Campus Notebook

April 3, 2013

University Notes

Tickets for the BenBash concert featuring Phillip Phillips on Saturday, April 13 are "Gone, Gone, Gone." However, there is a chance that a few more tickets will be made available at some point. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Courtney Basile at

The Scholars Program will host two sessions for senior presentations. The day session will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Krasa Center Presentation Room; the night sessions will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. Topics vary widely and include – but are not limited to – germs, music, the media, genomics, medicine, literature and the concept of happiness. No matter where your interests lie, you won’t want to miss it!

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine University will hold its Eighth Annual Youth Government Day from 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Approximately 400 area high school students are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will focus on political corruption and fiscal mismanagement in Illinois, and feature presentations from a variety of academics, citizen advocates and investigative journalists.

Joanna Beth Tweedy, associate dean of Academic Affairs at Benedictine University at Springfield and author of “The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas” and numerous other publications, will talk about her novel written in the South Midland dialect. Join her for “Cow-Catchers, Bumfuzzles, and Chiggers–Oh, my!” from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4  on the second floor of Kindlon Hall in the Benedictine Library IdeaLounge, near the windows beyond the TV monitors. Coffee and snacks will be served.  This event is part of the Library’s Faculty Author Series. 

Open Mic and Poetry Slam Spring 2013 will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Coal Ben. The poetry slam will have two rounds, so bring at least two original poems if you want to participate in the contest. There will be music and refreshments. Winners will receive prizes. The event is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Student Activities. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or

Put on your running shoes and join us for the American Medical Student Association 5K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. The proceeds from this race benefit HomeCare Physicians (HCP), a nationally recognized, award-winning medical house call program for homebound patients. If you visit to register by March 31, the registration fee is $20. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the race and costs $25. For more information, contact Rabia Choudhry at (773) 416-0342 or; or Marihan Hegazy at (708) 416-0342 or For more information on HCP, visit

BenU UNICEF invites the public to attend a hunger banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in Krasa Center, Rooms A, B and C. Proceeds from the event will go to UNICEF to aid the Sahel region of northern Africa. Early bird registration ends on March 15 and is $25 per person and $20 per child aged 12 and under. Regular registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Couples are $50 and a table of eight is $180. Visit to RSVP or email for more information.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign aimed at helping individuals better manage their finances. Student Activities, the College of Business and the Undergraduate Business Programs will sponsor two events to help you get in the spirit. “Navigating Personal Finances in Today’s Environment” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A and B, and will feature five speakers with expertise in the area of personal finance. The “Big Money” presentation - featuring T-shirts, cash prizes and the money machine - will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this event is to promote wise money management for students.

Huili Wang, Ph.D., professor and director of the Institute for Language and Cognition at the Dalian University of Technology, will present “English Learning from Multifaceted Perspectives” from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in Kindlon Hall, Room 162. The event is sponsored by the assistants to the Provost for International Affairs and Intercultural Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of International Programs and Services. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Megan Benham at or Wilson Chen at

The sixth annual Faith and Reason Symposium, “...To the Least of These My Brethren: How Faith and Science can Fight Hunger, from the Local to the Global,” will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership’s Hunger Team, the Abby Endowment, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Global Studies Forum. Guest speakers and panelists include Diane Nilan, founder and executive director of HEAR US, an organization dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, and Kim Perez, executive director of People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.

Philosophy and Religious Studies invites faculty and staff to its Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for students and $30 for faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Proceeds benefit the Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B., Endowed Scholarship. To RSVP, contact Brett Harrington at (630) 829-1814 or

The Departments of Language and Literature, Communication Arts and Core Humanities will present "Housewives, Career Gals, and the Sexy Single Girl: Feminisms and Television's ‘Mad Men’” by Jennifer Dunn, Ph.D., assistant professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Dominican University, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Birck Hall, Room 218. There are critics who dismiss “Mad Men” as glorifying the sexist world of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. However, the series focuses on the ad world in the years prior to the emergence of the women's movement and the time when second wave feminism was just emerging. Complicated main characters, such as suburban housewife Betty, sexy-single girl Joan and budding career gal Peggy; and minor characters such as Don Draper's many lovers and the Draper's maid, can also help viewers understand the divisions that emerged within the feminism and the women's movement then, as well as women's lives and feminist beliefs today.

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). The first home game is at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. 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

Back to basics for healthy weight loss. While there are plenty of ways to lose weight, maintaining your weight loss over the long term is often unsuccessful. If you've lost and found the same pounds several times before, it's probably time to go back to the basics of a healthy weight. Prevention of weight gain or stopping recent weight gain can improve your health. Health can improve with even minor weight loss, such as 5-10 percent of your body weight. Adopting a healthy lifestyle, eating smarter and moving more can improve your health status even if you don't lose any weight at all. The most important thing is to make smart choices from every food group. Where can you find these smart choices? When you go shopping, look to the four corners of your supermarket:

·         Fruit and vegetables from the produce aisles

·         Whole grains from the bakery

·         Low-fat milk products from the dairy case

·         Lean proteins from the meat/fish/poultry department

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 baseball team finished its tough opening to conference play with a split at Aurora on Monday.

The baseball team completed a 4-0 week with a doubleheader sweep of one of the top teams in the conference on Saturday in the home and conference openers.

Facing the preseason conference favorites, the softball team came away with a home opening split with Aurora.

A makeup date has been set for the postponed softball doubleheader between Benedictine and Wheaton.

The men’s lacrosse team made it back-to-back victories for the first time with a road win at MSOE.

Kicking off the outdoor portion of the schedule, the men’s track and field team placed third at North Central.

The women’s track and field team won a pair of events in a strong season opening showing at North Central.

The men’s golf team took part in the Aurora Spring Invite on Monday.

Playing for the first time this spring, the women’s golf team opened action at the University of St. Francis Spring Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, April 3
BenU vs. Chicago
4:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Friday, April 5
BenU at Maranatha (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Watertown, Wis.

Saturday, April 6
BenU vs. Edgewood (DH)
2:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Thursday, April 4
BenU at Elmhurst (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Elmhurst, Ill.

Saturday, April 6
BenU vs. MSOE (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Sunday, April 7
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Mequon, Wis.

Men’s Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 3
BenU at Carthage
7:00 p.m.
Kenosha, Wis.

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Thursday-Saturday, April 4-6
BenU at Chicagoland Outdoor Championships Hosted by Lewis
3:30 p.m./9:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.
Romeoville, Ill.

Women’s Lacrosse
Thursday, April 4
BenU at Carthage
7:00 p.m.
Kenosha, Wis.

Sunday, April 7
BenU vs. Beloit
1:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men’s Golf
Friday-Saturday, April 5-6
BenU at Illinois Wesleyan Invite
12:00 p.m.
Bloomington, Ill. - Ironwood

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 3-30:

Jennifer Erickson - April 3, Enrollment Center
Susan Stackley - April 4, Business Administration
Betsy Rhinesmith - April 5, Personnel Resources
Karl Constant - April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt - April, 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods - April 8, Enrollment Center
Duane Hazelwood - April 9, Benedictine University Police
Karl Bowker - April 10, Information Technology
Richard Nassif - April 10, Athletics
Mark Ritz - April 10, Business and Finance Services
Joshua Wolfgang - April 10, Annual Fund
Deborah Sarna - April 12, Library Services
Fr. David Turner, O.S.B. - April 13, Academic Affairs
Susan Ortinau - April 13, Dining Services
Art Rutherford - April 13, Campus Services
Allison Wilson - April 14, Biology
Marilyn Cermak - April 15, Student Success Center
Christopher Birks - April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa - April 17, Admissions
Diane Battistella - April 19, Financial Aid
Maria de la Camara - April 20, College of Liberal Arts
Kaniela Aiona - April 21, Athletics
Elizabeth Bell - April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
Jessica Steadman - April 21, Athletics Marketing
Jayne Wechsler - April 21, Dining Services
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

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

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