Friday, August 18, 2017

The Great American Eclipse Is This Monday!

Feeling a little “in the dark” about what everyone has been talking about? The “Great American Eclipse” will be Monday, August 21. In the Chicagoland area, the eclipse will start around 11:54 a.m. and will probably hit its most spectacular view by 1:19 p.m. Dr. Joseph Kozminski, professor and chair of Physics at Lewis University offers this explanation and tips for viewing the eclipse.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The Day of Giving 2017 Continues!

May 18-20 is a special time on our social media channels, as you may already have noticed. Alumni are showing their support by making a gift during a 48-hour "Day of Giving" campaign. Gifts of $25 earn exclusive Lewis spirit socks, recurring gifts earn "virtual naming rights" on campus spots AND alumni and friends are running challenges to match gifts.

Alumni came to campus last night for a kickoff event; other alumni shared their memories and "socks selfies" to show their Lewis love. It's inspiring to see the entire Lewis community come together and have so much fun supporting the University.

Read more about this amazing campaign online and you can make a gift at and visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for the latest updates for the #LewisUDayofGiving.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day: The First Women at Lewis

Editor's Note: In honor of International Women's Day, we bring you this story of our first women students at Lewis University. A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2013 issue of the Lewis University Magazine. Do you have a campus memory to share? Email us at and share your story.

After World War II, Lewis College of Science and Technology began to admit women as students and high school classes were discontinued. The college granted its first baccalaureate degrees in 1952.

Some of the earliest female attendees included Jane Stiker '56 (English), Arlene Olson, and Pat Klug. Living in the barracks still situated on campus from World War II during the 1950s, the women adhered to different rules than today’s generation of college students. Wearing dresses instead of pants to class was required, and a curfew on both weeknights and weekends was enforced.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

10 Places to See Around Lewis University

Joseph Prendergast ’66, a retired English teacher after 47 years in the education field, travels the world visiting museums, concert halls, and historical landmarks from China to Paris. Joseph encourages others to try new things, gain knowledge in areas outside of their comfort zone, and truly discover ways to enrich their life. 

1,000 Places to See Before You Die by Patricia Schultz is a traveler’s guide to places that are worth seeing around the world. After some research, we found that these ten locations in the surrounding area are places that students, faculty/staff, alumni, and friends must visit while around Lewis University. These historic sites will provide you with a unique cultural experience and a fun relaxing afternoon out on the town. So, we have created our very own guide for you all to follow: 10 Places to See While at Lewis University.

1. Old Joliet Prison

Here, you can learn the history of Joliet’s most notorious prison. Visitors are able to unlock information about the prison’s inmates and enjoy a picnic area with a spectacular background.

2. Lincoln Landing
There are plenty of things to keep you occupied at this open park and museum. The Gaylord Building Historic Site, originally built with limestone, offers a wide variety of exhibits centered on the history of the Illinois and Michigan Canal. This canal, built in the 1840’s, provided opportunities for the surrounding community to thrive and grow. Irish canal worker, Patrick Fitzpatrick, owned land nearby which eventually became the ground upon which Lewis University was built. After learning about it, you can walk alongside the scenic path of the canal itself. You can learn more about the exhibits at

3. Philip Lynch Theatre

Located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on campus, the theatre is home to both musical and non-musical performances by students, faculty, and staff. You definitely have to see a show while you are at Lewis. Or be in one, if you are feeling brave! Check out the Calendar of events here:

4. Isle a la Cache Museum

This free public museum offers historical education from the 18th century. You can visit the interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade inside or enjoy an afternoon of hiking, fishing, kayaking and more at the Isle a la Cache preserve, which is part of the Des Plaines River preservation system.  Check out this Illinois Adventure video segment at to learn more about this location and everything it has to offer.

5. Lewis University Airport

Originating as Lewis School of Aeronautics in 1935, the university is now a national leader in aviation education with a highly regarded Department of Aviation and Transportation Studies. No matter how old you are, it is always fascinating to see a plane fly right above your head.

6.       St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall

Recently renovated to fit the university’s needs, St. Charles Borromeo Center now has plenty to offer! Convocation hall, formerly a chapel, is the perfect place to hold large group presentations and events. The new Flight Deck Cafeteria, state-of-the-art classrooms, outdoor patio, and student dormitories make this location on campus one you must take the time to visit.

7.       Lewis University History Center

This museum, located at the Fitzpatrick House on Route 53, offers a unique collection of historic documents and artifacts linked to the region’s heritage. Basically across the street from the Romeoville campus, this is a great place to stop by and visit as you leave!

8.       Heritage Village

(Photo provided by Will County Historical Museum)

This famous historical attraction in Lockport is owned by the Will County Historical Society. Formerly located near the Gaylord building in Lockport, the group of small buildings and houses were known as the Pioneer Settlement. In 2011, after being placed in storage, the attraction gained a new start and is now located at 249 West 2nd Street, Lockport, IL 60441. You can learn more about Heritage Village by visiting

9.       Murphy Park

(Photo provided by Romeoville Patch)

This park in Romeoville has a playground with a rock climbing play structure, the Romeoville Historical Society, and a serene picnic area. The Le’Roy “Del” Burns Memorial Pavilion at the park was named in honor of a longtime village worker who was killed in an accident in 2012.

1 Joliet Area Historical Museum

(Photo provided by Joliet Area Historical Museum)

This museum tells the story of Joliet and its people with state-of-the-art presentations, interactive simulators, life size models, and much more. It is located at 204 Ottawa St. in Joliet and costs seven dollars to visit. Visit to learn more about the exhibits at this museum. 

Where else should we see in and around campus? Tell us in the comments or email us at

Friday, December 2, 2016

Flyer Friday: Nicole Carella ’15

In honor of Special Education Day, we would like to introduce you all to Nicole Carella ’15, a dedicated young woman empowering students with disabilities at Grand Prairie Elementary School in Frankfort. During her time at Lewis, she studied the dual certificate program in elementary education and special education. In addition to being a Peer Minister and a member of Theta Kappa Pi and Relay for Life Committee, Nicole was also highly involved in the Best Buddies, an organization that promotes one-to-one friendships between students and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As a committed member of this organization, Nicole worked hard to make her buddy feel loved and included in everything they did together. She is a fun, loving individual who is devoted to making others smile. Way to go, Nicole!

Do you know an alumnus we should feature for Flyer Friday? E-mail us at

Friday, November 18, 2016

Flyer Friday: Elaine Karabatsos ’90

In an industry in which the sky is the limit, Elaine Karabatsos ’90 arrived at her final destination after a hard-fought journey. Elaine received a job with The Coca-Cola Company in 1992 after working at Rusk Aviation for about one year after graduation. As an Aircraft Manager, she is responsible for the maintenance of the corporate fleet and safely preparing those aircraft for departure.

Growing up as a tomboy unafraid to get some dirt under her fingernails, Elaine felt inspired to work in the aviation industry from a very young age. It was not an easy journey, though.

“It has been a very eye-opening career filled with unique experiences,” she says with a smile. “My family wanted me to go to school for a more female-oriented career, because a woman working in the aviation industry was just unheard of. With a lot of hard work and determination, I can now say I have accomplished something that only one percent of women have accomplished.”

Having graduated with a degree in Aviation Maintenance, Elaine gained a lot more than just an extensive education at Lewis University. Making lifelong friends and important professional contacts, Elaine loved every minute of her college experience.

“Lewis is known to have an elite aviation program, and the fact that I can say I went there and put it in writing is a huge accomplishment,” Elaine adds. “Never give up; the sky is the limit!”

What's your story? Email us at and you could be our next #FlyerFriday!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Flyer Friday: Improv with Jo Slowik '88

It's #FlyerFriday! Philip Lynch Theatre Lewis University Manager Jo Slowik '88 recently presented an acting workshop to the drama students at Lincolnway Central High School. Accompanying her were 10 Lewis students. The two-hour workshop explored improv and the Meisner technique aimed at developing truthful acting.

Would you like to return to campus and volunteer your time and expertise? Find our alumni volunteer opportunities at