student volunteers became designated walkers to keep the athletes moving to where they needed to be. Additionally, the athletic training students made sure the correct medical team was notified if a runner had collapsed or was not feeling well.

Faloona enjoyed the atmosphere of the day. She said, “By far, one of the most amazing experiences during the marathon was watching the athletes finish. Many of them would look at you and thank you for volunteering your time, others were crying, and some simply yelled and cheered.”

Lewis University’s Athletic Training degree program offers five diverse clinical experiences, starting as early as the first semester. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) and many graduates go straight to work in local physical therapy and rehabilitation clinics, high schools and physician's offices as Certified Athletic Trainers. Some graduates choose athletic training as a springboard into graduate school and continue on to get their Master of Science degree in Athletic Training, Physical Therapy, Kinesiology or Exercise Science.

Lewis University Red Tie Ball –Signum Fidei Celebration sets record-breaking year in support of scholarships

Lewis University reported record-breaking results from the Lewis Red Tie Ball-Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) Celebration, held recently at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Exceptional support by sponsors and the more than 425 guests who attended netted almost $270,000 for the Mission Fund, which provide scholarships for students facing financial hardships.

Focusing on the University’s past, present and future, the event included an opening reception with scenes highlighting the history of Lewis University, followed by a five-course gourmet dinner and interactive entertainment including a video-presentation. Following the entertainment was a highly successful live auction and raffle, and of course, dancing to the Dan Hayes Orchestra.

Tom Skilling, chief meteorologist for WGN-TV and the Chicago Tribune, attended as a special guest and spoke briefly about the new WeatherBug camera on the Lewis campus in Romeoville, which WGN-TV placed to assist with weather forecasting for the areas southwest of Chicago.

Student volunteers, including Peer Ministers, were on hand at the event to assist guests and serve as ambassadors for the University. Noelle Trainor, a senior Broadcast Journalism major, served as host of a University interactive video tour, highlighting the various strengths and quality of the academic programs and showcasing the University’s beautiful campus. In addition, Theatre students from Lewis University presented an original musical selection, written and directed by Professor Keith White.

Science student Samantha Brain, a Mission Fund recipient, provided a heartfelt thank you to those in attendance for their support, providing guests with an example of what their generosity does for students. “I am a senior at Lewis University majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Physics,” she said. “During my sophomore year, my family experienced unexpected medical and financial hardships, and without a scholarship from the Mission Fund, I would not have been able to continue my studies. When I was a little girl, I never really saw myself becoming a scientist. I never even thought I was capable of doing the things I have done at Lewis! When I met Dr. Jason Keleher, Chair of the Chemistry Department, he inspired me to aim high and instilled in me a passion for the sciences and the confidence to pursue research,” she continued.

“Dr. Keleher is the best mentor that anyone could ever ask for! My entire outlook on my future changed – I love science! I love research!” Brain told the audience. “Lewis opened a door for me – a door to a fulfilling, rich life inspired by curiosity, research, and an endless passion for learning!”

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, extended his appreciation to those who attended the event as well as those who collaborated to present the gala celebration. “The Red Tie Ball - Signum Fidei Celebration was impressive in its elegant setting and wonderfully successful in its appeal for vital support for scholarships to assist Lewis students,” he said.

Since 2009, nearly $1 million has been raised for the University Mission Fund to enable approximately 300 financially at-risk students to continue their pursuit of a Lewis degree. Without that support, they would have faced the likelihood of having to withdraw from their college studies due to unexpected financial hardship. Some of these students have now graduated, enabling them to take the next important step in their life journey thanks to the generous support of Lewis University’s Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration. Visit to learn more about the event or view pictures and video from this year’s event.

Artwork with power, vitality and strength on display Sept. 26-Oct. 24 at Lewis University Art Gallery

A solo art exhibition by Denise Bellezzo will be on display Sept. 26-Oct. 24 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

A special reception and Gallery Talk about the exhibit will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2 in the Lewis University Art Gallery. It is free and open to the public.

Bellezzo's work is a response to organic matter through observational drawing and abstraction. Her aesthetic sensibilities are centered on producing lively biomorphic shapes that promote a sense of power, vitality and strength. Marks are made both spontaneously and specifically in order to record the complex systems found in the organic world. Layering of imagery, fantastical rhythms, juxtaposition of lines and patterns, erasures, bold color are all ways to allow the life force of drawing to create its own spatial plane.

The Art Gallery is part of the Oremus Fine Arts Center at Lewis University. The Department of Art and Design manages the gallery events, which include Lewis University student shows, local and regional artist shows, annual high school exhibits, faculty shows, academic based exhibitions and cultural and religious based art shows. More information is available about the Art Gallery and exhibits by contacting Natalie Swain, Art Gallery coordinator, at


Service Award Recipient for October 2014

Congratulations to Kathleen Hutchinson, Service Desk Specialist-Evening of the Office of Technology, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for October 2014. Kathleen was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service.

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

Robert Pruter’s History of High School Sports Highly Praised in American Historical Review

Robert Pruter’s The Rise of American High School Sports and the Search for Control, 1880-1930, which was published by Syracuse University Press late last year, has just received a highly favorable review from one of the most prestigious history journals in the profession, American Historical Review.

Reviewer Murray Sperber says, “[The author] has done an amazing amount of research, mainly in archives and in the popular press of the era, and he produces an immensely detailed history of the birth and growth of high school sports.”  After citing several “excellent” chapters, he concludes with, “Pruter’s book is…an outstanding example of empirical history.”

Rewards & Recognition 2014: Nominate Real Life Superheroes

Do you know a faculty or staff member who deserves RECOGNITION?

Do you know an employee or work group that has made a difference?

If a University employee is a "Real Life SUPERHERO" to you, please take a few minutes to tell us why.

Download the attached document to nominate a Lewis University employee or team to be recognized for this very special recognition at our annual Reward & Recognition Ceremony.

Deadline to nominate: November 4, 2014.


Lewis Athletics to present 'A Night with Jim Thompson' at 7 PM October 23 at Phillip Lynch Theatre

The Lewis University Athletics Department, in conjunction with the Student Sports Management Association of Lewis University and sponsored by Scoutware, is proud to welcome Jim Thompson, the CEO and founder of Positive Coaching Alliance, at 7 PM on Thursday, October 23 at the Phillip Lynch Theatre.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will focus on Thompson's presentation "Building The Culture That Creates Champions." There will be a reception immediately following the event.

Positive Coaching Alliance is a national non-profit developing "Better Athletes, Better People" by working to provide all youth and high school athletes a positive, character-building youth sports experience.

Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek has worked with Thompson for many years and is excited to have him on campus to speak to the community.

"Jim Thompson is a national spokesperson for coaching excellence," Planek said. "Positive Coaching Alliance is the best at developing coaches to be inspirational leaders that help young people develop life skills through their participation in sports."

Thompson is equally looking forward to the October 23rd event.

"I've been an admirer of John Planek for many years, so I'm excited to come to Lewis to speak about how sports can become a 'development zone' in which the goal is to develop "Better Athletes, Better People," Thompson said. "I look forward to interacting with Dr. Planek, his coaches and student-athletes."

Student clubs partner to host pumpkin pie eating contest Oct. 27

“The Great Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest,” a relay race for teams of four to eat their pumpkin pie the fastest, is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Charlie’s Place. The participation fee is $5 a person or $20 per team. All Lewis students, faculty and staff are eligible to join in the fun. The National Communication Association Student Club and Social Media Club at Lewis University are sponsoring the contest.

Each team member will be required to eat a quarter of pie, crumbs and all, before the following team member can begin the next piece. The team who consumes their pie in the shortest amount of time will be crowned the pumpkin pie eating champions. Each team member will be presented with a $10 gift card redeemable at the campus bookstore.

Pie eating participants are also encouraged to dress up in their best Halloween costumes, as the team with the best costumes will win gourmet caramel apples.

Space is limited to only 20 teams, so those interested should register as soon as possible. The registration deadline for this event is Oct. 24.

To register for The Great Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, contact Shada Shublaq at with the names and contact information of all four team members. The $20 team fee will be due upon registration.

The National Communication Association Student Club is an academic organization at Lewis University. The organization promotes the study, teaching and application of principles of communication through education and social functions. While connecting members with students from all communication majors and minors, NCASC provides an outlet for members to explore the communication field in both professional and scholarly aspects.

Social Media Club works to effectively use social media outlets to connect the students at Lewis University as part of a digital community. The goal is to have more students informed about Lewis events, organizations and campus life, which in turn will increase student participation, as well as the sense of community and association with one another.


Latino students are inspired at annual Si Se Puede Conference

More than 180 high school students and over 60 Lewis University students from the Chicago area were motivated by Juan Salgado, President and CEO of Instituto Oct. 9 at Lewis University’s annual Si Se Puede Conference. “Always bring your spirit to the table. If you leave your spirit off the table, you leave so much,” the keynote speaker said to the crowd.

The annual event included workshops that provide students with the information and inspiration about the college admission and financial aid process, college life, and what to do now to prepare for college. New this year was a specific college track, which included a presentation by CoolSpeak, a youth engagement organization aimed at keeping students inspired. There was also a workshop for high school staff providing information about the changing demographics of Latinos.

Salgado is inspired by his father who taught him that maximum effort will get you through anything. He attended and excelled at Illinois Wesleyan University where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree. He continued on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and most recently he received an honorary doctoral degree from Illinois Wesleyan.

The Si Se Puede Conference is in the spirit of Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, who believed strongly in community empowerment. The conference is designed to provide Latino students with the tools and resources needed for educational success. Since Lewis first started hosting this conference in 2004, more than 3,700 students have participated in the Si Se Puede Conference.

“I think the value of the conference was that students and staff came together in an attempt to engage students in developing skills and networks that will allow them to advance in their learning.” commented Miguel Cambray, director of Multicultural Student Services at Lewis University.

High schools in attendance included: Waubonsie Valley High School – Aurora, Matea Valley High School – Aurora, De La Salle Institute – Chicago, and Curie Metropolitan High School – Chicago.

The critical role of DNA in forensic criminal investigations is explored by Lewis University alumnus

Dr. James E. Girard ‘67 presented a seminar "Forensic DNA Typing and CODIS,” which focused on the biochemistry behind DNA typing and its relationship to the growing field of forensic science to an overflowing room of students, faculty and staff Oct. 3 at Lewis University in Romeoville. The Lewis University alumnus is currently professor and chairman of chemistry at American University in Washington, DC. The DNA expert is often testifying in court about the process.

Girard shared many relevant examples with respect to the role DNA evidence has played in high-profile court cases. He also presented a mechanistic introduction to the science behind DNA analysis and how it is applied to criminal investigations. Additionally he provided the audience resources for further information. At the end of the presentation and in the spirit of alumni weekend, Girard shared some interesting historical photos from his time at Lewis College.

Girard’s lecture was the first of many annual seminars in the newly launched Dr. Leonard Weisenthal Colloquium Series sponsored by the departments of chemistry and physics. Weisenthal is an emeritus professor in the Lewis University Physics Department. The long-time faculty member inspired hundreds of young scientists as they explored and discovered new findings while earning a bachelor’s degree. Weisenthal earned a Ph.D. in Theoretical Solid State Physics from Wayne State University after he earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from the same university.


Birthdays for October 2014

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

October 1, Cheryl Kleina, Financial Aid Services
October 1, Stephen Sherwin, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

October 2, Robert Kanonik, University Advancement
October 2, Jennifer Doherty, University Advancement
October 2, Frank DuBois, Aviation & Transportation Studies
October 2, Bret Harms, Facilities

October 3, Shaun Reynolds, Shorewood Campus

October 4, Rodolfo (Rudy) Mireles, Library
October 4, Ruben Ortiz, Facilities
October 4, Michael Marr, Facilities

October 5, Sheila Berkemeyer, College of Nursing & Health Professions

October 6, Yvonne LeClaire, Aviation & Transportation Studies
October 6, Janeen Decharinte, Financial Aid Services
October 6, Dr. Cynthia Howard, Math & Computer Science

October 7, Zachary Binkley, Sports and Exercise Science

October 8, Dr. George Klemic, College of Business

October 9, Dr. Anne Rapp, SPCE
October 9, Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, College of Education

October 11, Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, College of Arts & Sciences
October 11, Christopher Stevens, Admission
October 11, Gary DeLeonardis, Health & Counseling Services
October 11, RoseMarie Jurgens, Chemistry

October 13, Dr. James Tallon, History
October 13, Isabel Vargas, Business Office

October 14, Bright Borkorm, College of Education

October 15, Philip Pickar, Flight
October 15, Edward Bockman, Office of Technology

October 16, Dr. Jamil Mustafa, English
October 16, Christopher Miller, Financial Aid Services
October 16, Dr. Ryan Hooper, Physics

October 17, Dr. Dennis Cremin, History
October 17, Jeannette Ortiz, LUA
October 17, Amelia Alvarado, Sports and Exercise Science

October 19, Christine Breier, Career Services
October 19, Elizabeth Sturm, College of Education

October 20, Sophia Barakat, Student Development and Leadership
October 20, Kimberly Brayboy, Multicultural Student Services

October 21, Raymond Bobzin, Facilities
October 21, Robert Bergman, College of Business
October 21, Walter Purdy, Facilities
October 22, Blair West-Keyes, Residence Life

October 24, Michelle Ronchetti, Health & Counseling Services
October 24, Rosa Salazar, Office of Technology
October 24, Nancy O'Sullivan, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
October 24, Shane Muir, Receiving

October 25, Linda Fitzpatrick-Russell, College of Arts & Sciences
October 25, Luigi Amendola, University Advancement

October 26, Dr. Michael Cunningham, Arts & Ideas

October 27, Dr. Kevin Trudeau, Theatre
October 27, Joseph Kmetty, Facilities
October 27, John Czajkowski, Receiving
October 27, Juanita Pasternak, Mail Room

October 29, Daniel Zehr, Aviation Services
October 29, Robert Beckmann, Flight

October 30, Raymond Kennelly, Enrollment Management

October 31, Randell Venzke, College of Arts & Sciences
October 31, Dr. Michele Young, SPCE

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 October 2014

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


21 Years, Joan Williams, College of Education

20 Years, Dr. Betsy Wilber, College of Nursing & Health Professions

17 Years, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

14 Years, Kathleen Medved, Admission
14 Years, Claire Tincher, Marketing and Communications
14 Years, David Zurek, Flight

13 Years, Joseph Pasternak, Facilities

12 Years, Carol Chaplin, Tinley Park Campus

10 Years, Claudio Jacobo, Facilities

8 Years, Linda Fitzpatrick-Russell, College of Arts & Sciences

7 Years, Ruben Ruiz, Facilities
7 Years, Kathleen Bruss, Financial Aid Services

6 Years, Patricia Perez, Graduate School of Management
6 Years, David Alsip, Facilities

5 Years, Ann Candelaria, LUA

4 Years, Sarah Coleman, College of Nursing & Health Professions
4 Years, Claudia Maloney, Admission
4 Years, Shirley Curry, Psychology

3 Years, Walter Purdy, Facilities

2 Years, Michael Marr, Facilities
2 Years, Sandy O'Brien, College of Arts & Sciences
2 Years, Alexandria Ktenas, Oak Brook Campus
2 Years, Cheryl Kleina, Financial Aid Services

1 Year, Erin Valentine, College of Nursing & Health Professions
1 Year, Marcus Perry, Financial Aid Services


Rotary Student of the Month - Ashley Bohr

Ashley Bohr, a junior majoring in Nursing, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for September, 2014, by the Joliet Rotary Club. A transfer student, she came to Lewis last year to enroll in the College of Nursing and Health Professions after attending the University of Dayton and Waubonsee Community college. She holds a 3.7 grade point average at Lewis. Very active on campus, Ashley is a member of the Student Nurses Association and has participated in fund-raising for the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund for Advocate Children’s Hospital.

At Waubonsee Community College, Ashley was a member of the Varsity Volleyball team in 2012, a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Award Academic Team of the Year, and received the NJCAA Award for Superior Academic Achievement. She joined Best Buddies at the University of Dayton and resumed her membership with that organization here on campus.

At Lewis, Ashley has been active with University Ministry, serving as a Eucharistic Minister, singing with the choir at Sunday liturgies, and participating in the Koinonia Retreat in Fall, 2013, and the EPIC Retreat in Spring, 2014. In her major, she is active in the College of Nursing Mentor-Mentee Program. Her career goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner so she expects to continue her education after she launches her career professionally.

Congratulations, Ashley on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in extracurricular activities.

Board of Trustees to Hold Fall Meeting on Campus

The Lewis University Board of Trustees will hold its first meeting of the year on Monday, October 27, in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. That Board meeting is scheduled from 3:00 - 6:30 p.m. in the new addition for that College’s building.

Various Committees of the Board will also be meeting on campus earlier that day, including the following: BOT Audit Committee; BOT Finance Committee; BOT Mission & Planning Committee; and BOT Executive Committee. Please welcome our Trustees to campus!

ELS Language Center Opens at Lewis

The ELS Language Center has opened at Lewis University, with eight students from seven countries participating in the first session. Four of these students are housed in the Lewis residence halls. The ELS program offers instruction in multiple levels of English as a Second Language to international students.

The ELS program at Lewis has offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students in Mother Teresa Hall. Classes also will be held in Dorothy Day Hall. ELS operates year-round in four-week sessions.

“Bringing ELS to our community is an important aspect of our strategic planning initiative to enhance global awareness,” said Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost. “Their program in intensive English will make Lewis more accessible to international applicants who haven’t yet developed strong English proficiency. The firm has a strong reputation and commitment to their students.”

Another section of the ELS program will open November 10, bringing additional international students to campus. Additional information may be obtained by contacting Tyler King, Director of the ELS Center at extension 7211 (815-588-7211) or

College of Arts and Sciences to Host Open House

Dr. Bonnie Bondavalli, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has announced an Open House at the new location for the College in Benilde Hall. The Open House will take place 2-4 p.m. Thursday, October 30. The departments now located there include Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, Political Science and Organizational Leadership. The Open House will be an opportunity to meet the faculty and staff of the College and to tour the new facilities. Light refreshments will be served.

Those who plan to attend should contact Lucy Alvarez so that refreshments may be ordered appropriately at

Funeral Services Set for Former University Minister Killed in Accident

The Lewis University Community mourns the loss of Sister Jean Stickney, L.C.M., a member of the Board of Directors of Little Company of Mary Hospital, who at one time served at Lewis in a part-time capacity in University Ministry. Sister Jean and Sister Kab Kyoung Kim, L.C.M., known as Sister Anna Kim, died when their automobile was struck in a head-on collision at 95th Street and Cicero Avenue that involved eleven vehicles and caused three deaths and dozens of injuries. Dennis Reilly, President and CEO for Little Company of Mary Hospital, praised the two Sisters as “compassionate women who devoted their lives to caring for others.”

Visitation for Sister Jean and Sister Anna is scheduled on Monday, October 13, from 1 to 8 p.m. in the second-floor chapel in the North Pavilion of Little Company of Mary Hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 14, at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 9343 S. Francisco Ave., Evergreen Park.

Sister Jean came to Lewis University as a volunteer in Campus Ministry in January, 1989. She later joined the staff as a University Minister, serving for four years until the end of the 1993-94 academic year. Noted for her engaging storytelling, Sister Jean was also a prolific writer.

Memorial gifts may be directed to the LCMH Foundation “to support the continuing tradition of professional, responsible, compassionate, and quality care that remains at the core of our LCMH Catholic health care ministry.”

Visitation Services for Long-Time Sodexo Employee, Cresencio Ruiz

Prayerful sympathy is extended to the family of Cresencio Ruiz, a very dedicated Sodexo employee here at Lewis for the last 36 years. Cresencio worked most recently at our Student Recreation and Fitness Center. His wife, Maria Amezcua, is also a 36-year employee of Sodexo. His Visitation will be held on Sunday, October 19, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Delgado Funeral Home, 400 Landau, Joliet, IL (815) 774-9220. The Mass of Christian Burial for Cresencio will be on Monday morning, but details are not yet available. Shown here is a photo of Cresencio, along with Sodexo employee, Marcella Martinez, taken here on campus.


Political journals publish work by Dr. Yann Kerevel

Latin American Politics and Society recently published “Loyalty and Disloyalty in the Mexican Party System,” an article by Dr. Yann Kerevel, assistant professor of political science.

The article explains why politicians in Mexico switch parties and examines the potential reasons for changing political parties. Do politicians switch parties to get elected to office, because of disagreements over policy, or is switching parties explained by Mexico’s transition to democracy?

Using data on party switching across the political careers of politicians who served as federal legislators between 1997 and 2009, the study argues that party switching in Mexico is primarily explained by the office-seeking behavior of ambitious politicians. Only in rare instances do politicians switch parties because of policy disagreements, and the transition to democracy fails to explain a large number of party switches. The article also suggests that term limits encourage party switching; after every term in office, Mexican politicians have the opportunity to re-evaluate their party affiliation to continue their careers.

Another article by Kerevel was recently published by another journal. “Who Asks for Photo Identification? Explaining Poll Worker Discretion” was published in the Journal of Politics.

Lewis University’s Political Science Department offers a broad curriculum that provides students with a deep understanding of government and politics at all levels. The department’s environment encourages thoughtful intellectual exchange, in which students develop critical thinking skills, develop different points of view and learn the importance of politics, nationally and globally.

McMahon continues work with St. Croix area history

Dr. Eileen McMahon recently served as a consultant for the St. Croix Valley Foundation’s Feasibility Study “North Woods and Waters of the St. Croix National Heritage Area.”

The study was submitted to Congress to become the 50th National Heritage Area in the country. The Illinois & Michigan Heritage Corridor was the first.

The project was inspired by her book, “North Woods River: The St. Croix River in Upper Midwest History,” co-authored with Ted Karamanski, Loyola University Chicago.

Thurman presents new options for incarcerated girls

Tammy Thurman, assistant professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies, presented “Social Support and delinquency-implications for incarcerated girls” at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Criminal Justice Association in Chicago.

The presentation provided the theoretical framework for a project that examines the nature and significance of relationships between incarcerated girls and corrections officers.

The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association is a regional organization affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. MCJA fosters better communication and collaboration among criminal justice researchers, academics, and practitioners within the Midwestern United States.

Lewis University offers one of the largest and most relevant Criminal/Social Justice programs in the country. A real-world curriculum provides practical career focused education, experienced and nationally-renowned faculty, small class sizes for personalized learning, flexible and convenient learning options, and an ethical framework to help face the moral challenges in the field. Many Lewis University graduates work in high-level private and public sector positions, including with the FBI, Secret Service and Homeland Security. Lewis University is currently a member of the Academic Alliance of the FBI National Academy Associates, Inc.

Fekete and King present Lewis University and ELS partnership at NAFSA conference

Lewis University Director of International Student Services Michael Fekete presented “Partnerships Done Right – Case Study: ELS & Lewis University” with Tyler King, ELS Language Centers (ELS) Center Director, at the NAFSA Region V 2014 Regional Conference in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Fekete and King showed how there was an emergent relationship between Lewis and ELS and both organizations worked toward deepening the relationship on many levels. It resulted in Lewis University becoming a host institution for an ELS Pathway Center.

Lewis University increased communication both internally and with their partner to ensure a smooth opening of the pathway center. They demonstrated how the process is replicable in any situation when there is an external partner working with a university. Fekete and King also helped participants identify those campus stakeholders that need to be involved and what stage in the process of any relationship building, not just specific to an international education program.

In October, ELS joined the Lewis University community to offer instruction in multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from abroad. Contributing to international diversity, the ELS program provides offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students on the Lewis University campus in Romeoville.

With more than 50 locations nationwide, ELS is the largest network of U.S. campus-based English language instruction centers in the world. Since opening its first center in 1961, ELS has helped more than 1 million international students from over 140 countries to learn English. Building on its many years of experience in preparing international students for university study in the United States, ELS has developed its own unique curriculum, textbooks and branded language-learning software.


Lewis Men's Golf Takes Home Midwest Regional #2 Championship

Lewis men's golf won the Midwest Regional #2 on Tuesday (Oct. 14), carding a two-round score of 581 (287-294). The 18-team, 90-player event was held at Glen Echo Country Club in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Flyers were tied with host Missouri-St. Louis for first place following the first round of play, but bested the Tritons by three strokes during the second round. UMSL totaled a 297 during the second round for a final total of 584.

Lewis junior Robert Dofflemyer III (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) was the tournament's individual champion, shooting a two-round score of 142 (71-71). It was Dofflemyer's first career medalist honor. Dofflemyer recorded 25 pars. Senior Ryan Frederick (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) completed the tournament tied for second with a 143 (71-72). Junior Alex Thode (Washington, Iowa/Washington) finished tied for fourth with a 145 (72-73). All three were named to the all-tournament team. Senior Anthony Lodovico (Homer Glen, Ill. /Lockport Township) shot a 151 (73-78) to tie for 22nd. Senior Jeremy Fraser (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way North) carded a 161 (79-82) for 61st.

Due to a rainy Monday, many teams didn't conclude play of the first round until Tuesday morning.

"It was a great win for the team and Robert," Lewis head coach Skip Steffey said. "This will propel us a long way towards making the NCAA Tournament."

Tuesday's victory was the Flyers' second of the fall. Lewis also won the UW-Parkside Invitational on Sept. 15-16.

The Flyers conclude the fall schedule Oct. 27-28 at the Matt Dyas Invitational at the Oak Mountain Golf Club in Carrollton, Georgia.

Lewis Women's Golf's Hannah Schultz wins Chicago State Tournament

Lewis University freshman Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) won individual medalist honors at the Cougar Golf Classic hosted by Chicago State University at Harborside International's Port Course. Schultz shot a 79 on Monday and a 75 on Tuesday (Oct. 7) during the tournament's final day for a two-round score of 154.

Schutlz bested second place Chicago State's Tali Letoi by three strokes.

As a team, the Flyers finished second with a score of 329-321=650 to host Chicago State. The Cougars used rounds of 329 and 312 to defeat Lewis by nine strokes (641). The second place Flyers topped NCAA Division I opponents UIC, UW-Green Bay and IPFW.

Lewis' second best performance came from sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista). She tied for 11th with an 83-80=163. Sophomore Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was 16th, following a score of 82-84=166. Junior Alexandra O'Laughlin (Arvada, Colo./Ralston) and freshman Emily Brown (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) tied for 21st with a 174. O'Laughlin shot a 85-89. Brown fired a 92-82.

The Flyers sent a "B" team to the tournament. Lewis' B team took sixth, 369-352=721. All five players improved on day two. Senior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) totaled 87-86=173. Freshman Katie Wortman (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village) fired a 97-84=181. Sophomore Amy Swanson (Somonauk, Ill./Somonauk) shot a 92-90=182. Junior Jordan Nichols (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) carded 93-92=185. Freshman Natalie Collina () totaled 110-104=214.

Lewis closes the fall season with the Commercial Bank Fall Classic in Cabot, Arkansas on Oct. 20-21.

Lewis Men's Tennis Earns Two Runner-Up Finishes At Grizzly Open

Lewis University senior Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) and sophomore Mate Srdanovic (Split, Croatia/Graditeljsko-Geodetska Tehnicka) both placed second in their overall singles flights at the Grizzly Men's Tennis Open, hosted by Georgia Gwinnett, at the GGC Facility on Sunday (Oct. 19) afternoon.

Levandi advanced to the A Flight Singles Championship following wins over Georgia Gwinnett's Lachlan McPhee (6-4, 6-1) and Stefano Licata (6-2, 6-0). The Estonian native, however, was unable to defeat his third-straight Georgia Gwinnett opponent, as Connor Clements beat him 6-3, 6-3.

Srdanovic beat Alabama State's Karlo Skyorc, 6-3, 6-0, in the B Flight Singles Semfinals, but dropped a 6-1, 6-1 decision to USC Aiken's Julien Tan in the championship.

Lewis returns to action on January 24, 2015, as they meet Division I Western Illinois in a 10 AM exhibition match in Macomb, Ill.

1-2 Finish Helps Lewis Women’s Golf To Commercial Bank Classic Championship

Lewis women's golf won the Commercial Bank Classic Championship on Tuesday (Oct. 21) with a final round of 332. Lewis finished the two-round tournament with a 650 (318-332) to defeat Henderson State by 12 strokes. The event was held at Greystone Country Club.

Sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) was individual medalist, shooting a 157 (76-81). Sophomore Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) was runner up following a 159 (78-81) performance. Senior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) tied for fifth. She shot a 167 (80-87). Junior Alexandra O'Laughlin (Arvada, Colo./Ralston) finished 15th with a 174 (84-90). Freshman Hannah Schultz (North Prairie, Wis./Mukwonago) improved on day two to finish in 16th with a final total of 175 (92-83).

Tuesday's tournament was the final event for the Flyers in the fall season. Lewis won two events and finished second in two other events. Sweeney, Schultz and VanSistine each won indivudal medalist honors at a tournament in the fall.


Did You Know? MEN now part of SNA

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

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

Did you know that the Lewis Men's Basketball team participated in a week-long trip to Costa Rica just before the start of the semester? The team members raised the necessary funds to cover their travel expenses. The Flyers played games there and created a blog about their trip.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide and the second-most common cancer overall. In 2014, an estimated 232,030 cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in the U.S. alone. So no matter who you are or where you live, understanding breast cancer is important. But the most important thing to know is this: a diagnosis is not a death sentence. Breast cancer can be treated.

Due to the use of regular mammography screening, most breast cancers in the U.S. are found at an early stage, before symptoms appear. However, not all breast cancers are found through mammography. The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. The most common symptoms are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

If you have any of the symptoms, see a health care provider. If you do not have a provider, one of the best ways to find a good one is to get a referral from a trusted family member or friend. If that is not an option, call your health department, a clinic or a nearby hospital.

Many women may find that their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture. For some women, the lumpiness is more pronounced than for others. In most cases, this lumpiness is no cause to worry. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, then it is probably normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast (or the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern and should be checked. When this type of lump is found, it may be a sign of breast cancer or a benign breast condition (as a cyst or fibroadenoma).

See your health care provider if you:

  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from the rest of your breast
  • Find a new lump (or any change) that feels different from your other breast
  • Feel something that is different from what you felt before

If you are unsure whether you should have a lump (or any change) checked, it is best to see a provider. Although a lump (or any change) may be nothing to worry about, you will have the peace of mind that it has been checked.

-Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator
Lewis University

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate

Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate.

We feel safer when we think domestic violence happens somewhere else to someone else. In reality, domestic violence occurs in our neighborhoods and in our families. Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of race, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or economic status. Abusers control and terrorize our daughters, bosses, sisters, friends, and even our sons – who are most often abused by their male partners and sometimes their female partners.

Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors, characterized by one partner’s need to control the other by using a range of tactics. While the frequency and severity of physical or sexual violence may vary, coercions, intimidation and emotional manipulation occur on a routine basis throughout the relationship. Domestic violence is a social problem and is rooted in social values that place importance on people having power over others. And allow violence against women and other groups to occur with minimal and/or inconsistent punishment.

To stop domestic violence, we all need to be part of the solution.

The following are some things that you can do to help:

  • Help a friend or family member who is being abused: Let them know that abuse is not their fault, listen to them, help them to identify resources and options, empower them to make choices for their safety, and provide nonjudgmental support and an opportunity for them to seek your support again.
  • Support your local domestic violence program/shelter: Donate new items and gift cards to a local shelter throughout the year. Most hotlines, advocacy or shelter organizations could benefit from your time too.
  • Speak up about abuse: Never tolerate a friend or relative belittling or controlling his or her partner. Tell your friend or relative that what they are doing is not okay.
  • Set an example: Make a commitment to work for equality and ending violence in all its forms. Model non-violent band respectful behavior through your everyday actions.

While there are so many good causes, rarely will you find an issue that impacts 1 in 4 women. It is likely that someone in your neighborhood, office, or extended family is in danger right now from an abusive partner.

Markisha J. Woodson, PhD
Prevention Education Coordinator
Lewis University


Picture This! Fall Blazes in Glory

The leaves on the trees throughout campus are breathtaking in their colors as they await winter's icy blasts. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for sharing this beautiful view and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting this article.

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