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president’s update regarding spring 2021

students, faculty, and staff, as we begin a new month on the calendar and near completion of the fifth week of our semester, i want to extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for all you have done to contribute to the successful start we have experienced thus far under some very trying circumstances. it has not been perfect and there have certainly been challenges, however, learning is taking place, enrollment is strong, and because of your commitment to each other’s health and safety, we have experienced a minimal number of covid-19 infections to date.  please remember the core principles of the flyers promise: respect for each other; following the basic guidelines on face coverings, physical distancing, and hand-washing; and notifying the covid-19 hotline if you receive notification of a positive test. this fall, we have learned that we can successfully partake in a lasallian experience, regardless of the delivery modality. our student and faculty relationships have strengthened as we have worked together to adjust to a hybrid or online experience. our students continue to conduct research, engage in experiential learning opportunities, and serve our community in numerous ways. our university services continue to support our students as they encounter the various challenges of earning their degrees. our degree recipients are connecting with employers and alumni are making a positive impact in their own communities. we have learned from these experiences and continue to innovate in order to provide the best educational experience during this pandemic. i am writing today to update you on the upcoming spring semester. over the past few weeks, we have collaborated with many members of the lewis community to discuss how the spring semester should unfold. the decisions outlined below have been made with the health and safety of our community members foremost in our minds. class formats will remain the same in spring we will continue in a similar model to what we are doing now. we will offer hybrid classes that meet one day a week as well as many purely face-to-face experiences through labs, clinicals, and flight to name a few. in addition to our face-to-face classes in-person, we will continue to offer many fully online classes. revised spring semester academic calendar we are adjusting our academic calendar to account for health guidance as well as student and faculty feedback. the spring semester   [more]  [comments(0)

wlra 24-hour holiday music helps united way of will county
the annual holiday music benefit for the united way of will county continues on lewis university’s wlra-fm. holiday music will be played 24 hours a day, seven days a week the day after thanksgiving day through january 1. listeners can tune in via radio at 88.1 fm, online at , the apps itunes and google play and iheartradio. this switch to all christmas music as part of the  [more]  [photo]  [comments(1)

local students featured in senior capstone art exhibition
the lewis university department of art and design is proud to present the senior capstone exhibition. this biannual art show coincides with the capstone course, senior project. the course challenges graduating students to put their newly acquired skills and understanding of art to the test by participating in a professional exhibition experience. the show is on display until december 21 in the   [more]  [photo]  [comments(0)

dr. burciaga named acaci counselor educator of the year
the association for child and adolescent counseling in illinois honored dr. lili burciaga, lewis university assistant professor of psychology, as the counselor educator of the year. the award honors a counselor educator, supervisor, or trainer who has exhibited an exemplary record of educating counselors to work with children and adolescents. burciaga was recognized during the virtual illinois  [more]  [photo]  [comments(0)

trost to be inducted into ibca hall of fame
lewis university men's basketball head coach  scott trost  has been selected for induction into the illinois basketball coaches association (ibca) hall of fame class of 2021. trost, now in his 15th season at lewis, is the all-time winningest men's basketball coach in flyers history with 261 wins. he has coached the flyers to five 20+ win seasons and five ncaa tournament berths; averaging 19 wins  [more]  [comments(0)

grace crumbaugh selected as illinois student laureate
lewis university student grace a. crumbaugh of joliet has been honored by the lincoln academy of illinois as student laureate from lewis university. in the spirit of abraham lincoln, student laureates are honored for their leadership and service on campus and beyond in the pursuit of the betterment of humanity and for overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. due to the  [more]  [photo]  [comments(0)

lewis earns ncaa presidents’ award for academic excellence
the ncaa announced on thursday afternoon (dec. 3) that lewis university was one of 42 schools to receive the presidents' award for academic excellence. this award is presented to division ii member schools earning an academic success rate (asr) 90 percent or higher. lewis has a four-year asr of 91 percent and is one of five schools in the great lakes valley conference to receive the award. the  [more]  [comments(0)

biology transfer students present 'bee-aware event'
students from lewis university’s biology transitions program recently researched the role of pollinators in the environment and created an event to highlight the critical roles insects play in our environment. the october 30 event was designed to educate the community on how to develop habitats by creating and displaying “insect hotels.” these structures support several different beneficial insects  [more]  [photo]  [comments(0)

lewis university pitches over 6,000 pumpkins
the seventh annual pumpkin pitch hosted by the lewis university society of physics students, lewis university sustainability club and will county green was another success this year. the november 7 event attracted many community members with donations that assist in reducing waste added to landfills. more than 6,400 pumpkins were pitched to be composted. the 9,000 pounds of documents shredded  [more]  [photo]  [comments(0)

men’s hoops announces rescheduled date against indianapolis
the lewis men's basketball team announced on friday (dec. 4) that its game against the university of indianapolis originally scheduled for december has been rescheduled for tuesday (dec. 15). the flyers and hounds will begin at 6:30 p.m. (cst) at nicoson hall. lewis is still searching for a date to reschedule its road contest against southern indiana, originally supposed to tip on december  [more]  [comments(0)

connect with lewis opportunities available online
several virtual events for prospective undergraduate students are scheduled in november and december.  transfer information sessions november 21 at 9:30 am -10:30 am – // december 19  at 9:30 am -10:30 am – //   bachelor’s to bsn virtual information sessions   [more]  [comments(0)

joliet women's study club history is now on display
the adelmann regional history collection in the lewis university library recently acquired a new collection of historical documents from the joliet women's study club. the collection highlights the history of the club itself, and the collection will continue to receive items as the joliet women's study club seeks to find a connection with the chicago world's fair of 1893. jacob barrett, history  [more]  [comments(0)

covid-19 update - thanksgiving, resources afterward
we are less than a week away from our thanksgiving break, november 25-27. hopefully, this break will allow for some rest and regeneration.   watch this week’s episode of conversation from stritch hall at  //  for more helpful information on thanksgiving break and updates from the lewis university covid-19 hotline team.  our university offices will be closed for the  [more]  [comments(0)

face coverings policy update
a face covering is the primary way we can protect the health and safety of each member of the lewis community. therefore, face coverings are required for everyone who is present on a lewis university campus and should be worn in classrooms, offices, laboratories, hallways, and common spaces. face coverings should be worn outdoors unless appropriate physical distancing is being observed. face coverings  [more]  [comments(0)

covid-19 update - super study, visitor policy, testing
this week was another week to be proud of as we successfully transitioned 1,000 classes to the online format. our community’s care and support for one another is evident during this time as students, faculty, and staff enhance their communication and flexibility. we understand the transition is challenging for many, but we will remain online for the rest of the semester as a mitigation effort against  [more]  [comments(0)