Campus Notebook is moving from a weekly to monthly publication. It will now be published on the third Monday of each month. This means all content is due on the first Monday of each month by 4:00 p.m.
Please submit content using the Office of Marketing and Communication’s project management program – Workfront.
Log onto https://benedu.attask-ondemand.com/requests; click "Requests" and "+New Request"; select "MarCom Project Request Form" from the drop down box; then complete the fields and add your Word document to the "Documents" section. For new Workfront users, contact Jody Conidi at email@example.com to request a new user account. You can also submit content through ben.edu/marcom/request.cfm, but we are encouraging submitters to begin using Workfront as we transition to our new project management system.
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Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) co-authored a chapter in "Enzyme-Based Electrochemical Glutamate Biosensors" (Chapter 2, Pages 13-32) with Stanley Okon, M.D., in Electrochemical Sensors Technology.
Ramon Luzarraga (Theology) published "Always a Theology of the People: Theology in the Anglophone Caribbean" in the Politics and Religion Journal (Vol. 11, no. 2, 2017). The journal is sponsored by the Center for Study of Religion and Religious Tolerance in Belgrade, Serbia.
Jan Writer (Education) has been selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation and paper on efficacious inclusive education practices at the 2018 International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Her session will highlight research-based strategies for fostering collaborative partnerships and reciprocal interactions among students with severe and low incidence disabilities and their typical peers during general education classroom instruction and inclusive school activities. Writer currently serves on two national leadership committees for the conference's sponsoring organization: the Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Dalitso Sulamoyo, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the 23nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast co-hosted by Benedictine University and the College of DuPage on Monday, January 15. As CEO of the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Sulamoyo oversees a multi-faceted government agency with more than 100 different federal, state, and local grants and contracts.
The breakfast, which will honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader and celebrate diversity, will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center at Benedictine University. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.cod.edu/mlk.
Day of Service encourages local community to volunteer
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who had a remarkable impact on race relations in America. Benedictine University has planned several community service projects in his honor to commemorate the spirit of service from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, in Kindlon Hall. Volunteers can participate in community service projects including creating room decorations for hospital patients, making valentines for veterans and contributing to a bicycle drive through DuPagePads.
For more information, contact Joan Henehan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6617.
Admitted students can explore campus on Eagle Day
Explore campus and learn about your next steps to become a BenU student. Come visit from 9:00-11:45 a.m. on Monday, January 15, in Goodwin Hall. Check-in and the Next Steps Resource Fair are from 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Go to ben.edu/eagleday to register.
Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report for calendar year 2016, which is published in 2017, 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 ben.edu/police.
Nutrition is a vital component of bone health
Bones provide our body with structure, protect our organs, produce blood and store minerals. They are constantly being broken down and replaced. Consuming adequate amounts of protein, calcium and Vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal disorders often associated with aging. Protein provides muscles with strength, which reduces the risk of falls and contributes to better recovery for bone fractures. Animal proteins include lean red meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products. Plant proteins include legumes (e.g. lentils, kidney beans), soy products (e.g. tofu), grains, nuts and seeds.
Calcium is a major building block of bone tissue while Vitamin D assists in calcium absorption. Food sources of calcium include dairy products, some dark green vegetables (e.g. broccoli, kale, collard greens), tofu, canned fish with bones and other calcium-fortified products (e.g. juice and cereal). Vitamin D can be obtained from the sun or consumed from fatty fish (e.g. salmon, tuna, cod oil), eggs, mushrooms and Vitamin D-fortified products.
Physical activity is also a vital component of bone health. The most important type of physical activity associated with good bone health is weight-bearing exercise. This type of exercise causes you to work against gravity to put direct force on bones to support your weight. Examples of weight-bearing exercise include running, tennis, basketball, jump rope and hiking. Try to work some of these foods and exercises into your daily routine to keep your bones strong. Remember, we are nothing without our bones!
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 email@example.com.
Keep up with the Eagles!
Emma Roberts competed at the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship.
Nick Kapetanos was named as an Academic All-District selection and an all-region choice.
The NACC released the postseason awards for football and Benedictine was well-represented.
Upcoming Home Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
BenU Mesa utilizing strategy game to develop business majors
Benedictine University Mesa’s business program is helping undergrad students reach their ultimate potential via an online strategy game known as “The Business Strategy Game.” This game is typically reserved for students enrolled in the Master of Business Administration program, but Chuck Johnson, assistant professor of Business Administration, decided to expand the opportunity to the younger class.
“The experience of the game gives the students as close to a real world experience in management as they could get,” Johnson said. “It provides them with a great foundation that they can offer to employers after graduation.”
Students in BenU Mesa’s Strategic Management course are broken up into four groups and must compete against hundreds of groups around the world in a contest designed to help them better understand the internal strategies of a business. Each group develops a fictional shoe company over the span of nine years; or, nine weeks in real time. Their efforts are measured against the other participants and honored via a weekly Top 100 rankings.
“Students always say they wish they had a few more weeks,” Johnson said. “What that tells me is that they’re learning. And they have a better understanding of the consequences of their decisions.”
BenU Mesa business club lands long-term sponsor
BenU Mesa secured a long-term sponsor for its business club in Andy Strand, president of the Arizona Charter of Western State Bank.
On Friday, December 1, Strand presented business club president Miranda Lippold with a $500 check and the promise of future donations to the club, and internship opportunities for business majors.
“This is a huge opportunity,” Lippold said. “This gives us the funds needed to go out into the community and gives the students an opportunity to go out and work with other companies. We’ve been planning and trying to get other students involved in the business club, so this is huge because this is our first step to actually getting some things done.”
Alumnus to publish book on financial investments
BenU Mesa alumnus Derek Moore, is on the cusp of publishing a book titled, “Broken Pie Chart,” that explains how “backward-looking methods used by traditional financial professionals will not work moving forward,” according to the book’s synopsis. Moore, who graduated from the Master of Business Administration program in 2016 and occasionally serves as an adjunct instructor at the Mesa campus, hopes the book can help individuals make smarter investment decisions, particularly when it comes to retirement. The book will be released on February 9, 2018.
Experience BenU Mesa from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Monday, January 15, starting in Gillett Hall. Tour campus, meet with current students and talk to representatives from key offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. Presentations will be held on academic programs and a Q&A with faculty. There will also be a student panel where you can ask current students about life at BenU Mesa. A complimentary lunch will be provided.
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Women's volleyball ends up-and-down season on high note.
Men's soccer make California Pacific Conference Tournament in first season.
Women's soccer team grows in solid first season.
Upcoming Athletic Events
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