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COVID-19 Update - IDPH College Vaccination Days

Today the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced “College Vaccination Days” to encourage all college and university students across Illinois to get vaccinated at mass vaccination sites. This weekend and next week state-supported mass vaccination sites across Illinois will have COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for college and university students.  Visit to see the special mass vaccination dates and locations that will have appointments available specifically for college and university students. Students should check their Lewis University email for a COVID-19  Update with a list of sites, registration links, and codes to secure the specific college and university student appointments. All mass vaccination locations will be administering either Moderna, or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.  At the recommendation of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, IDPH is pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine and it will not be administered at mass vaccination sites until further guidance from the CDC.  Students can make appointments to get their second dose of the vaccine when getting their first dose. On Tuesday, April 20, the Will County Former Toys R Us mass vaccination site, located at 3128 Voyager Lane in Joliet will have appointments open specifically for university students. Visit to schedule an appointment in Will County at another day and time. The Lewis University Shuttle Bus will be available to provide free transportation to students from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 to the Will County Former Toys R Us mass vaccination site. Pickup locations on our Romeoville campus are at the main entrance of the Brother Paul French, FSC Learning Resource Center (LRC) and the Northside of Mother Teresa Hall (directly across from Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center). No reservation is necessary. IDPH is encouraging all university students to get vaccinated due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in young people in Illinois in recent weeks. According to the IDPH, cases among those 18-24 years of age doubled in April and the highest case count in April in Illinois was among those in their 20s. Thank you for doing your part to protect your health and our community. Vaccination is an important step in ending this COVID-19 pandemic.    [COMMENTS(0)

Poppen is GLVC Libero of Year; Smith is GLVC Coach of Year
The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Thursday (April 15) that Lewis University libero  Jamie Poppen  (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West) has been named the 2020-21 GLVC Libero of the Year and that head coach  Lorelee Smith  is the Coach of the Year. In addition, Poppen along with  Ava Venema  (Westmont, Ill./Timothy Christian) and  Caroline Stefanon  (Orland Park, Ill./Carl Sandburg) were named  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

View President’s 13th Annual Art Show Until April 23
Artwork by Lewis University students and alumni is currently on display in the President’s Thirteenth Annual Art Exhibition at the  Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. This year’s exhibit displays pieces of artwork consisting of paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design, sculpture, and mixed media. The exhibit, free and available  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis’ Coenen Named MIVA Player of the Year
Lewis University redshirt-senior outside hitter  Ryan Coenen  (Franklin, WI/Franklin) was named the 2021 Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Player of the Year on Friday (April 9). He joins an elite club of 11 student-athletes in MIVA history to earn Player of the Year twice in a career. Coenen is the second player in school history to earn consecutive MIVA Player of the Year honors  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Enjoy a the Performing Arts Series Online in April and May
Mark your calendar for Lewis University’s Arts & Ideas Spring 2021 Performing Arts Series events to be live-streamed. The public is invited to join by visiting at the time of the concert. Performing Arts Series events will not be recorded, rebroadcasted or archived. The first event, The Spring Chorale Concert , will stream at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19.         [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Learn About Computer Engineering Careers April 21 on Zoom
Find out about studying engineering from engineers Miguel Barboza, Elsa Madrigal, and Ray Alan Palangan during Lewis University’s Engineering Talk Series to be held online at 5 p.m. on April 21. Visit to join in on the Zoom session. Guest speakers will answer questions such as: What made you decide to be an engineer? What does a typical day look like in an engineering  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

PLT Presents “The Romancers” Streaming Online
"The Romancers",   written by French dramatist and poet Edmond Rostand, will stream performances on April 16-18 and April 22-25, 2021. The play is recommended for patrons 13 years and up. Evening performances are 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are at 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 3:30 p.m. on April 24. Streaming link purchases are $13 for an adult, $12 for students  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

USDA Awards $169,000 Grant to Lewis University
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently selected Lewis University for a $169,285 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant . Lewis University is one of dozens of institutions nationwide receiving the rural development investment grant and the only recipient in Illinois. In total, the USDA is investing $42 million in distance learning and telemedicine infrastructure to improve  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Solidarity Statement
Dear Staff, Faculty, and Students, This week, as a country, we have been confronted with the horror of the mass shootings in the Atlanta area. Lewis University stands in solidarity with the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander community and will uphold our commitment to being a Sanctified Zone declaring our university to be a place of welcome and honoring the human dignity of each of its  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Nursing Students and Faculty Continue with Vaccine Help
Lewis University nursing students and faculty continue to help various health departments with COVID-19 vaccine distribution.  On March 21, there were 14 students and three faculty members who assisted the Kendall County Health Department with vaccine distribution at Oswego High School. The mass vaccination site was able to dispense vaccines to about 2,200 people on that day. Lewis University  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

May Commencement Ceremonies Will Be Virtual
Dear Members of the Lewis University Community: In the interest of the health and safety of our graduates and guests, we have made the difficult decision to hold virtual degree ceremonies on Commencement Weekend, Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8.  Although the ceremonies for our 1,000+ graduates cannot be held in person this May, each of the individual Colleges, through the leadership of  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Nursing Students, Faculty Help with Kendall County Vaccines
Lewis University undergraduate nursing students continue their assistance with COVID-19 vaccination distribution in Kendall County. They safely administered over 400 vaccines in five hours on April 11 at a mass vaccination event held in Kendall County.  A few of the students who helped out were Sophia Ramos, Carlie Ryba, Alexander Machaj, Patricia Dziedzic, Anasia Whitfield and Victoria Crofton. Dr.  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Volleyball Opens MIVA Tournament With Sweep of Quincy
Lewis University's fourth-ranked and top-seeded men's volleyball team began its quest for second straight MIVA Tournament championship with a sweep of eighth-seeded Quincy on Saturday evening at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 18-2 on the season and advance to next Saturday's MIVA semifinal while Quincy ends its season with a record of 5-13. Lewis led for virtually the entire first set  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Women’s Soccer Defeats Maryville 2-1 on Senior Day
Lewis University women's soccer team wrapped up the home portion of their Spring 2021 schedule defeating the Maryville Saints, 2-1, on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Stadium. The Flyers improve to 5-6-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), while the Saints drop to 5-5-3 also in the GLVC.   Maryville had the game's first scoring chance in the ninth minute, but Lexi Gentry's was wide right.    [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing Registration Open
The Lewis University Athletics Department will be hosting its 41st Annual Flyer Athletics Fund Golf Outing on Friday, June 11 at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club. Registrations for the event are now open. Each registration includes 18 holes of golf on Course #1 or #3, cart, lunch on the course, drink coupons and a Lewis Athletics gift. The scramble format begins at 1 p.m. Cog Hill Golf and Country  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - LewisU App Update, Vaccination
This week, we have experienced some hurdles in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Thank you for your patience and tenacity in working together to end this pandemic. LewisU App Updates The LewisU App that we use for daily symptom checks and classroom check-ins, among other important tasks, has been recently updated. All users are now required to use their Lewis University emails to  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - J & J Vaccine Paused
You may be aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Federal Drug Administration (FDA) are recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, out of an abundance of caution. In a joint statement , they indicated “As of April 12, more than 6.8 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC and FDA are reviewing  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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