Campus Notebook                             October 17, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Nothing says Homecoming quite like a little whipped cream lunch.

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

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.

Take CPR/AED training. The life you save may be a loved one's.

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 18 (recertification), from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 (first-time taking class), from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 20 (first time taking class), and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20 (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.

Panel discussion explores interfaith dialogue and political polarization

Faculty, staff and students are invited to a panel discussion, "Interfaith Dialogue: A Remedy for Political Polarization?" from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The panel will feature Rev. Dirk Ficca: former executive director of the Parliament of World Religions; Rabbi Michael Zedek, senior rabbi, Emanuel Congregation of Chicago; Mohammed Kaiseruddin, Ph.D., chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago; and Ranganathan Hemmige, religious chair, Balaji Temple. The discussion will be moderated by Philip Hardy, Ph.D., director of the Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine. The event Is free and all are welcome. An RSVP is appreciated. Refreshments and Ashura, a Turkish dessert congee that is made of a mixture consisting of grains, fruits, dried fruits and nuts, will be served.

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.

How well do teens bounce back from trauma, threats and angst?

The College of Education and Health Services will host its "Fall 2016 Community Symposium: Risk & Resilience in Adolescence," from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411. The main speaker will be Dawn Bounds, Ph.D., PMHNP-BC, assistant professor, College of Nursing and Co-Project Director, Dedicated African-American Dads (DAADS) at the Rush University College of Nursing, Community, Systems & Mental Health Nursing in Chicago. Bounds teaches courses in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Residency and directs courses in Psychopharmacology, Diagnostics and Management III – Complex Care Issues and Major Psychopathological Disorder. In her opening segment of the evening, Bounds will describe threats and disorders encountered in adolescence. In her second segment, she will investigate challenges in adolescence, trauma and its effect on the brain, and promoting resilience. For more information, contact Sunil Chand at

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 "Fall Visit Day" from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23. "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 For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

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 "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.

The College of Business at Benedictine University was officially named
for one of the institution's biggest benefactors during ceremonies last week.

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.

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
You can do more witrh a pumpkin than just carve a scary face

Pumpkin is a traditional food eaten during the autumn months. Not only is pumpkin delicious, but the pumpkin plant provides vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for our bodies. When purchasing pumpkin, make sure to buy "canned pumpkin," not "pumpkin pie mix." Canned pumpkin is pure pumpkin and has no added sweeteners. In addition, the rich creamy texture of canned pumpkin allows for its use as a fat substitute in cooking. Try replacing butter or oil in a recipe with pumpkin.

Health benefits of pumpkin:

  • Low calorie: 1 cup of pumpkin, cooked, boiled, drained and without salt contains only 50 calories.
  • Fiber: 1 cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber, 12 percent of the daily recommended intake.
  • Antioxidants: Beta-carotene is the compound present in pumpkin that gives pumpkin its orange color. Beta-carotene is a strong antioxidant. It helps to neutralize free-radicals in our bodies. Free-radicals are dangerous compounds that contribute to disease in our bodies.
  • Vitamin A: Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted to Vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A helps to support numerous bodily functions including vision, immunity, growth and development.
  • Potassium: Pumpkin is high in potassium, a mineral important for our bodies. Including adequate amounts of potassium in the diet has been shown to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure.

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

The cheerleaders tried to provide a boost but the Eagles dropped
their homecoming game Saturday to Lakeland.  

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team could not complete a fourth quarter rally in a loss to Lakeland.

Nick Kapetanos repeated as the NACC Men's Soccer Player of the Week.

Emma Roberts was tabbed as the NACC Athlete of the Week for the second time this year.

The Benedictine men's soccer team lost for the first time in conference play.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team lost a pair of matches at Edgewood on Saturday.

The Benedictine women's soccer team saw a four-match unbeaten streak end in a loss to MSOE.

The men's cross country team competed for the final time before the conference championship.

The women's cross country team produced one of the better efforts of the year.

The Benedictine men's golf team sits in sixth following the fall portion of the NACC championship.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, October 18

Women's Volleyball

BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 19

Men's Soccer
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, October 21

Women's Volleyball

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

Saturday, October 22

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

BenU at Olivet
Olivet, Mich.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer

BenU vs. Marian
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Marian
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

Faculty and Staff Notes

New campus minister will help meet the spiritual needs of growing campus

To meet the spiritual needs of an expanding campus community and engage them in the University's Benedictine and Catholic mission, school officials have named Rob Curtis as the new campus minister at BenU at Mesa. He will work with University chaplain Fr. James Aboyi, V.C., who is responsible for providing access to the sacraments for the University's Catholic students and spiritual counseling for students of other faiths, to help BenU at Mesa students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good. "Rob brings with him years of campus ministry experience, a familiarity with the surrounding community and a strong ecumenical background," said Kevin Broeckling, associate vice president for University Services and Student Life. "He will be tasked with providing opportunities for students to explore, develop and strengthen their understanding of their faith and how they share it with others." Curtis has served as the Parish Formation Coordinator at St. Helen Catholic Church in Glendale, Ariz. He has also taught Theology at BenU at Mesa and will continue to do so in his new role. His office will be located in the "fishbowl" area across from the chapel.

Campus Activities

Parents, families invited to participate in Family Weekend

BenU at Mesa will welcome parents and families of Benedictine students during Family Weekend on Friday-Sunday, October 28-30. The weekend begins with a men's basketball game against West Coast Baptist at 7:30 p.n. on Friday featuring a tailgate party at Gillett hall prior to the game. Saturday's activities include breakfast at the school hosted by the Nutrition Club at 7:30 a.m. followed by a series of Parent Breakout Sessions from 9:00-9:45 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.- 11:45 a.m. Saturday wraps up with a Family Social from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Sunday's activities include a Mass at Queen of Peace Parish at 11:00 a.m. and a brunch/barbeque at Gillett Hall at 1:00 p.m.

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!

Volleyball sweeps three matches over the weekend.

Cross country has some top finishes at Firestorm Invitational

Women's golf team looking for improved season

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, October 17

Benu at Mesa at Embry-Riddle Invitational
Prescott, Ariz.
Talking Rock GC

Tuesday, October 18


Benu at Mesa at Embry-Riddle Invitational
Prescott, Ariz.
Talking Rock GC

Friday, October 21

Women's volleyball
Benu at Mesa vs. Simpson University
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
6:30 p.m.

Women's volleyball
Benu at Mesa vs. Multnomah
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22

Women's volleyball
Benu at Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 17-November 29:

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
Mark Pawlowski – October 30, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Kevin Patterson – November 1, Athletics
Robert Rebman – November 1, Undergraduate Business    
Monica Tischler – November 1, Biological Sciences    
Michael Dunn – November 2, Abbey Personnel
Kathleen Heidkamp – November 2, Athletics    
Silvia Saucedo – November 2, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Megan Benham – November 3, Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs    
Ryan Blackburn – November 3, Marketing and Communications    
Ken Morrison – November 3, Engineering Services
Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. – November 3, Campus Ministry    
Michelle Mosier – November 4, College of Science    
Tarah Geye – November 5, Athletics
Terrance Licht – November 5, Mesa Athletics Administration
Simone Wilson – November 5, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Timothy Goines – November 6, International Business and Economics    
Kaveh Hemmat – November 6, Global Studies
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, Business Learning Teams    
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.