Campus Notebook

August 12, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Pete Nelson (Physics) developed online curricular resources that have been listed in a "Conference on Introductory Physics for the Life Sciences Report" published by the American Association of Physics Teachers. The resources have been developed for the Physics for Life Sciences courses that Nelson is designing, and focus on stochastic phenomena such as diffusion, drug elimination, radioactive decay and osmosis. The National Science Foundation-funded report is available online at

Robin Rylaarsdam (Biological Sciences) was named a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation (ASA) at its annual meeting in July. ASA's mission is to integrate, communicate and facilitate properly researched science and theology in service to the Church and the scientific community. ASA is noted for fostering gracious discussions on controversial topics related to science while maintaining a commitment to clear scientific consensus. Fellows are nominated and elected on the basis of their professional excellence, work towards integrating faith and science, and service to ASA.

Ovid Wong (Education) designed a deck of Gospel icebreaker cards and published by Christian Communication Inc. in Dallas, Texas. The deck has 56 cards to include instruction, Gospel and icebreaker photo cards in four categories for engaging people from casual to serious conversation about faith. Wong was invited to debut the icebreaker strategy at the 2015 International Fellowship of Christian Short-term Missions Inc. San Francisco Summit conference and other church fellowship groups.

University Notes


A farewell dinner was held for outgoing Benedictine University
President William J. Carroll on August 4 in Kindlon Hall.


Learn more about BenU at these events

High school sophomores and juniors can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on September 12 at a location to be determined and during "Fall Open House" from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Prospect students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Campus Ministry

Food for the soul and the body

The first Sunday Mass of the 2015-16 academic year will be held at 7:00 p.m. on August 30, 2015. An ice cream social will follow at 8:00 p.m. in the Interfaith Lounge, Kindlon Hall, Room 422. All are welcome.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

Help foster reconciliation and peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Career Development

Meet the students who want to work for you

The Career Development Center and the Office of Personnel Resources are sponsoring a Student Employment Job Fair for students interested in filling student worker positions during the 2015-2016 academic year. The job fair will be held from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABC. All departments are encouraged to attend. To reserve a table, contact Julie Cosimo at or (630) 829-6037. During the event, students will also have the opportunity to attend a 30-minute breakout session of their choice between 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. The breakout topics will include "Understanding your Values," "Making your Major Decision" and "Finding your Pot of Gold." All students are encouraged to attend.

Student Life
Who are you going to call?

Who 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.

Know a student who needs help?

The 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 For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

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 of 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, our 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.

University Development

Denim Days are nearing an end

Denim Days are coming to a close. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays through August 28. Get them for yourself or share with coworkers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Annual Fund office in the Krasa Center, Room 060. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

University Events

Administrative updates, breakout sessions, ice cream highlight opening day

An opening day gathering for Benedictine faculty and staff will be held on Tuesday, August 25. The day begins with a continental breakfast from 9:30-10:00 a.m. in the Krasa Dining Room, followed by a blessing by Abbot Austin Murphy, O.S.B., a welcome from President Michael Brophy, and updates by Charles Gregory, Maria de la Camara and other community members. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., followed by breakout sessions in Birck Hall to discuss the future of the University. The day concludes with an ice cream social for faculty, staff and family members from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in the concourse of the Sports Complex. 

Opening Liturgy and Convocation Ceremony tips off new school year

The Opening Liturgy and Convocation Ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 3, at St. Procopius Abbey Church. New students will be led into the church with a candlelight procession. There will be a luncheon following Mass on the Abbey grounds.

First Center for Civic Leadership lecture series speaker is Golden

Michael Golden, former broadcast journalist, political campaign manager and author of "Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System" will be the featured speaker at the Center for Civic Leadership Lecture Series at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15, in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). Golden worked for NBC and CBS television affiliates in Illinois, Iowa and California where his investigative and public affairs reporting on politics, education, health care and criminal justice reaped honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, a non-profit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois, and in 2012, he co-founded Complete The Degree, a program designed to motivate adults to finish their college education. 

Learn more about Pope Francis' encyclical on climate change

"The Symposium on Pope Francis' Encyclical on Climate Change, Laudato Si'," will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, in the Krasa Presentation Room. All members of the Benedictine community are invited to attend.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery summer hours are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and by appointment.  

Healthy Table

Stay hydrated during the waning days of summer

Are you getting enough water in throughout the day during these hot summer months? One easy way is to drink two glasses of water in the morning, and one before and after each meal. Staying hydrated when it's hot is very important, so take care of your body.

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 contact us at

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Join your neighbors at the PrairieWalk Pond Concert Series in Downtown Lisle

Bring your chair, blanket, friends and family for some live music in the park this summer. The entertainment is free and there is food, beer and wine available for purchase. Concerts take place from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at PrairieWalk Pond, which is located just west of Main Street in Downtown Lisle at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington Avenues.

Featured performers are:

  • Thursday, August 13 - Suburban Cowboys
  • Thursday, August 20 - Catfight
  • Wednesday, September 2 - Final Say

For more information, visit

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 11-30:

John Carroll – August 12, International Programs and Services    
Sonia Morales-Jones – August 12, Mesa Operations
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    
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 and Management    
Anne Baysinger – August 19, New Student Advising Center    
Kevin Lynch – August 19, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Kyleigh Wallace – August 19, Annual Fund Programs
Tanya Crum – August 20, Biology
Eric Sorby – August 20, Athletics
Cindy Ketner – August 21, Business and Finance Services    
Michael Manning – August 21, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Sarah Rysell – August 21, Alumni Development
Chelsea Simmons – August 23, New Student Advising Center
Hazel Williams – August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis – August 27, Career Development    
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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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
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Marketing and Communications
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