Campus Notebook                                     May 2, 2016

Lisle Campus News


The Benedictine University Concert Band, under the direction of Allen
Legutki, performed in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium on April 27. The
Benedictine Jazz Ensemble concludes the Department of Music's
spring semester performance schedule with a concert in the Scholl
Recital Hall, Room 101, at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday. 

Campus Events
Watch a performance by the puppet master and her students

Kat Pleviak, founder and director of the Sea Beast Puppet Company, is the College of Liberal Arts Artist-in-Residence this spring. Pleviak has been a professional puppeteer and member of the Puppeteers of America since 2002. Under her direction, Sea Beast has initiated a number of exciting puppetry projects including a series of original works such as "Little Red Rosie and the Dragon of Dümm," "Liquid Ladies," "The Shadow Puppet Conspiracy,"  "The History of Light" and "Méfiez-Vous de la Vache-Garou," which won best in show at the 2013 Chicago Fringe Festival. A performance by Pleviak's students at Benedictine will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies to recognize its best students

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies will host its annual Student Awards Reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Krasa Center, Room C. Following a social hour, recognition of academic achievements will be presented, including the presentation of the department's Student Excellence Award. All major and minor students in the department's programs are encouraged to attend. For more information or to RSVP, contact Lynn Dransoff at

Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation scheduled for May 6

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, formerly known as the Hooding and Honors Ceremony, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, at the Rice Center. The ceremony provides the opportunity for a faculty or staff member to invest the graduates with the bachelor's hood. Each student chooses the faculty or staff member who has played an important role in their experience at Benedictine. For more information about the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, please contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143 or

Help keep Benedictine beautiful!

Get out of the office. Work alongside of colleagues you do not connect with on a daily basis. Play in the dirt. It's Campus Beautification Day. Meet at the water tower at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, May 9. Participants will receive a spring 2016 Beautification Day T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch at 12:00 p.m. on the basketball court adjacent to the Krasa Center. RSVP to Janie Lamb at (630) 829-6420 or

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Why Isn't Everyone LIke Me?" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn why understanding personality types (Enneagram-based) could lead you to a deeper understanding and a more loving relationship with God, yourself and others. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave. in Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Pray for sunshine and fair skies for Commencement

The 126th Commencement Convocation will be held on Saturday, May 14, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The ceremony for associate and bachelor's degree recipients will begin at 9:45 a.m. The ceremony for master's and doctoral degree recipients will begin at 2:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will run about two hours. There will be a reception immediately after each ceremony in the Campus Quad. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Rice Center. Tickets will be required. If you do not have a ticket, you will be directed to the Goodwin Hall auditorium on the first floor to view the ceremony remotely. Handicapped seating will be available. Please allow extra time to be seated. For more information, go to

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

Alumni can connect with other alums 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. Sometimes an alumnus' life gets busy and they can't always make it back to campus to network with other alumni. So Benedictine is bringing the networking to them. 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 Brett Harrington at or (630) 829-1814.

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 goal of the Benedictine Pedagogy Conference is to help faculty and staff at Catholic Benedictine institutions find ways to enrich the workplace by empowering them through information and tools to better serve the University mission and, as a consequence, enrich the student experience. 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


The Black Student Union held its annual fashion show on April 23
in Goodwin Hall.


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, May 4, 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) 829-6300or

Benedictine University Police

Benedictine Police first to participate in Narcan program

Benedictine University Police Department is the first private university law enforcement agency in DuPage County to participate in the DuPage Narcan Program (DNP). Benedictine's Sgt. Lloyd Popp attended training provided by the DuPage County Health Department and will share that information with fellow officers. Narcan is an antidote for opiates like heroin and prescription painkillers which include morphine, codeine, oxycodone, methadone and vicodin. The DNP earned a national achievement award from the National Association of Counties after 62 lives in DuPage County were saved in 2015 through the training and antidotes provided to first responders. More information about this lifesaving effort can be found at

Campus Ministry

Food donations sought for #FairTradeFinals

This year, Campus Ministry will be hosting Fair Trade Finals in lieu of the Finals Movie Marathon. All week during finals, Campus Ministry staff members will have coloring pages with fair trade facts on them that students can color and enter in a lottery for a free fairly traded bag of coffee. Staff members will also provide fair trade coffee in the Interfaith Room for students. Campus Ministry hopes that students can relax and unwind during finals week, but also remember that even during one of their busiest weeks, they cannot neglect the other. One of the simplest ways to care for vulnerable workers is to buy fair trade products. Campus Ministry is seeking donations of food from faculty and staff to supplement its offerings to students. Although it is not required in your donation, if you do decide to make or buy something that has any fair trade ingredients in it, please let Campus Ministry know so it can highlight these products. Please bring your donations to the Campus Ministry office any time from May 4-11.

Faculty and Staff Notes

William Scarlato (Fine Arts) is exhibiting several of his paintings as part of a three-person exhibit titled "Continental Divide" at Sidetracked Studio. The studio is located at 707 Chicago Ave., in Evanston, Ill. The exhibit runs until Saturday, May 28.

University Development

Denim Days are back in time for the long, hot summer

Denim Days are back, and just in time for the summer. Donate $5 per Friday to the BenU Fund or the Fr. Kevin Sheeran, O.S.B., Textbook Program Fund and be able to wear jeans to work on Fridays from May 20 until August 26, or 15 Fridays. If you donate $60 upfront, you can wear jeans for 15 Fridays which includes three free Denim Days. If you donate $35 upfront, you can wear jeans for eight Fridays which includes one free Denim Day.  If you don't wear jeans, you can still give. Consider donating $5 on behalf of a coworker who then could wear jeans. This is a new donation. Current payroll deductions do not apply, but you may increase your payroll deduction accordingly to qualify. Prior to wearing jeans, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or, or Kyleigh Wallace at (630) 829-6452 or, in the Office of the Annual Fund located in the lower level of the Krasa Student Center, Room 060, to obtain the required form to submit along with your donation. You will receive a dated sticker corresponding with the eligible Fridays. We ask that you wear that sticker on the Fridays you wear jeans. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor approval before participating.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit

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 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police 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.

The College of Business and the Student Senate hosted the "College
of Business: Tradition of Success" wine and cheese reception and dinner
on April 27 on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall. The event is designed
to connect current College of Business students and alumni.

Healthy Table
What is a registered dietitian?

RDNs, or registered dietitian nutritionists, are food and nutrition experts. By translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions, RDNs can help people achieve healthy lifestyles. RDNs work throughout the community in hospitals, schools, public health clinics, nursing homes, fitness centers, universities, private practice and research facilities, and also in the food industry or food management. Not to be confused with a nutritionist – a non-accredited title that applies to somebody with a short course in nutrition – an RDN has earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and dietetics followed by 1,200 hours of practical training before becoming accredited and registered with Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). For more information on RDNs or for information on how to begin the journey to become an RDN, contact Healthy Table, which is conducted by current dietetic interns and graduate students on the path to becoming RDNs.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact Healthy Table, a free service which offers nutrition education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages 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

Lisle Visitors & Convention Bureau

Visitors Bureau collecting old flags for retirement ceremony

Did you know that flags that are torn, faded, frayed and discolored are considered unserviceable and should not be flown? The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau will collect old flags through May 27 and deliver them to local Boy Scouts Troop 99 for a proper flag retirement ceremony in conjunction with the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony held on May 30 in downtown Lisle. Citizens who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair may drop off their old flags in the collection box located in the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, contact Katie Palombit, Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau services coordinator, at (630) 769-1000 or

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:

Ongoing Exhibition
Religious Works from University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Ongoing Exhibition

Photography from the University Art Collection
Featuring artists from Latin America and Eastern Europe
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

Through May 14

Student Exhibition
Student artwork from St. James the Apostle School (Glen Ellyn).
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery

Through May 14
BenU Student Exhibition
Student work from William Scarlato and David Marcet's painting classes
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery

Through July 30
Chicago Alliance for Visual Artists
Painting, sculpture, prints, drawing and mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Reception: 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, May 1

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

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!

Stay up to date with all of the schedule changes for the spring sports.

The Benedictine baseball team played just one contest due to weather, a loss to Wheaton in a non-conference game.

The Benedictine softball team swept Dominican to earn the third seed in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) tournament.

The Benedictine men's lacrosse team celebrated senior day for the first time in program history and pulled away from Milwaukee School of Engineering.

The Benedictine men's golf team rallied to finish third in the NACC with Jordan Velez closing just a shot off the leader to finish second individually.

The Benedictine track and field teams competed one final time before the conference championships by trekking to UW-Whitewater.

The Benedictine women's lacrosse team finished the regular season with a win to secure a second straight conference tournament berth.

A pair of women's golfers played at North Central to conclude the season.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Monday, May 2

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

Tuesday, May 3

BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point (DH)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin – Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC)Tournament
Mequon, Wis.
4:00 p.m.


BenU vs. Elmhurst
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Thursday, May 5

BenU vs. Concordia Chicago – NACC Tournament at Alverno
Milwaukee, Wis.
10:00 a.m.

Friday, May 6

BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament at Alverno
Milwaukee, Wis.

Men's/Women's Track & Field
BenU at NACC Championships
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
10:30 a.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin – Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference (MWLC) Tournament
Mequon, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Greenville
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 7

BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament at Alverno
Milwaukee, Wis.

Men's/Women's Track & Field

BenU at NACC Championships
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
10:30 a.m.

BenU vs. Concordia Chicago (DH)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m.

Women's Lacrosse
BenU at MWLC Tournament
Mequon, Wis.

Men's Lacrosse
BenU at MLC Tournament

Sunday, May 8

BenU vs. St. Norbert
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
12:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News

The Benedictine University at Mesa Athletic Department hosted an
awards banquet on April 27 at Las Sendas Golf Club. The women's
volleyball team was recognized for having the highest cumulative GPA.

Campus Events

BenU at Mesa set for second Commencement ceremony

The 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 Community Room of Gillett Hall. Refreshments will follow. The Hooding of graduates is a tradition unique to Benedictine University dating back to 1975 with the presentation of the baccalaureate hood by a faculty or staff member chosen by the candidate. This tradition 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.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jo Wilson (Senior Administrator and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President) was named the "Volunteer of the Year" by the Mesa Chamber of Commerce during its 2016 Annual Leadership Awards at the Phoenix/Mesa Hilton on April 29. The award is sponsored by the Phoenix Business Journal and recognizes and honors individuals and businesses whose contributions during the past year have served the community through time, care and talents. 

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Softball team goes 4-2 in final week and gets a walk-off home run in season finale.

Athletic Department holds inaugural awards banquet for its athletic teams.

Springfield Campus News


$10K M.B.A. program being offered at new location

The National Moser Center in Central Illinois is offering the $10K M.B.A. program at a new location in Peoria. Applications are now being accepted for classes to be held at Methodist Medical Center of Illinois. For more information, contact Susie Doddek, campus administrator, at (217) 718-3489.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 2-31:

Roling Gunhild – May 2, Dining Services
Amir Ouranus – May 2, Information Technology
David Robush – May 3, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Castro Socorro – May 3, Dining Services
Brenda Zdenek – May 3, Business and Finance Services
Vincent Gaddis – May 4, History
Mary Ocasek – May 4, Benedictine Library
Niina Ronkainen – May 5, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Emily Payne – May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios – May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Matthew Glowiak – May 7, Clinical Psychology
Alexander Huba – May 7, Undergraduate Business
Donna Ivancevic – May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Theresa Sak – May 9, National Academic Development
Alyssa Szynal – May 9, Admissions
Jean White – May 9, Enrollment Center
Christian Diaz de Sandy – May 11, Dining Services
Chad Treisch – May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
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 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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