Campus Notebook

November 18, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Phil Novack-Gottshall (Biological Sciences) and undergraduate student Keoki Burton recently had a manuscript accepted for publication in the Journal of Paleontology. Their paper, titled "Morphometrics indicates giant Ordovician macluritid gastropods switched life habit during ontogeny," is based on Keoki's independent research project using fossil snails from The Field Museum in Chicago.

University Notes

first snow 11-11-13 (6)

Snow. Hail. Wind. Rain. Tornados. This must be Chicago in the fall...

Help make the BenUnion a reality on campus. College students need a place to hang out, play games and kick back. They need a place that encourages fun and the occasional healthy competition. A place where they can put the books down a few minutes each day. A place where they can meet, greet and unwind. A transformation of the current Fireside Lounge into the BenUnion will create a recreational area on campus where students can break from studies and play billiards, pingpong, foosball, air hockey, and video and table games. A place that encourages a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and enhances the overall college experience. Your help is needed in making the BenUnion a reality. Your contribution will help provide students another way to achieve a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. You can help create a gathering place where they can come together as a community – a Benedictine community.  Please join faculty, staff and students in supporting the creation of the BenUnion today. Gifts should be specified for the Fireside Lounge and delivered to Jill Poskin in the Krasa Center, Room 035. Checks should be made payable to Benedictine University with “Fireside Lounge” in the memo section.

The 23rd annual DuPage Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Procopius Abbey at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25. 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 the hour-and-a-half service. For more information, contact Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6410.

Shop with a Purpose. University Ministry and Parent Programs are co-sponsoring a holiday program with Women At Risk International and the War Chest Boutique located in Naperville. Beautiful hand-blown Egyptian glass ornaments are for sale with the proceeds going to Middle Eastern women and children who have been trafficked. By purchasing their products, you will help lift women and children’s lives to dignity. Ornaments are display in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall and may be purchased from 8:30-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday until Friday, December 15. For additional information, please contact Carrie Roberts at or Hope Keber at

Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Advent at the Abbey” from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. St. Benedict dedicates chapter six of his Rule to silence.  "Good words," he says, "are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence." (RB 6:2) It is not that monastic men and women never speak; we should speak good and thoughtful words in specific places and at appropriate times. Advent is an appropriate time to listen to the Word of God and pray that God makes us more taciturn because "...the disciple is to be silent and listen." (RB 6:6). The schedule includes arrival and coffee, lauds, a morning prayer, readings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing. To reserve a place, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 7 on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Santa will visit, pose for pictures and give each child a gift. Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story while Ernie the Elf eagerly demonstrates the art of holiday crafting to all who attend. Holiday movies, children’s games, prizes and a special raffle make Benedictine University one of Santa’s favorite stops outside of the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. The event is sponsored by the Student Senate.  To register, visit or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.

Faculty are asked to remind students that the online scholarship process has begun. Students may visit to apply for scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information regarding the scholarship process, visit

Faculty are also asked to remind students that Spring 2014 class registration has begun. Students should log onto their MyBenU account to learn their appointed registration date and begin adding courses to their enrollment shopping cart.

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kindlon Hall, Room 021 during the fall semester and from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, February 7, "Teaching Writing Intensive (WI) Physical Education" with Beth Bell; Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

Benedictine’s Graduation Fair for August and December 2013 graduates will be held from 12:00-7:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, November 18-19 in the Krasa Fireside Lounge. Graduates can pick up their cap and gown, obtain commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken, receive career information, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss their financial obligations and enjoy a raffle and refreshments. For more information, go to

The Center for Mission and Identity will present Barbara Nicolosi, the founder and chair emeritus of Act One Inc., a nonprofit program that trains Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives, as part of its Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Series. Nicolosi will present “Why Do Pagans Make the Best Christian Films?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20 in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and “Art, Story and Entertainment: Why Hollywood Matters” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in Birck Hall, Room 112. Nicolosi is also executive director of the Galileo Film Studio at Azusa Pacific University and an adjunct professor of cinema at Pepperdine University. She is a Writers Guild of America, West member and has written screenplays for several Hollywood productions including as a co-writer for the upcoming 2014 film “Mary, Mother of the Christ.” She has worked in various roles on scores of other entertainment projects including “The Passion of the Christ,” “That Evening Sun” and numerous TV shows.

The Office of International Programs and Services will present the annual “Festival of Asia” from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the Krasa Student Center. Programs and activities include the table tennis intramural championships, a cooking contest, buffet lunch, cultural performances and awards. To RSVP and purchase tickets, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at, (630) 829-6342 or (630) 829-6354.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).

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.

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.

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.

ambulanceWho 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.

Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Healthy Table

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

Enter to win free tickets to Illumination and an overnight stay in Lisle

This holiday season, the Morton Arboretum’s trees will be transformed into an interactive kaleidoscope of color and light during its first-ever winter lights event, “Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum,” from November 22, 2013 to January 4, 2014. “Illumination” offers a holiday experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, engaging the senses with dazzling projections, trees that respond to touch and sound, and vivid, electric colors throughout. Click here to Enter to WIN! 

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine women’s basketball team opened the season with a loss at home Saturday afternoon.

Julie Carroll finished in the top 100 as the Benedictine women’s cross country team competed at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team closed the season at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, November 19

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Monmouth
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 20

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. Elmhurst
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 22

Men’s Basketball

BenU vs. Dubuque – at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 23

Men’s Basketball
BenU vs. TBA – at Carthage
Kenosha, Wis.

Women’s Basketball
BenU vs. Alverno
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 18-December 31:

Alan Gorr-November 18, Global College    
Phillip Handler-November 18, Dining Services
Ed Akins-November 19, Campus Services
Lisa Darnell-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Jack Fritts-November 19, Benedictine Library    
Michael Kalynyuk-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Victoria Victorenko-November 19, Personnel Resources    
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    
Jordan Freeman-November 21, Marketing and Communications    
Kari Gibbons
-November 21, Office of Admissions    
Martin Vargas-November 21, Campus Services
Tia Bryant-November 22, Sociology/Psychology    
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    
Amy Miller-November 25, Business Learning Teams    
Mark Kroll-November 29, Benedictine Library
Nicholas Grahovec- December 2, Athletic Training
Hillary Holecek-
December 2, Student Success Center
Lupe Mendez-
December 2, Campus Services
Tong Shang-
December 3, Global College
Kevin Hoeft-
December 4, Campus Services
Ramon Luzarraga-
December 4, Mesa Operations
Elizabeth Boone-
December 6, Business Learning Teams
James Schroeder
- December 6, Football
Anthony Franklin-
December 7, Information Services
Alana Smith-
December 7, Dining Services
Stephen Van Loan
-December 7, Benedictine Police
Jon Miller
- December 8, Student Success Center
Adriane Ruiz- December 9, Undergraduate Business and Management
Jeremy Nadolski- December 9, Mathematics and Computational Science
Peter Dykstra-December 10, Biological Sciences
Katharine Gonzales-December 10, Mesa Operations
Alice Sima- December 11, Pre-Professional Programs
Janea Franklin- December 13, College of Science
Cheryl Rossetti-December 13, Marketing and Communications
Brian Sawyer-December 13, Benedictine University Police
Jay Stuart-December 13, Campus Services
Nicasio Cuevas-December 14, Campus Services
Paul Nelson- December 14, Dan and Ada Rice Center/Fitness Center
Kathiane Sokol-December 14, Financial Aid
Jan Writer- December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Emma Edith Bustamante-December 15, Campus Services
Alicia Tait- December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Alandra Weller-Clarke- December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling-December 17, Campus Services
Elizabeth Quoziente-December 17, Mesa Operations
James Crissman- December 19, Psychology-Sociology
Joseph DiVincenzo-December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi-December 19, Admissions
Mayra Herrera-December 20, Campus Services
Lee Smith- December 20, Biology
Mark Halbach-December 21, Athletics
Mathew Jones-December 21, Rice Center
Timothy Marin- December 21, Biochemistry-Chemistry
Elizabeth Morrison- December 21, Registrar
Equbagabir Woldegirgis-December 21, Dining Services
Bryan Frederick- December 22, Accelerated Masters in Management and Organizational Behavior
Monica Jimenez-December 22, Personnel Resources
James Ludema-
December 22, Ph.D. in Organizational Development
Barbara Ozog- December 22, Management Information Systems
Matt Sherry-December 23, Campus Services
Edward Winkler- December 23, Biochemistry-Chemistry
Luigi Manca- December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher- December 25, Religious Studies
Philip Novack
-Gottshall, December 25, Biology
Cheryl Heinz-
December 27, Biology
Lou Meek- December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne
-December 29, Auxiliary Services
Kirsten Day-December 30, New Student Advising Center
Laura Kopf-December 30, Chemistry/Biochemistry
William Knox-December 31, Center for Mission and Identity
Brittney Marshall-December 31, Admissions
Priya Roberts-December 31, Political Science

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.

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