Campus Notebook                                October 12, 2015

Lisle Campus News

The blessing and ribbon-cutting for the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business
will be held at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday.

Get to know your major (speed-dating style)

Prospective graduate students can attend a "Date Your Major" event from 5:00-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, in the east lobby of Goodwin Hall. Students can mingle with current College of Business graduate students and explore programs such as the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Science in Business Analytics and others. Students can stop by for a few minutes or stay for the length of the session. For more information, contact Amanda Skarosi, associate director of Graduate Enrollment, at or (630) 829-6311.

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Preferred Visit Day" from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday. October 12, during Saturday Preview Day from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on November 7, or at "Science Open House" from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. 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 during Preferred Visit Day at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Students invited to attend Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our adult undergraduate and graduate programs, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives and faculty, by attending our Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine has adult undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics and Finance, and graduate programs in Education, Linguistics, Business Administration, Public Health, Accountancy, Business Analytics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Clinical Psychology, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition and Wellness, Science Content and Process, and Taxation. RSVP today at

Campus Ministry
Request a prayer and send a student to Koinonia Retreat 24

Benedictine Koinonia is an annual retreat for Benedictine students to build community in Christ. The upcoming retreat on November 6-8 is the 24th offered by Campus Ministry. You can help offset the cost for students to attend the retreat by going to If you leave a note with your donation of at least $5 stating your prayer request, a member of our team will commit to praying for your intention. For more information, contact Jessica Peek, coordinator of Retreats and Faith Formation, at (630) 829-1312 or

Buy a candle, send a student to the Philippines

The Benedictine students who are travelling with the Diocese of Joliet on the Philippines Service Immersion Experience need your help. The students travel to the Philippines every January to work with an organization called "Gawad Kalinga" to build homes for the homeless. The cost for each student is $2,200, which covers everything. When you make a purchase from Yankee Candle, they will donate 40 percent to the students. Please visit: Scroll to the bottom of the page, and under "Start Shopping" enter group number 990085611. This will take you to a new page which should say should say "Benedictine U Ministry Service." Start shopping. All orders must be made by October 15. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts at

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 if you are interested.  

See if monastic life is for you

Sacred Heart Monastery is hosting "Come and See Weekends" for women interested in exploring monastic life on Friday through Sunday, November 6-8, for women ages 18-25, November 13-15 for ages 25-35, and November 20-22 for ages 35 and above. For further information about the monastery, go to, or contact or (630) 750-6010 if you would like to attend.

Tour Sacred Heart Monastery during an open house

In honor of the Year of Consecrated Life, the Benedictine Sisters invite you to an Open House from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15 at Sacred Heart Monastery. You can tour the monastery and chapel, and attend a presentation about the Benedictine "Four Corners." All are invited to remain for Vespers at 4:45p.m. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Avenue in Lisle.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine "" Every time you use, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box "I am supporting," type "Benedictine," in the drop down menu click on "Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;" then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use "," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or

Help foster reconciliation and peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Student Life
Parent Programs is here to help

Parent Programs is a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine students. We respond to parent inquiries and provide information on a variety of issues to encourage communication between parents and the University. Please feel free to direct parents to Luba Baranivsky at or (630) 829-6124 or Marco Masini at or (630) 829-6006.

Who are you going to call?

Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

University Development
There's lots to do during Homecoming week

Show your BenU spirit this week. Visit all of the offices in the Office Decorating Contest (the list of participants is available on the site). Line the parade route to show your support for our students and then join us on the basketball court for a barbecue lunch. Wear either the Homecoming T-shirt or any Benedictine shirt and you will receive the discounted price of $4.50. You can tour the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business following the blessing and grand opening ceremony at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday. Tailgating in the Neuzil lot begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Visit each college's tent, enjoy great food, and mingle with alumni and current students. Enjoy a great kid's area with an exotic petting zoo, bounce house, games, crafts, as well as the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. Kick-off for the big Homecoming football game is Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Cheer on our BenU Eagles as they take on Concordia University Wisconsin. Finally, top off the weekend with BenBash featuring Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann in concert.

Donate your unused personal or vacation time to someone in need

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you do not plan to use this year? If so, please consider donating some time to this year's Vacation Donation program. Only vacation, personal and floating holiday time can be donated. Time that is donated and not used by the end of the current fiscal year will not be rolled over to the next fiscal year. If you are interested in donating your unused time to a fellow employee who may need the additional time to take care of a sick family member or other reason, please contact Jill Poskin at

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Campus Events

All the leaves are brown, and the sky is gray

But not if you participate in Campus Beautification Day. Join your fellow faculty and staff and help keep Benedictine Beautiful on Friday, October 23. More details will be forthcoming.

Join us at BenBash on October 17

Put on your jeans and boots for the country concert of the year. Benedictine University is bringing country to the suburbs with Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann at the Rice Center on Saturday, October 17, as part of Homecoming 2015. Tickets are on sale now at If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Nicole Placek at

Faculty are invited to spend Friday afternoon in the library

The Benedictine University Library is sponsoring a series of workshops for faculty from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on the second floor of the library. The discussion on Friday, October 16 will be "How to maximize your use of interlibrary loan services," and on Friday, November 20, "Using streaming video in your course" will be discussed. For more information, contact Jack Fritts at or (630) 829-6060.

Find an intern at the Internship and Experiential Learning Fair

Do you need an intern in your department for the fall or spring semester? The Career Development Center, in partnership with Campus Ministry, Study Abroad Program, and Student Engagement and Leadership Development, will host a Fall Internship and Experiential Learning Fair from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. This is a great opportunity to meet qualified candidates and review their résumés. In order to reserve your table, please submit your registration request by October 15 to Lynne Schrott at or (630) 829-6038.

Visiting scholar to talk about Christian roots of religious freedom

Robert Louis Wilken, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of several books on Christianity and its history, will lecture at Benedictine University on the Christian roots of religious freedom as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series. Wilken will present "A Loser's Creed" at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 4, in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. He will address "The Church Fathers, Roger Williams and Thomas Jefferson" at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The lectures are free and open to the public.

What is the U.S. policy toward Africa?

Robin Renee Sanders, D.Sc., former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria, will present "U.S. Policy toward Africa: What is it and why is it important?" as part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows Public Lecture Series at 7:00 p.m.; on Thursday, October 29 in the Presentation Room of the Krasa Student Center on the campus of Benedictine University. Sanders is the former ambassador to the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Republic of Congo, and former director of the Africa National Security Council at the White House. The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) in Washington, D.C., brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States. 

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will welcome Fr. Bill Conway, pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove, at 7:00 p.m. on October 13. Fr. Conway will be speaking about the importance of welcoming Hispanics into our churches. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Take CPR/AED training. Save a life.

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14 (recertification), from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 (first-time taking class), from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 15 (first time taking class), and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 (recertification). The maximum class size is 10 and training will be held in the University Police Training Room, located in the parking garage. Contact Michi Dubes at or (630) 829-6364 with the date and time that works best for your schedule.

The auditorium in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business seats 600 and features
three large viewing screens for those seated on the upper level.

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

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 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 November 20
Prints from Normal Editions Workshop Press
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
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4

Through December 19

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

November 9-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.  

Healthy Table

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs 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

The 40-seat trading lab in the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business features
a real-time ticker

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football rocked Wisconsin Lutheran in conference opener.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team downed MSOE Saturday.

The Benedictine men's soccer team shut out Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Benedictine women's soccer team downed Wisconsin Lutheran.

Joe Chavez won the Eagle Invite as the Benedictine men's cross country team placed fourth.

The Benedictine men's golf team sits sixth after the fall portion of the NACC championships.

The Benedictine women's cross country team placed sixth at the Eagle Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 13

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Aurora
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 14

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex  
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Men's/Women's Cross Country

BenU at Pink Classic
Peoria, Ill.
3:00 p.m./3:40 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Edgewood
Rice Center
12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex  
1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.  
1:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer

BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.  
3:30 p.m.

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa at open house

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 Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 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

Campus Events

The 10K M.B.A. graduation reception scheduled

A reception for the first graduates of the 10K M.B.A. program at BenU at Mesa will be held on Saturday, October 24.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Women's volleyball guts out five-set win over La Sierra.

Women's volleyball downs Embry-Riddle.

Women's cross country runs at MCC Thunderbird Classic.

Upcoming Athletics Events

Monday, October 12

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa vs. University of Great Falls (Mont.)
at Arizona Christian
6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 16

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa at San Diego Christian College (Calif.)
2:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 17

Cross Country
BenU Mesa at Firestorm Invitational
Cave Creek, Ariz.

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa at Life Pacific College (DH)
12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Springfield Campus News

Campus Events

Benedictine alumnus addresses 19 $10K M.B.A. graduates

Mark A. Bartolozzi, a 1983 graduate of Springfield College in Illinois and a funds manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services, addressed 19 graduates of Benedictine University at Springfield's $10K M.B.A. program during a reception October 10 at the Brinkerhoff Home. The 19 students who were awarded M.B.A. degrees at the ceremony were: Brian Michael Alvey, Chatham; Matthew James Becker, Pleasant Plains; William Bishop, Springfield; Patrick Robert Burk, Springfield; Angela M. Burris, Springfield; Shauna Nicole Campo, Pawnee; Lisa J. Daniels,Cantrall; Amanda C. Hayes, Springfield; Henry Emil Janssen, Rochester; Lucas R. Kesterson, Springfield; Christina Maria McCaffrey, Springfield; Ryan S. Prehn, Chatham; Zachary W. Reed, Springfield; Teresa J. Shores, Auburn; Stephanie Lynn Stone, Springfield; Linea Syrcle, Sherman; Nicole Turner, Jacksonville; Shane A. Westbrook, Springfield; and Yolonda Evette Wilder, Springfield. For more information about Benedictine's $10K M.B.A. program, contact the National Moser Center for Adult Learning at (877) 353-9622

Prospective students can learn more about adult programs in Springfield

The National Moser Center for Adult Learning at Benedictine University at Springfield will hold a $10K M.B.A. information session from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, at the Brinkerhoff Home.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 12-30:

Michael Bromberg – October 12, Springfield Campus President's Office
Wilson Chen – October 13, Languages and Literature
Mark Kowakowski – October 13, Music
Joaquin Montero – October 13, Languages and Literature
Daniel Buehring – October 14, Athletics
Frances Gilles – October 17, Benedictine Library
Mike Domzalski – October 18, Campus Services
Tammie Leonard – October 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Rudy Dardy – October 19, Information Technology
Margaret Salyer – October 19, Clinical Psychology
Beth Vinkler – October 19, Languages and Literature
Logan Pedersen – October 20, Dining Services
John Zigmond – October 20, Alternative Licensure Program
Diane Fitzgerald – October 21, Financial Aid
Gilberto Guzman – October 21, Campus Services
Lawrence Kamin – October 25, Biological Sciences
Vandy Dvareckiene – October 25, Dining Services
Allen Legutki – October 25, Music
Laura Lucado – October 26, Business and Finance Services
Latasha White – October 26, Athletics
Ellen Jakubowski – October 28, Admissions
Amy Brooks – October 29, Registrar
Lynn Dransoff – October 29, College of Liberal Arts
Ana Mayo – October 30, Personnel Resources

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.