April 18, 2017


We hope you all had a Happy Easter holiday this past Sunday!


James Pelech, Ph.D., (Teacher Education Preparation) hosted a virtual research conference with faculty from Charles University in the Czech Republic. Alandra Devall, Ph.D., (Teacher Education Preparation) and her students presented their work on student learning via YouTube videos, and Pelech and his students presented their research on the effectiveness of the quizzing process as a learning tool. Doctoral students from Charles University presented their research on language learning. Both universities plan for this to be the first of a series of virtual conferences.


Spring artist-in-residence performances

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist-in-residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is free and open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only.

Lecture series explores the future of organization development

The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series will present “The Past, the Present and the Future of OD” with Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., and William A. Pasmore, Ph.D., from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, in the Sorensen Hall of Leaders on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. Woodman is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business and former head of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on organizational change and organizational creativity and his published work can be found in the top management, psychology and organizational leadership journals. Pasmore has been advising leaders for nearly 40 years. His clients have included GE, Procter & Gamble, Ingersoll Rand, NOVA Chemicals, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., United Airlines, Levi Strauss & Co., Unilever, Polaroid, Kaiser Permanente and Amoco Corporation, among many others. The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series brings forth the latest scholarly work and practice in the fields of organization development and organizational change. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit ben.edu/manage. 

Highly decorated former CIA agent to address global terrorism

Former CIA agent Robert Baer will present "National Security and Global Terrorism in the 21st Century" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including "See No Evil," the basis for the acclaimed film "Syriana" which earned George Clooney an Academy Award for his portrayal of Baer. Considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Middle East, Baer frequently appears on all major news outlets. He writes regularly for Time.com, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ben.edu/cclbaer, email ccl@ben.edu or contact Jen Zingg at jzingg@ben.edu.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

The 127th Commencement Convocation for associate and bachelor's degree recipients will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 13, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The ceremony for master's and doctoral degree recipients will begin at 9:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, at the Rice Center. There will be a reception immediately after each ceremony in the Campus Quad. In case of inclement weather, the ceremonies will be held in the Rice Center. For more information, go to ben.edu/commencement

Admitted Student Day allows students to learn more, tour campus

Admitted students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Students and their families can tour campus, learn more about BenU's Scholars Program and undergraduate majors, speak with faculty, and meet with representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu. Upcoming Admissions events include Transfer Admitted Day on Friday, April 28, and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.

Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm

Keep up with the Eagles!

Keep up to date with the schedule changes due to weather.

The Benedictine men’s outdoor track and field team appeared in the national rankings at No. 13.

Holly Haberkorn earned the NACC Player of the Week award for the second time this season.

Matt Fleming of the men’s track and field team was named as the NACC Athlete of the Week.

Sammie Sanko was honored as the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

The Benedictine men’s outdoor track and field team won an event for the third consecutive weekend, bettering a large field at the Benedictine Relays.

The Benedictine baseball team capped a 4-0 weekend with a sweep of Aurora.

The Benedictine softball team split a pair of road games at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Corbin Gett set the single season record for goals and points as the Benedictine men’s lacrosse team picked up a pair of wins in record-setting fashion.

The Benedictine women’s outdoor track and field team finished 10th in the second home event of the year.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team battled the elements in a loss to Illinois Tech.

The Benedictine men’s golf team tuned up for the conference championships at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, April 18

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

Wednesday, April 19

Women’s lacrosse
BenU vs. Beloit
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 20

Men’s golf
BenU vs. Dominican – River Bend
Lisle, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 22

Men’s/Women’s outdoor track and field
BenU at Concordia Chicago Cougar Invite
River Forest, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

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

BenU at Dominican (DH)
Schaumburg, Ill.
12:00 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse
BenU vs. Wartburg
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse
BenU vs. Carthage
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 23

Men’s golf
BenU at NACC Championships – Third Round
Aurora, Ill. – Stonebridge Country Club
11:00 a.m.

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

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

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to ben.edu/athletics.

Graduation day is almost here!

Benedictine University at Springfield will hold Commencement Convocation ceremonies on Sunday, May 14, for bachelor's degree recipients at 11:00 a.m., and for master's and doctoral degree recipients at 2:00 p.m. in Angela Hall. The Baccalaureate Mass will be at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Sacred Heart Chapel. The Awards and Hooding ceremony will be at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, in the Angela Hall gym. 


Benedictine University has chosen Paula Norby, Ed.D., to lead 
the University's Mesa branch campus as dean. She will be responsible 
for all academic and operational areas, and be charged with developing 
strategies to continue to grow the Mesa campus.

Spring Open House helps students learn more about BenU at Mesa

Benedictine University at Mesa will host Spring Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. Spring Open House is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sit in on classes and talk with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics.

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 18-April 30:

Sarah Shaner – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
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.)
Casey Simon –  April 22, Women's Volleyball
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
Diane Bolker – April 24, Housekeeping and Event Services
Luetta Coonrod – April 24, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Heather Oxley – April 25, Facilities Management
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
Scot Soukup – April 27, Grounds and Landscaping Services
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, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center

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