Campus Notebook                                  April 25, 2016

The Task Force on Mission, Vision and Character Statements presented the statements approved by the Benedictine University Board of Trustees during the community meeting on Friday, April 22.

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community dedicated to teaching and learning, scholarship and service, truth and justice, as inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the social teaching of the Church, and the principles of wisdom in the Rule of St. Benedict.

Benedictine University aspires to be a thought leader in Catholic higher education. We seek to provide a transformative and integrative educational experience grounded in Benedictine values, helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Lisle Campus News

You get your money's worth here

Benedictine University is ranked among the top schools in Illinois and the nation for return on investment (ROI). BenU is one of the top 10 schools in Illinois and in the top 20 percent nationally, according to the 2016 PayScale ROI Report for colleges with the best value.

Tom Skilling (right), WGN-TV's chief meteorologist, and James Hansen, Ph.D.,
former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a leading
climate change researcher, discussed efforts to reduce the impact of climate
change in front of a near-capacity audience in the Goodwin Hall auditorium
on April 21.

Campus Events
Make the Strategy Map information session your destination

The Strategic Planning Team will discuss the Strategy Map, the "road map" the University will use to help it achieve the goals outlined in the Destination Statement by 2020, from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. 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. If you have any questions or suggestions, please forward them to Robert Stanley and Thomas Wangler at

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 Delhi 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. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 or   

Watch a performance by the puppet master and her students

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. A performance by Pleviak's students will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

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 the 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 member 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. in 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 two 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

Stop what you're doing and come to the show

The Chi-Town Showstoppers, a 12-piece ensemble fronted by energetic female and male vocalists and featuring a powerful six-man horn section, will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium following Employee Appreciation Day festivities. The seasoned group of professionals breathes new life into sets containing a mix of danceable R&B, rock, funk, soul, popular music, swing and jazz standards. The group features Benedictine University Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Tim Marin on electric bass. For more information, contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or

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

Ah spring, when a young person's fancy turns to the annual Spring Ball.


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

Campus Ministry

Food donations sought for #FairTradeFinals

This year, Campus Ministry will be hosting Fair Trade Finals in lieu of the Finals Movie Marathon. All week during finals, Campus Ministry staff members will have coloring pages with fair trade facts on them that students can color and enter in a lottery for a free fairly traded bag of coffee. Staff members will also provide fair trade coffee in the Interfaith Room for students. Campus Ministry hopes that students can relax and unwind during finals week, but also remember that even during one of their busiest weeks, they cannot neglect the other. One of the simplest ways to care for vulnerable workers is to buy fair trade products. Campus Ministry is seeking donations of food from faculty and staff to supplement its offerings to students. Although it is not required in your donation, if you do decide to make or buy something that has any fair trade ingredients in it, please let Campus Ministry know so it can highlight these products. Please bring your donations to the Campus Ministry office any time from May 4-11.

Faculty and Staff Notes

James Pelech (Education) spent two weeks at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, as part of the Fulbright Specialist Program. In this capacity, he presented two formal lectures and five seminars to Education students and faculty. Faculty members included members of their School of Education as well as other departments. Additionally, Pelech moderated a video conference between students and faculty of Benedictine and Charles Universities. Topics included assessment and different methods of teaching grammar and syntax.

Students, faculty and staff pulled weeds, put down mulch and began
planting seeds in the Community Garden last week.

University Development

Denim Days are back for the summer

Donate $5 per Friday to the BenU Fund or the Fr. Kevin J. Sheeran, O.S.B., Text Book Program and wear jeans to work on Fridays from May 20-August 26. If you donate $60 upfront, you can wear jeans for 15 Fridays, which includes three free Denim Days. If you donate $35 upfront, you can wear jeans for eight Fridays, which includes one free Denim Day. If you don't wear jeans, you can still give. Consider donating $5 for a coworker to wear jeans. This is a new donation only. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction to qualify. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 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, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., 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.

The American Medical Students Association's annual 5K Run/Walk
drew quite a crowd on April 17. The event benefited HomeCare
Physicians and Spectrios Institute for Low Vision, raising money to help cover
necessary medical costs for homebound and visually impaired patients.

Healthy Table

Spring into healthy eating

Spring is the best time to get a jumpstart on healthy lifestyle habits like nutritious eating and engagement in outdoor activities. As students, parents and otherwise busy adults, it can be hard to follow healthy habits while on the go. Schedule an appointment with Healthy Table to get help with meal planning and for information on how to make better choices while eating out.

When you do eat out, try these tips on how to make healthier choices:

  • Look up the restaurant or menu BEFORE you go to decide on the most nutritious options.
  • Choose a restaurant within a 10-15 minute walk.
  • Choose baked, broiled or grilled instead of fried.
  • Order a fruit or side salad instead of fries.
  • Split an entrée with a friend.
  • Put half of your meal in a to-go container BEFORE you start eating.

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 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

Through 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

The Benedictine University men's basketball team, which reached the
NCAA Division III championship game and finished 31-1, was recognized
Friday prior to the community meeting in Goodwin Hall.

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine baseball team split four games over the weekend after sweeping Concordia Wisconsin on the road Sunday.

The Benedictine softball team split a pair of doubleheaders, scoring 6 runs in the seventh inning of Game 2 against Lakeland.

The Benedictine men's track and field team won the Concordia Chicago Cougar Invite.

Matthew Johnson set the single-season school record for goals as men's lacrosse downed Cornell.

The Benedictine men's golf team tuned up for the conference championships by bettering Dominican.

Tatiana Arturo won the 3,000 meter run as women's track and field competed at the Concordia Chicago Cougar Invite.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team dropped a home decision to Aurora.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, April 26

Men's/Women's Track & Field
BenU at Lewis University Twilight
Romeoville, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, April 27

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

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Illinois Tech
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 28

Women's Golf
BenU at North Central Spring Invite
Naperville, Ill. - Springbrook
11:00 a.m.

Friday, April 29

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin (DH) – Senior Day
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 30

Men's/Women's Track & Field
BenU at UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.
10:00 a.m.


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

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

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering – Senior Day
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Sunday, May 1

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

Mesa Campus News

Campus Events

BenU at Mesa set for second commencement ceremony

The Benedictine University at Mesa's Second Baccalaureate Mass and Undergraduate Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall. Refreshments will follow. The Hooding of graduates is a tradition unique to Benedictine University dating back to 1975 with the presentation of the baccalaureate hood by a faculty or staff member chosen by the candidate. This tradition allows graduating seniors to recognize an individual who played an important part in their academic and personal development during their collegiate years. BenU at Mesa's Second Commencement Convocation will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the East Valley Institute of Technology. Refreshments will follow.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

NAIA grants active membership status to BenU at Mesa

Benedictine University at Mesa was accepted as an active member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) during the organization's national convention last week. By becoming an active member of the NAIA, BenU at Mesa athletic programs will be eligible for postseason play at the conference and national levels beginning with the 2016-17 athletic season. BenU at Mesa currently offers eight intercollegiate sports – men's and women's volleyball, men's and women's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's basketball and softball – and will offer four more sports beginning the fall of 2016 – baseball, women's basketball and men's and women's soccer. Baseball and women's basketball will play at the NAIA level next season, while the men's and women's soccer teams will play a year at the club level before transitioning into NAIA-sanctioned sports in the fall of 2017. Men's and women's tennis, which were NAIA-level sports in 2015-16, will transition to club status in 2016-17. Follow the link below for the entire press release.

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Benedictine University at Mesa named active member of NAIA, eligible for postseason play beginning next year.

Softball goes 1-5 on the week, falling in close contests to ranked Simpson over the weekend.

Women's basketball program adds six to its incoming 2016-17 class.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, April 25

BenU at Mesa at Menlo College (DH)
Atherton, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 28


BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra University
At Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Friday, April 29

BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra University
At Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
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 25-May 31:

Heather Preston – April 25, Marketing and Communications
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 – 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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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.