Faculty and Staff Notes
blank Christine Fletcher (Theology) presented a paper, “Whose Body?: Promise of Things to Come,” at the Dorothy L. Sayers’ Society Convention held at the University of Exeter, Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom on August 2.
A blessing and ribbon-cutting celebration marking the grand opening
of Gillett Hall, the academic building at Benedictine University at
Mesa, will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27. Gillett Hall,
located at 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, is named in honor of Willis
Gillett, chairman of the Benedictine University Board of Trustees. It
has capacity for nine classrooms, including an interactive classroom
with non-traditional, flexible furniture, a nutrition lab featuring
kitchenettes with residential appliances, a computer lab, chapel,
"Spirit Store," which will sell Benedictine merchandise, a library
center and a community room.
The new Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall is now open to faculty, staff and students. Fr. Michael acquired nearly 4,000 art pieces from locally, regionally and internationally recognized artists, and established one of the finest private art and sculpture collections in the Midwest before he passed away in 2009. Fr. Michael’s dream was that one day the collection he gathered to engage and enrich the University and surrounding community would be exhibited in a permanent home to be viewed and appreciated on a grand scale. The new gallery is about 4,700 square feet and includes climate-controlled storage and restoration/work and office space. Regular hours of operation are 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
This is the final week to get your tickets to see the Plain White Ts with opening act Vicci Martinez on Saturday, August 24. Don’t miss this great concert and enjoy a beautiful night under the stars. The price is $30 per ticket and you can choose to sit in the football stadium seats or stand on the track. All tickets can be purchased by going to the website -- www.ben.edu/benfest - or in person by seeing Nicole Placek in the Krasa Center, Room 175 or by calling (630) 829-6406. If you wait until the day of the show, the price will be $35 at the box office.
Students who live in Ondrak, Jaeger and Neuzil Halls beginning in the fall will be greeted by new furniture. Jaeger and Ondrak Hall residents will enjoy new twin XL-size bunkable beds with approximately 16¼ inches of space underneath, double-drawer wood wardrobes, maple desks and upholstered two-position chairs. Each Neuzil Hall suite will feature two new twin XL-size bunkable beds, two four-drawer wood chests that can be unstacked and used as two-drawer chests, maple desks and upholstered two-position chairs. For more information, visit housing.ben.edu.
Welcome Weekend starts Thursday, August 22. Here is the schedule of events planned for the new students, who arrive beginning at 8:00 a.m.
Thursday, August 22:
8:00 a.m-12:00 p.m., Residence hall move-in
12:00-2:00 p.m., Family lunch in Krasa Dining Room
3:00-4:00 p.m., Commuter check-in
4:00-4:30 p.m., Meet your new Student Ambassadors
4:30-5:30 p.m., New Student Ambassador group time
5:30-6:30 p.m., Dinner with the president
6:30-6:45 p.m., Goodbye videos
6:45-7:30 p.m., Class of 2017 photo
7:30-9:00 p.m., Commuter social at the Coal Ben and BenU Quad
7:30 p.m., Resident students return to residence halls
8:00-9:00 p.m., Residence hall meetings
9:15-11:00 p.m., Movie in the Quad
Friday, August 23
9:00-9:30 a.m., Commuter check-in
9:30-10:15 a.m., Breakfast in Krasa Dining Room
10:15-10:45 a.m., New Student Advising Center presentation
11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Playfair
12:20-1:00 p.m., Benedictine University Police presents…
1:00-1:45 p.m., Lunch
1:45-2:15 p.m., Reading class locations and dismissal
2:15-3:30 p.m., Reading class
3:30-6:00 p.m., Eagle Fest
6:15-7:30 p.m., Dinner
7:30-8:30 p.m., New Student Ambassadors on Broadway
9:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m., Coal Ben after hours and bonfire
Saturday, August 24
8:30-9:00 a.m., Commuter check-in
9:00-9:45 a.m., Breakfast in Krasa Dining Room
9:45-10:00 a.m., Service project introduction
10:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Service project-Illini Fighting Hunger
12:30-1:15 p.m., Lunch
1:15-2:00 p.m., Eagle Walk preparation
2:00-3:00 p.m., New Student Ambassador group time and team leaders
3:00-3:15 p.m., New Student Ambassador awards
3:15-3:30 p.m., Alumni speaker
3:30-3:40 p.m., Eagle Walk lineup
3:43 p.m., Eagle Walk March and festivities
5:00-6:00 p.m., Barbeque at the Coal Ben
6:00 p.m., Concert gates open
7:00 p.m., BenFest concert
"Get Your Faith On!" Get your faith on during Welcome Weekend by getting involved in a religious activity on campus. Pick a day and come get a really cool mood cup. Participate and get a "Get Your Faith On" T-shirt. The schedule for Welcome Weekend follows:
Sunday, August 25
8:00 p.m. - First Catholic Mass of the school year, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Ice Cream Social, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
Monday, August 26
7:00 p.m. - Catholic Liturgical Ministers Training, Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
9:00 p.m. - Protestant Board Welcomes You (ice cream will be served), Kindlon Hall, Fourth Floor
Tuesday, August 27
12:00 p.m. - Quad Day, sign up for Muslim and Hindu Student Associations, Krasa Quad
Wednesday, August 28
12:00 p.m. - Meet Ministry on the quad as part of Resource Day, Krasa Quad
Thursday, August 29
11:00 a.m. - Convocation Mass, St. Procopius Abbey
Your help is needed. Benedictine University has received a generous $46,000, F-SCRAP grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic opportunity to allow for the diversion of all food scraps generated in the cafeteria and other buildings. This new composting effort, in conjunction with Compost Supply of Newark, will allow Benedictine to divert in excess of 105,000 pounds (52.5 tons) per year of food waste from landfills and wastewater. Everyone’s help is needed to make this work. Compostables include food scraps (even meat), paper napkins and compostable disposables. Recyclables include other paper items, plastic and glass. Everything else is garbage!
Benedictine University invites prospective students to learn about our flexible, evening, weekend and accelerated adult undergraduate and graduate programs at an Undergraduate and Graduate Open House at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 on the first floor of Kindlon Hall. Prospective students
can attend information seminars specific to their program of interest, meet with admissions and financial aid counselors, and discover how we can help you achieve the professional success, financial security and personal fulfillment their desire.
The Benedictine University Library's summer hours continue through Sunday, August 25. The library's summer hours are: 8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., Monday-Thursday (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.) and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Fridays (research assistance will be available on the third floor from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.). The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. For information about other dates, go to www.ben.edu/library.
Publicity announcements of general interest to faculty, staff and/or the student body of the University by academic units, University departments and/or student organizations are the only type of material(s) allowed to be posted on University property. Outside agencies must advertise via the Candor. Community announcements can be posted on the community board located in the lower level stairwell of Krasa Student Center. Career Development will distribute job opportunity announcements. All announcements must meet the educational goals and promote the mission of the University. Before posting a publicity announcement, please refer to the University's policy located here: S:\University Info\Policies and Procedures\Posting Publicity Announcements Policy.docx. Any announcements found in violation of this policy will be removed and discarded.
Parent Programs offers a one-stop service for parents of Benedictine University students. The program responds to parent inquiries and provides information on a variety of issues to facilitate communication between parents and the University. For assistance, please contact Hope Keber, parent liaison, at email@example.com or (630) 829-1127.
When you do a search on the Internet, use the search engine "Goodsearch.com." Every time you use Goodsearch.com, the proposed church and ministry center receive $.01. In the box "I am supporting," type "Benedictine," in the drop down menu click on "Benedictine University, Lisle, IL;" then type in your search data. There is now an additional way you can use "Goodsearch.com," by downloading the "Goodsearch" toolbar at http://www.goodsearch.com/toolbar/. If you have any questions, contact Fr. Philip Timko, O.S.B. at (630) 829-6029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Taizé prayer service is held on the third Friday of the month at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22 W. 415 Butterfield Road in Glen Ellyn. Call (630) 469-1394 for more information. A Taizé prayer service is also held on the first Friday of the month at Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Call (708) 524-1540 or visit: www.ascensionchurch.com/contact.html. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.