Office of Graduate Studies

Campus Resources

Bookstore

Follett Higher Education Group operates the Lewis University Bookstore from the main campus at Romeoville. Follett serves the Lewis University community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In addition to course materials for Lewis University students, the store offers a unique selection of Lewis University apparel and gift items, as well as school and office supplies, snacks and reference materials.

Visit www.lewisu.edu/bookstore/ for details.

Dining Facilities (Romeoville Campus)

Lewis University Dining provides an exciting and innovative dining services program for the entire Lewis University community. You’ll find great food, honest values, and a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy it all. You have a variety of dining venues to choose from, all conveniently located within walking distance of on-campus housing, labs, and classrooms. To view what is featured at the different dining venues and the hours of operation please go to www.lewisudining.com.

Financial Aid Office

The Lewis University Office of Financial Aid Services (FAS) has dedicated an individual to work directly with Graduate students. At Lewis, graduate students are eligible to receive Federal Direct Stafford Loans by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (commonly referred to as the FAFSA).

The University also processes employer reimbursement, outside agency scholarships, and veteran’s benefits. The financial aid brochure provides greater detail about the resources available and the application process.

Additional financial aid information is available at www.lewisu.edu/admissions/finaid/index.htm.

Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC)

The Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC) delivers quality programs and services that encourage independent lifelong learners, address the diverse needs of the Lewis University student, and foster a holistic learning environment. The Center helps students (both traditional and adult) improve academic performance through advising, tutoring, and innovative academic programs. LARC is home to many of the offices, services, resources, and programs that Lewis students use every day and have come to depend upon, including:

Career Services
Career planning is a developmental process and an integral component of each student’s educational experience. Lewis University's Career Services counselors are committed to helping students research career options that correspond with their individual skills, values, interests, and goals. Students and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of the various services and resources offered. Walk-ins are welcome, appointments preferred.

Office of Career Services
815-836-5282
E-mail: careerservices@lewisu.edu
Website: www.lewisu.edu/careerservices/

Tutorial Services
  • 24/7 Online Tutoring and Academic Support for Lewis Students.
  • Academic support specialists dedicated to working with adult and graduate students
Visit www.lewisu.edu/larc/ for more details on these services.

Writing Center
Located within the Library (1st floor), the Writing Center offers face-to-face peer tutoring for students’ course writing. Writing tutors are available during weekdays, in the evening and on weekends. Online response to course writing is also available for students who are not on the main campus in Romeoville. Students can either make a Real Time Online response appointment or email their paper to writingcenter@lewisu.edu for feedback.

The writing tutors can help student writers at various levels of experience and at any stage of the writing process, including assistance with generating ideas, organizing content, language choices, revising, documenting sources, and editing. If you would like to make an appointment for the Writing Center, please visit www.lewisu.edu/appointment/ . For graduate level writers, please read the tutor biographies and select a tutor who is a Graduate Writing Specialist, focusing in either Master’s or Doctoral level writing as noted. For more information visit www.lewisu.edu/writingcenter/.

Dr Jennifer Consilio
Associate Professor of English
Director of the Writing Center
815-836-5727
consilje@lewisu.edu

Students Requiring Special Accommodations
If you have a disability that may require consideration by your instructor and you have not previously submitted documentation to the staff in the Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC), please contact the Academic Support Services in LARC (x5593). It is recommended that this be accomplished by the second week of class. If you need accommodations for successful participation in class activities prior to your appointment in LARC, you should provide information in writing to your instructor that includes suggestions for assistance in participating in and completing class assignments. It is not necessary to disclose the nature of your disability. To view information regarding the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, please visit: http://www.lewisu.edu/welcome/adaAccommodations.htm

For more information about academic support services, visit the LARC website at: www.lewisu.edu/larc/. To view Please visit the website for a full description of the wide array of LARC services and resources available to you as a graduate student at Lewis University: www.lewisu.edu/resources/larc/index.htm

Library Resources and Services

The gateway to the Library is the library website:
http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/library/index.htm
The library itself is located on the first and second floors of the Learning Resource Center.

Library Resources The Library provides access to both print and electronic resources. These resources support the study and research needs of Lewis University students in all graduate programs.

Summon Search is a web-scale discovery tool. Summon provides a way to quickly search, discover, and access reliable and credible content available. Begin your search by simply typing your key words in the search box on the library website home page:

In a single search, Summon searches all of the current Library Resources, print and electronic.

Online Databases: over 700,000 eBooks
E-Journals: over 80,000 Journals
Newspaper Articles
Government Documents
Dissertations and Conference Proceedings
Howard & Lois Adelmann Regional History Collection
Streaming Video Databases: multiple disciplines
Open Source Materials: including the Hathi Trust Digital Library
Digital Collections: including historical photographs, artwork, and documents

A library password is required to access electronic resources. For security purposes this password changes each semester. Simply login to Blackboard to locate the Library password required to access all Library electronic resources. The password is presented on the Blackboard entry page. http://lewisu.edu/bb/

Electronic Resources - Online databases, e-book & e-journals, digital collections, streaming video

The Library provides 24/7 access to electronic academic resources. Start at: http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/library/index.htm

Print Resources – Books, journals, DVDs, artifacts within special collections.

Lewis has a variety of circulating materials in its collection. A standard Lewis University picture ID with a Library barcode is required to request and borrow Lewis and I-Share print books. Print materials are checked out at the Circulation Desk in the library.

The Lewis VuFind Catalog allows searching for books, videos, and other circulating materials available in the Lewis University Library. For assistance and to check out materials, contact the Circulation Desk in the library, 815-836-5300.

I-Share
Lewis students have access to more than 11.5 million print books in 82 Illinois academic libraries through the I-Share program and catalog. Lewis students in the Illinois area can search in this catalog and request print books from all Illinois I-Share libraries. For more information, or for assistance, please contact the Circulation Desk. The I-Share catalog link is on the library webpage.

Library Services

Circulation
The library circulation staff at the Circulation Desk assist with the location of materials and services located within the library. They provide check out service and access to faculty reserve materials.

Printing and scanning options are available within the library.

Research Assistance
The primary duties of the Reference and Research Librarians at Lewis University are to provide personalized assistance to students, whether in person, by phone, or by e-mail. The Reference and Research Librarians advise students on how to fully use the Library’s resources. Reference and Research Librarians are on duty whenever the Library is open and can be contacted at (815) 836-5306 or by email at Ask a Reference Librarian or reflib@lewisu.edu

RefWorks
RefWorks is a web-based citation management personal account used to organize your research, build footnotes or endnotes, and your bibliography for a research paper or project. The citations are imported directly from the search results of the Lewis University Library’s Online Databases, and from library catalogs. RefWorks accounts are free to Lewis faculty, students, and staff. The account must be opened in consultation with a Reference Librarian, whether in person, by phone, or by email. Call the Reference Desk at 815-836-5306 for more information.

Contact the Library
Circulation Desk: 815-836-5300
Reference Desk: 815-836-5306 reflib@lewisu.edu
Web site: http://www.lewisu.edu/academics/library/index.htm
Mobile Connections You can use your mobile device to find what you want!
For the library’s regular semester and summer hours please visit their website.

Office of Student Services

The Office of Student Services is responsible for administering the programs affecting student life. The Office is located on the main level of the Student Union and houses the Vice President and Dean of Student Services. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. For additional information please visit http://www.lewisu.edu/studentservices/index.htm.

Specific areas within Student Services are:
  • University Police
  • The Center for Health & Counseling Services
  • International Student Services
  • Residence Life
  • Student Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness
  • Student Development and Leadership
  • Student Governing Board
  • Multicultural Student Services
  • University Ministry

International Student Services

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) provides services and advocacy for international students. The ISS office offers assistance with USCIS (formerly the INS) procedures, particularly for visa status maintenance and employment options.

Additionally, it provides pre-semester orientation for new students, adjustment workshops for continuing students, and re-entry workshops for graduating students. The office also coordinates access for international students to both University and external resources, for insurance, banking, social security, and daily life needs.

In addition, the Office of International Student Services moderates the activities of the International Student Association (ISA).

The ISA seeks to foster an awareness of other cultures at the Lewis University campus, promote friendships between international students, as well as with American students, and provide support and appreciation for the international student community at Lewis University. It accomplishes this by providing special programs and opportunities for social interaction and constructive culture exchange. All programs and activities are non-political in nature.

For additional information please visit www.lewisu.edu/studentservices/iss/index.htm.

Student Recreation and Fitness Center

Philosophy
Lewis University has long recognized that a quality education includes both classroom and co-curricular opportunities. The University has endorsed the concept of a healthy mind in a healthy body through the funding of the Student Recreation and Fitness Center. Here, fitness, wellness, intramural, and recreational programs and activities are provided for the students, faculty/staff, alumni, spouses, and children, as well as other Lewis University community members. This provides a unique environment for students to interact with other members of the larger University community.

A Wealth of Opportunity
The Student Recreation and Fitness Center provides a wealth of opportunity for your personal development. Membership to our premier facility opens the door to a variety of fitness, recreational and sporting opportunities for your participation. Clean facilities, convenient hours and a friendly courteous staff help make for a wonderful place to recreate. Currently enrolled students receive a free annual membership to the Recreation and Fitness Center.

Features and Amenities
Amenities at the Lewis University Student Recreation and Fitness Center provide members with convenience.
  • Towel and lock service
  • Video lending service
  • Basketball, volleyball, tennis racquet, football, soccer ball, softball equipment program
  • Court reservation up to 48 hours in advance
  • Special events/wellness programs

Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad opportunities are available to all enrolled Lewis University students, including graduate students. For information, contact Director Chris Swanson swansoch@lewisu.edu or check out the website: www.lewisu.edu/academics/studyabroad/index.htm

University Ministry

Get involved. Get connected. Grow in Christ – All are welcome.

Ministry offers a variety of programs such as local, national, and international ministry service; traditional and social justice retreats; and opportunities to connect with others. Sundays, a Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Sancta Alberta Chapel on Sunday evening at 8:00pm and weekly at noon and Tuesdays/Thursdays at 5pm. The Ministry staff is available for personal conversation and spiritual direction for any student, faculty or staff member. On Thursdays, the D’Arcy Great Room (a very warm welcoming space in the Pastoral Center) is open from 9am to 9pm for anyone to stop by and grab a free cup of coffee and a snack, do some reading or studying, or simply relax in a comfortable chair around the fireplace.

Please see our University Ministry page on the Lewis University website for more current information (www.lewisu.edu/studentservices/ministry/index.htm). You may also contact Steven Zlatic, the Director, at 815-836-5289 or any other ministry staff members for further details about our programs and services or simply to talk or set up a time for a more extensive conversation. You, of course, are always welcome to stop by the chapel and ministry center for quiet reflection or to visit with the staff or student assistants.

Scholarly Work and Research Opportunities

One of the hallmarks of graduate education is the opportunity for students to become involved in scholarly work and research projects, whether through coursework or in collaboration with faculty and other students outside the classroom. During your time as a graduate student at Lewis University, please take advantage of the opportunity to seek out a mentor from among the many gifted faculty at Lewis and explore options within your discipline or across disciplines. Please feel free to explore the following to learn about support for your scholarly and research endeavors as a graduate student at Lewis University: http://www.lewisu.edu/research-scholarship/index.htm

In the spring semester, Lewis University hosts the Celebration of Scholarship which is an opportunity to showcase the scholarship, research, or scholarly creative works of graduate students, undergraduate students, and faculty. As you develop your program of scholarship and research, please consider submitting an abstract of a project you are completing to present as a poster or a concurrent paper presentation. Also, your participation in attending the Celebration is encouraged - it might provide the networking opportunity to lead you into your next exciting scholarly project. Please watch for specific announcements and the call for proposals.

In addition, Lewis University subscribes to the Illinois Researcher Information Service (IRIS) database. This link (http://iris.library.uiuc.edu/~iris/search.html) provides information about grants available in various disciplines to support the scholarly work of graduate students. It also can be used to search for individual fellowship or research support opportunities in a graduate student's area of interest.

Philip Lynch Theatre

The Department of Theatre presents plays and musicals in the Philip Lynch Theatre. Originally an airplane hangar, the PLT is an intimate thrust stage designed after the world famous Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and contains 242 comfortable stadium style seats. The PLT has over 600 loyal theatre subscribers, and is one of Will County’s Heritage Corridor most unique venues. The theatre department recently added a Studio Theatre, located above the new Art Gallery, and offers a more intimate performance experience. It has movable seating and seats 80-100 patrons.

Location

It is located in the Oremus Fine Arts Center on the main campus of Lewis University on Route 53 in Rome
oville, a half-mile north of the stoplight at Route 7 and Route 53.

For more information on the Box Office hours, ticket prices and the theatre’s amenities, please visit the website: www.lewisu.edu/academics/theatre/plt.htm.