Campus Notebook

May 4, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

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

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Michelle Alexander, author of the book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration
in the Age of Colorblindness," spoke to more than 400 people at the Krasa Center
on April 21. Her appearance was sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership.  


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 – May 6, 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 May 9
Kindlon Hall, Gallery North (First Floor) and South (Second Floor)
Student Exhibition

May 4-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)

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) will host its second annual “Lisle Restaurant Week” from Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 8. Many of Lisle’s popular restaurants will participate by extending special offers and discounts to diners all week long. “Lisle Restaurant Week is a wonderful opportunity to try new places and revisit some of your favorites,” said Diane Homolka, executive director of Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It’s a win-win for participants and consumers.” A complete list of participating restaurants and their special offers can be found at

Healthy Table

C'mon everybody, come and do the salsa

Salsa in Spanish means "sauce" — a combination of chopped vegetables, fruits and herbs. Ranging from sweet to tangy to extra spicy, salsa is a healthy and delicious way to add the right amount of spiciness or sweetness to your dish.Today, there are tons of variations and types of salsas. Here are some ideas, but feel free to get creative and add your favorite chopped fruits or vegetables.

  • Tomato salsa: Combine chopped plum tomatoes, onions, canned green chiles, cilantro and lime juice. Add red pepper flakes or hot sauce for more kick.
  • Pineapple or mango salsa: Combine chopped, fresh or canned pineapple or mango with cilantro, lime juice and mince garlic.
  • Black bean salsa: Combine canned, drained and rinsed black beans with chopped tomato and onion, cilantro, jalapeño and red wine vinegar.

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 softball team fell to Concordia Wisconsin in the NACC tournament.

The Benedictine baseball team will be the No. 5 seed in the NACC tournament.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team finished third at the NACC championships.

The Benedictine women’s track and field team took home fourth at the NACC championships.

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team fell to Concordia Wisconsin in the MLC tournament.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team reached the NACC semifinals.

Three women’s lacrosse players earned second team all-conference status.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team made its first appearance in the MWLC tournament.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, May 7

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

BenU vs. Marian – NACC tournament
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin
4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 8

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

BenU vs. TBA – NACC tournament
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 4-31:

Vincent Gaddis - May 4, History
Mary Ocasek - May 4, Benedictine Library
Niina Ronkainen - Matsuno-May 5, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Emily Payne - May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios - May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Donna Ivancevic - May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Carlos Herrera - May 8, Campus Services
Theresa Sak - May 9, National Academic Development
Jean White - May 9, Enrollment Center
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

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.