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Students team up with nuns who studied at Benedictine to further humanitarian mission in Tanzania

November 21, 2017
A team of Benedictine students traveled to Tanzania over the summer to support the work of two nuns (and Benedictine alumni) who have dedicated their lives to improve the welfare...

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Benedictine adds new nutrition degrees to program offerings

November 21, 2017
Benedictine’s newly launched undergraduate and graduate Nutrition programs offer multiple professional pathways and specialities for those who have a passion for food and its ability to impact quality of life...

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Benedictine Board of Trustees chair awarded Anson Marston Medal

November 20, 2017
James L. Melsa, Ph.D., chair of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees, was recently awarded the Anson Marston Medal at Iowa State University’s (ISU) Honors and Awards Ceremony.

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Sykes seeks to explain new identity, impact on conservatism in Trump era

November 16, 2017
In 2016, Charlie Sykes was one of the first conservatives to openly criticize Donald Trump, calling him a “serial liar” and “con man” who would not earn his vote for...

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BenU Mesa student receives NABA sponsorship

November 8, 2017

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Serving, kinship with those living on margins of society theme of Benedictine lecture

November 7, 2017
Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., who trains tens of thousands of former gang members every year through his nonprofit, Homeboy Industries, delivered a message focused on love, kinship and serving others...

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Conservative's view on Trump, future of party focus of Benedictine lecture

October 31, 2017
Conservative analyst Charlie Sykes will reflect on his own values and identity, his views on the state of American conservatism and his concerns about President Donald Trump.

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Psychology of trauma, child abuse topics of Visiting Scholar lectures

October 30, 2017
Jame's Garbarino, Ph.D., will lecture as part of the Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Lecture Series on Tuesday, November 7.

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Fr. Gregory Boyle, author of ‘Tattoos on the Heart,’ to speak at BenU

October 25, 2017
Fr. Gregory Boyle will speak at BenU on Friday, November 3, as part of the Center for Civil Leadership's Speaker Series.

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BenU alumna receives distinguished public health award

October 25, 2017
Katelin Kornfeind became the most recent student to receive the IPHA's Distinguished Public Health Student Award.

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BenU senior, Kendall Winkler, awarded prestigious Illinois CPA scholarship

October 19, 2017
BenU senior awarded tuition and textbook scholarship from the Illinois CPA Society's Accounting Scholarship Program.

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Benedictine professor receives lifetime achievement award

October 17, 2017
In recognition of his lasting impact in the field of Organization Development, Peter Sorensen, Ph.D, was honored with the Organization Development Network’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award on Monday, October 16.

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Benedictine University Mesa faculty member lands $25K grant to help clean up Mesa

October 13, 2017
Allison Boley’s Mesa team of the nonprofit Arizona Sustainability Alliance (ASA) is among 40 groups that won a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant in September.

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Benedictine University Mesa to host Ibero-American Cinema Festival for local community

October 11, 2017
Benedictine University Mesa will host the Cine del Sur/Cine do Sul Ibero-American Cinema Festival in conjunction with the Pragda Spanish Film Club November 2-4.

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Gala commemorates Benedictine's 130th anniversary

October 10, 2017
Benedictine University marked 130 years of providing a Catholic education at its inaugural Founders Gala on October 7, paying homage to the founding monks of the institution while raising funds...

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Benedictine begins offering digital credentials

October 6, 2017
Benedictine University recently began awarding digital badges and micro-credentials to recognize 21st century skills and experiences to qualified students.

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Benedictine University President re-appointed through 2022

October 4, 2017
The Benedictine University Board of Trustees recently approved the re-appointment of Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., as president of Benedictine University through 2022, citing the impact he has made on...

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BenU program trains managers for executive-level leadership

September 28, 2017
Benedictine University’s new Executive Master of Science (M.S.) in Values-Driven Leadership program not only teaches managers the skills needed for executive leadership in today’s complex business environment, it offers some...

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Diverse talents of Benedictine alumni converge at Naperville-based professional services firm

September 19, 2017
Running into old friends at events like Homecoming is a pleasant experience for many Benedictine alumni, but for Mike Suglich, C82, Accounting; James Sullivan, C81, Sociology; Bob Shields, C81, Mathematics;...

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Twenty-one new members join Benedictine faculty for 2017-18 academic year

September 7, 2017
Twenty-one new members have joined the faculty at Benedictine University for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Two new members join Benedictine University Mesa faculty for 2017-18 academic year

September 7, 2017
Two new members have joined the faculty at Benedictine University Mesa for the 2017-18 academic year.

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Benedictine responds to DACA announcement

September 5, 2017
On Tuesday, September 5, the Trump administration announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – a program that had protected from deportation nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants...

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BenU students protecting endangered iguanas as part of Shedd Aquarium program

August 31, 2017
A group of Benedictine University Biology students spent nine days this past spring living the life of marine biologists in the Bahamas.

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Benedictine brings legendary golfer Nick Faldo to Naperville course

August 16, 2017
British golf professional, Nick Faldo, joins Benedictine's 23rd Annual President's Invitational Golf Outing on Monday, August 21.

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BenU hires Janet Kirby as director of Springfield branch campus

August 16, 2017
Benedictine University has selected Janet A. Kirby, Ph.D., to lead the Springfield branch campus as its campus director.

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BenU preparing Chinese student to become health care change agent

July 27, 2017
Student Elizabeth Jiayi Yu wants to help solve China's public health challenges once she earns a Ph.D. in Organization Development at Benedictine University.

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BenU's fourth annual 'National Night Out' brings community, police together

July 17, 2017
The Benedictine University Police Department invites the public to attend 'National Night Out' at the University on Tuesday, August 1.

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BenU alumna granted clemency, receives new lease on life

July 14, 2017
The experiences of Marcella Kincaid, C09, Psychology, with the criminal justice system underscores a lingering question of whether current laws dictating punishment do more harm than good.

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Seventy-one graduates inducted into BenU's Sigma Beta Delta chapter

July 10, 2017
This year, Benedictine University inducted 71 graduate students from the College of Business into the University’s Sigma Beta Delta chapter.

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Benedictine University Refreshes Brand

June 30, 2017
Benedictine University has launched a refreshed brand identity that integrates the work of our updated mission, vision and commitment as part of the BenU 2020 strategic plan.

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Couple’s shared career goals lead to continuing education together

June 20, 2017
Sarah and Chris Burk of Springfield had full-time careers at AT&T when they decided to pursue bachelor’s degrees at Benedictine University.

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Honors committee, academic programs honor brightest students at Benedictine

June 19, 2017
Benedictine University’s best and brightest graduates were recently honored for their outstanding academic achievements at the Interfaith Baccalaureate Convocation at the Rice Center.

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BenU at Mesa reaches landmark with first four-year graduating class, continues to grow to serve area

June 12, 2017
Benedictine University at Mesa marked yet another significant milestone for the branch campus in May when it sent off its first four-year graduating class on Saturday, May 20.

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Proven value, expertise, attracts generals, foreign leaders to Benedictine's OD program

June 6, 2017
Imagine traveling more than 14,000 kilometers – that’s 8,700 miles after conversion – to speak to and learn from icons. That’s what a dozen citizens from Southeast Asia will do...

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We remember Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera, O.S.B.

June 6, 2017
The Most Rev. Daniel W. Kucera, O.S.B., retired Archbishop of Dubuque, Iowa, and fifth abbot of St. Procopius Abbey, died in Dubuque while his confreres were singing Vespers on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

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Benedictine faculty members honored for leadership, research and service

June 5, 2017
Four faculty members were named recipients of the 2016-17 Benedictine University Faculty Awards, including Martin Tracey, Ph.D., professor of Philosophy, who was awarded the Judith Ann Whinfrey Distinguished Faculty Award...

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Founder of Inspera Health and Director of Ed.D. program speak at Commencement ceremonies

June 5, 2017
Graduates were presented with either master’s or doctoral degrees during Benedictine University’s 127th Commencement Convocation at the Rice Center on Saturday, June 3.

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Faculty Highlight: Benedictine instructor encourages students to zoom in on other facets of filmmaking

June 1, 2017
Jason Sperb, Ph.D., is a researcher and commentator on the film industry, providing insights and analysis on elements of cinema that more than enhance the experience for students at Benedictine...

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Benedictine faculty present research at leading health care conferences

June 1, 2017
Three distinguished professors from the College of Education and Health Services at Benedictine University showcased their expertise in the health care industry at conferences during the 2016-17 academic year.

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Google funds computer science outreach program at Benedictine

May 31, 2017
As part of its growing effort to ignite interest and retain women in computer science, Google has awarded Benedictine University a gift of nearly $7,000 to be used in tandem...

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Benedictine honors scholarship benefactors and recipients at annual breakfast

May 30, 2017
The annual Scholar’s Society Breakfast gives students the opportunity to share how the awards have made an impact on their lives and hear from the founding donors about the significance...

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Professor working to save endangered Northern Illinois turtle

May 26, 2017
When she's not busy grading papers or teaching organismal biology at Benedictine, Leigh Anne Harden, Ph.D., likes to trudge through murky bodies of water and dive for turtles — all...

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Mesa launches new student clubs

May 22, 2017
BenU at Mesa students formed two new student groups this spring, a Campus Choir and the Hispanic Student Association, to offer new opportunities for activities that further student engagement on...

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Benedictine striving to make school even more “transfer friendly”

May 22, 2017
Through the collaborative efforts of academic and administrative areas, Benedictine is implementing more “transfer student-friendly” processes and procedures. These initiatives focus on making it even easier for students to transfer...

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BenU at Mesa Commencement ceremony marks a new beginning for more than 140 students

May 22, 2017
Daniel F. Rigby, founder of Human Resource Management Systems LLC, and a member of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees, was the keynote speaker at Benedictine University at Mesa’s Third...

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Training real-life heroes

May 19, 2017
Jason Ferguson, M.P.H.'03, C00, Health Science, came to Benedictine University because he wanted more than a career – he wanted to make an impact.

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NASA leader's accomplishments advance exploration beyond Earth

May 15, 2017
Richard Vondrak, Ph.D., has overseen many pivotal advancements in space exploration throughout his career — from the study of Earth’s magnetic field and the creation of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter...

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BenU honors graduates at 127th Commencement Convocation

May 15, 2017
Benedictine University celebrated the achievements of 545 graduates who participated in the 127th Commencement Convocation on Saturday, May 13, at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.

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Benedictine University at Springfield honors graduates at Commencement ceremonies

May 15, 2017
Springfield, Ill. ~ Seventy-five students were presented either associate or bachelor’s degrees and 70 were awarded either master’s or doctoral degrees Sunday during Benedictine University at Springfield’s 2017 Commencement Convocation...

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Improved debt rating, new leadership, accreditation, transfer-friendly programs point to bright future at Benedictine

May 9, 2017
Reflecting the upward direction of the University was the recent decision by S&P Global Ratings to revise its outlook to “stable” on the Illinois Finance Authority’s existing revenue debt issued...

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Alumnus' career focus on public service, greater good

May 9, 2017
In just four years after graduating from Benedictine, Tyler Marcum, C13, Political Science, has put his degree into action.

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BenU at Mesa Commencement ceremony honors school’s first four-year graduates

May 8, 2017
Daniel F. Rigby, founder of Human Resource Management Systems LLC, and a member of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees, will address graduates at Benedictine University at Mesa’s Third Baccalaureate...

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Former Olympian and Clinical Exercise Physiology test subject gives back to Benedictine

May 2, 2017
When former Olympian and Pan American gold medal cyclist Tom Doughty made the decision to re-enter the world of competitive cycling, he reached out to Benedictine for help getting back...

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Former CIA agent to Benedictine: Assassinations, war and subterfuge have shaped the Middle East

April 28, 2017
Robert Baer, who once plotted to assassinate Saddam Hussein, shared captivating narratives of his 40-year career as an intelligence and security expert

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Passion for seeking truth sparked alumna's journalism career

April 21, 2017
Like many journalists of her generation, Linda Polach, C73, English, can pinpoint the moment when she saw working in the news business not just as a career, but as a...

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Benedictine faculty teaching students, staff in Vietnam

April 19, 2017
Benedictine faculty members John Snyder, an instructor in the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business, and Ovid Wong, Ph.D., associate professor of Teacher Education Preparation, traveled to Binh Duong University...

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New advisory group helps Benedictine shape vision of future

April 12, 2017
National CEOs, presidents and city leaders are among the committee members who volunteered for a new community advisory group to Benedictine University.

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Benedictine selects Paula Norby as dean of Mesa branch campus

April 12, 2017
Benedictine University has tapped Paula Norby, Ed.D., to lead the University’s Mesa branch campus as dean.

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Experts to dissect 30 years of noted Organization Development research at Benedictine event

April 11, 2017
Two recognized leaders in organization development (OD), Richard W. Woodman, Ph.D., and William Pasmore, Ph.D., will reflect on more than 30 years of research in the field known for examining...

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BenU presents reading of play dramatizing challenges faced by Muslim-Americans

April 7, 2017
Jamil Khoury, playwright, filmmaker and founding artistic director of the live theater and online video production company Silk Road Rising, is Benedictine's Spring 2017 artist-in-residence.

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BenU, Catholic Charities partner to provide more educational opportunities

April 6, 2017
Benedictine University has entered into an education alliance with Catholic Charities Community Services of Arizona to provide professional development opportunities in the workplace. The alliance will provide a partnership tuition...

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For two young alumni, BenU bond is key to happiness

April 5, 2017
Adam and Haley Gantt gained more than an education from Benedictine – they gained each other.

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BenU's Values-Driven Leadership program ranked No. 1 in HR.com's LEAD Awards

March 31, 2017
Benedictine University's Ph.D./D.B.A. in Values-Driven Leadership Program was recognized as a Top 10 Ph.D. program in HR.com’s 2017 LEAD Awards.

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Benedictine names Edward G. Robinson new VP of Admissions and Financial Aid

March 30, 2017
Benedictine University has selected Edward G. Robinson to oversee the University’s traditional undergraduate recruiting and enrollment functions as vice president of Admissions and Financial Aid.

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Artist-in-Residence program continues to expand students' creative palettes

March 29, 2017
At Benedictine, we have been fortunate to find ways to keep the arts alive and well.

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New master’s program prepares students to assume role of effective, ethical leaders

March 23, 2017
Leadership decisions made in the workplace shape the lives of individuals, economies and the world more than any other single institution. Increasingly, smart business leaders are leveraging social, ethical and...

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Former CIA officer to discuss national security, global terrorism at Benedictine

March 17, 2017
Author and former Central Intelligence Agency officer Robert Baer will present "National Security and Global Terrorism in the 21st Center," as part of the Center for Civic Leadership Series on...

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Benedictine University announces its Fall 2016 Dean’s, Recognized Lists

March 13, 2017
Benedictine University proudly announces that 824 students were named to the Fall 2016 Dean’s List and 221 students were named to the Dean’s Recognized List.

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New master's program prepares students for careers in research, health professions

March 10, 2017
Benedictine University's new Master of Science (M.S.) in Integrative Physiology program is a one-year graduate degree program designed for graduates of bachelor's degree programs in health and biological sciences who...

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Embedded reporter gives Benedictine audience latest scoop on Islamic State

March 10, 2017
New York Times foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi took students and community members to the front lines of the war against the Islamic State group (ISIS), revealing exclusive developments about the...

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Benedictine Social Justice Teach-In brings identity, racial issues to forefront

March 9, 2017
Benedictine University held an all-day "Teach-In on Social Justice and Race" to put into action one of the University's core values which is to engage in dialogue with others.

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Retired U.S. Air Force colonel, alumnus to give BenU Commencement address

March 1, 2017
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.

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Psychology program preps grads for diverse career paths both inside and outside field

February 28, 2017
Benedictine’s Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program provides students with a strong foundation in the biological, cognitive, social and emotional underpinnings of human behavior.

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New York Times foreign correspondent to discuss overseas terror organizations

February 24, 2017
Rukmini Callimachi, a foreign correspondent for The New York Times and The Associated Press, will present “Not Such Lonely Wolves: How ISIS Remote Controls Attacks” as part of the Center...

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Jancek's robot will go where no autonomous Kinect® robot has gone before – into the sunlight

February 23, 2017
Jakub Jancek didn't like computers when he was in high school. Now he can hardly imagine doing anything else.

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Campus Ministry about focusing on the greater good

February 20, 2017
It should come as no surprise that Benedictine’s Campus Ministry is among the liveliest and most spirited areas on campus. That’s because it’s a ministry on a Catholic campus that...

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Lecture examines Catholic Worker movement founder and her conversion

February 17, 2017
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 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2,...

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BenU president's "Night for Day: The XP Story" sheds light on rare genetic disorder

February 16, 2017
In his 2005 film “Night for Day: The XP Story,” Benedictine University President Michael S. Brophy, Ph.D., M.F.A., an award-winning writer and director, examines the dramatic and unusual ways patients...

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Benedictine selects James Payne as new Provost

February 15, 2017
Benedictine University has chosen James E. Payne, Ph.D., as its next chief academic officer.

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Historic hotel transformed into residence hall opens to BenU at Mesa students

February 8, 2017
Benedictine University at Mesa officially opened the doors to its first residence hall on Tuesday, breathing new life into downtown Mesa and the former Alhambra Hotel located at 43 S....

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Alumnus' record of giving adds up

January 26, 2017
Ben Pounds, C84, is laying the groundwork for future generations of Benedictine students to take on challenges through his long-term support of his alma mater.

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BenU alumna, first woman to kick field goal in indoor football going strong

January 26, 2017
Sometimes when you take a friend up on a double-dog dare, extraordinary things can happen. For Julie Harshbarger, C08, the dare has led to a professional career on the gridiron...

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BenU at Mesa students gain career experience through internships, networking, programs and projects

January 26, 2017
Benedictine University at Mesa students are strengthening their resumes with several new opportunities for professional development and experiential learning.

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Power of love extolled in Benedictine University breakfast honoring King

January 16, 2017
Ernest E. Gibson, Ph.D., provided a summary of his lifetime in civil service to more than 700 guests as the featured speaker at the 22nd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther...

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

January 13, 2017
Bill Rancic, a successful entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker, will be at Benedictine University on Wednesday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. in the Goodwin Hall Auditorium as part of the...

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BenU encourages community to participate in Day of Service for King holiday

January 13, 2017
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential civil rights leader who had a remarkable impact on race relations in America. Benedictine University has planned several community service projects...

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Goodwin College of Business prepares students for first steps into business world

January 9, 2017
Bridging the "college to career" gap is the goal of a new "Personal Branding for Business" initiative pioneered by the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business in collaboration with the...

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