Campus Notebook

April 15, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jude-Marie Alexis-Smalec (Online Master of Public Health program) is one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Online College Professor of the Year contest. Alexis-Smalec teaches health courses regarding social and behavioral aspects, media technology and cultural context of health care to students in the Master of Public Health program at Benedictine University. Voting will take place on the from April 15-28. Voting is open to everyone, but will be limited to one vote per person. A vote is only valid if it includes the voter's full first and last name and a valid email address. Repeat or fraudulent votes will not be counted. You can read more about her and cast your vote at

Joyce R. Jeewek (Education) published an article titled "Illinois Authors + A Basket of Books = Mentor Texts for the 6 Traits of Writing” that appeared in the Illinois Reading Council Journal, Spring 2013, Volume 41, No. 2. This peer-reviewed publication aligns with the Illinois Reading Council’s new statewide initiative titled "Illinois Reads" which kicked off its start at the Old State Capital Building in Springfield in March. Books written by Illinois authors from birth to adult were chosen, and all Illinois residents are encouraged to participate. The initiative will end in November in conjunction with the statewide Family Reading Night. For more information on Illinois Reads visit

University Notes

The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) and Benedictine University encourage area residents to bring their electronics and other waste items to “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in the Rice Center parking lot. Items accepted include: computers and monitors, televisions; cell phones; bicycles; rechargeable batteries; sealed lead acid batteries; inkjet cartridges; worn American flags; eyeglasses; hearing aids; wheelchairs; records; musical instruments; old keys; printers and copy/fax machines; telephones; VCRs; and stereos and video games. Also acceptable are; scrap metal, including washers, dryers, stoves, swing sets and lawn furniture; propane and oxygen tanks; sewing machines; non-motorized wheelchairs; car, sump pump and boat batteries; and all textiles, even torn clothes and shoes. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or

Summer Fun Day Camp registration is under way. Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to spend a fun-filled summer beginning with the first of nine weekly sessions on Monday, June 3. Activities include games, sports, computers, fishing, movies, reading and arts and crafts. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost for Benedictine employees is $135 per week (five days per week), $108 for four days per week and $81 for three days per week. Sessions are June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 (no camp July 4), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 290-August 2, and August 5-9. For information, visit the website at or contact Marita Hyde at or (630) 829-6019.

Celebrate National Library Week at Benedictine April 15-20. Among the events scheduled are: cookie decorating on Monday from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. outside the main doors to the library on the second floor of Kindlon Hall; a faculty author book chat featuring Rita George-Tvtkovic Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in the IdeaLounge on the second floor of the library near the windows; and a Big Read film, "In the Time of the Butterflies," at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday on the second floor. The favorite books of student workers and library staff will be on display all week on the lower level and the third floor, respectively. Amnesty for some library materials will also be granted at the Circulation Desk on the lower level. 

The Benedictine University Library Faculty Author Book Talk Series will present faculty author Rita George-Tvrtkovic’s "A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce’s Encounter with Islam," from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the library’s IdeaLounge. Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn about this 13th century Italian Dominican who lived in Baghdad and wrote extensively about Islam and Muslims. 

The Benedictine University Women’s Institute for Global Leadership and the Smart Money Seminars series will present "Smart Money" with special speakers Laura Shallow, vice president of Fifth Third Bank, and Monica L. Walker, founding partner, CEO and CIO of Holland Capital Management LLC, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free, but registration is required at Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The Department of HIstory, Philosophy and Religious Studies invites faculty and staff to its Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for students and $30 for faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Proceeds benefit the Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B., Endowed Scholarship. To RSVP, contact Brett Harrington at (630) 829-1814 or

The Departments of Language and Literature, Communication Arts and Core Humanities will present "Housewives, Career Gals, and the Sexy Single Girl: Feminisms and Television's ‘Mad Men’” by Jennifer Dunn, Ph.D., assistant professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Dominican University, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Birck Hall, Room 218. There are critics who dismiss “Mad Men” as glorifying the sexist world of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. However, the series focuses on the ad world in the years prior to the emergence of the women's movement and the time when second wave feminism was just emerging. Complicated main characters, such as suburban housewife Betty, sexy-single girl Joan and budding career gal Peggy; and minor characters such as Don Draper's many lovers and the Draper's maid, can also help viewers understand the divisions that emerged within the feminism and the women's movement then, as well as women's lives and feminist beliefs today.

Did you give to the University this year? Then celebrate you at Benedictine Philanthropy Day, “Our Legacy Grows with Giving Hearts.” Your financial support of the University and donations to the Vacation Donation Program exemplify the spirit of giving and of the caring community at Benedictine University. Donors will have received an invitation via email to the Ice Cream Social -- featuring a variety of ice cream, toppings, cookies and lemonade – from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in the Krasa Fireside Lounge to help us celebrate the giving spirit of the Benedictine community. Invitees can also participate in a “White Elephant” event during the ice cream social. Just bring in your new or like-new household items such as glassware, décor items, picture frames, games, office supplies or Benedictine wear to the Annual Fund office in Lownik Hall, Room 019, prior to the event. (Please do not bring food, perishables, plants, books, clothing, children’s toys or joke items). A drawing to determine the winners of these items will be held at the ice cream social. Reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in others.  For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex is the home of the Chicago Red Stars professional women's soccer team. The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club that was a founding member of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The Red Stars participated in WPS in 2009-2010, playing their home games at Toyota Park. After leaving the WPS in December 2010 due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team participated in the inaugural WPSL Elite League and currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Sports Complex will host 11 home games this season (April-August). For ticket information, go to

Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University’s policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.

Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at or (630) 829-1127.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, “Thank you.” For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated.

When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine “” Every time you use, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box “I am supporting,” type “Benedictine,” in the drop down menu click on “Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;” then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use “,” by downloading the “Goodsearch” toolbar at If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Time off is available for staff to use through the Vacation Donation Program if they are facing a personal emergency and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. All donated time expires at the end of May. To apply for additional time, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366.

Healthy Table

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? Healthy eating plays a very critical role in dealing with stress on a daily basis.  A balanced diet that includes carbohydrates, protein, fat, as well as vitamins and minerals is important for maintaining energy, concentration, focus, and performance in work and school.  Instead of turning to sugary foods, sugary drinks, caffeine, and energy drinks, focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products.  Too much caffeine is linked to poor sleep quality, which can further add stress. Also, sugary foods and drinks will provide you with quick energy, but will leave you hungry and tired just a few hours later.  Whole foods, in contrast, provide energy and fullness that lasts for several hours.

Here are some tips for eating during stressful times:

  • Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to avoid fatigue and low energy levels.

  • Avoid sweets and sugary foods and drinks.  Instead, pack healthy, nutrient-dense snacks such as an apple with peanut butter, trail mix, string cheese, yogurt, or whole wheat crackers with hummus.

  • Avoid excess caffeine and replace caffeinated beverages with water.

  • Take time in the day to unwind from your stressful situations. Cook a healthy meal with a friend or try a new healthy recipe.

Healthy Table at Benedictine offers nutrition counseling by our very own dietetic interns who are working to be registered dietitians. Make an appointment today by calling (630) 829-6518 or "Like" us on Facebook at "Healthy Table and Benedictine University."

Campus Recreation

Work Out. Earn Points. Get Gear. The “I Got Rec’d” Incentive Program at Benedictine Fitness Center encourages an active lifestyle with the motivation of earning free prizes. To earn points, just attend a Campus Recreation activity such as a group fitness class. Get your card punch and you’re on your way. Every punch card you complete earns you a bigger and better prize. For more information, visit or pick up a pamphlet and a free punch card at the Benedictine Fitness Center front desk. If you have any additional questions, contact Emily Payne at or (630) 829-6107.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine University Department of Athletics will present National Girls and Women in Sports Day on April 27.

The baseball team finished a 5-0 week with a doubleheader sweep of Dominican in Schaumburg on Sunday. 

Capping an unbeaten week with a sweep of Rockford, the softball team climbed over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

Returning home for the first time since March, the men's lacrosse team set a school record with 21 goals in a win over Defiance.

The men's track and field team hosted the Eagle Invite on Saturday and finished fifth.

The women's track and field team also took part in the Eagle Invite on Saturday.

The women's lacrosse team was shut out at North Central.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Wednesday, April 17
BenU vs. Illinois Wesleyan
6:30 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 20
BenU at Marian (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Fond du Lac, Wis.

Sunday, April 21
BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin (DH)
2:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Monday, April 15
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Tuesday, April 16
BenU at Concordia Chicago (DH)
3:00 p.m.
River Forest, Ill.

Thursday, April 18
BenU vs. Dominican (DH)
4:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Friday, April 19
BenU at Maranatha (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Watertown, Wis.

Saturday, April 20
BenU at Edgewood (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Madison, Wis.

Men's Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 17
BenU vs. Aurora
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 20
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
1:00 p.m.
Mequon, Wis.

Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Thursday-Friday, April 18-19
BenU at Concordia Chicago Cougar Invite
2:00 p.m.
River Forest, Ill.

Women's Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 16
BenU vs. Aurora
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 20
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
4:00 p.m.
Mequon, Wis.

Men's Golf
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21
BenU at NAC Championships – Hosted by Aurora
11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Golf Course

Women's Golf
Saturday-Sunday, April 20-21
BenU at Benedictine Spring Invite
11:00 a.m.
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews


Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 15-30:

Marilyn Cermak - April 15, Student Success Center
Christopher Birks - April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa - April 17, Admissions
Diane Battistella - April 19, Financial Aid
Maria de la Camara - April 20, College of Liberal Arts
Kaniela Aiona - April 21, Athletics
Elizabeth Bell - April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
Jessica Steadman - April 21, Athletics Marketing
Jayne Wechsler - April 21, Dining Services
Wayne Haffey - April 22, Benedictine University Police
Mike Fitzgerald - April 22, Dining Services
Georgeen Polyak - April 22, Public Health
Xiaojin Yu - April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand - April 26, Doctor of Education Program
Beryl Davin - April 26, Women’s Institute for Global Leadership
William Torres - April 26, Benedictine University Police
Monica Miller - April 27, Residence Life
Andrea Swanson - April 27, Planning, Design and Construction Management
Jason Burr - April 28, Athletics
Susan Mikula Christie - April 28, History
John Thornburg - April 29, International Business and Economics
Pedro Guerrero - April 29, Campus Services
Lynne Schrott - April 30, Career Development
Wilbert Watkins - April 30, Music

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at extension 6090.

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