Campus Notebook

September 15, 2014

University Notes

Farmers Market 9-11-14 (1)


Students peruse the offerings during last week's Farmer's Market in the Quad.

Lots to do this week during Homecoming celebration

Homecoming 2014 kicks off today with “Carnival in the Quad” from 3:30-6:30 p.m. featuring free food, a mechanical bull, Velcro climbing wall and bouncy house. Tuesday is highlighted by the highly entertaining “Mission Improvable” comedy team in the Coal Ben beginning at 8:30 p.m. “Nitrogen Ice Cream” night is Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Coal Ben and “Tie-Dye” is on Thursday at 12:00 p.m. in the Krasa Quad. Friday’s activities include the parade at noon and the homecoming dance at Harry Caray’s in Lombard from 7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. The dance is $10 per person and tickets are on sale in the Krasa Center, Room 115. Saturday’s festivities include Karaoke Night at 9:00 the Coal Ben.

Just don't do it. (Just don't do it.)

The Student Success Center is offering a number of Writing Assistance Workshops titled “Plagiarism – Just Don’t Do It!” Participants can find out what is and what is not plagiarism and learn how to fully and correctly integrate outside sources into your writing. Possible consequences of plagiarism include suspension or expulsion from Benedictine University, loss of financial aid and scholarships, loss of vital department recommendations and ineligibility for NCAA competitions. The workshops will be held from 6:00-6:45 p.m. on Monday, September 15 in Birck Hall, Room 026 and from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Thursday, September 18 in Kindlon Hall, Room 025. RSVP is encouraged to

What did we get right during the recovery? 

The Center for Civic Leadership will host former presidential economic advisor Austan Goolsbee, Ph.D., who will present “Reflections on the Obama Economic Recovery: What We Got Right and What We Got Wrong,” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Goolsbee is the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, past chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers and former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet. He will discuss economic recovery efforts and their impact on the country following the financial crisis and recession of 2008. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, visit, email or contact Jean Zingg at

Interfaith leader will speak at King breakfast

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a Chicago-based organization which focuses on building the interfaith movement on college campuses, will be the guest speaker at the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 19, 2015 in the Krasa Student Center. Patel is also an author and regular contributor to the Washington Post, USA Today, Huffington Post, NPR and CNN. He served on President Barack Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, and earned a Ph.D. in the Sociology of Religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.

Wash your hands to avoid spreading disease

Student Health Services reminds everyone to get into the habit of washing your hands. Clean hands will stop the spread of germs that cause colds, flu and other illnesses. Also, cough or sneeze into a tissue or your upper sleeve. Properly dispose of tissue, wash hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer.

Top women leaders gather for summit at Benedictine

The 2014 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit will be held at Benedictine University at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 3 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The leadership summit, which is sponsored by the College of Business and the Office of Community Development at Benedictine, is a regional conference that addresses the issues of working women such as work/life balance, culture, innovative leadership and financial sustainability. Speakers include Beth Reese, Nicor Gas president, Dilara Salim Sayeed, special assistant to the chief administrative officer of the Chicago Public Schools, and Alvenia Rhea Albright, founder, president and CEO of Alvenia Rhea Albright and Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development. 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. Early bird registration is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. After September 26, registration is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Expo tables are $250. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, more information or to become a sponsor, contact or (630) 829-1934.

Pakistan consul general talks about conflict among Muslims

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and the Global Studies major will present “Intra-Muslim Conflict: Sources and Solutions” presented by Pakistan Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Tirmizi is a post graduate of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993, handling bilateral, multilateral, consular and administrative assignments both in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. Tirmizi has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India as well as director of Personnel, Protocol and Foreign Secretary's Office. For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at

Abbey lecture features guest speaker from Notre Dame 

St. Procopius Abbey, Benedictine University and the Lumen Christi Institute will sponsor The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series, “Spousal Vision: Seeing the Church with Lumen Gentium,” presented by John Cavadini, Ph.D., professor of Theology and director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16 at St. Procopius Abbey Church. The event is free to the public and all are invited. For more information, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

Open house features adult undergraduate, graduate programs

Benedictine University will host an Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7 in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine offers the following adult undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance; and the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Linguistics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior, Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness, Master of Science in Science Content and Process, and a Master of Science in Taxation. RSVP at For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact (630) 829-6300, or

Medieval expert discusses Christian-Muslim relations

John Tolan, Ph.D., professor of History at the Université de Nantes in France, an internationally known scholar of medieval Christian-Muslim relations and author of the books “Saracens” and “Saint Francis and the Sultan,” will present a lecture titled “Francis and the Sultan: An Emblematic Encounter?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Scholars Program, the College of Liberal Arts and  the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The lecture is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Rita George-Tvrtkovic at

Got values? Learn about programs at open house

Benedictine University’s doctoral program in Values-Driven Leadership will host an Online Open House at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18 for all executives interested in learning more about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) programs in Values-Driven Leadership. The Online Open House will offer prospective students an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of faculty, current students and graduates. The doctoral program is designed for senior leaders and business executives. All are welcome to attend this online event. Find details and register for the event at Contact Amber Johnson at for more information.

Admissions readies for more events during the fall

The Office of Admissions will host a “Saturday Preview Day” from 3:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20 and from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. Prospective students can tour campus, meet with an Admissions counselor, learn about the admissions process, discover Benedictine’s outstanding academic programs, and get information about tuition and scholarships. Benedictine University at Mesa will host two Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on September 20 and October 18. Freshman and Transfer students can meet with an Admissions counselor, take a campus tour and meet with faculty.

Current undergraduates invited to learn more about Benedictine's graduate programs

Current undergraduate students who are thinking about graduate school are invited to get more information about Benedictine's graduate programs from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15, in the Krasa Dining Room.  Faculty, staff and admissions representatives will be available to answer questions. Information will be available about the following programs: Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.), Master of Arts (M.A.) in Linguistics, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Master of Public Health (M.P.H.), Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy, Master of Science (M.S.) in Business Analytics, Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science (M.S.) in Management Information Systems, Master of Science (M.S.) in Management and Organizational Behavior, Master of Science (M.S.) in Nutrition and Wellness, Master of Science (M.S.) in Science Content and Process and Master of Science (M.S.) in Taxation.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

Benedictine University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. Community members can learn more about this effort at the Healthy Lawn Symposium sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The community is also invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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

Learn how to seek God through prayer, good works

Learn about the oblate program from the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. The term “oblate” means “an offering of oneself,” and the practice of associating with a Benedictine monastery dates back at least to the 9th century. Oblates are lay women and men who continue to live and work in their own home community, but essentially become “lay members” of a particular Benedictine community and promise to share in the Benedictine way of life. Oblates seek God daily through study, prayer, works of charity, justice and peace. They gather regularly at Sacred Heart Monastery for lectio divina, study and discussion of "The Rule of St. Benedict," and sharing their lives with the lives of the Sisters. All are welcome to attend this informative afternoon. Please RSVP to Sister Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., oblate director, at (630) 632-2216 or

Help foster reconciliation, 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) 8482703 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.

Who 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.

Sunday, Daily Mass resume

Sunday Mass is now being offered t 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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

Where a student should go with a gripe

A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to

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

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Saturday, September 27
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Sculptor Larry Ballard's slightly skewed view of popular culture will be on display at gallery through Saturday, September 27. A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery. Ballard’s tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson reflect his humorous observations of our society. These works are bright, colorful and have a savvy all their own.  

Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, October 8
"Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Visit the exhibition "Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There." The exhibit highlights firsthand accounts of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia during the “Velvet Revolution,” the ouster of the ruling Communists.
Reception, Saturday, September 20, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

October 5

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
David Oulette, Ph.D.: “The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death. Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Monday, October 6-Sunday, November 30

“Ed Paschke: In Private Hands”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
This commemorative exhibition celebrates the lively and pop art-influenced representational imagery
associated with Edward Paschke’s art. Known as one of the internationally-acclaimed Chicago’s imagists, he chose to work with intensely colorful expressionism and aggressive themes. The exhibition is
comprised of family members’ collections, which have rarely been seen in public.   
Reception, Saturday, October 4, 4:00- 6:00 p.m.

Monday, October 6-Friday, December 19
“Appalachia Portraits” by Andrew Auten
 Kindlon Hall, First Floor North
Texas photographer Andrew Auten makes his United States debut exhibition. Auten spent a year in West Virginia documenting life in small town Appalachia. His dramatically-lit portraits of the people from that area show an honest engagement with the subject. These stark, frank images echo the style of the Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio.
Reception, Saturday, October 18, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Through October 10
"Fine Arts Faculty Bienalley"
|Recent works from the Fine Arts faculty at the Lisle and Mesa branch campuses will be on display through October 10 in the second floor atrium of Kindlon Hall. The event is sponsored by the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery.

Sunday, November 2

First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: "Problems with Representing the Human Figure"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
200-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will relate how portraiture fares with other genres of figural expression by using samples from the history of art. Scarlato earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Creche, a term first used in 1792, is of French and Old German origin and refers to a group of small statues or figurines representing the scene of Christ's birth in the manger in Bethlehem. Creches are popular in churches, schools and public places, particularly at Christmas. The lecture coincides with the creche display in the gallery courtesy of Marmion Academy.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Healthy Table

Fall means football season…and junk food

Touchdown! Football season is back but that doesn't mean your well-rounded diet has to suffer. Here are a few tips to make your favorite sideline snacks healthier:

•    When making nachos, use lower calorie cheese like American, Cheddar or Mozzarella instead of Nacho cheese.
•    Add lots of vegetables to your nachos like tomato, green onion and cilantro to increase your fiber and nutrient intake.
•    Don't forget to include an excellent protein source like black or pinto beans.
•    A variety of vegetables aren't just for nachos. Add them to hamburgers and hotdogs.
•    Be sure to have a vegetable and fruit tray and a mixed nuts bowl as part of your appetizers.  

Whoever you are cheering on this fall, you can be sure you won’t pack on the pounds doing it.

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.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team fell to 0-2 with a loss at Carroll in a non-conference game on Saturday.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team dropped a home contest to Augustana.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team recorded an overtime win over Monmouth at the North Central Sal Vaccaro Tournament to claim its first win of the year.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team captured a pair of Saturday matches to improve to 5-2.

The Benedictine women’s golf team hosted a pair of events over the weekend at St. Andrews in West Chicago.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, September 16

Women’s Golf
BenU at Elmhurst Invite
Oak Brook, Ill. – Oak Brook Golf Club
12:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
BenU at Concordia Chicago
River Forest, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17

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

Thursday, September 18

Men’s Soccer

BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 19

Women’s Golf

BenU at UW-Whitewater Fall Classic
Delavan, Wis. – Delbrook Golf Club
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
BenU at North Central – Red & Black Triangular
Naperville, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Men’s/Women’s Cross Country
BenU at National Catholic Championships
South Bend, Ind. – Warren Golf Course
4:15 p.m./5:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Lake Forest – Red & Black Triangular
Naperville, Ill. – North Central
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 20

Women’s Golf

BenU at UW-Whitewater Fall Classic
Delavan, Wis. – Delbrook Golf Club
9:00 a.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (Homecoming)
The Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex
12:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran (Homecoming)
The Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex
2:30 p.m.

BenU vs. Adrian (Homecoming)
The Village of Lisle - Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 21

Men’s Golf

BenU at Benedictine Fall Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews
10:30 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 15-29:

Stephen Nunes-September 15, National Moser Center
Catherine Arnold-September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy-September 17, Political Science
Karina Carrillo-September 18, Campus Services
Anthony Sosa-September 18, Campus Services
Laura Banny-September 20, Dining Services
Crystal Pass-September 20, Campus Services
Bridget Cooper-September 21, Personnel Resources
Wesley Herwaldt-September 21, Dining Services
Brooke Sisco-September 21, Athletics
Mary Yorke-September 21, Admissions
Patrick Polasek-September 21, Psychology/Sociology
Joel Ostrow-September 22, Political Science
Rafael Iglesias-September 24, Foreign Languages
Teresa Parker-September 24, Fine Arts
Julie Wroblewski-September 25, Benedictine University Library
Manmohan Kaur-September 25, Mathematics
Sarah Kurpiel-September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B.-September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory-September 27, Admissions
Patti Marchese-September 27, Admissions
Beverly Smith-September 28, Athletics
Elizabeth Hill-September 28, President's Office
Silvia Larrondo-September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt-September 28, Nursing and Health
Wendy Finch-September 28, Mesa Operations Mesa
Alfred Martin-September 29, Biological Sciences
Ronald Finnigan-September 29, Center for Lifelong Learning

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

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Marketing and Communications

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Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
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