Campus Notebook                             September 4, 2015

Please drive safely over the holiday weekend!

Lisle Campus News

Students at the Lisle campus interested in filling student worker positions during
the 2015-16 academic year attended a job fair hosted by the Career Development
Center and the Office of Personnel Resources on September 2 in the Krasa Center.

Learn more about BenU at these events

High school sophomores and juniors can learn more about Benedictine and the enrollment process during "Saturday Preview Day" from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on September 12 at a location to be determined and during "Fall Open House" from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. Prospect students can take tours of classrooms and the grounds near the new state-of-the-art Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business. They can speak with representatives from multiple University departments and learn how affordable BenU is by speaking with financial aid representatives. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Students invited to attend Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House

Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our adult undergraduate and graduate programs, and meet with admissions and financial aid representatives and faculty, by attending our Graduate and Adult Undergraduate Open House from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine has adult undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Analytics and Finance, and graduate programs in Education, Linguistics, Business Administration, Public Health, Accountancy, Business Analytics, Clinical Exercise Physiology, Clinical Psychology, Finance, Management Information Systems, Management and Organizational Behavior, Nutrition and Wellness, Science Content and Process, and Taxation. RSVP today at

Campus Ministry
Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit Campus Ministry

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

Help foster reconciliation and peace among people

Taizé Ecumenical Prayer Services are meant to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Ascension Catholic Church at 808 S. East Ave. in Oak Park hosts a Taizé Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Phone (708) 848-2703 for more information. The Congregational Church of Batavia hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:00 p.m. on the second Friday of each month at 21 S. Batavia Ave. Call (630) 879-1999. St. Barnabas Episcopal Church hosts a Taizé prayer service at 7:30 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at 22W415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394. A Taizé prayer service is held at 7:00 p.m. on the fourth Friday of the month at the Tau Center at Wheaton Franciscans, 26W171 Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. Call (630) 909-6600. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Campus Recreation

Get fit with a class at the fitness center

Campus Recreation has announced the schedule for fall group fitness classes in the Rice Center. BOOTCAMP, taught by a certified personal trainer and designed to increase your metabolism and energy while giving you that toned body you've always wanted, is offered from 7:00-7:45 a.m. on Mondays from September 14-October 12. POWER ABS, a 30-minute class that targets your abdominals to give you a sleek and toned midsection, is available from 7:00-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from September 8-October 6. RESTORATIVE YOGA, a gentle and slow-paced class that combines the use of props with traditional Hatha based seated yoga postures, is offered from 7:00-7:45 a.m. on Wednesdays from September 9-October 7. YOGALATES, which combines the toning of Pilates with the stretching of Yoga, is offered from 12:30-1:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 8-October 8. ZUMBA®, which fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program, is offered from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursdays from September 10-October 8. Classes are free form all students, faculty and staff. Register at

Student Life
Who are you going to call?

Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or

University Development

Thanks to all who watched students do the "Eagle Walk"

Thank you to all faculty and staff who came out and cheered on our new freshman class at the Eagle Walk on August 27. It was a great show of support to our new students. There is a limited number of T-shirts available for anyone who is interested. Please visit Nicole Placek in the Krasa Center, Room 175, to pick up a T-shirt.

Giving makes you feel good all over

As a valued community member, you already influence the future at Benedictine University through your time and talent. Now you can also help Benedictine build for the future through a regular payroll deduction or annual gift. By designating your gift to the auditorium in the new College of Business building, you will help create a special place where all students, faculty and staff can gather for meetings and lectures by powerful national and international leaders. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or

Campus Events

Join us at BenBash on October 17

Put on your jeans and boots for the country concert of the year. Benedictine University is bringing country to the suburbs with Easton Corbin and Jerrod Niemann at the Rice Center on Saturday, October 17, as part of Homecoming 2015. Tickets are on sale now at If you would like to volunteer for this event, contact Nicole Placek at

First Center for Civic Leadership lecture series speaker is Golden

Michael Golden, former broadcast journalist, political campaign manager and author of "Unlock Congress: Reform the Rules – Restore the System" will be the featured speaker at the Center for Civic Leadership Lecture Series from 12:00-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, in the Krasa Presentation Room. Golden worked for NBC and CBS television affiliates in Illinois, Iowa and California where his investigative and public affairs reporting on politics, education, health care and criminal justice reaped honors from the Associated Press, the Edward R. Murrow Awards and the Society of Professional Journalists. In 2006, he co-founded One Million Degrees, a non-profit scholarship program for low-income community college students in Illinois, and in 2012, he co-founded Complete The Degree, a program designed to motivate adults to finish their college education.

Get connected at symposium discussing Pope Francis's Laudato Si'

The Center for Mission and Identity will sponsor "Everything is Connected: Perspectives on Pope Francis's Laudato Si'" from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30, in the Krasa Presentation Room. The symposium will feature presentations by Chris Fletcher, "Everyone is connected: Pope Francis' inclusive encyclical;" Monica Tischler, "Perspectives on teaching environmental science using the papal encyclical;" Phil Hardy, "Who Is He to Judge? Weighing Papal Influence on U.S. Policymaking, Public Opinion and Political Campaigns;" and Martin Tracey, "Pope Francis on the Environmental Crisis: Its Nature, Causes and Remedies." The symposium is free and open to public. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at

Spend Tuesday night with the Sisters

The Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery are celebrating the Year of Consecrated Life with a presentation by Chris Fletcher, associate professor of Religious Studies at Benedictine University, titled "The Beauty of Holiness: Mary in Art," at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8, at the monastery, which is located at 1910 Maple Ave., in Lisle. Attendees are asked to come to the front door of the monastery near the statue of the Sacred Heart.

Campus Information

The bus is the only way to fly (to the train station)

Pace is providing bus service between the Lisle Metra Station and Benedictine University with one southbound trip departing the train station at 7:16 a.m. (dropping off riders at College Road near the campus's main entrance) and one northbound trip departing the campus near the main entrance on College Road at 4:52 p.m. Pace Route 827 (Green Trails-Steeple Run) will provide this service as a pilot program for one year. For more information, contact (312) 836-7000 or it

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 2014, which is published in 2015, as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center of Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield and Mesa, Arizona branch campuses at You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, our 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.

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

Art gallery announces schedule for third exhibition season

Here is the fall 2015 schedule of the third annual exhibition season of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery and the University Art Collection:

Ongoing Exhibition
Recent Acquisitions
University Art Collection
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

August 24-October 10
"Perspectives on Now"
John Pitman Weber
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor

Through September 26
Frank Bush
Mixed Media
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

Through September 26
Mixed Media
Henry Senachwine High School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

September 19-November 20
Prints from Normal Editions Workshop Press
Atrium Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor

October 1-December 19
"Still Lives: El Cemeterio de San Miguel de Allende"
Alan Leder
North Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, October 4

October 5-December 19
Mixed Media
Normal Middle School
South Gallery
Kindlon Hall, First Floor

November 9-December 23

"Creches II"
Mixed media
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Reception 2:00-4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 6

The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery summer hours are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and by appointment.  

Healthy Table
Back to School Healthy Tips

Here are some healthy tips for students (or adults) going back to school:

  • Eat a balanced breakfast with three or more food groups (fruit, vegetable, protein, whole grains, dairy) in order to have more energy at the beginning of your day. Some breakfast ideas include oatmeal with fruit and a glass of milk, Greek yogurt with granola and fruit, omelet with vegetables and a glass of milk, or whole grain pancakes with fruit and a glass of milk.
  • Pack a snack before you leave for school. Some snack Ideas: apple and peanut butter, vegetables and Greek yogurt dip, trail mix with dried fruit, or granola bar with an 8 ounce bottle of juice/milk.
  • Fill up your water bottle the night before and put it by the door to avoid forgetting your hydration for the day.
  • Save money and pack a lunch that contains a fruit, vegetable, protein, whole wheat grains and some dairy to make a well-balanced meal that will give you energy throughout the day.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs 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

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team opened the season by notching a win on the road.

The Benedictine volleyball team opened the season by winning three times in Atlanta, Ga., at the Ogelthorpe Stormy Petrel Challenge.

The Benedictine men's soccer team secured its first win of the year on Labor Day.

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

The Benedictine men's cross country team opened the year at St. Francis.

The Benedictine women's golf team kicked off the season at Carthage.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Wednesday, September 9

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

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Eureka
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 11

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

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Simpson –Aurora Tournament
Aurora, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Central –Aurora Tournament
Aurora, Ill.
6:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 12

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Wheaton (Mass.) –Aurora Tournament
Aurora, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Invite
West Chicago, Ill. –St. Andrews
10:00 a.m.

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

Women's Volleyball
BenU vs. Chicago –Aurora Tournament
Aurora, Ill.
2:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer
BenU vs. St. Olaf
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
2:00 p.m.

Men's/Women's Cross Country
BenU at Concordia Wisconsin
Rock Island, Ill.
11:00 a.m./12:00 p.m.

BenU vs. Carroll
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine Sports Complex
7:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 13

Women's Golf
BenU at Benedictine Invite
West Chicago, Ill. –St. Andrews
10:00 a.m.

Women's Soccer

BenU at Loras
Dubuque, Iowa
1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer

BenU at UW-Whitewater
Whitewater, Wis.
4:00 p.m.

Mesa Campus News

President Brophy attended Opening Mass at the Mesa branch campus celebrated
by Fr. James Aboyi, V.C., who was recently appointed the school's chaplain.


Learn more about BenU at Mesa at open house

Personal attention. A low student-to-faculty ratio. Generous financial aid packages. Numerous student organizations and clubs from which to choose. Benedictine University at Mesa students also get involved in community outreach and service projects. They play intercollegiate sports, work out at the Mesa Family YMCA and enjoy resort-style living at the Phoenix Marriott Mesa. Prospective students can discover their own reason to choose Benedictine University at a Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17 at Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St., in downtown Mesa. Students can meet with faculty, talk to current students, discuss tuition and scholarships with financial aid representatives. For more information about this event, contact (602) 888-5500 or

Campus Events

Visiting scholar talks about aging as a vocation

Autumn Alcott Ridenour, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious and Theological Studies at Merrimack College in North Andover, Mass., will lecture at Benedictine University at Mesa and Xavier College Preparatory in Phoenix as part of Benedictine's "Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series." Ridenour will present "Aging as Vocation: Virtues Through an Augustinian Lens," at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 24, at Xavier College Preparatory, 4710 N. 5th St., in Phoenix, and at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, Ariz. The lectures are sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity (CMI) and the Department of Theology at Benedictine University at Mesa, in partnership with Americare Catholic Hospice and Xavier College Preparatory School.

Springfield Campus News

Learn more about Benedictine's adult programs at open house

The Springfield Branch Campus will host an Adult Undergraduate Programs Open House from 5:30-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, in the Brinkerhoff Home. Benedictine’s National Moser Center for Adult Learning provides several accelerated adult degrees – a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and an RN to BSN Completion Program -- that help enhance job opportunities and career changes. Class sites in Springfield, as well as at corporate partner locations, help provide convenience for adult students in this region.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of September 7-29:

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
Luis Loubriel – September 9, Music
Rick Holman – September 9, Graduate Business Administration
Pattye Panagiotaras – September 9, Admissions
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-Coines – September 12, Academic Partnerships, Northern Region
Anne Marie Smith – September 12, Student Success Center
Frank Budig – September 13, Dining Services
Valerie Ellinger –September 13, Springfield Nursing and Health
George Judd – September 13, Springfield Campus Police
Debra Kane – September 13, Financial Aid
Hazel Hosmer – September 13, Business and Finance Services
Elizabeth Ziolkowski – September 14, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Heather Hawker – September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano – September 14, University Development
Catherine Arnold – September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy – September 17, Political Science
Jesus Herrera – September 17, Campus Services
Karina Carrillo – September 18, Campus Services
Anthony Sosa – September 18, Campus Services
Laura Banny – September 20, Dining Services
Crystal Pass – September 20, Campus Services
Bridget Cooper – September 21, Personnel Resources
Wesley Herwaldt – September 21, Dining Services
Patrick Polasek – September 21, Psychology/Sociology
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
Anthony Staffaroni – September 25, Mesa Operations
Sarah Kurpiel – September 26, Benedictine Library
Br. Richard Poro, O.S.B. – September 26, Student Life
Katie Gregory – September 27, Admissions
Patti Marchese – September 27, Admissions
Beverly Smith – September 28, Athletics
Elizabeth Hill – September 28, President's Office
Silvia Larrondo – September 28, Benedictine Library
Elizabeth Ritt – September 28, Nursing and Health
Wendy Finch – September 28, Mesa Operations
Alfred Martin – September 29, Biological Sciences
Ronald Finnigan – September 29, Center for Lifelong Learning

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