Campus Notebook

March 2, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine Fletcher (Theology) recently published the book, “24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity,” which explores the Second Vatican Council’s universal call to holiness, the freedom of conscience and the role of the laity in the world together with the wisdom of the Rule of St. Benedict to provide a practical guide to becoming a Christian 24/7. The book was printed by Liturgical Press and became available this month.

  Valentine's Day Dinner 2015

Valentine's Day is for friends, too, as these young ladies decided before enjoying fine
dining in the Krasa Dining Room at the Student Valentine's Dinner on February 12.

University Notes

Get your gowns and graduation photos, too!

The May 2015 Commencement 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

How Important are "The First 1,000 Days of Life?"

The College of Education and Health Services in collaboration with the DuPage County Health Department and Positive Parenting DuPage presents a campus and community forum on "The First 1000 Days of Life – Critical Impact on Children's Health,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 4, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC.  A health fair begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a presentation at 6:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. For more information, contact Julie Moreschi at (630) 829-6548 or

Get down with Darwin Day

The Department of Biology is sponsoring “Darwin Day” from 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Birck Hall of Science. Join the department for a day of fun and learning with evolution talks, a trivia contest, faculty presentations, discussion groups, displays at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum and more.

Celebrate our heritage at Founders' Day

Faculty and staff are invited to attend Founders’ Day Celebration 2015, “Celebrating Our Heritage,” at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, in the Krasa Center. Alicia Tait will present the recipient of the Kevin Doyle Faculty Award for Leadership in Mission and Catholic Identity and the speaker is Manuel Barbosa, a member of the Class of 1969 of St. Procopius College. Hors d’ouvres, refreshments and desserts will be served.

Reflect on the Cross during this Lenten season

Join the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery for “Keeping a Holy Lent – Morning of Reflection on the Cross,” from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 7, or Tuesday, March 10. Join the Sisters in the Chapter Room (second floor of the Monastery) for this morning of reflection. The guest speaker will be Charles Brummel, a retired Humanities teacher from Benet Academy. He will share the art, historical development and theology behind the major types of crucifixes. The morning concludes with Sister Mary's reflection on the Theology of the Cross and a Celebration of the Eucharist 11:30 a.m. Sacred Heart Monastery is at 1910 Maple Ave, Lisle. The statue of the Sacred Heart is at our front door. For more information, contact Jane A. Doyle at (630) 725-6016.

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, March 8, and 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

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. The community is invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Stretch, relax, sleep peacefully through your next meeting

Student Health Services will host 10-minute yoga sessions teaching stress relieving stretches from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, and Wednesday, March 11, in the Krasa Center, Rooms B and C.

Global Studies Forum looks at Syrian civil war

The Spring Global Studies Forum will examine the civil war in Syria in the context of the Arab Spring movement through a lecture, “Syria: Anatomy of a Perfect Storm,” by Leila Hudson, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Arizona, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, in the Krasa Presentation Room. The civil war in Syria is one of the most controversial of the Arab Revolutions that began in December 2010 in Tunisia. Hudson will analyze the various factors that led to the current crisis in Syria and the rise of radicalism associated with the breakdown of the state. This program is one of a series sponsored by the Global Studies Department at Benedictine University. The Global Studies Forum brings outstanding speakers to campus to analyze current world events in a systematic and interdisciplinary way. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Lynn Dransoff at or (630) 829-6250.

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.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 14, at St. Procopius Abbey. The event includes lauds, Lectio Divina, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch, a talk about “Our Regular Measure of Service as Servants,” 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 online at Http:// To RSVP or help plan catering arrangements, please contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

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 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 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.

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.

Who is my neighbor?

Do you desire a renewed understanding and appreciation of our Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic brothers and sisters? Join Sr. Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., at Sacred Heart Monastery, 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle, for six Tuesday morning sessions from 9:30-11:00 a.m. through March 3. For the past 22 years, Sr. Karen has been lecturer at Benedictine University on the topics of “Religion and Culture” and “World Religions.”  For further information, contact Sr. Karen at

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 – March 11, April 8, May 6, September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9 – outside the Kindlon Coffee Shop.

Jeans, thermal underwear and a dozen other layers should work

Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the BenU Fund and you will be able (supervisor permitting) to wear jeans to work on Fridays until March 6. If you don’t wear jeans, you can still donate. You may also donate $5 on behalf of a co-worker who then could wear jeans. Please consider donating, and we thank all who participate. 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 March 6. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, at (630) 829-6366 or, 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.

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

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team upset the 12th-ranked team in the nation.

Tim McGinty earned recognition as the NACC Co-Men’s Basketball Player of the Year.

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team improved to 2-1 by besting Olivet in a rescheduled contest.

Four Benedictine women’s basketball players earned postseason recognition from the NACC.

Women’s lacrosse player Samantha Link matched a school record for goals in a game.

Lauryn Ligocki earned a selection as the MWLC Defensive Player of the Week.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team sent a few individuals to a final qualifier at Carthage.

Two individuals competed for the women’s track and field team at Carthage.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, March 11

Men’s Volleyball

BenU vs. Loras
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU at Augustana
Rock Island, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 12

Women’s Lacrosse
BenU at DePauw
Greencastle, Ind.
6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 13

Men’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at NCAA Championships
Salem, N.C.


BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point – Spring Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 14

Men’s Indoor Track and Field
BenU at NCAA Championships
Salem, N.C.

BenU vs. Trinity (Conn.) – Spring Trip
Winter Garden, Fla.
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. Wesleyan – Spring Trip
Winter Garden, Fla.
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Greenville (DH) – Spring Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
8:30 a.m.

Sunday, March 15

BenU vs. UW-River Falls – Spring Trip
Winter Garden, Fla.
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Amherst – Spring Trip
Winter Garden, Fla.
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball
BenU vs. SUNY-New Paltz
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

BenU at University of Dallas
Dallas, Tex.
2:00 p.m.

BenU vs. UMass-Dartmouth – Spring Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
4:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

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

Greg Evans-March 9, Campus Services
Ovid Wong-March 9, Teacher Education Preparation
Joyce Cecchi-March 10, Teacher Education Preparation
Brendan Blaney-March 11, Abbey Personnel
Keith Bunkenburg-March 11, Department of Athletics
Jennifer Janis-March 12, Registrar
Gary Remson-March 12, Information Technology
Michelle Annese-March 13, Office of Admissions
Nicholas Lessentien-March 13, Dining Services
Ryann Lomas-March 14, Office of Financial Aid
Regina Remson-March 15, Benedictine Library
Denise West-March 16, Community Development
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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