Campus Notebook                        December 12, 2016

Lisle Campus News

It's beginning to look like a long, cold winter, everywhere you go.  

Campus Events
Gibson will talk at breakfast about walking with King to Selma

Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., who worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  to plan the Montgomery and Birmingham Campaigns, the Selma March and the March on Washington, DC, will be the featured speaker at the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on the second floor of the Krasa Center at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16. Gibson began his career as an instructor at his alma mater, Tuskegee University, and served as director of the student union and associate director for Student Life at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff before accepting the position of special aide to Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Harper, commanding general of the U.S. Army at Fort Benning in Goergia. In 1966, Gibson was the first African-American hired by the newly chartered College of DuPage. He is a founding member of the DuPage A.M.E. Church, Lisle, and served as president of the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP. He was appointed by former Illinois Gov. Thompson to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Council and is a recipient of the Medgar Evers Award presented by the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Proceeds from the MLK breakfast benefit student scholarships.

Spend a few hours with the sisters during Advent

The Benedictine community is invited to Sacred Heart Monastery for a morning of Advent prayer and reflection when Sr. Mary Bratrsovsky, O.S.B., will look at the history and prophecies of Sacred Scriptures when she presents "Mary: "Model of Advent Waiting and Hope," from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13. Mass is celebrated in the Sacred Heart Monastery chapel at 11:30 a.m. and all are most welcome. Sacred Heart Monastery is at 1910 Maple Ave. in Lisle. Come to the door with the statue of the Sacred Heart in front. No reservation is necessary. There is no cost for the program, but donations are appreciated. For more information, email or call (630) 725-6016.

Finals getting you down?

Student Health Services, the Office of Student Activities Leadership Development and Campus Ministry are sponsoring  a free 10-minute neck and shoulder massage for students from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, December 13-15. in the Krasa Center, Rooms BC, to help students relax and de-stress during finals week.

Chill. Pray. Test. Repeat.

Students are invited to relax in the Chill Lounge in the Krasa Center, Room A, from 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 13, to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15. Students can pray, color, meditate, read, play or just unwind.

Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome children of all ages to holiday breakfast

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 17, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Santa will visit, pose for pictures and give a gift to each child. Mrs. Claus will read her most beloved Christmas story while Ernie the Elf eagerly demonstrates the art of holiday crafting to all who attend. Santa's favorite superheroes and princesses are also expected to make an appearance. Sponsored by Benedictine University's Student Senate, "Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus" features holiday movies, games, prizes, a special raffle and a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, making Benedictine one of Santa's favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. To register, visit or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.


Prospective students can sign up for Admitted Student Day

Benedictine will host Admitted Student Day starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, and Monday, February 20, on the first floor of Goodwin Hall of Business.  Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their College experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative. Admitted students can register at

Campus Ministry

Faculty, staff can donate food during "Fair Trade Finals" week

Campus Ministry will host a "Fair Trade Finals" in lieu of the finals week movie marathon. All week during finals, Campus Ministry will have coloring pages with fair trade facts on them that students can color and enter in a lottery to win a fairly traded bag of coffee. There will also be fair trade coffee in the Interfaith Room for students. Campus Ministry hopes that students can relax and unwind during finals week, but also remember that even during one of their busiest weeks, they cannot neglect the other. One of the simplest ways to care for vulnerable workers is to buy fair trade products. Faculty and staff can help by bringing donations of food to supplement its offerings to students. Although it is not required, if a faculty or staff member decide to make or buy something that has any fair trade ingredients in it, please let Campus Ministry know so we can highlight these products. Please bring your donations to the Campus Ministry office on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall any time until Friday, December 16.

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.

University Development

Consider making a gift to Benedictine before December 31

With the end of the 2016 tax year fast approaching, members of the Benedictine community are encouraged to consider making a gift to the University before December 31. A gift to the designation of your interest, no matter the amount, is important to Benedictine University. Among many choices, there is the General Scholarship Fund to help Benedictine's neediest students, there are academic and athletic programs to support, the continued build out of the Goodwin Hall of Business requires additional funding, and the BenU Fund for the University's most immediate needs. You can make a gift through the secure online form at (click on "Make A Gift"), or by contacting Jill Poskin, director of Annual Giving, at (630) 829-6366 or  

Looking for a few good men (and women)

Faculty and staff volunteers are being sought to serve on a committee of employees to spearhead a more vigorous giving campaign this spring where the goal will be to focus on greater participation across the University.  Members of this important group will be the key in making decisions and plans for the campaign, and will work in collaboration with University Development staff members. You may nominate yourself to be on this committee or nominate someone else until January 11. Nominations should be directed to Jill Poskin at Together, we can make an impact.

Campus Information

Benedictine is one of the safest college campuses in the United States

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police 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 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

Here some tips to make your holiday tops

You can make your favorite holiday dishes healthier by trimming the calories and fat through these simple tips:

  • Gravy — Refrigerate the gravy to harden fat and skim the fat off. This will remove around 56 grams of fat per cup.
  • Dressing — Use a little less bread but a little more fruits and vegetables, such as onions, garlic, celery, cranberries or apples. Moisten or flavor with low fat low sodium chicken or vegetable broth and applesauce.
  • Turkey – Removing the skin of your chicken or turkey will save 11 grams of saturated fat per 3-ounce serving.
  • Green bean casserole — Cook fresh green beans with chucks of potatoes instead of cream soup. Top with almonds instead of fried onion rings.
  • Mashed potato — Replace whole milk and butter with skim milk, chicken broth, garlic or garlic powder, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Quick holiday nog — 4 bananas, 1½ cups skim milk or soymilk, 1½ cups plain nonfat yogurt, ¼ teaspoon rum extract, and ground nutmeg. Blend all ingredients except nutmeg. Puree until smooth. Top with nutmeg.
  • Desserts — Make a crustless pie. Use evaporated skim milk in cheesecakes and cream pies instead of heavy cream. Top cakes with fresh fruit, fruit sauce or a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead of fattening frosting.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact 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. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Food donations sought for Lisle Township Food Pantry

During the holidays, the need for extra assistance for families tends to increase. Community support through donations make it possible for local food banks to help feed families for Christmas. In the spirit of the holiday season, the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is holding a food drive for the Lisle Township Food Pantry, which provides food and personal care items for 1,300 people each month. You can participate by dropping off non-perishable food donations at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Ave., from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. All non-perishable food collected will be delivered to the Lisle Township Food Pantry. Among the items sought are canned meats, vegetables, fruit, canned fish, peanut butter, jelly or jam, soups, pasta, rice, cereal, powdered milk, dry beans, baby formula, baby food or cereal, diapers and wipes. For more information, contact Diane Homolka at (630) 769-1000 or email

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.

Tahron Harvey named to Team of the Week and among the top point guards in the nation.

The Benedictine men's basketball team shot past Edgewood at home on Saturday.

The Benedictine women's basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season.

The Benedictine men's track and field team opened the indoor season at Indiana Tech.

The Benedictine men's soccer team finished the season ranked 16th in the NSCAA poll.

The Benedictine women's track and field team competed at Indiana Tech.

The Benedictine men's basketball team defeated MSOE for its fourth straight win.

The Benedictine women's basketball team won at Rockford in overtime.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, December 14

Men's Basketball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 17

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Marian
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Alverno
Milwaukee, Wis.
8:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

The Benedictine community got a little advanced taste of the holidays
during the All University Christmas Brunch last week in the Krasa Dining Room. 

Mesa Campus News

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball can't make comeback in second half, falling to Arizona Christian University.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 13

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Western New Mexico
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 17

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Pacific Union
Angwin, Calif.
7:30 p.m.

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa at Pacific Union
Angwin, Calif.
9:30 p.m.

Students at Benedictine's Mesa campus may not
often see snow, but they can imagine what it looks
like on the roof of a gingerbread home.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 13-31:

Janea Franklin – December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer – December 13, Benedictine University Police
Paul Nelson – December 14, Athletics
Jan Writer – December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Alicia Tait – December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Alandra Devall – December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Hongqin Li – December 17, Information Technology
Elizabeth Quoziente – December 17, Mesa Operations
Joseph DiVincenzo – December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi – December 19, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Michael Blaney – December 20, Abbey Personnel
Patricia Brown – December 20, Nursing and Health
Lee Smith – December 20, Biological Sciences
Mathew Jones – December 21, Athletics
Timothy Marin – December 21, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Equbagabir Woldegirgis – December 21, Dining Services
James Ludema – December 22, Center for Values–Driven Leadership
Barbara Ozog – December 22, Management Information Systems
Margaret Young – December 23, Nursing and Health
Luigi Manca – December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher – December 25, Religious Studies
Robert Hay – December 25, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Philip Novack-Gottshall – December 25, Biological Sciences
Carol Nowatzke – December 25, Campus Ministry
Cheryl Heinz – December 27, Biological Sciences
Lou Ann Meek – December 28, Office Services
Virgilio Pacieb – December 30, Housekeeping and Event Services
Brittney Dvorak – December 31, Advising Center
Carol Heinz-Bennett – December 31, Mesa Operations
Amy Lakin – December 31, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

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

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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.