Campus Notebook

January 20, 2014

Faculty Notes

The 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

career development staffAll Benedictine University students and alumni are invited to take part in new programs and services this semester presented by the Office of Career Development located on the lower level of the Krasa Student Center in Room 012. The Career Development Technology Center now offers daily workshops from 12:30-1:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on resume writing and other topics including preparing for a career fair. The latter topic will be central to workshops this month in preparation for CareerFest, sponsored by our consortium, the Illinois Small College Placement Association, on January 31 at North Central College in Naperville. Don’t miss this great opportunity to network with more than 75 employers and apply for numerous internship and full-time positions with businesses, nonprofits and schools. Students and alumni may register early (by January 24) for $10. Registration at the event will be $20. Find more details about CareerFest at, or contact Career Development at or (630) 829-6041.

The Office of Career Development invites students and alumni to read more details about our daily workshops and other news at If you can’t make it to a workshop over the lunch hour, drop in during our walk-in hours – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday – for a resume or cover letter consultation. No appointment is necessary during the walk-in periods. Also new this semester is an improved Virtual Career Center designated for Benedictine students and alumni to easily manage information, update resumes and other documents, and connect with potential employers.

People can learn more about the financial aid process and how they can afford to send their student to college by attending “Financial Aid 101” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. RSVP at or call (630) 829-6300.

The Office of Admissions at Benedictine University will host an Admitted Student Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17. Check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and the event begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Benedictine University students are able to put down roots and blossom into game-changing professionals due to the kindness of our trustees, alumni, friends and faculty/staff. Visit the Donor Impact Report website today at to learn how donations invigorate students by providing them with exceptional academic, spiritual and social growth opportunities. Please direct all questions to Pat Ariano, executive director of University Development, at (630)829-6003 or

Enroll DuPage will be holding information sessions on campus to promote awareness of the Affordable Health Care Act mandate and insurance options available to college students. Benedictine University graduate and undergraduate students are invited to attend these sessions from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center and 4:00-6:30 p.m. in Kindlon Hall on Tuesday-Thursday, January 21-23. For more information, contact Pam Deely at (630) 829-6047.

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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.

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

Flu Fighters

Don’t underestimate the power of food to help keep you healthy. Researchers are finding more and more edible solutions to everyday ailments. Here are five common foods that will help you fend off the flu this season.

Raw garlic – This pungent superfood is a powerful flu fighter. Garlic contains compounds called allion and allicin, which have direct antiviral effects. To get the most out of garlic’s flu-fighting properties, it’s best to chew a raw clove every three or four hours. If you can’t bear the taste, try cutting cloves into pieces and swallowing them like pills. Still not in love with idea of eating raw garlic? Add a few extra cloves to a soup or stir-fry, which will still have some effect as antimicrobial agents.
Onions – Like garlic, onions also contain the antimicrobial compounds allion and allicin. To get this superfood’s full flu-fighting action, try consuming a serving of raw onions every few hours. If that seems unpalatable, add extra servings to your meals, like in French onion soup.

Spices – Spices such as turmeric, cloves and cinnamon are packed with antioxidants, which help improve the function of the immune system. Consuming a teaspoon of spices every day can help ward off the flu. Try mixing some cinnamon into your morning oatmeal or sprinkling extra nutmeg over a bowl of applesauce.

Berries – All berries have high concentrations of antioxidants to help fight off flu viruses, but blueberries pack the most punch. When tested against other foods, blueberries were found to have more antioxidants than 40 other fruits and vegetables.  Eating at least one serving (1/2 cup or 125 mL) of raw berries every day can help you stay healthy during the flu season.

Chicken Noodle Soup – Grandma was right to load you up with her own special brew. Researchers are finding that soup works to ward off viruses. One theory is that hot soup raises the temperature in the nose and throat, which creates an unwelcoming environment for viruses that thrive in cool and dry places. The store-bought kind might not be as effective, so make up a big batch at home and freeze what you don’t use!

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!

Benedictine has announced the 2014 Hall of Fame Class.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team rolled past Marian on Saturday.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team could not hold off the conference leaders.

The Benedictine men’s indoor track team opened the season at Carthage.

The Benedictine women’s indoor track team claimed seventh at Carthage in the season opener.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, January 21

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

Friday-Saturday, January 24-25

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at NAIA-NCAA Division III Challenge
Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, Ill.)
5:00 p.m./12:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 25

Men’s Basketball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
3:15 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 20-31:

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

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