Homecoming 2007 to be Celebrated June 15 and 16

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Homecoming 2007 to be Celebrated June 15 and 16

Published: May 25, 2007.

Lewis University will feature several events including a golf outing, alumni reunions, activities for children, a welcome home gathering, an alumni awards ceremony and a fireworks display during Homecoming 2007, to be held June 15 and 16. All events, with the exception of Lewis’ annual golf outing, will be held on the Lewis main campus on Route 53 in Romeoville, Ill., and are free and open to the public.

Homecoming festivities at Lewis University traditionally have been held in the fall. But last year, in conjunction with the start of the University’s celebration of its 75th Anniversary, Homecoming served as the kick-off event in a series of activities held to commemorate the University’s history. This year, the 75th Anniversary celebration will culminate with Homecoming events.

Homecoming 2007 will open on Friday, June 15 with Lewis’ 27th Annual Golf Outing at Prairie Bluff Golf Course in Crest Hill, Ill. Registration for the outing begins at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds from the event benefit Lewis’ Athletics Program. The golf outing will conclude with a reception, dinner and awards presentation. Advanced payment in full of $150 per person is required for participation. To attend or for more information, call (815) 836-5255 or e-mail oreillir@lewisu.edu.

On Saturday, June 16, a variety of events will be held starting at 1 p.m. on the Lewis main campus. Among them are a “75 Years of Flight” Aviation Reunion from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. in the Harold E. White Aviation Center and a Golden Flyers Reunion honoring the class of 1957 in the University Dining Hall. Guided tours of campus (both motorized and walking tours) will leave every half hour between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. from the Student Union. This is an opportunity for returning alumni and friends to see the many enhancements to campus before taking part in the host of other festivities planned for the day. Also beginning at 2 p.m., live music will be featured on the University Green, including some of the most popular acts in the area. From 2 p.m.-6 p.m., a children’s activity center will be stationed on the University Green as well, providing fun galore for our future Flyers.

The Lewis theatre alumni’s Heritage Theatre Company (HTC) will offer crafts, food, fun and more activities for children from 2 p.m.-5 p.m at the Philip Lynch Theatre. HTC members also will perform a series of cabaret shows throughout the day on the outdoor Terrace Stage, just east of the theatre.

An opportunity to meet members of Lewis University’s National Alumni Board is scheduled from 3 p.m.-3:45 p.m. in Room A133 of the Academic Building, and a special Alumni Mass will be held at 4 p.m. in Sancta Alberta Chapel. The Mass will be followed by an Alumni Awards presentation at 5 p.m. This event will recognize nine alumni for outstanding professional, personal and civic accomplishments. Honorees include:

• Daniel B. Matthews ’76 of the Twin Cities area, Minn., Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Northwest Airlines. Matthews will receive the 2007 Lewis University Distinguished Alumni Award.

• Richard B. Asiyanbi ’93 and ’96 of Plainfield, Ill., Business System Analyst for NICOR Gas.

• Marian T. Gibson ’77 of Manhattan, Ill., Village Administrator for Manhattan Township.

• Barbara J. Martin ’77 and ’85 of Ivanhoe, Ill., President and Chief Executive Officer of Vista Health System.

• Kathleen McCord ’02 of Willowbrook, Ill., Superintendent of Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123.

• Kenneth R. Mihelich ’88 of Joliet, Ill., Finance Director for the City of Joliet.

• Pamela D. Mott ’79 and ’87 of Joliet, Ill., Chief Human Resources Officer for Christian Brothers Services.

• Timothy A. Pajak ’00 of Elgin, Ill., Northern Communications Coordinator for House Republican Leader Tom Cross. Pajak will receive the 2007 Lewis University Young Alumni Award.

• Brett F. Paulson ’77 of Hinsdale, Ill., President and Chief Operating Officer at The Clearing Corporation.

Additional reunions are scheduled for Saturday as well. At 5 p.m., a Koinonia Reunion will be held in the new James A. LaGrippe Pastoral Center, adjoining Sancta Alberta Chapel. A Silver Flyers 25th Reunion honoring the class of 1982 is scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Student Union. Also at 6 p.m., a Welcome Home Party for all alumni will be hosted on the University Green until 10 p.m. The party will include food and music, and will conclude with a fireworks extravaganza beginning at 9:45 p.m.

For more information about Lewis University’s Homecoming 2007, visit www.alumni.lewisu.edu on the Web.

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