Campus Notebook

September 16, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Jim Pelech (Education) published his research at St. Ethelreda School in the Journal for the Practical Application of Constructivist Theory in Education (JPACTe). The article, “An Action Research Approach to Examining the Metacognition of Middle School Mathematics Students,” examines how middle school students think about their thinking. This research project has resulted in a shift in teaching practices at the school.

Jan Writer (Education) will present a workshop and paper at the 2013 National TASH Conference on Severe Disabilities in December. Her interactive session, “Talk WITH Me! Communication Strategies that Empower Students with Significant Disabilities,” was one of only 160 selected from among several thousand applicants for presentation. It will detail diverse techniques for enhancing the communication abilities of children and youth with low incidence disabilities (intellectual disabilities, autism, orthopedic impairments and multiple disabilities) who are educated within inclusive school settings. TASH (formerly The Association for Persons with Severe Handicaps) is the largest international organization that advocates for the interests of individuals with severe and low incidence disabilities. Writer presently serves on two TASH national leadership committees.

University Notes

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.” 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 webpage at 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.

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 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15 (recertification); 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.

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.

Rogelio Sáenz, dean of the College of Public Policy and Peter Flawn Professor of Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Carrie Fox, family support organizer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and John Sevigny, an artist and photographer whose work frequently addresses issues of social justice, are the panelists for the Global Studies Forum, “Borderlands of Change: The U.S. Mexican Border, and Immigration in a Transnational Context,” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 in the Krasa Presentation Room.

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our flexible, evening, weekend and accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate programs at an Undergraduate and Graduate Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Prospective students can attend information seminars specific to their program of interest, meet with admissions and financial aid counselors, and discover how we can help you achieve the professional success, financial security and personal fulfillment their desire.

St. Procopius Abbey's “The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series” will present the Very Rev. Fr. Robert Barron, renowned theologian and speaker and also rector/president of Mundelein Seminary, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24. Fr. Robert will speak on the document of “Gaudium et Spes” as the second talk in the series. His talk is titled: "Gaudium et Spes: The Right Reading of Vatican II." The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at or (630) 829-9253.

The Benedictine University Library Faculty Authors Series will present Christine M. Fletcher, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology and Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey and her recently published book, “The Artist and the Trinity. Dorothy L. Sayers’ Theology of Work” at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25 in the library on the second floor of Kindlon Hall.  Fletcher will share and discuss her work and entertain questions from the audience. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. The Library will provide a student sign-in sheet to document student attendance, if faculty members wish to offer extra credit and encourage their students to attend the Faculty Authors Series. Coffee, tea, and light refreshments will be available for those who attend.

Benedictine University will host the Third Annual Joliet Diocesan Higher Education Convocation, “Beyond Career to a Calling in Catholic Higher Education,” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 in Rooms A, B and C of the Krasa Student Center. The convocation offers an opportunity for faculty and administrators to dialogue on common issues, share ideas and network. Robert G. Kennedy, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, is the keynote speaker. A reception will follow. Please RSVP by Friday, September 20 to Alicia Cordoba Tait at, Kurt Schackmuth at or Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler at For more information, visit

Mary Formosa, vice president of human resources for Navistar’s Global Truck and Engine Group, Maureen O’Brien, CEO of the Global Women’s Leadership Forum, and Geneace Williams, Ph.D., J.D., author of “Leadership DASH: Breaking Through the Finish Line,” are the featured speakers at the 2013 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit presented by the College of Business and the Office of Community Development at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4 on the second floor of the Krasa Center at Benedictine University. Tickets are on sale now at $40 per person. For tickets or more information, contact (630) 829-1934 or

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Plan now to enter BenU’s Homecoming 2013 Office Decorating Contest during the week of October 7.  A panel of judges will select the winning office based on the use of BenU’s Homecoming theme, “Rolling out the Red Carpet,” BenU spirit, originality and the use of “green” materials. The winning office receives a continental breakfast on Monday, October 14 and the travelling trophy to proudly display until Homecoming 2014. To indicate your interest and to receive a copy of the Office Decorating Contest Rules, contact Dawn DeSart in the Office of University Development Events at as soon as possible. Decorating begins on Monday, October 7. Judging is on Wednesday, October 9.

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. 

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

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. 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.

Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Lisle Ale Fest will be Lisle's first craft beer festival. The inaugural festival will take place from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 on Main Street and Burlington Avenue in downtown Lisle. The fest will be a trifecta of American craft beer, barbecue and blues music. It will feature more than 80 unique beers from craft breweries around the country and one of the largest selection of Oktoberfest beers in the area.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Special individual rates at the host hotel Hyatt Lisle are available for Saturday, September 28, 2013 for $79.00 plus tax. Guests can access these discounts by calling (800) 233-1234 and mentioning Lisle Ale Fest.

Campus Recreation

Work Out. Earn Points. Get Gear. The “I Got Rec’d” Incentive Program at Benedictine Fitness Center encourages an active lifestyle with the motivation of earning free prizes. To earn points, just attend a Campus Recreation activity such as a group fitness class. Get your card punched and you’re on your way. Every punch card you complete earns you a bigger and better prize. For more information, visit or pick up a pamphlet and a free punch card at the Benedictine Fitness Center front desk. If you have any additional questions, contact Emily Payne at or (630) 829-6107.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine University football team earned its first victory of the season, beating North Park on Saturday at the Sports Complex.

The volleyball team opened conference play with a victory at home over Concordia Chicago.

The women’s soccer team dropped a Sunday matinee to Webster.

Continuing a tough nonconference slate, the men’s soccer team fell on the road Sunday to Illinois Wesleyan.

Julie Carroll led a strong showing by the women’s cross country team at Concordia Wisconsin.

The men’s cross country team finished ninth at the Concordia Wisconsin Invite.

The women’s tennis team split a pair of matches in Aurora.

Weather shortened the fall invite hosted by the women’s golf team.

The men’s golf team played some tough competition in the Carthage Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, September 17

Women’s Soccer

BenU at Elmhurst
Elmhurst, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Golf

BenU at Elmhurst Fall Invite
Oak Brook, Ill. – Oak Brook Golf Club
11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, September 18

Wednesday, September 18
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. No. 6 Wheaton College
Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 19

Women’s Tennis
BenU at St. Francis
Joliet, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 20

BenU at Gargoyle Classic hosted by Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
vs. Millikin/Christopher Newport – 4:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

Women’s Golf

Friday-Saturday, September 20-21
BenU at UW-Whitewater Invite
Delbrook Golf Course (Delavan, Wis.)
1:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 21

BenU at Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo, Mich.
12:00 p.m.

BenU at Gargoyle Classic hosted by Chicago
Chicago, Ill.
vs. Elmhurst/Chicago – 10:30 a.m./12:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
3:30 p.m.

Women’s Tennis

BenU vs. Edgewood/Rockford
Aurora, Ill. – Vaughan Athletic Center
10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m.

Women’s Golf

BenU at UW-Whitewater Invite
Delbrook Golf Course (Delavan, Wis.)
9:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 17-October 29:

Catherine Arnold-September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy-September 17, Political Science
Karina Carrillo-September 18, Campus Services
Anthony Sosa-September 18, Campus Services
Kelly Pilleux-Petronia-September 19, International Programs and Services
Laura Banny-September 20, Dining Services
McKale Davis-September 20, Mesa Operations Mesa
Wesley Herwaldt-September 21, Dining Services
Crystal Pass-September 18, Campus 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
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B.-September 26, University Ministry
Katie Gregory-September 27, Admissions
Patti Marchese-September 27, Admissions
Beverly Smith-September 28, Athletics
Elizabeth Hill-September 28, President's Office
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
Sandra Kies-October 1, Core Humanities

Jennifer Hernandez-October 1, Office of Financial Aid

Paul Creekmore-October 6, Benedictine University Police

Jordan Billups-Taylor-October 6, Benedictine University Police

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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