Campus Notebook                        November 21, 2016

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday!

Lisle Campus News

Benedictine students, faculty and staff gather for the dedication
of the peace pole near the Coal Ben. The pole urges "May Peace
Prevail on Earth" in 12 languages – English, Vietnamese, Chinese,
Spanish, Hebrew, Swahili, Hindi, French, Czech, Tagalog,
Arabic and Lakota Sioux.

Campus Events

It's the season to celebrate at the "Celebration of the Season"

You and your loved ones are invited to join the Benedictine community for a "Celebration of the Season" from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4, in Goodwin Hall. Children will enjoy decorating cookies, craft activities and a visit from Santa in Santa's Kid's Zone. Complimentary professional photos will be taken. To share the spirit of Christmas, attendees are asked to bring an unwrapped child's gift for local families in need. Donations will be accepted at the door or may be delivered to the president's office. Confirm your attendance  by Wednesday, November 24, at and include the names of those attending, number and ages of children, and if you want a portrait.

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.

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. 

Library offers eBook workshop for faculty and staff

The Benedictine University Library invites faculty and staff to attend a hands-on eBook workshop. The library staff will take you on a digital tour of BenU's major eBook collections and present strategies for teaching and learning with eBooks. Hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Join us from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311, for "eBooks Are For Use: Trust and Discovery of the BenU eBook Collection," a workshop presented by librarians Kent Carrico and Sarah Kurpiel. For more information, contact

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.

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. 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:

  • 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

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
Breakfast is a great way to start the day

Although breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, it is also the most commonly skipped meal of the day. Some of the most common reasons for skipping breakfast include lack of hunger in the morning, lack of time, the belief that it will lead to weight gain and the dislike for breakfast foods. At some point, we have all used one of these excuses. How do we overcome this?

Not hungry in the morning? Try a smoothie or a cup of 100 percent fruit juice right away in the morning. As you become hungry later in the morning, eat a more solid food such as toast, yogurt or hard boiled eggs.

Don’t have time? Prepare your breakfast the night before. Make hard boiled eggs or a smoothie that you can pull out of the fridge in the morning. Grab a piece of fruit and some yogurt as you walk out the door. Stock the kitchen with easy to prepare foods such as cereal and instant oatmeal.

Worried about weight gain? Skipping meals may lead to increased hunger later in the day. This will cause you to overeat at other times. No evidence has shown eating breakfast will lead to weight gain.

Don’t like breakfast foods? Some folks believed that we must eat certain foods for breakfast. But really, you can eat any food you like. Eat leftovers from the day before, toast some bread and make a sandwich or make a bowl of soup. Anything can also be good in the morning.

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

Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., Ph.D., blesses the peace pole during
dedication ceremonies last week. Benedictine's peace pole is one of
more than 200,000 throughout the world.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The most successful season in men's soccer history ends in a double overtime loss to the University of St. Thomas.

The Benedictine Alumni and Friends Golf Outing is scheduled for May 15.

Nick Kapetanos named a CoSIDA Men's Soccer First Team Academic All-America choice.

The Benedictine men's basketball team loses 71-70 to No. 4-ranked St. Norbert.

Venita Parsons helps women's basketball team go 3-0 and is named MVP of the Manchester tournament.

Eight Benedictine football players were honored by the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.

Upcoming Athletic Events (subject to change due to weather)

Monday, November 21

Men's basketball
BenU vs. #13 North Central
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 15

Women's basketball
BenU vs. North Central
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 26

Women's basketball
BenU vs. Aurora
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Men's basketball

BenU vs. #21 UW-Oshkosh
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.

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 finishes season 20-8 after falling in exhibition match to Grand Canyon

Men's basketball struggles to get going in game vs. ACU, two D1 exhibitions vs. NAU, UVU

Women's basketball holds on to beat Caltech

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, November 21

Men's and Women's golf
BenU at Mesa at ACU Fall Invitational (Day 1)
Moon Valley C.C
Phoenix, Ariz.

Tuesday, November 22

Men's and Women's golf
BenU at Mesa at ACU Fall Invitational (Day 2)
Moon Valley C.C
Phoenix, Ariz.

Friday, November 25

Women's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Concordia-Irvine
At ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
3:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 26

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Bethesda
At ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
2:00 p.m.

Men's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Trinity International (Ill.)
At ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
4:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 21-December 31:

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.