Campus Notebook


May 12, 2014


University Notes

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The 122nd Commencement Convocation was blessed with beautiful weather
and lots of smiling faces Saturday at the Sports Complex.

A little heraldin' music in the park

The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the official fanfare ensemble for the president of the United States, will perform in the Sports Complex during the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps camp at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 30. The event is open to the public, and faculty and staff are invited to watch. The Herald Trumpets has been featured with orchestras from around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Saint Louis Symphony and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The Herald Trumpets has performed with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. For more information, go to http://www.usarmyband.com/herald-trumpets/the-us-army-herald-trumpets.html.

Put your game face on

Viva Las BenU! Join us for Caribbean Casino Night on Saturday, June 21. Show off your poker, roulette, blackjack and craps skills while Benedictine faculty/staff deal. This is an excellent opportunity to mix and mingle with friends old and new, enjoy live music, get the chance to win great door prizes and bid on super silent auction items. Please direct all questions to Trente Arens, alumni development specialist, at (630) 829-6077 or tarens@ben.edu, and be sure to visit ben.edu/casino-night for more information. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alumni Board Scholarship Award.

Faculty and staff will be recognized at Employee Appreciation Day

Faculty and staff will be recognized at Employee Appreciation Day from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center.

Make Benedictine a beautiful place to live, work and play


Help the grounds crew plant seasonal garden material across campus during Beautification Day on Friday, May 16. Weather permitting, there will be a barbeque for volunteers on the basketball court north of the Krasa Center at noon. T-shirts and lunch tickets will be distributed at the water tower on the morning of Beautification Day. To RSVP, contact Kathy Rutkowski at (630) 829-6420 or krutkowski@ben.edu.

Join Master of Public Health students and walk to help those who cannot

The Benedictine University Master of Public Health Student Advisory Panel invites members of the Benedictine community to join them by participating in the ALS Association's "Walk to Defeat ALS®" on Saturday, May 31 at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis. Take a 1.5-mile walk through beautiful Cantigny Park to raise money to support people in our community with ALS and spread awareness of the urgency to find treatment and a cure. For more information about the Greater Chicago Walk, please visit the website. To join the Benedictine University team, visit the website and click on "Join a Team" under the "Get Started" tab and search for Benedictine. The Benedictine University team is open to everyone and all are welcome to join.

Big changes coming in summer school


Summer school is back in earnest, and to better serve students and the local community, Benedictine University has enhanced its traditional undergraduate summer courses by piloting more than 20 new offerings in an either partly or fully online format at a 50 percent reduced tuition rate. The following courses (with a BF or OL section code) will be offered this summer at Benedictine University at the discounted rate of $432.50 per credit hour: ACCT 111 Accounting I, ACCT 112 Accounting II, BIOL 340 Cell Biology, CJUS 351/PSYC 351 Research Methods in the Social Sciences, EDUC 210/PSYC 241 Educational Psychology, EDUC 355 Classroom Management, GEOG 106 Geography and Cartography, HIST 112 American History Since 1865, HUMN 250 The Contemporary World, IDS 301 Human Dignity/Common Good, INTB 101 The Global Economy, LITR 291 Topics in Literature: Comics, Film, Image Macro Reading the Visual Text, LITR 391 Advanced Topics in Literature, MATH 210 Calculus for Physical Sciences I, NUTR 200 Nutritional Science, NUTR 345 Science of Nutrition and Fitness, PHYS 106 Astronomy, PSYC 100 Survey of Psychology, PSYC 291 Selected Topics, PSYC 391 Topics: Conservation Psychology, SPCH 110 Basic Speech and THEO 101 Theology of Love. The robust existing “traditional” course offerings in Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, Finance, Fine Arts, Health Science, History, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Nutrition, Physics, Psychology and Sociology will be offered at the existing rate of $865 per credit hour. 

Denim Days are back

Denim Days are back for summer. Donate $5 per Friday to the College of Business building or the general scholarship fund and wear jeans to work on Fridays from May 9-August 29. Donate $70 upfront and wear jeans for 17 Fridays. That's three free Fridays. Donate $35 upfront and get one free Friday. Get them for yourself or share with coworkers. Applies to new donations only. Current payroll deduction donors can increase their donations accordingly to become eligible. Forms can be dropped off at the Annual Fund office in the Krasa Center, Room 035. For more information, contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or jposkin@ben.edu. Participants are responsible for securing supervisor permission before participating.

Catholic women invited to learn whether God is calling


Sacred Heart Monastery in Lisle is offering a monthly discernment program for single women who are practicing Catholics. The next program is Thursday, May 15. The program is designed to help women discover God’s call for them in this life. We believe that there is richness in religious life that needs further exposure. Single Catholic women are invited to join us and pray about this possibility, discover the privileges and responsibilities of this type of vocation, or just learn about this way of life. The program would also suit those who are making decisions about their career or serving as a missionary or volunteer. The program will be held from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month for five months. Each meeting will include a prayer form called Lectio Divina, presentations on the topic of discernment, speakers representing different ways of life, discussion with others, light snacks and a closing prayer. The program is ongoing, so you may begin at any time. Please contact Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 977-9225 or ckouba@shmlisle.org for further information or to register.

Check out the University's announcements policy before you post


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. The Office of 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.

Got parents? Give 'em Hope.

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 hkeber@ben.edu or (630) 829-1127.

Use 'Goodsearch' to benefit University Ministry


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 ptimko@ben.edu.

Taize prayer service offered third Friday of the month


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: ascensionchurch.com/contact.html. For more information about Taizé prayers, call Sr. Christine Kouba, O.S.B., at (630) 725-6073.

Who you going to call?


Who do you call in a medical emergency? All calls for medical assistance should be directed to University Police at (630) 829-6666 or ext. 6666 from any in-house telephone. If the situation is life-threatening, immediately dial 911. There is no need to pre-dial “8” for 911 or 6666. To expedite the response for any emergency, whether medical or psychological, do not attempt to contact Student Health Services. Their availability is not assured. University Police will respond, assess the situation and take appropriate measures.

Giving makes you feel good all over


Spread the warmth and support of the Benedictine community by giving back this year. It means so much whenever Benedictine employees support the future growth of the University – whether through a regular payroll deduction or an annual gift. We encourage more community members to participate and help us increase the percentage of faculty and staff who give back to Benedictine. This fiscal year, if you donate a total of $225 or more through a current or new payroll deduction, check or credit card, you will receive a special Benedictine scarf that will keep you warm and cozy all fall and winter. This unique item is a token of appreciation for your generosity. Limit one scarf per employee donor, while supplies last. For more information, please contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or jposkin@ben.edu.

Got some extra time? Give it back through Vacation Donation

Do you have vacation, personal or floating holiday time that you are not going to use? Donate it! Donated time will be available for Benedictine community members who may require additional time off for medical reasons, to care for a loved one, to cope with the passing of a family member or to handle personal emergencies. By donating your time, you are truly exemplifying the Benedictine spirit of caring for others and giving back. You can make a difference by donating your unused time to those who really need it. Ask today how you can donate your time to help others! Contact Jill Poskin at (630) 829-6366 or jposkin@ben.edu.

Sunday Mass will resume August 24

The first Sunday Masses of the Fall 2014 Semester will be offered at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on August 24. The first Daily Masses of the new term will be offered at 7:25 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 25.

Know a student who needs help?

The mission of the Early Alert Team (EAT) is to provide early intervention and prevention for students who are experiencing distress, engaging in harmful or disruptive behaviors, or who have been identified as at risk for personal, academic, social or financial difficulty. To file an Early Alert Referral, go to www.ben.edu/EAT. A student "complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, process or a University administrative action that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution. Students wishing to file a complaint should go to www.ben.edu/studentlife/student_complaint_form.cfm. For more information, contact Linda D. Owens, associate dean for Student Development, at (630) 829-6123 or lowens@ben.edu.

Find out where the money goes

Benedictine University students are able to put down roots and blossom into game-changing professionals due to the kindness of our trustees, alumni, friends and faculty/staff. Visit the Donor Impact Report website today at ben.edu/dir/ to learn how donations invigorate students by providing them with exceptional academic, spiritual and social growth opportunities. Please direct all questions to Pat Ariano, executive director of University Development, at (630) 829-6003 or pariano@ben.edu.

Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery

Come to the show and see pictures at an exhibition

The 2014 calendar of events for the University Art Collection and Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery has been set: 

Through June 13
Plus+Plus+Plus  –  Recent Donations and Acquisitions

Fr. Michael E. Komechak O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor
The art gallery is pleased to present a selection of recent acquisitions and donations to the University’s permanent art collection. This exhibition will focus on works received since 2009 and will include pieces by Mauricio Lasansky, Rembrandt van Rijn, Francisco de Goya, John Pittman Weber, Gayle Stevens, Henri Matisse, Charles E. Boone, David Marcet, Mary Dritschel, Bueno Silva, Stewart Hitch, Maria Salvador, John Sevigny, Luis Soto and Susana Veloz.

Through June 27
Arvydas Zabulionis: Sanctuary – Photographs
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor Atrium Gallery
Zabulionis is a local photographer who has spent the last several years traveling Europe and the Chicago area to photograph churches and places of worship. Mesmerized by the beauty of these sanctuaries, he presents them in all their glory, full of color and rich with details. Zabulionis studied photography at College of DuPage.

Through May 30
Carolyn Klima – Ceramics
Kindlon Hall, Second Floor East Gallery
Klima, a graduating senior, will present sculptural ceramics as a part of the program requirements for her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Through June 27
High School Art Student Exhibition
IC Catholic Prep
Kindlon Hall, First Floor South Gallery
High school students, grades 9-12, will exhibit their recent work from IC Catholic Prep High School in Elmhurst. Examples of class projects in drawing, painting, digital and mixed media will be included.

Through May 30
Benedictine University Art Appreciation Honors Class
Mixed Media Exhibition
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery
Student artwork from Benedictine University’s Fine Arts program will feature projects in drawing, relief printmaking and the art appreciation honors courses taught by Jennifer Scavone, lecturer in the Benedictine University Department of Fine Arts.

June 6-June 30
Benedictine University Student Printmakers
Kindlon Hall, First Floor North Gallery
Student artwork from Benedictine University’s Fine Arts program will feature projects in drawing, relief printmaking and the art appreciation honors courses taught by Teresa Parker, lecturer in the Benedictine University Department of Fine Arts and curator of the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery.

Sunday, September 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
Teresa J. Parker: "Spanish Colonial Art”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
The mixtures of cultural, religious and decorative styles found in Mexico and Peru during the 16th century are out of this world. Parker, curator of the Benedictine University Art Collection, will discuss the origins of some of these practices and show examples of art and decorative arts. Parker is a practicing artist and has been curating exhibitions for more than 20 years. She earned a Master of Fine Arts  from Illinois State University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, October 5
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
David Oulette, Ph.D.: “The Mayan Creation Myth of Popul Vuh”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Oulette will give an engaging discussion about the ancient pre-Columbian Popul Vuh codex and how it helped shape the Mayans’ belief about creation and death.  Oullette is an instructor of Art History at College of DuPage and earned a Ph.D. in Art History from Northern Illinois University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, November 2
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series
William Scarlato: “Modernism”
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Scarlato, professor of Art and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Benedictine University, will discuss the topic of 20th century Modernism and its application to the human figure. Scarlato is an exhibiting painter and printmaker, who earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Sunday, December 7
First Sunday Tea and Art Lecture Series

Lecture to be announced
Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery
Kindlon Hall, Fifth Floor North
2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tea and refreshments will be served.

Healthy Table


Eager to get out and get moving?

Now that winter is finally over (we hope!), the warmer weather, longer days and sunshine are calling to you to get outside and get moving.  The cold, dark and snowy winter days most likely pushed your workouts indoors or may have even derailed your fitness routine all together.  The psychological, emotional and physical benefits of exercising outdoors are numerous, but it is easy to get overly excited and do too much too soon.  Be sure to consider these tips when transitioning to outdoor exercise to help you avoid injury or burnout and stay active all summer long.

• Equipment that hasn’t been used in the past six months needs to be tuned and refitted before dusting it off and heading out for the first outdoor adventure. 
• Treadmill running is biomechanically different than outside running. Gradually transition to the hills and curves of the road or trail by cutting back on mileage and slowly increasing by 10 percent each week or running by effort initially instead of by distance or speed.
• If you are picking up a bat, club, racket or ball for a sport that you haven’t played since last summer, incorporate some sport specific movement training before jumping right into multiple games and practices.
• Respect the elements. Weather patterns can be abrupt and unpredictable during season changes. Be prepared with the right clothing, nutrition and sun protection by checking the forecast before heading outside.

Healthy Table offers free nutrition information, education, counseling, screening and more. Healthy Table is available for individual sessions, group presentations, health fairs and other health-related activities. We are located in Birck Hall, Room 230. For appointments, call (630) 829-6518 or “like” and message us on Facebook at Healthy Table at Benedictine University. You can also follow us on Twitter at @Healthy_table1.

Lisle Convention and Visitors Bureau


Eat, drink, look up and listen to the Gin Blossoms

The annual Lisle “Eyes to the Skies” festival will be held Thursday-Saturday, July 3-5. Visitors can expect daily launches of hot air balloons and balloon glows, a carnival, large craft fair, live music, three nights of fireworks, food court and more. Headlining the live music stage at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 5 will be perennial festival favorite, the Gin Blossoms. Led by the breezy crooning of vocalist Robin Wilson, their melodic blend of pop and rock became a musical force that helped define the sound of ‘90s radio. The Phoenix, Arizona-based Gin Blossoms achieved mainstream success in 1993 with their smash hits “Hey Jealousy” and “Found Out About You,” which went straight to No. 1 on the Modern Rock Chart. For more information, visit www.eyestotheskies.org.

Don't know what to do with your old, used flag?

The Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau is now a central location for the retirement of American flags. Citizens who have old flags which have become worn beyond repair may retire their flag properly by donating it to the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony on Monday, May 26 in downtown Lisle. A collection box will be located in the lobby of the Lisle Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave., from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Donations will be accepted through Friday, May 23. For more information, contact Katie Palombit at (630) 769-1000 or palombit@stayinlisle.com, or visit www.stayinlisle.com.

BenU Athletics 

Camp creates lasting friendships, better basketball players

Benedictine University's Eagles Basketball Camp for boys in grades 3-8 will be held from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, June 9-12 at the Rice Center. All staff and employees receive a 50 percent discount for the camp, which is regularly $199. The price includes lunch. The goal of the camp is to create an entertaining environment for learning the game of basketball and place campers in a setting where they will develop lasting friendships with fellow campers and coaches. To register, contact men's basketball coach Keith Bunkenburg at (630) 829-6146.

Keep up with the Eagles!

The Benedictine softball team ended the season with a pair of losses in the NCAA regional final.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/11/SB_0511141745.aspx?path=softball

The Benedictine softball team opened play at the NCAA regional with two wins.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/9/SB_0509141713.aspx?path=softball
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/10/SB_0510145032.aspx?path=softball

The Benedictine baseball team ended the year with a loss to Concordia Wisconsin at the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference  tournament.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/9/BB_0509141939.aspx?path=baseball

The Benedictine men’s track and field team is winding down the season after competing at North Central.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/10/MTRACK_0510144749.aspx?path=mtrack

The Benedictine women’s track and field team took part in the Dr. Keeler Invite hosted by North Central this weekend.
http://benueagles.com/news/2014/5/10/WTRACK_0510143826.aspx?path=wtrack

Upcoming Athletic Events

Thursday, May 15`

Track and Field
BenU at North Central Gregory Invite
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Friday, May 16

Track and Field
BenU at North Central Gregory Invite
Naperville, Ill.
11:00 a.m.

Track and Field
BenU at Augustana Midwest Twilight Invite
Rock Island, Ill.
12:00 p.m.


Happy Birthday!


Happy Birthday to the following members of the University community for the days of May 12-31:

Chad Treisch-May 12, Campus Planning, Design and Construction
Lynn Chambers-May 13, Admissions
Deborah Kirk-May 13, Business and Finance Services
Soyon Lee-May 16, International Business and Economics
Thomas Madia-May 16, Financial Aid
Margaret Richey-May 16, Nursing and Health
Steven Hermann-May 17, Stewardship
Jonathan Valentin-May 17, Campus Services
Julie Davis-May 18, Nutrition
Michael Carroll-May 19, Mesa Operations
Dawn Smith-May 19, College of Business
Erica George-May 20, College of Education and Health Services
Bradley Wilcoxon-May 20, Benedictine University Police
Jian Tang-May 21, Information Technology
Maraea Mason-May 21. Financial Aid
Alison Ridge-May 22, Nursing and Health
Craig Terdich-May 22, Campus Services
Rita George-Tvrtkovic-May 23, Religious Studies
Jay Dunn-May 24, Benedictine University Police
Adrienne Hickey-May 24, Financial Aid
Tim Kazmierczak-May 26, Campus Services
Kenneth Reuter-May 26, Business and Finance Services
Beverly Uebel-May 26, Dining Services
Deborah Hellmuth-May 27, Center for Values-Driven Leadership
Amy Drew-May 28, Adult Accelerated Enrollment
Daniel Confolone-May 30, Dining Services
Kathleen Costanza-May 31, Marketing and Communications
Peter Nelson-May 31, Physics and Engineering

If your birthday was omitted, please call the Office of Marketing and Communications at ext. 6090.



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