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Saint Mary’s to honor President Emeritus


Brother Louis DeThomasis

Saint Mary’s University to honor President Emeritus and recognize Christian Brothers leaders

MINNEAPOLIS — Brother Louis DeThomasis, FSC, President Emeritus of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, will be honored Thursday, Feb. 13, at a special event in the university’s Twin Cities campus in Minneapolis.

The event will include a dedication of Brother Louis Hall, formerly Park Avenue North (PAN). In addition, Brother Louis and four other Christian Brothers who have served as presidents at institutions throughout the nation will be recognized and presented with honorary doctorates. The event is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. in the Saint Mary’s University Center, 2540 Park Ave. S., Minneapolis. The indoor ceremony will be followed by a reception with light refreshments.

During a 21-year tenure that began in 1984, Brother Louis helped increase Saint Mary’s enrollment from 1,400 students to more than 5,000. He also oversaw expansion from a single Winona campus to locations in the Twin Cities, Rochester and Nairobi, Kenya. By 1996, graduate school enrollment had grown dramatically, and Twin Cities Business named Saint Mary’s the “Best College Turnaround” for that year. The Saint Mary’s University Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs have continued to build upon the strong foundation that was established 30 years ago under the leadership of Brother Louis.

The four other Christian Brothers to be recognized include:

• Brother Mel Anderson, FSC, past president of Saint Mary’s College of California

• Brother James Gaffney, FSC, president of Lewis University (Ill.)

• Brother Michael McGinniss, FSC, president of La Salle University (Pa.), past president of Christian Brothers University (Tenn.)

• Brother Thomas Scanlan, FSC, past president of Manhattan College (N.Y.), past vice chancellor of Bethlehem University (Palestine)

Together the five have served more than 125 years as leaders of Christian Brothers institutions that follow a heritage of innovative, student-centered education. The Christian Brothers religious order was founded by Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers.


Lewis University students are recognized.


Dr. Jerry Kavouras teaches an environmental science class at Lewis University.

ROMEOVILLE—Lewis University received the 2012 Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Volunteer Award. The honor is for the service of Lewis University students on several projects, including biology and environmental science students helping out at Midewin National Public Lands Day, interns assisting in the summer months, and other year-round projects, such as planting, cleaning seeds and removing invasive species.

“Students are usually hesitant to volunteer at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. They think that it will be hard labor and no fun. Their attitude changes after helping out on National Public Lands Day. They come to realize the amount of work that needs to be done to restore a prairie. They have fun planting, collecting seeds, and removing invasive species with their friends. They also enjoy learning from the experienced staff about native plants and the work done at Midewin,”commented Dr. Jerry Kavouras, director of Environmental Science and associate professor of biology.

Lewis University environmental science majors that recently served in summer internships at Midewin include: Samantha Payne (current), Alicia Dyner ’10, Corey Anco ’09, Amy Dombrowski ’09 and Daniel Anco ’07.

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. For further information visit www.lewisu.edu


Lewis University wins award

The We Believe! campaign at Lewis University was recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District V as the Silver Award recipient of the Pride of CASE V Best Program in Annual Giving. Lewis University is now in the top 20 percent of faculty and staff giving participation among colleges and universities across the nation. The Pride of CASE V Awards Program honors institutions and individuals who demonstrate outstanding achievement in the concept and execution of advancement programs and communications.       We Believe! campaign is a faculty and staff campaign to raise funds for the university. The 2012 campaign increased faculty and staff contributions by more than 20 percent from the previous year, from 44 percent to 69 percent. In the fiscal year of 2011-2012, 444 faculty and staff donated to Lewis University.