Campus Notebook

February 25, 2013

University Notes

Founders’ Day celebration will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1 in the Krasa Student Center. All faculty and staff are invited to attend as the University honors its own and celebrates 126 years of excellence in education and its founding by the Benedictine monks. Hors d’oeuvres, cake and refreshments will be served.

Phillip Phillips is going to make Benedictine University his “home” on April 13! Get your tickets now - only $30 for general admission seats - by going to or visiting the Office of University Events in the Krasa Center, Room 055. Only Benedictine University students can purchase a $15 student ticket. All graduating seniors will receive one free ticket, but they must pick it up by Friday, March 1. The Benedictine University Alumni Association would like to welcome all graduating seniors into the Alumni Association. Volunteers are needed to help the Office of University Events during the concert. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Brett Harrington, University Events coordinator, at (630) 829-1814 or Volunteers receive free admission to the concert. Either way, don’t miss this opportunity to see Phillip Phillips!

The Women’s Institute for Global Leadership presents the “2013 Women’s History Month Personal Enrichment Series.” The series features workshops on leadership, career advancement, health and financial stability. Nashunda Jewels Bolden will present “The Power of Self-Discovery to Direct Your Leadership Path” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Mark Gomez, M.D., Chad Earl and Larry Love will provide a session on health, nutrition and fitness with “How to Make Health Work for the Busy Professional” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 15. Mickeisha Armstrong will discuss “Career Advancement: Retool and Re-invent” from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Janice Faris will discuss financial decision making with “‘My Worth’ ... Planning for a Life You Can Depend On” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Each session is free, and will be held at the Moser Center, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Room 106. Reservations are required. RSVP at

St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University invite you to “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Rd., Lisle, IL. The event is free and open to the public. Registration closes on Saturday, March 2. To RSVP, please contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at

Open Mic and Poetry Slam Spring 2013 will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Coal Ben. The poetry slam will have two rounds, so bring at least two original poems if you want to participate in the contest. There will be music and refreshments. Winners will receive prizes. The event is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Student Activities. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or

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. 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.

The Scholars Program will host two sessions for senior presentations. The day session will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Krasa Center Presentation Room; the night session will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3. Topics vary widely and include - but are not limited to - germs, music, the media, genomics, medicine, literature and the concept of happiness. No matter where your interests lie, you won’t want to miss it!

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is pleased to announce its inaugural Poetry Contest! Poems must feature a specimen in the museum. Three categories will be judged: haiku, limerick and free verse. The contest is open to the entire campus community. All entries must be submitted to Monica Tischler at no later than Friday, March 8. Prizes will be awarded in all categories. Please join us for poetry night at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum in the Birck Hall of Science where we will share our poetry and announce the winners of the contest.

Money Smart Week (MSW) is a public awareness campaign aimed at helping individuals better manage their finances. Student Activities, the College of Business and the Undergraduate Business Programs will sponsor two events to help you get in the MSW spirit. “Navigating Personal Finances in Today’s Environment” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A and B, and will feature five speakers with expertise in the area of personal finance. The “Big Money” presentation - featuring T-shirts, cash prizes and the money machine - will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this event is to promote wise money management for students.

“Lunch With Landscapers” will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 16 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Learn to save money by growing your own vegetables and plants from seeds! Join special guest Andrew Nordstrom, an account executive with Shermin Nurseries and former owner of South View Horticulture. Space is limited and you must RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 to Kathy Rutkowski at or (630) 829-6420. You will receive a ticket at check-in for entrance into the event.

The Office of International Programs and Services is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Chinese Government Scholarship. This 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 6:00-9:00 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.-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.

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 March 1 through March 22. Donate $5 per Friday. 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 March 1 through 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, rooms 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 Sunday, 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 (Education) has been invited to present a two-hour featured workshop at the 2013 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu 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 (Education) 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.

Michael E. Salatino (Benedictine 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. Chief Salatino also has been invited to address the law enforcement perspective on gun violence and firearm regulation at a program titled “Gun Control Strategies After New Town and President Obama's Policy Statement on Thursday, March 7 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Oakton Community College in the Des Plaines room 1606.

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:

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 refrigerator. 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 lacrosse team played its first ever game in style, registering a 13-1 rout at Calvin College on Saturday afternoon.

The women’s basketball team fell to rival Wisconsin Lutheran College in the semifinals of the conference tourney.

Don’t miss the first ever home lacrosse matches on Saturday, March 2.

The men’s track and field team finished third at the Northern Athletics Conference Indoor Championships.

The women’s track and field team claimed fourth at the Northern Athletics Conference Indoor Championships.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Men’s Lacrosse
Saturday, March 2
BenU vs. Olivet College
2:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Women’s Lacrosse
Saturday, March 2
BenU vs. Alma College
11:00 a.m.
Sports Complex

Indoor Track & Field
Friday, March 1
BenU at Carthage College Final Qualifier
3:30 p.m.
Kenosha, Wis.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 25-March 31:

Gregg Johnson -February 25, Information Technology
Richard Kraetsch -February 27, Marketing and Communications
Kevin Rappel -February 28, Business and Finance Services
Kathleen Toohill -March 1, Music
Bonnie Beezhold -March 3, Nutrition
Cheryl Rausch -March 3, Business Learning Teams
MeShelda Jackson -March 4, Teacher Education Preparation
Stephanie Ellis -March 5, Nutrition
Marie Francois -March 5, Business and Finance Services
Rachel Schultz -March 7, Marketing and Communications
Charles Gregory -March 8, University Services
Joyce Jeewek -March 8, Teacher Education Preparation
Shineka Williams -March 8, Business and Finance Services
Darlene Sumida, March 8, Information Technology
Adell Sauper -March 8, Science
Ovid Wong -March 9, Teacher Education Preparation
Joyce Cecchi -March 10, Teacher Education Preparation
Keith Bunkenburg -March 11, Athletics
Gary Remson -March 12, Information Technology
Christopher DeVuono -March 12, Adult Accelerated Learning
Jennifer Stuchell -March 12, Registrar
Ryann Lomas -March 14, Business and Financial Services
Regina Remson -March 15, Benedictine Library
Denise West -March 16, Community Development
Michael Smith -March 16, Clinical Psychology
Frank Janczak -March 16, Athletics
Jason Farrell -March 17, Athletics
Annette Loritz -March 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heidi Robbe -March 18, Marketing and Communications
Sharon Collins -March 18, Financial Aid
Barbara Shore -March 19, Liberal Arts
Preston Aldrich -March 19, Biological Sciences
Edward Zeifert -March 21, Athletics
Jeffery Madura -March 21, Undergraduate Business
Anthony Simmons -March 21, Information Technology
Chandra Palmer -March 23, Department  of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Scholars Program
Mary Powers -March 24, New Student Advising Center
Maria Lee -March 25, Financial Aid
Brandon Amos -March 25, Nursing and Health
Eileen Kivlin -March 30, Science
Kevin Albert -March 30, Information Technology
Jessica Gissal -March 30, Stewardship Development
Tonia Rucker -March 31, Science

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

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