Lipinski Tours Lewis University, Pledges Support for its Continued Pursuit of Excellence

Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3), a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, toured Lewis University in Romeoville, meeting with Brother James Gaffney, President of the University, Provost Stephany Schlachter, and Chair of the Department of Aviation William Brogan, as well as students and other faculty.

“As a former teacher, a member of the Transportation Committee, and a strong supporter of both higher education and Catholic schools, I greatly enjoyed this opportunity to sit down with Lewis University’s leadership and discuss the university’s strengths, goals, and needs. Lewis’s rich tradition, values-based curriculum, and diverse and unique programs have made it one of the region’s leading educational institutions. As Lewis celebrates its 80th anniversary, its 6,000 students can look to its history of continuous growth and innovation for evidence of what can be accomplished with vision and determination. I look forward to working with the university as it continues to expand and educate the next generation of America’s leaders. In many ways, the future prosperity of both northeastern Illinois and our nation depend on our educational system. That is why I have long helped to provide institutions of higher education such as Lewis University with the support they need to equip our young people to thrive in the increasingly competitive global economy.

“As northeastern Illinois’ most senior member of the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Subcommittee on Aviation, I was especially pleased to be able to tour Lewis University Airport and the university’s aviation facilities, meeting with students and faculty. America’s aviation system faces a host of challenges, from security to on-time performance. Lewis’s aviation program is helping ensure we have the workforce we need to meet those challenges, and I applaud its efforts. As a member of the House Science, Space, & Technology Committee, and the ranking member on the Research and Science Education Subcommittee, I also took a keen interest in the research that aviation students and faculty are doing to test new, more environmentally friendly forms of aviation fuel. Lewis University Airport is a unique and strategic asset that has considerable potential to create jobs and drive economic development.”

As chairman and currently as ranking member of the Research and Science Education Subcommittee, Congressman Lipinski has played a leading role in the effort to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and math education at the university level through the America COMPETES Act and its reauthorization. These measures included a wide range of initiatives to improve STEM education so that students are prepared for a world where the majority of the fastest-growing occupations require significant mathematics or science preparation.

(August 30, 2011)