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.
Know somebody who excels in the value of Conversatio?
Nominations are being accepted for the Benedictine University Founders' Day Award. The 2017 award will be presented to the employee(s) who exhibit outstanding characteristics in representing the value of Conversatio, which serves as a model for all staff and faculty members. All regular faculty and staff (regular full-time and part-time) members of Benedictine University (Lisle, Mesa and Springfield campuses) are eligible for nomination for this award. All nominations are due via email to Betsy Rhinesmith in Human Resources by Friday, January 20. A committee will review the nominations and final candidates will then be chosen based on the substance of information submitted in the nominations.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, February 10.
Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., who worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to plan the Montgomery and Birmingham Campaigns, the Selma March and the March on Washington, DC, will be the featured speaker at the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on the second floor of the Krasa Center at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16. Gibson began his career as an instructor at his alma mater, Tuskegee University, and served as director of the student union and associate director for Student Life at the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff before accepting the position of special aide to Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Harper, commanding general of the U.S. Army at Fort Benning in Goergia. In 1966, Gibson was the first African-American hired by the newly chartered College of DuPage. He is a founding member of the DuPage A.M.E. Church, Lisle, and served as president of the DuPage County Branch of the NAACP. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit www.cod.edu/mlk. Proceeds from the MLK breakfast benefit student scholarships.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service" benefits those in need
Benedictine University faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Day of Service" from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 16, in Kindlon Hall. Volunteers can create room decorations for hospital patients; pack a backpack with personal hygiene items for DuPagePads; make valentines for veterans; make fleece blankets for Advocate Hospice and the Ronald McDonald House; contribute to a bicycle drive; create Build-A-Bears for the Ronald McDonald House; organize birthday bags for children; and construct bird feeders for the elderly. Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult. The University is also accepting donations of backpacks, canned food, fleece, school supplies, cake mixes, frosting, candles, birthday gift bags, new small toys and books. Items can be dropped off daily prior to the event from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Room 015, or taken after 5:00 p.m. to the Benedictine University Police office located in the lower level of the parking garage. Items can also be dropped off on the day of the event. For more information, contact Joan Henehan at email@example.com or (630) 829-6617.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6364.
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 email@example.com or Laura Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Prospective students can sign up for Admitted Student Day
Benedictine will host Admitted Student Day starting at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 16, and 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.
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.
Looking for a few good men (and women)
Faculty and staff volunteers are being sought to serve on a committee of employees to spearhead a more vigorous giving campaign this spring where the goal will be to focus on greater participation across the University. Members of this important group will be the key in making decisions and plans for the campaign, and will work in collaboration with University Development staff members. You may nominate yourself to be on this committee or nominate someone else until January 11. Nominations should be directed to Jill Poskin at email@example.com. Together, we can make an impact.
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 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.
Beat the winter blues with smart snacking
In the winter, we spend a lot of time on the go. Going from party to party, to holiday shopping, final exams and wrapping up all the loose ends of the year, it is difficult to have healthy eating ideas outside of the home. Snacking on the go is difficult when options are low. It is good to plan on what to eat.
Mason Jar Vegetables: Because it is colder outside, some foods can last slightly longer without needing refrigeration. A perfect idea for snacks is a mason jar with hummus and veggies. Hummus is full of proteins and healthy fats, and any intake of non-starchy vegetables is a good thing. It is simple for on the go snacks.
Banana Dog Bites: A banana wrapped in a whole-wheat tortilla that is lined with peanut butter is a simple way to pack some extra protein for the day. The banana dog bite is a healthy, energy-boosting snack with healthy carbohydrates and great protein, and is a great source of potassium and other nutrients.
Dark Chocolate: Chocolate that is 70 percent cocoa has several health benefits and is perfect for the cold winter months. It has 11 grams of fiber and a high percentage of the recommended daily allowance for iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, zinc and selenium. Dark chocolate has great antioxidant effects.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with the Eagles!
The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.
The 16th-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team improved to 8-0 in conference play with a road win at Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Benedictine women's basketball team saw an eight-game win streak come to a close at Wisconsin Lutheran.
The Benedictine men's volleyball team was picked to finish sixth in the preseason poll.
The 16th-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team rallied past Dominican on the road.
The Benedictine women's basketball team won an eighth consecutive contest at Alverno.
Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Wednesday, January 11
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
Dan and Ada Rice Center
Thursday, January 12
BenU vs. College of Mount Saint Vincent – at Kean University
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
Dan and Ada Rice Center
Friday, January 13
BenU at Kean University
BenU vs. Hunter - at Kean University
Saturday, January 14
BenU at New York University
New York, N.Y.
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Men's basketball picks up two more victories in conference to remain unbeaten in the Cal Pac.
Women's basketball scores two victories to move to 4-0 in Cal Pac play.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Wednesday, January 11
BenU at Mesa at Concordia-Irvine (Calif.)
Saturday, January 14
BenU at Mesa vs. Embry-Riddle
BenU at Mesa vs. Embry-Riddle
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of January 9-31:
Lindsey Ho – January 9, Public Health
Nona Jones – January 11, Undergraduate Business
Brian Patterson – January 12, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Deborah Cernauskas – January 13, Undergraduate Business
Daniel Nohl – January 13, Mathematical and Computational Science
Len Bertolini – January 14, University Development
Doris Boumgarden – January 14, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Vlasta Erickson – January 14, Office Services
Michelle Kranz-Jaskae – January 14, Administration and Finance
Jude-Marie Alexis Smalec – January 15, Public Health
Timothy Calderwood – January 16, Athletics
Janet Hulsey – January 16, Registrar
Olga Lambert – January 16, Languages and Literature
Irene Gendel – January 17, Administration and Finance
Edgar Stewart – January 17, Dining Services
Karen Plawecki – January 18, Nutrition
Nancy Stoecker – January 18, Compliance
Elizabeth Kubek – January 20, Languages and Literature
Andy Dwyer – January 21, Information Technology
Derek Ferguson – January 21, Benedictine University Police
Patrick Flynn – January 21, Philosophy
Paul Oakes – January 21, Mesa Operations
Stefanie Panfil – January 22, Marketing and Communications
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
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