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Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center Opens

The Lewis University community gathered September 27 to dedicate the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center at its Romeoville campus. “This Student Center will serve as the hub of campus activity. We hope our new Student Center generates enthusiasm and energy while also providing good memories of student life to our future alumni,” said Joe Falese ’78, ’84, senior vice president of Student Services. The 26,000 square-foot building features an expansive new dining hall with a wide variety of food options, a convenience store and café, offices for campus organizations, gaming area and open access space to relax, gather and build community. Offices for Student Activities and Multicultural Student Services, the Cultural Center, meeting rooms for student organizations and the Student Senate are located in the building designed and constructed by Wight & Company. “It’s truly a capstone project in the overall campus master plan that is among the more than 30 new or renewed structures on campus over many years,” commented Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president emeritus of Lewis University. “For me personally, it is truly an honor to be associated with anything at Lewis University that is connected to the students of past, present and future.” Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president emeritus of Lewis University, served the University in many capacities, including as provincial   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Signum Fidei Lecture Centers on Call to Christian Unity
When Christians from different churches marry, they face many challenges. However, ecumenical marriages can yield crucial insights into Christ’s call to all Christians both to build Christian unity and to reform the Church continually, according to presenters of Lewis University’s 16th Annual Signum Fidei (“Sign of Faith”) Lecture. William E. T. Hutchison, a former Lutheran pastor in the Metropolitan  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

No. 23 Flyers Defeat No. 14 Rockhurst In NCAA Showcase Match
The 23rd ranked Lewis women's volleyball team defeated 14th ranked Rockhurst 3-1 on Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Showcase Match at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers (18-6, 9-3 GLVC) hit .213 for the match and recorded 64 kills. "It was such an honor that our match was selected for the NCAA Showcase," Lewis women's volleyball head coach Lorelee Smith said. "The experience was amazing for both the  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Heritage Theatre Company Jammin’ in the Studio Theatre
Join Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) in the Lewis University Studio Theatre as it hosts the 5th Annual Alumni Connections Concert at 7:30 p.m. October 25. This year, the show features Ashley Daun ’12 and singer/songwriter Ted Slowik ’87. Daun started to get into the music scene in the fall of 2016. She joined the cover band Chicago Land Musician in 2017. She played her very first show in March of  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

English Department Creative Writing Series Continues Oct. 25
The Lewis University Creative Writing Series continues at 4 p.m. Oct. 25 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The event is free and open to the public. It features authors Tara Betts, Toni Nealie and Rachel Jamison Webster. Betts is the author of "Break the Habit, Arc & Hue", and the forthcoming "Refuse to Disappear". She's a co-editor  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

MYSO features music of Leonard Bernstein, Mike McFerron
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. October 24 in the St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Romeoville campus of Lewis University. Admission is free. The program will be repeated at 4 p.m. October 28 in the Fine Arts Auditorium at Joliet Junior College. Admission is $10 cash at the door. Honoring the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, Dr. Lawrence Sisk, professor  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Former Baseball Coach Henry “Irish” O’Reilly Passes Away
Former Lewis University Baseball Coach Henry "Irish" O'Reilly passed away at the age of 74 on October 15. O'Reilly retired in 2007 but remained closely connected with Lewis University. In January 2018, O'Reilly – a 2016 inductee into the Lewis Athletics Hall of Fame – was honored by the American Baseball Coaches Association with the ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award. "On behalf of the Lewis Flyer  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(1)

Woodrow Wilson and the Great War Exhibit is Open
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the Lewis University History Center, Naper Settlement and Give Something Back collaborated on a traveling exhibit, “Woodrow Wilson and the Great War.” This exhibit examines the Great War, which was fought from 1914-1918, and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson during this catastrophic global event. From July 26-December 22, it will  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Enjoy Music and Comedy in Fall 2018 Performing Arts Series
Lewis University will host a variety of performances as part of the Fall 2018 Arts & Ideas Performing Arts Series. All events are located on the University’s main campus in Romeoville. Admission is free and open to the public with seating on a first come, first served basis. Doors open a half hour prior to the performance. The first performance, the Aionios Trio will present an evening of chamber  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Art Gallery Releases Fall 2018 Exhibit Schedule
As part of the Fall 2018 Gallery Events, artwork by three contemporary artists as well as the Lewis University student Senior Capstone Art Exhibition will be on display at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit, free and available to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The first exhibition, "Doni Doni,"  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Apply Today for a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Lewis University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is accepting applications for a cohort for the new Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2019. The newest of Lewis University graduate offerings, the degree is a 76-credit hour program that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to assist those with developmental, physical,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Cremin Presents 'The War to End All Wars' Nov. 4
Dennis H. Cremin, professor of history, will speak at 4 p.m. Nov. 4 at Naper Settlement in Naperville. In an illustrated talk, he will present "The War to End All Wars" as part of the museum's History Speaks series. Cremin will provide an overview of the Great War and offer a reflection on the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of combat. Visit for more  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyer Alumni, Friends, Family Crowdfunding Campaign Begins
The Lewis University Athletics Department – in conjunction with the Lewis University Office of Advancement – is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Flyer Alumni, Friends and Family Crowdfunding Campaign. The Athletics Department's most successful fundraising campaign will run from September 24-November 30. To date, the campaign has raised more than $260,000 and saw over 700 donors contribute last  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Women’s Basketball To Host Fundraising Event
The Lewis women's basketball team will be hosting a fundraising event for its trip to France on Saturday, November 3rd from 1 to 6 p.m. at Inwood Golf Course. Admission for the event is $30 at the door and includes dinner, drinks and adult beverages. There will be a silent auction, raffle baskets and a chance to connect with family, friends, supporters and alumni. Please email a response  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Bacon Presents Three-Part Talk Series on Auschwitz
A powerful look at a dark time in history entitled “Saving Lives in Auschwitz: The Prisoners’ Hospital in Buna-Monowitz” is the basis of a three-part book talk series offered by the White Oak Library District and Dr. Ewa Bacon, professor emerita at Lewis University. This profound, true story is based on the life of Bacon’s father, Stefan Budziaszek, M.D. during the Holocaust. A new graduate of  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)