Campus Notebook                                 August 31, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Joan Libner (Nursing) was named a fellow of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) Institute of Regulatory Excellence (IRE) during the NCSBN Annual Meeting and Delegate Assembly in Chicago on August 19-21. The IRE was established in 2004 with the purpose of providing boards of nursing with high quality regulatory education, expanding the body of knowledge related to regulation through research and scholarly work, developing the capacity of regulators to become expert leaders, and developing a network of regulators who collaborate to improve regulatory practices and outcomes. The IRE Fellowship Program is a four-year comprehensive educational and professional development program designed for current regulators who want to enhance their knowledge of and leadership in nursing regulation. The program includes experiences in analyzing issues involving public policy and regulation, strategic planning, patient safety and communication. It also requires the application of evidence-based concepts in decision-making and leadership.

Betty Morrison (Office of the Registrar) was the winner of the gift basket from Barnes & part of the bookstore's special sale and giveaway to welcome back faculty and staff.

University News


Faculty and staff from Lisle, Springfield and Mesa, along with the monks from St. Procopius Abbey, kicked off the school year this week by gathering to discuss the future of the University and how to provide the best experiences and outcomes for our students. Here is to a great 2015-16 school year!

Lisle Campus News

New students at the Lisle campus packaged meals Saturday to benefit the West
Suburban Community Pantry and St. Ethelreda School in Chicago. The students
broke last year's record by packaging more than 55,000 meals.

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.

Students invited to attend Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House

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

Campus Ministry
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 Human 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

Campus Events

Join us at BenBash on October 17

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. Tickets are on sale now at If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Nicole Placek at

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 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, in the Krasa Presentation Room. 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

More Herbs, Less Salt

Make the healthy switch from salt and salt spices to herbs and sodium-free spices. Using herbs and sodium-free spices can lower your blood pressure and even make your food taste better.

Try these in your next recipe:

Black pepper: add to eggs, beef, rice and salads.
Cinnamon: add to oatmeal or pudding.
Basil: chop up and add to a chicken dish or make a pesto sauce.
Ginger: add to a salad dressing, stir fry, vegetables dishes, meat dishes or even cakes or muffins.

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

Mesa Campus News

New students at the Mesa branch campus were welcomed into the Benedictine
family at orientation Saturday.


Learn more about BenU at Mesa at open house

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or

Campus Events

Visiting scholar talks about aging as a vocation

Autumn Alcott Ridenour, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., will lecture at Benedictine University at Mesa and Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix as part of Benedictine's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series." Ridenour will present "Aging as Vocation: Virtues Through an Augustinian Lens," at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. 5th St., in Phoenix, and at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, Ariz. The lectures are sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and the Department of Theology at Benedictine University at Mesa, in partnership with Americare Catholic Hospice and Xavier College Preparatory School.


Redhawks remain unbeaten in women's volleyball

The Benedictine University at Mesa Redhawks improved to 4-0 by taking down the Arizona Christian University Firestorm, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20, on August 26 at Fultz Memorial Gym. The Redhawks were led by Alexa Jimenez who had 11 kills. Setter Olivia Ortiz added 24 assists , Courtney Pitts had 17 digs and Lauren Purdy had six blocks. The Redhawks will host San Diego Christian College at Mesa Community College's Heap Gymnasium for two games on Saturday, September 5. The first game is scheduled at 11:00 a.m. with the second to follow immediately. You can follow Mesa athletics on Twitter @Mesa_Redhawks or on Facebook for gameday updates, recaps and statistics.

Springfield Campus News

Learn more about Benedictine's adult programs at open house

The Springfield Branch Campus will host an Adult Undergraduate Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, in the Brinkerhoff Home. Benedictine’s National Moser Center for Adult Learning provides several accelerated adult degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an RN to BSN Completion Program -- that help enhance job opportunities and career changes. Class sites in Springfield, as well as at corporate partner locations, help provide convenience for adult students in this region.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 1-29:

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
Vicki Reese – September 5, Springfield Human Resources
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
George Judd – September 13, Springfield Campus Police
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, Human 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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