September 18, 2017

The beginning of the new 2017-18 academic year was observed 
with Opening Mass at St. Procopius Abbey on Thursday, August 31.

Please Note: 

Campus Notebook is moving from a weekly to monthly publication. It will now be published on the third Monday of each month. This means all content is due on the first Monday of each month by 4:00 p.m. 


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Take the Poverty Simulation challenge and step into the shoes of a low-income family

Could you make it through the month? Could you pull yourself up by your bootstraps? Take the Poverty Simulation challenge by spending an hour living in poverty and attempt to meet the basic needs of your family. Sponsored by the College of Education and Health Services, this free event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 19, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411. To register, visit For more information, contact Elizabeth Bormann at

Learn new online research skills at the Digital Natives Faculty Forum

The Benedictine University Library invites faculty and staff to join the librarians from 12:15-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311, for our first Digital Natives Faculty Forum, "Finding Reliable Information Online." Librarian Joan Hopkins will share a selection of engaging activities you can use in the classroom and facilitate an open group discussion on this critical research skill. Walk-ins are welcome, but those who pre-register will receive optional readings to explore in advance. Register at For more information, contact Joan Hopkins at

Convocation to address issues facing Catholic Higher Education

Faculty, staff and administrators from the three diocesan universities (Benedictine University, Lewis University and the University of St. Francis) will meet with Bishop R. Daniel Conlon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet for "Living Against the Grain" from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall.

The event will provide an opportunity for dialogue and discussion on matters of significant importance to Catholic Higher Education. This event is free for invited participants. To RSVP, email For more information, contact Carrie Roberts at (630) 829-6028 or

Learn more about global climate change during panel discussion

Sponsored by the Global Studies program, BenU alumni and professors will discuss the significance of Paris and understanding Houston in the context of climate change. The panel, "From Paris to Houston: Climate Change and Environmental Justice," will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, in Goodwin Hall, Room 321. For more information, contact Lynn Dransoff at (630) 829-6250 or

Learn how to survive in the wilderness at the fourth annual What 2 Know B4 You Go! program

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum will host the "What 2 Know B4 You Go!" program from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23. This free event is designed specifically for families with youngsters and for individuals with limited experience in the outdoors. The presentation includes storytelling and demonstrations, such as how to build a simple shelter or use a flint-and-steel to make a fire. Participants will also receive essential items for an outdoor survival kit. Please register by Wednesday, September 20, to reserve a seat by contacting or (630) 829-6546.

Support the Cebrzynski Memorial 5K for Scholarships

The Cebrzynski Memorial 5K for Scholarships will be held on Sunday, September 24.

This event supports Benedictine students and honors the legacy of former Benedictine student Cindy Cebrzynski, who was killed at the hands of a drunk driver in 2004. To date, participants and other generous donors have provided more than $44,000 for the Cindy Cebrzynski Memorial Endowed Scholarship, which was established by Cindy’s parents, Bob and Pam Cebrzynski. The award supports Biology students who embody Cindy’s passion for academics and involvement in the BenU community.

This year, participants may support the Cebrzynski Memorial 5K for Scholarships or an established fund of their choice. To donate or register for the 5K, visit For more information, contact Deb Smith at (630) 829-6080 or

Library Book Discussion: Hidden Figures

Join the Benedictine University Library from 12:00-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, for a group discussion of "Hidden Figures" by Margot Lee Shetterly in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Fannie Rushing, Ph.D., professor of History at Benedictine and founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Chicago, will give a short presentation. Visit to register.

Celebrate "Red and White for Life" at Homecoming

Visit campus, reunite with classmates and enjoy the day with family at Benedictine's Homecoming 2017: "Red and White for Life" from Thursday-Sunday, October 5-8. 

Homecoming 2017 Schedule

Thursday, October 5

Homecoming Lunch
12:00 p.m.
Campus Quad

The festivities begin with a barbecue lunch on the Campus Quad. You can receive a discounted lunch price of $5 if you show up wearing any BenU shirt.

Friday, October 6

Golden Eagles Induction Ceremony and Dinner (for Class of 1967)
6:00 p.m.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

Saturday, October 7

Baseball and Softball Alumni Game
9:30 a.m.
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex

Blessing of New Donor Bricks
10:00 a.m.
Alumni Plaza, Neff Alumni Center

BenU Faculty Art Show
10:00 a.m.
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Homecoming Football Game Tailgating
10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Neuzil Hall Parking Lot

Stop by for some food and beverages and some fun the whole family can enjoy. This event includes a children’s area featuring an exotic animal petting zoo, bounce house, caricature artist, arts and crafts, Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum exhibits and games.

Benedictine University vs. Concordia University Wisconsin Football Game
1:00 p.m.
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex

Founders Gala
6:00-10:30 p.m.
Campus Quad

Sunday, October 8

Mass (in honor of Benedictine alumni)
11:00 a.m.
St. Procopius Abbey

For more details, visit or contact Deb Smith at or (630) 829-6080.

First Sunday Tea and Talk presents "The Art of Graphics"

The First Sunday Tea and Talk will host Eric Carbrey, a Chicago painter and graphic artist from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, in the Komechak Art Gallery in Kindlon Hall. Carbrey will present "The Art of Graphics" and talk about his art exhibition at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery.

Enter to win BenU's Homecoming 2017 Office Decorating Contest 

Start your planning now for the "Homecoming 2017 Office Decorating Contest." Decorating begins on Thursday, September 28, in advance of the start to Homecoming Week. A panel of judges will select the winning office on Tuesday, October 3, based on the use of the Homecoming theme "Red and White for Life" and originality. The winning office will receive a continental breakfast on Wednesday, October 11, and the traveling trophy to display until Homecoming 2018. 

To participate and receive contest rules, contact Christy Zajac at by Thursday, September 28.  

Wear your BenU gear with pride during Homecoming week

In celebration of the University's 130th anniversary, Homecoming shirts commemorating St. Procopius College, Illinois Benedictine College and Benedictine University will be available for faculty and staff (while supplies last) in the Neff Alumni Center beginning Monday, October 2.

Celebrate 130 years of investing in student success at the Founders Gala

Join us for an elegant evening of dancing, dining and entertainment on Saturday, October 7, as we raise funds to help students in need earn a Benedictine University education. Help students in financial need, including through the newly created Mission Fund, which will assist students who are on their way toward earning a degree but encounter a hardship during their time here. Your help is critical to our mission and impacts the lives of so many.


6:00 p.m.

Dinner and Auction

Performance Art by Gregory Adamson

7:00 p.m.

8:30-10:30 p.m.

Music by Larry King Orchestra

Tickets: $130 per person (special staff and faculty pricing)

RSVP and tickets at

Enhance your PowerPoint skills through an online workshop

Learn how to embed videos and other media in your PowerPoint presentations and discover other tips and best practices through this online workshop hosted by librarian Cindy Scott from 3:00-3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11. Registration is open to students, faculty and staff with a maximum of 25 attendees. Visit for more information.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The public is invited to Sacred Heart Monastery for Tuesday Night with the Sisters. The series will tie the new Beatitudes of Pope Francis to "The Rule of St. Benedict." The event will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, in the Chapter Room.

Sr. Christine Kouba and Sr. Sharon Marie Stola will lead the presentation discussing community/prayer and the beatitude, "Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians."

Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Avenue in Lisle. Please come to the front door by the statue of the Sacred Heart. Donations are appreciated.

Visit or the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart Facebook page for more information.

Students can start their job search at ACE's Internship and Career Fair

The Academic and Career Enrichment Center will host a Fall Internship and Career Fair from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The fair will provide employers with the opportunity to meet undergraduate, adult undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing internships and full-time positions upon graduation. Benedictine alumni are also invited to the fair. For more information, visit

Learn what makes a successful leader at Center for Values-Driven Leadership workshop

The Appreciative Leadership for Peak Performance (ALPP) executive workshop offers a guided, strengths-based exploration of what makes you most effective as a leader. The workshop will be held Wednesday-Friday, November 8-10. ALPP will lead you through a series of powerful learning activities to identify and optimize your "Leadership Peak Performance Pattern" and provide practical tools to lead, mentor, coach and bring out the best in others. More information is available at

Family Visit Day gives prospective students the 411 on BenU admissions

Prospective undergraduate students can get a jump-start on the admissions process by attending Family Visit Day on at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 21, in Goodwin Hall. You can tour campus, learn more about our Scholars Program and meet with representatives from key offices, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Athletics. You can also learn more about majors that interest you and speak with our faculty. To register, visit

Learn how a Benedictine graduate or adult undergraduate degree can help you reach the 'Next Level'

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education will hold a "Next Level" event for prospective students who are interested in graduate and adult undergraduate degree programs in business, information technology, teacher education, adult undergraduate degree completion and health care and human services from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 11, in Goodwin Hall, Room 411 (Sorensen Hall of Leaders). Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty members, admissions representatives and financial aid counselors, and discover how Benedictine University can help them achieve the professional, personal and academic success they desire. RSVP at

Benedictine University Refreshes Brand

Benedictine University has launched a refreshed brand identity that integrates the work of our updated mission, vision and commitment as part of the BenU 2020 strategic plan. As part of the new brand rollout, new materials will tell the Benedictine story in a different way. This will also be reflected on our website and all digital and environmental efforts. New branding guidelines and assets can be found at

Annual Campus Security and Fire Report available online

Faculty, staff and students can access the Annual Campus Security and Fire Report for calendar year 2015, which is published in 2016, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, Naperville Operational Center, Bellwood Learning Center, and Springfield, Ill., and Mesa, Ariz., branch campuses at

Health Benefits of Berries

Berries are high in fiber and vitamins. Fiber helps regulate digestion and prevent constipation. Berries are also high in antioxidants which help fight inflammation and maintain a healthy body. 

Strawberries: are great on salads, in smoothies, on yogurt, or eating straight out of the carton.

Blackberries: are rich in antioxidants and can be used in yogurt parfaits, berry cobblers, on top of ice cream and in fruit salads.

Blueberries: are also rich in antioxidants and are great dried in trail mix, baked into muffins, placed on top of yogurt, and add a great color and flavor to smoothies.

Raspberries: are delicious when made into a smoothie or jam, or used in homemade granola bars and salads.

For more information, contact Healthy Table at


Keep up with the Eagles!

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to Change due to Weather)

Tuesday, September 20
Men’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Concordia Chicago
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Volleyball 
BenU vs. Dominican
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27
Men’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Chicago
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 30
Men’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Edgewood
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
4:00 p.m.

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

Sunday, October 1
Men’s Golf 
BenU hosts the Eagle Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrews
10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 4
Men’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Dominican
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 6
Men’s/Women’s Cross Country 
BenU hosts the Eagle Invitational
Warrenville, Ill. – St. James Farm
4:00 p.m./4:45 p.m.

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

Saturday, October 7
Women’s Volleyball 
BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Rice Center
12:00 p.m.

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

Wednesday, October 11
Men’s Soccer 
BenU vs. Rockford
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, October 13
Women’s Volleyball 
BenU vs. Rockford
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 14
Women’s Volleyball 
BenU vs. Edgewood
Rice Center
12:00 p.m.

For more information about athletic events, go to

BenU Mesa's Opening Mass brought together students, faculty and staff
in celebration of the new academic year on Wednesday, August 30.

Keep up with the Redhawks! 

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, September 18
BenU Mesa hosts Redhawk Invitational
Mesa Country Club
Mesa, Ariz.
All Day

Friday, September 22
Women’s Volleyball
BenU Mesa vs. Pacific Union
Heap Gymnasium
2:00 p.m.

Friday, September 29
BenU Mesa vs. Marymount California
Riverview Park
Women's – 6:00 p.m. / Men's – 8:00 p.m.

For more information about athletic events, go to

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 18 - October 14:

Anthony Sosa – September 18, Engineering Services
Laura Banny – September 20, Dining Services
Dana Horstein – September 20, ESL Programs
Ann Marasco – September 20, Dining Services
Bridget Cooper – September 21, Human Resources
Wesley Herwaldt – September 21, Dining Services
Patrick Polasek – September 21, Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology
Joel Ostrow – September 22, Political Science
Rafael Iglesias – September 24, Foreign Languages
Constance Lee – September 24, Library
Teresa Parker – September 24, Department of Art
Manmohan Kaur – September 25, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Elizabeth Reniche – September 25, Organizational Behavior
Gregory Carpenter – September 26, Facilities Management
Sarah Kurpiel – September 26, Benedictine Library
Richard Poro – September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory – September 27, Mesa Operations
Charles Love – September 27, Department of Athletics
Silvia Larrondo – September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt – September 28, Nursing and Health
Beverly Smith – September 28, Department of Athletics
Ronald Finnigan – September 29, Professional Development and Learning, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Alfred Martin – September 29, Biological Sciences
Courtney Singleton – September 30, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Michael Brophy – October 1, President's Office
Sandra Kies – October 1, Languages and Literature
Lisa Gaskin – October 4, Department of Athletics
Patricia Braun – October 4, School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education
Joel Bonnett  – October 6, Department of Athletics
Charles Averkamp – October 7, Department of Athletics
Ron Baiman – October 7, Graduate Business Administration
Danny Kazak – October 7, Engineering Services
Ethel Ragland – October 7, Nursing and Health
Florina Salaghe – October 7, International Business and Economics
Martina Adkinson – October 8, President's Office
Jennifer Golminas – October 8, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Neli Parquette – October 8, Advising Center
Steven Day – October 9, Foreign Languages
Paula Norby – October 10, Mesa Operations
Lawrence Pollack – October 10, Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Joseph Rada – October 10, Engineering Services
Tiara Perez Morales – October 11, Biological Sciences 
Peter Sorensen – October 11, Organizational Behavior (M.O.B.)
Eric Adkins – October 12, Grounds and Landscaping Services
Wilson Chen – October 13, Languages and Literature
Joaquin Montero – October 13, Foreign Languages
Daniel Buehring – October 14, Department of Athletics

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

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