Campus Notebook

December 1, 2014

Faculty and Staff Notes

Tim Marin (Chemistry) wrote a chapter, “Radiation Induced Reactions and Fragmentation in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids,” that appeared in the book, “Applications of EPR in Radiation Research,” edited by Anders Lund and Masuru Shiotani and published by Springer, Ltd.: 2014, 453-488.

A short segment on the November 17, 2014 episode of “Daily Planet” on Discovery Channel Canada highlighted research on Neanderthal vocalization by Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) and his colleague Philip Lieberman (Brown University). To watch the two-minute video, go to and select “Ziyology: Neanderthals” under “Segments.” In addition, McCarthy’s research on howler monkey skulls was recently featured on the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology website,

University Notes

Thanksgiving dinner NOV2014

The All-University Christmas Brunch will be held from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
on Thursday, December 4 in the Krasa Dining Room.

Interfaith Youth Core founder headlines King Breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Tickets are $25 each. 

Research symposium will feature M.P.H. graduate students

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program will host a research symposium from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, in the Tellabs Lecture Hall, Birck Hall, Room 112. All M.P.H. graduate students have been invited to submit a 250-word abstract about their research and the best abstracts will be presented orally at the symposium. All members of the Benedictine community are invited to attend. For more information, contact W. Susan Cheng, assistant professor, at or (630) 829-6181. 

Nothing cures those study hall blues quite like chocolate

The Campus Ministry Finals Movie Marathon is Sunday-Friday, December 7-12. Please donate any snacks for our students while they study for exams. People are welcome to drop off snacks between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on December 4-11, at Kindlon Hall, Room 419. For more information, please contact Carrie Roberts at or (630) 829-6028.

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars

Faculty members are invited to attend a "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, beginning with "Panel Discussion: Teaching Writing in Learning Communities" with Steven Day  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 9; "Practice Makes Perfect ... Decoding Science Communication in an Upper-Level Lab" with Cheryl Heinz from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 30; and "Developing an Academic Self in a Digital Age: A Look at First-Year Student Writing 1999-2013" with Olga Lambert  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, February 27. The seminars are held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

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 Wednesday, December 3, outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

Celebrate Benedictine graduates and their mentors at Hooding Ceremony

The Spring 2014 Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5, in the Krasa Student Center. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143.

What can we learn from the inspirational O Antiphons?

Ever wonder about the O Antiphon banners that appear in the chapel at Sacred Heart Monastery and in the church calendar beginning December 17?  Come and learn what messages and inspiration we can learn from them to enhance our appreciation for the Advent and Christmas seasons from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6 or Tuesday, December 9 at Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Sr. Mary Bratrsovsky, O.S.B., is the presenter. An RSVP is appreciated so that materials can be prepared. Contact or (630) 725-6016.

Celebrate the presence of the Divine during "Advent at the Abbey"

Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Advent at the Abbey” from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 6. Speakers will include Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Benedictine University. "Advent prepares us to celebrate the Incarnation, the Word becoming flesh,” Franks said. “We embody God in all we do, but especially at prayer, when we sit, stand and sing. Paraphrasing the words of (German theologian) Meister Eckhart, ‘What use is the birth of Christ if Christ is not born within us?’” The schedule includes a welcome and lauds, a morning prayer, readings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing. Space is limited to 60 participants. To reserve a place for the day and help the Abbey plan for catering, please contact Fr. Becket at (630) 829-9253 or

Commencement scheduled at the Rice Center

The Summer and Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, December 13, at the Rice Center. The day begins with a Commencement Mass at 7:45 a.m. at St. Benedict Chapel. Commencement begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by a reception. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or visit

Pancakes, sausage and Santa ... oh my.

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day full of celebration and fun for the whole family from 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Center at Benedictine University. Sponsored by Benedictine’s Student Senate, “Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus” features all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage and opportunities for children to have their picture taken with Santa. Each child who attends recieves a gift and Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story while Ernie the Elf demonstrates the art of holiday crafting. Holiday movies, games, prizes and a special raffle also help make Benedictine one of Santa’s favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children two and under are free. To register, visit or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.

Don't SWAT away opportunity to learn about police techniques

The Benedictine University Police Department will conduct a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning January 20, 2015. The academy will cover such topics as driving under the influence (DUI), traffic stops, crime prevention, common Illinois laws, crime scene processing, domestic violence, SWAT, traffic crash investigations, K9 operations and criminal investigations. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Classes are limited to 25 students. For more information or to register, contact Paul Creekmore, deputy chief of police, at or (630) 829-1104.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

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. The community is 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 Wednesday, April 22, 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

Wash your hands to avoid spreading disease

Student Health Services reminds everyone to get into the habit of washing your hands. Clean hands will stop the spread of germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Also, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. Properly dispose of tissue, wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.

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 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, 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.

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 schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 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

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 2013, which is published in 2014, 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.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Wednesday, December 3
“Ed Paschke: In Private Hands”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
This commemorative exhibition celebrates the lively and pop art-influenced representational imagery
associated with Edward Paschke’s art. Known as one of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago’s imagists, he chose to work with intensely colorful expressionism and aggressive themes. The exhibition is comprised of family members’ collections, which have rarely been seen in public.   

Through Friday, December 19
"District 203 Art Teachers Mixed Media"
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium
Teacher are passionate about the subject they teach. As lifelong learners, teachers are in constant pursuit of new concepts and techniques. This exhibit showcases a variety of art works from Naperville District 2303 art educators from kindergarten through high school. Each teacher offers knowledge and skill in their area of expertise.

Through Friday, December 19

“Appalachia Portraits” by Andrew Auten
 Kindlon Hall, First Floor North
Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his United States debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. These stark, frank images echo the style of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

November 1-December 19
"Portraiture in the 21st Century"
Photo competition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Creche, a term first used in 1792, is of French and Old German origin and refers to a group of small statues or figurines representing the scene of Christ's birth in the manger in Bethlehem. Creches are popular in churches, schools and public places, particularly at Christmas. The lecture coincides with the creche display in the gallery courtesy of Marmion Academy.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

December 7-January 10, 2015
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
In a joint exhibition, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will exhibit more than 300 nativity creches from around the world in this unique collection of popular holiday folk art.
Reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7

January 19 through February 28, 2015
“Chicago’s Civil Rights”
Exhibition of photographs by Bernard Kleina
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography Exhibit is a small but revealing snapshot of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit and marches in Chicago, and of both the ugliness and beauty of the response to the struggle for fair and equitable housing rights in Chicago.

Sunday, February 1
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Chicago's Civil Rights"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.

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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Poised For Success to hold a woman’s business clothing drive to help promote economic self-sufficiency in women. This initiative is designed to help disadvantaged women make a first impression at interviews and land jobs that change their lives. All clothing donations should be current style or timeless design and either new, like new or gently used, cleaned, pressed and ready for women to wear out the door. Some immediate needs are suits, pants, blazers, blouses, skirts, shoes, scarves, jewelry, winter coats, winter scarves and gloves, winter boots, purses, totes and hangers. A designated collection box will be at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau services coordinator, at (630) 769-1000 or

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau is conducting a photo contest to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of DuPage County. The contest will be held entirely on social media – specifically Instagram and Twitter – and will run until December 31. Entries must be either a historical or current photographic image taken in DuPage County. The person submitting the image must be at least 21 years old and have legal ownership of or proof of permission by the owner to use the photo. The image must be submitted through the entrant’s Twitter or Instagram account and include the hashtag #celebratedupage. For more information, contact Beth Marchetti at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 575-8070 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men’s basketball team improved to 3-1 with a win over Edgewood.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team opened conference play with a victory over Edgewood.

Benedictine athletics has launched an online apparel store.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 2

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Aurora
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 3

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 4

Men’s Basketball
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 6

Women's Basketball
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 2-31:
Nicholas Grahovec- December 2, Athletic Training
Hillary Holecek-December 2, Student Success Center
Lupe Mendez-December 2, Campus Services
Tong Shang-December 3, Global College
Kevin Hoeft-December 4, Campus Services
Ramon Luzarraga-December 4, Mesa Operations
Lana Ammari-December 6, New Student Advising Center
Elizabeth Boone- December 6, National Academic Development
James Schroeder- December 6, Football
Anthony Franklin- December 7, Information Technology
Alana Smith-December 7, Dining Services
Stephen Van Loan-December 7, Benedictine Police
Jon Miller- December 8, Student Life
Jeremy Nadolski- December 9, Mathematics and Computational Science
Kate Daniel-December 10, Athletics
Peter Dykstra-December 10, Biological Sciences
Alice Sima- December 11, College of Science
Janea Franklin- December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer-December 13, Benedictine University Police
Nicasio Cuevas-December 14, Campus Services
Paul Nelson- December 14, Dan and Ada Rice Center/Fitness Center
Kathiane Sokol-December 14, Financial Aid
Jan Writer-December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Emma Edith Bustamante-December 15, Campus Services
Alicia Tait-December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Alandra Weller-Clarke
-December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling
-December 17, Campus Services
Hongqin Li
-December 17, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Elizabeth Quoziente
-December 17, Mesa Operations
James Crissman
-December 19, Psychology-Sociology
Joseph DiVincenzo
-December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi
-December 19, Admissions
Patricia Brown
-December 20, Nursing and Health
Myra Herrera
-December 20, Campus Services
Lee Smith
-December 20, Biological Sciences
Mark Halbach
-December 21, Athletics
Mathew Jones
-December 21, Athletics
Timothy Marin
-December 21, Chemistry-Biochemistry
Elizabeth Morrison
-December 21, Registrar
Equbagabir Woldegirgis
-December 21, Dining Services
Bryan Frederick
-December 22, Accelerated Master’s in Management and Organizational Behavior
Monica Jimenez
-December 22, Personnel Resources
James Ludema
-December 22, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Barbara Ozog
-December 22, Management Information Systems
Matt Sherry
-December 23, Campus Services
Luigi Manca
-December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher
-December 25, Religious Studies
Philip Novack-Gottshall
-December 25, Biological Sciences
Cheryl Heinz
-December 27, Biological Sciences
Lou Meek
-December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne
-December 29, Auxiliary Services
Brittney Dvorak
-December 31, Admissions
Carol Heinz-Bennett
-December 31, Mesa Operations

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

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