Campus Notebook

May 11, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Hai Ri Han (Fine Arts) is one of just a handful of artists whose work was selected from among more than 1,200 entries from 35 countries for exhibition in “ArtVenice Biennale 3” in Venice, Italy. ArtVenice Biennale 3 is an online juried competition as well as a large screen digital presentation being held at a beautiful, large gallery space in Venice during the opening week of The Venice Biennale 56.

Faculty and staff invited to meet the candidates

Faculty and staff will have the opportunity to meet the four finalists for the position of president of Benedictine University from 8:40-9:40 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13, Thursday, May 14, Monday, May 18 and Tuesday, May 19, in Birck Hall, Room 112 (Tellabs Lecture Hall). Candidate names and their curriculum vitae will be distributed on the morning of each visit. All those who attend these sessions will have the opportunity to provide additional input through a follow-up survey. 

Help keep Benedictine beautiful

The annual Campus Beautification Day is Friday, May 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We hope you will be able to adjust your schedule and join us for this fun event. All participants will receive a T-shirt and are invited to join us for a cookout following the event. Meet at the water tower. RSVP to Kathy Rutkowski at or (630) 829-6420.

Faculty and staff will be recognized at Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Faculty who have been promoted and employees who have given years of service will be recognized.

University Notes

Hooding 05-01-2015 (47)

The annual Hooding and Honors Convocation was held in the Dan and Ada
Rice Center on May 1. 


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.

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

Auxiliary Enterprises

Slammers to play exhibition game at Sports Complex

The Joliet Slammers baseball team, a member of the professional independent Frontier League, will play an exhibition game against the Rockford Aviators at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex at 7:05 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Tickets for the game are $5 and can be purchased online at or by calling (815) 722-2287. The Frontier League was formed in 1993, and is the oldest operating independent league. During the 2014 season, more than 60 players from Frontier League teams were picked up by Major League Baseball organizations.

To be the best, you got to learn (basketball) from the best

Benedictine University's Eagles Basketball Camp for boys in grades 3-8 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday-Friday, June 9-12 at the Rice Center. The goal of the camp is to create an entertaining environment for learning the game of basketball and place campers in a setting where they will develop lasting friendships with fellow campers and coaches. The camp is directed by Benedictine men's basketball coach Keith Bunkenburg, one of the nation’s winningest active Division III coaches. Children of faculty and staff pay just $175 for the camp, which is regularly $220. The price includes lunch, a T-shirt and a camp basketball. To register, contact Bunkenburg at (630) 829-6146.

Campus Ministry

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.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery are celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with a viewing of  “A Question of Habit,” a full length documentary film that examines the depiction of Catholic nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12 at the monastery, 1910 Maple Ave.,  in Lisle. The movie contrasts the images of nuns in contemporary U.S. popular culture with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. Although most Roman Catholic women religious in the U.S. have not worn the full habits of their orders for more than 40 years, images of nuns and sisters in such habits can be found in numerous and surprising aspects of pop culture. The sisters’ special guest is Bren Ortega Murphy, Ph.D., who is the writer, producer and director of the film. She holds a joint appointment in both the School of Communication and the Women’s Studies/Gender Studies program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University.

Student Life

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.

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

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

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.

University Development

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

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Through July 18    
Nature Artists' Guild of Morton Arboretum  
"Viewing Nature"
Mixed Media
Komechak Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

May 18-June 27
Benedictine University Permanent Art Collection
Kindlon Hall, Gallery South (First Floor)

Healthy Table

It's time to pack a healthier lunch

  • Pack sugar-free flavored water instead of soda.
  • Choose baked potato chips instead of fried.
  • Pack lunches the night before to avoid running out of time in the morning.
  • Use hummus or mustard instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches.
  • Include a variety of foods to keep you full throughout the day.
  • Load your vegetables into a sandwich on whole wheat bread or a whole wheat wrap.
  • Substitute fresh, lean meats for processed delicatessen meats.

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!

The Benedictine baseball season ended with a pair of losses at the NACC tournament.

Corbin Gett was honored as the Midwest Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Year.

Chris Jordan and Tim Hendricks were named to the NACC All-Conference first team.

The Benedictine women’s track and field team competed at North Central in a non-scored event.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team competed at the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central.

The Benedictine baseball team upended the NACC co-champions in the first round of the tournament.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, May 14

Men’s/Women’s Track & Field
BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Friday, May 15

Men’s/Women’s Track & Field
BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Men’s/Women’s Track & Field
BenU at Augustana
Rock Island, Ill.
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 12-June 30:

Chad Treisch – May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Anton Auerbach – May 13, Abbey Personnel
Lynn Chambers – May 13, Admissions
Anne Green – May 13, Admissions
Deborah Kirk – May 13, Business and Finance Services
Thomas Madia – May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey – May 16, Nursing and Health
Ashley Parisi – May 17, New Student Adivising Center
Jigisha Thakkar – May 17, Information Technology
Jonathan Valentin – May 17, Campus Services
Julie Davis – May 18, Nutrition
Dawn Smith – May 19, College of Business
Erica George – May 20, School of Education
Bradley Wilcoxon – May 20, Benedictine University Police
Jian Tang – May 21, Information Technology
Maraea Mason – May 21. Financial Aid
Alison Ridge – May 22, Nursing and Health
Craig Terdich – May 22, Campus Services
Rita George-Tvrtkovic – May 23, Religious Studies
Jay Dunn – May 24, Benedictine University Police
Adrienne Hickey – May 24, Financial Aid
Tim Kazmierczak – May 26, Campus Services
Kenneth Reuter – May 26, Business and Finance Services
Amy Drew – May 28, Enrollment, Northern Region
Maria Veguilla – May 29, Campus Services
Colin Cadman – May 30, Abbey Personnel
Daniel Confolone – May 30, Dining Services
Peter Nelson – May 31, Physics and Engineering
Kirsten Voak – May 31, Mesa Operations
Colleen Reimer – June 1, Business and Finance Services
Debra Vanderploeg – June 1, Benedictine University Police
Steven Crook – June 2, Mesa Operations
Lloyed Marlar – June 2, Office Services
Laura Holland – June 2, Nursing and Health
Kevin Sherman – June 2, Information Technology
Lloyd Popp – June 3, Benedictine University Police
Zach Simons – June 3, Campus Services
Edward Ferroni – June 4, Chemistry/Biochemistry
John Darnell – June 5, Career Development
Michi Dubes – June 6, Benedictine University Police
Andrew Wig – June 6, Physics and Engineering
Kevin Broeckling – June 7, Mesa Operations
Phil Brozynski –  June 7, Marketing and Communications
Michelle Bagaoan – June 9, Campus Services
Kevin Triplett – June 10, Benedictine University Police
Amy Staffeldt – June 12, New Student Advising Center
Joe Malgradi – June 14, Mesa Operations
Vanessa Cano – June 15, Office of Financial Aid
Dianne Moran – June 16, Psychology/Sociology
Robin Rylaarsdam – June 16, Biological Sciences
Robert Feely –  June 16, Dining Services
Kathryn Shive – June 16, Marketing and Communications
Eileen Forrest – June 17, Dining Services
Francesca Bergen – June 18, Business and Finance Services
Michelle Koppitz – June 18, Adult and Professional Programs
Mercy Robb – June 18, Marketing and Communications
Pedro Del Corral – June 19, Biological Sciences
Steve McDonald – June 19, Campus Service
Mark Poch – June 19, Biological Sciences
Theresa Smallwood – June 19, Registrar
Louise Capellan-Adams – June 21, Mesa Operations
Martha Martinez – June 21, Campus Services
Kari Stone – June 22, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Sandra Gill – June 23, College of Business
Jim Stockstill – June 23, Campus Services
Christine Isom-Verhaaren – June 24, Core Humanities
Phyllis Meyers – June 25, Organization Development
Adrianna Saccone – June 25, Office of Alumni Development
Erin Divoky – June 26, Nursing and Health
Gloria Munoz – June 28, Campus Services
Regina Schurman – June 28, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Linda Hale – June 29, Marketing and Communications
Nicholas Herwaldt – June 29, Dining Service
Meagan Daniel – June 30, Office of Institutional Grants

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.