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 ben.edu/hlc.
HLC seeks staff input during accreditation visit
The open staff session of the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) site visit will be held from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. Peer reviewers from the HLC will be here to interact with staff members, ask questions and gather feedback. Please put this on your calendar/schedule since it is very important that we have a good turnout of staff at this session. Information about the site visit can be found at http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/index.cfm. This includes the agenda for the site visit, which can be found at http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/timeline.cfm and some possible questions the reviewers may ask, which can be found here http://www.ben.edu/institutional-research/hlc/possible-questions.cfm. For more information, contact Tom Wangler, assistant provost for Accreditation and Assessment, at (630) 829-6554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Encourage your students to register for spring 2017 classes
Registration for the Spring 2017 Semester begins on Monday, November 7. Seniors with 105+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 7; seniors with 90+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 8; juniors with 75+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 10; juniors with 60+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 11; sophomores with 45+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 14; sophomores with 30+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 15; freshman with 15+hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17; freshman with 0+ hours register at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, November 18; and students at large register at 7:00 a.m. on Monday, November 21. The hours are based on earned hours and does not include in-progress hours. The class schedules will be posted on BenULive by Monday, October 31. Students are urged to schedule an advising appointment with their academic advisor for the week of October 31. Students can check BenULive at http://www.ben.edu/benulive/index.cfm for more information. Students are urged to take care of any holds that they might have on their account before November 7 or they will not be able to register. For Health Services Hold, they should go to the Office of Health Services, Krasa Center, Room 116; for a Financial Hold, the Office of Student Accounts, Krasa Center, Room 169; for a Library Hold, the Benedictine University Library, Kindlon Hall, second floor, and for an AD1 Hold, students should see their academic advisor. For questions regarding scholarships and loans, contact the Office of Financial Aid on the first floor of Lownik Hall.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6046.Catholic Thought Lecture Series explores creation, evolution
Benedictine Police host women's self-defense class
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 Goodwin Hall, Room 321. 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.
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 email@example.com.
Everybody wants to rule the world
Coexist or dominate? Will the world have a winner? Who rules the best? A Christian, Muslim or a just leader? What is the ultimate goal of your religion? Is triumphalism essential for your religious community? Can you believe in the truth of your faith without dominating another's? Can two different truths coexist? Scott C. Alexander, Ph.D., associate professor of Islamic Studies at the Catholic Theological Union, will try to answer these questions when he presents "Which Religion Will Win? The Problem of Triumphalism in Christian-Muslim Relations" from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 9, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The event is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
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.
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 www.ben.edu/speakers. Interested in volunteering? Contact Deb Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-6080.
Florida State's Khurshid headlines International Education Week at BenU
Ayesha Khurshid, Ph.D., assistant professor of Sociocultural and International Development Education Studies at Florida State University, will visit Benedictine during International Education Week November 10-17 to share her to share her research on women's empowerment in the context of Islam and education by looking through the lens of rural Pakistani women in the educational field and how western narrative affect popular perceptions. Khurshid will present "Malala Yousafzai as Global Icon: Media Discourses on Girls' Education, Islam, and Modernity" from 1:30-2:45 p.m. and "Pakistani Muslim Women, Education, and the Question of 'Empowerment'" from 7:00-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, in Goodwin Hall, Room 110. Friday, November 1, is International Game Night, Monday, November 14, features a Cultural Arts Sale from 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Kindlon Atrium; the Study Abroad Fair and Taste of the World will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, in Goodwin Hall, Room 212; an International Student Panel will be held 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16, in Goodwin Hall, Room 212; and a Thanksgiving Dinner Service Fundraiser will be held from 4:30-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17, in the Krasa Dining Hall.
Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome children of all ages to holiday breakfast
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a day full of celebration and fun for the whole family from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 17, on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Santa will visit, pose for pictures and give a gift to each child. Mrs. Claus will read her most beloved Christmas story while Ernie the Elf eagerly demonstrates the art of holiday crafting to all who attend. Santa's favorite superheroes and princesses are also expected to make an appearance. Sponsored by Benedictine University's Student Senate, "Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus" features holiday movies, games, prizes, a special raffle and a breakfast buffet with all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, making Benedictine one of Santa's favorite stops outside the North Pole. Tickets are $12 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. To register, visit ben.edu/SantaBreakfast or contact Joan Henehan at (630) 829-6617.
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 ben.edu/scienceRSVP. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or email@example.com.
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 "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.
Remember your loved ones during "Día de los Muertos"
Campus Ministry invites students, staff and faculty to bring pictures of their loved ones for our Día de los Muertos altar in the St. Benedict Chapel. The altar will be on display from November 1-11. All are invited as Campus Ministry will be making paper flowers for the altar in the Campus Ministry lounge from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 2.
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 www.crs.org. Catholic Relief Services has on the ground relief work and 93 percent of donations go directly to those in need.
C'mon and let us take you on a sea cruise
Benedictine alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Holiday Cruise aboard the Mystic Blue on Saturday, December 3. Alumni can mix and mingle with other BenU alumni and enjoy a full buffet dinner, open bar, music and dancing. Alumni who purchase their tickets by November 4 will save $5 by entering the code "REINDEER" when registering. Register here: http://alumnicommunity.ben.edu/holidaycruise2016.
Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) authored a book chapter in "Grape and Wine Biotechnology" (ISBN: 978-953-51-2692-8, publication date October 19, 2016 InTech). The book was edited by Antonio Morata and Iris Loira. The title of the chapter is "Determination of Trace Elements in Wine by Atomic Spectroscopy and Electroanalytical Methods " (Chapter 20, Pages 417-439).
The Nutrition Department delivered four peer-reviewed research poster sessions at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (FNCE) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in Boston, October 16-18. Each abstract was published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Congratulations to the 25 alumni whose stellar work contributed to these presentations. "Barriers and Motivators to Mentoring Dietetic Internship Students" was a collaborative effort among one of our largest research groups, who recruited the largest N (1,600) ever by a research group in our department: Catherine Arnold (Nutrition), Melissa Amescua, Rachel Bulifant, Melissa Burton, Dave Grotto (Nutrition), Sadia Kazimi, Kate Parsons, and Toby Smithson. As partnership across departments and researchers, Arnold, Regina Schurman (Exercise Physiology), Adina Fradkin, Nissa Fuller, Ross Kennedy, Tara Oliva, Christine Scarcello and Judith Wisk were instrumental in the data collection and analyses for the study "The Association of Body Composition and Predictive Equations to RMR in Women. Predictors of Fish Intake in the College Population" was a team effort by Arnold, Bonnie Beezhold (Nutrition), Melissa Bailey, Hannah Isler, Veronica Niedzinski, Yvonne Kong, Rachel Richardson and Elizabeth Weber. Karen Plawecki (Nutrition), Sarah Allaben, Erica Auriemme, Alexis Blandine, Kiah Ehrke, Ellen Hashiguchi, and Maggie Tignanelli collaborated on the research study "Factors Influencing School-age Children to Choose Bone Healthy Behaviors."
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.
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 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.
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 http://www.ben.edu/komechak-art-gallery/events.cfm.
The Department of Music has announced its schedule for the fall 2016 season:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Protein is an important nutrient that helps to support tissue growth and repair. Protein is also a very satiating nutrient; this means it helps you to feel full for longer. For protein snacks that call for refrigeration, bring a small insulated bag. It is best to pack food in a glass or BPA-free container to avoid dangerous chemicals from leaching into food.
● Hard boiled eggs: Each egg contains 6 grams of high quality protein for only 77 calories. Egg yolks contain beneficial nutrients that can be difficult to get from other foods in the diet- specifically choline, vitamin A, vitamin D and vitamin B-12.
● Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt contains about 12-20 grams of protein per 6 ounce serving, depending on the brand. Choose plain yogurt and add ½ tablespoon of honey or fruit to naturally sweeten the yogurt. Most flavored commercial Greek yogurt contains unwanted added sugar.
● Cottage cheese: Cottage cheese contains 20 grams of protein per one-half cup. Nonfat cottage cheese contains only 110 calories per serving. Try mixing in berries or tomatoes to create a tasty combination.
● Edamame: One-half cup of edamame contains 8 grams of protein. Microwavable edamame is an easy way to prepare this bean prior to packing it with you.
● Roasted or raw chickpeas: Chickpeas contain 5 grams of protein and 120 calories per one-half cup serving. Roasting chickpeas in the oven with spices creates a crunchy snack with no refrigeration needed.
● Almonds: One-quarter cup of almonds contains about 200 calories and 8 grams of protein. Choose raw almonds or
roasted almonds that are either unsalted or lightly salted.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Keep up with the Eagles!
More records fell as the Benedictine football team scored in the final two minutes to upend Wisconsin Lutheran.
Emma Roberts was named Freshman of the Year at the NACC cross country championships.
Check out the highlight video from football's game at Olivet.
Jarrett Lecas was named as the NACC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Nick Kapetanos was chosen as the NACC Player of the Week for the third time this year.
The Benedictine men's cross country team placed third at the NACC championships.
The Benedictine men's soccer team is the second seed in the NACC tournament.
The Benedictine women's volleyball team hosted the Eagle Classic.
The Benedictine women's soccer season ended in the NACC tournament.
Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)
Tuesday, November 1
BenU at No. 3 Dominican – NACC tournament
River Forest, Ill.
Wednesday, November 2
BenU vs. No. 5 Aurora – NACC tournament
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
Thursday, November 3
BenU at TBA – NACC tournament semifinal
Saturday, November 5
BenU at TBA – NACC tournament championship
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago – Senior Day
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
BenU vs. TBA – NACC Tournament Championship
For more information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The BenU at Mesa women's basketball team is off to a 3-0 start with
wins over Multnomah, Bethseda and Hope International.
Keep up with the Redhawks!
Men's basketball opens season with a pair of victories at home
Women's basketball scores a pair of wins in California
Women's volleyball splits a pair of games and clinches a conference tournament berth.
Upcoming Athletic Events
Monday, October 31
BenU at Mesa at California Pacific Conference Championships
Friday, November 4
BenU at Mesa vs. Northwest (Wash.)
BenU at Mesa vs. Northwest (Wash.)
Saturday, November 5
BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Christian
BenU at Mesa vs. San Diego Christian
7:00 p.m.Upcoming events
Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of November 1-29:
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.