Campus Notebook                             January 18, 2017

Lisle Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

Know somebody who excels in the value of Conversatio?

Nominations are being accepted for the Benedictine University Founders' Day Award. The 2017 award will be presented to the employee(s) who exhibit outstanding characteristics in representing the value of Conversatio, which serves 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, Mesa and Springfield campuses) are eligible for nomination for this award. All nominations are due via email to Betsy Rhinesmith in Human Resources by Friday, January 20. A committee will review the nominations and final candidates will then be chosen based on the substance of information submitted in the nominations.

Nominations being accepted for Doyle award for leadership

Each year at the Founder's Day celebration, the University honors the work of a particular faculty member who truly lives the Benedictine Hallmarks in his or her daily life; someone who demonstrates a spirit of faithful service to the University as well as to those around him or her. The Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity has been given to a faculty member each year since 2012 to recognize individuals who seek to go beyond their role, demonstrating the desire to nourish the University community through their work and witness. Nominees must be a current employee, must answer the question through his/her work and witness, "who we are as Benedictine and why we are special because of it in an effective, creative, interesting and successful way," must have already accomplished a recognized task or has something in process. Please consider a deserving nominee by providing a brief description of why you nominated that particular individual reflecting on the criteria listed above. Nominations should be sent to Alicia Cordoba Tait at Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 10.

Campus Events
Learn how to leverage your strength as a leader

Effective, inspiring leaders know themselves and leverage their deep well of strengths, values, experiences and leadership insight to guide themselves and others toward health, vitality and high performance. Research shows these leaders are more effective because their leadership is credible and their team members feel valued, supported, energized and engaged. The Appreciative Leadership for Peak Performance workshop (ALPP) sponsored by the Center for Values-Driven Leadership (CVDL) at Benedictine University on Wednesday-Friday, January 25-27, 2017, in the Goodwin Hall of Business, is designed for senior executives and offers a guided, strengths-based exploration of what makes someone you most effective as a leader. It also provides workshop attendees with practical tools to lead, mentor, coach and bring out the best in others. The three-day workshop is $1,800 per person ($1,200 for nonprofit employees/CVDL alumni ). Discounts are available for groups. For more information or to register, go to

Is your weather spotting spot-on?

Benedictine University will be hosting a Basic Weather Spotter Class from the National Weather Service from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 28, in the Krasa Presentation Room. RSVP by February 24 to Michi Dubes at or (630) 829-6364.

Ever wonder what it is like to chase a tornado?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will present Illinois storm chasers Danny Neal and Adam Lucio from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 as part of its Spring 2017 Discovery Days. Neal and Lucio founded Illinois Storm Chasers (ISC) in 2014. After years of storm chasing together and covering local weather, they used their knowledge of weather forecasting and their understanding of the state’s unique climatology to form ISC. The primary mission is to help spread weather information through an easy-to-use, easy-to-understand website in addition to harnessing the power of social media. The presentation includes an overview of the climatology for our area, basic storm spotting tips, cloud features and how weather works. It also includes an overview of storm chasing highlighting a local case study. The event is free and open to the public. The content of the program is recommended for adults and older children. The museum will provide age appropriate activities for younger children. Please register by Wednesday, March 8.

Much-honored herpetologist isn't ambiguous about amphibians

Author and tropical ecologist Martha L. Crump, Ph.D., will be the featured speaker at the annual Darwin Day event sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, February 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Crump, an adjunct professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Utah State University, earned a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas and taught at the University of Florida and Northern Arizona University. She works with tropical amphibians in the areas of parental care, reproduction, territoriality, cannibalism and tadpole ecology. Her presentation will follow those of members of the Department of Biological Sciences at Benedictine University. The event is free and open to public. For more information, contact Jennifer Gardner at  or Laura Hall at

Spring artist in residence brings Middle East to Midwest

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist in residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising, which creates live theatre and online videos that tell stories through primarily Asian-American and Middle-Eastern American lenses. In representing communities that intersect and overlap, Silk Road Rising advances a polycultural worldview. Khoury will be teaching an empathic intensive course – EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 (FNAR 291 B) – offering students an opportunity to experience interactive theatre lessons while learning playwriting firsthand on Mondays from March 6-May 1. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only. 

Get your caps and gowns and maybe a job, too!

The May 2016 Graduation and Career Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who graduate in May or August will be held on Thursday, April 6, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. From 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Academic and Career Enrichment Center services, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss financial obligations, and participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, graduates can go to Graduates-to-be can also attend a concurrent Career Fair from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and meet with employers who are looking to fill full-time positions and internships. For more information, go to

Campus Ministry

Help the homeless by supporting Hope House

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a potluck dinner benefitting the Hope House, a homeless shelter in Villa Park. The dinners are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, January 18, February 15, March 15 and April 19. Interested participants should contact Carrie Roberts in Campus Ministry at


Admitted Student Day

Benedictine will host Admitted Student Day starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 20, on the first floor of Goodwin Hall of Business. Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative. Admitted students can register at  

School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

Take your education to the next level

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education will hold an open house from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 11, in the lobby of the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. Attendees an meet with faculty, discuss payment options sand financial aid opportunities, learn how the flexible learning team and fully online classes accommodate busy schedules, learn about resources available through the Academic and Career Enrichment Center and receive a $40 application fee waiver. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact (630) 829-2277 or, or visit

About Benedictine

You get more for your money here

Benedictine University is ranked among the top 10 schools in Illinois and the top 20 percent in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to the 2016 PayScale ROI Report for colleges with the best value.

Campus Information

Benedictine is one of the safest college campuses in the United States

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., 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.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art 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.  For information on gallery events, go to

Healthy Table

Exercising outdoors during the winter?

The harsh weather and chilling wind might discourage the most motivated exercisers. This winter, don't let the cold stop you from going outside. Here are some helpful tips to help you stay warm, motivated and fit:

  • Check weather conditions and wind chill. If the temperature dips below 0 F (minus 18 C) or the wind chill is extreme, consider taking a break or choosing an indoor exercise instead. Consider putting off your workout if it's raining or snowing unless you have waterproof gear.
  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia. Immediately get out of the cold if you suspect frostbite. Early warning signs include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. Slowly warm the affected area, but don't rub it since that can damage your skin. Seek emergency care if numbness doesn't go away. Hypothermia signs and symptoms include intense shivering, slurred speech, loss of coordination and fatigue. Seek emergency help right away for possible hypothermia.
  • Dress in layers. Dress in layers that you can remove as soon as you start to sweat and then put back on as needed. First, put on a thin layer of synthetic material, such as polypropylene, which draws sweat away from your body. Avoid cotton, which stays wet next to your skin. Next, add a layer of fleece or wool for insulation. Top this with a waterproof, breathable outer layer.
  • Protect your head, hands, feet and ears. Consider buying exercise shoes a half size or one size larger than usual to allow for thick thermal socks or an extra pair of regular socks.
  • Don't forget safety gear and sunscreen. It's as easy to get sunburned in winter as in summer, even moreso if you're exercising in the snow or at high altitudes. Wear a sunscreen that blocks both UVA and UVB rays and a lip balm with sunscreen. Protect your eyes from snow and ice glare with dark glasses or goggles.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. You can become dehydrated in the cold from sweating, breathing, the drying power of the winter wind, and increased urine production, but it may be harder to notice during cold weather.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact Healthy Table, a free service which offers nutrition education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages and other health-related activities. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Donate a coat to keep a child warm this winter

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is taking part in a special winter outreach assisting school children who are in need of winter outerwear in our community. The bureau is working with Lisle schools by collecting gently used or new children's winter hats, mitten/gloves, scarves, snow pants and boots. They will be distributing them to Lisle schools ASAP to keep our kids warm. A collection box is available from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, at the bureau's office in the Lisle Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave., and from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, in the lobby of the Lisle Park District, 1925 Ohio St. Members of the community can drop off their donations through March. For more information, contact Diane Homolka at (630)769-1000 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.

The Benedictine men's indoor track and field team is ranked fifth in the USTFCCCA preseason poll.

The Benedictine men's basketball team saw a conference record 34-game NACC win streak end at Concordia Wisconsin.

The Benedictine women's basketball team swept the season series from Concordia Wisconsin with a road victory.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team opened its season in New Jersey.

The Benedictine men's basketball team blistered Concordia Chicago.

The Benedictine women's basketball team dropped a second consecutive game.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, January 18

Women's Basketball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 21

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. MSOE
Dan and Ada Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Monday, January 23

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. MSOE
Dan and Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Springfield Campus News

School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

Take your education to the next level

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education will hold an open house from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., on Saturday, March 4. Attendees can meet with faculty, discuss payment options sand financial aid opportunities, learn how the flexible learning team and fully online classes accommodate busy schedules, and receive a $40 application fee waiver. For more information, contact, or visit

Mesa Campus News

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball remains undefeated in conference play with win over Embry-Riddle.

Women's basketball loses for first time in conference play thanks to Embry-Riddle.

Men's volleyball plays well, but can't finish off sets in loss to Concordia-Irvine in season opener.

WBB player Erica Vasquez named Cal Pac Player of the Week for Jan 1-8.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, January 19

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Calif.
6:30 p.m.

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa at Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Calif.
8:30 p.m.

Men's volleyball

Red/Black Scrimmage
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 20

BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian (DH)
Phoenix, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Saturday, January 21

BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian (DH)
Phoenix, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:00 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa at La Sierra
Riverside, Calif.
6:00 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at La Sierra
Riverside, Calif.
8:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 18-31:

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
Paul Oakes – January 21, Mesa Operations
Stefanie Panfil – January 22, Marketing and Communications
Suzanne Andres – January 23, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Gina Williams – January 24, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
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, Athletics
Eric Solberg – January 27, University Development
Patrick Garvin – January 28, Mesa Operations
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, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Jesus Huerta – January 30, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Ramkrishnan Tenkasi – January 30, Organization Development
MaryJo Cagney – January 31, Admissions

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

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.