Campus Notebook

July 28, 2014

Faculty and Staff Notes

Joaquin Montero (Foreign Languages) recently published a book of poetry titled “Soledads, Ausencias y Añoranzas. Peomas de un alma errante,” which translated in English is “Solitudes, Absences and Nostalgias: Poems of a Wandering Soul.” The collection of 124 poems is a reflection of all types of life’s experiences, including missing the homeland, faith, excitements and disappointments that love can bring, the importance of living in the moment, happiness and sorrows, nostalgia and melancholy for what life takes away, hope, and salvation through art, inspirations and poetry. The book is Montero’s second, following his novel on Alexander the Great which was published in Spain. This latest book was published by the University Press of the South and includes 12 illustrations, all by Montero, who also did the oil painting that appears on the cover. “Soledads, Ausencias y Anoranzas. Peomas de un alma errante” can be found on and in some book stores.

Robert McCarthy (Biological Sciences) published a paper, “A morphometric re-assessment of BOU-VP-16/1 from Herto, Ethiopia,” in the Journal of Human Evolution. In the paper, McCarthy and co-author Lynn Lucas (University of Arizona College of Medicine) questioned whether an important early human fossil from Ethiopia should be placed into a new subspecies of Homo sapiens.

University Notes

Gonzales (2)

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales addressed a group of lawyers                                                               and community members Thursday in the Krasa Student Center.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

Benedictine University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. Community members can learn more about this effort at the Healthy Lawn Symposium sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The community is also invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Spend an evening at "National Night Out

The Benedictine University Police will host a “National Night Out” from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5 in the Neuzil Hall parking lot. “National Night Out” is a community-police awareness-raising event held the first Tuesday of August. The event has been held annually since 1984 and is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch in the United States and Canada. The event is an opportunity to get to know your neighbors, local, state and federal law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics. There will be food, demonstrations, a raffle, kids games, display of vehicles and equipment, and more. For more information, call (630) 829-6662.

Admissions dates for this summer

Prospective students and their families are invited to take a closer look at Benedictine University during “Benedictine University at a Glance” from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at the Krasa Student Center. Prospective students can RSVP at or contact the Office of Enrollment at (630) 829-6300. Admissions will also host a "Transfer Orientation" from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 at the Krasa Student Center. Students can pick up their student ID, parking permit and books, or speak with an academic advisor or financial aid representative to resolve last-minute questions.

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. Donate $70 upfront to get 17 stickers to wear jeans, which you can share with coworkers or donate $35 upfront and get 8 stickers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Office of the Annual Fund in the Krasa Center, Room 035. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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

Taize prayer service offered third Friday of the month

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.

Who 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.

Sunday Mass will resume August 24

The first Sunday Masses of the Fall 2014 Semester will be offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on August 24. The first Daily Masses of the new term will be offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25.

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 A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

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

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery has been set: 

Sunday, September 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
Teresa J. Parker: "Spanish Colonial Art”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The mixtures of cultural, religious and decorative styles found in Mexico and Peru during the 16th century are out of this world. Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection, will discuss the origins of some of these practices and show examples of art and decorative arts. Parker is a practicing artist and has been curating exhibitions for more than 20 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts  from Illinois State University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 5
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
David Oulette, Ph.D.: “The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death.  Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 2
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: "Problems with Representing the Human Figure"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
200-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will discuss the topic of 20th century Modernism and its application to the human figure. Scarlato is an exhibiting painter and printmaker, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Lecture to be announced
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Healthy Table

Make a list. Check it twice.

Do you make a grocery list after checking out the local grocery chain's weekly sales fliers? And do you stick to that list? While that may be asking a lot for some, meal planning can help reduce overall food costs and health costs as well. Meal planning doesn’t have to be a chore. There are dozens of websites that recognize the daily responsibilities families and individuals juggle with on a daily basis, providing recipes that are made with five ingredients or less. Yummy food doesn’t have to be laborious. As always, tweaking recipes to fit your preferences and needs can be part of the fun.

Check out:

1. 5 Ingredients or Less Recipes by
2. 5 Ingredient Recipes by Delish
3. 5 Ingredient Pantry Recipes by Cooking Light
4. 5 Ingredient Recipes by Allrecipes
5. 600 Five Ingredient or Less Recipes by Busy Cook

What are you planning to try?  Happy cooking!

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 

Volleyball camp teaches the basics for boys and girls

The Benedictine University Summer Volleyball Camp for girls and boys ages 7-13 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday-Friday, July 30-August 1 at the Rice Center. Lunch and T-shirts will be provided. The cost of the camp is $175. For more information, contact men's volleyball coach Dan Buehring at or visit

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of July 14-August 30:

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
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
Nicole Scola
-August  5, Information Technology
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    
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    
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
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 Batten-August 22, Auxiliary Enterprises    
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.