Friday, February 27, 2015

Flyer Friday: Rick McCallum '77

You’ve probably seen Rick McCallum ’77 on your television or movie screen without knowing you were looking at a Lewis alumnus. Even if you knew him, you may not recognize him thanks to the transformation he undergoes to play his roles. As a stuntman, he is often made to look like someone else.

Shortly after his graduation from Lewis University, McCallum moved to California to build his career in Hollywood as a stunt man – and from his impressive resume, he has unquestionably succeeded. Now a stuntman, stunt coordinator, actor, and writer, McCallum has worked on over 70 movies during his career, with more on the horizon. Read more >>

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Learn with Lewis: The sound of productivity ... in the cafe?

Lewis University President Brother James Gaffney, FSC
chats with students in Charlie's Place during the lunch hour
Perhaps you've noticed - or perhaps you are - one of those people in a coffee shop, working on a laptop while sipping a latte. When you were taking classes at Lewis, did you find it easier to stay focused while you were studying in the cafeteria?

Over the past few years, numerous news articles and research studies explain why our brains seem to work well and be more creative while we hear the ambient noise in a cafe. Voices, coffee machines, clinking plates.

If you want to recreate the ambient noise of Charlie's Place, check out "University Undertones," one of many ambient noises generated on the Coffivity website at can also open two windows and play different sounds in each tab.

Enjoy the ambient noise wherever you are today. Latte not included. 

What do you think? Is it easier for you to focus while in these noisy environments? Tell us in the comments or email us at

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Now Accepting Alumni Awards Nominations!

We're proud to recognize those alumni who have excelled in their professions, their communities, and the world. We invite you to nominate those alumni to be recognized during our annual ceremony.

Learn more at

Friday, February 13, 2015

Last Day to VOTE for Lewis!

This is it, alumni and friends! We need your vote to win the Stanley grant. Only the top two schools will receive funding and we are currently in third place - and voting ends TODAY.

Please take a moment to vote - and you can do more than one:
Thanks for your support! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Alumna Kay Cannon is back with "Pitch Perfect 2"

We loved the first movie, and we're excited to see that alumna Kay Cannon is back with "Pitch Perfect 2." The trailer can be viewed on YouTube, and the movie will be in theaters in May.

Read more:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Feb. 13 is the Deadline to Vote for Lewis in the Stanley Grant Program

Alumni, we are in 3rd place in the TOGETHER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS Grant Program! The top two schools will receive up to $200,000 in security products and services from STANLEY Security. Voting is open until February 13.

You may vote once a day per email address and don’t forget to vote through text and Twitter too! You can also share this with family and friends. Every vote counts - and as we know well, our alumni can make a big difference!

Vote online:

To vote Via TEXT: Type "lewisu" to 334455.

To vote Via TWITTER: Tweet using both #STANLEYSecurity and #lewisu

Friday, February 6, 2015

Flyer Friday: John “Jack” Marco ’68

John “Jack” Marco ’68, Chairman of the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 for his accomplishments in business.

John “Jack” Marco was a Math major at Lewis who co-founded a chapter of Phi Kappa Theta, a fraternity that still is providing development and activities for Lewis students on campus. He has excelled in business, served with distinction as a U.S. Congressional aide, earned high marks as a teacher, and is noted today as an astute business executive and an exemplary community volunteer. Currently, Marco chairs the Board of The Marco Consulting Group (MCG), an investment consulting firm and the largest provider of investment consulting services to multi-employer plans. Early in his career, Marco was selected by the Illinois Governor to serve at the age of 26 as Director of the Environmental Protection Agency for the State, making him the youngest person in the United States to hold that position. Marco is an Evanston resident, originally from Riverdale, Ill.

Learn more about our Alumni Award winners here.