Campus Notebook

January 19, 2015

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Interfaith Youth Core founder and Oxford-educated scholar and author
Eboo Patel addressed more than 600 people Monday in the Krasa Center
who were attending the 20th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) recently published a co-authored paper with Philip Lieberman of Brown University titled “Evolution of Speech and Language” in the 2nd edition of Handbook of Paleoanthropology.

Pete Nelson
(Physics and Biology) gave an oral presentation, “Osmosis, Colligative Properties, Entropy, Free Energy and the Chemical Potential,” at the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) National Meeting held January 3-6 in San Diego, Calif., in a session titled “Updates and Resources for Introductory Physics for Life Science.” Nelson presented a novel model of osmosis and a new pedagogy that introduces life science majors to thermodynamics using the new osmosis model. This material is to be used in the "Physics for Life Sciences" course that Nelson is designing. This work was funded by National Science Foundation Grant DUE-0836833.

University Notes

Do you mean smog or Smaug?

Benedictine faculty members are conducting research on the environmental perceptions of college students. Please share this anonymous survey at with as many of your students as possible. We want to hear from a wide variety of students and not just the ones who are “treehuggers.” Also, please feel free to share the link with your colleagues. Thank you for your help. If you have any questions, please contact Anne Marie Smith at

Who is my neighbor?

Do you desire a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic brothers and sisters? Join Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., at Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle, for six Tuesday morning sessions from 9:30-11:00 a.m. beginning January 27 and ending March 3. For the past 22 years, Sr. Karen has been lecturer at Benedictine University on the topics of “Religion and Culture” and “World Religions.”  For further information, contact Sr. Karen at

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 Tickets purchased online before February 6 are $20 per person, which includes a lunch and smoothie. After February 6, tickets are $25 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or contact the Office of International Programs and Services at (630) 829-6354.

Join the Center for Civic Leadership Reading Group on Facebook! “The New Jim Crow” 

Michelle Alexander is a former litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination and a current law professor at The Ohio State University. Her critically acclaimed new 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. Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to read the book and join CCL staff and BenU professors on the group’s Facebook page for an ongoing discussion of the book. Ask your friends and family to join as well. Readers can then attend Alexander's appearance at Benedictine at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. 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 For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

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

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 27. For more information, contact Barb Richards at Lisle Savings Bank at  or (630) 432-6044.

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

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 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

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 or (630) 829-1127.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

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 For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

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

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 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:

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 2015 Hall of Fame Class which will be inducted on Saturday.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team scored 52 points in the second half to pull away from Marian and finish the week 3-0.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team remains tied for first after pulling past Marian to move to 9-1 in Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference play.

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team won its first-ever contest Friday in Wisconsin.

Tim McGinty scored his 1,000th career point for the men’s basketball team in Tuesday’s win over Rockford.

The Benedictine men’s track team opened the season with a fourth-place finish at Carthage with two athletes setting school records.

The Benedictine women’s track team opened the season by placing eighth at the Private College Invite hosted by Carthage.

Benedictine athletics has launched an online apparel store.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, January 20

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

Wednesday, January 21

Men’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Loras
Rice Center
4:30 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball
BenU vs. MSOE
Rice Center
7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 23

Men’s Volleyball
BenU vs. St. Xavier
Rice Center
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 24

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
3:15 p.m.

2015 Hall of Fame Induction
Krasa Center
6:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 20-February 28:

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
Peter Charcut-February 1, Campus Services
Allan Gozum-February 1, Business and Finance Services
Rachel Stanley-February 2, Business and Finance Services
Isobel Lobo-February 2, International Business and Economics
Melissa Lopez-February 2, New Student Advising Center
Angela Xiong-February 3, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Fannie Rushing-February 3, History
Caitlin Thoreson-February 3, Department of Athletics
Jonathan Lewis-February 3, Psychology/Sociology
Kent Carrico-February 4, Benedictine Library
Zubair Amir-February 5, Languages and Literature
Kelly Curley-February 5, Dining Services
Michael Tole-February 5, Mesa Operations
Cheryl Gregorek-February 6, Information Technology
James Pelech-February 6, Teacher Education Preparation
Jacob Sojka-February 7, St. Procopius Abbey Personnel
Courtney Hatcher-February 7, Graduate Business Administration
Jeffrey Quasney-February 7, Institutional Research
Cassandra Glenn-February 7, National Student Life Cycle
Pamela Deely-February 7, Student Health Service
Karin Hadley-February 8, College of Liberal Arts
Benjamin Jurevicius-February 8, Information Technology
Wei-Woon Cheng-February 8, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Kevin Blaney-February 9, St. Procopius Abbey Personnel
Karen Campana-February 9, New Student Advising Center
Dustina Metty-Montgomery-February 9, Office of Financial Aid
Rodney Fowlkes-February 10, Information Technology
Thomas Wangler-February 11, Mathematics
David Tinsley-February 12, Benedictine University Police
Kerry Kamsiuk-February 12, Office of Admissions
Trente Arens-February 13, Office of Alumni Development
Jane Forrest-February 14, Dining Services
Maxima Bogaoan-February 16, Campus Services
Juan Vasquez-February 16, Campus Services
Tammy Sarver-February 16, Political Science
Jon Cooper-February 17, Department of Athletics
Deborah Jezuit-February 17, Nursing and Health
Diane Karmis-February 18, Information Technology
John Rogacki-February 19, Benedictine University Police
Hope Keber-February 19, Parent Programs
Daniel O'Brien-February 19, Research and Development
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu-February 20, Graduate Business Administration
J.W. Beatovich-February 20, Marketing and Communications
Donald Henschel-February 20, Undergraduate Business
Brett Harrington-February 20, University Development
Lukas Stanczyk-February 24, Department of Athletics
Gregg Johnson-February 25, Information Technology
Kevin Rappel-February 28, Compliance
Jonathon Schmidt-February 28, Department of Athletics

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

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