Campus Notebook

September 8, 2014

Faculty and Staff Notes

William J. Carroll (Office of the President) has been named a recipient of an INSIGHT Into Diversity Visionary Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant past and present contributions to diversity in higher education and who have made an indelible mark in broadening diversity and inclusion at their college or university. INSIGHT Into Diversity is the oldest and largest diversity magazine and website in higher education today, connecting potential employees with institutions and businesses that embrace a workforce more reflective of our local and national communities for nearly 40 years. To read the complete story, go to

University Notes

Community Resource Fair 8-27-14 (20)

Students explore services offered by local businesses during the Community Resource Fair.

Top women leaders gather for summit at Benedictine

The 2014 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit will be held at Benedictine University at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 3 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The leadership summit, which is sponsored by the College of Business and the Office of Community Development at Benedictine, is a regional conference that addresses the issues of working women such as work/life balance, culture, innovative leadership and financial sustainability. Speakers include Beth Reese, Nicor Gas president, Dilara Salim Sayeed, special assistant to the chief administrative officer of the Chicago Public Schools, and Alvenia Rhea Albright, founder, president and CEO of Alvenia Rhea Albright and Associates LLC, a consulting firm specializing in leadership development. 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. Early bird registration is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight. After September 26, registration is $40 per person or $320 for a table of eight. Expo tables are $250. Table sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets, more information or to become a sponsor, contact or (630) 829-1934.

Ready? Wait. Decorate!

There is just one week left for your department or office to enter the Homecoming Office Decorating Contest. Decorate on Monday, September 15, and then on Wednesday, September 17, a panel of judges will select the winning office based on use of the Homecoming theme, “Building for the future,” BenU spirit, originality and the use of “green” materials. The winning office receives a continental breakfast on Monday, September 22, and the travelling trophy to proudly display until Homecoming 2015. To indicate your interest and to receive a copy of the Office Decorating Contest Rules, contact Nicole Placek at For more details about Homecoming 2014, visit

Pakistan consul general talks about conflict among Muslims

The Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the College of Liberal Arts and the Global Studies major will present “Intra-Muslim Conflict: Sources and Solutions” presented by Pakistan Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25 in the Krasa Presentation Room. Tirmizi is a post graduate of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan in 1993, handling bilateral, multilateral, consular and administrative assignments both in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and abroad. Tirmizi has served in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Desk Officer of Middle East, Central Asia, Afghanistan, India as well as director of Personnel, Protocol and Foreign Secretary's Office. For more information, contact Vince Gaddis at

Abbey lecture features guest speaker from Notre Dame 

St. Procopius Abbey, Benedictine University and the Lumen Christi Institute will sponsor The Documents of Vatican II Lecture Series, “Spousal Vision: Seeing the Church with Lumen Gentium,” presented by John Cavadini, Ph.D., professor of Theology and director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16 at St. Procopius Abbey Church. The event is free to the public and all are invited. For more information, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or

Open house features adult undergraduate, graduate programs

Benedictine University will host an Adult Undergraduate and Graduate Fall Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7 in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. Benedictine offers the following adult undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Analytics and Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance; and the following graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Linguistics, Master of Business Administration, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Accountancy, Master of Science in Business Analytics, Master of Science in Clinical Exercise Physiology, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Master of Science in Management Information Systems, Master of Science in Management and Organizational Behavior, Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness, Master of Science in Science Content and Process, and a Master of Science in Taxation. RSVP at For more information or to schedule a personalized visit, contact (630) 829-6300, or

Medieval expert discusses Christian-Muslim relations

John Tolan, Ph.D., professor of History at the Université de Nantes in France, an internationally known scholar of medieval Christian-Muslim relations and author of the books “Saracens” and “Saint Francis and the Sultan,” will present a lecture titled “Francis and the Sultan: An Emblematic Encounter?” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17 in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, the Scholars Program, the College of Liberal Arts and  the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The lecture is free and open to the public, but there is limited seating. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, contact Rita George-Tvrtkovic at

Got values? Learn about programs at open house

Benedictine University’s doctoral program in Values-Driven Leadership will host an Online Open House at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 18 for all executives interested in learning more about the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) programs in Values-Driven Leadership. The Online Open House will offer prospective students an opportunity to interact with and ask questions of faculty, current students and graduates. The doctoral program is designed for senior leaders and business executives. All are welcome to attend this online event. Find details and register for the event at Contact Amber Johnson at for more information.

Admissions readies for more events during the fall

The Office of Admissions will host a “Saturday Preview Day” from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on September 13. Prospective students can tour campus, meet with an Admissions counselor, learn about the admissions process, discover Benedictine’s outstanding academic programs, and get information about tuition and scholarships. Benedictine University at Mesa will host two Saturday Preview Days from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on September 20 and October 18. Freshman and Transfer students can meet with an Admissions counselor, take a campus tour and meet with faculty.

Ladies, learn how to defend yourself

University Ministry is sponsoring a “One Light Self-Defense Workshop” for all Benedictine University female staff, faculty and students from 6:30-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 10 in the Founders’ Woods clubhouse.  Participants are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing and remove all jewelry. Proceeds from the workshop benefit Women at Risk International, which is a nonprofit organization creating circles of protection and hope around women at risk. A donation of $15 is suggested. To RSVP and reserve a spot, call (630) 829-1310 or email

Witness the revolution at the Fr. Michael art gallery

Visit the exhibition "Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There" at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery at Benedictine University from Wednesday, September 17 through Wednesday, October 8. The exhibit highlights firsthand accounts of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia during the “Velvet Revolution,” the ouster of the ruling Communists. An opening reception will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

A slightly skewed look at celebrities in America

Sculptor Larry Ballard has a slightly skewed view of popular culture. His humorous observations of society will be on display for four weeks at Benedictine University. “Coolness!” a collection of sculptures by Ballard, will be exhibited at The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall through Saturday, September 27. A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery.

Benedictine joins effort to create healthier lawns

Benedictine University is joining the Chicago Park District and other organizations by ceasing the use of cosmetic pesticides and employing only mowing to control weeds as part of the national Healthy Lawn effort. Lawn chemicals have been cited as contributors to rising rates of various cancers, asthma and neurological problems among children in the United States. Community members can learn more about this effort at the Healthy Lawn Symposium sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31 in the Krasa Presentation Room. The community is also invited to participate in a special forum to discuss the hazards of lawn chemicals and to get tips for growing healthy lawns at their own homes from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, and 4:30-5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in the Presentation Room. For more information on these events and other Stewardship and Sustainability events sponsored by the Center for Mission and Identity, please visit

Help raise awareness about addiction and recovery

Faculty, staff and students are invited to help raise awareness of addiction and support those in recovery by participating in the Addiction Awareness and Recovery 5K Run/Walk at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 14 at St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville. There is a $35 registration fee. Participants receive a T-shirt. Refreshments will follow in the pavilion at 11:00 a.m. For more information or to register, go to or contact Donna at (630) 642-0713 or Joe at (630) 853-5418. The run is sponsored by the West Suburban Fellowship Club, JUST of DuPage County and Linden Oaks at Edward. 

Former presidential advisor to discuss economic recovery

Austan Goolsbee, the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, will present “Reflections on the Obama economic recovery – what we got right, and what we got wrong,” at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Goolsbee provided economic and fiscal policy advice to Barack Obama during his 2008 presidential bid.  Following Obama’s inauguration, he served as a member of the president’s cabinet, as chief economist for the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board and as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers. The event is sponsored by the Center for Civic Leadership and is free and open to the public.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post

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. The Office of 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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University 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

Learn how to seek God through prayer, good works

Learn about the oblate program from the Benedictine Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery from 2:30-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. The term “oblate” means “an offering of oneself,” and the practice of associating with a Benedictine monastery dates back at least to the 9th century. Oblates are lay women and men who continue to live and work in their own home community, but essentially become “lay members” of a particular Benedictine community and promise to share in the Benedictine way of life. Oblates seek God daily through study, prayer, works of charity, justice and peace. They gather regularly at Sacred Heart Monastery for lectio divina, study and discussion of "The Rule of St. Benedict," and sharing their lives with the lives of the Sisters. All are welcome to attend this informative afternoon. Please RSVP to Sister Karen Nykiel, O.S.B., oblate director, at (630) 632-2216 or

Help foster reconciliation, 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) 8482703 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.

Who 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.

Sunday, Daily Mass resume

Sunday Mass is now being offered t 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Daily Mass is offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

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

Where a student should go with a gripe

A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to

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

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery has been set: 

Through Saturday, September 27
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Sculptor Larry Ballard's slightly skewed view of popular culture will be on display at gallery through Saturday, September 27. A special reception for the sculptor and his exhibition will be held from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6 at the gallery. Ballard’s tongue-in-cheek look at popular culture icons like Andy Warhol and Michael Jackson reflect his humorous observations of our society. These works are bright, colorful and have a savvy all their own.  

Wednesday, September 17-Wednesday, October 8
"Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
Visit the exhibition "Witness to the Revolution...Accounts from Americans Who Were There." The exhibit highlights firsthand accounts of Americans who were in Czechoslovakia during the “Velvet Revolution,” the ouster of the ruling Communists. An opening reception will be held from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 20.

Through October 10
"Fine Arts Faculty Bienalley"
Recent works from the Fine Arts faculty at the Lisle and Mesa branch campuses will be on display through October 10 in the second floor atrium of Kindlon Hall. The event is sponsored by the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery.

Sunday, October 5
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
David Oulette, Ph.D.: “The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death. Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 2
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: "Problems with Representing the Human Figure"
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
200-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will relate how portraiture fares with other genres of figural expression by using samples from the history of art. Scarlato earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Creche, a term first used in 1792, is of French and Old German origin and refers to a group of small statues or figurines representing the scene of Christ's birth in the manger in Bethlehem. Creches are popular in churches, schools and public places, particularly at Christmas. The lecture coincides with the creche display in the gallery courtesy of Marmion Academy.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Healthy Table

Celebrate International Chocolate Day!

Saturday, September 13 is International Chocolate Day. Celebrate the holiday by eating your favorite chocolate candy bar. All chocolate is not created equal. The cacao tree produces beans that are roasted and ground into a paste called cocoa liquor, or cocoa solids. The solids are then separated into cocoa butter and powder. All three ingredients are used in varying amounts to make different types of chocolate, but the cocoa solids are the only source of flavanol, a type of antioxidant that may help prevent a number of degenerative, age-related diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, immune dysfunction, cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate both have cocoa solids and cocoa butter, but milk chocolate has fewer solids, and more sugar and milk is added. White chocolate doesn't contain cocoa solids. When trying to get the health benefits from chocolate, always choose the darkest option!

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 follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

BenU Athletics

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine football team kicked off the season at home against Central.

The Benedictine men’s soccer team scored their first win of the season over UW-Platteville.

The Benedictine volleyball team competed at Illinois Wesleyan.

The Benedictine women’s tennis team split matches on Saturday to improve to 3-2 on the year.

The Benedictine women’s soccer team battled the second ranked team in the country.

The Benedictine men’s cross country team competed at Aurora.

The Benedictine women’s cross country team ran to seventh at Aurora.

The Benedictine men’s golf team took part in the two-day Carthage Invite.

Upcoming Athletic Events

Tuesday, September 9

Women’s Golf
BenU at North Central Invite
Naperville, Ill.
12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 10

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

Thursday, September 11

Women’s Soccer

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

Women’s Volleyball
BenU vs. Wheaton
Rice Center
7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 13

Women’s Tennis

BenU vs. Wisconsin Lutheran
Aurora, Ill.
10:00 a.m.

Women’s Golf
BenU at Benedictine Fall Invite
West Chicago, Ill. – St. Andrew’s
12:00 p.m.

Women’s Soccer
BenU vs. Monmouth – North Central Sal Vaccaro Tourney
Naperville, Ill.
12:30 p.m.

BenU at Carroll
Waukesha, Wis.
1:00 p.m.

Men’s Soccer
BenU vs. Augustana
The Village of Lisle/Benedictine University Sports Complex
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 14

Women’s Soccer

BenU vs. Oberlin – North Central Sal Vaccaro Tournament
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Men’s Golf
BenU at Wisconsin Lutheran Invite
Hartford, Wis. – Washington County Golf Club
12:00 p.m.

Happy Birthday!

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

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
Xing Wang-September 9, International Programs and Services
Bartholomew Ng-September 10, College of Science
Jennifer Gardner-September 11, College of Science
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 Hawker-September 14, Admissions
Patricia Ariano-September 14, University Development
Stephen Nunes-September 15, National Moser Center
Catherine Arnold-September 17, Nutrition
Phillip Hardy-September 17, Political Science
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
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
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 Mesa
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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Marketing and Communications

Gary Kohn
Assoc. Vice President
Marketing and Communications
(630) 829-6095
Naperville Operational Center

Jody Conidi
Project Manager
(630) 829-6068
Lownik Hall
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.