Alandra Devall (School of Education) was accompanied by students (pictured from left) Katie Roe, Braden Timmons, Tess Michalica and Susan Anthony at the Midwest Institute for Students and Teachers of Psychology conference March 10 at College of DuPage. Devall's presentation, "Rest in Peace: Students Create Obituaries as Assessment," presented a constructive approach that allowed students to demonstrate their critical application of theories by utilizing their own experiences. The students' reflections on their experience revealed two consistent themes: 1. Preservice teachers' self-efficacy and skills significantly improved regarding psychosocial development and moral reasoning as a result of this constructive pedagogy; and 2. Students reflect applicable, meaningful learning and anticipate fostering effective, positive role modeling as future teachers and constructive educators.
Jan Writer (Education) presented a peer-reviewed seminar and paper at the 2017 International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities in Clearwater, Fla., in January. Her interactive session, "Enable Me!: Visual Supports that Foster the Active Participation and Personal Independence of Students with Significant Disabilities," detailed diverse low tech visual support strategies that can be used to facilitate the meaningful participation of students with low incidence disabilities (autism, moderate/severe intellectual disabilities, orthopedic impairments and multiple disabilities) served within inclusive general education classrooms. The conference was produced by the International Council for Exceptional Children Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities, for which Writer currently serves on the Critical Issues, Professional Development and Professional Standards Leadership Committees.
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 email@example.com.
Encourage students to schedule advising appointments now
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.
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.
Peruse a poster or ponder a presentation at the 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com to register.
Presentation on pandemics will kick off "Station Eleven" book discussion
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduates can get their caps and gowns and maybe a job, too!
The May 2017 Graduation and Career Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who graduate in May or August will be held on Thursday, April 6, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. From 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken, receive information about alumni benefits and Academic and Career Enrichment 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, go to ben.edu/commencement. Graduates-to-be can also attend a concurrent Career Fair from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. and meet with employers who are looking to fill full-time positions and internships. For more information, go to ben.edu/ace.
Better gatekeeping can prevent targeted violence
Benedictine's 10th annual Faith and Reason Symposium will present "The Family and Violence" featuring keynote speaker Junaid M. Afeef, J.D., director of the Targeted Violence Prevention program at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 7, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. The symposium brings together Benedictine faculty and other featured academics to discuss the social, political and health issues of violence's impact within and on the family. Afeef has more than two decades of experience in the criminal justice system. Early in his career, he worked in the Juvenile Justice Division of the Cook County (Ill.) Public Defender's Office and continued working with parents and children in private practice in addition to his criminal defense and civil rights work. The event is free and open to the public. Luncheon seating on Goodwin Hall, Room 411, is limited. Please RSVP at ben.edu/faith. For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at email@example.com or (630) 829-6262, or Lynn Dransoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6250.
Benedictine to host ACCA student research symposium
Benedictine University will host the 2017 Student Symposium on behalf of the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA) on Saturday, April 8. The symposium gives students of ACCA schools the opportunity to present their research to their peers and members of the community. Registration is from 8:00-9:00 a.m. followed by a welcome and devotion from 9:00-9:15 a.m. Breakout sessions will be held from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m. followed by lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. A poster and question-and-answer session will be held from 12:15-1:15 p.m. and a third breakout session will be held from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Abstracts for posters and presentations are due March 31. For more information, go to https://www.ben.edu/acca/.
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 email@example.com. Upcoming Admissions events include Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20; and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.
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.
Keep up with the Eagles!
The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.
Tahron Harvey was chosen as a D3hoops.com First Team All-American.
The Benedictine softball team is off to a 4-2 start in Florida, notching a Sunday sweep that included a win over sixth-ranked Linfield.
The Benedictine baseball team is 2-2 to start the spring break trip to Florida. Frank Greco threw a complete game shutout in the first game of the trip.
Tahron Harvey was chosen to play in the NABC Reese's Division III College All-Star Game as part of championship weekend in Salem, Va.
The Benedictine women's lacrosse team won a fourth straight game on Sunday, moving to 2-0 in the MWLC.
The Benedictine men's lacrosse team was clipped by Beloit at home.
The Benedictine men's volleyball team fell in five sets at home to Endicott.
Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
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Monday, March 20
BenU vs. St. Thomas - Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle No. 6
Tuesday, March 21
BenU at Pinehurst Quad – Pinehurst GC
West End, N.C.
BenU vs. Tufts - Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla. – Hancock Park No. 3
BenU at Methodist
Fayetteville, N.C. – Methodist Course
BenU vs. St. Lawrence - Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla. – Hancock Park No. 4
Wednesday, March 22
BenU vs. UW-Whitewater - Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla. – Hancock Park No. 1
BenU vs. Kalamazoo
Sanford, N.C. – Tobacco Road Golf Course
BenU vs. Hope - Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle No. 7
Thursday, March 23
BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point - Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle No. 1
BenU at SUNY-Canton
Friday, March 24
BenU vs. Middlebury – Spring Break Trip
Kissimmee, Fla. – Legends Way No. 1
BenU vs. Fontbonne – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle Main Field
BenU vs. Olivet
Dan & Ada Rice Center
Saturday, March 25
BenU vs. Lawrence – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle No. 2
BenU at Cazenovia
BenU at Hamline
St. Paul, Minn.
BenU vs. Wittenberg
Dan & Ada Rice Center
Sunday, March 26
BenU vs. Saint Joseph's College of Maine – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla. – Lake Myrtle No. 4
BenU at Augsburg
BenU vs. Kalamazoo (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.
A couple of students enjoy one of the lounges at the new Alhambra
Residence Hall in Mesa.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Granic-White at email@example.com.
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
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Emily Moore becomes first athlete in school history to be named NAIA All-American.
Softball goes 4-4 in action at home in Tucson.
Baseball wins two games in Tucson, takes series against conference foe La Sierra.
Men's golf has historic week, winning first meet and collecting first medalist honors (Ryan Witte).
Beach volleyball has rough go of it against NCAA Division I opponents.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Monday, March 20
BenU at Mesa vs. Midland (DH)
BenU at Mesa vs. New Mexico State (DH)
Tuesday, March 21
BenU at Mesa vs. Hamline (DH)
BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian
Thursday, March 23
BenU at Mesa at triangular vs. UW-Whitewater, St. Katherine
Villa De Paz
Friday, March 24
Women's beach volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Nebraska
Gene Autry Park
BenU at Mesa vs. Providence Christian
Mesa Community College
BenU at Mesa at Hope International
Saturday, March 25
BenU at Mesa vs. Providence Christian (DH)
Seton Catholic Prep
BenU at Mesa at Hope International
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 20-31:
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
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