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Strategic Directions 2020

Strategic Directions 2020 addresses two key imperatives: defining our distinction in higher education and assuring that our curricular and co-curricular experience and practice adapts to the needs, expectations, and aspirations of a 21st century student body.

CSB’s Aurora Hall turns out the lights, earns pizza party

Residence hall cuts energy usage by 17.8 percent during Cut the Current contest Feb. 13-24.

Valley of the Sun turns into valley of success for CSB/SJU students

Scholarly research nets three first-place finishes plus a second-place performance at international meeting in Phoenix.

CSB/SJU ranked highly in several national reviews

Money Magazine, U.S. News, and Washington Monthly all ranked CSB and SJU highly during 2016 in a number of different categories. Additionally, for the 12th consecutive year, the schools were named among the leaders for study abroad.

$10 million gift to the College of Saint Benedict to create Center for Ethical Leadership in Action

The gift, from an anonymous donor, will create a permanent endowment fund, which will fund the operations of the Center, including the support of experiential learning as well as a mentoring program and speaker series.

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Michael Hemesath, SJU president, featured in Sunday, Feb. 26 St. Cloud Times column "'Free' college tuititon doesn't add up"

Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, HMML executive director, featured in Saturday, Feb. 25 BBC World Service story

Ann Jonas, general book buyer, featured in Friday, Feb. 24 The Visitor book review "Spiritual, literary writers offer food for reflection, renewal"

Fr. Michael Kwatera, OSB, faculty resident and Abbey director of liturgy, featured in Friday, Feb. 24 The Visitor column "Strive to be an ambassador for Christ this Lenten season"

Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB, HMML executive director, featured in Thursday, Feb. 23 The Atlantic article "The Monk Who Saves Manuscripts From ISIS"

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Thomas Kroll, director of Saint John's Outdoor University and land manager at Saint John's Abbey Arboretum, was recognized as a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters.

Wendy Sterba, professor of German, is author of the book J.J. Abrams vs. Joss Whedon: Duel for Media Master of the Universe.

Fr. Mark Thamert, OSB, associate professor of German, translated from German to English the book The Rule of Benedict: An Invitation to the Christian Life by Georg Holzherr, OSB.

Charles Bobertz, professor of theology; and Bernie Evans, professor emeritus of theology, contributed essays in the book A Liturgical Companion to the Documents of the Second Vatican Council.

Derek Larson, professor of history and environmental studies, is author of the book Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960-1980.

Richard Wielkiewicz, professor of psychology, published an article titled "Myopia Is an Adaptive Characteristic of Vision: Not a Disease or Defect" in the Review of General Psychology.

Charles Bobertz, professor of theology, is author of the book The Gospel of Mark: A Liturgical Reading.

LuAnn Reif, professor of nursing, received the Minnesota Commissioner's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Health Services for her dedication to advancing the field of public health and the public health workforce.

Ellen Block, assistant professor of anthropology, and a colleague published an article titled "Relatedness and care in Southern Africa and beyond" in the Journal of Social Dynamics.

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