February 2013

SJU alumnus Denis McDonough named White House chief of staff

Denis McDonough was named President Obama's chief of staff on Friday, Jan. 25. McDonough graduated summa cum laude from SJU in 1992 with degrees in history and Spanish and played on the Johnnie football team for John Gagliardi. McDonough was a 2012 recipient of an Alumni Achievement Award from SJU.


CSB Dance Team wins at Nationals

The CSB Dance Team was crowned the 2013 Universal Dance Association (UDA) National Champions in the Pom Division Sunday, Jan. 20, at the UDA 2013 College Cheerleading and Dance Team National Championships in Orlando, Fla.  The team also took second place in the Jazz Division.


SJU alumnus Joe Mailander wins a Grammy Award

Joe Mailander, a 2008 SJU graduate and one-half of the Okee Dokee Brothers, won the Grammy Award for "Can You Canoe?", one of five nominees in the Best Children's Album category.


CSB's Centennial Commons given top green rating

Centennial Commons townhomes, a 125-person student housing development on the campus of CSB, has been awarded LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Platinum, the highest level of certification given by the U.S. Green Building Council. It is the first college student housing in Minnesota to reach this achievement and the first building on CSB's campus to achieve any level of LEED certification.


Why meet with a career counselor?

As registration approaches for CSB and SJU students, it's the perfect time for students to assess who they are, explore their interests and skills and evaluate what's important for their future. Registering for classes tends to remind students why they are here, and, while this vision of the future can be exciting for some students, it can feel overwhelming to others. Career Services is here to help your son/daughter navigate this process.


Campus jobs help students develop skills

Communication. Time-management. Leadership. Responsibility. Customer service. These are all skills CSB and SJU students say they have gained from their student employment positions. If your son or daughter is working on campus, great!  He/she is likely developing these skills and more. If your son or daughter is not working on campus, there is still time to find a job and start developing these skills this year.


Summer sports camps offered

Registration is now open for the College of Saint Benedict and Blazer Athletics Summer Camps. While being monitored and instructed by Blazer athletes and coaches, your athlete will hone skills in a positive and high energy environment. For the summer of 2013, we are offering camps in Basketball, Cross Country (co-ed), Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. Register by April 1, 2013, and receive $10 off your registration. For more information regarding dates, pricing and additional discounts, please visit the Blazer Athletics website.


Lil Sibs Weekend is almost here

The Joint Events Council is excited to host siblings of all ages at Little Sibs Weekend 2013. This annual tradition, scheduled for March 8-10, is an opportunity for siblings, cousins or younger friends of CSB and SJU students to spend a fun-filled weekend on campus. Activities include live comedy and musical performances, movies, arts and crafts, interactive dinner and more. Registration begins Feb. 8. Information can be found at the event's website. Please email jointevents@csbsju.edu if you have questions.


Encourage your son to connect with alumni

There is such a thing as a free lunch after all.

Students at Saint John's University have the opportunity to participate in a program called Take a Johnnie to Lunch. The program matches a Saint John's alumnus with a student interested in meeting an alumnus based on a common career interest.


Librarians help students succeed

The library staff is committed to helping keep students happy and successful. During study day in December, two massage therapists and cookies helped keep their stress levels down. We received a positive response and hope to do this each semester.


Flu season defined

At the time of submission for this edition of SaintsNews, the Minnesota Department of Health has reported 1,842 people have been hospitalized with lab-confirmed cases of influenza (the flu) in Minnesota since the onset of the flu season. The media continues to inundate us with headlines about the flu. As a result, keeping the facts straight can be overwhelming. This article is intended to help parents be more informed so you can help your CSB and SJU students take care of themselves this semester.


CSB Campus Ministry plans activities for spring semester

Saint Ben's Campus Ministry is looking forward to the season of Lent and has some wonderful experiences planned for your daughter to enjoy.