Campus Notebook

July 22, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

James Pelech (School of Education) recently published his second book, "Guide to Transforming Teaching Through Self-Inquiry." The book creates and examines a logical system for teacher self-inquiry utilizing such platforms such as journal writing, action research and professional portfolios. The book was published by Information Age Publishing.

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) published a book chapter in "Teaching Bioanalytical Chemistry" (Web publication date July 8, 2013, Volume 1137, Chapter 10, pp. 187-208). The book, edited by Harvey J. M. Hou, is a part of The American Chemical Society Symposium Series and will be distributed in print by Oxford University Press. The title of the chapter is "Bioanalytical Chemistry and Chemical Sensors: An Advanced Elective Course for Undergraduates." The chapter is based on a 300-level chemistry course that Ronkainen has developed at Benedictine University.

University Notes

The students participating in the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program at Benedictine University will present the projects on which they have been working throughout their six-week stay in the United States from 9:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:15-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23 in the Krasa Center, Room C. The presentations should offer a unique perspective on current issues from a young generation of students who are eager to bring about change. The 19 MEPI students are from Algeria, Oman, Morocco, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Syria, Qatar, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Bahrain, and Egypt. This is the ninth consecutive year Benedictine has participated in the program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of State through a grant awarded to six U.S. academic institutions.


Back by popular demand, the Plain White T's with opening act Vicci Martinez are performing at this year's BenFest on Saturday, August 24. Tickets are on sale now for $30 per ticket. Ticket buyers can choose to sit in the football stadium seats or stand on the track. All tickets can be purchased at or from Nicole Placek in Krasa Center, Room 175C. For information, call (630) 829-6406.


"Get Your Faith On!" Get your faith on during Welcome Weekend by getting involved in a religious activity on campus. Pick a day and come get a really cool mood cup. Participate and get a "Get Your Faith On" T-shirt. The schedule for Welcome Weekend follows:

Sunday, August 25
8:00 p.m. - First Catholic Mass of the school year, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor

Monday, August 26

7:00 p.m. - Catholic Liturgical Ministers Training, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Protestant Board Welcomes You (ice cream will be served), Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor

Tuesday, August 27
12:00 p.m. - Quad Day, sign up for Muslim and Hindu Student Associations, Krasa Quad

Wednesday, August 28

12:00 p.m. - Meet Ministry on the quad as part of Resource Day, Krasa Quad

Thursday, August 29

11:00 a.m. - Convocation Mass, St. Procopius Abbey

"Strike Out Cancer" with the DuPage County Hounds collegiate wood bat baseball team at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 when the Hounds take on the Southland Vikings at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Tickets are $8 per person. Proceeds benefit the Hope Award Scholarship at Benedictine University. There will also be a 50/50 raffle, silent auction and autographed items. For tickets, go to the Krasa Center, Room 035. For more information, call (630) 829-6617.

The Benedictine University Library's summer hours will continue through Sunday, August 25. The library's summer hours are: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.). The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For information about other dates, go to
Denim Days are back. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays through August 23. Applies to new donations only. Current donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to spend a fun-filled summer week at Benedictine's Summer Fun Day Camp. Activities include games, sports, computers, fishing, movies, reading and arts and crafts. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost for Benedictine employees is $135 per week (five days per week), $108 for four days per week and $81 for three days per week. Remaining sessions are July 22-26, July 29-August 2, and August 5-9. For information, visit the website at or contact Marita Hyde at or (630) 829-6019.

The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex is the home of the Chicago Red Stars professional women's soccer team. The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club that was a founding member of Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The Red Stars participated in WPS in 2009-2010, playing their home games at Toyota Park. After leaving the WPS in December 2010 due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women's Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team participated in the inaugural WPSL Elite League and currently plays in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL). The Sports Complex will host 11 home games this season (through August). For ticket information, go to

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. 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.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University's 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, "Thank you." For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated.

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.

Campus Recreation

Work Out. Earn Points. Get Gear.
The “I Got Rec’d” Incentive Program at Benedictine Fitness Center encourages an active lifestyle with the motivation of earning free prizes. To earn points, just attend a Campus Recreation activity such as a group fitness class. Get your card punched and you’re on your way. Every punch card you complete earns you a bigger and better prize. For more information, visit or pick up a pamphlet and a free punch card at the Benedictine Fitness Center front desk. If you have any additional questions, contact Emily Payne at or (630) 829-6107.

Healthy Table

Healthy Table at Benedictine is staffed by our very own dietetic interns who would be happy to help you achieve your goals. 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. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or “Like” us on Facebook at "Healthy Table at Benedictine University."

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of July 23-August 30:

Judith Gavlin-July 23, University Events                   
Deborah Smith-July 23, University Events                   
Cheryl Mascarenhas-July 23, Chemistry/Biochemistry                   
Vernon McCoy-July 24, Higher Education and Organizational Change
Cristal Martinez-July 26, Benedictine Central                   
Barbara Oliver-July 26, Campus Services
John Schade-July 29, Business and Finance Services                   
Paul Giordano-July 29, Information Technology                   
Robyn Morgan-July 30, University Services
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   
Mark Zonca-August  2, Marketing and Communications   
Anthony DeLegge-August  3, Mathematics and Computational   
Jody Conidi-August 4, Marketing and Communications
Nicole Scola-August  5, Information Technology
Jacqueline Salinas-August 6, Admissions
Junzi Hou-August 7, International Programs and Services
Eileen Kolich-August 7, Teacher Education Preparation   
Richard Campbell-August 8, Teacher Education Preparation   
Margaret Kipta-August 8, Nursing and Health
Mark McHorney-August 10, Athletics   
Sally Shore-August 10, School of Education   
Ninamarie Smith-August 11, Information Technology
John Carroll-August 12, International Programs and Services   
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   
Susan Swanson-August 16, Dining Services
Alphonse Sarno III-August 18, Athletics
Bernard Toussaint-August 18, Philosophy   
James Kluckhohn-August 18, Women's Track and Field
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
Tanya Crum-August 20, Biology
Cindy Ketner-August 21, Business and Finance Services   
Michael Manning-August 21, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Marita Hyde-August 22, Auxiliary Enterprises   
Kaitlin Walsh-August 23, Admissions
Hazel Williams-August 27, Student Life
Melissa Mouhelis-August 27, Career Development   
Alexandra Rosborough-August 30, New Student Advising Center   
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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