Campus Notebook                             January 11, 2016

Lisle Campus News

All are invited to participate in the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
at Benedictine University on January 18. Contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Know somebody who embodies academic excellence?

Nominations are being accepted for the 2016 Benedictine University Founders' Day Award. This year's award will recognize the Benedictine value of "Commitment to Academic Excellence" and will acknowledge and celebrate employees who exhibit outstanding characteristics in this area and serve as a model for all staff and faculty members. All regular faculty and staff (regular full-time and part-time) members of Benedictine University (Lisle, Moser, Mesa and Springfield campuses) are eligible. Supporting documentation including feedback/comments given to faculty/staff from students may be included in the nomination form. The deadline for submission of nominations is Friday, January 15. All nominations must be received by the Office of Personnel Resources by this date in order to be considered for the 2016 Founders' Day Award. The Founders Day celebration in scheduled for Friday, March 4. For more information, contact Betsy Rhinesmith at or (630) 829-6412.

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Admitted Student Day" from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, and "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on January 23. Prospective students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

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 and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

University Development

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, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or, in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, to obtain the required form to submit along with your donation. You will receive a dated sticker corresponding with the eligible Fridays. We ask that you wear that sticker on the Fridays you wear jeans. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating.

Campus Events
Community will gather January 13 to prepare for spring

Faculty and staff on the Lisle campus will gather in Goodwin Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 13, in preparation for the Spring 2016 semester. The program will begin with a breakfast reception at 10:00 a.m., followed by opening remarks and sharing (which will be available to all sites via technology) at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon, then presentations for update and feedback will be conducted from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Among the groups presenting will be the Mission and Vision Statements Committee, the Facilities Committee, the University Planning Council and the Retention Committee. Proposals for increasing full-time faculty appointments and extending experiential learning will be discussed. Community members will be able to select from 50-minute concurrent sessions. The gathering will conclude with an ice cream social at 4:00 p.m.

Hubbard to speak at Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast

Benedictine University and the College of DuPage will co-host the 21st annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 18, in the Krasa Dining Room. The event, which honors the civil rights leader and celebrates the diversity of community colleges, will feature speaker Arnette R. Hubbard, Ph.D., Judge of the Cook County Circuit Court, Law Division. Tickets for this event are $25. To purchase tickets, visit the McAninch Arts Center website or call (630) 942-4000. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. For more information, visit:

Volunteer to serve during Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Benedictine University stresses the importance of community, of welcoming the stranger, of caring for each other and making a difference in the lives of the sick and the poor. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Benedictine University is an opportunity for participants to commemorate the spirit of service that was engendered by the slain civil rights leader by giving of themselves. Volunteers can participate in a number of community service projects at the University from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For those who cannot make it to the event but would still like to contribute, the University is accepting donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 115, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at or (630) 829-6617.

Here's a reason to sit up and take notice

Headaches? Stiff neck? Carpal tunnel? Fatigue? Back pain? Bring your lunch and attend the "Proper Posture Workshop" from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 14 in Room B of the Krasa Student Center. The workshop will feature workstation ergonomics, stretching and retraining movements. Staff and students are welcome.

What connects today's Palestinians and yesterday's African-Americans?

The Global Studies major, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the College of Liberal Arts will present "Shared Solidarity:  Palestinians and African-Americans in the 1960s and Today," by 1997 Benedictine University graduate Maha Nassar, Ph.D., assistant professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4. Nassar will discuss the connection between these two groups, analyzing how Arab intellectuals in the 1960s related to African-American struggles for freedom during the civil rights movement. Nassar earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature at Benedictine University, and a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.

Talk the talk with the chief Blackhawk

The Office of University Development is sponsoring an evening with Blackhawks President and CEO John F. McDonough at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. McDonough joined the Blackhawks in 2007 as president and was named president and CEO in 2011. Under his guidance, in what Forbes magazine has called the "The Greatest Sports-Business Turnaround Ever," the Blackhawks have revitalized the team's profile and re-energized their fan base. Since McDonough joined the Blackhawks, the team has won Stanley Cup titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015, becoming the first organization in the NHL's salary cap era to capture three championships. For more information, go to, or contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080.

Build a new world during Black History Month

Benedictine University, in conjunction with Roosevelt University, will honor Black History Month with the conference, "Come Let Us Build A New World Together: Fifty Years after the Mississippi Summer Project," featuring a series of presentations and lectures from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, February 25-27. The event is designed to connect the past with the current wave of youth activism arising from the socio-economic crises of endangered communities. It will focus on the fight for voting rights and the role of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, lessons from the Mississippi Summer Project, voter registration organizing, Freedom Schools, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, ramifications of the civil rights movement and connections with contemporary struggles around education and violence in and against endangered communities. The February 25 event on the campus of Benedictine is designed primarily for teachers, social workers and health professionals working with African-American populations. The cost is $20. The conference will continue on Feb. 26-27 at Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, and will consist of interactive panels, discussion circles and films designed for high school and college students, community organizations, church groups, academics and social justice advocates. The cost is $10 each day or $25 for all three days. To RSVP or for more information, contact Fannie Rushing at (630) 829-6248 or, or Dovetta McKee at

Founders' Day will celebrate 129 years of Benedictine history

Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy the annual celebration of Benedictine University's history and heritage on Founders' Day. The event begins at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 4, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The event will include the presentation of the Kevin Doyle Award and the Value of Commitment to Academic Excellence Award. Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

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

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 You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police Facebook page and other items of interest. As always, please report all suspicious activities, or persons, to the Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666. We are located on the ground level of the parking garage and our Emergency Dispatch Center is staffed 24/7.

Healthy Table
How much is too much salt?

We all have a knack for salty foods. Processed foods have higher amounts of sodium than natural foods.  Although a small amount of sodium is needed for the body to function properly, the average American consumes 3,400 milligrams of sodium per day while the recommended serving of sodium is 2,300 milligrams. Here are a few tips on how to cut back on sodium:

  • Eat more fresh foods such as fruits and vegetables, and less lunch meats, hot dogs, sausages and ham.
  • Choose low-sodium products.
  • Remove salt from recipes when possible.
  • Limit use of sodium condiments such as soy sauce, salad dressings, sauces, dips, ketchup, mustard and relish.
  • Use herbs, spices and other flavorings to season foods.

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

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

January 18-February 29

Photographs of Cuba City by Clifton Henri
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 23

January 18-March 19

BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from Vincent Lucarelli's digital photography classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South and North Galleries

January 18-April 16
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

February 7
First Sunday Tea and Talk Lecture
2:00 p.m.
"For the Love of Chocolate"
Teresa Parker will discuss the history of chocolate and its transformation into one of the most popular forms of confectionaries.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art 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
Reception and lecture: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7

March 26-May 14

Student Exhibition
Student artwork from St. James the Apostle School (Glen Ellyn).
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

March 28- May 14
BenU Student Exhibition
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
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

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team continues to move up the Top 25 Poll.

The Benedictine men's basketball team improves to 14-0 with a home win over Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Benedictine women's basketball team falls at home to Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team is ready for the 2016 season.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, January 13

Women's Basketball
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 14

Men's Basketball

BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 16

Men's Basketball

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Visit Day

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 a Visit Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, or 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

Visiting scholar lecture series explores young adults and healthy relationships

Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., will present "SOS: Social, Online and Sexual. Young Adults and the Practice of Healthy Personal Relationships" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, in Blue Angels Hall at Bourgade Catholic High School, located at 4602 N. 31st Ave., in Phoenix. A 2007 graduate of Marquette University with a doctorate in Theological Ethics, Davis Zimmerman specializes in the areas of Catholic moral theology and Christian ethics. Her recent work examines the influence of a "hookup culture" on college students' views and formation of intimate relationships. Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix. The event is free and open to the public.The lecture is sponsored by Bourgade Catholic High School, and Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ramon Luzarraga at (480) 878-6707 or


Keep up with the Redhawks!

Conley's record-setting night propels Redhawks past La Sierra.

The men's volleyball team begin their inaugural NAIA season with three wins in California.

Barmettler named first men's and women's soccer coach.

Hutchins selected as BenU at Mesa's first women's basketball coach.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, January 11

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at CSU-San Marcos
San Marcos, Calif.
5:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 14

Men's basketball
BenU at Nesa vs. Cal Maritime
At Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 15

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
At Heap Gymnasium
4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 16

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
At Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

Campus News

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:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 11-31:

Nona Jones – January 11, Undergraduate Business
Brian Patterson – January 12, Psychology-Sociology
Deborah Cernauskas – January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl – January 13, Computer Science and Information Systems
Vlasta Erickson – January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae – January 14, Business and Finance Services
Clinton Rhodes – January 14, Auxiliary Enterprises
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec – January 15, Master of Public Health
Timothy Calderwood – January 16, Department of Athletics
Janet Hulsey – January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert – January 16, Core Humanities
Irene Gendel – January 17, Business and Finance Services
Edgar Stewart – January 17, Dining Services
Karen Plawecki – January 18, Nutrition
Nancy Stoecker – January 18, Compliance
Elizabeth Kubek – January 20, Languages and Literature
Andy Dwyer – January 21, Information Technology
Derek Ferguson – January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn – January 21, Philosophy
Stefanie Panfil – January 22, Marketing and Communications
Suzanne Andres – January 23, Business Office
Gina Williams – January 24, National Adjunct Instruction
Gina Trapani – January 25, Business and Finance Services
Cathaleen Gaddis – January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Jessica Rose – January 26, Marketing and Communications
Richard Cali – January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler – January 27, Department of Athletics
Daniel Corrigan – January 29, Abbey Personnel
Christine Greve – January 29, Information Technology
Todd Kelsey – January 29, Undergraduate Business
Karly Tumminello – January 29, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Sandra Chmelir – January 30, Psychology-Sociology
Jesus Huerta – January 30, Campus Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi – January 30, Organization Development
MaryJo Cagney – January 31, Office of Admissions
Miriam Newhouse – January 31, Research and Development

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