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2014 MISSION STAR-Student Organization of the Year This award is given to the Student Organization that exemplifies the values of Knowledge, Fidelity, Wisdom, Justice and Association among its membership and throughout any of the events they host throughout the year.
  American Marketing AssociationThe American Marketing Association is one of the largest professional associations with over 38,000 members worldwide. AMA is the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession. The Lewis chapter of AMA creates opportunities for marketing students to explore their chosen field. Several trips to marketing firms, such as LEO Burnett and Laughlin Constable, give a glimpse into the workings of a busy agency; as well as networking opportunities. Guest speakers are invited to campus by AMA to educate about current trends in the industry. This group also gives back, most recently by helping a local hospital with a fundraising event.
  Latin American Student OrganizationLASO provides unity, support and community service among Latin American students while promoting and sharing Latin culture with the Lewis community. The mission of LASO is to create as many opportunities as possible for Latin American students to enhance their educational, cultural, and social well-being. Often, members describe LASO as providing family-like support while they are on campus.
  Theta Kappa Pi SororityTheta Kappa Pi is a non-profit sorority of young women at Lewis University. Their main focus is to provide means for community service and social interaction while promoting sisterhood. Building on the tradition of friendship, service and integrity, TKP encourages and teaches individual thought, creativity, self-esteem, respect, planning/management, and responsibility—all necessary leadership traits for self-development and beneficial life skill development.

BEST ORGANIZATION IN A SOCIAL CATEGORYThis organization is recognized for donating their time and energy into providing Lewis University students with fun and spirited event(s) in social settings.
  Phi Kappa ThetaPhi Kappa Theta seeks to provide its members varied personal experiences including learning to live cooperatively; respecting the opinion and rights of everyone; the acceptance of each other’s uniqueness; the value of discipline; loyalty to others and to the organization; an understanding of unity which allows individualism while being part of a group; the acceptance of a fair share of group obligation by assuming individual responsibility; and an understanding of leadership dynamics. Fraternal, Intellectual, Social and Spiritual: these are the ideals of Phi Kap members.
  Theta Kappa Pi SororityTheta Kappa Pi is a non-profit sorority of young women at Lewis University. Their main focus is to provide means for community service and social interaction while promoting sisterhood. Building on the tradition of friendship, service and integrity, TKP encourages and teaches individual thought, creativity, self-esteem, respect, planning/management, and responsibility—all necessary leadership traits for self-development and beneficial life skill development.
  Alpha Eta RhoAlpha Eta Rho is a coed international professional college aviation fraternity that serves as a contact between the aviation industry and educational institutions. The fraternity strives to foster, promote, and mentor today's college students towards successful careers in aviation. Alpha Eta Rho provides a support system for students studying aviation as well as camaraderie amongst its members.

BEST ORGANIZATION IN AN ACADEMIC CATEGORYThis organization is recognized for its academic contribution to serve the University in promoting their efforts in applying the first value KNOWLEDGE, the third value WISDOM and the fifth value ASSOCIATION and upholds their primary allegiance to the academic purpose of Lewis University.
  American Marketing Association The American Marketing Association is one of the largest professional associations with over 38,000 members worldwide. AMA is the leading source for information, knowledge sharing and development in the marketing profession. The Lewis chapter of AMA creates opportunities for marketing students to explore their chosen field. Several trips to marketing firms, such as LEO Burnett and Laughlin Constable, give a glimpse into the workings of a busy agency; as well as networking opportunities. Guest speakers are invited to campus by AMA to educate about current trends in the industry. This group also gives back, most recently by helping a local hospital with a fundraising event.
  Delta Sigma Pi FraternityDelta Sigma Pi is a national professional fraternity organized to foster the study of business on university campuses. At Lewis, DSP encourages scholarship, social activity and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice. They also promote closer affiliation and a higher standard of ethics and culture between the commercial world and students of commerce. DSP provides many networking opportunities and resources for business major students yet their events are open to all students on campus.
  Women in AviationThis organization was established in the 2008-2009 academic year. Women in Aviation focuses on providing opportunities and support for women in the field of Aviation. It is open to all student regardless of their major. Regular conference attendance, outreach to local youth, and professional development seminars are typical activities these women sponsor.

BEST ORGANIZATION IN A SPECIAL INTEREST CATEGORYThis organization is recognized for their unique contributions around programming both on and/or off campus as well as their effort
  Philip Lynch TheaterThe Philip Lynch Theatre is student-centered in its philosophy. It seeks to develop performing skills in acting and directing, to develop technical skills in stagecraft and to provide an opportunity for involvement in the performing arts. The theatre also seeks to improve student-teacher interaction and to provide culture and entertainment for both the University community and the surrounding area, while preparing students for careers or graduate study in the performing arts. Auditions for all performances are open to all Lewis students regardless of major.
  Student Veteran AssociationSVA is a social group open to students who have served, or support those who have served, in the military. The group provides camaraderie among members, as well as support to new members in making the transition to university life.
  Gospel ChoirThe Lewis University Gospel Choir was formed over twenty-five years ago by a small band of students interested in gospel music. Today, the Gospel Choir is a multi-cultured and diverse organization that showcases their incredible blending of gospel sounds at many events. The Gospel Choir hosts several annual events, which include: Leadership Prayer Breakfast, Gospel Fest, Thanksgiving Musical, Community-based church appearances, workshops involving other universities, and various events co-sponsored on- and off-campus.

BEST NEW ORGANIZATIONThis organization is recognized for its initial year’s efforts in integrating itself to the Lewis University community and must have been newly formally recognized within the academic year.
  Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity IncGuided by its motto, “First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All,” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. The Lewis University Chapter was reactivated in the Fall of 2013.
  Fellowship of Christian AthletesAs part of an international organization, the Lewis chapter of FCA strives to create fellowship among Christians on campus in order to build stronger relationships with athletes, peers, and Jesus Christ. This interdenominational Christian sports ministry challenges coaches and athletes to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA serves the local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference.
  Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.Kappa Alpha Psi strives to improve its members and the campus community by promoting academic and civic responsibility. “Achievement In Every Field Of Human Endeavor” is the motto that guides this group of men. Through their social and educational events, the Kappa’s hope to leave their mark on the Lewis campus.
  Polish ClubThe Polish Club strives to bring together students that are interested in the richness of Polish culture. Specifically, events focus on the history of Poland, its geography, the Polish Language, food, music, and much more. The club welcomes anyone to come and learn about Poland and its people. Even the officers use Polish titles to get into the spirit of things!
  People to End Animal Cruelty and Endangerment (P.E.A.C.E.)P.E.A.C.E. at Lewis University stands for those who have fallen and cannot speak for themselves. To do this, members endeavor to educate the Lewis University community about how we can live in peace by not sacrificing other sentient beings for palates. P.E.A.C.E. promotes veganism as a way to achieve harmony with ourselves, others, and the environment. P.E.A.C.E. sponsors programs that engage the student body and stimulate their collegiate minds; these programs include showing documentaries, holding fundraisers, leafleting, and much more. This grassroots movement hopes to foster dialogue on pressing issues and an appreciation for the rights and well-being of other animals.

SPIRIT OF ASSOCIATIONGiven to the organization that hosts an event (co-sponsorship and/or reaches out to the entire campus community) that exemplifies the Lewis University value of Association.
  Inter-Greek Council-Greek WeekThis semesterly event allows Greek organizations from IGC to square off in a week of fun filled contests. Members race through an obstacle course, sign their hearts out at karaoke, try to stay standing during the dizzy bat race, rack up pins in bowling, and use finesse during the egg toss. The winner earns bragging rights, and fun is had by all!
  Student Nursing Association and Student Veteran Association-Blood DriveSNA partnered with SVA this year to bring LifeSources Blood Drive to campus. In the fall semester, there were 112 units of blood collected which translates into saving 336 lives. In the spring semester, that record was broken with collecting 117, ultimately saving 351 lives!
  Theta Kappa Pi-V-Day Week Reader’s TheaterDuring Domestic Violence Week, Theta Kappa Pi co-sponsored Readers Theatre. This “open mic” event allowed students, to bring their creative forms of expression to the spotlight while raising awareness about domestic violence issues. Participants read poems, rapped, and discussed their experiences with the audience. Even those that had not prepared to perform were able to step up at read poems or scripts that were on hand.

SPIRIT OF COMPETITION Given to the organization that hosts an event (contest, meet, match, race, or tournament) that exudes good sportsmanship, teamwork and integrity.
  AAAE, Alpha Eta Rho, Women in Aviation-Aviation WeekWomen in Aviation, American Association of Airport Executives, Alpha Eta Rho, and Flight Team cosponsored a week of events, all themed with aviation. Events included a Scavenger Hunt, Flight Sim played with drunk goggles, a Bar-be-que, Aviation History Trivia, a Flight Attendant Race, Paper Airplane competition, Mail Drop competition, and a Flight Instructor Landing competition. Women in Aviation were the overall winners!
  AAAE-Infinity Flight ChallengeThe Infinity Flight Challenge is a way to bring student organizations and the community together through fun and friendly competition. Student organizations and other participants can enter a homebuilt glider to compete for prizes, as well as learn about aviation and inspire the next generation.
  IGC-Karaoke NightAs the opening event for Greek Week, Karaoke is highly anticipated by the chapters of IGC. Teams practice their song and dance routines in hopes of impressing the judges. Teams are evaluated on the difficulty of their song, creativity and accuracy of execution, and overall performance. The competition gets a little wild with the mystery song round in which one chapter will chose a song for another to perform on the spot!

SPIRIT OF EDUCATION Given to the organization that hosts an event (speaker, lecture, workshop, seminar, etc.) that has provided the Lewis University community with an enriching educational experience.
  American Marketing Association-Blackhawks speakerThe American Marketing Association arranged for the Senior Executive Director of Marketing for The Chicago Blackhawks, Mr. Peter Hassen, to visit our Romeoville campus and talk to students about sports marketing in general and the Chicago Blackhawks organization specifically. Mr. Hassen spoke to a group of approximately 70 students and faculty about the world of sports marketing and how the Blackhawk’s marketing department has utilized the franchise's unique history and loyal fan-base to build the organization into today's "envy of the entire league". He discussed ways to succeed in business and as a marketer and recommended that students seek out internships and life experiences (regardless of their majors) in order to gain experience and try their hand at a lot of things. "It is important to find out both what you like and what you are good at", he said. Mr. Hassen also discussed how the team's marketing department has adapted and remained fan focused as the team experiences great success both on and off the ice.
  Women in Aviation-Sioux City Iowa CrashJeff Miller, a Chicagoland native, was one of only 13 people who walked away from the United Airlines Flight 232 DC-10 crash in Sioux City, Iowa on July 19, 1989. Mr. Miller provided an insightful recount of the events leading up to that day, as well as a chilling perspective from the inside the aircraft itself as the plane crash-landed at Sioux Gateway Airport. Mr. Miller provided never before seen footage and photos of the accident and the wreckage left afterwards as he shared his story.
  RHA, Theta Kappa Pi, Phi Iota Alpha, Phi Kappa Theta, Sigma Lambda Gamma-Alcohol Awareness Co-Sponsoring with Lewis University Police, this event provided a safe forum for students to discuss and learn about responsible alcohol use. The event had different stations where students could learn about the size of alcohol servings, alcohol’s effects on motor skills, and how popular drinking games deceptively increase consumption. Afterwards, an LUPD officer was available to discuss individual concerns informally with students.

SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY SERVICEGiven to the organization that hosts an event (donate, volunteer, philanthropy, serve, etc.) in which students are given an opportunity to serve (either) the Lewis community or greater community in order to benefit those who are less fortunate.
  International Student Association-Clothes DriveAs the spring time began to set in, the students of ISA distributed more than 30 empty donation boxes around campus. Clothes, blankets, shoes, and other necessities on were collected, in mass, for people in need. The end result was amazing. All donations were given to Morning Star Mission workers who were thrilled fill their cargo van to the top.
  Student Nursing Association & Student Veteran Association- Blood DriveSNA partnered with SVA this year to bring LifeSources Blood Drive to campus. In the fall semester, there were 112 units of blood collected which translates into saving 336 lives. In the spring semester, that record was broken with collecting 117, ultimately saving 351 lives!
  Theta Kappa Pi-V-Day Week BenefitThis benefit helps to bring awareness to domestic violence to the community. Theta Kappa Pi's V-Day Week benefit for Guardian Angel Groundwork Services in Joliet had over 100 people in attendance and raised over $2,300 for domestic violence prevention. The guest speaker, who is a survivor of domestic violence, moved the audience and inspired all who attended with her story.

SPIRIT OF CULTUREGiven to the organization that hosts an event that gives insight into their culture through the expression of an event (fine arts, lecture or other creative outlets).
  Gospel Choir-Thanksgiving MusicalEvery year the Gospel Choir hosts a concert right before Thanksgiving Break. This year was no exception to the awesome attendance this program always has. The Sancta Alberta Chapel was packed with many students, faculty/staff and community supporters. Along with the choir, their auxiliary groups performed, which are: Daughters of David praise dance, A Step Above step team and the praise team.
  BSU-Heritage BallThis year’s ball focused on the Egyptian Dynasties. Specifically, presentations gave a historical perspective related to the legacy of the Pharaohs and how African Americans can trace their history to events and people of that time period. Guests also enjoyed a dinner themed after Egyptian cuisine and enjoyed dancing and fellowship afterwards.
  Residence Hall Association-Evening Trips SeriesThis series of events provided students an opportunity to meet other students and community members is a fun, social setting. Each event was held off campus and provided bus transportation. During the ride, students were able to meet people from outside their normal social circles and gain an appreciation for the diversity of cultures among the student body. While at the venues students enjoyed ice skating, whirley -ball, and a haunted house together and formed friendships they may not have otherwise.

SPIRIT OF DIVERSITY & UNITYGiven to the organization that hosts an event that celebrates and encompasses what it means to celebrate unification among diversity.
  Best Buddies-Bowling NightLewis Students went bowling with a group of developmentally disabled members of the community. The night was fun-natured but also gave students the opportunity to make a one on one connection with a community member. Since the adults Best Buddies works with have a wide variety of interests and gifts, this event celebrates the differences and similarities between us all.
  International Student Association-Food FairEach year ISA puts on an informative and fun-filled event called the International Food Fair. The Lewis community eagerly anticipates this event each year and typically come hungry and leave satisfied! Each station had a theme centered on a particular area of the world including Asia, Africa, South America, Europe, and North America.
  Delta Sigma Theta-Resolution RemixResolution Remix is one of the most highly anticipated programs for Delta Sigma Theta at Lewis University every year. This year, DST co-sponsored with Sigma Lambda Beta and Phi Iota Alpha to lead a couple’s version of line dancing lesson. Slides from the African-American and Latino cultured were taught along with a simple yet fun Valentine’s Day couples step.

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