Campus Notebook                              May 31, 2016

Lisle Campus News

More than 730 students and their families braved the rather chilly
elements  to attend Commencement ceremonies May 14 at the
Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

Campus Events

Faculty honored for achievements during Employee Appreciation Day

Six faculty members were recently named recipients of the 2015-16 Benedictine University Faculty Awards during Employee Appreciation Day on May 18, including Vince Gaddis, Ph.D., professor of History, who was named recipient of the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award for Leadership.  Faculty awards recognize significant achievements in the areas of teaching, research and service which serve as models for all faculty members. Also recognized among faculty were William Scarlato, M.F.A. (Fine Arts), who was awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching; Susan Cheng, Ph.D. (Public Health) and Jean Marie-Kauth, Ph.D. (English Language and Literature, and Core Humanities), who were awarded the Distinguished Faculty Award for Research; and Richard Campbell, Ph.D. (Teacher Education Preparation) and Allen Legutki, Ph.D. (Music), who were presented the Distinguished Faculty Award for Internal Service. Benedictine also announced the promotion of seven faculty members. Promoted to associate professor were Steven Day, Ph.D. (Foreign Languages), Anthony DeLegge, Ph.D. (Mathematics), Philip Hardy, Ph.D. (Political Science) and Ellen Ziliak, Ph.D. (Mathematics). Promoted to professor were Timothy Marin, Ph.D. (Chemistry/Biochemistry) and Niina Ronkainen, Ph.D. (Chemistry/Biochemistry). Michael Manning, Ph.D. (Values-Driven Leadership), was granted tenure.

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 June 11 and July 16, 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

Kristin J. Kubelsky, B.S. Chemistry, C16, gave a poster presentation titled "Electroanalytical characterization of selected polyphenolic compounds utilizing linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and DC potential amperometry (DCPA)" in Analytical Chemistry/Instrumentation symposium at the 47th Central Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society at Covington, Ky., on May 19. Kubelsky's presentation was based on undergraduate research performed with faculty mentor Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry). The theme of the CERM 2016 meeting was centered on "Elements and Strategies for a Better Future."

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 attended Commencement
ceremonies May 14 at the Village of Lisle-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

Through 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.   

Healthy Table

Plan for a summer of healthy eating.

Summer is just around the corner. While summer schedules quickly become packed full with pool parties, grill outs, baseball games and summer camps, it's also the best time for fresh, healthy food. Try visiting a farmer's market this summer for the freshest and prettiest food. Get creative - there are so many foods in season you'll never have to make the same thing twice. To find a farmer's market near you, visit:

Summer seasonal foods include;

  • Arugula, which is great for salads or topper to burgers
  • Asparagus, which is high in vitamin K and folate and great on the grill.
  • Beets, which are: rich in phytochemicals and antioxidant protection.
  • Corn, and who doesn't look forward to corn on the cob?
  • Raspberries are never fresher than in summer months.
  • Tomatoes are a farmer's market favorite and a great source of vitamin C.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact us at 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

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) on May 15 at the NCAA Division III regional in Alma, Mich.

                                                                                            (photo courtesy of Alma College)

Benedictine coach Kate Heidkamp earned her 500th career win May 13
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 track and field team saw a historic season end at the NCAA Championships.

The Benedictine women's soccer team will host a prospect camp in August.

Jordan Johnson, Amanda Head and the men's 4x100 meter relay team have been selected to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region team.

Mesa Campus News


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.

  • 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 31-June 28:

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
Kevin Sherman – June 2, Information Technology
Lloyd Popp – June 3, Benedictine University Police
Edward Ferroni – June 4, Chemistry/Biochemistry
John Darnell – June 5, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Hannah Torricelli – June 5, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Deborah Antoine – June 6, Language, Literature and Arts
Armeen Basheer – June 6, Enrollment, Northern Region
Michi Dubes – June 6, Benedictine University Police
Jan Miller – June 6, Elementary EducatIon
Andrew Wig – June 6, Physics and Engineering
Kevin Broeckling – June 7, Mesa Operations
Phil Brozynski –  June 7, Marketing and Communications
Kristin Logan – June 7, Onground Ed.D.
Susan Hovey – June 10, Adjunct Instruction, Central Region
Jenna Lucio – June 10, Office of Admissions
Kevin Triplett – June 10, Benedictine University Police
Amy Staffeldt – June 12, New Student Advising Center
Vanessa Cano – June 15, Office of Financial Aid
Annette Dzielski – June 15, Business and Finance Services
Dianne Moran – June 16, Psychology/Sociology
Robin Rylaarsdam – June 16, Biological Sciences
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
Mark Poch – June 19, Biological Sciences
Susan Smith – June 19, Mesa Operations
Jill Reichert – June 25, Enrollment, Central Region
Louise Capellan-Adams – June 21, Mesa Operations
Kari Stone – June 22, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Sandra Gill – June 23, College of Business
Janet Kirby – June 25, Adjunct Instruction, Central Region
Phyllis Meyers – June 25, Organization Development
Adrianna Saccone – June 25, University Development
Erin Divoky – June 26, Nursing and Health
Elliott Peppers – June 28, Marketing and Communications
Regina Schurman – June 28, Clinical Exercise Physiology
Linda Hale – June 29, Marketing and Communications

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

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