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Lewis University Honors May Degree Recipients Online

Lewis University commemorated Spring Commencement for almost 1,000 students virtually May 17 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Congratulatory videos are available online on the Lewis University YouTube page ( ). All May 2020 Commencement Degree Ceremonies and related events have been postponed and are rescheduled for the evening of Friday, December 18 and during the day on Saturday, December 19 as part of December 2020 Commencement Weekend. The dates are subject to change given the evolving nature of the pandemic and the need for the university to adhere to all State of Illinois and Centers for Disease Control guidelines. As part of the rescheduled ceremonies, Caley Oltman, an elementary education/special education major who is earning her degree this May, will be presented the Fr. Aquinas Colgan Award. The honor has been given annually since 1955 to a student who has shown exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of the Mission of Lewis University. Visit for more information about the Lewis University Commencement celebrations. Congratulations to the Lewis University May 2020 degree recipients!    [COMMENTS(0)

Donate Today to COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Students
To address the needs of our students during this pandemic, a COVID-19 Emergency Fund has been established to support the unexpected costs due to the extraordinary circumstances of the coronavirus outbreak.  While some people are not in a position to give, many have been asking how they can help.  Lewis University Board of Trustees Chair Kathy Halloran ‘74, has offered to match all gifts to the  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mitchem Named To 2020 U.S. Men’s Collegiate National Team
USA Volleyball (USAV) announced on Tuesday (May 19) that Lewis University redshirt-junior middle blocker  Tyler Mitchem  (Bolingbrook, Ill./Bolingbrook HS) has been named to the 2020 Men's Collegiate National Team. The team is comprised of 16 players. Mitchem, a First Team AVCA All-American in 2020, finished the season fourth nationally in hitting percentage at .505. He finished the season second  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

The Flyer Newspaper Wins Catholic Press Association Awards
The staff of The Flyer, the Lewis University student newspaper, earned several awards from the Catholic Press Association.  In the Student Division Awards, The Flyer won third place for Best Front Page. Staff members included in the recognition are  Jacob Volk, Editor-in-Chief, ’20, Derek Swanson, News Editor, '21, Emily Krivograd, Asst. News Editor, ’22, Tori Foster, Graphic Designer, '19 Destiny  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Catholic Volunteer Network Honors Lewis University Ministry
The Catholic Volunteer Network honored Lewis University Ministry as one of their network’s Top Schools for Service in the Midwest. The Catholic Volunteer Network is the leading membership organization of Christian volunteer and mission programs. It supports and enhances the work of its members through volunteer recruitment, training and resources, networking opportunities, and advocacy. Lewis University  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Schefske Catches James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Honor
Lewis University senior shortstop  Ryan Schefske  (Lombard, Ill./Glenbard East) has been recognized by the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the sport of baseball as an honoree of the James R. Spalding Sportsmanship Award. Schefske is one of 16 student-athletes honored, with one coming from each league institution. The representatives were chosen by their respective coaches to have distinguished  [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)

USTFCCCA Announces 2020 Indoor All-Americans
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) amended their bylaws to announce the 2020 Indoor Track and Field All-Americans. Typically, All-American status is earned based on placement at the national meet. Since the 2020 national meet was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the USTFCCCA decided to recognize all student-athletes set to compete at the national  [MORE]  [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)

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)

$25,000 Grant Helps Health Efforts on COVID-19 Response
Part of a clinical team, Dr. Daisy Sherry, assistant professor of College of Nursing and Health Sciences, along with project leader and long-standing clinical partner, Dr. Susan Davis, executive director, at Bolingbrook Christian Health Center, have been awarded a $25,000 grant to support health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grant funds are slated to help the local community gain  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Digital Recreation, Summer 2020 is Available Now
Lewis University Student Recreation, Fitness & Wellness is presenting "Digital Recreation, Summer 2020". The programming provides a number of different fitness and intramural options to build and maintain community during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Group Fitness:  Free online workout videos Free access for accounts with a email address DownDog (Rated #1 Yoga App)   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

2020 Datathon Competition Challenges Data Scientists
Several students participated virtually in the 2020 Lewis University Datathon on Saturday, April 25. The event was sponsored by Lewis University's Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (DataSAIL) with a generous financial contribution from the Lewis University Innovation Hub. Dr. Piotr Szcurek, associate professor of Computer Science and director of Lewis University's graduate and  [MORE]  [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)

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - April 23 Update
As you may be aware, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has extended the Stay at Home order for our state until May 30. As a result, our Lewis University Romeoville Campus will remain open in a virtual way through at least the end of the Stay at Home order in Illinois. Our Oak Brook campus and Albuquerque campuses will remain closed until further notice. The well-being of the members of the  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)