Campus Notebook

June 24, 2014

Note: The next Campus Notebook will be issued July 7.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) recently published an article titled “Nanomaterial-Based Electrochemical Immunosensors for Clinically Significant Biomarkers” with Stanley Okon, M.D., in the journal Materials 2014, 7(6), 4669-4709; doi:10.3390/ma7064669. The article appeared in a special issue titled “Advanced Nanomaterials for Biosensors” and may be accessed at

Ovid Wong (Education) made a teacher assessment rubric report to the Master of Arts in Education faculty and students at Shenyang Normal University in Shenyang, China on June 4.

Elsie Yuan (International Programs and Services) is participating in the fifth annual EducationUSA Forum in Washington, D.C., through June 25. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the EducationUSA Forum is bringing together 550 university representatives with more than 60 EducationUSA regional educational experts and advisers from around the world to discuss strategies for helping international students to study in the United States and for promoting U.S. study abroad.   

University Notes

Lesotho Group Photo

A team comprised of students from Benedictine University represented Lesotho
at the recent National Model UN in New York.

Lions and tigers and opossums, oh my

An Animal Tracking Workshop and Nature Walk presented by Nature Education Programs, Ltd. will be held at Benedictine University from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28. Participants will learn to identify critters like opossums or foxes or squirrels by the footprints they leave behind, then go out in nature and put their new-found knowledge to work. The family-friendly event is being offered for free by the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. The program is designed for ages 8 years and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by June 23 at (630) 829-6531 or

Police talk freshman safety on YouTube

Representatives from the Benedictine University Police will participate in a round table on campus safety for incoming college freshmen that will broadcast live through Bolingbrook local cable at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 10. The production will also run on the Bolingbrook Police Department YouTube channel, Topics that will be covered include sexual assaults, general safety, alcohol related violations/binge drinking, property crimes on campus and safety for commuting students. 

Former U.S. attorney general to speak at Benedictine

The Center for Civic Leadership, the Illinois Republican National Hispanic Assembly of Illinois and the DuPage County Bar Association will present former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales at 6:45 p.m. on Thursday, July 24 on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Gonzales will present “The Challenges of Enforcing Federal Law.” The cost is $75 for attorneys/legal professionals and $50 for the general public. Cocktail hour begins at 5:00 p.m. with dinner at 6:00 p.m. The event will also feature a vocal performance by Daniel Rodriguez, “America’s beloved tenor.”

Volunteers needed for annual golf outing

Volunteers are needed for the 20th annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing on Monday, July 28, at Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. Please contact Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 or Visit for more information.

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

A College of Business Adult and Graduate Open House is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16 and a College of Education and Health Services Graduate Open House is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 23. Both open house events will be held at the Neff Welcome Center.

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: 

Through June 27

Arvydas Zabulionis: Sanctuary – Photographs
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery
Zabulionis is a local photographer who has spent the last several years traveling Europe and the Chicago area to photograph churches and places of worship. Mesmerized by the beauty of these sanctuaries, he presents them in all their glory, full of color and rich with details. Zabulionis studied photography at College of DuPage.

Through June 27
High School Art Student Exhibition
IC Catholic Prep
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery
High school students, grades 9-12, will exhibit their recent work from IC Catholic Prep High School in Elmhurst. Examples of class projects in drawing, painting, digital and mixed media will be included.

Through June 30
Benedictine University Student Printmakers
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery
Student artwork from Benedictine University’s Fine Arts program will feature projects in drawing, relief printmaking and the art appreciation honors courses taught by Teresa Parker, lecturer in the Benedictine University Department of Fine Arts and curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.

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: “Modernism”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 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

High Blood Pressure and Memory

A recent study released from the American Academy of Neurology revealed that a possible relationship between high blood pressure in middle age may affect brain measures and memory in old age. More specifically, the researchers found that high systolic and high diastolic blood pressure were associated with an increased risk of brain lesions and tiny brain bleeds. Additionally, the researchers also found that high blood pressure in middle age was associated with having lower memory scores in old age.

So how do you prevent those memory losses and brain damages later in life?

   • Reduce stress by participating in relaxation exercises like meditation or yoga. Many of the poses performed in yoga activate chemicals in your body to help induce relaxation. The poses also provide other benefits like better digestion and better sleep patterns.

   • Look for those low sodium labels – and remember, just because it may not taste salty, doesn’t mean there aren’t other ingredients contributing to the sodium levels. So make sure you’re reading those labels!

   • Try out the DASH diet. This diet was specifically designed to help lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension. It emphasizes not only a low-sodium diet, but it is also low in saturated fat, and focuses on increasing fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

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.

Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau

Wouldn't you like to fly in their beautiful balloon?

The dates for this year’s popular hot air balloon festival, “Lisle Eyes to the Skies,” are July 3-5. Visitors to this year’s festival can expect daily launches of hot air balloons and balloon glows, a carnival, large craft fair, live music, three nights of fireworks, a food court and more. For more information, visit

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 June 24-July 30:

Christine Isom-Verhaaren-June 24, Core-Humanities
Phyllis Meyers-June 25, Organization Development
Adrianna Saccone-June 25, Office of Alumni Development
Regina Schurman-June 28, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Elliott Peppers-June 28, Marketing and Communications
Linda Hale-June 29, Marketing and Communications
Meagan Daniel-June 30, Office of Institutional Grants
Martin Tracey-July 2, Philosophy
Timothy Comar-July 3, Mathematics
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 Rapp-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
Aaron Golamb-July 13, Operations
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 Ewert-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
Judith Gavlin-July 23, University Development
Cheryl Mascarenhas-July 23, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Deborah Smith-July 23, University Development Events
Vernon McCoy-July 24, Onground Ed.D.
Laura Saunders-July 24, Marketing and Communications
Cristal Martinez-July 26, Registrar
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

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.

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Marketing and Communications

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