2008
Athletic Department to donate gate to student book award program

Athletic Department to donate gate to student book award program
December 8, 2008

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

When Benedictine University’s men’s basketball team entertains North Central College at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15 in the Dan and Ada Rice Center, there will be more at stake than just local bragging rights. The Benedictine University Athletic Department plans to donate the gate receipts to the University’s Textbook Program, a fund established to help needy students afford the high cost of college textbooks. “This is part of being Benedictine,” said Dave Swanson, Acting Athletic Director/Assistant Baseball Coach. “The University does not control the cost of textbooks, but we can make it easier for students to afford them. By supporting the Textbook Program, we are trying to make it possible for some of our needier students to continue their education.” The Benedictine University men’s basketball team is currently 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Northern Athletic Conference. The team is led by 6-2 senior Jared Bailey (Argo High School), 6-6 junior forward Dan Klecan (Stagg H.S.) and 6-4 sophomore Cameron Snelling (Thornwood H.S.). North Central College is 3-2 overall. As part of the Athletic Department’s “We Feel Your Pain at the Pump” program, admission to all Benedictine University sporting events is free to Lisle residents. However, donations to the textbook program will be accepted at the door.

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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.