Campus Notebook

April 20, 2015

University Notes
Chairman's Ball APR2015 276

Guests dance the night away to the sounds of Frank Sinatra Jr. at the inaugural
Chairman's Ball held at the Lisle Hilton on March 28. 

Eat, drink and fete top students in History, Philosophy and Religious Studies

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies invites students, alumni, faculty and staff to its annual awards reception on Wednesday, April 29, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall.  The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres. The program will start 6:30 p.m. The event is free of charge. Please RSVP at by Monday, April 27.

Hot dogs, hamburgers and Sgt. Popp

Benedictine University Police and Student Health Services will host the annual Finals Cookout from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 27. Due to construction of the College of Business building, the location for the cookout is on the lawn by Jaeger Hall. Students are invited to come for a hotdog or hamburger, chips and beverage after a hard morning of studying for finals.

Help keep Benedictine beautiful

Get out of the office. Work alongside of colleagues you do not connect with on a daily basis. Play in the dirt. It’s Campus Beautification Day. Meet at the water tower at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 7. Participants will receive a spring 2014 Beautification Day T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch at 12:00 p.m. RSVP to Kathy Rutkowski at or (630) 829-6420.

Snacks needed for wall-to-wall finals week movies

Campus Ministry is seeking donations of snacks -- cookies, chips, pretzels, candies, baked goods, etc. – from faculty, staff and the community for its Finals Movie Marathon. The marathon runs from 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 3, through 12:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, in the Interfaith Lounge located in Kindlon Hall, Room 422. The event gives students a break from studying during finals. If you would like to donate any of the above items, please bring them to the Campus Ministry office located on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall.  For more information, contact Maureen Romero at (630) 829-1310 or

Faculty and staff will be recognized at Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Faculty who have been promoted and employees who have given years of service will be recognized.

Slammers to play exhibition game at Sports Complex

The Joliet Slammers baseball team, a member of the professional independent Frontier League, will play an exhibition game against the Rockford Aviators at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Tickets for the game are $5 and can be purchased online at or by calling (815) 722-2287. The Frontier League was formed in 1993, and is the oldest operating independent league. During the 2014 season, more than 60 players from Frontier League teams were picked up by Major League Baseball organizations.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery are celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with a viewing of  “A Question of Habit,” a full length documentary film that examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at the monastery, 1910 Maple Ave.,  in Lisle. The movie contrasts the images of nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. Although most Roman Catholic women religious in the U.S. have not worn the full habits of their orders for more than 40 years, images of nuns and sisters in such habits can be found in numerous and surprising aspects of pop culture. The sisters’ special guest is Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph.D., who is the writer, producer and director of the film. She holds a joint appointment in both the School of Communication and the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University.

Honors Convocation set for May 1 in Rice Center

The Spring 2015 Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 1, at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. A reception in the Rice Center follows the ceremony.

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing …”

The Department of Languages and Literature invites students, staff and faculty to attend and/or participate in the Open Mic and Poetry Slam event from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Coal Ben. The microphone will be open from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with the slam to follow from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Slam poetry is the competitive form of poetry performance. It was established in the mid-1980s to heighten public interest in poetry readings and has since evolved into an international art form emphasizing audience involvement and poetic excellence. Each participant is encouraged to bring at least two original poems. Music and prizes for the winners will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Vinkler at (630) 829-6264 or

Expect the best but prepare for the worst

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program designed to prepare staff and students to help themselves, their family, friends and neighbors in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available, such as emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, emergency response organization and disaster psychology. The training will be held from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, June 15-17, in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABCD. To participate, contact Michi Dubes at

Theater is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture.

The Benedictine University community and the public are invited to attend a performances students who participated in the artist-in-residence course from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, in the Krasa Presentation Room. For more information, contact Karin Hadley at or (630) 829-6274. 

Join the Center for Civic Leadership Reading Group on Facebook

“The New Jim Crow” Michelle Alexander is a former litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination and a current law professor at The Ohio State University. Her critically acclaimed new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critique of the U.S. prison system and the mass incarceration of African-American men. Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to read the book and join CCL staff and BenU professors on the group’s Facebook page at for an ongoing discussion of the book. Ask your friends and family to join as well. Readers can then attend Alexander's appearance at Benedictine at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

What kind of birds are in your backyard?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Spring 2015 Discovery Days Program will feature “Backyard Birds of Illinois” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. This workshop will investigate some of the most common backyard birds of Northern Illinois. Please register by Thursday, April 23. On Saturday, May 9 from 1:30-4:00 p.m., join the museum staff for “Life in the Pond: A Hands-on Exploration.” In this workshop, the secret underwater world of pond life will be explored. Please register by Thursday, May 7. All programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Children must be attended by an adult. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended as the nature trail is unpaved and may be muddy. Please email or call (630) 829-6546 to register.

Reminding students of email policy

A Benedictine University-provided email address ( is the official means of communication from University representatives to students. Students are responsible for all University communication sent to their Benedictine email address. It is expected that students check their email account regularly and respond accordingly. Students may forward their Benedictine email to another email address (e.g., @gmail), however, the University is not liable for any problems that may result from forwarding this email to another account. Students should also follow Benedictine’s Acceptable Use Policy, found at

State law prohibits smoking near entrances

A reminder from Student Health Services and University Police, smoking is prohibited 15 feet from entryways, windows and ventilation systems. This is a state law.

Get your grad on!

Admissions counselors will be available to meet with students interested in attending graduate school at Benedictine University from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in 2015 – May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

Help foster reconciliation and peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Who are you going to call?

Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.

Sunday and Daily Mass schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

Benedictine partners with John Marshall to offer joint M.B.A./J.D.

Individuals seeking a graduate degree to enhance their careers should consider Benedictine University’s new joint Master of Business (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program with John Marshall Law School. After meeting admissions requirements at both schools, students can take classes at John Marshall toward a law degree and at Benedictine toward earning an M.B.A. Students enrolling in the joint program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. Part-time students can attend classes simultaneously at Benedictine and John Marshall. The fall application period for John Marshall is August 15-April 1 and the spring application period is August 15-November 15. Completed applications must include: electronic application form; LSAT score; transcripts and letters of recommendation; personal statement; resume (optional); and application fee. The John Marshall Law School operates on a rolling admission policy. The Office of Admission continues to review applications until the entering class is full. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.

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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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.

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

Through April 25
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
“Margaret Taylor-Burroughs: Art Pioneer”
The art gallery is currently presenting a mini-retrospective of Chicago art pioneer Margaret Taylor-Burroughs in celebration of her many lasting educational and artistic contributions to the African-American community in Chicago. Burroughs taught art to countless youths in the city and her art career spanned more than 40 years. She produced a body of work that included paintings, drawings and prints, while working tirelessly to create spaces for young artists to exhibit their own work. She and her husband held art exhibits in their home before helping to found the DuSable Museum of African American History. This exhibition features works from the family’s private collection.

Through May 9
Kindlon Hall, Gallery North (First Floor) and South (Second Floor)
Student Exhibition

First Sunday Tea & Talk
April 19     
Karen Brooks, Calligrapher    
“Illustrations of the St. John Bible”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Don’t know what to do with your old, used flag? The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is now a central location for the retirement of American flags.  Citizens who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair may retire their flag properly by donating the flag for a flag retirement ceremony at the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony held on May 25, 2015, in downtown Lisle. A collection box will be located in the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Donations are accepted through May 22, 2015. For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau Services Coordinator, at (630) 769-1000 or

Healthy Table

Food tips for camping and hiking

With warm weather just around the corner, hiking trails and campgrounds will soon fill up. Registered Dietitian Jackie Newgent offers five tips for making your camping trip healthy and full of energy. Find out what you need to know before leaving for the great outdoors:

1. Have a plan. With increased physical activity, your body needs more food and water than a day in the office. Consider the length of trip, what foods and water you can carry, how you’ll eat and drink it, and what food-related tools you’ll need.

2. Pack easy-to-carry foods. As every hiker knows, every item added to your backpack is another item you’re carrying on your hike. Try lightweight, nutrient-dense foods like trail mix, nuts, dried fruits and vegetable, and ready-make tuna salad pouches to fuel your trip.

3. Pack easy-to-prepare foods. If you’re camping overnight, you’ll want to choose meals that require minimal preparation and cooking equipment. Ready-to-eat pouches are easy to heat up in boiling water over a campfire. If possible, do the prep-work at home before heading out for the trip.

4. Store safely. You’ll need disposable wipes, bowls, plates, utensils, ice packs, trash bags and water filters before taking to the trails. Keep in mind that most campgrounds have a pack-in/pack-out rule, so make sure you’ve got a “trash” container to keep all the waste inside.

5. Check the temperatures. Remember, perishable foods can’t be left in hot weather (90’F or higher) for more than one hour. Wash your hands before cooking, separate raw meats from ready-to-eat foods and surround perishables with ice packs.

Happy trails!

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs 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

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Keep up to date with the most recent weather changes for spring sports.

The Benedictine baseball team bounced back to sweep Dominican on Sunday.

The three-year-old Benedictine men’s lacrosse program set a school record for wins.

The Benedictine softball team split a Sunday doubleheader at home with Dominican.

The Benedictine men’s golf team is hosting the NACC championships.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team stayed alive in the conference tournament picture.

Megan Malone set a school track and field record at Wheaton.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team finished sixth at Wheaton.

Mike Irgang was honored as the NACC Pitcher of the Week.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, April 20

Men’s Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Aurora, Ill. – Stonebridge
8:30 a.m./2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21

BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22

Women’s Lacrosse
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

BenU vs. North Park
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 23

Men’s Lacrosse
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 24

Men’s/Women’s Track & Field
BenU at Twilight Invite
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Concordia Chicago (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 25

Women’s Lacrosse
BenU vs. Wartburg
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
11:00 a.m.

BenU at Alverno (DH)
Milwaukee, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, April 26

BenU at Rockford (DH)
Rockford, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 21-May 31:

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.)
Alton Nobles - April 23, Admissions
Shannon Rauch - April 23, Mesa Operations
Xiaojin Yu - April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand - April 26, Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change
William Torres - April 26, Benedictine University Police
Maria Flores – April 27, Campus Services
Monica Miller - April 27, Residence Life
Andrea Swanson - April 27, Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management
Jason Burr - April 28, Athletics
Susan Mikula Christie - April 28, College of Liberal Arts
Gena Lewis – April 29, Teacher Education Preparation
John Thornburg - April 29, Psychology/Sociology
Lynne Schrott - April 30, Career Development Center
Wilbert Watkins - April 30, Music
Kathleen Schottenhamel - May 1, Admissions
Lindsey Brach - May 1, New Student Advising
Roling Gunhild - May 2, Dining Services
Amir Ouranus - May 2, Information Technology
Brenda Zdenek - May 3, Business and Finance Services
David Robush - May 3, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Vincent Gaddis - May 4, History
Mary Ocasek - May 4, Benedictine Library
Niina Ronkainen - Matsuno-May 5, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Emily Payne - May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios - May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Donna Ivancevic - May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Carlos Herrera - May 8, Campus Services
Theresa Sak - May 9, National Academic Development
Jean White - May 9, Enrollment Center
Chad Treisch - May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Anton Auerbach - May 13, Abbey Personnel
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 Adivising Center
Jigisha Thakkar - May 17, Information Technology
Jonathan Valentin - May 17, Campus Services
Julie Davis - May 18, Nutrition
Dawn Smith - May 19, College of Business
Erica George - May 20, School of Education
Bradley Wilcoxon - May 20, Benedictine University Police
Jian Tang - May 21, Information Technology
Maraea Mason - May 21. Financial Aid
Alison Ridge - May 22, Nursing and Health
Craig Terdich - May 22, Campus Services
Rita George-Tvrtkovic - May 23, Religious Studies
Jay Dunn - May 24, Benedictine University Police
Adrienne Hickey - May 24, Financial Aid
Tim Kazmierczak - May 26, Campus Services
Kenneth Reuter - May 26, Business and Finance Services
Amy Drew - May 28, Enrollment, Northern Region
Maria Veguilla - May 29, Campus Services
Colin Cadman - May 30, Abbey Personnel
Daniel Confolone - 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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