Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day

Today is National Women’s Health and Fitness Day, and Lewis University is taking great strides to educate and empower women on campus to take control of their health, not just today but all year round.

Director of Student Recreation, Fitness & Wellness and Lewis alumna, Jill Siegfried ’85 says “It is important to take control of your health, make smart choices, and make time for physical activity despite all we are trying to balance in our lives. With exercise, 30 minutes a day makes huge difference. You can sneak exercise in as well: take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for a walk during your lunch break, or park far from entrances. Three 10-minute bouts of physical activity have the same health benefits as a 30 minute session.”

According to Jill, everyday exercise is especially important for women because of these five reasons:
  1. Decreases risk of osteoporosis
  2. Prevents muscle loss (which keeps metabolism high, giving women the strength to complete everyday tasks)
  3. Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety
  4. Enhances mental performance and work productivity
  5. Reduces risk of diseases such as cancer or diabetes

Friday, September 23, 2016

Flyer Friday: Natalie Manley, MA ’15

Editor's Note: For #FlyerFriday, we would like you to meet one of our speakers at our Celebrating Women in Leadership Conference. Representative Natalie Manley, MA ’15 will be presenting on "Women in Public Service." You can register for the October 7 conference on our website at

Representative Natalie Manley, MA ’15 has been a member of the Illinois House of Representatives since 2013 and represents Illinois’ 98th House District which includes parts of Joliet, Crest Hill, Romeoville, Bolingbrook and Plainfield. Representative Manley is also a Certified Public Accountant and has been on staff at Wermer Rogers Doran & Ruzon, Will County’s oldest public accounting firm, for nearly 20 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis, her Certified Public Accountant certification in 2004, and her Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Public Administration from Lewis University in 2015.

For the past two decades Natalie has been working in public accounting conducting audits for private corporations, governments, and non-profit organizations, reviewing, analyzing and preparing budgets for individuals and businesses, and preparing tax returns for individuals, trusts and estates, and businesses. For many years Representative Manley has been actively involved in community service by volunteering her time with local non-profits serving in an official capacity as a board member and helping to raise funds.

Manley is newly married to Alan LaVeille and has one daughter that she raised as a single mother. She has been doing a live talk radio show for 13 years on a local radio station, WJOL 1340 AM, on Friday mornings called the Lynne, Mary & Natalie Show. Manley has taken her knowledge as an accountant to local area high schools to teach financial literacy and budgeting to students as well as mentoring young people both in high school and at the college level that are considering careers in the accounting field or in public service.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Coming this fall! Event Highlights for September-October

There are quite a few happenings you won’t want to miss here on campus! Mark your calendar for the following upcoming events:

Saturday, September 24, 2016
Swimming Alumni Meet

Friday, September 30, 2016
Women’s Soccer Alumni Day

September 30 to October 2, and October 6 to 9, 2016
The Day They Shot John Lennon at Philip Lynch Theatre

Saturday, October 1, 2016
Baseball Golf Outing
Tennis Alumni Match
Baseball Alumni Day
Softball Alumnae Day

Thursday, October 13 to Friday, October 15, 2016
16th Annual Electronic Music Midwest Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016
Women’s Volleyball Alumnae Day

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Flyer Friday: Kathleen Bolden ’71

Kathleen Bolden ’71 dedicated much of her life and career to Lewis University after graduation. A pioneering African American student who went back to school as a second career, Kathleen worked at Lewis in many capacities. According to Kathleen, her goal was, “to make a difference, to be a good mother, not only to my own children, but to any child who needs me.” Kathleen was a mother figure for hundreds of Lewis students and considered them her extended family.

In 1968, Kathleen Bolden, a 30-year-old wife and mother of three young children, made the decision to earn her college degree, and went on to earn a B.A. in 1971 from Lewis University and a M.A. in 1972 from Governor’s State University. Kathleen joined the Lewis staff in 1971 as Assistant Dean of Students. During her 10 years at Lewis, she held several positions including Adjunct Faculty Member, Director of the College Success Program and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Aviation Security After Sept. 11, 2001

Over the past week, you might have come across many stories and tributes to the victims of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. One story that made us pause was that of former American Airlines employee, Vaughn Allex, who checked in passengers aboard AA Flight 77, including a few who would later hijack the airplane.

During that time in 2001, airport security did not have the strict policies we have today. Vaughn Allex followed the procedures of checking IDs, asking a few questions, and even flagging passengers’ bags for further inspection. Flight 77 was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001 and its crash into the Pentagon in Washington, DC killed all 64 people on board, including five hijackers and six crew members, as well as 125 people in the building.

Post-9/11 progress in Aviation Security has been tremendous. The partnership of airports, airlines, pilots and personnel with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense - have helped enhance safety while preserving passenger rights and comfort. The evolving security of the aviation industry continues to be a national concern. The Aviation Department at Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Security, which trains professionals to protect air transportation centers, passengers, and cargo.

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Flyer Friday: Deborah Brown '95

A leader in the Chicago broadcasting industry, Deborah Brown '95 credits her family for instilling the importance of loyalty to family, community, faith and country. This quality is evident in her community service and the thrust of her career. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio/TV Broadcasting from Lewis University in 1995 and was recognized as an active and dynamic student. Deborah was involved with several campus organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, Student Government, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Pan-Hellenic Council and the Black Student Union. At Commencement, the Alumni Association presented her with the Father Aquinas Award. Read more.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Flyer Friday: Sam Ciccio '36

Today, we honor Sam Ciccio ‘36, who recently passed away. Sam was the oldest living alumnus of Lewis. We were privileged to interview him a couple years ago at his home in River Forest. He was very pleased that we had taken the time to interview him and share a lot of great memories of Lewis in the 1930s. He told us about his love for Lewis and revealed that he avidly reads everything we send him. When he could still drive he attended several theatre events and had the opportunity to meet Brother James during these events.

Sam originally came to Lewis University because his mother was concerned that he was starting to hang out with some undesirable folks in the neighborhood. While enrolled at Lewis, he participated in boxing, baseball and basketball. He was also the lead in a skit that the graduating class put on. He noted that it was pretty heady stuff to study Algebra, Geometry and Physics, because those areas of study were never even discussed back in his neighborhood. He was also able to spend time in the air, in addition to the time he spent working on planes.

After graduating from Lewis, Sam was offered an additional 10 month course of studies here on campus, but turned it down because he was anxious to get back to his friends from the neighborhood. In retrospect, he wishes he would have accepted the offer, but noted that he was young and impulsive. So, instead, he had to find a job and quickly faced the reality of a bad job market. Due to the technical skills he learned here at Lewis, however, he was able to work in a factory.

When World War II started, Sam and his cousin decided to enlist together. His cousin suffered from leukemia, however, so he kept getting rejected by every branch of the service. His cousin was finally accepted by the Coast Guard, so they both enlisted. Unfortunately, his cousin died of the disease shortly thereafter.

After the war, Sam got a job in the credit department at Marshall Field’s. He quickly saw that the salespeople made the most money, so he transitioned into a career in sales. He then became a real estate broker for Baird & Warner. After a successful nine-year stint at Baird, he decided to go out on his own. He was successful at buying and managing commercial and residential buildings. Sam also became pretty skilled at buying and repairing distressed properties. Sam has five children. His wife passed away a number of years ago.

You can watch the interviews we had with Sam here:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Farewell, Sam. We were blessed to have known you.