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November 2009

CSB and SJU ranked No. 2 nationally in semester-long study abroad participation

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are ranked No. 2 nationally among baccalaureate institutions with students who participate in semester-long study abroad programs, according to Open Doors 2009, the annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education (IIE). The report was released Monday, Nov. 16.

The two schools had 386 students study abroad in semester-long programs during the 2007-08 school year.

The report also ranked CSB and SJU No. 6 nationally among baccalaureate institutions for total number of study abroad students, with 518 students who studied abroad in 2007-08. Saint Benedict and Saint John's have been among the top six nationally in the number of students participating in international study programs for the past five years, according to IIE.

"We are very pleased to see CSB and SJU among the leading liberal arts colleges for study abroad, especially with respect to semester-long programs," said Joe Rogers, director of Education Abroad at CSB and SJU. "With the addition of a new semester program in India to be launched in 2011, CSB and SJU remains an innovator and a leader in the field."

Open Doors 2009 also ranked CSB and SJU No. 12 among baccalaureate institutions with 271 international students for the 2008-09 school year. CSB and SJU had the highest number of international students among three Minnesota schools listed in the top 40 baccalaureate institutions.

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Student housing closes during semester break

Residential areas at the College of Saint Benedict and at Saint John's University will close at 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, and will re-open at 9 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 10.

The entire CSB campus will be closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 3. The college is using this time to reduce utility usage, which will result in cost and energy savings. All campus offices and departments will be closed and ID access will be turned off for all residents, faculty and staff.

Residents must have approval if they wish to remain in campus housing during any part of the semester break. To review housing policies during the semester break, please visit the following Web sites:


CSB and SJU to celebrate season at Basilica concert

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University will present "Celebrating the Season" holiday concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Performing groups include the Amadeus Chamber Symphony, directed by Axel Theimer; CSB/SJU Brass Choir, directed by Dale White; CSB Campus Singers, directed by Teri Larson; CSB/SJU Chamber Choir, directed by Theimer; St. John's Boys' Choir, directed by André Heywood; and SJU Men's Chorus, directed by Theimer. More information is available at:

CSB and SJU Parent Relations welcomes you

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We value your feedback, whether you are a first-year parent or a senior parent awaiting commencement, and we offer you the opportunity to share comments about your experience at CSB/SJU. CSB/SJU Parent Relations offers an online survey that can be completed at any time to share concerns, questions, likes and dislikes you may have about your daughter's or son's experience at CSB/SJU.

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Landmark Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at the Science Museum to feature folios from The Saint John's Bible

When The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition makes its debut at the Science Museum of Minnesota on March 12, 2010, it will include a gallery devoted to The Saint John's Bible. Displaying the original folios from The Saint John's Bible, which is the world's newest hand-scribed illustrated Bible, and the first to be commissioned in 500 years, provides a compelling juxtaposition with the Dead Sea Scrolls, which are the oldest hand-scribed biblical manuscript by centuries. For more information:

SJU Red Tie Gala set for Feb. 5

Saint John's sports fans are invited to the third annual Red Tie Gala on Feb. 5. The program includes commentary by Johnnie coaches, a silent auction and entertainment by Jared the Magician. Cost is $75 per person.

Holiday Happenings at CSB/SJU Bookstores

CSB/SJU Bookstores are offering in-store and online holiday sales so that everyone can save this holiday season. Clothing, logo merchandise and general reading books will be available at 20 percent off, online sales only, during the Black Friday Online Sales Extravaganza, Nov. 27-29, and in-store sales only during the annual Christmas Open House , Dec. 3. In addition, free shipping is available Dec. 4-13, for all online orders over $30.