Reflect with the sisters on the Beatitudes of Pope Francis
Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery as they look at the Beatitudes of Pope Francis through the eyes of St. Benedict. Join the sisters from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at Sacred Heart Monastery at 1910 Maple Ave. Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., an associate professor of Theology, will guide attendees through the first beatitude, “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.” The talk is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Jane Doyle at (630) 725-6016.
Food For Fines during National Library Week
If you are aware of any students who have overdue library books from the University Library, please encourage them to donate canned goods and other non-perishable food items in order to receive a reduction in fines during National Library Week from April 10-13. For every item donated, the library will reduce fines by $1 to a maximum of $20. All donations will be accepted at the circulation desk located in the lower level of Kindlon Hall during library hours. Donated items will benefit the West Suburban Community Pantry. For more information, visit ben.edu/library, or contact the library at (630) 829-6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
CPR/AED training available
Benedictine University will hold CPR and automated external defibrillator certification training classes for faculty and staff from 9:00-11:30 a.m. (first time taking class) and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. (recertification) on Thursday, April 13, and from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (recertification) and 1:00-3:30 p.m. (first time taking class) on Wednesday, April 19. The maximum class size is 10 people and will be held in the Police Training Room, located in the parking garage. To reserve a spot, contact Michi Dubes at email@example.com or (630) 829-6364 with the date and time that works best for your schedule.
STEM education encourages countless career paths
During STEM Awareness Week, BenU's American Chemical Society/Society of Physics Students Club will host U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Naperville), a former Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory physicist and businessman, on Wednesday, April 19, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in Goodwin Auditorium. Foster will present “The Life as a Scientist in Congress,” which will be followed with a Q&A. This event is free and open to the public.
Butterflies are free ... learn how to attract them to your garden
“Lunch with Landscapers” will host Judi Davenport, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Davenport, who earned an associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture and has a background in teaching, training and public speaking, will present “Enjoying Birds and Butterflies in Your Yard.” A master gardener since 2009, Davenport is especially interested in native and woodland perennials, vegetables, shrubs and ornamental grasses. She loves gardening for wildlife to attract birds and butterflies to her garden. One of her favorite hobbies is raising and releasing butterflies. For more information, contact Janie Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6440.
Lecture series explores the future of organization development
The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series will present “The Past, the Present and the Future of OD” with Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., and William A. Pasmore, Ph.D., from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, in the Sorensen Hall of Leaders on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. Woodman is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business and former head of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on organizational change and organizational creativity and his published work can be found in the top management, psychology and organizational leadership journals. Pasmore has been advising leaders for nearly 40 years. His clients have included GE, Procter & Gamble, Ingersoll Rand, NOVA Chemicals, Alcatel-Lucent Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., United Airlines, Levi Strauss & Co., Unilever, Polaroid, Kaiser Permanente and Amoco Corporation, among many others. The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series brings forth the latest scholarly work and practice in the fields of organization development and organizational change. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit ben.edu/manage.
Highly decorated former CIA agent to address global terrorism
Former CIA agent Robert Baer will present "National Security and Global Terrorism in the 21st Century" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including "See No Evil," the basis for the acclaimed film "Syriana" which earned George Clooney an Academy Award for his portrayal of Baer. Considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Middle East, Baer frequently appears on all major news outlets. He writes regularly for Time.com, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ben.edu/cclbaer, email email@example.com or contact Jen Zingg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 1 is the Benedictine Day of Giving
Our mission is to provide students a quality education guided by the Roman Catholic tradition and our Benedictine heritage. To ensure all students have access to this Benedictine education, we need your help. Most students depend on financial help to attend or remain at Benedictine. Your support can make an impact on many. Monday, May 1, is the Benedictine Day of Giving. Give online at ben.edu/giving.
Celebrate the best and brightest at the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation
The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. During the hooding ceremony as part of the Convocation, a faculty or staff member has the opportunity to place a hood for the first time over a student's shoulders as a symbolic passing of knowledge. 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 Jenny Janis at email@example.com or visit ben.edu/commencement.
Admitted Student Day allows students to learn more, tour campus
Admitted students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Students and their families can tour campus, learn more about BenU's Scholars Program and undergraduate majors, speak with faculty, and meet with representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Upcoming Admissions events include Future Transfer Day on Wednesday, April 5; Transfer Admitted Student Day on Friday, April 7; and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.
Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online
Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm.
Sugary beverage tax for Cook County goes into effect July 1
Movements to tax sodas and other sweet beverages are gaining momentum. In fact, Cook County has recently passed an ordinance that is scheduled to take effect in July of this year and is estimated to generate more than $220 million. The ordinance is a penny-per-ounce tax on sweetened beverages. We almost seem late to the table, with cities including Boulder, Philadelphia and four in California - Berkeley, San Francisco, Oakland and Albany, having already passed similar tax ordinances. Even other countries are on board with the sugary beverage tax since the World Health Organization has advocated for the use of such strategies to improve public health.
Of course, policies have been met by resistance from consumers and businesses. Between 2011 and 2015, big-time beverage businesses spent an average $1 million to $6 million per year on fighting or lobbying against bills for new policies that enact labels on sugary drinks, advertising regulations and restriction of sugary drink purchases with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. Dependent upon the year, bill-busting expenses have been in the tens of millions for these companies.
While some people and small businesses might be disappointed, the bigger picture is that the sweetened beverage tax is intended to produce extra funds for local governments to be used in the support of community services and programs. These funds are produced directly by the cash-generating tax and indirectly through savings on health care costs. This is the most meaningful advantage – evidence behind excessive consumption of liquid sugar and rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease is bold, thus the measure against it should be as well.
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. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact email@example.com.
Spring Open House helps students learn more about BenU at Mesa
Benedictine University at Mesa will host Spring Open House from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. Spring Open House is for students who are ready to take the next step
in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the
right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sit in on classes and talk with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics.
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Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
Wednesday, April 5