Monday December 15, 2014 through Sunday December 21, 2014


Commencement ceremonies honors Winter graduates, Honors business and education leaders plus Tuskegee Airmen

Lewis University held Winter Commencement ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12- 13 on its main campus in Romeoville. Along with the degrees awarded to students, Lewis presented three honorary degrees, recognizing the achievements of the following community leaders:

  • Susan Perez, Executive Director of Tolton Center which provides adult education programs for low-income communities in Chicago;

  • Frank H. Beal, an industrial leader also noted for his achievements as Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies and in municipal planning, and

  • The Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, founded by the first Black military pilots in the United States who fought legal segregation to be accepted into military flight training programs, and became known for their heroism and achievements during World War II.

On Saturday at the University’s Graduate Ceremony, Lynn Marie Zeder was awarded a doctorate in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning while nearly 300 graduate students received master’s degrees or graduate certificates. Approximately 470 undergraduates were presented with Bachelor of Science or Arts degrees on Sunday. Lewis University holds Winter and Spring Commencement ceremonies with close to 1,000 students also receiving degrees each Spring. Susan Perez received her honorary degree on Saturday, while Sunday’s ceremony recognized Frank Beal and the Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

Susan Perez

Susan Perez was commended for her extraordinary achievements in creating vital educational opportunities for the underprivileged and underserved in Chicago, designing educational programs for the Tolton Center in collaboration with De La Salle Institute. She has demonstrated a remarkable commitment to social justice within the community and zeal that has enhanced her work in envisioning and shaping the community-based adult education programs at Tolton which focus on literacy, child services, and employability skills. Perez is considered to be an exceptional representative of the mission of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers who sponsor De La Salle Institute and Lewis University.

Born in Wisconsin and now a resident of Oak Park, Perez combined education and catechesis in her career, excelling in teaching and designing educational courses while also ministering to others by teaching catechism. She received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire with a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Perez served as a teacher at St. Mel Grade School in Chicago from 1965 to 1969.

The mother of four children, she served as the Director of Religious Education and Catechesis at the St. Giles Parish Community in Oak Park from 1978 to 1987. Perez designed and taught academic courses at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein from 1987 to 2006. A lifelong learner, she was one of the first lay women to attend the Catholic Theological Union where she earned a Master of Theological Studies in 1990. Perez currently is a doctoral candidate at Northern Illinois University. In 2007, she was named Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Adult Continuing Educators Association.

She also volunteered as a catechist for 10 years as a New Testament Instructor for Chicago’s Deaconate and Lay-Ministry Program. Along with her husband of 40 years, Joe Perez, she volunteered as a member of the St. Giles Family Mass Pastoral Team. Perez served on the Illinois Adult Education and Family Literacy Advisory Council, and chaired its Curriculum Committee.

Because of her dedication to the Tolton Center and the effectiveness of the educational opportunities that its programs provide for those in need, Perez received the Women Who Make A Difference Award in 2005. She was named Administrator of the Year by the Illinois Adult Continuing Educators Association in 2007, and was presented with the Tolton Lifetime Teaching Award from De La Salle Institute in 2011.

Frank H. Beal

Highly-respected for his distinguished career in business and government, Frank H. Beal focuses on significant community issues, helping to develop effective initiatives for the Chicagoland area and for Illinois. His leadership within organizations displays his expertise and genuine concern in addressing vital issues such as public education, the environment, transportation and juvenile justice.

During his 14 years as Executive Director of Metropolis Strategies (formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020), he led the regional planning organization in several successful initiatives. Among them were a quality early childhood education plan, a program for rehabilitation of non-violent ex-offenders, strategies and a plan for transporting goods by rail and truck through the Chicagoland area, a climate action plan for Chicago, and Cook County’s first comprehensive economic growth plan.

Former President of Inland Steel, Beal was an industry leader who held leadership positions at Inland Steel Industries, Ryerson/West, and Inland Steel Coal Company. Earlier in his career, Beal served the State of Illinois from 1971 to 1981, holding positions as Deputy Director for the Institute for Environmental Quality; Special Assistant to Governor James Thompson; and Director of the Department of Energy and Natural Resources.

His work experience began with his appointment at the American Planning Association as the Deputy Director and Director of Research. A native of Harvey, Illinois, Beal earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1962 from Antioch College in Ohio, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.

Beal currently volunteers fulltime as a Senior Executive at the Civic Consulting Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation. The father of three children, he also actively participates on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI), and the Board of Directors of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) where he assists the planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. He is a member of the National Sea-Grant Policy Advisory Board. Active on the World Business Chicago (WBC) Steering Committee, Beal chairs the WBC’s Transportation and Logistic Strategy Team.

Beal resides in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood with his wife, Linda Corby.

Chicago Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen

Attending the Lewis ceremonies were three of the original Tuskegee Airmen who are members of the Chicago Chapter—Hollis Cornelius, Milton Williams and Julian Johnson who were seated in the front row at the ceremony. Receiving the honorary doctorate on their behalf was Colonel Duane Hayden, decorated as a member of the U.S. Air Force and a current member of the Air National Guard. Hayden also is a Lewis University alumnus and current graduate student, as well a member of the Chicago Chapter.

The Tuskegee Airmen of World War II have earned a place in history as the first Black military pilots in the United States. Originally rejected as applicants for flight programs by the U.S. Army Air Corps at a time when the military was segregated, the young men continued to apply, attracting attention as the demand for pilots became paramount during the spread of World War II. In 1939, Public Law 18 was adopted which allowed for creation of training programs although still segregated. About 1,000 pilots were trained from 1941-1946 at segregated air fields in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Valiantly serving with the 332nd Fighter Group and the 477th Bombardment Group in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, the Airmen achieved notable success despite bitter discrimination, marking the beginning of greater roles for African-Americans in the military and the creation of a strong organization for developing African-American leaders.

Although they had one of the lowest loss records among escort fighting groups, 66 of the Tuskegee Airmen died in combat. The Tuskegee Airmen flew over 15,000 combat sorties, collectively earning eight Purple Hearts, 14 Bronze Stars, 744 Air Medals, and 150 Distinguished Flying Crosses. Three Tuskegee Airmen went on to become generals. Decorated during World War II, the 332nd Fighter Group also was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 for its service and sacrifice.

Members of the 477th Bombardment group established the Chicago Officers Council, which later became the DODO Club and was officially organized as a Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen, Inc., in the early 1970s. The Chicago Chapter has more than 80 members who preserve the Tuskegee Airmen’s legacy while supporting youth in developing a passion for aviation and pursuing post-secondary education.

The chapter also provides outreach activities and an educational assistance program. In the recent past, the chapter partnered with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), Lewis University, and other groups to offer a Youth Aviation Summer Program.

The Lewis University citation honors the original Tuskegee Airmen of the Chicago Chapter who are still active today: Hollis Cornelius, Clifford Davis, Julian Johnson, William Loving, John Lyle, Robert Martin, Luther McAdams, William Patterson, Virgil Poole, Shelby Westbrook, O. Lawton Wilkerson, Dr. James Williams and Milton Williams. The University also posthumously recognizes Past Chapter Presidents Roy Chappell and Beverly Dunjill.

Lasallian speaker reminds Lewis University graduates of their obligation to serve others

Use Jesus as an example of how to proceed with life after graduation, advised Josiah Bolanos '14 as he delivered the Lasallian speaker address during the Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony December 14. He said, “The most important message that all students from Lewis should carry in their Lasallian hearts is what Jesus taught us when he said, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”

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

Bolanos asked his fellow graduates to reflect on how the Lewis University Mission shaped their lives. He also challenged them to consider how they can always change the ordinary or local into something extraordinary or global. The Chicago resident said, “Lewis University graduates have a responsibility to aiding the poor and oppressed.”

Bolanos’ eagerness to recruit his fellow graduates in sharing their gifts is rooted in his appreciation for the gratitude for the kind donors that provided scholarships for his education. The eight-semester Dean’s List honoree received the Frank Brozich Memorial Scholarship, Harold E. White Endowed Scholarship and Bishop Sheil Scholarship. He added, “As a Lasallian and the son of poor and marginalized parents, I now carry a responsibility to aid the poor and oppressed in my community.”

Bolanos earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Aviation Administration, but his Lewis University experience was filled with much more than simple academics. He volunteered extensively for UNICEF, Feed My Starving Children and the Global Art Project. He was a founding member of the SWAG, a support group for male minority students. He also held various leadership positions in Phi Iota Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

A study abroad experience in Fall of 2011 also transformed Bolano’s mindset. He studied at John Cabot University in Rome. He said, “Through this life-changing opportunity, I came back to Lewis University more open-minded and respectful of people’s personal perspective.”

He plans to continue his lifelong journey as he pursues graduate studies.

Lewis University named a STEM friendly school

Lewis University has been included on the inaugural list of “2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges” by STEM Jobs Magazine. The list rates universities, colleges, community colleges and trade schools on their responsiveness and relevance to high-demand, high-growth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) occupations.

Significant progress in STEM majors at Lewis University contributed to achieving this designation. According to Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University: “Our splendid new Science Center has stimulated greater interest in the sciences and provided excellent facilities for study and research. Our students have made impressive national presentations on their real-world research, and the University has developed many new partnerships with scientific research firms in the area.”

More than 1,600 colleges participated in the STEM Jobs ratings process. Colleges were scored on publicly available data and responses to proprietary survey questions around three key indicators of success: 1) program alignment to job demand, 2) job placement after graduation, and 3) diversity in a school’s STEM programs.

Earlier this year, student Samantha Rinehart '14 presented her research with Dr. Jason Keleher and classmate Jeromy Rech to legislators in Washington, D.C. during the Center for Undergraduate Research “Posters on the Hill” event. Lewis students in various majors are working on research year-round through university programs, such as the Summer STEM Undergraduate Research Experience, Celebration of Scholarship, and the Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research.

Partnerships with medical schools, graduate and professional schools provide students with opportunities to expand their learning as well as cooperative agreements and research projects with institutions like Argonne National Laboratory, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, Nanophase and Sherwin Williams.

A rapidly growing number of Lewis University undergraduate students are majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Criminal Investigation, Information Security, Information Security and Risk Management, Interactive Media, Mathematics, Physics, Pre-Engineering and Pre-Pharmacy. Adult and graduate students are increasingly attracted to Lewis programs such as the Post-Baccalaureate Biomedical Sciences Pre-Medical Studies program and graduate level programs of Business Analytics, Information Security and Risk Management.

A full listing of schools included on the list of “2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges” can be found by visiting

Lewis University ranks in Top 3 of Best for Vets in Military Times ranking

Military Times selected Lewis University as the third best private, nonprofit school in the nation on its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 ranking. For the second consecutive year, the Military Times Best for Vets distinction recognizes Lewis University for its commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.

“This designation recognizes what our students have already experienced. Lewis University is one of the premier private, non-profit schools in the state of Illinois and the nation,” commented Roman Ortega Jr., Lewis University Director of Veterans Affairs and U.S. veteran of 16 years of military service.

The rankings evaluated 140 schools in five categories, including university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

Lewis University continues to support veteran students with various initiatives. Flexible formats in classes online and in-person make Lewis University a convenient option for military and veterans. Lewis offers several quality programs that allow those in the military to easily transfer their skills into continued military service or civilian careers. Financial assistance also is available through the Yellow Ribbon Program and acceptance of many chapters of VA education benefits.

Various resources at Lewis University promote a culture of support and encouragement for veterans and their families. An active Student Veterans Association provides activities and leadership development opportunities for veterans. The Vet Ally program provides the campus with a visible network of knowledgeable faculty and staff supporters of veterans and service members.

The full list of Best for Vets rankings is available at

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International human rights advocate earns Father Aquinas Award from Lewis University

“Being a non-citizen of the United States was very complex and difficult for me to consider coming to college as an option for my future. Yet, here I am standing four years afterward coming into Lewis University, graduating with two majors and being honored with the Father Aquinas Colgan Award,” Cecilia Arias said after the Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony December 14.

The International Relations and Sociology degree recipient was honored during the ceremony with the Father Aquinas Colgan Award. A Lewis University tradition, the Father Aquinas Colgan Award has been presented to an outstanding undergraduate student at the University’s Commencement exercises since 1955. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated personal and intellectual growth, a strong commitment to their faith, and a firm dedication to the Lasallian values of justice and association.

Arias’ growth through various international and domestic opportunities while studying at Lewis University was evident in her confident posture and proud dialogue. She said, “It was a university that provided me with great projects and great opportunities for me to develop myself professionally and academically, and they gave me opportunity to go abroad to Switzerland. They allowed me to connect with people that I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Despite being busy as a double major student, Arias found time to advocate for immigration reform. She put her knowledge into action on several occasions. Most recently, she brainstormed with other college students from Catholic Colleges from around the Midwest at the Julian Samora Conference in East Lansing, Michigan.

On the Romeoville campus, Arias increased awareness about immigration and the legal system as she presented “Bearing Witness to Lives on the Border” during the 2014 Peace Teach-In. She discussed her findings as she participated in Court Watch, a program in which advocates witness and watch deportation hearings in Immigration Court.

Arias found her passion for international immigration advocacy when the future lawyer participated in a four-week study abroad experience at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Among the many places she visited was the United Nations Office in Geneva. She remembered, “When I stood on the floor of the United Nations, I knew I was home. This is where I needed to be.”

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

Arias was honored to earn the award, and thanked her family for their support. She said, “This award is not only for me but for my family to be able to overcome economic and political issues that made me the person that I am now.”

The award honors the memory of Father Aquinas Colgan, O. Carm., who was chaplain early in the university’s history. A U.S. Army chaplain during World War II, Father Aquinas died on May 6, 1945, while attempting to rescue a wounded corpsman. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor, becoming one of only seven chaplains to receive this honor in World War II. He had previously received the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for acts of heroism and for two earlier wounds. Father Aquinas is remembered for his character, bravery, and persistence in pursuing goals, and also for his deep personal faith.

Delta Epsilon Sigma inducts 30 students and faculty into the honor society

The Gamma Chi Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma recently inducted 30 students and faculty during its 50th Annual Induction Ceremony in the Sancta Alberta Chapel at Lewis University.

Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology, welcomed everyone to the ceremony, and Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University, provided the opening remarks and invocation.

To be inducted, students must have completed at least 50 percent of the credit requirements for their baccalaureate degrees with a distinction of performance, which, if continued, would make them eligible for graduation cum laude. Junior and senior students must have at least a 3.5 GPA, as well as received three DES faculty nominations in order to be nominated for membership to the Gamma Chi Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma.

New student initiates include Bianca Apato, Alexis Brown, Erin Cox, Justina Doll, Taylor Foytik, Andrew Gestautas, Taha Ghouleh, Lisa Janes, Matthew Jemilo, Taylor Ketelaar, Maggie Majcher, Sara Mazan, Austin McCartney, Elizabeth Michener, Sarah Parker, Christopher Pelech, Matthew Pudelek, Jeromy Rech, Nicole Reidy, Connor Strawn, Penelope Strid, Julianne Truffa, Jill Wetmore, Alexandria Yahl, Nicole Yuede and Megan Zeugner.

New faculty members include Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor of history, Dr. Joyce Hayward, professor of education, Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio, assistant professor of elementary education, and Dr. Lauren Rentfro, assistant professor of secondary education.

Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities, and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.

Burke and Dr. Laurette Liesen, professor and chair of Political Science are moderators of the group.

Lewis University beats Harvard, Penn State and takes 7th place at Yale

Yale Mock Trial Invitational is always one of the top tournaments, drawing large numbers of the top ranked teams in the nation. This year was no different, just a little smaller with only 44 teams, yet still drawing from California to Florida, with the naturally large contingent from the northeast.

Lewis University drew tough competition—Harvard University, Penn State, Quinnipiac University and University of Rochester. In a tough, close opening round, Lewis defeated Harvard 2-1 with scores of +10, +2 and -1. Yale uses three scoring judges in each round. Scoring on Plaintiff in the second round, Lewis swept Penn State +13, +3 and +4. Quinnipiac, a continual power in the east, was next and Lewis won +14, +1 and -6. This set the stage for a critical Round 4 for fourth-place Lewis on defense against first place University of Rochester, who has made nationals out of the Yale Regional in previous years. In a very contentious battle, with the judges having difficulty ruling on arguments and objections, the round ended in Rochester’s favor +16, +1 and a tie.

The tightness of the standings became evident when Rochester couldn’t hold first place and fell to second with Tufts slipping in as the champion. Yale finished third.

Lewis’ seventh place continued the record of always finishing in the top half at Yale and the fifth time in the top ten.

In individual scoring, Lewis did very well with all players contributing significantly to the team success. David DeSchepper led the attorneys, winning Outstanding Attorney Award for the fifth consecutive tournament this year. Megan Arehart and Maggie Huggins scored well in all rounds and were in contention for awards.

“The attorney team is very strong and all score well, making it difficult to secure individual awards for more than one member,” commented Dr. James Houlihan, head coach and professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies.

This was the best showing of this year for witness members Larry Beyer, Amber Milliron, Dustin Murray, Korin Navarro and Ashley Patek. All contributed significantly with Murray missing an award by two points. Beyer, Milliron and Navarro needed only a few points for an award. Patek had the toughest time as she was selected to cover different roles in order to offset any strategies by opposing teams each round.

Houlihan explained “It is very typical that a team will pull a different legal strategy/attack when playing such a strong, well-balanced team as Lewis. The hope is that the opponent won’t have a well-prepared member to hold his or her own as a witness. Ashley filled that role very well.”

January 18-19, Lewis will play in the Windy City Challenge, hosted by Northwestern University at the Daley Center in Chicago. That will be followed by the Hoosier Challenge hosted by Indiana University January 25-26 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Members of the Lewis University Mock Trial team are David DeSchepper (captain), Megan Arehart (captain), Maggie Huggins, Ashley Patek, Korin Navarro, Vanessa Patenoude, Larry Beyer, Anthony Scorzo (captain), Erica Swanberg (captain), Kajal Sharma, Dustin Murray, Martin Romo and Amber Milliron.

Lewis University Mock Trial Coaches include Bill Rock of Block Klukas & Manzella in Joliet, Paul Namie of Law Offices of Jason R. Moseley in Merriville, Ind., and Cary Hansing, a financial analyst for BP Oil. Contact Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies, at (815) 836-5313 or to learn more about the academic teams at Lewis University.

Senior students’ talent on display Dec. 4-15

The biannual Senior Capstone Art Exhibition will be on display from Dec. 4-15 in The Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. There will be a special reception at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4. The free exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on weekends.

This biannual art show coincides with the Department of Art and Design’s capstone course, Senior Project. This course challenges the graduating students to put their newly acquired skills and understanding of art to the test by participating in a professional exhibition experience.

The students involved in the exhibition include senior art majors Lizzie Apostolos of Norridge, Kristina Frank of Minooka and Kristen Silvey of Columbia, Mo. Painting, photography, sculpture and computer graphic design are among the works on display.

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

Listen to Christmas music on WLRA

Tune into WLRA-FM for holiday music 24-hours a day, seven days a week, from Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day. Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at or iHeartRadio as well as through a mobile device through the WLRA / United Way Christmas Music app.

The WLRA Christmas programming will feature sacred, traditional, contemporary and new hits for people of all tastes and ages. The Christmas programming as well as the university’s Andrew Center of Electronic Media are made possible with the help of a grant from the Aileen S. Andrew Foundation.

WLRA-FM has switched to all Christmas music for the past 15 years as part of the annual “Christmas Memories for You and Your Family,” a benefit broadcast for the United Way of Will County. Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief public service announcements about United Way agencies in Will County.

“It’s our Christmas gift to the community. Our students are honored to use their skills in the radio industry to help others in the various United Way programs,” John Carey, director of the Andrew Center of Electronic Media, commented.

WLRA has been on the air for more than 39 years. WLRA’s programming includes news and sports coverage, coverage of Lewis University events and a wide variety of music. Students and faculty involved with WLRA are committed to community service and have produced several marathon broadcasts to benefit United Way of Will County, local children’s hospital and many others.

The United Way of Will County is a local, not-for-profit organization that raises money annually to support local human care services provided by local, not-for-profit agencies. With financial contributions from the community, United Way is helping and changing lives every day.

Christian Brothers Honor Br. James Gaffney, FSC

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, received the Brother John Johnston, FSC, Award at the Huether Lasallian Conference Thursday, November 20, in Chicago. The highest national recognition presented annually by the Christian Brothers National Conference, this award was presented in conjunction with the meeting of the Directors of Education/Mission for the four Provinces of the Christian Brothers in the U.S.A. and Canada.

The Brother John Johnston, FSC Award is named in honor of the 25th Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, for his uniquely significant lifetime contribution to the Lasallian Educational Mission. This award recognizes Brothers and Lasallian Partners who, like Brother John, have endeavored on the international or regional levels over the course of many years to advance the Institute’s Mission to provide a human and Christian education to the young, especially the poor.

Brother James accepted the award as “a recognition of the Lasallian community at Lewis.” He thanked the Christian Brothers for presenting him with this award named for Brother John who was “someone who had a tremendous influence on my life.” Brothers John and James formed a close bond as they served as Provincials (Visitors) for the Christian Brothers at the same time, attending General Chapters and serving on commissions together. Brother James noted that “Brother John embraced the spirit of association, the inclusivity, and the Lasallian charism that enriches our heritage and is to be shared with everyone. To have this award in his name means a great deal to me,” Brother James noted.

Attending the Conference were several hundred representatives from six Lasallian universities, including Lewis University; 55 Lasallian high schools, including four in the Chicagoland area; the San Miguel Schools and a large number of middle schools, retreat centers and several religious publishing firms within the national network of Lasallian ministries, based on the teachings of St. John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers.

Now in his 27th year as President of Lewis University, Brother James was recognized for the significant growth and quality enhancements at Lewis University during his tenure, including the remarkable expansion of undergraduate and graduate programs. The award also acknowledges the very effective focus on the Lewis Mission as a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition.

Brother James has led the University during a period of significant growth in enrollment, tripling to nearly 6,800 students, while Lewis has received regional and national recognition for its academic quality. During his presidency, academic offerings have expanded to include more than 80 undergraduate programs, 30 graduate degrees, and doctoral programs in education and nursing. The campus has been transformed through an investment of approximately $250 million in numerous construction and renovation projects.

Active in more than a dozen organizations, Brother James chairs the Community Foundation of Will County and serves as a member and former chair of the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities. A board member and former chairman for the South Metropolitan Regional Higher Education Consortium and for the Great Lakes Valley Athletic Conference, Brother James also chairs the Lasallian Association of College and University Presidents. An alumnus of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota, he holds master’s degrees from St. Mary’s and Manhattan College (N.Y.), plus a doctorate in pastoral theology from the University of St. Mary of the Lake (Ill.).


Christmas Holiday Information (2014-15)

Have a safe and enjoyable break! Please click on this link to view the Christmas Holiday Information page.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Service Award Recipient for December 2014

Congratulations to Joseph “Joey” Preston, University Minister, Coordinator of Retreats/Faith Formation, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for December 2014. Joey was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very affable, enthusiastic and highly effective pastoral ministry.

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.


Lewis University’s College of Education recognizes Steve Millsaps with Educationis Lumen Award

Lewis University’s College of Education honored Joliet West High School’s Steve Millsaps with the Educationis Lumen Award during the annual recognition ceremony Dec. 3. Dean Dr. Pamela Jessee presented the award to the athletic director, who has been a leader in the field of education for the past 14 years. Millsaps personifies the Catholic and Lasallian values honored in the Educationis Lumen Award.

“Steve has truly been a ‘light’ for District 204 by making it his personal mission to re-invent ‘Tiger Pride’ at Joliet West,” said his nominator Chris Olson, athletic director at Joliet Township High School. “His passion for students and athletes has made this possible by working directly with them to make ‘Tiger Pride’ their own. It has been a great pleasure to see the school spirit rejuvenated at the West Campus.”

The Educationis Lumen Award is presented annually by the College of Education to one graduate based upon the individual’s accomplishments as a professional educator. The criteria for the selection includes evidence of excellence in teaching, commitment to the finest Christian ideals of education and dedication to the teaching profession. In sum, the educator’s work in schools has proven to be “a light in education” and has inspired and guided others to make a difference for students, their families and their communities.

As a native of Crest Hill, Millsaps attended Lewis University and earned his bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education in 2001, as well as his Special Education Letter of Approval. He was a member of the Flyer baseball team, a Brother David Delahanty Award winner and served as team captain.

Millsaps began his career as a special education teacher at Bolingbrook High School. In 2001, he joined the faculty of Joliet West High School, also as a special education teacher. In the following year, Millsaps became a social studies teacher, a position he held for five years.

During this time, Millsaps utilized researched-based instructional practices to reach all ability levels and learning needs in his classroom. He also immersed himself into the mainstream of departmental and school life by serving on the school improvement team, parent-teacher committee, teacher advisory committee, district discipline committee and the High Schools that Work Freshman Transition Committee. He was most active in the extra-curricular program serving as the highly successful head coach for the sophomore baseball team, as well as being a valuable contributor on the Joliet West football staff.

In 2007, Millsaps was appointed the Assistant Athletic Director of Joliet West High School and three years later became the school’s Activity and Athletic Director. He participates in a practice of each of his varsity teams in an effort to better evaluate his coaches and build positive relationships with the Joliet West student-athlete. Millsaps has also been at the forefront of educating Tiger athletes by starting the Captain’s Club and Team Awareness sessions at Joliet West. These activities give the student-athletes opportunities to learn about real issues in sports and life and to develop leadership skills.

The College of Education serves students in undergraduate and graduate programs. The teacher education programs at Lewis University benefit from clinical agreements with more than 60 schools and districts in northeastern Illinois. The College of Education continually enhances existing programs in accordance with the Illinois State Board of Education standards. It is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Campus Illuminated at Campus Christmas Lighting Ceremony

Students, faculty and staff gathered Monday, November 24, for the Annual Christmas Lighting Ceremony, at the entrance to the Learning Resource Center, in full view of the lovely crèche, installed last year for Lewis University. Despite the cold, those present enjoyed the traditions of the Christmas season, participating in the welcoming and celebratory program with its wonderful Christmas music and carols.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, expressed enthusiastic gratitude to all who contributed to the ceremony for their integral roles in the celebration which culminated in turning on thousands of Christmas lights which are installed artfully throughout our splendid campus. Brother James commented on the look of delight on the participants’ faces as the campus was illuminated. Special thanks were extended to Brother Leo Jones, FSC, for planning and organizing the ceremony.

Students who turned on the lights were: Francisco “Paco” Gonzalez, Bridget Kay, Jessica Price, and Gerard Ortiz. High praise to Devan Szopinski for his amazing French Horn selections in the frigid weather, and to the Lewis University Chamber Choir, directed by Jeremy Landig, for its fine performance. Members of the Chamber Choir include: Mimi Abu-Mallouh, Kristin Albers, Michael Awotwi, Nathan Bahena, Joe Barry, Abbie Bieker, Mary Bradley, Ryan Bradley, Lexi Cairo, Mike Frale, Charity Franco, Joe Garcia, Haily Gurgul, Lis Hardin, Nehemiah Harris, Caitlin Hodgson, Stephanie Lipinski, Rob Peterson, Richard Posey, Emily Richart, Yamila Sample, Sylmarie Soto, Sydney Sullivan, Elizabeth Truhlar, Alex Turner and Sheri Vilcek.

Don Castello, Dwight DeVries and George Wlodek (all of Facilities) were commended, along with their associates and staff, for again installing magnificent displays with spectacular lighting throughout campus, using environmentally friendly LED lights. “This ceremony has become a tradition,” Brother James remarked. “Collaborative efforts assure that the program is both welcoming and very celebratory, with wonderful musical performances. I am grateful to everyone involved for providing a holiday-inspired celebration, including the approximately 165 students, faculty and staff who participated. This is a very appropriate way to launch the start of the blessed and joyous Christmas season.”

Special thanks were extended also to Jon Ficaro for leading carols, arranging the reception in the LRC and providing audio for the ceremony. Sodexo staff provided delightful treats and beverages. Sodexo staff were led by Juan Perez and Bob Fraser. Others who assisted behind the scenes were Dr. Lawrence Sisk (Music), Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) and Syl Goyette and Anne Koleff (both of Marketing and Communications).

Illinois Catholic Prison Ministry graduates first Lewis University Cohort

Philip Louis Huber of the Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois spent 31 years in the Department of Corrections interviewing and talking with at least 20,000 inmates who had never had any parental guidance and he thought, “I have to do something.”

Feeling like his post-retirement ministry needed depth, he enrolled in the Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum at Lewis University. Now, he feels more empowered to provide assistance and resources to the inmates as he is officially commissioned as a prison ministry leader by the Catholic Conference of Illinois and Lewis University.

Huber and six other participants were commissioned November 21 during a ceremony at Lewis University. They were the first to complete the Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum, a series of courses and workshops supporting the six Roman Catholic dioceses of Illinois who provide ministerial leadership in prison and jail settings. Father Christian Reuter, OFM, Diocese of Belleville, served as the Principal Celebrant at the Mass which was followed by a dinner and commissioning ceremony. Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Diocese of Joliet joined the gathering during dinner in order to offer his blessing of the newly commissioned prison ministry leaders.

The seven prison ministers who earned certificates include J. Edgardo De La Rosa, Archdiocese of Chicago; Deacon John C. Fridley, Ph.D., Diocese of Belleville; Philip Louis Huber, Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois; Deacon Joseph P. McDonnell, Diocese of Joliet; Laura Rios Ortiz, Diocese of Rockford; Louis F. Slapshak, Diocese of Belleville and Terry Tuttle, Diocese of Springfield-in-Illinois.

“What has occurred at Lewis (University) is truly a collaborative effort in every way,” Father Reuter said about the Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum during the ceremony. Lewis University’s first Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum Cohort was coordinated by Lewis University and the Catholic Conference of Illinois.

The certification is a 15-month long process with four weekend workshops and four 8-week online modules. The Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum participants also participate in activities with their home dioceses and actively serve as volunteer jail or prison ministers. Visit for more information about the Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum.

“These prison ministers are visiting and seeing Christ inside the prison walls and lifting up the hearts and minds of inmates. As a former jail minister myself, I truly appreciate the effort these commissioned ministers have put forth in earning this certification. I also believe that their ministry with the imprisoned will be even more effective as a result of the program,” said Dr. Christie Billups, director of the Prison Ministry Leadership Curriculum at Lewis University.

DiMaio leads American Meteorology Society meeting & Rialto performance

The Chicago Chapter of the American Meteorology Society recently held its December Meeting at Lewis University. The meeting began with Rick DiMaio, instructor of aviation, leading a tour of the Flight Dispatch area and the Hangar. Information was distributed to the attendees explaining the courses and majors available to students.

DiMaio then lead the group through a thorough an interactive discussion of a sample Aviation Meteorology I weather briefing. Each computer terminal in the ATC Lab had a PowerPoint uploaded for each attendee to access the data/imagery while DiMaio was explaining how the student utilized it for their major.

The end of the meeting was devoted to the case studies performed by the Advanced Meteorology Operations class. Attendees were exposed to various significant weather events that occurred this semester both in the U.S. and abroad in Asia and Europe.

DiMaio also recently participated in this year’s “It’s A Wonderful Life” live radio broadcast Friday, December 5 from the Rialto Square Theatre. The performance was live on 1340 WJOL. DiMaio also provides the WJOL live weather updates at 6:50 a.m. and 7:50 a.m. each morning and during the afternoon as needed, especially during severe weather. For more information, please visit


Birthdays for December 2014

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

December 1, Patricia Kaira, Office of the Provost

December 2, Gary Kozak, Facilities
December 2, Dr. James Rago, Biology

December 4, Dr. Laurette Liesen, Political Science/Public Administration

December 7, Dr. Charles Crowder, Physics
December 7, Kenneth Folisi, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

December 8, Luke Baskerville, Facilities
December 8, Dr. Suling Li, College of Nursing & Health Professions
December 8, Alondra Bustos, Financial Aid Services

December 9, Dr. Dorene Huvaere, College of Education
December 9, Dr. Touwanna Edwards, Psychology
December 9, Francesca Romo, College of Education

December 10, Thomas Urbanski, Library

December 11, Lisa Carlsen, Athletics
December 11, Raymond Jamiolkowski, Psychology

December 12, Patricia Perez, Graduate School of Management
December 12, Cathy Bohlin, Sports and Exercise Science

December 13, Deborah Kornacker, College of Nursing & Health Professions

December 14, Allison Rios, University Advancement

December 15, Adam DeMong, Athletics
December 15, Kathleen Ulivi, College of Nursing & Health Professions
December 15, Natalie Swain, Art and Design

December 17, Sabrina Poulin, University Ministry
December 17, Mary W. Charles, Chemistry

December 18, Dr. Laura McDonald, Sports and Exercise Science

December 19, Richard Burke, Graduate School of Management
December 19, Kaitlyn Weber, Admission

December 21, Kathleen Medved, Admission

December 22, Dr. John Planek, Athletics
December 22, Dr. Jennifer Buntin, Sociology
December 22, Michael Fekete, International Student Services

December 23, Christopher Kelly, Flight
December 23, Laura Marks, College of Nursing & Health Professions
December 23, Erin Valentine, College of Nursing & Health Professions

December 25, Michele Manassah, Health & Counseling Services
December 25, James Addis, Office of Technology
December 25, Aloisio Barros, Athletics

December 26, Dr. Keith Lavine, Organizational Leadership
December 26, Sabrina Lynch, Health & Counseling Services
December 26, Dr. Randal DeMik, Aviation & Transportation Studies

December 27, Sean Whitten, Admission

December 28, Gail Peak, Office of the Provost

December 29, Melanie Sandberg, Meetings, Events and Conferences
December 29, Lori Trousdale, College of Business

December 31, Dr. Judith Zito, Psychology
December 31, Benjamin Stephen, Flight

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 December 2014

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


34 Years, Alan Finkenbinder, Aviation Services

31 Years, Denise Rich, LARC

28 Years, Raymond Drozs, Aviation & Transportation Studies

14 Years, Gregory Payne, Aviation Services

16 Years, Lisa Heizer, University Advancement
16 Years, Ronald Tomczak, Facilities

11 Years, Edward Lenckus, Facilities

3 Years, Cornelius O'Connell, Campus Police
3 Years, Claire Singleton, Campus Police

2 Years, Brian Duffy, Campus Police


Rotary Student of the Month –Jessica Price

Jessica Price, a senior Criminal/Social Justice major with a minor in Social Work, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for November, 2014, by the Joliet Rotary Club. An honor student with a 3.7 grade point average, Jessica has been on the Dean’s List since Fall of 2011. She was a member of the Flyers Women’s Soccer team for two years and also has received the Brother David Delahanty, FSC, Student Athlete Awards for excellence in academics and athletics.

A Peer Minister, Jessica was the FYI Retreat Leader in both Fall of 2013 and 2014. She also has served since last Spring on the UPBRAC University Policy and Budget Review Advisory Council (UPBRAC) and since Fall of 2013 on the President’s Student Advisory Council.

Congratulations, Jessica, on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in extra-curricular activities.

University transitions to new phone system

University staff is making substantive progress in implementing the new phone system. Working in conjunction with Technology Solutions Group, Inc., the staff has been able to prepare the University’s infrastructure for the new system. Moreover, portions of the new system have been installed, and all regional campuses have been transitioned to the new system.

Next Monday (December 15), the staff will begin installing equipment for the main campus’ transition to the new phone system. In order to minimize interruptions in services, this work will be completed in phases. The initial phase of the project includes replacement of the primary phone switching equipment and the placement of 350 IP phones in faculty/staff offices. The new IP phones will be delivered this week, and their placement is based on the age of the existing phone (older phones will be replaced first, by necessity).

We hope to complete phase one of the project by December 18, 2014. During the transition to the new system, there will be minor disruption in phone service. However, these minor interruptions will be in the late evenings/early morning (between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.).

The Office of Technology appreciates your understanding and cooperation as we complete this much needed upgrade of the University’s telecommunications system.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Technology Service Desk @ or 815-836-5950.


American Association of Physics Teachers committee publishes lab guidelines

Dr. Joe Kozminski, chair and associate professor of physics, is the chairman of a subcommittee for the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) Committee on Laboratories, which has been writing guidelines for the undergraduate lab curriculum. The AAPT Executive Board has endorsed the Lab Guidelines document, which has also been published on their website.

Tallon presents another paper on the Middle East

Associate Professor James Tallon presented a paper “Ottoman Interest in the Libyan Hinterland, 1900-1912” on November 23 at the Middle East Studies Association in Washington, D.C.


Lewis’ Jessica Chavez Named To NSCAA Women’s Soccer All-Midwest Third Team

Lewis University junior forward Jessica Chavez (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) has been named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women's Soccer All-Midwest Region Third Team.

Chavez finished 2014 with a team-high six goals while tying for the team lead in assists with four. Chavez had a goal and an assist in Lewis' 3-2 win at Indianapolis (Oct. 26). The Flyers rallied from a two-goal deficit to win the contest. She helped Lewis finish the reguar season on a five-match unbeaten streak to qualify for the GLVC Tournament for the second time in three seasons.

"I'm really happy for Jess to be named all-region," Lewis head coach Chris Koenig said. "She is a special player and to have the other Midwest coaches recognize her among the best players in the region speaks to her quality of play and hard work."

This is Chavez' second NSCAA All-Region honor of her career. She earned the same third team honor last year.

Lewis opens the 2015 campaign in September.

Trost wins 300th as Lewis Men's Basketball blows past Cedarville, 96-76

The Lewis University men's basketball team scored a season-high in points, shot 64.3% from three-point land, had six players score in double-figures and saw head coach Scott Trost win his 300th career game, as the host Flyers earned the 96-76 regional victory over Cedarville at Neil Carey Arena on Saturday (Dec. 6) afternoon.

Lewis freshman guard Max Strus (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) paced the Flyers attack with 24 points on 6-for-10 shooting and hit all four of his three-point attempts. The Hickory Hills native was also 8-for-9 from the charity stripe and picked up three assists, three steals and two blocks in the win.

Flyer senior guard Ryan Jackson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) had 13 points and a game-high seven rebounds, followed by 12 points apiece from both senior guard Jeff Jarosz (Lyons, Ill./Morton) and junior forward Kyle Nelson (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North). Lewis sophomore guard Capel Henshaw (Harrisburg, Ill./Harrisburg) hit all three of his long range attempts to finish with 11 points, while senior forward Julian Lewis (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) had 10 points.

"I thought we came out with good energy and Max (Strus) got us off to a great start," Trost said. "We hit some shots, played well defensively, handled their pressure and didn't turn the ball over. I thought we did a lot of really good things in the first half.

"Any time you get a 20-point win against a team the caliber of Cedarville, you feel very fortunate."

With the win, Lewis improves to 6-1 on the campaign, while the visiting Yellow Jackets are now 2-7.

The 96 points is the most scored by a Flyer team since they beat Saint Joseph's 96-77 on February 23, 2013. They knocked down a season-best 83.3% (25-for-30) of their free throw attempts. Lewis was also solid defensively, as they scored 33 points off of 17 Cedarville turnovers.

As a team, Lewis shot 54.4% (31-for-57) from the field, marking the fifth time this season that the Flyers have made at least half of their shots. They were equally as effective from long range, as they drained 64.3% (9-for-14) of their three-point shots, including an 8-for-11 performance in the first half.

Cedarville senior guard Marcus Reineke came off the bench to score a game-high 32 points on 11-for-18 shooting and 5-for-11 from beyond the arc. The Yellow Jackets also received 12 points and three trifectas from sophomore guard J.C. Faubion.

Lewis returns to action on Wednesday, December 17th, as the Flyers welcome Northwood for a regional showdown at 7 PM.

Lewis Women’s Basketball Earns No. 2 National Ranking In WBCA Poll

For the fourth straight week the Lewis women's basketball team continued to work their way up the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division II rankings, this time earning the No. 2 spot in the latest poll released on Tuesday (Dec. 9).

The 7-0 Flyers received four first place votes and 715 points. Emporia State University (Kan.) earned the number one spot for the second straight week with 26 first place votes and 770 points.

Lewis began their march up the poll ranked No. 9 in the preseason rankings where they quickly moved to the No. 4 spot (Nov. 25), and then the No. 3 spot (Dec. 2) before taking over the No. 2 position on Tuesday.

The No. 2 spot is the highest rank in program history. Lewis' previous high before this season was the No. 7 ranking in January 2007.

The Flyers have been led by Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic). The junior guard earned her second consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week honor on Monday (Dec. 8). Johnson is ranked fourth in the nation in scoring with 23.6 points per game. Johnson's teammate, junior Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) has five double-doubles through seven games this season. She led the nation in double-doubles last season. Johnson and Brawner-Henley have helped the Flyers average 84.4 points per game, seventh in the nation.

Drury is the only other GLVC team in the national rankings with the Panthers holding the No. 16 position.

The undefeated No. 2 Flyers return to the court Sunday (Dec. 14), when they will take on Cumberland in a non-conference matchup. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m. in Lebanon, Tenn.

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

The Lewis University Athletics Department will introduce the All-Decades (1970s) Women's Basketball Team on Saturday, January 31st at halftime of the Flyers' showdown against Indianapolis (1 PM).

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

This is the first year that Lewis will honor an All-Decades Team for women's basketball. The 1950s and 60s Flyer standouts for men's basketball were honored last season. A 1970s men's basketball all-decades team will be honored at halftime of the men's game on January 31st. Lewis began sponsoring women's basketball in 1974-75.

"I'm excited to welcome back not only those named to the 1970s Women's Basketball All-Decades Team, but all women's basketball players from those initial teams," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "Lewis has a long history of successful women's programs and that success is due to the commitment of those student-athletes in the 1970s."

Lewis' Comerouski Named To NSCAA Honorable Mention Scholar All-Region Men's Soccer Team

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) announced that Lewis University junior midfielder Luke Comerouski (Itasca, Ill./Christian Liberty Academy) has been named to the 2014 NSCAA College Division Scholar Honorable Mention All-North/Central Region Men's Soccer Team.

To be named to a Scholar All-Region Team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; and be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member.

Comerouski finished the 2013-14 schoolyear with a 3.94 cumulative grade point average in biology. In 2014, the Itasca, Ill., native started 13 games and recorded the game-winning goal in a 2-0 victory over UIS on September 26th.

As a team, Lewis finished 2014 with a record of 11-5-3 and advanced to the semifinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament.

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

The Lewis University Athletics Department will introduce the All-Decades (1970s) Men's Basketball Team on Saturday, January 31st at halftime of the Flyers' showdown against Indianapolis (3 PM).

The team includes Darnell Anderson, Sylvester Cottrell, Tim Ferrarell, Mike Flaherty, Bill Groeper, Frank Kaminsky, Jay Miller, Herb Mumford, George Robson and Ron Williams.

This is the second year that Lewis has celebrated an All-Decades Team, as they feted the Flyer standouts from the 1950s and 60s last season.

"The rich history of Lewis Basketball has been aided by the men that helped guide these teams during the 1970s," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "It is with great pride that we welcome these Flyers back to campus."

Lewis returns to action on Wednesday (Dec. 17), as the Flyers welcome Northwood to Neil Carey Arena for a 7 PM tip-off.

Professor of the Game Continues

The Athletic department is continuing its Professor the Game series this year. It honors professors who go above and beyond their duties to serve student-athletes and the University.

The faculty members are honored in front of the entire crowd before the game and on video board display. The faculty receives a Lewis athletic apparel gift. The individual also presents the game ball right before the start of the athletic event when it applies.

John Planek, athletic director, works with the University’s deans to get their input on nominating the amazing professors. They are then contacted by the Athletic department staff and scheduled for a game.

Two Flyers Earn Off The Block Men’s Volleyball Preseason All-American Nods

Two Lewis University men's volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2015 Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Preseason All-American teams.

Senior outside hitter Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) was selected to the first team. Senior outside hitter Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) was named to the second team. The each team consists of 10 players.

"It is great to see these two guys get recognized," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "Few teams in the nation possess a duo as dangerous as they are attacking the ball and from the service line."

The squads recognize the NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball players projected to be the best in the nation during the upcoming season. Players eligible for the Preseason All-American Teams had to be on an active roster of a Division I-II men's volleyball team.

Powell was named an AVCA All-American First Team selection last season. He hit .347 with 416 kills (3.89 per set). He added 27 aces and earned All-MIVA First Team and All-MIVA Tournament Team honors. Powell was an AVCA All-American Second Team selection in 2012.

Petty picked up AVCA All-America Second Team accolades last season. He hit .328 with 357 kills (3.43 per set). He led the team with 43 aces while recording a career-best 76 blocks (0.73). He was named the AVCA National Player of the Week on Jan. 28, 2014.

"Geoff is proving himself as one the most dynamic hitters in the game and Greg continues to separate himself as a prolific outside," Friend said.

The pair helped Lewis to a 23-8 record in 2014, and an NCAA Tournament berth. Lewis opens the 2015 season Jan. 5 at UC-Irvine. First up is an exhibition on Jan. 2 at home against Windsor (Ontario).

Lewis Men's Soccer Places Three On NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team

Lewis University seniors David Pyle (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard South), Omar Ramirez (Houston, Texas/Elsik) and George Thomson (Kilmarnock, Scotland/Reid Kerr College) were each named to the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Men's Soccer All-Midwest Region Second Team.

Pyle, who was also an All-Great Lakes Valley Conference First Team and Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team selection, keyed a Flyer defense that held opponents to 0.74 goals-per-game, which included eight shutouts. Lewis (11-5-3) allowed just two scores over its final six matches of the season on their way to a berth in the GLVC semifinals. This is the second-straight season that Pyle has been named to the NSCAA All-Midwest Region Second Team.

Ramirez provided the final line of defense for the Flyers as the goalkeeper. The Texas native was 10th in the country in save percentage (.831) and 13th overall in goals against average (.696). For his efforts, Ramirez also claimed All-GLVC Second Team accolades.

Offensively, Thomson topped the Flyers with a career-high nine goals, including three game-winners and 19 points, at forward. His nine goals was the fifth most in the GLVC, while he averaged 0.47 goals-per-game, good for sixth in the conference.


Picture This! Christmas on Campus

Today's photos show some of the lovely lighting and decorations on campus for the Christmas holiday. Shown are the beautifully carved figures of the Christmas creche and the stately entrance to Lewis University, with trees draped with Christmas lights. Merry Christmas to all, particularly Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) who has provided most of the photos for Picture This! and the Lewis University Photo Club. Thanks also to Sylvain Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the photos through the year. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas from Picture This!

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