Campus Notebook                                March 13, 2017

Lisle Campus News


More than 100 students and their parents attended Admitted Student
Day in the Goodwin Hall of Business in late February.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Ramon Luzarraga (Theology), assistant professor on the Mesa campus, was presented the University's Kevin Doyle Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity during the Founders Day celebration March 3. The award recognizes a faculty member who has most worked to advance the University's Catholic mission and Benedictine heritage. The University also recognized 10 faculty and staff who exhibit commitment to the value of "Conversatio" and who serve as role models for all staff and faculty members. Those recognized were Karen Campana (Advising), Julie Cosimo (Academic and Career Enrichment Center),Rudy Dardy (Information Technology), Charlie Gregory (Campus Executive Officer, Mesa), Jan Kirby (School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education), Michelle Koppitz (School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education), Teresa Mazzini (School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education), Carrie Roberts (Campus Ministry), Anne Marie Smith (Writing Learning Specialist) and Danny Turano (Student Activities and Leadership Development).

Jan Writer (Education) gave a peer-reviewed presentation and paper at the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) State Convention in Naperville, Ill., in November. Her session, "Count Me In! Strategies that Foster Collaboration and Mutual Participation among Students with Significant Disabilities and Their Classmates within Inclusive Classrooms," was facilitated by School of Education students Taylor Sobieski and Natalia Rys. As program coordinator of the ICEC Convention, Writer sponsored a poster session titled "Engage! Cooperative Learning Activities that Actively Involve All Students in General Education Instruction," that was researched and presented by Benedictine students Lisa Adamson, Katie Conklin, Dominique Galloway, Katlyn McKay, Katie Roe and Stephanie Vavrina.    

Campus News

Show your Benedictine spirit. Donate your unused time.

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 personal or vacation time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others. Contact Betsy Rhinesmith at (630) 829-6412 or brhinesmith@ben.edu.

Over 50? Get screened.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. Robert D. Rozner, M.D., a Benedictine graduate and physician at Student Health Services, reminds anyone 50 years or older to get a screening test. Death from colon cancer is entirely preventable if caught early. For more information, go to https://www.ccalliance.org/get-information/what-is-colon-cancer/.  Get out and get screened. For more information, contact  Pamela Deely, RN, B.S.N., director of Student Health Services, at pdeely@ben.edu or (630) 829-6047.

Campus Events

Be involved. Transplant hope.

Benedictine University's American Red Cross Club is sponsoring  a marrow donor registry drive for students, faculty and staff ages 18-44 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 16, in the KIndlon Hall Atrium. Every four minutes, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer like leukemia. For many, a marrow transplant is their only life-saving treatment. Seventy percent will not have a match in their family. The "Be The Match Registry" helps them find a match. There are no needles involved. Just a consent form and a cheek swab. People over the age of 45 can join online at www.bethematchfoundation.org and use the code: Benedictine. For more information, contact Michi Dubes at mdubes@ben.edu or (630) 829-6364.

Life is like night and day for kids with the XP gene


A special screening of the movie, "Night for Day: The XP Story," written and directed by Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient. The film explores how XP families from the United States, Cuba, England, Peru, Israel, Australia, Pakistan and the Dominican Republic live, love, worship and struggle to survive. The screening is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Students pursuing professions in health, medicine should start here

Benedictine University's 27th Annual Health Professions Fair, sponsored by Alice Sima and the Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the atrium of the Goodwin Hall of Business. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. Students are encouraged to attend.

Potluck dinners help homeless at Hope House

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a potluck dinner benefitting the Hope House, a homeless shelter in Villa Park. The dinners are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 15 and April 19. Interested participants should contact Carrie Roberts in Campus Ministry at croberts@ben.edu.

Baiman to discuss new book as part of faculty series

Ron Baiman, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor in the department of Graduate Business Administration, will discuss his book, "The Morality of Radical Economics," as part of the University Library's Faculty Author Series from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in Goodwin Hall, Room 415. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Cynthia Kremer at ckremer@ben.edu.



Reflect on how we may help the poor during Lent at the Abbey

St. Procopius Abbey and Benedictine University invite the faculty, staff, students and the public to "Lent at the Abbey" from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, at St. Procopius Abbey. The event includes lauds, Lectio Divina, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, a talk, a closing prayer and blessing. The theme of the event is "Assist the Poor," and how in light of the refugee problem here and abroad how we as Christians and Benedictines should reflect on our commitment to the poor who are in need of safety. 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 online at http://procopius.webs.com/lent-at-the-abbey-2. To RSVP or help plan catering arrangements, please contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or bfranks@procopius.org.

Recycle that old bicycle and Fender Stratocaster  
                
The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), 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 18, in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the Benedictine campus. To facilitate better traffic flow, cars must enter campus at the traffic light off College Road (south of Maple Avenue), proceed north to the recycling site, and exit onto College Avenue north and east of the Rice Center lot. For more information and a list of accepted items, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or https://www.villageoflisle.org/430/Sustainable-Saturday-Recycling-Event.

Spring artist in residence shares playwriting tips

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist in residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising. Khoury will be teaching an empathic intensive course – EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 (FNAR 291 B) – offering students an opportunity to experience interactive theatre lessons while learning playwriting firsthand on Mondays through May 1. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only.

Encourage students to schedule advising appointments now

Class schedules for the Fall 2017 Semester will be posted on BenULive by Monday, March 27. Students are urged to schedule an advising appointment with their academic advisor for the week of March 27. Registration for the Fall 2017 Semester begins on Monday, April 3.  Seniors with 105+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 3; seniors with 90+ hours register at 7:00 a.m.  on Tuesday, April 4; juniors with 75+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 6; juniors with 60+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, April 7; sophomores with 45+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10; sophomores with 30+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11; freshmen with 15+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 12; freshmen with 0+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 13; and students at large register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, April 17. The hours are based on earned hours and does not include in-progress hours.  Students can check BenULive at http://www.ben.edu/benulive/index.cfm for more information.

Staff, faculty invited to attend annual URSA symposium

Benedictine University's annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Arts (URSA) symposium will be held from 12:00-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29. The oral presentations will be held in Goodwin Hall, Rooms 317 and 321, with a poster session in the Goodwin Hall atrium from 12:00-5:30 p.m. Learn more about the exciting research projects that our students have undertaken this academic year. Visit ben.edu/ursa to see abstracts and schedules. The event is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. For more information, contact Patrick Polasek at ppolasek@ben.edu.

Could you survive a month in poverty?

Step into the shoes of a low-income family. Take the Poverty Simulation Challenge. The Department of Public Health and the Northern Illinois Food Bank are sponsoring the event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 29, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Participants must face a number of challenges that are common for those living in poverty, such as unemployment, disabilities and health issues (and the costs that come with them), and even homelessness. The simulation challenges everyone to think critically about how to bring the ideas inspired in the classroom out into the community to help provide better services in alleviating poverty. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. Registration is required. Please contact Beth Bornmann at ebornmann@ben.edu to register.

Pick up "Station Eleven" now, get ready to discuss later

The BenU Library invites students, faculty and staff to join the Library Book Discussion. The spring 2017 selection is Emily St. John Mandel's "Station Eleven," a dystopian novel that takes place in the Great Lakes region after a flu pandemic. Participants can pick up a copy of the book at the Research Center (Kindlon Hall, third floor). The discussion will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Elizabeth Bormann will kick off the discussion with a short talk on the history of pandemics. For more information, contact Mary Ocasek at mocasek@ben.edu.

Admissions
Admitted Student Day is just around the corner

Admitted students and their families are invited to learn more about Benedictine University during Admitted Student Day on Thursday, March 30, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Students and their families can tour campus, learn more about BenU's Scholars Program and undergraduate majors, speak with faculty, and meet with representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu. Upcoming Admissions events include Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20; and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.

Campus Information

Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/10/20/general-benedictine-alumni-and-friends-golf-outing-in-support-of-athletics.aspx

The Benedictine men's indoor track & field team finished 10th in the nation.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/11/mens-track-field-newburn-griffin-johnson-earn-all-american-honors.aspx

Corbin Gett repeated as the MLC Player of the Week.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/7/mens-lacrosse-gett-repeats-as-mlc-player-of-the-week.aspx

Joe Palasiewicz was named as the NACC Pitcher of the Week.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/7/baseball-palasiewicz-tabbed-as-nacc-pitcher-of-the-week.aspx

Benedictine baseball head coach Adam Smith secured the 200th win of his career.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/7/baseball-smith-wins-200th.aspx

Benedictine track and field coaches Kevin Paterson and Justin Kinseth were honored as the Midwest Region Coach and Assistant Coach of the Year.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/9/mens-track-field-paterson-kinseth-honored-by-ustfccca.aspx

Seven athletes from the track and field team were named all-region.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/7/mens-track-field-seven-track-and-field-athletes-earn-all-region-honors.aspx

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team bested Trine to win for the first time this season.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/11/womens-lacrosse-tallies-first-victory.aspx

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team dropped a defensive battle at Augustana.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/8/mens-lacrosse-edged-in-defensive-battle.aspx

The Benedictine men's volleyball team fell in five sets to Wittenberg.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/10/mens-volleyball-eagles-downed-by-wittenberg.aspx

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Wednesday, March 15

Women's lacrosse

BenU at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Men's lacrosse

BenU vs. Beloit
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 16

Baseball
BenU vs. Ripon – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle #5
8:30 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU vs. Davenport
Dan & Ada Rice Center
3:00 p.m.

Men's volleyball

BenU vs. Endicott
Dan & Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 17

Baseball
BenU vs. Greenville – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle Main Field
8:45 a.m.

Softball

BenU vs. Ohio Wesleyan – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Sleepy Hollow 4
5:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU vs. Buena Vista – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Sleepy Hollow 2
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 18


Baseball
BenU vs. UW-La Crosse – Spring Break Trip
Winter Haven, Fla. – Chain of Lakes #3
11:30 a.m.

Women's lacrosse
BenU vs. Cornell
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU vs. UW-Oshkosh – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Legends Way 3
3:30 p.m.

Men's lacrosse
BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU vs. Chicago – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 19


Baseball
BenU vs. Eastern Connecticut State – Spring Break Trip
Winter Haven, Fla. – Chain of Lakes Stadium
1:00 p.m.

Women's lacrosse
BenU vs. Monmouth
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU vs. Linfield – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Legends Way 2
1:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU vs. Carthage – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Legends Way 2
3:30 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.

Mesa Campus News

Campus Events

Early registration underway for BenU at Mesa's first academic conference 

Early registration is being accepted for Benedictine University at Mesa's First International Interdisciplinary Conference, "Identity Negotiations," on July 13-14. The conference will explore various issues pertaining to the topic of negotiating identity including the ways in which individuals, collectives and/or nations negotiate identities not only politically and economically, but also culturally and ideologically. Other topics include identity negotiations in diaspora communities, linguistic identities, cultural influences on self-identity, parenting and family roles in negotiations of identity, memory and negotiations of identity in literature, cyborgism, virtual and actual identity, aporias of law and identity, disability and identity, and health and identity. Keynote speaker Stephen Silverstein, Ph.D., assistant professor of Spanish at Baylor University, will present "Constructing Cubanness: Negotiating Whiteness, Blackness and Jewishness in Late Colonial Cuba." Registration is $130 for professors and independent scholars and $60 for graduate students if completed before March 30. The conference fee for presenters is $150 for professors and independent scholars and $75 for graduate students. The cost for attendees is $30 per day for sponsors and general attendees and $20 per day for graduate students. For more information, contact Ramon Luzarraga at rluzarraga@ben.edu or Maria Granic-White at mgranic-white@ben.edu.

Admissions

Admitted Student Day welcomes students ready to take next step

Benedictine University at Mesa will host Admitted Student Day from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative.

BenU at Mesa Athletics
Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball's offense explodes in doubleheader sweep of Dakota Wesleyan.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2017/3/9/softballs-offense-continues-onslaught-in-sweep-of-dakota-wesleyan.aspx

Baseball takes key early season road series against Antelope Valley.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2017/3/11/baseball-redhawks-take-key-early-season-series-against-antelope-valley.aspx

Men's volleyball goes 2-2 at Cal-Lu-Fornia Invitational.
http://benumesasports.com/news/2017/3/11/mens-volleyball-sweeps-saturday-matches-at-cal-lu-fornia-invitational.aspx
http://benumesasports.com/news/2017/3/10/mens-volleyball-falls-in-five-sets-twice-at-cal-lu-fornia-inivte.aspx

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, March 13

Golf
BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle Spring Invitational
Antelope Hills C.C.
Prescott, Ariz.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Arizona Christian (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 14

Golf
BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle Invitational
Antelope Hills C.C.
Prescott, Ariz.

Wednesday, March 15

Baseball
BenU at Mesa vs. Valley City State (DH)
Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Dickinson State
Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.
1:30 p.m.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Robert Morris
Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 16

Women's beach volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Cal Poly/vs. TCU
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
9:00 a.m.

Friday, March 17

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Valley City State
Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.
1:30 p.m.

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Mayville State
Tucson Invitational
Tucson, Ariz.
3:30 p.m.

Baseball
BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra (DH)
Westwood High School
Mesa, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 18

Softball
BenU at Mesa vs. Hope International (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Baseball
BenU at Mesa vs. La Sierra
Westwood High School
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 13-31:

Nicholas Lessentien – March 13, Dining Services
Josiah Sears – March 14, Department  of Athletics
Regina Remson – March 15, Benedictine Library
Mary Werries – March 15, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Frank Janczak – March 16, Department of Athletics
Teresa Mazzini – March 16, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathleen Scullin – March 17, Benedictine Library
Andre Brisco – March 18, Mesa Operations
Sharon Collins – March 18, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Loritz – March 18, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Preston Aldrich – March 19, Biological Sciences
Michael Herdt – March 20, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Anthony Simmons – March 21, Information Technology
Jeffrey Madura – March 21, Undergraduate Business
Scott Stelk – March 22, Housekeeping and Event Services
Gloria Perez – March 23, Dining Services
Larissa Adamiec – March 25, Undergraduate Business
Michael Boland – March 25, Department of Athletics
Maria Lee – March 25, Office of Financial Aid
Carmen Martinez – March 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lilliana Ascencio – March 26, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathryn Heidelberger – March 28, Campus Ministry
Eileen Kivlin – March 30, College of Science
Kevin Albert – March 30, Information Technology
Pamela Boetscher – March 30, Office of Admissions
Tonia Rucker – March 31, College of Science
Mary Jeffery – March 31, School of Education

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.
December
December 18, 2017
November
November 21, 2017

Marketing and Communications

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
jconidi@ben.edu

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Monday-Friday
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