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All University evening classes beginning at 6:00 p.m. or later are cancelled for Tuesday, January 22nd at the Lisle Campus and all off-site locations. Administrative offices will also be closed. Please exercise caution on the sidewalks and roadways.

Campus Notebook                             January 23, 2017

Lisle Campus News

An estimated crowd of more than 700 people attended the annual
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in the Krasa Center
on January 16.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine Fletcher (Theology) presented a paper titled "The Worried Well and Structural Sin: Misallocations of Health Care Services" at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Ethics held January 5-8 in New Orleans, La.

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 atait@ben.edu. 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 www.cvdl.org.

Spend "An Evening with Bill Rancic"

Spend an evening with entrepreneur, motivational speaker and author Bill Rancic at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 8, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Rancic will focus on how to succeed in business and life. His talk gives the audience a glimpse on lessons he has learned throughout his many business experiences.  Some of the lessons are how to break from the pack, make each day count twice and separate your expectations from your shortcomings. Winner of season one of the NBC reality show "The Apprentice," Rancic regularly appears on daytime broadcast and cable television programs such as NBC's "Today" show, ABC's "The View," "The Rachael Ray Show" and various CNBC programs to talk to viewers about business and entrepreneurship. He also regularly appears in many major national, regional and local print outlets throughout the country. VIP tickets (including a meet and greet)    are $35 and general reserved seats are $20. For more information, please contact Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 or nplacek@ben.edu, or go to www.ben.edu/speakers.

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 mdubes@ben.edu 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 jmgardner@ben.edu  or Laura Hall at lhall@ben.edu.

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 ben.edu/commencement. 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 ben.edu/ace

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 croberts@ben.edu.


Snuggle up to BenU during Winter Visit Day

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during Winter Visit Day from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 4, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Students and their families can tour campus, learn more about BenU's Scholars Program and undergraduate majors, speak with faculty, and meet with representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. RSVP at ben.edu/wintervisit. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

Students ready to take next step can sign up for 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 ben.edu/admitted.  

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 natoinalenrollment@ben.edu, or visit ben.edu/gradadult.

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 http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm. 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 http://www.ben.edu/komechak-art-gallery/events.cfm.

Healthy Table

Eat more fruits and vegetables this winter

Don't let cold weather spell the end of your healthy eating routine. Here are some tips to make eating fruits and vegetables easier and more appealing this winter:

  • Look for seasonal produce. The following fruits and vegetables are abundant and fresh during the winter months: bananas, clementine, cranberries, grapefruit, grapes, guava, kiwi, kumquat, lemons, limes, mandarin oranges, pears, pomegranates, tangerines, artichokes, avocados, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, kale, leeks, lettuce, parsnip, potatoes, radishes, rhubarb, rutabaga, turnip, snow peas, sweet potatoes and winter squash.
  • Fill up on fruits and vegetables first. Make eating fruits and vegetables first a priority, and then eat other types of food afterward.
  • Keep it simple. Do not overthink it, just work it into your daily plan. You can try adding a handful of frozen berries to your oatmeal; putting mushrooms, onion, spinach, pineapple or peppers on your pizza; or popping some banana slices on your peanut butter toast.
  • Choose from all forms. Frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables are as good as fresh ones. Choose canned fruits that are soaked in water or its own juice. If vegetables are canned with salt, drain and rinse them before eating.
  • Make it appetizing. Your appetite might change during the winter months. Warm dishes might be more appealing such as baked apples or grilled peaches. Season with spices.

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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.

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 homolka@stayinlisle.com.

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 basketball team rebounded with a win over Dominican.

Holly Haberkorn has been named as a preseason honorable mention All-America by Fastpitch News.

The Benedictine men's indoor track and field team opened 2017 with a strong showing at Olivet Nazarene.

The Benedictine women's basketball team improved to 14-3 with a home victory over Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The Benedictine men's basketball team welcomed a new member to the family.

The Benedictine women's indoor track and field team competed at the NAIA/NCAA Challenge.

The Benedictine women's basketball team scored a road win over Aurora.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Monday, January 23

Men's Basketball

BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
Dan and Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 24

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

Wednesday, January 25

Men's Basketball
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, January 27

Men's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 28

Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Lakeland
Plymouth, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU at Lakeland
Plymouth, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Greenville
Greenville, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 29

Men's Volleyball
BenU at Fontbonne
St. Louis, Mo.
1:00 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.

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 9:00-11:00 a.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 nationalenrollment@ben.edu, or visit ben.edu/gradadult.

Campus News

Angela Hall provides a home (and practice court) to Springfield youth

This spring marks the one-year anniversary of the Land of Lincoln Goodwill GoodGuides Youth Basketball Team, which uses the Angela Hall gym as their practice court. The program has been a huge success. GoodGuides is a national program that pairs at-risk youth with mentors who guide them to make better life choices. In Springfield, the youth basketball team has been practicing two or three times per week in the Angela Hall gym, and it's been a great use of the space. BenU at Springfield Police Officer Bob Hay, who has regular contact with the players and coaches, says the program is beneficial for kids who need structure and positive role models. He reports that the coaches set high expectations for behavior and the players benefit from having a safe place to play. More information on the Land of Lincoln GoodGuides can be found at http://llgi.org/programs-and-services/goodguides-youth-mentoring-programs/. For more information, contact Amy L. Lakin, director, Student Academic Support Services and Design, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education, at (217) 718-5325 or alakin@ben.edu.

Mesa Campus News

Campus minister Rob Curtis assists chaplain Fr. James Oboyi, V.C.,
as he blesses the new Benedictine University at Mesa residence hall.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Baseball starts season on gloomy day with loss, "tie" with Arizona Christian

Men's basketball splits on the road, finishes first half of conference season in first place

Women's basketball splits on the road, finishes first half of conference play 5-2

Men's volleyball routs UC-Merced in home opener

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, January 26

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
6:30 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:30 p.m.

Friday, January 27

BenU at Mesa at Vanguard University
Costa Mesa, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 28

BenU at Mesa at Vanguard (DH)
Costa Mesa, Calif.
12:00 p.m. / 3:00 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
5:00 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Simpson
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 23-February 28:

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
Rachel Castro – February 2, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
James Derr – February 2, Clinical Psychology
Isobel Lobo – February 2, International Business and Economics
Melissa Lopez – February 2, Advising Center
Cindy McCullagh – February 3, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Fannie Rushing – February 3, History
Jonathan Lewis – February 3, Psychology,Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Suzan Malabuyoc – February 3, Mesa Operations
Kent Carrico – February 4, Benedictine Library
Zubair Amir – February 5, Languages and Literature
Kelly Curley – February 5, Dining Services
Richard Michalik – February 5, Abbey Personnel
Michael Tole – February 5, Mesa Operations
Cheryl Gregorek – February 6, Information Technology
Ronald Guia – February 6, Housekeeping and Event Services
James Pelech – February 6, Teacher Education Preparation
Courtney Hatcher – February 7, Graduate Business Administration
Pamela Deely – February 7, Student Health Service
Arisbeth Manzo – February 7, Mesa Operations
Guy Bourdon – February 8, Athletics
Wei-Woon Cheng – February 8, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Kevin Blaney – February 9, Abbey Personnel
Karen Campana – February 9, Advising Center
Dustina Metty-Montgomery – February 9, Office of Financial Aid
George Houston – February 10, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Thomas Wangler – February 11, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Cesraea Rumpf – February 12, Criminal Justice
Trente Arens – February 13, Alumni Relations
Eric Meyerchick – February 13, Athletics
Jane Forrest – February 14, Dining Services
Kelly Stinnett – February 14, Athletics
Tammy Sarver – February 16, College of Liberal Arts
Deborah Jezuit – February 17, Nursing and Health
Diane Karmis – February 18, Information Technology
John Rogacki – February 19, Benedictine University Police
Hope Keber – February 19, Counseling Center
Nicholas Kostyk – February 19, Dining Services
Daniel O'Brien – February 19, Research and Development
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu – February 20, Graduate Business Administration
Donald Henschel – February 20, Undergraduate Business
Jessica Wallace – February 21, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Mengyu Zhai – February 22, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
Kaitlyn Liccion – February 24, Athletics
Hasan Yurtsever – February 24, President's Office
Wyatt Petty – February 25, Housekeeping and Event Services
Carolyn Straub – February 25, Alumni Relations
Kathleen Chatman – February 28, Advising Center
Kevin Rappel – February 28, Compliance
Amanda Warren – February 28, Benedictine University Police

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
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