Campus Notebook

August 26, 2014

University Notes

 Quad Day 8-26-14 (12)

Quad Day drew a crowd in the Krasa Student Center on Tuesday.

Medieval expert discusses Christian-Muslim relations

John Tolan, Ph.D., professor of History at the Université de Nantes in France, an internationally known scholar of medieval Christian-Muslim relations and author of the books “Saracens” and “Saint Francis and the Sultan,” will present a lecture titled “Francis and the Sultan: An Emblematic Encounter?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Scholars Program, the College of Liberal Arts and  the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The lecture is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Rita George-Tvrtkovic at

Got values?

Benedictine University’s doctoral program in Values-Driven Leadership will host an Online Open House at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18 for all executives interested in learning more about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) programs in Values-Driven Leadership. The Online Open House will offer prospective students an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of faculty, current students and graduates. The doctoral program is designed for senior leaders and business executives. All are welcome to attend this online event. Find details and register for the event at Contact Amber Johnson at for more information.

There’s no place like Home(coming)

Start planning now to enter Benedictine University’s Homecoming 2014 office decorating contest during the week of September 15-21. A panel of judges will select the winning office based on the use of BenU’s 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 the travelling trophy to proudly display until Homecoming 2015. To indicate your interest in participating and to receive a copy of the office decorating contest rules contact Nicole Placek at as soon as possible. Decorating begins on Monday, September 15. Judging is on Wednesday, September 17. For more details about Homecoming 2014, visit

Admissions readies for more events during the fall

The Office of Admissions will 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.

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

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.

Witness the revolution at the Fr. Michael art gallery

Visit the exhibition "Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There" at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery at Benedictine University from Wednesday, September 17 through Wednesday, October 8. The exhibit highlights firsthand accounts of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia during the “Velvet Revolution,” the ouster of the ruling Communists. An opening reception will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

A slightly skewed look at celebrities in America

Sculptor Larry Ballard has a slightly skewed view of popular culture. His humorous observations of society will be on display for four weeks at Benedictine University. “Coolness!” a collection of sculptures by Ballard, will be exhibited at The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall from Monday, August 25 through Saturday, September 27. A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery.

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 almost over

Friday, August 29 is your last chance to participate in Denim Days. Donate $5 to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Friday. Applies to new donation only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donation 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, Daily Mass resume

Sunday Mass is now being offered t 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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

Where a student should go with a gripe

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

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: 

Through Saturday, September 27
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Sculptor Larry Ballard's slightly skewed view of popular culture will be on display at gallery through Saturday, September 27. A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery. Ballard’s tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson reflect his humorous observations of our society. These works are bright, colorful and have a savvy all their own.  

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.

Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, October 8
"Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Visit the exhibition "Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There." The exhibit highlights firsthand accounts of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia during the “Velvet Revolution,” the ouster of the ruling Communists. An opening reception will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

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

Celebrate Labor Day ... but wisely!

Labor Day is fast approaching. This can come with lots of parties, heavy foods, loads of desserts and calorie-packed cocktails. After a summer of outdoor activities and light fresh fruits and vegetables, you will want to keep the healthy streak going. Here are some tips to keep your Labor Day healthy and fun without any negative nutritional side effects:

Choose your foods wisely.

  • Vegetables such as asparagus, zucchini, corn, peppers, onions and portobello mushrooms are great grilling choices to have on their own, as a side dish or as part of a kebab instead of red meats, which are high in fat.
  • If you want meat-based protein, chose leaner ones like chicken breast, bison burgers, salmon, tuna or shrimp as alternatives to meats with higher saturated fat content.
  • Fruits cooked on the grill add sweetness to any meal and complement most proteins. Try cutting up pineapple, mango or peaches and grilling them for a few minutes on each side.

Pass on the chips and dip.

High calorie snacks like chips and dip can add 300 calories or more to your daily total. Instead, bring your own low calorie summer snack foods, including:

  • Frozen Greek yogurt with berries: Mix 6 ounces plain fat free Greek yogurt with one-quarter teaspoon vanilla extract and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Serve with 1 cup berries or fresh fruit (150 calories).
  • Shrimp cocktail: Serve 7 medium shrimp with 1 tablespoon cocktail sauce (120 calories).
  • Diet root beer float: Add one-half cup no sugar added low fat ice cream to 1 cup diet root beer (70 calories).
  • Strawberries and cream: 1 cup sliced strawberries (8 medium berries) with 2 tablespoons of low fat whipped topping (100 calories).
  • Cucumber pita pocket: Slice one-half medium cucumber into thin circles, combine with 2 tablespoons of tzatziki sauce and add to a DVD-sized whole wheat pita (120 calories).
  • Baked peaches: Cut a medium size peach in half and scoop a small circle in the middle. Sprinkle one-quarter teaspoon cinnamon and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. When cooled, fill middle with one-quarter cup low fat cottage cheese (120 calories).
  • Berry smoothie: Mix one-half cup skim milk or fat free plain yogurt with 1 cup berries and one-half cup ice in a blender (120 calories).
  • Caprese salad: Slice low fat mozzarella into thin slices (should look like a domino) and place them in between a tomato slice and a fresh basil leaf. Serving size is three pieces (130 calories)

Eat every three hours.

  • Not skipping meals and sneaking in snacks throughout the day will keep your blood sugar steady, which means more energy for holiday festivities.
  • Eating every three hours will keep you satisfied throughout the day so you won’t get hungry and make poor food choices later.
  • Stay hydrated. Drinking enough water will curb cravings and keep you hydrated even when you’re out in the sun.

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 27-September 29:

Hazel Williams-August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis-August 27, Career Development    
Jennifer Wildes-August 30, Women's Volleyball  
Deborah Hockman-September 1, Global College
Catherine Mayorga-September 1, Academic Partnership, Southwest Region
Linda Owens-September 1, Student Life
Timothy Bengford-September 3, Mesa Operations
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
Xing Wang-September 9, International Programs and Services
Bartholomew Ng-September 10, College of Science
Jennifer Gardner-September 11, College of Science
Jean-Marie Kauth-September 11, Core Humanities
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
Stephen Nunes-September 15, College of Adult and Professional Studies
Catherine Arnold-September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy-September 17, Political Science
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
Brooke Sisco-September 21, Athletics
Mary Yorke-September 21, Admissions
Patrick Polasek-September 21, Psychology/Sociology
Joel Ostrow-September 22, Political Science
Rafael Iglesias-September 24, Foreign Languages
Teresa Parker-September 24, Fine Arts
Julie Wroblewski-September 25, Benedictine University Library
Manmohan Kaur-September 25, Mathematics
Sarah Kurpiel-September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B.-September 26, University Ministry
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 Mesa
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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