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Brittany Gifford is a senior majoring in Biology and double minoring in Biochemistry and Chemistry. Brittany is finding tremendous joy working in her field of study at Argonne National Laboratory in Darien, Illinois. She credits this wonderful opportunity to Dr. Larry Hill, a business professor, who, while teaching, noticed Brittany’s chemistry textbooks. He inquired about her major, and after realizing her background, asked if she would be interested in a summer job at Argonne. Her immediate response was, “Yes!” She later she found herself interviewing for the prestigious organization. She obtained an entry level position performing inventory control for chemicals. Brittany says, “It was anything but glamorous, but I was grateful to get my foot in the door. I worked the entire summer at Argonne full-time, and when it was over, my boss asked me to continue working throughout the school year. I have been working at Argonne ever since, getting experience in several different positions around the laboratory.” She eventually became a Research Aide, working on a clean coal project for one of their Senior Scientific Associates and Lewis alum, Joe Pomykala. Since finishing on this project, she was given the opportunity to conduct data entry and safety inspections. She has now been at Argonne for two years. She has also been able to achieve a 3.7 GPA and make the Dean’s List every semester. Brittany’s goals once she graduates in May 2009 are to continue working at Argonne and then apply to a few doctoral programs to study Pharmacology.

Ann Imfeld is a senior in the Business Administration program with a 3.9 GPA. She is the first student to be awarded the opportunity to participate in the newly created Elite Economic and Finance internship program at Lewis University. This program began in 2007 as a way to further develop students’ understanding of the business world and put into practice concepts learned in the classroom. Students must first be nominated by faculty members or Career Services to be considered applicants for this internship program. Once selected, these students are given a series of assignments which they must complete successfully before they are officially considered.

Ann not only prepared intensely as an applicant, but won the outstanding approval of the entire committee made up of faculty, staff and administrators. She is currently interning with Merrill Lynch in Oak Brook, Illinois and doing a wonderful job. Her main plan after she graduates in December 2008 is to attend Lewis University’s MBA fast track program, which she hopes to complete in one year.

Ashley LeGrand majored in Biology and Chemistry and minored in Biochemistry with a 3.9 GPA. She was accepted to Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and hopes to become an Orthopedic Surgeon. To help her prepare for medical school, she volunteered at a Wisconsin hospital as well as shadowed several doctors to gain a better understanding of the many aspects of the medical field. Ashley was a member of the Lewis University softball team, serving as Captain her senior year.

She was also a member of Lewis University Scholars Academy as well as the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society. Ashley received both academic and athletic scholarships including the Br. David Delahanty Gold Medal Student Athlete award for the past four years. Ashley’s successes both in and out of the classroom have been exceptional and are sure to continue as she is now medical school.

Phylicia McCline is a senior who will be graduating in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resource Management. She transferred to Lewis University in spring 2008 and quickly became involved in campus activities and organizations. She joined Delta Sigma Pi, a business fraternity, and was on the Executive Board the following semester. Phylicia took advantage of all the resources offered by Career Services and with their assistance attained an internship during the summer of 2008 within a Human Resources department of a neighboring college. As a result of her excellent abilities, she was offered a permanent position as a Benefits Assistant with the school. She is gaining priceless hands-on business knowledge and experience in a short amount of time. Phylicia is also a part of the Lewis University Koinonia (LUK XL) Core Team, a peer led religious retreat that takes place every semester, which she views as a true honor.

Trina McNamara graduated with a 3.6 GPA in May 2008 with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Mathematics and on in Computer. She interned at Argonne National Laboratory in the Decision and Information Sciences department. Trina is a married mother of 5 children. She arrived at Lewis University in the fall of 2004. In addition to the many responsibilities of raising a young family, she served as the President of Kappa Mu Epsilon, the mathematics honor society. While serving in this capacity, she had been involved in various activities. These included presiding at induction ceremonies for new honor society members, donating calculators to a needy school in Lockport, and joining other Lewis math majors to address older students on the importance of mathematics as well as its enjoyable side. In addition, she volunteered her time in helping with the annual Illinois Council of Mathematics high school competition.

Furthermore, she served as the Vice President of the Lewis chapter of Association for Computing Machinery as well as the Chair of Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the computer science honor society. As though she does not have enough to do, Ms. McNamara was active in tutoring. Finally, she was a student worker in the Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department.

Mark Melka is a junior in the Environmental Science program. Over the past summer he worked with the president of Lewis University, Br. James Gaffney, at researching new alternative energy technologies and different strategies that we, as a university, can do to become more green, or environmentally friendly and conscious. Some issues he researched included next generation solar panels, Helix wind turbines, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building rating system, and others. They also worked together at developing the new environmental organization at Lewis, called the University Environmental and Energy Conservation Council, or UEECC. In this council, they make it a priority to educate the faculty, staff, and students about specific things that can be done to reduce our negative impact on the environment. Their goal is raise awareness campus-wide about ways to become more sustainable in our everyday lives. Mark says, “Being an Environmental Science student, I am constantly presented with tons of different opportunities for volunteer positions as well as paid internships in the environmental sector. The Environmental Science Program Director, Dr. Kavouras, is a great instructor and advisor that helps me find all of the resources I need concerning internships or future career goals.”

After achieving a BS in Environmental Science from Lewis University, Mark hopes to attend graduate school to gain his Master’s degree in either Environmental Engineering or Natural Resources and Environmental Science. From there, he hopes to be awarded a position at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Natural Resources, or even at a local nature preserve or state park working as a Park Ranger. Mark is also involved with volunteering in the Office of Admissions by giving campus tours to prospective students and their families and helping at the Campus Visit Days. In addition to volunteering at Lewis, he is a student worker in University Ministry.

Furqaan Mustafa is a senior majoring in Management Information Systems. He also holds a keen interest in law, as evidenced by his having worked as an assistant in two different law offices in the Chicagoland area. With his interest in the field of management information systems, he landed an internship with NAVISTAR, where he is having a first-rate opportunity to develop his professional skills while getting paid. His success doesn’t end with the internship. He is the recipient of two academic scholarships and maintains a 3.9 GPA.

He also manages to simultaneously serve as a member of the College of Business Advisory Board, the Lewis University Scholars Academy, and Delta Sigma Pi, a professional business fraternity. His “free” time is spent in Lewis University's College of Business where he assists a faculty member with qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Cody Roberts is a senior majoring in Human Resource Management with a minor in Business Studies. He transferred to Lewis University in fall 2007 and holds a 3.9 GPA. Cody was recently selected to receive the 2008-2009 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship. This scholarship provides substantial financial support to American undergraduates who want to participate in study abroad programs outside of Western Europe, Canada, or Australia, to study one of the critical languages, and possess a willingness to be employed by the Federal Government after they graduate. As a result of this scholarship, Cody will spend fall semester of 2008 in Beijing, China, studying Chinese and Chinese culture in an intensive language program. He is now the second Lewis University student to receive this very prestigious scholarship. In addition to his academic achievements, Cody serves as President for the Lewis University student chapter for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). He is also a member of STAND, which is an advocacy group for human rights. Cody plans to work internationally following graduation in May 2009.

Pamela Wilcher a May 2008 graduate with a Bachelor of Scence degree in Biology and a 3.75 GPA, completed an undergraduate research project that studied biofilms. She presented the results of her study, “The Effects of Temperature on the Production of Soluble Proteins and Carbohydrates from Staphylococcus Aureus and Escherichia Coli Biofilms” at the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology in Boston, MA, in June 2008. Pamela was also a member of the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and served as Secretary for the past academic year. She plans to pursue advanced lab technician opportunities.

Brigid Zarbock graduated in May 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She had such a strong interest in psychology that she pursued admittance into a Psy.D. program in clinical psychology, and got accepted! She began this program following her Lewis University graduation. Brigid also accepted a position with MacNeal Hospital as a Mental Health Technician within their Psychiatric Ward. She maintained a 3.9 GPA and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She was a member of Psi Chi National Honor Society for Psychology and Phi Sigma Tau National Honor Society for Philosophy.

Her honors go on and on as she also received a scholarship from Lewis University, held membership in our Scholars Academy, and had been honored by our President with the Br. James Gaffney Service Award. When she was not hitting the books, she volunteered her time. She volunteered for Hines Hospital, Adopt-a-Family, Guardian Angel Home, and even organized a Take Back the Night vigil. Her service orientation led her to be the President of Theta Kappa Pi, a service sorority on campus. Brigid’s desire to make a difference will undoubtedly impact many lives in her career as a psychologist.

Richard D. Brown graduated in May 2008 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Ethnic and Cultural Studies. He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity where he was Chapter President. Richard clearly was service oriented and endeavored to serve others in many capacities, both on and off campus. He served as a Peer Minister for two years in the residence halls. He volunteered on numerous University-sponsored mission trips to other countries including Bolivia, Mexico, and the Philippines. He also volunteered with his church, and had been a retreat coordinator and retreat leader on campus. He served as campus outreach coordinator for Victory Cathedral Worship Center for two years, and volunteered at a summer camp for five years. Richard also used his musical talent in the Gospel Choir.

He was a member of the Black Student Union where he was on the executive board for three consecutive years. Richard was also the President for the Student Governing Board, a member of the University Diversity Facilitation Council, and on numerous other councils such as the National Pan-Hellenic Council, UPBRAC, and the President’s Student Advisory Council. Richard clearly cared about leading and serving others and was a very active member of any community of which he was a part. After graduation, Richard is continuing his education at Lewis University where he is pursuing a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

Kristin Murray graduated from Lewis University in May 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. For Kristin, the greatest benefit to completing her degree is the sense of accomplishment that she now feels. "It was a dream come true to complete my bachelor's degree," shared Kristin. Lewis was able to assist Kristin in financing her education, as this, according to Kristin, was the biggest challenge she faced.

Lewis University's proximity to home greatly appealed to Kristin. She commented, "There were other universities that were just as close to my house, but none made me feel like I was supposed to be there like Lewis," adding that Lewis became a second home to her. During her time at Lewis University, Kristin served as the co-president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

When asked to share a favorite memory from Lewis, Kristin explained how one day she suddenly began to understand political philosophy, as something just "clicked" and she has "never looked back." Dr. Joseph Gaziano is one of Kristin's favorite professors because "he allowed students to develop and express diverse opinions on any subject." She enjoyed the intense discussions on current events in his class.

Receiving a full graduate assistantship, Kristin will be attending Florida State University in the fall to pursue her graduate degrees in Regional and Urban Planning as well as Public Administration. Advice that she would give to someone thinking about going to Lewis is to apply today without hesitation. Kristin believes that attending Lewis is life-changing as she stated, "Lewis will change your life and your world perspective. It will open your eyes to your place and responsibility in the world."

Gina Galullo is a senior majoring in Public Relations with a double minor in Print Journalism and Multimedia Journalism. She is currently working at NBC5 Chicago as a Station Relations Intern concentrating in community outreach. She has the opportunity to work with other departments at the studio and shadow news anchors on assignments. She is also looking forward to participating in the 2009 Chicago Auto Show, the South Side Irish Parade, and the Healthy Living Expo at Navy Pier. A long-time hockey fan, her ultimate career goal is to work in media relations for the Chicago Blackhawks. A dedicated worker, Gina also holds three other jobs while maintaining her full-time student status. She works part-time off campus, is a student worker in the Office of Student Services, and is a Resident Assistant for Pope John Paul II Hall. Her primary goal is to receive her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2009 and to start pursuing her career in the communications field.

And Laura Krasny- Senior-Combined Special Education/Elementary Education Major

During spring break, 2008, these six students accompanied by Joan Williams, Director of Advising and Certification Officer in the College of Education, Mr. Richard Clish, Assistant Professor in the Department of Secondary Education in the College of Education and Dr. Jeanette M. Mines, Dean of the College of Education, spent their entire week doing volunteer work at San Miguel Back of the Yards, San Miguel Comer Campus and the Angels Outreach Ministries at 4611 S. Ellis in Chicago. The group lived and worked in community at the David Darst Center for Social Justice. Each day began at San Miguel Back of the Yards at 7:30 a.m. and ended around 5:00 p.m.

The Lewis students worked one on one, in small groups and with large groups with the San Miguel students throughout the day. They accompanied the San Miguel students to lunch, played games with them, assisted with after school activities and attended an evening basketball game to cheer on the 8th grade boys’ team.

The Lewis students worked at the Angels Outreach Ministry unpacking clothes, cleaning clothes racks, helping people find clothes, delivering food and performing general cleaning. This group of Lewis students exemplifies the best of the LaSallian Legacy in their giving of time, energy, and good will as volunteers.

Brandon Gonzales is a May 2009 graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. Throughout his time as a Lewis student, he has worked as a Physical Therapist Technician at ATI Physical Therapy. After three years of performing clinical rotations at various local high schools, universities, and junior colleges, he obtained an internship with the Northwestern University football team, where he followed the day in and day out sports medicine coverage for the 2008 season. This season was capped off with a bowl game trip to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. His hard work and determination at Northwestern was rewarded when he was selected as an intern for the Miami Dolphins professional football club. Brandon also was one of the founding members of the Lewis University Athletic Training Club, where he served as Treasurer. Finally, Brandon was one of the original members of the one year old Lewis Rugby Club where he played as their inside center.

Lucas DeLira is a senior Athletic Training student and is set to graduate in December of 2009. He works in the Lewis University athletic training room where he helps the Head Athletic Trainers and the younger athletic training students. Last summer, he volunteered at soccer tournaments with Newsome Physical Therapy. For this summer, he has obtained an internship with the Colorado Rapids, a professional soccer team. He will be going to graduate school to pursue his master’s degree in sports management. He is an active member of the Koinonia retreat team and served as a leader on Koinonia 40. He is a member of the Lewis University Athletic Training Club. He has gained additional leadership experience through managing a Giordano’s pizzeria for three years.

Heather Kwiatkowski is a senior in the Athletic Training program. She was the first athletic training student intern at Children’s Memorial Hospital, and while there she worked under a physician extender and pediatric sports medicine physician. She worked with children and other healthcare professionals and observed injuries unique to children. She is a founding member of the Illinois Athletic Trainers Association’s Student Congress. As a Student Congress member she helps bring forth the issues of the athletic training students in Illinois to the state level. She works with fellow student congress members to create a solution to these issues. She is also a founding member of the newly formed group, the Lewis University Athletic Training Student Organization. She tutors students in Introduction to Athletic Training and Anatomy courses. After graduation in May, she plans to hold an Athletic Training Graduate Assistant position at the Cleveland Clinic while pursuing a master’s degree in exercise science or athletic training.


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