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COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting, Exemption Request

We have begun the month of June with renewed hope for a robust summer term and a strong sense that COVID-19 mitigation efforts are making an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. On Tuesday, President Livingston announced that as part of our ongoing mitigation efforts against COVID-19, Lewis will require students, faculty, and staff to be vaccinated prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester. COVID-19 vaccines have proven to be the most effective defense against the spread of this disease and the requirement will contribute to the overall health of our community and best position us for in-person classes and co-curricular activities. Students, faculty, and staff can report vaccination status, request an exemption, and engage with university support by reporting their COVID-19 vaccination status through the LewisU APP. The tile on the APP is titled, “COVID-19 Vaccination Status.” Students who are unable to access the APP, can use this weblink for their submission, whereas faculty and staff can use this weblink . We take your privacy seriously, and all information submitted will be kept confidential. All students will be able to have a high-quality academic experience in the fall. We will continue to provide various flexible course formats, including online options, to help our students achieve success. We anticipate further guidance soon from the State of Illinois regarding an anticipated shift to Phase 5 of the Restore Illinois plan. Our Lewis University Leadership Team will continue to analyze guidance from the state and other authorities, and we will adjust COVID-19 policies and other mitigation efforts as the summer progresses.  Thank you for your flexibility, tenacity, and care for others as we live the Flyers Promise and work together to overcome many challenges during this pandemic.    [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Finish 6th at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship
Lewis University's seventh-ranked women's track and field team finished sixth with 36 points at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships that was completed on Saturday (May 29). It's the Flyers' second top 10 finish in the last six years. Lewis finished ninth at the 2016 NCAA Championships with 28 points. The Flyers got All-American and scoring performances in all eight events they  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Update - Phase 5 Changes
Tomorrow, the State of Illinois is expected to enter Restore Illinois Phase 5 , which allows most businesses and organizations to resume normal operations with new safety guidelines and procedures. Thank you for your efforts to get us to this point in the pandemic. Reported COVID-19 cases are down, vaccinations are widely distributed, and hospitalization numbers are manageable. As part of our  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Trost Named IBCA DII Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year
The Illinois Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) announced that Lewis University head men's basketball coach  Scott Trost  has been selected as the IBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year. This marks the ninth time that Trost has been named IBCA Coach of the Year, as he earned the Division III honor four times as the head coach of Illinois Wesleyan from 2003-2006 and the Division II award four  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Volleyball Nets 18 MIVA Academic All-Conference Honors
The Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) announced on Thursday (May 27) that Lewis University registered 18 MIVA Academic All-Conference awards. That accounts for 69% (18-of-26) of the 2021 Lewis roster. The Flyers were tied with Ohio State for fourth with 18 selections. Loyola Chicago and McKendree had the highest number of MIVA Academic All-Conference award winners with 20  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Cardillo Earns All-America Honors With 5th Place Triple Jump
Lewis' women's track and field team had another successful day on Friday on day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Grand Valley's Track and Lacrosse Stadium in Allendale, Mich. The Flyers are tied for 21st in the team standings with four points after the second day of the meet. Alecea Cardillo  (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield North) picked up the first All-American honors  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Harsy Honored as ISCA School Counselor Educator of the Year
Lee Harsy, Lewis University assistant professor, was honored as the 2021 Illinois School Counselor Association Dr. Toni Tollerud School Counselor Educator of the Year for his outstanding contributions to school counseling higher education. ISCA is a branch of the American School Counselor Association and has a membership of approximately 900 school counselors across the state of Illinois.   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Poppen Named to CoSIDA Academic All-District Volleyball Team
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (June 10) that Lewis University senior  Jamie Poppen  (Ballwin, Mo./Parkway West) has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Volleyball Team. Poppen, an exercise and movement science major, checks in with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average. She is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Best Buddies Wins Illinois Chapter of the Year
Lewis University's Chapter of Best Buddies won the Illinois Chapter of the Year for Colleges and Universities. It's the second time in recent years the chapter of 85 members has been awarded such a prestigious award. "I'm really proud of our students with how they handled supported this year's events virtually in addition to everything else, " added Dr. Jennifer Buss, faculty advisor and associate  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Valley View School District is Honored by Lewis University
Valley View School District was recently honored by Lewis University as the recipient of the 2021 De La Salle Medallion for Excellence in Community Partnership. Laura Wilmarth Tyna, director of Community Engaged Learning at Lewis University and Kim Mulcahy, clinical coordinator in the Lewis University College of Education and Social Sciences, presented the award to Valley View on May 24.   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

New Solar Array Powers Lewis University
Lewis University officially dedicated its new 1-Megawatt solar array on April 27 at its Romeoville Campus. The 2,612 panels across five acres of land are now supplying the 410-acre campus with up to 7 percent of its power. “As a Catholic university and leader in sustainability education , research and operations, we’re excited to begin this renewable energy project that augments our commitment  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Baumann Named CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Soccer
The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced on Thursday (June 3) that Lewis University junior  Domenic Baumann  (Bergheim, Germany/Brauweiler) has been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Soccer Team. Baumann, a business administration major, checks in with a 3.76 cumulative grade point average. He is now eligible for CoSIDA Academic All-America honors.  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Virtual Field Trip Connects Montana Students with Lewis
Rube Goldberg Machine experiments, content area reading strategies, a video tour of Lewis University and Chicago were just a few of the "stops" on the virtual tour of Lewis University for De La Salle Blackfeet School students on May 4. The virtual field trip was provided by 10 Lewis University education students.  Undergraduate students included Jayla Hodo, Veda Prestamer, Anthony Pena, Shea Walker,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Students Help Will County Health Department Vaccinate
It goes without saying that the COVID-19 Pandemic we have all gone through over the last 14 months has brought about negative experiences, sometimes tragic, for so many who have been affected. But for hundreds of residents with special needs and their caregivers, along with some collegiate nursing students looking for some rewarding real-world experience towards the end of their senior years,  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Free Parking Permits Available for Students and Employees
Parking permits for the 2021-2022 academic year will be available through  Permit Express . Current permits expire on June 30, 2021. All motor vehicles parked on campus require a valid permit after August 30, 2021. Permits are not required during the summer session. All parking permits for employees and students will be issued free of charge. If you have questions regarding parking  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

COVID-19 Vaccination is Required for Fall 2021
Dear Faculty and Staff, We are all looking forward to the upcoming academic year and the opportunity to be together again as a community. The Leadership Team has continued to meet to consider all the factors necessary to a successful school year under the current circumstances. As part of our ongoing mitigation efforts against COVID-19, we determined that Lewis will require all students,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)


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