Campus Notebook

October 7, 2013

University Notes


Today is the last day to register for the office decorating contest, and you must have your office decorated by the end of the day. We’re “Rolling out the Red Carpet” to celebrate BenU’s Homecoming 2013. Show your Benedictine spirit by participating in this week’s Homecoming activities. Judging of the Office Decorating Contest will be held on Wednesday, October 9. Visit the University Development Events' Web page to find participating offices and locations so you can view their decorations. The winner will be announced at lunch on Friday. BenU’s annual Homecoming Parade is Friday at noon. Line the parade route to show your support for our students and then join us in the Homecoming tent for a barbecue lunch.  Wear a Homecoming T-shirt or any Benedictine shirt and pay less for lunch. Homecoming T-shirts for faculty and staff are available from University Development Events in the Krasa Center, Room 175, beginning Monday while supplies last. Tailgating in the Neuzil Hall parking lot will be held on Saturday. Visit each college’s tent, enjoy great food, and mingle with alumni and current students. Music will be provided by Khameelion. Enjoy a great kid’s area with an exotic petting zoo, bounce house, games, crafts and more. Kickoff for the big Homecoming football game is at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Cheer on the Eagles as they take on Aurora University. Don’t miss Homecoming 2013.

Faculty and staff have been invited to pick apples in the St. Procopius Abbey orchard with the stipulation that each person will pick twice what they need with half going to the monks or donated to a local food bank. It will be necessary to sign a waiver in order to participate. If interested, please contact Greg Munie at or (630) 209-1683 to arrange a time. Munie is an adjunct instructor in Biology, a Benedictine Oblate and an Abbey Vintner. He will treat pickers to a short discourse on the history of the vineyard.

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, beginning Monday, October 7, 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 will be available at the research and circulation desks and on the Library website at beginning October 7.

An International Student Roundtable will be held from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 in Kindlon Hall, Room 026. Students will offer their perspective on the classroom and life at Benedictine University. Lunch will be provided.

The College of Liberal Arts is presenting an intriguing panel discussion during Homecoming week titled “Meet the Pope: What the Election of Pope Francis Means to Catholics in Illinois.” The discussion will take place from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 in the St. Benedict Chapel located on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall. A reception will follow.Panelists include Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Ph.D. and Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. All are welcome. However, since space is limited, those planning to attend are asked to register via the Benedictine University Homecoming events Web page at

The public is invited to attend a special viewing of the new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning. Named in honor of the late Fr. Michael, the gallery features a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists. The gallery is currently featuring some of Fr. Michael’s favorite pieces from the collection. Future plans call for different pieces from the University’s collection to be showcased on a rotating basis and work from new artists to be featured periodically. The gallery’s regular hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students interested in attending Benedictine University are invited to participate in an upcoming Preferred Visit Day or Saturday Preview Day event. 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 request 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. on Monday, October 14 and Monday, November 11. Students and parents who attend Saturday Preview Day on October 12 will check in at 10:00 a.m. at the Krasa Student Center. Following the presentation, they can enjoy the University’s Homecoming festivities, meet with alumni and current students, and enjoy free appetizers and giveaways. Parents and students who attend the event will also receive free tickets to the Benedictine Eagles Homecoming football game against Aurora University at 1:00 p.m. in the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

University Ministry will lead a prayer and remembrance of Fr. Theodore Suchy, O.S.B., at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14. The gathering will be held near his memorial display case, located on the Birck-Kindlon walkway. All are warmly welcomed to attend. Please feel free to contact Alice Sima at or Karly Tumminello at for more information.

Benedictine University will hold CPR/AED certification training classes for faculty and staff. The maximum class size is 10 people. Training will be held in the Moser Center, Room 103 from 1:00-3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 15 (initial training); from 9:00-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 16 (initial training); and from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16 (recertification). Please email to reserve a spot.

Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty and staff from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 16. The cost is $20 (cash or check only). Students can get flu shots on Tuesday, October 15 from 1:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 2:00-4:00 p.m. The cost for students is $10 (cash or check only).

University Ministry and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17
in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. Go to and use code 0403775 to make an appointment. Remember to eat a healthy meal and drink plenty of water prior donating. All presenting donors will receive a ticket good for free admission for two to Chicago's Laugh Factory.

The Department of Communication Arts, the Benedictine University Library, the School of Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning and International Affairs will present Shayla Thiel-Stern, Ph.D., “Identity in the Digital Age: Discussing Gender, Race and Youth in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Beyond,” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 17 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Thiel-Stern, a professor at the University of Minnesota, will discuss her research that examines how young people articulate identity through the various tools of digital media. The discussion will focus specifically on how adolescent girls from various backgrounds have seized upon particular technologies to communication with peers and form an identity.  Research is drawn from her current and past research on the topic, including that from her forthcoming book, “From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905 to 2010,” which will be published this winter by University of Massachusetts Press.

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. 

The Center for Mission and Identity in collaboration with the Center for Civic Leadership will present a panel discussion, “Catholic Identities and Public Policymaking:  The View from Illinois” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The panel will feature state Sen. Mike Connelly (R-Naperville), state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Christine Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology at Benedictine University. The moderator is Phillip Hardy, Ph.D., assistant professor of Political Science. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For additional information, go to

Family Weekend is October 25-27. The weekend tips off at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25 with “Night at the Nest,” the kickoff for men’s and women’s basketball with games, prizes and half-court contests for men and women. Saturday begins with a Parent’s Association meeting in the Krasa Dining Room at 11:00 a.m., followed by tailgating with the Eagle Club at 11:00 a.m. in the Neuzil Hall parking lot and the football game vs. Wisconsin Lutheran College at 1:00 p.m. Tours of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall and the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on the second floor of Birck Hall begin at 1:30 p.m. A Family Weekend carnival begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Krasa Quad, followed by dinner at 5:00 p.m. and a soccer doubleheader at the sports Complex at 5:00 p.m. Sunday’s activities begin with the Cindy Cebrzynski Memorial 5K Run/Walk. Registration is at 8:00 a.m. at the Sports Complex. A Mass follows at St. Procopius Abbey at 11:00 a.m. The Benedictine Family Thanksgiving Dinner is November 21 and the third annual Spring Family Brunch is April 6, 2014. To RSVP for Family Weekend, reply at by October 18.

All Benedictine students are invited to participate in “Simple Love, Infinite Love,” the Fall 2013 Koinonia Retreat, Friday-Sunday, October 25-27, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. The Koinonia retreat weekend is an experience in Christian community based on the Paschal Mystery of Jesus Christ – his life, death and resurrection – designed principally for college students (undergraduate or graduate). The retreat is offered from a Catholic perspective. However, non-Catholics are welcomed as well. Applications and full payment are due by 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 18. There are no cancellation refunds after the payment due date. The cost is $40. For more information, visit or contact Mark Kurowski, director of University Ministry, at

Campus Beautification Day will be from 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Monday, October 28 followed by a free lunch in the Krasa Center. Faculty and staff members interested in participating should contact Kathy Rutkowski at (630) 829-6420. Participants will meet under the water tower at 8:30 a.m.

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

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 issue of legal servitude, human trafficking and other injustices that amount to 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’ involvement in Latin America, 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. On Thursday, November 14, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. in the Krasa Presentation Room, listen as Benedictine students from Libya share their culture and watch a screening of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” featuring his travels in Libya. 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. on 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

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.

Healthy Table

“Fall” into a colorful (and healthy) plate

The beautiful hues representing seasonal change from summer to autumn can also demonstrate much benefit for our diets. Coloring our plates with the oranges, yellows and reds of fall definitely provide our diets with nutrient dense foods options and an array of fruit and vegetable fall favorites. Fruits such as apples, tangerines and pomegranates provide antioxidants in order to promote a healthy heart and immunity. They have also been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers. Pomegranates are known to be the antioxidant powerhouse, as well as provide sufficient vitamin C and folate. Apples contain an appropriate amount of fiber, as do fall favorites such as pears, pumpkin and dates. Fiber intake is capable of creating a feel of satiety, helps maintain healthy weight and may reduce risk of diabetes and heart disease, according to research.

The orange ringleaders of fall nourishment include squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes. Each provides vitamins and minerals our bodies require to function properly. The vibrant colors of these foods demonstrate additional nutrition as well. The yellow and orange coloring of fruits and vegetables indicate polyphenol, or specifically carotenoid presence, with deeper hues signifying increased ratios. Carotenoids are a specific subclass of antioxidants, which provide the body with added immunity, anti-inflammatory responses and  disease protection. The reds and yellows of fruits and vegetables provide equal benefit to the diet and are likewise abundant sources of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Red vegetables are packed full of vitamins A, C, K and folate, as well as the antioxidant lycopene known specifically for heart health benefits. Fruits of red hue contain appropriate quantities of potassium and vitamin C; further advocating heart health and immunity. Yellow foods, much like orange counterparts, are rich in carotenoids and vitamin C, B-vitamins and minerals.

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

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!

Michael McNulty ran for more than 200 yards but Concordia University Wisconsin scored a touchdown with just over a minute left to hand the Benedictine football team a loss in the conference opener.

Down two goals on the road, the Benedictine men’s soccer team rallied to remain unbeaten in NACC play.

With a sweep of Concordia University Wisconsin, the Benedictine volleyball team improved to 5-0 in conference play.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team received a hat trick from Nikki Jhanji in a win at Rockford.

Ante Markotic was named the NACC Men’s Soccer Student Athlete of the Week.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team fell to a tough St. Francis squad.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team ran at Wisconsin Lutheran.

The Benedictine women’s cross country team had a strong showing at Wisconsin Lutheran.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 8

Women’s Soccer

BenU at North Park
Chicago, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 9

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

Friday, October 11

BenU at Marian
Fond du Lac, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country
BenU at Eagle Invitational
Warrenville, Ill.
4:45 p.m.

Women’s Cross Country
BenU at Eagle Invitational
Warrenville, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 12

BenU vs. Aurora ( Homecoming)
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

BenU at Lakeland
Plymouth, Wis.
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Milwaukee, Wis.
3:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 13

Men’s Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Haven, Wis. – Whistling Straights Golf Club
12:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.

Monday, October 14

Men’s Golf
BenU at NACC Championships
Haven, Wis. – Whistling Straights Golf Club
12:00 p.m./9:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 7-29:

Ethel Ragland-October 7, College of Education and Health Services

Ron Baiman-October 7,Graduate Business Administration

Thomas Birchmeier-October 7, Department of Athletics

Danny Kazak-October 7, Campus Services

Jennifer Golminas-October 8, Student Success Center

Steven Day-October 9, Foreign Languages

Henry Monagan-October 9, Dining Services

Lawrence Pollack-October 10, Computer Science and Information Systems

Peter Sorensen-October 11, Management and Organizational Behavior

Joseph Kieca-October 11, Benedictine University Police

Ryan Brown-October 11, Information Technology

Joaquin Montero-October 13, Foreign Languages

Wilson Chen-October 13, Language and Literature

Kristen Gillespie-October 14, Department of Athletics

Frances Gilles-October 17, Benedictine Library

Mike Domzalski-October 18, Campus Services

Tammie Leonard-October 18, Adult Accelerated Enrollment

Katherine LeGros-October 18, New Student Advising Center

Margaret Salyer-October 19, Clinical Psychology

Rudy Dardy-October 19, Information Technology

Beth Vinkler-October 19, Foreign Languages

Scott Meyer-October 19, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Kathy Rutkowski-October 19, Campus Services

Logan Pedersen-October 20, Dining Services

John Zigmond-October 20, Alternative Licensure Program

Diane Fitzgerald-October 21, Office of Financial Aid

Charlotte Cleff-October 22, Office of Admissions

Gale Wiedman-October 22, Education Learning Teams

Carol Fendrick-October 24, Chemistry/Biochemistry

Dan Vanyo-October 24, Mesa Operations

Vandy Dvareckiene-October 25, Dining Services

Lawrence Kamin-October 25, Biological Sciences

Allen Legutki-October 25, Music

Sharon Ware-October 26, Nursing and Health

Laura Lucado-October 26, Business and Finance Services

Latasha White-October 26, Department of Athletics

Amy Brooks-October 29, Registrar

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