December 18, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The annual Christmas brunch on Wednesday, December 6, consisted of students, faculty and staff celebrating the holiday season with a Chistmas tree, carolers and a gingerbread house contest at the Krasa Center.
 

Please Note: 

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 jconidi@ben.edu 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.

Ready to quit smoking? 

Call (866) 412-8795 to get started with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Your plan to quit should include the Tobacco Cessation Program from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. The program gives you and your covered family members guidance and support through telephone coaching sessions — at no additional charge. Your Lifestyle Management Specialist will provide personal assistance with goal setting, progress checkups, motivation and support. Join with others all across the country who are committing to quit tobacco in support of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Visit https://www.bcbsil.com/ to learn more.

 

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.

 
 
23rd Annual MLK Breakfast to celebrate diversity
 

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 jhenehan@ben.edu 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. 

  • Meet other admitted students
  • Familiarize yourself with campus
  • Talk with faculty about our academic programs, majors and classes
  • Learn about the class registration process
  • Take care of a few of the next steps: pay your deposit, sign up for online placement testing and learn more about financial aid and available scholarships

Go to ben.edu/eagleday to register.


Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online
 

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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.

 
 

Keep up with the Eagles!

Emma Roberts competed at the NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championship.

http://benueagles.com/news/2017/11/18/womens-cross-country-roberts-places-52nd-at-ncaa-championship.aspx

Nick Kapetanos was named as an Academic All-District selection and an all-region choice.

http://benueagles.com/news/2017/11/9/mens-soccer-kapetanos-named-academic-all-district.aspx

http://benueagles.com/news/2017/11/28/mens-soccer-kapetanos-named-all-region.aspx

The NACC released the postseason awards for football and Benedictine was well-represented.

http://benueagles.com/news/2017/11/27/heavy-representation-for-football-in-nacc-awards.aspx

 

Upcoming Home Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Monday, December 18
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Kalamazoo College
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, December 21
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Elmhurst College
Rice Center
6:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, December 30
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Dominican University
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.
 
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Dominican University
Rice Center 
4:15 p.m.
 
Tuesday, January 2
Women's Basketball
BenU at Lakeland University
Sheboygan, Wis.
7:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, January 3
Men's Basketball
BenU at Lakeland University
Sheboygan, Wis.
7:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 6
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.
 
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.
 
Monday, January 8
Women's Basketball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran College
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.
 
Tuesday, January 9
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Concordia University
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, January 10
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Concordia University
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, January 11
Men's Basketball
BenU at Aurora University
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Friday, January 12
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Augustana
Rice Center 
7:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 13
Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. Marymount
Rice Center 
1:00 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU at Marian University
Fond Du Lac, Wis.
2:00 p.m.
 
Women's Basketball
BenU at Marian University
Fond Du Lac, Wis.
4:15 p.m.
 
For more information about athletic events, go to ben.edu/athletics.
 
 
 

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.

 
Tour and learn more about campus on Mesa Visit Day
 

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.

You can learn more about the majors that interest you and speak with our faculty. Register now at ben.edu/mesavisitday. For more information, contact Admissions at (602) 888-5500 or mesa@ben.edu.

 

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Women's volleyball ends up-and-down season on high note.

http://www.benuredhawks.com/article/593.php

Men's soccer make California Pacific Conference Tournament in first season.

http://www.benuredhawks.com/article/596.php

Women's soccer team grows in solid first season.

http://www.benuredhawks.com/article/595.php

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 19
Women's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Bacone College
Heap Gymnasium
5:00 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Bacone College
Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.
 
Thursday, January 11
Women's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, January 13
Women's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Simpson University
Heap Gymnasium
5:30 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Simpson University
Heap Gymnasium
7:30 p.m.
 

For more information about athletic events, go to benuredhawks.com.

 
 
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 19 - January 15:

Joseph Di Vincenzo – December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi – December 19, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Patricia Brown – December 20, Nursing and Health
Lee Smith – December 20, Biological Sciences
Matthew Jones – December 21, Athletics
Timothy Marin – December 21, Chemistry/Biochemistry
James Ludema – December 22, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Barbara Ozog – December 22, Management Information Systems
Margaret Young – December 22, Nursing and Health
Luigi Manca – December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher – December 25, Religious Studies
Philip Novack-Gottshall – December 25, Biological Sciences
Carol Nowatzke – December 25, Campus Ministry
Cheryl Heinz – December 27, Biological Sciences
Christopher Zavacki – December 27, Dining Services
Lou Ann Meek – December 28, Office Services
Virgilio Pacleb – December 30, Housekeeping and Event Services
Brittney Dvorak – December 31, Advising Center
Carol Heinz-Bennett – December 31, Academic Affairs, Mesa Campus
Amy Lakin – December 31, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Janet Forde – January 1, Mesa Operations
James Payne – January 1, Academic Affairs
Christopher Windle – January 1, Music
Kristin LeClair – January 2, Athletics
David Swanson – January 2, Athletics
William Carvell – January 3, Biological Sciences
Joan Henehan – January 3, Student Activities and Leadership Development
Nijole Vysniauskiene – January 3, Housekeeping and Event Services
Steven Schafer – January 4, Athletic Administration
Lorna Osoteo – January 5, Dining Services
Frank Woodford – January 5, Mesa Operations
Janet Hannah – January 6, Office of Financial Aid
Yajing Hu – January 6, Information Technology
Katie Buell – January 7, Student Activities
John Conover – January 7, Facilities Management
Luann DeGreve – January 7, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Corrigan – January 8, Mesa Operations
Christie Hermann – January 8, Auxiliary Enterprises
Lindsey Ho – January 9, Public Health
Ed Robinson – January 9, Office of Admissions
Ryan Montag – January 10, Benedictine University Police
Nona Jones – January 11, Undergraduate Business
Brian Patterson – January 12, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Deborah Cernauskas – January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl – January 13, Mathematical and Computational Science
Len Bertolini – January 14, University Development
Doris Boumgarden – January 14, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Courtney Croft – January 14, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Vlasta Erickson – January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae – January 14, Administration and Finance
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec – January 15, Public Health

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