Campus Notebook

March 30, 2015

University Notes

Fundraising banquet spreads hunger awareness

Members of BenU UNICEF at Benedictine University will host a fundraising banquet to spread awareness of the issue of local and global hunger at the “Hunger Banquet” from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, on the second floor of the Krasa Center, Rooms ABCD. The event costs $15. To RSVP, visit

“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing …”

The Department of Languages and Literature invites students, staff and faculty to attend and/or participate in the Open Mic and Poetry Slam event from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Coal Ben. The microphone will be open from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with the slam to follow from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Slam poetry is the competitive form of poetry performance. It was established in the mid-1980s to heighten public interest in poetry readings and has since evolved into an international art form emphasizing audience involvement and poetic excellence. Each participant is encouraged to being at least two original poems. Music and prizes for the winners will be provided. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Beth Vinkler at (630) 829-6264 or

Expect the best but prepare for the worst

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program designed to prepare staff and students to help themselves, their family, friends and neighbors in the event of a disaster. The training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available, such as emergency preparedness, fire safety, emergency medical operations, emergency response organization and disaster psychology. The training will be held from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Monday-Wednesday, June 15-17, in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABCD. To participate, contact Michi Dubes at

DEA, Red Cross among employers participating in Career Fair

The Annual Spring Career Fair will take place from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8 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. Participating employers include Mathieson, Moyski, Austin & Co., LLP; American Red Cross; Momentum Scientific; Dietitians at Home; the U.S. Department of Drug Enforcement Administration; and many more.  For a complete list, visit A professional employer will be available to take headshots for social media sites such as Linkedin.  Professional attire is required and students should bring multiple copies of their resumes. For more information, go to or contact Julie Cosimo at (630) 829-6037 or Volunteers are also needed to assist employers, students and alumni navigate the career fair. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

Get your gowns and graduation photos!

The May 2015 Graduation 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

Faculty and staff invited to attend annual URSA symposium

Benedictine University’s annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Arts (URSA) symposium will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, in the Krasa Presentation Room and the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. 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, For more information, visit the URSA website at, or contact Zubair Amir at or Jennie Kamieniecki at

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, 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

Theater is life. Cinema is art. Television is furniture.

The Benedictine University community and the public are invited to attend performances by The Neo-Futurists theater group and students under the direction of spring 2015 Artist-in-Residence Bilal Dardai. Dardai has been the artistic director of The Neo-Futurists since 2012 and an ensemble member since 2004. He is a professional playwright who has produced in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and elsewhere in the United States and abroad. The Neo-Futurists will perform on Wednesday, April 15, in the Gallery North on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Students who participated in the artist-in-residence course will perform from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, in the Krasa Presentation Room. For more information, contact Karin Hadley at or (630) 829-6274.

Everything you wanted to know about religious life ...

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery while they celebrate “The Year of Consecrated Life.” Join the sisters at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 as they discuss “Everything you ever wanted to know about religious life, but were afraid to ask.” Listen to the sisters tell their story of coming to religious life. What brought them, why did they stay, how have they lived their lives? Can an older woman enter the monastery? Can a divorced woman enter the monastery? How often do you pray together? Are sisters going to disappear? Then at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, join the sisters as they view “A Question of Habit,” a full-length documentary film that examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary pop culture. It contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph.D., who is the writer, producer and director of the film, will be on hand to discuss the film and answer questions. She holds a joint appointment in both the School of Communication and the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program in the College of Arts & Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. For more information, contact Jane Doyle at (630) 725-6016.

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. 

Plant seeds to save money. Ask the landscaper over lunch.

Andy Nordstrom, an account executive with Shemin Landscape Supply and former owner of South View Horticulture, will be the guest speaker at “Lunch with the Landscapers” from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. He will talk about how residents can save money by starting their own plants from seeds. Attendees can get their fingernails dirty by planting flower seeds and transplanting 2-3-inch pepper sees into 4-inch pots. Nordstrom earned a bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Western Illinois University. He has experience in nursery management, greenhouse production, retail garden center management, lawn care and landscape installation. RSVP by Wednesday, April 15 to Kathy Rutkowski 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.

What kind of birds are in your backyard?

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Spring 2015 Discovery Days Program will feature “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 Thursday, 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 Thursday, 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.

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.

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

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 and 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 are 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 and 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

Benedictine partners with John Marshall to offer joint M.B.A./J.D.

Individuals seeking a graduate degree to enhance their careers should consider Benedictine University’s new joint Master of Business (M.B.A.) and Juris Doctorate (J.D.) program with John Marshall Law School. After meeting admissions requirements at both schools, students can take classes at John Marshall toward a law degree and at Benedictine toward earning an M.B.A. Students enrolling in the joint program can attend classes part-time or full-time. However, full-time law students must attend the first year of law school exclusively at John Marshall. Part-time students can attend classes simultaneously at Benedictine and John Marshall. The fall application period for John Marshall is August 15-April 1 and the spring application period is August 15-November 15. Completed applications must include: electronic application form; LSAT score; transcripts and letters of recommendation; personal statement; resume (optional); and application fee. The John Marshall Law School operates on a rolling admission policy. The Office of Admission continues to review applications until the entering class is full. Applications submitted after the deadline will only be considered if space is available.

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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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

Through April 25
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
“Margaret Taylor-Burroughs: Art Pioneer”
The art gallery is currently presenting a mini-retrospective of Chicago art pioneer Margaret Taylor-Burroughs in celebration of her many lasting educational and artistic contributions to the African-American community in Chicago. Burroughs taught art to countless youths in the city and her art career spanned more than 40 years. She produced a body of work that included paintings, drawings and prints, while working tirelessly to create spaces for young artists to exhibit their own work. She and her husband held art exhibits in their home before helping to found the DuSable Museum of African American History. This exhibition features works from the family’s private collection.

March 30-May 9
Kindlon Hall, Gallery North (First Floor) and South (Second Floor)
Student Exhibition

First Sunday Tea & Talk
April 19     
Karen Brooks, Calligrapher    
“Illustrations of the St. John Bible”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Healthy Table

Is diet soda really a better option?

Soda is one of the largest contributors to excess sugar and calories in the American diet. For many soda drinkers, making the switch to diet soda has been their compromise to hold onto the fuzzy bubble delight of soda without the extreme sugar and calories. But is this really the best choice?

A recent study in San Antonio suggests otherwise. Daily and occasional diet soda drinkers gained almost three times as much abdominal fat as non-soda drinkers. Fat around the belly increases risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome.

Instead of diet soda, try adding fruit juice or fresh fruit slices to carbonated water to keep the bubbles but toss the calories.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs and other health-related activities. We are located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or “like” and message us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University. You can also contact us at

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Keep up to date with the most recent weather changes for spring sports.

The Benedictine baseball team won a pair of one-run games at home.

The Benedictine softball team swept Beloit in its home opener.

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team extended its winning streak to five.

The Benedictine men’s volleyball team lost to No. 8-ranked Carthage.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team opened the outdoor season at Knox.

The Benedictine women’s track and field team sent distance runners to Knox.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team lost to the conference favorites.

The Benedictine dance team won the NACC dance championships.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, March 30

Men’s Golf
BenU at Aurora Spring Invite
Bristol, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

BenU vs. Lakeland (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
2:00 p.m.

BenU at Edgewood (DH)
Carol Stream, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

BenU at Rockford (DH)
Rockford, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 1

BenU vs. Chicago
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
4:30 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
4:00 p.m.

Men’s Volleyball
BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2

Men’s/Women’s Track and Field
BenU at Wheaton
Wheaton, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

BenU at Elmhurst (DH)
Rosemont, Ill. – Bandits Stadium
3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3

Men’s Golf
BenU at Aurora/MSOE Triangular
Bristol, Ill.
12:00 p.m.

Women’s Lacrosse

BenU at Cornell
Mt. Vernon, Iowa
4:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 4

Men’s Golf

BenU at Aurora/MSOE Triangular
Bristol, Ill.
9:00 a.m.


BenU at Concordia Wisconsin (DH)
Mequon, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Marian (DH)
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
12:00 p.m.

Men’s Lacrosse

BenU vs. Beloit
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

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

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
John Draut - April 2, Graduate Business Administration
Max Bednarski - April 3, Marketing and Communications
Jennifer Erickson-April 3, International Programs and Services
Susan Stackley - April 4, Graduate Business Administration
Betsy Rhinesmith - April 5, Personnel 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
Richard Nassif - April 10, Athletics
Mark Ritz - April 10, Business and Finance Services
Joshua Wolfgang - April 10, Annual Fund Programs
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, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Martin Wright - April 13, President's Office
Allison Wilson - April 14, Biological Sciences
Marilyn Cermak - April 15, Student Success Center
Christopher Birks - April 16, Communication Arts
Kimberly Sgarbossa - April 17, New Student Advising Center
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.)
Alton Nobles - April 23, Admissions
Shannon Rauch - April 23, Mesa Operations
Xiaojin Yu - April 25, International Programs and Services
Sunil Chand - April 26, Center for Higher Education and Organizational Change
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, Design and Construction Management
Jason Burr - April 28, Athletics
Susan Mikula Christie - April 28, College of Liberal Arts
Gena Lewis – April 29, Teacher Education Preparation
John Thornburg - April 29, Psychology/Sociology
Lynne Schrott - April 30, Career Development Center
Wilbert Watkins - April 30, Music

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.

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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.