Campus Notebook

March 25, 2013

University Notes

Tickets for the BenBash concert featuring Phillip Phillips on Saturday, April 13 are "Gone, Gone, Gone." However, there is a chance that a few more tickets will be made available at some point. If you would like to be added to the wait list, please contact Courtney Basile at

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 plans 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.

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 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. 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. The session is free and will be held at the Moser Center, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Room 106. Reservations are required. RSVP at

Daily Mass returns today. However, there will be no daily Mass and Student Sunday Mass from March 28-April 1 because of the Easter break.

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.

Saturday, April 6 is “Discovery Day: Frogs and Toads of Illinois” at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. Join the museum staff from 2:00-3:00 p.m. for a “Frog Call Workshop.” The workshop is intended for nature enthusiasts as well as beginning and experienced frog call monitors. The unique mating call of 13 frog and toad species native to Northern Illinois will be explored. Participants will learn basic frog ecology, when each frog or toad is expected to call throughout the spring and summer seasons, and be able to positively identify each frog and toad by sight and by sound. We will also look at the current data from the DuPage Forest Preserve’s Frog Monitoring Program to see how frog and toad populations have changed over time in DuPage County. Then join the staff for a “Frog Walk” from 3:00-4:00 p.m. After learning about the frogs and toads native to Northern Illinois, take a Frog and Nature Walk around Lake St. Benedict.  Bring your camera and walking stick as you enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of nature on this half-mile loop. Listen for frog calls and explore the trail to discover other plants and animals. The program is intended for adults and families with children over the age of 10. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The event is free, donations welcome.  Dress for the weather (frogs call more during light rain anyway) and boots are recommended as the trail is unpaved and may be muddy. Attendance to the Frog Call Workshop is encouraged, but not required for the Frog Walk. Pre-registration by April 2 s required. Please contact or call (630) 829-6531.

Joanna Beth Tweedy, associate dean of Academic Affairs at Benedictine University at Springfield and author of “The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas” and numerous other publications, will talk about her novel written in the South Midland dialect. Join her for “Cow-Catchers, Bumfuzzles, and Chiggers–Oh, my!” from 4:15-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 4  on the second floor of Kindlon Hall in the Benedictine Library IdeaLounge, near the windows beyond the TV monitors. Coffee and snacks will be served.  This event is part of the Library’s Faculty Author Series. 

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.

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

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.

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

The Departments of Language and Literature, Communication Arts and Core Humanities will present "Housewives, Career Gals, and the Sexy Single Girl: Feminisms and Television's ‘Mad Men’” by Jennifer Dunn, Ph.D., assistant professor of Rhetoric and Communication at Dominican University, from 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Birck Hall, Room 218. There are critics who dismiss “Mad Men” as glorifying the sexist world of Madison Avenue in the 1960s. However, the series focuses on the ad world in the years prior to the emergence of the women's movement and the time when second wave feminism was just emerging. Complicated main characters, such as suburban housewife Betty, sexy-single girl Joan and budding career gal Peggy; and minor characters such as Don Draper's many lovers and the Draper's maid, can also help viewers understand the divisions that emerged within the feminism and the women's movement then, as well as women's lives and feminist beliefs today.

Did you give to the University this year? Then celebrate you at Benedictine Philanthropy Day, “Our Legacy Grows with Giving Hearts.” Your financial support of the University and donations to the Vacation Donation Program exemplify the spirit of giving and of the caring community at Benedictine University. Donors will have received an invitation via email to the Ice Cream Social -- featuring a variety of ice cream, toppings, cookies and lemonade – from 2:00-3:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29 in the Krasa Fireside Lounge to help us celebrate the giving spirit of the Benedictine community. Invitees can also participate in a “White Elephant” event during the ice cream social. Just bring in your new or like-new household items such as glassware, décor items, picture frames, games, office supplies or Benedictine wear to the Annual Fund office in Lownik Hall, Room 019, prior to the event. (Please do not bring food, perishables, plants, books, clothing, children’s toys or joke items). A drawing to determine the winners of these items will be held at the ice cream social. Reduce, reuse, recycle and reinvest in others.  For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

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 (April-August). The first home game is at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 14. 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.

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.

Healthy Table

Eating out?

Eating out can be difficult to choose healthier options, especially when eating out with friends or family. Food choices away from home are becoming more and more popular and it is important to be conscious of what foods we choose for our health. Many restaurants now carry more appetizer-size portions of popular entrees, more baked and broiled choices in meat, poultry and fish, and more fruit and vegetable side orders to substitute for French fries.

Here are some tips for eating out:

• Ask for a to-go box as soon as your meal is served. Put half your food into the container for a second meal. That’s two meals for the price of one and you won’t overeat.
• Share an entrée. You can ask your server to split the meal in the kitchen or divide it up at your table.
• Start with a small serving like a cup of soup or a side salad.
• Indulge in your inner child. Order a kids meal at a fast food restaurant. Many now offer the choice of low-fat milk and fruits and vegetables instead of fries.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

During a 6-3 season opening trip to Florida for spring break, the baseball team upset the 20th-ranked team in the country, Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

The softball team posted a 4-6 record on its trip to Florida, hanging with several national powers including Wisconsin-Eau Claire and Tufts.

The men’s lacrosse team won its first ever conference game by taking down Fontbonne in overtime.

The women’s lacrosse team competed in a conference contest for the first time but fell in overtime.

Upcoming Athletic Events
Tuesday, March 26
BenU at Wheaton
3:00 p.m.
Carol Stream, Ill.

Wednesday, March 27
BenU at Wheaton
4:00 p.m.
Carol Stream, Ill.

Saturday, March 30
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Wednesday, March 27
BenU vs. Aurora (DH)
3:00 p.m.
Sports Complex

Saturday, March 30
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran (DH)
12:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Men’s Lacrosse
Saturday, March 30
BenU at MSOE
1:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.

Women’s Golf
Friday-Saturday, March 29-30
BenU at University of St. Francis Invite
9:00 a.m.
Joliet, Ill.

Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field
Thursday-Friday, March 28-29
BenU at North Central First Chance Invite
9:00 a.m.
Naperville, Ill.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 25-April 30:

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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