Friday, June 24, 2016

#FlyerFriday: Theresa Marten ’15

Theresa Marten ’15 continuously seeks opportunities to live out the Catholic and Lasallian Mission of Lewis University by serving the communities around her.

The Catalyst Social Justice Experience retreat at Lewis University – a weekend immersion in Chicago to see poverty more vividly, feel poverty more intensely, and understand poverty’s causes more fully - is where Theresa first met Venus Wozniak, the Director of the Nativity House, who was chosen to be the guest speaker. However, it was during her final semester at Lewis, in a Pastoral Ministry course, when she got the chance to step foot into The Nativity House for the first time. After learning about an open position, Theresa felt inspired to apply.

Theresa finished out her time strongly at Lewis as the Student Lasallian Commencement Speaker. The day after graduation, she moved into the Nativity House in Lockport, Ill. to begin working as a full-time intern. The Nativity House is rooted in the tradition of the Catholic Worker Movement which was started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin. The Nativity House answers their unique call to social justice by providing a house of hospitality, with a stable family environment for first-time mothers to receive the necessary support to live a healthy, nurturing lifestyle. Additionally, they host roundtable discussions, publish a newspaper called The Visitation, and run a community supported garden on their property with 10 local families. Read more ...

Friday, June 17, 2016

#FlyerFriday: Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf '00

After two years as Chief Technology Officer of BizStrat Technology, Michelle Mikka-Van Der Stuyf ’00 was named the company’s new President and CEO in April 2015. A software development and technology consulting company, BizStrat seeks to deliver a big company result with a small company feel, with diverse projects customized to fit client’s resources, expertise, timeline and budget.

“When you have a passion for building technology solutions that are above and beyond, the creative and innovative results that break those barriers actually presented an opportunity for me that I would have never imagined possible,” Mikka-Van Der Stuyf said. “I always pushed boundaries, tried to do things better, faster, smarter and faced challenges with a ‘can do’ attitude”

As Chief Technology Officer, Mikka-Van Der Stuyf’s tasks included conducting initial discovery meets with new clients, overseeing the company’s highly valued partnerships, strategically directing client projects and needs, and dynamic staff management. However, with such a promotion comes much more responsibilities. Read more ...