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September 2009

Career Services begins planning with first-year students

Career Services welcomes parents to the new academic year. We especially welcome parents of first-time Bennies and Johnnies, and we want to inform you about programs focused on exploring majors and careers.

ATLAS (Achieving Through Learning And Searching) is a joint effort between Career Services and Academic Advising. During September and October professional staff from both offices present ATLAS and distribute the booklet through First-Year Seminar. ATLAS introduces students to the value of a liberal arts education. It provides resources both for exploring majors and careers, and formulating a four-year academic and co-curricular plan.

Students are encouraged to use the ATLAS Planner throughout their college years, as they register for classes and plan internships, undergraduate research and study abroad experiences. Students are encouraged to bring their ATLAS Planner to appointments with career counselors, faculty advisers and academic advisers. As a parent, please ask your son or daughter about his/her ATLAS Planner and his/her goals for both classroom and out-of-classroom learning.

Career Services will host the Career Exploration Series (CES), a series of panel discussions about major and career options. The CES features CSB and SJU alums who talk about their time at CSB/SJU and their career path since graduating. The alums provide advice on internships, networking with professionals, seeking full-time employment, and more.

Students can schedule an appointment with a career counselor to discuss choosing a major, exploring careers, preparing resumes and cover letters, working on interviewing skills and graduate school personal statements, learning about job search strategies, and more. In addition, students may take assessments including the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Strong Interest Inventory (SII) to assist them in discerning their interests, values, and strengths and how those fit with possible major and career options.

For more information, please visit our Web page.

Calling alums for Career EXPO

The second annual Career EXPO will be Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Gorecki Dining and Conference Center on the CSB campus. The EXPO will educate students about the variety of careers they could pursue after graduation, and give them an opportunity to network with professionals. Alumnae and alumni are invited to attend the 5:30-8 p.m. Networking Reception (5:30-6:30 alumnae/i social, 6:30-8 networking with students). Johnnie Alumni and Bennie Alumnae are encouraged to learn more and register online.

Homecoming Concert set for Oct. 2

The CSB/SJU Chamber Choir and Amadeus Chamber Symphony, under the direction of Axel Theimer, will perform the annual Homecoming Concert at 8:15 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, in the Great Hall at SJU. Works by Beethoven, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Mozart and Vivaldi will be performed. Tickets are $11 for adults and $6 for senior citizens, CSB/SJU students, employees and alumnae/i. Ticket information.

Saint John's presidential inauguration on live video

The inauguration of Fr. Robert J. Koopmann, OSB, as the 12th president of Saint John's University will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Saint John's Abbey Church. Bishop John Kinney will celebrate a community Eucharist at noon Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Saint John's Abbey Church. Live video streaming of both events will be available on the Inauguration Web site.

Peace Studies Conference focuses on race and racism

The 22nd annual Peace Studies Conference is set for 1-9 p.m., Monday, Sept. 28, in the Quadrangle Building on the Saint John's University campus. The conference theme is "Have We Overcome? Race and Racism in the Age of Obama." The conference is free and open to the public. More information.

Join us for Family Weekend 2009

Mark your calendar for Family Weekend 2009 on the CSB and SJU campuses Oct. 23-25. You can view the schedule and register at the Family Weekend Web site. Events include parent and family socials, student performances, athletic games, the movie "Up!," Chicago City Limits, campus perspective sessions, BINGO, mass and brunch. We hope you can join us for some or part of this weekend's activities for the whole family. Questions can be directed to [email protected].

SJU Center for Men hosts conference to target violence against women

The Center for Men's Leadership and Service is hosting its first National Conference for Campus-Based Men's Gender Equality and Anti-Violence Groups. For the first time, campus-based pro-feminist men's groups from across the country are meeting to share resources and ideas, discuss strategies, and find out what's happening on other campuses. Students will get to experience leadership in the field and learn strategies to prevent date rape and violence against women. The conference is open to all. For more information, please visit the Men's Center Web site.