Campus Notebook

June 22, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine Fletcher (Theology) presented a paper, "Benedictines, the True Environmentalists," at the 61st annual convention of the College Theology Society, "An Unexpected Wilderness: Seeking God on a Changing Plane," held at the University of Portland (Ore.) in late May.

Kari Stone (Chemistry/Biochemistry) published a paper, "Manganese-Substituted Myoglobin: Characterization and Reactivity of an Oxidizing Intermediate towards a Weak C-H Bond," in the journal Inorganics. Recent Benedictine graduates Joey Hua (C13, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) and Humdoon Choudhry (C15, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) were co-authors on the paper. This work focuses on possible new entries of heme enzymes in biocatalysis.

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

Not so secret garden

Benedictine faculty and staff got their hands dirty during Campus
Beautification Day on May 22.


Black Freedom and Revolution in the Muslim World

The Department of History, Philosophy, Theology, Religious and Global Studies will host a faculty workshop, "Ferguson in the Middle East: Black Freedom and Revolution in the Muslim World," from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, July 28-30, in Kindlon Hall, Room 125. Attendees will participate in a discussion centering on the book, "Black Star, Crescent Moon," by Sohail Daulatzai, and its illustrations of the connections between the Black Freedom Movement and the anti-colonial struggle of the Muslim world. The discussion will be led by Samy Ayoub, Ph.D., professor of Arabic Studies at Benedictine University. Registration is limited. The book and lunch will be provided. There is a $200 stipend for faculty participants. RSVP by July 27 to

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

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 items 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

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

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

Staying cool for your summer workout

Here are a few tips to stay cool during your summer workout:

  • Hydrate before, during and after physical activity.
  • Exercise early in the morning or early in the evening when the temperatures are cooler.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing in breathable fabrics like cotton.

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.    

  • 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 22-July 31:

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
Timothy Haemmerle – July 1, St. Procopius Abbey
Timothy Comar – July 3, Mathematics
Michael Dakoumis – July 4, Benedictine Library
Jason Kroese – July 5, Athletics
Sonia Murden – July 6, Registrar
William Carroll – July 7, President's Office
Nabiev Bahtiyar – July 8, Campus Services
Maureen Romero – July 8, University Ministry
Jessica Lang – July 9, Admissions
Molly Remley – July 9, Athletics
Anthony Scola – July 10, Admissions
Kelly Jennings – July 11, Enrollment, Southwest Region
Donna Madia – July 12, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Peter Thompson – July 12, Auxiliary Enterprises
Sharon Schneider-Borowicz – July 13, Graduate Business Administration
Julie Cowgill – July 14, Operations
Juan Gomez – July 15, Dining Services
Carrie Roberts – July 16, University Ministry
Laura Hall – July 17, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Yvette Knox – July 17, University Services
Scott Arnold – July 18, Information Technology
James Byrd – July 18, Admissions
Jake Pineda – July 19, Information Technology
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

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.