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Campus Notebook                           February 20, 2017

Lisle Campus News

Today's residence halls look a little different than the sleeping quarters
of St. Procopius College students circa 1920.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Doyle award winner will be announced at Founders' Day celebration

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
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 mdubes@ben.edu or (630) 829-6364.

Take time for the teach-in on race, social justice

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. and 3:00-4:10 p.m., a closing plenary from 4:15-5:00 p.m. and a film screening and discussion from 6:30-9:00 p.m.

NU team physician talks 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 schand@ben.edu.  

Go inside ISIS with New York Times investigative journalist

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 ben.edu/ccl, email ccl@ben.edu or contact Jen Zingg at jzingg@ben.edu.

Discover tornadoes 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.

Life is like night and day for kids with the XP gene

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.

Spring artist in residence shares playwriting tips

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 mocasek@ben.edu.

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 https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7-_9EA3RyzNVFFnVEFQT3oyNWM/view?usp=sharing.

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, March 15 and April 19. Interested participants should contact Carrie Roberts in Campus Ministry at croberts@ben.edu.

BenU is opening its doors to prospective students

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during Spring Visit Day 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 admissions@ben.edu. Upcoming Admissions events include Admitted Student Day on Thursday, March 30; Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20; and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.

Jaeger Hall (and BenU students) looked a little different back in 1970.

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 http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm. 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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

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

The men's basketball team honored the senior class by taking down Lakeland behind a triple-double from Tahron Harvey.

The men's indoor track and field team bested the No. 1 team in the nation to win the North Central Cardinal Classic by 30 points.

The women's basketball team dropped the season finale and will be the third seed in the NACC tournament. 

Adam Reynolds became the third player this season named to the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.

Jordan Johnson was named as the NACC Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team dropped the season opener to Elmhurst.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team swept a pair of weekend road conference contests.

The Benedictine women's indoor track & field team took fourth at the Cardinal Classic.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 21

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

Wednesday, February 22

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 23

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. TBA – NACC tournament semifinals
Sheboygan, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 24

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. MSOE/Wisconsin Lutheran winner – NACC tournament semifinal
Dan and Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at NACC championships
Kenosha, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Hope
Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. TBD – NACC tournament championship

Sunday, February 26

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. TBA – NACC tournament championship
Dan and Ada Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.

Springfield Campus News

School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

Open house provides opportunity to meet with faculty, financial aid representatives

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 nationalenrollment@ben.edu, or visit ben.edu/gradadult.

Mesa Campus News


Admitted Student Day welcomes students ready to take next step

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!

Women's basketball wins two games to clinch #2 seed in conference tournament.

Men's basketball captures share of conference title with two wins over weekend.

Men's volleyball battles but can't stay with Division I Grand Canyon.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, February 20

Men's Golf
BenU at Mesa at ACU Spring Invitational
Moon Valley C.C.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Tuesday, February 21

Men's Golf
BenU at Mesa at ACU Spring Invitational
Moon Valley C.C.
Phoenix, Ariz.

Friday, February 24

Women's Beach Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Mesa College/Ventura College/La Pierce
San Diego, Calif.
10:00 a.m.

BenU at Mesa at Vanguard (DH)
Costa Mesa, Calif.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Briar Cliff
At Missouri Valley Tournament
Marshall, Mo.
12:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Park
At Missouri Valley Tournament
Marshall, Mo.
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 25

Women's Beach Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Grossmont College/San Diego City College/Cypress College
El Cajon, Calif.
9:00 a.m.

BenU at Mesa at St. Katherine's (DH)
San Marcos, Calif.
11:00 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Cincinnati Christian
Missouri Valley Tournament
Marshall, Mo.
9:00 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Ottawa
Missouri Valley Tournament
Marshall, Mo.
11:00 a.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson
California Pacific Conference Tournament
Vallejo, Calif.
8:30 p.m.

Sunday, February 26

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Pacific Union College
California Pacific Conference Tournament
Vallejo, Calif.
5:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 20-March 31:

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
Lisa Brand – March 1, College of Liberal Arts
Angela Antonacci-Sarnecki – March 1, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathleen Toohill – March 1, College of Liberal Arts
Bonnie Beezhold – March 3, Nutrition
Cheryl Rausch – March 3, Registrar
MeShelda Jackson – March 4, Teacher Education Preparation
Stephanie Ellis – March 5, Nutrition
Marie Francois – March 5, Business and Finance Services
Travis Pemberton – March 5, Benedictine University Police
Whitney Brandenburg – March 6, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Shane Derking – March 6, Department of Athletics
Michael Lueken – March 6, Facilities Management
Andrew Carl – March 7, Office of Admissions
Diana Reynolds – March 7, University Development
Adell Sauper – March 8, College of Science
Joyce Jeewek – March 8, Teacher Education Preparation
Charles Gregory – March 8, Mesa Operations
Sheila Coffin – March 9, President's Office
Greg Evans – March 9, Campus Services
Ovid Wong – March 9, Teacher Education Preparation
Joyce Cecchi – March 10, Teacher Education Preparation
Brendan Blaney – March 11, Abbey Personnel
Keith Bunkenburg – March 11, Department of Athletics
Jennifer Janis – March 12, Academic Affairs
DeMarcus Miller – March 12, Auxiliary Enterprises
Gary Remson – March 12, Information Technology
Nicholas Lessentien – March 13, Dining Services
Josiah Sears – March 14, Department  of Athletics
Regina Remson – March 15, Benedictine Library
Mary Werries – March 15, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Frank Janczak – March 16, Department of Athletics
Teresa Mazzini – March 16, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathleen Scullin – March 17, Benedictine Library
Andre Brisco – March 18, Mesa Operations
Sharon Collins – March 18, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Loritz – March 18, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Preston Aldrich – March 19, Biological Sciences
Michael Herdt – March 20, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Anthony Simmons – March 21, Information Technology
Jeffrey Madura – March 21, Undergraduate Business
Scott Stelk – March 22, Housekeeping and Event Services
Gloria Perez – March 23, Dining Services
Larissa Adamiec – March 25, Undergraduate Business
Michael Boland – March 25, Department of Athletics
Maria Lee – March 25, Office of Financial Aid
Carmen Martinez – March 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lilliana Ascencio – March 26, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathryn Heidelberger – March 28, Campus Ministry
Eileen Kivlin – March 30, College of Science
Kevin Albert – March 30, Information Technology
Pamela Boetscher – March 30, Office of Admissions
Tonia Rucker – March 31, College of Science
Mary Jeffery – March 31, School of Education

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