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December 2012

CSB and SJU receive Senator Paul Simon Award in Washington, D.C.

Representatives from CSB and SJU received the 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill Hotel in Washington, D.C., during International Education Week.

CSB and SJU remain No. 1 nationally for semester-long study abroad participation 
For the third consecutive year, CSB and SJU are ranked No. 1 nationally among baccalaureate institutions with students who participate in mid-length study abroad programs.

CSB/SJU to switch to five-day class schedule in fall 2013 
CSB/SJU expects to implement a five-day class schedule in the fall 2013 semester, ending a 40-year six-day cycle for scheduling courses.

Articulating the value of a liberal arts education 
What is a liberal arts education? Recently, a Career Services staff member spent time with a First-Year Seminar class discussing this question and more. 

"O Tannenbaum": CSB celebrates with ceremony 
The towering pine tree stood on the CSB campus mall, an unlit silhouette against the darkening sky. Soon pockets of staff began to gather, and students made their way in large groups from their residence halls.

And so began the inaugural "Christmas at Saint Ben's."

The event took place Tuesday, Nov. 27, and drew more than 300 CSB and SJU students, faculty and staff to observe the lighting of the 35-foot tree. It was donated by Joseph Styles, a St. Joseph dentist and owner of River Bluff Tree Farm, and adorned with 3,200 lights.

Help your student manage end-of-semester stress 
As students are working toward finishing papers and projects and preparing for final exams, they are experiencing higher levels of stress related to their work load and college life. It is important to note that some stress can be useful as it can give students a boost of motivation which can lead to increased productivity and performance. However, this increase in stress can also push them "over the top" and lead to decreased productivity and performance.

The art of networking Bennie/Johnnie-style 
CSB and SJU students experienced first-hand the power of an informal professional network known as the Bennie-Johnnie connection at the fifth annual Career EXPO on Nov. 7 at the College of Saint Benedict.

The EXPO, sponsored by Career Services, is a daylong full immersion of career exploration available to all students first-year through senior. One hundred ninety-one alumnae/i attended the event, sharing their career experiences at panel presentations, a career fair and an evening networking reception. Amid the exchange of crisp business cards these graduates impressed upon students the value of networking and repeated that message throughout the day.

WeCar offers a ride to students 
WeCar is a campus rental car service starting at $8/hour, with insurance and gas expenses fully covered during the rental hours. Unlike many car rental services, WeCar allows students ages 18 and above to participate. Members have access to the car 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A student can use the car to get to interviews or meetings, a weekend trip to the mall with friends or even straight home in case of a family emergency. Out-of-state, local and international students are able to take advantage of this convenient service. 

WeCar, owned and operated by Enterprise-Rent-A-Car, was initially brought to Saint John's. A year later this program is now available to CSB students with the sponsorship from the Saint Ben's Student Senate. Currently, WeCar has two (one on each campus) brand-new, fuel-efficient vehicles. 

For information on membership, click here.