Campus Notebook                                May 9, 2016

Lisle Campus News


Nayeli Vazquez (front row, third from right) traveled around the world during
her time as a Benedictine student. Here she is pictured with a group
of students who visited China. For more about her travels, go to

Campus Events

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

Students celebrated their special honors and achievements with faculty and staff during the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation held Friday evening at the Rice Center.

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. 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. 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 make connections 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. 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 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

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 May 21, June 11, July 16 and August 13; 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

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 is seeking donations of food from faculty and staff to supplement its offerings to students. Please bring your donations to the Campus Ministry office any time through Wednesday, May 11.

University Development

Denim Days 

Over the years, the Office of University Development has offered the Denim Days program as an avenue for giving back to the University. The University is reviewing current giving initiatives as it restrategizes its efforts to strengthen the Benedictine University Fund. As part of this review, the Denim Days program is being discontinued. The University community can look forward to new giving opportunities announced by the Office of University Development in the coming weeks and months.

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.

Spring has arrived and the tulips are in bloom in front of Lownik Hall.

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 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!

The Benedictine softball team wins the NACC Tournament for the fifth time in six years.

The Benedictine men’s track and field team secures the NACC Outdoor Championship, taking home several major awards.

The Benedictine baseball team sweeps 14th ranked Concordia Chicago, winning the second contest on a walk-off homer, to earn the second seed in the NACC Tournament.

Amanda Head earns Field Athlete of the Meet as the Benedictine women’s track and field team places third at the NACC Outdoor Championships.

The Benedictine men’s lacrosse team season ended by Concordia Wisconsin in the conference tournament for a second consecutive year.

The Benedictine women’s lacrosse team falls in the conference tournament, ending a record year.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to weather)

Thursday, May 12
Men’s/Women’s Track and Field at North Central Dr. Keeler Invite

Naperville, Ill.

11:00 a.m.

Softball at Alma – NCAA Championships
Alma, Mich.

Baseball vs. TBA – NACC Tournament
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin
4:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13

Men’s/Women’s Track and Field at North Central Dr. Keeler Invite
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Softball vs. TBA – NCAA Championships

Baseball vs. TBA – NACC Tournament
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin

Saturday, May 14
Softball vs. TBA – NCAA Championships
TBA Baseball vs. TBA – NACC Tournament 
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin

Sunday, May 15
Baseball vs. TBA – NACC Tournament
Mequon, Wis. – Concordia Wisconsin

Mesa Campus News

The Benedictine University at Mesa Athletic Department hosted an
awards banquet on April 27 at Las Sendas Golf Club. Among those
recognized were softball team members (from left) Amber Hollowood,
Hayley Cloward, Jordin Sanchez, Avriana Jiminez, Madison Haga
and Anisa Wells.  

Campus Events

A grand celebration

The BenU at Mesa campus will host an end-of-the-year celebration from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 in the Goodwin Hall Community Room. The entire BenU at Mesa community is invited to attend for some barbecue, camaraderie and raffles to celebrate each other and a successful academic year. 

BenU at Mesa set for second Commencement ceremony

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.


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 $10K M.B.A. Virtual Info Session will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11. To register, email or go to
  • An Adult Undergraduate Open House will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17, and on Wednesday, June 22. For more information, contact (877) 353-9622 or To RSVP, go to
  • 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 9-31:

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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Marketing and Communications
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Lownik Hall
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