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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 www.ben.edu/agoh.
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 www.deeprootslax.com.
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 www.ben.edu/library.
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 email@example.com. 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 http://www.ben.edu/camps.cfm or contact Marita Hyde at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 http://chicagoredstars.net/.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 "Goodsearch.com." Every time you use Goodsearch.com, 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 "Goodsearch.com," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or email@example.com.
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: www.ascensionchurch.com/contact.html. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.