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Lewis University Welcomes American Airlines MD-80

Lewis University officially welcomed a retired American Airlines MD-80 to its fleet on January 23. A brief celebration was held with American Airlines representatives and community members at Lewis University, a leader in aviation education since 1932. The MD-80 donation helps Lewis University Aviation and Transportation develop a new generation of training as it provides an updated avionics package and broadens opportunities for students to earn more Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates. All 700 current Aviation and Transportation students will use the MD-80 at some point in their studies, however, it will primarily be used by nearly 200 students in the Aviation Maintenance Management program. “This generous donation from American Airlines will ensure that future Lewis University graduates will enter the aviation industry with the best possible training and experience,” Dr. David J. Livingston, President of Lewis University, said. The December 20, 2019 delivery of the aircraft was the last flight of an American Airlines MD-80 in the United States. American donated the last MD-80 aircraft after retiring the last of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet to Roswell, New Mexico, in early September 2019. “As part of American’s commitment to developing the next generation of aviation professionals, this donation will create a pipeline for skilled technicians right here in our backyard,” said Franco Tedeschi, American Airlines Vice President – Chicago. “We are proud to partner with Lewis University and look forward to taking part in the many ways aircraft N501AA will inspire career development in local students, much like the MD-80 fleet impacted our team members for more than 35 years.” About American Airlines Group American Airlines offers customers 6,800 daily flights to more than 365 destinations in 61 countries from its hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. With a shared purpose of caring for people on life's journey, American's 130,000 global team members serve more than 200 million customers annually. Since 2013, American has invested more than $28 billion in its product and people and now flies the youngest fleet among U.S. network carriers, equipped with industry-leading high-speed Wi-Fi, lie-flat seats, and more inflight entertainment and access to power. American also has enhanced food and beverage options in the air and on the ground   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Rome Program Begins Another Semester
Lewis University students and faculty are in Rome, Italy during the spring 2020 semester participating in the Lewis University Rome Program at Lasallian Universities Center for Education (LUCE). Lewis University coordinates the study abroad program, currently in its third year.  A total of 15 students are studying in Rome, 11 from Lewis, two from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, one from  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Work Begins on Lewis University Solar Array Project
Bulldozers are moving dirt to prepare the ground for a solar array project to be installed on the Lewis University Romeoville campus. The solar power system is expected to supply the 410-acres campus with approximately 1.2 million kWh of its annual electricity. When it begins operations in late spring, Lewis University expects to enjoy significant savings on power costs. The solar array is expected  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Students Honored on 2019 Fall Dean’s List
More than 1,400 students were honored on the Lewis University Dean's List for the 2019 Fall Semester. To be eligible for this honor, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours during the semester with a grade point average of at least 3.5 and with no "D" or "F" grades.  Honored students include Abdelrahman, Noor S. Abellera, Allison Abia, Jillian C. Abraham,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Signum Fidei Lecture Focuses on Bishop Sheil’s Vision
Not content to educate just those students whose parents could afford to send them to schools, the Most Reverend Bernard J. Sheil, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, had a dream to establish a school to provide work skills for the disadvantaged boys of Chicago. Lewis University will address the topic at the 17th Annual Signum Fidei (Sign of Faith) lecture “Education Practical and  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

PLT Presents 'Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time'
"Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” is directed by Theatre Department Chair, Kevin Trudeau from Beverly, and will be performed on February 14-16 and February 20-23. The play is recommended for patrons 13 years and up. The evening performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on February 22. Ticket prices are  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Students Attend Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest
The Lewis University Theatre Department annually participates in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). A page in each Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) production playbill is devoted to this worthwhile student opportunity.  The KCACTF experience offers student artists the opportunity to showcase their work and receive an outside collegiate-level assessment for each production.   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Graduate Open House: Discover What’s Next on March 21
Lewis University will offer the Graduate Open House: Discover What's Next from 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21 at Lewis University’s St. Charles Borromeo Center, 101 Airport Road in Romeoville. Lewis University’s Graduate Open House provides an opportunity to learn about the nationally recognized graduate programs, find out about different course offerings and locations designed to help  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Students Place Third in Cyber Defense Competition
Computer and Mathematical Science students from Lewis University performed well in the 2020 Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge at the University of Texas-Austin, January 16-17. Overall, the team placed third out of 19 university teams. The Lewis University team placed ahead of Harvard University, but lost the final round to West Point. The Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge is a one-of-a-kind cyber competition  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Athletics To Host Fourth Annual Flyer Red Dinner
The fourth annual Flyer Red Dinner – presented by the Lewis University Athletic Department – will be held on Thursday, March 26 at the Drury Lane Theatre and Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace at 6:30 p.m. The dinner is a fundraising event to benefit Lewis Flyer Athletics, its 23 teams and more than 400 student-athletes. There will be a cocktail hour to start the night, followed by dinner and  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Selected For NCAA II Basketball Showcase Games
The Lewis University Men's and Women's Basketball doubleheader games at Southern Indiana on February 22 were selected to be two of the 28 regular-season games in the 2019-20 NCAA II Basketball Showcase. The NCAA II Basketball Showcase selections will be highlighted on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as a part of an effort to promote the division on several platforms throughout this season. The Lewis-USI  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Lake Erie in Inaugural Contest
Lewis' men's lacrosse team defeated Lake Erie College 9-7 in its inaugural contest on Saturday afternoon at Lewis Stadium.  Drew Kask  (Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada/Dr. Charles Best Secondary School) led the Flyers with four points while  Cole Roth  (Omaha, Neb./Millard West) finished with three points. Lewis (1-0) jumped on top with two goals in the first three minutes of the contest.   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Free Art Exhibition of Artist Ana Zanic at Lewis University
Lewis University will host an art exhibition by artist Ana Zanic titled, Origin, Voyage, Dreams . The show will be on display from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily and runs from Feb 3—March 20 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 free reception and Gallery Talk will take place from 7-9 p.m. on February  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Alumni Support Mental Health and Counseling with Event
On February 29, a group of Alumni are putting together a fundraising event – Laugh to Create Awareness. The second annual event will take place at the Beverly Arts Center. All of the Proceeds benefit the Lewis University Health and Counseling Center and building an endowed scholarship to support students obtaining a degree in clinical counseling. Last year’s event raised over $14,000 in net  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Alumni Office Partners with Lewis University Veterans
Alumni and Friends are invited to meet Lewis University military students and veterans. The goal of this networking event is to help build relationships between Alumni and Students. The event will be held at Garage Band Brewing Friday, March 13. Visit  to register for the free event. Space is limited.   [COMMENTS(0)