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Welcome to the Benedictine University Family!

Whether you are a proud Eagle alum or new to campus, we know you have worked hard to help your student get here and we are honored to welcome you to the BenU family!

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenging times that we are in, a new academic year may seem overwhelming for both students and parents. Be assured that our entire BenU community is working toward the shared goal of our student’s success. Benedictine University is committed to supporting and encouraging students as they embark on new experiences and the resources at Benedictine University are designed to support you both along the way.

Upcoming Events

under one roofUnder One Roof: Healthy Communications & Boundaries for Parents & Students

November 5 | 12:00 p.m.

Did you struggle during spring and summer 2020 while sheltering in place with your son or daughter back at home? At times, did tensions flare? How were spaces shared throughout the house? Did respect fly out the window? Get a jump start preparing for your kid’s return home for the holidays and a better experience for everyone. Join us for this helpful session to learn new skills for your whole family to live more effectively under one roof.

  • Explore signs of healthy & unhealthy relationships.
  • Learn techniques for improved and productive family member communications and boundaries.
  • Understand warning signs of abuse in relationships.

Presented by Liz Sodaro, MS, LPC from the Benedictine University Counseling Center and Bernadette Ramsde, LSW from the Benedictine University PEACE Team (If you can’t attend, the session will be recorded.)

Join the presentation via Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting Number: 846 9971 3336 Password: Azn5fm

Email if you have any questions.

Helpful Tips for Students Learning Online


  • Help your student create a study space that limits distractions
  • Encourage them to maintain their same study habits
  • Support them with their time management
  • Establish house rules/boundaries
  • Encourage exercise to relieve stress
  • Encourage communication to combat fear and anxiety
  • Encourage them to stay connected to their friends and family to avoid social isolation
  • Be careful no to overindulge in COVID-19 news
  • Foster a positive environment
  • Follow the CDC guidelines as a family
  • Remind them the world is going through this together

Family Fun/Outlets

  • Board games
  • Cook offs
  • Bike riding
  • Video games
  • Card games
  • Karaoke
  • Dancing
  • Group FaceTime with friends & family
  • Reading
  • Catching up on a good movie



Important Information

October 29, 2020   |  Campus Communication

End of Fall Semester and Looking Ahead to 2021

Dear Benedictine University Students,

As we enter November, we are quickly approaching the last day for any in-person on-campus classes (Tuesday, November 24) as we will then move to a virtual format for all classes and university operations for the remainder of the fall term. Students needing access to computers and internet during this time are able to utilize spaces in the Krasa Student Center after signing in at the Police Station. All other academic buildings will be closed until Monday, January 11 to assist in keeping our students, faculty and staff healthy and safe during this time when our community is seeing an increase in positive COVID-19 cases. Library, tutoring and advising resources will be available to all students virtually to provide support during the remaining three weeks of the term. Residential students will be receiving detailed information from University Housing regarding specific move-out information in addition to dates for returning to campus in January.

As we look towards 2021, the winter quarter term and spring semester academic calendars will not change. Classes will begin Monday, January 11 for the winter quarter and Tuesday, January 19 for the spring semester. Course registration for these terms begin on Monday, November 9, and students will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office on October 30 with details on class scheduling, assigned appointment dates and how to prepare for registration. The course schedule will resemble the fall term with a mix of synchronous, asynchronous and on-campus classes. Students will be able to search for these options though MyBenU when the schedule is posted on October 30.

We will continue to monitor the recommendations from DuPage County Health Department in order to keep our students, staff, faculty and the greater BenU community safe during this global pandemic. Protecting our flock is our top priority.

We wish you all the best as we finish the Fall 2020 Semester and look ahead to spring!

Kenneth Newbold, Jr., Ph.D.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

Fall 2020 University Housing Resident Closing Information

For questions, please contact:

Lisle Campus

Academics – Colleen Hanna ( | 630-829-6240)
Athletics – Paul Nelson ( | 630-829-6144)
Housing – Liz Velez ( | 630-829-6496)
Return to Work – Kimberly Viehmann ( | 630-829-6004)
Student Affairs – Marco Masini ( | 630-829-6006)

Mesa Campus

Kevin Broeckling ( | 602-888-5507)
Jessica Jelinek ( | 602-888-5532)


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Yvette Knox
Director of Parent and Family Engagement
Lownik Enrollment Services Center, Room 202