Campus Notebook

August 18, 2014

University Notes

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There’s no place like Home(coming)

It’s not too soon to start thinking about Homecoming 2014, which is the week of September 15-21. University Development Events invites all departments and offices on campus to get into the spirit of Homecoming and participate in the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. A panel of judges will select the winning office based on use of the Homecoming theme, “Building for the Future,” BenU spirit, originality and the use of “green” materials The winning office receives a continental breakfast on Monday, September 22, and a travelling trophy to proudly display until Homecoming 2015. For more details about Homecoming 2014, visit

Admissions readies for more events during the fall

The Office of Admissions will host a Transfer “One-Stop-Shop” from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday, August 18-22. Students can complete their application paperwork and register for classes all in one visit. Attendees must bring all official transcripts, be in good academic standing, have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and have a minimum of 20 transferable semester credit hours. Admissions will also host a “Saturday Preview Day” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on September 13. Prospective students can tour campus, meet with an Admissions counselor, learn about the admissions process, discover Benedictine’s outstanding academic programs, and get information about tuition and scholarships. Benedictine University at Mesa will host two Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on September 20 and October 18. Freshman and Transfer students can meet with an Admissions counselor, take a campus tour and meet with faculty.

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 2014-15 academic year. The job fair will be held from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. All departments are encouraged to attend. To reserve a table, contact Julie Cosimo at or (630) 829-6037.

Ladies, learn how to defend yourself

University Ministry is sponsoring a “One Light Self-Defense Workshop” for all Benedictine University female staff, faculty and students from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 in the Founders’ Woods clubhouse.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry. Proceeds from the workshop benefit Women at Risk International, which is a nonprofit organization creating circles of protection and hope around women at risk. A donation of $15 is suggested. To RSVP and reserve a spot, call (630) 829-1310 or email

Say "Hello" to our new students during Welcome Weekend

Where has the summer gone? Welcome Weekend starts Thursday, August 21. Here is the schedule of events planned for the new students, who arrive beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 21:
9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., Resident check-in at Krasa Student Center
12:00-2:00 p.m., Family lunch in Krasa Dining Room
1:30-2:00 p.m., Commuter check-in at Krasa Student Center
2:00-4:00 p.m., Commuter Program
4:00-4:30 p.m., Meet your new Student Ambassadors
4:30-5:30 p.m., Small group meeting
5:30-6:30 p.m., Dinner with the president
6:30-6:45 p.m., Parent goodbye video
6:45-8:30 p.m., Commuter social
8:30-11:00 p.m., Casino Night in Kindlon Hall and Throwback Thursday movies in Krasa Student Center

Friday, August 22
9:30-10:15 a.m., Breakfast in Krasa Dining Room
10:15-10:45 a.m., New Student Advising Center presentation
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Play Fair
12:15-1:00 p.m., Small group meeting
1:00-1:45 p.m., Lunch in Krasa Dining Room
1:45-2:15 p.m., Reading class locations and dismissal
2:15-3:30 p.m., Reading class and discussion
3:30-6:00 p.m., Eagle Fest
6:15-7:30 p.m., Dinner
7:30-8:30 p.m., New Student Ambassadors on Broadway
8:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Friday Night Lights and Color War

Saturday, August 23
9:00-9:45 a.m., Breakfast in Krasa Dining Room
9:45-10:00 a.m., Illini Fighting Hunger introduction
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Illini Fighting Hunger service project
12:30-1:30 p.m., Lunch in Krasa Dining Room
1:30-2:30 p.m., New Student Ambassador awards
2:30-3:30 p.m., Small group meetings
3:30-5:00 p.m., Free time
5:00-6:00 p.m., Dinner in Krasa Dining Room
6:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Get Rec’d at the Rice Center, dodge ball tournament and fitness class tutorial
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Incoming freshmen bonfire 

Celebrate "The Joy of the Gospel" with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart

The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart invite the public to join them for “The Joy of the Gospel” from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6 featuring presenter Cathy Lentz, who earned a Master or Arts in Liturgy from the Catholic Theological Union and is the Director of Liturgy and Evangelization at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church. “The joy of the gospel is such that it cannot be taken away from us by anyone or anything,” wrote Pope Francis I in his amazing document of hope, “Evangelii Gaudium.” Join the sisters as they explore three aspects of the Pope’s vision of the Church. Join their community and reflect on the call by the Holy Father to bring the love of God in Christ Jesus to all we meet. As Pope Francis proclaimed, “So what are we waiting for?” The Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Avenue in Lisle. All are welcome to join us in the celebration of the Eucharist which will follow at 11:30 a.m. Enter on the east end of the building. There is no charge for the program, but registration is appreciated. For more information or to register, call (630) 725-6013.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

Benedictine University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. Community members can learn more about this effort at the Healthy Lawn Symposium sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The community is also invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Help raise awareness about addiction and recovery

Faculty, staff and students are invited to help raise awareness of addiction and support those in recovery by participating in the Addiction Awareness and Recovery 5K Run/Walk at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 14 at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville. There is a $35 registration fee. Participants receive a T-shirt. Refreshments will follow in the pavilion at 11:00 a.m. For more information or to register, go to or contact Donna at (630) 642-0713 or Joe at (630) 853-5418. The run is sponsored by the West Suburban Fellowship Club, JUST of DuPage County and Linden Oaks at Edward.

Denim Days are back

Denim Days are back for summer. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays. Donate $70 upfront to get 17 stickers to wear jeans, which you can share with coworkers or donate $35 upfront and get 8 stickers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Office of the Annual Fund in the Krasa Center, Room 035. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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. 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.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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

Taize prayer service offered third Friday of the month

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.

Who 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.

Sunday Mass will resume August 24

The first Sunday Masses of the Fall 2014 Semester will be offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on August 24. The first Daily Masses of the new term will be offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25.

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

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

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery has been set: 

Sunday, September 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
Teresa J. Parker: "Spanish Colonial Art”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The mixtures of cultural, religious and decorative styles found in Mexico and Peru during the 16th century are out of this world. Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection, will discuss the origins of some of these practices and show examples of art and decorative arts. Parker is a practicing artist and has been curating exhibitions for more than 20 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts  from Illinois State University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 5
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
David Oulette, Ph.D.: “The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death.  Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 2
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: "Problems with Representing the Human Figure"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
200-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will discuss the topic of 20th century Modernism and its application to the human figure. Scarlato is an exhibiting painter and printmaker, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Lecture to be announced
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Healthy Table

It's back-to-school time

Heading back to school means packing lunches and eating on campus at the dining hall. This can mean unhealthy choices, added calories and excess temptation, not to mention the monotony that can come with packing lunches each day and repeatedly eating dining hall food. Here are some easy tips to eat healthy and keep the boredom at bay:

•    Plan to socialize with friends outside of the dining hall.
•    Don’t let yourself get too hungry.
•    Don’t be afraid to make requests.
•    Load up on veggies and fruit, but always think about balance.
•    Explore the options and get creative.
•    Remember that moderation is key.
•    Switch it up. Instead of bread, use lettuce, bagels tortillas or pita pockets.
•    Include a balance.

These easy tips will keep you excited for your packed lunch or trip to the dining hall all semester.

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.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 18-30:

Alphonse Sarno III
-August 18, Athletics
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 Batten-August 22, Auxiliary Enterprises    
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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