Campus Notebook                              December 7, 2015

Lisle Campus News

Is it the snow, or are they just happy about impending finals week?

Faculty and Staff Notes

Police Department gets nod for "National Night Out" event

The Benedictine University Police Department was selected as a College/University Award winner for its outstanding participation in the 32nd Annual National Night Out by the National Association of Town Watch. This year's National Night Out involved 38.3 million people in more than 16,700 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide.  Benedictine was one of only six colleges and universities recognized. "Officer Debra Vanderploeg and Communications Supervisor Amanda Warren were the organizers and driving force of this annual event, and their efforts have brought acknowledged attention and credit to Benedictine University and the University Police's efforts to engage our internal and external community," said Benedictine University Police Chief Michael Salatino. For a list of the winners, go to

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Preferred Visit Day" from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 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.

Student Life

There's a student  out there who could use a "Finals Survival Care Package"

Finals week is quickly approaching, which means students will spend additional time studying to prepare. Some may seek out snack or comfort foods to sustain them as they work. If instead, you would like to send them a "Finals Survival Care Package" filled with goodies and a personal note of good wishes or encouragement written by you, please click here. Each $36 care package purchased will provide your student with tasty snacks and $12 from each sale will go toward the 2016 Class Year Giving Program to benefit the University community. Packages will be available for student pickup in the Krasa Student Center on December 10, 11 and 14.  We will contact each student recipient by phone or email with exact pickup information. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452.

Stressed-out students can chill at the Chill Lounge

Students can escape the pressures of finals week by retreating to the Chill Lounge. They can take a moment to relax, pray, meditate, color, play a game, or enjoy a cup of tea or cocoa. The Chill Lounge in the Krasa Center, Room A, is open from 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 14, through 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 17.

Rub, rub here, rub, rub there, and a couple of fa-la-las

Another way students can relieve the stress of finals week is through a free neck and shoulder massage. Student Health Services, the Offices of Student Activities and Leadership Development are sponsoring free massages in the Krasa Student Center, Room B, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 15-16.

Don't hesitate. Vaccinate!

Flu shots are available from Student Health Services in the Krasa Center, Room 116, daily from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The shots are $20 for faculty and staff and $10 for students. For more information, call (630) 829-6046.

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

The Offices of Marketing and Communications, Admissions and Financial Aid
and staff members from the National Moser Center for Adult Learning participated
in a version of "speed- dating" last Friday in a collaborative enrollment event
designed to help Benedictine staff get to know representatives of Wiley Global
Education, the Oak Brook-based company which markets the University's
online master's programs.  

O Come All Ye Faithful

The Benedictine Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform a Christmas Concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. They will perform traditional and contemporary Christmas classics. The concert is free and open to the public.

Celebrate Benedictine's latest graduates at Hooding ceremony

The Fall 2015 Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Faculty who wish to participate in the ceremony are asked to arrive at the Eagles' Nest by 6:45 p.,m. with academic garb for lineup. Faculty will process at 7:00 p.m. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143.

Peacemaking is the theme of "Advent at the Abbey"

"Advent at the Abbey," sponsored by St. Procopius Abbey and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. The theme of the day is peacemaking. "Let peace be your quest and aim," says St. Benedict in the Prologue to his Rule (No. 17).  In the words of Sr. Joan Chittister, "It is an amazing position for a sixth century document to take in a violent world."  Advent is a time of gentle waiting for the return of Christ.  As we wait, we work for peace in our hearts, in our lives and in our world. The schedule includes arrival and coffee at 9:00 a.m., Lecto Divinio at 10:00 a.m., lunch at 12:30 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

We will all remember … graduation day

The 125th Commencement Convocation will be held on Saturday, December 19, at the Rice Center. The ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will last approximately two hours. Handicapped seating will be available.

Have breakfast with the Clauses

Children of all ages are invited to join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Santa will pose for pictures and give each child a present, while Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story. Ernie the Elf will demonstrate the art of holiday crafting while Santa's favorite superheroes and princesses will join in the festivities. Holiday movies, children's games, prizes and a special raffle make Benedictine University one of Santa's favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children under age 2 are free.  The event is sponsored by the Benedictine University Student Senate. To register, go to

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.


Santa Claus made an appearance, much to the delight of his younger fans, at
the Benedictine Community Christmas gathering Sunday afternoon at Goodwin Hall.

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

Overeat? We're discreet.

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 fall 2015 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 19
"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Alan Leder
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

Through December 19

Mixed Media
Normal Middle School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

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

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

Experience "Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum"

Tickets are now on sale for "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," which runs through January 2, 2016. "Illumination" invites visitors to walk a one-mile path surrounded by 50 acres of woodlands bathed in theatrical LED lighting in shades of vivid electric blue, hot pink and neon green. This year's experience features more lights, more music and more "experiences" along the path. The even opens at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. with the last entry at 8:30 p.m. The Arboretum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Mondays, December 7 and December 14. For more information or tickets, go to

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team enters the Top 25 Poll.

The Benedictine men's basketball team is now 5-0 after holding off Marian University.

The Benedictine women's basketball team rolls past Marian for its sixth consecutive win.

The Benedictine men's track and field team set three records at Trine University.

The Benedictine women's track and field team had a historic day at Trine University.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 8

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Rockford
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 9

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. MSOE
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 12

Men's Basketball
BenU at Edgewood
Madison, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Edgewood
Madison, Wis.
4:15 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

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball team edges Western New Mexico 63-61.

Men's basketball team comes close, but can't upset Arizona Christian.

Four members of women's volleyball team honored as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Springfield Campus News


Prospective students can check out adult programs on December 9

The Springfield branch campus will host an Adult Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, in the Brinkerhoff Home. Benedictine's National Moser Center for Adult Learning provides several accelerated adult degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an RN to BSN Completion Program – that help enhance job opportunities and career changes. Moser also offers $10K Master of Business Administration, $10K Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Literacy, Master of Science (M.S.) in Management and Organizational Behavior and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development programs in Springfield. Class sites in Springfield, as well as at corporate partner locations, help provide convenience for adult students in this region.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 7-31:

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
Kate Daniel – December 10, Athletics
Alice Sima – December 11, College of Science
Janea Franklin – December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer – December 13, Benedictine University Police
Nicasio Cuevas – December 14, Campus Services
Paul Nelson – December 14, Dan and Ada Rice Center/Fitness Center
Jan Writer – December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Emma Edith Bustamante – December 15, Campus Services
Alicia Tait – December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Chapin Wehde – December 15, Athletics
Guadalupe Arellanes – December 16, Campus Services
Alandra Weller-Clarke – December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling – December 17, Campus Services
Hongqin Li – December 17, Information Technology
Elizabeth Quoziente – December 17, Mesa Operations
Joseph DiVincenzo – December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi – December 19, Admissions
Michael Blaney – December 20, Abbey Personnel
Patricia Brown – December 20, Nursing and Health
Joe Fano – December 20, Athletics
Myra Herrera – December 20, Campus Services
Lee Smith – December 20, Biological Sciences
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

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
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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
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