Friday, August 26, 2016

Top 12 Rites of Passage at Lewis University, According to Alumni

College days are a time of growth, and many of us have some fond memories of our coming-of-age while on campus. We asked our Lewis University alumni: “What Were Your Lewis Rites of Passage?”
  1. “Stopping by any/all club events for the free food and Lewis swag.” – Alex Vasiliades ’11
  2. “The victorious moment when you get a front row parking spot and the not-so victorious moment when you have to park in boofu.” – Jade Osowski ‘15
  3. Getting locked out of your own room for the first time.” – Anna DiCosola ’10
  4. “First late night run to the c-store for snacks.” – Sean Barber ’11 MA ’15
  5. “My most vivid memory of freshman year was going to dinner. For the first few weeks, basically our entire floor in South went to dinner together. We needed to go into the dining room just to seat everyone. As time passed, people would drop off, but we maintained a fairly large group for most of the year, 13-15 people. As the years passed, that number got smaller and smaller, but I'm still very good friends with 5 of those people.” – Mark Serratore ’10
  6. “The thrill of airplanes flying over your head.” – Kelsey Wallace ’15
  7. “Loyola vs. Lewis Volleyball game.” – Stacey Popadowski ’02
  8. “Getting some groceries on my own at the Fitz Dorm store.” – Claudia Alves ’10
  9. “Going to a mandatory event for Cult & Civ and actually enjoying it.” – Melanie Sandberg ’08
  10. “Scrambling to finish a project the night before it is due.” – Nicole Krage ’15
  11. The Lewis Birthday Bash. It's essentially a free picnic that helps greatly mediate the stress of second semester. – Mike Korby ’13
  12. "Making meaningful friendships that will last a lifetime.” – Jerry Bersano ’93

We leave you with this memory and advice for students from Heather Warthen ’03:
“A lot has changed on campus since I attended - the parking lot behind the rec center used to be the soccer field when I was there - but the Den is a great place for a late-night snack (the nachos got me through many late-night study sessions and newspaper deadlines). Make sure you attend a basketball or volleyball game at least once. Don't forget to wear your red! You are in charge of making your college experience, so do your best to make it a good one!”

What were your rites of passage from your days at Lewis? Tell us in the comments or email us at

Flyer Friday: Dave Ochs '73

As the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio come to an end, the memories that Dave Ochs ’73 has of prior Olympics will last a lifetime.

Working as a Senior Broadcast Sportswriter for the Associated Press for 23 years, Dave covered events on a national basis. In this role, he was lucky enough to work at nine different Olympic games since 1984, traveling to places such as Canada, Norway, Japan, Australia, Italy and Greece.

“It was the best and worst experience of my life,” Dave says. “I loved sports, so dealing with the world’s greatest athletes in a mass competition was amazing. However, we had about 14-hour work days filled with chaos, which was pretty exhausting.”

The long work days didn’t matter to Dave though, because it felt more like a hobby than a job for him. As someone who grew up in a sports-oriented family, he found the experience to be “extremely rewarding in many ways.”

Read more about Dave Ochs here.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

World's First Webpage Was Published Today

It’s been 25 years since Sir Tim Berners-Lee published the world’s first webpage on the World Wide Web. It’s amazing to see just how far websites have come ever since. Just take a look at the homepage through the ages!

Want to browse more from the past? Visit the Internet Wayback Machine for even more webpages through the years. And be sure to visit the Lewis alumni website to see what we're up to these days.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Today is Aviation Day: How Far Can You Fly?

Whether or not you graduated from the Aviation Department, you are probably well-accustomed to the roar of airplanes overhead between classes, and the slight of the 737 airplane emblazoned with Lewis University colors.

You can be a proud alumnus knowing that Lewis University’s aviation program is FAA-approved and nationally recognized. Lewis has been awarded the Loening Trophy which recognizes outstanding collegiate aviation programs in the country. The aviation program on campus was established in 1932, and because we offer more than just a “technical” program students are exposed to courses in business, management, technology and liberal arts - exactly the type of holistic background aviation employers seek.

This is a definite advantage, as the industry seeks highly-experienced talent, and lots of it! Nearly 1.5 million pilots and technicians are needed by 2035 with another 800,000 jobs in aviation. As a result, our students are in demand more than ever. Many times, they are recruited right from the classroom.

Take a few of our outstanding alumni from the aviation department:
  • Dolores Pavletic ’83 – Captain/A300/A310 Fleet Captain, FedEx Express
  • Elaine Karabatsos ’90 – Quality / Aircraft Program Manager, Corporate Aviation Department, at The Coca-Cola Company. (Elaine visited us on campus recently; read her story here.)
  • Duane Hayden ’88 – Senior Manager, Safety and Regulatory Compliance, United/O’Hare International Airport
One final thought as we think about careers in aviation after graduating from Lewis: “You never know how far you can fly, until you spread your wings.” Just see this video from our aviation student point of view:

P.S. Are you an aviation alumnus? Join us in welcoming the aviation students of the class of 2020 at our welcome reception on August 27. RSVP here.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flyer Friday: Rich Hlava '75

A perpetual learner, Rich Hlava ’75 has been a devoted and hardworking leader in Corporate America for more than 40 years.

Drawing from all of his personal and professional experiences, Rich has served the past four years as Chief Operating Officer for the Pampered Chef. A Berkshire Hathaway company, Pampered Chef uses the power of cooking to help people create memories and enjoy memories with family and friends by providing distinctive, high-quality products, quick tips and personalized cooking experiences. For seven years prior, he led as the company’s Senior Vice President of Operations.

“We are a leading provider of personalized, inspirational cooking solutions delivered by a community of 40,000 cooking consultants,” Rich says proudly. “Most of these consultants are people who decide to start selling as a side job, become highly successful from it, love it and then continue expanding their business. Helping these individuals reach their goals is so rewarding,” adds Rich.


Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Lewis can't get enough of Pokemon Go

It seems like everyone can't get enough of Pokemon Go right now. The highly-popular app recently hit over 100 million downloads – not bad for being available publicly for only one month!
  • Did you know that the Lewis University campus is a great place to play? Alumni, you should come back to campus and catch all the Evee and even Pikachu which we have caught in the past few weeks! For your convenience, check out this map of pokestops and gyms.
  • Our admissions team is hosting an event on August 11 for prospective students to catch Pokemon and learn more about attending the University. Be sure to tell a prospective student about the great things to catch and learn about Lewis!
  • Finally, we definitely want everyone to stay safe while they play on campus. Watch this for some important tips!

Have an image capture of a Pokemon on campus? Share it with us at and/or share it on social media with hashtag #LewisU.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Don't Miss these August alumni events!

We have two exciting events in the next few weeks! These events provide a wonderful opportunity for alumni to socialize, network, and meet our 10th President, Dr. David Livingston.

Young Alumni Night At The Brewery

Attendees will have a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Cubs Rooftop game with Lewis University on August 14. We hope that you'll join us for this unique young alumni event!

Monday, August 8, 2016
7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Register today!

Pollyanna Brewing Company
431 Talcott Ave.
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 914-5834

Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Included are pizza, a draft beer, and a gift to the Lewis University Alumni Association Board Scholarship.

Chicago Cubs Rooftop Event

Join Lewis University alumni and friends on the #1 rated rooftop in Chicago - Wrigley Rooftops at 3639 N. Sheffield - to watch the outstanding 2016 Chicago Cubs keep fighting to hold onto first place in the standings! Tickets include unlimited food and drink.

Sunday, August 14, 2016
Time: Doors open at 6:08 p.m. with a game time of 7:08 p.m.
3639 N. Sheffield
Chicago, IL
Register online
*Tickets are limited!

Cost is $120.00 and includes unlimited food and drink, as well as a gift of $7.49 towards the Lewis University Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

Questions? Contact Lisa Heizer at (815) 836-5545 or

We hope that you will consider joining us!

Best regards,

Reggie Bustinza
Director of Alumni Relations
Lewis University

Monday, August 1, 2016

Career Advice: What's OK here?

We love this image and the thoughtfulness that went into it. Below is the text from the poster.

It's ok to:
  • say "I don't know"
  • ask for more clarity
  • stay at home when you feel ill
  • say you don't understand
  • ask what acronyms stand for
  • ask why, and why not
  • forget things
  • introduce yourself
  • depend on the team
  • ask for help
  • not know everything
  • have quiet days
  • have loud days, to talk, joke and laugh
  • put your headphones on
  • say "No" when you're too busy
  • make mistakes
  • sing
  • sigh
  • not check your email out of hours
  • not check your email constantly during hours
  • just Slack it
  • walk over and ask someone face-to-face
  • go somewhere else to concentrate
  • offer feedback on other people's work
  • challenge things you're not comfortable with
  • say yes when anyone does a coffee run
  • prefer tea
  • snack
  • have a messy desk
  • have a tidy desk
  • work how you like to work
  • ask the management to fix it
  • have off-days
  • have days off

Source: "It's ok to say what's ok" by Giles Turnbull

Do you have any additions to the list? Tell us at!