Faculty, Student and Alumnae/i News
Congratulations to senior Jenni Busse, who received the “Exceptional Woman Award” during the college’s Senior Dinner May 6, 2007 at Clemens Field House. The award acknowledges women who have gone “above and beyond” what is expected of them.
Students receiving the award have excelled scholastically, have promoted social justice, actively volunteered within their communities, demonstrated an awareness of issues impacting CSB and the broader community and consistently exhibited leadership over the last four years.
Jenni is a double major in accounting and economics. In February, she presented her honors thesis, “The Long Run Growth of the Minnesota Economy: How Did We Become Above Average?” during the fourth annual Private Scholars at the Capitol event at the Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul.
She also went to China to study the Chinese economy. While there, she took the initiative to involve herself with students from a local university. She also volunteered at a halfway house in St. Cloud assisting ex-convicts returning to society.
Sponsored by CSB in collaboration between the President’s and Alumnae offices, the award, given for the first time, was created by a student-led group working in conjunction with the President’s Office to increase Bennie pride and celebrate students’ accomplishments.
Jenni will receive a crystal trophy to commemorate her achievements. In addition, her name will be engraved on a plaque near a statue that is being commissioned by a local artist, which will be placed in the Gorecki Dining and Conference Center, currently under construction on the CSB campus.
Alumnae/i NewsKatie Dvoracek (CSB, 2002) recently shared what she’s been up to since graduation:
After college I taught high school math through Teach for America in Oakland, CA. This experience helped shape my views about how I could use my education from CSB to help improve the world in which we live. I realized that I was better suited to fight for education equality through a public policy avenue, drawing on my economics background. After TFA, I moved back to Minnesota and attended the Humphrey Institute (where I was a Jernberg Scholar) for a Masters in Public Policy. Because of the flexibility of the program, I was able to form my academic experience around my interests. I concentrated in Education Policy Analysis, and I took many good classes within HHH as well as in Public Health, Educational Policy and Administration, and Applied Economics.
After graduation, I began to work for the Office of the Legislative Auditor as a program evaluator. Currently, I work on 9-10 month projects where we evaluate state programs and offer recommendations to state agencies and the Legislature for improving programs and fiscal accountability. I am currently working on a project studying school district student transportation--which is very costly for school districts, and in August I will evaluate Minnesota's charter schools.
Dhiraj D. Pant (SJU, 2005) is one of seven students nationwide who was accepted into Notre Dame's Ph.D. program in the Department of Economics and Econometrics. DP will receive a full ride and stipend when he begins in fall 2007.
Michael Brakke (SJU, 2004) has accepted an admissions offer from the Masters of Public Affairs program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, which includes a full scholarship to cover tuition and living costs. Mike is excited about the challenge of studying economics and public policy at the graduate level at the top school in its field.