Campus Notebook

March 16, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine Fletcher (Theology) wrote an article, “The Virtue of Chastity: Lessons on Love from Jane Austen and Dorothy Sayers,” that appeared in The Sydney Morning Herald on February 13. 

University Notes

Chapel new chairs

The St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall now features
wood chairs, which are both comfortable and aesthetic.

Benedictine brings a little culture to Quincy

A group of 50 original prints from the University's Art Collection is showing through the end of March at Quincy University's Gray Gallery. The exhibition involves artists from Mexico and the United States, including several Benedictine Fine Arts students.

Plant seeds to save money. Ask the landscaper over lunch

Andy Nordstrom, an account executive with Shemin Landscape Supply and former owner of South View Horticulture, will be the guest speaker at “Lunch with the Landscapers” from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. He will talk about how residents can save money by starting their own plants from seeds. Attendees can get their fingernails dirty by planting flower seeds and transplanting 2-3-inch pepper sees into 4-inch pots. Nordstrom earned a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Western Illinois University. He has experience in nursery management, greenhouse production, retail garden center management, lawn care and landscape installation. RSVP by Wednesday, April 15 to Kathy Rutkowski at

Benedictine partners with John Marshall to offer joint M.B.A./J.D.

Individuals seeking a graduate degree to enhance their careers should consider Benedictine University’s new joint Master of Business (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program with John Marshall Law School. After meeting admissions requirements at both schools, students can take classes at John Marshall toward a law degree and at Benedictine toward earning an M.B.A. Students enrolling in the joint program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. Part-time students can attend classes simultaneously at Benedictine and John Marshall. The fall application period for John Marshall is August 15-April 1 and the spring application period is August15-November 15. Completed applications must include: electronic application form; LSAT score; transcripts and letters of recommendation; personal statement; resume (optional); and application fee. The John Marshall Law School operates on a rolling admission policy. The Office of Admission continues to review applications until the entering class is full. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.

Get your gowns, graduation photos and maybe a job, too!

The May 2015 Career and Graduation Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who graduate in May or August will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss financial obligations, and participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, graduates can go to Graduates-to-be can also attend a concurrent Career Fair from 11:30 a.m .-3:00 p.m. and meet with employers who are looking to fill full-time positions and internships. For more information, go to or contact Julie Cosimo at (630) 829-6037 or

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine at open house

There are a lot of reasons to choose Benedictine. Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Forty student organizations, honorary societies, service groups and ethnic associations from which to choose. A network of 27,000 alumni in board rooms and research labs across the country. A new fitness center. A state-of-the-art College of Business building opening in fall 2015.  Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Spring Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives and tour campus. To RSVP, go to For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions at 630) 829-6300 or, or visit

Help students choose Benedictine

Faculty, staff and alumni volunteers are needed to meet prospective students and their families and act as a table hosts during the Academic Excellence Dinner from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, in the Rice Center. The dinner recognizes top-tier, merit-based incoming scholarship recipients. The dinner had to be scheduled during the University’s spring break, and Enrollment Services understands that many faculty and staff will be gone. However, those who remain in the area during the break are encouraged to help students make their decision to commit to Benedictine. Please RSVP to Kari Gibbons, vice president of Enrollment Services, at

Bring your recyclables to Benedictine on 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 21, in the Rice Center parking lot. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, go to For more information, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or

Gee, aren't turtles terrific?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Spring 2015 Discovery Days Program will feature “Terrific Turtles Workshop and Nature Walk” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. This workshop will cover basic information about turtles found in the Northern Illinois region.Please register by March 26. Upcoming programs also include “Backyard Birds of Illinois” from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25. This workshop will investigate some of the most common backyard birds of Northern Illinois. Please register by Thursday, April 23. On Saturday, May 9 from 1:30-4:00 p.m., join the museum staff for “Life in the Pond: A Hands-on Exploration.” In this workshop, the secret underwater world of pond life will be explored. Please register by Thursday, May 7. All programs are free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. Children must be attended by an adult. Dress for the weather. Boots are recommended as the nature trail is unpaved and may be muddy. Please email or call (630) 829-6546 to register.

Everything you wanted to know about religious life ...

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery while they celebrate “The Year of Consecrated Life.” Join the sisters at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 as they discuss “Everything you ever wanted to know about religious life, but were afraid to ask.” Listen to the sisters tell their story of coming to religious life. What brought them, why did they stay, how have they lived their lives? Can an older woman enter the monastery? Can a divorced woman enter the monastery? How often do you pray together? Are sisters going to disappear? Then at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, join the sisters as they view “A Question of Habit,” a full-length documentary film that examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary pop culture. It contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph.D., who is the writer, producer and director of the film, will be on hand to discuss the film and answer questions. She holds a joint appointment in both the School of Communication and the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program in the College of Arts & Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. For more information, contact Jane Doyle at (630) 725-6016.

Concerned about child welfare?

Benedictine University’s Eighth Annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present “Faith, Reason and Children: Issues in Global Child Welfare” from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17, in Birck Hall, Room 112. The symposium will feature two panel discussions: “Child Health” from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and “Child and Society” from 1:30-4:00 p.m.; and a luncheon from 12:00-1:15 p.m. featuring a lecture by keynote speaker James Garbarino, Ph.D., titled “Human Rights of the Child.” Garbarino is the Maude C. Clarke chair in Humanistic Psychology and founding director of Loyola University Chicago’s Center for the Human Rights of Children. The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. It is free and open to the public. RSVP at, or contact Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250. For more information, contact Kauth at or (630) 829-6272, or John Kloos at or (630) 829-6265.

Reminding students of email policy

A Benedictine University-provided email address ( is the official means of communication from University representatives to students. Students are responsible for all University communication sent to their Benedictine email address. It is expected that students check their email account regularly and respond accordingly. Students may forward their Benedictine email to another email address (e.g., @gmail), however, the University is not liable for any problems that may result from forwarding this email to another account. Students should also follow Benedictine’s Acceptable Use Policy, found at

State law prohibits smoking near entrances

A reminder from Student Health Services and University Police, smoking is prohibited 15 feet from entryways, windows and ventilation systems. This is a state law.

Join the Center for Civic Leadership Reading Group on Facebook! “The New Jim Crow” 

Michelle Alexander is a former litigator who specialized in plaintiff-side class-action lawsuits alleging race and gender discrimination and a current law professor at The Ohio State University. Her critically acclaimed new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” is a critique of the U.S. prison system and the mass incarceration of African-American men. Faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to read the book and join CCL staff and BenU professors on the group’s Facebook page at for an ongoing discussion of the book. Ask your friends and family to join as well. Readers can then attend Alexander's appearance at Benedictine at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 21, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Get Your Grad On!

Admissions counselors will be available to meet with students interested in attending graduate school at Benedictine University from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the following Wednesdays in 2015 – April 8, May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

Help foster reconciliation, peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. 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.

Sunday, Daily Mass schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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 For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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

One potato, two potato, sweet potato, four …

One of America’s favorite superfoods is the sweet potato. The white potato’s healthy counterpart has many health benefits and is a much better choice when it comes to starchy vegetables. The sweet potato has an ample amount of vitamin C packed into its skin and also provides potassium, fiber, vitamins and magnesium. Most people are aware that we need the mineral iron to have adequate energy, but iron plays other important roles in our body, including red and white blood cell production, resistance to stress, proper im¬mune functioning and the metabolizing of protein. There are plenty of reasons to love this naturally sweetened carbohydrate and make it a part of your diet.

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 contact us at

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Two track athletes earned All-America honors at the indoor national meet.

Three consecutive contests have ended in walk-off fashion for the Benedictine baseball team.

The Benedictine softball team has opened the season in Florida.

For the first time in program history, the Benedictine men’s lacrosse team swept the weekly conference awards.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team helped to raise more than $1,000 by taking part in Cycle for Survival.

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team hung with the fourth-ranked team in the nation.

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team opened a stretch of three consecutive road contests with a loss at Augustana.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team opened spring break play in Dallas.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, March 16


BenU vs. Scranton
Minneola, Fla.
2:00 p.m.

BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point
Clermont, Fla.
6:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU at Huntingdon
Montgomery, Ala.
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17

BenU vs. Rowan
Auburndale, Fla.
8:30 a.m.

Men’s Golf
BenU at Benedictine-Mesa
Mesa, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse
BenU at Oklahoma Baptist
Shawnee, Okla.
2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18

Men’s Lacrosse
BenU at Birmingham Southern
Birmingham, Ala.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. The College of New Jersey
Auburndale, Fla.
5:30 p.m.


BenU vs. Plattsburgh State
Clermont, Fla.
4:00 p.m.

BenU vs. McDaniel
Clermont, Fla.
6:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 19

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU at Birmingham Southern
Birmingham, Ala.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Allegheny
Auburndale, Fla.
11:00 a.m.

BenU vs. SUNY-Geneseo
Clermont, Fla.
4:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Stevenson
Clermont, Fla.
6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 20

BenU vs. St. Norbert (DH)
Auburndale, Fla.
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball

BenU at Mount St. Joseph
Cincinnati, Ohio
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 21

BenU vs. Ramapo
Auburndale, Fla.
9:00 a.m.

Men’s Lacrosse
BenU vs. Fontbonne
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball
BenU at Fontbonne
St. Louis, Mo.
2:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 22

Women’s Lacrosse
BenU at Beloit
Beloit, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 3-31:

Frank Janczak-March 16, Department of Athletics
Michael Smith
-March 16, Clinical Psychology (M.C.P.)
Kathleen Scullin-March 17, Benedictine Library
Jason Farrell-March 17, Department of Athletics
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
Anthony Simmons-March 21, Information Technology
Edward Zeifert
-March 21, Department of Athletics
Jeffrey Madura-March 21, Undergraduate Business
Gloria Perez-March 23, Dining Services
Brandon Amos-March 25, Nursing and Health
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
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
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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