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Alumni Feature - Malec, Blackburn and Brown

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Law enforcement in the 21st century is evolving rapidly, as police face new threats and challenges along with increased scrutiny from the public and the media. The law enforcement profession is responding with significant changes in the areas of leadership, structure, culture, policy and technology – according to the University of San Diego. As part of the Joliet Police Department, Lewis alumni Dawn Malec ’20, Sherrie Blackburn ’20 and Robert Brown ’19 recognize this opportunity for growth and are ready to take on the challenge, together. In January 2020, Chief Dawn Malec was named as the first-ever female interim police chief for the Joliet Police Department. About a month later, she was appointed to Chief of Police. Serving beside her are recently promoted fellow Flyers Deputy Chief Robert Brown and Deputy Chief Sherrie Blackburn, who is also the first-ever female deputy chief of police for the department. “I am excited that we are on this journey together,” says Malec. “During a tim

Alumni Feature - Ashley Bihun '19

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Nexstar Media Group, Inc. recently gifted the Lewis University Radio/TV Department with a Sony MVS8000 high-definition switcher and five Sony HDC1500 studio cameras. The opportunity to work on this type of high-end technology fuels the transformational experience that a Lewis education provides to our students and helps prepare them for a successful career in broadcasting. Take Ashley Bihun ’19 for example… Ashley did radio in high school, but never imagined she could make a career out of it; that changed as she began to look at colleges and took a tour of Lewis. One of the stops on her tour was at the Radio/TV station with Associate Professor/Director of Television Operations John Kilpatrick. Afterwards, Ashley immediately felt excited and hopeful for her future. Ashley came to Lewis with an undeclared major – but that didn’t last very long. She enrolled in an Introduction to Radio course her freshman year which inspired her to take a leap of faith, follow her heart, and finall

Alumni Feature - Rob Fell '00

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After the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, alumnus Rob Fell ‘00 and his team at IRIS Factory Automation decided to take action. They quickly joined forces with their partners to help fight the current public health crisis and create face shields to protect those serving on the frontline. “Let’s flip the script!” says Rob. “We all know this is serious and scary, so let’s do something about it and help the people who don’t have a choice but to face it head on. This is the time to be productive and think of creative ways to get involved.   We use this same creative approach in our own business every day, and now we have the chance to use it to protect people which is even better.” Thanks to the help of Unilever, a transnational consumer goods company, IRIS was able to purchase 12 new 3D printers, in addition to the 10 they currently have. Rob’s team has focused on creating the frames, while their partner, Prismier, uses a technique called water jetting to produce the plastic shie

Alumni Feature - Hannah Zuercher '19

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Hannah Zuercher ’19 was a passenger on a NASA airplane as an earth-science research NASA intern, spent part of her undergraduate career researching how to develop hydrogel bandages for burn victims, and served as captain of the swim team her senior year – but she will tell anyone that none of it was possible without the help of others. “I am beyond grateful for the wonderful mentors, professors, and teammates I had at Lewis. I would not be where I am today without their constant support.” Hannah says she was nervous coming to a school in a place where she had no immediate family or friends around. She quickly forged her own path and made friends when she joined clubs and activities on campus. She was a reader and greeter for University Ministry and a member of the Student Athlete Bible Study, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and Lemon Club, a group that raises money for childhood cancer research. Before graduating with her degree in biology in May 2019, Hannah had

Alumni Feature - Brian Sherry '16 '18

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Brian Sherry ’16 ’18 goes to work each day as a design and development engineer at Deep Coat Industries in north-suburban Sugar Grove, Illinois. Deep Coat Industries recently developed a new process for metalizing equipment and computer systems. Metallizing is a thermal spray coating process utilized to protect equipment, and humans, from injury. Brian's daily activities at work can run from client management to monitoring 3D printers, to analyzing the chemistry behind the metalizing process. Brian, who graduated with a bachelor's and a master's degree in chemistry from Lewis, says he spent the majority of his time learning from his mentor, Dr. Jason Keleher, Department Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry. Brian credits Dr. Keleher’s research lab for challenging him to solve problems faster, work smarter, and understand the importance of meeting a deadline for a project.  Brian loved his time in Dr. Keleher’s lab so much that he donated $1,000 of his first

Alumni Feature - Dawn '12 and Greg '94 Zibricky

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Dawn Zibricky '12 on her graduation day. Dawn Zibricky ‘12 grew up outside of Quincy, Illinois, more than 300 miles away from the first  home she shared with her husband, Greg ‘94 in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood. She never dreamt that living in Chicago was for her until she made a trip with some friends years ago to Billy Goat Tavern on Lower Wacker Drive in the Loop. When Dawn arrived, she saw first-hand the homeless that lived on the streets, ailing and begging for money. She witnessed how dire the need was for quality health and human services for the people of the city. What was initially a night out with friends became a moment of higher-calling for Dawn. She would go on to earn her bachelors and masters' degrees in Nursing, a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and teach at Lewis for some years before taking a position to teach at Elmhurst College. She felt drawn to administer care, heal, and teach others to do the same. Education and health sciences wer

Alumni Feature - Sarah Kuczek '18

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Sarah Kuczek ’18 career can change the lives of more than a dozen people per day. Some she tells their cancer has returned; if their unborn child is gaining weight; if mom’s body is handling pregnancy well. It is a career that is both exciting and daunting at the same time, but one that she loves. Sarah is an OBGYN sonographer at Northwestern Medicine Regional Medical Group. She is also qualified to assist with sonohysterogram and endometrial biopsies. She graduated from Lewis with her bachelor's in Diagnostic Medical Sonography with honors in 2018.  Sarah says sonography blended her love of many things, including people, technology, and anatomy, and allows her to give her patients the help they need – similar to what she experienced herself early on in her life. “When I was younger, I had an echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart. I also had ultrasounds when I was pregnant at 16. That pregnancy resulted in a miscarriage; however, that experience only made my passi