Univision/Chicago has been undergoing a multi-million-dollar HDTV equipment upgrade. Lots of the equipment being replaced was still pretty new and it’s now found a good home at Lewis University. The donation includes an entire digital control room, news set, robotic television cameras and a live news truck, among other items.
“The technology will allow our students to have major television market technology experience. Large market production switchers, video and audio routers, VTR play out, camera robotics, and intercoms. This will not only enhance our facility, but continue to give our current and future students a competitive edge in major market broadcasting and television production,” said John Carey, director of the Andrew Center of Electronic Media at Lewis University.
Univision/Chicago’s connection with Lewis University is not new. Lewis University alumni P. Douglas Becker and Eugene Garcia are managers in the traffic department. Univision/Chicago Director of Engineering John Freberg is a 35-year adjunct professor at Lewis University. Student Maribel Barrera is the latest student to intern at Univision/Chicago. She is currently interning in engineering and operation management.
Hands-on experience is a big focus for Mass Communications students at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, north of Joliet. The Catholic institution encourages students to work in state-of-the-art facilities with Lewis’ award winning student media organizations — The Flyer newspaper; The Online Flyer website; WLRA Radio; and Lewis University Television Network, the university cable channel.