Faculty and Staff Notes
Teresa J. Parker (Fine Arts) gave an artist's talk on her artwork on October 23 at Benedictine University at Springfield. An exhibition of her artwork is on display at the school's Becker Library until November 20.
Ovid Wong (Education) presented “In Search of the Pedagogy Holy Grail for Student Success” with graduate student Joanne Klonowski and undergraduate student Angela Horton at the 2013 Illinois Science Education Conference. The knowledge-delivery matrix concept is based on Wong’s book titled “An Instructor Primer for Adjunct and New Faculty,” a 2013 publication by Rowman & Littlefield in partnership with the Association of Teacher Educators.
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 email@example.com.
The Benedictine University Library will wrap up a month of activities celebrating American Archives Month with an open house, “Open Archives: Discovering Hidden Treasures,” from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 30. Treasures from the Benedictine archives will be displayed including many old and rare books. Tours of the archives, including a behind-the-scenes look at how items are collected and preserved, will be offered. Refreshments will be served. The open house is open to the public. As part of the celebration, Benedictine students, faculty and staff will be given the chance to provide their own captions for photos from the archives. Each week in October a new photo will be posted on social media and in the library. Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday of each week. Winners will be announced at the open house. Students must provide contact information to be eligible. Benedictine students, faculty and staff can also enter a trivia contest. Entry forms are available at the research and circulation desks and on the Library website at www.ben.edu/library/archives.
The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program hosts Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former lieutenant governor of Maryland and U.S. deputy assistant attorney general, who will present “Get in the Bullring: How You Can Make a Difference” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29 in Scholl Hall, Room 101. The presentation is free and open to the
public. Kennedy Townsend is a senior advisor at a hedge fund run by the former treasurer of the World Bank after serving in a variety of roles and working on important public safety, higher education and public service issues while in the public sector. Kennedy Townsend is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue, and serves on the boards of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. She is the author of “Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way” and has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Maryland, Harvard University and St. Mary’s College. She is the eldest child of Robert and Ethel Kennedy.
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: Tuesday, October 29, "Writing
Across the Curriculum at Benedictine" with Zubair Amir and Jean-Marie
Kauth; Tuesday, November 12, "What Cats
Can Teach Us about Writing Across the Curriculum" with Sandra Kies, who will
talk about how she uses published research on how cats lap to help students
understand and exploit the differences between using spoken and written, formal
and informal, and technical and non-technical language; Friday, February 7, "Teaching
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.
Enjoy cooking with herbs? Learn how to juggle water, light and temperature to yield the best results as you grow your own. Attend “Lunch with Landscapers” featuring Andrew Nordstrom of Shemin Nurseries from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 4 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Space is limited and you must RSVP by Wednesday, October 30 to Kathy Rutkowski at (630) 829-6420 or email@example.com.
The Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery is accepting
donations of artificial trees, lights and decorations for the “Festival
of Art Trees” from 12:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13. Drop
off your donation on the fifth floor of Kindlon Hall no later than
Wednesday, November 6. Any donations that exceed the gallery’s needs
will be donated to local families who are in need. For more information,
contact (630) 829-1874 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students interested in attending Benedictine University are invited to attend Fall Open House from 12:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, or participate in Preferred Visit Day on Monday, November 11. Attendees
can meet with Admissions staff in small group settings to discuss
Benedictine University’s renowned academic programs, the admissions
process and requirements, applications, scholarships and financial aid.
They can also take a guided tour of campus. Preferred Visit Day
sessions will be held at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. A Science Open House will be held from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23. Attendees can learn more about Benedictine's renowned science programs. For more information, call the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300.
The Center for Civic Leadership will present Erick-Woods Erickson, “Red States, Tea Parties and the Changing Republican Party,” at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 12 on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. The lecture is free and open to the public. Erickson is the editor-in-chief of RedState.com, a widely-read right-of-center blog on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Prior to leading RedState.com, Erickson practiced law for six years and oversaw a number of political campaigns at the federal, state and local levels. In addition to running RedState.com, Erickson is a Fox News contributor who spent three years at CNN and hosts a self-titled radio show on one of the nation's most listened to talk radio stations, WSB, in Atlanta, Ga. He has also appeared on the “Colbert Report” on the Comedy Central cable network. Erickson graduated with honors from Mercer University in Macon, Ga., majoring in History and Political Science. He earned a Juris Doctor at Mercer’s Walter F. George School of Law.
International Education Week is Thursday-Friday, November 7-15. The event kicks off with a presentation by Rhacel Parreñas, Ph.D., professor of Sociology and Gender Studies and chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Southern California, who will discuss and examine the experience of legal servitude in relation to issues of human trafficking and notions of modern-day slavery at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 7 in Birck Hall, Room 112. A screening of the movie, “Harvest of Empire,” a documentary about the United States’ intervention in Latin America and how it has contributed to Latino immigration in the United States, will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, November 11 in the House of Benedict. A Study Abroad Fair will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. November 12 in the Krasa Center, Rooms A and B. “Taste of the World” will be held from 12:00-2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13 in the Kindlon Hall Atrium. The “Face of Benedictine” contest winners will be announced at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15 in the House of Benedict.
Benedictine’s Graduation Fair for August and December 2013 graduates will be held from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Monday-Tuesday, November 18-19 in the Krasa Fireside Lounge. Graduates can pick up their cap and gown, obtain commencement information, have their cap and gown picture taken, receive career information, purchase a class ring and/or diploma frame, order personalized announcements, discuss their financial obligations and enjoy a raffle and refreshments. For more information, go to www.ben.edu/commencement.
The Center for Mission and Identity will present Barbara
Nicolosi, the founder and chair emeritus of Act One Inc., a nonprofit
program that trains Christians for careers as Hollywood writers and
executives, as part of its Visiting Scholar in Catholic Thought Series.
Nicolosi will present “Why Do Pagans Make the Best Christian Films?” at
7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 20 in the St. Benedict Chapel on the
fourth floor of Kindlon Hall, and “Art, Story and Entertainment: Why
Hollywood Matters” at 12:20 p.m. on Thursday, November 21 in Birck Hall,
Room 112. Nicolosi is also executive director of the Galileo Film
Studio at Azusa Pacific University and an adjunct professor of cinema at
Pepperdine University. She is a Writers Guild of America, West member
and has written screenplays for several Hollywood productions including
as a co-writer for the upcoming 2014 film “Mary, Mother of the Christ.” She has
worked in various roles on scores of other entertainment projects
including “The Passion of the Christ,” “That Evening Sun” and numerous
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 championships, 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.
Don’t Fall for Fads!
It seems like there’s a new fad diet coming out practically every day along with a long line of followers. Many of these fad diets promise quick weight loss by restricting food groups which can be detrimental to your health. In addition, many of these diets are so restrictive and unrealistic that most people can’t stick to them.
Stay away from diets and other products that make the following claims:
• Rapid weight loss: Dramatic weight loss is unsafe and doesn’t last like slow, steady weight loss does. A weight loss of a ½ pound to 1 pound per week is considered safe. Quick weight loss is often from loss of water and muscle not stored body fat.
• Quantities and limitations: Diets that say you can eat unlimited quantities of specific foods such as grapefruit or cabbage are boring and hard to stick to. Also, diets that eliminate or restrict certain food groups are missing key nutrients and multivitamins, and can’t provide all the nutrients and antioxidants you get from whole foods.
• Specific food combinations: There is no scientific evidence that combining certain foods or eating specific foods at certain times of the day will help with weight loss. Eating well-balanced, small frequent meals throughout the day is most beneficial and will help curb your appetite while providing all the nutrients you need.
Overall, the best way to maintain a healthy weight, build muscle and lose fat is to eat well-balance nutritious meals and stay physically active. Include meals that are full of vegetables and fruits, lean protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. Doesn’t that sound more appealing than starvation or eating endless amounts of grapefruit?
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.