BenU joins the Internet2 Community
Benedictine University has joined the Internet2 community to help provide faster Internet connection at lower cost. This community of more than 350 leading universities, corporations, government research agencies and nonprofit networking organizations, as well as international networking partners, will help advance the use and integration of technology into the University's teaching and learning goals.
James Payne (Academic Affairs) was invited to serve on the editorial boards of two well-respected academic journals, the Review of Financial Economics and Tourism Economics based on his record of established research and ongoing scholarship throughout his career.
William Scarlato (Fine Arts) will display his life's work at the Meadows Museum of Art in Shreveport, La. The title of the exhibit is “Never the Same Moment” Retrospective Exhibition: William Scarlato, Paintings, Printmaking, and Drawings. The exhibition runs from Saturday, October 28, 2017 until Sunday, January 14, 2018. An opening reception will be held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 27. Scarlato grew up in Shreveport and credits his early experiences there for his primarily romantic nature, including his proclivity to paint nature.
Peter Sorensen (Organization Development) was honored with the Organization Development Network's prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, October 16 in recognition of his lasting impact and practice in the field.
The award is given to those who have served the profession over an extended period of time, have earned the respect and admiration of professional colleagues and have freely engaged not only contemporaries, but also have been committed to maintaining a dynamic connection to all generations of OD practitioners. Read more...
Jan Writer (Education) has been selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation and paper on strategies for overcoming barriers to the successful inclusion of students with disabilities at the 2017 National TASH Conference in Atlanta. Her session will detail diverse techniques for fostering the active engagement, positive performance, successful interactions and educational success of children and youth with significant disabilities who are educated within inclusive general education classrooms and school settings.
Panelists Kristin Clifford, Psy.D., assistant professor of Clinical Psychology at Benedictine; Rachel Hines, LCSW, from the YWCA; Maryam Mirza from the Hamdard Center; and Kelly Vaughn, LCSW, CDVP, from Family Shelter Service will discuss ways we can help respond to the trauma of domestic violence and further educate the community on this topic to prevent future violence. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/communities-responding-to-trauma-tickets-38503551158.
The Academic and Career Enrichment Center will host a Fall Internship and Career Fair from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The fair will provide employers with the opportunity to meet undergraduate, adult undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing internships and full-time positions upon graduation. Benedictine alumni are also invited to the fair. No RSVP is necessary. Please wear professional attire and bring plenty of resumes. For more information, visit ben.edu/academic-career-enrichment-center/fall-internship-and-career-fair-2017.cfm.
Bust a rhyme or two at Open Mic and Poetry Slam
The Open Mic and Poetry Slam will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, in the Coal Ben. There will be two rounds of the slam poetry competition. If you would like to participate, bring at least two original poems. Prizes will be awarded. Sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literature and the Benedictine University Library, this event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Wilson Chen at (630) 829-6288 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you concerned about the impact of high textbook prices on your students? We invite faculty and staff to join librarians Cindy Scott and Sarah Kurpiel for an introduction to Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (OERs) followed by open group discussion. OERs are teaching, learning and research materials that are free of copyright or license restrictions. Join us for "Digital Natives Faculty Forum: Open Textbooks & OERs" from 12:15-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Walk-ins are welcome. To receive an email reminder, register at http://ben.libcal.com/event/3545983. Feel free to bring your lunch.
Enjoy a spooky evening at the Nature Museum
Explore the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at night and learn more about the plants and animals associated with Halloween from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25. Myths that portray bats, wolves, spiders and owls as terrifying monsters will be debunked. By examining museum specimens such as pelts, skulls and teeth, you will be able to dive deeper into the true nature of each animal. Then decide for yourself if these critters are really that scary, or are just misunderstood. Children of all ages are welcome to dress in costume and trick-or-treat around the museum. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are kindly accepted. For more information or to RSVP, email JuricaSuchyMuseum@ben.edu or call (630) 829-6546.
Historian and folklorist Ursula Bielski to discuss BenU's haunted history
As Halloween approaches, join us from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, in the Coal Ben for a presentation on the haunted history of Benedictine and the Chicago area by guest speaker and Benedictine alumna Ursula Bielski, C91, History, founder of Chicago Hauntings, Inc.
Sponsored by the Benedictine University Library and Student Life, this event is open to students, faculty and staff. Register at http://ben.libcal.com/event/3545984.
Ethics in medicine and "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" up for discussion
Join us from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311, for a group book discussion of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot. Ten copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Research Center on the third floor of Kindlon Hall. This event is open to students, faculty and staff. Register at http://ben.libcal.com/event/3545985. For more information, contact Mary Hennessey at email@example.com.
Fr. Gregory Boyle presents “Tattoos on the Heart: Healing Hospitality”
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., is the founder and director of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit which employs and trains hundreds of former gang members every year. An acknowledged expert on gangs and intervention approaches, Boyle’s presentations for leaders on hope as a powerful tool have made him a popular speaker. The author of “Tattoos on the Heart” will present from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Friday, November 3, in the Goodwin Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phil Hardy at email@example.com.
Expert in child abuse, psychology next Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought
James Garbarino, Ph.D., is a senior faculty fellow and the Maude C. Clarke Chair in Humanistic Psychology at the Center for the Human Rights of Children at Loyola University. He serves as an expert witness in criminal and civil cases involving issues of violence and children, and is the author or editor of 25 books.
He will talk about the spiritual and psychological dimensions of trauma at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 7, in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. He will also discuss the challenges of growing up in socially toxic environments at 12:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8, in Birck Hall, Room 112.
These events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Chris Fletcher at (630) 829-6263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn how to caption your YouTube videos at next online workshop
Learn how to use YouTube to generate caption files you can use both inside and outside of YouTube, including videos created using D2L Capture. This online workshop will be presented by librarian Sarah Kurpiel from 3:00-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 8.
This event is open to students, faculty and staff at all campus locations and online. Those who register in advance will receive a recording of the webinar. Registration does not guarantee access, as this webinar is first come, first served with a maximum of 25 attendees. Visit http://ben.libcal.com/event/3569733 to learn more and join the webinar.
Learn how to become a more effective leader at Center for Values-Driven Leadership workshop
The Appreciative Leadership for Peak Performance (ALPP) executive workshop offers a guided, strengths-based exploration of what makes you most effective as a leader. The workshop will be held Wednesday-Friday, November 8-10. ALPP will lead you through a series of powerful learning activities to identify and optimize your "Leadership Peak Performance Pattern" and provide practical tools to lead, mentor, coach and bring out the best in others. More information is available at http://cvdl.ben.edu/ai.
Learn more about the Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership in-person or online
Designed for senior executives, Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership program will help you think deeper and lead stronger. Designed for working leaders from around the globe, the program offers a unique combination of research, theory and action-based learning to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to lead strategically at the intersection of business and society.
Learn more at an Online Information Session or Campus Open House. Upcoming dates include Friday, November 10 (campus) and Thursday, December 7 (online).
RSVP at http://cvdl.ben.edu/openhouse.
University Community encouraged to document examples of 'Hospitality' on campus
Benedictine University is partnering with Interfaith Youth Core and the Fetzer Institute to create a binding narrative of Healing Hospitality throughout the 2017-2018 academic year in order to challenge American individualism and notions of tolerance.
As part of the initiative, students are invited to contribute their own personal reflections on hospitality for possible publication in a journal. The deadline for students to submit reflections is November 13. The top 50 personal narratives selected by a panel of faculty, staff and students will be published in spring 2018.
Celebrate diversity at BenU's International Short Film Festival
Sykes is a prominent news contributor, author and public speaker with experience in issues of higher education, politics and, what he calls, “alternative reality” media. He is currently an MSNBC/NBC News contributor. He was previously one of Wisconsin’s top-rated conservative talk show hosts for 23 years and is best known for his confrontation with then presidential candidate Donald Trump in 2016. He is the author of several books including, “A Nation of Victims: The Decay of the American Character,” “A Nation of Moochers: American’s Addiction to Getting Something for Nothing,” and his recently published work, “How the Right Lost Its Mind.”
The public is invited to Sacred Heart Monastery for Tuesday Night with the Sisters. The series will tie the new Beatitudes of Pope Francis to "The Rule of St. Benedict." The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, in the Chapter Room.
Cathy Lentz will lead the presentation discussing humility/obedience and the conclusion of Pope Francis' Beatitudes.
Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Avenue in Lisle. Please come to the front door by the statue of the Sacred Heart. Donations are appreciated.
Visit http://www.shmlisle.org/ or the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart Facebook page for more information.
2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Join John H. Armstrong, Ph.D., and Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Ph.D., in a discussion of the legacy of the Reformation and the differences among various Christian traditions from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16. This free event is open to the public and will take place in the Goodwin Auditorium. Register at www.thischangedeverything.com/civil-conversations.
Family Visit Day gives prospective students the 411 on BenU admissions
Prospective undergraduate students can get a jump-start on the admissions process by attending Family Visit Day at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, in Goodwin Hall. You can tour campus, learn more about our Scholars Program and meet with representatives from key offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. You can also learn more about majors that interest you and speak with our faculty. To register, visit ben.edu/familyvisitday.
Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report for calendar year 2016, which is published in 2017, 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 ben.edu/police.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes no claims that natural or organic foods are safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced foods and they may even match their conventional counterparts for fat and calories. However, people with food allergies, chemical allergies or intolerance for preservatives may opt to buy natural or organic. Let’s take a look at how these labeling terms differ!
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, there is currently no formal definition for the use of “natural” on food labels. However, there is a longstanding policy considering the term “natural” to mean “that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.” This policy does not address food production methods, such as pesticide use, food processing or manufacturing methods, such as pasteurization or irradiation, or nutritional or other health benefits. In regards to meat and poultry labeling, the USDA uses the term “natural” on products that contain no artificial ingredients or added color and must be only minimally processed.
“Organic” refers to the food itself and how it was produced. The USDA defines “organic” as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy products that come from animals that have access to the outdoors and are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic plant foods are produced without most conventional pesticides, fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge, bioengineering or ionizing radiation. The farms that produce these foods must also be inspected by a government-approved certifier to ensure they are meeting these standards. The USDA also has standards for organic handling and processing. The three levels of organic claims for food include:
100% Organic: Products that are completely organic or made of only organic ingredients qualify for this claim and a USDA Organic seal.
Organic: Products in which at least 95 percent of its ingredients are organic qualify for this claim and a USDA Organic seal.
Made with Organic Ingredients: Food products in which at least 70 percent of ingredients are certified organic. The USDA Organic seal cannot be used but “made with organic ingredients” may appear on its packaging.
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 email@example.com.
Keep up with the Eagles!
Upcoming Home Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)
Mesa honored for environmental excellence
Several City of Mesa projects were recently honored at the Arizona Forward's 37th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards held on Saturday, September 23. The Alhambra Hotel's $3.3 million renovation into student housing for Benedictine University students received an award of merit. The project team restored the Alhambra with a conscious effort to preserve and enhance the historic character of the structure and to ensure it maintained its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more...
BenU Mesa students rank in Global Top 25 for Business Strategy Game
Graduate students in Benedictine University Mesa's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program earned a series of "Global Top 25" rankings while participating in the Business Strategy Game (BSG) for the week of August 21. BSG is an online exercise that parallels the functioning of the real-world athletic footwear market. Congratulations to Bob Badgett, Mark Holthaus, Andrew Driggers and Victor Martinez. Read more...
Experience campus and academic programs on Mesa Visit Day
Prospective undergraduate students can tour campus, meet with current students and talk to representatives from key offices including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, in Gillett Hall. You can learn more about the majors that interest you and speak with our faculty. A complimentary lunch will be given. Register now at ben.edu/mesavisitday. For more information, contact Admissions at (602) 888-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Upcoming Athletic Events
For more information about athletic events, go to benuredhawks.com.