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December 2010

CSB/SJU rank first nationally for semester-long study abroad participation

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are ranked first nationally among baccalaureate institutions with students who participate in mid-length study abroad programs, according to Open Doors 2010, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The two schools had 398 students study abroad in mid-length programs during the 2008-09 school year, according to the most recent data released by the IIE. CSB/SJU ranked second in this category in the 2009 report.  CSB/SJU offer 17 semester-long study abroad programs in 14 countries on six continents. Most of the programs are almost exclusively led by CSB/SJU faculty members, which is very unusual among baccalaureate institutions. In addition, CSB/SJU offer dozens of short-term and service learning overseas trips.

Fresco comes to life at CSB campus

Faculty, students and staff gathered at Saint Benedict's Monastery Sacred Heart Chapel Friday, Dec. 10, to recreate the famous painting "School of Athens" by Renaissance master Raphael. The "living picture" was the brainchild of Tony Cunningham, a philosophy professor at CSB and SJU. Tony and his wife Mickey came up with the idea over the summer and have been planning the recreation and recruiting participants throughout fall semester.

Seniors win essay contest

Seven seniors posted entries in the Corad essay contest sponsored by the Benedictine Institute of Saint John's this semester. They wrote about the influence of a Benedictine environment and values during their college years on their personal development and sense of vocation in their plans and dreams for the future.  CSB students were Emily Bina, Jaclyn Imdieke, Delaney Lundeen, and Shannon Preston. SJU students were Alex Brehm, Aaron Sinner, and Shafak Samsheer. 

How your son or daughter can get the most out of winter break

Winter break is an ideal time for career exploration and building a professional network. Informational interviews and job shadow experiences provide the opportunity to do just that. With only a few weeks of break, these can require a short time commitment, yet yield significant results.

Electronic tuition statements available for viewing

The electronic statement (eBill) for the spring semester 2011 tuition will be available for viewing this month. All students and authorized users will receive an e-mail notification that their eBill is available to view. Payment for the spring semester is due Jan. 10, 2011.

Look ahead to housing at CSB for 2011-2012

Students are beginning to look ahead to their options for housing in the 2011-2012 academic year. As a residential campus, approximately 80 percent of our students choose to live on campus all four years. As part of our commitment to providing an engaging and developmental four-year residential experience, students who began college at CSB in the fall of 2010 will live on campus when they are also juniors and seniors. We look forward to the expansion of our upper class student community that is anticipated for the fall of 2012, when our current first-year students are juniors.

Look ahead to housing at SJU for 2011-2012

Students are beginning to look ahead to their options for housing in the 2011-2012 academic year. As part of our commitment to the development of the individual within the context of living and learning in community, students who began college at SJU in the fall of 2008 live on campus during their career at Saint John's.

One-stop career shop

Current CSB and SJU students and alumnae/i came together in November for the annual Career Expo, which included a combination of seminars, a career fair and a networking reception. The EXPO is intended for students in all classes, all majors and with all career interests.

Spring semester textbooks available for rent or purchase 

The CSB/SJU Bookstore will rent several titles for spring semester. Rental books along with textbook purchasing will be available online starting Monday, Dec. 27, 2010. The bookstores will be open 10 - 5 Sunday, Jan 16 for back to school. All orders can be picked up at this time at either bookstore location.

Alpers inducted into Hall of Fame

SJU head golf coach Bob Alpers was inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame during enshrinement ceremonies Dec. 6, at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas. Alpers was the lone inductee from NCAA Division III. 

Celebrate SJU athletic tradition

All parents are invited to the fourth annual SJU Red Tie Gala that supports Johnnie athletics.  We have great silent auction items available.

Remember CSB for year-end giving

As we celebrate the Christmas season and look forward to the New Year, remember to make your gift before Dec. 31, to take advantage of year-end tax deductions. Your support provides the best gift of all for a current Bennie - the opportunity to experience a Saint Ben's education!