Campus Notebook                        December 19, 2016

Have a safe and blessed Christmas and a joyous New Year with your families, friends and loved ones. 

(The next Campus Notebook will be issued January 9)

Lisle Campus News

The Christmas tree in the Goodwin Hall of Business atrium serves as
background for photos as friends and classmates gather for one of the
last times during their college careers after the Interfaith Baccalaureate
Convocation on December 9.  

Faculty and Staff Notes

Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) published a commentary in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The essay, "Love, not war, drove the Mesozoic marine revolution," accompanies a paper in the issue he peer-reviewed last summer, arguing that many patterns in the history of life long attributed to predators may be better explained in terms of reproductive mating. The link to the commentary can be found at

Nominations being accepted for Doyle award for leadership

Each year at the Founder's Day celebration, the University honors the work of a particular faculty member who truly lives the Benedictine Hallmarks in his or her daily life; someone who demonstrates a spirit of faithful service to the University as well as to those around him or her. The Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity has been given to a faculty member each year since 2012 to recognize individuals who seek to go beyond their role, demonstrating the desire to nourish the University community through their work and witness. Nominees must be a current employee, must answer the question through his/her work and witness, "who we are as Benedictine and why we are special because of it in an effective, creative, interesting and successful way," must have already accomplished a recognized task or has something in process. Please consider a deserving nominee by providing a brief description of why you nominated that particular individual reflecting on the criteria listed above. Nominations should be sent to Alicia Cordoba Tait at Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 10.

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. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Proceeds from the MLK breakfast benefit student scholarships.

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service" benefits those in need

Benedictine University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service" from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, in Kindlon Hall. Volunteers can create room decorations for hospital patients; pack a backpack with personal hygiene items for DuPagePads; make valentines for veterans; make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House; contribute to a bicycle drive; create Build-A-Bears for the Ronald McDonald House; organize birthday bags for children; and construct bird feeders for the elderly. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The University is also accepting donations of backpacks, canned food, fleece, school supplies, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off daily prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 015, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office located in the lower level of the parking garage. Items can also be dropped off on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at or (630) 829-6617.

Learn how to leverage your strength as a leader

Effective, inspiring leaders know themselves and leverage their deep well of strengths, values, experiences and leadership insight to guide themselves and others toward health, vitality and high performance. Research shows these leaders are more effective because their leadership is credible and their team members feel valued, supported, energized and engaged. The Appreciative Leadership for Peak Performance workshop (ALPP) sponsored by the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) at Benedictine University on Wednesday-Friday, January 25-27, 2017, in the Goodwin Hall of Business, is designed for senior executives and offers a guided, strengths-based exploration of what makes someone you most effective as a leader. It also provides workshop attendees with practical tools to lead, mentor, coach and bring out the best in others. The three-day workshop is $1,800 per person ($1,200 for nonprofit employees/CVDL alumni ). Discounts are available for groups. For more information or to register, go to

Ever wonder what it is like to chase a tornado?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will present Illinois storm chasers Danny Neal and Adam Lucio from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 as part of its Spring 2017 Discovery Days. Neal and Lucio founded Illinois Storm Chasers (ISC) in 2014. After years of storm chasing together and covering local weather, they used their knowledge of weather forecasting and their understanding of the state’s unique climatology to form ISC. The primary mission is to help spread weather information through an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand website in addition to harnessing the power of social media. The presentation includes an overview of the climatology for our area, basic storm spotting tips, cloud features and how weather works. It also includes an overview of storm chasing highlighting a local case study. The event is free and open to the public. The content of the program is recommended for adults and older children. The museum will provide age appropriate activities for younger children. Please register by Wednesday, March 8.

Much-honored herpetologist isn't ambiguous about amphibians

Author and tropical ecologist Martha L. Crump, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the annual Darwin Day event sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Crump, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Utah State University, earned a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas and taught at the University of Florida and Northern Arizona University. She works with tropical amphibians in the areas of parental care, reproduction, territoriality, cannibalism and tadpole ecology. Her presentation will follow those of members of the Department of Biological Sciences at Benedictine University. The event is free and open to public. For more information, contact Jennifer Gardner at  or Laura Hall at

Spring artist in residence brings Middle East to Midwest

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist in residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising, which creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, Silk Road Rising advances a polycultural worldview. Khoury will be teaching an empathic intensive course – EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 (FNAR 291 B) – offering students an opportunity to experience interactive theatre lessons while learning playwriting firsthand on Mondays from March 6-May 1. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only.


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

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.

Smiles and posing for photographs with classmates and good friends
are commonplace during the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation.

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
Exercising during the winter can pose a challenge

In the winter, going for a quick run outside or biking around the neighborhood isn't as easy. Snow and ice on the ground make it difficult to not only exercise but to be outside in general. We don't want to sit around inside all day though! Here are some tips on how to exercise inside.

There are five elements of fitness: a warmup; a cardiovascular workout; resistance exercises; flexibility moves; and cool down. A warmup could be an easy walk outside or a nice pace on a stationary bike. A cardiovascular workout includes jump rope, jumping jacks, or following an aerobics video. Resistance workouts include squats, pushups, crunches or if you have dumbbells, bands or tubes. Flexibility workouts include yoga poses or stretching. Cooling down should be similar to the warmup in order to bring the heart rate back down.

Here is an example of a simple 5-minute workout (no equipment or gym required):

  • 1-minute lateral lunges
  • 1-minute pushups
  • 1-minute switch lunges
  • 1-minute body walks
  • 1-minute side hurdles

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

Please Share the Warmth with local school children

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking part in a Special Winter Outreach assisting school children who are in need of winter outerwear in our community.  The bureau is working with Lisle schools and is collecting gently used or new children's winter hats, mitten/gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots. They will be distributing them to Lisle schools as soon as possible to keep the children warm. The visitor's bureau will kick off the winter clothing drive – Please Share the Warmth – beginning Monday, December 19. A collection box will be available at the Lisle Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave., Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and in the Lisle Park District lobby, 1925 Ohio St., Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Members of the community can drop off their donations through March. For more information, contact Diane Homolka at (630) 769-1000 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

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

Jarrett Lecas was named an All-American by

A pair of men's soccer players were named Scholar All-Americans by national coaches' group.

Adam Reynolds beat the buzzer as Benedictine men's basketball team won at Aurora.

Roman Hill was selected as the National Athlete of the Week.

Luther Newburn earned the NACC Player of the Week award.

Freshman Alex Tyler was tabbed as the NACC Women's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, December 20

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Menlo (NAIA)
Big Island Classic
Kona, Hawaii
11:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 21

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. #3 Indiana Wesleyan (NAIA)
(Exhibition game)
Big Island Classic
Kona, Hawaii
9:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Maria De La Camara
presides over the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation in the Goodwin
Hall of Business Auditorium on December 9. 

Mesa Campus News

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's and women's basketball open conference season with victories over Pacific Union.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, December 19

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Simpson
Redding, Calif.
6:00 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Simpson
Redding, Calif.
8:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 19-January 31:

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
Christopher Windle – January 1, Music
Brady McLaughlin – January 2, Abbey Personnel
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
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
Steve Gniewosz – January 7, Information Technology
Elizabeth Corrigan – January 8, Mesa Operations
Christie Rasmussen – January 8, Auxiliary Enterprises
Lindsey Ho – January 9, Public Health
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
Vlasta Erickson – January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae – January 14, Administration and Finance
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec – January 15, Public Health
Timothy Calderwood – January 16, Athletics
Janet Hulsey – January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert – January 16, Languages and Literature
Irene Gendel – January 17, Administration and Finance
Edgar Stewart – January 17, Dining Services
Karen Plawecki – January 18, Nutrition
Nancy Stoecker – January 18, Compliance
Elizabeth Kubek – January 20, Languages and Literature
Andy Dwyer – January 21, Information Technology
Derek Ferguson – January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn – January 21, Philosophy
Paul Oakes – January 21, Mesa Operations
Stefanie Panfil – January 22, Marketing and Communications
Suzanne Andres – January 23, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Gina Williams – January 24, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Cathaleen Gaddis – January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Jessica Rose – January 26, Marketing and Communications
Richard Cali – January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler – January 27, Athletics
Eric Solberg – January 27, University Development
Patrick Garvin – January 28, Mesa Operations
Daniel Corrigan – January 29, Abbey Personnel
Christine Greve – January 29, Information Technology
Todd Kelsey – January 29, Undergraduate Business
Karly Tumminello – January 29, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Sandra Chmelir – January 30, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Jesus Huerta – January 30, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi – January 30, Organization Development
MaryJo Cagney – January 31, Admissions

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.