Campus Notebook

October 20, 2014

Faculty Notes

Ramon Luzarraga (Theology, Mesa) was invited to participate in a discussion on the death penalty with Maricopa County district attorney Bill Montgomery as part of the “Community Conversations on the Death Penalty” events on November 3 and 10 at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Ariz. Luzarraga has also been interviewed on Catholic radio in Arizona as part of the ongoing public discussion of the death penalty. Luzarraga, an expert in Catholic Moral Theology, is an assistant professor of Theology and department chair at Benedictine University at Mesa.

University Notes

“Lord, Who Is My Neighbor?” Ask the Sisters

St. Benedict calls us “to greet strangers as one would greet Christ Himself.” The Rule of Benedict is filled with Scripture passages because it is within these passages that salvation history teaches us the way and mystery of our loving God. Hospitality is the special charism adopted by the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart. It has been apparent to all who comes to us.  We allow God in Scripture to lead us to how and why hospitality is so important. From 9:30-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 21, explore Sacred Scripture with the Sisters and seek to understand hospitality as it comes to us in Judeo-Christian history. Share the insights, concerns and trust needed in today’s society to open our doors to the stranger. With dialogue and prayer as our focal point, together we enter the mystery of God within us and God in those we meet. All are welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. There is no fee. For further information, contact Sister Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., at or (630) 725-6049.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. Community members can learn more about this effort at the Healthy Lawn Symposium sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The community is also invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Hey you, I spel Real good...too!

The Student Success Center and the Career Development Center will offer “Need 2 Learn 2 Write Professionally?” for those who want to learn what is considered professional writing. Find out what impression you give when you don’t include capital letters, punctuation, or appropriate greetings and closings. Explore campus and online resources. This workshop will be offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, and Tuesday, November 18, in Krasa Center, Room 012. An RSVP is encouraged to

Who are you? No, who are you really?

The Career Development Center Fall 2014 Writing Assistance Workshop series will offer ”Writing a Personal Statement” for those thinking about going to graduate school and must craft a personal statement. Learn what to include and what to exclude. Find out about common errors and how to avoid them. Explore campus and online resources. This workshop will be offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28, and Thursday, November 20, in Krasa Center, Room 012. An RSVP is encouraged to

Benedictine Sisters explore the communion of the saints

The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart invite the community to “The Resurrection of the Body and the Communion of Saints” from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 1. The presentation looks at the theology behind the Communion of Saints and explores how that communion can help us to share our faith today with those we meet, but especially with our children and grandchildren. Come learn about the communion of saints, take a quiz on patron saints, and discover some of the newer saints on the Church’s calendar. The guest presenter is Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at Benedictine University. The monastery entrance is at 1910 Maple Ave. The statue of the Sacred Heart is at their front door. There is no fee for the program, but an RSVP is appreciated at or (630) 725-6016.

Is big bluestem an all-weather grass? Ask the landscaper over lunch

Master Gardener Debra McCullough of the University of Illinois Extension will be the guest speaker at “Lunch with the Landscapers” from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. The topic will be “Native Plants for All Seasons.” Discover the advantages of using prairie plants in the home landscape. Plants are categorized for the garden by the month when they reach their peak. McCullough earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has been a master gardener since 2000. She has participated at help desks at many area locations and volunteers at the Naperville Garden plots in our community vegetable garden. Her special area of interest is native plants. RSVP by Wednesday, October 29 to

Don’t get caught in the web, see “Caught in the Web”

International Education Week at Benedictine University begins with the showing of the Chinese film, “Caught in the Web,” on November 13 in the Presentation Room. The film by Internationally acclaimed filmmaker Chen Kaige explores the drama of urban life in 21st century China, a world in which social media, the Internet, consumer culture and competition among ambitious young professionals lead to personal crises and new moral dilemmas. Attend the Study Abroad Fair from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 17 in Krasa ABC to learn about various international exchange programs, mission trips, volunteer opportunities and third-party study abroad trips that are available to Benedictine University students. Experience the culture and diversity of Benedictine’s international students at “Taste of the World,” an event held to showcase and sample the native cuisines of students’ home countries, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19. And on Thursday, November 20, the “Face of Benedict” contest winners will be announced.

Faculty invited to attend 'Writing Across the Curriculum' seminars

Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminar from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, "What the Writing Specialist Can Offer Faculty" with Anne Marie Smith. Future seminars include "Follow-up Discussion on Improving Student Writing" with Zubair Amir  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18; "Panel Discussion: Teaching Writing in Learning Communities" with Steven Day  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 9; "Practice Makes Perfect ... Decoding Science Communication in an Upper-Level Lab" with Cheryl Heinz from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, January 30; and "Developing an Academic Self in a Digital Age: A Look at First-Year Student Writing 1999-2013" with Olga Lambert  from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Friday, February 27. The seminars are held in Kindlon Hall, Room 161. A light lunch will be served. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or

Bring the brood to Family Weekend at Benedictine

Family Weekend is October 24-26. The weekend tips off at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, October 24, with “Night at the Nest” at the Dan and Ada Rice Center. Enjoy the tipoff 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 volleyball against Rockford at 11:00 a.m. in the Rice Center and tailgating with the Eagle Club at 12:00 p.m. in the Neuzil Hall parking lot and the football game vs. Concordia Chicago at 1:00 p.m. Don’t like football? You can make your own taffy apple, build a Benedictine bear, make your own sand art and more from 1:30-3:00 p.m. at the House of Benedict located in Founders' Woods, or play BenU Bingo from 3:00-5:00 p.m. The afternoon’s activities will be followed by a family dinner and entertainment at 5:00 p.m. in the Krasa Dining Room. The cost is $5 per person and children ages 8 and under are free. 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. To RSVP for Family Weekend, reply at by October 18.

Give your writing a good, swift kickstart

Having trouble getting started on that article, paper or personal statement? Does that blank screen seem overwhelming? There’s no time like November, the “National Academic Writing Month,” to kickstart your writing. Join us in the Benedictine Library Computer Lab, Kindlon Hall, Room 232, at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 3, to hear writing learning specialist Anne Marie Smith give practical tips for overcoming obstacles to getting started with a writing project. This workshop-style presentation will be followed by a write-in so you can get a head start on your project of choice.

Scholars to debate economic inequality and Catholic social teaching

The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Series will present Andrew M. Yuengert, Ph.D., and Charles Michael Andres Clark, Ph.D., for a pair of lectures on Wednesday-Thursday, November 5-6, in Birck Hall Room 112. The two will discuss “Economic Inequality: Two Perspectives” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 5, and “Two Approaches to Catholic Social Teaching” from 12:20-1:20 on Thursday, November 6. Yuengert is the Blanche E. Seaver Professor of Social Science and a professor of Economics at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College. Yuengert has taught economics at Pepperdine since 1994. His research has contributed to several fields including philosophy, Catholic social teaching, the empirical study of religion, labor economics and finance. Clark is a senior fellow at the Vincentian Center for Church and Society and a professor of Economics at St. John’s University. He has authored more than 120 publications on Catholic social thought, poverty and income inequality, economic policy and the history of economic thought. The presentations are sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies and the Center for Mission and Identity at Benedictine University, and are free and open to the public.

Keep it civil (when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict)

The Department of Political Science and the Muslim Student Association will present “Keeping It Civil: How to (and not to) Discuss the Palestine-Israel Dilemma,” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, in Rooms ABC of the Krasa Center. The goal of the program is to foster an environment of constructive dialogue on this difficult issue. Guest speakers include Rabbi Brant Rosen of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston and Ali Abunimah, founder of For more information, contact Joel Ostrow at (630) 829-6470 or No RSVP is necessary.

Former presidential adviser Austan Goolsbee talks about economic recovery 

The Center for Civic Leadership will host former presidential economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, Ph.D., who will present “Economic and Political Realities: 2015 and Beyond” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, past chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. He will discuss economic recovery efforts and their impact on the country following the financial crisis and recession of 2008. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit, email or contact Jean Zingg at

Join others of all persuasions at the Abbey's annual inter-faith serviceThe 24th annual DuPage Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Procopius Abbey at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 24. Following the Papal Assisi Model of praying in each other’s presence will be the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Buddhist monks, Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Bahai and Protestants. The Abbey Schola will sing several pieces of Gregorian chant. Admission is free. For more information, contact Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6410.
Interfaith leader will speak at King breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization which focuses on building the interfaith movement on college campuses, will be the guest speaker at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Krasa Student Center. Patel is also an author and regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Wash your hands to avoid spreading disease

Student Health Services reminds everyone to get into the habit of washing your hands. Clean hands will stop the spread of germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Also, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. Properly dispose of tissue, wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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, 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.

Who 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.

Sunday, Daily Mass schedule

Sunday Mass is offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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

Where a student should go with a gripe

A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to

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 2013, which is published in 2014, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of 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, our 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

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Sunday, November 30
“Ed Paschke: In Private Hands”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
This commemorative exhibition celebrates the lively and pop art-influenced representational imagery
associated with Edward Paschke’s art. Known as one of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago’s imagists, he chose to work with intensely colorful expressionism and aggressive themes. The exhibition is
comprised of family members’ collections, which have rarely been seen in public.   

Through Friday, December 19
"District 203 Art Teachers Mixed Media"
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium
Teacher are passionate about the subject they teach. As lifelong learners, teachers are in constant pursuit of new concepts and techniques. This exhibit showcases a variety of art works from Naperville District 2303 art educators from kindergarten through high school. Each teacher offers knowledge and skill in their area of expertise.

Through Friday, December 19

“Appalachia Portraits” by Andrew Auten
 Kindlon Hall, First Floor North
Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his United States debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. These stark, frank images echo the style of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.

November 1-December 19
"Portraiture in the 21st Century"
Photo competition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South

Sunday, November 2

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: "Problems with Representing the Human Figure"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will relate how portraiture fares with other genres of figural expression by using samples from the history of art. Scarlato earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Creche, a term first used in 1792, is of French and Old German origin and refers to a group of small statues or figurines representing the scene of Christ's birth in the manger in Bethlehem. Creches are popular in churches, schools and public places, particularly at Christmas. The lecture coincides with the creche display in the gallery courtesy of Marmion Academy.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

December 7-January 10, 2015

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
In a joint exhibition, Marmion Academy and Benedictine University will exhibit more than 300 nativity creches from around the world in this unique collection of popular holiday folk art.
Reception from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 7

Healthy Table

What’s not to like about vegetables?

So what is a vegetarian? Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish and poultry. Vegans are vegetarians who abstain from eating or using all animal products, including milk, cheese, other dairy items, eggs, honey, wool, silk or leather. Among the many reasons for being a vegetarian are health, environmental and ethical concerns; dislike of meat; non-violent beliefs; compassion for animals; and economics. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has affirmed that a vegetarian diet can meet all known nutrient needs. The key to a healthy vegetarian diet, as with any other diet, is to eat a wide variety of foods, including fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds and legumes. Limit your intake of sweets and fatty foods.

Vegetarians easily meet their protein needs by eating a varied diet, as long as they consume enough calories to maintain their weight. It is not necessary to plan combinations of foods. A mixture of proteins throughout the day will provide enough essential amino acids

Sources of protein: Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts, seeds, tempeh, chickpeas and peas. Many common foods, such as whole grain bread, greens, potatoes and corn add to protein intake.

Sources of iron: Dried beans, tofu, tempeh, spinach, chard, baked potatoes, cashews, dried fruits, bulgur and iron-fortified foods (such as cereals, instant oatmeal and veggie “meats”) are all good sources of iron. To increase the amount of iron absorbed at a meal, eat a food containing vitamin C such as citrus fruit or juices, tomatoes or broccoli. Using iron cookware also adds to iron intake.

Sources of calcium: Good sources include broccoli, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, tofu prepared with calcium, fortified soymilk and fortified orange juice.

Try some vegetarian foods today.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team shut out Aurora to claim its first conference win of the year.

The Benedictine basketball seasons will officially kick off with Night at the Nest on October 24.

Nick Kapetanos scored five goals as the Benedictine men’s soccer team breezed past Lakeland and improved to 7-1 in NACC play.

The Benedictine women’s volleyball team was swept at Edgewood.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team held off Lakeland on Saturday.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team took on some of the nation’s best at UW-Oshkosh.

The Benedictine women’s cross country team previewed the NCAA Regional course by competing at UW-Oshkosh.

The fall portion of the men’s golf NACC championships was canceled due to weather.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, October 22

Women’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Dominican
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Aurora
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 23

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Lake Forest
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 24

Men’s/Women’s Basketball Night at the Nest
Rice Center
8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 25

Women’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Dominican
Rice Center
11:00 a.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

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

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
2:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 6-29:

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
Fr. 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
Lynn Dransoff-October 29, College of Liberal Arts

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
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.