Faculty and Staff Notes
Joyce Jeewek (Education), with undergraduates Tameka Smith and Karyn Tupek, presented a peer-reviewed workshop session titled “Effective Reading Strategies in Action” at the 2013 Kappa Delta Pi International Education Honor Society’s Conference in Dallas, Texas in October. The workshop presented educators with a variety of research-based, hands-on reading strategies that improve comprehension and writing. The presentation included ideas for implementing the New Common Core State Standards.
More than 1,100 people attended the Benedictine Family Thanksgiving Dinner on November 21. The Benedictine family is invited to attend a special Christmas Brunch at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 5 in the Krasa Dining Room.
Help make the BenUnion a reality on campus. College students need a place to hang out, play games and kick back. They need a place that encourages fun and the occasional healthy competition. A place where they can put the books down a few minutes each day. A place where they can meet, greet and unwind. A transformation of the current Fireside Lounge into the BenUnion will create a recreational area on campus where students can break from studies and play billiards, pingpong, foosball, air hockey, and video and table games. A place that encourages a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit and enhances the overall college experience. Your help is needed in making the BenUnion a reality. Your contribution will help provide students another way to achieve a healthy balance of mind, body and spirit. You can help create a gathering place where they can come together as a community – a Benedictine community. Please join faculty, staff and students in supporting the creation of the BenUnion today. Gifts should be specified for the Fireside Lounge and delivered to Jill Poskin in the Krasa Center, Room 035. Checks should be made payable to Benedictine University with “Fireside Lounge” in the memo section.
The 23rd Annual DuPage Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at St. Procopius Abbey at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, November 25. Following the Papal Assisi Model of praying in each other’s presence will be the Benedictine monks of St. Procopius Abbey, Buddhist monks, Hindu, Sikhs, Muslims, Jews, Zoroastrians, Theosophists, Bahai and Protestants. The Abbey Schola will sing several pieces of Gregorian chant. Admission is free for the hour-and-a-half service. For more information, contact Fr. Julian von Duerbeck, O.S.B., at (630) 829-6410.
Shop with a Purpose. University Ministry and Parent Programs are co-sponsoring a holiday program with Women At Risk International and the War Chest Boutique located in Naperville. Beautiful hand-blown Egyptian glass ornaments are for sale with the proceeds going to Middle Eastern women and children who have been trafficked. By purchasing their products, you will help lift women and children’s lives to dignity. Ornaments are display in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall and may be purchased from 8:30-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday until Friday, December 15. For additional information, please contact Carrie Roberts at email@example.com or Hope Keber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Benedictine University and St. Procopius Abbey invite the public to attend “Advent at the Abbey” from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 14. St. Benedict dedicates chapter six of his Rule to silence. "Good words," he says, "are to be left unsaid out of esteem for silence." (RB 6:2) It is not that monastic men and women never speak; we should speak good and thoughtful words in specific places and at appropriate times. Advent is an appropriate time to listen to the Word of God and pray that God makes us more taciturn because "...the disciple is to be silent and listen." (RB 6:6). The schedule includes arrival and coffee, lauds, a morning prayer, readings, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Mass, lunch in the monastic refectory, a reflection, and a closing prayer and blessing. To reserve a place, contact Fr. Becket Franks, O.S.B., at (630) 829-9253 or email@example.com.
Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a breakfast buffet with
all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturday,
December 7 on the second floor of the Krasa Center. Santa will
visit, pose for pictures and give each child a gift. Mrs. Claus will
read her favorite Christmas story while Ernie the Elf eagerly
demonstrates the art of holiday crafting to all who attend. Holiday
movies, children’s games, prizes and a special raffle make Benedictine
University one of Santa’s favorite stops outside of the North Pole.
Tickets are $12 per person. Children age 2 and under are free. The event
is sponsored by the Student Senate. To register, visit
http://www.ben.edu/SantaBreakfast or contact Joan Henehan at (630)
The 19th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast will be held from 8:00-9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Timothy W. Goodly, senior vice president of Human Resources for Turner Broadcasting System Inc. is the guest speaker and will present “Invoking the Hero in Each of Us.” Breakout sessions will be held immediately following the breakfast with the theme “Living Together.” The sessions will be conducted by Joseph E. Collins, Ph.D., executive vice president at College of DuPage, and William J. Carroll, Ph.D., president of Benedictine University. For more information and tickets, call the McAninch Arts Center at (630) 942-4000 or visit www.cod.edu/MLK. Tickets are $25 each. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund.
Faculty are asked to remind students that the online scholarship process has begun. Students may visit www.ben.edu/stars to apply for scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year. For more information regarding the scholarship process, visit www.ben.edu/scholarships.
Faculty are also asked to remind students that Spring 2014 class registration has begun. Students should log onto their MyBenU account to learn their appointed registration date and begin adding courses to their enrollment shopping cart.
Faculty members are invited to attend the "Writing Across the Curriculum" seminars from 12:20-1:20 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Kindlon Hall, Room 021 during the fall semester and from 3:00-4:15 p.m. on Fridays in the Benedictine University Library during the spring semester. A light lunch or hors d'oeuvres will be served. The schedule of seminars is: Friday, February 7, "Teaching Writing Intensive (WI) Physical Education" with Beth Bell; Friday, March 7, "Violence Is an Erudite Behavior: Thesaurus Sentence Plagiarism and Other Adventures in a WI Social Sciences Research Methods Course" with Kelly Kandra; Friday, April 4, "Using D2L Rubrics" with Chris Fletcher; and Friday, May 2, "Research Writing in Business" with Tom Nicholas. For more information, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of International Programs and Services will present the annual “Festival of Asia” from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31 in the Krasa Student Center. Programs and activities include the table tennis intramural tournament, a cooking contest, buffet lunch, cultural performances and awards. To RSVP and purchase tickets, contact the Office of International Programs and Services at email@example.com, (630) 829-6342 or (630) 829-6354.
Flu shots are available at Student Health Services in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for faculty, staff and students from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Tuesdays through Thursdays while supplies last. The cost is $10 for students and $20 for faculty and staff (cash or check only).
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Mass is now being said at 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the St. Benedict Chapel on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and at 11:00 a.m. at St. Procopius Abbey. University Ministry is also providing Mass at 7:25 a.m., Monday through Friday in the St. Benedict Chapel. Please join us before work or before class.
Stuff turkeys, not yourself during the holidays
The holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, they are also a time when we tend to overeat and gain weight. According to the National Institutes of Health, overconsumption during the holidays can lead to an extra pound or two gained each year. Over the course of a person’s life, that can really add up. By following these simple tips, you can help maintain your weight and stay healthy through the holiday season:
• Be realistic. Don’t try to lose weight during the holidays, just try to maintain your current weight.
• Try to get 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Take a brisk 15-minute walk in the morning and one in the evening to offset some of that holiday eating.
• Bring your own healthy dishes to holiday parties.
• Eat until you are satisfied -- not stuffed. Take your time while eating so your body has time to communicate with your brain that you are full.
• Beware of beverages. Alcoholic drinks are often loaded with sugar and calories, and drinking tends to lead to overeating. Other non-alcoholic drinks can also be full of sugar and calories, so choose better options like water, coffee or tea.
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.