Monday November 23, 2015 through Sunday November 29, 2015


Christmas Lighting Ceremony Monday at LRC

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Campus Christmas Lighting Ceremony, to be held Monday, November 23, at 4:15 p.m. in front of the Learning Resource Center as lights are turned on to illuminate the campus in anticipation of the Christmas season. Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, will be assisted by students who will activate the holiday decorations. Brother Leo Jones, FSC, Special Assistant to the President, is coordinating the program. The lighting ceremony will take place next to the Christmas crèche, designed in 2013 for Lewis University by Art Siegel. Student Devan Szopinski will provide selections on the French Horn.

Chris Hueg, a graduate student in University Ministry, will lead those attending in Christmas carols. Following the ceremony, a social gathering will be held in the lobby of the Learning Resource Center. Hot chocolate and various treats will be available. Students participating in the Lighting Ceremony include Alex Hadweh, Karina Godinez, Kaitlyn Sendzik, Julio Lara, Nia White and Alex Tripke

Christmas decorations and lighting have been installed on campus by members of the Lewis University Facilities and Grounds staff, directed by Don Castello, Associate Vice President of Facilities; Dwight DeVries, Superintendent of Grounds; and George Wlodek and the Electrical staff (Facilities).

Christmas Music Returns to WLRA

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

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

This is the 16th year that WLRA-FM switched to all Christmas music as part of the annual “Christmas Memories for You and Your Family,” a benefit broadcast for the United Way of Will County. Instead of commercials, WLRA will air brief public service announcements about United Way agencies in Will County.

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

WLRA has been on the air for more than 40 years. WLRA’s programming includes news and sports coverage, coverage of Lewis University events and a wide variety of music. Students and faculty involved with WLRA are committed to community service and have produced several marathon broadcasts to benefit United Way of Will County, local children’s hospital and many others.

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

Lewis University is Ranked Best for Vets in Illinois by Military Times

Lewis University has been named the Best for Vets among Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2016 by Military Times and second among private universities in the nation.

The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey of veteran and military student services as well as ratings of academic achievement. Lewis also is ranked 14th of more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide that were included in Best for Vets: Colleges/Universities 2016.

Lewis University was evaluated as a university that demonstrates the factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

“It’s been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions.

“We greatly respect and honor our veterans for their service to our country. We welcome the opportunity to provide exceptional financial, academic and emotional support to our veterans,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

When a veteran steps onto campus, he or she is welcomed and supported through many services, stated Roman Ortega, Jr., Director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, and ROTC Administrative Director. “Comprehensive support is provided by the Lewis University Office of Veterans Affairs and Recruitment, which mentors and advises students as they navigate college.”

Lewis University is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which allows qualified Post-9/11 veterans to enroll in more than 100 approved education programs at Lewis University, tuition free. Incoming veteran students are encouraged to participate in the Veteran Introduction to the College Experience course. The group of veterans meet weekly to discuss issues surrounding their transition from military to civilian life and any struggles associated with their experience on campus. An active chapter of the Student Veterans of America keeps Lewis University students engaged in the community and provides support in networking, academics and other professional opportunities.

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to:

Veterans Plaza Installed on Campus

Installed in time for Veterans Day, the new Lewis University Veterans Plaza features seven flags that now fly proudly in its location on De La Salle Drive South, between St. John Paul II Hall and Mother Teresa Hall on the south side of the Lewis campus in Romeoville. Flags include the U.S. flag, Illinois State flag and flags from each branch of the military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. Constructed of paver bricks, this impressive plaza was designed by Dwight DeVries, Superintendent of Grounds, and installed by Lewis University Grounds Staff and members of the Facilities Department, directed by Don Castello, Associate Vice President for Facilities.

The Veterans Plaza also features a plaque honoring Lewis alumni veterans who died while serving during World War II. This plaque was found in the Lewis Archives several years ago, but no records were found as to its previous placement on campus. In 2003, the plaque was installed near Benilde Hall. It now has a prominent place in the new Veterans Plaza. Lewis University also is home to the Memorial Flag Plaza, installed near the front entrance just east of the Information Center in 2002, in memory of the victims of 9/11.

Lewis University’s new class is not so traditional

This fall, Lewis University welcomed the third largest incoming class in its history, enrolling 1,834 new students, including freshmen, transfer students and graduate students. A deeper look beyond the headcount reveals there is much more diversity than previous years, an increase in the number of graduate students, and a larger number of adult and transfer students.

“The presence of a more diverse student body provides our students with a greater and more global perspective and experience that cannot be gained by books alone,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University.

The incoming class has enhanced the ethnic diversity of the student body at Lewis University. Forty-one percent of first-year students are from minority populations, reflecting the changing demographics in the Chicagoland region and throughout the Midwest.

Certainly not all of the new students are 18 years old and just out of high school. This year’s incoming class at Lewis University includes over 600 adult and transfer students, one of the largest in the school’s history.

“Our transfer-friendly policies make it convenient and easy for students to transfer whether they attended a community college or decided to enroll in a four-year institution closer to home,” stated Ray Kennelly, Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning.

A record 126 international students representing over 38 countries are enrolled in Lewis University this year. Lewis University continues to provide a global perspective to its entire student body through Study Abroad experiences, the Office of International Student Services, increased foreign language classes and a partnership with the ELS Language Center for the intensive study of English.

The record enrollment numbers for 2015-2016 extend beyond the undergraduate level. For the first time, the number of students enrolled at the graduate level topped 2,000 this fall. Graduate students are discovering that Lewis University’s more than 35 career-focused graduate programs are continually modified to match the market’s high-demand jobs. The convenient campus locations offer flexible course options available in evening, weekend, online and blended formats.

Jessica Tennant Honored as Student Laureate by Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner recently presented the honor of Illinois Student Laureate to Lewis University Senior Jessica Tennant.

The Burr Ridge resident plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science and graphic design in May 2016.

“I feel extremely grateful and blessed. I couldn't have done it without all of the people around me— family, friends, mentors, professors, teammates, and peers. They were always and still continue to be supportive with all I do and I am very appreciative and thankful for all of this,” Tennant said.

The Lincoln Academy’s Student Laureate Awards are presented for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities to seniors from each four-year, degree granting colleges and universities in Illinois. Each student received a Student Laureate Medallion, as well as a $1,000 educational grant and a certificate of achievement.

Tennant played varsity basketball for two seasons at Jacobs High School in Algonquin and lettered three seasons for the girls’ soccer team.

The Lewis University Women's Basketball player credited the Division II experience as providing life skills in teamwork, selflessness, and dedication. She appreciated “being a part of something bigger than ourselves.” Tennant is a two-time recipient of the Br. David Delahanty Award, which is given to Lewis student-athletes for academic excellence. She was also named to Academic All-GLVC Team twice.

Lewis University athletics runs in the family. Her mother Susan Oldendorf played women's basketball at Lewis University from 1984-87, while her uncle Kevin Oldendorf was a member of the Lewis men's basketball team in 1981-85.

The family connections to Lewis University don’t end off the court. Jessica’s father Edward Tennant also attended Lewis University, where her parents met. Her brother David Tennant earned a bachelor’s degree at Lewis University and is currently earning a graduate degree.

The “endless opportunities” Tennant enjoyed at Lewis University provides confidence about her future career. She was an EPIC leader, Writing Center Tutor and Club Ultimate Frisbee member, among other student activities.

Tennant’s involvement in University Ministry, fulfilled her desires to serve others and promote justice for all. More importantly, her experiences in Peer Ministry and others taught her to care for and be there for others regardless of who they are or where they come from. Her 2013 trip to St. Augustine Indian Mission School in Winnebago, Neb., as part of the weeklong LUMINATE experience, provided a unique and unforgettable experience. Tennant shined in her 2015 student leader role in the Source of Light local community service projects.

The Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society induction applauded her hard work, time management and leadership. The honor society’s activities and fellow members provided support.

The student newspaper staff member learned organization and communication. The Lewis Flyer also established valuable connections.

New York Artist Displays Perspective Paintings at Lewis University

An Art Exhibition by Gabrielle Garland will be on display Nov. 2-24 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery, located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The free exhibit is open to the public and will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily.

Hear more about Garland’s work 3- 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12 during the free Gallery Talk and 7- 9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19 during a reception.

The New York artist and curator has exhibited work both nationally and internationally. Garland explores, through her paintings, the ways people claim and define domestic space. By deliberately transforming light, color and space, as well as by deforming perspective, Garland seeks to study and document all the ways that people experience such spaces. Her paintings capture the multitude of perceptual vantages in the manner of a multidimensional collage unbound by perspective.

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the University of Chicago.

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


Send Word Now system

Can you be reached by Lewis University’s emergency notification system when school closes for bad weather or other emergency?

Lewis University uses the Send Word Now system to notify you when an emergency occurs on campus that affects all students and staff.  Weather-related closings are just one example.

All information that the Send Word Now system uses will come from your Human Resource record at Lewis University.  To be sure we have the most current contact information for you, follow the steps below to login and update your information in our system.

  1.  Click on the link and log in with your network login and password.
  2. Click on the Faculty/Staff button (the briefcase icon) in the Launch Pad in the upper left.
  3. Click on Update Address/Phone
  4. Verify or update the address, phone numbers and email addresses shown. 
    1. Want a TXT message?  Be sure to include your cellular carrier next to your cell phone number
    2. Have additional phone numbers you would like included (work, spouse, etc.)?   Add those in the Additional Campus Notification Phone Numbers section.
    3. Can you add additional email addresses as well?  Yes, enter them in the Comments section.
  5. Click the Continue button.  You should receive a pop-up window that your information has been sent and be returned to the same screen. 
  6. Click on Back to Main Menu to continue with other functions or click on Sign Out to close the screen.

That’s all you need to do.  Your information will be updated in your Human Resource record and if any emergency arises, you will be notified using the contact information provided.

Stay Informed!  Keep your information up-to-date.

Your emergency notification information can be updated at any time by following the same procedure.

Weather Protocol

As we approach the winter months, now is a good time to remind you of the protocol that is used to determine if school remains in session during severe weather.

We always try to do all we can to remain open and not interrupt the educational process of our students. However, there are clearly conditions where one of the following decisions needs to be made for the Romeoville Campus and all Regional Campus locations:

  1. Delay the opening of campus or close the campus early
  2. Close the campus and cancel all classes and activities

First and foremost, the safety of the entire campus community is the most important factor. If there is severe weather forecasted, the Senior Vice President for Student Services and the Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities, CFO communicate with each other to analyze factors in the decision process:

  1. Forecast
  2. Road conditions
  3. Campus conditions
  4. Status of other area schools

Due to early classes at our various sites and due to nursing clinicals at various locations, every effort will be made to communicate the decision to delay or close by approximately 6:00 am.  That time should allow enough lead time for all involved.

When we choose to delay the start of classes or cancel them, the following notification strategies are implemented:

  1. Send Word Now message delivers information to your email, phone and cell phone.
  2. Web site posting on
  3. Radio/TV stations are notified
  4. The main University phone number (815) 838-0500 recording is activated

Send Word Now is a communication tool that alerts the Lewis University community via voice, email, and text messages of weather closing and emergency situations.  Please take the time now to update your information in our system by referring to the attached document.

We would like to thank all members of the University community in advance for their dedicated efforts to continue the educational process for our students during inclement weather.

We wish you continued success this semester.


Joseph T. Falese Robert DeRose
Senior Vice President for Student Services Senior Vice President for Finance & Facilities, CFO


Lewis University Choir Performs December 8

The Lewis University Choir will present a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8 at St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. The concert will be open to the public without charge.

The program will include the Liebeslieder Waltzes, opus 52 of Johannes Brahms and the world premiere of Stephen J. Platko’s Christmas Canticle on Puer natus est nobis, composed for the Lewis University Choir. The choir will be accompanied by Dr. Robert Holst and Gwen Holst, who will play four-hand piano on the Brahms and piano and organ on the Canticle. Soprano Jill Ballotti and tenor Gregory Withers will be soloists in the Brahms.

Stephen Platko is a highly acclaimed composer of works for choir, band, and orchestra, as well as chamber music. The resident of Plainfield, Ill., is a graduate of Northwestern University. His compositions have been featured in previous concerts of the Lewis University Choir, at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Exposition in Chicago, on radio station WFMT, and in concerts and liturgical services throughout the United States. For many years Platko served as choirmaster at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Joliet, Ill.

Under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Sisk, chairman and professor of Music at Lewis University, the Lewis University Choir comprises students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The choir performs choral music ranging from Renaissance polyphony to music of living composers. Dr. Sisk is a well-known exponent of choral and liturgical music, having conducted college and church choirs for more than 40 years.


Women in Leadership

Jeanette Kilo-Smith, Corporate Director, Human Resources, Diversity Management and HR Government Compliance, Walgreens Boots Alliance, spoke to an audience of more than 30 students on November 10, 2015, in an undergraduate Organizational Leadership class regarding her experiences in becoming a leader, and how to be a successful leader in the workplace.

Dr. Neena Gopalan, Assistant Professor of Psychology introduced her. Jeanette has had senior positions in human resources in retail (Walmart), telecommunications (Motorola) and defense systems technology industries. Currently she has responsibility for development and implementation of Walgreens diversity plan for 250,000 U.S. employees.

Within Walgreens system there are four types of leadership: Customer Leadership, Strategic Results Leadership, People Leadership, and Operational/Business Leadership. She said in their organization these are the key questions employees need to know and understand:

  • Who Are Your Customers?
  • Are You Results-oriented? Execution is key.
  • What Does the Business Need?

She encouraged students to be authentic. She said, “What people believe of you is how they will see you. If you want to be known for something, start to shape what people say about you. Tell them what you want people to think of you and know you for. What do you bring to the table?” Throughout her career she has been known for getting things done and bringing results to the organization.

In this day of technology she said there really is no work/life balance for leaders since we are connected globally 24/7. She did say that there is a way to manage your personal and professional life by integrating technology. During her career, she took an assignment in China. She said it gave her a whole new understanding and experience of life in a global society.

Some tips she had for obtaining and keeping positions in leadership include:

  • Be a risk-taker. Assess what risks to take and learn from your mistakes.
  • Be credentialed in your space. You should be an expert in your subject matter.
  • Have ideas on how to improve processes and develop a plan.
  • Drive efficiencies to the business. Understanding the business helps you to make contributions.
  • Once you get the job doesn’t mean you will keep it. Make the tough decisions and be able to live with them.

She said she has known many times that her decisions may cost her job. But she said, “At the end of the day, I have to be able to live with myself and the choices I made.”

This event was sponsored by the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Lewis University.

School Counseling Award Honors Dawn Erickson

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, presented the first award to Alumni Recognition for Distinguished Service in the Field of School Counseling to Alumna Dawn Erickson on Nov. 4. The School Counseling Program graduate recently was honored as the Illinois School Counselor Association’s 2015 High School Counselor of the Year.

Provost Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Psychology Graduate Director Dr. Katherine Helm-Lewis, School Counseling Program Director Dr. Judith Zito and Assistant Professor Lee Harsy offered their praise of Erickson for her contributions on behalf of her students and to the field of school counseling.

Erickson started her educational career in 2002, teaching business education for three years at a small, private high school in Rockford, Ill. She returned to Lewis University to get her master’s degree in counseling before continuing her career as a school counselor at Plainfield South High School in 2009. While attending Lewis University, she worked as the Assistant Bursar and Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach.

“I was not only well prepared, but left with the necessary confidence to step into my first job as a school counselor,” Erickson stated during the ceremony. She praised her education at Lewis University and cited its enthusiastic professors and practical approach to training.

Upon receiving her graduate degree, Erickson began her career at Plainfield South High School. Her current position is Student Services Department Chair at East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, Ill.

Lewis University offers a master’s degree in School Counseling. Curriculum options are available for certified and non-certified professionals. The program focuses on hands-on experience, with 100 hours of practicum and supervised internship hours spent in the schools. Visit for more information about the School Counseling program.

Lewis University Honors Veterans at Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

The Lewis University community honored veterans and service members of the military at its annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. The event was presented by the Lewis University Army and Air Force ROTC units, Student Veterans of America chapter and Office of Veteran Affairs and Recruitment.

Air Force ROTC Cadet Ken Nakanishi served as master of ceremonies. The ceremony opened with the posting of the colors by the Lewis Joint-Service Color Guard as Lewis University student and U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Eden Dillon sang the national anthem. Father Dan Torson, CPPS, university chaplain and Air Force veteran, led the group in prayer.

On behalf of the university, Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, offered gratitude to the veterans for their service.

Guest speaker Lt. Col. Brendan O’Brien, U.S.A.F. (Ret.). spoke to the value of veterans as civilians and as an important part of civilian life. Veterans bring value to their communities though professionalism and dependability, a strong orientation to mission, critical thinking, visionary leadership and a commitment to caring.

Lt. Col. O’Brien also touched on the various ways veterans continue to serve. He highlighted organizations that support veterans and provide ways for people to get involved such as Team Rubicon, a network for veterans around the country and Team Red, White and Blue, who enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community.

Roman Ortega, Jr., Director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs and Recruitment and ROTC Administrative Director, thanked Lt. Col. O’Brien by presenting him with a certificate of appreciation and a donation to Team Red, White and Blue.

Veterans of the respective services then sang rousing renditions of the U.S. Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard songs.

June Mante led a fireside chat with student veterans to give the guests an idea of who student veterans are at Lewis University. The Lewis student veterans shared their experience transitioning from the service and coming back to school.

“I’m really blessed to be here and be part of this school,” said U.S. Marine Corps student veteran, Connie Raygoza as she and fellow student veterans expressed their gratitude toward Lewis University.

Lewis University was recently recognized the Best for Vets among Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2016 by Military Times and second among private universities in the nation. It has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine since the inception of the award in 2010. A Yellow Ribbon School, Lewis University is committed to providing a quality education to our service members and their families and done so for many years with success.

Lewis University’s Army ROTC program is designed to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army and to motivate young people to become better citizens. Students who become cadets simultaneously earn their baccalaureate degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard. Lewis University students in the ROTC program are part of the Rolling Thunder Battalion.

More than 1,000 Attend Teach-In Events on ADA Topics

Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President, has extended high praise and much appreciation to the faculty, staff and guest speakers who collaborated in presenting Teach-In 2015: ADA 25 Chicago to observe the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and members of the community attended one or more of the sixteen events. “This Teach-In demonstrated the Lewis Mission value of Justice in affirming the equal dignity of every person and the promotion of personal and social responsibility,” stated Brother James.

Designed to raise awareness of the ongoing legacy of the ADA and to explore current issues relating to how persons handle their disabilities, the five-day programming was sponsored by the Lewis University Peace Education Committee. Featured events, held October 18-22, focused on various aspects of the social issues involved in assisting and enabling those with disabilities through lectures, film, discussion, readings, guest speakers and participation by community organizations such as Trinity Services and the Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living whose staff representatives shared remarkable stories of dealing with disabilities.

Among the guest speakers for this dynamic Teach-In were Kathy Nimmer, 2015 Indiana Teacher of the Year who is blind and drew upon her experiences in speaking and writing, along with Jonathan Mooney, writer and activist who is dyslexic, and David Perry, journalist and disability activist. The First-Year Writing program, directed by Dr. Sheila Kennedy (English) presented students reading from and discussing writing of those living with disability, drawing from their own or others’ experiences.

Dr. Pamela Jessee, Dean of the College of Education, praised all involved for “the effort you made to bring disability as diversity to light here on our campus and enhance understanding of the rights and needs of those who live and learn differently.” She noted “the wonderful collaboration between colleges and other units here at Lewis and our ability to rally around this important social justice issue.”

Dr. Jeanette Mines, Academic Associate to the Provost, stated that, as a result of the Teach-In, other presentations and discussions related to ADA occurred in classes and additional venues as well as in the week-long programming. She said the focus on ADA Awareness Week and issues facing the disabled demonstrates Lewis University’s commitment to diversity and to equal respect for all persons.

Spearheading the planning for the Teach-In were members of the Peace Education Committee, including Dr. William Blackwell (Special Education), Dr. Karen Trimble-Alliaume (Theology), this year’s co-chairs, and Dr. Tennille Allen (Sociology), Dr. Christie Billups (Theology/Service Learning), Dr. Jennifer Buss, Dr. Mary M. Fisher and Dr. Christy Roberts (Special Education), Dr. Pamela Jessee (College of Education), Dr. Erica Kwiatkowski-Egizio (Secondary Education), Dr. Sheila Kennedy and Professor Dawn Walts (English); Lindsay Harmon, Kelley Plass and Rhonda Richter (Library), and Dr. Anne Rapp (SPCE).

Also involved in presentations or other facets of the Teach-In were: Dr. David Anderson (Communications); Dr. James Burke and Dr. Susan Simonaitis (Theology); Dr. Thomas Bristow III (Psychology); Dr. Arsalan Memon (Philosophy); Dr. Tracey Nicholls (Philosophy/Women’s Studies); Dr. George Klemic (Business Administration); Dr. Ruth Osuch, Dr. Jerome Blakemore and Dr. Jennifer Tello Buntin (Social Work & Human Services); Joseph Preston and Sean Ruane (University Ministry); Brother John Vietoris, FSC (History); Carol Wassberg (President’s Office) and Kirsten Brown (Lewis University Bookstore).

Much appreciation is extended to those who assisted with preparations and logistics for the multi-faceted week of presentations, including Jean Lucas (College of Education); Kathrynne Skonicki, Jim Cowan and Ramona LaMontagne (Marketing and Communications); Lisa Salazar (Meetings, Conferences and Events) and Sabrina Poulin (University Ministry).

“One of ten people in Illinois has a disability of some kind,” Brother James stated. “The American Disabilities Act has been very effective in making the public aware of the rights and needs of those with disabilities. As we mark the 25th year of this important legislation, I am pleased that Lewis University has collaborated to provide an outstanding forum to discuss this important social issue and to work to make the community more aware of the rights of those living with disabilities.”

Student Veterans Receive Support from Grunt Ghoul Run

More than 100 hardy individuals participated in the Lewis University Student Veterans Association (LUSVA) Grunt Ghoul Run. The event raised over $1,000 to finance the Lewis University students’ attendance at the national conference in 2016 as well as the creation of an emergency relief fund for the veterans at Lewis University.

The obstacle course event was held Oct. 24 at the Dirt Runner facility in Marseilles, Ill. Set on rough terrain with a more than 1,200-foot change in elevation, the roughly 5K course tested participants in agility and strength obstacles. The challenges ranged from complex military-style structures to towering fences that require scaling.

“This Halloween-themed event was a wonderful show of support for our veterans that will last throughout the year,” said Roman Ortega, Jr., director of Lewis University Veteran Affairs and Recruitment. “We’re proud of how our student veterans displayed their leadership skills in coordinating this successful event.”

Lewis University was recently recognized the Best for Vets among Colleges and Universities in Illinois for 2016 by Military Times and second among private universities in the nation. It has been designated as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine since the inception of the award in 2010.

Healthcare Leader Provides Sound Social Media Advice

Have fun, but always maintain respect and dignity for others. That’s the advice Dr. Nancy Spector, PhD, RN, FAAN, director of Regulatory Innovations National Council of State Boards of Nursing, provided Lewis University nursing students in her “Boundaries, Social Media & Professional Practices” presentation.

Spector discussed various aspects of social media in nursing. She discussed the advantages of being creative with social media. She also provided a better understanding of how the social media sensation affects healthcare professionals personally and professionally.

“You have to be reasonable and use good judgement,” she said, stressing the importance of having social media guidelines in place.

The author reminded the students that one’s obligation to maintain privacy and confidentiality still exists away from the bedside.

The event was presented by the Lewis University Males Entering Nursing (MEN) student organization, which teamed up with Jane Trainor, assistant professor of nursing and project liaison of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) grant at Lewis University.

Lewis University saves lives with blood donations

Lewis University’s Student Nursing Association (SNA) and Student Veteran’s Association (SVA) recently held its annual blood drive for LifeSource, Chicagoland’s blood center. There were 105 blood donations along with 10 double red donations and 20 commitments to be on the bone marrow donor list.

Each blood donation has the potential to save three lives. As a result, the blood drive saved up to 315 lives.

Senior Nursing Student Danny Dispenza coordinated the event. SNA Board President Ashley Bohr and other SNA members assisted in the planning and promotion of the drive.

The event is just one example of the many community public health initiatives the association hosts throughout the year. These endeavors prepare nursing students for the type of events they expect to coordinate as they enter the workforce and work toward achieving better public health awareness. Faculty advisors of the SNA are Katherine Mc Dannel, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and Dina Schreader, instructor in the College of Nursing and Health Professions.


Birthdays for November 2015

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

November 2, Laura Pratt, History
November 2, Zubair Samad, Office of Technology

November 4, Ann Candelaria, LUA

November 5, Jennifer Buss, College of Education
November 5, Carol Skevis-Koch, College of Education

November 6, Abraham Adrianzen, Residence Life
November 6, Dr. William Blackwell, College of Education

November 7, Stephanie Enervold, Career Services
November 7, Dr. Amanda Harsy Ramsay, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
November 7, Robert Holloway, Athletics
November 7, Jose Marquez, Office of Technology
November 7, Christine Morrow, College of Arts & Sciences
November 7, Jeanette Pifer, Biology
November 7, Rachael Tracey, University Advancement

November 8, Dr. Markisha Woodson, Health & Counseling Services

November 9, Jose Zamora, Office of Technology

November 11, Marie Lozano, College of Nursing & Health Professions

November 13, Dr. Jung Kim, College of Education

November 14, Graesen Arnoff, Center for Academic Technology Solutions
November 14, Graciela Dufour, Human Resources
November 14, Margaret Kientop, Office of the President
November 14, Dr. Arsalan Memon, Philosophy
November 14, Br. John Vietoris, FSC, History

November 15, Dr. John Greenwood, Psychology
November 15, Julie Penner, Meetings, Events and Conferences

November 16, Matthew Brendich, Athletics
November 16, Evan Fiffles, Athletics
November 16, Joyce Montoya-Roach, LUA
November 16, Dr. Tracey Nicholls, Philosophy

November 17, Douglas Adams, Flight
November 17, Kerry Meunier, Admission
November 17, Lori Misheck, Human Resources
November 17, Nirav Patel, Office of Technology
November 17, Jill Whitaker, Health & Counseling Services

November 18, Joseph Pasternak, Facilities
November 18, Dr. Kurt Schackmuth, Office of Mission and Identity
November 18, Michael Streit, Aviation & Transportation Studies

November 20, David Korte, Facilities
November 20, Dr. Andrea Krieg, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

November 21, Melissa Eichelberger, LARC
November 21, Laura Paley, Career Services
November 21, Larry Vinson, Campus Police

November 23, Kristin Callahan, Art & Design
November 23, Jennifer Kilmartin, Mail Room
November 23, Tim McDonough, Athletics
November 23, Jared Taylor, University Advancement
November 23, Dr. Mary Woods, SPCE

November 24, Br. Lawrence Oelschlegel, FSC, English Studies
November 24, Mario Zamudio, Facilities

November 25, Carmen Wallace, Office of Technology

November 26, James Doane, College of Business
November 26, Br. Thomas Dupre, FSC, Computer and Mathematical Sciences

November 27, Marvin Bates, III, College of Business

November 28, Lisa Nicoll, Enrollment Management

November 29, Dr. Philip Chumbley, Physics
November 29, Rukiya Johnson, Graduate School of Management
November 29, Derrick Sloboda, Athletics
November 29, Dr. Lynn A. Tovar, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
November 29, Laura Wilmarth Tyna, Office of Service Learning

November 30, Dr. Tennille Allen, Sociology
November 30, Jessica Hernandez, Flight
November 30, Rita Herrick, Graduate Admission
November 30, Br. Joseph Martin, FSC, Office of the President
November 30, Kiantra Thornton, Residence Life

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 November 2015

The following faculty and staff members will celebrate their service anniversaries at Lewis from November 1 - November 30.


37 Years, Louis Revisky, Aviation & Transportation Studies

29 Years, Barbara Lewis, Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies

26 Years, Carol Wassberg, Office of the President

23 Years, Beverly Anliker, Business Office

17 Years, Linda Cunningham, Oak Brook Campus

15 Years, Lynn Stancik, Campus Police

14 Years, Sajid Malik, Campus Police

13 Years, Ryan Cockerill, Admission

10 Years, Kerry Meunier, Admission
10 Years, Julie Branchaw, Admission

9 Years, Christine Morrow, College of Arts & Sciences
9 Years, Christine Jones, College of Arts & Sciences

8 Years, Larry Van Luyk, Facilities

7 Years, Liseth Chavez, Enrollment Management
7 Years, Rachael Patera, Athletics
7 Years, Laura Setar, Marketing and Communications
7 Years, Timothy Hunt, Facilities

5 Years, Jennifer Manderscheid, Oak Brook Campus

3 Years, Cynthia McCallen, Admission
3 Years, Jennifer Janczak, Athletics
3 Years, Allison Rios, University Advancement
3 Years, Peter Spizzirri, Campus Police

2 Years, Tina Crowther, University Advancement

1 Year, Megan Wozniak, College of Business
1 Year, Alex Koerner, Aviation Services
1 Year, Andrew Lenaghan, Library


Registration Open for 2016 Celebration of Scholarship

Lewis University will celebrate its Fifth Annual Celebration of Scholarship, to be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016. The theme of this year’s event is Lasallian Scholarship: Soaring to New Horizons. Registration is now open for submission of abstracts and creative works descriptions at . This event provides an opportunity for the University to showcase the scholarly and artistic work of its students and faculty. Co-sponsors include a variety of academic units from across campus: the Culture of Inquiry Advisory Committee; the University Office of Graduate Studies; the Colonel Stephen S. and Lyla Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research; the Lowell Stahl Center for Entrepreneurship and Real Estate; the History Center: Urban, Cultural, and Catholic History of the Upper Midwest; the Center for Ministry and Spirituality; the Faculty Development Committee, and the Scholars Academy.

First presented in 2012, the Celebration of Scholarship provides an outstanding opportunity for Lewis University students and faculty to present evidence of their scholarship in a community setting. As in previous years, participants may present research projects, scholarly projects, or artistic creations/presentations. The University-wide event will include concurrent paper presentations, poster presentations, and creative works exhibits/presentations. All student projects must have a faculty sponsor. More information will be provided as plans for the event progress.


Dr. Randy DeMik Honored With National Aviation Educator Award

Dr. Randy DeMik, Lewis University professor of aviation and transportation and director of Graduate Studies in Aviation & Transportation, was presented the Frank E. Sorenson Award at the annual University Aviation Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This national award is presented to a professional educator who contributes substantial scholarly contributions to the field of aviation research and scholarship comparable to the scope of research, scholarship and publications attained by Dr. Frank E. Sorenson. The aviation education pioneer contributed aviation education texts to the field and expanded aviation education, research, and scholarship while serving as Director of the University of Nebraska Aviation Education Research Group. He died in 1977.

In 2011, DeMik received the John K. Lauber Award for Aviation Safety at the University Aviation Association Fall Education Conference. His published research focuses on aviation safety. Most recently, DeMik coauthored an article entitled, “Cross-sectional Assessment of Safety Culture Perceptions and Safety Behavior in Collegiate Aviation Programs in the United States” in the summer edition of International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace.

Fekete Teams Up with English Providers for NAFSA Presentation

Lewis University Director of International Student Services Michael Fekete recently presented “Successful Integration Between Universities and On-Campus Intensive English Providers” with Tyler King of ELS Language Centers (ELS) Romeoville Center, Lauren Schuberth of The Language Company Central Office- Edmond, Okla., and Kevin Vicker of International Students and Scholars, Eastern Illinois University International Programs, Charleston, Ill. at the NAFSA Region V 2015 Regional Conference in Rosemont, Ill.

The presentation explored successful partnerships between two different private intensive English providers and two different university communities, Lewis University and Eastern Illinois University. Both ELS Education Services (Lewis University) and The Language Company (Eastern Illinois University) opened centers on-campus about one year after extensive discussions and contract negotiations.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education. NAFSA Region V, composed of Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin, has approximately 800 members representing more than 250 institutions.

English & Computer Science Professors Provide Insights

Jackie K. White, Professor of English, was the keynote speaker for the annual AAUW Geneva Branch Creative Writing Awards Ceremony in April 2015, where she engaged young poets and their families with "The Necessity of Poetry for Body and Mind." Also in April, she presented the paper, "Julia Alvarez's Young Adult Fiction: New Coordinates of Latina Literary Production," at the 2nd Biennial U.S. Latina/o Literary Theory and Criticism Conference in New York City.

In June, her book chapter, "Young Adult and Children's Literature" appeared in Latino/a Literature in the Classroom: 21st Century Approaches" (Routledge).

More recently, Dr. White delivered a keynote, "'Whatever Befalls the Earth, Befalls of the People of the Earth': Poetry as Healing" at Lewis's Center for Ministry and Spirituality's Interdisciplinary Symposium, “Sing a New Song,” Responding to Pope Francis on Caring for our Common Home. Her poems "Fury Psalm 4" and "Fury Psalm 8" have just been published in Kettle Blue Review (October 2015).

Dr. Jason Perry, Assistant Professor in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences department, gave a talk on his paper, "Leakage-Abuse Attacks Against Searchable Encryption", at the ACM Computer and Communications Security Conference in Denver on Oct. 14. This work was done in collaboration with researchers at Rutgers and Cornell.


No. 23 Lewis Women's Volleyball Tops UIndy 3-0 For 2015 GLVC Championship

No. 23 Lewis women's volleyball defeated Indianapolis 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-23) to win the 2015 Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship on Sunday (Nov. 22) at the East Side Centre. It is Lewis' first conference title since 2010.

Neither team could pull away in the first set until the serving of freshman Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) spurred a 4-0 run to put the Flyers up 13-10. Lewis finished the set out from there.

In the second, the Flyers were up 15-14 when they earned some breathing room thanks to four consecutive points. Seniors Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) and Morgan Cebula (Stevens Point, Wis./Stevens Point Area) each had kills in the push. Lewis finished the second set the same way they did the first, with a kill by sophomore Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) for point 25.

The third was more of the same, with back-and-forth volleyball and only a small Lewis run providing enough breathing room to pull out the win. This time it was Lewis jumping out to a 7-2 lead only to see Indianapolis make it a 9-8 game. However the Flyers never gave up the lead. The Greyhounds turned away two match points before Schneider won her third straight set with a kill to give the Flyers the title.

The win gives Lewis their ninth GLVC Championship. It is the most in league history, passing former GLVC member IPFW's eight titles.

Lewis out-hit Indianapolis .278 to .243. Schneider led Lewis with 13 kills on a .435 attack percentage. Hyland added 10 kills and nine digs. Davito finished with eight kills and two aces.

"The ladies did an amazing job of managing their adrenaline and staying true to their fun spirits," Lewis head coach Lorelee Smith. "We've learned how to play with love for both the sport and for one another."

Indianapolis finishes their season 17-17 with the loss. Lewis improves to 30-4, giving Lewis their first 30-win season since 2009. The Flyers now have seven 30-win seasons as a NCAA Division II program.

The win also gives Lewis the GLVC's automatic berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional. The Flyers will find out their seed and first opponent on Monday (Nov. 23) at 6:30 p.m. CT. Fans can watch the selection show at this link.

Lewis' Farrough Places Third at NCAA Women's Cross Country Championships

Lewis University junior Amanda Farrough (South Bend, Ind./Clay) placed third overall with another 6K school-record time to lift the Flyers to an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Division II Women's Cross Country Championships, hosted by Missouri Southern, at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course on Saturday (Nov. 21) morning.

Farrough finished 2.9 seconds behind individual champion Alexis Zeis (University of Mary) with a blazing time of 20:06.3 to earn All-America accolades for the second time in three seasons. The South Bend, Ind., native set her previous standard of 20:26.6 at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships just two weeks ago. Her finish is the best in Lewis history since Kasia Arient took home the individual championship in 1997.

"I thought Amanda executed her race perfectly," Lewis head women's cross country coach James Kearney said. "There were at least 10 runners that I thought had a chance to win. She was there, but it wasn't quite her day.

"Third place is nothing to scoff at, and I am unbelievably proud of her performance today."

Adams State won the team title with 83 points, while the Flyers totaled 335 points in the race to claim 11th place.

"We went all the way from not qualifying last year to 11th in the nation - which is a great accomplishment and I could not be prouder of our team," Kearney said.

Lewis senior Kristen Bonsor (Antioch, Ill./Glenbrook North) placed 48th overall with a time of 21:36.3, followed by a 111th-place showing of 22:16.5 by fellow senior Kayla Patterson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Homestead). Flyer freshman Megan Shaffer (Mattoon, Ill./Mattoon) was the fourth Lewis runner to cross the finish line with a 121st-place mark of 22:25.6. Lewis junior Mollie Dalton (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Conant) was the final Flyer to score with a 124th-place finish of 22:27.2.

Lewis Athletics Receives Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence

The NCAA announced on Wednesday (Nov. 11) that the Lewis University Athletics Department is one of 27 Division II member schools to be honored as part of the Presidents' Award for Academic Excellence program, for achieving a four-year success rate of 90 percent. The Flyers are also one of four Great Lakes Valley Conference schools to earn this distinction.

The Academic Success Rate is the percentage of student-athletes who graduate within six years of initial enrollment in college and includes virtually all Division II student-athletes, including transfers and those not receiving athletics scholarships. The national ASR is 71 percent for student-athletes who entered college from 2005-09.

Lewis' 90 ASR is the Flyers' highest performance since they recorded a 90 ASR for the 2002 entering class.

"This academic achievement really speaks to the efforts of our coaches, the students they recruit and the support they receive from our faculty and staff," Lewis Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek said. "A special thanks goes out to Courtney Schmitz, who oversees our academic pursuits, and to Dr. Nancy Workman, who provides guidance and oversight to our efforts."

No. 2 Lewis Women's Hoops Sets Record In 111-50 Win Over Alderson Broaddus

No. 2 Lewis women's basketball set a program record for points in a 40-minute game on Sunday (Nov. 22) afternoon during the Flyers' 111-50 win over Alderson Broaddus at Neil Carey Arena.

The 111 points is the most in a regulation game for the Flyers. Lewis matched the number in an 111-105 triple-overtime win at Indianapolis on Jan. 30, 2014, but in 40 minutes of basketball, Sunday's total is the best. The previous high was a 110-105 win over Chicago State in 1981.

Five Flyers finished in double-digits. Senior Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) shot 9-of-12 from the floor with 23 points and four assists. Freshman Jessica Kelliher (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) had her second consecutive 20-point game, scoring 21 on 9-of-12 shooting. Junior Alyssa Siwek (Palos Heights, Ill./Mother McAuley) recorded a career-high 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting from the floor, including 3-of-3 beyond the arc. She also added seven of Lewis' 27 assists.

Senior Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Tierney Lockett (Richton Park, Ill./Rich South) scored 10 points.

Lewis never looked back after a 41-11 first quarter advantage. The Flyers scored 56 of their points in the paint. Lewis made 11-of-17 from beyond the arc.

The Flyers shot 62.9 percent (44-of-70) while limiting the Battlers to 24.6 percent (15-of-61).

Alderson Broaddus falls to 0-5. Lewis improves 5-0. The Flyers are at Grand Valley State on Wednesday (Nov. 25).

Poti Sets 400 IM School Record For No. 18 Lewis Men's Swimming At IUPUI Event

No. 18 Lewis men's swimming had another strong day one Saturday (Nov. 21) during the second day of IUPUI's House Of Champions.

Freshman Mads Knoblauch (Svenborg, Denmark/Svenborg Gymnasium) picked up a win in the 100 backstroke (49.97).

Lewis took third in the 200 medley relay. Knoblauch, senior Zach Ballon (Englewood, Colo./Cherry Creek), freshman Colin Williams (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove) and senior Tommy Cornes (Napa, Cali./Vintage) recorded a time of 1:32.01.

Junior Brandon Thoman (Marco Island, Fla./Brarron Collier) had a time of 4:05.41 in the 400 IM to finish fourth. Junior Quinn Poti (Orlando, Fla./Timber Creek) finished seventh with a time of 4:07.10 in the finals, however it was his 4:05.00 in prelims in the morning that set a new school record in the event.

Freshman Colin Williams (Elk Grove, Ill./Elk Grove) was the only freshman in the finals of the 100 fly. He took third, touching the wall in 50.18.

Ballon swam a time of 55.83 to finish third in the 100 breaststroke.

Lewis grabbed a second place in the 800 free relay. Junior Adam Wise (Ocala, Fla./Forest), junior Bryant Jacobs (Pacifica, Calif./Terra Nova), senior Caio Azevedo (Governador Valadares, Brazil/Sommerville) and junior Aidan Brennan (Naples, Fla. /Barron Collier) stopped the clock in 6:50.24.

"We had a number of NCAA B cuts and some really great swims," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "I am very pleased with their efforts."

Lewis sits in fourth place at the nine-team meet with 818 points. The Flyers are unable to earn points in diving due to not sponsoring the sport.

Lewis Women's Swimming Opens House of Champions With Three School Records

Lewis women's soccer broke three school records on Friday (Nov. 20) at the 12th Annual House of Champions. The three-day meet is hosted by IUPUI at the IUPUI Natatorium.

The Flyers finished third in the 200 free relay (1:36.39), setting a new school record in the event. The key performance was senior Shelby Leonard (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota)'s 23.85 in the first leg to set a new school record in the 50 freestyle. Junior Kinsey Coble (Lafayette, Ind./Jefferson), freshman Gabby Jeffers (South Bend, Ind./John Adams), junior Brittany Kamper (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) rounded out the relay squad.

Lewis set another school record in the 400 medley relay. The Flyers finished second with a time of 3:51.27. Junior Kaitlyn Yearout (Ocala, Fla. /Trinity Catholic), senior Montana Clasby (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls), Leonard and sophomore Shannon Sullivan (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) combined for the second place swim.

Clasby picked up a second place performance in the 200 IM (2:06.79).

"It was a very strong opening day," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "I am very pleased with how we are swimming. We had an uncountable number of personal bests which is why we are here."

The Flyers are in fourth place at the 10-team event with 276 points. Lewis is ahead of four NCAA Division I teams and conference-rival Bellarmine. The event continues on Saturday.

Leonard Breaks 100 Fly Record For Lewis Women's Swimming

Senior Shelby Leonard (Sarasota, Fla./Sarasota) broke, and then rebroke, the 100 butterfly school record for Lewis women's swimming at the House of Champions event on Saturday (Nov. 21).

Leonard swam a time of 57.22 in the prelims to set a new mark. In the finals, she swam 56.86 to take fourth and lower the record even more.

Senior Montana Clasby (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls) took second in the 100 breast (1:05.58). Sophomore Shannon Sullivan (Elmhurst, Ill./York Community) took fourth in the 200 free (1:55.64).

The Flyers picked up a third place performance in the 800 freestyle relay (7:46.46). Leonard swam the first leg, with freshman Taylor Vera (Wyoming, Mich./Grand Rapids Catholic Central), sophomore Makenzie Murphy (Reno, Nev./Galena) and Sullivan following behind.

Lewis had a sixth place performance in the 100 backstroke as junior Kaitlyn Yearout (Ocala, Fla. /Trinity Catholic) swam the event in 58.18. Sophomore Caitlin Krull (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) took eighth in the 400 IM (4:48.61).

"We had a number of NCAA B cuts and some really great swims," Lewis head coach Roger Karns said. "I am very pleased with their efforts."

The Flyers will enter the third and final day of the event on Sunday in fourth place at the 10-team event with 627.5 points. The Flyers can't earn diving points due to not sponsoring the sport.

No. 23 Lewis Women's Volleyball's Yuede, Davito & Schneider Honored By The GLVC

The Great Lakes Valley Conference has honored three members of the No. 23 Lewis women's volleyball team. Junior Nicole Yuede (St. Charles, Mo./Francis Howell North) has been named the 2015 Libero of the Year as well as earning All-GLVC Second Team honors. Senior right side hitter Alexis Davito (Crest Hill, Ill./Lockport) was selected to the All-GLVC First Team. Sophomore middle hitter Aly Schneider (Granger, Ind./Penn) was named to the All-GLVC Second Team.

Yuede is the first Flyer in program history to be named the GLVC Libero of the Year. She is the 14th Flyer to earn a major award in the sport. Yuede recorded 581 digs for an average of 5.19 per set. Her 42 digs at Truman State (Nov. 7) set a new single-match rally scoring era record for the Flyers. The junior twice gleaned GLVC Defensive Player of the Week recognition during the season, earning the nods on Oct. 19 and Nov. 9.

"Nicole is an amazing competitor," Lewis head coach Lorelee Smith said. "She has that ability to step up in high pressure situations. As a libero, she really takes pride in her ability to both defend and control serve receive."

Davito becomes the first Flyer to be named to three consecutive All-GLVC First Teams since Katie Gilman in 2001-03. Davito ranked ninth in the league in hitting percentage (.295) and first in aces per set (0.40) with 47 total. She became Lewis' rally scoring era career aces leader in 2015 and now owns 159. Her 47 aces this season have already topped the single season rally scoring era record of 46 she recorded last year. She also entered the 1,000 kill club this season.

"Alexis has been an offensive power for us the past three seasons," Smith said. "Each year she is scouted harder and she just steps up."

Schneider picks up an All-GLVC nod for a second straight year after being named an honorable mention selection last year.

Schneider ranks fourth in hitting percentage (.337) and eighth in blocks per set (1.05) in the GLVC in while adding 285 kills. She had perhaps the single best match in the GLVC this season when she hit .615 with 26 kills on 39 swings and only two errors against top-10 foe Rockhurst (Oct. 30).

"Aly has done an amazing job this season," Smith said. "To be honored in a conference that is upperclassmen loaded in the middle position is awesome."

The Flyers (27-4) open the 2015 GLVC Tournament on Friday (Nov. 20) against Drury at 5 p.m. All matches will be played at the EastSide Center in Peoria, Ill.


Did You Know? Christian Brothers at Lewis University

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 website on the De La Salle Christian Brothers at Lewis University has been updated? Twenty-five Brothers who serve the Lewis Community are featured on the site, including the two Brothers who teach in Albuquerque— Brother Donald Mouton, FSC, and Brother Brian Dybowski, FSC. Three Brothers who are graduate students also are noted: Brother Moses A. Abunya, FSC, and Brother Getachew Alemayehu Nadew, FSC, who are enrolled in the Educational Leadership program in the College of Education, and Brother José Martin Montoya Durà, FSC, an MBA student. All three also provide part time service on campus. Also featured are twenty Brothers who serve as administrators, faculty and staff. The website can be accessed at

Did you know that Lewis University was listed recently in the top ten among colleges “that provide the best value” by   Published in an article by The News-Gazette, a Champaign (Illinois) newspaper, the listing referred to “best average starting salaries.”  Included were colleges and universities as ranked by, a New York financial technology company that also has surveyed community colleges.  Average salaries were listed for the top five universities only.

The top rankings were:

  1. Illinois Institute of Technology ($55,000)
  2. University of Illinois-Urbana ($51,000)
  3. Northwestern University ($50,000)
  4. Bradley University ($49,200)
  5. University of Illinois-Chicago ($48,200)
  6. DeVry University
  7. University of Chicago
  8. De Paul University
  9. Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
  10. Lewis University

Did you know that proceeds of the Red Tie Ball/Signum Fidei Celebration have added to the Mission Fund at Lewis University by nearly $1 million in the past four years? This annual event was initiated in 1999 to bring together hundreds of friends of Lewis University in a celebratory event that raises funds for needy students and provides an opportunity to promote the University in the community. Originally held on campus, this event quickly gained in popularity and was moved to downtown Chicago to attract a wider audience. The celebration has included a gourmet dinner, dancing and auctions as well as entertainment.

In the past four years, the net income for the event has reached nearly $1 million for the Mission Fund with approximately $250,000 realized each year. The fund’s purpose is to provide additional financial assistance to students who experience severe financial hardship while they are attending Lewis and would likely have to withdraw from the University if not for the extra financial support. It is estimated that approximately 275-300 students have been assisted since the Mission Fund was created in 2009, receiving funding toward tuition or room and board. Much appreciation to all who have been instrumental in establishing the Mission Fund, presenting the Signum Fidei events and allocating much-needed funding to students in need.


Pumpkin Pitch Collects 500 Pounds of Pumpkins

Lewis University teamed up with Will County Land Use Department’s Resource Recovery and Energy Division to collect 500 lbs. of pumpkins during the second annual Pumpkin Pitch on Nov. 6-7, at Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. Participants composted their jack-o’-lanterns instead of adding them to a landfill.

Contestants tossed or rolled pumpkins into a large garbage bin and in return, they received a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of four $25 gift certificates donated by Heroes West Sports Grill. Lewis University then hauled the tossed pumpkins to the Waste Management-operated Willow Ranch compost site in Romeoville.

Jaclyn Boyle, facilities coordinator for sustainability and administration at Lewis University, said the event reinforced what Lewis students are already learning from the University’s year-round composting program. In 2013, Lewis’ main dining hall began an organics collection. Pre-consumer food scraps, which includes all the food scraps created through food prep, are now being diverted from a landfill and instead, sent to be composted.

By composting this waste, Lewis University is taking a great step to reducing the amount of materials sent to a landfill and once more showing its commitment to sustainable practices.


Worried About a Student or Co-Worker?

Life can be hard sometimes. The stresses of everyday life- school, work, family, significant others- add up. As a Lewis community, we feel a strong need to keep an eye on one another. If we notice that someone may need help, do not wait long before speaking up.

There are times when it is okay to approach the person and times when greater help is needed. It is often hard to decide, and since we can’t, we simply abstain from the situation and wait for someone else to intervene.

By abstaining, we are possibly hurting the person even more. This article will hopefully clear up any uncertainty and help us grow closer as a university.

Approaching someone can be awkward, emotional and seemingly intrusive. How do I know for sure? What if he or she doesn’t want help? Although you can’t know for sure or he or she might not need help, assuming the problems will go away is not the answer.

Below are steps to take prior to and during your encounter.

  • Look for signs: Do you notice a change in a person’s mood, behavior, energy, habits or personality? Was it just a bad day or do these changes seem to be a regular occurrence?

  • Give them a chance: Allow the person a chance to open up. Let them initiate the conversation. If not, it’s time for you to say something to them, speaking openly and honestly about your concerns.

  • Time and place: Chose an appropriate time when neither of you are busy and a comfortable place with no interruptions.

  • Use ‘I’: Use ‘I’ statements such as ‘I have noticed…and feel concerned’ rather than ‘you’ statements.

  • Respect: No matter what the person says, respect what is being said and done.

Approaching a person is not always the right option. There are some issues that need help beyond what you can provide. Lewis University provides plenty of counseling services through the Center of Health and Counseling Services.

Its mission strives to empower Lewis University students to maintain and enhance their physical and emotional well-being. The staff is a team of health and mental health professionals to assist students with all issues, including relationships, depression, anxiety, transition to Lewis University, victimization, drug/alcohol abuse, loss, grief, stress and poor self-concept.

The Center strongly believes in maintaining the trust of our students. Staff members remain committed to professional ethical standards, and abide by state and federal laws regarding confidentiality.

If you feel a professional is needed, the department is located on the lower level of Mother Teresa and can be reached at (815)836-5455.

For more information, visit them at