Campus Notebook                           February 13, 2017

More than 100 guests, University representatives and city officials
attended the ribbon-cutting of the Alhambra Residence Hall in Mesa
on Tuesday, February 7.

Lisle Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

Founders' Day celebrates 130 years of education at Benedictine

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Founders' Day Celebration at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, in the Krasa Dining Room. Alicia Tait, assistant to the President for Mission Integration, will present the recipient of the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity and the speaker is Benedictine graduate Gregory Meluch, C81. The program will be streamed live to the Springfield and Mesa branch campuses. Hors d'ouvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

Campus Events
CareerFest offers opportunities for students to connect with employers

Benedictine students and alumni are encouraged to attend the annual CareerFest on Wednesday, February 15, at the Tinley Park Convention Center. More than 100 employers will be present to network and talk about opportunities at their organizations, which range from internships to full-time, degree-required salaried positions. This largest of career fair offerings for students and alumni is produced yearly in conjunction with the Illinois Small College Placement Association (ISCPA). Students may register in person in the Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) in Goodwin Hall, Room 214, and pay the early registration fee of $10. The deadline to register early is February 8. Attendees who do not register early may still attend by paying a $20 entrance fee at the door. Professional business attire is required, and attendees should bring plenty of résumés. ACE center staff are available to review résumés beforehand and help with professional networking skills. Workshops on these topics will be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through February 9 from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 124 or 125. See more details about the workshops offered and the main event at Call (630) 829-6041 with questions.

St. Mary of the Lake Theology chair featured at Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series

St. Procopius Abbey, Benedictine University and Lumen Christi Institute are sponsoring The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series, "Dei Verbum: Persons and Propositions," presented by Matthew Levering, Ph.D., the James N. and Mary D. Perry Jr. Chair of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, at the St. Procopius Abbey Church. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

Learn all about lizards from Darwin Day speaker

Author and tropical ecologist Martha L. Crump, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the annual Darwin Day event sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Crump, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Utah State University, earned a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas and taught at the University of Florida and Northern Arizona University. She works with tropical amphibians in the areas of parental care, reproduction, territoriality, cannibalism and tadpole ecology. Her presentation will follow those of members of the Department of Biological Sciences at Benedictine University. The event is free and open to public. For more information, contact Jennifer Gardner at  or Laura Hall at

Watch the skies. Everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.

Benedictine University will be hosting a Basic Weather Spotter Class from the National Weather Service from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, in the Krasa Presentation Room. RSVP by February 24 to Michi Dubes at or (630) 829-6364.

Social justice, race topics of one-day teach-in

Benedictine University will host a campus-wide, one-day teach-in on social justice and race from 9:00 a.m.-5:45 p.m. on Monday, March 6. Each day, our communities are touched by racism, discrimination and violence. Colleges across the country are responding by creating unique, strategic teaching and learning opportunities. The one-day teach-in at Benedictine will begin with a welcome and speakers at 9:00 a.m. and include breakout sessions from 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Mass in the St. Benedict Chapel from 12:00-12:30 p.m., a lunch presentation in the Goodwin Hall of Learners from 12:30-1:20 p.m., small and medium topically-focused sessions from 1:30-2:45 p.m., a closing plenary from 3:00-4:00 p.m. and a film screening and discussion from 4:15-5:45 p.m.

What do you need to know about concussions in young athletes?

The College of Education and Health Services will present "Concussion in the Young Athlete: What You Need to Know" as part of its Community Forum Series from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, Room 411. The guest speaker is Jeff Mjaanes, M.D., who serves as the director of Intercollegiate and Health Service Sports Medicine and head team physician for Northwestern University. Prior to his work at Northwestern, Dr. Mjaanes worked at Rush University in Chicago as a sports medicine specialist and was medical director for the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush. He has served as team physician for U.S. Soccer and U.S.A. Rugby and is a member of the board of directors for the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment. RSVP to Sunil Chand at  

CCL speaker will discuss how ISIS projects terror overseas

The New York Times investigative journalist Rukmini Callimachi will provide an inside look at the secretive body inside ISIS dedicated to projecting terror overseas when she presents "Exploring Terror" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times who covers Islamic extremism. She began her reporting career as a freelance writer for Time magazine and has also worked for The Associated Press and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Ill. A two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist, her series of articles for The New York Times, "Underwriting Jihad," showing how ransoms paid by European governments had become one of the main sources of financing for al-Qaeda, won the George Polk Award in International Reporting. Her presentation is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, email or contact Jen Zingg at

Go inside a tornado chase during museum's Discovery Days

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will present Illinois storm chasers Danny Neal and Adam Lucio from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, as part of its Spring 2017 Discovery Days. Neal and Lucio founded Illinois Storm Chasers (ISC) in 2014. After years of storm chasing together and covering local weather, they used their knowledge of weather forecasting and their understanding of the state’s unique climatology to form ISC. The primary mission is to help spread weather information through an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand website in addition to harnessing the power of social media. The presentation includes an overview of the climatology for our area, basic storm spotting tips, cloud features and how weather works. It also includes an overview of storm chasing highlighting a local case study. The event is free and open to the public. The content of the program is recommended for adults and older children. The museum will provide age appropriate activities for younger children. Please register by Wednesday, March 8.

For children with the XP gene, sunlight can kill

A special screening of the movie, "Night for Day: The XP Story," written and directed by Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient. When exposed to the ultraviolet rays of sunlight, XP patients risk developing cancer as young children, so they live very dramatic and unusual lives. The film explores how XP families from the United States, Cuba, England, Peru, Israel, Australia, Pakistan and the Dominican Republic live, love, worship and struggle to survive. The screening is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Students can learn playwriting firshand from Silk Road Rising founder

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist in residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising, which creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian American and Middle Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, Silk Road Rising advances a polycultural worldview. Khoury will be teaching an empathic intensive course – EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 (FNAR 291 B) – offering students an opportunity to experience interactive theatre lessons while learning playwriting firsthand on Mondays from March 6-May 1. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only. 

Pick up "Station Eleven" now, get ready to discuss later

The BenU Library invites students, faculty and staff to join the Library Book Discussion. The spring 2017 selection is Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven," a dystopian novel that takes place in the Great Lakes region after a flu pandemic. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at the Research Center (Kindlon Hall, third floor). The discussion will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Elizabeth Bormann will kick off the discussion with a short talk on the history of pandemics. For more information, contact Mary Ocasek at

Campus Ministry

Learn about Catholic Relief Services' work in India

Kirtimayi Mishra, head of office at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in India, will discuss how the organization has transformed her country at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, February 27, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Kirtimayi began her career in international development and humanitarian aid after earning a master's degree at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology in Bhubaneswar, India, in 2001. While studying for her degree, the area where she was residing was struck by a cyclone. This natural disaster devastated the region and greatly impacted the livelihoods of the residents in the state. The cyclone greatly shaped the course of Mishra's life. Shei will be sharing stories about the community-based disaster preparedness CRS is implementing in a flood prone region of the country and the impact it has had on the livelihood (economically and nutritionally) of a specific farmer. CRS is the world leader in relief work and caring for the poor. For more information about Mishra's work, go to

Potluck dinners help homeless at Hope House

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a potluck dinner benefitting the Hope House, a homeless shelter in Villa Park. The dinners are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, February 15, March 15 and April 19. Interested participants should contact Carrie Roberts in Campus Ministry at


Admitted Student Day helps students decide if Benedictine is right for them

Benedictine will host Admitted Student Day starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20, on the first floor of Goodwin Hall of Business. Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative. Admitted students can register at Future Admitted Student Day events are scheduled for March 30 and April 20. A Spring Open House will be held on April 29.

BenU is opening its doors to prospective students

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during an Open House from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Students and their families can tour campus, learn more about BenU's Scholars Program and undergraduate majors, speak with faculty, and meet with representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or

Student Health Services

Beat the cold and flu season by washing your hands and getting a flu shot

Cold and flu viruses are easily spread.  It is important to take care of yourself and practice respiratory etiquette. You can decrease your chances of getting a cold or flu by getting a flu shot (the best way to protect yourself against the flu virus and to prevent the spread of flu); sleeping 7-9 hours per night, eating healthy, exercising and drinking lots of water; washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (or use an alcohol-based cleanser when soap and water are not available); and covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. (coughing into a tissue is acceptable as long as you dispose of the tissue into the trash and wash your hands afterward). If you have a temperature of 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, you should remain at home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications.

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author Bill Rancic shared
his secrets to success in business and life on February 8
in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

Campus Information

Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., 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

Coconut oil is more beneficial than you may think

Coconuts may have gotten a bad rap in "Cast Away," but coconut oil has many uses. Here are a few:

Skin care: Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging.

Hair care: Coconut oil helps in healthy growth of hair and gives your hair a shiny quality. It is also highly effective in reducing protein loss, which can lead to various unattractive or unhealthy qualities in your hair. It is used as hair care oil and is used in manufacturing various conditioners and dandruff relief creams. It is normally applied topically for hair care.

Heart disease: There is a misconception spread among many people that coconut oil is not good for heart health. This is because it contains a large quantity of saturated fats. In reality, it is beneficial for the heart. It contains about 50 percent lauric acid, which helps in actively preventing various heart problems like high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. Coconut oil does not lead to increase in LDL levels, and it reduces the incidence of injury and damage to arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis. Study suggests that intake of coconut oil may help to maintain healthy lipid profiles in pre-menopausal women.

Weight loss: Coconut oil is very useful for weight loss. It contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight. Research suggests that coconut oil helps to reduce abdominal obesity in women. It is also easy to digest and it helps in healthy functioning of the thyroid and endocrine system. Further, it increases the body's metabolic rate by removing stress on the pancreas, thereby burning more energy and helping obese and overweight people lose the weight. Hence, people living in tropical coastal areas, who use coconut oil every day as their primary cooking oil, are normally not fat, obese or overweight.

Check out coconut oil today!

For more tips on health and wellness, contact Healthy Table, a free service which offers nutrition education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages and other health-related activities. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.

The Benedictine men's basketball team notches its 20th win by routing Edgewood.

Michael Blaszczyk was named Academic All-District by CoSIDA.

The Benedictine men's indoor track and field team finished third at the Chicagoland Championships.

The Benedictine women's basketball team won at Edgewood to improve to 19-4.

Matt Fleming was named the NACC Men's Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.

DuPage County seniors are crafting a legacy with the men's basketball team.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team split a pair of matches at home.

Michael Blaszczyk repeated as the NACC Men's Basketball Player of the Week.

The Benedictine men's basketball team earned a second straight outright conference title.

Eagles slotted sixth in the first NCAA Division III Central Region men's basketball rankings.

The Benedictine women's indoor track & field team competed at the Chicagoland Championships.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, February 15

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Alverno
Dan and Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 17

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at North Central Cardinal Classic
Hosted by North Central
Naperville, Ill.
11:30 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Elmhurst
Lake Barrington Fieldhouse
Lake Barrington, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Olivet
Olivet, Mich.
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 18

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at Orange & Blue Open
Hosted by University of Illinois
Champaign, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Adrian
Adrian, Mich.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Dan and Ada Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Lakeland – Bill Geist Jersey Retirement
Dan and Ada Rice Center
4:15 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Springfield Campus News

School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

Take your education to the next level

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education will hold an open house from 9:00-11:00 a.m., on Saturday, March 4. Attendees can meet with faculty, discuss payment options sand financial aid opportunities, learn how the flexible learning team and fully online classes accommodate busy schedules, and receive a $40 application fee waiver. For more information, contact, or visit

Donate food to help pregnant women in Springfield area

In celebration of Valentine's Day, the Benedictine University at Springfield is holding a staff and faculty food drive. Food items will be collected from February 13 -20 and donated to the Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield. The center serves as a valuable resource to pregnant women and assists them with medical care, social services and food. Janet Richter, associate director of Adult Accelerated Enrollment in the Central Region, is a member of the board of the Pregnancy Care Center of Springfield and has become very aware of the needs and what food donations can mean. For more information or to help, contact Susie Doddek, campus administrator, at (217) 718-3489 or

Mesa Campus News









The foyer of the new Alhambra Residence Hall in Mesa.

Ready to take the next step? Attend Admitted Student Day

Benedictine University at Mesa will host Admitted Student Day from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, and from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's volleyball records two huge victories over No. 6 Hope International.

Softball opens season with a split against rival and receiving votes Arizona Christian.

Baseball goes 3-1 against visiting Bethesda over the weekend.

Women's basketball picks up key victory in Cal Pac race over rival Embry-Riddle.

Men's basketball hangs on for road victory over rival Embry-Riddle.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, February 16

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
6:30 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 18

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Antelope Valley (Senior Day)
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Antelope Valley (Senior Day)
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
2:00 p.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. California Lutheran
At Grand Canyon University
Phoenix, Ariz.
2:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 13-28:

Trente Arens – February 13, Alumni Relations
Eric Meyerchick – February 13, Athletics
Jane Forrest – February 14, Dining Services
Kelly Stinnett – February 14, Athletics
Tammy Sarver – February 16, College of Liberal Arts
Deborah Jezuit – February 17, Nursing and Health
Diane Karmis – February 18, Information Technology
John Rogacki – February 19, Benedictine University Police
Hope Keber – February 19, Counseling Center
Nicholas Kostyk – February 19, Dining Services
Daniel O'Brien – February 19, Research and Development
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu – February 20, Graduate Business Administration
Donald Henschel – February 20, Undergraduate Business
Jessica Wallace – February 21, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Mengyu Zhai – February 22, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Kaitlyn Liccion – February 24, Athletics
Hasan Yurtsever – February 24, President's Office
Wyatt Petty – February 25, Housekeeping and Event Services
Carolyn Straub – February 25, Alumni Relations
Kathleen Chatman – February 28, Advising Center
Kevin Rappel – February 28, Compliance
Amanda Warren – February 28, Benedictine University Police

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