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Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center opens in Romeoville

From left: Michael Hassan, Semaj Robinson, LaT’ya Johnson, Brother James Gaffney, Alexandra Barrios, Eduardo Lopez and Ellen Kientop cut the ribbon on the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center on the Lewis University Romeoville campus.
From left: Michael Hassan, Semaj Robinson, LaT’ya Johnson, Brother James Gaffney, Alexandra Barrios, Eduardo Lopez and Ellen Kientop cut the ribbon on the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center on the Lewis University Romeoville campus.

The Lewis University community gathered Sept. 27 to dedicate the Brother James Gaffney, FSC Student Center at its Romeoville campus.

The 26,000-square-foot building features an expansive new dining hall with a wide variety of food options, a convenience store and café, offices for campus organizations, gaming area and open access space to relax, gather and build community. Offices for Student Activities and Multicultural Student Services, the Cultural Center, meeting rooms for student organizations and the Student Senate are located in the building designed and constructed by Wight & Company.

Brother James Gaffney, president emeritus of Lewis University, served the University in many capacities, including as provincial of the Chicago District of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, as chairperson of the Lewis University Board of Trustees, as professor of Religious Studies, and most notably, as president of Lewis University from 1988 to 2016.

Throughout his remarkable 28-year tenure as the university’s ninth president, he played an extraordinary role in the development of Lewis University through a renewed and revitalized institutional commitment to mission; the growth and quality of academic programs; the advancement of student success initiatives; significant growth in enrollment; the physical transformation of the campus and the development of regional sites; and leadership in the surrounding community.

For information, visit www.lewisu.edu/studentcenter.

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