Campus Notebook                                    April 4, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Campus Events
Make a Strategy Map information session your destination

The Strategic Planning Team will host two sessions to discuss the Strategy Map, the "road map" the University will use to help it achieve the goals outlined in the Destination Statement by 2020. 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. The sessions will be held from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, and from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. If you have any questions or suggestions, please send them to Robert Stanley and Thomas Wangler at

Staff, faculty invited to attend annual URSA symposium

Benedictine University's annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Arts (URSA) symposium will be held from 12:00-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7. The oral presentations will be held in four sessions in Goodwin Hall, Rooms 320 and 321, at 12:00-1:30 p.m., 1:30-3:00 p.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. The poster session will be held in the Goodwin Global Hall.  Established to encourage Benedictine's students to pursue undergraduate research and other significant academic projects, URSA offers students the opportunity to present their work either in the form of an oral presentation or as part of a poster session.  All presentations and poster sessions are open to the campus community and students. Faculty and staff are all invited to come learn more about the exciting projects that our students have undertaken during their time at Benedictine. For more information, contact Zubair Amir at

Good cause. Good evening. Buy a T-shirt.

The Indian Student Association (ISA)  is selling India Night T-shirts to support "Bajirao Mastani: India Night 2016" sponsored by the Indian Students Association and the Hindu Students Association, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Watch the YouTube infomercial about India Night at, and order T-shirts at

Coffee, tea and some free career advice

The Career Development Center's next Coffee House Networking event will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. The featured employer is Navistar and guest presenters are 2012 alumna Krystian Link and Shazib Pervaiz, who are engineers with Navistar and will discuss their roles and career paths, and offer advice on professional development, insight about the application process and information about potential opportunities at the company. Following the presentation, attendees will be able to network with each other and the presenters. Dress will be business casual. Coffee, tea, chili and dessert will be served.  The program is free for all Benedictine students and alumni. RSVPs are encouraged and may be sent to Lindsay Koriath at More information can be found at

Presidential installation set for April 8

Benedictine University will mark the appointment of Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., as the University's 11th president during a special installation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at St. Procopius Abbey Church on Friday, April 8. The event will include remarks from James L. Melsa, Ph.D., chair of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees; Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., chancellor of the University; Sr. Mary Bratrsovsky, O.S.B., prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart; Sam Ortega-Guerrero, president of the Student Senate; faculty, distinguished alumni and other honored guests, followed by an inaugural address from Brophy. A reception will be held following the ceremony in Goodwin Hall.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Exploring the Life of The Servant of God, Dorothy Day," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 12, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Recognized by Pope Francis on his visit to the United States, the life of Dorothy Day clearly epitomizes living out the Works of Mercy. Using excerpts from the DVD "Entertaining Angels," we will be inspired to imitate Dorothy Day and understand better why she is being considered for canonization. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

We bet you can't stump them!

Campus Ministry will sponsor a question-and-answer event titled "Stump the Monk" from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411. Part of Campus Ministry's "Be Merciful" series, the event will focus on the spiritual work of mercy, "Teach the Ignorant." Attendees can ask the panel of Benedictine monks their questions about the faith. Ask your questions in-person or anonymously any time prior to or during the event by emailing or tweeting or messaging @BenUMinistry. An informal reception and an opportunity for more faith-based conversation will follow. Campus Ministry's "Be Merciful" T-shirts will be sold during the reception to faculty, staff and visitors for $20 each or two for $30. For more information, contact Jessica Peek, coordinator of Retreats and Faith Formation, at (630) 829-1312.

Find out what's new in technology at Tech Expo

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend Benedictine's annual Tech Expo from 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in Goodwin Hall. The fair will showcase some of the most recent technology solutions for higher education and business, including technology from SMART, NEC, Epson, Apple and Sharp. The expo will include workshops, keynote speakers, demonstrations and raffles. The expo is free. For more information, contact Rudy Dardy at (630) 829-6692 or

Poetry … SLAMMED!

The 12th annual Open Mic and Poetry Slam will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Coal Ben. There will be a DJ and prizes. After open mic, there will be a two-round slam. Anyone who plans to participate should bring at least two original poems to share. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate the future with COEHS and Student Senate

The Student Senate and the College of Education and Health Services cordially invite students, faculty, staff and alumni to a reception and networking event, "A Celebration of Our Future," from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to dress in business attire and bring business cards.

Get your gowns and graduation photos, too!

The May 2016 2015 Graduation Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate in May will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss financial obligations, and participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, graduates can go to

Meet with employers during annual Career Fair

The Annual Spring Career Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Students and alumni will have the opportunity to speak to employers who have internship and full-time positions available. More than 40 employers have registered to participate. For a complete list, visit Professional attire is required and students should bring multiple copies of their resumes.  For more information, please contact the Career Development Center at (630) 829-6040 or or go to

Give the Earth a break. Make a worm bin.

Celebrate Earth Day a little early and attend an interactive workshop on composting at home when you attend "Small-space Composting: How to Make a Worm Bin," from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. Attendees can learn how to save money and resources, improve their soil and reduce their impact on the environment. Composting residential waste reduces the use of chemical fertilizers and is healthier for the family. Participants must bring their own small bin (3 to 5 gallon opaque plastic tub with tight fitting lid). All other supplies are provided. Please register for the event by contacting (630) 829-6546 or

Beer explains how to build a high performing organization

Michael Beer, Ph.D., a Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, will present "High Commitment, High Performance: How to Build a Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage" from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. Beer will speak about how communication, organization and the right leaders can make a difference in businesses and other organizations. The lecturen is part of the Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series, which brings top national academicians and consultants to Benedictine to address major issues in organizational behavior and development. The lecture is free.  For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.

Symposium explores the ethical and practical issues of aging

Benedictine University's Ninth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present "Faith and Reason: Perspectives on Aging" from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. The symposium will feature morning presentations from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and afternoon presentations from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; and a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Debra Dobbs, Ph.D., titled "United States Exceptionalism and End of Life Care." Dobbs is an associate professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. As a researcher in comparative health and long-term care in the United Kingdom, Dobbs also has research interests in palliative and hospice care quality and utilization in long-term care, advance care planning education among providers of care for frail and chronically ill older adults, and health care policy related to Medicaid and Medicare programs. Check-in is from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The symposium is sponsored by the Abbey Endowment, Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contract Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6593.  

Don your best leotards and cape and sprint for a good cause

The American Medical Student Association will present a "Superhero Sprint" at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 17, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Goodwin Hall of Business. Participants are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero and bring their special powers to run or walk the 5K. The first 100 runners will receive a goody bag and each registered runner will receive a free T-shirt. There will be raffle prizes, awards for the first through third-place runners and an award for best costume. All proceeds benefit HomeCare Physicians and Spectrios Institute for Low Vision. The money raised each year at this annual 5K has helped cover necessary medical costs for homebound and visually impaired patients. Support the cause and register today. For more information or any questions, email

A foolish hunter, a mythical creature and puppet on puppet carnage

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. Pleviak and her company will perform  "Méfiez-Vous de la Vaché-Garou" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The production tells the story of a young girl who goes on a journey of self-discovery set in motion by three dead men. Watch as a foolish hunter meets with retaliation in the dead of night and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature, all set in the sticky swamps of Louisiana. This show is meant for mature audiences. Don't miss the fun, the terror and some harsh acts of puppet on puppet carnage. The performance by Pleviak's students will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

Center for Civic Leadership hosts climate expert, famous weatherman

The Center for Civic Leadership will present "Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice Be Achieved for Young People?" by James Hansen, Ph.D., from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet prizes. WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will moderate the event. Called "a weatherman's weatherman" by many in the field, Skilling is an established and respected meteorologist both locally and nationally known for his in-depth reports, enthusiasm and use of state-of-the-art technology. He was chief meteorologist on "WGN Midday News" for more than 30 years and now appears weekdays on "WGN Evening News" and "WGN News at Nine," and "WGN News at Ten." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or

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 Dehli 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. Students should RSVP by April 20 to Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 or   

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 at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Following a social hour, recognition of academic achievements will be presented, including 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 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

Faculty and Staff Notes

Faculty, students, staff participate in STEM Fest at All Saints

A number of Benedictine University faculty, staff and students are participating in All Saints Catholic Academy's first STEM Fest from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5. Among the participants are Karly Tumminello (Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum), who will be displaying several specimens and provide other activities for fest goers; senior Biology major Sally Jo Detloff representing the Benedictine Anatomy Club, whose exhibit "All About Organs" will display real and model cow eyes and hearts; Laura Valcour, a senior Nutrition major; and Regina Schurman (Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology program), whose presentation includes an interactive fitness activity. All Saints Catholic Academy is located at 1155 Aurora Ave. in Naperville.


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. Benedictine is hosting a Spring Open House from 10:00 a.m.-2:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Attendees will be able to tour campus, meet with representatives  from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics, learn more about the majors that interest them and speak with faculty. Prospective students can also 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, April 6, 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

University Development

Provide a life preserver to students during finals week

Finals week is quickly approaching, which means our students will spend a lot of time studying. Some may seek out snack or comfort foods to sustain them. You can help by providing a "Finals Survival Care Package" filled with goodies and a personal note of good wishes or encouragement handwritten by you.  Each $36 purchase will provide a student with tasty snacks with $12 from each sale going toward the 2016 Class Year Giving Program to benefit the University community. Packages will be available for the students to pick up in the Krasa Student Center prior to finals week.  We will contact each student recipient by phone or email with exact pickup information. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630)829-6452 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 and Mesa, Arizona 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.

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, 2016 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 April 16
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

Through April 7

"Book Art: Tactile and Visible Stories"
Mixed Media by Hai Ri Han
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Han, assistant professor and head of the Graphic Arts and Design program at Benedictine University, will display her elegantly complex work in graphic design and handmade books. Her creative work explores the emotional interaction of visual storytelling by combining traditional skills with modern digital technologies. Han's work has become a known figure in the field of graphic design and her work has been shown in several national competitions. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University.
Reception and lecture: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7

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

April 22-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
Keep up with the Eagles!

Keep up to date with all of the schedule changes for spring sports.

Frank Greco tossed eight blank innings in Game 2 of a doubleheader as baseball opened conference play with a split.

The Benedictine softball team was involved in a pair of shutouts during a split of the conference opener with Alverno.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team finished the season at 16-9 following a loss to Lakeland in the regular season finale.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team was edged at home by Concordia Wisconsin.

The Benedictine dance team won the hip hop division title at the NACC dance competition.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team battled through a pair of delays but dropped an overtime decision to Saint Mary's.

Jordan Velez tied for the top score as men's golf played in the Midwest for the first time this spring at Aurora.

Upcoming Athletic Events (subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, April 5


BenU vs. MSOE (DH)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:30 p.m.

BenU vs. Elmhurst (DH)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 6

BenU at Concordia Chicago (DH)
River Forest, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Hanover
Hanover, Ind.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, April 8

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at Chicagoland Championships – hosted by C.O.D.
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at Bellarmine Invite
Louisville, Ky.
11:00 a.m./3:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Loras
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at Bellarmine Invite
Louisville, Ky.
11:00 a.m./3:00 p.m.

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


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

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Spring Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrew's
1:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at Chicagoland Championships – hosted by COD.
Glen Ellyn, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10

Men's Golf
BenU at Aurora Quad
Bristol, Ill. – Blackberry Oaks
11:00 a.m.

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

BenU at Marian (DH)
Fond du Lac, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Cornell
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Spring Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrew's
1:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News

Benedictine University at Mesa now offering Certificate in Financial Planning

Helping people manage investments and reach financial goals is a job that requires professional skills and knowledge. The National Moser Center's Certificate in Financial Planning is designed for those looking for a career in the financial, banking, accounting and insurance fields as well as working professionals seeking a career change. Benedictine University and Kaplan Schweser have formed a partnership to offer the certificate program. Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of financial planning and education materials. Classes meet every other week on Friday evening and all day Saturday for nine consecutive months. Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Classes begin April 8. For more information, go to


Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball falls in a doubleheader to Menlo College.

Yingling earns her second Cal Pac weekly award this season.

Athletic department to host inaugural athletic banquet April 27.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, April 8

BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle (DH)
Prescott, Ariz.
2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 9

BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle (DH)
Prescott, Ariz.
12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m.

Men's volleyball

Benu at Mesa at Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, Ariz.
6:00 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. An information session is scheduled from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6, in the Morron Conference Room at Methodist Medical Center. For more information, contact Susie Doddek, campus administrator, at (217) 718-3489.

Read about the transition of the Springfield campus

The Springfield State Journal-Register published an article about the transition of the Springfield branch campus to a non-traditional adult program campus. To read the article, go to:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 5-30:

Betsy Rhinesmith – April 5, Human Resources
Karl Constant – April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt – April 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods – April 8, Admissions
Duane Hazelwood – April 9, Benedictine University Police
Leslie McNew – April 9, Undergraduate Business
Richard Nassif – April 10, Athletics
Mark Ritz – April 10, Business and Finance Services
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
David Turner – April 13, Academic Affairs
Martin Wright – April 13, President's Office
Alex Larsen – April 14, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Allison Wilson – April 14, Biological Sciences
Christopher Birks – April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa – April 17, New Student Advising Center
Sarah Shanes – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
Elizabeth Bell – April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
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.)
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
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 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
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center

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

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