Campus Notebook

February 10, 2014

Faculty Notes

Ovid Wong (Education) led students enrolled in “Geography/Physics 107 – Earth and Space Science” to Fermilab in Batavia. The students were inspired by the high energy physics research and the many real world applications. Student met with Roger Dixon, Ph.D., head of the Accelerator Division at Fermilab, who talked about how scientists collect data from the invisible world of particle physics, his defining life moments leading to where he is today, and the possible coexistence of the Big Bang Theory and creationism.

University Notes

The Human Resources Club will host George Karavattuveetil, who will discuss “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11 in Scholl Hall, Room 101. Karavattuveetil is an executive coach and owner of the human resources company AccentHR.

The Benedictine University Library Faculty Authors Series will present Sarah Ware, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Benedictine University, from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12 in the Benedictine Library IdeaLounge. Ware will discuss her book, “Hillbilly Justice on the School Bus,” a book of humorous anecdotes about growing up in the Ozarks honoring the wonderfully unique and resourceful people who live there. She will also discuss the self-publishing and publicity process.  Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served. Students, faculty and staff are welcome.

madiganLisa Madigan, chief legal advisor and the first female attorney general in Illinois history, will visit Benedictine University to discuss the function of the office and several of her key initiatives at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19
in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Madigan was invited to speak at Benedictine as part of the nonpartisan Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) speaker series. Established in 2005 under the direction of former Illinois Attorney General Jim Ryan, a 1969 Benedictine graduate and Distinguished Fellow, the CCL seeks to shape a new generation of public leaders and responsible citizens. The public is invited to attend this free event, but seating will be limited. A question and answer session will follow her talk.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend Founders’ Day Celebration 2014, “Celebrating Our Heritage,”
at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28 in the Krasa Center. Alicia Tait will present the recipient of the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity. Hors d’ouvres, refreshments and cake will be served.

John McDonough Headshot 2013-2014 - CopyBlackhawks President and CEO John McDonough will be the featured guest at the inaugural Letterman’s Dinner sponsored by the Department of Athletics at Benedictine University beginning with a cash bar at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Dinner follows at 6:00 p.m. with the program at 6:30 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer session with McDonough. There will also be a silent auction and raffle prizes. Individual seats are $50. Payment can be made by check, credit card or online at For more information, contact Brian Sisson at (630) 829-1812 or

“Love Thy Neighbor: How Faith and Reason Work Against Structural Violence” will be the topic of the next Faith and Reason Symposium from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this year’s symposium is to discuss the issue of violence and how violence impacts us from the personal to the global. The featured speaker is Tobias Winright, Ph.D., associate professor of Theological Ethics at Saint Louis University. Panelists will include Jack Thornburg, Cheryl Heinz, Patrick Polisek, Christine Fletcher, Joel Ostrow, Fannie Rushing and Patricia Somers.

The first Benedictine University National Day of Service will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5.
The purpose of this day is to bring together the Benedictine community across the nation – including on-campus and online students, faculty, staff and alumni – to serve those in need. All campuses and distance learning students are invited to participate in the National Day of Service at designated service sites across the country. Participating cities include Mesa, Atlanta, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Geneva, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Springfield, Woodridge, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Please fill out the registration form by March 15 to participate. The nearest service site will be emailed to you by Carrie Roberts, pastoral associate for outreach at Benedictine University. She can be contacted at Click here to register now!

There are a number of events scheduled for Black History Month, beginning on Monday, February 10 when Tariq Weaver, Eric Taylor and Maraea Mason talk about “Life After Undergrad for Young, Black Professionals” at 7:00 p.m. in Birck Hall, Room 112. Other events scheduled include: Poetry Slam hosted by Daunte Henderson at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13 in the Coal Ben; “Dream In Color: A Celebration of African American Art and History,” a play by Cape Coast Dreams Theater at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20 in the House of Benedict;  alumni presentation by Black Alumni Chapter at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24 in the Krasa Presentation Room; a book review of “The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC; the annual Heritage Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in the Krasa Dining Room; and comedian Ben Noble at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, February 28 in the Coal Ben.

People can learn more about the financial aid process and how they can afford to send their student to college by attending “Financial Aid 101” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. RSVP at or call (630) 829-6300.

The Office of Admissions at Benedictine University will host an Admitted Student Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History will present “Student Activism in the Age of Twitter: A Critical Analysis” by Benedictine alumnus Carl Varnado
from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17, in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). The event is part of the celebration of Black History Month.  Varnado is an author, content creator and technology consultant based in Phoenix, Ariz. who also serves as an adjunct at Grand Canyon University.

Wanna make some noise this year? Attend or tell a friend to attend the Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Open House on Saturday, February 22 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. A degree in business from one of Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” will get the attention of recruiters and decision-makers when changing careers or advancing in your current one. Benedictine offers adult undergraduate students a variety of locations and formats designed for your busy lifestyle. University representatives will be present to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, career development and student services. For more information, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300, or

The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Global Studies major will present “Global Vietnam: Conflict, Continuity and Change” by Jack Harris, Ph.D., professor of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Harris has served as the core director of World Regional Geography for the Semester at Sea Program, director of the Vietnam Term Abroad Program and as presenter and respondent at the International Conference on Vietnamese Studies in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or  

Benedictine University will host a Spring Open House for high school students, transfer students and their parents from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 in the Krasa Student Center. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. Prospective students can tour campus and meet with representatives from University offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. They can also learn more about the majors that interest them and speak with faculty.

University’s 24th Annual Health Professions Fair collaboratively sponsored by the Pre-Med American Medical Students Association, Pre-Dental Club, Tri-Beta Club, OT/PT Club and American Chemical Society/American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the direction of Alice Sima and the Department of Pre-Professional Health Programs will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in first floor hallway of the Birck Hall of Science. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. For more information, visit

It's not too late to donate and enjoy Denim Days. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays until February 28, 2014. If you don’t wear jeans, you can still donate. You may also donate $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. Please consider donating, and we thank all who participate. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin or Josh Wolfgang with the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 035, 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.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).

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.

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.

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.

ambulanceWho 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.

Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. 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 more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.

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 success. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to 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 For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829 – 6123 or

All Benedictine University students and alumni are invited to take part in new programs and services this semester presented by the Office of Career Development located on the lower level of the Krasa Student Center in Room 012. The Career Development Technology Center now offers daily workshops from 12:30-1:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on resume writing and other topics.If you can’t make it to a workshop over the lunch hour, drop in during our walk-in hours – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday – for a resume or cover letter consultation. No appointment is necessary during the walk-in periods. Also new this semester is an improved Virtual Career Center designated for Benedictine students and alumni to easily manage information, update resumes and other documents, and connect with potential employers. Read more details about our daily workshops and other news at

Benedictine University students are able to put down roots and blossom into game-changing professionals due to the kindness of our trustees, alumni, friends and faculty/staff. Visit the Donor Impact Report website today at to learn how donations invigorate students by providing them with exceptional academic, spiritual and social growth opportunities. Please direct all questions to Pat Ariano, executive director of University Development, at (630)829-6003 or

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bring it to Lisle!

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is excited to partner with local residents and businesses to identify potential meetings that can be hosted here in Lisle. Our goal is to grow our economy by bringing more visitors to Lisle. You can help. Are you planning reunions, weddings or retreats? Do you belong to an organization or association that holds regional or national meetings or sporting events? As a thank you, when you Bring it to Lisle! to the Hilton, Hyatt or Sheraton Lisle, we will give you and/or your organization an overnight stay at that hotel. Just email or call (630) 769-1000 and we will ask a few questions and then we will take it from there. It's that easy.    

Healthy Table

Eating Out

Who doesn’t enjoy having their meals prepared and not worrying about the messy dishes to clean up afterward? Well there are some tricks to the trade with eating out. Remember, they are there to cater to your wants.

Look at the whole menu. Most menus have calories posted next to each item.

•    Ask for sauces to be on the side and add them yourself.
•    Gradually sip on water before your food is served.
•    Big serving? Split the meal in half and put half in a to-go box for leftovers.
•    Ask for light salt or no salt and season yourself so you’re in control.
•    Eat slowly. Eating fast leads to overeating.

We all enjoy eating out here and there. Whether dining at a sit-down or fast food drive-thru, be in control of your intake. Remember to keep in mind MyPlate method when ordering or preparing meals.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough will be the featured speaker at the inaugural Benedictine University Athletics Letterman’s Dinner.

The Hall of Fame has been rescheduled for February 15.

Dan Buehring has been named as the first men’s volleyball coach at Benedictine.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team picked up a key road win at MSOE.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team fell in overtime at MSOE.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 11

Men’s Basketball
BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 12

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 13

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Edgewood
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 14

Indoor Track and Field
BenU at Chicagoland Indoor Championships
Naperville, Ill. – North Central
5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 15

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Rice Center
2:15 p.m.

Indoor Track and Field
BenU at Chicagoland Indoor Championships
Naperville, Ill. – North Central
5:00 p.m./11:00 a.m.

Sunday, February 16

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

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 10-28:

Rodney Fowlkes-February 10, Project Management
Thomas Wangler-February 11, Mathematics and Computational Sciences
David Tinsley-February 12, Benedictine University Police
Trente Arens-February 13, Alumni Development
Jane Forrest-February 14, Dining Services
Maxima Bogaoan
-February 16, Campus Services
Tammy Sarver-February 16, Political Science
Juan Vasquez-February 16, Campus Services
Jon Cooper-February 17, Athletics
Diane Karmis-February 18, Information Technology
Patricia Keber-February 19, Parent Programs
Nicholas Kostyk-February 19, Dining Services
Daniel O'Brien-February19, Research and Development
John Rogacki-February 19, Benedictine University Police
J.W. Beatovich-February 20, Marketing and Communications
Brett Harrington
-February 20, University Events
Donald Henschel-February 20, Undergraduate Business
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu-February 20, Graduate Business Administration
Danielle Watson-February 20, Auxiliary Enterprises
James Ryan-February 21, Distinguished Fellow
Diane Madrid-February 22, Benedictine Library
Meredith Hess-February 25, Admissions
Gregg Johnson-February 25, Information Technology
Jonathan Schmidt-February 28, Athletics
Kevin Rappel-February 28, Business and Finance Services

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

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