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Congratulations to Dr. Allen Legutki on his 2021 University's Excellence in Teaching Award!
Pope Francis appoints Rita George-Tvrtković, Ph.D., associate professor of theology, as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue.
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Congratulations to Dr. Joel Ostrow and Dr. Fannie Rushing, They are the 2021 co-recipients of the Judith Ann Whinfrey Faculty Award for Leadership!
Ben U’s delegation receive “Distinguished Delegation” recognition at National Model United Nations Conference, making fourteen straight years that the NMUN Conference staff has recognized Benedictine's delegations for excellence!
"Our rigorous program continues to train our students as well as any in the world. Our students again demonstrated their growth and leadership across the many dozen topics on which they had to gain expertise. They gained invaluable experience in negotiation, in public speaking, and in leadership, and in so doing preserved the reputation that Benedictine has built at NMUN over the past two decades."
Joel M. Ostrow
Professor, Department of Political Science
To the Benedictine Community:
In this year of wonders, I have a delightful and unexpected pleasure! We just learned that Benedictine University's delegation to this week's National Model United Nations Conference, the largest and longest running United Nations simulation in the world, was recognized for its performance with the "Distinguished Delegation" award. This marks fourteen straight years that the NMUN Conference staff has recognized Benedictine's delegations for excellence, an almost absurd string of success.
To say this was a difficult year will surprise nobody. That our delegations performed so well, under the conditions we faced, demands heavy praise for our Head Delegates and Student Leaders, Gabrielle Illut and Amaris Hernandez. Honestly, I have difficulty finding appropriate words. These extraordinary women and talented leaders, because of last year's shutdown, never had participated in a Model UN conference before, yet they were tasked with leading this delegation. Add to that the fact that they had to figure out how to teach the class in a virtual setting, and prepare a delegation to participate on an unknown platform, well, I am glad that was their job and not mine! Their wisdom, their poise, and their deft combination of kindness and toughness made for a well-prepared and high-performing delegation.
Indeed, the evenness across the committees that our delegates sat on was remarkable. Rarely have I seen such consistency of outstanding performance.
Add to all of this one other factor - the reduced enrollment due to the pandemic but the fact that we represented Brazil, one of the largest delegations in the UN, and their challenges mounted even further. We were blessed to have as our partners the wonderful students of Northwestern Polytechnical University, in Xi'an, China. My great friend and amazing professor Ruan Hongmei has built an incredible program there, and we are so fortunate to have them as our partners. Their students, no less than ours, are the reason for the recognition Brazil received at this week's conference, for their students were every bit the leaders in their committees as Benedictine's. It was, truly, a remarkable group across the board.
Our rigorous program - ours and NPU's - continues to train our students as well as any in the world. Our students again demonstrated their growth and leadership across the many dozen topics on which they had to gain expertise. They gained invaluable experience in negotiation, in public speaking, and in leadership, and in so doing preserved the reputation that Benedictine, and NPU, have built at NMUN over the past two decades.
Students, next year we will be returning to an in-person conference in New York City, and we will again partner with NPU. We will also, if all goes as planned, send a delegation to their conference in Xi'an, China. We hope for and plan to have a truly banner and exhilarating BUMUN team in 2022, and we invite all of you to consider joining this wildly successful program! Spread the word -- this is a premiere program and this opportunity is one you want to seize!
We do hope for continued support for this program from the University, and we thank above all the selfless support of so many of our program's alumni. The value of BUMUN, as we fondly call it, is demonstrated most poignantly by the dozens upon dozens of alumni who contribute not just their money, but their time and wisdom to our program year after year. We could not go on without their incredible support, and the legions continue to grow as this program continues to demonstrate its lasting value to all who have been among its members.
I hope you will all please join me in congratulating our delegates. Those participating from Benedictine on the Brazil delegation to the 2021 National Model United Nations Conference are:
Joel M. Ostrow
Professor, Department of Political Science
Benedictine University Lisle, IL 60532
This is a message to our Asian American students, faculty, and the wider community of empathy, condolence and solidarity against racism:
The murders of Asian- Americans and people of Asian descent in Cherokee County Georgia, where the Cherokee people were forced from their homes to begin the Trail of Tears, and thousands of African Americans labored as slaves, sharecroppers and menial labor have brought once again America's racist history to the forefront reminding us that we have still not reckoned with racism.
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Dear Fellow Members of the Benedictine University Community:
This is a message to our Asian American students, faculty, and the wider community of empathy, condolence and solidarity against racism: The murders of Asian- Americans and people of Asian descent in Cherokee County Georgia, where the Cherokee people were forced from their homes to begin the Trail of Tears, and thousands of African Americans labored as slaves, sharecroppers and menial labor have brought once again America's racist history to the forefront reminding us that we have still not reckoned with racism.
It has been less than a year since the horrific murders of Breona Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and George Floyd. The outpouring of indignation and sympathy from across the nation and around the world gave hope that there was to be a long-- awaited reckoning with racism. Yet, once again, a gruesome crime, fueled by racial hatred has been committed, regardless of how it is officially labeled, against in this instance Asian Americans.
This weeks’ images of the young White man sauntering into the salons where ultimately all but one of the victims were Asian American or Asian cannot help but recall Dylann Roof sauntering into Mother Bethel church in Charleston and killing 9 of the Black parishioners, the tiki torch parade of Neo Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” in Charlottesville, nor the recent attack on the capitol of the United States with a hanging noose on the outside and the flags and symbols of racial hatred such as the Confederate flag and all manner of Nazi paraphernalia inside the riot ridden capitol.
THE STRUCTURAL RACISM THAT MAINTAINS SOCIO- ECONOMIC INEQUALITY, IS STUNTING AND KILLING THE NATION, THE WORLD AND POTENTIALLY THE PLANET.
Too many people still dismiss racism as a Black-White issue and not of importance to the larger society. They fail to see that inequality in its racial form cuts across every sector of life and all communities suffer from it. The failure to recognize this enables the persistent reproduction of the system.
In response to the call from Black students at Benedictine University in the wake of last Summer's racist murders, Benedictine has initiated some steps in the direction of transforming our campus into an anti -racist institution. This is to be applauded but as recent events show much still needs to be done. It is not enough to be mourners, we are called to action to rededicate our steadfast commitment to eliminating racism in all our names because as in the words of Fannie Lou Hamer, "None of Us Are Free Until All of Us Are free."
Dr. F.T. Rushing
Dr. Vincent Gaddis
Dr. Markisha Woodson
Dr. Tiara Perez -Morales
Dr. Jeffery Trask
Dr. Rita George -Tvrtkovic
Dr. Mary Kate Holman
Dr. Susan Mikula
Dr. Joseph Incandela
Mr. Peter Seely
Dr. Kaveh Hemmat
Dr. Allen Legutki
Dr. Jean-Marie Kauth
Dr. Steven Day
Dr. Tony Cella
Dr. Dianne Moran
Dr. Steven Burgess
Dr. Latifa Bounou
Dr. Cesraéa Rumpf
Dr. Zubair S. Amir
Dr. Olga D. Lambert
Dr Sandra Kies