When we hear the word university, academia and the pursuit of higher learning typically come to mind. What happens outside the classroom however, is equally important to the development of the complete student. Joe Falese, Lewis University’s Vice President for Student Services, and the entire Student Services Division, is responsible for the University’s “outside the classroom environment”. He and his staff provide quality services and support systems that allow and encourage students to make the most of their college experience. “We want them to thrive academically, personally, spiritually and socially,” Joe says.
A Lewis alumnus, Joe’s student experience is a good example of how Lewis
provides more than just a degree. He was a member of Lewis’ baseball
team, participated in many co-curricular activities, and also worked as a Resident
Assistant and Dorm Director. While continuing in the master’s program
at Lewis, Joe accepted a position as the Dorm Director and Director of Student
Activities at the then-College of St. Francis. He returned to Lewis the following
year to become the University’s full-time Director of Student Life and
Housing. In 1985, he was named Dean of Students, and in 1989 was promoted to
his current position as Vice-President for Student Services.
Joe believes Lewis has much to offer prospective employees. In his position he says that “he has been fortunate to be able to work with terrific students and watch them grow and develop”. All have provided him with gratifying and energizing work experiences. He also has been fortunate to work with excellent colleagues who are committed to a student-centered educational environment.
On a larger scale, the University’s emphasis on Mission and the spirit
of association make it a great place to work. “Our Mission is not based
on lip service,” he says. “It is not something in a frame that
you hang on a wall. It is lived. We are a growing institution of high quality
that is well on its way to becoming one of the best mid-sized Catholic universities
in the Midwest.”