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Honors Planning and Advisory Council

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, please contact the Honors Director, Emily Esch, [email protected]

Mission Statement

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

  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

Beth Richmond

Beth Richmond Beth Richmond is a senior political science major from Eau Claire, WI. She is a study abroad ambassador, volunteers for the Eugene J. McCarthy Center, and works as the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program student coordinator. This is her first year with HPAC, and she is excited to help plan events that will bring Honors students together to foster thoughtful and lively discussion.

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, a First Years Forward mentor, a Benedictine Friend, and a writer for The Record. Erin loves being an HPAC member because the CSBSJU Honors Program places great value on intellectual growth and collaborative understanding.

Matthew Burgstahler

Matthew Burgstahler 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.

Haley Chatelaine

Haley Chatelaine Haley Chatelaine is a Chemistry major from Lakeville, MN. She is President of the CSB/SJU Chemistry Club, Captain of the Swim & Dive Team, and a member of the Benedictine Friends Leadership Team. Part of why Haley loves being on HPAC is getting to hear everybody's ideas for cool new events. She appreciates how creative and thoughtful everyone is, and she always gets excited whenever HPAC starts planning programs.

Zack Eichten

Zack Eichten Zack Eichten is a sophomore Economics and Political Science double major. Zack's hometown is Rosemount, MN. In addition to HPAC, Zack is involved in Economics Club, is working in Student Accessibility, and is the vice 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.

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.

Sara Whiteman

Sara Whiteman Sara Whiteman graduated from Brainerd High School in 2015, and is in her freshman year at the College of St. Benedict. She is majoring in Biology, with a minor in music. Competing on the cross country and track team, playing piano, participating in Biology club, and accompanying are just a few things Sara does to stay involved. Being a part of the Honors Program has led to new friendships, in-depth conversations, and connections with professors. The Honors Program is a large part of Sara's life, and will continue to be throughout the next four years she is on campus.

Laura Bailly

Laura Bailly Laura Bailly is an Integrative Health Sciences major from Eagan, MN. She is a member of the cross country team, Nordic ski team, and outdoor track and field team. She recently completed a semester abroad in Cork, Ireland. Laura enjoys being a member of the Honors Program because she gets to form closer relationships with professors.

Lexi Streifel

Lexi Streifel Lexi is a biology major with a pre-medicine concentration from Bismarck, ND. Besides being involved in HPAC, Lexi is also a member of the Chamber Choir, the Joint Events Council Executive Board, and was an Orientation Leader this past year. Lexi enjoys being in the Honors Program because the courses and professors challenge her to think differently and critically across disciplines, and she firmly believes that her Honors experience will enable her to be a more well-rounded medical student and physician one day!