Campus Notebook

July 20, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Ovid Wong (Education) published an article titled "Talking about Generosity" in Herald Monthly, Vol. 28, No. 6, June, 2015. The article discusses the various ways to show a person's generosity to include sharing one's wealth, time and presence. Wong also published another article titled "coincidental life events that are not coincidental" in Herald Monthly, Vol. 28, No. 7, July 2015. The article describes that when put together, many of life's perceived coincidental events are by no means coincidental.

Volunteer for the annual president's golf outing

Volunteers are needed for the 21st Annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing on Monday, July 27, at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. If you are interested, please contact Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 or

University Notes

A group of student leaders from the Mesa campus visited Benedictine
last week.

College of Business offers degree that encourages business creators

Benedictine University will offer three new degrees through the College of Business beginning this fall – a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Entrepreneurship, a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance. The B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with the essential theories, critical-thinking skills and real-world knowledge necessary to support their launch into careers as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. The B.B.A. in Human Resources will prepare managers who can oversee the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. The M.S. in Finance program is geared toward recent graduates of degree programs in Finance, and career advancers with sufficient work experience and a degree in business. For more information about these programs or enrolling at Benedictine, visit or contact (630) 829-6300 or


Catch a glimpse during "At A Glance"

High school sophomores and juniors can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Benedictine University At A Glance" from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, in the Krasa Student Center. Prospect students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or

Come for an hour, stay for a degree

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our adult evening undergraduate and flexible graduate business programs and our flexible graduate education and health services programs during a Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Those who attend can meet with faculty and admissions and financial aid counselors, and discover how Benedictine University can help them achieve the professional, personal and academic success they desire. Students can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting, Business Analytics or Finance, a Master of Arts in Education or Linguistics, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Public Health, or a Master of Science in Accountancy, Business Analytics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Management Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition and Wellness, Science Content and Process, or Taxation. Register at

Campus Ministry

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

Help foster reconciliation and peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Student Life

Take the whole family out on National Night Out

"National Night Out" is an event held to promote crime prevention awareness, emergency preparedness, police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. The Benedictine University Police Department is inviting the public to attend "National Night Out" from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, on the University's main campus in Lisle. Activities include a moon Jump and hayride for kids, a DUI obstacle course with golf cart for adults;bag toss and games from Lisle Park District;and a display of emergency vehicles. Participants include Target, the Red Stars, Jewel, the Lisle Park District, the Lisle Chamber of Commerce, Sams Club, the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum, DuPage Healthcare, Ltd.; Lisle and Woodridge Police, College of DuPage Police, North Central College Public Safety, Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Police and the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District.

Who are you going to call?

Who 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.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

Benedictine is one of the safest campuses in Illinois

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, our 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.

University Development

Denim Days are back

Denim Days are back for summer. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays through August 28. Donate $35 upfront and wear jeans for eight Fridays. Get them for yourself or share with coworkers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Annual Fund office in the Krasa Center, Room 060. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery summer hours are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and by appointment.  

Healthy Table

Tips to avoid stress eating

Sometimes the strongest cravings for food happen when a person is at their weakest emotional point. Emotional eating often leads to eating too much. Here are some things to do when facing the urge to eat to relieve emotional stress:

  • Go for a walk around the block when a craving strikes.
  • Snack on crunchy raw veggies such as carrots, celery or peppers.
  • Try drinking water before reaching for the snacks.
  • Take a breath to decide if you are truly hungry or if it's just a craving.

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 contact us at

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Join your neighbors at the PrairieWalk Pond Concert Series in Downtown Lisle

Bring your chair, blanket, friends and family for some live music in the park this summer. The entertainment is free and there is food, beer and wine available for purchase. Concerts take place on select Thursday's from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at PrairieWalk Pond, which is located just west of Main Street in Downtown Lisle at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington Avenues.

Featured performers are:

  • August 6 - 97 Nine
  • August 13 - Suburban Cowboys
  • August 20 - Catfight
  • September 3 - Final Say

For more information, visit

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of July 21-August 30:

Deborah Schroer – July 21, Student Lifecycle, Northern Region
Judith Gavlin – July 23, University Development
Cheryl Mascarenhas – July 23, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Deborah Smith – July 23, University Development Events
Jose Correa – July 24, Campus Services
Vernon McCoy – July 24, Onground Ed.D.
Laura Saunders – July 24, Marketing and Communications
Barbara Oliver – July 26, Campus Services
Patricia Somers – July 28, Psychology/Sociology
Paul Giordano – July 29, Information Technology
Marie Monter – July 29, International Programs and Services
John Schade – July 29, Business and Finance Services
Robyn Morgan – July 30, University Services
Nicholas Younglove – July 31, Marketing and Communications
Krista Huba –July 31, Graduate Business Administration
Kelly Kandra – August 1, Psychology-Sociology
Julie Moreschi – August 1, Nutrition
Joan Hopkins – August  2, Benedictine Library    
Egle Liutkus – August 2, Nutrition
Peter Seely – August  2, Communication Arts    
Anthony DeLegge – August  3, Mathematics and Computational Sciences
Lori Allensworth – August 4, Financial Aid
Jody Conidi – August 4, Marketing and Communications
Cynthia Kremer – August 4, Benedictine Library
Kathleen Liace – August 4, Teacher Education Preparation
Tracy Doyle – August 6, Moser Academic Partnerships
Junzi Hou – August 7, International Programs and Services
Eileen Kolich – August 7, Teacher Education Preparation    
Richard Campbell – August 8, Teacher Education Preparation    
James Cooper – August 8, New Student Advising Center
Margaret Kipta – August 8, Nursing and Health
Courtney Teatro – August 8, Mesa Operations
Mark McHorney – August 10, Athletics    
Sally Shore – August 10, School of Education    
Jack Winters – August 11, Marketing and Communications
John Carroll – August 12, International Programs and Services    
Sonia Morales-Jones – August 12, Mesa Operations
Therese Yaeger – August 12, Organizational Behavior    
John Ostrowski – August 13, Baseball    
Cynthia Kuck – August 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Rosemarie Fisk – August 14, College of Sciences    
Darya Aleinkava – August 16, Physics and Engineering
Susan Swanson – August 16, Dining Services
Alphonse Sarno III – August 18, Athletics
Julie Cosimo – August 18, Career Development    
Vicki Jobst – August 18, Undergraduate Business and Management    
Anne Baysinger – August 19, New Student Advising Center    
Kevin Lynch – August 19, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Kyleigh Wallace – August 19, Annual Fund Programs
Tanya Crum – August 20, Biology
Eric Sorby – August 20, Athletics
Cindy Ketner – August 21, Business and Finance Services    
Michael Manning – August 21, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Sarah Rysell – August 21, Alumni Development
Chelsea Simmons – August 23, New Student Advising Center
Hazel Williams – August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis – August 27, Career Development    
Jennifer Wildes – August 30, Women's Volleyball 

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
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.