Wednesday, November 27, 2013

This week’s highlights: Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013

This week, we reflect on what really matters and all that we are grateful for. When we think back on our days at Lewis, it’s amazing to think of the great faculty members who taught us, the wonderful friends we made and the priceless education we received. It’s certainly life-changing, and worth remembering and being grateful for. You are part of this Lewis family and we’re very grateful for you! We hope to see you at some events coming this week:
  • Nov. 28 – Happy Thanksgiving! 
  • Nov. 30 – Men's Basketball takes on Wayne State at Neil Carey Arena; 3:00 pm tip-off. General admission is $7.00; Lewis Students/Faculty/Staff are free (with ID); Seniors/Students High School and younger: $4.00 (with ID). For more information, click here
  • Dec. 5-7 – Holiday Spectacular. Philip Lynch Theatre. $10 general admission. Visit For tickets, contact the Box office at 815-836-5500.
  • Dec. 8 – Cookies with Santa. University Dining Room on our Romeoville Campus. Free, registration required. Learn more at **UPDATE: Sorry! Registration is now CLOSED.**
  • Reserve your place today for our upcoming Lunch and Learn on Dec. 9 at our Oak Brook Campus. The presentation is titled, “A Discussion About Leading Change: What Today’s Leaders Can Do To Be Successful.” Join us to discuss the role that leaders play in successful change initiatives, how the skills and behaviors needed by today’s leaders can take us to the next level and why now is the time to master these skills. Lunch is included; please RSVP at

For all of our upcoming events, visit

Happy Thanksgiving from the Lewis University Advancement Staff!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Flyer Friday Spotlight: Javier Solorio ’06

Javier Solorio (Photo courtesy rgbpixel)
Javier Solorio ’06 triple majored in Communication Technology, Multimedia Design, and Radio-TV Broadcasting at Lewis University, graduating in 2006. As a student at Lewis, Javier was on staff as a photographer for the highly-regarded student newspaper, The Lewis Flyer. He also worked as music director for WLRA, the campus radio station, while serving as an Instructional Technology supervisor for Teaching, Learning and Technology.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

This week's highlights: Nov. 20-26, 2013

As we head into the week leading to Thanksgiving, we have a few fun events before you settle down to enjoy turkey and Black Friday shopping! Check out our full calendar at

  • Nov. 20 – Men's Basketball begins regional play, as the Flyers (1-0) welcome Ferris State (0-0) to Neil Carey Arena for a 7:30 pm tip-off. General admission is $7.00; Lewis Students/Faculty/Staff are free (with ID); Seniors/Students High School and younger: $4.00 (with ID).
  • Nov. 21 – Jet Fuel Review Reading. Location: Room DL250 on Romeoville Campus. Editors and faculty advisers of the journal will congregate with student and faculty readers to usher in the latest issue of Jet Fuel Review.  Free and open to the public. For more information, call Dr. Muench at 815-836-5554.
  • Nov. 22-24 – Philip Lynch Theatre’s production of “To Kill a Mockingbird” is sold out. We’ll be looking out for any updates from the PLT and you can keep an eye on their Facebook Page.
  • Nov. 22-24 – Women's Volleyball hosts the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament at Neil Carey Arena. General admission is $7.00; Lewis Students/Faculty/Staff are free (with ID); Seniors/Students High School and younger: $4.00 (with ID).
  • Nov 23 – Aviation Career Conference. Alumni Relations will host an alumni table, and all alumni are invited to the continental breakfast and appreciation luncheon at 1:00 pm in the D’Arcy Great Room (next to the Chapel on the Romeoville campus).

Speaking of shopping ...
Looking to give Lewis Flyers apparel for Christmas? The Bookstore offers free shipping to the store or $7.50 shipping to your home. Bookstore hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am-6:30 pm; Friday 8:30am-5:00pm; Saturday 11:00 am-3:00 pm; and closed on Sunday. For Thanksgiving weekend, they will be closed on Nov. 28-30 and reopen on Monday, Dec. 2.

A few notable news items from the University:

Friday, November 15, 2013

Flyer Friday Spotlight: Cheryl Portner MSN ’10

Cheryl Portner MSN ’10 earned her Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Administration from Lewis University in 2010, receiving a certificate of academic honors for maintaining an impressive 4.0 grade point average. Currently, she is an executive at Gannet Healthcare while also providing exceptional nursing insights for Lewis students as an adjunct faculty member for the MSN Program where she is able to inspire others with the integrity she manifests as a core foundation of her life and career. As President of Lewis University Nursing Alumni Network (LU-NAN), Cheryl works with the University, nursing students, and alumni to continue creating extremely beneficial opportunities for area nurses.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

This week's highlights: Nov. 13-19, 2013

How is it mid-November already? Don’t panic, there is some time to enjoy yourself before the holiday rush! Here are some highlights for the coming week; click here to find more information!
  • Nov. 14 - Artist Elizabeth Kowats gives a gallery talk for Paintings and I&M Canal
  • Nov. 15 - The Jet Fuel Review hosts open mic night
  • Nov. 15-17 - Philip Lynch Theatre Presents To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Nov. 16 - Men’s Volleyball Alumni Gathering
  • Nov. 19 - Financial & Estate Planning for Women
An alumna was featured on the Sun Times: "Kathy Sulkowski '06 MA '11 wins teaching award". Do you have news to share with us? Email and let us know!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Upcoming Event: “Financial & Estate Planning for Women”

Women are faced with unique financial challenges … beginning or changing careers, accumulating assets, experiencing life events (marriage, children, divorce or losing a spouse) and eventually, retiring.

Not only do women need to think of themselves, but also think ahead about leaving assets to their family or to charity upon death. Women’s unique situations certainly require thoughtful planning for long-term health care, child care and education, parental dependence, and, since women typically live five to seven years longer than men, additional retirement planning.

To provide women with the tools to better understand their current personal financial situation and to begin formulating a comprehensive financial plan for the future, Lewis University Estate & Tax Advisory Council is pleased to sponsor a complimentary “lunch & learn” seminar titled “Financial & Estate Planning for Women: How to Financially Empower Yourself,” which will include informative, engaging and interactive presentations by Theresa M.H. Marx, Partner at Schiff Hardin LLP and Caroll J. Klotz, Financial Advisor at Stofan Agazzi Investments LLC.

Join us on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the D’Arcy Great Room on our Romeoville Campus. Lunch will be served and the presenters will be available after the program for follow-up discussions with attendees.

For more information, or to register for this seminar, please contact Robert Kanonik, Director of Planned Giving at (815) 836-5813 or e-mail him at

Friday, November 8, 2013

Flyer Friday Spotlight: Martin Mitrenga '74

Martin Mitrenga ’74 approaches his 40th anniversary in the aviation industry, and serves Lewis University as a recent member of the Lewis University Aviation and Transportation Studies Advisory Board. Martin earned his degree in Aviation Maintenance Management from Lewis in 1974, successfully pursuing his studies while being active on campus in the Alpha Eta Rho Fraternity, Ski Club, and several athletic seasonal sport teams.

In 1991, Martin moved from the Chicago area to take a new assignment in the Maintenance and Engineering office for Northwest Airlines. Prior to the move, he had served as a Line AMT/Crew Chief for Northwest Airlines at O’Hare. During his tenure in the industry, Martin has enthusiastically devoted time as a member of Airlines for America (A4A), Master Minimum Equipment List Sub Committee. In 2012, he officially retired from Delta Air Lines after a rewarding career with Northwest and Delta. He completed 39 years working for a Major 121 Air Carrier, and today, continues to contribute as a special contractor to Delta Air Lines.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Countless fun with more than 40 events for alumni!

Lewis Alumni and friends can enjoy more than 40 events over the next few months. We've started this blog series so you can get a quick overview of what's around the corner. At any time, you can head to our website to see our full calendar.
This week:
  • Nov. 6 – Women's & Men's Basketball vs. Northwestern. Games and reception at Bar Louie.
  • Nov. 7 – "Supercharge Your Startup." University Dining Room
  • Nov. 7 – Gallery Talk with Elizabeth Kowats 
  • Nov. 8 –  Teachers of Tomorrow Scholastic Book Fair 
  • Nov. 12 – Book Reading and Book Burning panel presented by the Lewis Student Book Club

 Some news you may have missed from around campus:
 Have a great week! Go Flyers!
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