Campus Notebook

September 24, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Hai Ri Han (Graphic Arts and Design) had artwork accepted to “Tangibles: Beauty and Purpose in the Art of the Book,” a national juried exhibition hosted by the Northern Arizona University Art Museum. The exhibition runs through November 16 and the detailed information can be found at

University Notes

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.

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. 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

 Homecoming OCT2008

Get Into the spirit of Homecoming by entering BenU’s Homecoming 2013 office decorating contest. 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 traveling 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 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.

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 reeled off three consecutive second half touchdowns to score a 28-23 win in its first road game of the season.

The volleyball team faced a host of nationally ranked teams at the University of Chicago Gargoyle Classic.

The women’s soccer team scored twice in the second half to battle Wisconsin Lutheran to a draw.

The men’s soccer team opened conference play Saturday with a scoreless draw at Wisconsin Lutheran.

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

The women’s golf team headed to Wisconsin to take part in the UW-Whitewater Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, September 24

BenU vs. Alverno
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer

BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Women’s Tennis
BenU at Dominican
River Forest, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 25

BenU vs. Illinois Wesleyan
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Dominican University
River Forest, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Friday, September 27

BenU at Illinois-Iowa Crossover Classic
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
vs. Coe/Wartburg – 2:00 p.m./6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 28

BenU at Illinois-Iowa Crossover Classic
Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
vs. Dubuque/Loras – 10:00 a.m./2:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Edgewood
Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Edgewood
Sports Complex
3:30 p.m.

Sunday-Monday, September 29-30

Men’s Golf
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran Invite
Hartford, Wis. – Washington County Golf Club
12:30 p.m./9:00 a.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 24-October 29:

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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