Benedictine in the News

Local Features
How ISIS reporter copes with the demands of the job

March 12, 2017
Daily Herald

Rukmini Callimachi, who spoke at Benedictine University in Lisle last week about the threat of ISIS, has had other dangerously close calls in her career on the front lines of conflicts around the world. She writes about the Islamic State and the group's particular brand of terrorism. Nightmares, and sometimes anxiety, come with the job. Read more...

From DH cop intern to top reporter on terrorism

March 12, 2017
Daily Herald

This past week, Rukmini Callimachi talked to students at Benedictine University in Lisle where she also sat down for an interview with our Katlyn Smith, who chronicles in today's editions how Rukmini carried trash bags into abandoned buildings in Iraq looking for documents to add to her archives about the surprisingly complex bureaucracy of ISIS. Read more...

Journalist describes fight for Mosul at Benedictine talk

March 12, 2017
Daily Herald

Rukmini Callimachi, a former Daily Herald reporter, returned home with exclusive documents that help shed light on the Islamic State group's state-building activities. On Thursday, she shared some of her findings with about 300 people at Benedictine University in Lisle. Read more...

'Passage from India': Suburban Sikhs find their children leading them back to their roots

March 11, 2017
Daily Herald

For Sikhs in the suburbs, it's a lonely battlefield. "I feel people staring at me -- but it's an old feeling now," said Ipninder Singh. Outside his dorm room at Benedictine University in Lisle, he usually is the only man in sight with a turban and flowing beard. In corporate offices and suburban schools, it's the same. "For most of the day, once I step out of my house, I'm the only Sikh," said Kulmeet Singh. But the self-consciousness, he said, is blended with a sense of pride. Read more...

From the community: Benedictine Social Justice Teach-In brings identity, racial issues to forefront

March 10, 2017
Chicago Tribune

Confronting uncomfortable and painful but important issues through dialogue can help unearth greater understanding of people and issues affecting local, national and global communities. In pursuit of these efforts, Benedictine University held an all-day "Teach-In on Social Justice and Race." The goal was to put into action one of the University's core values which is to engage in dialogue with others. Read more...

Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, alumnus to give Benedictine commencement address

March 7, 2017
Bugle Newspapers

Lee DeRemer, Ph.D., a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, will address graduates at Benedictine University’s 127th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 13. Read more...

Constable: What do monks give up for Lent?

March 2, 2017
Daily Herald

The concept of giving up something for Lent appeals to lots of folks, as nearly one-quarter of Americans do it. About a third of churchgoing Protestants and evangelicals, and 36 percent of all Hispanics, observe Lent. Even monks make sacrifices for Lent. Read more...

Benedictine student's robot earns spot at conference

March 1, 2017
Daily Herald

Jakub Jancek will present his project, "Optimizing Kinect® Depth Sensing Using Dynamic Polarization," at the 48th Association for Computing Machinery Technical Symposium of the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education Wednesday through Saturday, March 8-11, in Seattle, Washington. The symposium is SIGCSE's flagship conference and regularly attracts more than 1,200 computer science educators from around the world. Read more...

New York Times foreign correspondent to discuss overseas terror organizations at Benedictine University

February 24, 2017
Daily Herald

Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and The Associated Press, will present "Exploring Terror: A Look at the Secretive Body Inside ISIS Dedicated to Projecting Terror Overseas" as part of the Center for Civic Leadership Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Benedictine University's Goodwin Hall Auditorium. Read more...

Harvey-Blaszczyk pairing lived up to expectations

February 22, 2017
Daily Herald

Incoming Benedictine University men's basketball player, Tahron Harvey felt assured when he realized he'd be sharing the backcourt with fellow DuPage Valley Conference product Michael Blaszczyk. The 2015-16 Eagles squad that included Harvey, Naperville Central's Blaszczyk and since-graduated D3Hoops national player of the year Luke Johnson, out of Wheaton Academy, won its first 31 games until losing to St. Thomas in the NCAA Division III championship game. Read more...

Benedictine president's documentary film to be shown

February 22, 2017
Daily Herald

In his 2005 film "Night for Day: The XP Story," Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, an award-winning writer and director, examines the dramatic and unusual ways patients afflicted with xeroderma pigmentosum around the world cope with the debilitating disease characterized by extreme sensitivity to ultraviolet (sun) light that can lead to cancer and death. Read more...

Lecture examines Catholic Worker movement founder and her conversion

February 20, 2017
Daily Herald

Peace activist, oral historian and author Rosalie G. Riegle will discuss Catholic Worker movement co-founder Dorothy Day and the foundation of her Catholicism at Benedictine University on March 2. Riegle is visiting as part of the annual Benedictine Heritage Lecture Series, which celebrates the founding of the University and reflects its Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage. Sponsored by the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, she will present the lecture, "Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Times." Read more...

Benedictine selects James Payne as new Provost

February 15, 2017
Daily Herald

Benedictine University has chosen James E. Payne, Ph.D., as its next chief academic officer. Read more...

Libyan doctor, studying to improve his own country, worries American democracy is at risk

February 13, 2017
Chicago Magazine

Sabri Elmansouri, 32, is a radiologist from Libya, currently pursuing a master’s in public health at Benedictine University. He entered the U.S. on a student visa in 2015 in order to learn more about public administration to help his country rebuild after Arab Spring protests toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. Read more...

Seminar helps students bridge 'college to career' gap

February 1, 2017
Daily Herald

Benedictine University's Personal Branding for Business program helps students transition to careers with seminars and events, including a networking reception. Read more...

Colleges weigh sanctuary campus requests

January 24, 2017
The Beacon-News

At Benedictine University, a petition submitted to university President Michael Brophy called for the school to refuse to voluntarily share information with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection as much as legally possible, to refuse ICE access to university property, and to prohibit campus security from asking about immigration status or participating in ICE or border protection action, among other requests. Read more...

COD, Benedictine University celebrate legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 22nd annual MLK breakfast

January 23, 2017
Daily Herald

Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast co-hosted by Benedictine University and College of DuPage at Benedictine's Lisle campus. Gibson, who knew King, reflected on his own experiences with the Civil Rights Movement and the challenges of maintaining and improving civil rights today. Read more...

Student videos wanted to spread word on smart energy

January 18, 2017
Daily Herald

Sarah Ware, adjunct professor at Benedictine University in Lisle, normally has students do volunteer work in the community to fulfill the experiential learning component of the humanities course she teaches. But this winter, she's encouraging them to take on a very different kind of project. She's asking the students to break into teams and create videos about smart energy use in languages other than English. Read more...

Entrepreneur, motivational speaker Bill Rancic to share business lessons at BenU

January 18, 2017
Bugle Newspapers

Bill Rancic, entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, will be at Benedictine University on Wednesday, February 8, at 7 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium as part of the "BenU Presents: An Evening with..." event series. Read more...

AAFS takes part in Rohingya Cultural Center Winter Clothes Drive

January 16, 2017
Arab American Family Services

Arab American Family Services was proud to team up with the Benedictine University Students for the Justice of Palestine to help donate winter clothes for the Rohingya Refugee Cultural Center. Read more...

Small Catholic university, big Muslim enrollment try to build bridges

January 14, 2017
Chicago Tribune

It also may come as a surprise to others that Benedictine, a Catholic institution in a suburban county that is 78 percent white and 86 percent Catholic or Protestant, may have the highest percentage of Muslim students of any Catholic university in the nation. That percentage is rising and reflects a trend at other Catholic institutions of higher learning. Read more...

Local Features
Benedictine selects John Jeries as new Chief Information Officer

December 22, 2016
The Daily Herald

Benedictine University has chosen John Jeries to lead its technology division. The new Chief Information Officer (CIO) has more than 26 years of information technology (IT) experience, including 18 years as a CIO. Read more...

Advent at the Abbey offers quiet reflection

December 1, 2016
The Daily Herald

Amid the hustle and bustle of the holidays, members of the public are invited to prepare for the Nativity of Jesus at "Advent at the Abbey" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at St. Procopius Abbey, 5601 College Road, Lisle. The event's speakers are Fr. Becket Franks of St. Procopius Abbey and Christine Fletcher, associate professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Benedictine University. Read more...

If you're leading and no one is following, are you a leader?

November 28, 2016
WDAM-TV Channel 7

Corporations often consider an MBA a necessity for anyone who wishes to attain C-suite status. The MBA program at Benedictine University offers flexibility for the aspiring MBA in both content and time commitment. Instead of one course at a time, the program provides the opportunity to accelerate and finish the 64-credit program in one year instead of two. Read more...

What we're eating has evolved with nutritional trends influenced by millennials

November 28, 2016
WALB News 10

Now with massive farms growing crops in quantities, manufacturers producing "New, less fat" and other supposed improvements, there are many choices. Millennials, however, have taken a stance. They want healthier, more "plant-centric" food. With all the many choices, nutritionists and registered dietitians are essential to help people design a better way of eating and nourishing themselves. Benedictine University's provides an online Master of Science in Nutrition and Wellness program that combines advanced nutrition with wellness. Read more...

Benedictine's peace pole dedication promotes respecting, loving one another

November 23, 2016
The Beacon News

Benedictine University dedicated a peace pole on November 14 in a ceremony celebrating the newest addition to the Campus Quad. Read more...

Benedictine's pingpong professor helps students, faculty win at academia and life

November 22, 2016
The Beacon News

Wong, associate professor of Teacher Education Preparation at Benedictine University, challenges his students within and outside of the classroom, and if they are up to the task, he has no problem giving them a deft pingpong lesson, often blasting angling, twisting and spinning winners off the table against his much younger opponents. Read more...

How economics, demographics affect a community's health concerns

November 11, 2016
Daily Southtown

One county; very different health concerns across it. The myriad communities that make up Cook County tell a story of affluence and poverty and points in between. And, depending on a community's economic standing, its biggest health concerns can be very different. Read more...

Connecting 2 faiths

October 30, 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education

H. Ali Yurtsever has fielded a lot of questions about his faith since he started his job at Benedictine University in August, including whether faculty members should allow Muslim students to leave class for afternoon prayer and whether the university should upgrade its rest rooms to make it easier for those students to perform their ablutions. Read more...

Let's talk baseball

October 26, 2016
Business Ledger

National Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins will speak at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University, Lisle. This "BenU Presents: An Evening with" event is open to the public. Read more...

Cubs' legend Fergie Jenkins to appear at Benedictine's Goodwin Auditorium

October 20, 2016
The Beacon News

National Baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins will speak at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 17 in Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University. This "BenU Presents: An Evening with" event is open to the public. Read more...

Hobart's Walker well 'received' at Benedictine

October 17, 2016
NWI Times

Hobart’s Elijah Walker is having himself a season. Walker leads the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) in receiving yards and is eighth in NCAA Division III. The former Hobart Brickie leads Benedictine University in receiving, scoring, and yards per catch. Read more...

Benedictine receives $2 million to benefit scholarships

October 14, 2016
Daily Herald

Future Benedictine University students pursuing science degrees may qualify for new scholarships thanks to two $1 million gifts. Read more...

Benedictine names business school after Inland CEO

October 13, 2016
Daily Herald

Benedictine University has named its College of Business after Daniel L. Goodwin, a local real estate executive and vice chair of the University's board of trustees. Read more...

Corrections commander recognized for 25 years of service

October 6, 2016
Kendall County Now

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office recognized Corrections Commander Sabrina Jennings for 25 years of service on Sept. 26. Commander Jennings is a graduate of Oswego High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts in management with honors from Benedictine University. Read more...

Temptations coming to Benedictine

September 28, 2016
Daily Herald

The quintet will perform some of their greatest hits, including "My Girl," "Get Ready" and "Just My Imagination," beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the school's new Goodwin Hall Auditorium, 5700 College Road. Read more...

Benedictine hosts Women's Leadership Summit

September 21, 2016
Daily Herald

The national board president of Girl Scouts of the USA, a state representative and the CEO of YWCA Metropolitan Chicago are the featured speakers of the 2016 Greater Chicago Women's Leadership Summit hosted by the College of Business at Benedictine University in Lisle. Read more...

Local author releases book on Amazon

September 8, 2016
River Bender

Kelsey Schulz, 23, placed her book, "Witchhunter: Realm of the Isles, on Amazon. She went to Benedictine University in Springfield for her bachelor's degree in writing and publishing. Read more...

Benedictine awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral degrees to May graduates

September 3, 2016
The Beacon News

Benedictine University announced that it has awarded Associate of Arts (A.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degrees to 338 students who completed their degree requirements on or before May 2015. Read more...

Wheaton dances past Benedictine at 'homecoming'

September 3, 2016
Daily Herald

The Thunder welcomed back former offensive coordinator Josiah Sears as football coach of Benedictine University, handing him a 26-7 loss in his first game in charge of the Eagles program. Read more...

Ursuline Academy, Benedictine University story correction

September 1, 2016
Fox Illinois

Benedictine University reached out to us this week, informing us that the school was not abruptly closed in the middle of the 2007 school year, but rather, they say the building was closed *after* the 2007 school year ended. Read more...

Lisle main campus degree programs open house

August 24, 2016
Patch.com

The Northern Illinois region of Benedictine’s National Moser Center offers a multitude of class sites in a variety of suburban locations that provide convenience for our adult students who live and work within the larger Chicago area. Read more...

To grow, Catholic colleges broaden horizons

August 14, 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education

At home, interfaith recruitment has been a boon for Benedictine, too, ever since the university made a concerted effort to reach out to the Chicago Muslim community after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Since then, says Mr. Brophy, popularity has grown through word-of-mouth. Read more...

Someone you should know: Michael Brophy

August 1, 2016
Naperville Magazine

Michael Brophy became the 11th president of Benedictine University last August and was officially installed in April. Read more...

Benedictine Univ. announces Dean's List

July 27, 2016
Mendota Reporter

Benedictine University in Lisle has announced the names of 908 students who are included on the spring dean’s list. Read more...

Schmidt new man's soccer coach at Benedictine

July 25, 2016
Downer's Grove The Bugle

Benedictine University Director of Athletics, Mark McHorney, has announced the hiring of Attila Schmidt as the new head men’s soccer coach. Read more...

Two-time Masters champion Ben Crenshaw headlines BenU golf outing

June 22, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Benedictine University's 22nd Annual President's Invitational Golf Outing will be held Tuesday, July 19, at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. This year's celebrity guest will be World Golf Hall of Fame member Ben Crenshaw, widely considered one of golf's greatest putters. Read more...

BenU graduate students inducted into international business honor society

June 21, 2016
Chicago Tribune

This year, the 2015 and 2016 graduating classes at Benedictine University inducted 48 graduate students from the College of Business into the University's Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To qualify for selection, a student's cumulative GPA must rank in the top 20 percent of their graduate business program. Read more...

Lisle poised to refinance sports complex debt

June 2, 2016
Daily Herald

Lisle is moving ahead with plans to refinance $4.2 million of debt incurred 12 years ago during construction of the Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Read more...

Benedictine University serving as shelter for those displaced by Tuesday's storm

June 1, 2016
Daily Herald

More than a dozen Willowbrook families displaced by damage from Tuesday's storms have sought shelter in Lisle. For the fifth time since the snowstorm of February 2011, Lisle's Benedictine University has been activated as an emergency Red Cross shelter. Read more...

Artist-in-residence has a hand in puppetry arts course

April 29, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Tapping the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" as a muse for a class assignment might seem unconventional. It's all par for the course for one student at Benedictine University. Read more...

DuPage legislators, comptroller: Budget standoff 'a mess'

April 27, 2016
My Suburban Life

As the ongoing budget standoff in Springfield slowly moves toward a year of financial gridlock, state legislators from DuPage County and state Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger said they are frustrated yet hopeful. Read more...

BenU advocates for MAP Grant funding

April 19, 2016
The Candor

On Tuesday, April 12th, 25 Benedictine students traveled to Springfield, Ill. to deliver letters to Governor Bruce Rauner, lobby their legislators, and have private meetings with Kelly Burke and John Cullerton. Read more...

Benedictine University AMSA Superhero 5k Sprint

April 17, 2016
Active.com

Calling all superheros of all ages! Benedictine University’s American Medical Student Association presents: Superhero Sprint! Participants can run/walk this 5K run, which will be held on campus. Read more...

Award-winning NPR correspondent, alumna to give commencement address at Benedictine

April 15, 2016
Daily Herald

Carrie Johnson, Class of 1994, an award-winning correspondent for NPR's Washington desk, will address graduates at Benedictine University's 126th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 14, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. Read more...

New president officially takes office at Benedictine University

April 15, 2016
Daily Herald

Partway through his speech at his official installation as the new president of Benedictine University, Michael Brophy reached under the podium and pulled out a thick packet of papers he said is known as the "red file." In it was a collection of faculty suggestions for the 129-year-old school's goals and priorities. Read more...

Brave a shave for kids with cancer

April 9, 2016
St. Baldrick's Foundation

The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. The event will be held in Benedictine University's Rice Center. Read more...

SD308 Names Sparlin as Superintendent

April 6, 2016
Patch.com

The Board of Education will promote Associate Superintendent for Administrative Services Dr. John Sparlin to the district’s top administrative role as Superintendent of Schools beginning July 1. Read more...

Benedictine picks development leader

March 21, 2016
Daily Herald

A veteran fundraising professional, Leonard A. Bertolini, has been named vice president of development at Benedictine University in Lisle. He'll join the university May 1. Read more...

Benedictine University fall 2015 dean’s list

March 21, 2016
BCR News

Benedictine University announced 895 students were named to the fall 2015 dean’s list. The dean’s list recognizes full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade point average or above. Read more...

National championship eludes Benedictine

March 19, 2016
Daily Herald

Perfection was just out of reach, figuratively and literally. The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) stopped Benedictine University one step short of a perfect season, defeating the Eagles in the Division III men's basketball national championship game 82-76. Read more...

DIII Men's Basketball: Benedictine (Ill.) advances to first championship game

March 19, 2016
NCAA.com

Despite being held to a season low point total, the second-ranked Benedictine University men's basketball team kept a historic season moving, rallying after trailing at halftime for just the fourth time this season to best Amherst College and reach the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship game. Read more...

Benedictine to play for national championship

March 18, 2016
Daily Herald

That long staircase to the perfect season has only one more step in front of the Benedictine University Eagles. By virtue of a hard-fought 63-60 win over Amherst College, the Eagles will play for the first national championship in men's basketball program history, facing St. Thomas (Minn.) at 5:05 p.m. Saturday in the Salem Civic Center. The game will be televised on CBS Sports Network. Read more...

Benedictine looking for dream ending to dream season

March 17, 2016
Daily Herald

These may be uncharted waters, but already Benedictine University has made a huge splash. The sole unbeaten team in all of men's college basketball with a program-best record of 30-0, coach Keith Bunkenburg's Eagles are the first unbeaten to reach the NCAA Division III semifinals since 2009. Read more...

Edward names new president and CEO

March 16, 2016
Naperville Sun

A Naperville healthcare veteran who has been active in the city's economic development will take over as president and CEO of Edward Hospital effective July 1. Read more...

Benedictine eyes first ever NCAA national championship

March 16, 2016
WGNtv.com

Benedictine University has been close to winning it all before, but never this close. In 1991, the team made it all the way to the Division III Elite Eight before losing out to a UW–Platteville team coached by future Badgers legend Bo Ryan. Despite making six more appearances since, the Eagles hadn't won another NCAA tournament game until this year. Read more...

Longtime Naperville resident Bill Kottmann named CEO, president of Edward Hospital

March 16, 2016
Daily Herald

Kottmann has a bachelor's degree in environmental science from the State University of New York, a master's degree in psychology from Roosevelt University and an MBA from Benedictine University. He's lived in Naperville since 1991 with his wife, Donna, and two daughters. He is a founding board member and past chairman of the city's economic development organization, the Naperville Development Partnership. Read more...

From the community: VIN Chicago Appoints Director of E-Commerce

March 14, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Known for its quality wines, great prices and knowledgeable wine associates, Vin Chicago has named Peter D'Amico to the position of Director of E-Commerce, according to Peter Schwarzbach, the firm's owner. D'Amico is a graduate of Benedictine University, holding a master's of business administration and bachelor's degree in business management. Read more...

Benedictine University headed to first Final Four in school history

March 13, 2016
WGNtv.com

There's only one undefeated team left at any level of NCAA men's basketball and they play in Lisle. Illinois' Benedictine University improved to 30-0 Saturday night after beating Alma College 93-73 in the Division III Elite Eight. Read more...

Blowout victory sends Benedictine to Final Four

March 12, 2016
Daily Herald

Benedictine opened a big lead Saturday night and cruised into the Division III NCAA Tournament Final Four next weekend. Read more...

Benedictine not done with NCAA Tournament run

March 11, 2016
Daily Herald

Nearing the midpoint of the second half of Friday night's Division III NCAA Tournament game, Benedictine University decided it had had enough of Ohio Wesleyan. A 13-0 run gave the Eagles the lead for good, and they advanced to Saturday's Elite Eight game with a 97-84 victory in Lisle. Benedictine (29-0) hosts Alma College at 7 p.m. Saturday. Read more...

Teen starts nursing education at Technology Center of DuPage

March 9, 2016
Daily Herald

Karlie Podnar wants to pursue COD's 3+1 bachelor's degree program: three years at COD and a final year under the tutelage of professors from Benedictine University, earning a bachelor of science in nursing. Read more...

Benedictine advances to third round of NCAA Tournament

March 5, 2016
Daily Herald

The Benedictine University men's basketball team picked right up where it left off. Winners of all 27 games during the regular season and the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Tournament, the Eagles stormed through the second round of the Division III NCAA Tournament with an 85-64 win over Hardin-Simmons on Saturday night. Read more...

Budget impasse forcing some students to question future

March 5, 2016
Chicago Tribune

Benedictine University junior Samantha Triani is just two semesters away from completing her business degree in management and organizational behavior. How she's going to pay for her final year, however, is uncertain because Illinois Republicans and Democrats can't agree on a state budget this fiscal year, nor have they started appropriating money for next year. Read more...

Undefeated Benedictine men's basketball hopeful for NCAA tournament

March 2, 2016
ABC 7 News

Led by double-double senior Luke Johnson, Division 3 Benedictine University is one of the nation's two unbeaten teams at any level with a school record of 27-0. Read more...

Get MISTified with Noor Tagouri at Benedictine University

February 16, 2016
The Odyssey Online

Noor Tagouri to visit Benedictine University for MIST Chicago 2016. Read more...

Benedictine breaks school mark for victories in a season

February 13, 2016
Daily Herald

The Benedictine University men's basketball team became even more special on Saturday. Beating Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference foe Edgewood 88-54 on senior day at the Rice Center in Lisle, the Eagles set a new program victories mark with 24. Read more...

National Features
Women’s soccer in Portland draws more than 21,000, the latest sign of the World Cup bump  
July 23, 2015
US News 

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Nowhere could the World Cup bump in women's soccer be more apparent than in Portland, Oregon, where more than 21,000 fans watched a National Women's Soccer League rivalry match between the Thorns and the Seattle Reign. Read more...

Local Features
Benedictine University professor's egg research hatches new discoveries on environmental change
November 30, 2015
PR Newswire

Eggs. We eat them, decorate them and collect them. But what if we could use eggs to go "back to the future" and find out what happened in the past that has affected and possibly is still affecting our current and future environment? Read more...

Benedictine reports improvements on DOE's 2015 College Scorecard

November 25, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Benedictine University offers a private, values-based Catholic education that makes a difference for students and alumni from all walks of life and income levels, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Education's College Scorecard. Read more...

Attorney's visit to Benedictine sheds light inner working of nation's highest court
November 19, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Drawing on his experience as former U.S. Solicitor General and one of the nation's top attorneys, Paul Clement took more than 200 faculty members, students and guests up the 36 marble steps and onto the floors of the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday evening during a lecture in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium at Benedictine University. Read more...

Benedictine's Lincoln Academy honoree eyeing career in oncology pharmacy
November 18, 2015
Chicago Tribune 

Benedictine University senior Dana Viola Cairns, the daughter of Dale and Florence Cairns of Lombard and a 2012 Glenbard East High School graduate, was among 54 of the state's outstanding college students honored by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois in ceremonies at the state capital earlier this month. Read more...

Edward Hospital in Naperville hosted 12th annual conference for nurses and nursing students
November 17, 2015
The Herald-News

Edward Hospital hosted its 12th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference for nurses and nursing students on Oct. 24. Read more...

Students, parents can explore science opportunities at BenU open house
November 10, 2015
Metromix

High school and transfer students who are interested in science and want to learn how the College of Science at Benedictine University can help prepare them for exciting and rewarding careers should attend the College of Science Open House. Read more...

Benedictine shares success of NetVue grant initiatives
October 29, 2015
Christian reformed church

Benedictine University has successfully employed two grants from the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) to help students better identify and pursue a life calling. Read more...

Benedictine offers new honors program for advanced students in sciences
October 28, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Benedictine University is looking for curious, high-achieving and highly-motivated students to join the new Jurica Scholars Program, a rigorous honors program for students majoring in the Biological Sciences. Read more...

Visiting scholar to address the Christian roots of religious freedom at Benedictine
October 28, 2015
MetroMix

Robert Louis Wilken, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Virginia and author of several books on Christianity and its history, will lecture at Benedictine University on the Christian roots of religious freedom, as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series. Read more...

Benedictine's new Goodwin Hall open for business education, innovation
October 22, 2015
PR Newswire

Benedictine University administrators, joined by the monks of St. Procopius Abbey, welcomed hundreds of students, faculty, staff, donors and honored guests in a dedication for its newest academic building, the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, at a blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, October 17.

Barker A Freshman Sensation For Benedictine Golf Team
October 15, 2015
DesPlaines Valley News

It didn’t take long for Marist graduate Kelly Barker to make her mark at Benedictine University. Barker was named the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference women’s golf Freshman of the Year and made the all-conference first team after finishing in third place in the conference’s Tournament.

Former Springfield park district executive, alumnus addresses Benedictine's first $10K MBA graduates
October 14, 2015
WN.com

Mark A. Bartolozzi, a 1983 graduate of Springfield College in Illinois and a funds manager with the Illinois Department of Human Services, addressed 19 graduates of Benedictine University at Springfield's $10K M.B.A. program during a reception October 10 at the Brinkerhoff Home. Read more...

Former U.S. ambassador to address America's foreign policy toward Africa
October 14, 2015
Chicago Tribune

On going conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen, a eurozone still on an economic knife's edge, the Iranian nuclear program and deeply unsettled transitions across the Middle East have not given the United States much time to contemplate Africa. Read more...

Women’s Soccer enjoying its World Cup bump 
October 9, 2015
The Salt Lake Tribune 

Portland, Ore. - Nowhere could the World Cup bump in women's soccer be more apparent than here, where more than 21,000 fans watched a National Women's Soccer League rivalry match between the Portland Thorns and the Seattle Reign. Read more...

Benedictine event addresses role of corporations in curbing climate change
October 7, 2015
Chicago Tribune

The United Nation's Post-2015 Development Agenda. The International Energy Agency's 2015 report "Tracking Clean Energy Progress 2015." The World Economic Forum's "Global Risks 2015" report. The Pope's Encyclical Letter "Laudato Si'." Even a cadre of the world's billionaires agree there is an urgent need for action to address climate change, pollution and resource shortages. Read more...

Benedictine event addresses role of corporations in curbing climate change
October 7, 2015
Daily Herald

Susan Albers Mohrman, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Center for Effective Organizations in the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, will present "Corporate Stewardship: Accelerating Fundamental Organizational Evolution" from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 24, on the fourth floor of the Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business AT Benedictine University in Lisle. Read more...

Benedictine U. series to examine pope's views on environment
September 23, 2015
Daily Herald

A panel of Benedictine University faculty members next week will examine Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment and its moral implications for ecological, theological and political transformation in the fight against climate change. Read more...

Benedictine U. series to examine pope's views on environment

September 23, 2015
Daily Herald

A panel of Benedictine University faculty members next week will examine Pope Francis's encyclical on the environment and its moral implications for ecological, theological and political transformation in the fight against climate change. Read more...


How new leader wants Lisle's Benedictine University to grow
September 11, 2015
Daily Herald

Michael S. Brophy wants Benedictine University -- the Lisle institution where he took the reins as president in August -- to become a true leader in Catholic higher education. Read more...

Benedictine University offers scholarships for adult learning
September 10, 2015
The Herald-News

Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic University in Lisle, offers several scholarships to help adult students, often who must balance school with work/life and financial challenges, to succeed academically. Read more...
 
Teamsters agreements could play role in possible binding arbitration; County Clerks, State Board of Elections reviewing bloated rolls claim; and more from INN Radio
September 2, 2015
IL News 

The Illinois House could take up a vote to override a veto of a bill the Governor says will lead to tax increases while one of the measure’s sponsors in the House says the no strike-no lockout bill should bring both sides closer to an agreement.  Read more...

Lisle celebrates the vegetarian life at Veggie Fest
August 19, 2015
www.mysuburbanlife.com/ 

Veggie Fest returned Aug. 15 and 16 to Lisle for its 10th year. Read more...

Benedictine University’s National Night Out focuses on crime prevention, community partnerships
August 12, 2015
www.mysuburbanlife.com/ 

Residents and police officers joined together to celebrate National Night Out on Aug. 4 at Benedictine University in Lisle. Read more...

Red Star's Vanessa DiBernardo emerges as key contributor in second pro season
August 5, 2015
Chicago Tribune

After starting every game this season, Chicago Red Stars midfielder Vanessa DiBernardo got a short rest on Saturday night. Read more...

STAYING LOCAL: Red Stars soccer caters to enjoyable family experience 
August 3, 2015
Chicago Tribune 

It's a sunny Saturday evening and my wife and I have loaded our three children into the minivan to head out for a new family experience. Read more...

Ill. University Police Department Given State Safety Award
July 22, 2015
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The Benedictine University Police Department has been awarded “First Place” in the College/Campus Police category of the 2014 Illinois Traffic Safety Challenge sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (ILACP) Traffic Committee. Read more...

Red Stars sell out game honoring World Cup stars
July 16, 2015
Daily Herald 

Tickets for Saturday's Chicago Red Stars game honoring its World Cup players have sold out, team officials announced Thursday. Read more...

Benedictine U chooses first new leader in 20 years
June 9, 2015
www.chicagobusiness.com 

Benedictine University named a new president: Michael Brophy, president of Marymount California University. Read more...

Benedictine University selects Michael Brophy as new president
June 9, 2015
www.mysuburbanlife.com 

Benedictine University announced June 9 that the current president of Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., will be the university's 11th president.Read more...

New Benedictine University president brings 'diverse background'
June 9, 2015
Daily Herald 

The next president of Benedictine University in Lisle says he wants to build the institution into "a leading voice in Catholic higher education."Read more...

Benedictine University names new president
June 9, 2015
Chicago Tribune 

Michael Brophy will be the 11th president of Benedictine University. Read more...
College pushes for more STEM teachers
April 8, 2015
Chicago Tribune

Benedictine University is hoping that extra grant money for students will help boost the number of educators who are teaching science and math to students in needy school districts. Read more...
 
Milestones make news at BenU
January 14, 2015
Daily Herald 

The Benedictine men's basketball team reached a pair of milestones last week. Coach Keith Bunkenburg won his 300th game, and six days later senior Tim McGinty scored his 1,000th point. Read more...

Benedictine president to step down
January 13, 2015
Daily Herald 

William J. Carroll planned to spend 10 years as president of Illinois Benedictine College in Lisle when he was hired in 1995. Love, Carroll said, kept him around a decade longer at the school that would become Benedictine University. Read more...

Benedictine University to host upcoming baseball, soccer camps
January 6, 2015
mySuburbanLife.com

The baseball and women's soccer teams at Benedictine University will host upcoming camps aimed at training youth players in each sport. The annual Pre-Season Camp run by the baseball team will take place on four consecutive Fridays from Jan. 30 to Feb. 27. Read more...

Best places to view art in the suburbs
January 1, 2015
Daily Herald 

The Art Institute of Chicago may be one of the world's most acclaimed art museums, but it doesn't hold a monopoly on art worth viewing in the region. Read more...

National Features
Financial aid, peer support drawing veterans to Catholic universities
January 29, 2014
National Catholic Reporter

Levittown, Pa. – Catholic colleges and universities across the United States are attracting military veterans of recent wars with a combination of financial aid, individualized assistance and opportunities for peer support. Read more...

Lectio Divina: a pathway to prayer and inter-religious dialogue
January 28, 2014
Vatican Radio

An old friend of the Radio, the author of countless reflections broadcast by the English Programme, a Benedictine intellectual who has given us guidance and help in understanding the Scriptures over and over again, Father Timothy was back in Rome for meetings and found time to update us on new developments in his life and work. Read more...

Local Features
Plainfield teen has more than 4,000 hours of volunteer work
December 27, 2014
The Herald-News 

When Samantha Triani, 19, was just 4 years old, her brother was diagnosed with diabetes, and Triani and her family took to the streets to raise awareness.This was just the beginning of a Triani’s passion for – and dedication to – volunteer work.

Chicago Tonight features "A Passion for Paschke"
November 4, 2014
WTTW11

On the eve of the 10th anniversary of his death, the artist Ed Paschke is remembered in a show of works from his family member's collections. The exhibition of family-owned work by the great Chicago Imagist is on the campus of Benedictine University in Lisle, Illinois.

Benedictine University President Dr. William J. Carroll is recognized with diversity award

August 28, 2014
Daily Herald

Benedictine University President William J. Carroll has been named a recipient of an INSIGHT Into Diversity Visionary Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to diversity in higher education and who have made an indelible mark in broadening diversity and inclusion at their college or university. Read more...

Benedictine’s Center for Lifelong Learning fulfilling community needs
NCTV-17

Distinguished Naperville resident Bev Patterson Frier cites the benefits of Benedictine University’s Center for Lifelong Learning during an interview with NCTV-17. Read more...

Festival of Asia to transform Benedictine University in Lisle
January 29, 2014
PlanItLife.com

Authentic cuisine and dancing will highlight Benedictine University’s seventh annual Festival of Asia, timed to celebrate the imminent Chinese New Year. It takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, in Lisle. Read more...

Hundreds gather in DuPage to remember King's work
January 20, 2014
Chicago Tribune

As the country paused to honor the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Timothy Goodly said the holiday is also about recognizing the everyday heroes he continues to inspire even decades later. Read more...

Festival of Asia brings in Chinese New Year, highlights students' culture
January 14, 2014
Daily Herald

Chinese students studying at Lisle's Benedictine University won't have time to travel 7,000 miles to enjoy the Chinese New Year, their country's biggest celebration. Read more...

Local Features
Benedictine's new Global College reflects emphasis on international students
October 16, 2013
Daily Herald

Alan Gorr, dean of Benedictine University's new Global College, was in China this summer to interview incoming students for the master of public health program Benedictine has started to offer in northeast China. Read more...

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