Campus Notebook                                 October 5, 2015

Faculty and Staff Notes 

Teresa Parker (Fine Arts) is having some of her work included in an exhibition at Chicago State University's President's Gallery. The exhibition, "Arceo Press: Santitos," which runs through November 13, features the work of 36 artists working out of the studio of master printer René Arceo. The artists created their unique versions of various patron saints using linocut, etching, screenprinting and other print media. There is a reception and artist's talk from 12:30-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29. The gallery is located at 9501 S. King Drive on the third floor of the Cook Administration Building.

Niina J. Ronkainen (Chemistry/Biochemistry) recently published a manuscript titled "Course preparation assignments: A tool to enhance independent learning, increase student participation, and performance in chemistry courses" in the journal LUMAT, 2015, 3(5), 675-692. LUMAT: Research and Practice in Math, Science and Technology Education is a journal published by the LUMA Center housed at the University of Helsinki, Finland. The aim of all LUMA activities is to promote learning, studying and teaching of sciences, mathematics and technology. The journal publishes peer-reviewed research articles as well as popularized articles on new and innovative practices of math, science and technology education. The purpose of the journal is to present Finnish and international know-how in the field of math, science and technology education, and share best teaching practices.

Lisle Campus News

Two aerial views of the Lisle campus. The photo on the left was taken in 1954. The one on the right
was taken last week.


Got questions about the Inquiry General Education Curriculum?

All faculty and staff are invited to drop by Kindlon Hall, Room 021, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, to pick up materials and ask questions about the new General Education Curriculum. Materials for Mode of Inquiry and Interdisciplinary Seminar course authors and proposal forms and information for those interested in developing Learning Community and Engaged Learning co-curricular offerings will be available. Another workshop will be held later this month, and advising materials will be distributed via email. The Inquiry website has also been updated at For more information, contact Elizabeth Kubek at (630) 829-6257 or

Learn more about BenU at these events

Prospective students can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Preferred Visit Day" from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Monday. October 12, and at "Science Open House" from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 21. Prospectine 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 during Preferred Visit Day at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 and 2:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Students invited to attend Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our adult undergraduate and graduate programs, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives and faculty, by attending our Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine has adult undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics and Finance, and graduate programs in Education, Linguistics, Business Administration, Public Health, Accountancy, Business Analytics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Clinical Psychology, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition and Wellness, Science Content and Process, and Taxation. RSVP today at

Campus Ministry

Two hundred ninety-four votive candles were lit during Friday's Mass
in the St. Benedict Chapel to remember the victims of mass killings
in the United States, including the nine who were murdered Thursday
at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore.

Learn what it means to shop with purpose

Fair Trade Week is here. Join us to learn what Fair Trade is and what is means to shop with purpose. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a presentation by CRS (Catholic Relief Services) Student Ambassadors at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, October 5, in Kindlon Hall, Room 422. On Wednesday, there will be a coffee taste testing and giveaway from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. On Thursday, October 8, you can Shop Fair Trade with Ten Thousand Villages on campus from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts, pastoral associate for Outreach, at (630) 829-6028 or

Request a prayer and send a student to Koinonia Retreat 24

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 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

Buy a candle, send a student to the Philippines

The Benedictine students who are travelling with the Diocese of Joliet on the Philippines Service Immersion Experience need your help. The students travel to the Philippines every January to work with an organization called "Gawad Kalinga" to build homes for the homeless. The cost for each student is $2,200, which covers everything. When you make a purchase from Yankee Candle, they will donate 40 percent to the students. Please visit: Scroll to the bottom of the page, and under "Start Shopping" enter group number 990085611. This will take you to a new page which should say should say "Benedictine U Ministry Service." Start shopping. All orders must be made by October 15. For more information, contact Carrie Roberts at

Lectors, servers, ushers needed for Sunday Mass

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 if you are interested.  

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

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.

Student Life
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 For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

University Development

Today is the last day to register for the Office Decorating Contest

Celebrate Benedictine University's Homecoming 2015 and show your Benedictine spirit by participating in the Office Decorating Contest beginning today. Visit to find participating offices and locations. The winner will be announced at the lunch on Thursday, October 15, after the parade which starts at 12:30 p.m. Homecoming T-shirts for faculty and staff are available from University Development Events (Krasa Center, Room 175) beginning today (while supplies last).

Donate your unused personal or vacation time to someone in need

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

Giving makes you feel good all over

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

Campus Events

Among the renovations to the Quad was the addition
of patio space adjacent to the Coal Ben.

Does the fork go on the right or on the left?

Spend lunchtime talking food and dining during "Chicago Dining 101" with Chicago Tribune food writer Kevin Pang from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The event is sponsored by the Intercultural House. For more information, contact Megan Benham at (630) 829-6049 or

Touch something old, something rare

The Benedictine Library is celebrating National Archives Month in October. Join the library staff from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, for an open house. You can pull on a pair of gloves and touch historical artifacts and rare books. Light refreshments will be served. Can't make it to the library? Watch for an archives' table in the Krasa Student Center on Tuesday, October 6. For more information, visit

Join us at BenBash on October 17

Put on your jeans and boots for the country concert of the year. Benedictine University is bringing country to the suburbs with Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann at the Rice Center on Saturday, October 17, as part of Homecoming 2015. Tickets are on sale now at If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Nicole Placek at

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, October 16 will be "How to maximize your use of interlibrary loan services," and on Friday, November 20, "Using streaming video in your course" will be discussed. For more information, contact Jack Fritts at 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 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.

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. 

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will welcome Fr. Bill Conway, pastor of Divine Savior Parish in Downers Grove, at 7:00 p.m. on October 13. Fr. Conway will be speaking about the importance of welcoming Hispanics into our churches. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Take CPR/AED training. Save a life.

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 14 (recertification), from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14 (first-time taking class), from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 15 (first time taking class), and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5 (recertification). The maximum class size is 10 and training will be held in the University Police Training Room, located in the parking garage. Contact Michi Dubes at or (630) 829-6364 with the date and time that works best for your schedule.

Campus Information

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 it

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 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

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:

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions
University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Through October 10
"Perspectives on Now"
John Pitman Weber
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

Through November 20

Prints from Normal Editions Workshop Press
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

Through December 19

"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Alan Leder
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4

Through December 19

Mixed Media
Normal Middle School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

November 9-December 23

"Creches II"
Mixed media
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.  

Healthy Table

Football season is back. And so is overeating.

Having friends over to watch your favorite team can often lead to increased calorie consumption. The U.S. Calorie Control Council estimates that Americans pack away 11 million pounds of chips and 100 million pounds of chicken wings on Super Bowl Sunday. Here are some tips to help your diet score a touchdown this Sunday:

  • Bake your chicken wings instead of frying them. There are great recipes for baked chicken wings and some are as easy as olive oil, salt, garlic and cayenne. Just remember because of the bone, baking this will take a little longer so plan accordingly. Also, consider healthier dips for your wings. Simply stir in a dry ranch seasoning mix to a plain Greek yogurt for a quick ranch dip that has less fat and is a good source of protein.  
  • Include vegetables in addition to chips. Also, consider healthier dips such as salsa or guacamole that will not have as much saturated fat. Carrots and celery go great with both.
  • Serve the right beverages. Sugar sweetened beverages add on calories quick. Try flavoring water with lemon, mint and cucumber for great hydration and flavor.   
  • Think moderation. Serve your guests on appropriate-sized plates. And for yourself, do not go overboard on visits back to the food table.
  • Try a chili. Chili is hardy and healthy, so you can get full on the right kinds of foods. Make chili with a base of vegetables and beans, which are loaded with fiber, to fill you up.

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

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team closed the non-conference schedule by amassing more than 500 yards of ofeense in rout of Kalamazoo.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team swept a pair of home conference matches.

The Benedictine men's soccer team blanked Lakeland on the road.

The Benedictine women's soccer team scored two early goals to down Lakeland.

Kelly Barker earned Freshman of the Year honors while leading the Benedictine women's golf team to a third-place finish at the NACC Championships.

The Benedictine men's golf team hosted the Eagle Invite ahead of the fall portion of the NACC Championships.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, October 7

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
4:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex  
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 9

Men's/Women's Cross Country

BenU at Eagle Invitational
Warrenville, Ill. – St. James Farm
4:00 p.m./4:45 p.m.

Saturday, October 10

Men's Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Green Lake, Wis. – The Golf Courses at Lawsonia
10:00 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

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

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex  
5:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex  
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 11

Men's Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Green Lake, Wis. – The Golf Courses at Lawsonia
9:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU at Clarke
Dubuque, Iowa
3:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News


Learn more about BenU at Mesa at open house

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 Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 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

Campus Events

The 10K M.B.A. graduation reception scheduled

A reception for the first graduates of the 10K M.B.A. program at BenU at Mesa will be held on Saturday, October 24.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's and women's golf competed at the Embry-Riddle Fall Invite.

Cross country team has solid showing at Embry-Riddle Invite.

Women's volleyball sweeps Simpson during Childhood Cancer Awareness match.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, October 8

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa at Embry-Riddle
Prescott, Ariz.
6:00 p.m.

Friday, October 9

Women's volleyball
BenU Mesa vs. La Sierra
Chandler, Ariz. / Seton Catholic Prep
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 10

Cross country
BenU Mesa @ Mesa Thunderbird Classic
Mesa, Ariz.
10:30 a.m.

Springfield Campus News

Campus Events

Distinguished alumnus to address $10K M.B.A. reception

Mark A. Bartolozzi, a 1983 graduate of Springfield College in Illinois who earned a Master of Science in Management and Organization Behavior from Benedictine University at Springfield in 2012, will be the guest speaker at a reception honoring the awarding of degrees to the first cohort of $10K M.B.A. students at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, in Springfield. Bartolozzi is a funds manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services who works with more than 170 federal grants that support programs for Illinois residents.  On a daily basis, he draws down millions of dollars from multiple federal drawdown systems. He also manages a small staff of accountants. Previously, he worked for the Springfield Park District in finance and human resources. Bartolozzi serves on the board of directors of the Central Illinois Organization Development Network, is a member of the St. Louis Organization Development Network and serves on the Benedictine University Alumni Board. He is also an adjunct faculty member at BenU.

Prospective students can learn more about adult programs in Springfield

The National Moser Center for Adult Learning at Benedictine University at Springfield will hold an Adult Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, at the Brinkerhoff Home. The National Moser Center will also host a $10K M.B.A. information session from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20, at the Brinkerhoff Home.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 5-30:

Chet Ildefonso – October 5, Campus Services
Paul Creekmore – October 6, Benedictine University Police
Charles Averkamp – October 7, Athletics
Ron Baiman – October 7, Graduate Business Administration
Thomas Birchmeier – October 7, Athletics
Danny Kazak – October 7, Campus Services
Ethel Ragland – October 7, College of Education and Health Services
Jennifer Golminas – October 8, Student Success Center
Neil Parquette – October 8, New Student Advising Center
Steven Day – October 9, Languages and Literature
Henry Monagan – October 9, Dining Services
Lawrence Pollack – October 10, Computer Science and Information Systems
Ryan Brown – October 11, Information Technology
Peter Sorensen – October 11, Management and Organizational Behavior
Michael Bromberg – October 12, Springfield Campus President's Office
Wilson Chen – October 13, Languages and Literature
Mark Kowakowski – October 13, Music
Joaquin Montero – October 13, Languages and Literature
Daniel Buehring – October 14, Athletics
Frances Gilles – October 17, Benedictine Library
Mike Domzalski – October 18, Campus Services
Tammie Leonard – October 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Rudy Dardy – October 19, Information Technology
Kathy Rutkowski – October 19, Campus Services
Margaret Salyer – October 19, Clinical Psychology
Beth Vinkler – October 19, Languages and Literature
Logan Pedersen – October 20, Dining Services
John Zigmond – October 20, Alternative Licensure Program
Diane Fitzgerald – October 21, Financial Aid
Gilberto Guzman – October 21, Campus Services
Lawrence Kamin – October 25, Biological Sciences
Vandy Dvareckiene – October 25, Dining Services
Allen Legutki – October 25, Music
Laura Lucado – October 26, Business and Finance Services
Latasha White – October 26, Athletics
Ellen Jakubowski – October 28, Admissions
Amy Brooks – October 29, Registrar
Lynn Dransoff – October 29, College of Liberal Arts
Ana Mayo – October 30, Personnel Resources

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

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Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.