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Campus Notebook                          November 7, 2016

A hard-working Campus Beautification Team relaxes after planting
around the sign on College Road and Maple Avenue.

Lisle Campus News

Higher Learning Commission

Comprehensive Quality Review scheduled for November 7-9

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is sending a team of peer reviewers to Benedictine University for a Reaffirmation of Accreditation visit Monday-Wednesday, November 7-9. This visit, which is known as the Comprehensive Quality Review (CQR), occurs at the end of the eight-year cycle. The CQR visit will consist of a team of peer reviewers who engage the University in discussions about its Action Projects, initiatives featured in the Systems Portfolio and strategies designed through the Strategy Forum. For more HLC visit information and resources, go to ben.edu/hlc.

HLC seeks staff input during accreditation visit

The open staff session of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit will be held from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Peer reviewers from the HLC will be here to interact with staff members, ask questions and gather feedback.  Please put this on your calendar/schedule since it is very important that we have a good turnout of staff at this session. Information about the site visit can be found at  http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/index.cfm. This includes the agenda for the site visit, which can be found at http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/timeline.cfm and some possible questions the reviewers may ask, which can be found here http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/possible-questions.cfm. For more information, contact Tom Wangler, assistant provost for Accreditation and Assessment, at (630) 829-6554 or twangler@ben.edu.

Spring 2017 Registration

Encourage your students to register for spring 2017 classes

Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester begins on Monday, November 7.  Seniors with 105+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 7; seniors with 90+ hours register at 7:00 a.m.  on Tuesday, November 8; juniors with 75+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10; juniors with 60+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11; sophomores with 45+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14; sophomores with 30+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15; freshman with 15+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17; freshman  with 0+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 18; and students at large register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21. The hours are based on earned hours and does not include in-progress hours.  The class schedules will be posted on BenULive by Monday, October 31. Students are urged to schedule an advising appointment with their academic advisor for the week of October 31. Students can check BenULive at http://www.ben.edu/benulive/index.cfm for more information. Students are urged to take care of any holds that they might have on their account before November 7 or they will not be able to register. For Health Services Hold, they should go to the Office of Health Services, Krasa Center, Room 116; for a Financial Hold, the Office of Student Accounts, Krasa Center, Room 169; for a Library Hold, the Benedictine University Library, Kindlon Hall, second floor, and for an AD1 Hold, students should see their academic advisor. For questions regarding scholarships and loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid on the first floor of Lownik Hall.

Campus Events
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.

Benedictine Police host women's self-defense class

The Benedictine University Police will sponsor a “Women's Self-Defense Course” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in the Founders' Woods Clubhouse. The event is designed for female Benedictine faculty, staff and students only. The event will encompass situational awareness and responding to and retreating from a physical assault. Bring a friend. Space is limited. The course is free. To RSVP, please contact Officer Kevin Triplett at ktriplett@ben.edu.

Everybody wants to rule the world

Coexist or dominate? Will the world have a winner? Who rules the best? A Christian, Muslim or a just leader? What is the ultimate goal of your religion? Is triumphalism essential for your religious community? Can you believe in the truth of your faith without dominating another's? Can two different truths coexist? Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union, will try to answer these questions when he presents "Which Religion Will Win? The Problem of Triumphalism in Christian-Muslim Relations" from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "The Meaning of Mercy" with Fr. Andrew Davy, M.C., pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plano, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15,  in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn how to grow in our perception of what it means to be a person of mercy. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Get involved. Transplant hope. Be the match.

The American Red Cross Chapter of Benedictine University is hosting the "Be the Match" event in the Kindlon Hall Atrium from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, November 16-17. For thousands of people with blood cancers like leukemia or sickle cell anemia, a bone marrow transplant is their only hope for life. All it takes is a few minutes, a little paperwork and a swab of the inner cheek. Registrants must be between the ages of 18 and 44. For more information, contact Lauren Johnson at Lauren.Johnson@nmdp.org or (312) 833-9699, or visit BeTheMatch.org.

University community invited to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner

Benedictine University students, alumni, faculty and staff and their families are invited to come together as a community from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, to celebrate family, faith and friendship and enjoy a great meal together. The cost for the Thanksgiving buffet is $9.25 per person. International Programs and Services will also have a booth on the second floor of the Krasa Center seeking donations for mission trips.

Cubs' Fergie Jenkins to talk about his career at Benedictine

Spend "An Evening with Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. This Cy Young Award winner led the National League in wins two times, complete games four times and had the fewest walks per nine innings in the league five times. The right-hander is one of only four pitchers in major league history to record more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ben.edu/speakers. Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at dsmith@ben.edu or (630) 829-6080.

Florida State's Khurshid headlines International Education Week at BenU

Ayesha Khurshid, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies at Florida State University, will visit Benedictine during International Education Week November 10-17 to share her to share her research on women's empowerment in the context of Islam and education by looking through the lens of rural Pakistani women in the educational field and how western narrative affect popular perceptions. Khurshid will present "Malala Yousafzai as Global Icon: Media Discourses on Girls' Education, Islam, and Modernity" from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and "Pakistani Muslim Women, Education, and the Question of 'Empowerment'" from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, in Goodwin Hall, Room 110. Friday, November 11, is International Game Night, Monday, November 14, features a Cultural Arts Sale from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Kindlon Atrium; the Study Abroad Fair and Taste of the World will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, in Goodwin Hall, Room 212; an International Student Panel will be held 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Goodwin Hall, Room 212; and a Thanksgiving Dinner Service Fundraiser will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Krasa Dining Hall.

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.

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.

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.


Event allows prospective students to discover the College of Science

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University's College of Science during the "Science Open House" from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Science Open House is a great opportunity for prospective students to discover why Benedictine students become so successful in the fields of science, math and engineering. Prospective students can also tour campus. Registration and a resource fair begin at 10:00 a.m. with the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, go to ben.edu/scienceRSVP. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu.

Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE)

ACE sponsoring workshops to help students learn study skills

The Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) is sponsoring a Study Skills Workshop Series for students this fall on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 163. An upcoming workshop is "Reflection Connection" on November 8. For more information, please contact (630) 829-6041 or visit ACE in Goodwin Hall, Room 214/215.

Campus Ministry

Help the victims of Hurricane Matthew

Campus Ministry encourages members of the Benedictine community to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew by donating to Catholic Relief Services at www.crs.org. Catholic Relief Services has on the ground relief work and 93 percent of donations go directly to those in need.

University Development

C'mon and let us 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. Alumni who purchase their tickets by November 4 will save $5 by entering the code "REINDEER" when registering. 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 Beautification Team members spruce up the area in front
of the digital sign on the corner of Maple Avenue and College Road.

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:

  • Concert Band, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
  • Concert Choir, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • 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

Concert Band performance is a great holiday outing  

The Benedictine University Concert Band will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Goodwin Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Music, the event is free and open to the public. This concert is a great holiday outing for music lovers of all ages. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or ktoohill@ben.edu.

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

Many fruits and vegetables still in season

Fall is the perfect time to find some of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Here is a list of some fruits and vegetables in season through November, along with some health benefits of each:

  • Apples - Help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Beets - Support healthy blood pressure.
  • Broccoli - Great source of vitamin K, vitamin C, chromium and folate.
  • Carrots - High in beta-carotene, antioxidants and fiber.
  • Leeks - Leeks are an excellent source of vitamin K and very good source of manganese, vitamin B6, copper, iron, folate and vitamin C.
  • Pears - One medium pear has 6 grams of fiber.
  • Peas - Good source of vitamin K, manganese, dietary fiber, vitamin B1, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and folate.
  • Potatoes - Full of potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber and pantothenic acid.
  • Pumpkin - Full of fiber and vitamin A.
  • Spinach - Low calorie and high in many vitamins and minerals.
  • Sprouts - contain a significant amount of protein and dietary fiber.
  • Sweet Potatoes - High in fiber and vitamin A and C.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine men's soccer team will face Carthage in the NCAA tournament on Saturday.

The Benedictine University men's soccer team won the NACC tournament for the first time.

The Benedictine football team scored the final 40 points in a win over Concordia Chicago.

Nick Kapetanos was named as the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Offensive Player of the Year.

Night at the Nest to kickoff basketball season is slated for Thursday night.

Three women's volleyball players were recognized by the NACC.

Five Benedictine women's soccer players received recognition from the NACC.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team saw the season come to a close in the NACC tournament.

Check out the highlight video from the football team's game at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Upcoming Athletic Events (subject to change due to weather)

Saturday, November 12

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at NCAA Regionals – hosted by UW-Oshkosh
Winneconne, Wis.
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.


BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU at Carthage – NCAA Division III tournament
Kenosha, Wis.
Time TBA

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

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 Lcappelan-adams@ben.edu.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

The BenU at Mesa women's volleyball team will meet the University
of California-Merced in a CAL PAC tournament semifinal Thursday.

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's basketball splits pair of games over weekend.

Women's basketball loses second-half leads twice in losses.

Women's volleyball falls to rival Embry-Riddle on Saturday.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, November 7

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Arizona Christian
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 10

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
California Pacific Conference Semifinal
Riverside, Calif.
5:30 p.m.

Friday, November 11

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Westmont
At The Master's University Tourney
Santa Clarita, Calif.
8:00 p.m.

Women's Basketball
BenU at Mesa at Arizona Christian
ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
7:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 12

Men's basketball
BenU at Mesa at The Master's
The Master's University Tourney
Santa Clarita, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

Women's basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Hope International
At ACU Classic
Phoenix, Ariz.
12:00 p.m.

Women's volleyball
Cal Pac Conference Final (if they win Thursday)
Riverside, Calif.
7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 7-29:

Jill Romine-Poskin – November 7, Annual Fund Programs    
Jennie Kamieniecki – November 8, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence    
Reta Tamburo – November8, Business and Finance Services
Margaret Delaney – November 9, Nursing and Health    
Robert Nelson – November 9, Undergraduate Business    
William Scarlato – November 9, Fine Arts    
Jennifer Blair – November 10, Business Learning Teams    
Joan Libner – November 10, Nursing and Health    
Lindsay Koriath – November 11, Career Development    
Robert McCarthy – November 12, Biological Sciences    
Nicole Placek – November 12, University Development Events
Jack Sznajder – November 12, Abbey Personnel
Ellen Ziliak – November 12, Mathematics    
Michael Salatino – November 13, Benedictine University Police    
Susan Salerno – November 13, Student Health Service    
Robert Domaschuk – November 16, Information Technology    
Anna Hanson – November 16, Advancement    
Eric Goodwin – November 17, College of Business    
Cynthia Laurin – November 17, Mesa Operations
Douglas Potter – November 17, Mesa Operations
Jayashree Sarathy – November 17, Biological Sciences    
Jennifer Flynn – November 18, Financial Aid
Alan Gorr – November 18, Global College    
Phillip Handler – November 18, Dining Services
Adam Smith – November 18, Athletics
Myra Carlos – November 19, Mesa Operations
Lisa Darnell – November 19, Admissions    
Jack Fritts – November 19, Benedictine Library    
Michael Kalynyuk – November 19, Office of Admissions    
Coreen Mogavero – November 20, Nursing and Health  
David Sonnenberger – November 20, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs  
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  

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.