Campus Notebook                              August 22, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Moving crates were the order of the day during the summer as several

departments changed locations to better serve students.

Campus Events

Welcome our new students during Welcome Weekend

Welcome Weekend starts Thursday, August 25. Here is the schedule of events planned for the new students, who arrive beginning at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 25:
9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., Resident check-in at Krasa Student Center
12:00-1:30 p.m., Family lunch in Krasa Dining Room
2:00-2:30 p.m., Commuter check-in and welcome at Krasa Student Center
2:15-2:45 p.m., Athletic parent meeting in Goodwin Hall
3:00-4:45 p.m., Parent program in Goodwin Hall
3:00-5:00 p.m., Meet the orientation leaders and academic deans
5:00-5:15 p.m., Eagle Walk
5:15-5:30 p.m., President welcome, Campus Quad
5:30-7:30 p.m., President welcome dinner and reception
7:30-8:30 p.m., Commuter student social in BenUnion
8:30-11:00 p.m., Casino Night and movies in Goodwin Hall

Friday, August 26
9:30-10:10 a.m., Orientation group meeting
10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Eaglefest
1:00-2:00 p.m., Lunch
2:00-2:45 p.m., Campus resources preparation
3:00-4:30 p.m., WRIT 101 class and discussion
4:30-5:00 p.m., Orientation group debriefing
5:00-6:00 p.m., BenUnion activities
6:00-7:30 p.m., Dinner Chicago style with raffles
7:30-11:00 p.m., Evening social featuring Mission Improvable and Charles Peachook

Saturday, August 27
10:00-11:00 a.m., Orientation group meeting
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Alumni presentation
12:00-12:45 p.m., Lunch
1:00-3:00 p.m., Service project
3:00-5:00 p.m., Orientation group program
6:00-7:30 p.m., Dinner
7:30 p.m.-12:00 a.m., "Nite at the Rice" featuring activities, giveaways, BINGO, Color Wars and bonfire.

Need a student worker? Come to the fair.

The Academic and Career Enrichment (ACE) Center will host a student employment job fair from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. The fair will provide students with an opportunity to speak with hiring managers from various departments who are seeking to fill on-campus jobs.  Departments are encouraged to have a table at this fair so they can meet these students individually.  If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact John Darnell at and a table will be reserved for you.

Start the new school year out right

The Opening Liturgy and Convocation Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 1, at St. Procopius Abbey Church. New students will be led into the church with a candlelight procession. There will be a luncheon following Mass.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Humility and Stepping Stones to Holiness" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Get excited and find the richness in "The Rule of St. Benedict" as he shows us a path to holiness through the 12 steps of humility. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Fall forum focuses on Syrian people and the country's civil war

The Global Studies Fall Forum will present "After the Revolution:  Syrian Resiliency and Creativity" with miriam cooke, Ph.D., the Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures  in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department at Duke University, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in a yet-to-be-determined location. A graduate of Oxford University, cooke has focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism. She is the author of several monographs, edited volumes and a novel. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar, Dartmouth College and the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. The lecture will focus on the Syrian people's resiliency and creativity in the face of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the country's revolution and civil war, examining the explosion of cultural production both inside and outside of Syria since the revolution. The lecture is sponsored by Global Studies Program and an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant from the Department of Education.

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


Events allow prospective students to discover what Benedictine is all about

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University during "Fall Visit Days" from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, October 23, and during "Preferred Visit Day" beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10. "Fall Visits Days" are a great opportunity for prospective students to tour campus, learn more about our Scholars Program and confer with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. Faculty members will also be on hand to answer questions about specific academic programs. "Preferred Visit Day" offers students and their parents an opportunity to discover what Benedictine is all about. They can meet with the Admissions staff in a small-group setting to discuss Benedictine's academic programs, admission requirements, application process, available scholarships and financial aid. Campus tours are also available. To RSVP for "Fall Visit Days," go to To RSVP for "Preferred Visit Days" go to For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Campus Ministry

New interfaith prayer room to be unveiled

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

Faculty and Staff Notes

Teresa J. Parker (University Art Collection) is one of 21 artists who have been juried into the 2016 International Print Exchange Portfolio called "Breaking News." Her work was juried by Rajesh Pullarwar of Mumbai, India. Pullarwar earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2000 and a Master of Fine Arts in 2002 from the Sir JJ School of Art in Mumbai. He has presented solo exhibitions at Chatterjee & Lal, ARTIndia Gallery, and Phillips Contemporary in Mumbai, as well as group exhibitions at Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, and bCA gallery, Milan, Italy.

James Pelech (School of Education) had an article published recently in the journal, i.e.: inquiry in education, a peer-reviewed online journal published by the Center for Practitioner Research at National Louis University. The journal serves as a forum for scholarly work pertaining to practitioner research. Pelech's article focuses on the research he conducted in one of his classes at Benedictine. Using an action research approach, this researched explored student and instructor perspectives comparing the effectiveness of closed-notes quizzes with open-notes quizzes.

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.

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

New gallery series enhance appreciation for art

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has added four new series to its educational programming.

The "Meet the Artist" Series

Enjoy a glass of wine, snack on delicious appetizers and cheese, and interact with the artist whose work is currently on exhibit in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery. Students, faculty, staff and the community at large are invited to drop in from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the day of the event and network with our local art community.

The "Art and Religion Discussion" Series

Pack your lunch and get connected to a brown bag lunch discussion series to be conducted by Teresa J. Parker, curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University Art Collection. The purpose of these discussions is to heighten the visibility of the religious aspect of the permanent art collection by using the Benedictine hallmarks to allow the public to recognize themes in the religious art displayed throughout our campus.

"Sonntag Distinguished Scholar in Art and Culture" Series

This Art and Culture series has been made possible through an endowment established by William and Susan Sonntag for the purpose of bringing some of the foremost scholars in the world of art to speak at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University. The inaugural speaker for this event will be Foy Scalf, Ph.D., head of research archives at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Scalf will be presenting a lecture on "The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt" in the spring.

Art Walking Tours

Take a self-guided walking tour in Goodwin, Kindlon and Birck halls on Benedictine University's Lisle campus. Pick up a brochure when you enter one of these halls and discover exciting information about the works of art that are a part of the Benedictine University Art Collection and on display for your education and delight.

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

Are you confused about fiber?

Fiber is the part of plants we eat which our bodies are not able to break down and digest. There are two types – soluble and insoluble. Both help with digestion and can also help prevent heart disease, diabetes and weight gain. Foods that are high in fiber have many other benefits as well. They take longer to digest so you will feel fuller longer, they are full of vitamins and minerals, and they can help keep blood sugars consistent. Foods that contain fiber include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Try gradually adding some of these foods to your diet. Make sure to drink lots of water as well so your intestines are able to use the fiber correctly. Women need 25 grams of fiber per day and men need 38 grams. Start slowly, increasing your fiber intake today to hit the recommended amounts.

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

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News


A group of Mesa campus students got together for a trip to the bowling

alley during the summer.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

The women's volleyball team finished 2-2 at last weekend's Johnson & Wales tournament.

Springfield Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

Amy L. Lakin (Student Academic Support Services), a past faculty member of Benedictine University at Springfield in the Arts and Letters Division, was published in the International Journal of Educational Management. Her article is titled "Effective faculty evaluation at the teaching-centered university (Building a fair and authentic portfolio of faculty work)." The article is available online at

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 23-30:

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
Catherine Mayorga - September 1, Academic Partnerships, Southwest Region
Linda Owens -- September 1, Student Life
Deborah Tebrock – September 2, Academic Partnership, National
Sarah Frachey – September 3, Marketing and Communications
Sarah Toresdahl – September 3, Mesa Athletics
Daniel Turano – September 3, Student Activities and Leadership Development
Debra Kaszuba – September 5, National Academic Development
Elizabeth Bormann – September 5, Master of Public Health
Thomas Calpin – September 5, Office Services
Erica Conrad – September 5, Compliance, Legal and Risk
Laura Markun – September 5, Financial Aid
Vicki Reese – September 5, Springfield Human Resources
Megan De Angelis – September 6, Registrar
Michael McArthur – September 7, Enrollment, Northern Region
Sergio Diaz De Sandy – September 8, Dining Services
Connie Mounts – September 8, Business and Finance Services
Hai Ri Han – September 9, Fine Arts
Jennifer Lange –September 9, Nursing and Health
Luis Loubriel – September 9, Music
Rick Holman – September 9, Graduate Business Administration
Stuart Zaczek – September 9, St. Procopius Abbey
Bartholomew Ng – September 10, College of Science
Jennifer Gardner – September 11, College of Science
Jean-Marie Kauth – September 11, Core Humanities
Christina Kyres – September 12, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Anne Marie Smith – September 12, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Frank Budig – September 13, Dining Services
Valerie Ellinger – September 13, Adjunct Instruction, Central Region
Hazel Hosmer – September 13, Business and Finance Services
George Judd – September 13, Springfield University Police
Debra Kane – September 13, Financial Aid
Claudia Morris – September 13, Student Life Cycle, Northern Region
Miguel Amaro – September 14, Dining Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski – September 14, National Enrollment
Heather Hawker – September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano – September 14, President's Office
Catherine Arnold – September 17, Nutrition
Joe Esqueda – September 17, Mesa Facilities Management
Phillip Hardy – September 17, Political Science
Anthony Sosa – September 18, Engineering Services
Laura Banny – September 20, Dining Services
Crystal Pass – September 20, Campus Services
Ann Marasco – September 20, Dining Services
Wesley Herwaldt – September 21, Dining Services
Patrick Polasek – September 21, Psychology,Sociology and Criminal Justice
Marion Torres – September 21, St. Procopius Abbey
Joel Ostrow – September 22, Political Science
Rafael Iglesias – September 24, Foreign Languages
Teresa Parker – September 24, Fine Arts
Heather Goforth – September 25, Auxiliary Enterprises
Manmohan Kaur – September 25, Mathematics
Elizabeth Reniche – September 25, Management and Organizational Behavior
Grgeory Carpenter – September 26, Springfield Facilities Management
Sarah Kurpiel – September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B. – September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory – September 27, Admissions
Charles Love – September 27, Athletics
Patti Marchese – September 27, National Enrollment
Beverly Smith – September 28, Athletics
Silvia Larrondo – September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt – September 28, Nursing and Health
Alfred Martin – September 29, Biological Sciences
Ronald Finnigan – September 29, National Lifelong Learning
Courtney Singleton – September 30, Student Life Cycle, Central Region

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

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Marketing and Communications

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Marketing and Communications
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