Campus Notebook                        September 12, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Benedictine University Chancellor Abbot Austin G. Murphy, O.S.B., was
among a group of Benedictine abbots who met with Pope Francis
during a conference in Rome last week.

Campus Events

Make a statement and attend Book Club kickoff

The Benedictine Library Fall Book Club kickoff will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Attendees will receive a free copy of this year's book selection, "The Statement," by Brian Moore, a story based on the real-life case of Paul Touvier, a French war criminal who was long protected by Church and government officials. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. Bring a lunch. For more information, contact Mary Ocasek at

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Humility and Stepping Stones to Holiness" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Get excited and find the richness in "The Rule of St. Benedict" as he shows us a path to holiness through the 12 steps of humility. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

U.S. Army Medical symposium explores Zika virus

A panel of experts in entomology and infectious disease from the U.S. Army Medical Department will provide a comprehensive look at the Zika virus, "Zika: From Vector to Host," from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411. The discussion is free and open to public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Bormann at

Could you survive even an hour in poverty?

Step into the shoes of a low-income family. Take the Poverty Simulation Challenge. The Department of Public Health and the Northern Illinois Food Bank are sponsoring the event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, in the Krasa Center, Rooms A, B and C. The experience is an hour long where every week is represented by 15 minutes and each weekend is three minutes. Participants are assigned into different family groups and must face a number of challenges that are common for those living in poverty, such as unemployment, disabilities and health issues (and the costs that come with them), and even homelessness. The simulation challenges everyone to think critically about how to bring the ideas inspired in the classroom out into the community to help provide better services in alleviating poverty. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. The event is open to the public. For more information, go to

Film exposes cover-up of sexual aggression on college campuses

Student Health Services will present "The Hunting Ground," an award-winning documentary film that exposes the widespread cover-up of sexual assault that takes place on college campuses across America, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Statistics indicate about 20 percent of college women and 5 percent of college men experience sexual assault. The acceptance of rape myths/beliefs that serve to justify sexual aggression toward women, and the prevalence of alcohol and date rape drugs on campuses are factors that contribute to this problem. The film details interviews with scores of women whose schools exerted more effort to protect their accused rapists than to support the victims of the assaults. Through the efforts of a group of student activists, many of whom are survivors of sexual assault, more than 70 colleges and universities are currently under investigation by the Department of Education for violation of Title IX, a federal mandate which prohibits sex discrimination, including sexual violence, in educational programs. The film will be followed by a discussion.    

Fall forum focuses on Syrian people and the country's civil war

The Global Studies Fall Forum will present "After the Revolution: Syrian Resiliency and Creativity" with miriam cooke, Ph.D., the Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures  in the Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Department at Duke University, at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, in a yet-to-be-determined location. A graduate of Oxford University, cooke has focused on the intersection of gender and war in modern Arabic literature and on Arab women writers' constructions of Islamic feminism. She is the author of several monographs, edited volumes and a novel. She has been a visiting professor in Tunisia, Romania, Indonesia, Qatar, Dartmouth College and the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul. The lecture will focus on the Syrian people's resiliency and creativity in the face of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the country's revolution and civil war, examining the explosion of cultural production both inside and outside of Syria since the revolution. The lecture is sponsored by Global Studies Program and an Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Program grant from the Department of Education.

Get ready. Don't be a ball of confusion. Homecoming is almost here.

Departments and offices are invited to enter the prestigious Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. A panel of judges will select the winning office based on use of the Homecoming theme, “Then and Now – Making Memories on College Road since 1887.” Register your department with Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 by Thursday, October 6, then have your office area decorated by end of business on Monday, October 10 and leave it up all Homecoming week (October 10-15). A panel of judges will come to your office on Tuesday, October 11. Meanwhile, don’t miss “The Temptations” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Tickets are available at Questions? Contact Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 or

Women’s Leadership Summit tackles issues of work-life balance

Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, Ph.D. ’16, national board president of Girl Scouts of the United States of America; State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia (D-Aurora) and Dorri McWhorter, CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, are the featured speakers of the 2016 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit at Benedictine University. The conference, which focuses on topics of work/life balance, culture and innovative leadership, will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium on Benedictine University’s Lisle main campus. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 before September 30). The summit begins with registration and a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m., and continues with speakers and lunch until 1:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase a sponsorship, visit or contact Nicole Placek at (630) 829-6406 or

Fox News panelist discusses upcoming presidential election

Benedictine University's Center for Civic Leadership will host journalist and political analyst Juan Williams at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium for a discussion of topics relevant to the upcoming presidential election.  Williams is a panelist on "Fox News Sunday" and a regular substitute host for "The O'Reilly Factor." His views of American politics, diversity in the workplace and changing American demographics have made him a popular choice for debates and seminars. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or

Organization expert argues case for friendlier consultants

Edgar H. Schein, Ph.D., the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, believes that consultants have to jettison the old idea of professional distance and work with their clients in a more personal way, emphasizing authentic openness, curiosity and humility. Schein will discuss his views and his latest book, "Humble Consulting:  How to Provide Real Help Faster," from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, on the fourth floor of Goodwin Hall at Benedictine University. The lecture is presented as part of the Department of Organization Development's Contemporary Trends in Change Management Lecture Series. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Hilda Valdivia at or (630) 829-6361.

Visiting fellow to address state of political discourse in United States

The state of our public political discourse and its impact on our expectations and participation in civic life is the topic of a lecture, "The Inconsolable Voter," by Anita Perez Ferguson, Ph.D., at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, in the Krasa Presentation Room.  Perez Ferguson is director of the Hank Lacayo Institute for Workforce and Community Studies at California State University Channel Islands in Camarillo, Calif. She has served as president of the National Women's Political Caucus, White House liaison to the U.S. Department of Transportation and chair of the Inter-American Foundation. Perez Ferguson's lecture is part of the Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program, which is administered by the Council of Independent Colleges in Washington, D.C., and brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other professionals to campuses across the United States. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact (630) 829-6247 or visit


Events allow prospective students to discover what Benedictine is all about

High school students, their friends and parents can check out Benedictine University during "Fall Visit Days" from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, October 23, and during "Preferred Visit Day" beginning at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, October 10. "Fall Visits Days" are a great opportunity for prospective students to tour campus, learn more about our Scholars Program and confer with representatives from Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. Faculty members will also be on hand to answer questions about specific academic programs. "Preferred Visit Day" offers students and their parents an opportunity to discover what Benedictine is all about. They can meet with the Admissions staff in a small-group setting to discuss Benedictine's academic programs, admission requirements, application process, available scholarships and financial aid. Campus tours are also available. To RSVP for "Fall Visit Days," go to To RSVP for "Preferred Visit Days" go to For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or

Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE)

ACE sponsoring workshops to help students learn study skills

The Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) is sponsoring a series of Study Skills Workshop Series for students this fall on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 163. "Time Management" is the topic on September 13. Students will learn about tools and strategies for more effective use of their time. On September 20, ACE will present "What's your learning style?" While some students furiously take notes, others can commit large volumes of information to memory. Students can discover their learning style and suggestions for study techniques. "How to Study Smarter: Preparing for your tests" is the topic on September 27. Upcoming workshops include "Test Taking Strategies" on October 4, "Bouncing back: Stress management" on October 11, "Need 2 Learn 2 Write Professionally?" on October 18, "Plagiarism- Just Don't Do It" on October 25, "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.

About Benedictine

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.

Benedictine's M.B.A. program is the fourth largest in the Chicago area,
according to Crain's Chicago Business.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Meet the artist series kicks off with some real magic

The "Meet the Artist" series at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery will present Eleanor Spiess-Ferris from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers, network with art faculty and other artists, and tour her exhibition, "A Collection of Magical Realism," which is on display at the gallery through October 1. The event is free and open to the public.

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.  For information on gallery events, go to

Healthy Table
Sea more, eat more seafood

Seafood contains many nutrients, including heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests adults should eat about 8 ounces of seafood a week. To reach this goal, try to eat seafood about twice a week. Here are some tips to help you reach your seafood goal:

  • Always have seafood on hand. Grab frozen filets or choose canned options so that you always have seafood available.

  • Choose a variety. Both fish and shellfish can provide omega-3s, so vary your seafood choice to optimize nutrient intake and keep things interesting. Some types of seafood especially high in omega-3s include mackerel, salmon, herring, tuna, white fish, sardines and anchovies. Try to regularly include these sources.

  • Cook lean. Prepare your seafood by grilling, baking or roasting to avoid excess fat. Avoid breading and frying your seafood, and stay away from creamy and buttery sauces. Instead, season with herbs, spices and even fruit (lemon, lime, pineapple or mango).

  • Practice safe cooking. Fish should be cooked to 145 degrees Fahrenheit and should become flaky. Shrimp, lobster and scallops should be opaque when fully cooked.

  • Get creative. Try a rice bowl with shrimp, a canned tuna sandwich, salmon tacos or lobster pasta. Switch it up.

  • Plan ahead. Plan your seafood meals ahead of time and make a shopping list. Check the newspaper, internet and store for coupons. Canned and frozen seafood may be a more cost-efficient option than fresh.

For more tips on health and wellness, contact us at 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. 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 Eagles routed St. Nobert, an NCAA playoff team last year, in their home football opener.

Former head baseball coach John Ostrowski will be honored on October 1.

The Benedictine men's soccer team upset the 19th-ranked team in the nation.

Kristina Billie was tabbed to the all-tournament team at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Benedictine women's soccer team opened the home season with a win over Rockford.

Freshman Emma Roberts paced the women's cross country team to fourth place at Concordia Wisconsin.

The Benedictine men's cross country team finished sixth at Concordia Wisconsin.

The Benedictine men's golf team kicked off its season at Aurora.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, September 13

Women's Golf
BenU at Elmhurst Fall Invite
Oak Brook, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Alverno
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Illinois Tech
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 16

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. North Central – at Lake Forest
Lake Forest, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Lake Forest
Lake Forest, Ill.
8:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

Men's Golf
BenU at Midwest Region Classic – Eagle Ridge
Galena, Ill.
8:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Elmhurst
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
11:00 a.m.

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Fall Invite – St. Andrew's
West Chicago, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

BenU vs. Adrian
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
3:00 p.m. 

Men's Soccer
BenU at North Park
Chicago, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 18

Men's Golf
BenU at Midwest Region Classic - Eagle Ridge
Galena, Ill., 8:00 a.m.

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Fall Invite - St. Andrews
West Chicago, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

Campus Activities

Social activist's life topic of visiting lecture

The Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought lecture series at Benedictine University at Mesa will present a performance of "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, September 23, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall. "Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day" is a play about the American journalist, social activist and Catholic convert who is being investigated for canonization by the Catholic Church. The play will be performed by Lisa Wagner-Carollo following a brief introduction by Maria Granic-White. The event is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and Department of Theology. For more information or to RSVP, contact Maria Granic-White at (480) 878-6706 or

"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Cross country teams post solid times at Biola Invitational

Upcoming Athletic Events

Friday, September 16

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Antelope Valley
Mesa CC/Heap Gymnasium
4:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 17

Cross Country
BenU at Mesa at Embry-Riddle Invitational
Prescott, Ariz.
9:00 a.m.

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. UC-Merced
Mesa CC/Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 12-30:

Christina Kyres – September 12, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Anne Marie Smith – September 12, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Frank Budig – September 13, Dining Services
Valerie Ellinger – September 13, Adjunct Instruction, Central Region
Hazel Hosmer – September 13, Business and Finance Services
George Judd – September 13, Springfield University Police
Debra Kane – September 13, Financial Aid
Claudia Morris – September 13, Student Life Cycle, Northern Region
Miguel Amaro – September 14, Dining Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski – September 14, National Enrollment
Heather Hawker – September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano – September 14, President's Office
Catherine Arnold – September 17, Nutrition
Joe Esqueda – September 17, Mesa Facilities Management
Phillip Hardy – September 17, Political Science
Anthony Sosa – September 18, Engineering Services
Laura Banny – September 20, Dining Services
Crystal Pass – September 20, Campus Services
Ann Marasco – September 20, Dining Services
Wesley Herwaldt – September 21, Dining Services
Patrick Polasek – September 21, Psychology,Sociology and Criminal Justice
Marion Torres – September 21, St. Procopius Abbey
Joel Ostrow – September 22, Political Science
Rafael Iglesias – September 24, Foreign Languages
Teresa Parker – September 24, Fine Arts
Manmohan Kaur – September 25, Mathematics
Elizabeth Reniche – September 25, Management and Organizational Behavior
Grgeory Carpenter – September 26, Springfield Facilities Management
Sarah Kurpiel – September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B. – September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory – September 27, Admissions
Charles Love – September 27, Athletics
Patti Marchese – September 27, National Enrollment
Beverly Smith – September 28, Athletics
Silvia Larrondo – September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt – September 28, Nursing and Health
Alfred Martin – September 29, Biological Sciences
Ronald Finnigan – September 29, National Lifelong Learning
Courtney Singleton – September 30, Student Life Cycle, Central Region

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.

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