Campus Notebook                        November 21, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Spring 2017 Registration

Encourage your students to register for spring 2017 classes

Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester has begun. Sophomores with 30+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15; freshman with 15+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17; freshman  with 0+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 18; and students at large register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21. The hours are based on earned hours and does not include in-progress hours.

Campus Events
Flu shots now available for faculty, staff and students

Flu shots are now available for faculty, staff and students from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, while supplies last in Student Health Services, Krasa Center, Room 116. The cost is $20 for faculty and staff and $10 for students. Only cash or check accepted. For more information, contact Susan Salerno at or (630) 829-6046.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "The Meaning of Mercy" with Fr. Andrew Davy, M.C., pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plano, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15,  in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn how to grow in our perception of what it means to be a person of mercy. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Get involved. Transplant hope. Be the match.

The American Red Cross Chapter of Benedictine University is hosting the "Be the Match" event in the Kindlon Hall Atrium from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16-17. For thousands of people with blood cancers like leukemia or sickle cell anemia, a bone marrow transplant is their only hope for life. All it takes is a few minutes, a little paperwork and a swab of the inner cheek. Registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 44. For more information, contact Lauren Johnson at or (312) 833-9699, or visit

University community invited to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner

Benedictine University students, alumni, faculty and staff and their families are invited to come together as a community from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, to celebrate family, faith and friendship and enjoy a great meal together. The cost for the Thanksgiving buffet is $9.25 per person. International Programs and Services will also have a booth on the second floor of the Krasa Center seeking donations for mission trips.

Cubs' Fergie Jenkins to talk about his career at Benedictine

Spend "An Evening with Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. This Cy Young Award winner led the National League in wins two times, complete games four times and had the fewest walks per nine innings in the league five times. The right-hander is one of only four pitchers in major league history to record more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080.

Turkey: strategic ally or liability?

What is going on in Turkey? Is Turkey giving up its membership in the European Union? NATO? How will the Turkey-U.S. relations be affected after the recent developments in both countries? Faculty, staff and students are invited to a discussion, "Strategic Ally or Liability? Turkey, Amid Massive Crackdown," from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 21, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. The speaker is Mahir Zeynalov, a Turkish journalist and former Los Angeles Times reporter based in Washington, D.C. Refreshments will be served.

Want to get into the habit of being happy?

The holidays can make you feel like there isn't enough of you to go around. Join us and learn how to create happiness in the middle of it all. The Counseling Center will sponsor a presentation, "The Happiness Habit," from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, in Krasa Center, Room B. Sandra Carey, Psy.D.,M.S., will present strategies and practical skills for handling anxiety and increasing calm in your daily life, demonstrate how happiness can be cultivated and practiced, and informing you of stress management for mind, body and spirit. Bring a lunch and the Counseling Center will provide beverages and dessert.

Look on the face of God and be saved

"Advent at the Abbey," sponsored by St. Procopius Abbey and the Department of History, Philosophy & Religious Studies at Benedictine University, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, at the abbey. The theme of the day is based on Psalm 80, that the divine presence is everywhere and that the eyes of the Lord gaze everywhere on the good and the bad. Advent is a time to turn and look on the face of God, and be saved. The schedule includes arrival and coffee at 9:00 a.m., Lauds at 9:30 a.m., Lecto Divinio at 10:00 a.m., the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 11:00 a.m., Eucharist at noon, lunch at 12:30 p.m., a talk about the day's theme at 1:30 p.m., and a closing prayer and blessing at 2:30 p.m. A free will offering will be taken. For more information or to reserve a place (limited to 60 people), contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or, or Christine Fletcher at The abbey is located at 5601 College Road in Lisle.

Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome children of all ages to holiday breakfast

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day full of celebration and fun for the whole family from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Santa will visit, pose for pictures and give a gift to each child. Mrs. Claus will read her most beloved Christmas story while Ernie the Elf eagerly demonstrates the art of holiday crafting to all who attend. Santa's favorite superheroes and princesses are also expected to make an appearance. Sponsored by Benedictine University's Student Senate, "Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus" features holiday movies, games, prizes, a special raffle and a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, making Benedictine one of Santa's favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. To register, visit or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.


Event allows prospective students to discover the College of Science

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University's College of Science during the "Science Open House" from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Science Open House is a great opportunity for prospective students to discover why Benedictine students become so successful in the fields of science, math and engineering. Prospective students can also tour campus. Registration and a resource fair begin at 10:00 a.m. with the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, go to For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

University Development

Won't ya let me take you on a sea cruise?

Benedictine alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue on Saturday, December 3. Alumni can mix and mingle with other BenU alumni and enjoy a full buffet dinner, open bar, music and dancing. Alumni who purchase their tickets by November 4 will save $5 by entering the code "REINDEER" when registering. Register here:

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.

Campus Information

Benedictine is one of the safest college campuses in the United States

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police 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

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.  For information on gallery events, go to

The Department of Music

The Department of Music has announced its schedule for the fall 2016 season:

  • Concert Band, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
  • Concert Choir, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Jazz Emsemble, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Chamber Orchestra, 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Recital Practica, Piano Students, 12:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Recital Practica, Instrumental Students, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Darya Aleinikava, Senior Recital, 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, Goodwin Hall Auditorium

Concert Band performance is a great holiday outing  

The Benedictine University Concert Band will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Goodwin Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Music, the event is free and open to the public. This concert is a great holiday outing for music lovers of all ages. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or

Christmas concert features band, choir, jazz emsemble and Dr. Brophy

Benedictine University will host a free Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Students from the Benedictine Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. There will also be opportunities for the public to participate in a Christmas carol sing-along. This musical experience features a piano performance by special guest Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., president of Benedictine University. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or

Healthy Table
Honey, do

Pure honey contains the sweet substance made from the nectar of plants by honey bees. A bottle of the naturally sweet substance is nothing else. This makes for a perfect natural sweetener in teas and baked goods. Here are 10 facts you never knew about honey:

  • There are up to 60,000 bees in a beehive. They may travel as many as 55,000 miles collectively to visit millions of flowers for nectar.
  • Honey bees are the only insect that produce food eaten by man.
  • The color and flavor of the honey depends on the bees' source of nectar.
  • There are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States.
  • Honey provides 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon, making it a great source for quick energy.
  • Honey has about 64 calories per tablespoon.
  • Honey could be used as a natural cough suppressant, helping relieve irritation.
  • Honey is 80 percent sugars and 20 percent water.
  • Honey contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals, and water, all necessary to sustain life.
  • When stored in a sealed airtight container, honey will never spoil.         

For more tips on health and wellness, contact 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. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Food donations sought for Lisle Township Food Pantry

During the holidays, the need for extra assistance for families tends to increase. Community support through donations make it possible for local food banks to help feed families for Thanksgiving and Christmas. In the spirit of the holiday season, the Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is kicking off the holiday season with a food drive for the Lisle Township Food Pantry, which provides food and personal care items for 1,300 people each month. You can participate by dropping off non-perishable food donations at the Lisle Village Hall lobby, 925 Burlington Ave., from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. All non-perishable food collected will be delivered to the Lisle Township Food Pantry before the holidays. Among the items sought are canned meats, vegetables, fruit, canned fish, peanut butter, jelly or jam, soups, pasta, rice, cereal, powdered milk, dry beans, baby formula, baby food or cereal, diapers and wipes. For more information, contact Diane Homolka at (630) 769-1000 or email

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's soccer team is one of 16 teams remaining in the NCAA tournament.

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing in support of Athletics is scheduled for May 15.

The Benedictine University men's soccer team knocked off seventh-ranked Carthage in the NCAA tournament opener.

The Benedictine football team's season ends on a blocked extra point in overtime.

Watch highlights of the men's soccer team's run through the NACC conference tournament.

Women's cross country runner Emma Roberts named all-region at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Check out the highlight video from the football team's game against Concordia Chicago.

The Benedictine men's cross country team finished the year at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, November 15

Women's Basketball
BenU at Lake Forest
Lake Forest, Ill.
5:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
#6 BenU at Wheaton
Wheaton, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18

Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Oglethorpe – at Manchester
North Manchester, Ind.
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 19

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. #8 St. Thomas – NCAA tournament third round
University of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
1:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Manchester
North Manchester, Ind.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball
#6 BenU vs. #4 St. Norbert
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 20

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Chicago/Redlands – NCAA tournament quarterfinal
University of Chicago
Chicago, Ill.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

November is Financial Aid Awareness Month

Benedictine University at Mesa representatives will help students complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) throughout the month of November. Counselors will be available from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Financial Aid Awareness Night will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1. Prospective students and their parents can attend a presentation about the financial aid process and complete their FAFSA while on campus.  For more information, contact Louis Capellan-Adams at (602) 888-5532 or

BenU at Mesa Athletics
Keep up with the Redhawks!

Women's volleyball comes up just short in the California Pacific Conference championship match.

Women's basketball splits at the ACU Classic.

Men's basketball gets roughed up in first road games of the season in California.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, November 14

Women's golf
BenU at Mesa vs. Mesa Community College (exhibition)
At Dobson Ranch Golf Course
Mesa, Ariz.
12:20 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian
Phoenix, Ariz.
7:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 17

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Grand Canyon (exhibition)
Phoenix, Ariz.
6:00 p.m.

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Northern Arizona (exhibition)
At Tuba City, Ariz.
6:30 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Cal Tech
Pasadena, Calif.
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Utah Valley (exhibition)
Orem, Utah
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 16-December 31:

Robert Domaschuk – November 16, Information Technology    
Anna Hanson – November 16, Advancement    
Eric Goodwin – November 17, College of Business    
Cynthia Laurin – November 17, Mesa Operations
Douglas Potter – November 17, Mesa Operations
Jayashree Sarathy – November 17, Biological Sciences    
Jennifer Flynn – November 18, Financial Aid
Alan Gorr – November 18, Global College    
Phillip Handler – November 18, Dining Services
Adam Smith – November 18, Athletics
Myra Carlos – November 19, Mesa Operations
Lisa Darnell – November 19, Admissions    
Jack Fritts – November 19, Benedictine Library    
Michael Kalynyuk – November 19, Office of Admissions    
Coreen Mogavero – November 20, Nursing and Health  
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, Admissions    
Martin Vargas – November 21, Campus Services
Walter Moore – November 22, Adult Accelerated Enrollment    
Dina Ismail – November 24, Research and Development    
Marco Masini – November 24, Student Life    
Anthony Zupancic – November 24, Marketing and Communications
Amy Drozd – November 25, National Adjunct Instruction   
Emily Klockenga – November 28, Student Life Cycle, Central Region
Sherry Roper – November 28, Nursing and Health
Mark Kroll – November 29, Benedictine Library
Amanda Perkins – November 29, Teacher Education Preparation
Heather Sipsma – November 29, Master of Public Health
Hillary Holecek – December 2, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Susie Doddek – December 3, Advancement Office, Springfield
Tong Shang – December 3, International Programs and Services
Ramon Luzarraga – December 4, Mesa Operations
Lana Ammari – December 6, Advising Center
Elizabeth Boone – December 6, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Dewayne Evans – December 7, Athletics
Anthony Franklin – December 7, Information Technology
Arketa Thurmond – December 7, Admissions
Alana Smith – December 7, Dining Services
Stephen Van Loan – December 7, Benedictine University Police
Jon Miller – December 8, Student Life
Justin Kinseth – December 9, Athletics
Jeremy Nadolski – December 9, Mathematics and Computational Science
Nicholas Houser – December 10, Abbey Personnel
Alice Sima – December 11, College of Science
Janea Franklin – December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer – December 13, Benedictine University Police
Paul Nelson – December 14, Athletics
Jan Writer – December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Alicia Tait – December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Alandra Devall – December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Hongqin Li – December 17, Information Technology
Elizabeth Quoziente – December 17, Mesa Operations
Joseph DiVincenzo – December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi – December 19, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Michael Blaney – December 20, Abbey Personnel
Patricia Brown – December 20, Nursing and Health
Lee Smith – December 20, Biological Sciences
Mathew Jones – December 21, Athletics
Timothy Marin – December 21, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Equbagabir Woldegirgis – December 21, Dining Services
James Ludema – December 22, Center for Values–Driven Leadership
Barbara Ozog – December 22, Management Information Systems
Margaret Young – December 23, Nursing and Health
Luigi Manca – December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher – December 25, Religious Studies
Robert Hay – December 25, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Philip Novack-Gottshall – December 25, Biological Sciences
Carol Nowatzke – December 25, Campus Ministry
Cheryl Heinz – December 27, Biological Sciences
Lou Ann Meek – December 28, Office Services
Virgilio Pacieb – December 30, Housekeeping and Event Services
Brittney Dvorak – December 31, Advising Center
Carol Heinz-Bennett – December 31, Mesa Operations
Amy Lakin – December 31, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

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.