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American Airlines Donates Last 2 McDonnell Douglas MD-80s

After retiring the last of its McDonnell Douglas MD-80 fleet to Roswell, New Mexico, in early September 2019, American is donating the last two MD-80 aircraft to CareerTech in Oklahoma City, and Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. The airline will ferry the first of the donated planes to Will Rogers World Airport (OKC) today. The other aircraft will be ferried to Lewis University Airport (LOT) Friday. The donations to the two schools provides aviation maintenance students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working on a commercial aircraft. “As we look to the future of American’s Tech Ops work force, it’s important to train the next generation of aviation maintenance students so we have a development pipeline for skilled technicians,” said Kevin Brickner, Senior Vice President of Technical Operations for American. “Just like the MD-80 inspired our own team members in their career development for more than 35 years, the aircraft will do the same for students for years to come. We are proud to partner with CareerTech and Lewis University on this donation.” CareerTech With the MD-80 donation, CareerTech can expand aviation workforce preparation from a statewide level to the entire CareerTech system. The aircraft will be used to train students in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations, and the corresponding curriculum and training materials will be utilized at all CareerTech technology centers that provide aerospace training. “The American Airlines donation of a MD-80 aircraft fills a great need for aerospace training in Oklahoma and is a positive step in preparing a highly qualified workforce,” said Dr. Marcie Mack, State Director of CareerTech. “This donation opens possibilities for Oklahoma CareerTech students and elevates the hands-on training experience in areas such as MRO and avionics.” Lewis University Aviation and Transportation The MD-80 donation helps Lewis University Aviation and Transportation develop a new generation of training as it provides an updated avionics package and broadens opportunities for students to earn more Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certificates. All 700 current Aviation and Transportation students will use the MD-80 at some point in their studies, however, it will primarily be used by nearly 200 students in the Aviation Maintenance Management program. “Lewis has been a national leader in aviation education since 1932,” said Dr. David J. Livingston, President   [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis University Celebrates Winter Commencement
 Lewis University celebrated Winter Commencement ceremonies for more than 750 students December 13-15 on the university’s campus in Romeoville. The Winter Commencement ceremonies honor August and December graduates. The celebration began Friday, with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Recognition Ceremony as well as the College of Business Recognition Ceremony. On Saturday, the festivities  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Sentinel Technologies Advances Cybersecurity Experience
The Lewis University Cybersecurity Lab has been renamed the Sentinel Cybersecurity Lab in recognition of a $50,000 gift from Sentinel Technologies, a national business technology services provider headquartered in Downers Grove, Il. “The gift from Sentinel Technologies will help us better support our courses in cybersecurity at the graduate and undergraduate levels” commented Dr. Ray Klump, associate  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

No. 6 Lewis Men's Volleyball Opens Its 2020 Season
The sixth ranked Lewis men's volleyball team opens its 2020 season this weekend hosting King (Tenn.) and BYU. The Flyers open the season against the Tornado on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m. and then host the third ranked Cougars on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. Lewis' 2020 season began to be shaped with a preseason trip to Toronto to take part in the Can Am Holiday Showcase to play some international competition  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

WLRA Raised Funds for Advocate Children’s Hospitals
Lewis University WLRA’s Marathon Broadcast in support of Advocate Children’s Hospital raised more than $3,800 this semester.  Since its’ inception, WLRA has raised over $100,000 in support of the Lewis University Family Assistance Fund at Advocate Children’s Hospitals.  The fund-raiser involves a 24-hour non-stop broadcast of students that take six-hour shifts. Select Lewis University students  [MORE]  [PHOTO]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis is Voted 'One of the Best' by Herald News
Lewis University was voted "One of the Best" in the Best Employer - Education category making it in the top three for that category in the Herald News 2019 Best of Will County Readers' Choice Contest. The Herald News asked its readers and the community to vote for their favorites in several categories, ranging from healthcare to family-owned businesses. The contest appeared on the newspaper's website  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Athletics Announces Second Class Of Academy Of Coaches
Lewis University Director of Athletics  Dr. John Planek  announced on Wednesday (Dec. 11) the second class of the Lewis Academy of Coaches. The nine-member class will be honored as part of Alumni Day during halftime of the men's basketball game against Missouri-St. Louis on Saturday, January 25 at 3 p.m. This year's class include Jerry Tokars (Class of 1955), John Schimanski (Class of 1972), Jaime  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Lewis Selected For NCAA II Basketball Showcase Games
The Lewis University Men's and Women's Basketball doubleheader games at Southern Indiana on February 22 were selected to be two of the 28 regular-season games in the 2019-20 NCAA II Basketball Showcase. The NCAA II Basketball Showcase selections will be highlighted on ESPN3 or NCAA social media as a part of an effort to promote the division on several platforms throughout this season. The Lewis-USI  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Defeat Cardinals 140-118
Lewis'  Ebony McCray  (Avondale, AZ/Agua Fria High School) and  Stephanie Palczynski  (Warrenville, IL/Wheaton Warrenville South High School) each won three events and  Erin Bachmeier  () won two events in the Flyers 140-118 dual win at William Jewell on Sunday afternoon. Lewis won 10 of the 14 events overall in the competition. Team Scores Lewis 140, William Jewell 118 Lewis Top Five  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

Flyers Win Nine Events In Dual With William Jewell
Lewis' men's swimming team defeated William Jewell 153-109 in its final competition of the fall semester on Sunday afternoon at William Jewell. The Flyers won nine of 14 events in the dual. Team Scores Lewis 153, William Jewell 109 Lewis Top Five Finishers 400 meter medley relay –  Guillaume Bolivard  (Martinique, France/Lycee Centre Sud),  Adrian Wlodarz  (Elk Grove Village,  [MORE]  [COMMENTS(0)

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