March 27, 2017

 

 

New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi spoke 
about recent developments in the war against ISIS in Mosul to a 
crowd of 300 early March at Benedictine University.
 


Ovid Wong (Education) was invited to present a weeklong faculty training program from January 9-14, at Binh Duong University in Vietnam. The program involved classroom visits, interviews with local business leaders, faculty, staff, students and special topic seminars to assess areas of strengths and address areas of improvement for instruction. The training program was funded by Binh Duong University through the professional collaboration of John Snyder, a lecturer at the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business.


Encourage students to schedule advising appointments now

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.; 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 ben.edu/benulive 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 ppolasek@ben.edu.

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 ebornmann@ben.edu 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 mocasek@ben.edu.

Reflect with the sisters on the Beatitudes of Pope Francis

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery as they look at the Beatitudes of Pope Francis through the eyes of St. Benedict. Join the sisters from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, at Sacred Heart Monastery at 1910 Maple Ave. Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., an associate professor of Theology, will guide attendees through the first beatitude, “Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart.” The talk is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, contact Jane Doyle at (630) 725-6016.

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 vgaddis@ben.edu or (630) 829-6262, or Lynn Dransoff at ldransoff@ben.edu 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/.

Butterflies are free ... learn how to attract them to your garden

“Lunch with Landscapers” will host Judi Davenport, University of Illinois Extension Master Gardener, at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, April 21. Davenport, who earned an associate degree in Ornamental Horticulture and has a background in teaching, training and public speaking, will present “Enjoying Birds and Butterflies in Your Yard.” A master gardener since 2009, Davenport is especially interested in native and woodland perennials, vegetables, shrubs and ornamental grasses. She loves gardening for wildlife to attract birds and butterflies to her garden. One of her favorite hobbies is raising and releasing butterflies. For more information, contact Janie Lamb at jlamb@ben.edu or (630) 829-6440.

Lecture series explores the future of organization development

The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series will present “The Past, the Present and the Future of OD” with Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., and William Pasmore, Ph.D., from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, in the Sorensen Hall of Leaders on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. Woodman is the Lawrence E. Fouraker Professor of Business and former head of the Department of Management at Texas A&M University. His research interests focus on organizational change and organizational creativity and his published work can be found in the top management, psychology and organizational leadership journals. Pasmore has been advising leaders for nearly 40 years. His clients have included GE, Procter & Gamble, Ingersoll Rand, NOVA Chemicals, Lucent Technologies, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Lupin Pharmaceuticals Inc., United Airlines, Levi Strauss & Co., Unilever, Polaroid, Kaiser Permanente and Amoco Corporation. The Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series brings forth the latest scholarly work and practice in the fields of organization development and organizational change. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, visit ben.edu/manage.

Highly decorated former CIA agent to address global terrorism

Former CIA agent Robert Baer will present "National Security and Global Terrorism in the 21st Century" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Baer is one of the most accomplished agents in CIA history and was awarded the Career Intelligence Medal for his efforts. He is the author of four The New York Times bestsellers, including "See No Evil," the basis for the acclaimed film "Syriana" which earned George Clooney an Academy Award for his portrayal of Baer. Considered one of the world's foremost authorities on the Middle East, Baer frequently appears on all major news outlets. He writes regularly for Time.com, and has contributed to Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. The presentation is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University and is free and open to the public. For more information, visit ben.edu/cclbaer, email ccl@ben.edu or contact Jen Zingg at jzingg@ben.edu.


Admitted Student Day allows students to learn more, tour campus

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 admissions@ben.edu. 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.
http://benueagles.com/news/2016/10/20/general-benedictine-alumni-and-friends-golf-outing-in-support-of-athletics.aspx

Becca Gullett and Hannah Smith were selected as the MWLC Players of the Week.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/21/womens-lacrosse-gullett-and-smith-named-mwlc-players-of-the-week.aspx

The Benedictine softball team finished the spring trip to Florida with a 5-5 record.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/24/softball-wins-final-game-in-florida.aspx

The Benedictine baseball team returned from Florida sitting at 7-6 after posting a winning record on the trip.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/25/baseball-wins-fourth-straight.aspx

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team dropped a pair of conference games in Minnesota.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/26/womens-lacrosse-drops-second-straight-in-minnestoa.aspx

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team suffered a pair of defeats in New York.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/25/mens-lacrosse-unable-to-rally-past-cazenovia.aspx

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team tallied a pair of home conference sweeps.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/25/mens-volleyball-sweeps-wittenberg.aspx

The Benedictine men’s golf team played a quad in North Carolina.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/21/mens-golf-plays-pinehurst.aspx

The Benedictine women’s golf team took on a contingency from one of the top programs in the nation on a spring break trip to North Carolina.
http://benueagles.com/news/2017/3/22/womens-golf-plays-in-north-carolina.aspx

 

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, March 28

Softball
BenU at Elmhurst (DH)
Rosemont, Ill. – Bandits Stadium
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 29

Baseball
BenU vs. UW-Oshkosh
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse 
BenU at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 30

Softball
BenU vs. Wheaton (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Friday, March 31

Men’s golf
BenU at Aurora Quad
Bristol, Ill. – Blackberry Oaks
12:00 p.m.

Men’s volleyball
BenU vs. Marian
Dan and Ada Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 1

Men’s golf
BenU at Aurora Quad
Bristol, Ill. – Blackberry Oaks
9:00 a.m.

Men’s and Women’s outdoor track & field
BenU at Chicago – Ted Hayden Invite
Chicago, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Softball
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
12:00 p.m.

Baseball
BenU at MSOE (DH)
Milwaukee, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Men’s volleyball
BenU vs. Lakeland
Dan and Ada Rice Center
1:00 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 2
Softball
BenU at Alverno (DH)
Milwaukee, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Baseball
BenU vs. Lakeland (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse
BenU vs. Northland
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.
 

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to benueagles.com.

 

The courtyard at the Alhambra Residence Hall in Mesa will provide
a quiet respite for students and a place to get together with other
students to enjoy a little downtime.


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. Registration ends Sunday, April 30. To register, visit ben.edu/mesa/idenitity-negotiations. For more information, contact Ramon Luzarraga at rluzarraga@ben.edu or Maria Granic-White at mgranic-white@ben.edu.


Admitted Student Day helps students learn more about BenU at Mesa

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 representative.


Keep up with the Redhawks!



 

 

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Monday, March 27

Golf
BenU at Mesa at Marymount California Invite (Day 2)
The Links at Victoria
Carson, Calif.

Thursday, March 30

Softball
BenU at Mesa at La Sierra (DH)
Riverside, Calif.
2:00 p.m.

Friday, March 31

Softball
BenU at Mesa at La Sierra (DH)
Riverside, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

Baseball
BenU at Mesa at Marymount California
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
2:00 p.m.
 

Men’s volleyball

BenU at Mesa at UC-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Calif.
2:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 1
Men’s volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Cal Lutheran
Santa Cruz, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

BenU at Mesa at UC-Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz, Calif.
4:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 2
Baseball
BenU at Mesa vs. Marymount California (DH)
Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
11:00 a.m.
 
Men’s volleyball
BenU at Mesa at UC-Merced
Merced, Calif.
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 28-April 30:

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
John Draut –  April 2, Graduate Business Administration
Maria Granic-White – April 2, Mesa Operations
Max Bednarski – April 3, Marketing and Communications
Betsy Rhinesmith – April 5, Human Resources
Karl Constant – April 7, Residence Life
Eric Herwaldt – April 7, Dining Services
Hicela Woods – April 8, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Duane Hazelwood – April 9, Benedictine University Police
Mark Ritz –  April 10, Administration and Finance
Elizabeth Brown –  April 11, Marketing and Communications
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
David Turner – April 13, Academic Affairs
Alex Larsen – April 14, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Allison Wilson – April 14, Biological Sciences
Christopher Birks – April 16, Communication Arts
Lisa Haas – April 16, Ben XL Center for Experiential Learning
Sarah Shaner – April 18, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Diane Battistella – April 19, Financial Aid
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.)
Casey Simon –  April 22, Women's Volleyball
Shannon Rauch – April 23, Mesa Operations
Diane Bolker – April 24, Housekeeping and Event Services
Luetta Coonrod – April 24, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Heather Oxley – April 25, Facilities Management
Xiaojin Yu – April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand – April 26, Onground Ed.D.
William Torres – April 26, Benedictine University Police
Monica Miller – April 27, Residence Life
Scot Soukup – April 27, Grounds and Landscaping Services
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, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Lynne Schrott – April 30, Career Development Center

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.
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Gary Kohn
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(630) 829-6095
gkohn@ben.edu
Naperville Operational Center

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(630) 829-6068
jconidi@ben.edu
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