Campus Notebook                              August 29, 2016

Lisle Campus News

First-year students participated in the traditional Eagle Walk last

Thursday during Welcome Weekend.

Campus Events

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. 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

Organization expert argues case for friendlier consultants

Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, believes that consultants have to jettison the old idea of professional distance and work with their clients in a more personal way, emphasizing authentic openness, curiosity and humility. Schein will discuss his views and his latest book, "Humble Consulting:  How to Provide Real Help Faster," from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall at Benedictine University. The lecture is presented as part of the Department of Organization Development's Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.

Part of the fun of Welcome Weekend is getting to know other first-year
students as you pass a hula hoop from one person to another while
holding hands.


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

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.

First-year students participated in the traditional Eagle Walk last

Thursday during Welcome Weekend activities.

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

How about a nice hand for serving sizes?

The portion size of foods seems to be getting larger and larger, making it hard to know what an actual serving of food looks like. This is also increasing the amount that people are eating. Portion size and serving size are different. Portion size is the amount that we decide to eat at one time and is 100 percent under our control. Serving size is the recommended amount of a food to be consumed that is listed on the nutrition facts label on the side of a package. Serving size can often be difficult to measure due to lack of knowledge, measuring cups or the eating situation, but the tips below can give you a guide to accurately estimate how much you are eating.

Have you ever heard of using your hand to help estimate the serving size of foods? One fist is equivalent to about one cup, which is a good reference for things like rice, pasta, fruits and vegetables. Your palm is about 3 ounces, which is the serving size for meat, fish and poultry. One handful is about 1 ounce of foods like nuts, trail mix and raisins. Two handfuls are about 1 ounce of other snacks like chips, pretzels and popcorn. The size of your thumb is about 1 ounce and is a good reference for peanut butter and hard cheese like gruyere and aged cheddar. Just your thumb tip is close to 1 teaspoon and is good for estimating foods like cooking oil, mayonnaise, butter and sugar. Start using your hard to help you make smarter decisions when it comes to portion sizes.

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!

The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on September 10.

Taking to the field for the first time on Saturday under the leadership of a new coach, the Benedictine football team has been picked to finish second in the conference.

Former head baseball coach John Ostrowski will be honored on October 1.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the NACC preseason poll.

The Benedictine men's soccer team was slotted fifth in the NACC preseason poll.

The Benedictine women's soccer team earned the fifth slot in the NACC preseason poll.

The Benedictine cheerleading team will be hosting tryouts on September 1.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Thursday, September 1

Women's Soccer
BenU at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU  vs. Lake Forest
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 2

Women's Golf
BenU at Carthage Fall Invite
Kenosha, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. North Park – at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Bluffton – at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at St. Francis Twilight
Joliet, Ill.
6:00 p.m./6:25 p.m.

Saturday, September 3

Women's Golf
BenU at Carthage Fall Invite
Kenosha, Wis.
9:00 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Greenville – at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
9:00 a.m.

Women's Volleyball

BenU vs. Gustavus Adolphus – at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

BenU at Wheaton
Wheaton, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

BenU at Trinity Christian
Palos Heights, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU at Carroll
Waukesha, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to


First-year students ham it up while packaging meals during their
service project Saturday in the Rice Center.

Mesa Campus News

Campus Activities

Social activist's life topic of visiting lecture

The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture series at Benedictine University at Mesa will present a performance of "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall. "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" is a play about the American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert who is being investigated for canonization by the Catholic Church. The play will be performed by Lisa Wagner-Carollo following a brief introduction by Maria Granic-White. The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology. For more information or to RSVP, contact Maria Granic-White at (480) 878-6706 or

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

BenU at Mesa mourns the loss of former softball player Precious Oliver.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, August 31

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian
Phoeniz, Ariz.
6:00 p.m.

Friday, September 2

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Bethesda College
At UAV tournament
Lancaster, Calif.
10:00 a.m.

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Christian College
At UAV Tournament
Lancaster, Calif.
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 3

Cross Country
BenU at Mesa at George Kyte Invitational
Flagstaff, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. William Jessup
At UAV tournament
Lancaster, Calif.
13:30 p.m.

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Mayville State
At UAV Tournament
Lancaster, Calif.
5:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of August 29-September 30:

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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