Campus Notebook

June 24, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Five faculty members were recently named recipients of the 2013 Benedictine University Faculty Awards. These awards recognize significant achievements in the areas of teaching, research and service which serve as models for all faculty members.

Jack Thornburg, Ph.D. (Anthropology) received the Faculty Award for Teaching. Thornburg has been facilitating short-term study abroad trips at Benedictine University since 2002. He has taken students to Costa Rica, Mexico, Cuba and elsewhere. His preparation for these trips is unequalled, focusing on the relationships of the native people with their environment, local versus global economies, governments, ethics and social justice.  

Ovid Wong, Ph.D. (School of Education) received the Faculty Award for Research. Wong is a prolific author and feverish researcher with more than two dozen books to his credit. His current research focuses on teaching excellence in higher education and forms the basis for his latest book, "An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty: Foundations for Career Success," which will be published in the fall by Rowan & Littlefield Education.

Wilson Chen, Ph.D. (Language and Literature) and Martin Tracey, Ph.D. (Philosophy) shared the award for University Service. The two have co-chaired the University's Task Force on General Education since 2009,

Allison K. Wilson, Ph.D. (Biological Sciences) was awarded the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership. Wilson was the principal investigator who helped secure a $1.2 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the training of more math and science teachers.

University Notes

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Benedictine University will host the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Program on the Lisle campus for the ninth consecutive year June 26-August 3. The MEPI Student Leaders Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State through a grant awarded to six U.S. academic institutions. MEPI operates in 18 countries; Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank/Gaza and Yemen. Twenty outstanding students from North Africa and the Middle East have been selected to participate in the MEPI program. They will spend approximately four weeks in residence at Benedictine University, attending classes focusing on leadership, democracy and culture.

The Benedictine University Police Department was informed June 22 that it has been accredited by the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Council. The council consists of leading law enforcement and criminal justice administrators from throughout the state. The accreditation process is a critical peer review of police operations, training and best practices, which provide the most effective and efficient service to the community. The Benedictine University Police Department is the first private university law enforcement agency in Illinois to receive this prestigious award. "I am very proud of the hard work and commitment made by all members of the department to get us to this status," said Police Chief Michael Salatino. "Our accreditation award now sets us on a continued road of providing the best services to our campus community."

"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.

Benedictine University has been awarded a $46,000, Illinois F-SCRAP grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to begin composting its food waste this year on the Lisle campus. Benedictine will team up with Compost Supply to capture food scraps as well as recyclables. This new composting effort will allow the University to divert in excess of 105,000 pounds (52.5 tons) per year of food waste from landfills and wastewater. Compostables include food scraps (even meat), paper napkins and compostable disposables. Recyclables include other paper, plastic and glass. Everything else is garbage. If you are interested in helping teach people to recycle and compost in the fall, please contact Jean-Marie Kauth at

See why we are the talk of the town on Wednesday, July 17 and attend the Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Open House at 5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Kindlon Hall. Prospective students are invited to learn about our flexible, evening, weekend and accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate programs. You can attend information seminars specific to your program of interest, and meet with admissions and financial aid counselors. RSVP at

Benedictine University Men's Lacrosse will host a camp for boys in grades 4-12 on Sunday-Thursday, July 14-18, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The camp will feature professional lacrosse player Kyle Harrison and other professional players and coaches. Deep Roots Lacrosse camp, presented by TAMA Lacrosse, is an instructional skills camp that is dedicated to maximizing the potential of each player's lacrosse abilities. Each player will have the opportunity to work with professional lacrosse players, college coaches and college lacrosse players. TAMA Lacrosse will be providing each player with a jersey for camp as well as other prizes and giveaways from TAMA Lacrosse and LXM Pro/STX/NIKE. For more information, go to

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. Exceptions include: Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 (closed for staff development); and Thursday, July 4 (closed, Independence Day). 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.

Summer Fun Day Camp registration is under way. Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to spend a fun-filled summer. 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 1-5 (no camp July 4), July 8-12, July 15-19, 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.

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
Elizabeth Skarr-June 27, College of Science
Regina Schurman-June 28, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Elliott Peppers-June 28, Marketing and Communications
Linda Hale-June 29, Marketing and Communications
Kelly Mitchell
-June 30, Department of Athletics
Meagan Daniel-June 30, Office of Institutional Grants
Paul Kuczak-July 2, Campus Services
Martin Tracey-July 2, Philosophy                   
Timothy Comar-July 3, Mathematics and Computational Sciences                   
Apostolos Xanthopoulos-July 3, Graduate Business Administration
Jason Kroese-July 5, Department of Athletics                   
William Carroll-July 7, President's Office                   
Sonia Murden-July 6, Registrar's Office
Bahtiyar Nabiev-July 8, Campus Services
Carol Swett-July 8, International Programs                   
Molly Remley-July 9, Department of Athletics                   
Jacqueline Schulman-July 10, Student Life                   
Anthony Scola-July 10, Office of Admissions                   
Donna Madia-July 12, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs       
Peter Thompson-July 12, Dining Services
Sharon Schneider-Borowicz-July 13, Graduate Business Administration                   
Donald Baron-July 15, Benedictine University Police                   
Juan Gomez-July 15, Dining Services
Elve Mitchell-July 15, Student Success Center                   
Carrie Roberts-July 16, University Ministry
Laura Ewert-July 17, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Donald Taylor-July 17, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs           
Yvette Knox-July 17, University Services                   
Scott Arnold-July 18, Information Technology
James Byrd-July 18, Office of Admissions                   
Alice Peterson-July 19, Benedictine Library                   
Jake Pineda-July 19, Information Technology                   
Deborah Schroer-July 21, Business Learning Teams                   
Veronica Dillard-July 22, Business Learning Teams
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, Switchboard   

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

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