Campus Notebook

August 12, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

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University Notes

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A blessing and ribbon-cutting celebration marking the grand opening of Gillett Hall, the academic building at Benedictine University at Mesa, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27. Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, is named in honor of Willis Gillett, chairman of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees. It has capacity for nine classrooms, including an interactive classroom with non-traditional, flexible furniture, a nutrition lab featuring kitchenettes with residential appliances, a computer lab, chapel, "Spirit Store," which will sell Benedictine merchandise, a library center and a community room.

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The new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall will be open to faculty, staff and students beginning Monday, August 19. There will be cake at noon in the new gallery to celebrate what would have been Fr. Michael’s 81st birthday. Fr. Michael acquired nearly 4,000 art pieces from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists, and established one of the finest private art and sculpture collections in the Midwest before he passed away in 2009. Fr. Michael’s dream was that one day the collection he gathered to engage and enrich the University and surrounding community would be exhibited in a permanent home to be viewed and appreciated on a grand scale. The new gallery is about 4,700 square feet and includes climate-controlled storage and restoration/work and office space. Regular hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Back by popular demand, the Plain White T's with opening act Vicci Martinez are performing at this year's BenFest on Saturday, August 24. Tickets are on sale now for $30 per ticket. Ticket buyers can choose to sit in the football stadium seats or stand on the track. All tickets can be purchased at or from Nicole Placek in Krasa Center, Room 175C. For information, call (630) 829-6406.

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Students who live in Ondrak, Jaeger and Neuzil Halls beginning in the fall will be greeted by new furniture. Jaeger and Ondrak Hall residents will enjoy new twin XL-size bunkable beds with approximately 16¼ inches of space underneath, double-drawer wood wardrobes, maple desks and upholstered two-position chairs. Each Neuzil Hall suite will feature two new twin XL-size bunkable beds, two four-drawer wood chests that can be unstacked and used as two-drawer chests, maple desks and upholstered two-position chairs. For more information, visit


"Get Your Faith On!" Get your faith on during Welcome Weekend by getting involved in a religious activity on campus. Pick a day and come get a really cool mood cup. Participate and get a "Get Your Faith On" T-shirt. The schedule for Welcome Weekend follows:

Sunday, August 25
8:00 p.m. - First Catholic Mass of the school year, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor

Monday, August 26

7:00 p.m. - Catholic Liturgical Ministers Training, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Protestant Board Welcomes You (ice cream will be served), Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor

Tuesday, August 27
12:00 p.m. - Quad Day, sign up for Muslim and Hindu Student Associations, Krasa Quad

Wednesday, August 28

12:00 p.m. - Meet Ministry on the quad as part of Resource Day, Krasa Quad

Thursday, August 29

11:00 a.m. - Convocation Mass, St. Procopius Abbey

Your help is needed. Benedictine University has received a generous $46,000, F-SCRAP grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic opportunity to allow for the diversion of all food scraps generated in the cafeteria and other buildings. This new composting effort, in conjunction with Compost Supply of Newark, will allow Benedictine to divert in excess of 105,000 pounds (52.5 tons) per year of food waste from landfills and wastewater. Everyone’s help is needed to make this work. Compostables include food scraps (even meat), paper napkins and compostable disposables. Recyclables include other paper items, plastic and glass. Everything else is garbage!

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our flexible, evening, weekend and accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate programs at an Undergraduate and Graduate Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 on the first floor of Kindlon Hall. Prospective students can attend information seminars specific to their program of interest, meet with admissions and financial aid counselors, and discover how we can help you achieve the professional success, financial security and personal fulfillment their desire.

The Benedictine University Library's summer hours will continue through Sunday, August 25. The library's summer hours are: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.). The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For information about other dates, go to
Denim Days are winding down. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays through August 23. Applies to new donations only. Current donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

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.

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 punched 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.

Healthy Table

Eat a peach today!

Peaches are a delicious, nutritious fruit, but have a very short season. Their season is late June to early September, which means it’s time to stock up on this amazing fruit now. Peaches are one of the largest fruit crops grown in the United States. One large peach contains 3 grams of fiber, is packed with nutrients and has just a measly 68 calories. This fruit contains potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and vitamins A, E, C and K. Add this fruit to some whole grain cereal, low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese as a replacement for sugary, low nutrient snacks.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 12-30:

John Carroll-August 12, International Programs and Services   
Therese Yaeger-August 12, Organizational Behavior   
John Ostrowski-August 13, Baseball   
Cynthia Kuck-August 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Rosemarie Fisk-August 14, College of Sciences   
Susan Swanson-August 16, Dining Services
Alphonse Sarno III-August 18, Athletics
Bernard Toussaint-August 18, Philosophy   
James Kluckhohn-August 18, Women's Track and Field
Julie Cosimo-August 18, Career Development   
Vicki Jobst-August 18, Undergraduate Business and Management   
Anne Baysinger-August 19, New Student Advising Center   
Kevin Lynch-August 19, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Tanya Crum-August 20, Biology
Cindy Ketner-August 21, Business and Finance Services   
Michael Manning-August 21, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Marita Hyde-August 22, Auxiliary Enterprises   
Kaitlin Walsh-August 23, Admissions
Hazel Williams-August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis-August 27, Career Development   
Alexandra Rosborough-August 30, New Student Advising Center   
Jennifer Wildes-August 30, Women's Volleyball   

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

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