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 and plan Honors 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]
To provide honors students at CSBSJU with camaraderie, curricular enrichment, and opportunity for intellectual development
Marissa Behounek is a first year Biochemistry and Hispanic studies major from La Vista, NE. She is involved with St. Ben’s swim team, Alpha Kappa Sigma service sorority and Joints Events Council. 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 being a new member of HPAC.
McKeigh is a sophomore Nursing student from Marshall, MN. She is involved in Benedictine Friends, the Bennie/Johnnie Optimist Club, Nursing Club, and HPAC. As an Honors student, McKeigh most enjoys the challenging and intellectual conversations that take place with her classmates and professors, both inside and outside of class. She is excited to be a member of HPAC and help connect Honors students.
Emeline Brudwick is a sophomore Nursing major and English minor from Rochester, MN. In addition to HPAC, Emeline is involved with Magis Ministries, Nursing Club, is a Benedictine Friend, and leads Booyah First-Year bible study. Her favorite part about the Honors Program is the ability to explore new and challenging ideas both inside and outside of her major.
Matthew Burgstahler is a Sophomore Integrated Health Science major from Sandpoint, ID. He represents Cross-Country on the SAAC, and is a member of the executive board for Up Til Dawn. He is also a member of Global Health Awareness and the improv troupe Attention-Starved Children. His favorite part about being in the Honors Program is the energy, work rate, and intellectualism fellow honor students have everyday, and he finds the discussions in Honors classes lively, engaging, and eye opening.
Young is a First Year Biology Major and Psychology Minor looking to go into the medical field. He is currently a Student Ambassador with Alumni Relations and a member of HPAC. What he enjoys about the Honors Program is that it is a challenge academically, but teaches more skills involved with academics. The biggest reason he is in HPAC is to get the word out about the Honors program and about the excellent opportunities it provides to students.
Lauren Clark is a freshman Biochemistry major from Eau Claire, WI. She is involved in HPAC, Optimist Club, and Benedictine Friends. She enjoys the depth of discussions in the Honors Program.
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 is a Political Science and Mathematics major from Saint Cloud Minnesota. Lydia is a sophomore at Saint Ben’s and spends her time working for the Honors Program, as well as working in the CSB Music Library. Lydia is also involved with the Symphonic Band and enjoys spending her time practicing her instruments. Her favorite part about the Honors Program is the deeper discussions she is able to have with her peers in her Honors classes.
Carisa is a First Year from San Diego, CA who is interested in the Sciences, specifically with an emphasis in Nutrition and Biology. In addition to the HPAC, she is a member of the Public Relations Committee of the CSB/SJU Joint Events Council, involved in the Benedictine Friends program, 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 is a first-year 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.
Alli Kosobud is a senior Integrative Health Science major from Brainerd, MN. She is involved in cross country and track & field, is a member of the Dream Team, and is a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Alli enjoys being a part of HPAC and the honors community because of the great relationships created with the students and professors. The honors program allows for conversations and connections across all majors.
Taylor Loth is a first year Integrative Health Science major and Hispanic Studies minor from Lakeville, MN. She runs cross country and track and field at CSB, is a member of Spanish club, and is involved in the Joints Event Committee. 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 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 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 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.
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