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Campus Notebook                        November 28, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Benedictine students, faculty, staff and community members gathered
for the annual Thanksgiving dinner in the Krasa Dining Room
on November 17.

Campus Events
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. 

Panel will discuss undocumented students in the United States

The International Engagement Students are sponsoring "Ask An Undocumented American," a panel discussion about undocumented immigrants in the United States and the Benedictine community, from 12:20-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29, in Birck Hall, Room 218. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at wchen@ben.edu or (630) 829-6288.

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 skurpiel@ben.edu.

Are post-election mercy and reconciliation possible?

Michael, Murphy, Ph.D., director of Catholic Studies and associate director of Loyola University's Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage, will discuss "Mercy and Reconciliation in Post-election America" from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome and the event is free.

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 benuchristmas@ben.edu and include the names of those attending, number and ages of children, and if you want a portrait.

Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation scheduled for December 9

The Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, formerly known as the Hooding and Honors Ceremony, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The ceremony provides the opportunity for a faculty or staff to invest the graduates with the bachelor's hood. Each student chooses the faculty or staff member who has played an important role in their experience at Benedictine. For more information about the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation, please contact David Sonnenberger at (630) 829-6538 or dsonnenberger@ben.edu, or visit http://www.ben.edu/commencement/index.cfm.

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 ssalerno@ben.edu or (630) 829-6046.

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 bfranks@procopius.org, or Christine Fletcher at cfletcher@ben.edu. The abbey is located at 5601 College Road in Lisle.

Spend a few hours with the sisters during Advent

The Benedictine community is invited to Sacred Heart Monastery for a morning of Advent prayer and reflection when Sr. Mary Bratrsovsky, O.S.B., will look at the history and prophecies of Sacred Scriptures when she presents "Mary: "Model of Advent Waiting and Hope," from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 10, and Tuesday, December 13. Please choose the date most suitable to your schedule. Mass is celebrated in the Sacred Heart Monastery chapel at 11:30 a.m. and all are most welcome. Sacred Heart Monastery is at 1910 Maple Ave. in Lisle. Come to the door with the statue of the Sacred Heart in front. No reservation is necessary. There is no cost for the program, but donations are appreciated. For more information, email jdoyle@shmlisle.org or call (630) 725-6016.

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

Campus Ministry

Faculty, staff can donate food during "Fair Trade Finals" week

Campus Ministry will host a "Fair Trade Finals" in lieu of the finals week movie marathon. All week during finals, Campus Ministry will have coloring pages with fair trade facts on them that students can color and enter in a lottery to win a fairly traded bag of coffee. There will also be fair trade coffee in the Interfaith Room for students. Campus Ministry hopes that students can relax and unwind during finals week, but also remember that even during one of their busiest weeks, they cannot neglect the other. One of the simplest ways to care for vulnerable workers is to buy fair trade products. Faculty and staff can help by bringing donations of food to supplement its offerings to students. Although it is not required, if a faculty or staff member decide to make or buy something that has any fair trade ingredients in it, please let Campus Ministry know so we can highlight these products. Please bring your donations to the Campus Ministry office on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall any time until Friday, December 16.

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: http://alumnicommunity.ben.edu/holidaycruise2016.

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 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

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 http://www.ben.edu/komechak-art-gallery/events.cfm.

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 ktoohill@ben.edu

Healthy Table

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.

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 homolka@stayinlisle.com


Faculty and staff volunteered to help serve Thanksgiving dinner
in the Krasa Dining Room on November 17.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's basketball team upends No. 21-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh to finish a stretch of three consecutive games against ranked opponents.  

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

D'Asia Williams' career-high 24 points helps the Benedictine women's basketball team beat Aurora, move to 4-1 on the season.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, November 30

Women's basketball

BenU at Saint Mary's
South Bend, Ind.
5:30 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU vs. Rockford
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 3

Women's basketball
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Men's basketball
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
4:15 p.m.

For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.

Mesa Campus News

Campus Events

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 Lcappelan-adams@ben.edu.

BenU at Mesa Athletics
Keep up with the Redhawks!

Golf teams conclude fall season at ACU Fall Invitational.

Men's basketball team comes close but can't top Trinity International.

Women's basketball team upended by Concordia-Irvine.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, December 2

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at West Coast Baptist
Lancaster, Calif.
8:00 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Christian
At ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, December 3

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at Life Pacific
San Dimas, Calif.
4:00 p.m.

Women's basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. Arizona Christian
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 28-December 31:

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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