Campus Notebook

January 13, 2014

Faculty Notes

EstFinalThe artwork of David Marcet (Fine Arts) will be on display at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, January 31 at the Robert Crown Center for Health Education at 21 Salt Creek Lane in Hinsdale. The show, titled “In The Chair,” features a collection of Marcet’s works, which he describes as contemporary figurative painting. The Robert Crown Center for Health Education is the largest provider of health education for school-age children and young adults in the metropolitan area. For more information about the exhibit, contact the Robert Crown Center at (630) 325-1900.

University Notes

Know somebody who wants to find out why 94 percent of Benedictine University graduates either are working or enrolled in graduate school programs one year after graduation? Encourage them to attend “Preferred Visit Day,” an event held specifically for prospective undergraduate students who want to find out more about Benedictine University. Preferred Visit Day attendees 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. Prospective students 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 20. To RSVP for Preferred Visit Day, go to or contact (630) 829-6300.

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Denim Days are back, and just in time for the cold weather. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays from January 10 until February 28, 2014. If you donate $35 upfront, you can still 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. 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 10-February 28. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin or Josh Wolfgang with the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 035, 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.

Sacred Heart Monastery will be offering a monthly discernment program for single women who are practicing Catholics beginning Thursday, January 23. The program is designed to help women discover God’s call for them in this life. We believe that there is richness in religious life that needs further exposure. Single Catholic women are invited to join us and pray about this possibility, discover the privileges and responsibilities of this type of vocation, or just learn about this way of life. The program would also suit those who are making decisions about their career or serving as a missionary or volunteer. The program will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for five months. Each meeting will include a prayer form called Lectio Divina, presentations on the topic of discernment, speakers representing different ways of life, discussion with others, light snacks and a closing prayer. The program is ongoing, so you may begin at any time. Please contact Sr. Christine Kouba at (630) 977-9225 or for further information or to register.

The 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., is the guest speaker and will present “Invoking the Hero in Each of Us.” Breakout sessions will be held immediately following the breakfast with the theme “Living Together.” The sessions will be conducted by Joseph E. Collins, Ph.D., executive vice president at College of DuPage, and William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Tickets are $25 each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. 

Benedictine University Presents Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20 in Kindlon Hall. Participants can get involved in any of the following service projects: donate blood to the American Red Cross; make valentines for veterans; write letters to the troops; read to visually impaired veterans; 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 Edward Hospital; create room decorations for hospital patients; organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries; construct bird feeders for the elderly; and pack a backpack with food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags and new small toys and books 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 office 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

A Taize Prayer Service featuring Rev. Dr. Martin Marty, a Lutheran minister and graduate of Benedictine University, will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24, at St. Mary Catholic Church, 126 Herrick Road, Riverside. A reception will follow and all are welcome. For more information, contact Judi Vrablik at (708) 777-1154 or visit

The Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University will present Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28, in Rooms ABC of the Krasa Student Center. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. 

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, February 7, "Teaching Writing Intensive (WI) Physical Education" with Beth Bell; Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

The Office of International Programs and Services will present the annual “Festival of Asia” from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the Krasa Student Center. Programs and activities include the table tennis intramural tournament, a cooking contest, buffet lunch, cultural performances and awards. To RSVP and purchase tickets, contact Katherine Cosby in the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6342 or Tickets for Benedictine faculty and staff are $15. 

Benedictine alumni and friends are invited to the third annual Casino Night featuring Benedictine faculty and staff dealers from 7:00-11:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8 in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. Guests can mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy live entertainment and win fabulous raffle prizes. For more information, contact Adrianna Saccone at (630) 829-6045 or, or visit

Wanna make some noise this year? Attend or tell a friend to attend the Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Open House on Saturday, February 22 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. A degree in business from one of Forbes magazine’s “America’s Top Colleges” will get the attention of recruiters and decision-makers when changing careers or advancing in your current one. Benedictine offers adult undergraduate students a variety of locations and formats designed for your busy lifestyle. University representatives will be present to answer questions about admissions, financial aid, career development and student services. For more information, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300, or

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).

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.

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.

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.

ambulanceWho 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.

Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.

Healthy Table

Eating Well on a Budget

Think you have to spend a ton of money to eat healthy foods? Think again. Here are some ideas you can use when you are at the store to help you choose nutritious foods without breaking the bank:

Breads and Grains

•    Look for bargains on day old bread. It costs less but is still nutritious.
•    Buy regular rice, oatmeal, and grits instead of instant to save on money, sugar, and calories.

Vegetables and Salad

•    Buy large bags of frozen vegetables. Seal tightly in the freezer between uses.
•    Avoid pre-bagged salad mixes. They are usually more expensive and spoil faster.


•    Buy fresh fruits in season when they generally cost less.
•    Frozen and canned fruits are a smart choice year-round.

Low-Fat Milk Products

•    Buy fresh, low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese in the largest size that can be used before spoiling.  Larger containers cost less than smaller sizes.
•    Ultra-pasteurized milk has a longer expiration date and won’t spoil as fast.

Meat and Beans

•    Dried beans and peas are a good source of protein and fiber. They last a long time without spoiling.
•    Chuck or bottom round roast has less fat and is cheaper than sirloin.
•    Look for specials at the meat counter. Buy meat on sale for big savings.
•    Buy meat in large bulk packages to save money.
•    Freeze portions you might not use right away to prevent spoiling.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine women’s basketball team fell short at Concordia Wisconsin on Saturday.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team held off Wisconsin Lutheran on Wednesday.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team could not overcome Concordia Wisconsin’s hot first-half shooting.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, January 14

Men’s Basketball

BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 15

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. MSOE
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 16

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

Friday, January 17

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at Carthage Private College Invite
Kenosha, Wis.
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 18

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Marian
Rice Center
5:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Marian
Rice Center
7:15 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field

BenU at Carthage Private College Invite
Kenosha, Wis.
3:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 13-31:

Deborah Cernauskas-January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl-January 13, Computer Science
Jane Boumgarden-January 14, Psychology/Sociology
Gerald Benedetto-January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae-January 14, Business and Finance Services
Vlasta Erickson-January 14, Office Services
Timothy Calderwood-January 16, 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, Business and Finance Services
Anne Hector-January 20, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Kubek-January 20, English Language and Literature
Andy Dwyer-January 21, Information Technology
Brian Higgerson-January 21, Nursing
Derek Ferguson-January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn-January 21, Philosophy
Christine Ortiz-January 25, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Elizabeth Ruberry-January 25, New Student Advising Center
Cathaleen Gaddis-January 26, College of Liberal Arts
Piotr Grzyska-January 25, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Theresa Oldham-January 26, Personnel Resources
Richard Cali-January 27, College of Business
Phillip Kleckler-January 27, Athletics
Christine Greve-January 29, Information Technology
Stephen Kollar-January 29, 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, Organizational Development
Mary Jo Cagney
-January 31, Admissions

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

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