Campus Notebook

October 14, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Ovid Wong (Education) published a book titled “Life’s Decision” by Christian Communications Inc., in Texas. The book is a compilation of 40 episodes dealing with real world people and events leading to the ultimate commitment to Jesus Christ. Last year, a prototype of the book concept was used at a Houston joint church mission conference where Wong is an invited speaker.

University Notes

Homecoming Parade 10-11-13 (57)

The Intercultural Club was well represented at the Homecoming parade. 

The Benedictine University Library will wrap up a month of activities celebrating American Archives Month with an open house, “Open Archives: Discovering Hidden Treasures,” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Treasures from the Benedictine archives will be displayed including many old and rare books. Tours of the archives, including a behind-the-scenes look at how items are collected and preserved, will be offered. Refreshments will be served. The open house is open to the public. As part of the celebration, Benedictine students, faculty and staff will be given the chance to provide their own captions for photos from the archives. Each week in October a new photo will be posted on social media and in the library. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of each week. Winners will be announced at the open house. Students must provide contact information to be eligible. Benedictine students, faculty and staff can also enter a trivia contest. Entry forms are available at the research and circulation desks and on the Library website at

Students interested in attending Benedictine University are invited to participate in an upcoming Preferred Visit Day. Attendees can meet with Admissions staff in small group settings to discuss Benedictine University’s renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applications, scholarships and financial aid. They can also take a guided tour of campus. A Preferred Visit Day session will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11.

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff. The maximum class size is 10 people. Training will be held in the Moser Center, Room 103 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 (initial training); from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16 (initial training); and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 (recertification). Please email to reserve a spot.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty and staff from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. The cost is $20 (cash or check only). Students can get flu shots on Tuesday, October 15 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. The cost for students is $10 (cash or check only).

University Ministry and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17
in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Go to and use code 0403775 to make an appointment. Remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior donating. All presenting donors will receive a ticket good for free admission for two to Chicago's Laugh Factory.

The Department of Communication Arts, the Benedictine University Library, the School of Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning and International Affairs will present Shayla Thiel-Stern, Ph.D., “Identity in the Digital Age: Discussing Gender, Race and Youth in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Beyond,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Thiel-Stern, a professor at the University of Minnesota, will discuss her research that examines how young people articulate identity through the various tools of digital media. The discussion will focus specifically on how adolescent girls from various backgrounds have seized upon particular technologies to communication with peers and form an identity.  Research is drawn from her current and past research on the topic, including that from her forthcoming book, “From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905 to 2010,” which will be published this winter by University of Massachusetts Press.

Br. Rick Poro, O.S.B., is looking for generous donation of personal care items for his trip to Sacred Heart Mission Church in Hopkins Park on Saturday, October 19. The personal care drive runs through Friday, October 18. You may drop off the items in the University Ministry office on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. Items needed include bar soap, Kleenex, shampoo, deodorant, dishwashing liquid, bodywash, toilet paper and liquid soap.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program hosts Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and U.S. deputy assistant attorney general, who will present “Get in the Bullring: How You Can Make a Difference” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in Scholl Hall, Room 101. The presentation is free and open to the public. Kennedy Townsend is a senior advisor at a hedge fund run by the former treasurer of the World Bank after serving in a variety of roles and working on important public safety, higher education and public service issues while in the public sector. Kennedy Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, and serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She is the author of “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way” and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, Harvard University and St. Mary’s College. She is the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.

The Center for Mission and Identity in collaboration with the Center for Civic Leadership will present a panel discussion, “Catholic Identities and Public Policymaking:  The View from Illinois” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The panel will feature state Sen. Mike Connelly (R-Naperville), state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at Benedictine University. The moderator is Phillip Hardy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For additional information, go to

Family Weekend is October 25-27. The weekend tips off at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25 with “Night at the Nest,” the kickoff for men’s and women’s basketball with games, prizes and half-court contests for men and women. Saturday begins with a Parent’s Association meeting in the Krasa Dining Room at 11:00 a.m., followed by tailgating with the Eagle Club at 11:00 a.m. in the Neuzil Hall parking lot and the football game vs. Wisconsin Lutheran College at 1:00 p.m. Tours of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on the second floor of Birck Hall begin at 1:30 p.m. A Family Weekend carnival begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Krasa Quad, followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m. and a soccer doubleheader at the sports Complex at 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s activities begin with the Cindy Cebrzynski Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. at the Sports Complex. A Mass follows at St. Procopius Abbey at 11:00 a.m. The Benedictine Family Thanksgiving Dinner is November 21 and the third annual Spring Family Brunch is April 6, 2014. To RSVP for Family Weekend, reply at by October 18.

All Benedictine students are invited to participate in “Simple Love, Infinite Love,” the Fall 2013 Koinonia Retreat, Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. The Koinonia retreat weekend is an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective. However, non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Applications and full payment are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18. There are no cancellation refunds after the payment due date. The cost is $40. For more information, visit or contact Mark Kurowski, director of University Ministry, at

Campus Beautification Day will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 28 followed by a free lunch in the Krasa Center. Faculty and staff members interested in participating should contact Kathy Rutkowski at (630) 829-6420. Participants will meet under the water tower at 8:30 a.m.

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kindlon Hall, Room 021 during the fall semester and from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Tuesday, October 29, "Writing Across the Curriculum at Benedictine" with Zubair Amir and Jean-Marie Kauth; Tuesday, November 12,  "What Cats Can Teach Us about Writing Across the Curriculum" with Sandra Kies, who will talk about how she uses published research on how cats lap to help students understand and exploit the differences between using spoken and written, formal and informal, and technical and non-technical language; Friday, February 7, "Teaching WI Physical Education" with Beth Bell;  Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4,  "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2,  "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

International Education Week is Thursday-Friday, November 7-15. The event kicks off with a presentation by Rhacel Parreñas, Ph.D., professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, who will discuss and examine the experience of legal servitude in relation to issues of human trafficking and notions of modern-day slavery at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in Birck Hall, Room 112. A screening of the movie, “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary about the United States’ intervention in Latin America and how it has contributed to Latino immigration in the United States, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11 in the House of Benedict.  A Study Abroad Fair will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. November 12 in the Krasa Center, Rooms A and B. “Taste of the World” will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. The “Face of Benedictine” contest winners will be announced at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15 in the House of Benedict.

Benedictine’s Graduation Fair for August and December 2013 graduates will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Monday-Tuesday, November 18-19 in the Krasa Fireside Lounge. Graduates can pick up their cap and gown, obtain commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken, receive career information, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss their financial obligations and enjoy a raffle and refreshments. For more information, go to

Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. The Office of Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University's policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.

Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at or (630) 829-1127.

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

A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Healthy Table

Pumpkin is in!

It’s that time of year where pumpkin is everywhere. Its versatile flavor makes it a great addition to many recipes, but did you know it’s also full of beneficial vitamins and minerals? The bright orange color of pumpkin is one of the signs that it’s full of the antioxidant, beta-carotene. In the body, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which plays many important roles including overall health of cells and membranes for adequate vision, reproduction, bone and tooth development, and immune system function. Just one cup of cooked, mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A.

Pumpkin is also a great source of fiber with 3 grams per one cup serving and only 49 calories. Fiber helps you feel full longer, which helps you eat less and thus shed pounds. Not only is pumpkin itself beneficial, but its seeds also provide many nutritional benefits. Pumpkin seeds are high in phytosterols, which have been shown to lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels. The seeds are also a good source of the amino acid tryptophan, which is important in the production of one of the major hormones that affect our mood, serotonin.

As you can see, pumpkin is a great source of many nutrients. Try incorporating pumpkin into your diet this fall through healthy recipes such as soup, pastas, breads or simply roasted. The possibilities are endless.

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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

Campus Recreation

Check out the “refreshed” group fitness class schedule for fall 2013 at  Fitness classes are always fun and always free. Follow BenUCampusRec on facebook and twitter for all the latest updates for activities and facilities.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Special teams helped set the tone for the Benedictine football team in a homecoming win over Aurora University.

Two first half goals helped the Benedictine men’s soccer team take down regionally ranked Milwaukee School of Engineering and grab the top slot in the NACC.

The Benedictine volleyball team capped a 2-0 weekend in Wisconsin with a sweep of Lakeland.

Edgar Reyes became the second consecutive men’s soccer player to earn NACC Player of the Week honors.

The Benedictine women’s golf team placed sixth at the NACC championships.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team hosted the Eagle invite.

The Benedictine women’s cross country team finished in the top 12 at the Eagle Invitational.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team fell at Milwaukee School of Engineering.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 15

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

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 16

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 17

Men’s Soccer

BenU vs. Wheaton
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 18

BenU vs. Edgewood
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19

BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Lakeland
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:30 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Lakeland
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country
BenU at UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invite
Oshkosh, Wis.
10:15 a.m.

Women’s Cross Country
BenU at UW-Oshkosh Brooks Invite
Oshkosh, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 14-29:

Kristen Gillespie-October 14, Department of Athletics

Frances Gilles-October 17, Benedictine Library

Mike Domzalski-October 18, Campus Services

Tammie Leonard-October 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment

Katherine LeGros-October 18, New Student Advising Center

Margaret Salyer-October 19, Clinical Psychology

Rudy Dardy-October 19, Information Technology

Beth Vinkler-October 19, Foreign Languages

Scott Meyer-October 19, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Kathy Rutkowski-October 19, Campus Services

Logan Pedersen-October 20, Dining Services

John Zigmond-October 20, Alternative Licensure Program

Diane Fitzgerald-October 21, Office of Financial Aid

Charlotte Cleff-October 22, Office of Admissions

Gale Wiedman-October 22, Education Learning Teams

Carol Fendrick-October 24, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dan Vanyo-October 24, Mesa Operations

Vandy Dvareckiene-October 25, Dining Services

Lawrence Kamin-October 25, Biological Sciences

Allen Legutki-October 25, Music

Sharon Ware-October 26, Nursing and Health

Laura Lucado-October 26, Business and Finance Services

Latasha White-October 26, Department of Athletics

Amy Brooks-October 29, Registrar

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.

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