Campus Notebook

April 29, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry) gave a poster presentation titled “Integrating current scientific research topics and literature into Analytical Chemistry courses at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution” in a Chemical Education session at the 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans, La., on April 7. Her research student, Bosky Parikh (a senior Chemistry major), gave a poster presentation titled “Determination of heavy metals in red wine with flame atomic absorption spectroscopy” on April 8. The presentation was based on undergraduate research performed at Benedictine University.

University Notes

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join the Graduate Business Administration Department from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms B and C to honor James Zoda, Ph.D., who is retiring after 29 years of teaching excellence and service. Attendees are encouraged to bring any stories they may wish to share. For more information, contact Courtney Hatcher at (630) 829-6205.

"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.

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 29-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.

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.

The Benedictine University Library will offer extended hours during spring finals May 3-10.
• Friday, May 3: Library Collections (the lower level) will be open 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., the Reading Room and Study and Research Center (second and third floors) will be open 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and research assistance will be available 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
• Saturday, May 4: There will be limited access to Library Collections. The Reading Room, Study and Research Center and research assistance will be available from 12:00-5:00 p.m. • Sunday, May 5: Library Collections will be open from 3:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., the Reading Room and Study and Research Center will be open from 12:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., and research assistance will be available from 12:00-9:00 p.m.
• Monday, May 6-Thursday, May 9: Library Collections will be open from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., and the Reading Room and Study and Research Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Research assistance for the same dates will be available from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
• Friday, May 10: Library Collections will be open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., the Reading Room and Study and Research Center will be open 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and research assistance will be available 12:00-5:00 p.m.

A team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), will be on the Benedictine University campus Wednesday-Thursday, May 8-9, to inspect the Benedictine University Police Department’s policies and procedures to ensure the agency continues to meet professional law enforcement standards.

As part of the evaluation, members of the community are invited to provide their assessment of Benedictine University Police by calling the ILEAP assessment team at (630) 829-6652 between 2:00-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Calls will be held to no longer than 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with ILEAP standards. Copies of the standards are available at the Benedictine University Police Department located on campus in the lower level of the parking garage.

Individuals who are unable to make telephone comments at the designated time, but wish to speak to the assessment team leader about the department and accreditation, may contact Detective Sgt. John Lawson at (630) 671-4044.

Benedictine University’s 120th Commencement Convocation will take place at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex on Saturday, May 11. Each year, members of the community generously volunteer to help students check in, robe and serve as ushers during the ceremony. We ask for your assistance again this year. Volunteers for the undergraduate ceremony arrive at 8:00 a.m.  and report to Kindlon Hall, Room 136. Students robe and line up at 8:45 a.m. in Kindlon Hall and the Commencement Convocation runs from 9:50 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Volunteers for the graduate ceremony arrive at 1:00 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 136. Students robe and line up at 1:45 p.m. in Kindlon Hall and the Commencement Convocation runs from 2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Your assistance will be greatly appreciated. The Commencement Convocation is a Team Benedictine Event. Those who volunteer for Commencement may take a day off approved by and after consultation with their supervisor. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Donna Madia at commencement address will be given by Scott Smith, mayor of Mesa, Ariz.

Healthy Table

Did you know April is Alcohol Awareness Month? Alcohol is processed and stored as fat in the body and offers little to no nutritional content. Excessive alcohol intake has been shown to increase the risk of health-related problems, which include injuries, violence, liver disease and even some types of cancer. Standard drinks (beer, wine, mixed drinks, etc.) all contain one-sixth of an ounce of alcohol. They all read the same to a Breathalyzer. Alcohol affects individuals differently, but blood alcohol content may be above the legal limit even without feeling or appearing intoxicated. So what should you do? Well, if you don’t drink now, don’t start.

Here are some tips to drinking in moderation:
• Decide how many drinks you will have before arriving to your gathering.
• Pace yourself to no more than one drink per hour.
• Alternate drinking an alcoholic beverage and drinking water.
• Volunteer to be the designated driver.
• Throw an alcohol-free party with board games and music.
• Know your limits.
• Always use a trustworthy designated driver.
• Do not give in to peer pressure or pressure others.
• If you or a loved one has a drinking problem, seek support to correct the problem and improve your health for the future.

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 University softball team closed out the regular season with a sweep of Lakeland College to earn the second seed in this week’s conference tournament.

The baseball team earned a split with Wisconsin Lutheran College on Sunday.

Finishing off the first season in program history, the men’s lacrosse team downed Hanover College to finish at .500 in conference play.

The men’s track and field team hosted the Twilight Invite last Friday night.

The women’s track and field team placed eighth at the Twilight Invite last Friday night.

The women’s lacrosse team ended its first season with a loss against Mount St. Joseph.

Competing at the conference championships, the men’s golf team finished eighth.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Tuesday, April 30
BenU vs. Washington University – at Illinois Wesleyan University
6:00 p.m.
Bloomington, Ill.

Saturday, May 4
BenU at Rockford College (DH)
1:00 p.m.
Rockford, Ill.

Thursday-Saturday, May 2-4
No. 2 BenU at NAC Tourney vs. TBA
4:00 p.m. (Thursday)/TBA
Milwaukee, Wis. – Alverno College

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5
BenU at NAC Championships – Hosted by Wisconsin Lutheran College
12:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Men’s Golf
Tuesday, April 30
BenU at Carthage College 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 29-May 31:

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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