Campus Notebook

November 11, 2014

Faculty and Staff Notes

Tim Marin (Chemistry/Biochemistry) published a paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C titled “Manganese in Graphite Anode and Capacity Fade in Li Ion Batteries” as part of his ongoing collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory.

Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) co-chaired the session “New Insights from Quantitative Paleobiology” at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada, on October 20. During the session, he presented the talk “Ecological and structural constraints revealed by simulating theoretical ecospaces.”

Amy Weidner and Julie Wroblewski
(Library) participated in ILEAD U (Illinois Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover), a prestigious yearlong program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs. Weidner and Wroblewski served on a five-member team with librarians from North Central College, North Park University and Dominican University. The team recently presented its final project, a consortial institutional repository called “Constellation.”

University Notes

Football team NOV102014

The Benedictine University football team will host Lakeland Saturday at 1:00 p.m.
with the chance to earn a berth in the NCAA Division III National Championships.

Learn more about the Affordable Care Act

Representatives from the DuPage County Health Department will give an educational presentation about the Affordable Care Act at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10 in the Krasa Center, Room C. They will also be available by appointment on Wednesday and Thursday, November 12-13, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., to help community members apply for health coverage. Each appointment lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. To fill out an application, you will need a driver’s license or state ID, Social Security cards/numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants), income verification including, W2’s, unemployment, Social Security and/or pay stubs for the past 30 days for you and anyone else who will be included on your application for coverage. You can make your appointment in Spanish at (630) 221-7139 or English at (630) 221-7143. Open enrollment for health insurance begins on November 15 and ends on February 15, 2015.

Don't SWAT away opportunity to learn about police techniques

The Benedictine University Police Department will conduct a Citizen’s Police Academy beginning January 20, 2015. The academy will cover such topics as driving under the influence (DUI), traffic stops, crime prevention, common Illinois laws, crime scene processing, domestic violence, SWAT, traffic crash investigations, K9 operations and criminal investigations. Classes will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. every Tuesday. Classes are limited to 25 students. For more information or to register, contact Paul Creekmore, deputy chief of police, at or (630) 829-1104.

Do you know somebody who belongs in Who's Who?

The Honors Committee is seeking nominations for inclusion in Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. More than 2,000 colleges and universities nominate students for inclusion, based on academic and campus achievements. The Honors Committee will select up to 150 graduating seniors for inclusion in Who’s Who. A student deserving of “Who’s Who” designation is a senior planning to graduate in December or May who has a strong academic record (min GPA 3.5 and at least 24 semester credit hours at BenU) and is a “known presence” on campus. Department chairs, campus clubs and athletic teams are encouraged to nominate one or two students. The deadline for applications is Friday, November 28. For more information and nomination forms, contact Fr. David Turner, O.S.B., at or (630) 829-6245.

Learn how to write professionally

The Student Success Center and the Career Development Center will offer “Need 2 Learn 2 Write Professionally?” for those who want to learn what is considered professional writing. Find out what impression you give when you don’t include capital letters, punctuation, or appropriate greetings and closings. Explore campus and online resources. This workshop will be offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, in Krasa Center, Room 012. An RSVP is encouraged to

Workshop provides guidance on crafting a personal statement

The Career Development Center Fall 2014 Writing Assistance Workshop series will offer ”Writing a Personal Statement” for those thinking about going to graduate school and must craft a personal statement. Learn what to include and what to exclude. Find out about common errors and how to avoid them. Explore campus and online resources. This workshop will be offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, in Krasa Center, Room 012. An RSVP is encouraged to

“Caught in the Web” explores life in 21st century China

International Education Week at Benedictine University begins with the showing of the Chinese film, “Caught in the Web,” on November 13 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The film by Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Chen Kaige explores the drama of urban life in 21st century China, a world in which social media, the Internet, consumer culture and competition among ambitious young professionals lead to personal crises and new moral dilemmas. Attend the Study Abroad Fair from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17 in Krasa ABC to learn about various international exchange programs, mission trips, volunteer opportunities and third-party study abroad trips that are available to Benedictine University students. Experience the culture and diversity of Benedictine’s international students at “Taste of the World,” an event held to showcase and sample the native cuisines of students’ home countries, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. And on Thursday, November 20, the “Face of Benedict” contest winners will be announced.

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar, "Follow-up Discussion on Improving Student Writing," with Zubair Amir  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18; "Panel Discussion: Teaching Writing in Learning Communities" with Steven Day  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 9; "Practice Makes Perfect ... Decoding Science Communication in an Upper-Level Lab" with Cheryl Heinz from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 30; and "Developing an Academic Self in a Digital Age: A Look at First-Year Student Writing 1999-2013" with Olga Lambert  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, February 27. The seminars are held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

Get your gowns and graduation photos, too!

The December 2014 Commencement Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in August or will graduate in December will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a Grad Images photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss financial obligations, and participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, graduates can go to

Former presidential adviser Austan Goolsbee talks about economic recovery 

The Center for Civic Leadership will host former presidential economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, Ph.D., who will present “Economic and Political Realities: 2015 and Beyond” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, past chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. He will discuss economic recovery efforts and their impact on the country following the financial crisis and recession of 2008. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit, email or contact Jean Zingg at

Open house provides overview of science programs to prospective students

The Science Open House for prospective students will be held from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22 in the Krasa Student Center. Prospective students and parents may attend student presentations, participate in pre-professional presentations, and visit Benedictine's lab facilities. Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Students and their parents will be welcomed by the dean of the College of Science at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program, student presentations and lab tours at 12:15 p.m. Prospective students and their parents can enjoy refreshments, meet the faculty and view student posters in the Kindlon Hall Atrium beginning at 2:00 p.m. followed by an optional Scholars Program Presentation in Kindlon Hall, Room 161 at 2:30 p.m. Students can tour the Techniques Lab (Birck Hall, Room 354), the Microbiology Lab (Birck 317), the Cell/Genetics Lab (Birck 356), the Physiology Lab (Birck 373), the Exercise Physiology Lab (Birck 310), the Organic Lab (Birck 360), the Instrumental Analysis Lab (Birck 150), the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Lab (Birck 018) and the Computer Science Lab (Birck 016).

Join others of all persuasions at the Abbey's annual inter-faith service

The 24th annual DuPage Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Procopius Abbey at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 24. Following the Papal Assisi Model of praying in each other’s presence will be the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Buddhist monks, Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Bahai and Protestants. The Abbey Schola will sing several pieces of Gregorian chant. Admission is free. For more information, contact Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6410.

Interfaith leader will speak at King breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization which focuses on building the interfaith movement on college campuses, will be the guest speaker at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Krasa Student Center. Patel is also an author and regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. The community is invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Wash your hands to avoid spreading disease

Student Health Services reminds everyone to get into the habit of washing your hands. Clean hands will stop the spread of germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Also, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. Properly dispose of tissue, wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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. The Office of 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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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, 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.

Who 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.

Sunday, Daily Mass schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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

Where a student should go with a gripe

A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to

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.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Sunday, November 30
“Ed Paschke: In Private Hands”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
This commemorative exhibition celebrates the lively and pop art-influenced representational imagery
associated with Edward Paschke’s art. Known as one of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago’s imagists, he chose to work with intensely colorful expressionism and aggressive themes. The exhibition is
comprised of family members’ collections, which have rarely been seen in public.   

Through Friday, December 19
"District 203 Art Teachers Mixed Media"
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium
Teacher are passionate about the subject they teach. As lifelong learners, teachers are in constant pursuit of new concepts and techniques. This exhibit showcases a variety of art works from Naperville District 2303 art educators from kindergarten through high school. Each teacher offers knowledge and skill in their area of expertise.

Through Friday, December 19

“Appalachia Portraits” by Andrew Auten
 Kindlon Hall, First Floor North
Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his United States debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. These stark, frank images echo the style of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

November 1-December 19
"Portraiture in the 21st Century"
Photo competition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Creche, a term first used in 1792, is of French and Old German origin and refers to a group of small statues or figurines representing the scene of Christ's birth in the manger in Bethlehem. Creches are popular in churches, schools and public places, particularly at Christmas. The lecture coincides with the creche display in the gallery courtesy of Marmion Academy.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

December 7-January 10, 2015
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
In a joint exhibition, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will exhibit more than 300 nativity creches from around the world in this unique collection of popular holiday folk art.
Reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7

January 19 through February 28, 2015
“Chicago’s Civil Rights”
Exhibition of photographs by Bernard Kleina
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The Chicago Freedom Movement Photography Exhibit is a small but revealing snapshot of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit and marches in Chicago, and of both the ugliness and beauty of the response to the struggle for fair and equitable housing rights in Chicago.

Sunday, February 1
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
"Chicago's Civil Rights"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Healthy Table

You just can’t get enough … water

Drinking enough water daily is essential for optimal nutrition even during the chilly winter months. Water helps your body to maintain proper body temperature, lubricate and cushion joints, and remove waste. Water is also a healthier alternative to juices and sugar-sweetened beverages. Try to drink half your body weight in ounces daily. Add fresh fruit or mint to water to jazz up your beverage.

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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is partnering with Poised For Success to hold a woman’s business clothing drive to help promote economic self-sufficiency in women. This initiative is designed to help disadvantaged women make a first impression at interviews and land jobs that change their lives. All clothing donations should be current style or timeless design and either new, like new or gently used, cleaned, pressed and ready for women to wear out the door. Some immediate needs are suits, pants, blazers, blouses, skirts, shoes, scarves, jewelry, winter coats, winter scarves and gloves, winter boots, purses, totes and hangers. A designated collection box will be at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Avenue, from 9:00 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

DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau

The DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau is conducting a photo contest to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of DuPage County. The contest will be held entirely on social media – specifically Instagram and Twitter – and will run until December 31. Entries must be either a historical or current photographic image taken in DuPage County. The person submitting the image must be at least 21 years old and have legal ownership of or proof of permission by the owner to use the photo. The image must be submitted through the entrant’s Twitter or Instagram account and include the hashtag #celebratedupage. For more information, contact Beth Marchetti at the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau at (630) 575-8070 or

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team amassed more than 600 yards of offense to roll past Rockford.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team’s season ended with a loss to MSOE in the NACC semifinals.

The Benedictine men’s basketball team was slotted third in the NACC preseason poll.

The Benedictine women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fourth in the preseason conference poll.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team had three individuals earn all-conference honors.

Senior defensive back Rodney Nichols earned the NACC Defensive Player of the Week award.

Check out this week’s student athlete spotlight with women’s cross country runner Rachel Scianna.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Saturday, November 15

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
BenU at NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals
Winneconne, Wis. – Lake Breeze Golf Course
11:00 a.m./12:30 p.m.

BenU vs. Lakeland
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Albion
Rice Center
4:00 p.m.

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. No. 4-ranked Illinois Wesleyan
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 11-29:

Lindsay Koriath-November 11, Career Development    
Robert McCarthy-November 12, Biological Sciences    
Shaun Meek-November 12, Campus Services
Nicole Placek-November 12, University Development Events    
Cydney Weber-November 12, Office of Admissions    
Ellen Ziliak-November 12, Mathematics    
Michael Salatino-November 13, Benedictine University Police    
Susan Salerno-November 13, Student Health Service    
Amanda Johnston-November 14, Marketing and Communications
Leana Lowery-November 14, Mesa Operations    
Amy Whittinghill-November 14, New Student Advising Center    
Elsie Yuan-November 14, International Programs and Services    
Robert Domaschuk-November 16, Information Technology    
Anna Hanson-November 16, Advancement    
Eric Goodwin-November 17, College of Business    
Janet Eggenberger-November 17, Office of Admissions    
Jayashree Sarathy-November 17, Biological Sciences    
Alan Gorr-November 18, Global College    
Ed Akins-November 19, Campus Services
Lisa Darnell-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Jack Fritts-November 19, Benedictine Library    
Phillip Handler-November 18, Dining Services
Michael Kalynyuk-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Coreen Mogavero-November 20, Business Learning Teams    
David Sonnenberger-November 20, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs    
Marc Davidson-November 21, International Programs and Services    
Kari Gibbons-November 21, Office of Admissions    
Martin Vargas-November 21, Campus Services
Charles Gahala-November 22, Undergraduate Business    
Walter Moore-November 22, Adult Accelerated Enrollment    
Maria Esther Borunda-November 23, Campus Services
Dina Ismail-November 24, Research and Development    
Marco Masini-November 24, Student Life    
Anthony Zupancic-November 24, Marketing and Communications
Amy Miller-November 25, Business Learning Teams    
Mark Kroll-November 29, Benedictine Library   

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.