Lewis University Honors Distinguished Service

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Lewis University Honors Distinguished Service

Published: May 15, 2017.

The Lewis University community gathered to celebrate service and recognize employee milestones at the 25th Annual “A Celebration of Service” Recognition Ceremony.

Employees reaching milestones ranging from 10-45 years were honored. Also, faculty and staff with retirements from July 2016-June 2017 were honored.

Four prestigious Lasallian awards were awarded honoring individuals.

Tennille Allen, chair and associate professor of sociology, received the De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service in the faculty category. The Oak Park resident received praise for her creation of and work with the “BlackGirl Joy” mentoring program at the Warren-Sharpe Community Center in Joliet.

Jill Siegfried, director of Student Recreation, Fitness & Wellness, received the De La Salle Medallion for Exemplary Volunteer Service in the staff category. The Bolingbrook resident’s exceptional service as a member of the Camp Fire USA Bolingbrook Board of Directors and as Secretary of the Board was recognized.

Dr. James Krejci, assistant professor of business, received the De La Salle Medallion for Service Learning Excellence. The Hickory Hills resident taught Strategic Management, a capstone course in the undergraduate Business Administration program, in spring 2016 for the first time as a service learning course. He originally partnered with the Warren-Sharpe Community Center and their social enterprise, the Green Sprout Urban Farm. His partnerships quickly expanded to assist others, such as Catholic Charities.

Dr. Joyce Hayward, division chair and professor of Foundations, Leadership & Literacy, received the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. The Romeoville resident’s work in faculty formation and development as well as superb leadership in the accreditation process earned accolades. Hayward’s efforts in enhancing reading and literacy program for students as well as her outreach to the local community through the Will County Reading Council were praised as being filled with faith and zeal.

The ceremony was held during the month-long Celebration of Association at Lewis University. Several events and activities honor the commitment of Lewis University employees and students in the spirit of Lewis University’s Catholic and Lasallian mission. They highlight the core elements of the university’s rich tradition of Catholic identity, academic excellence, faculty and student scholarship, calling and service.

Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.

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