Campus Notebook

February 17, 2014

Faculty Notes

Steven Day (Foreign Languages) and Cheryl Heinz (Biology) have been awarded $34,955 by the ASIANetwork-Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows program to take five undergraduate students to China this summer to conduct field research on pollination.

Christine Fletcher
(Theology) wrote an article, “Love in a Time of Adultery: The Moral Vision of Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers” that has been published on the Australian Broadcast Company website. In the article, Fletcher argues that Sayers and Austen share a commitment to the virtues, and like all virtue ethicists, define freedom as freedom for pursuing the good as opposed to those who argue that freedom is freedom from restraint. To read the article, go to

University Notes

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.

Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle is offering a monthly discernment program for single women who are practicing Catholics. The next program is Thursday, February 20. The program is designed to help women discover God’s call for them in this life. We believe that there is richness in religious life that needs further exposure. Single Catholic women are invited to join us and pray about this possibility, discover the privileges and responsibilities of this type of vocation, or just learn about this way of life. The program would also suit those who are making decisions about their career or serving as a missionary or volunteer. The program will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for five months. Each meeting will include a prayer form called Lectio Divina, presentations on the topic of discernment, speakers representing different ways of life, discussion with others, light snacks and a closing prayer. The program is ongoing, so you may begin at any time. Please contact Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 977-9225 or for further information or to register.

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

The Department of Political Science and the Muslim Student Association will present “Keeping It Civil: How to (and not to) Discuss the Palestine-Israel Dilemma,” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. The goal of the program is to foster an environment of constructive dialogue on this difficult issue. Guest speakers include Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, and Miryam Rashid, former director of the Middle East Program of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago.

Jodie Shield, M.Ed., RDN, LDN, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and co-author of the book, “Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens,” will share practical advice for today’s parents as well as tips for consumer writing and publishing at the next Library Faculty Authors event from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, March 6 in the “IdeaLounge” on the second floor of the library. March is National Nutrition Month.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the grand opening of the BenUnion at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7. The event will officially mark the transition of the Fireside Lounge to a student recreational center featuring billiards, table tennis, foosball, air hockey and a gaming corner, as well as casual seating for students to socialize. 

The Benedictine University Police will host a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention seminar from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The presenter will be Karli Johnson, a prevention educator at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago office. Sexual assault and acquaintance rape awareness are topics that are seldom discussed openly.  The program by Johnson has been very well received in the region, and the Benedictine Police believe it’s time to openly discuss this issue to educate the campus community.  If you plan to attend, bring a friend.  For more information, contact Police Chief Michael E. Salatino at (630) 829-6667.

Chicago choreographer Emily Stein is Benedictine’s artist-in-residence during the spring semester. Her residency will include an eight-week course titled “Dance: Body, Space, Time” and a performance of her choreography “Corps/Corpus” on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. The course “Dance: Body, Space, Time” will look deeply at the art of choreography. Through dance experiences, choreographic exercises, watching, reading and talking about dance, students will explore themes such as space, structure, time and virtuosity to investigate different ways of ‘reading’ dance, choreography and the body in motion, questioning common assumptions about its history and meanings.  The performance of Stein’s choreography at Benedictine University will feature a new work-in-progress titled “Corps/Corpus” for five dancers. Inspired by the residency to read the Rule of Benedict, Ms. Stein began to create a dance that explores the idea of “community as body.” The performance will also include excerpts from her evening-length show, “Secret Experiments in Ballet No. 2,” which premiered in May 2013. The dances will be performed on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall, both inside and outside the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.

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 22 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

“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!

The Spring 2014 Koinonia Retreat will be held Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, at the Darien Carmelite Spiritual Center. Koinonia is the Greek word for “community,” which was an integral part of the faith life of the early Church. The Koinonia retreat weekend is an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). Students from Benedictine University (including the Springfield campus), College of DuPage and North Central College are invited to attend. The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective. However, non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Applications and full payment are due by 12:00 p.m. on April 4. The price is $75.For more information, visit or contact Mark Kurowski, director of University Ministry, at

There are a number of events scheduled for Black History Month, including “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.

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

Healthy Weight Gain

Weight loss isn’t always the goal, so when planning to gain weight it’s not always by eating more. One of key elements to healthy weight gain is eating nutrient-rich foods from all food groups. Here are some tips to get anyone started:

  • Eat 5-6 small meals a day while drinking water before and after meal.
  • Using milk or powdered milk when preparing meals requiring liquid.
  • Choosing healthy fats like olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds.
  • Use concentrated calorie foods like peanut or almond butter and cheese to add to your recipes.

An individualized meal plan, which is one of many services Healthy Table has to offer, can better help with weight gain. Check out for more information.

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!

All faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount when signing up their own children or relatives for the Benedictine University Baseball Camp. The Friday night sessions from 6:30-9:00 p.m. continue on  February 21 and 28. You can sign a child up for one or both of the individual sessions. Contact coach John Ostrowski at (630) 829-6147 if interested. 

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

The Benedictine men’s basketball team knocked down 12 three-pointers in a win over Lakeland.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team dropped a makeup game with Edgewood on Sunday.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team finished ninth at the Chicagoland Championships.

The Benedictine University women’s track and field team competed at the Chicagoland Championships.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 18

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

Wednesday, February 19

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

Saturday, February 22

Men’s Basketball
BenU at TBA – NACC Tournament
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU at TBA – NACC Tournament
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

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

Indoor Track and Field

BenU at Margaret Bradley Invite
Chicago, Ill. – University of Chicago
11:30 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

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

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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