Campus Notebook                              August 1, 2016

Lisle Campus News

The 22nd Annual President's Invitational Golf Outing to raise money
for student scholarships
was held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club
in Lemont last month.

Campus Events

Spend a "National Night Out" of emergency preparedness, free food and fun

The Benedictine University and Lisle Police departments invite the public to attend "National Night Out" at the University from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. The free event will include food and beverages, safety demonstrations, raffles, kids' games, display emergency vehicles, booths from local businesses and giveaways. Visitors can interact with police officers, paramedics and firefighters and learn more about emergency preparedness and crime prevention. Certified technicians will be present to inspect child safety seats and make sure they are properly installed in vehicles. Visitors can also try out the DUI goggles, which simulate intoxication to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence. Ernie the Eagle might pop in! The event will be held in the Rice Center/Neuzil Hall parking lot off College Road in Lisle. For more information, to gift a raffle prize, to request a booth or to volunteer for this event contact Sgt. Debbie Vanderploeg at (630) 829-6658 or, or Amanda Warren at (630) 829-6665 or    

Test your police skills on a decision-driven simulator

Faculty and staff members are invited to participate in a virtual training experience from 9:99 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at the Benedictine University Police facility located on the first floor of the parking garage. Benedictine Police officers have been training on a decision-driven simulator, which challenges the use of firearms during a lethal threat. There are 1,000 virtual threat scenarios possibilities. No reservations are required and no real firearms are involved. Stop by and experience the new age of  law enforcement training.

Fox News panelist discusses upcoming presidential election

Benedictine University's Center for Civic Leadership will host journalist and political analyst Juan Williams at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium for a discussion of topics relevant to the upcoming presidential election.  Williams is a panelist on "Fox News Sunday" and a regular substitute host for "The O'Reilly Factor." His views of American politics, diversity in the workplace and changing American demographics have made him a popular choice for debates and seminars. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or


Upcoming Enrollment events allow prospective students to get to know BenU

The Office of Admissions has scheduled several events throughout the summer and fall to showcase Benedictine University to prospective students. Prospective students can attend Transfer Walk-In Day from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, and BenU at a Glance from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 4, in Goodwin Hall. During Transfer Walk-In Day, prospective students will be able to meet with an admissions counselor and be reviewed for onsite acceptance. They can also discuss financial aid, scholarships and transfer credits with a counselor and take tours of campus. BenU at a Glance provides sophomores and juniors in high school an opportunity to learn about the enrollment process, take a tour of campus, meet with representatives from Benedictine's academic departments and learn how affordable BenU is. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Alumni Development

Enjoy a little Jazzin’ at the Shedd

Benedictine University alumni are invited to “Jazzin’ at the Shedd” Aquarium from 5:00-10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10.  The event features an outdoor concert showcasing some of Chicago’s best jazz musicians and allows you to take advantage of the extended hours to see some of your favorite animals. Attendees are invited to stay for fireworks at Navy Pier. Take advantage of the alumni group discount of $15. Tickets are limited and can be purchased online at  For more information, contact Nicole Placek at or (630) 829-6406.

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates this summer

The Office of Alumni Development launched a new discount hotel program this fall through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings at more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you're guaranteed the lowest price on the web at the time of booking and a portion of each booking will help support the University. To sign up, go to and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry to unveil interfaith prayer room

An opening ceremony for the new Interfaith Prayer Room in Kindlon Hall, Room 136, has been tentatively set for Wednesday, August 31, by Campus Ministry. The room will only be used for prayer and contemplation for those of all faiths. The community is invited to learn more about the space at the opening ceremony. If anyone has any holy books of their tradition they would like to donate to the room, they may be dropped off at the Campus Ministry office. If there are any questions, please contact Carrie Roberts, director of Campus Ministry, at, or Jayashree Sarathy, Interfaith Cooperation Committee, at

Volunteers needed for Catholic Charities' back to school fair

Faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for Catholic Charities' DuPage County Back to School Fair on Wednesday, August 3, at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catholic Charities' Back to School Fairs help prepare children from low-income households for a new school year by providing a variety of services, including free school supplies, immunizations, physicals, dental exams and more. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Carrie Roberts, director of Campus Ministry, at directly instead of Catholic Charities and she will respond for everyone as a group. For more information, go to

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine Fletcher (Theology) recently published two articles. "The Border between Wilderness and Garden: Cultivating a Benedictine Spirituality of the Land" appeared in An Unexpected Wilderness: Christianity and the Natural World, College Theology Society Annual, Volume 61, and "From Love All to Lean In: Dorothy L. Sayers' Vision of Women's Vocation" appeared in Résonances: La Vocation au feminine, Volume I, Numéro 15, Université Catholique de Lille.

About Benedictine

You get more for your money here

Benedictine University is ranked among the top 10 schools in Illinois and the top 20 percent in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to the 2016 PayScale ROI Report for colleges with the best value.


Residence Life hosted a roommate meet-and-greet for residents
of Jaeger Hall last week in the lobby of Goodwin Hall.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art 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.  For information on gallery events, go to

Healthy Table

Vegetables, fruit can get the grill treatment, too

Grilled hamburgers and hotdogs scream summer, but did you know that you can fire up your backyard barbecue for much more than just meat? Grilling provides a smoky twist to seasonal produce such as zucchini, asparagus, and even fruits such as watermelon and peaches.

Here are some tips for grilling fruits and vegetables:

  • Use a light brushing of canola oil on vegetables and fruits to help prevent sticking. The use of a non-stick grate or foil packets lightly coated with oil can also be helpful.
  • As a general rule, don't peel vegetables before grilling—you'll get more nutrients and enjoy a smokier flavor. Most fruits generally do need to be peeled prior to grilling though.
  • Some vegetables (including artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, parsnips, potatoes and winter squash) can be pre-cooked to shorten grilling time and ensure that the inside and outside cook evenly. To pre-cook: steam or blanch until just barely tender. Then pat dry, brush lightly with oil and grill until completely tender and lightly browned.
  • Vegetables like eggplant, fennel, onions, mushrooms, peppers, sweet potatoes, summer squash and tomatoes should be raw when placed on the grill.
  • Ideal grilling fruits are firm and barely ripe. Watermelon, pineapple, apples, peaches and pears can all take the heat. Soak them in liquor or drizzle with honey before grilling for an added burst of flavor.
  • Cook all fruits and vegetables directly over moderately hot coals or use the indirect heat method. Rotate them or move them to a cooler part of the grill during cooking as necessary to ensure that the outside isn't cooking too quickly.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact us at 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. 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 contact us at

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Enjoy free outdoor concerts at PrairieWalk Pond

The Village of Lisle Special Events Committee presents a series of free music concerts at Lisle's PrairieWalk Pond at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in August. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join your friends, neighbors and family for fun-filled evenings of concerts around PraireWalk Pond. Evviva! Bar & Eatery will be onsite providing food and drinks. Brooke and the Nice Things (Motown) will kick off the Summer Concert Series series on August 4, followed by The Boy Band Night (boy bands) on August 11, 7th Heaven (cover band) on August 18 and Jin & Tonic (country) on August 25. PrairieWalk Pond is located just west of Main Street in downtown Lisle at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington Avenues. Parking will be available at the Garfield Parking Lot located on Garfield Ave. In case of rain or storm threat, please check the Village of Lisle Facebook page for up to date information regarding cancellations. For more information, contact the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 769-1000.

USATF Illinois seeks volunteers for Masters Throws Championships

Volunteers are needed to support 2016 USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championships, a unique field event competition which showcases an athlete's power and strength. More than 120 athletes and officials plus spectators from across the country will attend the competition on the weekend of August 5-7 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Duties include retrieving implements during warm-ups and competition, assisting during weights and measures, setting up and managing the competition venue under direction of meet officials, and assisting in registration, posting results and assisting with medals and awards. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. For more information, contact Tricia Myers at To download an application, visit

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 1-30:

James Ealey – August 1, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Julie Moreschi – August 1, Nutrition
Joan Hopkins – August  2, Benedictine Library    
Rita Liutkus – August 2, Nutrition
Peter Seely – August  2, Communication Arts    
Anthony DeLegge – August  3, Mathematics
Lori Allensworth – August 4, Financial Aid
Jody Conidi – August 4, Marketing and Communications
George Hassman – August 4, Mesa Operations
Cynthia Kremer – August 4, Benedictine Library
Kathleen Liace – August 4, Teacher Education Preparation
Randall Voss – August 4, Benedictine University Police
Duy Ngo – August 5, Registrar
Tracy Teichman – August 6, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Junzi Hou – August 7, International Programs and Services
Eileen Kolich – August 7, Teacher Education Preparation    
Richard Campbell – August 8, Teacher Education Preparation    
James Cooper – August 8, Advising Center
Margaret Kipta – August 8, Nursing and Health
Courtney Teatro – August 8, Women's Cross Country and Track
David Matz – August 10, Office Services
Mark McHorney – August 10, Athletics    
Sally Shore – August 10, School of Education    
Robert Mingo – August 11, Benedictine University Police
Jack Winters – August 11, Marketing and Communications
John Carroll – August 12, International Programs and Services    
Sonia Morales-Jones – August 12, Mesa Operations
Therese Yaeger – August 12, Organizational Behavior    
Anthony Cella – August 13, Mesa Operations
James Dickson – August 13, Abbey Personnel
David Millen – August 13, Master of Public Health
Rosemarie Fisk – August 14, College of Sciences    
Elizabeth Guillermo – August 14, Housekeeping and Event Services
Darya Aleinkava – August 16, Physics and Engineering
Susan Swanson – August 16, Dining Services
Alphonse Sarno III – August 18, Athletics
Julie Cosimo – August 18, Career Development    
Vicki Jobst – August 18, Undergraduate Business
Anne Baysinger – August 19, Advising Center    
Kyleigh Wallace – August 19, Annual Fund Programs
Eric Sorby – August 20, Athletics
Cindy Ketner – August 21, Business and Finance Services    
Michael Manning – August 21, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Janet Richter – August 21, Enrollment, Central Region
Chelsea Stephens – August 23, Advising Center
James Aboyi – August 24, Mesa Operations
Karon Ringgenberg – August 27, Marketing and Communications
Hazel Williams – August 27, Student Life Cycle, Northern Region
Melissa Mouhelis – August 27, Academic and Career Enrichment Center    
Daniel Dirienzo – August 28, Abbey Personnel
Elizabeth Leone – August 29, Athletics
Jennifer Wildes – August 30, Women's Volleyball
Libby Wolf – August 30, Information Technology

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

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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.