Campus Notebook                              June 30, 2016

The next Campus Notebook will be issued Monday, August 1. Happy summer!

Lisle Campus News

This view captures some of the dramatic physical changes that have
occurred on campus during the past few years.

Campus Events

Golf to support students with one of the greatest putters ever

The 22nd Annual President's Invitational Golf Outing will be held Tuesday, July 19, at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. Two-time Master's champion Ben Crenshaw, known as one of golf's greatest putters, is this year's special guest. If you are interested in volunteering, purchasing a foursome or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or For more information, go to

Spend a "National Night Out" of emergency preparedness, free food and fun

The Benedictine University and Lisle Police departments invite the public to attend "National Night Out" at the University from 5:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2. The free event will include food and beverages, safety demonstrations, raffles, kids' games, display emergency vehicles, booths from local businesses and giveaways. Visitors can interact with police officers, paramedics and firefighters and learn more about emergency preparedness and crime prevention. Certified technicians will be present to inspect child safety seats and make sure they are properly installed in vehicles. Visitors can also try out the DUI goggles, which simulate intoxication to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence. Ernie the Eagle might pop in! The event will be held in the Rice Center/Neuzil Hall parking lot off College Road in Lisle. For more information, to gift a raffle prize, to request a booth or to volunteer for this event contact Sgt. Debbie Vanderploeg at (630) 829-6658 or, or Amanda Warren at (630) 829-6665 or   

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Delving into the Conversion Events in the Life of Archbishop Oscar Romero," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Discover the transformative events in the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero as a way to challenge us to discern and respond to God's call. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.  


Upcoming Enrollment events allow prospective students to get to know BenU

The Office of Admissions has scheduled several events throughout the spring and summer to showcase Benedictine University to prospective students. Prospective students can attend Saturday Preview Day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on July 16, and a Future Transfer Day on Wednesdays, July 6 and August 3. A Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House is scheduled from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. During the events, attendees can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss Benedictine University's renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, how to apply, and scholarships and financial aid, and take a guided tour of campus. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Alumni Development

Take advantage of discounted hotel rates this summer

The Office of Alumni Development launched a new discount hotel program this fall through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings at more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you're guaranteed the lowest price on the web at the time of booking and a portion of each booking will help support the University. To sign up, go to and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

Campus Ministry

You can help the victims in flood-ravaged West Virginia

More than 20 people are dead, many are still missing, hundreds of homes across West Virginia were damaged or completely destroyed, and the Red Cross reported they had more than 400 people in shelters on Monday. If you want to help, you can donate to Catholic Charities, West Virginia, at Catholic Charities West Virginia's Disaster Services plays a significant role in the long term (sometimes several years) recovery after a widespread disaster.

Volunteers needed for Catholic Charities' back to school fair

Faculty and staff are invited to volunteer for Catholic Charities' DuPage County Back to School Fair on Wednesday, August 3, at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catholic Charities' Back to School Fairs help prepare children from low-income households for a new school year by providing a variety of services, including free school supplies, immunizations, physicals, dental exams and more. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Carrie Roberts, director of Campus Ministry, at directly instead of Catholic Charities and she will respond for everyone as a group. For more information, go to

Faculty and Staff Notes

Kari L Stone (Chemistry) and senior Syeda M. Ahmed (Health Science major) recently published an article in the journal Inorganics titled "Advances in Engineered Hemoproteins to Promote Biocatalysts." The article is available online at The article is part of an invited feature paper in the special issue "Traversing the Boundaries of Inorganic Chemistry." 

About Benedictine

You get more for your money here

Benedictine University is ranked among the top 10 schools in Illinois and the top 20 percent in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to the 2016 PayScale ROI Report for colleges with the best value.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the most recent schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Through July 30
Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery regular hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.   

Healthy Table

Here are some tips for grilling food safely

Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill. There are a lot of ways to make your grilling experience a healthy one. Follow these easy tips for a healthy and tasty cookout.

   ● Avoid charring meats by lowering the heat to reduce buildup of cancer causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). Think "low and slow."
   ● Don't forget to use a meat thermometer to make sure all food has reached the safe minimum recommended cooking temperature. Do not allow perishable foods to reach the danger zone of 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit for more than two hours. Check out this complete list of safe cooking temperatures at
   ● Trim excess fat from meats to reduce flame flare-ups as well as cancer causing compounds known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
   ● Marinate meat for at least 30 minutes in acidic ingredients (i.e. lemon juice, orange juice) prior to grilling for better flavor and to minimize HCAs or PAHs.
   ● Try swapping out animal protein for fruits and vegetables. Some fun and tasty ideas include tomato, onion, squash and pepper kabobs, or grilled pineapple and peaches.

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

Keep your eyes on the skies

The annual Lisle "Eyes to the Skies Festival" will be held from 12:00-11:00 p.m. on Friday-Sunday, July 1-3.  Admission is $8 for adults and children (includes both music stages and majority of the Children's Area), children under age 6 are free. Lisle residents are free on Sunday, July 3, until 3:00 p.m. with valid photo ID, and all of Sunday, July 3, is free for military members (active and veterans) with valid military ID. Events include morning and evening launches of hot air balloons, nightly balloon glows, tethered balloon rides, a carnival, a large children's area, a craft fair, live music on two stages, nightly fireworks and 50 unique food vendors. Free parking and shuttle service is available from Benet Academy, Benedictine University and Navistar. Handicap accessibility is available just outside the west ticket booth at $5 per vehicle. For more information, visit

USATF Illinois seeks volunteers for Masters Throws Championships

Volunteers are needed to support 2016 USA Track & Field Masters Throws Championships, a unique field event competition which showcases an athlete's power and strength. More than 120 athletes and officials plus spectators from across the country will attend the competition on the weekend of August 5-7 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Duties include retrieving implements during warm-ups and competition, assisting during weights and measures, setting up and managing the competition venue under direction of meet officials, and assisting in registration, posting results and assisting with medals and awards. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age. For more information, contact Tricia Myers at To download an application, visit

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine women's soccer team will host a prospect camp in August.

Mesa Campus News


The Benedictine University at Mesa women's volleyball team added 11
new players to a team that went 17-7 last season in its first year
in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The BenU at Mesa women's volleyball team added 11 new players for the 2016 season.

The BenU at Mesa baseball team added seven signees to its inaugural recruiting class.

Springfield Campus News


Several enrollment events scheduled on Springfield campus

The National Moser Center at Benedictine University at Springfield will host a series of enrollment events for adults interested in the various programs offered on the Springfield campus.

  • A NextGenMBA Virtual Info Session will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of July 1-31:

Timothy Haemmerle – July 1, St. Procopius Abbey
Timothy Comar – July 3, Mathematics
Michael Dakoumis – July 4, Benedictine Library
Patrick Summerville – July 4, Dining Services
Jason Kroese – July 5, Athletics
Sonia Murden – July 6, Registrar
Maureen Romero – July 8, Campus Ministry
Jessica Lang – July 9, Admissions
Molly Remley – July 9, Athletics
Robert Witt – July 9, Benedictine University Police
Anthony Scola – July 10, Admissions
Kelly Jennings – July 11, Enrollment, Southwest Region
Donna Madia – July 12, Academic Affairs
Peter Thompson – July 12, Auxiliary Enterprises
Ryan Merrick – July 13, Facilities Management
Julie Cowgill – July 14, Operations
Alan Daniels – July 15, Mesa Operations
Juan Gomez – July 15, Dining Services
Carrie Roberts – July 16, University Ministry
Latifa Bounou – July 16, Foreign Languages
Laura Hall – July 17, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Yvette Knox – July 17, President's Office
Scott Arnold – July 18, Information Technology
Brian McCabe – July 19, Enrollment, Southwest Region
Jake Pineda – July 19, Information Technology
Tara Tarazoff – July 19, Athletics
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
Michael Mangan – July 24, Abbey Personnel
Laura Saunders – July 24, Marketing and Communications
Kathleen Smith – July 27, Financial Aid
Patricia Somers – July 28, Psychology/Sociology
Ashley Sylvester – July 28, Business and Financial Services
Ryan Wingate – July 28, Athletics
Paul Giordano – July 29, Information Technology
John Schade – July 29, Business and Finance Services
Krista Huba – July 31, Graduate Business Administration
Anna Moorhead – July 31, International Programs and 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.