Lewis University dedicated its new Oak Brook Center this month, doubling the space offered at its previous site in a location that is more accessible to its many adult students. Lewis has offered educational programs in Oak Brook for the past 34 years, providing convenient access to programs that meet the needs of working adults. The new facility allows the university the opportunity to expand its offerings, which currently include degree programs in business, finance, education, nursing, organizational leadership, healthcare leadership, criminal/social justice and public safety administration.
“This splendid educational Oak Brook Center with its broad array of high-quality educational opportunities being provided to the west suburban region, is reflective of this university’s commitment to distinctive, relevant and impactful higher education to graduate and undergraduate students,“ said Brother James Gaffney, FSC, President of Lewis University, at the dedication ceremony.
The regional site was relocated at the beginning of the spring semester and occupies the entire 7th floor of the building at 1111 West 22nd St., which has an external site visible to the expressways and the Oak Brook Center. The site includes about 30,000 sq. ft. of 15 classrooms, three conference rooms, offices, two computer labs, and computer workstations. There is also a specialized lab for the College of Nursing and Health Professions Adult and Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner program as well as the Family Nurse Practitioner program. The new facility offers a parking garage and is immediately accessible from major toll ways and 22nd Street in Oak Brook.
The new location for the Oak Brook regional campus is just the latest in expansions and renovation projects Lewis University has completed in the last 18 months. On its main campus in Romeoville, projects have included a new Science Center, renovations to Sheil Hall (a student residence hall), a new Mathematics and Computer Science complex and a major expansion of the Oremus Fine Arts Building that includes an Art Gallery and Black Box theatre. “All of these achievements are examples of our commitment to providing our students the very best educational opportunities possible, which Lewis is all about,” commented James LaGrippe, Lewis alumnus and Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Wayne Draudt, Executive Vice President, thanked the various community representatives, contractors and Lewis University community members who contributed to the project.
Dr. Stephany Schlachter, Provost, envisioned the future possibilities of the students who are attending classes at the new campus. “The university, as a member of this community, is very proud to further serve Oak Brook and DuPage County, most of all by education and preparing professionals from this area. Our students are going to go forward and make significant contributions to this community.”
The ceremony was concluded with a blessing of the space. Students Jerry Trujillo, Tiffany Peters and Mary Parks assisted Steven Zlatic, director of university ministry, in a brief Bible passage, reflection and blessing.
In addition to Oak Brook, Lewis University has regional campuses in Chicago, Hickory Hills, Shorewood and Tinley Park. Lewis University also has two regional sites in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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