Campus Notebook

June 15, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Wilson Chen (Languages and Literature) was selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on "Slave Narratives." The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, English and related fields will use the slave narratives and other assigned secondary reading to comprehend the lived experience of slaves themselves in the transition from bondage to freedom. From a pool of 83 highly competitive nominations, 27 faculty members were selected to participate in the seminar, which will be held June 21-25 at Yale University.

Ovid Wong (School of Education) is conducting new faculty training at Dalian Nationalities University in Dalian, China, via lecture, demonstrating teaching and co-teaching. In between training sessions, he works with students on a racing car. The vehicle shown below is a prototype which runs on electricity.

Someday you may be the person needing blood

Faculty and staff can donate blood from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Donors should eat within four hours of donating and must have a photo ID. To sign up, go to, find “Create a Sign Up” and enter the email address Walk-ins are welcome. 

Sunshine, green grass and a bevy of birdies

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

Go Speed Racer!

When not conducting faculty training, Ovid Wong (far right) is working with students
from Dalian Nationalities University in China on an electric-powered racer.


College of Business offers degree that encourages business creators

Benedictine University will offer three new degrees through 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

Auxiliary Enterprises
To be the best, you got to learn (basketball) from the best

Benedictine University's Eagles Basketball Camp for boys in grades 3-8 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday, June 9-12 at the Rice Center. The goal of the camp is to create an entertaining environment for learning the game of basketball and place campers in a setting where they will develop lasting friendships with fellow campers and coaches. The camp is directed by Benedictine men's basketball coach Keith Bunkenburg, one of the nation’s winningest active Division III coaches. Children of faculty and staff pay just $175 for the camp, which is regularly $220. The price includes lunch, a T-shirt and a camp basketball. To register, contact Bunkenburg at (630) 829-6146.

Campus Ministry

Help low-income kids get ready to go back to school

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Joliet is sponsoring the 23rd annual Will County Back to School Fair from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. This event is a countywide effort to help low-income families access important services to begin the school year on a positive note. Last year, more than 4,000 children and their families attended the fair and received free medical and dental services, haircuts, vital information about local programs and services, and a new backpack and school supplies. University Ministry is collecting the following items for this year's fair: standard size backpacks, spiral notebooks, 24 count crayons, washable glue sticks, eight count washable markers, pencil cases, loose leaf paper, 12-inch rulers, 12 count pencils, pink rubber erasers and 5-inch blunt end scissors. Donations of any new or "like new" books appropriate for children from pre-school through 12th grade and cash donations are also accepted and appreciated. To donate, bring your item to the Campus Ministry office by July 6. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts at

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

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

Expect the best but prepare for the worst

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program designed to prepare staff and students to help themselves, their family, friends and neighbors in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available, such as emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, emergency response organization and disaster psychology. The training will be held from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, June 15-17, in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABCD. To participate, contact Michi Dubes at

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 2013, which is published in 2014, 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

Through July 18    
Nature Artists' Guild of Morton Arboretum  
"Viewing Nature"
Mixed Media
Komechak Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

Through June 27
Benedictine University Permanent Art Collection
Kindlon Hall, Gallery South (First Floor)

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

Eating right isn't complicated

Do you feel that eating right is just too difficult? Begin with recommendations from the "Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2015." Emphasize fruit, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free milk and milk products. Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Make sure your diet is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt (sodium) and added sugars.

Make your calories count.

Think nutrient rich rather than good or bad foods. The majority of your food choices should be packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients, and lower in calories. Making smart food choices can help you stay healthy, manage your weight and be physically active.

Focus on Variety

Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups to get the nutrients your body needs. Fruits and vegetables can be fresh, frozen or canned. Eat more dark green vegetables such as leafy greens and broccoli and orange vegetables including carrots and sweet potatoes. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and peas.

Know Your Fats

Look for foods low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol to help reduce your risk of heart disease. Most of the fats you eat should be monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.

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

Village offers free outdoor concerts at PrairieWalk Pond

The Village of Lisle Special Events Committee presents a series of free music concerts at Lisle’s PrairieWalk Pond at 7:00 p.m. on Thursdays in June and August. Bring your blanket or lawn chair and join your friends, neighbors and family for fun-filled evenings of concerts around PraireWalk Pond. Lisle vendors will be onsite providing food, beer and wine for purchase.

  • June 18 –The Personnel
  • August 6 – 97 Nine
  • August 13 – Suburban Cowboys
  • August 20 - Catfight

PrairieWalk Pond is located just west of Main Street in Downtown Lisle at the intersection of Garfield and Burlington Avenues. Parking will be available at the Garfield Parking Lot located on Garfield Ave. In case of rain or storm threat, please check the Village of Lisle Facebook page for up to date information regarding cancellations. For more information, contact the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 769-1000.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of June 15-30:

Vanessa Cano – June 15, Office of Financial Aid
Dianne Moran – June 16, Psychology/Sociology
Robin Rylaarsdam – June 16, Biological Sciences
Robert Feely –  June 16, Dining Services
Kathryn Shive – June 16, Marketing and Communications
Eileen Forrest – June 17, Dining Services
Francesca Bergen – June 18, Business and Finance Services
Michelle Koppitz – June 18, Adult and Professional Programs
Mercy Robb – June 18, Marketing and Communications
Pedro Del Corral – June 19, Biological Sciences
Steve McDonald – June 19, Campus Service
Mark Poch – June 19, Biological Sciences
Theresa Smallwood – June 19, Registrar
Louise Capellan-Adams – June 21, Mesa Operations
Martha Martinez – June 21, Campus Services
Kari Stone – June 22, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Sandra Gill – June 23, College of Business
Jim Stockstill – June 23, Campus Services
Christine Isom-Verhaaren – June 24, Core Humanities
Phyllis Meyers – June 25, Organization Development
Adrianna Saccone – June 25, Office of Alumni Development
Erin Divoky – June 26, Nursing and Health
Gloria Munoz – June 28, Campus Services
Regina Schurman – June 28, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Linda Hale – June 29, Marketing and Communications
Nicholas Herwaldt – June 29, Dining Service
Meagan Daniel – June 30, Office of Institutional Grants

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.