Campus Notebook

April 22, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) recently published an article titled "Immobilization Techniques in the Fabrication of Nanomaterial-based Electrochemical Biosensors: A Review" in the journal Sensors, 2013, 13(4), 4811-4840. Sensors is the leading international, peer-reviewed open access journal on the science and technology of sensors and biosensors. The journal is published by the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI) online monthly and reaches a wide audience worldwide. The manuscript has an undergraduate student author, William Putzbach (B.S. in Biology, C12), who is currently a first-year graduate student at Northwestern University. Ronkainen received an invitation to contribute an article to this special issue of Sensors titled "Enzymatic Biosensors" by guest editor Jan Halámek, Ph.D.

University Notes

"Summer Sleuths" is back. The intensive, problem-based learning program for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2013 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, June 24-27 on the Benedictine University campus. There is one slight change this year. There will be a $20 fee that will cover registration and four lunches in the Krasa Dining Room. For more information, go to or contact John Zigmond at or (630) 829-1364. To register, go to:                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Campus Beautification Day is on hold…for now. Director of Campus Services Jay Stuart reports that due to the cold and unspring-like weather, many of the tulips around campus have just begun to sprout out of the ground. Some areas have not even broken through yet. Beautification Day was scheduled for May 1. Commencement is 10 days later. The weather forecasts show not many days of sun and/or warmth. No temperatures above 63 degrees until April 29. So without sun or warmth, the bulbs may not even pop in some areas before the first part of May let alone by Beautification Day. Thus, Beautification Day will be delayed. If there are any beds that do not look nice or have lost their petals, we will remove the tulips. Watch for an update with a revised date later in May as we still need your help in beautifying the campus for the summer and early fall. You will still receive a shirt, a lunch and the afternoon off.

If you have used Internet banking or bought a book on, some very basic mathematics was at use. Find out more by attending "A Good Hash Function is Hard to Find, and Vice Versa" by Joshua Holden, Ph.D., of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26 in Kindlon Hall, Room 163. Secure hash functions are the unsung heroes of modern cryptography. Introductory courses in cryptography often leave them out. Since they don't have a secret key, it is difficult to use hash functions by themselves for cryptography. In addition, most theoretical discussions of cryptographic systems can get by without mentioning them. However, for secure practical implementations of public-key ciphers, digital signatures and many other systems, they are indispensable. In this talk, Holden will discuss the requirements for a secure hash function, the current state of the art in hash functions, and his attempts to come up with a "toy" system which is both reasonably secure and also suitable to work with by hand. Light refreshments will be served.

Denim Days are back. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays from May 3-August 23. Donate $70 upfront and wear jeans for 17 Fridays. That's three free Fridays. Donate $35 upfront and get one free Friday. Applies to new donations only. Current donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

The Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. 

Employee Appreciation Day will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Krasa Student Center. More information will be forthcoming.

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.

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.

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

Want to satisfy your sweet tooth without the guilt? Sweets don’t have to be full of fat, sugar and calories. In fact, they can be nutritious! Use these simple tips to make your sweets on the skinny side without compromising flavor. 

•    As a substitute for flour in brownies and cookies, try black bean puree for added fiber and nutrients. Add a can of blended black beans into a box of brownie mix and bake according to package instructions.

•    Reduce sugar content of cakes and cookies by swapping sugar for applesauce. Cut the sugar in half and add the same amount of applesauce plus one-third more. 

•    Replacing butter with bananas provides a dense texture and rich flavor for cakes, muffins, cookies and breads. Try substituting an equal amount of mashed banana for butter in recipes. 

•    Cut fat by replacing canola oil with Greek yogurt. Your cakes, breads and cookies will be incredibly moist. Add three-quarters cup of Greek yogurt for every cup of oil that you remove from the 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 Department of Athletics will present National Girls and Women in Sports Day on April 27. 

The baseball team swept Concordia Wisconsin on Senior Day Sunday at the sports complex.

The softball team recorded a sweep of Edgewood on the road Saturday to finish 7-1 during a busy week of competition.

The men's track and field team put together a solid showing at Millikin University.

The women's track and field team continues to progress through the outdoor schedule, capping a busy weekend by competing at Millikin.

Washed out on Wednesday, the men's lacrosse team played its first-ever game against Aurora on Sunday night.

With the season winding down, the women's lacrosse team dropped a road contest at Concordia Wisconsin.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Tuesday, April 23
BenU vs. Wheaton
6:30 p.m.
Sports Complex

Wednesday, April 24
BenU vs. North Park
6:30 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 27
BenU at Lakeland (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sheboygan, Wis.

Sunday, April 28
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (DH)
2:00 p.m.
Sports Complex
Monday, April 22
BenU vs. Dominican (DH)
4:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Tuesday, April 23
BenU vs. Wheaton (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 27
BenU vs. Marian (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Sunday, April 28
BenU vs. Lakeland (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men's Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 24
BenU vs. Augustana
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 27
BenU vs. Hanover
3:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Friday, April 26
BenU at Twilight Invite – Hosted by Benedictine
3:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Women's Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 23
BenU vs. Augustana
7:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, April 27
BenU vs. Mount St. Joseph
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men's Golf
Monday, April 22
BenU at NAC Championships – Hosted by Aurora
11:30 a.m.
Stonebridge Golf Course

Tuesday, April 23
BenU at Carthage Invite
10:00 a.m.
Kenosha Country Club
Kenosha, Wis.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 22-May 31:

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
Vincent Gaddis-May 4, History
Mary Ocasek-May 4, Benedictine Library
Jesse Horton-May 5, Physical Plant Department
Anne Madden-May 5, University Ministry
Niina Ronkainen-Matsuno-May 5, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Anthony Siebers-May 5, Mesa Operations
Emily Payne-May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios-May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Eileen Clark-May 7, Computer Science
Donna Ivancevic-May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Edgar Hernandez
-May 8, Campus Services
Carlos Herrera-May 8, Campus Services
Theresa Sak-May 9, Business Learning Team
Jean White-May 9, Enrollment Center
Mariana Rodriguez-May 11, Campus Services
Chad Treisch-May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Lynn Chambers-May 13, Admissions
Deborah Kirk-May 13, Business and Finance Services
Soyon Lee-May 16, International Business and Economics
Thomas Madia-May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey-May 16, Nursing and Health
Steven Hermann-May 17, Stewardship
Julie Davis-May 18, Nutrition
Michael Carroll-May 19, Mesa Operations
Dawn Smith-May 19, College of Business
Erica George-May 20, College of Education and Health Services
Jian Tang-May 21, Information Technology
Alison Ridge-May 22, Nursing and Health
Craig Terdich-May 22, Campus Services
Rita George-Tvrtkovic-May 23, Religious Studies
Adrienne Hickey-May 24, Office of Financial Aid
Tim Kazmierczak-May 26, Campus Services
Kenneth Reuter-May 26, Business and Finance Services
Beverly Uebel-May 26, Dining Services
Neil Wolf-May 26, University Services
Deborah Hellmuth-May 27, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Christopher Smith-May 27, Student Success Center
Barbara Allanach-May 28, Student Health Services
Amy Drew-May 28, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Tanesha Pittman-May 29, Moser College
Daniel Confolone-May 30, Dining Services
Peter Nelson-May 31, Physics and Engineering

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