A Message Home

April 2014

Dear Parents,

It is hard to believe finals week is less than a month away and most students will soon be returning home for summer break. Another year has flown by and another class of students – the Class of 2014 – will be graduating on Saturday, May 10. Congratulations to you, their parents! It has been a pleasure getting to know you and your student.

As this is the last e-newsletter for the academic year, it’s packed full of information. Please be sure to read about summer courses offered at reduced tuition rates. As you scroll down, you’ll also find a comprehensive listing of home athletic events through the end of the semester.

Included in this newsletter: 

  • Benedictine offers summer courses at reduced tuition rates. 
  • A message from the Office of Admissions to parents of the Class of 2018. 
  • Office of Alumni Development welcomes Class of 2014 into Alumni Association. 
  • Make sure to update the FAFSA and submit all required documentation. 
  • April greetings from the New Student Advising Center. 
  • Student Care Packages for finals week. 
  • Would you like to volunteer? 
  • Sign up for the Koinonia Retreat.

As always, please feel free to contact me at any time. I am only a phone call or click away.



Hope Keber
Parent Liaison, Parent Programs
(630) 829-1127

Upcoming Dates and Events

Sunday, April 6
Third annual Spring Family Brunch (May 2014 graduates to be honored at event)

Friday-Monday, April 18-21
University closed in observance of Easter holiday

Thursday, April 24
Admitted Student Day

Saturday-Friday, May 3-9
Final exams

Saturday, May 10

Monday, August 25
Fall 2014 Semester begins

Benedictine offers summer courses at reduced tuition rate

SummerCourses_editIn an effort to better serve its students and the local community, Benedictine University has enhanced its traditional undergraduate summer courses by piloting 22 new offerings at a 50 percent reduced tuition rate.

Beginning this summer, in addition to the “traditional” summer course offerings, Benedictine students can choose from more than 20 rigorous piloted courses in subjects ranging from accounting and cell biology to calculus and psychology. These courses, which will help students fulfill core major requirements through a challenging summer curriculum, will be offered in an either partly or fully online format at a discounted rate of $432.50 per credit hour. After the pilot is completed, the program will be reviewed with the goal of offering even more classes in this format during future terms.

Check the most up-to-date class list at ben.edu/summer

A message from the Office of Admissions to parents of the Class of 2018

Congratulations to you and your student, who will be entering Benedictine University as the Class of 2018. The following are a few steps your student may still be required to complete:

  1. Has your student taken online placement exams? To sign up for testing, please visit ben.edu/placement
  2. Has your student submitted the $200 tuition deposit? To submit payment, please visit ben.edu/deposit or call Student Accounts at (630) 829-6503. 
  3. Have you filed your FAFSA? If not, visit fafsa.gov and use Benedictine’s school code (001767).

Once these steps are completed, your student will receive a call from the New Student Advising Center about scheduling an enrollment appointment.

For additional information, please call the Office of Admissions at (630) 829-6300.

Office of Alumni Development welcomes the Class of 2014

Graduation_editAs the school year comes to a close, the Office of Alumni Development is excited to welcome the Class of 2014 as our newest Alumni Association members. We would like to offer our heartfelt congratulations to all of the graduates and their families on a job well done. We look forward to meeting your students at the Graduation Fair on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 22-23 and at commencement activities taking place in May. We encourage new alumni to check out all the events we have planned just for them at ben.edu/alumnievents.

Please stay tuned for more information about opportunities for students to connect with alumni coming this fall!

For additional information, please contact Trente Arens at tarens@ben.edu or (630) 829-6077.

Make sure to update the FAFSA and submit all required documentation

Now that you have completed your taxes, do not forget to update your student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Utilize the IRS Data Retrieval Tool and import your tax information directly from the IRS into the FAFSA.

If your student is planning to utilize student loans, they must complete loan entrance counseling and a master promissory note at studentloans.gov.

Approximately one of three FAFSA applications is randomly chosen for verification. If you have been selected for verification, you will be notified by mail and requested to supply additional documents. Please submit the documents promptly so we may expedite the financial aid process for your student.

The Office of Financial Aid will begin awarding federal and state aid to returning students in April. In addition to a completed FAFSA, all necessary documents must be completed and submitted and the student must register for fall 2014.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@ben.edu or (630) 829-6100.

April greetings from the New Student Advising Center

Registration for the Fall 2014 Semester began on Monday, March 31. All students are given a specific enrollment date which indicates the date and time they may register for classes. This information can be found in their MyBenU account or can be verified by contacting the Office of the Registrar at (630) 829-6349, tsmallwood@ben.edu or jstuchell@ben.edu.

Summer course registration is also underway at this time. All current students may register through their MyBenU account. The summer course schedule is available at ben.edu/benulive.

It has been a busy and exciting time at the New Student Advising Center as incoming Class of 2018 students register for classes. During the initial advising appointment, these new students will learn more about their major, plan their fall schedule and discuss various campus resources. 

For additional information, please contact the New Student Advising Center at newstudentadvising@ben.edu or (630) 829-1120.

Survival Care Package for finals week

Studying_editFinals week is fast approaching, which means students may be feeling more anxious and spend additional time preparing for finals. Some may seek out snacks or comfort foods to sustain them as they work. If you would like to send your student a Finals Survival Care Package filled with goodies along with a personal note of good wishes or encouragement written by you, please click here to learn more. With each package purchased for $32, your student will not only receive some tasty snacks, but $10 from each sale will help fund the Class of 2014’s legacy gift to benefit the University community. 

All orders must be received by Saturday, April 24.The packages will be available for student pickup in the Krasa Student Center on Thursday-Friday, May 1-2, and Monday, May 5. We will contact each student recipient by phone or email with exact pickup information. 

For questions, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366(630) 829-6366 or email jposkin@ben.edu.

Would you like to volunteer? 

Greetings Parents,

I am Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development at Benedictine. I have the awesome privilege of coordinating the ushers for the University’s 122nd Commencement Convocation. What a joy it is to have seen the many hours of studying that students have put in over the years and now see them reach their graduation day. As you can imagine, it takes many volunteers to help make this special day a success.

I am taking this opportunity to invite you to assist the University as an usher at the Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 10. The ceremony for undergraduates will be held from 9:45-11:15 a.m. The ceremony for graduates will be held from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

If you would like to volunteer (children age 12 and older are welcome to volunteer) for one or both ceremonies or would like more information, please contact Owens at (630) 829-6123 or lowens@ben.edu.

Sign up for the Koinonia Retreat

Has your student been on a retreat? If not, ask them if they have signed up for the Koinonia Retreat, a Catholic retreat open to all Christians, Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien, Ill. 

For more information, visit ben.edu/koinonia or contact Mark Kurowski at mkurowski@ben.edu or (630) 829-6029.

Upcoming dates and events from University Athletics

SportAprilSaturday, April 5
Baseball vs. Concordia University Wisconsin
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Augustana College

Tuesday, April 8
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Augustana College

Wednesday, April 9
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering
Softball vs. Aurora University

Thursday April 10
Baseball vs. Elmhurst College

Saturday, April 12
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field host Benedictine University Eagle Invitational
Baseball vs. Wisconsin Lutheran College
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Carthage College

Sunday, April 13
Softball vs. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Wednesday, April 16
Baseball vs. Illinois Wesleyan University

Saturday, April 19
Baseball vs. Edgewood College
Softball vs. Concordia University Wisconsin

Tuesday, April 22
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Aurora University

Friday, April 25
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field host Benedictine University Twilight Invitational

Saturday, April 26
Softball vs. Alverno College
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Fontbonne University

Sunday, April 27
Baseball vs. Rockford College

Tuesday, April 29
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Loras College

Wednesday, April 30
Baseball vs. Wheaton College

Friday, May 2
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Outdoor Championships

Saturday, May 3
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field at NACC Outdoor Championships
Baseball vs. Concordia University Chicago


Parent Programs

Hope Keber, Parent Liaison
Phone: (630) 829-1127
Email: hkeber@ben.edu

Lownik Hall, Room 057
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532