2013-2014 Academic Year Closing Activities

Awards Ceremony. Graduation Thanksgiving Mass. Graduation.

Baker's Dozen

April 10, 2014 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Join us for an exclusive showcase of Lexington's Baking & Pastry…

Counselor Visit Day

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2 sessions to choose from: Morning: Registration begins at 9:00 am; 9:30 am…

DICED Competition

Thursday, February 27 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Join Lexington's students, staff and faculty at the…

A Philosophical Discussion on Beauty

Join Dr. Denis R. McNamara and the Lexington College Class of 2014 for an insightful discussion on…

Lexington College Hosts A Baker's Dozen

On Thursday, April 10, 2014, anyone in the Chicagoland area with a sweet tooth would have benefitted from a trip to Lexington College for the first annual Baker’s Dozen event. The name Baker’s Dozen derived from the idea of exhibiting twelve decadent desserts followed by a chocolate cake competition. Lexington’s very own Pastry Instructor, Chef Cheryl Brookhouzen (Executive Pastry Chef of the Marriott Magnificent Mile in downtown Chicago) designed and crafted each dessert with assistance from her team of pastry students. There was plenty for guests to explore during the event, as there have been numerous updates to the college within the past year. The student commons has expanded, classrooms have been renovated, and new specialization programs have been implemented such as Baking & Pastry and Gastronomy: Food & Culture.

Announcing the Family & Home Management Specialization

Family & Home Management Specialization Added to Lexington's BAS in Hospitality Management Program

Managing a household can be a difficult task. Its importance to society is immeasurable. Realizing the importance of this endeavor, Lexington College requires all the young women entering the hospitality management program to take classes that include ethics and philosophy, and the positive effects they can have on family and society. Students are taught to understand the importance of raising children in a strong family environment and helping others build one as well. Due to the great interest in continuing education in this area, Lexington College recently added the Family & Home Management Specialization to its Bachelor’s program.

The courses offered at Lexington College that align with the specialization area include Child Care, Parenting & Family ResourcesHousekeeping ManagementNutrition in the Prevention & Treatment of DiseaseHuman Physiology, andDevelopmental Psychology. After completing the program, these young women will be able to assist families in identifying areas where improvement is needed and have the knowledge and skills to teach families how to make these changes.

Student Spotlight

Mary Millette '14, BAS in Hospitality Management (Hotel & Lodging Specialization)

Mary Millette ‘14 is destined for greatness. The world is at her feet. She is a very poised, articulate, and determined 21 year old senior who knows what she wants in life.

Born the 2nd oldest of 11 children, Mary described how she learned many important life skills from her close-knit family life in Blackstone, Massachusetts (a small town about an hour from Boston). From little on, she was a loving, active child who also pushed the boundaries and challenged her parents. In an effort to channel that energy in a positive direction, her mother urged her to work a three week summer program at Arnold Hall, an Opus Dei retreat and study center in Boston. This sparked her ambition, where she learned to cook, expanded her knowledge of hospitality and housekeeping, while receiving spiritual formation.

At the age 14, this became a turning point in Mary’s life. She continued to work on weekends for three years at Arnold Hall, thus discovering her passion for the food service industry. During senior year of high school, she participated in an Art of Living program at Arnold Hall, won the gold medal, and received a $1,000 scholarship to Lexington College. Her path was paved.

Chef Magazine Features Lexington College

'Experimental Learning': A Review of Lexington's Internship Program


Lexington College Academic Dean, Jolene Birmingham Sc.D., met with Chef Magazine to discuss Lexington's rigorous internship program.

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Dutch Domesticity: Then and Now

The Dutch Golden Age Lives On in the Life of Lexington Sophomore

Studying the history of hospitality brought home and heritage into perspective for Lexington student, Casey Kloese '16.  “We did a unit on the Dutch Golden Age, 1609-1660,” Kloese reported, “and I felt like I was suddenly face-to-face with the history of my own family.”   The class looked at the work of architectural historian Witold Rybczynski, who credits the Dutch of this period with establishing the dual meaning of “home”: the house itself as well as the family, heirlooms, gardens and “sense of satisfaction and contentment that all these conveyed”.   Rybczynski claims that homes in the Dutch Golden Age were “unbelievably clean” and ruled by hardworking women who delighted in thrift, neatness and order. 

“Even though the Dutch Golden Age was far before my grandmother’s time, I saw all of these qualities in her” Kloese said.  “She lived in the Netherlands at the beginning of World War II.  She left her country and eventually settled in the U.S.”     

Serving The Sick With Hospitality

Lexington Students Put Their Hospitality Skills into Practice at Ronald McDonald House

Last spring, Lexington’s Housekeeping Management students decided to change the world for the better. Rather than choosing a for-profit application of their classroom theory, they volunteered to create a housekeeping plan for the newly-built Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital. Ronald McDonald House near Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago opened its doors on June 26, 2012, at 211 East Grand Avenue in downtown Chicago. The House is currently the largest in the nation: 15- stories in height. It houses up to 86 families of children in active treatment at Lurie’s, allowing them to stay close to their children, and offering them care and comfort, including a rooftop healing deck and a kitchen filled with home-cooked meals and supportive conversation. They ask a donation of $10 per night from each family, but no family is turned away if they are unable to contribute. 

A Woman With Many Hats

On Monday, February 3, students, faculty and staff at Lexington College gathered to celebrate President O’Leary’s Birthday 

With an amazing custom cake baked by faculty member, Chef Cheryl Brookhouzen, President O’Leary celebrated her first birthday as President of the College. The celebration took place in the Commons, where all sang “Happy Birthday” and wished her well.

The cake read: “A Woman With Many Hats”, and showed some of the many responsibilities and interests of President O’Leary: teacher, singer, artist, and foodie. It would have required a much bigger cake to show them all!

And just like the many interests of the President, the cake itself had a mix of flavors: banana, peanut butter and chocolate mousse marvel... a perfect lunch- time mix.

We wish President O’Leary many blessings in the years to come!


A Meeting of the Minds

Lexington College Students Connect & Share Values with Students from Across the Country

When 300 students from the top universities in the country including Harvard, Yale, Georgetown and Brigham Young gather at Princeton University in New Jersey, one knows that this is an intellectual meeting not to be missed. This included four of Lexington’s own – Mary Boyle, Therese Chin Lee, Anna Murata and Moira Mulcahy.

What brought student representatives from 25 universities across the country together? The 6th Annual Intercollegiate Conference on Sexuality, Integrity and the University hosted by The Love and Fidelity Network. “The Love and Fidelity Network’s annual conference aims to connect college men and women to leading scholars and experts in order to equip them with the best arguments and resources in support of marriage, family, and sexual integrity” says the conference website ( Moira elaborates, “The LFN supports college students maintaining their strong core values of integrity during the college years – which arguably are the toughest years of life and where one’s values are the most challenged. LFN teaches students how to live their faith through actions. I wanted to learn more about how to communicate my own beliefs to others when asked and to think deeper about tough topics in today’s society. Being a young adult in this society means it is really important to get through to other people because we can have real impact.”

Lexington Alumna Bakes Everyone Happy

Melissa Lathus (BAS, 2012) and Lucila Giagrande Show Lexington Students How to Turn Their Baking Skills into a Business

It’s just six months since Melissa Lathus graduated from Lexington and already she is putting her education in entrepreneurship into practice.  Her on-line pastry business, Bake Me Happy, is fully functional and ready to go.  Four of Melissa’s unique and original cupcakes were available for tasting on November 21st at Lexington’s annual Fall Tasting Fair.  Her “churro” cupcake, an adaptation of the Spanish donuts called churros, was among the favorites.  Topped with a cinnamon buttercream and a tiny churro, the cupcakes are a bite into the culture of Spain and Latin America, recalling Melissa’s Mexican roots.

How Do Hospitality Majors Celebrate Thanksgiving?

Lexington Student With Hospitality on Her Mind Finds Holiday Time Busy

A true love for the holidays is a must for Hospitality Management majors.  Even though they often work on holidays, their work is filled with festivity:  preparing traditional foods, planning special events and arranging travel and lodging for family gatherings are a big part of the hospitality world from mid-November until New Year’s Day.  Skylar Fowler (Class of 2017, from Virginia) found her first Thanksgiving break since coming to Lexington hectic, but fulfilling.

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