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Lewis is Ranked No. 1 in Illinois by Military Times

Lewis University has been selected for Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019, ranking number one among private schools in Illinois and 10th among private Colleges and Universities in the nation for 2019. The rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey of veteran and military student services, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement – as well as a detailed review of public data collected by federal agencies. Lewis University was evaluated as a university that demonstrates the factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. About 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey. “Military Times' Best for Vets designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. Lewis University is a partner in the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program, which allows qualified Post-9/11 veterans to enroll in more than 100 approved education programs at Lewis University, tuition-free. Incoming veteran students are encouraged to participate in several programs that can help with the adjustment to college   [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Ken Ludwig’s 'Leading Ladies' Emerges Under PLT Lights
Lewis University’s Philip Lynch Theatre (PLT) continues “chasing the dream” this season with the hilarious farce "Leading Ladies" by Ken Ludwig. "Leading Ladies" will be performed on November 9-11 and November 15-18 and is recommended for patrons 13 years of age and up. Evening performances are 8 p.m. and the Sunday matinees are 2:30 p.m. In addition, there is a matinee performance at 4 p.m. on  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis’ Hyland Named GLVC Volleyball Player Of The Year
The Great Lakes Valley Conference announced on Wednesday (Nov. 7) that Lewis University senior outside hitter Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) has been named the 2018 GLVC Volleyball Player of the Year. "Lewis is very fortunate to have these four players," Lewis head women's volleyball coach Lorelee Smith said. "They are wonderful to coach and make amazing teammates. We are  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flight Team Advances to National Championship
The Lewis University Flight Team advanced to the national level competition for the 10th consecutive year by taking third place at the NIFA Region VIII SAFECON 2018 competition. The NIFA Region VIII SAFECON 2018 competition was held Oct. 9-13 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. In addition to Lewis University’s team winning a Judges Trophy, several Flight Team members earned individual  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Claim Share Of GLVC Regular Season Title
The Lewis women's volleyball team claimed a share of the GLVC regular season championship with a sweep at Truman State on Saturday afternoon. The Flyers (24-6, 15-3 GLVC) extended their winning streak to a season-high eight matches and finished in a three-way tie atop the standings with Drury and Illinois Springfield. Elizabeth Hyland (Plainfield, Ill./Plainfield Central) finished with a match-high  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Women’s Volleyball Picks Up 13th Consecutive NCAA Bid
The NCAA Division II Women's Volleyball Championship Tournament will have a familiar face among its 64 teams, as No. 23 Lewis University has received its 13th consecutive bid and 18th overall, as the bracket for the Midwest Regional was announced on Sunday (Nov. 11) night. The Flyers (25-7) received the No. 4 seed in the tournament and will face No. 5 seed Michigan Tech (23-6) in the opening round  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Art Gallery Releases Fall 2018 Exhibit Schedule
As part of the Fall 2018 Gallery Events, artwork by three contemporary artists as well as the Lewis University student Senior Capstone Art Exhibition will be on display at the Brent and Jean Wadsworth Family Gallery , located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The exhibit, free and available to the public, will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The first exhibition, "Doni Doni,"  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

McMahon Discusses Civil War on WBEZ's Curious City
How was Chicago divided during the Civil War? History Chair and Professor Eileen McMahon says one of those divisions was over the Emancipation Proclamation.  [COMMENTS(0)

Apply Today for a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
Lewis University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions is accepting applications for a cohort for the new Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy in the fall of 2019. The newest of Lewis University graduate offerings, the degree is a 76-credit hour program that will provide students with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to assist those with developmental, physical,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Men’s Cross Country Finishes Second At GLVC Championships
The Lewis men's cross country team finished in second place with 77 points at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championship meet on Saturday at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. Dan Laskero (Orland Park, Ill./Sandburg) was the top finisher for the Flyers finishing sixth covering the 8 kilometer course in 25:25.19. Ross McCormick (Seneca, Ill./Seneca) finished in 10th with a time  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Computer Science Alumnus Talks New Tech With Students
Scott Likens, 1996 Lewis University Computer Science alumnus and New Services and Emerging Technology Leader at PwC, presented "The New Tech Future is Here: How 8 Technologies Will Revolutionize What's Next" Oct. 24 on the Romoeville campus. Likens helps create and foster a vision for PwC to create and use innovative technology for their clients' work around the globe. Having advanced the use of  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis’ Amoo-Mensah Earns Second Team All-GLVC Honors
Lewis University's Devon Amoo-Mensah (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Men's Soccer Second Team, the conference announced on Thursday (Nov. 1). It's the second straight year that Amoo-Mensah has garnered all-conference accolades. Amoo-Mensah started all 17 games scoring four goals for a total of eight points. He scored a pair of goals, including  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Trio Of Flyer Juniors Earn All-GLVC Women’s Soccer Accolades
Lewis University juniors Kailey Parnello (Rockford, Ill./Boylan Central Catholic) , Mallory Richardson (Bartlett, Ill./Westminister Christian) and Allie Mikos (Geneva, Ill./Geneva) were named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Soccer Teams, the conference announced on Thursday (Nov. 1). Parnello was a unanimous first team selection while Richardson earned second team accolades and  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Dan Friend Named To AVCA Board of Directors
Lewis University men's volleyball head coach Dan Friend has been elected to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's (AVCA) Board of Directors announced on Monday (Nov. 12). Friend will serve as the Division I-II Men's Representative beginning in January of 2019. Few have accomplished more in the collegiate men's space than Friend. He is about to enter his 15th season leading the Flyers where  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

English and Education Faculty Publish Works
Dr. Laura Quaynor, assistant professor of Literacy in the College of Education, is co-author, along with colleagues Ana Solano-Campos and Megan Hopkins, of the article: Linguistically Responsive Teaching in Preservice Teacher Education: A Review of the Literature Through the Lens of Cultural-Historical Activity Theory , published in the Journal of Teacher Education. Drs. Simone Muench and Jackie  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyer Alumni, Friends, Family Crowdfunding Campaign Begins
The Lewis University Athletics Department – in conjunction with the Lewis University Office of Advancement – is proud to announce the Fifth Annual Flyer Alumni, Friends and Family Crowdfunding Campaign. The Athletics Department's most successful fundraising campaign will run from September 24-November 30. To date, the campaign has raised more than $260,000 and saw over 700 donors contribute last  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Professors Present on Value of Travel Study Programs
Drs. Lynn Tovar, professor of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies, and Cynthia Misischia, assistant professor of Biology, recently presented their mix-methods research study titled "Experiential learning: transformation and discovery through travel study programs" at the Academic and Business Research Institute (AABRI) International conference held October 25-27 in Orlando Florida. They were  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Woodrow Wilson and the Great War Exhibit is Open
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I’s conclusion, the Lewis University History Center, Naper Settlement and Give Something Back collaborated on a traveling exhibit, “Woodrow Wilson and the Great War.” This exhibit examines the Great War, which was fought from 1914-1918, and the presidency of Woodrow Wilson during this catastrophic global event. From July 26-December 22, it will  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Bacon Presents Three-Part Talk Series on Auschwitz
A powerful look at a dark time in history entitled “Saving Lives in Auschwitz: The Prisoners’ Hospital in Buna-Monowitz” is the basis of a three-part book talk series offered by the White Oak Library District and Dr. Ewa Bacon, professor emerita at Lewis University. This profound, true story is based on the life of Bacon’s father, Stefan Budziaszek, M.D. during the Holocaust. A new graduate of  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)


Zahos Shares How Higher Ed is Addressing Pilot Shortage

Megan Zahos, assistant professor of Aviation and Transportation, explains to the ABC7 Chicago I-Team that Lewis University is among the institutions of higher education that are finding solutions to address the pilot shortage.

Lewis University is helping their students take advantage of changing FAA regulations that decrease required training hours. Lewis University has partnered with six regional airlines to provide a hiring pipeline into the industry for students.

Lewis University has the oldest aviation program among universities in Illinois. Lewis University offers undergraduate degrees in Aviation & Aerospace Technology, Aviation Administration, Aviation Maintenance Management, Air Traffic Control Management, Aviation Security, Aviation Flight Management, Transportation Administration, and Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The university also offers a graduate degree in Aviation Transportation on campus or online.