Campus Notebook

February 11, 2013

University Notes

The Office of International Programs and Services is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Chinese Government Scholarship. The partial scholarship covers tuition, on-campus accommodations and basic medical insurance for eligible Benedictine students to study at one of the major universities recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Seven Benedictine students have been awarded this scholarship during the past three years. The program is administered by the China Scholarship Council under the Ministry of Education in China. The deadline for application is March 1. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 4-8. For more information, contact Marc Davidson in the Office of International Programs and Services at

Benedictine University provides area children with a variety of activities that promote fitness and fun while offering their parents a break with “Kids Nite Out” from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Children can choose from a variety of activities including arts and crafts, kickball, relay races, basketball, bingo and group games. Kids should bring a gym bag with items clearly marked with a family name. It is not necessary for kids to bring any money. A treat and drink will be provided and there will be no items for sale. Kids can bring a snack and water bottle if desired. “Kids Nite Out” is open to any boy or girl ages 4 through 12. The fee is $15 per child. Each child must be registered by a parent. Registration will be held at the door on the night of the program. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and children must be picked up promptly at 9:00 p.m. The event serves as a fundraiser for Benedictine’s women’s varsity softball team. The team’s members serve as moderators. For more information, call Kate Heidkamp at (630) 829-6149.

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.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, “Thank you.” For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated.

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

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is looking for facilitators for future sessions. Some of the possible general topic areas are: art appreciation; current events; the civil rights movement; creative writing; famous people; health and medicine; book club; science of natural healing; history; religion; literature; music; sociology; genealogy; travel; personal enrichment (bridge, dance and photography); technology; ecology; film/media; government; philosophy; cosmology; science; politics; nutrition; famous events; sports; and birding. If you or anyone you may know would be interested in facilitating a CLL class, please contact Ron Finnigan at (630) 829-1383, (630) 743-8126 (cellphone) or

Mass in St. Benedict Chapel is at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. Daily Mass is at noon.

The sixth annual Faith and Reason Symposium,“... To the Least of These My Brethren: How Faith and Science can Fight Hunger, from the Local to the Global,” will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership’s Hunger Team, the Abby Endowment, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Global Studies Forum. Guest speakers and panelists include Diane Nilan, founder and executive director of HEAR US, an organization dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, and Kim Perez, executive director of People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.

The 23rd Annual Health Professions Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 on the first floor of the Birck Hall of Science. The primary goal of this fair is to allow students to meet admissions representatives and counselors from professional schools and military services. The fair is appropriate for students who are interested in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary science and allied health.

The College of Business will present “Lislepalooza” on February 21 in the Krasa Center. This special event aims to advance career and business opportunities through networking - leveraging the extensive resources of the College of Business and Benedictine University in partnership with the local community. Event partners include the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Lisle. The event is free to attend, however, lunch and sponsorships are available at cost. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Goodwin at or (630) 829-6228.

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Time off is available for staff to use through the Vacation Donation Program if they are facing a personal emergency and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. All donated time expires at the end of May. To apply for additional time, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366.

Denim Days are back! Perfect timing for the cold weather! Donate to the General Scholarship Fund and have the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays from February 15 to March 22. That’s six weeks of Fridays! Donate $5 per Friday or if you pay $35 upfront this week, you get six Denim Days for you and two additional that you can donate to an eligible colleague. If you don’t wear jeans, you can still donate. You may donate $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. Please consider donating, and we thank all who participate.

Denim Days Guidelines 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 February 15-March 22. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin or Josh Wolfgang with the Office of the Annual Fund, located in the lower level of Lownik Hall, 019 or 056, 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.

Put on your running shoes and join us for the American Medical Student Association 5K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. on April 7. The proceeds from this race benefit HomeCare Physicians (HCP), a nationally recognized, award-winning medical house call program for homebound patients. If you visit to register by March 31, the registration fee is $20. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the race and costs $25. For more information, contact Rabia Choudhry at (773) 416-0342 or; or Marihan Hegazy at (708) 416-0342 or For more information on HCP, visit

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jan Writer (School of Education) has been invited to present a two-hour featured workshop at the 2013 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 29-30. Her session, "Talk WITH Me: Communication Strategies for Students with Significant Disabilities," has earned her “noted speaker” status in the preconference flier. One of the features of her workshop is the opportunity for participants to construct their own low-tech communication devices for students with significant disabilities (e.g., autism, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments, multiple disabilities). A former consultant for the U.S. Department of Education in the U.S. Pacific Trust Territories and American Samoa, Writer has been active in the “Pac Rim” conference since its inception in 1986.

Alandra Weller-Clarke, Ph.D., presented a peer-reviewed paper in January at the Hawaii International Educational Conference in Honolulu. Her paper, “Preservice Special Education Teachers Use Their ‘I’s (iPads, iPods, and iPhones): Creating Individual Behavior Interventions with Video Modeling” examined preservice special education and teachers’ experiences in creating individual behavior interventions with video modeling, which is required in the Methods for Teaching Students with Social, Emotional and Behavior Disorders course. Specifically, this study focuses on how traditional video modeling created with “i” technology affects preservice teachers’ beliefs regarding behavioral theories and their attitudes toward teaching with that technology.

Ovid Wong, Ph.D., associate professor and author of 26 books, will share some of his experiences and answer questions for authors who may be procrastinating on a book idea. Here’s an opportunity to get some writing tips, hear some publishing myths, ask some questions and talk informally with others who are curious about the process. Join us from 4:15-5:00 p.m. on the second floor of Kindlon Hall in the Benedictine Library Idea Lounge, near the windows beyond the TV monitors. Coffee and snacks will be served. This may be just what you need to move forward with that book idea!

Michael E. Salatino (chief of police) has been invited to speak about campus security operations at the International Conference of the American Society of Industrial Security in September at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Healthy Table

Healthy Table at Benedictine is staffed by our very own dietetic interns who would be happy to help you achieve your goals. 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” us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University.

Do you have excess weight that you’re trying to get rid of? Do you ever wonder when is the best time of the day to work out? According to a study from Northumbria University, people can burn up to 20 percent more body fat by exercising in the morning on an empty stomach. Researchers discovered that people who exercised in a fasted state did not consume additional calories or experience increased appetite during the day, which is what I know you were all thinking. So wake up an hour earlier than you normally do and head to the gym before breakfast to blast that fat! Source:

Do you like it hot? Research shows that eating hot peppers found in spicy foods may be helpful for treating obesity. It has been shown that eating these peppers can cause appetite suppression and decreased total caloric intake. Spicy foods may also impact cancer! In 2006, researchers found that capsaicin, a substance found in hot peppers like habaneros and jalapeños, killed off prostate cancer cells. So not only do peppers hurt our mouths; they hurt cancer too! Furthermore, spicy foods can have an impact on sanitation. According to one study, garlic and onions can inhibit the growth of 30 microorganisms and cayenne can inhibit the growth of 80 microorganisms. So, if you’re looking to spice up your life, make sure you do it with peppers! Source:

Hail kale? Lately kale has been getting a lot of attention in grocery stores. Used for kale chips, kale salad, kale juice and kale smoothies, kale is starting to pop up everywhere. There are three different kinds of kale, and it is a very versatile super food that can be added to pretty much anything. It is in season during the cold months, so if bought now, it may taste less bitter than it does in the summer. Why eat it? Kale has been proven to fight off oxidation in human cells. Furthermore, it’s high in iron, calcium and other phytochemicals. Looking to add a little oomph to your meals? Kale is just what you need! Source:

Think you need an energy drink to get your day started? Think again! Most of the “evidence” about these drinks is just testimonials and false claims, according to Janice Stixrud, a registered dietician at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated many of the ingredients in energy drinks. Caffeine is the primary active ingredient, often found in amounts of greater than 100 milligrams per serving (about as much as an eight-ounce cup of coffee). Energy drinks also contain mega doses of water-soluble vitamins and amino acids; however, excess vitamins will just be excreted, and there are no long-term scientific studies on the intake of excess amino acids. The major problem with these drinks is empty sugar calories. Instead of reaching for these beverages, try to get some exercise, have a cup of black coffee or eat some real food. We recommend snacks of vegetables, low-fat cheese, almonds or a piece of fruit. Source:

The first step in eating for your health can be as simple as a little home makeover. Start with your fridge. Avoid buying “trigger foods.” If it’s not there, you won’t reach for it. Move things like fruit, vegetables, low-fat dairy and lean meats so they are at eye level. Snack foods with empty calories should not clutter your countertops because if they are out of sight, they are more likely to stay out of mind. At work? Avoid candy jars, the break room, and office meetings catered with doughnuts or pastries. Bring your own healthy snacks - celery and peanut butter, a handful of almonds, a hard-boiled egg or a bagged serving of high fiber cereal - to keep you full and not tempted to graze. Keep non-perishable snacks such as high fiber, low sugar granola bars and almonds in your car to avoid the drive-thru when hunger strikes. Source:

Think before your late night snack. Many of us often find ourselves reaching for a treat before bed. Health experts say this is often caused by boredom, more than actual hunger. Excessive evening calorie consumption can be avoided with just a few simple changes. Assess your emotions before reaching for a bag or box - are you bored, anxious or just eating due to habit? Drink a tall glass of water while you assess. If this doesn’t help, save your dessert for closer to bedtime. Fruit, sugar-free pudding or fat-free Greek yogurt with berries are low-calorie options that will curb late-night hunger. Or better yet - just go to bed early. Both your waistline and your body will thank you for the extra rest! Source:

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The men’s basketball team won their third straight game on Saturday afternoon. They will close out their regular season on Tuesday night with a game against Rockford College.

With a win over Marian University on Saturday, the women’s basketball team will meet Concordia University-Chicago on Wednesday for a first-round home game in the conference tournament.

Women’s basketball will participate in a “Play 4Kay” Pink game Wednesday night.

The men’s indoor track team competed at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships hosted by North Central College.

The women’s track and field team also took part in the Chicagoland Indoor Championships.

The men’s basketball team scored a one-point decision over Wisconsin Lutheran College in a mid-week home game.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Men’s Basketball
Tuesday, February 12
BenU vs. Rockford College
7:00 p.m.
Dan and Ada Rice Center

BenU vs. TBA - Northern Athletics Conference Tournament

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday, February 13
BenU vs. Concordia University Chicago
7:00 p.m.
Dan and Ada Rice Center

Saturday, February 16
BenU vs. TBA - NAC Tournament

Indoor Track and Field
Saturday, February 16
BenU at University of Chicago
11:30 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 11-28:

Thomas Wangler -February11, Mathematics and Computational Sciences
David Tinsley -February12, Benedictine University Police
Tammy Sarver -February16, Political Science
Jon Cooper -February17, Athletics
Diane Karmis -February18, Information Technology
John Rogacki -February 19, Benedictine University Police
Patricia Keber -February 19, Parent Programs
Daniel O'Brien -February19, Research and Development
Donald Henschel -February20, Undergraduate Business
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu -February20, Graduate Business Administration
Danielle Watson -February 20, Auxiliary Enterprises
Brett Harrington -February 20, University Events
James Ryan -February 21, Distinguished Fellow
Diane Madrid -February 22, Benedictine Library
Amber Turner -February 23, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Gregg Johnson -February 25, Information Technology
Richard Kraetsch -February 27, Marketing and Communications
Kevin Rappel -February 28, Business and Finance Services

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

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