Campus Notebook                                March 21, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Eagles enjoy record-breaking season, reach NCAA championship game

The Benedictine Eagles extended their win streak to 31 games and advanced to the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Championship game Saturday in Salem, Va. However, the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) outscored Benedictine 27-6 from the free-throw line to defeat the Eagles 82-76 in the title game. The Eagles ended their record-breaking season at 31-1. "It was tough," said senior All-American Lucas Johnson, who led Benedictine with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game. "It's always tough when your season ends like that. I felt like we did everything we could and gave it our best effort. It was a great run." See Athletics for more information.

Campus Events

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

Benedictine to officially install Brophy as University president on April 8

Benedictine University will mark the appointment of Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., as the University's 11th president during a special installation ceremony at 2:00 p.m. at St. Procopius Abbey Church on Friday, April 8. The event will include remarks from James L. Melsa, Ph.D., chair of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees; Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., chancellor of the University; Sr. Mary Bratrsovsky, O.S.B., prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart; Sam Ortega-Guerrero, president of the Student Senate; faculty, distinguished alumni and other honored guests, followed by an inaugural address from Brophy. A reception will be held following the ceremony in Goodwin Hall.

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.

Get your gowns and graduation photos, too!

The May 2016 2015 Graduation Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who will graduate in May will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 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 GradImages 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

Meet with employers during annual Career Fair

The Annual Spring Career Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Students and alumni will have the opportunity to speak to employers who have internship and full-time positions available. More than 50 employers have registered to participate. For a complete list, visit Professional attire is required and students should bring multiple copies of their resumes.  For more information, please contact Julie Cosimo at (630) 829-6037 or

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

Beer explains how to build a high performing organization

Michael Beer, Ph.D., a Cahners-Rabb Professor of Business Administration, emeritus, at the Harvard Business School, will present "High Commitment, High Performance: How to Build a Resilient Organization for Sustained Advantage" from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. Beer will speak about how communication, organization and the right leaders can make a difference in businesses and other organizations. The lecturen is part of the Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series, which brings top national academicians and consultants to Benedictine to address major issues in organizational behavior and development. The lecture is free.  For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.

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.  

A foolish hunter, a mythical creature and puppet on puppet carnage

The College of Liberal Arts Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes Kat Pleviak, founder and director of the Sea Beast Puppet Company, to campus this spring. Pleviak has been a professional puppeteer and member of the Puppeteers of America since 2002. Under her direction, Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works such as "Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dümm," "Liquid Ladies," "The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy,"  "The History of Light" and "Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou," which won best in show at the Chicago Fringe 2013. Pleviak and her company will perform  "Méfiez-Vous de la Vaché-Garou" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The production tells the story of a young girl who goes on a journey of self-discovery set in motion by three dead men. Watch as a foolish hunter meets with retaliation in the dead of night and a bar is turned upside down by the discovery of a mythical creature, all set in the sticky swamps of Louisiana. This show is meant for mature audiences. Don't miss the fun, the terror and some harsh acts of puppet on puppet carnage. The performance by Pleviak's students will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

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

Controversial film about rape, murder of young Indian woman gets screening at Benedictine

The Department of Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology at Benedictine University is sponsoring a screening of the film "India's Daughter" by award-winning filmmaker, actress and producer Leslee Udwin beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The film pays tribute to the remarkable short life of Jyoti Singh and documents the brutality of her gang-rape and murder in Dehli in December 2012. It also examines the mindset of the men who committed the rape and tries to shed light on the culture that not only seeds but may even encourage violence against women. The event is free and open to the public. Udwin will speak prior to the film and take questions following the screening.  More information about the film can be found at For more information about the event, contact Pat Somers at or Brian Patterson, department chair, at (630) 829-6488 or


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

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.

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 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
Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team concluded a record season with a loss to St. Thomas in the national championship game.

Men's Basketball player Tim Reamer was chosen as the recipient of the Elite 90 Award by the NCAA.

Head coach Keith Bunkenburg was tabbed as the Central Region Coach of the Year while Luke Johnson shared the Central Region Player of the Year.

The Benedictine baseball team knocked off the fifth-ranked team in the nation.

Melissa Stoch homered twice as softball split games down in Florida.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team opened conference play with a win at Beloit.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team fell at Dominican.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team matched a school record with 19 goals in a win over Olivet.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, March 21

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

BenU vs. Washington & Jefferson – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
1:30 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU at at Wartburg
Waverly, Iowa
4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 22

BenU vs. UW-Whitewater – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
8:00 a.m.

BenU vs. North Central – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. Eastern Connecticut State – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
10:00 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU vs. Huntingdon
St. Louis, Mo. – DeSmet Jesuit H.S.
6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 23

BenU vs. Grinnell – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. St. Norbert – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
12:00 a.m.

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

Thursday, March 24

BenU vs. St. Norbert – Spring Break Trip
Winter Haven, Fla.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Hendrix – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
4:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Washington & Jefferson – Spring Break Trip
Clermont, Fla.
6:00 p.m.

Friday, March 25

BenU vs. Greenville – Spring Break Trip
Auburndale, Fla.
7:30 a.m.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Wells
Aurora, N.Y.
4:00 p.m.

Men's Volleyball
BenU at IIT
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 25

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Brockport State
Brockport, N.Y.
11:00 a.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


Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball goes 3-3 in six games this week against Vanguard, Crown and Dickinson State

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, March 22

Women's golf
BenU at Mesa vs. Benedictine University
At Superstition Springs
Mesa, Ariz.

BenU at Mesa vs. Grace University
at Tucson Invitational
1:30 p.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Midland University
At Tucson Invitational
3:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 24

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

Friday, March 25

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

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Hope International
At Heap Gymnasium, MCC
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 26

BenU at Mesa vs. Marymount University (Calif.) (DH)
At Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
11:00 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Hope International
At Heap Gymnasium, MCC
Mesa, Ariz.
4:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News












Officer Bob Hay (left) has returned to the Springfield Campus Police
Department to work alongside Chief George Judd (right). Officer
Mike Hurt has also rejoined the staff.


The Gingko Square construction project is underway creating a
new green space with new sidewalks connecting the three main
buildings. The old asphalt and concrete was ripped up and
will be replaced with wide sidewalks and future green space.


Moser Center holds information session in Lichtfield

An information session for adult programs available through the National Moser Center for Adult Leanring will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Lincoln Land Community College's Litchfield Campus. The Moser Center is reaching out to adult student populations in South Central Illinois including Carlinville, Litchfield, Pana, Hillsboro, Gillespie, Jerseyville and Nokomis. It also provides very convenient access for students from points further south  including  Alton, Edwardsville, Collinsville and Belleville.

Virtual information session scheduled for adult undergraduate programs

Springfield will host a $10K M.B.A. Open House from 5:30-7:00 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
Bryanne Norris – April 1, Mesa Operations
John Draut - April 2, Graduate Business Administration
Maria Granic-White – April 2, Mesa Operations
Max Bednarski – April 3, Marketing and Communications
Jennifer Erickson – April 3, International Programs and Services
Betsy Rhinesmith – April 5, Human Resources
Jim Zimmerman – April 5, Campus Services
Karl Constant – April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt – April 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods – April 8, Admissions
Duane Hazelwood – April 9, Benedictine University Police
Leslie McNew – April 9, Undergraduate Business
Richard Nassif – April 10, Athletics
Mark Ritz – April 10, Business and Finance Services
Leigh Anne Harden – April 11, Biological Sciences
Grace Mirsky – April 12, Computer Science and Information Systems
Deborah Sarna – April 12, Benedictine Library
Jo Wilson – April 12, Mesa Operations
Jeanette Zingg – April 12, College of Liberal Arts
Susan Ortinau – April 13, Dining Services
Art Rutherford – April 13, Campus Services
David Turner – April 13, Academic Affairs
Martin Wright – April 13, President's Office
Alex Larsen – April 14, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Allison Wilson – April 14, Biological Sciences
Christopher Birks – April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa – April 17, New Student Advising Center
Sarah Shanes – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
Elizabeth Bell – April 21, Teacher Education Preparation
Jessica Jelinek – April 21, Athletics
Jayne Wechsler – April 21, Dining Services
Michael Fitzgerald – April 22, Dining Services
Georgeen Polyak – April 22, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
Xiaojin Yu – April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand – April 26, Onground Ed.D.
William Torres – April 26, Benedictine University Police
Maria Flores – April 27, Campus Services
Monica Miller – April 27, Residence Life
Andrea Swanson – April 27, Campus Planning and Construction
Susan Mikula Christie – April 28, College of Liberal Arts
Benjamin Langer – April 29, Abbey Personnel
Gena Lewis – April 29, Teacher Education Preparation
John Thornburg – April 29, Psychology/Sociology
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center

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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.