Campus Notebook                              May 16, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Eagles win NCAA Division III Alma (Mich.) Regional

                                                                                             (photo courtesy of Alma College)

Jenna Boyajian drove in 6 runs and blasted a 3-run home run in the
bottom of the sixth inning to power Benedictine to a 13-3 victory Sunday
over Heidelberg University (Ohio) in the championship game of the
NCAA Division III Regional at Alma, Mich. The Eagles (37-15) advance
to the Super Regional hosted by Emory University on May 20-21 in Atlanta, Ga.

Campus Events
Faculty and staff will be recognized at Employee Appreciation Day

Employee Appreciation Day will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 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.

Stop what you're doing and come to the show

The Chi-Town Showstoppers, a 12-piece ensemble fronted by energetic female and male vocalists and featuring a powerful six-man horn section, will perform at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium following Employee Appreciation Day festivities. The seasoned group of professionals breathes new life into sets containing a mix of danceable R&B, rock, funk, soul, popular music, swing and jazz standards. The group features Benedictine University Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry Tim Marin on electric bass. For more information, contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or

Students, community members can take the Mensa challenge

Chicago Mensa will host a testing session at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Testing sessions last approximately two hours and are open to applicants 14 years of age and older. Individuals under the age of 18 must have written parental or guardian permission. All sessions are subject to change or cancellation based on lack of attendance or unavailability of a proctor. To pre-register for the session, please send an email to and state which session. You will receive a confirmation email with site-specific details. Walk-ins will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis if space permits, but are not advised. The event also includes snacks, games and a speaker. Benedictine students with a valid ID can get in for the $7 member rate instead of the $10 guest rate.

Alumni can make connections during Eagles Online Networking Hour

Benedictine University alumni can network with fellow alumni through the Eagles Online Networking Hour (formerly called Virtual Networking or Brazen Careerist) from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Alumni can connect with alumni from all majors, industries and locations, and build their network in less than an hour. Participants can login on from anywhere using their desktop, laptop, tablet or mobile device by linking to The next Eagles Online Networking Hour for all alumni will be held on Wednesday, July 27. For more information, contact Trente Arens at or (630) 829-6077.

Pedagogy conference to explore embedding hallmarks into education

The Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) at Benedictine University will host the 10th Annual Benedictine Pedagogy Conference, "Engaging the Mission: Ten Years of Embedding the Hallmarks into Benedictine Education," on Thursday-Saturday, May 26-28. The keynote speaker will be Michael Hemesath, Ph.D., president of St. John's University in Collegeville, Minn., and chair of the Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities.  Other presenters will include University faculty and staff James Pelech (Education), Beth Vinkler (Foreign Languages), Nancy West Stoecker (Compliance), Alicia Cordoba Tait (CMI) and Jon Miller (Student Life). For more information, go to

Former Notre Dame athlete shares story of faith, courage

Haley Scott DeMaria, author of "What Though the Odds: Haley Scott's Journey of Faith and Triumph," will discuss her journey from a healthy college athlete to a paralysis patient at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. A book signing precedes the presentation from 6:00-6:45 p.m. DeMaria shares her story of survival and recovery in order to help others find hope, strength and faith during times of life's great challenges. Tickets are $10. For more information, go to


Upcoming Enrollment events allow prospective students to get to know BenU

The Office of Admissions has scheduled several events throughout the spring and summer to showcase Benedictine University to prospective students. Prospective students can attend Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on May 21, June 11, July 16 and August 13; and a Future Transfer Day on Wednesdays, June 1, July 6 and August 3. During the events, attendees can meet with an admissions counselor to discuss Benedictine University's renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applying, scholarships and financial aid, and take a guided tour of campus. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Faculty and Staff  Notes

William Scarlato (Fine Arts) and fellow artist William Blake, whose works are on display as part of an exhibit titled "Continental Divide," will talk about their art from 2:00-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Sidetracked Studio, 707 Chicago Ave., in Evanston. For more information, go to

About Benedictine

You get more for your money here

Benedictine University is ranked among the top 10 schools in Illinois and the top 20 percent in the nation for return on investment (ROI), according to the 2016 PayScale ROI Report for colleges with the best value.

More than 730 students and their families braved the rather chilly
elements  to attend Commencement ceremonies Saturday at the
Village of Lise-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

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

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the most recent schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Through July 30
Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

May 23-June 30
BenU Student Exhibition
Student intaglio and relief prints from William Scarlato and Teresa Parker's printmaking courses
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery regular hours are 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday and by appointment.   

BenU Athletics

                                                                                            (Photo courtesy of Alma College)

Jenna Boyajian, a sophomore infielder from Morton High School
in Berwyn, went 3-for-4 and drove in 6 runs in the Eagles' 13-3 win
over Heidelberg (Ohio) Sunday at the NCAA Division III regional in Alma, Mich.

                                                                                            (photo courtesy of Alma College)

Benedictine coach Kate Heidkamp earned her 500th career win Friday
when the Eagles defeated host Alma College, 2-1 in 10 innings, at the
NCAA Division III Regional.

Kids can have fun, learn basketball at the Eagles' camp

The goal of the 2016 Benedictine Eagle Basketball Camp is to create an entertaining environment for learning the game of basketball. The camp focuses on excellent instruction in the fundamentals of offensive and defensive basketball. The camp is run by Coach of the Year Keith Bunkenburg and members of the 2015-16 NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championships national runner-up. The camp is for boys grades 3-8 and runs from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, through Friday, June 10. The cost of camp is $225 and includes lunch, a camp T-shirt and a camp basketball. For more information, contact Bunkenburg at (630) 829-6146 or

Keep up with the Eagles!

                                                                                            (Photo courtesy of Alma College)

The Eagles wait for sophomore Jenna Boyajian to cross the plate
following her home run that clinched their NCAA regional title.

The Benedictine softball team beat Heidelberg University (Ohio) twice on Sunday to claim the Alma Regional championship and advance to the NCAA Super Regional next week.

The Benedictine baseball team saw the season come to a close with an extra inning loss to Milwaukee School of Engineering  in the conference tournament.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Wednesday, May 18

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at North Central Gregory invite
Naperville, Ill.
11:45 a.m.

Thursday, May 19

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at North Central Gregory invite
Naperville, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at Augustana Midwest Twilight Qualifier
Rock Island, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 20

BenU at Emory – NCAA Super Regional
Atlanta, Ga.

Saturday, May 21

BenU at Emory – NCAA Super Regional
Atlanta, Ga.

Mesa Campus News

Campus Events

A grand celebration

The BenU at Mesa campus will host an end-of-the-year celebration from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19, in the Gillett Hall Community Room. The entire BenU at Mesa community is invited to attend for some barbecue, camaraderie and raffles to celebrate each other and a successful academic year. 

BenU at Mesa set for second Commencement ceremony

Benedictine University at Mesa's Second Baccalaureate Mass and Undergraduate Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in the Gillett Hall Community Room. Refreshments will follow. The Hooding of graduates, which dates back to 1975, is a tradition unique to Benedictine University. The graduates choose which faculty or staff member will present them with their baccalaureate hood. This allows graduating seniors to recognize an individual who played an important part in their academic and personal development during their collegiate years. BenU at Mesa's Second Commencement Convocation will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, at the East Valley Institute of Technology. Refreshments will follow.


Several enrollment events scheduled on the Mesa campus

A number of enrollment events are scheduled for adults and undergraduate students interested in the various programs offered on the Mesa campus:

Springfield Campus News


Several enrollment events scheduled on Springfield campus

The National Moser Center at Benedictine University at Springfield will host a series of enrollment events for adults interested in the various programs offered on the Springfield campus.

  • An Adult Undergraduate Open House will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, and on Wednesday, June 22. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622 or To RSVP, go to
  • A $15K M.B.A. Open House will be held at 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, at the Brinkerhoff Home. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622.
  • A $15K M.B.A. Virtual Info Session will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 30. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 16-31:

Thomas Madia – May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey – May 16, Nursing and Health
Ashley Parisi – May 17, New Student Advising Center
Julie Davis – May 18, Nutrition
Dawn Smith – May 19, College of Business
Erica George – May 20, School of Education
Jessica Peek – May 20, Campus Ministry
Bradley Wilcoxon – May 20, Benedictine University Police
Jian Tang – May 21, Information Technology
Alison Ridge – May 22, Nursing and Health
Rita George-Tvrtkovic – May 23, Religious Studies
Jay Dunn – May 24, Benedictine University Police
Adrienne Hickey – May 24, Financial Aid
Kenneth Reuter – May 26, Business and Finance Services
Keith Mann – May 27, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Felipe Acosta – May 30, Dining Services
Peter Nelson – May 31, Physics and Engineering
Kirsten Voak – May 31, Mesa Operations

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

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