Campus Notebook                        September 19, 2016

Lisle Campus News

A sea of red, white and blue adorns the lawn in front of Goodwin Hall
to commemorate the events of and the lives lost during the 9/11 attacks
in 2001.

Campus Events

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

The Counseling Center 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.    

Seely to discuss "Stoogeology" (Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.)

Pete Seely (Communication Arts) will discuss his book, "Stoogeology: Essays on the Three Stooges," from 4:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 29, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall as part of the Benedictine University Library's Faculty Author Series. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be provided.

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 Goodwin Hall, Room 321. 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. 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

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "A Reflection on The Life of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Little Flower of Jesus," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Learn about "the little way" and how doing ordinary things extraordinarily well can help us practice the virtues of mercy. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Visiting scholar to discuss African-American history

Gerald Horne, Ph.D., the John J. and Rebecca Moores Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston, will discuss African-American history as a History Visiting Scholar on Thursday, October 13. The event, which is free and open to students, staff and faculty, is sponsored by Intercultural Affairs and the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies. The class sessions Horne will participate in are “Historiography" from 9:30-10:45 a.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 125, and “The French Revolution in the Wider World,” from 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 134. Horne will also present a lecture, “Race and Rebellion in the Americas: From the Haitian Revolution to Black Lives Matter,” from 1:30-2:45 p.m. in the Krasa Center, Rooms A and B, and a faculty seminar from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery. For more information, contact Lynn Dransoff at (630) 829-6250 or

I heard it through the grapevine

Benedictine is bringing the soulful sounds of The Temptations to the Goodwin Hall Auditorium on Saturday, October 15 – the final event of Homecoming 2016 “Then & Now.” Purchase your tickets now at Volunteers are also needed for this event. Contact Nicole Placek at to put your name on the volunteer list. It is a great time and you get to see the concert for free.

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. 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.

The Krasa Dining Room offers a variety of healthy and kosher foods.

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

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

For 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 Benedictine football team scored a late touchdown to rally past Adrian at home.

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

The Benedictine men's soccer team finished a 2-0 week with a win at North Park.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team opened conference play with a win.

The Benedictine women's soccer team was blanked by regionally ranked Elmhurst on Saturday.

The Benedictine men's golf team played against some of the nation's best.

The Benedictine women's golf team played early in the week at Elmhurst.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Wednesday, September 21

Women's Golf
BenU at North Central Invite
Plainfield, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

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

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

Friday, September 23

Women's Golf
BenU at UW-Whitewater Invite
Delavan, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Dubuque
Rice Center
1:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at Augustana – Brissman-Lundeen Invite
Rock Island, Ill.
4:30/5:15 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Central
Rice Center
5:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 24

Women's Golf
BenU at UW-Whitewater Invite
Delavan, Wis.
9:00 a.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Simpson
Rice Center
10:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU at Edgewood
Madison, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU at Edgewood
Chicago, Ill.
1:30 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Luther
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 25

Men's Golf
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran Invite
Hartford, Wis.
12:00 p.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

BenU at Mesa Athletics
Keep up with the Redhawks!

omen's volleyball collects two wins to open conference schedule.

Cross country competes on hilly course at Embry-Riddle invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Monday, September 19

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa vs. Scottsdale CC
Heap Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 23

Women's volleyball

BenU at Mesa at Pacific Union College
Angwin, Calif.
2:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 24

Women's volleyball

BenU at Mesa at Simpson University
Redding, Calif.
3:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 20-October 30:

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
Gregory 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, Football
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
Kendra Adeszko – October 1, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Michael Brophy – October 1, President's Office
Sandra Kies – October 1, Languages and Literature
Dora Montano – October 3, Housekeeping and Event Services
Lisa Gaskin – October 4, Softball
Patricia Braun – October 4, Elementary Education, Springfield
Charles Averkamp – October 7, Women's Basketball
Ron Baiman – October 7, Graduate Business Administration
Thomas Birchmeier – October 7, Assistant Athletic Trainer
Danny Kazak – October 7, Engineering Services
Ethel Ragland – October 7, College of Education and Health Services
Jennifer Golminas – October 8, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Neli Parquette – October 8, Advising Center
Steven Day – October 9, Foreign Languages
Lawrence Pollack – October 10, Computer Science and Information Systems
Kristina Walz – October 10, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
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, Men's Volleyball
Frances Gilles – October 17, Benedictine Library
Tammie Leonard – October 18, Enrollment, Northern Region
Rudy Dardy – October 19, Information Technology
Janie Lamb – October 19, Facilities Management
Margaret Salyer – October 19, College of Liberal Arts
Beth Vinkler – October 19, Foreign Languages
Logan Pedersen – October 20, Dining Services
Diane Fitzgerald – October 21, Financial Aid
Armando Jimenez – October 21, Dining Services
Carol Fendrick – October 24, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Vanda Dvareckiene – October 25, Dining Services
Elaine Ebeling – October 25, College of Liberal Arts
Lawrence Kamin – October 25, Biological Sciences
Allen Legutki – October 25, Music
Laura Lucado – October 26, Administration and Finance
Amy Brooks – October 29, Registrar
Lynn Dransoff – October 29, College of Liberal Arts
Chet Ildefonso – October 30, Facilities Management
Mark Pawlowski – October 30, Grounds and Landscaping Services

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

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