Campus Notebook

May 6, 2013

University Notes

The Commencement Mass will be held at St. Procopius Abbey at 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 The Undergraduate Commencement Convocation will take place at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the Sports Complex (in case of severe weather, the event will be moved to the Rice Center). It will end at approximately 11:30 a.m. Faculty and staff who are participating in the ceremony are asked to arrive at the Krasa Fireside Lounge 9:15 a.m. for robing in academic garb and line-up. The Graduate Commencement Convocation will take place beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 in the Sports Complex. It will end at approximately 4:30 p.m. Faculty and staff participating in the graduate ceremony are asked to arrive at the Krasa Fireside Lounge by 2:00 p.m. for robing in academic garb and line-up. Please refer to the Commencement homepage on the University's website,, for specific details. If you have ordered a rental cap and gown and need to pick it up, please contact Donna Madia at to arrange for pick-up. If you need to return a rental cap and gown, they can be dropped off after the ceremony on Saturday in the Presentation Room if you are attending the ceremony or they can be dropped off this week in Scholl Hall, Room 155 if you are not attending the ceremony.

Faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to join the Graduate Business Administration Department from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms B and C to honor James Zoda, Ph.D., who is retiring after 29 years of teaching excellence and service. Attendees are encouraged to bring any stories they may wish to share. For more information, contact Courtney Hatcher at (630) 829-6205.

"Summer Sleuths" is back. The intensive, problem-based learning program for students entering grades 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 in the fall of 2013 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, June 24-27 on the Benedictine University campus. There is one slight change this year. There will be a $20 fee that will cover registration and four lunches in the Krasa Dining Room. For more information, go to or contact John Zigmond at or (630) 829-1364. To register, go to:
Campus Beautification Day is Friday, May 17. Participants will receive a T-shirt, a free lunch at noon and the afternoon off. Meet under the water tower at 8:30 a.m.

Denim Days are back. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business Building or the General Scholarship Fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays through August 23. Applies to new donations only. Current donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Employee Appreciation Day will be held from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15 in the Krasa Student Center. Benedictine employees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items -- including peanut butter, jelly, canned fish, egg noodles, soup and healthy snacks -- that will be donated to the West Suburban Community Pantry. Volunteers are needed immediately after the ceremony to help load the pantry truck. To volunteer, contact Monica Jimenez at

Summer Fun Day Camp registration is under way. Boys and girls ages 5-13 are invited to spend a fun-filled summer beginning with the first of nine weekly sessions on Monday, June 3. Activities include games, sports, computers, fishing, movies, reading and arts and crafts. The camp runs Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The cost for Benedictine employees is $135 per week (five days per week), $108 for four days per week and $81 for three days per week. Sessions are June 3-7, June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 1-5 (no camp July 4), July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, July 29-August 2, and August 5-9. For information, visit the website at or contact Marita Hyde at or (630) 829-6019.

The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex is the home of the Chicago Red Stars professional women's soccer team. The Chicago Red Stars is an American professional soccer club that was a founding member of Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) league. The Red Stars participated in WPS in 2009-2010, playing their home games at Toyota Park. After leaving the WPS in December 2010 due to financial issues, the team reorganized and joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League for the 2011 season. In 2012, the team participated in the inaugural WPSL Elite League and currently plays in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL). The Sports Complex will host 11 home games this season (April-August). For ticket information, go to

Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University’s policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.

Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at or (630) 829-1127.

Giving back is always truly appreciated. Consider donating $50 or more by cash or check to the University as a new, one-time donation. Donors giving $50 or more will receive a leather coaster set commemorating the University’s 125th anniversary. Please return your completed form with cash or check to Jill Poskin at Lownik Hall, Room 019. For more information, or to give via credit card, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or To those of you who already generously give, “Thank you.” For others who are thinking about giving for the first time, please do so. Any amount helps and you can choose where your donation will be designated.

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

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Time off is available for staff to use through the Vacation Donation Program if they are facing a personal emergency and have used all of their own vacation, personal and floating holiday hours. All donated time expires at the end of May. To apply for additional time, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366.

The Benedictine University Library will offer extended hours during spring finals through May 10.

• Monday, May 6-Thursday, May 9: Library Collections will be open from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., and the Reading Room and Study and Research Center will be open from 7:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m. Research assistance for the same dates will be available from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
• Friday, May 10: Library Collections will be open 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., the Reading Room and Study and Research Center will be open 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and research assistance will be available 12:00-5:00 p.m.

A team from the Illinois Law Enforcement Accreditation Program (ILEAP), will be on the Benedictine University campus Wednesday-Thursday, May 8-9, to inspect the Benedictine University Police Department’s policies and procedures to ensure the agency continues to meet professional law enforcement standards.As part of the evaluation, members of the community are invited to provide their assessment of Benedictine University Police by calling the ILEAP assessment team at (630) 829-6652 between 2:00-2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8. Calls will be held to no longer than 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with ILEAP standards. Copies of the standards are available at the Benedictine University Police Department located on campus in the lower level of the parking garage.Individuals who are unable to make telephone comments at the designated time, but wish to speak to the assessment team leader about the department and accreditation, may contact Detective Sgt. John Lawson at (630) 671-4044.

Healthy Table

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. School is almost out for summer, so there is no better time to develop your exercise routine. Aim to be active for at least 60 minutes every day, but always remember that you can break up exercise during the day. Three 20-minute blocks of exercise at different times during the day have the same benefits of exercising 60 consecutive minutes. Physical activity has many health benefits for all ages. Exercise helps children and adolescents improve muscular fitness and bone health, adults prevent some chronic diseases and the elderly improve cognitive function. Exercise also promotes and maintains a healthy weight. Adding physical activity to your day and making a few small dietary changes to improve your health will have you swimsuit ready in no time. Here are some ideas on how to add physical activity to your life:


  • Join a club team with your park district.
  • Find an exercise buddy and take walks, go for runs, or ride your bikes.
  • Exercise first thing in the morning, so you can't put it off.
  • Put a calendar on your fridge so you can track your progress.
  • Set weekly exercise goals for yourself.
  • Download free fitness apps on your phone or iPod to give you some workout ideas.
  • Change up your routine to keep your muscles guessing.
  • Take a walk on your lunch break.
  • Always use the stairs in buildings instead of the elevator.
  • Park in the farthest parking spot away from the store.
  • Take your dog to the dog park.
  • Join a group fitness class.
  • Find what exercise you enjoy best, so it never seems like a chore.

Campus Recreation

Work Out. Earn Points. Get Gear. The “I Got Rec’d” Incentive Program at Benedictine Fitness Center encourages an active lifestyle with the motivation of earning free prizes. To earn points, just attend a Campus Recreation activity such as a group fitness class. Get your card punched and you’re on your way. Every punch card you complete earns you a bigger and better prize. For more information, visit or pick up a pamphlet and a free punch card at the Benedictine Fitness Center front desk. If you have any additional questions, contact Emily Payne at or (630) 829-6107.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!


Winning in dramatic fashion, the Benedictine softball team won the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) tournament and advanced to the NCAA championships for the third consecutive year. The Eagles will play Illinois Wesleyan at Whitewater, Wis. in the opening round.

The baseball team secured the second seed in the conference tournament with a sweep of Rockford.

For the second consecutive season, men's outdoor track and field laid claim to the NAC championship, wining the two-day event on Saturday at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Two baseball alumni have signed to play professionally with the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League.

Senior baseball player Kevin Hendricks received an academic award this week.

The women's track and field team posted a strong showing at the conference championships, placing third.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Thursday, May 9
BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin – NAC tournament hosted by Concordia Wisconsin
4:00 p.m.
Mequon, Wis.

Friday-Saturday, May 10-11
BenU at NAC tournament hosted by Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.

Thursday-Saturday, May 9
No. 7 seed Benedictine vs. No. 2 Illinois Wesleyan – NCAA championships hosted by UW-Whitewater
4:00 p.m.
Whitewater, Wis.

Friday-Saturday, May 10-11
No. 7 seed Benedictine at NCAA championships hosted by UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.

Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field
Thursday-Friday, May 9-10
BenU at North Central
11:00 a.m.
Naperville, Ill.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 6-31:

Emily Payne-May 6, Student Activities
Louis Simios-May 6, Auxiliary Enterprises
Eileen Clark-May 7, Computer Science
Donna Ivancevic-May 7, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Edgar Hernandez
-May 8, Campus Services
Carlos Herrera-May 8, Campus Services
Theresa Sak-May 9, Business Learning Team
Jean White-May 9, Enrollment Center
Mariana Rodriguez-May 11, Campus Services
Chad Treisch-May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Lynn Chambers-May 13, Admissions
Deborah Kirk-May 13, Business and Finance Services
Soyon Lee-May 16, International Business and Economics
Thomas Madia-May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey-May 16, Nursing and Health
Steven Hermann-May 17, Stewardship
Julie Davis-May 18, Nutrition
Michael Carroll-May 19, Mesa Operations
Dawn Smith-May 19, College of Business
Erica George-May 20, College of Education and Health Services
Jian Tang-May 21, Information Technology
Alison Ridge-May 22, Nursing and Health
Craig Terdich-May 22, Campus Services
Rita George-Tvrtkovic-May 23, Religious Studies
Adrienne Hickey-May 24, Office of Financial Aid
Tim Kazmierczak-May 26, Campus Services
Kenneth Reuter-May 26, Business and Finance Services
Beverly Uebel-May 26, Dining Services
Neil Wolf-May 26, University Services
Deborah Hellmuth-May 27, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Christopher Smith-May 27, Student Success Center
Barbara Allanach-May 28, Student Health Services
Amy Drew-May 28, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Tanesha Pittman-May 29, Moser College
Daniel Confolone-May 30, Dining Services
Peter Nelson-May 31, Physics and Engineering

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