History & Vision

In 2011, Benedictine University launched the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL) at the National Moser Center for Adult and Professional Studies. CLL develops and maintains a wide range of high quality educational programs and experiences for the mature adult, fostering intellectual exploration and a sense of community. Our classes are non-credit, no grades, no papers and no admission requirements beyond personal interest.

Our Vision: To create a community of engaged Lifelong Learners.

Our Mission: To provide an opportunity for the mature community to expand and share their experiences and talents with others while developing new knowledge and building rewarding relationships.

Our Values: Continued knowledge and shared life experiences are the keys to personal growth and community well-being.

Our Teachers and Classes

Our instructors include distinguished university faculty, both active and retired, as well as community educators and leaders and local enthusiasts with expertise and passion for a subject.

Class proposals are collected and reviewed by the Director and members of the Curriculum Committee. Class selections are based upon whether they include an academic/intellectual component, offer new skills/ideas to enhance life, explore one or more topics of interest to CLL students, highlight aspects of our community or allow students access to University level research and instructors from Benedictine University and other universities.

Class registration fees vary depending on the number of sessions and length of time. Art classes carry an additional fee for art supplies. Fees are clearly identified in the class description.

Our Advisory Board

The CLL Advisory Board consists of involved leaders from diverse backgrounds who are committed to creating a community of engaged Lifelong Learners. The Board meets Quarterly and offers their service towards the betterment of the Center.

  • Robert Clark Aurora, IL
  • Carol Gies Dietz Lisle, IL
  • Angeline Finnigan Naperville, IL
  • Bev Patterson Frier Naperville, IL
  • JoAnn Hassler Naperville, IL
  • Rita McGovern Lombard, IL
  • Ravibala Shenoy Naperville, IL
  • Gale Wiedman, Ed.D. Lisle, IL

Enrollment Policy

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All classes have a maximum class size. Many classes fill quickly, while a small few cancel due to low enrollment—often because students have waited until the last minute to register. Register early to avoid disappointment. Payment is due at registration.

Wait Lists

We do not maintain a wait list.

Makeup Classes

If a class session has been cancelled by the instructor, students will be contacted with the date and time of a makeup session.

Withdraw & Cancellation

In the event CLL cancels a class or program, a refund will be issued. If a student cancels a registration, it must be done prior to the class registration deadline. Allow up to four weeks for processing.

If a student attends and withdraws from a class, a written notification requesting to withdrawal and reason(s) must be sent to the director at Rfinnigan@ben.edu within 48 hours after the start of the class. Those students will be issued a credit, minus a $15 administration charge, to be used on any CLL class; additional class fees are nonrefundable.

Special Fees

Special fees (art supplies, tours, etc.) will be listed in all class information descriptions. These are in addition to the class fee and are the responsibility of the student.

Class Schedule Changes

The CLL office communicates class additions, deletions and changes to our students by email. Please make sure we have your correct email address and check it regularly for updates.

Class Attendance

You must be registered for all classes you attend. Please respect your fellow students and instructors by not attending classes for which you are not registered. Attendance sign in sheets and instructor check offs are designed to prevent ‘sitting-in’ and disrupting a class.


While participating in our various classes and programs, you may be photographed or videotaped. These may be used in a variety of publications and advertising materials. By registering for our classes and programs, you consent to the use of these photographs and videotapes.

Parking At Moser Center

Ample parking is available at the Moser Center. Parking is free and close to the classrooms. Handicap parking is available.

Emergency Closings

CLL follows the policy of Benedictine University with regard to closing in times of inclement weather or emergencies. If the university is closed because of weather conditions, our classes will also be canceled. Local closing announcements may be obtained from television, radio news, Benedictine University’s emergency closings hotline at (630) 829-6622, or visit www.emergencyclosings.com

Office Hours

Center for Lifelong Learning office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8:00am to 3:00pm throughout the year. Please call ahead to be certain someone is available to meet with you (630-829-1383).

Center for Lifelong Learning
Moser Center
1832 Centre Point Circle
Suite 102
Naperville, IL 60563
Ronald M. Finnigan
Email: rfinnigan@ben.edu
Phone: (630) 829-1383