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COVID-19 - July 30 Update - Flyers Promise & Acknowledgement

We are just about a month away from the start of the Fall semester, and we continue to prepare for a healthy and productive year.  On Tuesday, the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) released revised guidance for institutions of higher education, and though there are not significant revisions to their recommendations, our Campus Continuity Task Force and related work groups are reviewing the revised guidelines and making recommendations as we continue to learn and adapt to new information about the pandemic.   We continue to prepare our campuses for the fall semester, including significant changes to classrooms, public spaces and residence halls, and we will continue to communicate in detail about these preparations in multiple formats over the next couple of weeks.    In addition, we each need to make preparations as individuals as we get ready to engage in the 2020-2021 academic year. As members of the Lewis University Community, we must all take extraordinary steps to stay healthy and protect each other on campus and in the community during this unique and uncertain time.   With this in mind, I’m announcing the  Flyers Promise .  Consistent with our Lasallian Mission and the belief that our campus is a sacred space - a  Sanctified Zone  – faculty, staff, and students are asked to make the Flyers Promise by pledging responsibility for their own health and well-being and helping to keep all members of the Lewis University community safe. In the spirit of solidarity inspired by our Mission value of Association, we are called to act with great care, civility, and profound respect for each other.   Consistent with new guidance and in the spirit of the Flyers Promise, I have the following updates:   Health, Safety, and Social Responsibility Orientation for Students   Before Monday, August 31, all students are expected to read and sign the  Flyers Promise and Student Acknowledgement of COVID-19 Information and Protocols for Fall 2020 .   Health, Safety, and Social Responsibility Orientation for Faculty and Staff   All employees are expected to work remotely unless the task of the day requires their presence on campus. If they must come to campus, they need to abide by our  Phase 4 Return to Work Guidelines .                  Quarantine and Isolation Measures  Any student who has traveled internationally or may have come into contact with an individual who has COVID-19 should self-quarantine for 14 days before   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Adopts Test-Optional Admissions Policy for Fall 2021
Lewis University has adopted a test-optional admission policy for incoming freshmen applying for the Fall 2021 semester as a result of significant disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The test-optional policy means that high school students applying for admission to Lewis University for fall 2021 will not be required to submit standardized test scores from the ACT or SAT to gain admission  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

GLVC Announces 20-21 Athletics Competition Decision
The Great Lakes Valley Conference's (GLVC) Council of Presidents has voted to postpone the majority of the 2020 fall intercollegiate athletics season until the second semester, due to ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The decision was made based on guidance from the league's athletics directors and an extensive review of the recommended testing and safety measures developed by  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

MYSO Holds 2020-2021 Virtual Auditions
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra is currently holding auditions for the upcoming 2020-2021 Season. Protecting players is MYSO’s first and foremost priority during the COVID-19 pandemic. MYSO has developed policies to secure the safety of every musician in the orchestra. Players will wear face coverings and be assigned their own music stand to ensure social distancing guidelines. Rehearsals  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Free Hotspot Map Helps Students and Faculty Access Wi-Fi
Illinois state agencies released a wi-Fi  hotspot map  to help students across the state who lack internet access in their homes. The effort was spearheaded by the Illinois Board of Higher Education (IBHE) along with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT), the Office of the Secretary  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Pace Route 754 Service Suspended for 2020 Fall Semester
For the 2020 Fall Semester, Pace Route 754 Lewis University – CTA Blue Line Clinton Station Express will be suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The weekday Pace route available free of charge for all Lewis University students, faculty and staff with a university ID or a Ventra card will be considered for resumption in January. Pace is Chicagoland's suburban bus and regional paratransit  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Partners with Illinois Virtual School
As the Illinois State Board of Education issued preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, many field experience, aspiring teachers were unable to complete field observation hours in local private and public schools as part of the program. Lewis University's middle and secondary education faculty began to explore other options and reached out to Illinois Virtual School. IVS is an approved  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

IL Route 53 Road Improvements Expected Through October
The Illinois Department of Transportation announced safety improvements on Independence Boulevard (Illinois 53) from Renwick Road (Illinois 7) to Murphy Drive, in Romeoville are underway. This area includes the area in front of the Romeoville campus entrance.  The road work will require daily, intermittent lane closures. The project, which consists of shoulder repairs and the installation  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Stay Connected Webinars Continue Through August
The Organizational Leadership program is continuing its Stay Connected Webinar series. The Perspectives Series which features interviews and conversations on top topics for today's new organizational environments. The next webinar is on July 1. Register at https://bit.ly/3ifgC4j . July 1 - Is It Okay to Say I'm Burnt Out? Hosted by Adrienne Guerrero of Positive Delta and Marie Pawlak  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Cremin Speaks at Schaumburg Public Library
Dr. Denis H. Cremin, chair and professor of history, is speaking at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 12 as part of the Schaumburg Public Library’s “Chicagoland: Read All About It” program. He first spoke a few years ago on,  Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard , which is a scholarly publication. This time he will deliver a virtual presentation on,  Chicago: A Pictorial Celebration , which  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra Announces New Director
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra (MYSO) announces the appointment of Dr. Benjamin Firer as its new music director. Firer leads the award-winning youth orchestra following the retirement of Dr. Lawrence Sisk after serving 29 years. “I am thrilled to join the MYSO family as their music director,” said Firer. “I am passionate about inspiring a lifelong love of music to a diverse population  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Athletes Set New School-Record for Br. David Delahanty Award
Lewis University student-athletes set a new school record on Monday (April 20) with 233 student-athletes receiving the Br. David Delahanty Award . The previous record of 210 was set in 2017. The Delahanty Award recognizes student-athletes who maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 or higher as of December 31, 2019. In total, 55.4 percent (233 of 420) of the student-athlete population  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Face Covering Policy Update
We continue to have a busy summer making preparations for the fall 2020 semester. I look forward to our return to a range of in-person class meetings with enhanced health measures in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these measures will be the range of now-familiar community care expectations, such as frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, and the use of face coverings.  Our community  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University-Albuquerque Fall 2020 Class Update
We continue to plan for fall classes as the start of the semester is five short weeks away.  We have prepared the campus and the classrooms with all the proper protocols guided by the New Mexico Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in our decision-making.  The State is currently paused in Phase 1 of Reopening New Mexico and experiencing a rise in cases with a resurgence  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 - July 23 Update - Class Schedules, Resurgence Data
With less than six weeks left until the start of the fall semester, we continue to make preparations for our return to campus.  Today’s message focuses on class schedules, support for higher-risk individuals and increased planning for a potential resurgence in Illinois. Class Schedule Adjustments Changes are occurring in students' MyLewis accounts regarding fall semester class schedules.   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)