What do you do when there's a lot of snow on the ground and you have a few
minutes between classes? You build a Benedictine snowman, of course.
Tim Marin (Chemistry) published the paper, “Design of an Ultrashort Optical Transmission Cell for Vacuum Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of Supercritical Fluids,” with co-author Ireneusz Janik in the Review of Scientific Instruments, 2015, 86, 015102.
James Pelech, MeShelda Jackson and Ovid Wong (School of Education) and members of the St. Ethelreda Board of Specified Jurisdiction have been notified by the National Catholic Educational Association that the board has been named one of five recipients of the “Outstanding Board Award.” Pelech, as president of the board, will receive the award on April 8 in Orlando, Fla. The board, along with the Big Shoulders Fund, has worked to support the school in its efforts to bring the finest Catholic education to its students. Board participation is just one facet of Benedictine’s commitment to St. Ethelreda. Through the efforts of President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., a partnership has been established that includes free tuition to Benedictine for any St. Ethelreda student who goes to high school, maintains a “B” average and desires to teach. Another component of the partnership is the professional development provided to the teachers of St. Ethelreda in the areas of math, science and English language arts provided by Pelech and Wong.
Faculty and staff are invited to attend Founders’ Day Celebration 2015, “Celebrating Our Heritage,”
at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in 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 Manuel Barbosa, a member of the Class of 1969 of St. Procopius College. Hors d’ouvres, refreshments
and desserts will be served.
Learn about Hildegard of Bingen, one of the Church's newest saints
Faculty, staff and students are invited to the next "Tuesday Night with the Sisters," a series of programs to observe the Year of Consecrated Life, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 10 at Sacred Heart Monastery. Father David Turner, O.S.B., will introduce attendees to Hildegard of Bingen, a Benedictine abbess, writer and composer from 12th century Germany. Pope Benedict XVI officially declared her a saint of the Roman Catholic Church on May 10, 2012, and named her as a Doctor of the Church (meaning her teachings are recommended doctrine) on October 7, 2012. She is the fourth woman to be so honored, after Teresa of Avila, Catherine of Siena and Térèse of Lisieux. Please come to the Sacred Heart Monastery entrance at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. The statue of the Sacred Heart is at our front door.
Protect yourself against sexual assault
Student Health Services is hosting a workshop on sexual assault. Come to this powerful workshop presented by Karli Johnson, YWCA rape crisis educator and advocate, to learn more about sexual assault awareness as well as methods you can use to help protect yourself at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 9, in the Krasa Presentation Room. For more information, contact Sue Salerno at (630) 829-6046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gee, aren't turtles terrific?
The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Spring 2015 Discovery Days Program will feature “Terrific Turtles Workshop and Nature Walk” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. This workshop will cover basic information about turtles found in the Northern Illinois region, delve into basic ecology and natural history of each species, and include an exploration of the half-mile trail located on campus at Benedictine University. Binoculars and/or cameras may be helpful to bring. Please register by March 26. Upcoming programs also include “Backyard Birds of Illinois” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. This workshop will investigate some of the most common backyard birds of Northern Illinois, teach basic backyard birding techniques, and help participants identify each bird by sight and by sound. Please register by April 23. On Saturday, May 9 from 1:30-4:00 p.m., join the museum staff for “Life in the Pond: A Hands-on Exploration.” In this workshop, the secret underwater world of pond life will be explored. Participants will learn what lives in a pond, indicators of pond health, invasive species and more. Participants will receive a macroinvertebrate identification key and a magnifying glass. Please register by May 7. All programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Children must be attended by an adult. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended as the nature trail is unpaved and may be muddy. Please email JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6546 to register.
Volunteers needed to direct traffic on "Sustainable Saturday"
Volunteers are needed for “Sustainable Saturday VII” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday March 21 in the Rice Center parking lot. Fifteen-to-twenty volunteers are needed to direct traffic during this exciting event. The event is being sponsored by Benedictine University, the Village of Lisle and the School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education of Glen Ellyn. In previous years, many students, staff and faculty volunteer helped out. However, March 21 is the last Saturday of spring break and student volunteers may be scarce. Volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Alumni are very welcome. If you can work for two to five hours, we can use you. Volunteers help to direct traffic on campus and collect phones, bikes and flags. The stronger (or more adventuresome) volunteers work the scrap metal recycling station. We will have professionals handling the electronics. Bagels and coffee will be available in Scholl Hall, Room 110, where we will meet for a brief training session at 8:00 a.m. Volunteers should dress for the weather and bring work gloves if you have them. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends interested in volunteering are asked to contact Jean-Marie Kauth at email@example.com.
Unplanned pregnancy? Women's center has resources
The Waterleaf Women's Center will present information on unplanned pregnancy, counseling and support, and STD testing at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, in the Krasa Center. The event is sponsored by Student Health Services. For more information, contact Susan Salerno at (630) 829-6046 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't be a victim. Learn how to fight back.
Campus Ministry, Residence Life, Campus Recreation and the Benedictine University Police will sponsor a “One Light Self-Defense Workshop” on Wednesday, February 25. The event is designed for female Benedictine faculty, staff and students only. It is the second in a series of self-defense classes. The event will encompass situational awareness and responding to and retreating from a physical assault. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Maureen Romero at (630) 829-1310 or email@example.com.
Is your weather spotting spot-on?
Benedictine University will be hosting a Basic Weather Spotter Class from the National Weather Service from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 24, in the Krasa Presentation Room. RSVP by February 16 to Michi Dubes at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (630) 829-6364 for more information.
State law prohibits smoking near entrances
A reminder from Student Health Services and University Police, smoking is prohibited 15 feet from entryways, windows and ventilation systems. This is a state law.
Do you mean smog or Smaug?
Benedictine faculty members are conducting research on the environmental perceptions of college students. Please share this anonymous survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/M6RP2NL with as many of your students as possible. We want to hear from a wide variety of students and not just the ones who are “treehuggers.” Also, please feel free to share the link with your colleagues. Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Marie Smith at email@example.com.
Who is my neighbor?
Do you desire a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic brothers and sisters? Join Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., at Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle, for six Tuesday morning sessions from 9:30-11:00 a.m. through March 3. For the past 22 years, Sr. Karen has been lecturer at Benedictine University on the topics of “Religion and Culture” and “World Religions.” For further information, contact Sr. Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wok, don't run to the Festival of Asia
Cooking demonstrations. Pingpong exhibition. Food. Art. Shopping. Colorful costumes. Now in its eighth year of celebrating Asian culture, the annual Festival of Asia at Benedictine University will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 20, in the Krasa Student Center. The festival includes traditional Asian cuisine, performances and cultural exhibits representing China, India, Thailand and Vietnam. Visitors can play table tennis, learn how to make a dumpling, check out a cooking demonstration, enjoy a Joy Yee smoothie and shop in an Asian-style market which features authentic clothing, jewelry and art. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Tickets must be purchased in advance at ben.edu/FOAtix. Tickets purchased online before February 6 are $20 per person, which includes a lunch and smoothie. After February 6, tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ben.edu/FOAtix or contact the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6354.
Join the Center for Civic Leadership Reading Group on Facebook! “The New Jim Crow”
Michelle Alexander is a former litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination and a current law professor at The Ohio State University. Her critically acclaimed new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critique of the U.S. prison system and the mass incarceration of African-American men. Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to read the book and join CCL staff and BenU professors on the group’s Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/BenUsCCLBookGroup/ for an ongoing discussion of the book. Ask your friends and family to join as well. Readers can then attend Alexander's appearance at Benedictine at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Denim Days return in time for cold weather
Denim Days are back, and just in time for the bitterly cold weather. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the BenU Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays until March 6. That’s nine weeks of Fridays. If you donate $40 upfront, you can still get a ninth Denim Day free. If you don’t wear jeans, you can still donate. You may also donate $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. Please consider donating, and we thank all who participate. 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 from January 9 through March 6. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin 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.
Get Your Grad On!
Admissions counselors will be available to meet with students interested in attending graduate school at Benedictine University from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in 2015 – February 11, March 11, April 8, May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.
Support scholarships and beautify your office, living room or den
Lisle Savings Bank’s branch office on Main Street in Lisle recently unveiled a very attractive foyer/gallery to display art. Two alumni of the Benedictine Department of Art have held very successful exhibitions in the bank gallery. The latest show features photographs from the students in senior lecturer Vince Lucarelli’s Digital Photography class. These works comprise a selection of several semesters of artwork. These works have been donated to the department, which is selling them for $50 each to raise money for student scholarships. The show runs through February 27. For more information, contact Barb Richards at Lisle Savings Bank at email@example.com or (630) 432-6044.
Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars
Faculty members are invited to attend a "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, "Developing an Academic Self in a Digital Age: A Look at First-Year Student Writing 1999-2013," with Olga Lambert from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, February 27. The seminar will be held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't SWAT away an opportunity to learn about police techniques
Benedictine University Police Department is conducting a Citizen’s
Police Academy. The academy will cover such
topics as driving under the influence (DUI), traffic stops, crime
prevention, common Illinois laws, crime scene processing, domestic
violence, SWAT, traffic crash investigations, K9 operations and criminal
investigations. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Tuesday.
Classes are limited to 25 students. For more information or to
register, contact Paul Creekmore, deputy chief of police, at email@example.com or (630) 829-1104.
Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns
University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. The community is invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit ben.edu/cmi.Check out the University's announcements policy before you post
Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. The Office of Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University's policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.Parents can turn to liaison for help
Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-1127.
Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry
When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine "Goodsearch.com." Every time you use Goodsearch.com, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box "I am supporting," type "Benedictine," in the drop down menu click on "Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;" then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use "Goodsearch.com," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or email@example.com.Help foster reconciliation, peace among people
Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.
Who you going to call?
Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.Sunday, Daily Mass schedule
Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.Know a student who needs help?
The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to ben.edu/EAT. For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where a student should go with a gripe
A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to www.ben.edu/studentlife/student_complaint_form.cfm.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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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.
“Chicago's Civil Rights”
Photographs by Bernard Kleina
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography Exhibit is a small but revealing snapshot of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit and marches in Chicago, and of both the ugliness and beauty of the response to open housing by the people of Chicago.
Coo coo for coconuts
Coconuts are tropical fruits used in various ways such as coconut water, oil and flavoring. There’s been so much buzz recently about the benefits of coconut oil, so let’s talk about what coconut actually does. Its oil consists of short term medium-chain fatty acids, which are the healthy forms of saturated fats. When ingested, these fats are converted into energy rather than being stored as fat. So even though saturated fats are commonly considered unhealthy, coconut oil’s ability to quickly metabolize shows the advantages of using it in cooking.
Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs 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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.
Keep up with the Eagles!
The Benedictine men’s basketball bested Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) at home.
The Benedictine women’s basketball team dropped a home contest with MSOE.
Phil Kleckler has been promoted to defensive/recruiting coordinator for football.
The Benedictine baseball team was picked to finish second in the preseason Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) poll.
The Benedictine softball team was picked to finish second in the NACC preseason poll.
The Benedictine men’s volleyball team opened conference play with a loss at Carthage.
Billy Sipek set a school record as the men’s track and field team had a strong showing at Olivet Nazarene.
Behind a school record from Megan Holst, the Benedictine women’s track and field team placed sixth at Olivet Nazarene.
Benedictine Athletics has launched an online apparel store.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Tuesday, February 10
BenU vs. Dominican
Wednesday, February 11
BenU vs. Dominican
Thursday, February 12
BenU vs. Dominican
Friday, February 13
Men’s/ Women’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at North Central
Saturday, February 14
BenU vs. Lakeland
BenU at Lakeland
BenU at Lakeland
Kevin Blaney-February 9, St. Procopius Abbey Personnel
Karen Campana-February 9, New Student Advising Center
Dustina Metty-Montgomery-February 9, Office of Financial Aid
Rodney Fowlkes-February 10, Information Technology
Thomas Wangler-February 11, Mathematics
David Tinsley-February 12, Benedictine University Police
Kerry Kamsiuk-February 12, Office of Admissions
Trente Arens-February 13, Office of Alumni Development
Jane Forrest-February 14, Dining Services
Maxima Bogaoan-February 16, Campus Services
Tammy Sarver-February 16, Political Science
Jon Cooper-February 17, Department of Athletics
Deborah Jezuit-February 17, Nursing and Health
Diane Karmis-February 18, Information Technology
John Rogacki-February 19, Benedictine University Police
Hope Keber-February 19, Parent Programs
Daniel O'Brien-February 19, Research and Development
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu-February 20, Graduate Business Administration
J.W. Beatovich-February 20, Marketing and Communications
Donald Henschel-February 20, Undergraduate Business
Brett Harrington-February 20, University Development
Karen Sollenberger-February 21, Campus Services
Lukas Stanczyk-February 24, Department of Athletics
Gregg Johnson-February 25, Information Technology
Kevin Rappel-February 28, Compliance
Jonathon Schmidt-February 28, Department of Athletics
If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.