Campus Notebook

March 18, 2013

University Notes

The Honors Convocation and Hooding Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, May 3 with the 120th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 11. Cap and gown rental orders for faculty and staff who are participating in these celebrations will be processed within the next few weeks. If any faculty or staff members plan to attend and requires rental of a cap, gown and/or hood, please contact Donna Madia at with the appropriate information on or before Monday, April 2. If you have rented in the past, just let her know you plan to participate. If you have not ordered a rental in the past, the following information is needed: your name; the highest degree you have earned; the institution at which this degree was awarded (including the city and state); and your height, weight and cap size.

There will be no daily Mass this week because of Spring break. The Student Sunday evening Mass schedule will return on March 24. Daily Mass will return March 25-27. There will be no daily Mass and Student Sunday Mass from March 28-April 1 because of the Easter break.

The Women’s Institute for Global Leadership presents the “2013 Women’s History Month Personal Enrichment Series.” The series features workshops on leadership, career advancement, health and financial stability. Mickeisha Armstrong will discuss “Career Advancement: Retool and Reinvent” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 22. Janice Faris will discuss financial decision making with “‘My Worth’ ... Planning for a Life You Can Depend On” from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27. Each session is free, and will be held at the Moser Center, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Room 106. Reservations are required. RSVP at

A Volunteer Appreciation Reception will be held from 4:30-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 for all those who have volunteered for the following University Development Events: BenBash 2012, the President’s Invitational Golf Outing 2012, BenFest 2012, Homecoming 2012, We R Ben Day 2012 and Casino Night 2013. Email invitations have been sent out. If you did not receive an invitation and did volunteer at one or more of these listed events, please contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or

The Scholars Program will host two sessions for senior presentations. The day session will be from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in the Krasa Center Presentation Room; the night sessions will be from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4. Topics vary widely and include, but are not limited to, germs, music, the media, genomics, medicine, literature and the concept of happiness. No matter where your interests lie, you won’t want to miss it!

The Center for Civic Leadership (CCL) at Benedictine University will hold its Eighth Annual Youth Government Day from 8:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Approximately 400 area high school students are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will focus on political corruption and fiscal mismanagement in Illinois, and feature presentations from a variety of academics, citizen advocates and investigative journalists.

Open Mic and Poetry Slam Spring 2013 will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 at the Coal Ben. The poetry slam will have two rounds, so bring at least two original poems if you want to participate in the contest. There will be music and refreshments. Winners will receive prizes. The event is sponsored by the Department of Language and Literature and Student Activities. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or

Put on your running shoes and join us for the American Medical Student Association 5K Fun Run at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 7. The proceeds from this race benefit HomeCare Physicians (HCP), a nationally recognized, award-winning medical house call program for homebound patients. If you visit to register by March 31, the registration fee is $20. Onsite registration begins at 7:00 a.m. the morning of the race and costs $25. For more information, contact Rabia Choudhry at (773) 416-0342 or; or Marihan Hegazy at (708) 416-0342 or For more information on HCP, visit

BenU UNICEF invites the public to attend a hunger banquet at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, April 8 in Krasa Center, Rooms A, B and C. Proceeds from the event will go to UNICEF to aid the Sahel region of northern Africa. Early bird registration ends on March 15 and is $25 per person and $20 per child aged 12 and under. Regular registration is $30 for adults and $20 for children. Couples are $50 and a table of eight is $180. Visit to RSVP or email for more information.

Money Smart Week is a public awareness campaign aimed at helping individuals better manage their finances. Student Activities, the College of Business and the Undergraduate Business Programs will sponsor two events to help you get in the spirit. “Navigating Personal Finances in Today’s Environment” will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms A and B, and will feature five speakers with expertise in the area of personal finance. The “Big Money” presentation - featuring T-shirts, cash prizes and the money machine - will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this event is to promote wise money management for students.

The sixth annual Faith and Reason Symposium, “...To the Least of These My Brethren: How Faith and Science can Fight Hunger, from the Local to the Global,” will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12 in the Krasa Center Presentation Room. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership’s Hunger Team, the Abby Endowment, the Center for Mission and Identity and the Global Studies Forum. Guest speakers and panelists include Diane Nilan, founder and executive director of HEAR US, an organization dedicated to ending child poverty in the United States, and Kim Perez, executive director of People’s Resource Center of DuPage County.

Huili Wang, Ph.D., professor and director of the Institute for Language and Cognition at the Dalian University of Technology, will present “English Learning from Multifaceted Perspectives” from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 in Kindlon Hall, Room 162. The event is sponsored by the assistants to the Provost for International Affairs and Intercultural Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of International Programs and Services. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Megan Benham at or Wilson Chen at

Phillip Phillips is going to make Benedictine University his “home” on April 13. Get your tickets now - only $30 for general admission seats - by going to or visiting the Office of University Events in the Krasa Center, Room 055. Only Benedictine University students can purchase a $15 student ticket. Volunteers are needed to help the Office of University Events during the concert. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Brett Harrington, University Events coordinator, at (630) 829-1814 or Volunteers receive free admission to the concert. Either way, don’t miss this opportunity to see Phillip Phillips!

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies invites faculty and staff to its Annual Awards Banquet and Fundraiser on Wednesday, April 17 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner starts 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 for students and $30 for faculty, staff, parents and alumni. Proceeds benefit the Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B., Endowed Scholarship. To RSVP, contact Brett Harrington at (630) 829-1814 or

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.

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Time off is available for staff to use through the Vacation Donation Program if they are facing a personal emergency and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. All donated time expires at the end of May. To apply for additional time, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Patrick Flynn (Philosophy) served as a faculty observer at the Fifth Biannual Association for Core Text and Courses (ACTC) Student Conference at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago on March 8-10. Two Benedictine University undergraduate students presented papers and participated in the prestigious conference. Komal Mirza, a Philosophy major, presented “Plato’s Idea of the Good and Liberal Education Today,” and Mubashir Razvi, a Philosophy and Biology major, presented “A Reason to Think: David Hume's ‘A Treatise of Human Nature.’” “They performed with excellence,” Flynn said. “They clearly gave a very good account of our institution.” The abstract proposals for these papers were refereed from a fairly large field of submitted proposals from undergraduate students at many other ACTC involved institutions across the United States and Canada. Thirty-six undergraduate students gave papers at the conference.

Healthy Table

What is “MyPlate?”

MyPlate is the U.S. government’s primary food group symbol. It is an easy to understand visual cue to help consumers adopt healthy eating habits consistent with the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans.” Some helpful tips of MyPlate include:

• Enjoy your food, but eat less
• Avoid oversized portions
• Make half your plate fruit and vegetables
• Switch to fat free or low fat (1 percent) milk
• Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Go to for more information!

Healthy Table at Benedictine offers nutrition counseling by our very own dietetic interns who are working to be registered dietitians. Make an appointment today by calling (630) 829-6518 or “Like” us on Facebook at “Healthy Table and Benedictine University.”


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 punch 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 March 18-April 30:

Annette Loritz -March 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heidi Robbe -March 18, Marketing and Communications
Sharon Collins -March 18, Financial Aid
Barbara Shore -March 19, Liberal Arts
Preston Aldrich -March 19, Biological Sciences
Edward Zeifert -March 21, Athletics
Jeffery Madura -March 21, Undergraduate Business
Anthony Simmons -March 21, Information Technology
Chandra Palmer -March 23, Scholars Program, Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies
Mary Powers -March 24, New Student Advising Center
Maria Lee -March 25, Financial Aid
Brandon Amos -March 25, Nursing and Health
Eileen Kivlin -March 30, Science
Kevin Albert -March 30, Information Technology
Jessica Gissal -March 30, University Development
Tonia Rucker -March 31, Science
Jaquil Brown -Perry-April 1, Business Learning Teams
John Draut -April 2, Business Administration
Jennifer Erickson -April 3, Enrollment Center
Susan Stackley -April 4, Business Administration
Betsy Rhinesmith -April 5, Personnel Resources
Karl Constant -April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt -April, 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods -April 8, Enrollment Center
Duane Hazelwood-April 9, Benedictine University Police
Karl Bowker -April 10, Information Technology
Richard Nassif -April 10, Athletics
Mark Ritz -April 10, Business and Finance Services
Joshua Wolfgang -April 10, Annual Fund
Deborah Sarna -April 12, Library Services
Fr. David Turner, O.S.B. -April 13, Academic Affairs
Susan Ortinau -April 13, Dining Services
Art Rutherford -April 13, Campus Services
Allison Wilson -April 14, Biology
Marilyn Cermak -April 15, Student Success Center
Christopher Birks -April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa -April 17, Admissions
Diane Battistella -April 19, Financial Aid
Maria de la Camara -April 20, College of Liberal Arts
Kaniela Aiona -April 21, Athletics
Elizabeth Bell - April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
Jessica Steadman -April 21, Athletics Marketing
Jayne Wechsler -April 21, Dining Services
Wayne Haffey -April 22, Benedictine University Police
Mike Fitzgerald -April 22, Dining Services
Georgeen Polyak -April 22, Public Health
Xiaojin Yu -April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand -April 26, Doctor of Education Program
Beryl Davin -April 26, Women’s Institute for Global Leadership
William Torres -April 26, Benedictine University Police
Monica Miller -April 27, Residence Life
Andrea Swanson -April 27, Planning, Design and Construction Management
Jason Burr -April 28, Athletics
Susan Mikula Christie -April 28, History
John Thornburg -April 29, International Business and Economics
Pedro Guerrero -April 29, Campus Services
Lynne Schrott -April 30, Career Development
Wilbert Watkins -April 30, Music

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

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