Campus Notebook

April 8, 2013

University Notes

The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) and Benedictine University encourage area residents to bring their electronics and other waste items to “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 20 in the Rice Center parking lot. Items accepted include: computers and monitors, televisions; cell phones; bicycles; rechargeable batteries; sealed lead acid batteries; inkjet cartridges; worn American flags; eyeglasses; hearing aids; wheelchairs; records; musical instruments; old keys; printers and copy/fax machines; telephones; VCRs; and stereos and video games. Also acceptable are; scrap metal, including washers, dryers, stoves, swing sets and lawn furniture; propane and oxygen tanks; sewing machines; non-motorized wheelchairs; car, sump pump and boat batteries; and all textiles, even torn clothes and shoes. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or

University Ministry is sponsoring a Blood Drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. To schedule an appointment, please log on to (use code 0403775) or contact Br. Rick Poro, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6033. All presenting donors will receive a ticket good for free admission for two to Chicago’s Laugh Factory (restrictions apply). Remember to eat a healthy meal and drink extra water prior to donating. A photo ID needed. Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.

Celebrate National Library Week at Benedictine April 14-20. Among the events scheduled are: cookie decorating on Monday from 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. outside the main doors to the library on the second floor of Kindlon Hall; a faculty author book chat featuring Rita George-Tvtkovic Wednesday at 4:15 p.m. in the IdeaLounge on the second floor of the library near the windows; and a Big Read film, "In the Time of the Butterflies," at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday on the second floor. The favorite books of student workers and library staff will be on display all week on the lower level and the third floor, respectively. Amnesty for some library materials will also be granted at the Circulation Desk on the lower level. 

The Benedictine University Library Faculty Author Book Talk Series will present faculty author Rita George-Tvrtkovic’s "A Christian Pilgrim in Medieval Iraq: Riccoldo da Montecroce’s Encounter with Islam," from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in the library’s IdeaLounge. Faculty, staff and students are invited to learn about this 13th century Italian Dominican who lived in Baghdad and wrote extensively about Islam and Muslims. 

The Benedictine University Women’s Institute for Global Leadership and the Smart Money Seminars series will present "Smart Money" with special speakers Laura Shallow, vice president of Fifth Third Bank, and Monica L. Walker, founding partner, CEO and CIO of Holland Capital Management LLC, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free, but registration is required at Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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

It’s finally spring and fresh fruits and vegetables should be on your mind. It is time to make good use of fresh, colorful, nutritious and tasty seasonal fruits and veggies. Benefits of eating "in-season" include fresher produce, increased nutritional value, saving money, and the experience of eating fruits and vegetables with full, whole flavors. Dice up some strawberries in plain yogurt as this vibrant fruit’s peak season begins in April. These sweet berries contain fiber and only one cup provides 100 percent of your daily vitamin C requirements. Apricots and cherries come in season later in the spring, so don’t forget to include these portable and nutritious fruits as your "on-the-go" snacks.

Don’t pass up the produce section this April, as you will miss out on a variety of vibrant green vegetables. Baby lettuce mixes, broccoli, mustard greens, peas and asparagus will all be making a grand entrance into the produce aisle early this spring. Toss these flavorful varieties into your next salad, stir-fry or side dish. Ever heard of morel mushrooms? These cone-shaped mushrooms will provide texture and flavor to any dinner dish with the added benefit of providing copper, vitamin E and potassium. Looking for a low-calorie flavorful veggie to add to your homemade soups? The root vegetable, radishes, contains vitamin C, phosphorus and zinc, and will provide color for your dish. Enjoy these seasonal fruits and vegetables and begin spring the healthy way.

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 Benedictine Department of Athletics will present National Girls and Women in Sports Day on April 27.

The baseball team handled Maranatha in a doubleheader sweep on Friday.

The softball team finished a 3-1 week in conference play with a split at Concordia Wisconsin.

The men’s track and field team took part in the Chicagoland Outdoor Championships hosted by Lewis.

The women’s track and field team also took part in the Chicagoland Championships.

The men’s lacrosse team took on Carthage on the road Wednesday.

The women’s lacrosse team returned home and lost to Beloit on Sunday.

The men’s golf team competed at Illinois Wesleyan this weekend.

Upcoming Athletic Events
Thursday, April 11
BenU at Elmhurst
3:00 p.m.
Elmhurst, Ill.

Saturday, April 13
BenU vs. MSOE (DH)
1:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Sunday, April 14
BenU at Dominican (DH)
1:00 p.m.
Schaumburg, Ill. – Boomers Stadium

Monday, April 8
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Wednesday, April 10
BenU vs. Dominican (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Sunday, April 13
BenU at Alverno (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Sunday, April 14
BenU vs. Rockford (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men’s Lacrosse
Wednesday, April 10
BenU at Elmhurst
7:00 p.m.
Elmhurst, Ill.

Sunday, April 14
BenU vs. Defiance
1:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Saturday, April 13
BenU at Eagle Invitational
10:00 a.m.
Sports Complex

Women’s Lacrosse
Tuesday, April 9
BenU at North Central
7:00 p.m.
Naperville, Ill.

Women’s Golf
Saturday, April 13
BenU vs. Aurora
12:00 p.m.
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of April 8-30:

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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