Campus Notebook                           February 27, 2017

Lisle Campus News


Benedictine rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat Concordia
Wisconsin and win the NACC conference tournament Sunday. The
Eagles will play Wartburg in the NCAA Division III tournament Friday
at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Ovid Wong (Education) published a new book titled "Distilling Chinese Education Into 8 Concepts" (Rowman & Littlefield). This book seeks to better understand the intricate elements of Chinese education compared to American education thus helping educators and policy makers to craft win-win decisions. Many educators are pulling their hair trying to understand how to work well with new Chinese immigrant students and their parents. To get the job done, one has to go beyond the superficial language translation to understanding the culture that shapes the base foundations of learning and thinking.

'81 Benedictine graduate to speak at Founders' Day celebration

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the annual Founders' Day Celebration at 2:30 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

Author, activist talks about modern-day saint Dorothy Day

The Benedictine Heritage Lecture series will host Rosalie Riegle at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. As a peace activist during the Vietnam War, Riegle met Catholic Worker movement co-founder Dorothy Day. That brief meeting changed her life. After collecting and publishing an oral history of the Catholic Worker movement, Riegle co-founded two Catholic Worker houses of hospitality in Saginaw, Mich., and wrote "Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her." She recently published two other oral histories of the Catholic Worker movement and other nonviolent faith-based war resisters. Riegle earned a doctorate at the University of Michigan and taught English at Saginaw Valley State University for 33 years.

Racism, discrimination and violence touch our communities every day

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  

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 "Not Such Lonely Wolves: How ISIS Remote Controls Attacks" 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, email or contact Jen Zingg at

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.

Students pursuing professions in health, medicine should start here

Benedictine University's 27th Annual Health Professions Fair, sponsored by Alice Sima and the Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the atrium of the Goodwin Hall of Business. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. Students are encouraged to attend.

Recycle that old bike and Fender Stratocaster  
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 18, 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. Service providers for Sustainable Saturday include Air Cycle Corporation, Working Bikes, eWorks Electronics Service, Inc., Dart, Goodwill Industries, DuPage Habitat for Humanity ResStore and Interstate Batteries. For more information and a list of accepted items, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or

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

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

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

Spring Visit Day is just around the corner

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 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.

Refugee Awareness Week at Benedictine University helped spread
awareness of the problems facing people coming to this country
to avoid political and religious persecution in their homelands.

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 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 men's basketball team will meet Wartburg in the NCAA tournament at UW-River Falls.

The 11th-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team captured a second consecutive NACC tournament title.

The third-ranked Benedictine men's indoor track and field team repeated as NACC champs with a record-setting performance.

Tahron Harvey was named as the NACC Player of the Year as three were honored by the conference.

The Benedictine women's indoor track & field team finished third at the conference championships.

Venita Parsons and D'Asia Williams were honored by the NACC.

The Benedictine women's basketball team's season ended with a loss to Alverno in conference tournament.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team fell to 0-2 with a home loss to Hope.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team fell at Dominican in straight sets.

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

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, February 28

Men's Volleyball
BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 1

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Fontbonne
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Friday, March 3

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Wartburg - NCAA Division III Tournament First Round
River Falls, Wis.

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at Carthage Gill Athletics Qualifier
Kenosha, Wis.
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 4

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at UW-Stevens Point Pointers Qualifier
Stevens Point, Wis.
10:00 a.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU at NCAA Division III Tournament Second Round
River Falls, Wis.

Women's Lacrosse
vs. Illinois Wesleyan
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. Adrian
Dan and Ada Rice Center
3:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Kalamazoo
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 5

BenU at Webster
Sauget, Ill. – GCS Ballpark
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. North Park – at Webster
Sauget, Ill. – GCS Ballpark
1:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

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, or visit

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 heads to Cal Pac title game with victory over Simpson.

Men's basketball's furious comeback comes up just short in Cal Pac semifinals vs. Pacific Union.

Emily Moore makes history by winning school's first Cal Pac Player of the Year nod in women's basketball.

Four men's basketball players selected to Cal Pac all-conference teams.

Women's beach volleyball program debuts over the weekend.

Softball goes 1-3 in California road trip against Vanguard, St. Katherine College.

Men's volleyball goes 1-3 at the Missouri Valley Tournament against tough competition.

Men's volleyball earns school's initial NAIA ranking, coming in at No. 9 in last week's poll.

Men's golf gets their spring season underway at Arizona Christian Spring Invitational.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, February 27

Women's Golf
BenU at Mesa at Cal State San Marcos Invitational
Vista, Calif. / Vista Valley CC

Women's basketball
Cal Pac Championship
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
Vallejo, Calif.
8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 28

Women's Golf
BenU at Mesa at Cal State San Marcos Invitational
Vista, Calif. / Vista Valley CC

Thursday, March 2

Beach Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. University of New Mexico/Colorado Mesa
Gene Autry Park
Mesa, Ariz.
3:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Grand View (DH)
Tucson Invitational Games
Tucson, Ariz.
3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 3


BenU at Mesa vs. TBA
Embry-Riddle Tournament
Prescott, Ariz.

BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson
Gene Autry Park
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 4

BenU at Mesa vs. St. Katherine College
Embry-Riddle Tournament
Prescott, Ariz.
10:00 a.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson (DH)
Westwood High School
Mesa, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Sunday, March 5

BenU at Mesa vs. Shepard
Embry-Riddle Tournament
Prescott, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of February 28-March 31:

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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Marketing and Communications

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

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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
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