Campus Notebook

January 29, 2014

Faculty Notes

Jan Writer (Education) gave a peer-reviewed presentation and paper at the 2013 National TASH Conference on Severe Disabilities in December. Her interactive workshop, “Talk WITH Me! Communication Strategies that Empower Students with Significant Disabilities,” detailed diverse techniques for enhancing the communication abilities of children and youth with low incidence disabilities (intellectual disabilities, autism, orthopedic impairments, and multiple disabilities), who are educated within inclusive school settings. Her session was rated by attendees as being among the top 15 percent of the more than 300 sessions conducted at the conference. Writer has subsequently been invited to design and present a pay-per-view, web-based training program on the quality education of students with low incidence disabilities for TASH, the largest international organization that advocates for the interests of individuals with severe disabilities.

University Notes


The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History will present “50 Years of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Past, Present and Future,” by Christina Rivers, Ph.D., associate professor of Political Science at DePaul University, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A and B. The event is part of the celebration of Black History Month. Rivers has been teaching at DePaul since 2001. Her concentration is African-American politics and political thought with an emphasis on early Black voting rights and districting.

The College of Liberal Arts and the Department of History will present “Student Activism in the Age of Twitter: A Critical Analysis” by Benedictine alumnus Carl Varnado from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Monday, February 17, in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). The event is part of the celebration of Black History Month.  Varnado is an author, content creator and technology consultant based in Phoenix, Ariz. who also serves as an adjunct at Grand Canyon University.

The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Global Studies major will present “Global Vietnam: Conflict, Continuity and Change” by Jack Harris, Ph.D., professor of Sociology at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Harris has served as the core director of World Regional Geography for the Semester at Sea Program, director of the Vietnam Term Abroad Program and as presenter and respondent at the International Conference on Vietnamese Studies in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The Department of Athletics will host the 2014 Letterman’s Dinner featuring John McDonough, CEO and President of the Chicago Blackhawks
, at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 3 at the Rice Center. Tickets are $50 per person. For tickets or more information, contact Brian Sisson at (630) 829-1812.

flickThe Benedictine Police Department invites students, faculty and staff to participate in Super Ben Bowl I 2014 Flick Football championship from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30 in the Krasa Dining Room. There will be no divisions, just head-to-head, down-and-gritty football.

Just in time for the Winter Olympics, Mardell Fortier will discuss her new book, “White Fire,”
a collection of poems about figure skaters, and share her poet’s perspective on writing from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29 in the Library “IdeaLounge” on the second floor of Kindlon Hall. Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be provided and attendees could win a copy of the book.

The Center for Mission and Identity invites faculty, staff and students to participate in the third session of the "Catholic Readings Group" from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. Abbott Dismas Kalcic, O.S.B., will lead the discussion on the Documents of Vatican II. There will be three short readings -- Dignitatis Humanae, Unitatis Redintegratio and Nostrae Aetate. The readings can be found at Everyone is welcome. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact Alfred Martin at (630) 829-6540 or at

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.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

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

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

Benedictine University’s 24th Annual Health Professions Fair collaboratively sponsored by the Pre-Med American Medical Students Association, Pre-Dental Club, Tri-Beta Club, OT/PT Club and American Chemical Society/American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the direction of Alice Sima and the Department of Pre-Professional Health Programs will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in first floor hallway of the Birck Hall of Science. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. For more information, visit

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 for the Season

Eating foods that are in season is a great way to get the freshest and best tasting foods while at the same time saving money. Each season, foods are available to us in their best form. Below is a list of some foods for each season.

Fall – Acorn squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, garlic, jalapeno peppers, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, turnips, winter squash, cranberries, grapes, kumquats, pears and pomegranates.

Winter – Buttercup squash, collard greens, kale, leeks, clementines, dates, grapefruit, kiwi, oranges and tangerines.

Spring – Artichokes, asparagus, corn, green beans, morel mushrooms, peas, rhubarb, vidalia onions, apricots, honeydew melon, limes, mango, pineapple and strawberries.

Summer – Bell peppers, bok choy, cabbage, carrots, celery, cherry tomatoes, lettuce, onions, potatoes, snow peas, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, grapes, plums, raspberries and watermelon.

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!

All faculty and staff receive a 50 percent discount when signing up their own children or relatives for the Benedictine University Baseball Camp. There are five Friday night sessions from 6:30-9:00 p.m. beginning Friday, January 31 and continuing through February. You can sign a child up for all or any of the individual sessions. Contact coach John Ostrowski at (630) 829-6147 if interested.

Benedictine has announced the 2014 Hall of Fame Class which will be inducted on February 1.

Junior baseball player Tim Hendricks received a preseason accolade.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team drained 12 three-pointers in a win at Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team could not hold a halftime lead against one of the top programs in the conference.

The Benedictine men’s indoor track team placed seventh at the NCAA Division III-NAIA Challenge.

The Benedictine women’s indoor track team competed at Olivet Nazarene.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, January 29

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Alverno

Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 1

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

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

Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at Olivet Nazarene Quad
Bourbonnais, Ill. – Olivet Nazarene University
12:00 p.m. 

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 29-February 28:

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
Peter Charcut-February 1, Campus Services
Allan Gozum-February 1, Business and Finance Services
Charles Williams-February 2, Information Technology
Isobel Lobo-February 2, International Business and Economics
Melissa Lopez-February 2, New Student Advising Center
Fannie Rushing-February 3, History
Jonathan Lewis-February 3, Psychology and Sociology
Caitlin Thoresen-February 3, Athletics
Kent Carrico-February 4, Benedictine Library
Zubair Amir-February 5, Language and Literature
Kelly Curley-February 5, Dining Services
Michael Tole-February 5, Mesa Operations
Cheryl Gregorek-February 6, Information Technology
Crystal Pace-February 6, Nursing and Health
James Pelech-February 6, Teacher Education Preparation
Pamela Deely-February 7, Student Health Services
Courtney Hatcher-February 7, Graduate Business Administration
Wei-Woon Cheng-February 8, Public Health
Benjamin Jurevicius-February 8, Information Technology
Karin Hadley-February 8, Language and Literature, Writing
Dustina Metty-Montgomery-February 9, Financial Aid
Karen Campana-February 9, New Student Advising Center
Rodney Fowlkes-February 10, Project Management
Thomas Wangler-February 11, Mathematics and Computational Sciences
David Tinsley-February 12, Benedictine University Police
Trente Arens-February 13, Alumni Development
Jane Forrest-February 14, Dining Services
Maxima Bogaoan
-February 16, Campus Services
Tammy Sarver-February 16, Political Science
Juan Vasquez-February 16, Campus Services
Jon Cooper-February 17, Athletics
Diane Karmis-February 18, Information Technology
Patricia Keber-February 19, Parent Programs
Nicholas Kostyk-February 19, Dining Services
Daniel O'Brien-February19, Research and Development
John Rogacki-February 19, Benedictine University Police
J.W. Beatovich-February 20, Marketing and Communications
Brett Harrington
-February 20, University Events
Donald Henschel-February 20, Undergraduate Business
Tsui-Fan Tom Yu-February 20, Graduate Business Administration
Danielle Watson-February 20, Auxiliary Enterprises
James Ryan-February 21, Distinguished Fellow
Diane Madrid-February 22, Benedictine Library
Meredith Hess-February 25, Admissions
Gregg Johnson-February 25, Information Technology
Jonathan Schmidt-February 28, Athletics
Kevin Rappel-February 28, Business and Finance Services

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

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