Campus Notebook

May 18, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) participated in a working group at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) this April in Durham, N.C. He collaborated with researchers from Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, the University of New Mexico, the Smithsonian Institution, Duke University, the University of Florida and others on research on body-size evolution.

Faculty recognized during Employee Appreciation Day

Five faculty members were recently named recipients of the 2014-15 Benedictine University Faculty Awards, including Susan Mikula, acting dean of the College of Liberal Arts, who was named recipient of the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership. Also recognized among faculty were Elizabeth Bell (Physical Education), who was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching; Fannie Rushing (History), who was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research; Rita George-Tvrtkovic (Theology), who was presented the Distinguished Faculty Award for Internal Service; and Joan Libner (Nursing and Health), who was presented the Distinguished Faculty Award for External Service. Promoted to associate professor were Christopher Birks (Communication Arts), Rita George-Tvrtkovic (Theology), Olga Lambert (Languages and Literature) and Kari Stone (Chemistry/Biochemistry); and promoted to professor were Timothy Comar (Mathematics), Cheryl Mascarenhas (Chemistry/Biochemistry) and Joaquin Montero (Languages and Literature). Jonathan Lewis (Psychology/Sociology) was promoted within rank and Elizabeth Ritt (Nursing and Health) was granted tenure.

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.

University Notes

commencement selfie

Nothing says "Commencement" quite like a selfie, as these two ladies discover
after Commencement ceremonies at Benedictine on May 9.


College of Business offers degree that encourages business creators

Benedictine University will offer three new degrees through College of Business beginning this fall – a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Entrepreneurship, a B.B.A. in Human Resource Management and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Finance. The B.B.A. in Entrepreneurship is designed to provide students with the essential theories, critical-thinking skills and real-world knowledge necessary to support their launch into careers as entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs. The B.B.A. in Human Resources will prepare managers who can oversee the recruiting, interviewing and hiring of new staff; consult with top executives on strategic planning; and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. The M.S. in Finance program is geared toward recent graduates of degree programs in Finance, and career advancers with sufficient work experience and a degree in business. For more information about these programs or enrolling at Benedictine, visit or contact (630) 829-6300 or

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
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.

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

Denim Days are back

Denim Days are back for summer. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays from May 8 through August 28. Donate $70 upfront and wear jeans for 17 Fridays. Donate $35 upfront and wear jeans for eight Fridays. Get them for yourself or share with coworkers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Annual Fund office in the Krasa Center, Room 060. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

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

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

Healthy Table

A healthy diet can help prevent heart disease

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. The good news is a healthy diet can help prevent heart disease. The following foods have been found to keep the heart especially happy.

  • Oatmeal contains a source of soluble fiber that has been shown to help regulate blood sugar levels and carry excess cholesterol out of the body.
  • Soy has been shown to reduce LDL or (bad) cholesterol. In addition, soy protein can also replace some of the saturated fats from meats and dairy products in the diet.
  • Spinach is rich in potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. It is low in calories and a good source of fiber.
  • Salmon is a fatty fish that is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which have shown to help lower triglyceride levels, reduce the risk of blood clots, reduce the overall risk of heart attacks and lower blood pressure levels.
  • Walnuts are a good source of polyunsaturated fat, which is the kind that has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels and lower the production of LDL in the body.

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!

Malone, Sipek will represent Benedictine at NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 18-June 30:

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

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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
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