Honors Planning and Advisory Council

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The Honors Planning and Advisory Council (HPAC) is a group of first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior Honors students who offer advice to the Honors Director and plan social and academic events. If you have an idea for an event, please contact one of the HPAC members. If you are interested in joining HPAC, send us an email at [email protected]

Mission Statement

To provide students at CSBSJU with camaraderie, curricular enrichment, and opportunity for intellectual development.

Goals
  1. To plan intellectually stimulating events
  2. To connect honors students with each other, with faculty, and with alumni
  3. To advise the CSBSJU honors program


Marissa Behounek

Marissa Behounek

Marissa Behounek is a sophomore Chemistry major and History minor from La Vista, NE. She is involved with St. Ben’s swim team and Benedictine Friends. Her favorite part about being in the Honors Program is being able to work with and learn from classmates of different backgrounds and interests. She is excited about expanding and developing new content for the Honors Program.


Molly Mendel

Molly Mendel

Molly Mendel is a sophomore Biology major and Writing minor from Edina, MN with a specific interest in academic research. She is a yoga sculpt instructor on campus, participates in Benedictine Friends, Optimist Club, and Chemistry Club. Her favorite part about the Honors Program is the depth of conversation in her honors classes. She enjoys being a part of HPAC and sharing her love for learning with others! 


Valerie Doze

Valerie Doze

Valerie Doze is a first year Biochemistry major from Grand Forks, ND. She is involved in the Biochemistry Club and is a Benedictine Friend. She loves how the Honors Program offers interesting courses and an opportunity to expand her way of thinking. 


Matthew Burgstahler

Matthew Burgstahler

Matthew Burgstahler is a senior Integrative Health Science major from Sandpoint, Idaho and the Co-chair of HPAC. In addition to HPAC, Matthew is a cross-country and track and field athlete, a volunteer at St. Cloud Hospital, a media services assistant, a member of the Attention-Starved Children improv comedy troupe, a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee cross-country representative and secretary, a Newman Fellow, an orientation leader (3x), a Jackson Fellow, a Brandl Scholar, and a coach for Special Olympics swimming. He greatly appreciates his fellow students’ enthusiasm for learning in the Honors Program and the interesting and genuine conversations that emerge both inside and outside the classroom. Matthew hopes to continue to build the Honors Program and the sense of academic community on campus. 


Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark Lauren Clark is a sophomore Biochemistry and Nutrition major from Eau Claire, WI.  In addition to HPAC, she is involved in the Benedictine Friends program, Biochemistry Club and plays tennis.  She enjoys the variety of interests represented by the students in the Honors Program and the depth of conversation encouraged by the HPAC events.

 


Zack Eichten

Zack Eichten Zack Eichten is a Junior Economics and Political Science double major. Zack's hometown is Rosemount, MN. In addition to HPAC, Zack is involved in St. John’s Senate, is working in Student Accessibility, and is the Commissioner of his Ping Pong League. Zack's favorite part of the Honors Program is getting to participate in involved discussions in a rigorous environment.


Lydia Glen

Lydia Glen

Lydia is a Political Science major and Mathematics minor from Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Lydia is a junior at Saint Ben’s and spends her time working as a math tutor, as well as working in the CSB Music Library. She is also involved with the Symphonic Band and writes articles for the on-campus newspaper, The Record. Her favorite part about the Honors Program is the deeper discussions she is able to have with her peers in her Honors classes.


Carisa Hilton

Carisa Hilton

Carisa is a sophomore from San Diego, CA who is majoring in Nutrition with a concentration in Dietetics. In addition to the HPAC, she is a member of the CSB/SJU Joint Events Council, involved in the Nordic Ski club team, an attendee of Praise in the Pub along with the Peace of Mind and Soul Women’s Bible Study, and a positive addition to the Bennie/Johnnie Optimist Club. Carisa’s favorite part about the Honors Program is that it allows for thought provoking conversations with her fellow Honors students.


Molly Kluever

Molly KlueverMolly Kluever is a sophomore English and Theology major from Malone, WI. In addition to HPAC, Molly is a sacristan for the CSB Campus Ministry, a Benedictine Friend, and a member of the improv troupe Attention-Starved Children. She thinks the Honors Program is amazing because its rigorous curriculum and dedicated professors challenge students to both explore their own interests and discover new ones.


Taylor Loth

Taylor Loth

Taylor Loth is a sophomore Biochemistry and Hispanic Studies double major from Lakeville, MN. She runs cross country and track and field at CSB and is an executive board member for the Joint Events Council. Being a member of the Honors Program, she loves being able to connect with other classmates and professors to delve deeper into conversations across many topics.


Quinlen Marshall

Quinlen Marshall Quinlen Marshall is a first year Political Science Major and Music Minor from St. Cloud, MN. Other than HPAC, Quinlen volunteers with the McCarthy Center, plays trumpet in the CSB/SJU Wind Ensemble, Orchestra, and Brass Choir, participates in the SJU Senate Leadership Experience, and works in the CSB/SJU Registrar’s Office and Target, St. Cloud. His favorite part about the Honors Program is the variety of intelligent, driven students that create a intellectually rigorous environment in Honors classes.


Erin Peller

Erin Peller Erin is an Economics major and a Hispanic Studies minor. She is originally from Hutchinson, MN. Erin is an Economics Club officer, Co-Chair of the Women in Economics Organization, a member of Oikos Honors Society, and a Benedictine Friend. Erin loves being an HPAC member because the CSBSJU Honors Program places great value on intellectual growth and collaborative learning.


Christina Streifel

Christina Streifel Christina is a Biology/Environmental Studies Major from Bismarck, ND. She is involved in HPAC, Nutrition Club, and JEC. She enjoys being a part of the Honors Program because it fosters alternative methods of thinking in topics outside of her major.