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.
"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:
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
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. Composting will also be another way in which Benedictine meets its commitments to the Illinois Sustainable University Initiative. Jobs for student workers managing the diversion program will provide a unique opportunity for students to learn about sustainability. Years for the Environment, which has grown organically out of the Benedictine hallmark value of stewardship, has increased the presence of sustainability in the curriculum, highlighted the importance of sustainability in the surrounding community, and encouraged The University to reduce its carbon footprint. The student-led community garden has provided modest contributions to the dining hall, and composting food scraps will allow students to see the other end of a natural food system. Compostables include: food scraps (even meat), paper napkins and compostable disposables. Recyclables include other paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. Everything else is garbage. We need everyone’s help to make this work.,
Benedictine University will host the Third Annual Joliet Diocesan Higher Education Convocation, “Beyond Career to a Calling in Catholic Higher Education,” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 in Rooms A, B and C of the Krasa Student Center. The convocation offers an opportunity for faculty and administrators to dialogue on common issues, share ideas and network. Robert G. Kennedy, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, is the keynote speaker. A reception will follow. Please RSVP by Friday, September 20 to Alicia Cordoba Tait at firstname.lastname@example.org, Kurt Schackmuth at email@example.com or Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit www.ben.edu/cmi.
Mary Formosa, vice president of human resources for Navistar’s Global Truck and Engine Group, Maureen O’Brien, CEO of the Global Women’s Leadership Forum, and Geneace Williams, Ph.D., J.D., author of “Leadership DASH: Breaking Through the Finish Line,” are the featured speakers at the 2013 Greater Chicago Women’s Leadership Summit presented by the College of Business and the Office of Community Development at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4 on the second floor of the Krasa Center at Benedictine University. Tickets are on sale now at $40 per person. For tickets or more information, contact (630) 829-1934 or email@example.com.
Rogelio Sáenz, dean of the College of Public Policy and Peter Flawn Professor of Demography at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Carrie Fox, family support organizer at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and John Sevigny, an artist and photographer whose work frequently addresses issues of social justice, are the panelists for the Global Studies Forum, “Borderlands of Change: The U.S. Mexican Border, and Immigration in a Transnational Context,” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19 in the Krasa Presentation Room.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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.