April 3, 2017

 

 

Students, faculty and staff attended the Catholic-Muslim Dialogue Fishbowl
in Kindlon Atrium on Tuesday, March 28.
 

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 circdesk@ben.edu.

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 mdubes@ben.edu 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 jlamb@ben.edu 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 ccl@ben.edu or contact Jen Zingg at jzingg@ben.edu.

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 jjanis@ben.edu 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 admissions@ben.edu. 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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.


Keep up with the Eagles!

Justin Kinseth was selected as the National Assistant Coach of the Year by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the indoor track and field season.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/28/mens-track-field-kinseth-named-national-assistant-coach-of-the-year.aspx

Opening the outdoor portion of the season, the Benedictine men’s track and field team won at the University of Chicago.

The Benedictine softball team finished the first weekend of conference play with a sweep at Alverno.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/2/softball-eagles-take-two-at-alverno.aspx

The Benedictine baseball team split the opening weekend of conference play including the home opener.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/2/baseball-splits-home-opener.aspx

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team broke a three-game skid with a home rout of Northland.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/2/womens-lacrosse-downs-northland.aspx

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team swept Lakeland to score a first ever win over the visitors on Senior Day.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/1/mens-volleyball-eagles-win-on-senior-day.aspx

The Benedictine women’s track and field team opened the outdoor schedule by finishing third at the University of Chicago.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/1/womens-track-field-womens-track-and-field-places-third.aspx

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team lost a non-conference game at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Benedictine men’s golf team placed second at Aurora.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/4/1/mens-golf-takes-second-at-aurora.aspx

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, April 4

Men’s lacrosse 
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 5

Women’s lacrosse 
BenU vs. Illinois Tech
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6

Softball 
BenU at North Park (DH)
Chicago, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Men’s volleyball 
BenU at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8

Men’s/Women’s outdoor track and field 
BenU hosting the NCAA Challenge
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
10:00 a.m.

Women’s golf 
BenU hosting the Benedictine Spring Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews
11:00 a.m.

Softball 
BenU at Edgewood (DH)
Madison, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Baseball 
BenU at Edgewood (DH)
Madison, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Men’s volleyball 
BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
3:00 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse 
BenU at Cornell
Mt. Vernon, Iowa
6:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 9

Women’s golf 
BenU hosting the Benedictine Spring Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews
11:00 a.m.

Softball 
BenU at Rockford (DH)
Rockford, Ill.
12:00 p.m.

Baseball 
BenU vs. Marian (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to ben.edu/athletics.

 

 

Students networked with local employers at the Mesa Career Fair
on Wednesday, March 15, in front of Gillett Hall in Mesa.


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.


Keep up with the Redhawks!


Baseball rebounds, takes series thanks to doubleheader sweep on Sunday against Marymount.



Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Wednesday, April 5

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Arizona Christian (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Concordia-Irvine (Senior Night)
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa hosting NAIA Independents Qualifier
Chandler, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Embry-Riddle (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
4:00 p.m.

Baseball
BenU at Mesa at Simpson
Redding, Calif.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 8

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa hosting NAIA Independents Qualifier
Chandler, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Embry-Riddle (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Baseball
BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson (DH)
Redding, Calif.
12:00 p.m.


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

Max Bednarski – April 3, Marketing and Communications
Betsy Rhinesmith – April 5, Human Resources
Karl Constant – April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt – April 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods – April 8, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Duane Hazelwood – April 9, Benedictine University Police
Mark Ritz –  April 10, Administration and Finance
Elizabeth Brown –  April 11, Marketing and Communications
Leigh Anne Harden - April 11, Biological Sciences
Grace Mirsky April 12, Computer Science and Information Systems
Deborah Sarna – April 12, Benedictine Library
Jo Wilson – April 12, Mesa Operations
Jeanette Zingg – April 12, College of Liberal Arts
Susan Ortinau – April 13, Dining Services
David Turner – April 13, Academic Affairs
Alex Larsen – April 14, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Allison Wilson – April 14, Biological Sciences
Christopher Birks – April 16, Communication Arts
Lisa Haas – April 16, Ben XL Center for Experiential Learning
Sarah Shaner – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
Jessica Jelinek – April 21, Athletics
Jayne Wechsler – April 21, Dining Services
Michael Fitzgerald – April 22, Dining Services
Georgeen Polyak – April 22, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Casey Simon –  April 22, Women's Volleyball
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
Diane Bolker – April 24, Housekeeping and Event Services
Luetta Coonrod – April 24, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Heather Oxley – April 25, Facilities Management
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
Scot Soukup – April 27, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Andrea Swanson – April 27, Campus Planning and Construction
Susan Mikula Christie – 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, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.
December
December 18, 2017
November
November 21, 2017
October
October 16, 2017

Marketing and Communications

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
jconidi@ben.edu

Naperville Operational Center
Monday-Friday
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.