Orientation Student Leaders

DreQuan Bell, who prefers to be called Dre, is going on his second year as an Orientation Student Leader. He is a Junior majoring in Business Administration. He is from Detroit, Michigan and chose Lewis due to their strong athletic program. He is part of the Men’s Basketball team. Aside from basketball, he also is a Peer Mentor for the Success Program. His hobbies include watching and playing sports, playing video games, making people laugh, and getting involved around campus. Dre is excited to build connections with the incoming freshman and be as welcoming as possible!

Miranda Beverly is a sophomore nursing major. Miranda graduated high school in Chatham, Illinois, a suburb of Springfield. Miranda chose Lewis because of the well-accredited College of Nursing and Health Sciences and its distance from home. She is involved in intramural sports, working as their social media specialist, posting updates to get the students involved on campus activities. Miranda is also part of the Cheerleading team and loves the family she has created within the team. Miranda cannot wait to bond with the new students and help them with their transition to Lewis University!

 

Jacquelyn Buryj is a sophomore combined special education and elementary education with early childhood endorsements major. She is from Tinley Park, Illinois, only thirty minutes away from Lewis, but she loves the vivacity of student life and the sense of community that is build among peers in the residence halls. As an aspiring educator, she continues her volunteer work through involvement in extracurriculars including Teachers of Tomorrow, Best Buddies and is the secretary of SMILE. Additionally, she enjoys participating in intermurals and is a member of the women's club volleyball team. She loves greeting the new and incoming friendly faces as an Admissions Office Ambassador. Lewis has become the place for her thanks to the supportive staff members, vigorous and thought provoking classes, and the friends she has come to make. She is looking forward to meeting the new incoming students and creating new memories!

Zebulun Freeman-Walker, who likes to go by “Zeb”, is a senior from Chicago, IL. He chose Lewis because of its strong Aviation program. He’s majoring in Aviation Airspace Technology, and is a Student Ambassador who enjoys working with prospective freshmen. He’s also part of Greek Life on campus, as the president of Omega Delta. In his free time, he enjoys participating in the campus intramurals, as well as hanging out with friends and getting involved on campus. This is Zeb’s second year as an Orientation Student Leader and he looks forward to getting to know all the new incoming students.

 

Michael Angelo Frutos is going on his third year as an Orientation Leader. He is a Senior majoring in Public Relations/ Advertising with a minor in Marketing. He was born and raised in Chicago and chose Lewis because it was the most affordable University for him and his family. Michael has been a Resident Assistant for three years now and is going to be working in Founders Hall this coming school year. Aside from this, he is a part of the Latin American Student Organization and is involved in Greek Life. His hobbies include running, getting involved on campus, and hanging out with friends. Michael will be running the Chicago Marathon this year and is ready to bring his energy and knowledge about Lewis to all the incoming students.

Jada Hoffman is a sophomore double majoring in Journalism and Public Relations. She is from Chicago, IL and graduated from Kenwood Academy. She chose Lewis due to its closeness to home, as well as how welcoming the Lewis community was to her. She is a part of the Track and Field Team and was named GLVC’s Outdoor Conference Freshman of the Year. She is also the Director of Communications for Student Senate and helps promote Senate as well as help be the voice for all students of Lewis. She has also been hosts for several overnights and is a Student Ambassador and helps with freshmen admissions. She writes for the school newspaper, The Flyer, as the Campus Life editor and a former opinion section reporter. She also joined the Black Student Union and enjoys advocating for blacks around campus. She works in the Office of Student Activities and enjoys planning and assisting many of the activities on campus. She is very thrilled to be serving her first year as an Orientation Student Leader and will ensure the students are as comfortable and happy as she was during her SOAR!

 

Gregory Kharasch is a Junior at Lewis University, majoring in Aviation Administration. He is from Newton, Massachusetts, which is just about 20 minutes outside of Boston. He transferred from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University while he was on track to be a commercial pilot, however he recently decided he wanted to go more into the safety aspect of aviation. He enjoys exploring the city of Chicago, as well as trying the unique foods and coffee shops that Chicago has to offer. He plans on getting his master’s degree in Aviation at Lewis University upon graduation. His main aspiration is to be an Aircraft Accident investigator, as well as being heavily involved in Safety Management Systems at the major airline carriers. He is very safety focused. Greg is very excited to meet all the new incoming students, and cannot wait to help make the transition process enjoyable. 

Colin McClintic is a junior Computer Engineering major from Oswego, IL a suburb about 30 minutes south of Romeoville. He attended Oswego East High School where he was involved in volleyball, basketball, and the National Honors Society. Colin is on the Men's Volleyball team, who ended their season in the national DI-DII semifinal. Colin works at the service desk at the Office of Technology where he answers any technological issues or requests. Colin was drawn into Lewis by the family atmosphere not only on the team but around campus and in the classroom. Lewis being so close to Chicago, it provides a great opportunity for programming internships downtown. As Colin begins his third year, he is excited to look into those internships. He is also very excited to start meeting the incoming class of 2023!

 

Kelly O’Malley is a junior Nursing major. She is from Oak Forest, IL. She is involved with Best Buddies and is also a student worker for the Business office and a resident assistant for Mother Theresa Hall. This is Kelly’s second year as an Orientation leader. She enjoys welcoming the incoming students and making them feel at home, while being a good support system. In her free time, she recently finished the Office and is now watching New Girl. She loves hanging around campus and meeting new people... always in the mood for a good conversation! Kelly is very excited to meet all the incoming students and is looking forward to an amazing year ahead.

Ignacio Rios or better known as “Nacho” around campus, is a junior Exercise Science major and was born in Chicago IL. He moved to Joliet during his elementary years also attending high school in Joliet. Ignacio has been in multiple student panels for high school students throughout the school year. Ignacio has also hosted overnights throughout the semester. He is on the club volleyball team and participated in many intramural activities here on campus. Lewis has been his first choice since freshman year of high school and has succeeded academically and socially due to the welcoming, caring, and empathetic environment on campus and in the classroom. This is his second year as an Orientation Student Leader and looks forward to assisting incoming freshmen with their transition into Lewis University and further developing his leadership abilities.

 

Semaj Robinson is a senior majoring in nursing with a minor in Spanish language and culture. She is from the south suburbs of Chicago, IL, but spends most of her time, including her summers, here at Lewis. She is highly involved in numerous organizations and activities, and prides herself in planning and participating in campus events. As president of Black Student Union (BSU), Semaj hopes to establish an inclusive and culturally supportive environment for the entire Lewis community. She takes particular interest in addressing social constructs and providing resources for minority populations. She volunteers for non-profit organizations through University Ministry, represents for student panels through the Office of Admissions, and is a conference leader for Multicultural Student Services. As a student worker in the Office of Student Services, Semaj interacts with staff from nearly every department on campus. In her free time, she enjoys discovering new music, creating do-it-yourself projects, and most of all, meeting new people! Her favorite thing about campus is the diverse interactions and the close relationships to staff and peers. Semaj believes that every student should have a great college experience and aims to have a positive impact on the experience of each person she interacts with. Semaj is excited to spend her last year helping new students transition into the beginning of their new journey!

Julia Schaefer is a Senior double major in Marketing and Business Administration. This is her third year of being an orientation student leader.  She is from Sugar Grove, Illinois. Which is about an hour away from Lewis. The activities that she is involved in are Lewis Ministry.  She was a leader for the Koinonia Retreat, which is a retreat that takes place in Planio, Illinois open to all residents after your first semester here. She is also a Resident assistant in the Freshman Dorm De La Salle South.  She has been a Resident Assistant for two years now this will be her third year.  She has been both an upper- classmen and Freshman Resident assistant. She chose Lewis because of the student to teacher ratio, and how much the campus felt like home to her. She is super excited to be an OSL and can’t wait to meet all of you.

 

Lesley Ulloa is a junior majoring in Nursing. She is from Joliet, Illinois. She chose Lewis University because of the diversity found within the community & the outstanding nursing program. She enjoys working out and being with her family. She was a commuter her freshman year, but as a sophomore she transitioned into a resident to explore the campus a little more & get more involved as well. She is a member of the University Ministry Choir. She will be one of the leaders for the upcoming Koinonia retreat in the Fall of 2019. She is interested in growing the ministry community on campus & getting more students involved. Lesley looks forward to meeting the new incoming students & hopes everyone has a great year!