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Published: November 18, 2012. placed ninth for “Best in Show” in the Website Enrollment Level 1 category and presented in a session focused on social media at the National College Media Convention in Chicago.

“It’s great to see the students get recognized for their hard work this year,” said Ben Eveloff, Adviser and Assistant Professor in Lewis University’s Communications department.

Lewis University students David Hansen, editor-in-Chief of, and Michael Gates, assistant editor, along with Eveloff, also presented “Beyond Facebook and Twitter: Building a Social Media Strategy” Nov. 2 at the conference. During the presentation, Hansen, Gates and Eveloff spoke to approximately 100 advisers and students about how implements social media, such as SoundCloud, Spotify, Google+ and Instagram. They also provided specifics on how they are making Spotify playlists for faculty and how they are using Instagram to post pictures of Lewis University pride.

"I enjoyed meeting other students from across the country, and was glad that we could share with them what we've been doing here at Lewis University," said Gates. "It was very inspiring to me as a student journalist, and I can honestly say that I learned so much from this experience."

The conference also offered attendees the opportunity to participate in a variety of sessions with top professionals from around the country, such as a former Atlanta-based Associated Press crime reporter and the current web producer.

Hansen and Gates are excited to take what they have learned at the conference and apply it to “The opportunity to attend and present at the NCMC is a great example of why I am proud to say I am a student at Lewis University," Hansen added.

Current members of are: Editor-in-Chief David Hansen, Assistant Online Editor Michael Gates, Online Community Manager Andrea Earnest, Special Projects Editor Michelle Villalobos, Photo Editor Kevin Kuchler, Assistant Photo Editor Tyler Jankowski and Photographer Eric Hernandez.

Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.

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