Campus Notebook

December 16, 2013

This is the final Campus Notebook until January 6. Have a safe and blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

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A little (OK, a lot of) snow could not dampen the enthusiasm of the students who participated in Benedictine University's 121st Commencement Convocation Saturday at the Rice Center.

University Notes

Denim Days are back, and just in time for the cold weather. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building, Krasa BenUnion or the General Scholarship Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays from January 10 until February 28, 2014. If you donate $35 upfront, you can still get an eighth Denim Day free. If you don’t wear jeans, you can still donate. You may also donate $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. Please consider donating, and we thank all who participate. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Denim Days is valid for Fridays only from January 10-February 28. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin or Josh Wolfgang with the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 035, to obtain the required form to submit along with your donation. You will receive a dated sticker corresponding with the eligible Fridays. We ask that you wear that sticker on the Fridays you wear jeans. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating.

Help make the BenUnion a reality on campus. College students need a place to hang out, play games and kick back. They need a place that encourages fun and the occasional healthy competition. A place where they can put the books down a few minutes each day. A place where they can meet, greet and unwind. A transformation of the current Fireside Lounge into the BenUnion will create a recreational area on campus where students can break from studies and play billiards, table tennis, foosball, air hockey, and video and table games. A place that encourages a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and enhances the overall college experience. Your help is needed in making the BenUnion a reality. Your contribution will help provide students another way to achieve a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. You can help create a gathering place where they can come together as a community – a Benedictine community.  Please join faculty, staff and students in supporting the creation of the BenUnion today. Gifts should be specified for the Fireside Lounge and delivered to Jill Poskin in the Krasa Center, Room 035. Checks should be made payable to Benedictine University with “Fireside Lounge” in the memo section.

The 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., is the guest speaker and will present “Invoking the Hero in Each of Us.” Breakout sessions will be held immediately following the breakfast with the theme “Living Together.” The sessions will be conducted by Joseph E. Collins, Ph.D., executive vice president at College of DuPage, and William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Tickets are $25 each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. 

Benedictine University Presents Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 in Kindlon Hall. Participants can get involved in any of the following service projects: donate blood to the American Red Cross; make valentines for veterans; write letters to the troops; read to visually impaired veterans; make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring two yards of fleece); Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edward Hospital; create room decorations for hospital patients; organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries; construct bird feeders for the elderly; and pack a backpack with food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags and new small toys and books can be dropped off prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Krasa Center, Room 020, and after 5:00 p.m. at the Benedictine University Police office on the lower level of the parking garage. Items can also be dropped off on the day of the event. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 or

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kindlon Hall, Room 021 during the fall semester and from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, February 7, "Teaching Writing Intensive (WI) Physical Education" with Beth Bell; Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

The Office of International Programs and Services will present the annual “Festival of Asia” from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the Krasa Student Center. Programs and activities include the table tennis intramural tournament, a cooking contest, buffet lunch, cultural performances and awards. To RSVP and purchase tickets, contact Katherine Cosby in the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6342 or Tickets for Benedictine faculty and staff are $15.

Wanna make some noise this year? Attend or tell a friend to attend the Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Open House on Saturday, February 22, 2014 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. A degree in Business from one of Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” will get the attention of recruiters and decision-makers when changing careers or advancing in your current one. Benedictine offers adult undergraduate students a variety of locations and formats designed for your busy lifestyle. University representatives will be present to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, career development and student services. For more information, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300, or

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).

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.

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.

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

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.

ambulanceWho 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.

Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.

Healthy Table

Substituting ingredients for healthier cooking.

Whipping up healthy recipes may be easier than you think. You can make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that don't sacrifice taste and enjoyment. Below is a guide for substitutions you can make to limit the amount of fat, salt, sugar and calories in your recipes.

Instead of…try

Bacon…Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, smoked turkey or lean prosciutto
White bread…whole-grain bread
Butter, margarine, shortening or oil…applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for oil in baked goods            
Flour (all-purpose)…whole-wheat flour for half of the called-for all-purpose flour
Ground beef…extra-lean or lean ground beef, ground chicken or turkey
Whole milk…reduced-fat or skim milk
White rice…brown rice, wild rice, bulgur or pearl barley
Sour cream…nonfat Greek yogurt
Table salt…herbs, spices, citrus juices, salt-free seasonings (Mrs. Dash)

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine women’s basketball team secured a road win at Lakeland.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team couldn’t keep up with Lakeland on the road.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team was honored by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 17

Men’s Basketball
BenU at North Park
Chicago, Ill.
7:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 19

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Gettysburg – Daytona Beach Shootout
Daytona Beach, Fla.
9:00 a.m.

Friday, December 20

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Guilford – Daytona Beach Shootout
Daytona Beach, Fla.
9:00 a.m.

Saturday, December 21

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 16-January 31:

Alandra Weller-Clarke-December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling-December 17, Campus Services
Elizabeth Quoziente-December 17, Mesa Operations
James Crissman-December 19, Psychology-Sociology
Joseph DiVincenzo-December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi-December 19, Admissions
Mayra Herrera-December 20, Campus Services
Lee Smith-December 20, Biology
Mark Halbach-December 21, Athletics
Mathew Jones-December 21, Rice Center
Timothy Marin-December 21, Biochemistry-Chemistry
Elizabeth Morrison-December 21, Registrar
Equbagabir Woldegirgis-December 21, Dining Services
Bryan Frederick-December 22, Accelerated Masters in Management and Organizational Behavior
Monica Jimenez-December 22, Personnel Resources
James Ludema-
December 22, Ph.D. in Organizational Development
Barbara Ozog-December 22, Management Information Systems
Matt Sherry-December 23, Campus Services
Edward Winkler-December 23, Biochemistry-Chemistry
Luigi Manca-December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher-December 25, Religious Studies
Philip Novack-Gottshall, December 25, Biology
Cheryl Heinz-
December 27, Biology
Lou Meek- December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne
-December 29, Auxiliary Services
Kirsten Day-December 30, New Student Advising Center
Laura Kopf-December 30, Chemistry/Biochemistry
William Knox-December 31, Center for Mission and Identity
Brittney Marshall-December 31, Admissions
Priya Roberts-December 31, Political Science
Christine Dawson-January 2, Compliance
David Swanson-January 2, Athletics
Joan Henehan-January 3, Student Success Center
Susan Jiang-January 3, Business and Finance Services
John Minogue-January 3, Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change
William Carvell-January 3, Biological Sciences
Alexander Batten-January 6, Office of Admissions
Amy Weidner-January 6, Benedictine Library
Hinh Nguyen-January 6, International Programs and Services
Janet Hannah-January 6, Financial Aid
Thaddeus Paskert-January 6, Financial Aid
Katie Buell-January 7, Student Activities
Luann DeGreve-January 7, Benedictine Library
Steve Gniewosz-January 7, Information Services
Sharon Rizzi-January 8, Benedictine University Police
Emily Wilkinson-January 9, Marketing and Communications
Nona Jones-January 11, Undergraduate Business and Management
Monica Polak-January 11, Business and Finance Services
Brian Patterson-January 12, Psychology/Sociology
Reya Ruiz-January 12, Campus Services
Deborah Cernauskas-January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl-January 13, Computer Science
Jane Boumgarden-January 14, Psychology/Sociology
Gerald Benedetto-January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae-January 14, Business and Finance Services
Vlasta Erickson-January 14, Office Services
Timothy Calderwood-January 16, Athletics
Janet Hulsey-January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert-January 16, Core Humanities
Irene Gendel-January 17, Business and Finance Services
Edgar Stewart-January 17, Dining Services
Karen Plawecki-January 18, Nutrition
Nancy Stoecker-January 18, Business and Finance Services
Anne Hector-January 20, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Kubek-January 20, English Language and Literature
Andy Dwyer-January 21, Information Technology
Brian Higgerson-January 21, Nursing
Derek Ferguson-January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn-January 21, Philosophy
Christine Ortiz-January 25, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Elizabeth Ruberry-January 25, New Student Advising Center
Cathaleen Gaddis-January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Piotr Grzyska-January 25, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Theresa Oldham-January 26, Personnel Resources
Richard Cali-January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler-January 27, Athletics
Christine Greve-January 29, Information Technology
Stephen Kollar-January 29, Athletics
Karly Tumminello-January 29, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Sandra Chmelir-January 30, Psychology/Sociology
Jesus Huerta-January 30, Campus Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi
-January 30, Organizational Development
Mary Jo Cagney
-January 31, Admissions

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