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 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.
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 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/.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jen Zingg at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
Tuesday, March 28
Wednesday, March 29
Thursday, March 30
Friday, March 31
Saturday, April 1
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 email@example.com or Maria Granic-White at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
Monday, March 27
Thursday, March 30
Friday, March 31
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 28-April 30:Kathryn Heidelberger – March 28, Campus Ministry