Ovid Wong (Education) published a newspaper article titled "Wish for a Dragon Son with Wisdom and Spirit Endowed" in Herald Monthly, Volume 28, No. 9, in October 2015. The article discusses the road to excel (to become a dragon) is full of challenges. The parents need to step up to the plate in raising the child academically (wisdom) and spiritually (virtue).
Members of the Student Senate joined President Brophy during the Lisle campus
community meeting on Friday, October 23. The meeting was held in the spacious
Goodwin Hall Auditorium.
High school and transfer students who are interested in science and want to learn how the College of Science at Benedictine University can help prepare them for exciting and rewarding careers should attend the College of Science Open House from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21, in Goodwin Hall. The open house provides students and their parents with the opportunity to meet with University staff members to discuss Benedictine's academic programs, admissions requirements, application process, available scholarships and financial aid. An informational breakfast will be held before the event for students interested in the Scholars Program, which offers academically talented students special opportunities to develop their skills as thinkers, readers and writers through a coordinated program of seminar-style coursework that emphasizes discussion and debate. The breakfast will begin promptly at 10:15 a.m. in the Krasa Student Center. Requirements for the Scholars Program include a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1210, two years of a foreign language and a cumulative GPA of 3.75/4.0. To RSVP for the open house, go to ben.edu/sciencersvp. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or email@example.com.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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6311.Learn more about BenU at this event
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. 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 at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.
Lectors, servers, ushers needed for Sunday Mass
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 https://www.gofundme.com/BK24prayers. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 www.shmlisle.org, or contact email@example.com 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 "Goodsearch.com." Every time you use Goodsearch.com, 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 "Goodsearch.com," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
Avoid the bug. Get your flu shot.
The Office of Student Health Services will offer flu shots for students from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28, and Thursday, October 29, for $10 (cash or check accepted). Faculty and staff may get flu shots from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, or Friday, October 30, for $20 (cash or check accepted).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 LBaranivsky@ben.edu or (630) 829-6124 or Marco Masini at MMasini@ben.edu 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 ben.edu/EAT. For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or email@example.com.
Giving makes you feel good all over
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Bats, wolves, spiders and other creepy things debunked
Spend a spooky evening at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum learning about the critters associated with Halloween during "Creepy Critters Halloween Open House" from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28. The museum staff will set out to debunk the myths that animals such as bats, wolves, spiders and owls are terrifying monsters by examining museum specimens. Children of all ages are welcome to dress in costume and trick-or-treat around the museum. The event is free and open to the public. Donations will be graciously accepted. For more information, contact the museum at (630) 829-6569.
Fernandez headlines International Education Week at Benedictine
Lilia Fernandez, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of History at Ohio State University, will visit Benedictine to share her research on race and ethnic identity formation, immigration and Latino/a history from 7:00-8:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 12, in Birck Hall, Room 112, as part of International Education Week 2015, November 12-19. As a native of the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen, Fernandez has focused her research on the residents of her own city and published "Brown in the Windy City." The schedule for the week includes International Game Night on Monday, November 16, in the Founders' Woods Clubhouse, a Taste of the World/Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, November 17, in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC; and an International Student Panel on Thursday, November 19. More information wil be forthcoming. All events are open to faculty and staff. Fernandez's presentation is open to the public. For more information, contact Megan Benham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former solicitor general to lecture at Benedictine
Paul D. Clement, former solicitor general under George W. Bush and former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, will lecture from 7:00-9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, in Goodwin Hall as part of the Center for Civic Leadership Lecture Series. Clement is a partner at Bancroft PLLC and a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Law Center's Supreme Court Institute. Before serving as the 43rd solicitor general of the United States, Clement was an acting solicitor general and a principal deputy solicitor general. Clement earned a bachelor's degree from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, and a master's degree at Cambridge University. He also graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. Clement is a Distinguished Lecturer in Law at the Georgetown University Law Center and has initiated major administrative law challenges and constitutional litigation against the federal government.
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 email@example.com.
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 ben.edu/commencement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
President Brophy to attend Catholic education conference in Rome
President Michael Brophy, Ph.D., will attend the World Congress on Catholic Education's "Educating Today and Tomorrow. A Renewing Passion," hosted by the Vatican's Congregation for Catholic Education in Rome on November 18-21. The event marks two important Church documents: the Second Vatican Council's Declaration Gravossimum Educationis and the Apostolic Constitution ExCorde Ecclesiae, and the critical need to address some of the key issues facing Catholic education today.
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 www.pacebus.com.
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 http://www.ben.edu/police/index.cfm. 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.
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:
University Art Collection
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor
Through November 20
Prints from Normal Editions Workshop Press
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor
Through December 19
"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Kindlon Hall, First Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4
Through December 19
Normal Middle School
Kindlon Hall, First Floor
November 9-December 23
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.
Happy Halloween hummus?
Halloween is right around the corner. Here are some tricks to help you from eating too many treats.
Many people are participating in the Teal Pumpkin Project, which began as a national campaign by Food Allergy Research & Education in 2014. The campaign is to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. To participate, go to
http://www.foodallergy.org/teal-pumpkin-project#.ViZzkMkkTZU and print a free sign to indicate to trick-or-treaters that you are handing out a non-food treat.
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 email@example.com.
The Benedictine football team shut out Concordia Chicago 41-0 on Saturday to improve to 3-0 in conference play.
The Benedictine women's volleyball team fell at Lakeland but will return to the conference tournament.
The Benedictine men's soccer team secured a third consecutive conference tournament appearance with a road win at Marian.
The Benedictine women's soccer team returns to the NACC tournament following a win over Marian on Saturday.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Wednesday, October 28
BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
BenU vs. Dominican
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
Friday, October 30
BenU vs. IIT – Eagle Classic
BenU vs. MSOE – Eagle Classic
Saturday, October 31
BenU vs. North Central – Eagle Classic
BenU vs. Millikin – Eagle Classic
Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at NACC Championships hosted by Concordia Wisconsin
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.
BenU at Rockford
BenU at TBA – NACC tournament
Sunday, November 1
BenU vs./at Aurora (Location TBD)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Women's volleyball notches another win against UC-Merced
Cross country competes at Titan Invitational
Upcoming Athletic Events
Wednesday, October 28
BenU Mesa at West Coast Baptist College
BenU Mesa at Antelope Valley
Friday, October 30
BenU Mesa at Pacific Union College
BenU Mesa at La Sierra University
BenU Mesa vs. Biola University
Saturday, October 31
BenU at Mesa Redhawk Invite
At Las Sendas Golf Club
Sunday, November 1
BenU at Mesa Redhawk Invite
At Las Sendas Golf Club
Prospective students can check out adult programs on November 3
The Springfield Branch Campus will host an Adult Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, in the Brinkerhoff Home. Benedictine's National Moser Center provides several accelerated adult degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an RN to BSN Completion Program -- that help enhance job opportunities and career changes. Moser also offers $10K Master of Business Administration, $10K Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Reading and Literacy, Master of Science (M.S.) in Management and Organizational Behavior and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Organization Development programs in Springfield. Class sites in Springfield, as well as at corporate partner locations, help provide convenience for adult students in this region.
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 28-November 29:
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.