Campus Notebook                                 March 6, 2017

Lisle Campus News

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the season of Lent and BenU
students, faculty and staff gathered in the St. Benedict Chapel to receive
ashes which remind us of our own mortality.

Campus Events

Over 50? Get screened.

March is Colon Cancer Awareness month. Robert D. Rozner, M.D., a Benedictine graduate and physician at Student Health Services, reminds anyone 50 years or older to get a screening test. Death from colon cancer is entirely preventable if caught early. For more information, go to  Get out and get screened. For more information, contact  Pamela Deely, RN, B.S.N., director of Student Health Services, at or (630) 829-6047.

NU team physician talks about concussions in young athletes

The College of Education and Health Services will present "Concussion in the Young Athlete: What You Need to Know" as part of its Community Forum Series from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, Room 411. The guest speaker is Jeff Mjaanes, M.D., who serves as the director of Intercollegiate and Health Service Sports Medicine and head team physician for Northwestern University. Prior to his work at Northwestern, Dr. Mjaanes worked at Rush University in Chicago as a sports medicine specialist and was medical director for the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush. RSVP to Sunil Chand at  

Go inside ISIS with New York Times investigative journalist

The New York Times investigative journalist Rukmini Callimachi will provide an inside look at the secretive body inside ISIS dedicated to projecting terror overseas when she presents "Not Such Lonely Wolves: How ISIS Remote Controls Attacks" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Callimachi is a foreign correspondent for The New York Times who covers Islamic extremism and a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist. Her presentation is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, email or contact Jen Zingg at

Discover tornadoes during museum's Discovery Days

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will present Illinois storm chasers Danny Neal and Adam Lucio from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, as part of its Spring 2017 Discovery Days. Neal and Lucio founded Illinois Storm Chasers (ISC) in 2014. After years of storm chasing together and covering local weather, they used their knowledge of weather forecasting and their understanding of the state’s unique climatology to form ISC. The event is free and open to the public. The content of the program is recommended for adults and older children. The museum will provide age appropriate activities for younger children. Please register by Wednesday, March 8.

Life is like night and day for kids with the XP gene

A special screening of the movie, "Night for Day: The XP Story," written and directed by Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., will be held from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) is a rare autosomal recessive genetic disorder of DNA repair in which the ability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) light is deficient. The film explores how XP families from the United States, Cuba, England, Peru, Israel, Australia, Pakistan and the Dominican Republic live, love, worship and struggle to survive. The screening is free and open to the public. A question-and-answer session will follow the screening.

Students pursuing professions in health, medicine should start here

Benedictine University's 27th Annual Health Professions Fair, sponsored by Alice Sima and the Pre-Professional Health Programs, will be held from 9:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, in the atrium of the Goodwin Hall of Business. Representatives from many professional schools and military disciplines will share information on a variety of health professions offered. Students are encouraged to attend.

Potluck dinners help homeless at Hope House

Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in a potluck dinner benefitting the Hope House, a homeless shelter in Villa Park. The dinners are from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, March 15 and April 19. Interested participants should contact Carrie Roberts in Campus Ministry at

Baiman to discuss new book as part of faculty series

Ron Baiman, Ph.D. (left), assistant professor in the department of Graduate Business Administration, will discuss his book, "The Morality of Radical Economics," as part of the University Library's Faculty Author Series from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, in Goodwin Hall, Room 415. This event is open to the public. For more information, contact Cynthia Kremer at

Recycle that old bicycle and Fender Stratocaster  
The Village of Lisle, DuPage County, School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE), and Benedictine University encourage area residents to bring their electronics and other waste items to "Sustainable Saturday in Lisle" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 18, in the parking lot adjacent to the Dan and Ada Rice Center on the Benedictine campus. To facilitate better traffic flow, cars must enter campus at the traffic light off College Road (south of Maple Avenue), proceed north to the recycling site, and exit onto College Avenue north and east of the Rice Center lot. For more information and a list of accepted items, contact the Village of Lisle at (630) 271-4100 or

Spring artist in residence shares playwriting tips

Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist in residence is Jamil Khoury, founding artistic director of Silk Road Rising. Khoury will be teaching an empathic intensive course – EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 (FNAR 291 B) – offering students an opportunity to experience interactive theatre lessons while learning playwriting firsthand on Mondays from March 6-May 1. Khoury will perform a staged reading, "Mosque Alert," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. EPIC Empathic Playwriting 1 students will perform at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, May 1, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Khoury's performance is open to the public. The student performance is open to faculty, staff and students only.

Pick up "Station Eleven" now, get ready to discuss later

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

Admitted Student Day is just around the corner

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 Upcoming Admissions events include Admitted Student Day on Thursday, April 20; and Spring Visit Day on Saturday, April 29.

Campus Information

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

Healthy Table

Healthy Table interns debunk detox diets

Detoxing has been around for a little while, but this diet fad is still going strong. With new and different types of detoxes coming out every few months, it can be hard to know the difference between fact and fiction - after all, a diet full of juiced fruits and vegetables can't be bad for you, right? Cleanses and detoxes all promise to clear out toxins from your body, make you healthier and help you lose weight. A cleanse and a detox are, for the most part, the same thing. They both have the same basic goals: to remove toxins and other “harmful” things from your body. There are a few detoxes that are most common.

Liquid Cleanses: Participants of a liquid cleanse replace all or most of their meals with a totally liquid based diet. This might consistent of smoothies, juices or simply water concoctions.

Detox Pills: Participants take pills filled with a combination of different herbs, spices, supplements, vitamins or minerals. The pills claim to cleanse and detoxify your body, flush out toxins, improve digestive health, boost the immune system, rejuvenate organs and lose weight.

Why you don’t need a detox diet:

  • The body naturally detoxifies through the liver, kidneys and GI tract.
  • Cleanses usually don’t provide enough protein or fat.
  • While a liquid cleanse or pill might help you lose weight initially, any pounds shed are mostly water weight and will most likely be gained back once you resume your usual eating habits.
BenU Athletics

Seven members of the Benedictine men's track & field team will
compete in the national indoor meet at North Central College.

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.

Seven Eagles headed to NCAA Division III national indoor track and field meet at North Central.

The 10th-ranked Benedictine men's basketball team saw the season end in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Corbin Gett was selected as the MLC Player of the Week.

The Benedictine baseball team opened the year with a pair of games in St. Louis.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team improved to 2-2 on the season with a win over Kalamazoo.

The Benedictine men's volleyball team swept Adrian at home.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team opened the season at home with a loss to Illinois Wesleyan.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Monday, March 6

BenU at Webster
Sauget, Ill. – GCS Ballpark
1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 8

Women's lacrosse
BenU vs. North Central
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Men's lacrosse
BenU at Augustana
Rock Island, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, March 10

Men's indoor track & field
BenU at NCAA Division III Championships
Hosted by North Central
Naperville, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Wittenberg
Springfield, Ohio
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 11

Men's indoor track & field
BenU at NCAA Division III Championships
Hosted by North Central
Naperville, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mount St. Joseph
Cincinnati, Ohio
12:00 p.m.

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

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News


Admitted Student Day welcomes students ready to take next step

Benedictine University at Mesa will host Admitted Student Day from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at Gillett Hall at 225 E. Main St. Admitted Student Day is for students who are ready to take the next step in their college experience or are still deciding if Benedictine is the right fit for them. Attendees can meet with current students, sign up to register for fall classes and talk with a financial aid representative.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

The Redhawks hit the beach at home for the first time.

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Beach volleyball hosts first ever contests against New Mexico, Colorado Mesa.

Baseball nets sweep of Simpson, including two walk-off victories.

Softball goes 4-1 at Copper State Classic, including 3-0 on Saturday and Sunday against countable opponents.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, March 9

BenU at Mesa vs. Dakota Wesleyan (DH)
Inter-Stake Center
Mesa, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 10

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Cal Lutheran
Cal Lu Fornia Invitational
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Wentworth Institute of Technology
Cal Lu Fornia Invitational
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
3:30 p.m.

BenU at Mesa at Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, March 10

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Regis
Cal Lu Fornia Invitational
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
9:00 a.m.

Men's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
Cal Lu Fornia Invitational
Thousand Oaks, Calif.
11:30 a.m.

BenU at Mesa vs. Antelope Valley (DH)
Lancaster, Calif.
11:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of March 6-31:

Whitney Brandenburg – March 6, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Shane Derking – March 6, Department of Athletics
Michael Lueken – March 6, Facilities Management
Andrew Carl – March 7, Office of Admissions
Diana Reynolds – March 7, University Development
Adell Sauper – March 8, College of Science
Joyce Jeewek – March 8, Teacher Education Preparation
Charles Gregory – March 8, Mesa Operations
Sheila Coffin – March 9, President's Office
Greg Evans – March 9, Campus Services
Ovid Wong – March 9, Teacher Education Preparation
Joyce Cecchi – March 10, Teacher Education Preparation
Brendan Blaney – March 11, Abbey Personnel
Keith Bunkenburg – March 11, Department of Athletics
Jennifer Janis – March 12, Academic Affairs
DeMarius Miller – March 12, Auxiliary Enterprises
Gary Remson – March 12, Information Technology
Nicholas Lessentien – March 13, Dining Services
Josiah Sears – March 14, Department  of Athletics
Regina Remson – March 15, Benedictine Library
Mary Werries – March 15, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Frank Janczak – March 16, Department of Athletics
Teresa Mazzini – March 16, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathleen Scullin – March 17, Benedictine Library
Andre Brisco – March 18, Mesa Operations
Sharon Collins – March 18, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Loritz – March 18, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Preston Aldrich – March 19, Biological Sciences
Michael Herdt – March 20, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Anthony Simmons – March 21, Information Technology
Jeffrey Madura – March 21, Undergraduate Business
Scott Stelk – March 22, Housekeeping and Event Services
Gloria Perez – March 23, Dining Services
Larissa Adamiec – March 25, Undergraduate Business
Michael Boland – March 25, Department of Athletics
Maria Lee – March 25, Office of Financial Aid
Carmen Martinez – March 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lilliana Ascencio – March 26, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Kathryn Heidelberger – March 28, Campus Ministry
Eileen Kivlin – March 30, College of Science
Kevin Albert – March 30, Information Technology
Pamela Boetscher – March 30, Office of Admissions
Tonia Rucker – March 31, College of Science
Mary Jeffery – March 31, School of Education

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

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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
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