Monday February 19, 2018 through Sunday February 25, 2018


Mary Shelley’s 'Frankenstein' is Alive at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre

This year marks the 200th anniversary of that dark and stormy night when Mary Shelley first imagined “the hideous phantasm of a man.” "Frankenstein" caught the public’s imagination almost immediately after it was published. The first stage adaptation was produced in 1823, only seven years after its publication. Since then, countless stage and film versions, parodies, and modern interpretations have changed the associations we have with the Frankenstein name. Shelley’s novel offers a terrifying, cautionary tale about arrogance and the boundaries of science and creation. This adaptation by Austin Tichenor attempts to be faithful to Shelley’s 19th century Gothic Romantic thriller while at the same time giving an audience a little bit more of what it expects from something called "Frankenstein."

Theatre Manager Jo Slowik of Joliet is directing the stage adaptation of the fictional masterpiece. The title role of Dr. Victor Frankenstein is played by Zackary Abu-Shanab of Plainfield and the Creature is played by Sean Gallagher of Mokena. The ensemble cast includes: Elliot Bilus and Andy Wainscott both from Mokena, Bradford Bingham, Jennifer Glynn, Conrad Sipiora, and Jamie Lynn Voustros all from Chicago, Christy Carlson of Lockport, Kayla Carson of Burbank, Olivia Ferrari of Peru, Simon Merheb of Bartlett, Haley Marchewka of Loves Park, Michael Palermo of Westchester, Chris Pupik of Naperville, and Eric Redmon of Yorkville.

Working behind the scenes are Andrew Nelsen of Joliet (scenic and lighting design), Celeste Mackey of Joliet (costume design), Hannah Krause of Mazon (stage manager), Estefania Flores of Tinley Park (assistant stage manager), Jacob Rodriguez of Chicago (properties), Mike Nutter of LaGrange (light board operator), Brianna Knutsen of Plainfield (sound board operator), Brianna Richards of Tinley Park (creature and FX makeup design), Natalia Bednarczyk of Burbank (makeup application), Noah Slowik (dramaturgy) and Dave Pomatto of Naperville (assistant technical director).

Frankenstein runs from February 16-18 and February 22-25. It is recommended for patrons 13 years old and up. The evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on February 24. Advanced tickets purchases are strongly encouraged. Ticket prices are $10 for an adult, $9 for students and seniors. Lewis students pay $2 for an ID. Group tickets are available for parties of 15 or more. Tickets are non-refundable. For more information, patrons can check out the PLT Website at, or call the box office (815) 836-5500 Monday through Friday 1-4:30 p.m. The theatre is located on the main campus in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on Route 53, Romeoville.

Lewis Faculty, Students present at Illinois High School Theatre Festival

Philip Lynch Theatre Manager Jo Slowik ‘88 and resident costume designer, Celeste Mackey, along with Lewis students Jamie Lynn Voustros and Hannah Krause attended the Illinois High School Theatre Festival 2018.

Produced by the Illinois Theatre Association, the festival is the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theatre festival in the world. The three-day festival held on the campus of Illinois State University hosted over 4,000 students, educators, university representatives, exhibitors and workshop leaders. The festival featured over 25 different high school productions and over 150 workshops.

Highlights included: a Meisner acting technique workshop entitled “Don’t Act! Act Truthfully!” presented by Slowik, attendance at college auditions for high school juniors and seniors, and the All-State production of Big Fish. Special effects makeup research for the upcoming production Frankenstein was conducted by attending a "DIY Horror Make-up & Blood Effects Workshop."

The Indelible Imprints of Humanity on Exhibit at Lewis University

The art exhibition "Humanity” by artist Jelena Berenc is available until March 16 at Lewis University in Romeoville. The exhibit portrays indelible imprints of the individual and of humanity. It will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A reception and Gallery Talk will take place from 7-9 p.m. on February 15 in the gallery. This event is also free and open to the public.

Berenc’s drawings use excessive repetition of minuscule drawing elements to create larger works of art encompassing an overarching idea or fact. The most fundamental materials are used, like pencil on paper, so that the focus can center on the idea and its execution process.

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

Lewis University and Bishop Noll Writing Centers Collaborate

Four Bishop Noll Institute writing tutors and two members of the Hammond, Ind., private high school recently visited the Lewis University Writing Center February 8 as part of a recent collaboration between the two centers.

Representatives from Bishop Noll Institute reached out to the Dr. Jen Consilio, Lewis Writing Center director, at the end of last month to collaborate on ideas for how the high school’s writing tutors and staff can expand their newly formed Writing Center.

The visit included a discussion about tutoring philosophies and vision for expanding tutoring services. Consilio explained the Writing Center’s mission and philosophy, gave an overview of student and faculty services, and described the tutor training process. Lewis University Writing Center faculty and tutors then shared special resources with the BNI visitors including how to promote services and visibility through social media presence, tutoring strategies and techniques, and more.

“We are so excited to host Bishop Noll’s Writing Center’s staff and students and to offer support to them as they open their new Center,” Consilio said. “Bishop Noll Institute is clearly dedicated to providing writing services to its students to help strengthen their writing and writing process.”

Free Foreign Language Classes Continue This Summer at Lewis University

Lewis University again will offer STARTALK, a free four-week foreign language summer program featuring beginning Russian and Chinese courses. It is intended for high school students entering grades 10, 11 and 12, and Lewis students entering freshman, sophomore and junior years. The 2018 STARTALK program will be held from June 18 to July 9 at the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The Lewis University Foreign Language Program, which has successfully coordinated STARTALK programs since 2009, received an $87,236 grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center for the 2018 STARTALK program at Lewis University.

Participants are immersed in a culturally rich target language environment under a theme-based curriculum. No previous language skills are necessary. There are no tuition costs for the students, but admission to the program is competitive. Those who successfully complete the program will receive three transferable university credits of foreign language.

STARTALK is a project of the National Security Agency, a multi-agency effort to expand foreign language education in less commonly taught - critical languages by funding new and existing programs and to provide incentives and rewards for foreign language learning. The overall mission is to increase the number of young Americans learning to speak critical-need foreign languages by offering creative and engaging summer learning experiences for students.

For more information, contact the director of the STARTALK program Dr. Serafima Gettys at or (815) 836-5544 or program coordinator, Rocio Rodriguez, at

Lewis University Students and Professor Create NetLabs Facility

A team of Lewis University Computer Science students recently installed a NetLabs facility in the Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences. NetLabs is a computing platform that provides remote access to laboratory experiences in computer science.

“Remote labs have been tricky, particularly when it comes to the networking and cyber security aspects because students need access to the hardware. But NetLabs makes it possible for students to interact with real networking appliances almost as if they were there. And, because the lab experiments can be dynamically reconfigured, NetLabs allows us to have separate setups for every course that can be rapidly set up, torn down, and replaced with another course's lab needs,” said Eric Spangler, professor of computer and mathematical sciences who oversaw the installation.

Last year, CaMS became a Cisco Networking Academy, offering courses that prepare students to take the exams that lead to the CCNA certification. Now with NetLabs, the department can offer Cisco coursework (CPSC 28100 through CPSC 28400) both on-campus and online, while opening the door to other Cisco certifications in the future.

“Since becoming a Palo Alto Academy, we can prepare students to work with that vendor's technology, too,” continued Spangler. “We also hope to offer Netlabs to staff in Lewis University's Office of Technology to help fulfill their ongoing training needs.”

The CaMS Netlabs Facility was funded in part by the generosity of donors, including the CaMS Advisory Committee. “CaMS students and faculty now enjoy a top-notch, modern, thoroughly flexible training platform for teaching all sorts of topics in computer science both on campus and from afar,” commented Dr. Ray Klump, chair of CaMS Department. “This is a great addition to the department that will directly benefit students.”


Faculty Center Workshops Available

Register a for a Spring 2018 Faculty Center Workshop. Workshops are open to all Faculty and Staff.

Lewis University HR Department Initiates Monthly Featured EAP Online Course

Starting next Monday, the Human Resources Department will feature in University News an online course each month from our catalog of personal development courses. These courses are available through our EAP provider, Perspectives, and are provided as a free benefit to all Lewis University employees. In the coming months, look forward to courses such as:

Achieving Personal Goals
Applying Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace
Applying Leadership Basics
Appreciating Personal Differences
Balancing Work and Family
Basics of Effective Communication
Solving Problems as a Team
Becoming an Effective Team Member
Building Strong Customer Relationships

…and many more! Of course, you are always welcome to browse these courses at your own pace and select those of interest to you. To access these courses,

1. Go to (Or you can click the Skillbuilders link in the Training and Development section of the HR tab in the MyLewis Portal)
2. Click the Skillbuilders link
3. Search for a topic of your choice, or select one of the featured courses shown
4. Register, or sign in if you are already registered

Please feel free to contact the HR Office at 815-836-5710 if you have any questions.

Service Award Recipient for December 2017

Congratulations to Linda Snell for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for December, 2017.  Linda was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedication and service as Secretary in the College of Arts and Sciences. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 21, 2018 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

Service Award Recipient for January 2018

Congratulations to Courtney Schmitz for being selected the recipient of the Service Recognition Award for January, 2018.  Courtney was nominated by the President’s Student Advisory Council for her dedication and service as the Director of Academic Support Services. 

Each month, Lewis University confers a Service Recognition Award on an individual who consistently has exhibited outstanding service, great concern for our students and a genuine spirit of Association. Recipients receive a gift certificate for the Lewis University Bookstore and are honored at an annual luncheon on June 21, 2018 hosted by Dr. David J. Livingston, President.

Course of the Month: Achieving Personal Goals

Costco Special Offer

COSTCO Wholesale will be on campus next week with a special offer for Lewis University!  See attached flyer.

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Where:  Academic Building Hallway

Contact Lori Misheck - Human Resources ( for additional information.

America Saves Week Begins February 26

We are gearing up for “America Saves Week” beginning February 26. Check Unews daily for information to raise awareness about saving for your future and retirement.

Be on the lookout for helpful tools and resources to either get started or continue on the path to saving!

Nationwide Offers Exclusive Discounts for Auto Insurance & Other Products

Lewis University and Nationwide® are pleased to announce a new benefit opportunity - Exclusive Discounts for Auto Insurance & Other Select Nationwide Products.

Visit for more information.


Upcoming Events for Lewis Alumni & Friends

Alumni Day and All-Decades Teams 
Saturday, January 20 at Lewis University 
Men's Volleyball Alumni Weekend
Friday, February 3 and Saturday, February 4, 2018
Chicago Cubs Announcer Pat McHughs [Register]
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at Lewis University
A Talk With A. Scott Bolden
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at Lewis University 
Florida - Naples [Register]
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at BiCE Ristorante
Friday, February 16, 2018 at Michaels on East 

Flyer Red Dinner [Register]
Thursday, March 15, 2018 

Save The Date [More details coming soon on these events!]

Day of Giving Beer and Bacon Kickoff Event
Thursday, May 17

Flyers Athletics Fund Golf Outing
Friday, June 8

Red Tie Ball - The Signum Fidei Celebration
Saturday, September 15



Lewis University Athletics To Host 2nd Flyer Red Dinner

Thursday (March 15), Lewis University Athletics will host its second Flyer Red Dinner. The dinner will be a fundraising event to benefit Lewis Flyers Athletics and its 20 teams and 400 student-athletes. The event will be held at Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oak Brook Terrace at 6:30 PM.

Last year's inaugural event saw an amazing turnout of more than 300 individuals in attendance.

At the Flyer Red Dinner there will be cocktail hour to start the night, followed by dinner and a celebration of Flyer Athletics, closed out by a final program that includes honoring the inductees of the Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Those inductees will include: Leszek Stoklosa (Track and Field, '95), Kasia Airent (Track and Field, '00), Mathias Luhr (Soccer, '99) and Joe Lorenz (Baseball, '79). Lewis will also honor Wayne Draudt, an executive administrator who served Lewis for 35 years, as the Lewis University Athletics Lasallian of the Year.

The evening will be MC'd by the voice of the Flyers, Tom Sochowski.

To register and for more information on partnership opportunities follow the link below or contact Brian Sisson. Come join us in a celebration of Lewis Flyers Athletics.

Flyer Red Dinner Online Registration

Order Form

Brian Sisson
Office: (815)836-5228


Lewis University DACA Advocacy Reaches U.S. Senators

Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth recently thanked Lewis University for their efforts of advocacy for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients. Sister Emily Brabham, OSF from University Ministry recently visited the legislators in their Washington DC offices.

“I was assured of their continued support not just for DACA recipients, but also for Dreamers. Our postcards were effective in supporting and encouraging our legislators that co-sponsored proposed legislation (Senators Durbin and Graham), as well as encouraging various representatives and senators that might not have the same passion and sense of urgency on this issue,” said Sister Brabham.

In response to the DACA protections being rescinded last fall, Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University, wrote a letter committing Lewis University to supporting DACA recipients and DACA legislation. The university also initiated a DACA postcard party that invited community members to write to their senators and representatives. This had wide support from various university departments and student organizations.

Sister Brabham concluded, “Solidarity with vulnerable populations, in this case, the Dreamers, is part of our identity as Lasallians without Limits. Let us continue to utilize our voice and agency to work towards positive systemic changes.”

Inclusion was the Focus of Third Annual Colloquium on Becoming Lasallian

More than 100 Lewis University students, faculty and Lasallian partners gathered Jan. 27 at Lewis University in Romeoville. They focused on building united communities where diversity is respected and everyone belongs.

“Building Inclusive Communities” was this year’s theme of “Becoming Lasallian,” the third annual colloquium of the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education and the College of Education.

Keynote speaker Brother Armand Alcazar, FSC, spoke on the Lasallian Core Principle of Inclusive Communities in his presentation, the “Biblical Models of Lasallian Inclusion.”

Breakout sessions addressed many aspects of inclusion. Dr. Jennifer Buss, associate professor of special education at Lewis University, led a panel discussion of Catholic school administrators, parents and students in addressing the topic of “What Do Inclusive Practices Look Like in the Catholic School?”

Dr. Theresa Nolan, principal of Tinley Park High School, Chris Tiritilli, principal of St. Mary’s Gostyn Elementary School in Downers Grove, and Maryann O’Neill, principal of Montini High School in Lombard, shared their reflections as leaders in Catholic and public schools.

Sean Ruane, garden educator at the Kitchen Community and co-director of Just Roots Chicago, presented, “We the People: Building a Culture of Dialogue and Respect in the Classroom.” He addressed questions of what it means to engage in respectful and empathetic dialogue, particularly with people of different cultures, backgrounds, and faith traditions.

Amy Eckhouse, program director of the Maria Kaupas Center in Chicago offered a session on “Using Peacemaking Circles to Highlight the Voices of our Students.” She explained how circles intentionally create a sacred space that lift barriers between people, opening fresh possibilities for connection, collaboration and mutual understanding.

Dan Dowling, assistant campus minister and science teacher at De La Salle Institute in Chicago presented, “Unity among Diversity: Celebrating Individuals While Building Community in a Diverse Inner City Setting.” He discussed the challenges of building the community with their students in a setting that has been nationally recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Diverse Schools in the nation.

Mike Dieter, social science instructor at De La Salle Institute in Chicago and adjunct instructor at Lewis University, held a session entitled, “In the Footsteps of the Founder: Lasallian Educators as Activists.” Participants considered the necessity of educators to take a stand in the name of human dignity and social justice.

The Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education focuses on leadership development, teacher preparation, professional development, outreach and consulting, grants and research, and Lasallian formation. For further information, please contact Larry Wiers, Director of the Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education, at or 815-836-5790.


Birthdays for February 2018

Happy Birthday to the following faculty and staff members who celebrate their birthdays from February 1 - February 28.

February 1, Mary Eileen Kloster, College of Nursing & Health Professions
February 1, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

February 4, Dr. Mark Nolan, LUA

February 5, Jennifer Rutherford, University Ministry
February 5, Christopher Swanson, Office of the Provost

February 6, Katheryn Slattery, Student Services

February 7, Dr. Eileen McMahon, History
February 7, Gregory Payne, Aviation Services
February 7, Michael Shields, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

February 8, Dr. Christine Billups, CASE

February 9, Lifeng Hu, Foreign Language Program
February 9, John Spruance, Athletics

February 11, Dr. Jerry Kavouras, Biology
February 11, Dr. Michael McDowell, College of Nursing & Health Professions

February 12, Karen Burke, College of Arts & Sciences
February 12, Brooke Spencer, Athletics
February 12, Dr. Erin Zimmer, Biology

February 13, Leanne Harris, Career Services

February 14, Megan McCarthy-Biank, Marketing and Communications
February 14, Donna Rice, College of Nursing & Health Professions
February 14, Jennifer Skvarla, Office of the Chief Financial Officer

February 15, Austin Mastela, Residence Life
February 15, Gina Sopko, Library

February 16, Kelsey Foley, Campus Police
February 16, Dr. Ralph Miller, Sport and Exercise Science

February 17, Wendy Hess, Business Office
February 17, Brenna Hyslop, College of Arts & Sciences
February 17, Michael Prokop, Campus Police
February 17, Megan Wozniak, College of Business

February 18, Kath Miller, Office of the Registrar
February 18, Megan Rogge, Office of Technology
February 18, Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Office of the Provost

February 19, Thomas Buell, Facilities
February 19, Tina Crowther, University Advancement

February 21, Stephany Renovato Tovar, Admission
February 21, James Williams, Admission

February 25, Liping "Lily" Qin, Library

February 26, Joseph Glatz, Marketing and Communications
February 26, Daniel McCarthy, Athletics
February 26, Sheila McGreal, College of Nursing & Health Professions

February 27, Dr. Christopher Wielgos, English Studies

February 28, Dr. Teresa Bixby, Chemistry
February 28, Dr. Simone Muench, English Studies

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 February 2018

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from February 1 - February 28.


28 Years, Gregory Gentili, Aviation Services

27 Years, Janeen Decharinte, Financial Aid Services

21 Years, Sandra Speva, Health & Counseling Services

18 Years, Kath Miller, Office of the Registrar
18 Years, Efrain Zavala, Facilities

14 Years, Megan Zahos, Aviation & Transportation Studies

11 Years, Christopher Koenig, Athletics
11 Years, Michael Fekete, International Student Services
11 Years, Sarah Wiegman, SPCE

7 Years, Michael Zegadlo, Campus Police
7 Years, James Montanari, Campus Police

6 Years, Marjorie Lill, Campus Police
6 Years, Jose Zamora, Office of Technology

5 Years, Alondra Bustos, Financial Aid Services
5 Years, Rudi Balich, Athletics

3 Years, Napoleon Garcia, Office of Technology
3 Years, Dr. Linda Ryan, College of Nursing & Health Professions
3 Years, Robert Barton, Office of Technology
3 Years, Nathan Robenhymer, Aviation Services

1 Year, Huma Ghani, Office of the Provost
1 Year, Mark Lukasiewicz, Flight


Lewis commercial to air during the Winter Olympics

Beginning the week of Feb. 19, Lewis University will have 30 sec. spots on NBC5 during the Winter Olympics.

These commercials will highlight careers and programs in high demand as well as invite prospective students to register for the Campus Visit and Going Back to School 101 events in April.

Lewis University Starts Drone Racing Team

Lewis University is starting the first competitive college drone racing team in the region with hopes of competing against other universities, such as Purdue, Ohio State and many others across the nation.

Drone racing is quickly evolving into a highly competitive, highly skilled, International sport being offered on ESPN and other cable networks. The skill and precision of the pilots are unmatched and the building of the machines requires a certain expertise.

The team is comprised of students from many backgrounds studying at Lewis University such as art, business, computer science and aviation. All of the building and racing will be completed by these students; teaching them not only teamwork but skills like mechanical and electrical engineering.

The team is currently accepting donations to assist its inaugural season take flight. Its goal is $5,000. It is also seeking recommendations for local businesses or individuals that would be interested in supporting the Lewis University Drone Racing Team.

Contact Jacob Reed, assistant professor of aviation and transportation studies, for more information at or (815)836-5508.

Nominations Accepted for Lasallian Speaker until February 23

Any faculty and staff member interested in nominating a graduating senior to give the Lasallian Student Commencement Address at the May Commencement Weekend should email Margaret Grabowski at by Friday, February 23.

Each nominee will be evaluated on the following criteria. Nominees should:
• Be a full-time undergraduate student (traditional or accelerated).
• Possess a minimum 3.0 cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA).
• Have earned at least 60 credit hours at Lewis University at the time of nomination.
• Demonstrate strong written and oral communication skills.
• Be committed to writing and presenting an address (with appropriate assistance) that will address all those present at the ceremony, including graduates, their families, guests, faculty, and staff.
• Possess and articulate a thorough understanding of the University’s Catholic and Lasallian mission.
• Be involved in activities (either on campus or in the community) that contribute to the Lasallian character of Lewis University.
• Reflect Lasallian principles in his or her personal life, especially recognizing and understanding the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.
• Be in good judicial and academic standing.

The Lasallian Student Commencement Address, unlike a traditional valedictorian address, is a very different kind of speaking opportunity. The student chosen for this honor is asked to speak about how the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of Lewis University has had an impact on the speakers’ college experience. This is the only such experience at Lewis University that provides a graduate with the opportunity to address his or her student colleagues, faculty, guests and family during Commencement Weekend.

It is truly a great honor and a unique, rewarding experience for the chosen student. For a list of past Lasallian Speakers, which include some copies of past addresses, visit and click on the Lasallian Speaker link.

Falese Family Expresses Gratitude

On behalf of the entire Falese family, I would like to sincerely thank the University Community for the outpouring of support for us as we deal with the loss of my mother. The care and compassion expressed bring great comfort to my entire family.

It is times like this where we are reminded of the wonderful place that is our Lewis University Community, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Thank you again.
Joseph Falese


Arts & Sciences Faculty Share Expertise

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Arsalan Memon's paper, “Coping with the Stress and Negative Emotions of Care-Giving by Using Techniques from Seneca, Epictetus, and Marcus Aurelius,” has been accepted for presentation at ICBPR 2018: 20th International Conference on Buddhism and Philosophy of Religion (Montreal, Quebec, Canada), May 24-25, 2018.

Professor of History Dr. Dennis Cremin’s article was included in the Axis Lasallian Journal. Cremin, Dennis H. “Shifting the Narrative: De La Salle at Parmenie.” AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 8, no. 3 (Institute for Lasallian Studies at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota: 2017). The paper investigates the history of De La Salle and the Brothers of the Christian Schools through the lens of religious and historical displays. The author utilizes a qualitative approach, related to museum studies. The paper evaluates early stained glass depictions of De La Salle’s life and compares them with recent museum exhibitions. It also asserts that Saint La Salle’s religious retreat at Parmenie, France, has become an integral part of the core narrative for Lasallians in recent years.

Associate Professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies Dr. Vesna Markovic was recently quoted in “As ISIS loses fighters and territory, propaganda video depicts women on the front lines.” It is a Global News article by Jessica Vomiero about ISIS fighters.

Philosophy, Data Science Experts Share Papers at Conferences

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Dr. Arsalan Memon's paper, "Merleau-Ponty's Kantianism and Kant's Concept of the Organism from the Critique of Judgment" was accepted for presentation at the 13th Annual International Conference on Philosophy in Athens, Greece (May 28-31, 2018).

A paper Assistant Professor of Computer and Mathematical Sciences Dr. Piotr Szczurek submitted to an international conference was accepted. Here is the citation: Piotr Szczurek and Mark Horeni, “Using Link Analysis Algorithms to Study the Role of Neurons in the Worm Connectome,” accepted for presentation at the 32nd IEEE International Conference on Advanced Information Networking and Applications (AINA-2018), held in Kraków, Poland, May 16-18, 2018, and for publication in IEEE CPS Conference Proceedings.
Mark Horeni is an undergraduate student at Lewis.

Faculty Blog in January on a Variety of Topics

Several faculty members blogged on the Faculty Forum site in January 2018. Links are below.

Tips for Keeping Your Data Private Online Posted by Dr. Ray Klump
Is it possible for a president to repeat Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre? Posted by: Dr. Steven Nawara
Revenge of the Anti-Nerds? Please No. Posted by: Dr. Ray Klump
Ain’t misbehavin’ Posted by Dr. Lawrence Sisk
Information Assurance vs. Cyber Security vs. Information Security: Clarifying the Differences Posted by Dr. Ray Klump
Putting the ‘Spirit’ in Spiritual Leadership Posted by Drs. Mike Cherry and Lesley Page
The maestro’s maestro Posted by: Dr. Lawrence Sisk
Don’t Blame the Singer! Posted by: Dr. Lawrence Sisk
A Neglected Nominee for Best Picture Posted by: Dr. Michael Cunningham

If you are a full-time faculty member and would like to blog, contact Kathrynne Skonicki at or (815) 836-5711.


Lewis Women's Track & Field Wins F. Lee Slick Invite With 172

Lewis University women's track and field placed first with 172 at the F. Lee Slick Invitational.

Cierra Pulliam (Plainfield, Ill./Romeoville) had a successful day at the meet after placing first in the triple jump recording a provisional worthy 12.42 meter jump also being the third best jump in the nation. Pulliam also finished first in the 60 meter dash with a time of 7.75.

Lane Kadlec (Lockport, Ill./Lockport) earned two provos in the weight throw and shot put placing first in both events. Her throw in the shot put was recorded at 14.28 meters and for the weight throw she had a toss of 17.75 meters.

Allison Heinzer (Sugar Grove, Ill./Kaneland HS) placed first in the 200 meter dash also recording a provisional time of 24.69.

Placing first in the 800 meter run was Ashleigh Macleod (Mishawaka, IN/Penn) who finished the race in 2:14.23 which also qualified as a provisional.

In the 400 meter run Vivica Phillips placed first with 1:00.66.

Joelle Ataessien (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young HS) finished first in the 60 meter hurdles with 8.97 and also placed fourth in the 60 meter dash with 7.95.

Making up the 4x400 meter relay was Macleod, Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton), Jenna Weidacher (Woodridge, IL/Montini Catholic), and Aurora Breeden (Carterville, Ill./Carterville) placing 4:03.44 in the event.

In the 800 Mead placed second with 2:18.56.

Gabby Sanchez (Rolling Meadows, Ill./Rolling Meadows High School) came in second in the mile after finishing in 5:24.24

Molly Ogren (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) finished in second for the 3000 meter run with a final time of 10:33.83.

Tying for second in the pole vault was Angelica Arriaga (Plainfield, Ill./Joliet Catholic) and Jamie Poppen (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West) both recording a 3.19 meter vault.

Kaley McLawhorn (Frankfort, Ill., Lincoln-Way East) finished second in the 5000 meter run with 19:34.95.

Placing third in the 800 was Megan Shaffer (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) who crossed the finish line in 2:20.88.

Carrie Johnson (Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake HS) took fourth in the 200 meter dash with 26.53 and would also pick up seventh in the 60 meter dash with 8.06.

Finishing fourth in the triple jump was Keanu Taylor (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) who scored a 10.99 meter leap. Right behind her was Mercedes Porter (Rantoul, Ill./Rantoul) who recorded a 10.69 meter leap.

Charlyncia Stennis (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) came in fifth with 7.95 in the 60 meter dash.

In the weight throw finishing sixth was Natalie Hatalla (Manteno, Ill./Manteno) who had a toss of 12.57 meters with Kylie Wymer (Rock Island, Ill./Rock Island) coming in seventh with a 12.18 meter throw.

Weidacher came in seventh in the 800 meter run with a final time of 2:22.67.

At the conclusion of the meet Lewis now looks ahead to the indoor conference championship February 24-25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Lewis Men’s Cross Country earns USTFCCCA Team All-Academic Award

The Lewis University men's cross country team had four student-athletes earn U.S. Track & Field And Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic honors as the Flyers netted USTFCCCA All-Academic Team accolades.

The Flyers finished the 2017 fall semester with a cumulative grade point average of 3.22. The four selections were tied for sixth most in the country behind Alabama-Huntsville (6), Bellarmine (6), Indiana (Pa.) (5) and Colorado Mines (5).

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete has to have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.
James Frederickson (Racine, Wis./Case) R-Sr. 3.70
Shawn Milhauser (Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) R-Sr. 3.85
Sergio Miranda (Romeoville, Ill./Romeoville) R-Sr. 3.88
Jackson Waters (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way Central) Jr. 3.94
Team 3.22

Mead earns USTFCCCA All-Academic Award

Zoe Mead (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) individual All-Academic honors announced on Friday (Feb. 9). In addition the Lewis women's cross country team earned the team All-Academic award with a cumulative grade point average of 3.51.

Mead was the number two runner this season for the squad and had a season best finish at the GLVC Conference meet. She has a 3.65 GPA and is majoring in Early Childhood Education.

To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Cross Country Team, the student-athlete has to have compiled a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 and finished among the top 30 percent of eligible runners at his or her regional championships and/or the top half of the field at the NCAA Championships.

Lewis’ Kelliher Named To Academic All-District Women’s Basketball Team

The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (Feb. 22) that Lewis University junior forward Jessica Kelliher (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Women's Basketball Team.

Kelliher, who is majoring in organizational communications, owns a 3.80 grade-point-average. She joins Mary Moskal and Jamie Johnson as the only players in program history to earn Academic All-District honors.

The Waukesha, Wis., native leads Division II in scoring at 25.1 points per game. She ranks second in the nation in field goal percentage (66.7 percent) and field goals made (27) and is fifth in free throw attempts with 196.

Kelliher is now eligible for the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team. The Academic All-America Team will be announced on Tuesday, March 13.

The Flyers host Southern Indiana in their regular season finale this Saturday at 1 p.m.


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Lewis Signs Will County Regional Sustainability Network Compact

In 2014, the SMHEC Sustainability Task Force began working with communities through its Link and Leverage initiative to promote the growth and development of resilient communities through sustainable practices. In 2016, SMHEC, Joliet Junior College, Lewis University and University of St. Francis formed the Will County Regional Sustainability Network at the request of a number of Will County organizations to bring cohesion to the many sustainability and resilience efforts in Will County.

On January 23, during the GreenTown Will County Advisory Council, Dr. Judy Mitchell of Joliet Junior College, Dr. David Livingston of Lewis University and Dr. Arvid Johnson of the University of St. Francis signed the Will County Regional Sustainability Network Compact. To further demonstrate their collaborative commitment to sustainability and the communities they serve Joliet Junior College, Lewis University and University of St. Francis will act as non-financial champions of the Will County Regional Sustainability Network’s work to link and align existing sustainability efforts in and around the Will County region, to build and leverage relationships between all stakeholders including government, higher education, businesses, non-profit entities and community members, and to establish an infrastructure to support the activities of the Network.

On October 26, the Will County Regional Sustainability Network will host a GreenTown Conference at Joliet Junior College’s Renaissance Center in Joliet, IL. Conference themes include water, local and sustainable food, transportation, energy and health.

For more information on this initiative, please contact Allessandra Kummelehne at