Campus Notebook

February 16, 2015

University Notes

Sit up straight. Walk erect. Hold your head up.

Student Health Services invites students, faculty and staff to bring your lunch and join us for Proper Posture Workshop from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25, in the Krasa Center, Room A. RSVP to or

Author will be signing books here February 26

Glennette Tilley Turner, Educator and Historical Researcher, will sign her new book, “An Apple For Harriet Tubman,” from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, at the Barnes & Noble at Benedictine in the Krasa Center. For more information, contact Denise West at or (630) 829-6027.

How Important are "The First 1,000 Days of Life?"

The College of Education and Health Services in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department and Positive Parenting DuPage presents a campus and community forum on "The First 1000 Days of Life – Critical Impact on Children's Health,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC.  A health fair begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Julie Moreschi at (630) 829-6548 or

Get down with Darwin Day

The Department of Biology is sponsoring “Darwin Day” from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Birck Hall of Science. Join the department for a day of fun and learning with evolution talks, a trivia contest, faculty presentations, discussion groups, displays at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum and more.

Global Studies Forum looks at Syrian civil war

The Spring Global Studies Forum will examine the civil war in Syria in the context of the Arab Spring movement through a lecture, “Syria: Anatomy of a Perfect Storm,” by Leila Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Arizona, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Krasa Presentation Room. The civil war in Syria is one of the most controversial of the Arab Revolutions that began in December 2010 in Tunisia. Hudson will analyze the various factors that led to the current crisis in Syria and the rise of radicalism associated with the breakdown of the state. This program is one of a series sponsored by the Global Studies Department at Benedictine University. The Global Studies Forum brings outstanding speakers to campus to analyze current world events in a systematic and interdisciplinary way. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.

You are invited to spend “Lent at the Abbey"

St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University invite you to “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at St. Procopius Abbey. The event includes lauds, Lectio Divina, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, a talk about “Our Regular Measure of Service as Servants,” and a closing prayer and blessing. The event is open to the public, but seating will be limited. There is no fee, but a free will offering will be taken. Registration online at Http:// To RSVP or help plan catering arrangements, please contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

Bring your recyclables to Benedictine on Sustainable Saturday

The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) and Benedictine University encourage area residents to bring their electronics and other waste items to “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, in the Rice Center parking lot. Items accepted include: computers and monitors, televisions; cell phones; bicycles; rechargeable batteries; sealed lead acid batteries; inkjet cartridges; worn American flags; eyeglasses; hearing aids; wheelchairs; records; musical instruments; old keys; printers and copy/fax machines; telephones; VCRs; and stereos and video games. Also acceptable are; scrap metal, including washers, dryers, stoves, swing sets, pots, pans, lawn furniture, garden tools, tomato cages and tools; propane and oxygen tanks; sewing machines; non-motorized wheelchairs; car, sump pump and boat batteries; and clothing, shoes, furniture and hard goods. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or
Don’t walk from train station. Take a bus!

Pace Route 827 Green Trails-Steeple Run is currently providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University, with one southbound trip in the morning and one northbound trip in the afternoon. Morning service southbound to Benedictine University departs from the Lisle Metra Station after the bus arrives at Lisle Metra Station at 7:16 a.m. Customers are dropped off on College Road at the main entrance to Benedictine University. Afternoon service northbound to the Lisle Metra Station departs at 4:52 p.m. on northbound College Road at the Benedictine University main entrance. The bus arrives at the Lisle Metra Station at 5:00 p.m. This service is operating as a pilot program for one year. For more information, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or visit

Apply today to study in China tomorrow

International Programs and Services (IPS) is now accepting applications for the 2015-2016 Chinese Government Scholarship. The scholarship is provided by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China and administered by the China Scholarship Council (CSC). The partial scholarship covers tuition, on-campus accommodations, and basic Chinese government medical insurance for eligible BenU students to study at one of the major universities recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Fifteen Benedictine students have been awarded this scholarship in the past several years. Benedictine students who are currently enrolled as full-time students and wish to participate in Chinese language studies, academic study at the undergraduate or graduate level, or research are all eligible. Completed applications must reach the IPS office by Friday, February 27. Interviews will be scheduled the week of March 2-6. International Programs and Services will assist students through every step of the application process. For more information, contact Marc Davidson at

Reminding students of email policy

A Benedictine University-provided email address ( is the official means of communication from University representatives to students. Students are responsible for all University communication sent to their Benedictine email address. It is expected that students check their email account regularly and respond accordingly. Students may forward their Benedictine email to another email address (e.g., @gmail), however, the University is not liable for any problems that may result from forwarding this email to another account. Students should also follow Benedictine’s Acceptable Use Policy, found at

Celebrate our heritage at Founders' Day

Faculty and staff are invited to attend Founders’ Day Celebration 2015, “Celebrating Our Heritage,” at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Krasa Center. Alicia Tait will present the recipient of the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity and the speaker is Manuel Barbosa, a member of the Class of 1969 of St. Procopius College. Hors d’ouvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

Art show benefits scholarship fund

An art show to benefit the Fine Arts Award is being held at the Lisle Savings Bank on Main Street in downtown Lisle. An opening reception for the show will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, at the bank. For more information, contact Bill Scarlato at or (630) 829-6273.

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine at open house

There are a lot of reasons to choose Benedictine. Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Forty student organizations, honorary societies, service groups and ethnic associations from which to choose. A network of 27,000 alumni in board rooms and research labs across the country. A new fitness center. A state-of-the-art College of Business building opening in fall 2015.  Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Spring Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, and Sunday, April 12. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives and tour campus. To RSVP, go to For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 630) 829-6300 or, or visit

Help students choose Benedictine

Faculty, staff and alumni volunteers are needed to meet prospective students and their families and act as a table hosts during the Academic Excellence Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Rice Center. The dinner recognizes top-tier, merit-based incoming scholarship recipients. The dinner had to be scheduled during the University’s spring break, and Enrollment Services understands that many faculty and staff will be gone. However, those who remain in the area during the break are encouraged to help students make their decision to commit to Benedictine. Please RSVP to Kari Gibbons, vice president of Enrollment Services, at

Concerned about child welfare?

Benedictine University’s Eighth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present “Faith, Reason and Children: Issues in Global Child Welfare” from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Birck Hall, Room 112. The symposium will feature two panel discussions: “Child Health” from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and “Child and Society” from 1:30-4:00 p.m.; and a luncheon from 12:00-1:15 p.m. featuring a lecture by keynote speaker James Garbarino, Ph.D., titled “Human Rights of the Child.” Garbarino is the Maude C. Clarke chair in Humanistic Psychology and founding director of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children. Panelists include Garbarino; and Benedictine faculty Jean Marie Kauth, Ph.D., associate professor of Humanities; Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology; Georgeen Polyak, Ph.D., program director and chair of the Master of Public Health program; Robin Rylaarsdam, Ph.D., professor of Biological Sciences; Tammy Sarver, Ph.D., professor of Political Science; Robert Rebman, adjunct faculty member in the Department of Undergraduate Business; and Joyce Jeewek, Ed.D., associate professor of Elementary Education. The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public. RSVP at, or contact Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250. For more information, contact Kauth at or (630) 829-6272, or John Kloos at or (630) 829-6265.

Gee, aren't turtles terrific?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Spring 2015 Discovery Days Program will feature “Terrific Turtles Workshop and Nature Walk” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. This workshop will cover basic information about turtles found in the Northern Illinois region, delve into basic ecology and natural history of each species, and include an exploration of the half-mile trail located on campus at Benedictine University. Binoculars and/or cameras may be helpful to bring. Please register by March 26. Upcoming programs also include “Backyard Birds of Illinois” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. This workshop will investigate some of the most common backyard birds of Northern Illinois, teach basic backyard birding techniques, and help participants identify each bird by sight and by sound. Please register by April 23. On Saturday, May 9 from 1:30-4:00 p.m., join the museum staff for “Life in the Pond: A Hands-on Exploration.” In this workshop, the secret underwater world of pond life will be explored. Participants will learn what lives in a pond, indicators of pond health, invasive species and more. Participants will receive a macroinvertebrate identification key and a magnifying glass. Please register by May 7. All programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Children must be attended by an adult. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended as the nature trail is unpaved and may be muddy. Please email or call (630) 829-6546 to register.

Don't be a victim. Learn how to fight back.

Campus Ministry, Residence Life, Campus Recreation and the Benedictine University Police will sponsor a “One Light Self-Defense Workshop” on Wednesday, February 25. The event is designed for female Benedictine faculty, staff and students only. It is the second in a series of self-defense classes. The event will encompass situational awareness and responding to and retreating from a physical assault. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Maureen Romero at (630) 829-1310 or

Is your weather spotting spot-on?

Benedictine University will be hosting a Basic Weather Spotter Class from the National Weather Service from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, in the Krasa Presentation Room. RSVP by February 16 to Michi Dubes at, or call (630) 829-6364 for more information.

State law prohibits smoking near entrances

A reminder from Student Health Services and University Police, smoking is prohibited 15 feet from entryways, windows and ventilation systems. This is a state law.

Who is my neighbor?

Do you desire a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic brothers and sisters? Join Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., at Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle, for six Tuesday morning sessions from 9:30-11:00 a.m. through March 3. For the past 22 years, Sr. Karen has been lecturer at Benedictine University on the topics of “Religion and Culture” and “World Religions.”  For further information, contact Sr. Karen at

Wok, don't run to the Festival of Asia

Cooking demonstrations. Pingpong exhibition. Food. Art. Shopping. Colorful costumes. Now in its eighth year of celebrating Asian culture, the annual Festival of Asia at Benedictine University will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, in the Krasa Student Center. The festival includes traditional Asian cuisine, performances and cultural exhibits representing China, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Visitors can play table tennis, learn how to make a dumpling, check out a cooking demonstration, enjoy a Joy Yee smoothie and shop in an Asian-style market which features authentic clothing, jewelry and art. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Tickets purchased online before February 6 are $20 per person, which includes a lunch and smoothie. After February 6, tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6354.

Join the Center for Civic Leadership Reading Group on Facebook! “The New Jim Crow” 

Michelle Alexander is a former litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination and a current law professor at The Ohio State University. Her critically acclaimed new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critique of the U.S. prison system and the mass incarceration of African-American men. Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to read the book and join CCL staff and BenU professors on the group’s Facebook page at for an ongoing discussion of the book. Ask your friends and family to join as well. Readers can then attend Alexander's appearance at Benedictine at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Get Your Grad On!

Admissions counselors will be available to meet with students interested in attending graduate school at Benedictine University from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in 2015 – March 11, April 8, May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

Support scholarships and beautify your office, living room or den

Lisle Savings Bank’s branch office on Main Street in Lisle recently unveiled a very attractive foyer/gallery to display art. Two alumni of the Benedictine Department of Art have held very successful exhibitions in the bank gallery. The latest show features photographs from the students in senior lecturer Vince Lucarelli’s Digital Photography class. These works comprise a selection of several semesters of artwork. These works have been donated to the department, which is selling them for $50 each to raise money for student scholarships. The show runs through February 27. For more information, contact Barb Richards at Lisle Savings Bank at  or (630) 432-6044.

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars

Faculty members are invited to attend a "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, "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 seminar will be held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

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

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

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 February 28, 2015

“Chicago's Civil Rights”
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 open housing by the people of Chicago. 

Healthy Table

Go meatless on Mondays!

The average American consumes 8 ounces of meat daily, which is 45 percent more than what the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends. Therefore, a new campaign of cutting down meat consumption by 15 percent has begun called Meatless Mondays. Limiting meat only on Mondays can effectively reduce risk of chronic diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and obesity. Excess consumption of meat may lead to plaque built up in arteries causing chronic heart conditions. Moreover, removing meat from our diets one day a week will increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, which can further prevent obesity and cancer. Not only is Meatless Monday preventing our health, but it is also saving the planet by reducing carbon in our environment and saving resources like fresh water and fossil fuel. No meat on Monday can keep the doctor away!

For more information, visit

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!

The Benedictine men's basketball team pulled within a half game of first by winning at Lakeland.

The Benedictine women's basketball team lost at the buzzer on the road at Lakeland.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team has been predicted to make the conference tournament in the preseason poll.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team dropped a home match with Lakeland.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team aims to make the conference tournament for the first time ever.

Eric Sorby has joined the men's and women's soccer staff full-time.

The Benedictine men's track and field team placed sixth at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships.

The Benedictine women's track and field team competed at the Chicagoland Indoor Championships.

Benedictine athletics has launched an online apparel store.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 17

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 18

Men’s Basketball
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball

BenU at Loras
Dubuque, Iowa
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 20

Men’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Mount St. Joseph
Rice Center
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, February 21

Men’s/ Women’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at Olivet Nazarene
Bourbonnais, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men’s Volleyball

BenU vs. Fontbonne
Rice Center
10:00 a.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

BenU vs. Dubuque
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU at Calvin
Grand Rapids, Mich.
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 16-28:

Maxima Bogaoan-February 16, Campus Services
Tammy Sarver-February 16, Political Science
Jon Cooper-February 17, Department of Athletics
Deborah Jezuit-February 17, Nursing and Health
Diane Karmis-February 18, Information Technology
John Rogacki-February 19, Benedictine University Police
Hope Keber-February 19, Parent Programs
Daniel O'Brien-February 19, Research and Development
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu-February 20, Graduate Business Administration
J.W. Beatovich-February 20, Marketing and Communications
Donald Henschel-February 20, Undergraduate Business
Brett Harrington-February 20, University Development
Karen Sollenberger-February 21, Campus Services
Lukas Stanczyk-February 24, Department of Athletics
Gregg Johnson-February 25, Information Technology
Kevin Rappel-February 28, Compliance
Jonathon Schmidt-February 28, Department of Athletics

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

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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.