I'm honored to report of recognition during this past Lewis University Homecoming, receiving the 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award. I was blessed to have my parents and close friends present for the dinner and ceremony. Congratulations to all award winners: Michael Swenson '67, Martin Mitrenga '74, Frank Palmasani '75 & '85, Cheryl Portner M.S..N. '10, Guy Thier '83, Honorable Lisa Holder White '90, and Colleen Walsh '05.
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Young Alumni Achievement Award
Dedicated and highly creative, Javier Solorio triple-majored in Communication Technology, Multimedia Design, and Radio-TV Broadcasting at Lewis University, graduating in 2006. The son of immigrant parents, Javier and Esperanza Solorio, this Lewis alumnus attributes him many accomplishments to his father, a man with a deep understanding of the importance of schooling, even though he himself did not have the opportunity to pursue a higher education.
As a student at Lewis, Javier very capably served on the staff as a photographer for the highly-regarded Lewis newspaper, The Flyer. He also worked as music director for WLRA, the campus radio station, while serving as an Instructional Technology supervisor for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Javier earned numerous recognitions for his impressive communications expertise and scholarly achievements, including being inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Honor Society. As an exemplary student both in and out of the classroom, Javier was named Rotary Student of the Month in 2005 and 2006 was awarded the Senior Departmental Award for Multimedia. Javier was also chosen as a Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2006. He served as a leader for the Koinonia Retreat in 2004, as Associate Director of Koinonia in 2005, and as Director in 2006. He also generously served in 2005 and 2006 as a retreat leader at the David Darst Social Justice Center in Chicago.
His service and loyalty to Lewis University have continued after graduation, as he assisted with the Silver Challenge campaign's video productions to raise scholarship funds for Lewis University students with financial need. He also has effectively shared his creativity and technical skills with other organizations, bringing a fresh and innovative approach to a multi-million dollar capital campaign for St. Rita of Cascia High School, where he served as Director of Graphic Design and provided brand development in print, video and web. Javier currently resides in Lincoln Park in Chicago and has utilized his many talents and competence to start his own multimedia business, rgbpixel, for which he serves as Independent Media Designer and Founder. Achievements such as third place in News Photography for Best of Midwest in 2006 and a feature for first place in Graphic Design and Photography for the Windows Fine Arts Magazine at Lewis University, highlight the unique and professional perspectives he brings to his work.
Javier has been fascinated with technology since he first worked on a Macintosh computer in elementary school. He desires to be at the intersection of technology and design, and holds strong core beliefs anchored in Lasallian and Augustinian values. When not at work, he continues developing his expertise through his many hobbies, including interactive digital publication design, motion graphic animation, and music composition.
For his remarkable achievement as a Lewis alumnus and current contributions and potential as a multimedia talent, combined with his loyalty and service to Lewis University, the University is most please to award Javier Solorio with the Young Alumni Achievement Award on this, the twenty-eighth day of September, 2013.