2007
Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex honored for excellence

Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex honored for excellence
March 28, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

The Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex has been selected as a recipient of a 2007 Annual Award for Business Excellence (AABE) by The Business Ledger. Benedictine University is one of 20 companies and organizations honored this year. The AABEs are given for business achievement, growth and community involvement. This is the 17th year the awards are being presented to suburban companies, business organizations and non-profit groups. Recipients will be recognized at a dinner on Wednesday, April 25 at Danada House in Wheaton. “This award is a reflection of the hard work of a number of people – University administrators, maintenance staff and food service personnel from Sodexho, and an outstanding group of student workers,” said David Kunka, director of Sports Complex operations at Benedictine University. “We are extremely proud of this recognition by The Business Ledger, and we will continue to work with the Village of Lisle and the Lisle Visitors and Convention Bureau to make visiting the Sports Complex an enjoyable experience for every member of the community,” Kunka said. The two-year-old sports complex, the first of its kind in the western suburbs, includes a lighted football stadium encircled by a nine-lane track with seating for more than 3,000 fans, a lighted baseball field with seating for 750, a lighted softball field, two practice fields and other amenities. The facility is used by Benedictine University, the Village of Lisle, community organizations, and area high schools including Lisle, Benet Academy, Naperville North, Montini Catholic, Driscoll Catholic and Wheaton St. Francis. The facility is also home to the Chicago Bandits professional softball team and the DuPage Dragons college wooden bat baseball team. In 2006, the sports complex hosted the NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse National Championships and the NCAA Division IIII Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships. The recipients of the AABE awards were selected by a panel of The Business Ledger staff, event sponsors and other business owners and executives. Last year, Benedictine University’s College of Business was an AABE recipient.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.