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Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Advisory Board

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Advisory Board was founded in 2012 at the appointment of the Dean of the College of Science. The advisory board brings together prominent leaders in business and education, and is deeply committed to carrying out the mission and vision of the institution. The board serves as an advisory platform that is able to provide valuable experience and insights, in collaboration with the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum staff, to plan the museum's strategic direction and help to create a solid foundation for the museum’s future. We are very fortunate to have these great leaders committed to deepening and strengthening our goals and future endeavors. The board members include:

Anne Marie Smith, Chair
Christopher Castle, Secretary
Br. Guy Jelinek, O.S.B.
Dr. Rose Rakers
Dr. Leigh Anne Harden
Dr. Mark Poch
Patricia Cassady
Luetta Coonrod
Ian Martinek


Museum Staff Consultants

Karly Tumminello, director-curator
Laura Hall, museum education coordinator
Colleen Filipek, museum collection manager


If you would like to contact the board, please write to:
Benedictine University
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Advisory Board
5700 College Road, Birck Hall 222
Lisle, IL 60532

Board Contact:
Anne Marie Smith, Chair 


Letter from the Chair of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Advisory Board:

I am excited to be a member of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum advisory board. The current board includes a variety of people who are all strong supporters of the museum: BenU alumni, current and retired faculty members, local K-12 instructors, and others. As a group, we hope to provide ideas and support to museum staff as they continue to develop and offer programming, raise funds, manage the amazing collection of specimens, and raise awareness of the museum on and off campus. We each bring various and valuable skills and community connections to the group. For example, I have integrated the museum into the classes I teach here at Benedictine, and I hope to be instrumental in encourageing more BenU instructors to include the museum in their class activities. I am also always on the lookout for opporunities to build and maintain partnerships between the museum and the Forest Preserve District where I have volunteered since 2006. 

As a group, we are ready to look ahead and work to make the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum known as the jewel it is, both on the Lisle campus and in the Chicagoland area. If you haven't visited the museum, I invite you to stop by soon. The museum is located in the middle of Birck Hall on the second floor. 

Anne Marie Smith
JSNM Advisory Board Chair


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Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum
Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum Facebook Museum Summer Hours
June - July
Tuesday - Thursday   1:00pm - 4:00pm

Or by appointment: (630) 829-6546
5700 College Rd.
Lisle, IL 60532
2nd Floor of Birck Hall