Campus Notebook                           February 29, 2016

Lisle Campus News



Kings of the court!
Benedictine won the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference tournament Sunday
by defeating Milwaukee School of Engineering 83-57 and will play in the NCAA
Division III Men's Basketball Championship which begins Thursday.

Campus Events

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.

Bring a friend and learn how to defend yourself

Campus Ministry and the Benedictine University Police will sponsor a "One Light Self-Defense Workshop" at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Founders' Woods Clubhouse. The event is designed for female Benedictine faculty, staff and students only. The event will encompass situational awareness and responding to and retreating from a physical assault. Please wear comfortable clothing and no jewelry. Suggested donation for the event is $10. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Carrie Roberts at (630) 829-6028 or croberts@ben.edu.

A little "1812 Festival Overture" in the night?

The Benedictine Concert Band, under the direction of Allen Legutki, will perform a selection of Czechoslovakian folk songs and works by Samuel Hazo, Gustav Holst, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and others at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

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.

Students are encouraged 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 are computers, monitors (no CRT monitors will be accepted), flat-screen televisions only (no CRT or projection screen or console TVs will be accepted), printers and copy/fax machines, cellphones and telephones, VCRs and DVD players, small electronics, records, DVDs, stereos and video games, inkjet cartridges, and rechargeable and household batteries. Only flat screen TVs will be accepted (no cathode ray tube, projection screen or console TVs will be accepted during the event). For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100. For a complete list of items accepted, go to www.villageoflisle.org.


Chicago Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough addressed a large
and enthusiastic crowd in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium on February 24.

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, in Goodwin Hall. 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

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.

Student Life

Student leaders sought for Welcome Weekend

The Office of Student Life is looking for student orientation leaders for Welcome Weekend in August 2016. Applications can be picked up from Danny Turano, coordinator of Student Involvement, in the Krasa Center, Room 115, and are due by April 4. For more information, contact Turano at dturano@ben.edu.

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 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 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
Eat Your Colors

Adding fruits and vegetables to every meal is not only a great way to make your plates more visually interesting, but these foods are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and eating them helps to fill you up for fewer calories. Try eating some of every color each week for the best possible nutrition and health benefits.

  • Eat Red: Red fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, watermelon, cherries, beets and radishes are packed with lycopene, an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of several types of cancer.
  • Eat Yellow/Orange: Yellow and orange fruits and vegetables such as apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, carrots, yellow peppers and sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, or vitamin A, which helps maintain eyesight and can also boost the immune system
  • Eat Green: Green fruits and vegetables such as avocados, green grapes, kiwi, artichokes, kale, spinach and cucumber contain indoles, which are a group of phytochemicals which help protect against breast and prostate cancers. They are also full of vitamin K, which helps the blood to clot when we get scrapes and cuts.
  • Eat blue/purple: Blue and purple fruits and vegetables such as berries, plums, cabbage, eggplant and purple potatoes contain anthocyanins, which are powerful antioxidants that reduce the risk of developing diseases including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's. They may even slow the process of aging.

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.



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

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 South 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



Benedictine men's basketball coach Keith Bunkenburg cuts down the net after
the Eagles defeated Milwaukee School of Engineering 83-57 on Sunday to win
the NACC tournament and advance to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball
Championship.

Men's basketball team advances to NCAA tournament

The Benedictine University men's basketball team will host the winner of the first-round game between American Southwest Conference champion Hardin-Simmons (18-10) and Southern Athletic Collegiate Conference champion Texas Lutheran (21-6)  in the second round of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 6. The Eagles (27-0) were awarded one of two first-round byes in the 62-team tournament. "It's exciting," said head coach Keith Bunkenburg. "I don't think we've been ranked as high and seeded as high as we've been in an NCAA tournament since I've been here or down the road. The kids are excited, and to host here is fun for our school and the community. Our staff, our coaches, our students, our athletes have all been supportive. Hopefully, we'll have a good game and the momentum from this weekend will carry on to next weekend and that home-court advantage will help us."

The NCAA has awarded a first-round bye to the Benedictine men's basketball team, which will host a first-round winner on Saturday.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/29/mens-basketball-no-2-mens-hoops-receive-bye-hosts-saturday-night.aspx?path=mbb

The second-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team will enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten after winning the conference tournament.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/28/mens-basketball-2-mens-hoops-heads-into-ncaa-tourney-unbeaten.aspx?path=mbb


Men's indoor track and field team claims NACC title

Congratulations to the Benedictine men's track and field team for claiming the school's first Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference indoor title and to the women's team for placing third at the NACC Indoor Championship this weekend. On the men's team, Gerald Valenzuela and Evion May were named Co-Field Athletes of the Meet, Calvin Jordan was named Freshman of the Meet, and head coach Kevin Paterson was named NACC Coach of the Year. The women had many standout performances, including Destiny Wesley (second-place finish in the 400-meter run); Wesley along with Chasz Wells, Joslyn Noel and Kaitlin Jenkins placed second in the 4x400 meter relay; and Wells finished second in the long jump. Go Eagles! #HailBenU.

The Benedictine men's indoor track and field team claimed the first NACC championship in school history.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/27/mens-track-field-mens-track-and-field-claims-nacc-indoor-title.aspx?path=mtrack

The Benedictine women's indoor track and field team placed third at the NACC championships.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/27/womens-track-field-womens-track-and-field-places-third-at-nacc-championship.aspx?path=wtrack

Keep Up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine women's basketball team saw the season end at the hands of Wisconsin Lutheran College for the fifth time in six years in the NACC semifinals.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/25/womens-basketball-womens-hoops-season-ends-in-nacc-semifinals.aspx?path=wbb

The Benedictine men's volleyball team improved to 12-5 by beating St. Xavier for its fifth consecutive win.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/25/mens-volleyball-extends-win-streak-to-five.aspx?path=mvball

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team opened the season with a loss at Illinois Wesleyan.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/2/27/womens-lacrosse-falls-in-season-opener.aspx?path=wlax

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, March 2

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Hanover
Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 5

Men's Volleyball

BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Kalamazoo
Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

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

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Hardin-Simmons or Texas Lutheran
NCAA Tournament Second Round
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 6

Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field

BenU at Pointer NCAA Qualifier – at UW-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, Wis.
10:00 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU vs. MSOE
Rice Center
1:00 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

Errors costly as softball team falls in doubleheader to Carroll College.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2016/2/26/softball-errors-costly-as-redhawks-drops-two-games-to-carroll-college.aspx

Men's volleyball goes 1-2 on California trip over the weekend.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2016/2/27/mens-volleyball-goes-1-2-in-three-matches-in-california-over-weekend.aspx

Three men's basketball players earn All-California Pacific Conference awards.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2016/2/27/three-mens-basketball-players-pick-up-all-cal-pac-awards.aspx

Upcoming Athletics Events

Saturday, March 5

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Great Falls (Mont.)
At Tucson Invitational
11:00 a.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Aquinas College (Mich.)
At Tucson Invitational
1:30 p.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Madonna University (Mich.)
At Tucson Invitational
6:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

Campus News
Information sessions scheduled for adult programs, $10K M.B.A.

The Benedictine University at Springfield branch campus will host an Adult Undergraduate Programs Information Session from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, at the Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. 5th St., in Springfield. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622 or adultenrollment@ben.edu. Springfield will also host a $10K M.B.A. Virtual Information Session at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 3. Interested students should go to the website at http://www.ben.edu/10kmba/index.cfm to participate. An Adult Undergraduate Programs Virtual Information Session will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Prospective students should go to http://www.ben.edu/moser/rsvp/index.cfm to participate. Springfield will also host a $10K M.B.A. Open House from 5:390-7:00 p.m.  on Thursday, March 24, at the Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. 5th St., in Springfield. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622 or 10Kmba@ben.edu, or visit http://www.ben.edu/10kmba/index.cfm.

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 March 1-31:

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

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