Campus Notebook

August 24, 2015

University Notes


The Krasa Quad will have a somewhat different look when students return this weekend.


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.

Learn more. Earn more, Dream bigger.

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our adult undergraduate and graduate programs, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives and faculty, by attending our Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine has adult undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics and Finance, and graduate programs in Education, Linguistics, Business Administration, Public Health, Accountancy, Business Analytics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Clinical Psychology, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition and Wellness, Science Content and Process, and Taxation. RSVP today at

Get Your Grad On!

Admissions counselors will be available to meet with students interested in attending graduate school at Benedictine University from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays –September 9, November 11 and December 9 –outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

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

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

Benedictine is bringin' country to the 'burbs

Put on your jeans and boots for the country concert of the year. Benedictine University is bringing country to the suburbs with Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann at the Rice Center on Saturday, October 17, as part of Homecoming 2015. You can purchase tickets during the pre-sale (August 20-21) for a discounted price at The password you will need is "HCBenBash." The tickets officially go on sale on Saturday, August 22. If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Nicole Placek at

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

Here is the fall 2015 schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions
University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

August 24-October 10
"Perspectives on Now"
John Pitman Weber
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

Through September 26
Frank Bush
Mixed Media
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

Through September 26
Mixed Media
Henry Senachwine High School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

September 19-November 20
Prints from Normal Editions Workshop Press
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

October 1-December 19
"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Alan Leder
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4

October 5-December 19
Mixed Media
Normal Middle School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

November 9-December 23

"Creches II"
Mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6

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

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 in Downtown Lisle

"Final Say" will perform from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 2, at PrairieWalk Pond, which is located just west of Main Street in Downtown Lisle at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington Avenues. Bring your chair, blanket, friends and family. The entertainment is free and there is food, beer and wine available for purchase. For more information, visit

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 27-September 29:

Hazel Williams – August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis – August 27, Career Development    
Jennifer Wildes – August 30, Women's Volleyball 
Catherine Mayorga - September 1, Academic Partnerships, Southwest Region
Linda Owens -- September 1, Student Life
Daniel Turano – September 3, Student Success Center
Debra Kaszuba – September 5, College of Adult and Professional Studies
Elizabeth Bormann – September 5, Master of Public Health
Thomas Calpin – September 5, Office Services
Laura Markun – September 5, Financial Aid
Megan De Angelis – September 6, Registrar
Michael McArthur – September 7, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
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
Pattye Panagiotaras – September 9, Admissions
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-Coines – September 12, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Anne Marie Smith – September 12, Student Success Center
Frank Budig – September 13, Dining Services
Debra Kane – September 13, Financial Aid
Hazel Hosmer – September 13, Business and Finance Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski – September 14, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heather Hawker – September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano – September 14, University Development
Catherine Arnold – September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy – September 17, Political Science
Jesus Herrera – September 17, Campus Services
Karina Carrillo – September 18, Campus Services
Anthony Sosa – September 18, Campus Services
Laura Banny – September 20, Dining Services
Crystal Pass – September 20, Campus Services
Bridget Cooper – September 21, Personnel Resources
Wesley Herwaldt – September 21, Dining Services
Patrick Polasek – September 21, Psychology/Sociology
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
Manmohan Kaur – September 25, Mathematics
Anthony Staffaroni – September 25, Mesa Operations
Sarah Kurpiel – September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B. – September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory – September 27, Admissions
Patti Marchese – September 27, Admissions
Beverly Smith – September 28, Athletics
Elizabeth Hill – September 28, President's Office
Silvia Larrondo – September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt – September 28, Nursing and Health
Wendy Finch – September 28, Mesa Operations
Alfred Martin – September 29, Biological Sciences
Ronald Finnigan – September 29, Center for Lifelong Learning

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