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All University evening classes beginning at 6:00 p.m. or later are cancelled for Tuesday, January 22nd at the Lisle Campus and all off-site locations. Administrative offices will also be closed. Please exercise caution on the sidewalks and roadways.

Campus Notebook                            November 23, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jan Writer (Education) gave a peer-reviewed presentation and paper at the 2015 Illinois Council for Exceptional Children (ICEC) State Convention in Naperville, Illinois. Her session, "Eye on Empowerment: Visual Supports that Foster the Active Participation and Personal Independence of Students with Significant Disabilities Served within Inclusive Settings," was facilitated by School of Education students Katie Conklin, Wendy DeGeorge and Dominique Galloway. Writer additionally chaired a convention roundtable discussion group on "Critical Issues in the Education of Students with Autism" with support from School of Education student Lisa Adamson.

Lisle Campus News

Frank Budig, his staff and volunteers served 1,300 members of the Benedictine
community at the annual Thanksgiving dinner last Thursday. Christmas brunch
will be served at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 10.

Learn more about BenU at this event

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on December 5. Prospective students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. Tours of campus are available at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Campus Ministry

Celebrate the Year of Mercy with a sweatshop-free T-shirt.

The Campus Ministry T-shirt is here. Donate $20 to Campus Ministry and receive your own "Be Merciful" T-shirt to celebrate the Year of Mercy. All work is called to be dignified work, so who made the shirt? Check out the tag. "This T-shirt was sewn by nine people in a sweatshop-free environment in downtown Los Angeles where they are paid fair wages and have access to healthcare and benefits." Stand with us in living out the Benedictine value of honoring the life and dignity of the human person. Contact us at campusministry@ben.edu or stop by Kindlon Hall, Room 419, to purchase your T-shirt.

Shop, save and support fair trade

Faculty, staff and students can Shop Fair Trade with Catholic Relief Services' SERRV Sale from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday-Thursday, December 1-3, on the first floor of Goodwin Hall. Shopping Fair Trade means paying a fair wage in the local context, equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, caring for God's creation and building long-term relationships. The Benedictine community can purchase justly-made Christmas gifts for friends and family. Catholic Relief Services and SERRV ensure that proceeds are given to the artisans. Check out some of the artisans' stories here http://www.serrv.org/category/artisans-farmers?c=crs and take a sneak peak of items that will be available at the sale at http://issuu.com/serrv/docs/f15_cc-crs. Payment is by cash and check only. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts at croberts@ben.edu.

Lectors, servers, ushers needed for Sunday Mass

Join us for our Sunday evening 7:00 p.m. Mass in St.  Benedict Chapel. We invite faculty and staff to be lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, servers and ushers. We would really appreciate your assistance. Please email Carrie Roberts at croberts@ben.edu if you are interested.  

Student Life

Don't hesitate ... vaccinate

Flu shots are available in Student Health Services, Krasa Center, Room 116, daily from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. The shots are $20 for faculty and staff and $10 for students. For more information, call (630) 829-6046.

University Development

Be Benedictine. Give back on "#GivingTuesday."

As Benedictines, giving back is near and dear to our hearts. On Tuesday, December 1, we are participating in a 24-hour global social media campaign called #GivingTuesday, during which we are looking to gain 800 donors by 12:00 midnight. Even a little can help-a-latte.You can learn more at ben.edu/gtbenu or visit our Benedictine University social media pages. #GTBenU.  Please direct all questions to Adrianna Saccone in University Development at (630) 829-6045 or asaccone@ben.edu.

Alumni Development

Take advantage of a new discount hotel rewards program

The Office of Alumni Development has launched a new discount hotel program through My Hotel Rewards. This website gives Benedictine alumni, faculty, staff and students exclusive access to savings on more than 275,000 hotels worldwide. There are no blackout dates, you are guaranteed the lowest price on the web at the time of booking and a portion of each booking will help support the University. To sign up, go to myhotelrewards.net/eagles and use group code "EAGLES" to access the site.

Campus Events

Former U.S. Solicitor General Paul Clement addressed more than 200 faculty
members, students and guests last Tuesday in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium.

What the world needs now is … ?

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Center for Civic Leadership are sponsoring a "Recent World Events Open Forum" from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Monday, November 23, in the Krasa Presentation Room. Topics will include the recent acts of terrorism in Paris, Beirut, Iraq, Turkey and Mali, the rise of the Islamic State and the United States' response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Professors Vince Gaddis, Martin Tracey, Joel Ostrow and Rita George-Tvtrkovic will offer commentary. 

Join Catholics, Christians and others at inter-faith Thanksgiving service

The 25th annual DuPage Inter-faith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Road, Lisle, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23. Following the Papal Assisi Model of praying in each other's presence will be the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Buddhist Zen, Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Bahai and Protestants. The Abbey Schola will sing several pieces of Gregorian chant. The Monastic Interreligious Dialogue was initiated by Pope Paul VI and endorsed by Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information, contact Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6410.

Deck the halls with boughs of holly 

Campus Planning, Design and Construction Management has ordered a large number of new holiday decorations for the Lisle campus.  In an effort to quickly and efficiently place the decorations around campus, volunteers are being asked to join the Holiday Decorating Committee. Duties would include "fluffing" artificial garland and trees, assembling decorations, hanging garland (interior and exterior) and erecting a large Christmas tree in Goodwin Hall. The decorating will take place from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 30. If you would like to volunteer, contact Annie Swanson at aswanson@ben.edu or (630) 829-6449.

Celebrate Benedictine's latest graduates at Hooding ceremony

The Fall 2015 Hooding Ceremony will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. For more information, contact Donna Madia at (630) 829-1143.

Peacemaking is the theme of "Advent at the Abbey"

"Advent at the Abbey," sponsored by St. Procopius Abbey and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. The theme of the day is peacemaking. "Let peace be your quest and aim," says St. Benedict in the Prologue to his Rule (#17).  In the words of Sr. Joan Chittister, "It is an amazing position for a sixth century document to take in a violent world."  Advent is a time of gentle waiting for the return of Christ.  As we wait, we work for peace in our hearts, in our lives and in our world. The schedule includes arrival and coffee at 9:00 a.m., Lecto Divinio at 10:00 a.m., lunch at 12:30 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 bfranks@procopius.org, or Christine Fletcher at cfletcher@ben.edu.

We will all remember … graduation day

The 125th Commencement Convocation will be held on Saturday, December 19, at the Rice Center. The ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. and will last approximately two hours. Handicapped seating will be available.

Have breakfast with the Clauses

Children of all ages are invited to join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 20, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Santa will pose for pictures and give each child a present, while Mrs. Claus will read her favorite Christmas story. Ernie the Elf will demonstrate the art of holiday crafting while Santa's favorite superheroes and princesses will join in the festivities. Holiday movies, children's games, prizes and a special raffle make Benedictine University one of Santa's favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children under age 2 are free.  The event is sponsored by the Benedictine University Student Senate. To register, go to ben.edu/SantaBreakfast.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or visit www.pacebus.com.

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 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona branch campuses at http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm. 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

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the fall 2015 schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions
University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Through December 19
"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Alan Leder
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

Through December 19

Mixed Media
Normal Middle School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

Through December 23
"Creches II"
Mixed Media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6

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.  

Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau

Bureau is collecting food for the hungry, winter coats for children

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau (LCVB) is taking part in two holiday outreach collections assisting those in need in our community. The bureau is sponsoring a Holiday Food Drive on behalf of the West Suburban Community Pantry, a non-profit organization serving DuPage County that provides food and personal care items for 4,000 people each month. Among the items needed are canned meats, vegetables and fruit; canned fish; peanut butter; jelly or jam; soups, canned or instant; pasta; rice; hot and cold cereal; powdered milk; dry beans; baby formula; baby food or cereal; diapers and wipes. LCVB is also sponsoring its second Winter Warmth Drive, collecting new and or gently used children's winter coats, hats, mitten/gloves, and scarves and distributing them to Lisle schools. All sizes are needed. Collection boxes for food and coats are located in the Lisle Village Hall lobby. Non-perishable food donations can be dropped off through Wednesday, November 25, and winter clothing may be dropped off through Wednesday, December 30. For more information, contact Katie Palombit at (630) 769-000 or palombit@stayinlisle.com.

Experience "Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum"

Tickets are now on sale for "Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum," which runs through January 2, 2016. "Illumination" invites visitors to walk a one-mile path surrounded by 50 acres of woodlands bathed in theatrical LED lighting in shades of vivid electric blue, hot pink and neon green. This year's experience features more lights, more music and more "experiences" along the path. The even opens at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m. with the last entry at 8:30 p.m. The Arboretum is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and Mondays, November 23, November 30, December 7 and December 14. For more information or tickets, go to mortonarb.org/illumination

BenU Athletics

The Benedictine football team fell one game short of making its fourth NCAA
championship playoff appearance in the last six years.

Keep up with the Eagles!

Six Benedictine football players named first team all-conference.

Athletics to honor longtime baseball coach John Ostrowski.

Men's basketball team improves to 2-0 with win over Wheaton.

Women's basketball team sweeps the Colorado College Tip-Off Tournament to improve to 3-1.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, November 25

Men's Basketball

BenU at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 28

Women's Basketball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News

Students can learn more about Benedictine University at Mesa during a "Visit
Day" on Monday, January 18.

Office of the President

Hear President Brophy's "State of the University" address

Benedictine University President Michael Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., will present a "State of the University" program at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, December 3, in Gillett Hall. The program will include a presentation and question-and-answer session. The purpose of the presentation is to bring faculty, staff and students up to date on the direction of the University.


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Visit Day

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Visit Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, and discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or mesa@ben.edu.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball team uses big second half to beat Western New Mexico.

Men's basketball team loses heartbreaker to No. 4 Arizona Christian.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, November 24

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Christian College
Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 27

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Trinity International (Ill.)
At Vanguard Classic
Costa Mesa, Calif.
1:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 28

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Vanguard University
At Vanguard Classic
Costa Mesa, Calif.
5:30 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

Office of the President

Learn today about BenU's tomorrow

Benedictine University President Michael Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., will present a "State of the University" program at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 2, in the Brinkerhoff Home. The program will include a presentation and question-and-answer session. The purpose of the presentation is to bring faculty, staff and students up to date on the direction of the University.


Prospective students can check out adult programs on December 9

The Springfield Branch Campus will host an Adult Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, in the Brinkerhoff Home. Benedictine's National Moser Center provides several accelerated adult degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an RN to BSN Completion Program -- that help enhance job opportunities and career changes. Moser also offers $10K Master of Business Administration, $10K Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Literacy, Master of Science (M.S.) in Management and Organizational Behavior and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development programs in Springfield. Class sites in Springfield, as well as at corporate partner locations, help provide convenience for adult students in this region.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 24-December 31:

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  
Betty Mallett – December 1, Enrollment, Central Region
Hillary Holecek – December 2, Student Success Center
Lupe Mendez – December 2, Campus Services
Susie Doddek – December 3, Advancement Office, Springfield
Tong Shang – December 3, International Programs and Services
Kevin Hoeft – December 4, Campus Services
Ramon Luzarraga – December 4, Mesa Operations
Lana Ammari – December 6, New Student Advising Center
Elizabeth Boone – December 6, National Academic Development
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
Kate Daniel – December 10, Athletics
Alice Sima – December 11, College of Science
Janea Franklin – December 13, College of Science
Brian Sawyer – December 13, Benedictine University Police
Nicasio Cuevas – December 14, Campus Services
Paul Nelson – December 14, Dan and Ada Rice Center/Fitness Center
Jan Writer – December 14, Teacher Education Preparation
Emma Edith Bustamante – December 15, Campus Services
Alicia Tait – December 15, Center for Mission and Identity
Chapin Wehde – December 15, Athletics
Guadalupe Arellanes – December 16, Campus Services
Alandra Weller-Clarke – December 16, Teacher Education Preparation
Ed Dowling – December 17, Campus Services
Hongqin Li – December 17, Information Technology
Elizabeth Quoziente – December 17, Mesa Operations
Joseph DiVincenzo – December 19, Dining Services
Amanda Skarosi – December 19, Admissions
Michael Blaney – December 20, Abbey Personnel
Patricia Brown – December 20, Nursing and Health
Joe Fano – December 20, Athletics
Myra Herrera – December 20, Campus Services
Lee Smith – December 20, Biological Sciences
Mark Halbach – December 21, Athletics
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
Patricia Giacomini – December 23, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Springfield
Luigi Manca – December 24, Communication Arts
Christine Fletcher – December 25, Religious Studies
Philip Novack-Gottshall – December 25, Biological Sciences
Cheryl Heinz – December 27, Biological Sciences
Lou Ann Meek – December 28, Office Services
Kevin Dunne – December 29, Auxiliary Services
Brittney Dvorak – December 31, Admissions
Carol Heinz-Bennett – December 31, Mesa Operations
Amy Lakin – December 31, Language, Literature & Arts, Springfield

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.