Benedictine Heritage Tour
2013 Benedictine Heritage Study Tour Participants
May 13-24th, 2013
Theresa Anderson Academic Advising
Br. Dennis Beach - Monastic rep. Philosophy
Sophia Geng MCL Department
Chick Hardy - Leader Benedictine Institute
Michael Hemmesch Comm. & Marketing
Jan Jahnke Abbey HR
Jeff Kamakahi Sociology Department
Liz Knuth Archives
Cindy Malone English Department
Jim Poff Biology Department
Leila Utsch Institutional Advancement
Mary Jo Waggoner Academic Affairs
June 10-21st, 2013
Fr. Mark Thamert - Leader MCL / Benedictine Institute
Ann Blattner Lit Press
Matt Callahan FYS / English
Carla Durand Collegeville Institute
Adam Houghton Theater Department
Kaarin Johnston Theater Department
Geri Kampa SJU Business Office
Dan McAvey Residential Life
Karen Pogatschnik Life Safety
Mary Sagissor Institutional Advancement
Dora Shay Dining Service
Jean Stottlemyer Physical Plant
The 2013 Benedictine Heritage Study Tour for SJU/OSB/Joint Employees--Application Closed
The Benedictine Institute of Saint John's is pleased to invite applications for an exciting professional development opportunity to tour several sites in Italy and Germany that are associated with the Benedictine origins of our communities. The aim of these tours is to help employees deepen their understanding of this heritage. The tours are open to employees of Saint John's University, the Order of Saint Benedict as well as joint employees of the College of Saint Benedict.
Two tours will be offered in 2013. The first will take place May 13-24, 2013; the second June 10-21, 2013. The May tour will be planned for twelve participants including the tour leader. Because of higher summer rates for transportation and lodging, the June tour will be limited to ten participants including the tour leader.
The Benedictine Heritage Study Tour is meant to provide firsthand familiarity with the historic Italian and Bavarian sites to which the Benedictine communities of Saint John's and Saint Benedict's trace their origins. This tour involves visits to Rome and such Benedictine sites as Subiaco and Monte Cassino in Italy, and Metten and Eichstatt in Germany.
Participants are expected to bring their experience back to enrich the understanding of our Benedictine heritage on both campuses. Planning to continue to be employed at Saint John's and Saint Ben's for at least a year following the tour is a condition of eligibility for this professional development opportunity.
If you are curious about what you may experience on this study tour, a good source of information is a video that one of the 2010 groups produced as a result of their tour. This 15-minute video can be viewed at, http://csbsju.edu/Benedictine-Institute/Benedictine-Heritage-Tour.htm.
Eligibility: Eligibility is limited to employees of Saint John's University, the Order of Saint Benedict, and joint employees of CSB. In the event of numerous applicants, preference will be given to those with five or more years of continuous service. Members of administrative and support staffs as well as faculty members are encouraged to apply. Applicants scheduled to work at the time of the tours should first consult with their supervisor to determine if participation is appropriate and possible in relation to departmental operations and staffing coverage. Written evidence of supervisory consultation must be provided through receipt of the supervisor approval form. (See How to Apply section.) The principal criterion for participant selection is the strength of their application. See the directions below for the expected content. In the case of equally strong applications in the same area, preference will be given to the person with the longest continuous full-time employment.
How to Apply:
- Submit a narrative of not more than three pages explaining why you are interested in this experience, what you hope to learn from it, and how your participation will benefit your work and service in our campus communities in the years to come.
- Indicate which dates you prefer.
- If you know conversational Italian or German, or if you have international travel experience, it would be helpful to mention that in your narrative.
- Please use the attached form to confirm your supervisor's acknowledgement and approval of your participation. If you submit a hard copy of your application, attach a signed copy of this form with your application. If you send your application electronically, please ask your supervisor to send the approval separately - a hard copy or electronically. No applications will be considered until supervisor approval has been received. Faculty who are not under contract at the time of the scheduled tours are not required to submit this form.
Please note: The Benedictine Heritage Study Tours are offered as a special professional development opportunity. Administrative and support staff tour participants regularly scheduled to work during the travel dates will receive their regular pay for the time they would have normally been scheduled to work and will not be required to use accrued vacation leave.
Costs: Transportation, housing and some meals will be paid for by the Benedictine Institute. Participants will be asked to contribute $350 to help cover side tours such as the ancient sites in Rome and the Vatican Museum as well as tips for guides. Participants will also be responsible for obtaining a passport, paying for some meals, and any personal expenses. Regarding meals, the tour will pay for all breakfasts and three lunches. Participants will be expected to pay for all other meals. Also please note that all rooms will be double occupancy.
Participant Obligation: In addition to contributing $350 toward the cost of the trip, each participant will be asked to do preparatory work prior to departure. This includes attending and participating in all group meetings before departure, reading selected books, researching historical aspects of sites the group will visit, and writing a short reflection paper. Everyone selected is expected to fully participate while on-site and to share with students and co-workers what they have learned about Benedictine history and values upon their return by incorporating the learning into their job. Therefore, individuals who anticipate terminating their employment at the end of FY13 or in FY14 are asked not to apply for this professional development opportunity.
Deadline: In order to be considered for either tour your application must be submitted to Fr. Hilary Thimmesh, Benedictine Institute, Quad 241, SJU by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by mid-November, 2012. Please direct any questions to Gloria Hardy.