Campus Notebook                            February 2, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

James Pelech (Education) has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist Project. For two weeks in April, Pelech will be in the Czech Republic to work with the faculty and students at Charles University in Prague. During this time, he will work with faculty and students to examine the application of the Constructivist theory to language learning. Pelech will conduct public lectures, teach seminars and work with the faculty on approaches to teacher training. Additionally, he will discuss the nature of Constructivist research in the United States.

Ovid Wong (Education) published an article titled "Can You Trust the Bible?" in the 2015 December edition of the Herald Monthly, Volume 28, Number 12. The article discusses the credibility of the 40 authors who contributed to the 66 books of the Bible over a span of 1,500 years. Wong is also the senior author of a 2016 book published by Rowman and Littlefield. The book, titled "Teacher Tenure: An Analysis of the Critical Elements," does not further debate the pros and cons of teacher tenure. Rather it examines the critical elements needed to better prepare public school teachers for tenure application and the critical elements needed by tenure decision makers to make better informed evaluations. 


Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on February 27. Prospective students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Alumni Development

Take advantage of a new discount hotel rewards program

The Office of Alumni Development has launched a new discount hotel program through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings on more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you are guaranteed the lowest price on the Web at the time of booking and a portion of each booking will help support the University. To sign up, go to and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

Campus Ministry

Encourage your students to "Have Mercy" during spring break

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to participate in "Have Mercy," a spring break service immersion experience at Misercordia Home on the north side of Chicago on Monday-Wednesday, March 21-23, serving and supporting people with developmental disabilities. The cost is $30, which includes all meals, transportation and a donation to Misericordia on behalf of Benedictine University to honor their time, talent and treasure in welcoming us to their home. We will serve as a community to the community of Misericordia. At the end of each day, we will return to Benedictine for dinner, reflection and group activities. Students are asked to apply at or pick up an application in Kindlon Hall, Room 415. Applications are due Friday, February 12, and $30 to cover the cost of the experience and donation to Misericordia is due Friday, March 4. All applicants must register for an interview. Interviews will be held on February 16-17. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts, pastoral associate for Outreach, at or (630) 829-6028.

Become a Prayer Companion to a service immersion participant

Recognizing that not everyone is able to travel on a Service Immersion Experience, Campus Ministry is partnering each service immersion participant with a Prayer Companion. Campus Ministry is seeking 51 prayer companions, so that the students participating in the Spring Break Service Immersion Experience to Misericordia in Chicago and the Bolivia Service Immersion Experience in June each have at least one prayer companion. The Prayer Companion Role involves praying for the students while they are on the Service Immersion Experience, sending them a message of support and encouragement, attending the last group of meeting prior to the trip and attending the Sunday evening send-off Mass with the students. If interested, please contact Carrie Roberts at no later than March 1.

University Development

Donate your unused personal or vacation time to someone in need

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you do not plan to use this year? If so, please consider donating some time to this year's Vacation Donation program. Only vacation, personal and floating holiday time can be donated. Time that is donated and not used by the end of the current fiscal year will not be rolled over to the next fiscal year. If you are interested in donating your unused time to a fellow employee who may need the additional time to take care of a sick family member or other reason, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

In need of some time to deal with a family health care situation?

Time is available through the Vacation Donation Leave Sharing Program for staff if they face a personal health care crisis or the need to care for an immediate family member and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. There are additional qualifications. To inquire or apply, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Denim Days return in time for cold weather

Denim Days are back, and just in time for the winter. Donate $5 per Friday to the BenU Fund or the Fr. Kevin Sheeran, O.S.B., Text Book Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays through April 1. If you don't wear jeans, you can still give. Consider donating $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Denim Days is valid for Fridays only through April 1. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or, in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, 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.

Campus Events

Be safe. Party smart.

Learn how to safely enjoy alcohol and avoid drugs. Student Health Services is sponsoring an alcohol safety program from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3, in the Krasa Center, Room A.

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 25, in the Krasa Presentation Room. RSVP by February 16 to Michi Dubes at, or call (630) 829-6364 for more information.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle discusses issues facing county

The Center for Civic Leadership will entertain Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for a discussion about the issues facing the current Cook County Board, Preckwinkle's vision and goals for the county, and the present state of Chicago politics, at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Preckwinkle served as 4th Ward Alderman in Chicago before she was elected County Board president in 2010. She will take audience questions after a few prepared remarks. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or, or visit

Help a deserving student attend Model UN in New York

Students in the Model United Nations class are conducting a fundraiser to coincide with the program's 50th anniversary of sending representatives to the National Model UN Conference in New York. The team is selling $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win 24 bottles of wine (a mix of reds and whites to be selected later, all in the $15-plus range). An additional two cases will be raffled off for every 200 tickets sold. You must be 21 years or older to win. The drawing will be held during Model UN's special event on March 17 featuring guest speakers from The Abolition Institute on the effort to end slavery in Mauritania. Every dollar raised goes to the Diplomacy in Action Award fund, which supports students, based on need, by covering their airfare and incidentals for the weeklong trip. Model UN is an invaluable experience that helps students develop leadership, public speaking and negotiating skills. The Model UN program at Benedictine has built a reputation for excellence. However, more and more students who wish to take part find it challenging financially to do so. This is an opportunity to help those students. Students in the class are selling tickets, or they may be purchased from Joel Ostrow either by cash or via PayPal.  For more information or for raffle tickets, contact Joel Ostrow at or call (630) 829-6470.     

Model UN event explores the fight to end slavery

Benedictine University's Model United Nations program will present "Slavery in Mauritania: The Fight to End It, and the Role of the United Nations" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. CNN has deemed Mauritania, in West Africa, to be slavery's last stronghold with more than 340,000 people, or about 10 percent of the population, enslaved.  The event will feature guest speakers Bakary Tandia and Sean Tenner, co-founders of The Abolition Institute. More information about The Abolition Institute can be found at For more information about the event, contact Joel Ostrow at or call (630) 829-6470.

What connects today's Palestinians and yesterday's African-Americans?

The Global Studies major, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the College of Liberal Arts will present "Shared Solidarity:  Palestinians and African-Americans in the 1960s and Today," by 1997 Benedictine University graduate Maha Nassar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4. Nassar will discuss the connection between these two groups, analyzing how Arab intellectuals in the 1960s related to African-American struggles for freedom during the civil rights movement. Nassar earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature at Benedictine University, and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

Architect of "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever" to speak at Benedictine

The Office of University Development is sponsoring an evening with Blackhawks President and CEO John F. McDonough at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. McDonough joined the Blackhawks in 2007 as president and was named president and CEO in 2011. Under his guidance, in what Forbes magazine has called "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever," the Blackhawks have revitalized the team's profile and re-energized their fan base. Since McDonough joined the Blackhawks, the team has won Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015, becoming the first organization in the NHL's salary cap era to capture three championships. For more information, go to, or contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080. Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080.

Build a new world during Black History Month

Benedictine University, in conjunction with Roosevelt University, will honor Black History Month with the conference, "Come Let Us Build A New World Together: Fifty Years after the Mississippi Summer Project," featuring a series of presentations and lectures from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, February 25-27. The event is designed to connect the past with the current wave of youth activism arising from the socio-economic crises of endangered communities. It will focus on the fight for voting rights and the role of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, lessons from the Mississippi Summer Project, voter registration organizing, Freedom Schools, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, ramifications of the civil rights movement and connections with contemporary struggles around education and violence in and against endangered communities. The February 25 event on the campus of Benedictine is designed primarily for teachers, social workers and health professionals working with African-American populations. The cost is $20. The conference will continue on Feb. 26-27 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, and will consist of interactive panels, discussion circles and films designed for high school and college students, community organizations, church groups, academics and social justice advocates. The cost is $10 each day or $25 for all three days. To RSVP or for more information, contact Fannie Rushing at (630) 829-6248 or, or Dovetta McKee at

Founders' Day will celebrate 129 years of Benedictine history

Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the annual celebration of Benedictine University's history and heritage on Founders' Day. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The event will include the presentation of the Kevin Doyle Award and the Value of Commitment to Academic Excellence Award. Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit

Benedictine is one of the safest campuses in Illinois

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona 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
Love your Heart

Valentine's Day is fast approaching, so now is a great time to start thinking about your heart health. Your heart is a muscle and the best way to take care of it is to strengthen it through daily exercise. It is estimated that nearly 80 percent of Americans do not meet the recommendations for daily exercise. To help keep your heart strong, it is recommended that adults get at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity such as jogging, biking or swimming at least five times per week. The American Heart Association also recommends stress management, smoking cessation and a balanced diet which limits saturated fats and emphasizes lean meat, fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Incorporating these recommendations into your daily routine is the best way to promote overall cardiovascular health, and prevent heart disease and heart attacks.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages 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 contact us at

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the most recent schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Religious Works from University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Ongoing Exhibition

Photography from the University Art Collection
Featuring artists from Latin America and Eastern Europe
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

Through February 29

Photographs of Cuba City by Clifton Henri
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23

Through March 19

BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from Vincent Lucarelli's digital photography classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South and North Galleries

Through April 16
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

February 7

First Sunday Tea and Talk Lecture
2:00 p.m.
"For the Love of Chocolate"
Teresa Parker will discuss the history of chocolate and its transformation into one of the most popular forms of confectionaries.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

March 6
First Sunday Tea and Talk Lecture
2:00 p.m.
"The Bandit Queen"
Sarita Heer, Ph.D., professor of art history at Loyola University, will discuss the East Indian culture classic story of the Bandit Queen.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

March 7-April 7

"Book Art: Tactile and Visible Stories"
Mixed Media by Hai Ri Han
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception and lecture: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7

March 26-May 14

Student Exhibition
Student artwork from St. James the Apostle School (Glen Ellyn).
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

March 28- May 14
BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from William Scarlato and David Marcet's painting classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

April 3
First Sunday Tea and Talk Lecture
2:00 p.m.
"The History of Film and Animation"
Tony Venezia, professor of film and animation at College of DuPage, will discuss his career in the film industry.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

April 22-July 30

Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1

May 23-June 30

BenU Student Exhibition
Student intaglio and relief prints from William Scarlato and Teresa Parker's printmaking courses
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery regular hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.   

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team crept up to third in the Top 25 Poll.

Luke Johnson was honored as the USBWA National Player of the Week.

The Benedictine men's basketball team overwhelmed Lakeland to move to 20-0.

Luke Johnson was named as the NACC Player of the Week.

The Benedictine women's basketball team stormed past Lakeland.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team split at the Loras Invitational.

The Benedictine women's indoor track and field team raced to a third place finish at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Benedictine men's indoor track and field team took third at the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Open.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 2

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

Wednesday, February 3

Men's Basketball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 5

Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. Loras
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 6

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at Olivet Nazarene
Bourbonnais, Ill.
11:30 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. North Central
Rice Center
12:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

Sunday, February 7

Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. UC-Santa Cruz
Milwaukee, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Visit Day

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at Spring Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, and discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or

Visiting scholar lecture series explores young adults and healthy relationships

Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., will present "SOS: Social, Online and Sexual. Young Adults and the Practice of Healthy Personal Relationships" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in Blue Angels Hall at Bourgade Catholic High School, located at 4602 N. 31st Ave., in Phoenix. A 2007 graduate of Marquette University with a doctorate in Theological Ethics, Davis Zimmerman specializes in the areas of Catholic moral theology and Christian ethics. Her recent work examines the influence of a "hookup culture" on college students' views and formation of intimate relationships. Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix. The event is free and open to the public.The lecture is sponsored by Bourgade Catholic High School, and Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ramon Luzarraga at (480) 878-6707 or

Springfield Campus News

Campus News

The Springfield State Journal-Register published an article about the transition of the Springfield branch campus to a non-traditional adult program campus. To read the article, go to:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 1-28:

Peter Charcut – February 1, Campus Services
Rachel Castro – February 2, New Student Advising Center
Isobel Lobo – February 2, International Business and Economics
Melissa Lopez – February 2, New Student Advising Center
Cindy McCullagh – February 3, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Fannie Rushing – February 3, History
Angela Xiong – February 3, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Caitlin Thoreson – February 3, Department of Athletics
Jonathan Lewis – February 3, Psychology/Sociology
Kent Carrico – February 4, Benedictine Library
Zubair Amir – February 5, Languages and Literature
Kelly Curley – February 5, Dining Services
Richard Michalik – February 5, Abbey Personnel
Michael Tole – February 5, Mesa Operations
Cheryl Gregorek – February 6, Information Technology
James Pelech – February 6, Teacher Education Preparation
Jacob Sojka – February 7, St. Procopius Abbey Personnel
Courtney Hatcher – February 7, Graduate Business Administration
Jeffrey Quasney – February 7, Institutional Research
Cassandra Glenn – February 7, National Student Life Cycle
Pamela Deely – February 7, Student Health Service
Guy Bourdon – February 8, Department of Athletics
Karin Hadley – February 8, College of Liberal Arts
Wei-Woon Cheng – February 8, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Kevin Blaney – February 9, St. Procopius Abbey Personnel
Karen Campana – February 9, New Student Advising Center
Dustina Metty-Montgomery – February 9, Office of Financial Aid
Rodney Fowlkes – February 10, Information Technology
George Houston – February 10, Enrollment, Central Region
Thomas Wangler – February 11, Mathematics
Trente Arens – February 13, Office of Alumni Development
Eric Meyerchick – February 13, Department of Athletics
Jane Forrest – February 14, Dining Services
Maxima Bogaoan – February 16, Campus Services
Juan Vasquez – 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
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
Brett Harrington – February 20, University Development
Karen Sollenberger – February 21, Campus Services
Jessica Wallace – February 21, Registrar
Jeff Mueller – February 22, Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gregg Johnson – February 25, Information Technology
Kathleen Chatman – February 28, New Student 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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