Campus Notebook                            December 21, 2015

Have a safe and blessed Christmas and a joyous new year!

Lisle Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

Know somebody who embodies academic excellence?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Benedictine University Founders' Day Award. This year's award will recognized the Benedictine Value of Commitment to Academic Excellence and will acknowledge and celebrate employees who exhibit outstanding characteristics in the area of commitment to academic excellence and serve as a model for all staff and faculty members. All regular faculty and staff (regular full-time and part-time) members of Benedictine University (Lisle, Moser, Mesa and Springfield campuses) are eligible. Supporting documentation including feedback/comments given to faculty/staff from students may be included in the nomination form. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 15, 2016. All nominations must be received in my office via the emailed form by this date in order to be considered for the 2016 Founders' Day Award. The Founders Day celebration in scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2016. For more information, contact Betsy Rhinesmith at or (630) 829-6412.

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Admitted Student Day" from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, and "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on January 23. Prospective students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Alumni Development

Take advantage of a new discount hotel rewards program

The Office of Alumni Development has launched a new discount hotel program through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings on more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you are guaranteed the lowest price on the Web at the time of booking and a portion of each booking will help support the University. To sign up, go to and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

University Development

Denim Days return in time for cold weather

Denim Days are back, and just in time for the winter. Donate $5 per Friday to the BenU Fund or the Fr. Kevin Sheeran, O.S.B., Text Book Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays from January 8 until April 1, or 13 weeks of Fridays. If you donate $55 upfront, you can wear jeans for 13 Fridays which includes two free Denim Days. If you donate $30 upfront, you can wear jeans for seven Fridays which includes one free Denim Day.  If you don't wear jeans, you can still give. Consider donating $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Denim Days is valid for Fridays only from January 8 through April 1, 2016. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or, in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, to obtain the required form to submit along with your donation. You will receive a dated sticker corresponding with the eligible Fridays. We ask that you wear that sticker on the Fridays you wear jeans. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating.

Give a little, get a lot back.

At Benedictine, we're growing bigger and better than ever. Facilities. Programs. Opportunities. We're growing so that our students can become the successful leaders of tomorrow. We're growing so that our students can walk out on life's stage emboldened by a quality Benedictine education and inspired by the values of our founders. But to keep growing and meeting the needs of our students now and in the future, we need your help. Think about making a gift to the University. Your gift will help us continue to care, to build and to grow. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University, whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Campus Events


Hundreds of graduates, family members, and Benedictine faculty, staff and administrators

jammed the Rice Center on Saturday for the 125th Commencement Convocation
with a reception following at Goodwin Hall.

Community will gather January 13 to prepare for spring

Faculty and staff on the Lisle campus will gather in Goodwin Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, in preparation for the Spring 2016 semester. The program will begin with a breakfast reception at 10:00 a.m., followed by opening remarks and sharing (which will be available to all sites via technology) at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, then presentations for update and feedback will be conducted from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Among the groups presenting will be the Mission and Vision Statements Committee, the Facilities Committee, the University Planning Council and the Retention Committee. Proposals for increasing full-time faculty appointments and extending experiential learning will be discussed. Community members will be able to select from 50-minute concurrent sessions. The gathering will conclude with an ice cream social at 4:00 p.m.

Hubbard to speak at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast

Benedictine University and the College of DuPage will co-host the 21st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, in the Krasa Dining Room. The event, which honors the civil rights leader and celebrates the diversity of community colleges, will feature speaker Arnette R. Hubbard, Ph.D., Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division. Tickets for this event are $25. To purchase tickets, visit the McAninch Arts Center website or call (630) 942-4000. A portion of the proceeds of this event benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit:

Volunteer to serve during Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Benedictine University stresses the importance of community, of welcoming the stranger, of caring for each other and making a difference in the lives of the sick and the poor. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Benedictine University is an opportunity for participants to commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the slain civil rights leader by giving of themselves. Volunteers can participate in a number of community service projects at the University from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2016. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 115, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at or (630) 829-6617.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit

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 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for 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, 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.

Healthy Table

How much water should I drink daily?

Staying hydrated is crucial for the body to survive.  Your body uses water to maintain temperature, remove waste and lubricate joints.  

Most people should consume 6-8 glasses of water daily.  However, different people need different amounts to stay hydrated.  Some may need more and some may need less.  A good way to check if you are staying hydrated is the color of your urine. If you have dark yellow or amber-colored urine, it is a sign of dehydration.  

Here are a few tips for staying hydrated:

  • Keep a bottle of water with you throughout the day.
  • If you do not like plain water, try adding lemon or fruits in your drink.
  • When you feel hungry, try drinking water.  Hunger and thirst can be confused.  If you are still feeling hungry, then it means you are truly hungry.
  • Drink water at the restaurant instead of sugary beverages.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages 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 contact us at

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

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the most recent schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions
University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Through December 23
"Creches II"
Mixed Media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

January 18-March 19
BenU Student Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery

January 18-March 19
Live from El Savador!
Student Photographs from Universidad de Centroamericana
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

January 18-April 16
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

March 28- May 14

BenU Student Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

March 28-May 14

BenU Student Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery

April 25-June 30
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

May 23-June 30

BenU Student Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

May 23-June 30
BenU Student Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South 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.  

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bureau is collecting winter coats for children

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking part in a holiday outreach collection assisting those in need in our community. The bureau is sponsoring  its second Winter Warmth Drive, collecting new or gently used children's winter coats, hats, mitten/gloves, and scarves and distributing them to Lisle schools. All sizes are needed. Collection boxes are located in the Lisle Village Hall lobby. Winter clothing may be dropped off through Wednesday, December 30. For more information, contact Katie Palombit at (630) 769-1000 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Jarrett Lecas became the fifth Benedictine football player to be named All-American.

The Benedictine men's basketball team has ascended to No. 7 in the Top 25 Poll.

The Benedictine men's basketball team is now 9-0 after besting Marian on the road.

The Benedictine women's basketball team saw an eight-game win streak end.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 22

Men's Basketball

BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
7:30 p.m.

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Visit Day

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Visit Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, and discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or

Springfield Campus News

Campus News

The Springfield State Journal-Register published an article about the transition of the Springfield branch campus to a non-traditional adult program campus. To read the article, go to:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 21-January 31:

Mark Halbach – December 21, Athletics
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
Patricia Giacomini – December 23, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Springfield
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 Ann Meek – December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne – December 29, Auxiliary Services
Brittney Dvorak – December 31, Admissions
Carol Heinz-Bennett – December 31, Mesa Operations
Amy Lakin – December 31, Language, Literature & Arts, Springfield
Nancy Calegan – January 2, Business and Finance Services
Brady McLaughlin – January 2, Abbey Personnel
David Swanson – January 2, Department of Athletics
William Carvell – January 3, Biological Sciences
Joan Henehan – January 3, Student Success Center
Juan Carlos Marroquin – January 3, Campus Services
John Minogue – January 3, College of Business
Steven Schafer – January 4, Mesa Operations
Janet Hannah – January 6, Office of Financial Aid
Thaddeus Paskert – January 6, Office of Financial Aid
Katie Buell – January 7, Student Activities
Luann DeGreve – January 7, Benedictine Library
Steve Gniewosz – January 7, Information Technology
Christie Rasmussen – January 8, National Adjunct Instruction
Heather Williams – January 8, Office of Admissions
Nona Jones – January 11, Undergraduate Business
Brian Patterson – January 12, Psychology-Sociology
Deborah Cernauskas – January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl – January 13, Computer Science and Information Systems
Vlasta Erickson – January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae – January 14, Business and Finance Services
Clinton Rhodes – January 14, Auxiliary Enterprises
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec – January 15, Master of Public Health
Timothy Calderwood – January 16, Department of Athletics
Janet Hulsey – January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert – January 16, Core Humanities
Irene Gendel – January 17, Business and Finance Services
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
Stefanie Panfil – January 22, Marketing and Communications
Suzanne Andres – January 23, Business Office
Gina Williams – January 24, National Adjunct Instruction
Gina Trapani – January 25, Business and Finance Services
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, Department of Athletics
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
Jesus Huerta – January 30, Campus Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi – January 30, Organization Development
MaryJo Cagney – January 31, Office of Admissions
Miriam Newhouse – January 31, Research and Development

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.