Campus Notebook

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The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is planning its 2013 class schedule. The center is looking for facilitators for future sessions and invites faculty and staff to share a special or general interest, skill or hobby that would be of value to others. CLL classes are offered at the Moser Center and are generally held during the daytime on weekdays, three to six sessions per class, one-and-a-half to two hours per session. Some classes may be offered in the evening and on weekends. The stipend is $200 per class. See below for a full list of possible topics. If you or anyone you may know would be interested in facilitating a CLL class, please contact Ron Finnigan at (630) 829-1383, (630) 743-8126 (cellphone) or

index_clip_image004_0000Tickets are on sale now for the 2013 Festival of Asia

Featuring authentic Asian music, dance and food, the annual Festival of Asia comes to the Krasa Student Center from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8. Tickets for faculty and staff are $15. The event is hosted by the Office of International Programs and Services, the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of Community Development. Watch the 2012 Festival of Asia video at Call (630) 829-6354 for more information.

University Notes

The Office of University Ministry is sponsoring an essay contest and symposium for high school and college students, “Light of the Nations: Reflecting on Vatican II.” The topic of the essay and the question the symposium will try to address is, “Is the Church a Sacrament? How and why does it matter?” Submissions for the essay contest are being accepted through February 3. Winners can earn a scholarship, get published in an online journal and be invited to present their essay at a symposium on Saturday, March 2 in the Krasa Center. For essay requirements and award details, go to

The Office of International Programs and Services is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Chinese Government Scholarship. The partial scholarship covers tuition, on-campus accommodations and basic medical insurance for eligible Benedictine students to study at one of the major universities recognized by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Seven Benedictine students have been awarded this scholarship during the past three years. The program is administered by the China Scholarship Council under the Ministry of Education in China. The deadline for application is March 1. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 4-8. For more information, contact Marc Davidson in the Office of International Programs and Services at

The Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs and Benedictine University’s Student Veterans Club (SSAMCO) invite the public to attend “Navigating Veterans’ Benefits” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 28 in the Krasa Student Center. Attendees will learn the answers to the most frequently asked questions about veterans’ benefits, such as: disability and health coverage; eligibility and entitlement; and the post 9/11 G.I. Bill, Montgomery G.I. Bill and Illinois Veterans Grant. This event is open and free to all veterans and their spouses. To RSVP, please email For more information, contact Linda Alberty, associate director of Educational Partnerships, at

Benedictine University provides area children with a variety of activities that promote fitness and fun while offering their parents a break with “Kids Nite Out” from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturdays, January 19, February 2 and March 2 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Children can choose from a variety of activities including arts and crafts, kickball, relay races, basketball, bingo and group games. Kids should bring a gym bag with items clearly marked with a family name. It is not necessary for kids to bring any money. A treat and drink will be provided and there will be no items for sale. Kids can bring a snack and water bottle if desired. “Kids Nite Out” is open to any boy or girl ages 4 through 12. The fee is $15 per child, per date. Each child must be registered by a parent. Registration will be held at the door on each night of the program. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and children must be picked up promptly at 9:00 p.m. The event serves as a fundraiser for Benedictine’s women’s varsity softball team. The team’s members serve as moderators. For more information, call Kate Heidkamp at (630) 829-6149.

The Benedictine University Library is celebrating American Archives Month with the “I Found It in the Archives” essay and video contest to show how the items and information found in the nation’s archives touch peoples’ lives. Submissions are encouraged from students, faculty, staff, alumni and others who have found something special in Benedictine’s collections - records, documents, photos, recordings, a meaningful item or treasure. If it has meaning to you (be it funny, sad, touching or just plain interesting), it has meaning to us and is a wonderful basis for your entry. Entries are due at midnight on February 1. For more information, contact Julie Wroblewski at or (630) 829-6064.

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 or (630) 829-1127.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, “Thank you.” For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated. 

Student Health Services is making flu shots available for students, faculty and staff in the Krasa Center, Room 116. No appointment is necessary. The cost is $15 for faculty and staff and $10 for students.

When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine “” Every time you use, 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 “,” by downloading the “Goodsearch” toolbar at If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

The Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) is looking for facilitators for future sessions. Some of the possible general topic areas are: art appreciation; current events; the civil rights movement; creative writing; famous people; health and medicine; book club; science of natural healing; history; religion; literature; music; sociology; genealogy; travel; personal enrichment (bridge, dance, photography); technology; ecology; film/media; government; philosophy; cosmology; science; politics; nutrition; famous events; sports; and birding. If you or anyone you may know would be interested in facilitating a CLL class, please contact Ron Finnigan at (630) 829-1383, (630) 743-8126 (cellphone) or

Mass in St. Benedict Chapel is at 8:00 p.m. on Sundays. Daily Mass is at noon.

The sixth annual Faith and Reason Symposium,“ ... To the Least of These My Brethren: How Faith and Science can Fight Hunger, from the Local to the Global,” will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership’s Hunger Team, the Abby Endowment Fund, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Global Studies Forum. Guest speakers and panelists include Diane Nilan, founder and executive director of HEAR US, an organization dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, and Kim Perez, executive director of People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.

The 23rd Annual Health Professions Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 on the first floor of the Birck Hall of Science. The primary goal of this fair is to allow students to meet admissions representatives and counselors from professional schools and military services. The fair is appropriate for students who are interested in medicine (allopathic and osteopathic), pharmacy, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, veterinary science and allied health.

The College of Business will present “Lislepalooza” on February 21 in the Krasa Student Center. This special event aims to advance career and business opportunities through networking - leveraging the extensive resources of the College of Business and Benedictine University in partnership with our community. Event partners include the Lisle Area Chamber of Commerce and the Village of Lisle. The event is free to attend, however, lunch and sponsorships are available at cost. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Eric Goodwin at or (630) 829-6228.

Denim Days are back! Perfect timing for the cold weather!
Donate to the General Scholarship Fund and have the opportunity to wear jeans to work on Fridays from February 1 to March 22. That’s eight weeks of Fridays! Donate $5 per Friday or if you pay $35 upfront, you get an eighth 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.

Denim Days Guidelines
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 February 1-March 22. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin or Josh Wolfgang with the Office of the Annual Fund, located in lower level of Lownik Hall, 019 or 056, 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.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jan Writer (School of Education) has been invited to present a two-hour featured workshop at the 2013 Pacific Rim Conference on Disability and Diversity in Honolulu, Hawaii on April 29-30. Her session, "Talk WITH Me: Communication Strategies for Students with Significant Disabilities," has earned her “noted speaker” status in the preconference flier. One of the features of her workshop is the opportunity for participants to construct their own low-tech communication devices for students with significant disabilities (e.g., autism, intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments, multiple disabilities). A former consultant for the U.S. Department of Education in the U.S. Pacific Trust Territories and American Samoa, Writer has been active in the “Pac Rim” conference since its inception in 1986.

Healthy Table

Healthy Table at Benedictine is staffed by our very own dietetic interns who would be happy to help you achieve your goals. 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” us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

In conjunction with Lodestone Sports, Benedictine University Athletics has launched a social rewards program - the first of its kind in NCAA Division III.

The women’s basketball team surged past Alverno College in the second half on Saturday evening.

Missed buzzer-beater leads to heartbreak for the men’s basketball team.

The track and field teams competed in the NCAA Division III/NAIA Challenge at Olivet Nazarene University this past weekend.

The women’s basketball team’s rally comes up short against conference leader Wisconsin Lutheran College.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Men’s Basketball
Tuesday, January 29
BenU at Aurora University
7:00 p.m.
Aurora, Ill.

Saturday, February 2
BenU at Maranatha Baptist Bible College
7:00 p.m.
Watertown, Wis.

Women’s Basketball
Wednesday, January 30
BenU vs. Rockford College
7:00 p.m.
Rice Center

Saturday, February 2
BenU at Maranatha Baptist Bible College
5:00 p.m.
Watertown, Wis.

Indoor Track and Field
Saturday, February 2
BenU at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Invite
10:00 a.m.
Kenosha, Wis.

Happy Birthday!

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

Christine Greve-January 29, Information Technology
Karly Tumminello-January 29, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Sandra Chmelir-January 30, Psychology/Sociology
Jesus Huerta-January 30, Campus Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi-January 30, Organizational Development
Mary Jo Cagney-January 31, Admissions

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

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