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President’s Update Regarding Spring 2021

Students, Faculty, and Staff, As we begin a new month on the calendar and near completion of the fifth week of our semester, I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for all you have done to contribute to the successful start we have experienced thus far under some very trying circumstances. It has not been perfect and there have certainly been challenges, however, learning is taking place, enrollment is strong, and because of your commitment to each other’s health and safety, we have experienced a minimal number of COVID-19 infections to date.  Please remember the core principles of the Flyers Promise: respect for each other; following the basic guidelines on face coverings, physical distancing, and hand-washing; and notifying the COVID-19 Hotline if you receive notification of a positive test. This fall, we have learned that we can successfully partake in a Lasallian experience, regardless of the delivery modality. Our student and faculty relationships have strengthened as we have worked together to adjust to a hybrid or online experience. Our students continue to conduct research, engage in experiential learning opportunities, and serve our community in numerous ways. Our university services continue to support our students as they encounter the various challenges of earning their degrees. Our degree recipients are connecting with employers and alumni are making a positive impact in their own communities. We have learned from these experiences and continue to innovate in order to provide the best educational experience during this pandemic. I am writing today to update you on the upcoming Spring Semester. Over the past few weeks, we have collaborated with many members of the Lewis community to discuss how the Spring Semester should unfold. The decisions outlined below have been made with the health and safety of our community members foremost in our minds. Class Formats Will Remain the Same in Spring We will continue in a similar model to what we are doing now. We will offer hybrid classes that meet one day a week as well as many purely face-to-face experiences through labs, clinicals, and flight to name a few. In addition to our face-to-face classes in-person, we will continue to offer many fully online classes. Revised Spring Semester Academic Calendar We are adjusting our academic calendar to account for health guidance as well as student and faculty feedback. The spring semester   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

American Physical Society Honors Lewis University Physics
The Department of Physics at Lewis University has received the 2021 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education by The American Physical Society. APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. “This award  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Illinois School Nurses Foundation Honors Lewis Students
The Illinois Association of School Nurses Foundation recognized its 2020 scholarship and award winners October 2-3 during Virtual Illinois Association of School Nurses Annual Convention. The year’s honorees included two Lewis University students and a Lewis University alumna. Each year, the IASN Foundation offers multiple scholarships and awards to promote the advancement of school nursing practice.     [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Graduate Student Develops Curriculum for Chicago Museum
Lewis University Education graduate student and History Center intern Gretchen Jelinek is working in partnership with Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) to create a series of lesson plans for the newly unveiled website greatdebates.org . “I used to be a news reporter. It was great to use my journalism background, my educator training, and my love of history to design this curriculum.”  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Support Students Today with Signum Fidei Celebration
The annual Signum Fidei Celebration is going online. Become a member of the live virtual audience and register at www.alumni.lewisu.edu/SignumFidei for this all-new virtual event on Saturday, October 24. Tom Skilling, WGN meteorologist, will host with special guests: Dr. David Livingston, Lewis students, and other members of the Flyer community – and a guest performance from Maggie Speaks.   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Register Today for Our Online Signum Fidei Celebration
The annual Signum Fidei Celebration is going online. Become a member of the live virtual audience and register at www.alumni.lewisu.edu/SignumFidei for this all-new virtual event on Saturday, October 24. Tom Skilling, WGN meteorologist, will host with special guests: Dr. David Livingston, Lewis students, and other members of the Flyer community – and a guest performance from Maggie Speaks.   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Cross Country Ranked In Division II Coaches Poll
Lewis' women's cross country team is ranked sixth in this week's Division II Women's Cross Country National and conference polls in the second rankings of the season. The poll is voted on by committee members from the seven Division II conferences that are competing this fall. The Flyers were ranked sixth in the GLVC in this week's rankings after their fourth place finish at the GLVC's East Divisional  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyer Newspaper Wins First-Place Award by ASPA
The Lewis University’s student newspaper, The Flyer, was recently recognized with a first-place honor by the American Scholastic Press Association for its October 7, 2019 issue. The sports section of The Flyer also received special recognition for excellence in sports coverage. Tori Foster ‘19 of Munster, Ind., sports editor, Matt Vogrin ‘19 of Downers Grove, assistant sports editor and Dani Navarrete,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Celebrate ‘Women’s Vote 100’ With Online Series
Commemorating the passing of the 19th amendment, and looking toward the 2020 election, Lewis University History Center is partnering with Naper Settlement on presenting “Women’s Vote 100.” The free virtual series focuses on women’s suffrage from a variety of perspectives and provide a historical overview. The virtual presentations will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays October 13, 20, and 27. Visit  https://napersettlement.org/609/Continue-Shopping  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Ranks as Best Value College in 2020
The annual Money.com “Best Colleges for Your Money” ranking includes Lewis University on its 2020 list. The personal financial strategy website analyzed more than 700 four-year colleges by evaluating data on quality, affordability, and student outcomes. Lewis University is ranked as the seventh-best medium-sized, private university in the Midwest. Visit https://money.com/best-colleges/ to see  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Releases 2020-21 Basketball Schedules
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced its official schedule for the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball season on Thursday, following a unanimous vote earlier this week by the GLVC Council of Presidents. During the 2020-21 season, the GLVC will conduct a 22-game, conference-only schedule that will get underway on Nov. 27 – the day after Thanksgiving – and conclude on the final weekend  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Principal Award Presented to Principal of St. Dennis School
Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education formally presented the Bishop Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award to Lisa Smith, principal of St. Dennis Catholic Grade School in Lockport, during a Mass of Celebration on Friday, October 9 at St. Dennis Church. The announcement and presentation was postponed for several months due to COVID-19, but was finally  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Selected for PAVE Veteran Peer-to-Peer Program
The McCormick Foundation has awarded a grant to Lewis University for a highly impactful student veteran peer to peer mentor program, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education . It assists veterans as they face challenging transitioning from the military to civilian life to academia. PAVE is a peer-to-peer program that connects incoming student veterans attending college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill with  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Free Art Exhibition of Tierra Fértil at Lewis University
The art exhibition “Tierra Fértil: Cross Pollination Narratives and Patterns” by artists Denise Bellezzo and David Bower is on display until October 23 in the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on Lewis University’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily. Please note that face coverings and social distancing will be required  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

ABET Accredits Lewis University Computer Engineering Program
Lewis University Computer Engineering Program recently received an official nod from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. The ABET accreditation assures that the Lewis University program meets the quality standards of the profession. “Lewis University’s Computer Engineering program, can offer students a high-quality education while maintaining a low faculty-student ratio, which  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

GLVC Announces 2021 Volleyball Schedule
The Great Lakes Valley Conference's Council of Presidents has approved an 18-match, conference only volleyball schedule for the spring of 2021, one that will see Lewis play eight home matches, including two tri-matches. The GLVC has split the conference into three divisions: East, Central and West, where teams in each division will play each other twice and will play each non-divisional opponent  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Ranks One of Best BSN Degree in Midwest
Lewis University’s bachelor of science in nursing program has been ranked among the top in the Midwest according to Nursing Process, an independent guide to nursing and healthcare education. Out of the 660 accredited BSN Programs in the Midwest Region, the college has been ranked at the No. 8 position. The rankings were based on four important factors - NCLEX-RN pass rates, academic quality,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

GLVC Reveals Spring 2021 Men’s and Women’s Soccer Schedule
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) formally announced on Thursday (Oct. 15) its men's and women's soccer schedule for the 2021 spring season, following a unanimous vote of approval by the GLVC Council of Presidents on Oct. 6. The schedule features an eight-week, balanced slate that ensures the league's safe return to competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Lewis begins its 14-match  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

NCAA Awards 2024 Championship Event to Lewis
The NCAA announced on Wednesday (Oct. 14) that Lewis University has been chosen to host the 2024 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Cross Country Midwest Regional at the Lewis University Cross Country Course. "We are honored and excited to bring the best schools in the Midwest to Romeoville for their opportunity to compete for nationals," Lewis head men's and women's cross country coach  James  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Nursing Helps Will County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline
Lewis University nursing students are among the volunteers helping the Will County Health Department COVID-19 hotline (815-740-8977) to answer the questions of community members and businesses quickly. Since early March, the health department employees have depended on volunteers to assist in answering the hundreds of phone calls received each day. "It was satisfying to be a part of the efforts  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Swimming Dominant In Season Opening Win
Lewis' women's swimming turned in a dominant performance winning 13 of 14 races in its season opening 139-114 win over St. Ambrose on Saturday afternoon at the Lewis Swimming Pool in Romeoville, Ill. Larissa Alves  (Panama/) led the way winning three races while  Stephanie Palczynski  (Warrenville, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South High School),  Melanie Patterson  (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley),  Mariia  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Christian Brothers of Midwest Supports Lewis Students
The Christian Brothers of the Midwest District are backing their words of support and prayer with some additional financial support for Lewis University students.  "Now as we begin a new academic year, we hope and pray your community, your students and their families, and all staff remain well in mind as well in body and spirit," Brother Michael Fehrenbach, FSC, Visitor of the Christian Brothers  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

GLVC Announces Plan to Proceed for Cross Country Fall Season
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced Tuesday its Plan to Proceed for competition this fall in the sports of men's and women's cross country. The comprehensive plan, which received unanimous support from the league's coaches, athletics directors, presidents and chancellors, and athletics trainers, was shared with GLVC cross country student-athletes during a one-hour Zoom call Monday evening.  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - Campus Life and Support after Thanksgiving
As we are finishing the seventh week of the Fall Semester, students are preparing for midterms in their 16-week courses and finals in their 8-week courses. I’m so grateful that for the most part we are able to focus on academics, and we are not in the midst of major disruption due to COVID-19. Your vigilance in living the Flyers Promise has contributed greatly to our ability to continue with our  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Face Coverings Policy Update
A face covering is the primary way we can protect the health and safety of each member of the Lewis community. Therefore, face coverings are required for everyone who is present on a Lewis University campus and should be worn in classrooms, offices, laboratories, hallways, and common spaces. Face coverings should be worn outdoors unless appropriate physical distancing is being observed. Face coverings  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)