Lewis Breaks Ground on Brother James Student Center

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Lewis University Breaks Ground on Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center

Published: April 27, 2017.

Students are expected to enjoy a new student center in Fall 2018. The Lewis University community gathered April 25 to break ground on the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center at its Romeoville campus.

“The addition of this space will serve as a center-point of campus activity. When prospective students and their families visit our campus, 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 is expected to cost $12 million, of which $5.2 million has been raised through private gifts to the University. Offices for Student Services Divisional staff, meeting rooms for student organizations and the Student Senate are included in the design. Also included is a 24-hour convenience store and café, as well as a new dining hall that includes private dining space that students can reserve for meetings. Gathering spaces for students include meeting rooms, outdoor balconies and a gaming area.

“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 infused with 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 of the Chicago District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, as chairperson of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, as professor of Religious Studies, and most notably, as president of Lewis University from 1988 - 2016. Throughout his remarkable 28-year tenure as the University’s ninth president, he played an extraordinary role in the development of Lewis University through a renewed and revitalized institutional commitment to Mission; the growth and quality of academic programs; the advancement of student success initiatives; significant growth in enrollment; the physical transformation of the campus and the development of regional sites; and leadership in the surrounding community.

During the ceremony, Steve Zlatic, director of University Ministry, led a blessing and those gathered were invited to sign a steel beam that will be installed in the building.

“So much learning happens outside the classroom. The center will become the hub of social life on campus. It will be a place where our students will form great memories,” said Dr. David Livingston, president of Lewis University.

Visit www.alumni.lewisu.edu/studentcenter for more information about the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center, which is being designed and constructed by Wight & Company.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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