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Campus Notebook                         September 6, 2016

Lisle Campus News

Students, faculty and staff filled St. Procopius Abbey Church for Opening

Mass last Thursday.

Campus Events

Make a statement and attend Book Club kickoff

The Benedictine Library Fall Book Club kickoff will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, in Kindlon Hall, Room 311. Attendees will receive a free copy of this year's book selection, "The Statement," by Brian Moore, a story based on the real-life case of Paul Touvier, a French war criminal who was long protected by Church and government officials. Faculty, staff and students are welcome. Bring a lunch. For more information, contact Mary Ocasek at mocasek@ben.edu.

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery will present "Humility and Stepping Stones to Holiness" at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, in the second floor Chapter Room of the monastery. Get excited and find the richness in "The Rule of St. Benedict" as he shows us a path to holiness through the 12 steps of humility. Sacred Heart Monastery is located at 1910 Maple Ave., Lisle. Enter at the front door with the statue of the Sacred Heart.

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 ebormann@ben.edu.

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 a yet-to-be-determined location. 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.

Fox News panelist discusses upcoming presidential election

Benedictine University's Center for Civic Leadership will host journalist and political analyst Juan Williams at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium for a discussion of topics relevant to the upcoming presidential election.  Williams is a panelist on "Fox News Sunday" and a regular substitute host for "The O'Reilly Factor." His views of American politics, diversity in the workplace and changing American demographics have made him a popular choice for debates and seminars. This event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Jen Zingg at (630) 829-6460 or jzingg@ben.edu.

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 hvaldivia@ben.edu 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 ben.edu.


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 ben.edu/FallVisit. To RSVP for "Preferred Visit Days" go to ben.edu/preferred. For more information, contact (630) 829-6300 or admissions@ben.edu

Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE)

ACE is the place for students to 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. The workshops begin on September 6 with "Habits of a Successful Student." This workshop provides tips for academic success, beginning with how to use a syllabus productively. "Time Management" is the topic on September 13. Students will learn about tools and strategies for more effective use of their time. 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.

Faculty and Staff Notes

Christine M. Fletcher (Theology) wrote a book, "24/7 Christian: The Secular Vocation of the Laity," which has just been published in Polish by the Liturgical Press. The book explores how people reconnect their faith and life and move beyond being an hour-a-week Christian. She shows the importance of Catholics' faith in meeting the challenges facing people today, including climate change, global inequality and family breakdown.

Jan Writer (Education) has been selected to give a peer-reviewed presentation and paper on efficacious inclusive education practices at the 2017 International Conference on Autism, Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disabilities on January 18-20 in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Her session will highlight research-based strategies for the design and application of diverse visual supports that promote the active engagement and personal autonomy of students with significant disabilities, within and across general education classrooms and typical school settings.

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.


Students returned to campus last week renewing old friendships and

establishing new ones.

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

New gallery series enhance appreciation for art

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery has added four new series to its educational programming.

The "Meet the Artist" Series

Enjoy a glass of wine, snack on delicious appetizers and cheese, and interact with the artist whose work is currently on exhibit in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery. Students, faculty, staff and the community at large are invited to drop in from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on the day of the event and network with our local art community.

The "Art and Religion Discussion" Series

Pack your lunch and get connected to a brown bag lunch discussion series to be conducted by Teresa J. Parker, curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University Art Collection. The purpose of these discussions is to heighten the visibility of the religious aspect of the permanent art collection by using the Benedictine hallmarks to allow the public to recognize themes in the religious art displayed throughout our campus.

"Sonntag Distinguished Scholar in Art and Culture" Series

This Art and Culture series has been made possible through an endowment established by William and Susan Sonntag for the purpose of bringing some of the foremost scholars in the world of art to speak at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and Benedictine University. The inaugural speaker for this event will be Foy Scalf, Ph.D., head of research archives at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Scalf will be presenting a lecture on "The Art and Architecture of Ancient Egypt" in the spring.

Art Walking Tours

Take a self-guided walking tour in Goodwin, Kindlon and Birck halls on Benedictine University's Lisle campus. Pick up a brochure when you enter one of these halls and discover exciting information about the works of art that are a part of the Benedictine University Art Collection and on display for your education and delight.

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
You can have your snack and eat it, too

Check out these easy-to-pack snack ideas, all of which are 200 calories or less:

    • Hummus and raw veggies - Dip carrots, cucumbers and bell pepper slices in your favorite hummus. 2 tablespoons hummus + 1 cup raw veggies = 125 calories.
    • Apple with almond butter - 1 medium apple + 1 tablespoon almond butter = 170 calories.
    • Trail mix - Make your own. Throw in some nuts, seeds, dried fruit, unsweetened shaved coconut and even some dark chocolate chips. 2 tablespoons roasted mixed nuts + 1 tablespoon raisins + 1 teaspoon dark chocolate chips = 160 calories.
    • Greek yogurt and berries - 6 ounce container of Greek yogurt + 1 cup strawberries = 170 calories.
    • Low-fat string cheese and whole wheat crackers -  part skim cheese sticks + 5 whole wheat crackers (ex: Wheat Thins) = 175 calories.
    • Popcorn - Air-pop some popcorn for a crunchy, satisfying snack. 2 cups air-popped popcorn + 1 teaspoon olive oil = 120 calories.
    • Smoothie - Blend a banana, kale and almond milk together for a quick and nutritious snack. 1 small banana + 1 cup kale + 1 cup almond milk = 175 calories.

* - Calories may vary depending on brand. Be sure to check the label for the most accurate information.

For more 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 healthytable.benu14@gmail.com.

BenU Athletics
Keep up with the Eagles!

The 2016 Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Saturday.

The Benedictine football team opened the season with a stiff test at No. 8 Wheaton.

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

The Benedictine women's volleyball team opened the season with a 1-3 mark at Elmhurst College.

The Benedictine men's soccer team lost for the first time this season in OT.

The Benedictine women's soccer team came up short in the closing seconds.

The Benedictine men's cross country team opened with a fourth-place finish at St. Francis.

Led by a freshman, the women's cross country team ran to fourth at St. Francis.

The Benedictine women's golf team dropped seven strokes in the second round.

Upcoming Athletic Events (Subject to change due to weather)

Tuesday, September 6

Men's Golf
BenU at Aurora University Double Gun
Bristol, Ill.
8:00 a.m.

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

Wednesday, September 7

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

Women's Volleyball

BenU at Eureka
Eureka, Ill.
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 9

Men's Golf
BenU at Carthage Invite
West Dundee, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball

BenU vs. Coe – at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
3:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU at Saint Mary's
Winona, Minn.
4:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

BenU at Calvin
Grand Rapids, Mich.
4:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. MacMurray – at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
5:30 p.m.

Saturday, September 10

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Rose-Hulman – at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country

BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Mequon, Wis.
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. St. Norbert
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
1:00 p.m.

Men's Golf

BenU at Carthage Invite
West Dundee, Ill.
1:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Simpson – at Illinois Wesleyan
Bloomington, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Soccer
BenU at UW-Stout
Menominee, Wis.
4:00 p.m.

Benedictine Athletic Hall of Fame Induction (RSVP)
Goodwin Hall of Business
5:30 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU at Hope
Holland, Mich.
7:00 p.m.

For information on upcoming athletic events, go to http://www.benueagles.com/.


The lounge area outside Starbuck's in Goodwin Hall remains
a popular gathering spot for students between classes.

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 mgranic-white@ben.edu.

BenU at Mesa Athletics

Keep up with the Redhawks!

Redhawks cross country programs look for improvement in Year Two.

Cross country teams start season off well at George Kyte Invitational.

Redhawks women's volleyball rolls to a 5-0 record at the UAV Classic.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Saturday, September 10

Cross Country
BenU at Mesa at Biola Invitational
Fullerton, Calif.
8:00 a.m.

The Mesa Branch Campus began the school year with Mass after
welcoming more than 225 freshman and transfer students to the
community this fall.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 6-30:

Megan De Angelis – September 6, Registrar
Michael McArthur – September 7, Enrollment, Northern Region
Sergio Diaz De Sandy – September 8, Dining Services
Connie Mounts – September 8, Business and Finance Services
Hai Ri Han – September 9, Fine Arts
Jennifer Lange –September 9, Nursing and Health
Luis Loubriel – September 9, Music
Rick Holman – September 9, Graduate Business Administration
Stuart Zaczek – September 9, St. Procopius Abbey
Bartholomew Ng – September 10, College of Science
Jennifer Gardner – September 11, College of Science
Jean-Marie Kauth – September 11, Core Humanities
Christina Kyres – September 12, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Anne Marie Smith – September 12, Academic and Career Enrichment Center
Frank Budig – September 13, Dining Services
Valerie Ellinger – September 13, Adjunct Instruction, Central Region
Hazel Hosmer – September 13, Business and Finance Services
George Judd – September 13, Springfield University Police
Debra Kane – September 13, Financial Aid
Claudia Morris – September 13, Student Life Cycle, Northern Region
Miguel Amaro – September 14, Dining Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski – September 14, National Enrollment
Heather Hawker – September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano – September 14, President's Office
Catherine Arnold – September 17, Nutrition
Joe Esqueda – September 17, Mesa Facilities Management
Phillip Hardy – September 17, Political Science
Anthony Sosa – September 18, Engineering Services
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
Grgeory 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, Athletics
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

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