Campus Notebook

October 21, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Tim Marin (Chemistry/Biochemistry) recently published two papers in the Journal of Physical Chemistry C: “Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium-Ion Batteries. 1. Spectroscopic Observations of Radical Intermediates Generated in One-Electron Reduction of Carbonates,” Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel Abraham, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117 (38), pp 19255–19269; and “Reduction of Carbonate Electrolytes and the Formation of Solid-Electrolyte Interface (SEI) in Lithium-Ion Batteries. 2. Radiolytically Induced Polymerization of Ethylene Carbonate, “ Ilya A. Shkrob, Ye Zhu, Timothy W. Marin, and Daniel Abraham, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2013, 117 (38), pp 19270–19279. The papers are the result of the work on which Marin is collaborating at Argonne National Laboratory exploring advanced lithium ion battery development.

Karly E. Tumminello (Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum) was recently elected co-chair of the Chicago Wilderness  Council’s Leave No Child Inside initiative. “This is a huge boost to the museum’s networking ability within the Chicago region, and I see it as a means to more strongly connect the museum with other local environmental programs and advocates,” Tumminello said. Chicago Wilderness is a regional alliance of 300 organizations working together to restore local nature and improve the quality of life for all living things by protecting the lands and waters on which we all depend. Members include area corporations, associations, coalitions, conservation groups, cultural and educational organizations, municipalities and park districts.

University Notes

Homecoming Parade 10-11-13 (184)

You can meet senior guard Jordan Mack (minus the whipped cream) and the men's and women's basketball teams during "Night at the Nest" Friday at 9:00 p.m. at the Rice Center.

It's going to get messy driving around campus this weekend. Approximately 6,000 people are expected to attend the Benet Academy football game Friday versus Joliet Catholic on Friday, October 25 at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. People will begin arriving at 4:00 p.m. “Night at the Nest,” previewing the men’s and women’s basketball teams, begins at 9:00 p.m. at the Rice Center. Please drive defensively and intelligently. Also, the Cindy Cebrzynski Memorial 5K Run/Walk is Sunday, October 27, from 9:45-11:00 a.m. Vehicle traffic entering campus may experience a slight delay as the safety of the runners must be ensured. 

FacultyGift Photos 10-16-13 (13)Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

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.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).

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

Enjoy cooking with herbs? Learn how to juggle water, light and temperature to yield the best results as you grow your own. Attend “Lunch with Landscapers” featuring Andrew Nordstrom of Shemin Nurseries from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Space is limited and you must RSVP by Wednesday, October 30 to Kathy Rutkowski at (630) 829-6420 or

The Center for Civic Leadership will present Erick-Woods Erickson, “Red States, Tea Parties and the Changing Republican Party,” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center.
The lecture is free and open to the public. Erickson is the editor-in-chief of, a widely-read  right-of-center blog on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.  Prior to leading, Erickson practiced law for six years and oversaw a number of political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. In addition to running, Erickson is a Fox News contributor who spent three years at CNN and hosts a self-titled radio show on one of the nation's most listened to talk radio stations, WSB, in Atlanta, Ga.  He has also appeared on the “Colbert Report” on the Comedy Central cable network. Erickson graduated with honors from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., majoring in History and Political Science. He earned a Juris Doctor at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law.

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.

ambulanceWho 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. 

Healthy Table

Kick Start Your Day with Breakfast!

We’ve all heard the old saying,“Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” Well it is. There are many benefits to eating breakfast and one of them is increased energy. After sleeping all night, your body has used up most of its stored energy, so eating a breakfast high in fiber and complex carbohydrates can help you feel less tired throughout the day. A study by the American Heart Association found that those who eat breakfast have good blood sugar levels, which can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Eating a healthy breakfast can also help you not overeat later in the day because it reduces hunger, which can help you make better food choices at other meals. A study by the American Journal Epidemiology (2003) showed that people who skip breakfast are four-and-a-half times more likely to obese than those who eat breakfast. Those who eat breakfast are also more likely to eat less fat and consume more nutrients such as calcium, potassium and fiber. Be sure to include high fiber foods such as oatmeal or whole grain toast as well as lean proteins such as eggs. Below is an example of a well-balance breakfast that will help kick start your day:

•    1 cup oatmeal (1 tablespoon raisins and 2 tablespoons slivered almonds)
•    ½ banana (or other fruit of choice)
•    1 boiled egg
•    1 cup skim milk

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

Learn how to "Fight LIke A Girl"

Campus Recreation, Residence Life and the Benedictine University Police are sponsoring a women’s self-defense class, “Fight Like A Girl,” from 8:00-10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 13. “Fight Like A Girl” is taught by a team of certified instructors. The training includes practicing techniques full-force on a padded instructor and emphasizes close-range fighting using a woman's strongest weapons to target the attacker's weakest points. It also includes every day safety skills, which focus on awareness and prevention. Please wear workout attire. No tank-tops or shorts. The cost is $10 per person and the class will be held at the Fitness Center Studio. To register, click here. If you have questions, contact Emily Payne at (630) 829-6107 or

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!

The Benedictine football team accumulated 261 yards rushing in a win over Rockford.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team moved closer to a conference title with a win over Lakeland.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team blanked Lakeland on senior night to stay alive in the conference tournament hunt.

Julio Lopez became the third consecutive men’s soccer player to earn NACC Player of the Week honors.

The Benedictine volleyball team lost for the first time in conference play.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team ran in a major invite at UW-Oshkosh.

The Benedictine women’s cross country team competed at UW-Oshkosh.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, October 23

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

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

Thursday, October 24

Men’s Soccer

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

Saturday, October 26

BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer

BenU vs. Marian
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
5:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Marian
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 21-November 29:

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

Kathryn Deluhery-November 1, Office of Admissions    
Robert Rebman-November 1, Undergraduate Business    
Monica Tischler-November 1, Biological Sciences    
Kathleen Heidkamp-November 2, Athletics    
Sandra Houston-November 2, Adult Accelerated Enrollment    
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
Philip Timko-November 3, University Ministry    
Michelle Mosier-November 4, College of Science    
Carlos Rodriguez-November 4, Campus Services
Tarah Ellington-November 5, Department of Athletics    
Janice Palfenier-November 5, Education Learning Teams    
John Goines-November 6, International Business and Economics    
Jill Romine-Poskin-November 7, Annual Fund Programs    
Donna Bernarski-November 8, Campus Services
Jennie Kamieniecki-November 8, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence    
Carrie Lewis-November 8, Mesa Operations    
Margaret Delaney-November 9, Nursing and Health    
Danielle Linn-November 9, Benedictine Library    
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    
Elizabeth Strong-November 10, Business Learning Teams    
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    
Cydney Weber-November 12, Office of Admissions    
Ellen Ziliak-November 12, Mathematics    
Michael Salatino-November 13, Benedictine University Police    
Susan Salerno-November 13, Student Health Service    
Leana Lowery-November 14, Mesa Operations    
Amy Whittinghill
-November 14, New Student Advising Center    
Yuan Yuan-November 14, International Programs and Services    
Ralph Meeker-November 15, Computer Science and Information Systems    
Robert Domaschuk-November 16, Information Technology    
Anna Hanson-November 16, Advancement    
Eric Goodwin-November 17, College of Business    
Janet Eggenberger-November 17, Office of Admissions    
Jayashree Sarathy-November 17, Biological Sciences    
Alan Gorr-November 18, Global College    
Ed Akins-November 19, Campus Services
Lisa Darnell-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Jack Fritts-November 19, Benedictine Library    
Phillip Handler-November 18, Dining Services
Michael Kalynyuk-November 19, Office of Admissions    
Victoria Victorenko-November 19, Personnel Resources    
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    
Jordan Freeman-November 21, Marketing and Communications    
Kari Gibbons
-November 21, Office of Admissions    
Martin Vargas-November 21, Campus Services
Tia Bryant-November 22, Sociology/Psychology    
Charles Gahala-November 22, Undergraduate Business    
Walter Moore
-November 22, Adult Accelerated Enrollment    
Maria Esther Borunda-November 23, Campus Services
Dina Ismail-November 24, Research and Development    
Marco Masini-November 24, Student Life    
Amy Miller-November 25, Business Learning Teams    
Mark Kroll-November 29, Benedictine Library   

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