Dedicated to Chicago philanthropist Frank Lewis, Lewis Hall was made possible by Lewis’ wife, Julia, who provided funding for the hall’s construction in 1965. The hall served as a residence for Sisters pursuing graduate degrees before the University became co-ed in 1972. It is now one of the largest women’s residence hall on campus, housing nearly 270 residents each year. The women of Lewis annually host Chicks for Charity in which residents make Easter baskets and write cards to the children and mothers of St. Margaret’s House, a day center in South Bend that provides safety, life skills, and other aid to women and children in need. They also host L-HOP (Lewis House of Pancakes) each year, serving a late night breakfast to the campus community. Each floor of the hall features a different breakfast item and all proceeds are donated to a local food bank. Lewis was last named Hall of the Year in 2012-2013 and was home to NBC News Chief Environmental Affairs correspondent, Anne Thompson.
Originally from Sedalia, Missouri, Rachelle Simon became the rector of Lewis Hall in 2016. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Sciences Disorders from Rockhurst University, a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Service from Villanova University, and a Master of Divinity degree from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Prior to Boston College, Rachelle worked as a campus minister at the Catholic Newman Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she organized all social, spiritual, and social justice activities. In her spare time, Rachelle enjoys hiking, being outdoors, and spending quality time with her friends and family.
|Number of Sections||8|
|Chapel||St. Theresa of Avila|
|Number of Floors||4|
|Number of Rooms||125|