Campus Notebook


January 12, 2015

University Notes

 Festival of Asia JAN122015

The Festival of Asia on February 20 in the Krasa Student Center
will feature cultural exhibits and an Asian-style market.

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. Admission to the event is $20 per person, which includes a lunch and smoothie. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit ben.edu/FOAtix or contact the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6354.

Law professor, author to address CCL spring lecture


The Center for Civic Leadership Spring Lecture Series will feature an evening with Michelle Alexander at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University who clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. A former director of the Racial Justice Project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California and litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination, Alexander is currently a law professor at The Ohio State University. Her 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. Her presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session and a book signing. For more information about Alexander and her book, visit newjimcrow.com. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Workshop will help students navigate financial aid

Benedictine University works with students and their families to help them navigate the financial aid options that are available. To simplify and provide the most pertinent information available about this aspect of college planning, Benedictine will host a free Financial Aid 101 workshop from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 7, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Financial aid counselors and financial experts will explain how to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); the different types of institutional, state and federal assistance; and what options are available if financial aid does not cover the full cost of attending college. In conjunction with “Financial Aid 101,” Benedictine is hosting a Saturday Preview Day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on February 7. During the event, 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. To RSVP for Financial Aid 101, visit ben.edu/FA101. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

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.

Learn more about Benedictine during Preferred Visit Day

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine University during Preferred Visit Day. Attendees can meet with Admissions staff in small group settings to discuss Benedictine University’s renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applications, scholarships and financial aid. They can also take a guided tour of campus. Preferred Visit Day sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19. Prospective students can also tour campus, meet other students and talk to faculty and staff during Saturday Preview Day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 24. Call (630) 829-6300 for more information.

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 – January 14, February 11, March 11, April 8, May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

It’s A Day On, Not A Day Off

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service -- It’s A Day On, Not A Day Off -- will be held from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 19 in Kindlon Hall. Volunteers can participate in the following service projects:

• Donate blood to the American Red Cross.
• Make valentines for veterans.
• Write letters to the troops.
• Make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring two yards of fleece).
• Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edwards Hospital.
• Create room decorations for hospital patients.
• Organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries.
• Construct bird feeders for the elderly.
• Bicycle drive for DuPage PADS (bikes in need of repair accepted).
• Pack a backpack with personal hygiene items (deodorant, lip balm, twin razor blades, shaving cream, hair brush, etc.) for DuPage PADS.

Donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new books and new small toys can be dropped off prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Krasa Center, Room 020, and after 5:00 p.m. at the Benedictine University Police on the lower level of the parking garage. Items can also be dropped off on the day of the event. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 or jhenehan@ben.edu.

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 9. For more information, contact Barb Richards at Lisle Savings Bank at barb.richards@lislebank.com  or (630) 432-6044.

Interfaith Youth Core founder headlines King Breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., whose Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) organization is focused on building the interfaith movement on college campuses nationwide, will be the featured speaker at the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage on Monday, January 19, 2015. The breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. in the Main Dining Room of the Krasa Student Center. The event is sponsored by Nicor Gas. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?pid=7882739. Tickets are $25 each. 

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars


Faculty members are invited to attend a "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, including "Practice Makes Perfect ... Decoding Science Communication in an Upper-Level Lab" with Cheryl Heinz from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 30; and "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 seminars are held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or jkauth@ben.edu

Don't SWAT away an opportunity to learn about police techniques

The Benedictine University Police Department will conduct a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning January 20, 2015. 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 pcreekmore@ben.edu 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 hkeber@ben.edu 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 ptimko@ben.edu.

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 lowens@ben.edu.

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.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

The 2014-15 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has been set:

January 15 through February 28, 2015

“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.
Reception: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sunday, February 1, 2015
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Chicago's Civil Rights"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.


BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Athletics department has announced the Hall of Fame Class of 2015.
http://www.benueagles.com/news/2014/12/18/GEN_1218145916.aspx?path=general

The Benedictine men’s basketball team dropped a home contest to Concordia Wisconsin.
http://benueagles.com/news/2015/1/10/MBB_0110154218.aspx?path=mbb

The Benedictine women’s basketball team improved to 7-1 in the NACC with a win over Concordia Wisconsin.
http://benueagles.com/news/2015/1/10/WBB_0110152800.aspx?path=wbb

Keith Bunkenburg recorded his 300th career victory as the Benedictine men’s basketball team took down Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday.
http://www.benueagles.com/news/2014/12/15/MTRACK_1215144117.aspx?path=mtrack

Benedictine Athletics has launched an online apparel store.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/11/24/GEN_1124141152.aspx?path=general

Upcoming Athletic Events


Tuesday, January 13


Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Rockford
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 14

Women’s Basketball

BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 15

Men’s Basketball

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

Friday, January 16

Men’s/Women’s Indoor Track & Field

BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
3:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball

BenU vs. Cardinal Stritch
Milwaukee, Wis. – MSOE
6:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball

BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 17

Men’s/Women’s Indoor Track & Field

BenU at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
9:00 a.m.

Women’s Basketball

BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 12-31:


Brian Patterson-January 12, Psychology-Sociology
Reya Ruiz-January 12, Campus Services
Deborah Cernauskas-January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl-January 13, Computer Science and Information Systems
Gerald Benedetto-January 14, Office Services
Doris Boumgarden-January 14, Psychology-Sociology
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, Mesa Operations
Elizabeth Kubek-January 20, Languages and Literature
Anne Hector-January 20, Benedictine Library
Andy Dwyer-January 21,Information Technology
Derek Ferguson-January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn-January 21, Philosophy
Gina Trapani-January 25, Business and Finance Services
Cathaleen Gaddis-January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Richard Cali-January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler-January 27, Department of Athletics
Christine Greve-January 29, Information Technology
Todd Kelsey-January 29, Undergraduate Business
Stephen Kollar-January 29, Department of Athletics
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

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

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