James Pelech (School of Education) recently had a book review published in the Teachers College Record. He reviewed Michael Apple’s book, “Can Education Change Society?” The book analyzes the interaction between education and society and the effect on social justice.
The Benedictine University women's lacrosse team practices rain or shine...or in a couple of inches of snow.
CBS' Gary McCord, Lee Trevino to speak at annual golf outing
The 20th annual President’s Invitational Golf Outing will be held Monday, July 28. Professional golfer and CBS Sports analyst Gary McCord will interview legendary golf professional Lee Trevino during the dinner. If you are interested in volunteering for the outing, purchasing a round of golf for a foursome or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ben.edu/golf for more information.Big changes coming in summer school
Summer school is back in earnest, and to better serve students and the local community, Benedictine University has enhanced its traditional undergraduate summer courses by piloting more than 20 new offerings in an either partly or fully online format at a 50 percent reduced tuition rate. The following courses (with a BF or OL section code) will be offered this summer at Benedictine University at the discounted rate of $432.50 per credit hour: ACCT 111 Accounting I, ACCT 112 Accounting II, BIOL 340 Cell Biology, CJUS 351/PSYC 351 Research Methods in the Social Sciences, EDUC 210/PSYC 241 Educational Psychology, EDUC 355 Classroom Management, GEOG 106 Geography and Cartography, HIST 112 American History Since 1865, HUMN 250 The Contemporary World, IDS 301 Human Dignity/Common Good, INTB 101 The Global Economy, LITR 291 Topics in Literature: Comics, Film, Image Macro Reading the Visual Text, LITR 391 Advanced Topics in Literature, MATH 210 Calculus for Physical Sciences I, NUTR 200 Nutritional Science, NUTR 345 Science of Nutrition and Fitness, PHYS 106 Astronomy, PSYC 100 Survey of Psychology, PSYC 291 Selected Topics, PSYC 391 Topics: Conservation Psychology, SPCH 110 Basic Speech and THEO 101 Theology of Love. The robust existing “traditional” course offerings in Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Finance, Fine Arts, Health Science, History, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nutrition, Physics, Psychology and Sociology will be offered at the existing rate of $865 per credit hour.Health alert!
Several asthmatics have reported breathing difficulties and visited Student Health Services in recent weeks. The cause? Residual irritants from smoking in doorways, vestibules and foyers. Please be considerate of others and do not smoke in these areas. The Smoke Free Illinois Act prohibits smoking within 15 feet of any building doors, windows or HVAC intake.You are invited to spend 'Lent at the Abbey"
St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University invite you to “Lent at the Abbey” from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at St. Procopius Abbey. The event includes lauds, Lectio Divina, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, talks by Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B. and Christine Fletcher, associate professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Benedictine, and a closing prayer and blessing. The event is open to the public, but seating will be limited. There is no fee, but a free will offering will be taken. Registration closes on Friday, March 28. To RSVP or help plan catering arrangements, please contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or email@example.com.
Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
University’s 24th Annual Health Professions Fair collaboratively sponsored by the Pre-Med American Medical Students Association, Pre-Dental Club, Tri-Beta Club, OT/PT Club and American Chemical Society/American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology under the direction of Alice Sima and the Department of Pre-Professional Health Programs will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in first floor hallway of the Birck Hall of Science. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. For more information, visit benuscience.org/preprofessional/hpf.php.BenU police host seminar on sexual assault
The Benedictine University Police will host a Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention seminar from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The presenter will be Karli Johnson, a prevention educator at the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago office. Sexual assault and acquaintance rape awareness are topics that are seldom discussed openly. The program by Johnson has been very well received in the region, and the Benedictine Police believe it’s time to openly discuss this issue to educate the campus community. If you plan to attend, bring a friend. For more information, contact Police Chief Michael E. Salatino at (630) 829-6667.
Get in step with Benedictine's artist-in-residence
Chicago choreographer Emily Stein is Benedictine’s artist-in-residence during the spring semester. Her residency will include an eight-week course titled “Dance: Body, Space, Time” and a performance of her choreography “Corps/Corpus” on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12. The course “Dance: Body, Space, Time” will look deeply at the art of choreography. Through dance experiences, choreographic exercises, watching, reading and talking about dance, students will explore themes such as space, structure, time and virtuosity to investigate different ways of ‘reading’ dance, choreography and the body in motion, questioning common assumptions about its history and meanings. The performance of Stein’s choreography at Benedictine University will feature a new work-in-progress titled “Corps/Corpus” for five dancers. Inspired by the residency to read the Rule of Benedict, Ms. Stein began to create a dance that explores the idea of “community as body.” The performance will also include excerpts from her evening-length show, “Secret Experiments in Ballet No. 2,” which premiered in May 2013. The dances will be performed on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall, both inside and outside the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.
Liberal Arts grads talk about their career journey
The Office of Career Development and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies are co-sponsoring the “Liberal Arts Advantage: Career Exploration Series” from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 in the Krasa Center, Rooms A and B. This is the first program of the series that will feature recent alumni who majored in Philosophy, History or Social Science. Students will hear from alumni who will talk about how their career paths evolved and how their liberal arts degree prepared them for the workforce. Small group discussions will follow a panel presentation. All students are welcome, but those who are considering a liberal arts major or working toward a liberal arts degree are especially encouraged to attend. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Melissa Mouhelis by Tuesday, March 11 at email@example.com or (630) 829-6036.
Learn how to be smart with your finances at Money Smart Week
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. The “Big Money” presentation featuring T-shirts, cash prizes and the money machine will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Krasa Presentation Room. “Navigating Personal Finances in Today’s Environment” will feature three speakers with expertise in the area of personal finance from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this event is to promote wise money management for students. For more information on Money Smart Week, please visit moneysmartweek.org/chicago
As part of National Catholic Sisters Week, the Benedictine Sisters will be showing the film, “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” produced by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The film chronicles the lives of women who have endured periods of struggle and controversy while establishing schools, hospitals and colleges and providing other social services that have served millions from the time of their arrival in the United States 300 years ago through today. Choose either 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 or Tuesday, March 18. Please come to the Monastery entrance at 1910 Maple Ave. The statue of the Sacred Heart stands before our door. The program is free, but donations are appreciated. Please RSVP to Sr. Jo Anne at (630) 725-6013 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Throw your recyclables away during Sustainable Saturday
The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), Creative Recycling Systems (CRS) and Benedictine University encourage area residents to bring their electronics and other waste items to “Sustainable Saturday in Lisle” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22 in the Rice Center parking lot. Items accepted include: computers and monitors, televisions; cell phones; bicycles; rechargeable batteries; sealed lead acid batteries; inkjet cartridges; worn American flags; eyeglasses; hearing aids; wheelchairs; records; musical instruments; old keys; printers and copy/fax machines; telephones; VCRs; and stereos and video games. Also acceptable are; scrap metal, including washers, dryers, stoves, swing sets, pots, pans, lawn furniture, garden tools, tomato cages and tools; propane and oxygen tanks; sewing machines; non-motorized wheelchairs; car, sump pump and boat batteries; and clothing, shoes, furniture and hard goods. No hazardous waste will be accepted. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to www.villageoflisle.org. For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or www.villageoflisle.org.Students present scholarly projects at symposium
Benedictine’s annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Arts (URSA) symposium, established to encourage Benedictine’s students to pursue undergraduate research by providing them with a more formal venue in which to present their scholarship and other significant academic projects, will be held from 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26 in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Students may present their work either in the form of an oral presentation or as part of a poster session. All presentations and poster sessions are open to the campus community. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend URSA to learn more about the exciting projects that our students have undertaken over the past year. For more information, contact Zubair Amir at email@example.com or Jennie Kamieniecki at firstname.lastname@example.org.Learn about career possibilities from alumni at Coffee House Networking event
Benedictine University students and alumni are invited to attend the Coffee House Networking Event Series from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. This month’s networking event features Shadi Javadi, C04, associate vice president and branch manager of First Midwest Bank; Mark Connelly, C04, associate vice president and corporate recruitment manager for First Midwest Bank; and Jose Villagomez, C10, acquisition analyst for First Midwest Bank. The three speakers will discuss employment opportunities, the application and hiring process, effective networking strategies and how First Midwest Bank uses social media to find qualified applicants and advertise jobs. Please bring your resume and business cards to share with employers and other guests. Refreshments will be served. This program is free to all Benedictine alumni and students. RSVPs are encouraged, and may be sent to John Darnell at email@example.com or by calling (630) 829-6040. For details on all Career Development programs, services and events, visit ben.edu/career.Visit for a day, stay for a degree
Admitted Student Day will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 in the Krasa Student Center. Check-in is from 9:00-9:30 a.m.Got poems? Share them on an open mic
The Department of Languages and Literature is sponsoring an Open Mic and Poetry Slam from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3 in the Coal Ben. The poetry slam will have two rounds, so participants should bring at least two original poems to participate in the contest. Winners will receive prizes. There will be music and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Symposium explores how violence impacts all in 'Love Thy Neighbor'
“Love Thy Neighbor: How Faith and Reason Work Against Structural Violence” will be the topic of the next Faith and Reason Symposium from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 4 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The purpose of this year’s symposium is to discuss the issue of violence and how violence impacts us from the personal to the global. The featured speaker is Tobias Winright, Ph.D., associate professor of Theological Ethics at Saint Louis University. Panelists will include Jack Thornburg, Cheryl Heinz, Patrick Polisek, Christine Fletcher, Joel Ostrow, Fannie Rushing and Patricia Somers.
Do good here, there, everywhere on National Service Day
The first Benedictine University National Day of Service will be held from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. The purpose of this day is to bring together the Benedictine community across the nation – including on-campus and online students, faculty, staff and alumni – to serve those in need. All campuses and distance learning students are invited to participate in the National Day of Service at designated service sites across the country. Participating cities include Mesa, Atlanta, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Geneva, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Springfield, Woodridge, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. Please fill out the registration form by Saturday, March 15 to participate. The nearest service site will be emailed to you by Carrie Roberts, pastoral associate for outreach at Benedictine University. She can be contacted at email@example.com. Click here to register now!Retreat offers time for reflection, community
The Spring 2014 Koinonia Retreat will be held Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, at the Darien Carmelite Spiritual Center. Koinonia is the Greek word for “community,” which was an integral part of the faith life of the early Church. The Koinonia retreat weekend is an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). Students from Benedictine University (including the Springfield campus), College of DuPage and North Central College are invited to attend. The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective. However, non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Applications and full payment are due by 12:00 p.m. on April 4. The price is $75. For more information, visit www.ben.edu/ministry or contact Mark Kurowski, director of University Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.Hot dogs, burgers and...warm weather?
Benedictine University Police and Student Health Services will host the annual Finals Cookout from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 29. Due to construction of the College of Business building, the location for the cookout is yet to be determined. Students are invited to come for a hotdog or hamburger, chips and drink after a hard morning of studying for finals.
Catholic women invited to learn whether God is calling
Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle is offering a monthly discernment program for single women who are practicing Catholics. The next program is Thursday, March 20. The program is designed to help women discover God’s call for them in this life. We believe that there is richness in religious life that needs further exposure. Single Catholic women are invited to join us and pray about this possibility, discover the privileges and responsibilities of this type of vocation, or just learn about this way of life. The program would also suit those who are making decisions about their career or serving as a missionary or volunteer. The program will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for five months. Each meeting will include a prayer form called Lectio Divina, presentations on the topic of discernment, speakers representing different ways of life, discussion with others, light snacks and a closing prayer. The program is ongoing, so you may begin at any time. Please contact Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 977-9225 or email@example.com for further information or to register.Don't let the flu get you!
Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).Check out the 'S' drive before you post an announcement
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. The Office of 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.Got parents? Give 'em Hope.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-1127.Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University Ministry
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.Taize prayer service offered third Friday of the month
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: ascensionchurch.com/contact.html. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.Who you going to call?
Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.Giving makes you feel good all over
Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Need some extra time? It's available through Vacation Donation
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 or email@example.com.Got some extra time? Give it back through Vacation Donation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.Sunday Mass is offered on the fourth floor of Kindlon
Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.Know a student who needs help?
The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to www.ben.edu/EAT. A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to www.ben.edu/studentlife/student_complaint_form.cfm. For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or email@example.com.Daily workshops offered at Office of Career Development
All Benedictine University students and alumni are invited to take part in new programs and services this semester presented by the Office of Career Development located on the lower level of the Krasa Student Center in Room 012. The Career Development Technology Center now offers daily workshops from 12:30-1:20 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on resume writing and other topics. If you can’t make it to a workshop over the lunch hour, drop in during our walk-in hours – 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Tuesday and 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesday-Thursday – for a resume or cover letter consultation. No appointment is necessary during the walk-in periods. Also new this semester is an improved Virtual Career Center designated for Benedictine students and alumni to easily manage information, update resumes and other documents, and connect with potential employers. Read more details about our daily workshops and other news at ben.edu/career.Find out where the money goes
Benedictine University students are able to put down roots and blossom into game-changing professionals due to the kindness of our trustees, alumni, friends and faculty/staff. Visit the Donor Impact Report website today at ben.edu/dir to learn how donations invigorate students by providing them with exceptional academic, spiritual and social growth opportunities. Please direct all questions to Pat Ariano, executive director of University Development, at (630) 829-6003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don’t know what to do with your old, used flag?
The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is now a central location for the retirement of American flags. Citizens
who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair may retire
their flag properly by donating it to the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 26 in
downtown Lisle. A collection box will be located in the Lisle Village
Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Ave., from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Monday-Friday. Donations will be accepted through Friday, May 23. For
more information, contact Katie Palombit at (630) 769-1000 or email@example.com, or visit
Happy Registered Dietitians Day!
Wednesday, March 12 is Registered Dietitians Day. Registered Dietitians can be found in hospitals, doctor’s offices, private practice, working in the community, and in many other arenas; they have been extensively trained in the science behind nutrition and health. All registered dietitians are nutritionists, but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians, so beware. Healthy Table at Benedictine is managed by interns who are studying to become registered dietitians.
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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.
Tuesday, March 11
BenU vs. Illinois Institute of Technology
Thursday, March 13
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Friday, March 14
BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point (Double-Header)
Saturday, March 15
BenU vs. Ripon
BenU at Mount St. Joseph
BenU vs. Lake Forest
BenU vs. Plattsburgh State
Sunday, March 16
BenU vs. Southern Maine
BenU vs. Ripon
BenU vs. Utica
Joyce Cecchi-March 10, Teacher Education Preparation
Keith Bunkenburg-March 11, Athletics
Gary Remson-March 12, Information Technology
Jennifer Stuchell-March 12, Registrar
Michelle Annese-March 13, Admissions
Nicholas Lessentien-March 13, Dining Services
Ryann Lomas-March 14, Financial Aid
Regina Remson-March 15, Benedictine Library
Denise West-March 16, Community Development
Frank Janczak-March 16, Athletics
Michael Smith-March 16, Clinical Psychology (M.C.P.)
Jason Farrell-March 17, Athletics
Annette Loritz-March 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Robert Stanley-March 18, Institutional Research
Sharon Collins-March 18, Financial Aid
Barbara Shore-March 19, College of Liberal Arts
Preston Aldrich-March 19, Biological Sciences
Anthony Simmons-March 21, Information Technology
Edward Zeifert-March 21, Athletics
Jeffrey Madura-March 21, Undergraduate Business
Gloria Perez-March 23, Dining Services
Mary Powers-March 24, New Student Advising Center
Brandon Amos-March 25, Nursing and Health
Maria Lee-March 25, Financial Aid
Maria Trejo-March 26, Campus Services
Traci Beierwaltes-March 27, Mesa Operations
Eileen Kivlin-March 30, College of Science
Kevin Albert-March 30, Information Technology
Mary Jeffery-March 31, School of Education
Tonia Rucker-March 31, College of Science
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