Monday March 2, 2015 through Sunday March 8, 2015


Students receive blessings for Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Students, faculty and staff paused during their preparations for the Civil Rights Pilgrimage to receive a blessing during the Feb. 22 Mass at the Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Main Campus in Romeoville.

The Spring Break trip is a program of University Ministry, but the students are earning course credit for a place-based workshop on the Civil Rights Movement.

"The Social Justice Pilgrimages serve to invite students deeper into the continuing ministry of Jesus through experiencing the people, places, and history of significant movements towards a more just world," Sean Ruane, university minister and trip coordinator, explained.

The trip is more than to study history. It is an opportunity for students to engage with the places and people who have made significant contributions to social justice. Through the learning by encounter, students will be better situated to respond to the gospel call to do justice.

"I'm particularly excited about visiting Christian Brothers University in Memphis, TN, the National Civil Rights Museum in Montgomery, Alabama, and we will be in Selma for the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, on Sunday March 8," said Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor of history and director of the Lewis University History Center.

Cremin added, "I think this is an amazing way for our students to use their Spring Break."

Student trip participants include Lexi Austring, Alexis Pullins, William Riley and Gianna Capperino.

Services to be Held for Coach Gordon Gillespie

The Lewis University Community mourns the death of Mr. Gordon “Gordie” Gillespie, legendary coach who launched his career at Lewis in 1950, coaching the Men’s Basketball team from 1950-65, serving as Athletic Director from 1956-76, and gaining national recognition as coach of the Flyers Baseball team from 1953-76. He led the baseball team to three consecutive national championships in the mid ‘70s. After leaving Lewis in 1976, he coached until his retirement at the age of 85. Coach Gillespie’s players over the years included students at Lewis, Joliet Catholic High School, the University of St. Francis and Ripon College. He died Saturday, February 28, at the age of 88 following a long illness.

Visitation for Coach Gillespie will be held Thursday, March 5, from 2-9 p.m. at New Covenant Community Church, 1995 Mills Road in Joliet, Illinois. A public Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Services will be private. Mr. Gillespie will be interred with full military honors at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood.

Beloved by his players and respected by his competitors, Coach Gillespie was successful in each of his coaching assignments. At Lewis, Coach Gillespie’s basketball team posted a record of 228-124, competing five times in the District 20 championship in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and participating in the NAIA National Tournament in 1965. In the 1990s, Lewis alumnus Neil Carey who was a member of Coach Gillespie’s first basketball team at Lewis in the early ‘50s, established the Carey-Gillespie Endowed Scholarship at Lewis to assist student athletes. A member of the NAIA Baseball Coaches Hall of Fame, Coach Gillespie also was inducted into the National Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the Lewis University Athletic Hall of Fame.

Sympathy is extended to his wife, Joan, their children, many grandchildren and family.

Website on Technology Improvements/Schedules

A new website has been developed for Lewis University faculty and staff to provide project details on implementation of the new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system which will provide improved technology operations through the installation of Banner® by Ellucian, a firm that is considered to offer the world’s leading higher education ERP solutions. The University’s current system (CampusAnyware™) will be replaced to assist in public communications. Lewis faculty and staff are invited to visit the implementation plan site at for updates on scheduling for various features of the new systems.

According to Dr. LeRoy Butler, Associate Vice President for Technology, “The new ERP system will bring needed automation to the academic and business processes of the University. The system brings together the University’s student information, human resources, finance, and financial aid functions in a single integrated system. Users will have real-time access to the integrated data system via a new web portal and new business intelligence tools, which will be installed as part of the new ERP system. Moreover, the single integrated system will be connected to over 20 data systems currently used by the University. This will allow all members of the Lewis University community to have fast, reliable access to data and information.”

Adopt an “Easter Egg” for Morning Star Mission’s Annual Easter Basket Drive

Adopt an “Easter Egg” for Morning Star Mission’s Annual Easter Basket Drive.

Fill an Easter basket with books, toys, games, socks, candy, etc. for a needy child this Easter. All items must be NEW. Be sure to include an egg in the basket.

Baskets are due to Sabrina Poulin in Ministry by 5 p.m. Monday, March 16.

If you would like to adopt an egg, please email Sabrina Poulin at with the following preferences:

  1. Girl or Boy
  2. Age Range: 0-6, 7-12 or 13-17

Return the baskets with the paper egg secured and visible on the outside of the package.

For questions, please contact Sabrina Poulin, Coordinator of Ministry Service at 815-836-5617 or

Lewis University Mock Trial Team earns 15th national bid

A sixth place finish at the regional competition earned the Lewis University Mock Trial Team a bid to the national American Mock Trial Association tournament for the 15th time in less than 20 years. Next, the Lewis team will compete in the Opening Round Championship Series Tournament March 20-22 in Geneva, Illinois.

For the second consecutive year, Anthony Scorzo (co-captain) won an Outstanding Attorney Award at the Joliet, Illinois regional Tournament hosted by Lewis University.

His fellow co-team captains David DeSchepper and Megan Arehart led teammates Larry Beyer, M’Aggie Huggins and Erica Swanberg in strong performances. Dustin Murray was the highest scoring witness on the Lewis team, missing the Outstanding Witness honor by one point. Other team members include Martin Romo, Kajal Sharma and Ashley Patek.

Head Coach Dr. James Houlihan, professor of Justice, Law, and Public Safety Studies and advisor of the Pre-Law program, said all the team members performed well against tough competition.

The Flyers opened very strong in the first two rounds, sweeping St. Norbert College and Benedictine University. In the third round, Lewis gave Northern Illinois University their toughest battle of the competition. NIU pulled out the win and finished the tournament in first place as an undefeated team. The fourth round, Lewis split with University of Chicago, who also won a bid to the national tournament.

“This success at the regional tournament for Mock Trial makes for an exciting March for our academic teams in the Pre-Law program. It’s nice to have that wealth of talent and ability so we can field both teams in these competitions against the best teams in the world,” Houlihan concluded. During the same week as the opening round of the Mock Trial National Tournament, the Lewis Mediation team will be competing in the selective international tournament at Drake Law School.

Lewis University Mock Trial Coaches include Bill Rock of Block, Kulkas, Manzella & Shellin 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.

Classes merge for a linguistics lesson

Foreign students temporarily staying on the Lewis University Main Campus to learn English before heading off to college at an American University are making a lasting impression on Lewis University students. In addition to socializing with Lewis University students in the cafeteria and residence halls, English Language School students are sharing their global perspectives in various classrooms.

Most recently, ELS students visited a Linguistics class, taught by Dr. Dawn Walts, assistant professor of English at Lewis University. The interaction between the English-speaking Lewis University students and the ELS students, who are still learning the language, provided students with a first-hand experience to learn about different languages and cultures.

“It's been a great experience so far because the ELS students get to practice their English and my students learn more about how other languages sound and work,” Walts explained.

During the merged classes, the Lewis students were paired up with ELS students to have individual conversations. Michael Cotter, Lewis University English major, said, “I was able to have individualized conversations with men and women who spoke Arabic, Spanish, and Portuguese. In my experiences, I was able to grow to understand the love, passion, and determination behind why these students were interested in English.”

The students introduced their language experiences and pop culture preferences. They also discussed their favorite linguistic techniques.

“Overall, I thought it was cool I got to meet kids from different cultures … I had a really fun and positive experience. Some of them really impressed me with how quickly they were communicating in English,” Melissa Guru, Lewis University English major, said.

The Linguistic class at Lewis University is an introduction to the study of language and covers several topics, such as language description, language acquisition and learning, language processing, dialects, language families, the historical development of the English language and written versus oral forms of language.

The ELS Language Center helps international students improve their English and academic skills before beginning full-time university study at an American university. Many of the students live in the residence halls on campus, but some live in residential home with an American host family.

Lewis University students place well at annual computer science competition

Lewis University students placed fourth in the advanced competition and third in the novice competition in the 2014 Associated Colleges of the Chicagoland Area (ACCA) Programming Competition. The students wrote computer programs to solve eight problems in three hours.

“Many of the problems were like mathematical puzzles, so having both strong math and programming skills were a must. Our students did extremely well,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of computer and mathematical sciences.

The advanced competition was comprised of two teams including Chris Pelech of Joliet, Eric Raber of Aurora, Corey Wageman of Plainfield, Thao Le of Oswego, Betsy Langland of Downers Grove, Michael Smith of Channahon and Brandon White of Lemont.

Another two teams competed in the novice competition including Pete Thongsri of Tinley Park, Steven Suggett of New Lenox, Kyle Adams of Mokena, Bryon Nush of Frankfort, Michael Korzon of Downers Grove and Jordan Elmer of Butler, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Piotr Szczurek, assistant professor, served as coach for the teams.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Computer Science majors can pursue formal concentrations in Cyber Security, Video Game Development, Web and Mobile Development, Computational Theory, and Data Science. Internship and hands-on learning opportunities are plentiful. The University is nationally recognized for its Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available.

Lewis University receives grant for nursing scholarships through RWJF New Careers in Nursing Program

Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions (CONHP) has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing Scholarship Program (NCIN). It is one of 52 schools of nursing that will comprise the final cohort of the program. For the 2014-2015 academic year, CONHP will receive $50,000+ to support traditionally underrepresented students who are making a career change to nursing through an accelerated baccalaureate degree program. NCIN is a program of RWJF and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

“New Careers in Nursing has made amazing strides in helping schools of nursing recruit and retain diverse students in these competitive and rigorous accelerated degree programs,” said David Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, RWJF senior program officer. “Through supporting these institutions, NCIN is working to increase the diversity of our nursing workforce, while also assisting schools of nursing in making their institutions more inclusive. The leadership, mentoring and other support these institutions provide are helping to prepare a diverse nursing workforce able to meet the challenges associated with building a culture of health in our nation.”

Each NCIN Scholar has already earned a bachelor’s degree in another field, and is making a transition to nursing through an accelerated nursing degree program, which prepares students to assume the role of registered nurse in as little as 12-18 months.

Five students will each be awarded a $10,000 NCIN scholarship. They are Jake Greczek (Chicago, IL); Jacqueline Monfre (Plainfield, IL); Kevin Murray (Tinley Park, IL); Cierra Thurman (Black Jack, MO); and Elizabeth Wenc (Downers Grove, IL). Since 2008, the NCIN program has distributed 3,517 scholarships to students at 130 unique schools of nursing. This year, funding for 400 scholarships was granted to 52 schools of nursing. “Receiving this grant for the second year in a row is evidence of our outstanding work in educating professional nurses for tomorrow. More importantly, the grant provides more access to a quality education for underrepresented students,” commented Dr. Peggy Rice, Dean of the Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions. According to Jane Trainor, Coordinator of the accelerated BSN track, “monetary support from the Robert Wood Johnson NCIN has been instrumental in supporting the development of leadership and mentoring skills to help prepare future nurse leaders from Lewis University.”

In addition to a $10,000 scholarship, NCIN scholars receive other support to help them meet the demands of an accelerated degree program. All NCIN grantee schools maintain a leadership program and a mentoring program for their scholars, as well as a pre-entry immersion program to assist scholars in learning essential study, test-taking and other skills needed to succeed in their program of study.

“Nursing and nursing education are at a critical juncture right now, and NCIN’s exemplary approach to supporting nursing schools is helping to strengthen both,” said AACN President Eileen Breslin, PhD, RN, FAAN. “NCIN’s creative, innovative and responsive approach to providing grantees with tools to ensure academic success will result in lasting changes at nursing schools nationwide. The NCIN program has truly raised the bar for recruitment, retention, mentoring, and leadership development for nursing students from groups underrepresented in nursing.”

The 2010 Institute of Medicine (IOM) report, The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health, recommends increasing the proportion of nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher, and increasing the diversity of students to create a nursing workforce prepared to meet the healthcare demands of diverse populations across the lifespan. NCIN is helping to advance those recommendations by enabling schools to expand student capacity and by encouraging more diversity.

By bringing more nurses into the profession at the baccalaureate and master’s degree levels, the NCIN program also helps to address the nation’s nurse faculty shortage. This trend is reflected in the NCIN scholars, as 91 percent of the students receiving funding in the first three years of the program indicated a desire to advance their education to the master’s and doctoral levels.

For more information about CONHP accelerated program, visit To learn more about the NCIN program, visit

Alumnus Larry Tucker Featured on NCAA Website

Larry Tucker, Principal of Marist High School and a distinguished alumnus of Lewis University, is featured on the NCAA’s webpage in a section that recognizes the success of former NCAA student-athletes in their careers after college. One of those highlighted in NCAA After the Game, Tucker led the Flyers Men’s Basketball team to its first NCAA Division II tournament berth in 1982 and again in 1983. He still holds the record as the Flyers’ leading scorer in men’s basketball three decades after his graduation for posting 2,120 points for Lewis while averaging 20.3 points per game and 67.8 percent shooting from the field.

One of only two former players to have a jersey retired by the University, Tucker was named to the 1983 American Basketball Coaches All-American team after his final year, and was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He was inducted into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame in 1988 and the GLVC Hall of Fame in 2010. The University honored Tucker’s success as an educator in 2009, awarding him a Lewis University Alumni Achievement Award.

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, commended Tucker’s accomplishments, stating: “Larry Tucker has been a role model to those who knew him at Lewis and to several generations of students. He has translated the remarkable skills he developed as an athlete into career achievements, particularly in his role as principal of Marist High School where he is assuring that students receive a high quality Catholic education that will be a foundation for their lives. Larry Tucker reflects the Spirit of Association that is key to the Lasallian Mission of Lewis University in his commitment to student learning, development, success accomplished through collaboration, mutual respect, spirituality, collegiality, and highly dedicated service.”

President-elect of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for Lewis University, Tucker earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Lewis in 1983 and a master’s degree in English at Chicago State University. The NCAA website states: “Larry has since gone on to become the principal at his former high school, Marist High School in Chicago, where he is busy influencing the future of 1,800 young men and women by applying many of the things he learned from playing for the Flyers.”


Service Award Recipient for March 2015

Congratulations to Sean Ruane, University Minister, Coordinator of Social Justice Education, University Ministry for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for March 2015. Sean was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his very affable, enthusiastic, capable and responsive manner, his highly effective commitment to Social Justice and his important pastoral role as University Minister.

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.


‘The YouTube Heresies’ to be discussed by Father Robert Barron

Father Robert Barron will present “The YouTube Heresies” as the 13th Annual Signum Fidei Lecture at Lewis University. The event, free of charge and open to the public, will be held at 2 p.m. March 24 in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

Father Barron is the president of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake, also known as Mundelein Seminary. He is the author of eight books, the creator and host of “Catholicism,” a 10-part documentary on the Catholic faith and is founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, a media group dedicated to the new evangelization.

During his presentation, Barron will explore four of the principal obstacles to the proclamation of the Christian Gospel in today’s culture, especially among people under 40 years old. These “heresies” are ones that he encounters on almost a daily basis in the course of his evangelization ministry on the Internet.

The Signum Fidei Lecture is organized by Lewis University’s Center for Ministry & Spirituality to celebrate the university’s Catholic and Lasallian heritage, bringing to campus men and women of vision and faith to illuminate issues affecting the Church and its people, to reflect on spirituality in the Catholic tradition, and to provide a forum for topics based on Church teaching.

For additional information, including reserved seating for groups and digital promotional materials, contact Dr. James Burke, associate professor of theology and director of the Center for Ministry & Spirituality, at or (815) 836-5786.

Lewis University hosts mixed media and fiber sculptor

A solo art exhibition by Karen Gubitz will be on display March 9-27 in the Wadsworth Family Art 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.

Gubitz is a self-taught, nature-inspired, mixed media/fiber sculptor. Three years ago, Gubitz retired from her full-time career to begin her life as a full-time artist. She has been accepted into and won several awards at various fine art exhibits, galleries and fine craft shows around the country, including Woman Made Gallery in Chicago and The American Craft Exposition in Evanston. Among the numerous awards, she’s won are the Collector’s Award at The Washington Craft Show in Washington D.C., third prize at the Michigan Fine Art Competition, the Artist Choice Award at CraftBoston, an honorable mention at the Water Street Gallery in Batavia, the Award of Merit at Laumeier Sculpture Park and Best in Show at the Oak Park Art League.

Gubitz will also conduct an informal Gallery Talk at 7 p.m. March 12 in the Art Gallery at the reception of her show.

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

MYSO performs a variety of classic and new music

The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra has two performances scheduled for March.

The first concert begins at 7:30 p.m. March 18 in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Lewis University Main Campus in Romeoville. This concert is open to the public and is free.

The orchestra will perform again at 4 p.m. March 21 in the Fine Arts Auditorium of Joliet Junior College. Admission is $7.

Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor of music at Lewis University, will conduct the orchestra in a program featuring internationally acclaimed pianist, Haysun Kang, performing the Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1. Also on the program is “Heroic Overture No. 1 Cuchulainn” composed by Mike McFerron, music professor and composer-in-residence at Lewis University. The orchestra will also perform “Antiche danze ed arie, Suite II,” by Respighi.

Founded in 1959 the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra has resided in Will County since 1991. Players in MYSO come from Lewis University and Joliet Junior College, and from area high schools and middle schools.

MYSO rehearses every Wednesday evening that school is in session from 6-8:30 p.m. at Lewis University. Auditions for next season will be held in late August. Visit the website at for details and to arrange an audition.

Harmonica master performs live March 19

Harmonica master Corky Siegel is set to perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 in the St. Charles Convocation Center on the Main Campus in Romeoville. The performance of “Cork Siegel Chamber Blues” is part of the Lewis University Performing Arts Series, sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.

Admission to the event is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.

Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s national award for chamber music composition. He has performed on stages around the world and with a who’s who of musicians. A mad scientist who fuses blues, classical music and global rhythms, he produces a “classification-shattering music” that brings a crowd to its feet.

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

The Performing Arts Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

One-man Shakespeare production at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

A Lewis favorite, Timothy Mooney returns with “Shakespeare’s Histories: Ten Epic Plays at a Breakneck Pace,” which will be held 7:30 p.m. March 10 at the Philip Lynch Theatre. Admission to the event is free for Lewis students, $5 for guests and $10 for the general public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (815) 836-5500.

The author, performer and producer fits all 10 of Shakespeare’s histories into a one-man performance, capturing the history of England, from 1066 to 1533 into a single hour. Combining the most brilliant speeches of Shakespeare’s most challenging plays into a single hour-long performance, Shakespeare’s Histories reveals in a single “swell foop” the epic sweep of Shakespeare’s historical vision.

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

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

The Performing Arts Series is being presented as a part of Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Program, providing cultural and educational programming for students and the community. A portion of the Arts & Ideas events is sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. For additional information, please contact Dr. Michael Cunningham, director of Arts & Ideas, at (815) 836-5385.

Feed My Starving Children Trip Open To Faculty/Staff

Faculty and Staff are invited to serve 2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 4 at Feed My Starving Children in Aurora.

Transportation will be available leaving campus at 1:30 p.m. and returning by 5:15 p.m.

If you are interested in serving, please contact Sabrina Poulin at or ext. 5617 with your name, phone number, and if you would like transportation.

Participation in this service opportunity has been endorsed and supported by the Lewis University Administration but is subject to department head approval.

Limited spots are available so please register early!

Learn more about the work we do with Feed My Starving Children at


Civic engagement initiatives introduced at College of Education town hall meeting

The Lewis University College of Education introduced its initiative for civic engagement during its Jan. 30 Town Hall Meeting. A San Miguel Immersion and travel study to Washington D.C. are a few examples of how the College of Education expects the civic engagement initiative to develop knowledge, skills, values and motivation within students to make a difference.

Ten students on the March 2-4 San Miguel Immersion experience will learn the importance of service to others as a means for civic engagement. San Miguel, located in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, specifically targets academically underachieving, low income, at risk students and provides them with a model of education that includes an extended schedule, individualized instruction, and strong parental involvement. Lewis University students will travel to San Miguel to witness the Lasallian education and work with others in the impoverished neighborhood. As educator candidates, students will also develop curriculum and teach lessons to the San Miguel students as well as read with individual students and provide classroom assistance.

Another experiential learning travel experience in the civic engagement initiative is the June 7 – 12 Travel Study program to Washington D.C. Students will attend “Day on the Hill” and meet with legislators sponsored through the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education. Students enrolled in the Introduction to Civic Engagement class will study the importance of engagement in a democratic society and the roles and responsibilities of all citizens to have their voices heard. For more information, contact Pam Jessee, dean and professor of education, at (815) 836-5842 or

During the Town Hall Meeting, keynote speakers Illinois State Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant and Brian Mackey, Springfield journalist, shared how students can make a difference in the civic life of the communities. They suggested promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.

Bertino-Tarrant discussed civic engagement from the classroom to the capital. She is a fourth-generation Will County resident who won the newly created 49th Senate District seat in the November 2012 elections. The new district comprises all or part of Bolingbrook, Crest Hill, Joliet, Oswego, Plainfield, Romeoville and Shorewood. Impassioned by her history as both an educator and an education advocate, Bertino-Tarrant plans to continue to fight for public schools, education funding and school resources now that she has a seat at the legislative table. She has also been a small-business owner and a constant voice for the small-businesses community through her involvement with the Will County Center for Economic Development, the Joliet Chamber of Commerce and the Wilco Area Career Center.

Mackey’s presentation focused on the Springfield scene and legislation issues. In his work, he covers state government and politics for Illinois Issues magazine, WUIS and a dozen other public radio stations across Illinois. Previously, Mackey was the A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.

Critical Thinking Seminar gets thoughts from author Bartley Madden on solving complex business issues

Author of “Reconstructing Your Worldview” Bartley Madden recently shared how four core beliefs can help solve complex business issues with a Lewis University Critical Thinking in Business class. The seminar is taught by Dr. Robert Atra, professor of finance.

Madden said the core beliefs have proven to facilitate breakthrough thinking, guide continuous improvement, and shape wealth-creating strategies. The four core beliefs are:

  • Past experiences shape assumptions

  • Language is a perception’s silent partner

  • Improve performance by identifying and fixing a system’s key constraints

  • Behavior is control of perception

Madden is a pioneer in the field of financial valuation having created the Cash Flow Return on Investment (CFROI) method of valuing firms. His valuation work is explained in numerous books and articles he has written, including “CFROI Valuation – A Total System Approach to Valuing the Firm,” published by Butterworth-Heinemann. Madden’s other research is wide ranging, covering topics from business process improvement to expediting drug approval for critically ill patients. His work has earned recognition by Nobel Prize winning economists.

Ethically grounded and career focused, Lewis University’s business degree programs combine critical thinking with data analysis, financial understanding, technological knowledge and essential communication skills. Distinguished by a focus on global business practices and international relations, more students are taking advantage of short- and long-term study abroad excursions. With small class sizes, one-on-one attention from dedicated faculty who are experts in their field, and accelerated and convenient course options through regional locations, Lewis offers the ideal learning environment.

Lewis alumnus Jay Johnson speaks with computer science students on data security

Lewis University alumnus Jay Johnson of Argonne National Laboratory spoke to Computer Science and Computer Engineering students on Feb. 25 about securely storing data in the cloud.

“Jay is a tremendous friend of the department,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. “He has mentored many of our students in professional roles, and has given us a lot of advice on curriculum. We were very excited about this talk because cloud security is a growing concern, and Jay helped our students understand this important issue.”

As the section manager of IT security and operations in the center for strategic security at Argonne National Laboratory, Johnson directs and oversees IT system security, service desk, testing, deployment and operations for multiple IT systems and projects developed and operated by the Argonne Center for Strategic Security on behalf of multiple government agencies. Johnson also performs and directs cyber related research.

Johnson has taught a number of undergraduate Computer Science courses and graduate Information Security courses for Lewis University. He is also a founding member of the Computer Science Advisory Board. In this role, he serves an important function, helping the faculty of the department keep its curriculum current, its laboratory facilities well-equipped, and its students well-positioned for enriching internships and fulfilling careers.

Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.

In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.

Young adults can fulfill MLK’s Dream, says Dr. David Stovall

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a revolutionary warrior for peace and justice, and it is up to young adults to fulfill his dream to address the concerns of the poor and challenge society’s status quo, stated Dr. David Stovall. The associate professor of Educational Policy Studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) encouraged the crowd of 120-plus high school and college students during his Feb. 17 keynote address at the annual Lewis University Fulfilling the Dream Conference.

Stovall shared his concerns about the Illinois correctional system and encouraged the students to become advocates for change. He connected youth and women activism with the great movements for transformation in history. Whether it was sitting in the front of the bus in Montgomery, Ala., or a demonstration in Tiananmen Square, youth and females were involved in being the impetus for revolution, he pointed out. He urged the youth in the audience to be advocates for transformation in whatever circumstances they find themselves in life. The Greater Lawndale/Little Village School for Social Justice volunteer social studies teacher suggested that college was a great place to start their efforts.

The entire Fulfilling the Dream Conference was focused on finding success as an African-American in college. College preparation workshops throughout the day focused on thriving in high school, balancing fun and money, career success and navigating a college campus. A Black History Month trivia game also served as an inspirational part of the day.

A successful college experience served as a good foundation for Stovall. He continued on to research four areas including critical race theory, concepts of social justice in education, the relationship between housing and education, and the relationship between schools and community stakeholders. In the attempt to bring theory to action, he has spent the last 10 years working with community organizations and schools to develop curriculum that addresses issues of social justice. Stovall’s current work has led him to become a member of the Greater Lawndale/Little Village School of Social Justice High School design team, which opened in the Fall of 2005. Furthering his work with communities, students, and teachers, Stovall is involved with youth-centered community organizations in Chicago, New York and the Bay Area.

The Fulfilling the Dream conference draws its name from the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who had a dream about equality for all people. Lewis University Multicultural Student Services hosts the conference as part of Lewis University’s commitment to the understanding, appreciation and celebration of diversity. MSS works with the university community to provide programs and services that promote the educational, cultural and social growth of all its students in developing cultural competencies. The goal is to facilitate an environment where all students interested in diverse issues are welcome to participate in the programs. Participants included high school students from Lockport Township High School, Thornridge School in Dolton and Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora. Lewis University students also participated in the day as attendees and leaders of various events.

For more information, contact Miguel Cambray, director of Lewis University Multicultural Student Services, at or 815-836-5538.


Birthdays for March 2015

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

March 1, Adrienne Bicek, Athletics
March 1, Dr. Neena Gopalan, Psychology
March 1, Blake Huntley, Campus Police

March 2, Stephanie McKenzie, Residence Life
March 2, Michelle Mega, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
March 2, Shadonna Merriweather, Residence Life

March 3, Syl Goyette, Marketing and Communications
March 3, Karen Lockyer, Sports and Exercise Science

March 4, Dr. Mallory Havens, Biology
March 4, Mariza Rocha, Multicultural Student Services
March 4, Edmond Steffey, Jr., Athletics

March 5, Christopher Crnkovic, Office of Technology
March 5, James Ross, Facilities
March 5, Clare Shaughnessy, College of Nursing & Health Professions

March 6, Dr. David Anderson, Communications
March 6, Dr. Robert Wright, LUA

March 7, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business
March 7, Dr. Chwan-Shyang Jih, Psychology

March 8, Angeline Bizzotti, Graduate and Adult Admission
March 8, Dr. James Burke, Theology
March 8, Lorelee Smith, Athletics

March 9, Scott Trost, Athletics

March 10, Dr. Laura Carmine, College of Business
March 10, Lisa Heizer, University Advancement

March 11, Natalie Garcia, Office of Mission and Identity
March 11, Kathrynne Skonicki, Marketing and Communications

March 12, Dr. Maryellen D Collett, Theology
March 12, Paul Ludwig, Facilities
March 12, Hayley Miller, Communications

March 13, Christine Jones, College of Arts & Sciences
March 13, Jun Kikuchi, Campus Police
March 13, Dr. Barbara Mackey, College of Education

March 14, Guy Ngbwa, College of Education

March 15, Susan Leece, Admission
March 15, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications
March 15, Nancy Wiksten, Graduate and Adult Admission

March 16, Dr. Dana Dominiak, Math & Computer Science
March 16, Dr. Ray Muhammad, Sociology
March 16, Dana Schwarting, Athletics
March 16, Ashley Skidmore, Admission
March 16, Jo Ellen Slowik, Theatre

March 17, Therese Jones, English

March 19, Roy Clark, Jr., Facilities
March 19, Dr. Mike McFerron, Music
March 19, Nanci Peek, College of Nursing & Health Professions
March 19, Jose Ramirez, Facilities
March 19, Matthew Strama, Office of Technology
March 19, Fr. Daniel Torson, Theology

March 20, Napoleon Garcia, Office of Technology
March 20, Br. Peter Hannon, FSC, History

March 21, Br. Robert Veselsky, FSC, University Ministry

March 22, Barbara Lewis, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
March 22, Daniel Magner, Flight

March 23, David Deitemyer, College of Arts and Sciences

March 24, Dr. Deborah Augsburger, College of Education

March 26, James Perrone, College of Business
March 26, Salvatore Ursino, Marketing and Communications

March 27, Kwaku Amoabin, Office of Technology
March 27, Dr. Lauren Hoffman, College of Education
March 27, Christopher Koenig, Athletics

March 28, Christopher Burgermeister, Flight
March 28, Kerrie Anne James, Athletics

March 29, Karen Covington, College of Nursing & Health Professions
March 29, Dr. Mary Fisher, College of Education

March 30, Dr. Faisal Abdullah, College of Business
March 30, Tracy Bradley, Office of Technology
March 30, Oscar Little, Facilities
March 30, Dr. Anne Porter, College of Nursing & Health Professions

March 31, James Grisz, Facilities
March 31, Dr. Ray Klump, Math & Computer Science

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 March 2015

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


27 Years, Oscar Little, Facilities

25 Years, Rosemary Thompson, Office of Technology

21 Years, Robin Williams, Facilities

19 Years, Jill Siegfried, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness

17 Years, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Office of Mission and Identity

14 Years, Leigh Bancsy, Office of the President

13 Years, Mary Beth Feeman, Enrollment Management

10 Years, Shawn Bailey, Facilities

9 Years, Rukiya Johnson, Graduate School of Management

8 Years, Adam Burkhart, Student Recreation, Fitness and Wellness
8 Years, Frederick Gandy, Residence Life
8 Years, Lori Misheck, Human Resources

7 Years, Thomas Buell, Facilities
7 Years, Michelle Ronchetti, Health & Counseling Services
7 Years, Jonathan Ficaro, Meetings, Events and Conferences

5 Years, Michelle Mega, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
5 Years, Dorothy Vodicka, Student Services

4 Years, Joyelle Schulz, Financial Aid Services
4 Years, Anne Czech, Graduate and Adult Admission

3 Years, Michael Kelly, Campus Police
3 Years, Janet Dorencz, Library
3 Years, Blake Huntley, Campus Police

2 Years, Dr. Suling Li, College of Nursing & Health Professions
2 Years, Nirav Patel, Office of Technology
2 Years, Kristie Machtan, Campus Police
2 Years, Michael Bulfin, Office of Mission and Identity
2 Years, Kelly Kolton, University Advancement

1 Year, Jennifer Kilmartin, Mail Room
1 Year, Alice Creason, Library
1 Year, Daniel Zehr, Aviation Services
1 Year, Caleigh O'Connell, Admission


Rotary Student of the Month—Marquis J. Butler

Marquis J. Butler, a senior majoring in History and Secondary Education with a minor in Political Science, has been named Rotary Student of the Month for February, 2015, by the Joliet Rotary Club. A Dean’s list honoree, Marquis has been a Resident Assistant at Lewis University for three years. He is Vice President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council. He also volunteers at the Warren Sharp Community Center and is a Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois.

Following graduation, Marquis plans to attend graduate school at Lewis to continue his education with the goal of becoming a principal and “eventually a college professor.” Congratulations, Marquis, on receiving the Rotary Student of the Month Award for your academic success at Lewis University and your outstanding participation in campus life.

Lewis Generates Votes In Stanley Security Contest

More than a dozen staff members who assisted in supporting Lewis University in the Stanley Security contest, Together for Safer Schools, have been thanked by Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, for their spirited campaign that resulted in hundreds of people casting votes for Lewis in a competition among universities with a prize of $200,000 in security products and services. Those voting included faculty, staff and students on campus plus alumni and friends of the Lewis Community. James Montanari, Chief of Police at Lewis University, provided the application that resulted in Lewis being named as one of the participants, after being informed of the contest by Oscar Little (Facilities) and Larry Vinson, Police Technical Specialist.

“High praise to the Lewis University Police Department and the enthusiasm of faculty, staff and students who assisted in supporting Lewis University in the Stanley Security contest,” stated Brother James. “It is impressive that many people voted daily and encouraged their families and friends to vote for Lewis in the contest.”

Marketing and Communications staff members wholeheartedly joined in the campaign, providing campaign materials to convince people to cast a vote each day from January 19 to February 13 in an attempt to win this contest. Dr. Ramona LaMontagne, Kathrynne Skonicki, Vanessa Phillips, Jim Cowan, Sylvain L. Goyette, Salvatore D. Ursino and Anne Koleff provided dozens of posters, contacted new audiences through Facebook, and coordinated the campaign on social media, including Twitter. Thanks also are extended to Larry Vinson for his daily updates through e-mail to the Lewis Community; John Carey for providing an LUTV television ad; Kelly Kolton (University Advancement) for contacting alumni online; Brian Sisson (Athletics) for including the message in Game Day scripts, and Sodexo Services for including an announcement of the contest and a reminder to vote on each table at Charlie’s Place.

Supporting the campaign on Twitter were many voters plus Career Services, the Recreation and Fitness Center, the Philip Lynch Theatre, the Lewis Club Rugby team, the Impact Lab, Intramurals, the Commuter Council, and the Police Department. Lewis University - Albuquerque also supported the campaign. Hundreds of people, including alumni and friends of the Lewis Community voted for Lewis University. Results of the campaign will not be announced until March 3.

“The prize is secondary to the enthusiastic spirit created by those urging others to vote, watching Lewis climb up in the rankings, and responding to the daily e-mails to remind people to vote,” Brother James noted, praising the very impressive collaboration that was evident from start to finish in the four week contest.

Office of Technology Welcomes Technology Support and Information Security Directors

Two director positions in the Office of Technology were filled in its technology management team.

Napoleon Garcia has joined Lewis University as the Director of Technology Support. Garcia brings over a decade of IT support management experience to the University (all of which has been in higher education). Garcia will manage the Technology Support department, which is responsible for all client-facing technology support services for Lewis University. These services include the IT Service Desk, end-user support, computer lab management, and classroom technology support. Moreover, he will develop and lead the daily operations of Technology Support department to ensure appropriate technology support availability to all members of the University community. Garcia can be reached at or x5953.

Robert (Bob) Barton has accepted the position of Director of Information Security. Prior to joining Lewis, Barton served in a number of IT management/security positions (most recently in the banking industry). Barton’s will be responsible for establishing and maintaining an university-wide information security/cybersecurity program that will ensure the University’s information and infrastructure assets are adequately protected. In addition, Barton will be responsible for identifying, evaluating, and reporting on information security risks in a manner that meets or exceeds compliance and regulatory requirements for higher education. Barton will also be in charge of managing the University’s portfolio of IT hardware, software, and services. He can be reached at or x5663.


Music by Mike McFerron featured on new digital album release

New work by Dr. Mike McFerron, professor of music, “Morneaumix: my husband” is included on the digital album release “Love Songs Remixed,” a composition remix of a work for voice and computer by New York City Composer David Morneau.

Morneau’s original version, the concert version, was written for eight-channel surround sound and premiered at Lewis University this past fall at Electronic Music Midwest. Utilizing a three-note motif, the core of this remix is layers of a degrading 31 beat iso-rhythm.

Those interested can listen to the work for free, as well as pre-order the CD, by visiting

McFerron is professor of music and composer-in-residence at Lewis University, and he is founder and co-director of Electronic Music Midwest. He is a past fellow of the MacDowell Colony, Ucross, June in Buffalo and the Chamber Music Conference of the East/Composers’ Forum, with honors including first prize in the Louisville Orchestra Composition Competition, first prize in the CANTUS commissioning/residency program, recipient of the 2005 CCF Abelson Vocal Music Commission and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s “First Hearing” Program. He serves on the board of the directors for the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra and also as the Chair of the Executive Committee for the Society of Composers, Inc. McFerron’s music can be heard on numerous commercial recordings as well as on his website at


Lewis' Max Strus Named GLVC Men's Basketball Freshman Of The Year

The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Wednesday (March 4) that Lewis University guard Max Strus (Hickory Hills, Ill./Stagg) has been selected as the GLVC Men's Basketball Freshman of the Year in a league-wide vote of head coaches.

Strus, who was also named to the All-GLVC Second Team, is second on the team in scoring (13.2 ppg.) and is the highest scoring freshman in the league. It is also the highest scoring average by a Lewis freshman since Flyer Hall of Famer Larry Tucker averaged 14.9 ppg. in 1979-80. He leads the Flyers in three-pointers made (39) and is second in rebounds (5.1 rpg.), blocks (0.8 bpg.) and steals (1.4 spg.). He is the first Flyer to win this award since fellow All-GLVC Second Team selection Ryan Jackson (Bolingbrook, Ill./Riverside-Brookfield) took home the honors in 2012.

"I think Max is as good of a freshman that has come into this league since I have been at Lewis," Lewis head men's basketball coach Scott Trost said. "The good thing is that he will continue to get better and better. He is an extremely hard worker and will be a cornerstone of our program for the next three years."

Jackson, a senior guard, earns All-GLVC accolades for the third-straight season after being named to the All-GLVC First Team as a sophomore and junior. The Bolingbrook, Ill., native tops the Flyers in both scoring (14.4 ppg.) and assists (3.8 apg.). His 107 assists are the most by a Flyer player since Matthew Marino dished out 133 during the 2006-07 campaign. Jackson's assist/turnover ratio of 1.91 is the fifth-best in the GLVC. He has also scored 1,706 points in four years, good for fifth in school-history.

"Ryan has had an unbelievable four years here at Lewis," Trost said. "To receive All-GLVC accolades three years in a row is a testament to the type of player that he is.

"He has worked very hard to get to where he is and is very deserving of this honor."

Lewis senior forward Julian Lewis (Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor) was named to the GLVC All-Defensive Team for the third-straight season. Lewis led the Flyers in rebounding for the third-straight season with 7.5 rebounds-per-game and collected his 1,000th career point against UIS in a GLVC First Round match-up last Sunday (March 1). He is eighth in the GLVC in rebounding and fourth in defensive rebounds (5.7 rpg.). Lewis is one of four players in Lewis history that has recorded at least 1,000 points and 700 rebounds in his career.

"Julian has had an outstanding career at Lewis," Trost said. "He can guard multiple positions for us and is an outstanding rebounder."

While Trost appreciates the individual honors bestowed upon his team, he knows that it was a collective team effort that has helped the Flyers to their current record of 21-7.

"With team success comes individual accolades," Trost said. "Our team has had a very good year and a lot of hard work by a lot of people has gone into that.

"I am very proud of all of the young men on this team and they have all contributed to our success."

Lewis is back in action on Thursday (March 5), as the Flyers battle No. 13 Indianapolis in a GLVC Quarterfinal match-up. Tip-off is set for 2:30 PM at the Family Center in St. Charles, Mo.

Lewis' Jamie Johnson Named To Women's Basketball Academic All-America First Team

Lewis University women's basketball redshirt junior Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) has been named to 2014-15 Capital One Academic All-America® NCAA Division II First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Johnson owns a cumulative 4.00 GPA in communication studies.

The junior shooting guard is averaging 18.5 points per game, tops in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and 35th in the nation. Johnson's 44.8 percent (64-of-143) 3-point shooting is 11th in the country. She has earned two GLVC Player of the Week honors this season. Her Flyers are No. 2 in the nation and 26-1 on the season.

"Jamie epitomizes everything you would want in a student athlete," Lewis head coach Lisa Carlsen said. "She is dedicated in her training and by this recognition is obviously dedicated in the classroom. Jamie has led us in numerous ways and is a great example to emulate for our younger players."

Johnson is the program's first Academic All-America First Team selection since 2006-07 when Mary Moskal earned the honor.

Lewis closes out the regular season on Thursday (Feb. 26) at UW-Parkside.

No. 16 Lewis Women's Track And Field Qualifies For Five Events At NCAA Indoor Championships

The NCAA announced on Tuesday (March 3) that the No. 16 Lewis University women's track and field team has qualified in five different events in the upcoming NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Lewis' qualifiers include Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay), Rebecca Priesler (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville), Chantel Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook); and the Distance Medley Relay team of Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North), Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton), Amy Polhemus (Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich) and Farrough.

The championships will be held on March 13-14 and hosted by the University of Alabama In Huntsville and Birmingham CrossPlex, in Birmingham, Alabama. Heat sheets will be available on March 9th.

"With such a big group traveling to nationals, we will have some wonderful support and that should help us try and secure a Top Ten finish," Lewis head women's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said.

Farrough, who was a qualifier in the 1-mile run as a freshman in 2014, will compete in the 3,000-meter run. Earlier this season, she obliterated the Lewis school-record in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:41.24. That mark is good for seventh in the region and 15th overall in NCAA Division II. The South Bend, Ind., native also claimed USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region accolades in the 5,000-meter run, as her time of 16:50.50 was the fourth-fastest in the region and sixth-best in the country.

Priesler, who was a 2014 NCAA Outdoor All-American, qualifies for the first time at the Indoor Championships. She broke her own school-record in the pole vault with a mark of 3.80m (12'5 5"). That vault is good for fourth in the Midwest Region, ties her for 11th overall in the country and earns her USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region honors.

Stennis qualified in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes. She broke her own school-record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.26. That time is good for second in the Midwest Region and 10th overall in Division II. Stennis destroyed the previous school-record in the 400-meter dash by nearly three seconds as she clocked in at 54.12. That is the second fastest time in the Midwest Region and is the fifth-best in the country.

Lewis' DMR set the school-record at the Cardinal Classic a few weeks ago with a time of 11:38.62. That performance earned them USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region honors and is the fourth-fastest time in the region and fifth-best in Division II.

The Flyers' final USTFCCCA All-Region selection went to junior Amber Cook (Grayslake, Ill./Warren Township). Cook picked up the honors with the third-best triple jump in the region with a leap of 11.88m (38'11 3/4").

No. 2 Lewis Men’s Volleyball Uses 20.5 Blocks To Defeat Penn State 3-1

Junior Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) hit .615 with nine kills and 12 blocks (one solo) to help No. 2 Lewis men's volleyball to a 3-1 (25-15, 26-28, 25-18, 25-20) win over Penn State on Friday (Feb. 20) evening at Neil Carey Arena.

The win is Lewis' 10th straight victory.

The Flyers out-blocked Penn State 20.5-3.5. Walsh's 12 blocks led Lewis. Senior Geoff Powell (Claremont, Calif./Claremont) finished with six blocks while adding 12 kills. Fellow senior outside hitter Greg Petty (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove North) also totaled 12 kills. Petty added seven digs, five block assists and two aces.

Lewis opened the match with a 10-point win in set one thanks to 7-0 run in the middle of the frame. Junior Scott Fifer (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) led the push from the service line. He had an ace and two assists in the 7-0 run.

The Flyers led set two 23-22 before back-to-back PSU points gave the Nittany Lions set point at 24-23. Lewis turned away two set points but ultimately Penn State won the game 28-26.

The third set was all Lewis with the Flyers leading wire-to-wire.

Lewis won the fourth set by five points but it was after Lewis struggled out of the gates. Penn State took a quick 7-2 lead but Lewis seemed to be a different team after a timeout. The Flyers scored multiple points on seven occasions in the set to win the frame and the match. The final point came on a solo block by Walsh.

Fifer had 36 assists as he led a Lewis offense which out-hit the Nittany Lions .299 to .167. Senior Lucas Yanez (Burbank, Calif./John Burroughs) finished with 12 digs.

Lewis' 20.5 blocks are the most for the Flyers in a contest since Lewis recorded 21.5 at Ohio State in the 2012 MIVA Championship. That contest was a five-set match. The last time Lewis recorded 20 blocks in a four-set match was Lewis' 20.5 against Saint Francis (PA) on Jan. 30, 2010.

"We made some in game changes and really put ourselves in a position to get those blocks," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said of Lewis' blocking defense on Friday. "Bob (Walsh) anchored that and Jacob (Schmiegelt) did a great job in the middle and the team combined on the pins to put it together and put us in position to get those great touches."

The Flyers move to 12-1. Penn State falls to 4-8. Friday's win was Lewis' second over Penn State this year. Lewis returns to action next Friday (Feb. 27) against Lindenwood. Lewis' previously scheduled match tomorrow (Feb. 21) against Erskine has been postponed due to Erskine's travel issues from the wintery weather in the south.

No. 2 Lewis’ Bobby Walsh Wins AVCA National Player of the Week And MIVA Honor

Lewis junior middle hitter Bobby Walsh (Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel) has earned a pair of awards for his play in No. 2 Lewis men's volleyball's 3-1 win over Penn State on Friday (Feb. 20).

Walsh has been named the Sports Imports/American Volleyball Coaches Association National Player of the Week as well as the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Defensive Player of the Week.

Walsh had a career night against Penn State in Lewis' 3-1 victory on Friday. Walsh recorded a career-high 12 blocks as he helped the No. 2 Flyers total 20.5 blocks on the night. It was Lewis' first four-set match with 20 blocks since 2010. The final point of the match was Walsh's one solo block. The middle hitter also tallied nine kills and hit .615 on the match.

"Bob had a great match against Penn State," Lewis head coach Dan Friend said. "He was great at the net in all facets and really helped the team get dialed in at the net blocking."

Walsh is second in both the MIVA and the nation for blocks per set with 1.59.

This is the third MIVA Defensive Player of the Week honor of Walsh's career and the first AVCA National Player of the Week honor.

The 12-1 Flyers are on a 10-match winning streak. Lewis is home for a pair of MIVA matches this weekend. First up is a 7 p.m. date with Lindenwood on Friday (Feb. 27). Quincy comes to Neil Carey Arena on Saturday for a 4 p.m. first serve.

Both Lewis Swim Squads Earn CSCAA Team Scholar Awards

The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its 2014 Fall Team Scholar All-America Awards on Tuesday (Feb. 24), with both Lewis University swimming squads appearing on the list. The Lewis women's squad earned a 3.46 team GPA while the men's squad recorded a 3.09 mark. The women were one of 47 teams recognized in the nation while 20 men's programs were honored. Lewis was one of 16 schools to recieve honors for both the women's and men's teams.

Both Lewis squads ranked second in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for overall GPA.

The Team Scholar All-American Award is presented to college and university swimming and diving teams who achieved a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Founded in 1922, the College Swimming Coaches Association of America is the oldest professional organization of college coaches in America. The CSCAA is dedicated to serving and providing leadership for the advancement of the sport of swimming and diving at the collegiate level.

No. 18 Lewis Men's Track And Field Sends Four To NCAA Indoor Championships

The NCAA announced on Tuesday (March 3) that the No. 18 Lewis University men's track and field team will send four student-athletes to compete in five different events for the second-straight year at the upcoming NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Lewis' qualifiers include juniors Andre Barnes (Mount Prospect, Ill./Prospect), Adam Barr (Oak Forest, Ill./Oak Forest), Isaac Jean-Paul (Gurnee, Ill./Warren) and senior Andrew McLain (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead).

The championships will be held on March 13-14 and hosted by the University of Alabama In Huntsville and Birmingham CrossPlex, in Birmingham, Alabama. Heat sheets will be available on March 9th.

"Having our top four guys competing at nationals will be a great end to the indoor season," Lewis head men's track and field coach Dana Schwarting said. "We will be trying for a Top 15 finish and we definitely have the horsepower to do it."

Barnes qualified in the 400-meter dash where he currently sits fourth in the Midwest Region and sixth overall in NCAA Division II with a school-record time of 47.67. This past weekend, Barnes won the 400-meter dash title at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Indoor Championships with a time of 49.14. Barnes was a USTFCCCA All-Region selection in both the 200 and 400-meter dashes.

Barr competes in the weight throw for the second-straight season at Nationals. The Oak Forest, Ill., native broke his own school-record in the weight throw with a heave of 20.00 m (65'7 1/2") at the Hillsdale Wide-Track Classic. That mark is the sixth-best in the Midwest Region and eighth best in the country.

Jean-Paul looks to repeat as an Indoor All-American in the high jump and looks to improve upon his seventh-place finish in 2014. Earlier this season, the USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region selection broke his own school-record in the high jump with a leap of 2.19m (7'2 1/4"). That is the best mark in the Midwest Region and the second-highest in Division II. He is coming off a weekend where he won both the high jump and long jump titles at the GLVC Indoor Meet, earning him Field Athlete of the Year accolades.

For the third-straight season, McLain has qualified in both the 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run, where he was a USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region selection in both events. Last season, McLain earned All-America honors in the 5,000-meter run. He currently owns the fifth-fastest 3,000-meter run (8:15.26) in the Midwest Region, which is good for 15th in the country. The Fort Wayne, Ind., native is third in the region in the 5,000-meter run (14:13.98), which is the seventh fastest in Division II.

Lewis' final USTFCCCA All-Midwest Region selection was sophomore Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac). Milhauser earned this distinction in the 1-mile run (4:10.26), where he owned the fifth-fastest time in the region.

No. 2 Lewis Women's Hoops Clinches GLVC East Title With 91-71 Win At McKendree

No. 2 Lewis women's basketball out-rebounded McKendree 50-31 to pick up a 91-71 Great Lakes Valley Conference road win on Saturday (Feb. 21) afternoon. The win clinches the GLVC East Division Championship for the Flyers. Lewis has now won the GLVC East crown in three consecutive seasons.

The win is also Lewis' 16th GLVC win of the season. It matches the single season school record last year's team set when they finished with 16 conference wins.

Five Flyers finished in double-digits with senior Jess Reinhart (Normal, Ill./Bloomington Central Catholic) leading the way with 17 points. She now owns seventh place in career scoring at Lewis all to herself with 1,580 points. Junior Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) picked up her 20th double-double of the season thanks to a performance of 18 points and 11 rebounds.

"Our post players did a nice job of scoring around the basket today," Lewis head coach Lisa Carlsen said.

Senior Alexus Grayer (Washington, Ill./Washington) came off the bench to add 16 points on an efficient 4-of-7 performance beyond the arc. Junior Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) totaled 14 points. Senior Kristin Itschner (Metamora, Ill./Peoria Notre Dame) totaled 10 points with four assists.

McKendree's final lead of the game came at 8-7. The Flyers led the rest of the way. After committing only four fouls on Thursday at UIS, Lewis stayed out of foul trouble once again on Saturday. McKendree never entered the double bonus with four fouls being called on Lewis in the first half and eight in the second half.

Of Lewis' 50 rebounds, 19 were of the offensive variety. Lewis out-scored McKendree in the paint 44-36.

The visiting Flyers out-shot the Bearcats 48.6 percent to 43.6 percent.

Lewis improves to 26-1 (16-1 GLVC). McKendree falls to 2-23 (1-16 GLVC). The Flyers close the regular season on Thursday (Feb. 26) at UW-Parkside. A win would set a new program record for single season conference wins.

Relays Qualify For Nationals For First Time In Lewis Men’s Swimming History

Five Lewis men's swimming student-athletes on two relay teams have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships, the NCAA announced on Wednesday (Feb. 25). It is the first time in program history Lewis has qualified for nationals in a men's relay event.

The 400 free relay squad of junior Matt Bacinich (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North), sophomore Aidan Brennan (Naples, Fla. /Barron Collier), sophomore Victor Tarin (Godelleta, Valencia, Spain/IES Conselleria) and sophomore Bryan Wiener (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) qualified with a school-record seed of 2:59.25.

Junior Zach Ballon (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek), Brennan, Tarin and Wiener used a school record seed of 3:15.67 in the 400 medley relay to qualify for nationals.

"I am very pleased with the young men who were selected to NCAA's," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "They have put in a lot of effort this season and worked their way there. I am especially happy to have qualified relays. Since relays score twice as many points as individual swims, it is a pretty big deal. The NCAA allows us to use any of those five swimmers to create 'optional entry relays'. So in addition to the 400 free relay and 400 medley relays, we will also swim the 200 yard versions of the same relays. All four have an excellent chance of scoring points. After we review everything, we may also choose to swim the 800 free relay."

Lewis will also have several Flyers in individual events. Brennan will compete in the 1000 and 500 free. Tarin will swim in the 500 and 200 free. Wiener has also qualified in the 200 and 100 backstroke.

"In the individual events, we have some excellent seeds going into the meet," Karns said. "I have every confidence these men are ready for a historic NCAA's for Lewis University."

The NCAA Division II Championships will be held March 11-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Home Lewis Men's Volleyball Match With IPFW Rescheduled For March 17 At 7 PM

No. 2 Lewis men's volleyball's match with IPFW that was scheduled on Saturday (Feb. 14) but was postponed due to weather preventing IPFW from making the trip, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 17. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at Neil Carey Arena in the St. Patrick's Day contest.

Also announced, Lewis' match with Erskine which was scheduled for Feb. 21 and was postponed for the same reason, will not be rescheduled.

Lewis is 14-1 on the season with a perfect 5-0 mark in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association play. Lewis' next contest is set for Monday (March 9) at No. 1 Loyola.


Did You Know? Mediation Team in International Tournament

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 Lewis University Mediation team has been invited to participate in the International Law School Mediation Championship tournament from March 18-21 in Des Moines, Iowa? The Lewis team is one of only five undergraduate teams in this prestigious competition. Representing Lewis will be Bridgette Ferreira, Shannon Lukowski, Alexandria Austring and Brianna Diaz. Coaches include Dr. James Houlihan (Justice, Law & Public Safety Studies), Joseph Volin (University Advancement) and alumna Angela Henderson. The team will compete against teams from countries including the United States, Brazil, Canada, India and Great Britain. Members of the Mediation Team who will compete at UW-Platteville on April 10-11, include Brianna and Shannon, plus Lane Snyder and Ying Gao.

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

Did you know that the Fourth Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015? Presentations will include research posters and creative works, plus fifteen minute presentations by students and/or faculty on research topics or papers they have written. Those who have not yet applied to present as part of a concurrent session, poster or creative work, may submit applications by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 by accessing the website page at Student applications must be approved by a faculty mentor.

The Celebration is co-sponsored by the Culture of Inquiry Advisory Committee; the University Office of Graduate Studies; the Colonel Stephen W. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research; the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Studies; the History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest; the Center for Ministry and Spirituality; the University Faculty Development Committee; and the Scholars Academy. Co-chairing this university-wide event are Dr. Nan Yancey, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Joyce Hayward, Professor of Reading & Literacy.

Did You Know? Celebration of Scholarship 2015

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 Fourth Annual Lewis University Celebration of Scholarship will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015? Presentations will include research posters and creative works, plus fifteen minute presentations by students and/or faculty on research topics or papers they have written. Those who have not yet applied to present as part of a concurrent session, poster or creative work, may submit applications by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015 by accessing the website page at Student applications must be approved by a faculty mentor.

The Celebration is co-sponsored by the Culture of Inquiry Advisory Committee; the University Office of Graduate Studies; the Colonel Stephen W. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research; the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate Studies; the History Center: Urban, Cultural and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest; the Center for Ministry and Spirituality; the University Faculty Development Committee; and the Scholars Academy. Co-chairing this university-wide event are Dr. Nan Yancey, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Dr. Joyce Hayward, Professor of Reading & Literacy.

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


Picture This! Electroacoustic Music Mini-Concert

Dr. Mike McFerron, Professor of Music and Composer-in-Residence at Lewis University is shown in three photos taken in conjunction with the MusicBytes: Electroacoustic Music Mini-Concert on Friday, February 13 in Ives Hall. Featuring Meditatio Synzygiae, a new 50 minute composition by Dr. McFerron, the event was an interactive multimedia concert meditation event, combining art and science. Also presented was the photograph, "My Morning Sunshine” by artist Devin Levi Cooper. In the first photo, Dr. McFerron sets up the program on a laptop. The second photo shows one of the visuals featured in the mini-concert, and the third photo shows Dr. McFerron and students taking down the electronic equipment.

Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC (History) for taking this photo and to Syl Goyette (Marketing and Communications) for formatting the Picture This! articles. To suggest a topic for an article, contact Carol Wassberg (President's Office) at To access more photos, use this link,