The Globe Newsletter Spring - Summer 2019

This newsletter showcases the diversity of involvement and creativity of our international students, faculty and staff. It is wonderful how many opportunities exist on our campus with which our students can get involved and make a difference. This fall, we welcomed the largest and most diverse international group of students ever – coming from over 54 countries around the globe. We also have more students living on campus, which will provide for a more engaged group of students participating in activities and events.

International students and employment opportunities and activities

In this issue of the Globe newsletter, we highlight international students and the various employment opportunities they have found either on or off campus. The Globe will also contain various candid perspectives of two international students about their participation in the Celebration of Scholarship .Ranging from student employment all the way to Curricular Practical Training (CPT), we will get a first-hand perspective of the thoughts and ideas of a select handful of international students have regarding their employment.


  • Shean Christie - Analyzing the Effect of Sleep Awareness Education
  • LaShonda Clarke - Celebration of Scholarship Experience from one with Atelophobia
  • Reece Bhave - Curricular Practical Training and Summer Internships
  • Ross Harris - The Gift of Flight
  • Simeon Wickli - The Job That keeps You on Your Toes
  • Gerard Ortiz - The Perks of being a Graduate Assistant
  • Enzo Davanyaam - Getting Involved with StarTalk
  • Photo Grid by Reece Bhave
  • Our Staff

The celebration of scholarship is an on-campus symposium that allows students and faculty members to present scholarly work and endeavors. Students and faculty members are able to present a topic and original research they have completed throughout their academic careers.

Analyzing the Effect of Sleep Awareness Education

By Shean Christie, Masters of Science in Aviation Transportation

I am currently a graduate student in the Aviation and Transportation program. When I started my research class it took me a couple of weeks to come up with a topic. With a lot of research and help from my professor Dr. Erik Baker, I wanted to conduct my research on a topic that is currently becoming an issue worldwide which is sleep. I decided to conduct my research on the topic Analysis of sleep education. As we all know sleep is as important as breathing, not having enough of sleep can cause a lot of health issues. In the aviation and transportation industry the biggest challenge we all face is getting enough sleep. The goal of my research was to conduct a survey with a group of people in the aviation industry (pilots, mechanics, students and professors) to find out how their work schedule or shifts are and how much of sleep do they get and once we conducted the survey we gave them a short video on how important sleep is and why need to get the proper amount of sleep and conduct a second survey to find out if they have improved their sleeping habits. My aim was to help them understand that importance of sleep and that they will share this with their collogues and so on.

“With a lot of research and help from my professor Dr. Erik Baker, I wanted to conduct my research on a topic that is currently becoming an issue worldwide”

Entering the Celebration of Scholarship was a big step for me. The preparation required a lot of research and time to make sure that I find the proper articles and studies on sleep, as I wanted my poster to have an impact on many people as possible. Being an international student at Lewis University and English not been my first language it was a challenge but with the help of my professors Dr. Erik Baker and Dr. Ryan Phillips it made it easier for me and I was able to accomplish my target. I believe this is a very good experience not just for my academic side but also for the future on how to conduct studies and how I should prepare myself for new challenges.

Celebration of Scholarship Experience from one with Atelophobia

By LaShonda Clarke, Masters of Science in Aviation and Transportation

“in imperfection we do our greatest work and under pressure we understand and appreciate the importance of doing something we love”

The idea of presenting a research study seemed implausible over a year ago when I strolled the busy halls admiring the scholarly works completed by my fellow international and domestic student peers. As I stood there in the afternoon on April 11th, 2019 glancing over the poster describing the research that I had done on Differences in the Career Aspirations and Expectations amongst University Freshmen and Seniors in Aviation over the previous two semesters, I subconsciously fell into self-critique. My research sought to review differences in how students’ views and expectations transform from the first years to the end of their program. My aim was for the information to be used by both students and the university to develop a program to assist students with the uncertainties about entering the workforce experienced while attending the university. However, as I glanced over the poster line by line, I highlighted verbiage that I thought should have given better descriptions or the visual representations that could have been improved.

The preparations required throughout the research progressions were both mentally and, in some cases, physically taxing, but it enabled me to gain the confidence needed to present. Sam Oven explains that “confidence sometimes requires purposeful preparation and practice.” I had many opportunities to practice public speaking, but not much time to conduct research needed to gain confidence. I experienced great difficulties with managing groupmates, time schedules needed to gain approval, and finding an adequate sample size to fully conduct the project. If I could have done somethings differently, I would have solely started thinking about my research topic months ahead of beginning the course. This would have eliminated the time needed to develop, organize, and gain research approvals from the advisors and the Internal Review Board (IRB).

Nonetheless, I would not disregard any aspect of the Celebration of Scholarship experience. I recall when the first viewer walked up to my poster, I surprisingly still felt sense of pride despite my subconscious thoughts. Likewise, when the last reviewer inquired into the details of my research, I began believing in the importance of celebrating such an accomplishment. I gained a heightened sense of achievement and gratitude for those that assisted along the way that can never be replaced. Lailah Gifty Akita avowed that “preparation is a process.” I am certain that the preparation for the Celebration of Scholarship is a process in my developing belief that in imperfection we do our greatest work and under pressure we understand and appreciate the importance of doing something we love. In studying the differences in university students, I discovered differences in my own views on my career path.

Spring Volleyball Pre-Game Watch Party

Spring Men's Volleyball Pre-Game Watch Party

Curricular Practical Training and Summer Internships

By Reece Bhave - Aerospace Technology and Aviation Maintenance Management Double Major. Class of 2020

Hey everyone, my name is Reece and I am currently a junior, double majoring in Aerospace Technology & Aviation Maintenance Management! This summer, I got the opportunity of receiving an internship from Exelon Corporation, as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, working out of DuPage Airport in West Chicago!

As an International Student here at Lewis, the internship was possible due to the CPT program made available to me! CPT or Curriculum Practical Training is a program offered to international students with F1 visas, that allows them to work as an intern. The internship needs to be related to the student’s academic major and should be beneficial to the student’s academic progression!

“It’s important to remember that internships not only look good in a CV or Resume, but they can often lead to OPT and even subsequent job opportunities”

Applying for an internship was a really simple process! Initially, I had to research and find internships related to my academic major and see which ones would be suitable for me. Once I chose the Exelon internship, I applied for it, and submitted the required documentation such as the online application forms, academic transcripts and recommendation letters. This was followed by subsequent interviews; both online as well as in-person; and after a couple of weeks, I received word that I had received the Internship! All in all, the process took a month, and it was really seamless!

As an undergraduate student, I think the CPT program is really beneficial for all International Students, and is often a really good way to get a foot in the door of the industry you plan on working in! It’s important to remember that internships not only look good in a CV or Resume, but they can often lead to OPT and even subsequent job opportunities after graduating! For this, as well as many other reasons, I would urge all International students here at Lewis to apply for any internship opportunity!

The Gift of Flight

By Ross Harris CFI CFII, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Management. Class of 2019

I’m Ross Harris, a student from Singapore in the flight program here at Lewis University. I’ll be graduating this December with my bachelors in December and I am currently a part-time flight instructor with the school. I had known that I’ve wanted to come to Lewis for years before I was finally admitted in January 2017. I took part in the 5-day flight camp the school offers every year and fell in love with the campus, the departments, and most of all, the people.

“There’s nothing greater than the gift of flight and being able to share that gift with others”

It always feels like I’m part of a large family here and that motivates me to teach my students to the best of my ability. I am currently working with motivated students over the summer to help them get ahead of the program and earn their respective certificates and ratings. I believe that the way I work with each one of my students to cater to their individual needs allows me to bring out the best pilot in each one of them. There’s nothing greater than the gift of flight and being able to share that gift with others.

Downtown Chicago and Maggey Daley Park Ice-Skating Trip

The Job That keeps You on Your Toes

By Simeon Wickli, Masters of Science in Information Security

“not every day is the quite the same”

At the end of May I sat down for an interview for the student worker position. Sitting across from me, the supervisor with a warm and welcoming tone and demeanor along with another cheerful employee, interviewing me. From the start I already felt comfortable being here.

Since accepting the student worker position, I underwent a training period learning their system and procedures. Once I got the hang of it I was given more responsibilities. At the Service Desk you get to deal with all types of questions and situations to keep you on your toes, varying from Account Login Assistance to Compromised Email Accounts, so not every day is the quite the same.

Another notable aspect of the job is that it is a very enjoyable work environment; friendly and knowledgeable coworkers. It does seem the higher ups want you to learn and care about you which is great.

The Perks of being a Graduate Assistant

By Gerard Ortiz, Masters of Science in Project Management

“through our differences we can expand and educate one another in hopes of producing a more diverse and knowledgeable community”

Working as Graduate Student can be full of surprises and is never dull, for me anyway. When someone mentions the word graduate assistant there could be several things that come in to mind - grading papers, assisting professors, setting up labs before class time and so on. Being a graduate assistant at the International Student Services Office is more than a part-time job. Working here as a GA is an opportunity to learn and broaden one’s horizons.

Before pursuing a bachelor’s degree here at Lewis University I was living with my family in Uganda. About an hour away from the capital city, Kampala, me and my sibling attended the International School of Uganda (ISU) for our formal education. In ISU I was able to study alongside students of every nation and background you can imagine.

Fast forward a couple of years and on 2014 I began my bachelors here at Lewis University. During that time I started working as a student employee in the International Student Services Offices. Actually being my first job, I enjoyed assisting at the office and meeting international students and hearing their stories. After graduating in 2017 with a double major in Aviation Administration and Computer Science I returned to Lewis University in 2019 to pursue a master’s degree.

Now at the graduate level of my studies I work again at the International Student Services Office. Each day I get to tackle different types of problems and hearing new stories while working alongside the student employees. My experience studying in an international school has shaped the person that I am today. I love working with people from different back grounds and knowing that through our differences we can expand and educate one another in hopes of producing a more diverse and knowledgeable community.

Getting involved with StarTalk

By Enzo Davanyaam, Bachelor of Science in Aviation Flight Management. Class of 2021

This summer I got involved with a bunch of Russians, and my name is Enkhsaruul Davaanyam, I’m a junior in the Aviation field. If you thought that I got in trouble with the Mafia, you’re wrong.

“What you learn, can never escape you.”

I’m originally from Ulan-Bator, the capital of Mongolia, and it just happens that I’ve learnt Russian for nine years at my home country, although my native language is Mongolian. Knowing that Lewis offers Russian language, I sought Dr. Serafima Gettys, the Director of the Foreign Language Department, to see if I can use what I’ve learnt in school (russian, not math) in real life. So, I was employed as a student worker at the Foreign Language Department to help Dr. Gettys and our staff of Russian Professors to run the Lewis University Summer STARTALK 2019, which is a Russian language program for High-school and Lewis University students.

The course was conducted as an intensive instructions on beginning Russian, without no tuition costs for the students and free lunch. Students who successfully completed the course received 3 transferable university credits, and more importantly, I think the students received a real russian experience without ever having to set foot on Mother Russia. In spirit, I’m sure we all felt like our humble Lewis classroom was turned into a compact Russia.

The program helped me to gain a more profound understanding of own culture as well as the Russian culture. And it made me realize: “What you learn, can never escape you.”

Photos Grid by Reece Bhave

Reece Bhave is one of our international students and student employees. Aviation and photography are a few of his passions. Bellow is a show case of some his photos

Source: reeceybphotos/

The Staff

  • Michael Fekete - Director of International Student Services
  • Gerard Ortiz - Graduate Assistant
  • Enzo Davanyaam - Student Employee, President - International Students Association
  • Reece Bhave - Student Employee, Vice President - International Student Association

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