Friday, October 28, 2016

Flyer Friday: Improv with Jo Slowik '88

It's #FlyerFriday! Philip Lynch Theatre Lewis University Manager Jo Slowik '88 recently presented an acting workshop to the drama students at Lincolnway Central High School. Accompanying her were 10 Lewis students. The two-hour workshop explored improv and the Meisner technique aimed at developing truthful acting.

Would you like to return to campus and volunteer your time and expertise? Find our alumni volunteer opportunities at

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Alumni Speakers on Campus

One of the things we love about our alumni is their willingness to come back to campus and share their insights and stories with our current students. Being an alumni speaker is a very short time commitment and provides our students with a better understanding of topics from the alumnus’ real-life experiences.

Here are just a few of the talented alumni who have returned to campus as alumni speakers:
  • Alumna Samantha Rinehart '14 returned to campus in September to speak with students about the next steps on their educational path.
  • Faris Ziadat '12 (Business Administration) spoke at Professor Rich Burke’s and Professor Bob Bergman’s Salesmanship classes in September. Faris shared his personal experiences with students, and emphasized the importance of asking customers open-ended questions. Faris serves as the Vice President, Field Sales Representative at Citi; he credits his degree from Lewis in being able to take the next step in his career.
  • Lewis University launched its successful Girls Take Flight in Aviation camp the week of June 27. The camp brought together 23 middle and high school aged girls who came to campus to experience a week of learning about the science of flight, meteorology, and unmanned aircraft systems. Several aviation professionals volunteered their time to talk with the girls about how they shaped their own aviation careers, including Elaine Harris '03, MBA '08 from Ingredion; Tim Radigan '92 from Baxter; Elaine Karabatsos '90 from Coca Cola; and Margaret Naughton and Jessica Plascencia '15 from Vulcan Materials Company. Undoubtedly, the highlight of the camp was flight time for each girl in the University’s fleet of Cessna 22 aircraft. Departing from the Lewis University Airport, each girl got a flying lesson from a licensed flight instructor.
  • Lewis was pleased to partner with the community organization Girls4Science to recruit the participating girls. Many of the girls’ families noted how appreciative they were to be able to offer their daughters this experience, as it was provided without cost to the participants thanks to support from corporate partners.
  • Tom Drez '88, the CIO, CPO, CSO, and Managing Director at Christian Brothers Services, recently gave a talk entitled "Cyber Security, Cyber Risk, and Data Breaches. Oh My!" to Lewis students and others in the Computer Science division of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA).
  • Former WFLY-TV News Director and General Manager Shane Gustafson '15 now works as a reporter for WMBD-TV in Peoria, Ill. Shane recently visited campus to speak with the Field Production class taught by Tracy Hemmingway, assistant professor of Communication, about his career in reporting and offer advice to current students in the Radio/TV Broadcasting program.
  • Bill Storie '69 returned to Dr. Dennis Cremin’s class on October 18, 2016 to present on “The Rise of the American Colossus.”
  • Artist and alumna Jane (Caldwell) Stiker '56 visited campus and brought a copy of the program from one of the first plays on campus.
  • Richard Joyce '73 spoke on September 20 to Dr. Dennis Cremin’s class on “A Community in Turmoil.”

Are you ready to join our list of successful alumni who have returned to campus as an alumni speaker? You can fill out the online form to express your interest at

If you have questions or need more information on volunteering as one of our Flyer Alumni Volunteers (FAVS), contact Margaret Grabowski '10, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations, at

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Celebrating Our Outstanding Educators on World Teachers' Day

Today is the United Nations' World Teachers' Day, which celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels. Lewis University's College of Education faculty are committed to Saint John Baptist de La Salle’s purpose and vocation, creating critical educators who have the knowledge to transform education to meet the needs of a diverse population of students and to advocate for social justice in the school and community.

Education alumni like Takiyah Olatunbosun have been honored with numerous awards and distinctions, most recently including the Joliet Great Teachers and the PBS Learning Media Digital Innovators program, while also leading the educators of the future as school district superintendents. Rebecca Deang has always felt inspired to work with young children and their families and now serves as a Community Health Educator, and Tony Pena is a math teacher at Stagg High School who believes in giving back.

Have a faculty member who made a difference in your life? Tell us at