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National Organizations Recognize Lewis University

The annual nationwide rankings of colleges and universities have been released and U.S News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Washington Monthly and Forbes rank Lewis University as one of the best universities in the Midwest. U.S. News & World Report included Lewis University on several of its rankings. Regional Universities Midwest #19 Best Colleges for Veterans - Regional Universities Midwest #9 Undergraduate Teaching - Regional Universities Midwest #20 Social Mobility - Regional Universities Midwest #19 Best Value - Regional Universities Midwest #28 A+ Schools for B Students Lewis University academic programs recognized by U.S. News & World Report include: Undergraduate Computer Science Programs Undergraduate Engineering Programs Undergraduate Nursing Programs “The Top 20 overall ranking in the Midwest as well as the multiple other lists including Lewis University, reflects our leadership as a Catholic university in our region. Our future-focused and innovative academic programs produce graduates who adapt and thrive with the ever-changing demands of work and career while also contributing to a better world for all,” said Dr. David Livingston, Lewis University President. The Princeton Review also includes Lewis University among its 158 "Best Midwestern” section of the website resource, 2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region . Selections are based on six categories – academics, admissions selectivity, financial aid, fire safety, quality of life and green. "We chose Lewis University and the other outstanding institutions on this list primarily for their excellent academics," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. Washington Monthly ranked Lewis University as the second-best private university in Illinois. The publication analyzes four-year liberal arts institutions based on their contribution to the public good in three broad categories - social mobility, research, and promoting public service. Forbes’ Top Colleges List included Lewis University as being in the top 15 percent of all degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the U.S. The annual review of undergraduate institutions that deliver the top academics, best experiences, career success and lowest debt looks at a school’s overall value for a family. Lewis University made Forbes’ lists for Top Colleges 2021, In Private Colleges and In the Midwest.    [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Finish 2nd Overall at National Catholic Championships
Lewis University's men's cross country team found success once again at Notre Dame's National Catholic Championships coming in second overall with 64 points and was the top finisher among non-Division I schools on Friday (Sept. 17) in South Bend, Ind. The Flyers had four runners place in the top 20. Anthony Farmer  (Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central) and  Dustin Macuiba  (Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township) finished  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Hills Wins B Draw Consolation Final at ITA Midwest Regionals
Lewis University's women's tennis had a strong showing at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Midwest Regionals the past three days (Sept. 18-20) in Indianapolis, Ind. The Flyers won 13 of 19 matches in the singles competition over the course of the tournament. Freshman  Sage Hills  (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) lost her opening match in the "B" Draw to Chiara Wolff 3-6, 6-2, 6-10  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Pi Theta Epsilon Inducts Six Students as Inaugural Members
Six Lewis University students were recently inducted into Pi Theta Epsilon - Occupational Therapy National Honor Society. A ceremony was held for the inaugural inductees on September 8 at Lewis University in Romeoville. Elizabeth Carignan, Sokea Chidlow, Rachel Eriksen, Miranda Grizaffi, Nicole Santillo, and Rachel Schneider are the first Lewis University students to be initiated into Pi Theta  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women Flyers Take 3rd at National Catholic Championships
Lewis University's women's cross country team placed third in the National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., on Friday (Sept. 17) with 108 points. The Flyers were the top team finisher amongst non-Division I schools. The Flyers had three runners in the top 25 in the 5k race (3.1 mile).  Kassady Learn  (San Diego, Calif./Rancho Bernardo),  Anna Kozak  (Lockport, Ill./Lockport  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Women's Soccer Match Best Start to Season Since 2013
Lewis University's women's soccer team finished out its three-match home stand with a 1-0 win against Missouri-St. Louis on Sunday afternoon at Lewis Stadium. The Flyers are now 4-0-1, 2-0-1 GLVC while the Tritons fall 3-3-0, 1-2-0 GLVC. With the win, Lewis matches its best start to a season since 2013 when they also started 4-0-1. Though the match was hard fought neither side was able to  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

‘William Shakespeare's Long First Play (abridged)’ is at PLT
"William Shakespeare's Long First Play (abridged)" written by Austin Tichenor and Reed Martin, will have performances October 1-3 and October 7-10 at Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre in Romeoville. 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 October 9. Discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Vatican Observatory Director Weighs in on Faith and Science
“God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion” will be presented by Brother Guy Consolmagno, SJ, director of the Vatican Observatory, at 4 p.m. October 12 in St. Charles Borromeo Convocation Hall on the Lewis University Romeoville campus. The Inaugural Brother Bernard Rapp, FSC, Lecture on Faith & Science is free and open to the public. Visit  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Thomas ''Fly Guy'' Likens Virtual Reality Lab is Open
Lewis University students now have a new way of learning with the recently opened Thomas "Fly Guy" Likens Virtual Reality Lab on its Romeoville campus. Lewis University held a ribbon cutting and open house for the Thomas "Fly Guy" Likens Virtual Reality Lab September 9. “Let's take learning to the next level. This lab is about supporting Lewis students to do something brilliant,” said Scott Likens  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Connections, Narratives, Empathy During Peace Teach-In
"From Fear to Compassion: Growing Connections, Changing Narratives, Deepening Empathy" is the theme of the 2021 Annual Peace Teach-In Series held Oct. 13-15 at Lewis University in Romeoville. During the series, the Lewis community will delve into important and relevant issues of peace and justice through multiple sessions expected to grow mindfulness of intrinsic longing for community, hear the  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Five-Year Araca, Inc. Partnership Set to Advance CMP Tech
The  Keleher Research Group  at Lewis University has signed a new five-year sponsored research agreement with Araca, Inc., an innovative company specializing in Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP). With an initial funding of 150,000 USD by Araca, Inc., the collaboration will focus on developing innovative CMP and post-CMP cleaning materials, processes and approaches in exclusive support of  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Swimming Opens Season
Lewis University's men's and women's swimming teams opened their 2021-22 season on Saturday with a dual meet against Olivet Nazarene at the Lewis Pool. The Flyer men won 196-65 while the women fell to the Tigers 183-76. On the men's side, Lewis won 13 of the 14 events in the dual and were led by  Jackson Mugg  (Cheyenne, Wyoming/Cheyenne East),  Rhys Taylor  (Nottingham, England/National C of  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Journal on Policy and Complex Systems Publishes Research
Alexciana Castaneda, public policy major, and Dr. John Halloran, chair and assistant professor of social work, co-authored a recently published article in the Journal on Policy and Complex Systems, " Simplifying Complexity in COVID-19 Policy Narratives: Challenges Presented by Policy Agenda Setting Processes for Complex Adaptive Systems Research ." They argue that the reductive tendency of our  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Crisis & Recovery in World History Conference Held at Lewis
The 11th Annual Conference of the Midwest World History Association was held September 24-25 at Lewis University in Romeoville. Hosted by the Lewis University History Department and College of Humanities, Fine Arts, and Communication, the theme was “Crisis & Recovery in World History.” In-person and online discussions included “Critical Narratives: Crises in US Native/non-Native Relations,”  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Marks 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks
“Nothing even comes close to what happened on September 11, 2001,” said Eric Wilson of WTVO in Rockford as he welcomed those gathered for a 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration September 9 at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.  “I saw the second plane, and then everything changed,” the Lewis University alumnus remembered. “We will never forget,” declared Brother Pierre St. Raymond, FSC,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Student Teachers Adjust to the Needs of E-Learning
Adjusting to the needs of e-learning for field experience teacher preparation students, Lewis University continues to work with Illinois Virtual School to provide observation experience to teacher prep learners. This continued partnership allows teacher candidates to apply best practices for e-learning and utilize digital tools in traditional and virtual learning environments. Middle and secondary  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Shuttle to Serve Evening Oak Brook Classes
Beginning September 22, the Lewis University shuttle will provide transportation for our graduate students to reach the Oak Brook classes from our main campus location. The shuttle will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Pick-up will be in front of the LRC, with departure at 5:00 p.m. sharp. The shuttle will return students to the front of the LRC once classes are dismissed from Oak Brook.   [COMMENTS(0)

Manhattan Principal Honored with Bishop Kaffer Award
Lewis University’s Institute for the Advancement of Catholic and Lasallian Education recently recognized Colleen Domke, principal of St. Joseph Catholic School in Manhattan, Ill., with the Roger L. Kaffer Outstanding Principal Award. “This award is to honor her outstanding dedication to the education profession and school leadership, and her commitment to the finest Christian ideals of education,“  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

ROTC, Military, Veteran Students Enjoy New Community Space
“Unfortunately, many veteran students still miss out on the traditional college experience, they kind of see their time here as more of a clock in, clock out, you know, a situation they're coming, they're doing their classes and they're going home,” said Scott Inskeep, assistant director of Lewis University Veterans Affairs & Recruitment. He’s confident that a recent gift from Kathleen Springer  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Volleyball Defeats Southern Indiana in Four Sets
Lewis University's nationally-ranked women's volleyball team turned in an impressive performance in a 3-1 win (25-11, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15) on Saturday afternoon at Neil Carey Arena. The Flyers improve to 9-3, 4-0 GLVC while the Screaming Eagles drop to 7-4, 1-2 GLVC. Lewis never trailed in the opening set as it raced out to a 9-2 lead and led by as many as 14 points on its way to the 25-11 set  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Welcomes Scholars from TheDream.US
Lewis University welcomed six new TheDream.US Scholars to campus, joining 12 previously enrolled Scholars who are continuing their studies. Lewis University partnered with TheDream.US in 2019 to provide qualified Illinois DREAMers the opportunity to pursue their dream of a college degree. TheDream.US  is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth “DREAMers” who  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Former Lewis Men’s Volleyball Players to Play in Europe
Three former Lewis University men's volleyball players are continuing their playing careers abroad, as  Ryan Coenen  (Franklin, WI/Franklin) and  Dalen Instenes  (Racine, WI/William Horlick) begin their professional careers while Greg Petty begins his seventh professional season. Lewis head men's volleyball coach  Dan Friend  has now mentored 13 professional players, including this trio along  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Cisco Umbrella Protection Will Be Implemented in October
Lewis University is implementing Cisco Umbrella, a cloud-based DNS security system, to provide an additional line of defense against malicious software and online threats. Starting October 3, Cisco Umbrella will be protecting all Lewis University-owned machines and machines using the Lewis University network.   As users on the Lewis University network attempt to access websites, email, or cloud-based  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Free Robotics Workshops October 16 & November 13
Connect with other curious and passionate creators looking to turn tinkering into a career. Our Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) students want to give you a glimpse of what they experience every day, embracing the power and the possibilities to fuel modern technology through rigorous courses and labs. Register at before October 11.   [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Available on Romeoville Campus
Illinois mandates all students enrolled in on campus classes and university personnel need to be vaccinated or undergo weekly COVID-19 testing . Unvaccinated Lewis University students and personnel must submit their weekly COVID-19 test results to the  LewisU App  BEFORE 6:00 p.m. on Thursday of each week. Submitted results should be from tests administered no earlier than Sunday prior to the Thursday  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - Weekly Testing, Daily Symptom Screening
The high percentage of vaccinated people in our community is a wonderful sign of our community’s collective effort to mitigate COVID-19 as well as our care and respect for one another.  Please continue to wear a face-covering inside buildings. The State of Illinois mandates that face coverings are worn in public indoor spaces by all individuals , regardless of their vaccination status . This includes  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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