Campus Notebook                                March 14, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Undefeated Eagles advance to NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Final Four

The Benedictine Eagles whipped Ohio Wesleyan 97-84 on Friday and crushed Alma (Mich.) College 93-73 on Saturday to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships this weekend in Salem, Va. The Eagles (30-0) will face Amherst College (26-5) in the first of two national semifinals Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CST) at the Salem Civic Center. It is the Eagles' first trip to the Final Four. In Saturday's game, the Eagles trailed only once, at 3-2, before unleashing a barrage of 3-pointers that led to a 26-9 advantage with a little more than 8 minutes remaining in the first half. Benedictine made 8 of its first 12 shots from behind the arc and led 44-25 at halftime. The Eagles extended the lead to as many as 29 points in the second half. Benedictine is looking to become the first undefeated national champion in Division III since Wisconsin-Platteville went 30-0 in 1998 under former Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan. For Final Four ticket information, go to

Campus Events

Students had tattoos painted on their hands using henna, a plant-derived
pigment applied on skin for good luck, joy and beauty, during
Awareness Week last week on the Lisle campus.

Students are encouraged to attend the annual Health Professions Fair

The 26th Annual Health Professions Fair will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 16, 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. Please encourage your students to attend. For more information, contact  Alice Sima in the Department of Pre-Professional Health Programs at

Help a deserving student attend Model UN in New York

Students in the Model United Nations class are conducting a fundraiser to coincide with the program's 50th anniversary of sending representatives to the National Model UN Conference in New York. The team is selling $20 raffle tickets for a chance to win 24 bottles of wine (a mix of reds and whites to be selected later, all in the $15-plus range). An additional two cases will be raffled off for every 200 tickets sold. You must be 21 years or older to win. The drawing will be held during Model UN's special event on March 17 featuring guest speakers from The Abolition Institute on the effort to end slavery in Mauritania. Every dollar raised goes to the Diplomacy in Action Award fund, which supports students, based on need, by covering their airfare and incidentals for the weeklong trip. Model UN is an invaluable experience that helps students develop leadership, public speaking and negotiating skills. The Model UN program at Benedictine has built a reputation for excellence. However, more and more students who wish to take part find it challenging financially to do so. This is an opportunity to help those students. Students in the class are selling tickets, or they may be purchased from Joel Ostrow either by cash or via PayPal. For more information or for raffle tickets, contact Joel Ostrow at or call (630) 829-6470. 

Model UN event explores the fight to end slavery

Benedictine University's Model United Nations program will present "Slavery in Mauritania: The Fight to End It, and the Role of the United Nations" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. CNN has deemed Mauritania, in West Africa, to be slavery's last stronghold with more than 340,000 people, or about 10 percent of the population, enslaved.  The event will feature guest speakers Bakary Tandia and Sean Tenner, co-founders of The Abolition Institute. More information about The Abolition Institute can be found at For more information about the event, contact Joel Ostrow at or call (630) 829-6470.

Bring your old computers and others electronics to Sustainable Saturday event

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 19, 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. Among the items accepted are computers, monitors (no CRT monitors will be accepted), flat-screen televisions only (no CRT or projection screen or console TVs will be accepted), printers and copy/fax machines, cellphones and telephones, VCRs and DVD players, small electronics, records, DVDs, stereos and video games, inkjet cartridges, and rechargeable and household batteries. Only flat screen TVs will be accepted (no cathode ray tube, projection screen or console TVs will be accepted during the event). For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100. For a complete list of items accepted, go to

The life you save may be a loved one’s

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22 (first time), from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22  (recertification), from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24 (recertification), and from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 (first time). The maximum class size is 10 and training will be held in the University Police Training Room, located in the parking garage. Contact Michi Dubes at or (630) 829-6364 with the date and time that works best for your schedule.

Good doughnuts. Good cause. Good evening.

The Indian Student Association (ISA)  is hosting a Chai and Krispy Kreme Doughnut Fundraiser from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. Each item is $1, or interested parties can purchase a dozen doughnuts for $10. Pre-order at  doughnuts at India Night T-shirts are also available to support Bajirao Mastani: India Night 2016, sponsored by the Indian Students Association and the Hindu Students Association, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Friday, April 8. Watch the YouTube infomercial about India Night at, and order T-shirts at

Faculty to discuss their new book about the environment and the media

Jean-Marie Kauth and Luigi Manca will discuss their new book, "Interdisciplinary Essays on Environment and Culture: One Planet, One Humanity, and the Media," from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall as part of the University Library's Faculty Author Series. This event is open to the public. The book is a collection of essays about the media, the environment, and the whole of humanity at the brink of extinction. Other contributors to the book from Benedictine are Chris Birks, Elizabeth Kubek, Steve Macek, Tim Marin, Joaquin Montero, William Scarlato, Anne Marie Smith and Martin Tracey. The event is open to the public. The book can be found on Amazon at

The life you save may be your own

The Benedictine University student chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. In order to donate, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health.  In order to schedule an appointment to donate, you can call (800) 733-2767 or visit the Red Cross' blood donation web site. The mission of the Benedictine University student chapter of the American Red Cross is to enable Benedictine students to participate in on-campus, student organized medically related volunteering experiences. Additionally, along with helping students gain volunteering experience, the chapter wants to benefit the local community through various services offered by the Red Cross.

Bring the family to Spring Family Lunch

The Fifth Annual Spring Family Brunch honoring graduating seniors will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 3, in the Krasa Dining Room. All Benedictine families and friends are invited to attend. Prior to brunch, parents and their graduates are invited to attend Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey Church. Brunch tickets are $15 for parents and family members. Tickets are available through March 28. Benedictine students cannot use their meal swipes at the door. For more information, contact Luba Baranivsky at or (630) 829-6124.

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 Thursday, April 7. The oral presentations will be held in four sessions in Goodwin Hall, Rooms 320 and 321, at 12:00-1:30 p.m., 1:30-3:00 p.m., 3:00-4:30 p.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. The poster session will be held in the Goodwin Global Hall.  Established to encourage Benedictine's students to pursue undergraduate research and other significant academic projects, URSA offers students the opportunity to 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 and students. Faculty and staff are all invited to come learn more about the exciting projects that our students have undertaken during their time at Benedictine. For more information, contact Zubair Amir at

Coffee, tea and some free career advice

The Career Development Center's next Coffee House Networking event will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. The featured employer is Navistar and guest presenters are 2012 alumna Krystian Link and Shazib Pervaiz, who are engineers with Navistar and will discuss their roles and career paths, and offer advice on professional development, insight about the application process and information about potential opportunities at the company. Following the presentation, attendees will be able to network with each other and the presenters. Dress will be business casual. Coffee, tea, chili and dessert will be served.  The program is free for all Benedictine students and alumni. RSVPs are encouraged and may be sent to Lindsay Koriath at More information can be found at

Poetry … SLAMMED!

The 12th annual Open Mic and Poetry Slam will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Coal Ben. There will be a DJ and prizes. After open mic, there will be a two-round slam. Anyone who plans to participate should bring at least two original poems to share. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebrate the future with COEHS and Student Senate

The Student Senate and the College of Education and Health Services cordially invite students, faculty, staff and alumni to a reception and networking event, "A Celebration of Our Future," from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Appetizers and beverages will be provided. Attendees are asked to dress in business attire and bring business cards.

Give the earth a break. Make a worm bin.

Celebrate Earth Day a little early and attend an interactive workshop on composting at home when you attend "Small-space Composting: How to Make a Worm Bin," from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. Attendees can learn how to save money and resources, improve their soil and reduce their impact on the environment. Composting residential waste reduces the use of chemical fertilizers and is healthier for the family. Participants must bring their own small bin (3 to 5 gallon opaque plastic tub with tight fitting lid). All other supplies are provided. Please register for the event by contacting (630) 829-6546 or

Symposium explores the ethical and practical issues of aging

Benedictine University's Ninth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present "Faith and Reason: Perspectives on Aging" from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. The symposium will feature morning presentations from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and afternoon presentations from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.; and a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. featuring keynote speaker Debra Dobbs, Ph.D., titled "United States Exceptionalism and End of Life Care." Dobbs is an associate professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa. As a researcher in comparative health and long-term care in the United Kingdom, Dobbs also has research interests in palliative and hospice care quality and utilization in long-term care, advance care planning education among providers of care for frail and chronically ill older adults, and health care policy related to Medicaid and Medicare programs. Check-in is from 9:00-9:30 a.m. The symposium is sponsored by the Abbey Endowment, Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public. To RSVP, contract Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6593. 

Center for Civic Leadership hosts climate expert, famous weatherman

The Center for Civic Leadership will present "Energy and Climate Change: How Can Justice Be Achieved for Young People?" by James Hansen, Ph.D., from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Hansen, former director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Earth Institute where he directs the Program on Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He is best known for his testimony on climate change in the 1980s that helped raise awareness of global warming. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards including the Sophie and Blue Planet prizes. He is recognized for speaking truth to power and for outlining actions needed to protect the future of young people and all species on the planet. WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling will moderate the event. Called "a weatherman's weatherman" by many in the field, Skilling is an established and respected meteorologist both locally and nationally known for his in-depth reports, enthusiasm and use of state-of-the-art technology. He was chief meteorologist on "WGN Midday News" for more than 30 years and now appears weekdays on "WGN Evening News" and "WGN News at Nine" and "WGN News at Ten." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or

Faculty and Staff Notes

Nominate a worthy student for "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities"

Fr. David Turner, O.S.B., assistant provost for Institutional Mission, is collecting nominations for "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Fr. David will accept an email nomination from faculty and staff in which they simply give the student's name and whatever else they know about the individual. The student should then send Fr. David an email giving name, address, phone, email, major and activities. The deadline for the student biographical sketch is Friday, March 19, which is the Friday before spring break. After Fr. David forwards the nominations, the "Who's Who" publisher then contacts the nominated students for their full biographical sketch which goes into the national publication (if the student chooses to participate, which involves purchasing the publication). If a student does not choose to purchase the publication, their name is includes in a list (under the Benedictine University name) but their biographical sketch is not included. Students who send Fr. David their personal information will receive a certificate indicating their nomination to the Who's Who organization. For more information, contact Fr. David at


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. Benedictine is hosting a Spring Open House from 10:00 a.m.-2:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Attendees will be able to tour campus, meet with representatives  from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics, learn more about the majors that interest them and speak with faculty. Prospective students can also attend Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on March 19, May 21, June 11, July 16 and August 13; and a Future Transfer Day on Wednesdays, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6 and August 3. During the events, attendees can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss Benedictine University's renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applying, scholarships and financial aid, and take a guided tour of campus. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300or

Alumni Development

Take advantage of a new discount hotel rewards program

The Office of Alumni Development has launched a new discount hotel program through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings on more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you are 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

Spend time with others this Lent in prayer and meals

Faculty, staff and students can pick up a Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl for their Lenten journey at the back of St. Benedict Chapel. Faculty, staff and students can spend time this Lent with others around the world through prayer and meals. CRS Rice Bowl donations will be collected on April 1 with a concluding celebration. Join Campus Ministry for our Feast Friday CRS Rice Bowl Kitchen Meals each Friday in the Krasa Center, Rooms AB. The event is free for faculty, staff and students. We will enjoy the featured CRS Rice Bowl Kitchen Meal of that week, watch the "Story of Hope" featuring a family from a developing country, and join in reflection. Contact Carrie Roberts, coordinator of Service and Social Justice, at with any questions.

Student Health Services

Don't let the Zika virus or flu catch up to you

Student Health Services reminds members of the Benedictine community who plan to travel during spring break that there is increased activity of flu across the United States. It is recommended that you receive a flu vaccine before you travel. A limited number of flu vaccines are still available in the Student Health Services office. Flu vaccine will be administered from 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff. Community members are also reminded that more than 150 cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States. Typically, the Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. However, cases of Zika virus have also been transmitted through sexual contact. The symptoms of Zika virus are usually mild and individuals recover without incident. But there is strong evidence that links a severe birth defect of microcephaly to the Zika virus. There is no vaccine. The best way to avoid Zika virus is to prevent mosquito bites by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, staying in places with air conditioning or that use window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside, and sleeping under a mosquito net if you are overseas or outside. Also, the best prevention for sexual transmission of Zika virus is abstention. For the most current information about Zika virus, please visit the Center for Disease Control website at

Student Life

Student leaders sought for Welcome Weekend

The Office of Student Life is looking for student orientation leaders for Welcome Weekend in August 2016. Applications can be picked up from Danny Turano, coordinator of Student Involvement, in the Krasa Center, Room 115, and are due by April 4. For more information, contact Turano at

University Development

In need of some time to deal with a family health care situation?

Time is available through the Vacation Donation Leave Sharing Program for staff if they face a personal health care crisis or the need to care for an immediate family member and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. There are additional qualifications. To inquire or apply, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Denim Days return in time for cold weather

Denim Days are back, and just in time for the winter. Donate $5 per Friday to the BenU Fund or the Fr. Kevin Sheeran, O.S.B., Text Book Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays through April 1. If you don't wear jeans, you can still give. Consider donating $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Denim Days is valid for Fridays only through April 1. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or, in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, to obtain the required form to submit along with your donation. You will receive a dated sticker corresponding with the eligible Fridays. We ask that you wear that sticker on the Fridays you wear jeans. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit

Benedictine is one of the safest campuses in Illinois

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police Facebook page and other items of interest. As always, please report all suspicious activities, or persons, to the Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666. We are located on the ground level of the parking garage and our Emergency Dispatch Center is staffed 24/7.

Healthy Table

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages 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

Scores of students attended the New Student Advising Center's "Steps
to Success" event last Thursday at Goodwin Hall.

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:

Ongoing Exhibition
Religious Works from University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Ongoing Exhibition

Photography from the University Art Collection
Featuring artists from Latin America and Eastern Europe
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

Through March 19
BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from Vincent Lucarelli's digital photography classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South and North Galleries

Through April 16
Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery

Through April 7

"Book Art: Tactile and Visible Stories"
Mixed Media by Hai Ri Han
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Han, assistant professor and head of the Graphic Art and Design program at Benedictine University, will display her elegantly complex work in graphic design and handmade books. Her creative work explores the emotional interaction of visual storytelling by combining traditional skills with modern digital technologies. Han's work has become a known figure in the field of graphic design and her work has been shown in several national competitions. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communications Design from Purdue University.
Reception and lecture: 4:00 p.m., Thursday, April 7

March 26-May 14

Student Exhibition
Student artwork from St. James the Apostle School (Glen Ellyn).
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery

March 28- May 14
BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from William Scarlato and David Marcet's painting classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

April 3
First Sunday Tea and Talk Lecture
2:00 p.m.
"The History of Film and Animation"
Tony Venezia, professor of film and animation at College of DuPage, will discuss his career in the film industry.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

April 22-July 30

Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1

May 23-June 30

BenU Student Exhibition
Student intaglio and relief prints from William Scarlato and Teresa Parker's printmaking courses
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North 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.   

BenU Athletics

Benedictine's Tahron Harvey tries to drive around Alma College's Kevin
Gamble during the Eagles' 93-73 victory Saturday at the Rice Center.

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team is bound for the NCAA Division III Final Four.

Here is all the information on tickets for the Final Four.

Three individuals competed at the NCAA championships for the Benedictine men's indoor track and field team.

The Benedictine baseball team opened the 2016 season with a split at Carthage.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team defeated visiting Olivet to improve to 3-1.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team improved to 8-2 in conference play with a pair of wins.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team opened conference play with a win.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, March 17

BenU vs. Ripon – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 18

BenU vs. SUNY-Geneseo – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. UW-Lacrosse – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
11:45 a.m.

BenU vs. Framingham State – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
12:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Amherst – NCAA Division III Final Four
Salem, Va.
4:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball

BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 12

BenU vs. Plymouth State – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
8:00 a.m.

BenU vs. Salve Regina – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Olivet
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Beloit
Beloit, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Washington and Jefferson – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
2:15 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU vs. St. Thomas/Christopher Newport – NCAA Division III Championship
Salem, Va.
5:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 20

Women's Golf
BenU at BenU Mesa
Mesa, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Bowdoin – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
2:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Kalamazoo – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
2:45 p.m.

BenU vs. UW-Platteville – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
4:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News

Benedictine University at Mesa now offering Certificate in Financial Planning

Helping people manage investments and reach financial goals is a job that requires professional skills and knowledge. Benedictine University's Certificate in Financial Planning is designed for those looking for a career in the financial, banking, accounting and insurance fields as well as working professionals seeking a career change. Benedictine University and Kaplan Schweser have formed a partnership to offer the certificate program. Kaplan Schweser is the leading provider of financial planning and education materials. Classes meet every other week on Friday evening and all day Saturday for nine consecutive months. Students who successfully complete the certificate program will be eligible to sit for the CFP® Certification Examination. Classes begin April 8. For more information, go to


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Spring Open House

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at Spring Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, and discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or


Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball defeats Mayville State twice to go 2-2 on the week.

Golfers improve scores on second day at Embry-Riddle Spring Invite.

Upcoming Schedule

Monday, March 14

BenU at Mesa vs. Vanguard (DH)
At Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 17

BenU at Mesa vs. Crown College (DH)
at Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 19


BenU at Mesa vs. Dickinson State (DH)
At Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

Virtual information session scheduled for adult undergraduate programs

An Adult Undergraduate Programs Virtual Information Session will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 17. Prospective students should go to to participate. Springfield will also host a $10K M.B.A. Open House from 5:390-7:00 p.m.  on Thursday, March 24, at the Brinkerhoff Home, 1500 N. 5th St., in Springfield. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622 or, or visit

Read about the transition of the Springfield campus

The Springfield State Journal-Register published an article about the transition of the Springfield branch campus to a non-traditional adult program campus. To read the article, go to:

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 14-31:

Ryann Lomas – March 14, Office of Financial Aid
Josiah Sears – March 14, Department  of Athletics
Regina Remson – March 15, Benedictine Library
Mary Werries – March 15, Office of the Registrar
Denise West – March 16, Community Development
Frank Janczak – March 16, Department of Athletics
Teresa Mazzini – March 16, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Kathleen Scullin – March 17, Benedictine Library
Sharon Collins – March 18, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Loritz – March 18, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Robert Stanley – March 18, Institutional Research
Preston Aldrich – March 19, Biological Sciences
Torrie Buchanan – March 19, Natural Science
David Logan – March 19, Language, Literature and Arts
Anthony Simmons – March 21, Information Technology
Jeffrey Madura – March 21, Undergraduate Business
Gloria Perez – March 23, Dining Services
Maria Lee – March 25, Office of Financial Aid
Michael Boland – March 25, Department of Athletics
Larissa Miller – March 25, Undergraduate Business
Carmen Martinez – March 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lilliana Ascencio – March 26, Office of Admissions
Maria Trejo – March 26, Campus Services
Larry Holmes – March 29, Mesa Operations
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.

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