Campus Notebook

December 8, 2014

Faculty and Staff Notes

David Rubush (Chemistry) recently published a review article in the Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis titled "Diphenylphosphoric Acid." DOI: 10.1002/047084289X.rn01742. To read the article, go to

University Notes

 Christmas Brunch DEC042014

The Benedictine community enjoyed fabulous food and uplifting entertainment
during the All-University Christmas Brunch on December 4 in the Krasa Dining Room.

Students can kick back with some hot cocoa and a massage

The Chill Lounge will be open to students from 9:00 a.m. on Monday, December 8, to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10 in the Krasa Center, Room A. Students can take a break from studying and have a cup of hot chocolate or instant soup. Massages to help students relax will be available in the Krasa Center, Room B, from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 9-10.

Interfaith Youth Core founder headlines King Breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Tickets are $25 each. 

Research symposium will feature M.P.H. graduate students

The Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) program will host a research symposium from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 12, in the Tellabs Lecture Hall, Birck Hall, Room 112. All M.P.H. graduate students have been invited to submit a 250-word abstract about their research and the best abstracts will be presented orally at the symposium. All members of the Benedictine community are invited to attend. For more information, contact W. Susan Cheng, assistant professor, at or (630) 829-6181. 

Nothing cures those study hall blues quite like chocolate

The Campus Ministry Finals Movie Marathon continues through Friday, December 12. Also, faculty and staff are asked to donate any snacks for our students while they study for exams. People are welcome to drop off snacks between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. through December 11, at Kindlon Hall, Room 419. For more information, please contact Carrie Roberts at or (630) 829-6028.

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars

Faculty members are invited to attend a "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, beginning with "Panel Discussion: Teaching Writing in Learning Communities" with Steven Day  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 9; "Practice Makes Perfect ... Decoding Science Communication in an Upper-Level Lab" with Cheryl Heinz from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 30; and "Developing an Academic Self in a Digital Age: A Look at First-Year Student Writing 1999-2013" with Olga Lambert  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, February 27. The seminars are held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

Commencement scheduled at the Rice Center

The Summer and Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday, December 13, at the Rice Center. The day begins with a Commencement Mass at 7:45 a.m. at St. Benedict Chapel. Commencement begins at 9:45 a.m. followed by a reception. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or visit

Have breakfast with Santa and the Mrs.

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 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Center at Benedictine University. Sponsored by Benedictine’s Student Senate, “Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus” features all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage and opportunities for children to have their picture taken with Santa. Each child who attends recieves a gift and Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story while Ernie the Elf demonstrates the art of holiday crafting. Holiday movies, games, prizes and a special raffle also help make Benedictine one of Santa’s favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children two and under are free. To register, visit or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.

Don't SWAT away opportunity to learn about police techniques

The Benedictine University Police Department will conduct a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning January 20, 2015. The academy will cover such topics as driving under the influence (DUI), traffic stops, crime prevention, common Illinois laws, crime scene processing, domestic violence, SWAT, traffic crash investigations, K9 operations and criminal investigations. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Classes are limited to 25 students. For more information or to register, contact Paul Creekmore, deputy chief of police, at or (630) 829-1104.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. The community is invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Wash your hands to avoid spreading disease

Student Health Services reminds everyone to get into the habit of washing your hands. Clean hands will stop the spread of germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Also, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. Properly dispose of tissue, wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. The Office of Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University's policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.

Parents can turn to liaison for help

Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at or (630) 829-1127.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine "" Every time you use, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box "I am supporting," type "Benedictine," in the drop down menu click on "Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;" then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use "," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or

Help foster reconciliation, peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Who you going to call?

Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.

Sunday, Daily Mass schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

Where a student should go with a gripe

A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to

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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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 2014-15 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Friday, December 19
"District 203 Art Teachers Mixed Media"
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium
Teacher are passionate about the subject they teach. As lifelong learners, teachers are in constant pursuit of new concepts and techniques. This exhibit showcases a variety of art works from Naperville District 2303 art educators from kindergarten through high school. Each teacher offers knowledge and skill in their area of expertise.

Through Friday, December 19

“Appalachia Portraits” by Andrew Auten
 Kindlon Hall, First Floor North
Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his United States debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. These stark, frank images echo the style of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio

Through Friday, December 19
"Portraiture in the 21st Century"
Photo competition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South

Through Saturday, January 10, 2015
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
In a joint exhibition, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will exhibit more than 300 nativity creches from around the world in this unique collection of popular holiday folk art.
Reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7

January 19 through February 28, 2015
“Chicago’s Civil Rights”
Exhibition of photographs by Bernard Kleina
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography Exhibit is a small but revealing snapshot of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit and marches in Chicago, and of both the ugliness and beauty of the response to the struggle for fair and equitable housing rights in Chicago.

Sunday, February 1, 2015
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Chicago's Civil Rights"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Healthy Table

The Buzz About Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah)

A complete protein and wheat-free alternative, the demand for quinoa has risen sharply in recent years. Grown in South America for thousands of years, this supergrain formed the staple diet of the Incas and their descendants. In recent years, foodies in the United States have proclaimed it as a superior alternative to wheat, couscous and rice. Though it often occupies a similar role to these grains in dishes, quinoa is actually in the same family as beats, chard and spinach.

Nutritional highlights: 

  • With twice the protein content of rice or barley, quinoa is also a very good source of calcium, magnesium and manganese. It also possesses good levels of several B vitamins, vitamin E and fiber.
  • It contains all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein source. One half cup of quinoa contains 14 grams of protein.
  • Quinoa is high in anti-inflammatory omega-2 fatty acids, which make it potentially beneficial for human health in prevention and treatment of disease.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs 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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Poised For Success to hold a woman’s business clothing drive to help promote economic self-sufficiency in women. This initiative is designed to help disadvantaged women make a first impression at interviews and land jobs that change their lives. All clothing donations should be current style or timeless design and either new, like new or gently used, cleaned, pressed and ready for women to wear out the door. Some immediate needs are suits, pants, blazers, blouses, skirts, shoes, scarves, jewelry, winter coats, winter scarves and gloves, winter boots, purses, totes and hangers. A designated collection box will be at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau services coordinator, at (630) 769-1000 or

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau is conducting a photo contest to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of DuPage County. The contest will be held entirely on social media – specifically Instagram and Twitter – and will run until December 31. Entries must be either a historical or current photographic image taken in DuPage County. The person submitting the image must be at least 21 years old and have legal ownership of or proof of permission by the owner to use the photo. The image must be submitted through the entrant’s Twitter or Instagram account and include the hashtag #celebratedupage. For more information, contact Beth Marchetti at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 575-8070 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men’s basketball team overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to win at Concordia Wisconsin and improve to 4-1 in conference play.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team moved to 3-0 in conference play by defeating Concordia Wisconsin for its third straight win.

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team has been picked to finish sixth in the Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League.

Benedictine athletics has launched an online apparel store.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Saturday, December 13

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Rice Center
6:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Rice Center
8:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of December 8-January 31:

Jon Miller- December 8, Student Life
Jeremy Nadolski- December 9, Mathematics and Computational Science
Kate Daniel-December 10, Athletics
Peter Dykstra-December 10, Biological Sciences
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
Kathiane Sokol-December 14, Financial Aid
Jan Writer-December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Emma Edith Bustamante-December 15, Campus Services
Alicia Tait-December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Alandra Weller-Clarke-December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling-December 17, Campus Services
Hongqin Li-December 17, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Elizabeth Quoziente-December 17, Mesa Operations
James Crissman-December 19, Psychology-Sociology
Joseph DiVincenzo-December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi-December 19, Admissions
Patricia Brown-December 20, Nursing and Health
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
Elizabeth Morrison-December 21, Registrar
Equbagabir Woldegirgis-December 21, Dining Services
Bryan Frederick-December 22, Accelerated Master’s in Management and Organizational Behavior
Monica Jimenez-December 22, Personnel Resources
James Ludema-December 22, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Barbara Ozog-December 22, Management Information Systems
Matt Sherry-December 23, Campus Services
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 Meek-December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne-December 29, Auxiliary Services
Brittney Dvorak-December 31, Admissions
Carol Heinz-Bennett-December 31, Mesa Operations
Nancy Calegan-January 2, Business and Finance Services
Christine Dawson-January 2, Compliance
David Swanson-January 2, Department of Athletics
William Carvell-January 3, Biological Sciences
Joan Henehan-January 3, Student Success Center
Susan Jiang-January 3, Business and Finance Services
John Minogue-January 3, College of Business
Steven Schafer-January 4, Mesa Operations
Amy Weidner-January 6, Benedictine Library
Alexander Batten-January 6, Office of Admissions
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
Sharon Rizzi-January 8, Benedictine University Police
Nona Jones-January 11, Undergraduate Business
Monica Polak-January 11, Business and Finance Services
Brian Patterson-January 12, Psychology-Sociology
Reya Ruiz-January 12, Campus Services
Deborah Cernauskas-January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl-January 13, Computer Science and Information Systems
Gerald Benedetto-January 14, Office Services
Doris Boumgarden-January 14, Psychology-Sociology
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, Mesa Operations
Elizabeth Kubek-January 20, Languages and Literature
Anne Hector-January 20, Benedictine Library
Andy Dwyer-January 21,Information Technology
Derek Ferguson-January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn-January 21, Philosophy
Gina Trapani-January 25, Business and Finance Services
Cathaleen Gaddis-January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Richard Cali-January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler-January 27, Department of Athletics
Christine Greve-January 29, Information Technology
Todd Kelsey-January 29, Undergraduate Business
Stephen Kollar-January 29, Department of Athletics
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

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

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