Campus Notebook

January 6, 2014

University Notes

Know somebody who wants to find out why 94 percent of Benedictine University graduates either are working or enrolled in graduate school programs one year after graduation? Encourage them to attend “Preferred Visit Day,” an event held specifically for prospective undergraduate students who want to find out more about Benedictine University. Preferred Visit Day attendees meet with Admissions staff in small group settings to discuss Benedictine University’s renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applications, scholarships and financial aid. Prospective students can also take a guided tour of campus. Preferred Visit Day sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20. To RSVP for Preferred Visit Day, go to or contact (630) 829-6300.

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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, Krasa BenUnion 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.

Help make the BenUnion a reality on campus. College students need a place to hang out, play games and kick back. They need a place that encourages fun and the occasional healthy competition. A place where they can put the books down a few minutes each day. A place where they can meet, greet and unwind. A transformation of the current Fireside Lounge into the BenUnion will create a recreational area on campus where students can break from studies and play billiards, table tennis, foosball, air hockey, and video and table games. A place that encourages a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and enhances the overall college experience. Your help is needed in making the BenUnion a reality. Your contribution will help provide students another way to achieve a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. You can help create a gathering place where they can come together as a community – a Benedictine community.  Please join faculty, staff and students in supporting the creation of the BenUnion today. Gifts should be specified for the Fireside Lounge and delivered to Jill Poskin in the Krasa Center, Room 035. Checks should be made payable to Benedictine University with “Fireside Lounge” in the memo section.

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.

The 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting System Inc., is the guest speaker and will present “Invoking the Hero in Each of Us.” Breakout sessions will be held immediately following the breakfast with the theme “Living Together.” The sessions will be conducted by Joseph E. Collins, Ph.D., executive vice president at College of DuPage, and William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit Tickets are $25 each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. 

Benedictine University Presents Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 in Kindlon Hall. Participants can get involved in any of the following service projects: donate blood to the American Red Cross; make valentines for veterans; write letters to the troops; read to visually impaired veterans; make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House (please bring two yards of fleece); Build-A-Bear for the Ronald McDonald House at Edward Hospital; create room decorations for hospital patients; organize birthday bags for children served by local food pantries; construct bird feeders for the elderly; and pack a backpack with food for the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Donations of fleece, backpacks, school supplies, canned food, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags and new small toys and books can be dropped off prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at the Krasa Center, Room 020, and after 5:00 p.m. at the Benedictine University Police office on the lower level of the parking garage. Items can also be dropped off on the day of the event. Children under age 15 must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617 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

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.

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

Don’t forget breakfast!

It's tempting to skip the first meal of the day in favor of a few extra minutes of sleep. But rather than starting your day on an empty stomach, try packing a healthy breakfast the night before and storing it in the refrigerator. That way all you have to do is grab and go. Choose simple foods from two, three or more food groups to get more bang for your breakfast buck. Some quick, healthy, on-the-go options include:

•    Peanut or almond butter and banana sandwich on whole grain bread.
•    Half of a whole wheat pita stuffed with chopped hardboiled egg, shredded carrot and diced red and green pepper.
•    Plastic container filled with low-fat cottage cheese, berries and other seasonal fruit.
•    Cooked quinoa tossed with a handful of raw nuts and frozen berries packed into a leak-proof container.
•    Single serving container (6 oz.) of fat-free Greek yogurt.

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!

The Benedictine women’s basketball team scored another road win, taking down Marian.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team rallied but fell short at Marian.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, January 8
Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 11
Men’s Basketball
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 6-31:

Alexander Batten-January 6, Office of Admissions

Amy Weidner-January 6, Benedictine Library
Hinh Nguyen-January 6, International Programs and Services
Janet Hannah-January 6, Financial Aid
Thaddeus Paskert-January 6, Financial Aid
Katie Buell-January 7, Student Activities
Luann DeGreve-January 7, Benedictine Library
Steve Gniewosz-January 7, Information Services
Sharon Rizzi-January 8, Benedictine University Police
Emily Wilkinson-January 9, Marketing and Communications
Nona Jones-January 11, Undergraduate Business and Management
Monica Polak-January 11, Business and Finance Services
Brian Patterson-January 12, Psychology/Sociology
Reya Ruiz-January 12, Campus Services
Deborah Cernauskas-January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl-January 13, Computer Science
Jane Boumgarden-January 14, Psychology/Sociology
Gerald Benedetto-January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae-January 14, Business and Finance Services
Vlasta Erickson-January 14, Office Services
Timothy Calderwood-January 16, Athletics
Janet Hulsey-January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert-January 16, Core Humanities
Irene Gendel-January 17, Business and Finance Services
Edgar Stewart-January 17, Dining Services
Karen Plawecki-January 18, Nutrition
Nancy Stoecker-January 18, Business and Finance Services
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

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

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