Campus Notebook                             October 10, 2016

Lisle Campus News

How long can this weather last? Hopefully, through Homecoming week.

Campus Events
Don't look around, the leaves are brown

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Campus Beautification Day from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Participants will receive a Fall 2016 Campus Beautification Day T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABC. Meet at the water tower. Please dress accordingly. RSVP at (630) 829-6420 or

Flu shots available for students

Flu shots are now available for undergraduate students from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, in Student Health Services, Krasa Center, Room 116. The cost is $10, cash or check. For more information, contact Susan Salerno at or (630) 829-6046.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Humility and Stepping Stones to Holiness" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Get excited and find the richness in "The Rule of St. Benedict" as he shows us a path to holiness through the 12 steps of humility. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Visiting scholar to discuss African-American history

Gerald Horne, Ph.D., the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, will discuss the globalized struggle for equality through activism and revolution, and a new view of the historical record of this struggle as a History Visiting Scholar on Thursday, October 13. The event, which is free and open to students, staff and faculty, is sponsored by Intercultural Affairs, the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine. The class sessions Horne will participate in are “Historiography" from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 125, and “The French Revolution in the Wider World,” from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 134. Horne will also present a lecture, “Race and Rebellion in the Americas: From the Haitian Revolution to Black Lives Matter,” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Krasa Center, Rooms A and B, and a faculty seminar from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery. For more information, contact Lynn Dransoff at (630) 829-6250 or

I heard it through the grapevine

Benedictine is bringing the soulful sounds of The Temptations to the Goodwin Hall Auditorium on Saturday, October 15 – the final event of Homecoming 2016 “Then & Now.” Purchase your tickets now at Volunteers are also needed for this event. Contact Nicole Placek at to put your name on the volunteer list. It is a great time and you get to see the concert for free.

Más allá de la música: una geografía Musical de México

Sones de Mexico Ensemblem, a two-time Grammy™-nominated group with a mission to promote a greater appreciation of Mexican folk music through innovative performance and education programs, will appear in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16. The six-member group will present a program called "Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico." The 60-75-minute program showcases 12 regional styles of Mexican folk music using authentic folk instruments from each region, different playing techniques, dance, etc. An informal video of the presentation can be found at A concert by the group can be seen at The presentation is free and open to the public. More information about Sones de Mexico Ensemblem can be found at

Organization expert argues case for friendlier consultants

Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, believes that consultants have to jettison the old idea of professional distance and work with their clients in a more personal way, emphasizing authentic openness, curiosity and humility. Schein will discuss his views and his latest book, "Humble Consulting:  How to Provide Real Help Faster," from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall at Benedictine University. The lecture is presented as part of the Department of Organization Development's Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.

Visiting fellow to address state of political discourse in United States

The state of our public political discourse and its impact on our expectations and participation in civic life is the topic of a lecture, "The Inconsolable Voter," by Anita Perez Ferguson, Ph.D., at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in the Krasa Presentation Room. Perez Ferguson is the former director of the Hank Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. She has served as president of the National Women's Political Caucus, White House liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation and chair of the Inter-American Foundation. Perez Ferguson's lecture is part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., and brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (630) 829-6247 or visit


Events allow prospective students to discover what Benedictine is all about

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University during "Preferred Visit Day" beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10 and "Fall Visit Day" from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. "Preferred Visit Day" offers students and their parents an opportunity to discover what Benedictine is all about. They can meet with the Admissions staff in a small-group setting to discuss Benedictine's academic programs, admission requirements, application process, available scholarships and financial aid. Campus tours are also available. "Fall Visit Day" is a great opportunity for prospective students to tour campus, learn more about our Scholars Program and confer with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. Faculty members will also be on hand to answer questions about specific academic programs. For more information on "Fall Visit Day," go to To RSVP for "Preferred Visit Day" go to For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Learn about bachelor's and master's degree programs at Next Level open house

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education will hold a "Next Level" event for persons interested in bachelor's and master's programs in business, health care and human services, information technology, teacher education and adult undergraduate degree completion from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411 (Sorensen Hall of Leaders). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and admissions and financial aid counselors, and discover how Benedictine University can help them achieve the professional, personal and academic success they desire. RSVP at

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. Upcoming workshops include "Bouncing back: Stress management" on October 11, "Need 2 Learn 2 Write Professionally?" on October 18, "Plagiarism- Just Don't Do It" on October 25, "Career Path" on November 1 and "Reflection Connection" on November 8. For more information, please contact (630) 829-6041 or visit ACE in Goodwin Hall, Room 214/215.

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 campuses in Illinois

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
New gallery series enhance appreciation for art

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has added four new series to its educational programming.

The "Meet the Artist" Series

Enjoy a glass of wine, snack on delicious appetizers and cheese, and interact with the artist whose work is currently on exhibit in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery. Students, faculty, staff and the community at large are invited to drop in from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 12, to meet the faculty members participating in the "Benedictine University Art Faculty Biennale Exhibition."

The "Art and Religion Discussion" Series

Pack your lunch and get connected to a brown bag lunch discussion series to be conducted by Teresa J. Parker, curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University Art Collection. The purpose of these discussions is to heighten the visibility of the religious aspect of the permanent art collection by using the Benedictine hallmarks to allow the public to recognize themes in the religious art displayed throughout our campus.

"Sonntag Distinguished Scholar in Art and Culture" Series

This Art and Culture series has been made possible through an endowment established by William and Susan Sonntag for the purpose of bringing some of the foremost scholars in the world of art to speak at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University. The inaugural speaker for this event will be Foy Scalf, Ph.D., head of research archives at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Scalf will be presenting a lecture on "The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt" in the spring.

Art Walking Tours

Take a self-guided walking tour in Goodwin, Kindlon and Birck halls on Benedictine University's Lisle campus. Pick up a brochure when you enter one of these halls and discover exciting information about the works of art that are a part of the Benedictine University Art Collection and on display for your education and delight.

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:

  • Chamber Orchestra, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • 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
Healthy Table

Fermented foods offer a number of health benefits

You may have heard of the positive health benefits of including "fermented foods" in your diet. The fermentation process produces beneficial bacteria strains that have positive impacts on health. These bacteria work synergistically with our bodies to support healthy digestion, immunity and overall health. The beneficial bacteria provided by fermented foods are known as "probiotics." Including probiotics in your diet helps to add more beneficial bacteria into the gastrointestinal tract.

How can you include fermented foods in your diet? Check out these delicious probiotic-containing foods that can be found at your local grocery or health food store:

  • Yogurt – Made from the bacterial fermentation of milk, this common food contains two beneficial strains of bacteria.
  • Kefir – A fermented milk drink, kefir is prepared by inoculating cow, goat or sheep milk with kefir grains (cultures of yeast and lactic acid). It tastes very similar to yogurt, with the consistency of a smoothie. Kefir contains more beneficial strains of bacteria than yogurt.
  • Kombucha – A fermented tea made when bacterial strains ferment the sugar in lightly sweetened tea, kombucha is fizzy and crisp and provides a high dose of probiotics.
  • Miso – Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji and rice or barley. You may have had this food at a Japanese restaurant in the form of "miso soup."
  • Sauerkraut – Finely cut cabbage that has been fermented by various lactic acid bacteria, sauerkraut is commonly paired with meats, specifically sausages.
  • Kimchi – Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables and a variety of seasonings.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact us at 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. We are located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University. You can also contact us at

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

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

Men's soccer team continues to climb up the regional rankings.

Ryan Sample set three school records as Benedictine won in the closing seconds at Concordia Wisconsin.

Homecoming is approaching this weekend with many events planned.

Nick Kapetanos' 50th career goal lifts men's soccer to a fifth consecutive win.

The Benedictine football team added two more conference player of the week awards.

Nick Kapetanos earned the NACC Men's Soccer Player of the Week award.

Emma Roberts finished as the runner-up at the Benedictine Eagle cross country invite.

The Benedictine women's soccer team is unbeaten in four straight matches.

The Benedictine men's cross country team took home fifth at the Eagle Invitational.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, October 11

Men's Golf
BenU at NACC Fall Championship
Kohler, Wis. – Whistling Straits; The Irish Course
10:30 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12

Men's Soccer
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Friday, October 14

Men's/Women's Cross Country

BeuU at Bradley Pink Classis
Peoria, Ill.
2:00 p.m./2:45 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

Women's Volleyball

BenU at Edgewood
Madison, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Lakeland - Homecoming
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

BenU vs. UW-Stevens Point at Edgewood
Madison, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
5:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:30 p.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

Campus Activities

Visiting scholar talks about Franciscan nuns' 17th century sea voyage

Sarah E. Owens, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and affiliate professor of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at the College of Charleston, S.C., brings to light the journey of a group of Franciscan nuns from Spain who traversed the globe to found the first female Franciscan convent in the Spanish empire's Asian outpost of Manila, Philippines, during her presentation, "Spanish Nuns at Sea: A Transoceanic Voyage, 1620-1621," from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in Mesa. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity and the Spanish program as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series. Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tony Cella at (480) 878-6702 or

Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery

Don't siesta and miss the sister's Fiesta

The Sisters of St. Benedict invite students, faculty and staff to a Fiesta from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 on Saturday, November 5, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Monastery, 8500 W. Thomas Rd., in Phoenix. Enjoy great food, kids games, crafts, music and entertainment. For more information, contact postulant Veronica Lucas at (602) 909-3459 or

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

The BenU at Mesa women's volleyball team lost its first CAL PAC
match over the weekend to fall to 13-4 overall and 6-1 in league play.

Women's volleyball upended for the first time in conference play by Embry-Riddle

Cross country competed at the Mesa Thunderbird Classic

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, October 14

Women's volleyball

BenU at Mesa at UC-Merced
Merced, Calif.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 15

Cross Country
BenU at Mesa at ACU Firestorm Invitational
Cave Creek, Ariz.
8:00 a.m.

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at University of Antelope Valley
Lancaster, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 16

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Life Pacific College
San Dimas, Calif.
1:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 10-30:

Lawrence Pollack – October 10, Computer Science and Information Systems
Kristina Walz – October 10, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Peter Sorensen – October 11, Organizational Behavior (M.O.B.)
Eric Adkins – October 12, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Wilson Chen – October 13, Languages and Literature
Joaquin Montero – October 13, Foreign Languages
Daniel Buehring – October 14, Men's Volleyball
Frances Gilles – October 17, Benedictine Library
Tammie Leonard – October 18, Enrollment, Northern Region
Rudy Dardy – October 19, Information Technology
Janie Lamb – October 19, Facilities Management
Margaret Salyer – October 19, College of Liberal Arts
Beth Vinkler – October 19, Foreign Languages
Logan Pedersen – October 20, Dining Services
Diane Fitzgerald – October 21, Financial Aid
Armando Jimenez – October 21, Dining Services
Carol Fendrick – October 24, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Vanda Dvareckiene – October 25, Dining Services
Elaine Ebeling – October 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lawrence Kamin – October 25, Biological Sciences
Allen Legutki – October 25, Music
Laura Lucado – October 26, Administration and Finance
Amy Brooks – October 29, Registrar
Lynn Dransoff – October 29, College of Liberal Arts
Chet Ildefonso – October 30, Facilities Management
Mark Pawlowski – October 30, Grounds and Landscaping Services

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

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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
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