Campus Notebook

September 30, 2013

Faculty and Staff Notes

Teresa J. Parker (Fine Arts) has been invited as a Distinguished Art Alumni to give a presentation about her artwork and talk about her career in the arts at Illinois State University in Normal. This event is part of the university's alumni weekend activities.

Ovid Wong (School of Education) published a book titled “An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty: Foundations for Career Success.“ The 2013 publication is co-published by Rowman & Littlefield Education and Association of Teacher Educators (ATE). “The book guides you through those must-know topics while explaining exactly what you need to know and do within the full gamut of the job, from the layout of the field of higher education to before the first session of class to the evaluations – and everything in between. (Dr.) Wong’s extensive experience is exemplified in this reliable, hard to put down read,” one reviewer wrote.

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.

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

There’s just one week left for your department or office to enter the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. Decorating begins on Monday, October 7 and on Wednesday, October 9, 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. To indicate your interest and to receive a copy of the contest rules, contact Dawn DeSart, University Development Events, at as soon as possible. Get into the spirit of BenU Homecoming 2013!

The Benedictine University Library will wrap up a month of activities celebrating American Archives Month with an open house, “Open Archives: Discovering Hidden Treasures,” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Treasures from the Benedictine archives will be displayed including many old and rare books. Tours of the archives, including a behind-the-scenes look at how items are collected and preserved, will be offered. Refreshments will be served. The open house is open to the public. As part of the celebration, Benedictine students, faculty and staff will be given the chance to provide their own captions for photos from the archives. Each week in October, beginning Monday, October 7, a new photo will be posted on social media and in the library. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of each week. Winners will be announced at the open house. Students must provide contact information to be eligible. Benedictine students, faculty and staff can also enter a trivia contest. Entry forms will be available at the research and circulation desks and on the Library website at October 7.

An International Student Roundtable will be held from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 in Kindlon Hall, Room 026. Students will offer their perspective on the classroom and life at Benedictine University. Lunch will be provided.

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.

The public is invited to attend a special viewing of the new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 12 on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning. Named in honor of the late Fr. Michael, the gallery features a selection of paintings, sculpture, photography and ceramics from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists. The gallery is currently featuring some of Fr. Michael’s favorite pieces from the collection. Future plans call for different pieces from the University’s collection to be showcased on a rotating basis and work from new artists to be featured periodically. The gallery’s regular hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Students interested in attending Benedictine University are invited to participate in an upcoming Preferred Visit Day or Saturday Preview Day event.Attendees can meet with Admissions staff in small group settings to discuss Benedictine University’s renowned academic programs, the admissions process and requirements, applications, scholarships and financial aid. They can also request a guided tour of campus.  Preferred Visit Day sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, October 14 and Monday, November 11. Students and parents who attend Saturday Preview Day on October 12 will check in at 10:00 a.m. at the Krasa Student Center. Following the presentation, they can enjoy the University’s Homecoming festivities, meet with alumni and current students, and enjoy free appetizers and giveaways. Parents and students who attend the event will also receive free tickets to the Benedictine Eagles Homecoming football game against Aurora University at 1:00 p.m. in the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

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 Department of Communication Arts, the Benedictine University Library, the School of Education, the Center for Teaching and Learning and International Affairs will present Shayla Thiel-Stern, Ph.D., “Identity in the Digital Age: Discussing Gender, Race and Youth in Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Beyond,” at 6:30 p.m. on October 17 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Thiel-Stern, a professor at the University of Minnesota, will discuss her research that examines how young people articulate identity through the various tools of digital media. The discussion will focus specifically on how adolescent girls from various backgrounds have seized upon particular technologies to communication with peers and perform identity.  Research is drawn from her current and past research on the topic, including that from her forthcoming book, “From the Dance Hall to Facebook: Teen Girls, Mass Media, and Moral Panic in the United States, 1905 to 2010,” which will be published this winter by University of Massachusetts Press.

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.

Healthy Table

Serving Size vs. Portion Size: Is There a Difference?

When consciously attempting to make healthy food choices, knowing what and how much you eat is an essential component to include in your eating plan. Do you know the difference between serving and portion sizes? While these terms are often used interchangeably, they actually mean significantly different things. A “serving” is the amount of food recommended in education materials or reflective of nutrient content on food labels. A “portion” is the amount of food one chooses to eat at any one time; this may be more or less than actual serving. For example, a dinner plate may include a 6-ounce piece of grilled chicken, 1-cup of rice and ½-cup of green beans. This 6-ounce portion of chicken is actually considered 2 servings of meat, the 1-cup of rice is considered 2 servings of rice and ½-cup of green beans is considered ½ a serving of vegetables according to MyPlate guidelines. While this is still considered a healthy meal overall, understanding that this portion of food contains various servings of food items is important when an individual is attempting to consume the recommend intake of each food group daily.

Some everyday comparisons to help individuals visualize serving sizes include:

• A teaspoon of margarine is the size of one dice.
• Three ounces of meat is the size of a deck of cards.
• One cup of pasta is the size of a baseball.
• One and a half ounces of cheese is the size of four stacked dice.
• One half cup of fresh fruit is the size of a tennis ball.

Overcoming portion distortion encourages balanced eating and optimal nutrient intake. Once an individual gets a good sense of serving sizes, they are able to compare portions consumed in order to make necessary modifications during meal intake.

Campus Recreation

Check out the “refreshed” group fitness class schedule for fall 2013 at  Fitness classes are always fun and always free. Follow BenUCampusRec on facebook and twitter for all the latest updates for activities and facilities.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

Benedictine became the first team in conference history to defeat Dominican in men’s soccer, halting a 104 unbeaten streak in conference play with a 1-0 win.

The Benedictine volleyball team finished off the Illinois-Iowa Crossover Challenge with a pair of victories.

For the first time in the NACC era, the Benedictine women’s soccer team toppled Dominican.

A pair of goals from Ante Markotic powered the Benedictine men’s soccer team to a 2-1 double overtime win over Edgewood.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team earned a spot in the conference tournament with a win over Dominican.

The Benedictine men’s golf team competed at the Cress Creek Collegiate Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, October 1

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Rockford
Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Women’s Tennis
BenU at North Central
Naperville, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2

Women’s Soccer
BenU at Rockford
Rockford, Ill.
4:00 p.m.

Women’s Tennis
BenU vs. St. Francis
Lisle, Ill.
3:30 p.m.

Friday, October 4

BenU at MSOE
Milwaukee, Wis.
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 5

BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Concordia Wisconsin
Rice Center
2:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
3:30 p.m.

Women’s Golf
Saturday-Monday, October 5-7
BenU at NACC Championships
Wisconsin Dells, Wis. – Trappers Turn Resort

Sunday, October 6

Men’s Golf
BenU at Eagle Invite
Woodridge, Ill. – Seven Bridges
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of October 1-29:

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

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

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