Campus Notebook                       September 26, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Members of the Benedictine University community met with London
Mayor Sadiq Khan (lower right) during his recent visit to Chicago. BenU
representatives were (from left to right) alumnus Parth Bhansali and
current students Jacob Moran and Omair Ali (see Faculty and Staff
Notes for more information).

Campus Events
Don't look around, the leaves are brown

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in Campus Beautification Day from 8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Participants will receive a Fall 2016 Campus Beautification Day T-shirt and enjoy a free lunch at 12:00 p.m. in the Krasa Student Center, Rooms ABC. Meet at the water tower. Please dress accordingly. RSVP at (630) 829-6420 or

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 the globalized struggle for equality through activism and revolution, and a new view of the historical record of this struggle 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. For more information on "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 Study Skills Workshop Series for students this fall on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:15 p.m. in Kindlon Hall, Room 163. "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.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Students, staff meet mayor of London

Eboo Patel, the founder of the Interfaith Youth Core, invited several members of Benedictine University’s interfaith community to meet Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, when the British leader visited Chicago earlier this month. The invitation was extended in recognition of the efforts made by BenU in the area of interfaith work. Representing Benedictine were students Omair Ali, a junior Biology major from Hoffman Estates, and Jacob Moran, a junior Psychology major from Chicago; alumnus Parth Bhansali; Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A.; Rita George-Tvrtkovic, Ph.D., associate professor of Theology; Muslim Faith Advisor Ali Yurtsever, Ph.D.;Campus Minister, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement Kathryn Heidelberger; and Director of Campus Ministry Carrie Roberts.

About Benedictine

You get more for your money here

Campus Minister, Coordinator of Ecumenical and Interfaith Engagement

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.

Campus Information
Benedictine is one of the safest campuses in Illinois

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 You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, a link to the Benedictine University Police Facebook page and other items of interest. As always, please report all suspicious activities, or persons, to the Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666. We are located on the ground level of the parking garage and our Emergency Dispatch Center is staffed 24/7.

The Department of Music

The Department of Music has announced its schedule for the fall 2016 season:

  • Jazz Emsemble, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, September 28, Scholl Hall, Room 101.
  • Concert Band, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, Goodwin Hall Auditorium.
  • Concert Choir, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 8, Scholl Hall, Room 101.
  • Chamber Orchestra, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 19, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Concert Band, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 16, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
  • Concert Choir, 3:00 p.m., Saturday, November 19, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Jazz Emsemble, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Chamber Orchestra, 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 30, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Recital Practica, Piano Students, 12:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Recital Practica, Instrumental Students, 1:00 p.m., Saturday, December 3, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Darya Aleinikava, Senior Recital, 3:00 p.m., Sunday, December 4, Scholl Hall, Room 101
  • Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 7, Goodwin Hall Auditorium
BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

Former head baseball coach John Ostrowski will be honored this weekend.

The Benedictine men's soccer team has entered the regional rankings.

Victor Johnson earned his second NACC weekly award as the Defensive Player of the Week.

The Benedictine men's soccer team opened conference play with a win at Edgewood.

The Benedictine women's volleyball team hosted the NACC-IIAC Crossover.

The Benedictine women's soccer team opened conference play with a win at Concordia Chicago.

Emma Roberts ran to a ninth-place finish while facing some of the nation's best at Augustana.

The Benedictine men's cross country team ran against some of the country's top programs.

The Benedictine women's golf team competed at UW-Whitewater.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Wednesday, September 28

Women's Soccer
BenU at Aurora
Aurora, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

BenU vs. Aurora
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 30

Women's Golf

BenU at NACC Championships Opening Round
Kansasville, Wis.
12:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1

Women's Golf
BenU at NACC Championships, Second Round
Kansasville, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
West Allis, Wis.
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Rockford
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU vs. Lakeland
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
5:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

BenU vs. Lakeland
The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex
7:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 2

Women's Golf
BenU at NACC Championships, Final Round
Kansasville, Wis.
11:00 a.m.

Men's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Invite – Seven Bridges
Woodridge, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to

Mesa Campus News

Campus Activities

Visiting scholar talks about Franciscan nuns' 17th century sea voyage

Sarah E. Owens, Ph.D., professor of Spanish and affiliate professor of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program at the College of Charleston, S.C., brings to light the journey of a group of Franciscan nuns from Spain who traversed the globe to found the first female Franciscan convent in the Spanish empire's Asian outpost of Manila, Philippines, during her presentation, "Spanish Nuns at Sea: A Transoceanic Voyage, 1620-1621," from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in Mesa. The event is free and open to the public. The lecture is sponsored by Benedictine's Center for Mission and Identity and the Spanish program as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series. Teachers, lay ministers and deacons who attend this lecture are eligible for 1 credit toward recertification in the Diocese of Phoenix. For more information or to RSVP, contact Tony Cella at (480) 878-6702 or

BenU at Mesa Athletics
Keep up with the Redhawks!

Men's golf looks to improve upon last season's strong finish heading into first meet.

Women's volleyball stays undefeated in conference with wins over Pacific Union, Simpson.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, September 27

Men's Golf
BenU at Mesa at Western New Mexico Invitational
Golf Club of Estrella
Goodyear, Ariz.

Friday, September 30

Women's volleyball
BenU at Mesa  vs. La Sierra
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
3:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 1

Women's volleyball

BenU at Mesa vs. Providence Christian
Heap Gymnasium
Mesa, Ariz.
1:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 26-October 30:

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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