Campus Notebook

October 29, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Teresa J. Parker (Fine Arts) gave an artist's talk on her artwork on October 23 at Benedictine University at Springfield. An exhibition of her artwork is on display at the school's Becker Library until November 20.

Ovid Wong (Education) presented “In Search of the Pedagogy Holy Grail for Student Success” with graduate student Joanne Klonowski and undergraduate student Angela Horton at the 2013 Illinois Science Education Conference. The knowledge-delivery matrix concept is based on Wong’s book titled “An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty,” a 2013 publication by Rowman & Littlefield in partnership with the Association of Teacher Educators.

University Notes

FacultyGift Photos 10-17-13 (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

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.

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 Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery is accepting donations of artificial trees, lights and decorations for the “Festival of Art Trees” from 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. Drop off your donation on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall no later than Wednesday, November 6. Any donations that exceed the gallery’s needs will be donated to local families who are in need. For more information, contact (630) 829-1874 or

Students interested in attending Benedictine University are invited to attend Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, or participate in Preferred Visit Day on Monday, November 11. 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. Preferred Visit Day sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. A Science Open House will be held from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. Attendees can learn more about Benedictine's renowned science programs. For more information, call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300. 

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., 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

The Center for Mission and Identity will present Barbara Nicolosi, the founder and chair emeritus of Act One Inc., a nonprofit program that trains Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and executives, as part of its Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Series. Nicolosi will present “Why Do Pagans Make the Best Christian Films?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20 in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and “Art, Story and Entertainment: Why Hollywood Matters” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in Birck Hall, Room 112. Nicolosi is also executive director of the Galileo Film Studio at Azusa Pacific University and an adjunct professor of cinema at Pepperdine University. She is a Writers Guild of America, West member and has written screenplays for several Hollywood productions including as a co-writer for the upcoming 2014 film “Mary, Mother of the Christ.” She has worked in various roles on scores of other entertainment projects including “The Passion of the Christ,” “That Evening Sun” and numerous TV shows.

The Office of International Programs and Services will present the annual “Festival of Asia” from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the Krasa Student Center. Programs and activities include the table tennis intramural championships, a cooking contest, buffet lunch, cultural performances and awards. To RSVP and purchase tickets, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at, (630) 829-6342 or (630) 829-6354.  

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).

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

Don’t Fall for Fads!

It seems like there’s a new fad diet coming out practically every day along with a long line of followers. Many of these fad diets promise quick weight loss by restricting food groups which can be detrimental to your health. In addition, many of these diets are so restrictive and unrealistic that most people can’t stick to them.

Stay away from diets and other products that make the following claims:

•    Rapid weight loss: Dramatic weight loss is unsafe and doesn’t last like slow, steady weight loss does. A weight loss of a ½ pound to 1 pound per week is considered safe. Quick weight loss is often from loss of water and muscle not stored body fat.

•    Quantities and limitations: Diets that say you can eat unlimited quantities of specific foods such as grapefruit or cabbage are boring and hard to stick to. Also, diets that eliminate or restrict certain food groups are missing key nutrients and multivitamins, and can’t provide all the nutrients and antioxidants you get from whole foods.

•    Specific food combinations: There is no scientific evidence that combining certain foods or eating specific foods at certain times of the day will help with weight loss. Eating well-balanced, small frequent meals throughout the day is most beneficial and will help curb your appetite while providing all the nutrients you need.

Overall, the best way to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat is to eat well-balance nutritious meals and stay physically active. Include meals that are full of vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. Doesn’t that sound more appealing than starvation or eating endless amounts of grapefruit?

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 dance 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 rallied from a 20-0 deficit to win in overtime.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team claimed a share of its first NACC title with a win over Marian.

The Benedictine volleyball team closed out the conference portion of the season with a road victory.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team was edged by Marian in a key conference clash.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 29

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Augustana
Rock Island, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 30

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

Friday, November 1

BenU vs. Elmhurst/DePauw
Rice Center
4:00 p.m./8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 2


BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Lawrence/Carthage
Rice Center
12:00 p.m./4:00 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country
BenU at NACC Championships
West Allis, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Women’s Cross Country
BenU at NACC Championships
West Allis, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

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

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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