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Friends of the Prairie

Midewin recognizes Lewis students for help

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

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. — 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,” said Dr. Jerry Kavouras, director of environmental science and associate professor of biology. “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.”

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 more information about Lewis University, visit the website www.lewisu.edu.

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