Monday September 15, 2014 through Sunday September 21, 2014


Lewis In Top 25 in Best Midwest Rankings

University Rises in U.S. News & World Report for Best Midwest Regional Universities

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Lewis University among the top 25 in its ratings of Midwest Regional Universities. Lewis broke into the Top 25 for the first time with its results and dramatically increased its ranking by eleven points in the annual Best Colleges rankings, resulting in a tie for 23rd place among regional institutions in the Midwest with a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. Lewis also has two doctoral programs.

“Key to our progress in the ratings are steadily-improving retention and graduation rates, which reflect the commitment of our faculty and staff who work to inspire our students and assist them in achieving their goals,” noted Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President. "Also contributing to the improvement in ratings is the percentage of freshmen who rank in the top 25 percent of their high school classes. Average ACT scores also pushed Lewis higher in the standings,” he said.

Lewis experienced a record number of applicants this year which is attributed to the enhancement of the curriculum in areas such as the Sciences, Aviation, Nursing, and in other fields, as well as continued improvement in academic services. New and renovated facilities, such as the state-of-the-art Science Center, acquisition of the St. Charles Borromeo Center, construction of a new addition for the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and more, also have contributed to the interest of students of all ages.

“Lewis University’s progress in moving upward in the rankings for four consecutive years is evidence of our unwavered commitment to continuous improvement and student success,” commented Brother James.

U.S. News & World Report ranks institutions with a full range of undergraduate majors and master’s programs. The Best Colleges rankings provide a thorough examination of how nearly 1,800 accredited four-year schools compare on at least 11 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings and key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving, and graduation rate performance. The 2014 edition of U.S. News' Best Colleges rankings is available on, which features extensive statistical profiles for each school. It also includes a college search for students and parents looking for the school that best fits their needs.

Lewis University named “A Best in the Midwest” College by the Princeton Review

Lewis University has been named by the Princeton Review as a “Best in the Midwest” for 2015. The list is part of the company’s website feature, “2015 Best Colleges: Region by Region.”

“We selected Lewis University – and the other terrific institutions on our ‘regional best’ lists – primarily for their excellent academic offerings,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review. Colleges chosen for the “Best in the Midwest” list are located in 12 states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Lewis University offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and programs of study, 25 graduate programs, and certificates of advanced study. Its student/faculty ratio is 13:1, encouraging close interaction among students and their teachers.

“Our faculty members are committed to students’ personal and professional success. Most of our faculty hold doctoral or terminal degrees in their fields and many are experienced practitioners. Our faculty combines their excellent education and real-life experience to provide a quality educational experience for every student,” said Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost.

The Princeton Review editors narrowed their choices based on institutional data the company collected directly from several hundred colleges in each region, staff visits to schools over the years, and the opinions college counselors and advisers whose recommendations the company invites. Franek added, “Our selections also take into account what students at the schools report to us about their experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. We ask every question that a prospective applicant might want to ask on a campus visit. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

The Princeton Review also rated colleges based on their academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, campus safety, quality of life and green initiatives. More information on Lewis University’s ratings can be obtained at

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test-prep courses, tutoring, books, and other student resources. Headquartered in Framingham, Mass., with editorial offices in New York and locations across the U.S.A. and abroad, the Princeton Review, which is a privately held company, is not affiliated with Princeton University.

ELS Language Center opens at Lewis University in October

ELS Language Centers (ELS) will join the Lewis University community this fall to offer instruction in multiple levels of English as a Second Language (ESL) to international students from abroad.

Contributing to international diversity, the ELS program will provide offices, classrooms and a language laboratory for students on the Lewis campus in Mother Teresa Hall, starting in October.

ELS operates continuously in four-week sessions, consisting of six classes per day, 52 weeks per year. Students participate in various classes that focus on structure and speaking practice, language studies and reading and writing. Students also may choose to take skills enhancement classes that focus on conversation, listening comprehension, American culture, public speaking and current events.

ELS international students will have the opportunity to reside in a residence hall on campus, or participate in a “home stay” program in the region while taking courses. Students who opt for the “home stay” program live with nearby American families, allowing for additional opportunities to enhance their English speaking abilities, and become acquainted with American customs. ELS is actively recruiting families for the “home stay” program.

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

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

For additional information contact Tyler King at or (815)588-7211.

Head Start staff receives a lesson in managing illness from Lewis University nursing students

Lewis University BAC-BSN students recently presented “Health Risk Assessment, Management and Health Promotion for Head Start Children,” to more than 100 professionals at the Head Start Pre-Service Training, including administration, teachers and staff from Diocese of Joliet’s Catholic Charities’ Early Childhood Division.

“The students were well prepared as evidenced by their ability to field questions from the audience,” said Anne McShane, assistant professor of nursing. “They had interactive educational games that were well received. The PowerPoint presentation was part of the pediatric health promotion clinical.”

Students who presented with Professor McShane include Janelle Gaines, Bryan Hernandez, Meg Konzelman, Lisa Miles and Colleen Mitros.

Lewis University's Accelerated BSN program allows students of various academic backgrounds to fast-track their careers and become registered nurses in as little as two years.

Another record year at Lewis University

Enrollment records were broken once again as classes began at Lewis University this fall. Several enrollment records were broken in the opening week for the mid-sized Catholic and Lasallian university, which welcomed the largest freshman class in Lewis history.

The freshman class of 760 students plus 453 transfer students helped to increase the overall enrollment to more than 6,700 students. A record 460 first year students are among the 1,321 residents who are staying in campus residence halls this year. The Lewis regional center in Albuquerque, New Mexico has enrolled more than 530 students this academic year. Lewis University also experienced an increase in students with military experience, reflecting its status as a Yellow Ribbon School that is recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine.

“Our continued growth in a challenging and very competitive higher education environment indicates recognition of Lewis University’s commitment to the success of our students through quality academic programs and facilities, outstanding faculty, affordable education, and a collaborative atmosphere,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

Quality and affordability are characteristics that prompted Lewis University’s recognition as a Top 5 best private college value in the Midwest by the website Great Value Colleges. The website states “By combining qualities like research, scholarship, and service, Lewis is able to offer students unique options like LUMINATE, a program of community service and experiential learning opportunities that occur over breaks. The University makes it onto this list because of features like an 82% freshmen retention rate, a 13:1 student-to-teacher ratio, 120 campus organizations, and nearly 80 academic programs.”

Significant growth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) majors contributed significantly to the record enrollment. There is a rapidly growing number of undergraduate students majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemical Physics, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Forensic Criminal Investigation, Information Security, Information Security & 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 program Biomedical Sciences Pre-Medical Studies and graduate level programs of Business Analytics, Information Security and Management.

“Our new programs continue to attract students interested in studying in fields that are in demand by the marketplace,” added Ray Kennelly, senior vice president for enrollment management, marketing and planning.

New programs include Computer Engineering, Spanish Language and Culture, Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Biomedical Science.

Other university enhancements have been completed to better support the growing population at Lewis. A major new addition to the College of Nursing and Health Professions has increased space for labs, classrooms and support offices. The College of Business moved into the completely transformed St. Charles Borromeo Center on campus, resulting in increased classrooms, office and student space.

WGN-TV WeatherBug Camera Now Live on Lewis Campus

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

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

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

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

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

Lewis communications students gain industry insight through summer TV internships

Lewis University Mass Communication students Marvin Gomez, Shane Gustafson and Jessica Resendiz spent their summer working in television by participating in multicultural summer radio/tv broadcasting internships at Univision Chicago, Chicago Tonight and Telemundo Chicago.

“I now have a better understanding of the different roles people have, and how hard they work to keep this station running with the number one news in Chicago, regardless of language,” said Gomez, who interned for WGBO Univision Chicago Channel 66. He worked with the Creative Services Department, which is in charge of all video creations for the station and clients. Gomez assisted in the promotions for the studio audience, represented WGBO at various events throughout Chicago and helped edit commercials for clients.

Gustafson worked at the Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW 11, focusing primarily on the news and public affairs show, “Chicago Tonight.” He also helped with the production of a restaurant review show, “Check, Please.” Mostly responsible for producing for the show, Gustafson made seating charts, worked with producers to book guests, wrote stories that went to air, edited video, pre-interviewed guests, went with reporters on shoots in the field, made show rundowns, and contributed ideas for segments and stories at the daily staff meetings.

“The internship is helped me achieve my career goals because it gives me insight about the world of professional television,” said Gustafson. “It helped me realize what news is, what makes certain things more important than others, what working on a deadline is like and how to produce an hour-long live show. There is so much that goes into television production and reporting that many people don't get a chance to see, but I was able to experience it first hand.”

“The best part of my internship was being able to go out on a goose hunt with the reporters,” said Resendiz, who interned at Telemundo Chicago. “I was able to assist in locating victims, finding clues that no other news station had, attend press conferences, and in some cases, I was able to be a part of helping individuals feel comfort and joy.”

She continued, “The education that Lewis University has provided me was definitely my backbone for being able to provide good assistance to the reporters and producers. I am so grateful to be a student at Lewis University and to have great teachers that really take the time to provide their students with a good education.”


Service Award Recipient for September 2014

Congratulations to Sean Fagan, Assistant Director of Student Development and Leadership, for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for September 2014. Sean was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for his dedicated, capable, helpful and very friendly service.

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


Lewis presents Young Alumni University speaker series on Sept. 17

Lewis University’s inaugural Young Alumni University speaker series begins with a presentation by Fred Dewald ’05, adjunct professor of finance, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17 in the D’Arcy Great Room, located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. Sponsored by the Lewis University Alumni Association, the event is free of charge and invites all current students and alumni.

Dewald is the president and owner of the investment firm, First Light Financial. Prior to opening First Light in 2012, Dewald worked with individuals, businesses and municipalities as an advisor in Morgan Stanley's Wealth Management division.

In addition to First Light, Dewald also holds a position as a finance instructor at Lewis University, where he teaches courses such as Investment Analysis, Principals of Finance, Corporate Finance, Finance for Managers, Topics & Cases in Finance and Financing the Business Enterprise. He has earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis University.

Young Alumni University is a new alumni speaker series that targets current students and young alumni, allowing them to gain insight on pertinent topics that will help them achieve their career, financial and personal goals as they enter the workplace. Alumni will have a chance to share their invaluable knowledge and work experience with attendees who will also have the opportunity to network with other attendees at a reception following the presentation.

Amanda Noel ’03 will speak at the second Young Alumni University event from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. She will speak on preparing for a job interview.

For a reservation to the event, contact Lisa Heizer at or (815) 836-5545. Walk-ins are also welcome. For more information on the Young Alumni University, contact Margaret Grabowski at or (815) 836-5944.

When the only way out is through the “Rabbit Hole” at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre presents the 2007 Pulitzer Prize winning play “Rabbit Hole” on September 26-28 and October 2-5. Playwright David Lindsay-Abaire brilliantly unfolds the emotional conflict of a family dealing with grief. Guest director Michael Bassett of Oak Park carefully leads the cast into a place of authenticity, and delicately balances their characters into a place of truthfulness.

“Rabbit Hole” tells the story of a family dealing with a tragic loss. Becca (Rachel Tau of Woodale) and Howie (Sean Gallagher of Mokena) lean on their family to put their lives back together after losing their 4 year-old son Danny. After eight months of mourning, Becca and Howie are spiraling down a “rabbit hole” in their own ways, with no clear way to get out. From Jason (Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield) the teenager who has the misfortune of forever being affected by Danny’s death, Becca’s mother Nat (Jo Slowik of Joliet) and sister Izzy (Nicole Riedy of Darien), all confront their despair through comedy, wit and strength. “Rabbit Hole”…. when the only way out is through.

Working behind the scenes: Harold McCay of Joliet (scenic design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Andrew Nelsen of Joliet(lighting design), Emma McGee of Joliet (sound design), Sylmarie Soto of Joliet (stage manager) and Kate O’Neil of Yorkville (properties), Faith Berry of Joliet (light board operator) and Dave Pomatto (assistant technical director).

Performances are Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is 4 p.m. matinee on Saturday, October 4. Tickets can be purchased through the Philip Lynch Theatre box office from the hours of 1–4:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Patrons may reserve tickets over the phone by calling (815) 836-5500.

Dr. Lewicky-Gaupp to present at College of Nursing & Health Professions lecture

“Prevention & Management of Obstetrical Anal Sphincter Injury” will be presented by Lewis University College of Nursing & Health Professions and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Christina Lewicky-Gaupp, OB-GYN, and assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will lead the discussion at 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Lewis University’s Oak Brook campus.

Lewicky-Gaupp earned her bachelor’s degree in Russian literature from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Mass. She obtained her medical degree from Rush Medical College in Chicago. She subsequently completed a four-year residency at the University of Chicago, where she was chief resident. Lewicky-Gaupp then completed a three-year accredited fellowship in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Chicago native was mentored by renowned urogynecologists Drs. John DeLancey and Dee Fenner. They published numerous peer-reviewed studies.

Participants who attend the presentation in its entirety and complete an evaluation form will receive 1.0 nursing continuing education contact hour. For more information or to reserve a seat, contact Nanci Peek, MSN RN, assistant professor of nursing/coordinator of continuing education for Lewis University College of Nursing & Health Professions, at or (815) 836-5720.

The event is co-sponsored by the Epsilon Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau and the Lewis Nursing Alumni Network. Sigma Tau International supports the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide. The Lewis University College of Nursing and Health Professions is academically rigorous, patient-centered and career-focused. Lewis University provides the ideal environment to prepare students for their nursing career. Accelerated graduate and degree completion programs as well as convenient cohort programs at regional sites are available.


Welcome Days Invites Students to “Explore 2014”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Birthdays for September 2014

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

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

September 2, David Zurek, Flight

September 3, Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald, College of Nursing & Health Professions
September 3, Br. Paul Joslin, FSC, Foreign Language Program
September 3, Jacqueline Schmidt, Office of the Registrar
September 3, Dr. Stanley Harriman, Aviation & Transportation Studies

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

September 5, Brett Bridel, Athletics

September 6, Michael Danielson, Sociology/Math/Computer Science
September 6, Patricia Kuchenbecker, Office of Technology

September 7, Dr. Sheila Boysen-Rotelli, Organizational Leadership

September 8, Peter Spizzirri, Campus Police

September 9, Dr. Jeanette Mines, Office of the Provost
September 9, Suzan Sollie, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
September 9, Jane Trainor, College of Nursing & Health Professions

September 10, Janice Coats, Human Resources

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

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

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

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

September 15, Joan Williams, College of Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 26, Shawn Adams, Office of Technology

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

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

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

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

If you’d rather not have your birthday published, please notify the Office of Marketing and Communications (Unit 196, ext. 5974). To make sure your request is met, call each year at least one month before your birthday. Any corrections should be reported to the Office of Human Resources at ext. 5270.


Service Anniversaries for September 2014

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


46 Years, Dr. Lawrence Hill, College of Business

45 Years, Br. Ray McManaman, FSC, Theology

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

39 Years, Paul Mitchell, Art and Design

29 Years, Vicky Tucker, Data Administration and Analysis

26 Years, Donald Castello, Facilities

21 Years, Michael Progress, College of Business

19 Years, Dwight DeVries, Facilities

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

16 Years, Gayle Fierce, College of Arts & Sciences

14 Years, Norene Tierney, Human Resources

10 Years, Robert Arnold, Meetings, Events and Conferences

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

8 Years, John Czajkowski, Receiving

7 Years, Sandra Schuh, Office of the Provost

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

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

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

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

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

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


New Café Opens in CONHP for Lewis Community

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

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

Dr. Stephany Schlachter affiliated to the Institute of the Christian Brothers

Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost of Lewis University, was affiliated to the Institute of the De La Salle Christian Brothers on Saturday, September 6, during a liturgy at Sancta Alberta Chapel on the Lewis campus. Members of her family, several Lewis University faculty and staff members, and many Brothers attended the late afternoon ceremony. Fr. Raymond Webb, AFSC, Chairperson, Department of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, presided at the mass. Brother Larry Schatz, FSC, Visitor, presented the letters of affiliation from Rome.

Dr. Schlachter has been extraordinary in discerning where the Spirit is leading the Lewis University community, and she is exceptional in her ability to invite and encourage others to integrate Lasallian values into all levels of education and everyday life on campus. She has participated in the Buttimer Institute and received the Brother Louis De La Salle Ministry of Teaching Award from Lewis. The Midwest District also honored her with the Distinguished Lasallian Education Award.

She has been sought as a speaker and author and has presented on various Lasallian topics at national conferences, including programs for the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, the Higher Learning Commission, the Council of Independent Colleges, and at various national Lasallian forums. Recognized as an international leader and resource on Lasallian research, she presented a major address on “What Is Lasallian Research?” at the International Association of Lasallian Universities General Assembly in Manila in 2012.

Dining Facilities Being Renovated at St. Charles Borromeo Center

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

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

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

Dining facilities on campus include:

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

Writing Center Offers Online Resources

The Writing Center has developed an online resource, The Lewis Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers writing resources for faculty and students.

Some of the resources available include writing checklists and reference guides, as well as writing process and writing mechanics resources. Students may make appointments as well as get information on upcoming workshops.

If you would like to see a resource added to the OWL, e-mail the Center at


National Association of Biology Teachers publishes article by Dr. Zimmer

Dr. Erin Zimmer, professor of biology, recently co-authored an article with Bethany Bowling and Robert E. Pyatt. The article entitled “Bringing Next-Generation Sequencing into the Classroom through a Comparison of Molecular Biology Techniques” was published by the University of California Press on behalf of the National Association of Biology Teachers.

“Although the development of next-generation (NextGen) sequencing technologies has revolutionized genomic research and medicine, the incorporation of these topics into the classroom is challenging, given an implied high degree of technical complexity,” stated the authors.

They developed an easy-to-implement, interactive classroom activity investigating the similarities and differences between current sequencing methodology and three NextGen technologies. The activity uses existing materials created by each of the biotechnology companies that outline their instrumentation and chemistries. Following this activity, students will understand the molecular biology behind these NextGen applications and the similarities to existing Sanger sequencing methods.

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) is “The Leader in Life Science Education.” Its mission is to share ideas, approaches, and plans that will maximize the classroom as a forum for learning, discussion and understanding. To date, more than 9,000 educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe.

Dr. Cremin consults with local organizations hosting traveling Smithsonian sports exhibit

It is an exciting time for sports in America. Major League Baseball is heading towards the playoffs. On all levels, athletes are gearing up for the football, basketball, and other athletic competitions. Behind all these teams are their communities and supporters, which is at the center of the Smithsonian Institution’s new travelling exhibit, Hometown Teams.

In Illinois, Dennis Cremin, professor of history at Lewis University, has been consulting with local organizations across the state who are hosting the “Hometown Teams: Sports in American Communities” exhibit of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program.

"Beyond the spectacular new Smithsonian exhibit, the companion displays in the local communities are a central component of this program," said Cremin. "These Illinois towns hold the local stories, and they are able to put them on display for their communities. Just as I teach my students at Lewis University about the elements of Museum Studies, I consult with these outstanding local organizations.” In Illinois, the MOMS program is administered by the Illinois Humanities Council, and the communities apply to host the travelling Smithsonian created exhibit.

Hometown Teams features sports as a way to get to the core of American experience. In a time when many towns across Illinois experiences decrease in population and significant changes in their racial and ethnic makeup, the community's culture and pride is often most evident in the support of their local teams. This is one area where everyone can celebrate their past and look towards the future. The local exhibits features some famous athletes, but the emphasis is really on the competitions that played out between schools or community organizations. The Smithsonian exhibit focuses on the nation, but it is on the local and regional level that many diverse stories come to life.

Hometown Teams is part of the Museum on Main Street program, a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibits travel to small to medium-sized communities, which brings Smithsonian-quality exhibitions to local museums, libraries and other organizations around the state.

Hometown Teams visits:

  • Sept. 13-Oct. 26: Rock Island Public Library in Rock Island

  • Nov. 1-Dec. 14: Friends of Hancock County in Carthage

For additional information about Hometown Teams, visit the Illinois Humanities Council’s website at

Robert Pruter's essay on Jewish basketball star reported in Jerusalem Post

Robert Pruter (library), whose essay, “Anne Goldstein: Putting the Lie in Chicago to the Unathletic Jewish Female,” appeared last June in Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women's Studies & Gender Issues, had the piece recently discussed in the Jerusalem Post. Prof. Renee Levine Melammed of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem devoted her column to a report on Pruter’s essay on Anne Goldstein and her achievements as a basketball and softball star in Chicago.

Dr. Arsalan Memon's review is in electronic journal

Dr. Arsalan Memon reviewed Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts (Durham, UK: Acumen, 2013) by Steven Churchill and Jack Reynolds (editors), in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews: An Electronic Journal, (2500 words),, June 2014.

DiMaio talks about 9/11 lessons/discussions on WLS 890AM

Rick DiMaio, instructor of aviation, briefly appeared on WLS 890AM Sept. 11. The meteorologist spoke with Roe Conn and Richard Roeper about the swift temperature change. He also briefly talked about aviation and the 9/11 discussions that were going on in his classroom on the significant anniversary for the country.


Melissa VanSistine wins Prairie State Preview for Lewis Women's Golf

Lewis sophomore Melissa VanSistine (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic) earned the individual championship for the Lewis women's golf team at the Prairie State Preview at Prairie Bluff Golf Club on Friday (Sept. 5).

VanSistine recorded a career-low 75. As a team, the Flyers finished with a 322, good for third place. Missouri-St. Louis took first with a 310.

The event was finished just before darkness settled on the course as play was halted by a lightning delay around 4:30 p.m.

Junior Alexandra O'Laughlin (Arvada, Colo./Ralston) finished with an 80, tying for ninth. Sophomore Rachel Sweeney (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) totaled an 82. Freshman Katie Wortman (Minneapolis, Minn./St. Anthony Village) and senior Danielle Coffman (Streamwood, Ill./St. Edward Central) each earned an 85.

Lewis had two teams entered with the second squad earning a 328 to finish in fourth place. Freshman Hannah Shultz recorded an 81. Junior Jordan Nichols (Mukwonago, Wis./Mukwonago) and freshmanEmily Brown (Chicago, Ill./De La Salle) each had an 82. Sophomore Amy Swanson (Somonauk, Ill./Somonauk) came in with an 83. Freshman Natalia Collina recorded a 94.

Sophomore Gabrielle Young (Algonquin, Ill./Huntley) played as an individual and finished with a 97.

Lewis hits the road and will return to the course on Monday at the CSU Pueblo Wolf Pack Invitational.

Lewis' Levandi captures two titles at NKU Men's Tennis Invitational

Lewis University senior Armand Levandi (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) picked up his fourth championship in his last two events, as the Estonian native won both the Flight One singles and doubles championships at the NKU Men's Tennis Invitational, hosted by Northern Kentucky, at the Joyce Yeager Tennis Complex on Saturday (Sept. 13) afternoon.

Levandi bested Northern Kentucky's Mate Virag, 6-4, 7-5, in the Flight One singles championship for his 19th-straight singles victory. He would later pair with teammate Erik Aunapuu (Tallinn, Estonia/Audentese Spordigumnaasiumi) for the 8-7 (7-1) victory over Dayton's Carsten Fischer and Josh Malyon for the Flight One doubles title.

The Flyers return to action on Friday (Sept. 19), as they head to Indianapolis to participate in the ITA Midwest Regional.


Did You Know? First Section of Legacy Wall Posted at Lewis

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

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

Did you know that several faculty and staff have participated this summer in Mission Formation programs at Lewis University and around the world? Among those focusing on our Lasallian Mission were the following:

  • International Lasallian Leadership Institute (June 9-22 in Rome): Dr. Jackie White (English), Instructor Patricia Braida (CONHP), Dr. Lauren Rentfro (Secondary Education) and Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC (Theology). Brother Armand presented at this Institute.
  • Collegium Annual Faculty Colloquy (June 20-27 at the College of the Holy Cross) with a focus on the Catholic intellectual tradition: Dr. Jerome Blakemore (Social Work)
  • Buttimer Insititute of Lasallian Studies (June 29-July 11 at St. Mary’s of California): Lori Misheck (Human Resources), Dr. Anne Rapp (SPCE), and Dr. Dominic Colonna (Theology). Dr. Colonna is in his second year in this three year program.
  • Lasallian Social Justice Institute (July 6-11 in Tucson, Arizona): Dr. Tennille Allen (Sociology)
  • Brother John Johnston Institute (Cohort 1) Regional Gathering (July 13-18 at Lewis University): Courtney Schmitz (Academic Services), Ashley Skidmore (Transfer Admissions), Roman Ortega (Admission/Veterans Affairs), Sarah Wiegman (SPCE) and Melissa Carlson (Business Office)
Did you know that the Lewis Aviation program, established in 1932, is the oldest aviation program at a Catholic university in the nation? The Parks College Aviation program pre-dates Lewis since it was founded in 1927, but the Parks College program was not integrated into St. Louis University until 1946.


Picture This! Young Campus Resident

A very young deer looks surprised to find a photographer on campus, but poses nonetheless. The Lewis campus with its small lake, wooded area and vast green lawns and plantings provides a hospitable environment for area wildlife. Thanks to Brother Peter Hannon, FSC, (History) moderator of the Flyers Photo Club, for taking the picture.

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Picture This! Student Organization Fair

Welcoming students to the Foreign Language Club display at the Organization Fair were students (left to right) Anas Anees (with sunglasses), Alecxis Maldonado and Margarita Velmozhina. Thanks to student Awss Muthanna Anees Dabe of the Flyers Photo Club, for taking the picture.

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