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New Solar Array Powers Lewis University
Lewis University officially dedicated its new 1-Megawatt solar array on April 27 at its Romeoville Campus. The 2,612 panels across five acres of land are now supplying the 410-acre campus with up to 7 percent of its power. “As a Catholic university and leader in sustainability education , research and operations, we’re excited to begin this renewable energy project that augments our commitment  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Best Buddies Wins Illinois Chapter of the Year
Lewis University's Chapter of Best Buddies won the Illinois Chapter of the Year for Colleges and Universities. It's the second time in recent years the chapter of 85 members has been awarded such a prestigious award. "I'm really proud of our students with how they handled supported this year's events virtually in addition to everything else, " added Dr. Jennifer Buss, faculty advisor and associate  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Harsy Honored as ISCA School Counselor Educator of the Year
Lee Harsy, Lewis University assistant professor, was honored as the 2021 Illinois School Counselor Association Dr. Toni Tollerud School Counselor Educator of the Year for his outstanding contributions to school counseling higher education. ISCA is a branch of the American School Counselor Association and has a membership of approximately 900 school counselors across the state of Illinois.   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Johnwick Named AVCA Div I-II Assistant Coach of the Year
The American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced on Tuesday (May 4) that Lewis University assistant men's volleyball coach  Bryan Johnwick  has been named the 2021 AVCA Division I-II Men's National Assistant Coach of the Year. Johnwick is in his eighth season as an assistant coach with the Flyers and his third as the full-time assistant. He is responsible for recruiting, training middles,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Notification Regarding May 13, 2021 Emergency Landing
Lewis University has learned of an emergency landing of a private airplane on Interstate 355 near the Romeoville Campus. The plane took off from the Lewis University Airport around 11:00 AM. No Lewis University students, faculty, and staff were involved in this incident.  [COMMENTS(0)

Award-Winning Jet Fuel Magazine Releases 21st Issue
The award-winning  Jet Fuel Review  has released its 21st issue. Visit to see the issue. The editors include Madeline Brzeczek, Stephanie Karas, Jo Spangler, Salvador Martinez, Christian Mietus, Cassidy Fontaine-Warunek, Brittany Crosse, alumna Patricia Damocles, and faculty consultant Dr. Jackie White professor emeritus of English Studies. Dr. Simone Muench,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Student Project Idea Wins Will County Contest
Lewis University sophomore Katie Ewing's submission for the garden design and install project at the National Hook-Up For Black Women Joliet Chapter, located at 1705 S. Richard Street in Joliet, was accepted by the Food for All for Healthier Communities Initiative. The garden site is on a seven-acre tract of land owned by the Laraway School District 70C. It’s leased to the Joliet Chapter of the National  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Men’s Lacrosse Lands Six On All-GLVC Squad
The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (May 6) that Lewis University's  Peter Carlson  (Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South),  Thomas Purfeerst  (Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount),  Micah Daigle  (Erie, Pa./McDowell),  Keith Parkman II  (San Diego, Calif./Serra),  Xan Brouillet  (Lino Lakes, Minn./Centennial) and  Sam Kern  (Delano, Minn./Delano) were named to the All-GLVC team. Carlson was  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Celebrates May Commencement Ceremonies
Lewis University celebrated the 2021 May Commencement Ceremonies on the Lewis University website ( ) beginning May 7. The Commencement ceremonies honored around 1,000 May graduates in virtual ceremonies due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions in Illinois concerning the size of in-person gatherings. Close to 350 graduate degrees were conferred during the Virtual Graduate Degree Ceremony.  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Baseball Clinches GLVC Tournament Berth
Lewis University's baseball team clinched a berth to the 2021 GLVC Baseball Tournament sweeping a doubleheader at Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon winning 2-0 and 13-1 in seven innings. UIndy won the completion of Friday's suspended game 3-2 to begin the day. Game 2 – UIndy 3 Lewis 2 The Greyhounds (21-19, 19-13 GLVC) jumped out to an early lead in the second game of Friday's doubleheader  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Virtual Field Trip Connects Montana Students with Lewis
Rube Goldberg Machine experiments, content area reading strategies, a video tour of Lewis University and Chicago were just a few of the "stops" on the virtual tour of Lewis University for De La Salle Blackfeet School students on May 4. The virtual field trip was provided by 10 Lewis University education students.  Undergraduate students included Jayla Hodo, Veda Prestamer, Anthony Pena, Shea Walker,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Dr. Cremin Presents at International Online Conference
“From the Illinois Prairie to the Bay of Manila: Daniel Burnham’s Legacy and Observations from the Field” will be presented by Dr. Dennis Cremin, professor and chair of history at Lewis University, at Rethinking Heritage and Heritage Futures, a web conference-workshop based out of De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. The presentation will be on the first day after the opening ceremonies  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Russian and Arabic Featured at STARTALK this Summer
The Foreign Language Program at Lewis University will offer a free summer language immersion program featuring Russian and Arabic courses. The program was awarded the STARTALK grant from the National Security Agency and the National Foreign Language Center. This grant money provides funding so that participants in the program can learn a language free of charge. The 2021 STARTALK program will take  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Students Help Will County Health Department Vaccinate
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 Pandemic we have all gone through over the last 14 months has brought about negative experiences, sometimes tragic, for so many who have been affected. But for hundreds of residents with special needs and their caregivers, along with some collegiate nursing students looking for some rewarding real-world experience towards the end of their senior years,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing Registration Open
The Lewis University Athletics Department will be hosting its 41st Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing on Friday, June 11 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Registrations for the event are now open. Each registration includes 18 holes of golf on Course #1 or #3, cart, lunch on the course, drink coupons and a Lewis Athletics gift. The scramble format begins at 1 p.m. Cog Hill Golf and Country  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Volleyball Falls 3-1 To No. 2 BYU In NCAA Semifinals
Lewis' fourth-ranked men's volleyball team season came to an end on Thursday (May 6) with a 3-1 (22-25, 15-25, 28-26, 20-25) at the hands of second-ranked BYU in the 2021 NCAA Semifinals at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio. The Flyers complete the year with a 21-3 record while the Cougars improve to 20-3 on the season. Lewis' offense was led by  Ryan Coenen  (Franklin, WI/Franklin) who  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID Update - LewisU App, Hotline Resources, Vaccines
Students, Faculty, and Staff, The promise of reopening and the prospect of reduced restrictions in our communities is becoming much more of a reality as more of us become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and positive case levels trend downward. The recent Federal Drug Administration (FDA) Emergency Authorization of a COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15-year-old children also increases our community’s  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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