November 21, 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The 40th annual Thanksgiving Dinner was celebrated with 1,100 guests
consisting of faculty, staff, friends and family all giving thanks and spending
time with one another on Saturday, November 18, at the Krasa Center. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fr. Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, spoke about love,
service and kinship on Friday, November 3, at BenU. Read more...
 

 

 
Conservative analyst Charlie Sykes reflected on his views
on the state of American conservatism in the era of Donald Trump
on Tuesday, November 14, at BenU. Read more...

 

James L. Melsa, Ph.D., chair of the Benedictine University 
Board of Trustees, was awarded the Anson Marston Medal
on Friday, October 27. Read more... 
 

Please Note: 

Campus Notebook is moving from a weekly to monthly publication. It will now be published on the third Monday of each month. This means all content is due on the first Monday of each month by 4:00 p.m. 

Please submit content using the Office of Marketing and Communication’s project management program – Workfront.

Log onto https://benedu.attask-ondemand.com/requests; click "Requests" and "+New Request"; select "MarCom Project Request Form" from the drop down box; then complete the fields and add your Word document to the "Documents" section. For new Workfront users, contact Jody Conidi at jconidi@ben.edu to request a new user account. You can also submit content through ben.edu/marcom/request.cfm, but we are encouraging submitters to begin using Workfront as we transition to our new project management system.

Ready to quit smoking? 

Call (866) 412-8795 to get started with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. Your plan to quit should include the Tobacco Cessation Program from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. The program gives you and your covered family members guidance and support through telephone coaching sessions — at no additional charge. Your Lifestyle Management Specialist will provide personal assistance with goal setting, progress checkups, motivation and support. Join with others all across the country who are committing to quit tobacco in support of the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout. Visit https://www.bcbsil.com/ to learn more.

 

Wilson Chen (Languages and Literature) published an essay in the academic journal Asian American Literature: Discourses & Pedagogies. His essay, "Rotten Bananas, Hip Hop Heads and The American Individual: Teaching Eddie Huang's Memoir Fresh Off the Boat and Its Tropes of Literacy," is available for download at http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/aaldp/vol8/iss1/4/.

Thomas Nicholas (General Education) and his first-year students in Writing 101-E, comprised of student-athletes engaged in an Athletic Learning Community at BenU, volunteered with Feed My Starving Children in Aurora on Tuesday, October 14. Fourteen students helped pack meals to be distributed to impoverished areas within neighboring countries in Africa. The students exemplified the core values of Stewardship and Hospitality while balancing their academic and athletics schedules.

 
 
Celebrate the spirit of Christmas at BenU
 

You and your loved ones are invited to join in a Celebration of the Season gathering from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, in Goodwin Hall, Global Hall. Children can decorate cookies, craft activities and visit Santa in Santa's Kids Zone. Complimentary professional photos will be taken. 

To share the spirit of Christmas, please bring an unwrapped child's gift for local families in need. Donations will be accepted at the door or may be delivered to the Office of the President. Please confirm attendance by Tuesday, November 21, at benuchristmas@ben.edu and include names of those attending, number and ages of children, and if you desire a portrait. 

First Sunday Tea and Talk presents "Festival of Trees"

The First Sunday Tea and Talk will celebrate the First Annual Festival of Trees from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery in Kindlon Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Cathy Gaddis at (630) 829-1873 or cgaddis@ben.edu.

Learn more about the Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership in-person or online

Designed for senior executives, Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership program will help you think deeper and lead stronger. Designed for working leaders from around the globe, the program offers a unique combination of research, theory and action-based learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead strategically at the intersection of business and society.

Learn more at an Online Information Session on Thursday, December 7.

RSVP at http://cvdl.ben.edu/openhouse.

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 16, 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 ben.edu/SantaBreakfast or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617. 

 

Admitted students can explore campus on Eagle Day

Explore campus and learn about your next steps to become a BenU student. Choose one session to attend. Come visit from 9:00-11:45 a.m. on Monday, December 4, or Monday, January 15, in Goodwin Hall. Check-in and the Next Steps Resource Fair are from 9:00-9:30 a.m. 

  • Meet other admitted students
  • Familiarize yourself with campus
  • Talk with faculty about our academic programs, majors and classes
  • Learn about the class registration process
  • Take care of a few of the next steps: pay your deposit, sign up for online placement testing and learn more about financial aid and available scholarships

Go to ben.edu/eagleday to register.


Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online
 

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report for calendar year 2016, which is published in 2017, 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 ben.edu/police

 

What is tofu and why do people eat it?

Tofu, or bean curd, is derived from soybeans. It is made by curdling fresh soymilk, pressing it into a solid block and then cooling it. The liquid is discarded and the curds are pressed to form a cohesive bond. A common meat-alternative for vegetarians and vegans, tofu can be cooked in different ways to change its texture from smooth and soft to crisp and crunchy.

Originating in China, tofu was brought to Western nations in the 1960s due to interest in healthy eating. Tofu is a good source of protein that contains all of the essential amino acids. It also is an excellent source of iron, calcium, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1. It is believed to help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and has a similar structure to the female hormone estrogen and may mimic its action in the body. Tofu and all soy products contain large amounts of oxalate so individuals with a history of oxalate-containing kidney stones should avoid over consuming these products. Additionally, women who have or have had estrogen-sensitive breast tumors should restrict their soy intake.

Tofu can be purchased in bulk or individual packages. When opened, tofu should be rinsed, covered with water and kept in a refrigerated container. The water should be changed often to keep it fresh for up to one week. If tofu is kept in the original package, it can be frozen for up to five months. Extra firm tofu is best for baking, grilling and stir-fries, while soft tofu is suitable for sauces, desserts, shakes and salad dressings. Try slicing, marinating, grilling it or chopping tofu into small pieces and frying with garlic until golden. If you’re feeling adventurous, Google “tofu recipes” and try making one. You may be pleasantly surprised!

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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.

 
 

Keep up with the Eagles!

Emma Roberts became the first-ever Benedictine women's cross country runner to win the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference championship.
 
Nick Kapetanos earned his second consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Year award as the Benedictine men's soccer team saw five players honored.
 
Kristina Billie earned a third consecutive First Team All-Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference choice for the Benedictine women's volleyball team.
 
Three members of the Benedictine women's soccer team received recognition from the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference.
 
A late goal lifted the Benedictine women's soccer team to a win in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament for the first time in program history.
 

Upcoming Home Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, November 21
Women's Basketball
BenU at Augustana College
Rock Island, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU at North Central College
Naperville, Ill.
7:30 p.m.
 
Saturday, November 25
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Marian University
Rice Center 
2:00 p.m. 
 
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Marian University
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.
 
Monday, November 27
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Lake Forest College
Rice Center 
7:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 29
Women's Basketball
BenU at North Central College
Naperville, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, November 30
Men's Basketball
BenU at Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Friday, December 1
Men's/Women's Indoor Track & Field
BenU at Grand Valley Holiday Open
Grand Rapids, Mich.
3:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, December 2
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Aurora University
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.
 
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. Aurora University
Rice Center
4:15 p.m.
 
Tuesday, December 5
Women's Basketball
BenU at Rockford University
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Wednesday, December 6
Men's Basketball
BenU at Rockford University 
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Friday, December 8
Men's/Women's Basketball Indoor Track & Field
BenU at Olivet Nazarene Holiday Invite
Bourbonnais, Ill.
3:00 p.m.
 
Monday, December 11
Women's Basketball
BenU at Concordia University Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, December 16
Men's Basketball
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran College
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.
 
Women's Basketball
BenU vs. University of Puget Sound at Pacific Northwest Tournament
Tacoma, Wash.
4:00 p.m.
 
For more information about athletic events, go to ben.edu/athletics.
 
 
 
BenU Mesa student receives National Association of Black Accountants sponsorship
 
Christian Harris, a junior Business major, attended the 38th Annual National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Western Region Student Conference in Houston in October thanks to an NABA sponsorship. Harris visited workshops, seminars and had interview sessions with company representatives from Kaiser Permanente, KPMG and Edward Jones to better prepare for his future career. Read more...
 

Night of Hope sheds light on importance of Catholic education

Members of BenU Mesa gathered for the Night of Hope on Saturday, November 4, at Xavier College Preparatory. The formal dinner celebrated the work of Catholic schools and offered support in the form of scholarships to students seeking a college education. In attendance was Paula Norby, Ed.D., campus executive officer and dean, Alan Daniels, director of enrollment and Rob Curtis, campus minister.

 

 

BenU Mesa minister talks to teens about importance of scripture

BenU Mesa minister Rob Curtis spoke to the Life Teen Youth Group at St. Patrick’s Parish on Sunday, November 5, in Scottsdale, Ariz. The topic of the evening was “The Importance of Scripture,” during which Curtis helped teens understand how to personally approach scripture and utilize it in their lives. Roughly 160 teens and 20 adult volunteers attended the event. The event was part of BenU Mesa's outreach efforts to connect and be of service to more local parishes.

 

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Baseball’s Christian Camacho named NAIA Preseason All-American. 
 
Women’s soccer has two players named All-California Pacific Conference performers. 
 
Men’s soccer has four players named All-California Pacific Conference performers. 
 
Women’s volleyball has four players named All-California Pacific Conference performers. 
 

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, November 21
Men's Basketball
BenU Mesa at Southern Utah (Exhibition)
Cedar City, Utah
TBA
 
Wednesday, November 22
Women's Basketball
BenU Mesa at Grand Canyon
Phoenix, Ariz.
6:00 p.m.
 
Saturday, December 2
Women's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Ottawa-Arizona
Heap Gymnasium
6:00 p.m.
 
Men's Basketball
BenU Mesa vs. Life Pacific
Heap Gymnasium
8:00 p.m.
 

For more information about athletic events, go to benuredhawks.com.

 
 
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 20 - December 17:

David Sonnenberger – November 20, Academic Affairs
Marc Davidson – November 21, International Programs and Services
Roli Prasad – November 21, Biological Sciences
Walter Moore – November 22, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Gianne Francisco – November 24, Mesa Operations
Dina Ismail – November 24, Research and Development
Marco Masini – November 24, Student Life
Amy Drozd – November 25, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Patrick Michalik – November 28, Abbey Personnel
Mark Kroll – November 29, Benedictine Library
Heather Sipsma – November 29, Public Health (M.P.H.)
Hillary Holecek – December 2, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Susan Doddek – December 3, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Tong Shang – December 3, International Programs and Services
Ramon Luzarraga – December 4, Academic Affairs, Mesa Operations
Ashutosh Aloor – December 6, Information Technology
Lana Ammari – December 6, Advising Center
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
Jeremy Nadolski – December 9, Mathematical and Computational Science
Nicholas Houser – December 10, Abbey Personnel
Joseph Cursio – December 11, Graduate Business Administration
Alice Sima – December 11, College of Science
Janea Kendrick-Franklin – December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer – December 13, Benedictine University Police
Paul Nelson – December 14, Department of Athletics
Jan Writer – December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Alicia Tait – December 15, Music
Alandra Devall – December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Hongqin Li – December 17, Information Technology
Elizabeth Quoziente – December 17, Mesa Operations

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.
 
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November 21, 2017
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