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National Organizations Recognize Lewis University

The annual nationwide rankings of colleges and universities have been released and U.S News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Forbes rank Lewis University as one of the best universities in the Midwest. U.S. News & World Report included Lewis University on several of its rankings. Regional Universities Midwest #19 Best Colleges for Veterans - Regional Universities Midwest #9 Undergraduate Teaching - Regional Universities Midwest #20 Social Mobility - Regional Universities Midwest #19 Best Value - Regional Universities Midwest #28 A+ Schools for B Students Lewis University academic programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report include: Undergraduate Computer Science Programs Undergraduate Engineering Programs Undergraduate Nursing Programs “The Top 20 overall ranking in the Midwest as well as the multiple other lists including Lewis University, reflects our leadership as a Catholic university in our region. Our future-focused and innovative academic programs produce graduates who adapt and thrive with the ever-changing demands of work and career while also contributing to a better world for all,” said Dr. David Livingston, Lewis University President. The Princeton Review also includes Lewis University among its 158 "Best Midwestern” section of the website resource, 2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region . Selections are based on six categories – academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green. "We chose Lewis University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. Washington Monthly ranked Lewis University as the second-best private university in Illinois. The publication analyzes four-year liberal arts institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories - social mobility, research, and promoting public service. Forbes’ Top Colleges List included Lewis University as being in the top 15 percent of all degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. The annual review of undergraduate institutions that deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt looks at a school’s overall value for a family. Lewis University made Forbes’ lists for Top Colleges 2021, In Private Colleges and In the Midwest.    [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - Vaccine Deadline, Testing Information
As we are near the end of Week 3 of our Fall Semester, we are seeing a lot of success. In-person classes and activities are in full swing with COVID-19 mitigations in place. Thank you to all who are living The Flyers Promise and mitigating this virus’s impact on our community. NEW THIS WEEK Illinois Mandate for Weekly Testing of Unvaccinated Students and Personnel Begins Next Week Executive  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Finish 2nd Overall at National Catholic Championships
Lewis University's men's cross country team found success once again at Notre Dame's National Catholic Championships coming in second overall with 64 points and was the top finisher among non-Division I schools on Friday (Sept. 17) in South Bend, Ind. The Flyers had four runners place in the top 20. Anthony Farmer  (Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central) and  Dustin Macuiba  (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) finished  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Hills Wins B Draw Consolation Final at ITA Midwest Regionals
Lewis University's women's tennis had a strong showing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regionals the past three days (Sept. 18-20) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Flyers won 13 of 19 matches in the singles competition over the course of the tournament. Freshman  Sage Hills  (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) lost her opening match in the "B" Draw to Chiara Wolff 3-6, 6-2, 6-10  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Pi Theta Epsilon Inducts Six Students as Inaugural Members
Six Lewis University students were recently inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon - Occupational Therapy National Honor Society. A ceremony was held for the inaugural inductees on September 8 at Lewis University in Romeoville. Elizabeth Carignan, Sokea Chidlow, Rachel Eriksen, Miranda Grizaffi, Nicole Santillo, and Rachel Schneider are the first Lewis University students to be initiated into Pi Theta  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women Flyers Take 3rd at National Catholic Championships
Lewis University's women's cross country team placed third in the National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Friday (Sept. 17) with 108 points. The Flyers were the top team finisher amongst non-Division I schools. The Flyers had three runners in the top 25 in the 5k race (3.1 mile).  Kassady Learn  (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo),  Anna Kozak  (Lockport, Ill./Lockport  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Women's Soccer Match Best Start to Season Since 2013
Lewis University's women's soccer team finished out its three-match home stand with a 1-0 win against Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Stadium. The Flyers are now 4-0-1, 2-0-1 GLVC while the Tritons fall 3-3-0, 1-2-0 GLVC. With the win, Lewis matches its best start to a season since 2013 when they also started 4-0-1. Though the match was hard fought neither side was able to  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

‘William Shakespeare's Long First Play (abridged)’ is at PLT
"William Shakespeare's Long First Play (abridged)" written by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, will have performances October 1-3 and October 7-10 at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre in Romeoville. Performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on October 9. Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Araca, Inc. and Lewis Partner on CMP Process Development
The  Keleher Research Group  at Lewis University has signed a new six-month sponsored research agreement with Araca, Inc., an innovative company specializing in Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP). The collaboration will focus on the design of novel nano-dispersions and associated equipment for the CMP process that provide a tunable performance under externally energized conditions. “Such  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Thomas ''Fly Guy'' Likens Virtual Reality Lab is Open
Lewis University students now have a new way of learning with the recently opened Thomas "Fly Guy" Likens Virtual Reality Lab on its Romeoville campus. Lewis University held a ribbon cutting and open house for the Thomas "Fly Guy" Likens Virtual Reality Lab September 9. “Let's take learning to the next level. This lab is about supporting Lewis students to do something brilliant,” said Scott Likens  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Arts & Ideas Program Receives Grant from Humanities Council
The Arts & Ideas Program at Lewis University received a $5,000 grant from the Illinois Humanities Council. This grant in is support of Arts & Ideas programming for the 2021-2022 academic year. “With this and other grant support we look forward to Lewis University’s becoming the artistic and cultural center of Will County and beyond,” commented Dr. Laura Franklin, Dean of the College of Humanities,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Welcomes a New Bird to its Fleet
A Piper PA-44 Seminole is an American twin-engine light aircraft manufactured by Piper Aircraft that has joined the Lewis University Aircraft Fleet. A contingent of Lewis University representatives flew August 2 to the Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., to collect the new aircraft. Lewis University, a leader in aviation education since 1932, is developing a new generation  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Student Teachers Adjust to the Needs of E-Learning
Adjusting to the needs of e-learning for field experience teacher preparation students, Lewis University continues to work with Illinois Virtual School to provide observation experience to teacher prep learners. This continued partnership allows teacher candidates to apply best practices for e-learning and utilize digital tools in traditional and virtual learning environments. Middle and secondary  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
“Nothing even comes close to what happened on September 11, 2001,” said Eric Wilson of WTVO in Rockford as he welcomed those gathered for a 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration September 9 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.  “I saw the second plane, and then everything changed,” the Lewis University alumnus remembered. “We will never forget,” declared Brother Pierre St. Raymond, FSC,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Trifunovic Finishes 2nd in No. 2 Singles Draw at Invite
Lewis University men's tennis senior  Pedja Trifunovic  (Aleksandrovac, Serbia/) finished as the runner-up in the No. 2 singles draw at the Wisconsin-Whitewater (UWW) Warhawk Fall Invite on Saturday at the Warhawk Outdoor Tennis Complex. Trifunovic defeated Olivet Nazarene's Juan Banuls 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) in his opening match on Friday afternoon. He defeated Whitewater's Cole Lindwall 6-2, 4-6, 10-5  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Shuttle to Serve Evening Oak Brook Classes
Beginning September 22, the Lewis University shuttle will provide transportation for our graduate students to reach the Oak Brook classes from our main campus location. The shuttle will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pick-up will be in front of the LRC, with departure at 5:00 p.m. sharp. The shuttle will return students to the front of the LRC once classes are dismissed from Oak Brook.   [COMMENTS(0)

Manhattan Principal Honored with Bishop Kaffer Award
Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education recently recognized Colleen Domke, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Manhattan, Ill., with the Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award. “This award is to honor her outstanding dedication to the education profession and school leadership, and her commitment to the finest Christian ideals of education,“  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Community is Invited to Pray Together Each Week
The entire Lewis University community is invited to participate in both in-person and dial-in prayer options with Brother Rob Veselsky, FSC. On Mondays, in-person prayer will take place at 8:20 a.m. in the lobby of the Brother Paul French, FSC Learning Resource Center (LRC). On Wednesdays and Fridays, prayer will be available over the phone at the same time. Please dial in at 8:15 a.m. The  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Former Lewis Men’s Volleyball Players to Play in Europe
Three former Lewis University men's volleyball players are continuing their playing careers abroad, as  Ryan Coenen  (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and  Dalen Instenes  (Racine, WI/William Horlick) begin their professional careers while Greg Petty begins his seventh professional season. Lewis head men's volleyball coach  Dan Friend  has now mentored 13 professional players, including this trio along  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Available on Romeoville Campus
Illinois mandates all students enrolled in on campus classes and university personnel need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing . Unvaccinated Lewis University students and personnel must submit their weekly COVID-19 test results to the  LewisU App  BEFORE 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of each week. Submitted results should be from tests administered no earlier than Sunday prior to the Thursday  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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