Jan Writer (Education) has been selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation and paper at the 2014 Illinois Council for Exceptional Children Fall Convention. Her interactive session, “A Member of the Class! Overcoming Barriers to Inclusion for Students with Low Incidence Disabilities,” will provide parents and educators with information and skills pertinent to diverse strategies and tactics for promoting the public school membership, affiliation and active participation of students with autism, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments and multiple disabilities. Writer was also chosen to chair a roundtable discussion group on “Evidence-Based Practices in the Education of Students with Autism” at the convention.
The Krasa Dining Room was rocking with optimistic baseball fans during the
fabulous Opening Day lunch on Wednesday, April 2.
Give blood. It's painless. (And there's great cookies afterward!)
Benedictine University and the American Red Cross are sponsoring a Blood Drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABC. To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org use code 0403775. Remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior donating. All presenting donors will receive a ticket good for free admission for two to Chicago’s Laugh Factory.
Save the date to beautify Benedictine
Day will be Friday, May 16. Weather permitting, there will be a
barbeque for volunteers on the basketball court north of the Krasa
Center. Stay tuned for more details.
CBS' Gary McCord, Lee Trevino to speak at annual golf outing
The 20th annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing will be held Monday, July 28. Professional golfer and CBS Sports
analyst Gary McCord will interview legendary golf professional Lee
Trevino during the dinner. If you are interested in volunteering for the
outing, purchasing a round of golf for a foursome or sponsorship
opportunities, please contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or email@example.com. Visit www.ben.edu/golf for more information.Big changes coming in summer school
school is back in earnest, and to better serve students and the local
community, Benedictine University has enhanced its traditional
undergraduate summer courses by piloting more than 20 new offerings in
an either partly or fully online format at a 50 percent reduced tuition
rate. The following courses (with a BF or OL section code) will be
offered this summer at Benedictine University at the discounted rate of
$432.50 per credit hour: ACCT 111 Accounting I, ACCT 112 Accounting II,
BIOL 340 Cell Biology, CJUS 351/PSYC 351 Research Methods in the Social
Sciences, EDUC 210/PSYC 241 Educational Psychology, EDUC 355 Classroom
Management, GEOG 106 Geography and Cartography, HIST 112 American
History Since 1865, HUMN 250 The Contemporary World, IDS 301 Human
Dignity/Common Good, INTB 101 The Global Economy, LITR 291 Topics in
Literature: Comics, Film, Image Macro Reading the Visual Text, LITR 391
Advanced Topics in Literature, MATH 210 Calculus for Physical Sciences
I, NUTR 200 Nutritional Science, NUTR 345 Science of Nutrition and
Fitness, PHYS 106 Astronomy, PSYC 100 Survey of Psychology, PSYC 291
Selected Topics, PSYC 391 Topics: Conservation Psychology, SPCH 110
Basic Speech and THEO 101 Theology of Love. The robust existing
“traditional” course offerings in Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology,
Business, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education,
Finance, Fine Arts, Health Science, History, Management, Marketing,
Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nutrition, Physics, Psychology and
Sociology will be offered at the existing rate of $865 per credit hour.
Fall 2014 Semester registration is underway
Undergraduate registration for the Fall 2014 Semester continues this week. Here are the pertinent dates:
Monday, April 7 -- 7:00 a.m., Sophomore registration, 45-plus hours
Tuesday, April 8 – 7:00 a.m., Sophomore registration, 30-plus hours
Thursday, April 10 – 7:00 a.m., Freshman registration, 15-plus hours
Friday, April 11 – 7:00 a.m., Freshman registration, 0-plus hours
Monday, April 14 – Open registration/Students at large
Monday, August 25 – Fall semester classes begin
Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminar
members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum"
seminar from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in
Business," with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie
Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You don’t have to empty your pockets to help “Empty Bowls”
Faculty and staff are asked to donate items to an “Empty Bowls Food Drive” from April 7-17. The drive is being organized by sophomore Sana Quadri as part of her Arthur J. Schmitt Scholarship Project and BenU UNICEF Hunger Week. Items such as canned meats, canned pasta, chunky soup, juice, snacks and crackers, dry pasta, spaghetti sauce, tomato products, facial tissue and paper towels may be dropped off in the Krasa Center, Room 055 and on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Retreat offers time for reflection, community
Spring 2014 Koinonia Retreat will be held Friday-Sunday, April 11-13,
at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. Koinonia is the Greek word for
“community,” which was an integral part of the faith life of the early
Church. The Koinonia retreat weekend is an experience in Christian
community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death
and resurrection – designed principally for college students
(undergraduate or graduate). Students from Benedictine University
(including the Springfield campus), College of DuPage and North Central
College are invited to attend. The retreat is offered from a Catholic
perspective. However, non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Applications
and full payment are due by 12:00 p.m. on April 4. The price is $75. For
more information, visit www.ben.edu/ministry or contact Mark Kurowski,
director of University Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to be smart with your finances at Money Smart Week
The undergraduate College of Business, Student Activities and U.S. Bank are sponsoring two events on campus addressing financial literacy. The first event will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Krasa Presentation Room and will be an exciting presentation geared toward students called “Big Money.” It features an outside presenter and chances for students to win money and possibly try their hand in the “money machine.” The second event will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the Krasa Presentation Room and will be a panel presentation related to financial planning, health care insurance options and financial issues for recent graduates. The events are part of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Money Smart Week program. For more
information on Money Smart Week, please visit moneysmartweek.org/chicago.
UNICEF Hunger Banquet raises hunger awareness
BenU UNICEF is sponsoring a Hunger Banquet from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 in Rooms ABC of the Krasa Student Center to raise awareness of the unequal distribution of resources in the world and shed light on one of the world’s most solvable problems – hunger. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for adults. Children under 8 are free. To RSVP, please visit www.ben.edu/hungerbanquet. For more information, contact email@example.com. All proceeds support UNICEF’s work with children facing hunger in the Sahel Region of Western Africa.
Get information on staying healthy at Health Fair
Learn about diabetes at the Health and Nutrition Fair from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Villa St. Benedict. The free fair will feature informational, interactive and fun booths on carbohydrate counting, glucose self-monitoring and portion sizes. There will be free prizes, snack food giveaways, blood pressure checks, and body composition, mini fitness and balance assessments.
Commencement Fair has it all for graduates
The May 2014 Commencement Fair will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22-23, on the first floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown (these are the only dates caps and gowns will be available, pick up inclement weather tickets, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Office of Career Development 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 ben.edu/commencement.
Former DNC chair Howard Dean to talk at Benedictine
Past chair of the Democratic National Committee and former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean will visit Benedictine University to discuss his experiences in politics, the future of the Democratic Party and his views on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The public is invited and encouraged to attend this free event. Dean will also visit with local high school and community college students to discuss “Reforming Health Care in the United States” as part of the CCL’s Youth Government Day, an annual event at Benedictine created to engage young people on the importance of government by examining some of the most pressing political issues affecting their country, state and community.
Come for a day, stay for a degree
Student Day will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24
in the Krasa Student Center. Check-in is from 9:00-9:30 a.m.Run for fun at AMSA's annual fun run
The 5th Annual American Medical Students Association (AMSA) 5K Fun Run will be held Sunday, April 27. To register, go to www.ben.edu/studentlife/success/student_engagement/amsa.cfm.
Celebrate you at Benedictine Philanthropy Day
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 1:30-3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC 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 Office of the Annual Fund located in Krasa Center, Room 035B, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot dogs, burgers and...warm weather?
University Police and Student Health Services will host the annual
Finals Cookout from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Due to
construction of the College of Business building, the location for the
cookout is yet to be determined. Students are invited to come for a
hotdog or hamburger, chips and drink after a hard morning of studying
Eat, drink and fete top students in History, etc.
All History, Philosophy and Religious Studies students, alumni, faculty and staff are invited to the Annual Awards Reception on Thursday, May 1 in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., while the program will start 6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available at the reception. While it is free to attend, donations will be accepted for the Fr. Phillip Timko, O.S.B. Scholarship. This year’s keynote speaker will be Doug Wildes, Class of 2002, assistant principal of curriculum and instruction at Addison Trail High School. Please RSVP at ben.edu/HPRS or to Nicole Placek at email@example.com by Friday, April 25.
Celebrate Benedictine's best and brightest at Hooding and Honors
The Spring 2014 Hooding and Honors Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2 in the Rice Center Arena. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143.
Commencement scheduled at the Sports Complex (weather permitting) on May 10
The Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, May 10 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The day begins with a Commencement Mass at 7:45 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. Students should report to Kindlon Hall at 8:30 a.m. for lineup. Commencement begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by an undergraduate reception at the Quad at 11:30 a.m. Graduate students should report to Kindlon Hall for lineup at 1:45 p.m. Commencement begins at 2:30 p.m. followed by a graduate reception at the Quad at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or visit www.ben.edu/commencement/schedule.cfm.
Catholic women invited to learn whether God is calling
Heart Monastery in Lisle is offering a monthly discernment program for
single women who are practicing Catholics. The next program is Thursday,
April 17. The program is designed to help women discover God’s call for
them in this life. We believe that there is richness in religious life
that needs further exposure. Single Catholic women are invited to join
us and pray about this possibility, discover the privileges and
responsibilities of this type of vocation, or just learn about this way
of life. The program would also suit those who are making decisions
about their career or serving as a missionary or volunteer. The program
will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for
five months. Each meeting will include a prayer form called Lectio
Divina, presentations on the topic of discernment, speakers representing
different ways of life, discussion with others, light snacks and a
closing prayer. The program is ongoing, so you may begin at any time.
Please contact Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 977-9225 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or to register.
Check out the University's announcements policy before you post
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. The Office
of 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.
Got parents? Give 'em Hope.
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 email@example.com or (630) 829-1127.
Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University Ministry
you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine
"Goodsearch.com." Every time you use Goodsearch.com, 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 "Goodsearch.com," by downloading the "Goodsearch"
toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taize prayer service offered third Friday of the month
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: ascensionchurch.com/contact.html. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.
Who you going to call?
do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance
should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666
from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening,
immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666.
To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or
psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their
availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the
situation and take appropriate measures.
Giving makes you feel good all over
the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this
year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the
future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll
deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to
participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who
give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of
$225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit
card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you
warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of
appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor,
while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at
(630) 829-6366 or email@example.com.
Need some extra time? It's available through Vacation Donation
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Got some extra time? Give it back through Vacation Donation
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 email@example.com.
Sunday Mass is offered on the fourth floor of Kindlon
Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall,
and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also
providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict
Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.Know a student who needs help?
mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention
and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in
harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk
for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early
Alert Referral, go to www.ben.edu/EAT. A student "complaint" is an
expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee,
department, service, process or a University administrative action that
requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students
wishing to file a complaint should go to www.ben.edu/studentlife/student_complaint_form.cfm. For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Daily workshops offered at Office of Career Development
Benedictine University students and alumni are invited to take part in
new programs and services this semester presented by the Office of
Career Development located on the lower level of the Krasa Student
Center in Room 012. The Career Development Technology Center now offers
daily workshops from 12:30-1:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on resume
writing and other topics. If you can’t make it to a workshop over the
lunch hour, drop in during our walk-in hours – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,
Monday-Tuesday and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday – for a resume or
cover letter consultation. No appointment is necessary during the
walk-in periods. Also new this semester is an improved Virtual Career
Center designated for Benedictine students and alumni to easily manage
information, update resumes and other documents, and connect with
potential employers. Read more details about our daily workshops and
other news at ben.edu/career.
asthmatics have reported breathing difficulties and visited Student
Health Services in recent weeks. The cause? Residual irritants from
smoking in doorways, vestibules and foyers. Please be considerate of
others and do not smoke in these areas. The Smoke Free Illinois Act
prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any building doors, windows or HVAC
Find out where the money goes
University students are able to put down roots and blossom into
game-changing professionals due to the kindness of our trustees, alumni,
friends and faculty/staff. Visit the Donor Impact Report website today
at ben.edu/dir/ to
learn how donations invigorate students by providing them with
exceptional academic, spiritual and social growth opportunities. Please
direct all questions to Pat Ariano, executive director of University
Development, at (630) 829-6003 or email@example.com.
Eating more vegetables is a snap
It’s easy to eat more vegetables. Eating vegetables is important because they provide vitamins and minerals and most are low in calories. To fit more vegetables in your meals, follow these simple tips. It is easier than you may think.
- Discover fast ways to cook. Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick-and-easy dish to add to any meal. Steam green beans, carrots or broccoli in a bowl with a small amount of water in the microwave for a quick side dish.
- Be ahead of the game. Cut up a batch of bell peppers, carrots or broccoli. Pre-package them to use when time is limited. You can enjoy them on a salad, with hummus or in a veggie wrap.
- Choose vegetables rich in color. Brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange or dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes or collard greens. They not only taste great but also are good for you, too.
- Try something new. You never know what you may like. Choose a new vegetable – add it to your recipe or look online for preparation options.
Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy
Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health
fairs and other health-related activities. We are located in Birck
Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or “like” and
message us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University. You
can also follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.
Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau
Don’t know what to do with your old, used flag?
The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is now a central location for the retirement of American flags. Citizens
who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair may retire
their flag properly by donating it to the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 26 in
downtown Lisle. A collection box will be located in the lobby of the Lisle Village
Hall, 925 Burlington Ave., from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday. Donations will be accepted through Friday, May 23. For
more information, contact Katie Palombit at (630) 769-1000 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit