Campus Notebook

September 3, 2013

University Notes

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The new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall is now open to faculty, staff and students. Fr. Michael acquired nearly 4,000 art pieces from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists, and established one of the finest private art and sculpture collections in the Midwest before he passed away in 2009. Fr. Michael’s dream was that one day the collection he gathered to engage and enrich the University and surrounding community would be exhibited in a permanent home to be viewed and appreciated on a grand scale. The new gallery is about 4,700 square feet and includes climate-controlled storage and restoration/work and office space. Regular hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Benedictine University has received a generous $46,000, F-SCRAP grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic opportunity to allow for the diversion of all food scraps generated in the cafeteria and other buildings. This new composting effort, in conjunction with Compost Supply of Newark, will allow Benedictine to divert in excess of 105,000 pounds (52.5 tons) per year of food waste from landfills and wastewater. Composting will also be another way in which Benedictine meets its commitments to the Illinois Sustainable University Initiative. Jobs for student workers managing the diversion program will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about sustainability. Years for the Environment, which has grown organically out of the Benedictine hallmark value of stewardship, has increased the presence of sustainability in the curriculum, highlighted the importance of sustainability in the surrounding community, and encouraged The University to reduce its carbon footprint. The student-led community garden has provided modest contributions to the dining hall, and composting food scraps will allow students to see the other end of a natural food system. Compostables include: food scraps (even meat), paper napkins and compostable disposables. Recyclables include other paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. Everything else is garbage. We need everyone’s help to make this work.,

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 Fr. Robert Barron, renowned theologian and speaker and also rector/president of Mundelein Seminary, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 at the abbey. 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

It’s not too soon to start thinking about Homecoming 2013 beginning the week of October 7. University Development Events invites all departments and offices on campus to participate in the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. A panel of judges will select the winning office based on use of the 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. Stay tuned for more details.

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.

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.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 3-29:

Leo Wong-September 3, Mesa Operations Mesa
Fay Alvarado-September 4, Admissions
Joy McGehee-September 4, Benedictine University Library
Azizia Cameron-September 5, Financial Aid
Debra Kaszuba-September 5, College of Adult and Professional Studies
Elizabeth Bormann-September 5, Master of Public Health
Laura Markun-September 5, Financial Aid
Megan De Angelis-September 6, Registrar
Michael McArthur-September 7, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Connie Mounts-September 8, Business and Finance Services
Hai Ri Han-September 9, Fine Arts
Jennifer Lange-September 9, Nursing and Health
Kariann Lazansky-September 9, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Luis Loubriel-September 9, Music
Rick Holman-September 9, Graduate Business Administration
Xing Wang-September 9, International Programs and Services
Bartholomew Ng-September 10, College of Science
Jennifer Krings-September 10, Benedictine University Police
Jean-Marie Kauth-September 11, Core Humanities
Anne Marie Smith-September 12, Student Success Center
Frank Budig-September 13, Dining Services
Debra Kane-September 13, Financial Aid
Hazel Hosmer-September 13, Business and Finance Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski-September 14, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heather Thomas-September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano-September 14, University Development
Stephen Nunes-September 15, College of Adult and Professional Studies
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

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