JoEllen "Jodi" Steinberg of Crest Hill, Ill., presented the Student Lasallian Address during Lewis University’s December 2013 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held on Sunday, December 15 at the Romeoville Main Campus.
Each Commencement, one graduating senior is chosen to deliver the address, a speech that reflects the principles that guide the University’s Mission as they relate to the speaker’s personal life, and that recognizes the values of diversity, social justice, and service to the poor.
Steinberg graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations/TV & Radio Broadcasting. Throughout her college career, Steinberg has been passionate about being the change she wants to see in the world. She helped start a Lewis University chapter of Enactus, which is a worldwide organization that aims to transform lives and shape a more sustainable world. “We implemented a program called the ‘Great Water Exchange,’ which asks students and faculty to change their bottled water in exchange for a biodegradable cup of flavor infused tap water and a donation to the cause,” said Steinberg. The program was to assist the oppressed people of Uganda, and to make others aware of the water deficits throughout the world.
Steinberg was Vice-President of Enactus, a member of Alpha Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society and an Arthur Schmitt Scholar recipient. She also has participated in hosting many on-campus fundraisers, including being on air for a record-breaking 76 straight hours for the annual WLRA “To Kill a DJ” fundraiser. “It is these experiences at Lewis, which were the paradigm shift for me that changed me into a true heart-based philanthropist,” commented Steinberg.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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