Campus Notebook                        December 5, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the All University Christmas Brunch
from 11:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, in the Krasa Dining Room.

Campus Events

Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation celebrates new graduates

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, formerly known as the Hooding and Honors Ceremony, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The ceremony provides the opportunity for a faculty or staff to invest the graduates with the bachelor's hood. Each student chooses the faculty or staff member who has played an important role in their experience at Benedictine. For more information about the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, please contact David Sonnenberger at (630) 829-6538 or, or visit

Look on the face of God and be saved

"Advent at the Abbey," sponsored by St. Procopius Abbey and the Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies at Benedictine University, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at the abbey. The theme of the day is based on Psalm 80, that the divine presence is everywhere and that the eyes of the Lord gaze everywhere on the good and the bad. Advent is a time to turn and look on the face of God, and be saved. The schedule includes arrival and coffee at 9:00 a.m., Lauds at 9:30 a.m., Lecto Divinio at 10:00 a.m., the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 11:00 a.m., Eucharist at noon, lunch at 12:30 p.m., a talk about the day's theme at 1:30 p.m., and a closing prayer and blessing at 2:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken. For more information or to reserve a place (limited to 60 people), contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or, or Christine Fletcher at The abbey is located at 5601 College Road in Lisle.

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 Saturday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 13. Please choose the date most suitable to your schedule. 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.

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.

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.

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

The Department of Music
Christmas concert features band, choir, jazz emsemble and Dr. Brophy

Benedictine University will host a free Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Students from the Benedictine Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. There will also be opportunities for the public to participate in a Christmas carol sing-along. This musical experience features a piano performance by special guest Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., president of Benedictine University. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or

Healthy Table

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.

Nick Kapetanos became the first men's soccer All-American in program history.

Benedictine is ranked 14th in the first regular season poll.

Tahron Harvey bettered a career high in notching a second 30-point performance of the year.

A strong second quarter helped the Benedictine women's basketball team improve to 6-1.

The Benedictine men's basketball team opened conference play by storming past Rockford.

The Benedictine women's basketball team rushed past St. Mary's on the road.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 6

Men's Basketball
BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 7

Women's Basketball
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 10

Men's/Women's Indoor Track
BenU at Indiana Tech Open
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
10:00 a.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Edgewood
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

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

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Get in the holiday spirit by attending the All University Christmas Brunch
from 11:15 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 8 in the Krasa Dining Room. 

Mesa Campus News

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball splits over the weekend, ending five-game losing streak.

Women's basketball falls in two games at Arizona Christian University Classic.

Women's volleyball players receive numerous postseason accolades.

Upcoming Athletics Events

Tuesday, December 6

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Arizona Christian
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 6-31:

Lana Ammari – December 6, Advising Center
Elizabeth Boone – December 6, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Dewayne Evans – December 7, Athletics
Anthony Franklin – December 7, Information Technology
Arketa Thurmond – December 7, Admissions
Alana Smith – December 7, Dining Services
Stephen Van Loan – December 7, Benedictine University Police
Jon Miller – December 8, Student Life
Justin Kinseth – December 9, Athletics
Jeremy Nadolski – December 9, Mathematics and Computational Science
Nicholas Houser – December 10, Abbey Personnel
Alice Sima – December 11, College of Science
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.