Campus Notebook                                  April 18, 2016

Lisle Campus News

The annual Career Fair attracted dozens of students to the second
floor of the Krasa Center to meet with potential employers 

Campus Events
Make a Strategy Map information session your destination

The Strategic Planning Team will host two sessions to discuss the Strategy Map, the "road map" the University will use to help it achieve the goals outlined in the Destination Statement by 2020. According to the Destination Statement: "By 2020, Benedictine University will be a top-choice institution for our diverse student populations, recognized as a learner-centered, financially accessible Catholic university, regionally integrated with growing national reach, and financially strong and sustainable. We will achieve this through our differentiators of Benedictine values, high diversity and professional preparation of lifelong learners; and by exceeding our competition in holistically focusing on learner needs, delivering programs in the most effective instructional formats, and providing academic excellence via high-impact learning practices." The Strategy Map identifies stakeholders, learning delivery venues, the University processes, the people and knowledge requirements, and financial sustainability imperatives. The sessions will be held from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, and from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. If you have any questions or suggestions, please forward them to Robert Stanley and Thomas Wangler at

A foolish hunter, a mythical creature and puppet on puppet carnage

The College of Liberal Arts Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes Kat Pleviak, founder and director of the Sea Beast Puppet Company, to campus this spring. Pleviak has been a professional puppeteer and member of the Puppeteers of America since 2002. Under her direction, Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works such as "Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dümm," "Liquid Ladies," "The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy,"  "The History of Light" and "Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou," which won best in show at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival. Pleviak and her company will perform  "Méfiez-Vous de la Vaché-Garou" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The production tells the story of a young girl who goes on a journey of self-discovery set in motion by three dead men. Watch as a foolish hunter meets with retaliation in the dead of night and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature, all set in the sticky swamps of Louisiana. This show is meant for mature audiences. Don't miss the fun, the terror and some harsh acts of puppet on puppet carnage. The performance by Pleviak's students will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

Business alumni can network online from the comfort of home

Alumni of Benedictine's graduate programs in the College of Business can join fellow alumni, students and faculty for an exclusive online networking opportunity from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19.  This online platform lets alumni login from anywhere using their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device. Alumni can connect with people from their program or other graduate Business programs with just a few clicks. The event will be divided into three "booths" so alumni can choose the one that is most applicable to them – Business Administration; Management and Organizational Behavior; and Accountancy; Business Analytics and Management Information Systems. Alumni can also switch between booths at any time. Register at

Center for Civic Leadership hosts climate expert, famous weatherman

The Center for Civic Leadership will present "Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice Be Achieved for Young People?" by James Hansen, Ph.D., from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet prizes. WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will moderate the event. Called "a weatherman's weatherman" by many in the field, Skilling is an established and respected meteorologist both locally and nationally known for his in-depth reports, enthusiasm and use of state-of-the-art technology. He was chief meteorologist on "WGN Midday News" for more than 30 years and now appears weekdays on "WGN Evening News" and "WGN News at Nine," and "WGN News at Ten." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or

Controversial film about rape, murder of young Indian woman gets screening at Benedictine

The Department of Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University is sponsoring a screening of the film "India's Daughter" by award-winning filmmaker, actress and producer Leslee Udwin beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The film pays tribute to the remarkable short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Dehli in December 2012. It also examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape and tries to shed light on a culture that not only seeds, but may even encourage, violence against women. The event is free and open to the public. Udwin will speak prior to the film and take questions following the screening.  More information about the film can be found at For more information about the event, contact Pat Somers at or Brian Patterson, department chair, at (630) 829-6488 or

Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series explores redemption

The Center for Mission and Identity and St. Procopius Abbey will present "The Work of Our Redemption: A Liturgical Theology of Sacrosanctum Concilium" by Timothy O'Malley, Ph.D.,  director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy, as part of their Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, at St. Procopius Abbey Church. The event is free to the public and all are invited.

College of Business, Student Senate host wine, cheese and networking event

The College of Business and the Student Senate invite undergraduate alumni, faculty, staff and students to the "College of Business: Tradition of Success" wine and cheese reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. The event is designed to connect current College of Business students and alumni. Students are asked to dress in business attire. The event is free. Students should RSVP by April 20 to Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 or   

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies to recognize its best students

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies will host its annual Student Awards Reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Krasa Center, Room C. Following a social hour, recognition of academic achievements will be presented, including presentation of the department's Student Excellence Award. All major and minor students in the department's programs are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lynn Dransoff at

Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation scheduled for May 6

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, formerly known as the Hooding and Honors Ceremony, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Rice Center. The ceremony provides the opportunity for a faculty or staff to invest the graduates with the bachelor's hood. Each student chooses the faculty or staff member who has played an important role in their experience at Benedictine. For more information about the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, please contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Why Isn't Everyone LIke Me?" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn why understanding personality types (Enneagram-based) could lead you to a deeper understanding and a more loving relationship with God, yourself and others. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Pray for sunshine and fair skies for Commencement

The 126th Commencement Convocation will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The ceremony for associate and bachelor's degree recipients will begin at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony for master's and doctoral degree recipients will begin at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will run about 2 hours. There will be a reception immediately after each ceremony in the Campus Quad. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Rice Center. Tickets will be required.  If you do not have a ticket, you will be directed to the Goodwin Hall auditorium on the first floor to view the ceremony remotely. Handicapped seating will be available. Please allow extra time to be seated. For more information, go to

Pedagogy conference to explore embedding hallmarks into education

The Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) at Benedictine University will host the 10th Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference, "Engaging the Mission: Ten Years of Embedding the Hallmarks into Benedictine Education," on Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28. The goal of the Benedictine Pedagogy Conference is to help faculty and staff at Catholic Benedictine institutions find ways to enrich the workplace by empowering them through information and tools to better serve the University mission and, as a consequence, enrich the student experience. The keynote speaker will be Michael Hemesath, Ph.D., president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and chair of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities.  Other presenters will include University faculty and staff James Pelech (Education), Beth Vinkler (Foreign Languages), Nancy West Stoecker (Compliance), Alicia Cordoba Tait (CMI) and Jon Miller (Student Life). For more information, go to

Peter Sorensen, Ph.D.,director of the Ph.D. in Organization Development (OD)
and the Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior programs
at Benedictine University, addresses faculty and staff Thursday during the dedication
of the Sorensen Hall of Leaders on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall.


Upcoming Enrollment events allow prospective students to get to know BenU

The Office of Admissions has scheduled several events throughout the spring and summer to showcase Benedictine University to prospective students. Prospective students can attend Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on May 21, June 11, July 16 and August 13; and a Future Transfer Day on Wednesdays, May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3. During the events, attendees can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss Benedictine University's renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applying, scholarships and financial aid, and take a guided tour of campus. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300or

University Development

Provide a life preserver to students during finals week

Finals week is quickly approaching, which means our students will spend a lot of time studying. Some may seek out snack or comfort foods to sustain them. You can help by providing a "Finals Survival Care Package" filled with goodies and a personal note of good wishes or encouragement handwritten by you.  Each $36 purchase will provide a student with tasty snacks with $12 from each sale going toward the 2016 Class Year Giving Program to benefit the University community. Packages will be available for the students to pick up in the Krasa Student Center prior to finals week.  We will contact each student recipient by phone or email with exact pickup information. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630)829-6452 or

In need of some time to deal with a family health care situation?

Time is available through the Vacation Donation Leave Sharing Program for staff if they face a personal health care crisis or the need to care for an immediate family member and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. There are additional qualifications. To inquire or apply, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit

Benedictine is one of the safest campuses in Illinois

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police Facebook page and other items of interest. As always, please report all suspicious activities, or persons, to the Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666. We are located on the ground level of the parking garage and our Emergency Dispatch Center is staffed 24/7.

Healthy Table

April showers brings May flowers, but did you know sunshine brings happiness?

With springtime comes flowers, green grass and longer, warmer days. Now is the perfect time to get outside and soak up your Vitamin D from the sun while engaging in outdoor activities. Eat lunch outside, take a walk with friends, take the dog for a run or take a long bike ride. Research shows that spending time outside and in nature can jumpstart weight loss, increase brain function, reduce stress AND make us happy.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact Healthy Table, a free service which offers nutrition education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages and other health-related activities. We are located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University. You can also contact us at

Lisle Visitors & Convention Bureau

Visitors Bureau collecting old flags for retirement ceremony

Did you know that flags that are torn, faded, frayed and discolored are considered unserviceable and should not be flown? The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau will collect old flags through May 27 and deliver them to local Boy Scouts Troop 99 for a proper flag retirement ceremony in conjunction with the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony held on May 30, 2016 in downtown Lisle. Citizens, who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair, may drop off their old flags in the collection box located in the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau services coordinator, at (630) 769-1000 or

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the most recent schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Religious Works from University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Ongoing Exhibition

Photography from the University Art Collection
Featuring artists from Latin America and Eastern Europe
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

Through May 14

Student Exhibition
Student artwork from St. James the Apostle School (Glen Ellyn).
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery

Through May 14
BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from William Scarlato and David Marcet's painting classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

April 22-July 30
Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1

May 23-June 30

BenU Student Exhibition
Student intaglio and relief prints from William Scarlato and Teresa Parker's printmaking courses
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery regular hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.   

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

There will be a community event to honor the men's basketball team this Friday in Goodwin Hall.

Keep up to date with all of the schedule changes for spring sports.
The Benedictine baseball team completed another weekend of splits with a fifth split of the season in two more close contests with Aurora.

The Benedictine softball team split on senior day.

The Benedictine football team will host three prospect camps this summer.

The Benedictine men's golf team capped a busy weekend with the top two individuals finishes at the Lake Forest Invite.

Jimmy Lopez set a single game record for assists as the men's lacrosse team handled Concordia Chicago.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team hung with the conference leaders in a loss on Saturday.

The Benedictine men's track and field team hosted the Benedictine Relays.

Records fell for the Benedictine women's track and field team at the Benedictine Relays.

Upcoming Athletic Events (subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, April 19

Women's Golf
BenU at Elmhurst Spring Invite
Oak Brook, Ill. – Oak Brook Golf Club
11:00 a.m.

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

Men's Golf
BenU vs. Dominican – Dual
Woodridge, Ill. – Seven Bridges
3:00 p.m.


BenU vs. Illinois Wesleyan
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 20

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Aurora
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse

BenU vs. Aurora
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23

Men's/Women's Track & Field
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
10:30 a.m.

BenU vs. Dominican (DH)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
12:00 p.m.

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

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Cornell
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 24

Men's Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Aurora, Ill. – Stonebridge Country Club
11:00 a.m.


BenU at Lakeland (DH)
Sheboygan, Wis.
12:00 p.m.


BenU at Concordia Wisconsin (DH)
Mequon, Wis.
1:00 p.m.



Students enjoyed a performance by dueling pianists in the Coal Ben
during the annual Springfest celebration. 

Mesa Campus News

Benedictine University at Mesa students enjoyed lunch Friday
with campus chaplain Fr. James Aboyi, V.C. (background).

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball goes 2-4 during the weekend, including a key series split vs. Cal Pac foe Antelope Valley

Golf teams finish strong at Cal Pac championships, including an all-conference nod for Ryan Witte

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, April 19

BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle (DH)
Prescott, Ariz.
2:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22

BenU at Mesa at Simpson University (Calif.) (DH)
Redding, Calif.
12:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 23

BenU at Mesa at Simpson University (Calif.) (DH)
Redding, Calif.
12:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

$10K M.B.A. program being offered at new location

The National Moser Center in Central Illinois is offering the $10K M.B.A. program at a new location in Peoria. Applications are now being accepted for classes to be held at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. For more information, contact Susie Doddek, campus administrator, at (217) 718-3489.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 18-May 31:

Sarah Shanes – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
Elizabeth Bell – April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
Jessica Jelinek – April 21, Athletics
Jayne Wechsler – April 21, Dining Services
Michael Fitzgerald – April 22, Dining Services
Georgeen Polyak – April 22, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
Xiaojin Yu – April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand – April 26, Onground Ed.D.
William Torres – April 26, Benedictine University Police
Monica Miller – April 27, Residence Life
Andrea Swanson – April 27, Campus Planning and Construction
Susan Mikula Christie – April 28, College of Liberal Arts
Benjamin Langer – April 29, Abbey Personnel
Gena Lewis – April 29, Teacher Education Preparation
John Thornburg – April 29, Psychology/Sociology
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center
Roling Gunhild – May 2, Dining Services
Amir Ouranus – May 2, Information Technology
David Robush – May 3, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Castro Socorro – May 3, Dining Services
Brenda Zdenek – May 3, Business and Finance Services
Vincent Gaddis – May 4, History
Mary Ocasek – May 4, Benedictine Library
Niina Ronkainen – May 5, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Emily Payne – May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios – May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Matthew Glowiak – May 7, Clinical Psychology
Alexander Huba – May 7, Undergraduate Business
Donna Ivancevic – May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Theresa Sak – May 9, National Academic Development
Alyssa Szynal – May 9, Admissions
Jean White – May 9, Enrollment Center
Christian Diaz de Sandy – May 11, Dining Services
Chad Treisch – May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Lynn Chambers – May 13, Admissions
Anne Green – May 13, Admissions
Deborah Kirk – May 13, Business and Finance Services
Thomas Madia – May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey – May 16, Nursing and Health
Ashley Parisi – May 17, New Student Advising Center
Julie Davis – May 18, Nutrition
Dawn Smith – May 19, College of Business
Erica George – May 20, School of Education
Jessica Peek – May 20, Campus Ministry
Bradley Wilcoxon – May 20, Benedictine University Police
Jian Tang – May 21, Information Technology
Alison Ridge – May 22, Nursing and Health
Rita George-Tvrtkovic – May 23, Religious Studies
Jay Dunn – May 24, Benedictine University Police
Adrienne Hickey – May 24, Financial Aid
Kenneth Reuter – May 26, Business and Finance Services
Keith Mann – May 27, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Felipe Acosta – May 30, Dining Services
Peter Nelson – May 31, Physics and Engineering
Kirsten Voak – May 31, Mesa Operations

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

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