Campus Notebook                                October 20, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes

Ovid Wong (Education) was invited to be a chapter reviewer for Biology: Concepts and Applications, a National Geographic Learning and Cengage Learning publication. The review involved questions about the strengths, weaknesses, concepts organization, text readability and content depth/breath of the ninth edition.

Lisle Campus News

Members of Programming Board march down Memorial Walkway during the
eighth annual Homecoming Parade last Thursday.

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 "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.

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

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
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

Viva les Vines!

Learn all about vines with master gardener Nancy Bell during "Lunch with Landscapers" from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 6, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Maximize your garden space by growing up. Learn all about vines, the support structures they need and some of the best perennial and annual vines for our growing area. For more information, contact Peter Charcut at (630) 829-6440 or

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. The date is tentatively set for Friday, November 13. More details will be forthcoming.

Get your gowns and graduation photos, too!

The December 2015 Graduation Fair for undergraduate and graduate students who graduated in August or will graduate in December will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduates-to-be can pick up their cap and gown, obtain Commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken by a GradImages photographer, receive information about alumni benefits and Career Development Center services, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss financial obligations, and participate in a raffle and enjoy refreshments. For more information, graduates can go to

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, November 20, will be "Using streaming video in your course." 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.

Attend the women's safety and empowerment workshop

All Benedictine University women -- faculty, staff and students -- are invited to attend a Women's Self Defense Workshop at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, in the Founders' Woods clubhouse. There is a suggested donation of $10. Attendees are asked to wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry. All proceeds from the One Light Self Defense Workshops benefit Women at Risk International, a nonprofit organization creating circles of protection and hope around women at risk. To reserve a spot in the workshop, contact Carrie Roberts at (630) 829-6028 or

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. 

Alumni gathered in the Neuzil Hall parking lot for tailgating prior to the Homecoming
football game against Concordia Wisconsin on Saturday.

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

Students in Ecology class wander the Lisle campus examining the flora and fauna.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team scored 32 points in the second half to win the homecoming game over Concordia Wisconsin.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team dropped a five-set decision to Edgewood on homecoming.

The Benedictine men's soccer team dropped a one-goal decision to the preseason conference favorites.

The Benedictine women's soccer team fell in double overtime at MSOE.

The Benedictine men's cross country team finished fifth at the Bradley Pink Classic.

The Benedictine women's cross country team raced in Peoria at the Bradley Pink Classic.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 20

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

Wednesday, October 21

Women's Soccer
BenU at Alverno
Milwaukee, Wis.
3:00 p.m.

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

Friday, October 23

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Lakeland
Sheboygan, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

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

BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill. 
1:30 p.m.

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

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa during Visit Day

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 Visit Day from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 11, and Visit Day from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 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 goes 2-1 on first California road trip of the season.

Volleyball sweeps a pair of contests against Life Pacific.

Cross country competes at Firestorm Invitational

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, October 23

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa Vs. University of Cal – Merced
Inspire Courts, Gilbert, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 24

Cross Country
BenU Mesa at NAIA West Coast Jamboree
Irvine, Calif.
9:00 a.m

Springfield Campus News

Students who completed the requirements for an M.B.A. degree through the $10K
M.B.A. program on the Springfield campus were honored during a reception
October 10 at the Brinkerhoff Home.

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. The National Moser Center will also host an Adult Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, at the Brinkerhoff Home.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 20-November 29:

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
Kevin Patterson – November 1, Athletics
Robert Rebman – November 1, Undergraduate Business    
Monica Tischler – November 1, Biological Sciences    
Kathleen Heidkamp – November 2, Athletics    
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, Campus 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
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    
Shaun Meek – November 12, Campus Services
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    
Leana Lowery – November 14, Academic Partnership, Southwest Region    
Elsie Yuan – November 14, International Programs and Services    
Robert Domaschuk – November 16, Information Technology    
Anna Hanson – November 16, Advancement    
Eric Goodwin – November 17, College of Business    
Cynthia Laurin – November 17, Mesa Operations
Jayashree Sarathy – November 17, Biological Sciences    
Alan Gorr – November 18, Global College    
Phillip Handler – November 18, Dining Services
Adam Smith – November 18, Athletics
Ed Akins – November 19, Campus Services
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   

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

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Marketing and Communications
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