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President’s Update Regarding Spring 2021

Students, Faculty, and Staff, As we begin a new month on the calendar and near completion of the fifth week of our semester, I want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for all you have done to contribute to the successful start we have experienced thus far under some very trying circumstances. It has not been perfect and there have certainly been challenges, however, learning is taking place, enrollment is strong, and because of your commitment to each other’s health and safety, we have experienced a minimal number of COVID-19 infections to date.  Please remember the core principles of the Flyers Promise: respect for each other; following the basic guidelines on face coverings, physical distancing, and hand-washing; and notifying the COVID-19 Hotline if you receive notification of a positive test. This fall, we have learned that we can successfully partake in a Lasallian experience, regardless of the delivery modality. Our student and faculty relationships have strengthened as we have worked together to adjust to a hybrid or online experience. Our students continue to conduct research, engage in experiential learning opportunities, and serve our community in numerous ways. Our university services continue to support our students as they encounter the various challenges of earning their degrees. Our degree recipients are connecting with employers and alumni are making a positive impact in their own communities. We have learned from these experiences and continue to innovate in order to provide the best educational experience during this pandemic. I am writing today to update you on the upcoming Spring Semester. Over the past few weeks, we have collaborated with many members of the Lewis community to discuss how the Spring Semester should unfold. The decisions outlined below have been made with the health and safety of our community members foremost in our minds. Class Formats Will Remain the Same in Spring We will continue in a similar model to what we are doing now. We will offer hybrid classes that meet one day a week as well as many purely face-to-face experiences through labs, clinicals, and flight to name a few. In addition to our face-to-face classes in-person, we will continue to offer many fully online classes. Revised Spring Semester Academic Calendar We are adjusting our academic calendar to account for health guidance as well as student and faculty feedback. The spring semester   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

WLRA 24-Hour Holiday Music Helps United Way of Will County
The annual holiday music benefit for the United Way of Will County continues on Lewis University’s WLRA-FM. Holiday music will be played 24 hours a day, seven days a week the day after Thanksgiving Day through January 1. Listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 FM, online at  www.lewisu.edu/wlra , the apps iTunes and Google Play and iHeartRadio. This switch to all Christmas music as part of the  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Local Students Featured in Senior Capstone Art Exhibition
The Lewis University Department of Art and Design is proud to present the Senior Capstone Exhibition. This biannual art show coincides with the capstone course, Senior Project. The course challenges graduating students to put their newly acquired skills and understanding of art to the test by participating in a professional exhibition experience. The show is on display until December 21 in the   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Releases 2020-21 Basketball Schedules
The Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced its official schedule for the 2020-21 men's and women's basketball season on Thursday, following a unanimous vote earlier this week by the GLVC Council of Presidents. During the 2020-21 season, the GLVC will conduct a 22-game, conference-only schedule that will get underway on Nov. 27 – the day after Thanksgiving – and conclude on the final weekend  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

American Physical Society Honors Lewis University Physics
The Department of Physics at Lewis University has received the 2021 Award for Improving Undergraduate Physics Education by The American Physical Society. APS is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. “This award  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Named A Best Forensic Criminal Investigations Degree
Lewis University was named one of the Best Forensics Undergraduate Programs of 2020-21 by CrimeSceneInvestigatorEDU.org for the bachelor of arts degree in Forensic Criminal Investigations. The Forensic Criminal Investigator degree program prepares students to work as law enforcement officers and function as in-field crime scene investigators who collect, secure and preserve the physical evidence  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Biology Transfer Students Present 'Bee-Aware Event'
Students from Lewis University’s Biology Transitions Program recently researched the role of pollinators in the environment and created an event to highlight the critical roles insects play in our environment. The October 30 event was designed to educate the community on how to develop habitats by creating and displaying “Insect Hotels.” These structures support several different beneficial insects  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Men’s and Women’s Swimming Has Success In Time Trials
  Lewis' men's and women's swimming teams had a successful two days in the pool during their time trials on Friday and Saturday (Nov. 20 and 21). The Flyers set five pool records and had several other races that just missed record marks. "With all of the interruptions in training due to the pandemic, I was very pleased with how the swimmer's raced," Lewis head men's and women's swimming coaching   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Nursing Helps Will County Health Department COVID-19 Hotline
Lewis University nursing students are among the volunteers helping the Will County Health Department COVID-19 hotline (815-740-8977) to answer the questions of community members and businesses quickly. Since early March, the health department employees have depended on volunteers to assist in answering the hundreds of phone calls received each day. "It was satisfying to be a part of the efforts  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Pitches Over 6,000 Pumpkins
The Seventh Annual Pumpkin Pitch hosted by the Lewis University Society of Physics Students, Lewis University Sustainability Club and Will County Green was another success this year. The November 7 event attracted many community members with donations that assist in reducing waste added to landfills. More than 6,400 pumpkins were pitched to be composted. The 9,000 pounds of documents shredded  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Illinois School Nurses Foundation Honors Lewis Students
The Illinois Association of School Nurses Foundation recognized its 2020 scholarship and award winners October 2-3 during Virtual Illinois Association of School Nurses Annual Convention. The year’s honorees included two Lewis University students and a Lewis University alumna. Each year, the IASN Foundation offers multiple scholarships and awards to promote the advancement of school nursing practice.     [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

College Media Association Names Jet Fuel Magazine Top Award
In addition to receiving a College Media Association Pinnacle Award for “Literary Magazine of the Year,” Lewis University’s Jet Fuel Review also placed second for Best Magazine Cover and second for Best Arts and Entertainment Story. The Writing Pinnacle - Best Arts and Entertainment Story was awarded to Lewis University alumna Patricia Damocles‘20 for her book review of Justin Phillip Reed’s “Indecency.”  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Connect With Lewis Opportunities Available Online
Several virtual events for prospective undergraduate students are scheduled in November and December.  Transfer Information Sessions November 21 at 9:30 AM -10:30 AM – https://admissions.lewisu.edu/portal/tr-virtual-events December 19  at 9:30 AM -10:30 AM – https://admissions.lewisu.edu/portal/tr-virtual-events   Bachelor’s to BSN Virtual Information Sessions   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Update on La Salle House Christian Brothers
In recent days, there has been increased concern about our Christian Brothers living on campus and how they are doing during this second wave of increased COVID-19 cases across the country. Throughout the entire pandemic, the Brothers have been under the care of a dedicated Midwest District medical professional and they have been following all recommended precautions, such as wearing masks, hand washing,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID Update - Winter Break, Spring Testing Requirements
As we transition to online instruction one week from today, I'd like to make a few reminders and announcements regarding the Winter Break and the Spring Semester. COVID-19 Hotline Remains Open Regardless of whether you are on or off campus, please continue to contact the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline for assistance. If you think you may have been in contact with someone that tested positive  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - Thanksgiving, Resources Afterward
We are less than a week away from our Thanksgiving Break, November 25-27. Hopefully, this break will allow for some rest and regeneration.   Watch this week’s episode of Conversation from Stritch Hall at  https://youtu.be/SFrnRonFhJ0  for more helpful information on Thanksgiving break and updates from the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline Team.  Our university offices will be closed for the  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Face Coverings Policy Update
A face covering is the primary way we can protect the health and safety of each member of the Lewis community. Therefore, face coverings are required for everyone who is present on a Lewis University campus and should be worn in classrooms, offices, laboratories, hallways, and common spaces. Face coverings should be worn outdoors unless appropriate physical distancing is being observed. Face coverings  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - COVID-19 Precautions, Emergency Funds
We are focused on the successful completion of the semester for our students as we balance student success with health and safety for our community and the community beyond. Restore Illinois Regions 7 & 8 (where Romeoville and Oak Brook are located) are now under Phase 4, Tier 2 Resurgence Mitigations, and in addition, the Illinois Department of Public Health recommendation to curb activities  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)