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February 2010

CSB, SJU presidents take surprise detour in D.C.

During a visit to the nation's capital, CSB President MaryAnn Baenninger and SJU President Fr. Bob Koopmann were treated to a surprise visit in the Oval Office. Washington's The Hill reported the story:

Career Services announces year-end opportunities for job search

It's hard to believe it's February. Soon, our seniors will graduate. Some already have a job lined up, some are accepted into graduate schools or full-time volunteer experiences, and some are still searching for opportunities.

Whether your son/daughter has been job searching for quite some time or just recently begun the search, it is important that he/she connect with Career Services right away. Resources are accessible to students, and, within the next couple of months, Career Services will provide the final opportunities of this academic year for students to network, connect with employers and alums, interview for possible jobs or internships, and take an active role in their job search. Please encourage your son/daughter to participate in the upcoming resources and events:

  • E-Link: E-link is CSB/SJU's online job/internship and recruiting tool. Companies and employers post a wide range of opportunities. Encourage your son/daughter to create a profile in E-link and begin exploring the many possibilities.
  • On Campus Interviews (OCI): A number of companies will come to campus, beginning in March, to interview students for job/internship opportunities. Students need to be applying to these opportunities now, through E-link.
  • Networking with alumni: Students can utilize the Career Networking (CANE) files to find alums at companies or in occupations of interest, contact them, and arrange a time to connect, either in person or over the phone. By doing this, students are able to establish contacts at various companies, learn about opportunities, gain insider information and/or gain referrals for future openings.
  • Job Fairs: Job fairs are a valuable way to connect with multiple employers in one location. Career Services offers many resources to help students make the most of these experiences through preparation and research. The remaining fairs for this semester include:
  1. Minn. Timberwolves/Lynx Internship Career Fair: Monday, March 22, Minneapolis
  2. Minnesota Idealist Non Profit Career Fair: Tuesday, April 13, Minneapolis
  3. Minnesota Education Career Fair: Monday, April 19, Minneapolis
  • Pathways to Careers in the Arts: Tuesday, March 23, St. Paul. Students will have the opportunity to meet alumni from Minnesota private colleges and learn about professional opportunities in: Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Music, Theater & Dance, Arts Administration, Commercial/Graphic Arts, and Film/Video Production.
  • Panel: Making your Job Search Work in a Challenging Economy: Wednesday, March 24. Alums will talk with students about job searching in a challenging economy, and offer tips to stay motivated and stand out among the competition.

Details about these events and resources are posted on the Career Services Web site ( . Encourage your son/daughter to contact Career Services for tips and additional assistance with resumes and interview practice.

CSB/SJU Chamber Choir presents spring concert tour

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University Chamber Choir will perform 12 concerts in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma as part of its 2010 Spring Tour Feb. 24 to March 8. Under the direction of Axel Theimer, the 50-voice Chamber Choir is the select mixed-voice touring ensemble at CSB and SJU. This year's performance will include compositions by Benjamin Britten, J.P. Sweelinck, Sergej Rachmaninoff, Eric Whitacre, Pablo Casals, Edwin Fissinger, Moses Hogan and Eric Barnum. Admission to all concerts is free. However, free-will donations are welcomed and will help defray travel expenses. More information:

Professor's book named a finalist

Going Blind: A Memoir (excelsior editions/State University of New York Press), by S. Mara Faulkner, is a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award in the category of Memoir and Creative Nonfiction. S. Mara is a CSB/SJU associate professor of English and a sister at Saint Benedict's Monastery.

Her book is among the finalists named in eight categories announced by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the Mayor's Office of the City of Saint Paul.

S. Mara grew up in a family shaped by Irish ancestry, a close-to-the-bone existence in rural North Dakota, and the secret of her father's blindness, along with the silence and shame surrounding it. Dennis Faulkner had retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic disease that gradually blinded him and one that may blind many members of his family, including S. Mara.

In Going Blind she explores blindness in its many permutations, within the context of her family, more broadly as a disability marked by misconceptions, and as a widely used cultural metaphor.

Award winners will be announced at the 22nd Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on April 17, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul.

Five students present research at "Private College Scholars at the Capitol"

Five CSB and SJU students and their faculty advisers will present results of their scholarly research at the "Private College Scholars at the Capitol" program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Minnesota Capitol rotunda, St. Paul.

The event celebrates the research and creative scholarship of students from Minnesota's private colleges. Many of the posters describe faculty/student collaborative studies of issues of importance to state planners and policy makers.

The students and faculty advisers representing CSB and SJU at the event include:

"A Personality Profile of Dick Cheney," by SJU senior Patrick Barlow, an English and psychology double-major from Natick, Mass., and CSB senior Jaclynn Beier, a psychology major from Big Lake, Minn. The study not only offers an empirically based framework for understanding Cheney's leadership style as vice president, but offers insight into Cheney's apparent inability to relinquish his leadership role and continued attempts to influence the political debate. Their adviser is Aubrey Immelman, associate professor of psychology at CSB and SJU;

"Does the Augmented Solow Model Still Largely Explain Variations in Income Per Capita?" by SJU senior Michael Schwieters, an economics major from Melrose, Minn. This study analyzed differences in per capita income between countries and concluded that older economic models using data from 1990-2005 still largely explain international variation. His adviser is John Olson, professor of economics at CSB and SJU and chair of the department;

"Scientific Methodologies Applied to the Creation of a Saint Benedict Handmade Paper," by CSB junior Ellory Eggermont, an art major from Fargo, N.D. The main purpose of the project was to research prairie plants from the Saint John's Arboretum and the Saint Benedict's prairie to create a handmade paper that signifies the Benedictine ethic of environmental sustainability. Her advisers are Rachel Melis and Scott Murphy, assistant professors of art at CSB and SJU;

"The Politics Putins Make: Leadership in Russia from Mikhail Romanov to Dmitri Medvedev," by CSB senior Nicole Hochsprung, a history and political science double-major from Alexandria, Minn. The project sought to analyze Russian political leaders, from the Romanov family (which reigned from 1613 to 1917) to current President Medvedev. Although Russia's most recent leaders would like the world to see them as contrasts to its autocratic past, the project exposes them as prey to the same cultural and institutional handicaps as their predecessors. Her adviser is Claire Haeg, assistant professor of political science at CSB and SJU.

A total of 25 posters from 34 liberal arts undergraduate students from Minnesota's private colleges will have the results of their research and creative scholarship on display at the event.

The Minnesota Private College Council is the primary sponsor of the event, which is organized by a statewide committee of faculty that includes Marcus Webster, professor of biology and director of undergraduate research at CSB and SJU. Each college selects and sends its own students and posters to the event.

Warm up with a good book

Warm yourself up with a good book this winter. We have over 10,000 trade books on our Web site -- everything from the latest best sellers, books about our wonderful campuses as well as a selection of recommended titles by several people on our campuses. All our best seller and new titles are 25 percent off until March 17. We appreciate the support of our parents and families who purchase through our Web site.

Senior Parents: Grad Finale sponsored by the Bookstores

CSB and SJU Bookstores will host "Grad Finale" on Wednesday, March 17, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for CSB seniors and Thursday, March 18, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. for SJU seniors. This is a one day, one location event where seniors pick up their cap and gown, as well as finalize all their graduation needs with campus departments. You will receive a letter at the end of February explaining the Grad Finale details. You can also visit our Web site for additional information. Diploma frames will be 20 percent off the week of Grad Finale, March 15-21. Class rings will be on sale; save $50, $100 or $150 the day of Grad Finale only. All purchases can be made using student ID, credit card, cash or check at the Grad Finale or by phone 800-420-4509. Please specify if you are ordering for a CSB graduate or an SJU graduate.

Annual giving makes immediate impact

The thoughtful philanthropy of those who believe deeply in the distinct educational experience offered at Saint Ben's allows our campus community to thrive. Your support at the President's Circle level is among the most valuable gifts because it has an immediate and significant impact on current students.

Help us improve our signage

CSB is undergoing a review of its directional signs on campus and is interested in your feedback on how to improve their effectiveness. Your perspective as a parent is very important to us. We would appreciate you taking five minutes to complete a brief survey by clicking on the link below:

Thank you in advance for your participation!