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Lewis University Hosts Commencement Ceremonies May 17-19

      Lewis University held Commencement ceremonies for close to 1,800 students and bestowed two honorary degrees May 17-19. August and December graduates were honored on May 17-18 and May graduates were honored May 19.       On Friday, May 17, the Graduate Degree Ceremony honored 340 students, including the two Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership recipients and nine Doctor of Nursing Practice recipients.       On Saturday, May 18, more than 450 students were honored with bachelor degrees. The Professional Colleges (Business, Education and Nursing) & Accelerated Programs Undergraduate Degree Ceremony preceded the College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Degree Ceremony.       Highlights included the presentation of the Lasallian Student Commencement Address by William Z. Riley, Jr., who received a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Administration & Public Policy.  Abby A. Becker, who received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, was honored as the Father Aquinas Award recipient. The award has been given annually since 1955 to a student who has shown exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of the Mission of Lewis University.       Kay Bolden, retired CEO of the Warren-Sharpe Community Center in Joliet, received an honorary doctoral degree.       The day concluded with graduates, their families and friends as well as Lewis University faculty and staff, participating in the Baccalaureate Mass. The special Catholic Mass was in honor of graduates.       On Sunday, May 19, three degree ceremonies honored about 720 undergraduate degree recipients and 270 graduate degree recipients. The Lasallian Student Commencement Address was presented by Garrett McMahon, who received a bachelor’s degree in Nursing.  The Professional Colleges (Business, Education and Nursing) & Accelerated Programs Undergraduate Degree Ceremony preceded the Graduate Degree Ceremony. Three students received a Doctor of Education and Maureen McCormick received a Doctor of Nursing.         The College of Arts & Sciences Undergraduate Degree Ceremony concluded the day of celebration. Zanetta Quagrainie was honored as the Father Aquinas Award recipient. The award has been given annually since 1955 to a student who has shown exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of the Mission of Lewis University.       An honorary doctoral degree also was presented to Dr. Michael Galligan-Stierle, president and CEO   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

The Flyer Wins ASPA First Place with Special Merit Honor
The print edition of Lewis University’s student-run newspaper, The Flyer, earned a First Place with Special Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association. The Flyer is “an outstanding overall example of a scholastic publication in format, content and presentation” stated the ASPA judges of the First Place with Special Merit honor. The College Point, New York academic organization  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Track and Field Has Five Qualify For NCAA Championships
Lewis University's track and field teams had five student-athletes qualify for next week's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships which will take place next Thursday-Saturday (May 23-25) at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas. Of the five, one was on the men's team and four were from the women's team. John Partee  (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield South) qualified in the 800-meter run.  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Basketball's Lasallian Pilgrimage Begins at Lewis
In a small reliquary on the Lewis University campus, there is a fragment of bone from Saint De la Salle. This year also marks the 300 anniversary of De la Salle’s death, which is being celebrated around the world. De la Salle founded the Brothers of the Christian Schools, who sponsor Lewis University. Their educational mission continues to stir the hearts of students, teachers, and staff around the  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Volleyball Nets 19 MIVA Academic All-Conference Honors
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) announced on Wednesday (May 15) that Lewis University registered 19 MIVA Academic All-Conference awards. That accounts for 70% (19-of-27) of the 2019 Lewis roster. The Flyers had the highest number of MIVA Academic All-Conference award winners followed by Ball State (18) and Ohio State (17). To be eligible, a student-athlete must  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Braschinsky Named ITA DII Sr Men’s Tennis Player of the Year
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) announced on Wednesday (May 15) that Lewis University's  Alan Braschinsky  (Tallinn, Estonia/Milna Harma) has been selected as the ITA Division II Men's Tennis Senior Player of the Year for the Midwest Region. "I'm very proud of Alan and how he has represented Lewis University and the tennis program with such class over his four years," Lewis head men's  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Jessica Kelliher Selected for GLVC Scharf Paragon Award
The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (May 16) that Lewis University's  Jessica Kelliher  (Waukesha, Wis./Waukesha North) has been selected as the female recipient of the 2019 Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award. The Richard F. Scharf Paragon Award was established prior to the 1990-91 season in honor of Richard F. Scharf, Commissioner Emeritus of the GLVC. It is awarded annually to  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Simmons Named To Google Cloud Academic All-District Team
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (May 16) that Lewis University men's volleyball player  Michael Simmons (Aurora, IL/Waubonsie Valley) has been selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team. Simmons, a redshirt senior libero, is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America accolades. It's his second career Academic  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Mamma Mia! Auditions May 28-30 at Philip Lynch Theatre
Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) will hold auditions for Mamma Mia!, music and lyrics by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, book by Catherine Johnson, on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. Actors need to attend only one of the general audition dates. No appointment necessary; bring headshot and resume. Callbacks will be held on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. Casting  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Alumna Malgorzata Biela Selected To USTFCCCA Hall Of Fame
The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday (May 22) that former Lewis University cross country and track and field great Malgorzata Biela has been inducted into the USTFCCCA Division II Hall of Fame. This is the 24th class to be inducted into the NCAA Division II Track and Field Athlete Hall of Fame which dates back to its opening in 1996. Biela is  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Kane Named To Google Cloud Academic All-District Team
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (May 16) that Lewis University women's golfer  Kasey Kane  (Texarkana, Tex./Texas) has been selected to the Google Cloud Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team. Kane, a sophomore, is now eligible for Google Cloud Academic All-America accolades. It's her first career Academic All-District honor. Kane owned  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis' Post Named To D2CCA All-Midwest Region Team
Lewis University's  Brandon Post  (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association's All-Midwest region team on Thursday (May 16) for the recently completed season. Post was a second-team selection to the squad after a year in which he posted a .389 batting average and lead the team in hits with 77, triples (6) and runs scored (51). He was  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Summer Fun for Kids at Lewis University’s RAD Camp
Lewis University’s annual summer Recreational Activities Day (RAD) camp will be held from 9 a.m. to noon each day of the following weeks: June 10-14 and June 24-28. The cost is $80 for each week of the camp. A $5 discount will be given to those who register for more than one week or those who register multiple children. Some of the features of RAD Camp include quality instruction, a fun learning  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)