Campus Notebook                            October 24, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Motown legends "The Temptations" performed to a packed auditorium
Saturday at BenBash during Homecoming weekend.

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 now 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.

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

Catholic Thought Lecture Series explores creation, evolution

The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series will present Celia Deane-Drummond, Ph.D., professor in Theology and the director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing at the University of Notre Dame, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2, in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and again from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, in Room 112 of Birck Hall (Tellabs Lecture Hall). On November 2, Deane-Drummond will present "The Challenge of Laudato Si's Theological Anthropology" focusing on the theological tapestry of Laudato Si as it bears on a renewed understanding of humanity and humanity's particular responsibilities for the protection of creation. On November 3, she will present "Windows into Human Evolution: Tracing Our Shared Deep History," which will explore the ways in which current research in evolutionary anthropology can inform Catholic theological beliefs about human origins and vice versa.

Benedictine Police host women's self-defense class

The Benedictine University Police will sponsor a “Women's Self-Defense Course” at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in the Founders' Woods Clubhouse. The event is designed for female Benedictine faculty, staff and students only. The event will encompass situational awareness and responding to and retreating from a physical assault. Bring a friend. Space is limited. The course is free. To RSVP, please contact Officer Kevin Triplett at

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "The Meaning of Mercy" with Fr. Andrew Davy, M.C., pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Plano, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 15,  in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn how to grow in our perception of what it means to be a person of mercy. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

University community invited to celebrate Thanksgiving dinner

Benedictine University students, alumni, faculty and staff and their families are invited to come together as a community from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, to celebrate family, faith and friendship and enjoy a great meal together. The cost for the Thanksgiving buffet is $9.25 per person. International Programs and Services will also have a booth on the second floor of the Krasa Center seeking donations for mission trips.

Cubs' Fergie Jenkins to talk about his career at Benedictine

Spend "An Evening with Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins" at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. This Cy Young Award winner led the National League in wins two times, complete games four times and had the fewest walks per nine innings in the league five times. The right-hander is one of only four pitchers in major league history to record more than 3,000 strikeouts with fewer than 1,000 walks. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080.


Event allows prospective students to discover the College of Science

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University's College of Science during the "Science Open House" from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 19, in the Goodwin Hall of Business. Science Open House is a great opportunity for prospective students to discover why Benedictine students become so successful in the fields of science, math and engineering. Prospective students can also tour campus. Registration and a resource fair begin at 10:00 a.m. with the event beginning at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP, 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 "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.

Campus Ministry

Share your faith with others during MOSAIC's Interfaith Week

Campus Ministry and the Movement of Students Achieving Interfaith Collaboration (MOSAIC) will celebrate Interfaith Week with speakers and other events during the week of October 24-27.  On Monday, October 24, join Benedictine faculty members Manmohan Kaur, Ph.D., and Christopher Birks, Ph.D.,  as they tell us more about their religious traditions and guide us through a voluntary time of meditation and reflection during "Contemplative Evening: Sikhism & Buddhism" at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. Refreshments will be served. Listen to members of Catholic Muslim Dialogue discuss passages from the Qur'an and the Bible on in the Kindlon Hall Atrium from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25. Learn how you can be an interfaith ally at the Interfaith Fair in the Kindlon Hall Atrium from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 26, and students can talk about their own religious or non-religious experience with others on campus during the Interfaith Lunch in the Sorensen Hall of Leaders in Goodwin Hall from 12:20-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Come for fellowship, learning and free food. Space is limited. RSVP to

Help the victims of Hurricane Matthew

Campus Ministry encourages members of the Benedictine community to help survivors of Hurricane Matthew by donating to Catholic Relief Services at Catholic Relief Services has on the ground relief work and 93 percent of donations go directly to those in need.

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.

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.

Benedictine University Library

Library celebrates American Archives Month

October is "American Archives Month" and the Benedictine University Library is celebrating with a reception from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, featuring rare books from Special Collections, historic campus publications and light refreshments. For more information, contact Katy Scullin, Archives and Special Collections librarian, at (630) 829-6064 or

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:

  • 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

Concert Band performance is a great holiday outing  

The Benedictine University Concert Band will perform at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Goodwin Auditorium. Sponsored by the Department of Music, the event is free and open to the public. This concert is a great holiday outing for music lovers of all ages. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or

Christmas concert features band, choir, jazz emsemble and Dr. Brophy

Benedictine University will host a free Christmas concert at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, in Goodwin Hall Auditorium. The event is open to the public. Students from the Benedictine Concert Band, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble will perform traditional and contemporary holiday favorites. There will also be opportunities for the public to participate in a Christmas carol sing-along. This musical experience features a piano performance by special guest Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., president of Benedictine University. For more information, contact Kathleen Toohill at (630) 829-6344 or

Healthy Table

Take a deep breath and knock out stress

Many of us are constantly in a state of stress due to school, work and other life stressors. Not only does stress make us feel overwhelmed, but stress is harmful to our overall health. Practicing relaxation techniques can be an effective way to manage stress and reduce your overall levels of stress and anxiety. 

  • Breathe deeply: Breathing deeply from the abdomen increases the amount of oxygen inhaled. The more oxygen you get, the less tense, short of breath and anxious you feel. This is especially helpful to immediately calm feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • Write out or talk to others about what is worrying you: Writing out what is stressing you out helps to organize your thoughts. Talking to others about stressors helps you feel less alone. Both of these techniques have been shown to improve levels of stress.
  • Meditation: Research shows that daily meditation may alter the brain's neural pathways, making us more resilient to stress. There are many free meditation podcasts and videos available online and through the app store.
  • Yoga: Yoga helps to improve the mind-body connection, improves mood and reduces stress. No need to attend an entire yoga class, begin my practicing yoga poses (asanas) on your own.
  • Music: Soothing music has known to help reduce stress and anxiety. According to a recent study published in the British journal Heart, slow or meditative music is a proven stress buster. Crank up the tunes!
  • Laughter: Watch a funny movie or get together with friends. Laughter has been shown to reduce stress and improve overall mood.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact Healthy Table, a free service which offers nutrition education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, health fairs, group presentations for all ages and other health-related activities. Healthy Table is located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or "like" and message "Healthy Table at Benedictine University" on Facebook. You can also contact

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

Keep up with the Eagles!

More records fell as the football team dropped an overtime game at Olivet.

A team mentality has the Benedictine men's soccer team striving for more.

Check out the highlight video from football's homecoming game.

The Benedictine men's soccer team secured a first-round bye in the NACC tournament.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team reached the conference tournament.

The women's soccer team qualified for the NACC tournament for the second straight year.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Wednesday, October 26

Women's Soccer

BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
3:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

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

Thursday, October 27

Men's/Women's Basketball
Night at the Nest Season Kickoff
Rice Center
7:30 p.m.

Friday, October 28

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

Saturday, October 29

Women's Volleyball

BenU vs. North Central
Rice Center
10:00 a.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at NACC Championships – at Wisconsin Lutheran
West Allis, Wis.
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.

BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Loras
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer

BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

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!

Women's basketball wins first game in program history over Multnomah.

Women's volleyball splits a pair of contests over the weekend.

Women's basketball ready to start inaugural season.

Golf teams have tough go of it at Embry-Riddle invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, October 27

Women's Basketball
BenU at Mesa at Bethesda University
Anaheim, Calif.
5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball
BenU at Mesa vs. Life Pacific College
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28

Women's Basketball
BenU at Mesa at Hope International
Fullerton, Calif.
5:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa at Providence Christian
Pasadena, Calif.
7:00 p.m.

Men's Basketball

BenU at Mesa vs. West Coast Baptist
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 29

Women's volleyball

BenU at Mesa at La Sierra
Riverside, Calif.
7:30 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 24-November 29:

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
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