Campus Notebook                           February 22, 2016


David vs. Goliath?
The Benedictine University at Mesa men's basketball team, playing its first season
as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), battled
NCAA Division I Grand Canyon University to within 67-62 with 11:55 to go in an
exhibition game played earlier this season. The Redhawks ended their season
at 14-15, which included a six-game winning streak and a 9-1 record against
California Pacific Conference opponents. (Photo by Kelvin Smith).

Lisle Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes
Celebrate Benedictine's heritage at Founders' Day

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Founders' Day Celebration at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, on the second floor of 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 Amania Drane, the recipient of the 2014 Alumni Service Award who earned a Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior at Benedictine in 2011 and works in human resources at State Farm Insurance. The program will be streamed live to the Springfield and Mesa branch campuses. Hors d'ouvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

Nominate a worthy student for "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities"

Fr. David Turner, O.S.B., assistant provost for Institutional Mission, is collecting nominations for "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Fr. David will accept an email nomination from faculty and staff in which they simply give the student's name and whatever else they know about the individual. The student should then send Fr. David an email giving name, address, phone, email, major and activities. The deadline for the student biographical sketch is Friday, March 19, which is the Friday before spring break. After Fr. David forwards the nominations, the "Who's Who" publisher then contacts the nominated students for their full biographical sketch which goes into the national publication (if the student chooses to participate, which involves purchasing the publication). If a student does not choose to purchase the publication, their name is includes in a list (under the Benedictine University name) but their biographical sketch is not included. Students who send Fr. David their personal information will receive a certificate indicating their nomination to the Who's Who organization. For more information, contact Fr. David at dturner@ben.edu.

Admissions

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine University and the enrollment process at a number of events throughout the spring and summer. Benedictine is hosting Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on February 27, March 19, May 21, June 11, July 16 and August 13; and a Future Transfer Day on Wednesdays, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3. During the events, attendees can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss Benedictine University's renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applying, scholarships and financial aid, and take a guided tour of campus. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

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 myhotelrewards.net/eagles and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

Campus Ministry

"Be Merciful" and "Clothe the Naked"

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join Campus Ministry is living out the Corporeal Work of Mercy, "Clothe the Naked," in its "Be Merciful" series. Campus Ministry is collecting gently used professional clothing items for women. All items will be donated to Poised for Success (http://www.poisedforsuccess.org), which assists women in building confidence and preparing for job interviews so they may have a better life for themselves and for their families. Please contact Carrie Roberts at croberts@ben.edu to let her know you have a donation and she will come to your office during the morning hours of Thursday, February 25, to pick up the donation.

Spend time with others this Lent in prayer and meals

Faculty, staff and students can pick up a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl for their Lenten journey at the back of St. Benedict Chapel. Faculty, staff and students can spend time this Lent with others around the world through prayer and meals. CRS Rice Bowl donations will be collected on April 1 with a concluding celebration. Join Campus Ministry for our Feast Friday CRS Rice Bowl Kitchen Meals each Friday in the Krasa Center, Rooms AB. The event is free for faculty, staff and students. We will enjoy the featured CRS Rice Bowl Kitchen Meal of that week, watch the "Story of Hope" featuring a family from a developing country, and join in reflection. Contact Carrie Roberts, coordinator of Service and Social Justice, at croberts@ben.edu with any questions.

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 croberts@ben.edu no later than March 1.

University Development

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 jposkin@ben.edu

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 jposkin@ben.edu, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or kwallace@ben.edu, 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
You can still enjoy a variety of dining options during Lent


Enjoy Crispy Popcorn Shrimp at the Coal Ben.  It is our Lent special for the next two weeks. Bring in your morning receipt from any Starbucks after 11:00 a.m. and enjoy any sandwich, salad or bistro box for only $3.95. Offer good from through March 6. Make plans to visit our Sushi table in the Krasa dining room on Tuesday, March 1.  Watch our visiting chef prepare sushi for your dining pleasure.  Available at lunch only from 11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Samples are included with the price of lunch. Stop by the Kindlon Coffee Shop and try this week's featured mindful entre salad, Grilled Asian Chicken Salad.  Available this week only.

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 ben.edu/speakers, or contact Deb Smith at dsmith@ben.edu or (630) 829-6080. Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at dsmith@ben.edu or (630) 829-6080.

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

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 frushing@ben.edu, or Dovetta McKee at dovettam@uchicago.edu.

Harvard professor will discuss why body works the way it does during Darwin Day

Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., author of "The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease" and professor in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, will be among several speakers during the Darwin Day Event presented by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 26, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Lieberman, whose research combines experimental biology and paleontology to ask why and how the human body looks and functions the way it does, will present "An Evolutionary Perspective on Why Exercise Really is the Best Medicine," from 11:10 a. m.-12:30 p.m. Other speakers include Benedictine faculty Philip Novack-Gottschall, Ph.D., "Dumbfounding Dino Discoveries," from 9:15-9:35 a.m.; Robert McCarthy, Ph.D., "New Discoveries About Human Evolution," from 9:40-10:00 a.m.; Susan Cheng, Ph.D.,  "Evolution of Disease Trends in Human Populations," from 10:05-10:25 a.m., and Alfred Martin, Ph.D., "Fact or Theory: What Is Evolution and Why Do Biologists Accept It To Explain the Diversity of Life?" from 10:30-10:50 a.m.  For more information, contact Jennifer Gardner at jmgardner@ben.edu.

A heavenly choir to perform at Benedictine

The Benedictine Concert Choir, under the direction of Christopher Windle, will perform works by Samuel Barber, Johannes Brahms, Morton Johannes Laundsen, Thomas Tallis and others at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, in the Scholl Hall Recital Room, Room 101. Windle is an adjunct instructor at Benedictine and assistant choirmaster at the Church of The Atonement in Chicago. The concert is free and open to the public.

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, during "A Conversation with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle" 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 jzingg@ben.edu, or visit http://www.ben.edu/ccl.

Author, attorney, victim to speak about forgiving her sister’s murderer

The College of Liberal Arts will present “Restorative Justice – Justice, Mercy and Making Peace” by Jeanne Bishop at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 110. Bishop is a criminal defense attorney, activist and author who has spoken around the country and the world in support of gun violence prevention, abolition of the death penalty, forgiveness and the role of victims in the criminal justice system. Twenty-five years ago, Bishop’s sister, brother-in-law and their unborn child were murdered in their Winnetka home by David Biro, who was then a 16-year-old student at New Trier High School. He is now serving life without parole for his crimes. Her book, “Change of Heart,” is the story of her journey to confront and reconcile with a murderer, and examines the larger issues of restorative justice, life sentences and incarceration within the criminal justice system. Bishop is an adjunct professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at Northwestern University, and a graduate of Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism and School of Law.

Community forum explores mental health issues


The Benedictine University College of  Education and Health Services  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)/DuPage will present a community forum, “Mental Illness, Mental  Wellbeing: Perspectives and Resources,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Understanding, maintaining and promoting mental well-being has grown to be a primary concern in our society. The College of Education and Health Services engages directly with the issue in its programs and research.  Scotty Turner, director of Community Education for NAMI/DuPage, will lead two sessions at the forum.  He will provide new perspectives and recent research and on mental illness, then describe the community resources available to promote wellbeing. Guest speakers will provide additional experience and expertise.

Heritage Lecture Series explores Benedictine influence in Chicago area

The Benedictine Heritage Lecture Series will present “A Source of Vigor in a Spiritual Ecosystem: Benedictine Presence in the Chicago Metropolitan Area” by Fr. Joel Rippinger, O.S.B., from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Fr. Joel is a monk at Marmion Abbey in Aurora and has taught at Marmion Academy since 1976. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Benedictine University, a Master of Arts in History from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome, Italy. He has written numerous articles on monastic history and spirituality and is the author of “The Benedictine Order in the United States: An Interpretive History.” Fr. Joel’s teaching philosophy emphasizes his love for the disciplines of both history and theology, and he works to teach his students an enduring model of Christian and monastic life.

Fall victim to an Illinois bird of prey at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will host an "Illinois Birds of Prey and Owl Pellet Dissection" event from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, at the museum on the second floor of the Birck Hall of Science.  The workshop will introduce hawks, falcons, harriers, eagles, ospreys, vultures and owls, examine several museum specimens and contrast birds that may be difficult to identify while in flight. Attendees will also be able to further delve into the world of owls through examination of owl pellets, which can tell someone about food chains and prey-predator relationships. The program is open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please register for the event at (630) 829-6546 or JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu.

Encourage students to attend the annual Health Professions Fair


The 26th Annual Health Professions Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 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. Please encourage your students to attend. For more information, contact  Alice Sima in the Department of Pre-Professional Health Programs at asima@ben.edu.

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 bumodelun50@gmail.com 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 www.StoppingSlavery.org. For more information about the event, contact Joel Ostrow at jostrow@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6470.

Bring your old computers and others electronics to Sustainable Saturday event

The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), 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 19, in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the Benedictine campus. To facilitate better traffic flow, cars must enter campus at the traffic light off College Road (south of Maple Avenue), proceed north to the recycling site, and exit onto College Avenue north and east of the Rice Center lot. Among the items accepted include electronics such as telephones, desktop and laptop computers, computer monitors, mice, modems, scanners, televisions, mobile devices, radios, tape players, gaming consoles, printers, fax machines, power and network cables, telephones, chargers, VCRs, DVD players, chargers, keyboards, stereos, fax machines, microwaves, small household appliances, copy machines, and printers. For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100. For a complete list of items accepted, go to www.villageoflisle.org.

Campus Information


The Bellwood Learning Center will host an Adult Business Programs Open
House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8.

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 www.pacebus.com.

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 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.

Healthy Table

How important is hydration?

Hydration is one of the most important things we can do to keep our bodies healthy. Everyone's body depends on water to survive, and every cell, tissue and organ in the body needs water to function properly. In addition, staying hydrated can help with weight management, provide more energy, prevent fatigue, and help us stay awake and alert throughout the day.  The best way to make sure you are drinking the right amount of water for your body is to drink half your weight in ounces of water. For example, a 120-pound person should be drinking roughly 60 ounces of water per day. This seems like a lofty goal, but a few simple tips can help you to increase your water consumption and feel great.

  • Start with a goal. Buy a reusable water bottle and try drinking one bottle before and after every meal.
  • Mix it up. Adding fresh fruits and herbs such as berries, mint and lemon can give water a refreshing twist without adding the calories and sugar of energy drinks.
  • Reward yourself. Try swapping out the afternoon soda or latte for a bottle of water. In just a few weeks, you will have more energy and you can take all that money saved on drinks to treat yourself to a new outfit or a movie.

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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.

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
"Cuba City" is a poignant exhibition featuring the colors, culture and textures of Havana. Henri shares a collection of portraits and abstracts that elicit an emotionally filled narrative of grit, pride and resilience. Henri is an award-winning photographer and visual artist from Chicago. He earned a bachelor's degree from Clarke University and a Master of Fine Arts from The Savannah College of Art and Design.

Through March 19
BenU Student Exhibition
Photography
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

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
Han, assistant professor and head of the Graphic Art and Design program at Benedictine University, will display her elegantly complex work in graphic design and handmade books. Her creative work explores the emotional interaction of visual storytelling by combining traditional skills with modern digital technologies. Han's work has become a known figure in the field of graphic design and her work has been shown in several national competitions. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University.
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
Paintings
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
Printmaking
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

Men's basketball team braces for conference tournament

Six-foot-9 senior Luke Johnson had 25 points and 17 rebounds and 6-5 senior Tim Reamer added 24 points and 11 rebounds as Benedictine University (25-0) completed the first undefeated regular season in school history with a 100-76 victory Saturday over Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis. The Eagles, ranked No. 2 in the nation by D3hoops.com and No. 1 in the Division III Central Region by the NCAA, are the top seed in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament this weekend. Benedictine will host a semifinal at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, against the winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal between No. 4-seed Wisconsin Lutheran College and No. 5 seed Marian University. If Benedictine wins Friday, the Eagles will host the tournament championship game at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 28.

Keep up with the Eagles!

The second-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team finished a perfect regular season with a win at Lakeland.

http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/20/MBB_0220160941.aspx?path=mbb

The Benedictine women's basketball team will be the sixth seed in the conference tournament.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/20/WBB_0220164433.aspx?path=wbb

The Benedictine men's volleyball team improved to 6-0 in conference play with a sweep of Fontbonne.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/20/MVB_0220163119.aspx?path=mvball

The Benedictine women's indoor track and field team placed fifth at Olivet Nazarene.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/20/WTRACK_0220162645.aspx?path=wtrack

The Benedictine indoor men's track and field team took second place at Olivet Nazarene.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/20/MTRACK_0220161010.aspx?path=mtrack

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, February 23

Women's Basketball
BenU at No. 3 seed Milwaukee School of Engineering
NACC tournament first round
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 25

Women's Basketball
BenU at TBA
NACC tournament semifinals
TBA
7:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Saint Xavier
Chicago, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 26

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. TBA
NACC tournament semifinal
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 20

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

Women's Lacrosse

BenU at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at TBA
NACC tournament championship
TBA
2:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, February 28

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

Mesa Campus News

Academics
Benedictine University at Mesa now offering Certificate in Financial Planning

Helping people manage investments and reach financial goals is a job that requires professional skills and knowledge. Benedictine University's Certificate in Financial Planning is designed for those looking for a career in the financial, banking, accounting and insurance fields as well as working professionals seeking a career change. Benedictine University and Kaplan Schweser have formed a partnership to offer the certificate program. Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of financial planning and education materials. Classes meet every other week on Friday evening and all day Saturday for nine consecutive months. Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Information about the certificate program will be available during the Master of Business Administration Open House at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 10, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St., in Mesa. Classes begin April 8. For more information, go to http://www.ben.edu/moser/financial-planning/index.cfm.

Admissions

Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Spring Open House

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 mesa@ben.edu.

Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks

Men's volleyball team has a rough go of it at CLU/UCSC Tournament.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2016/2/22/MVB_0222163733.aspx

Softball team nearly pulls out first win of the year against Arizona Christian.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2016/2/20/SB_0220164621.aspx

Upcoming Athletics Schedule


Friday, February 26

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Carroll College (Mont.)
1:00 p.m.
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.

Men's volleyball

BenU at Mesa vs. California Lutheran
4:30 p.m.
At Hope International
Fullerton, Calif

BenU at Mesa at Hope International
7:00 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Saturday, February 27

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Hope International
12:00 p.m.
Fullerton, Calif.

Springfield Campus News

Campus News

Get an update from the Task Force on Mission, Vision and Character Statements

Martin Tracey, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies on the Lisle campus, will visit the Springfield campus to present an update on the University's Task Force on Mission, Vision and Character Statements at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 26. For more information, contact Susie Doddek, campus administrator, at (217) 718-3489 or sdoddek@ben.edu.

Read about the transition of the Springfield campus

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: http://www.sj-r.com/article/20151213/NEWS/151219824.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 22-March 31:

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
Angela Antonacci-Sarnecki – March 1, Office of Financial Aid
Kathleen Toohill – March 1, College of Liberal Arts
Lisa Brand – March 1, College of Liberal Arts
Bonnie Beezhold – March 3, Nutrition
Cheryl Rausch – March 3, Student Life Cycle, Northern Region
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, Enrollment, Central Region
Mardon Gulyamov – March 6, Campus Services
Andrew Carl – March 7, Office of Admissions
Ed Lynch – March 7, Campus Services
Adell Sauper – March 8, College of Science
Joyce Jeewek – March 8, Teacher Education Preparation
Darlene Sumida – March 8, Information Technology
Charles Gregory – March 8, University Services
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, Registrar
Gary Remson – March 12, Information Technology
Michelle Carmignani – March 13, Office of Admissions
Nicholas Lessentien – March 13, Dining Services
Ryann Lomas – March 14, Office of Financial Aid
Josiah Sears – March 14, Department  of Athletics
Regina Remson – March 15, Benedictine Library
Mary Werries – March 15, Office of the Registrar
Denise West – March 16, Community Development
Frank Janczak – March 16, Department of Athletics
Teresa Mazzini – March 16, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Kathleen Scullin – March 17, Benedictine Library
Sharon Collins – March 18, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Loritz – March 18, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Robert Stanley – March 18, Institutional Research
Preston Aldrich – March 19, Biological Sciences
Torrie Buchanan – March 19, Natural Science
David Logan – March 19, Language, Literature and Arts
Anthony Simmons – March 21, Information Technology
Jeffrey Madura – March 21, Undergraduate Business
Gloria Perez – March 23, Dining Services
Maria Lee – March 25, Office of Financial Aid
Michael Boland – March 25, Department of Athletics
Larissa Miller – March 25, Undergraduate Business
Carmen Martinez – March 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lilliana Ascencio – March 26, Office of Admissions
Maria Trejo – March 26, Campus Services
Larry Holmes – March 29, Mesa Operations
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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