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First-year experience

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are working with the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI) to develop a comprehensive First-Year Experience (FYX) as part of the SD2020 Liberal Arts for Life goal of meeting “the needs and aspirations and exceed the expectations of a 21st century student body.”

FYX is not merely a program or set of programs, but an environment that encompasses all the students’ experiences and relationships with the institutions from the time of their deposit until they return for their sophomore year.

More information

Implementation Task Force 2017-18

Emily Esch, Chair, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the General Curriculum

Karen Backes, Dean of Admission

Sunil Chetty, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Mike Connolly, SJU Dean of Students

Tanya Gertz, Executive Director of Fine Arts Programming

Sarah Gewitz, Information Literacy Librarian

Kate Graham, Associate Professor of Chemistry

Jason Kelly, Assistant Dean and Director of Academic Advising

Kyhl Lyndgaard, Director of Writing Center and FYS

Erica Rademacher, Assistant Director of Career Services

Matt Reichert, FYS Instructor

Lacey Solheid, Associate Director of Programming and Orientation

Steve Stelzner, Professor of Psychology

Jody Terhaar CSB Dean of Students

Kari-Shane Davis Zimmerman, Associate Professor of Theology