Change. It’s a word we hear quite often when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a way, change also loosely defines stories of College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University students, faculty, staff and graduates who have battled the virus on the front lines of medicine and science, who have had to alter classroom plans or completely changed their business plans to produce needed items.
Here’s a list of stories on how the CSB/SJU community has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. The date listed indicates when the story was published on the CSB/SJU homepage or other CSB/SJU online platforms.
The SJU senior hopes his story will inspire others to take the disease more seriously and follow health and safety guidelines.
Joey Heimel ’19, who spent three seasons as the student manager for the Johnnie basketball team, is now working as a team attendant as the NBA restarts its season in Orlando, Florida.
Hanna Degen, Owyn Ferguson, Margaret Kosir and Zach Kennedy each had summer employment plans altered or disappeared as a result of COVID-19. The four elected to plunge full-time into a business venture first developed by Ferguson and Kosir as an E-Scholar project.
“Our priorities in addressing the fall (schedule) was to identify a plan that would allow the community to return to campus in the safest way possible,” said Barb May, academic dean at CSB and SJU.
Former SJU running back D.J. (Daryl) Kor ’96 develops and refines the internal models Mayo Clinic uses in dealing with the impact of the pandemic in its hospitals and clinics in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Florida and Arizona.
SJU graduate sees enormous rise in virtual doctor visits because of COVID-19 through digital health platforms offered by his company.
Micro-internships are becoming the new norm for students as CSB/SJU as faculty and staff have successfully found opportunities for students who lost internships due to COVID-19.
Blee ’11 and his fellow co-founders of Sky People Consulting changed their business model and are providing face masks to those fighting the pandemic, including a donation of around 500 masks to the CSB/SJU community.
See how some CSB/SJU education graduates and professors are helping students adapt to online learning around the state.
- August 5, Students’ Personal Responsibility Pledge promotes health, safety
- July 29, Writing Workshops Public Reading set for 7 p.m. Aug. 6
- June 22, D.C. Summer Study Program returns for its 41 st year
- June 9, CSB cross country, track and field teams to host virtual marathon
- May 9, SJU graduate Gen. Paul Nakasone gives virtual address to ROTC grads
- May 8, Senior art exhibits goes online because of COVID-19
- May 6, Dr. Kurt Schwieters using social media to deal out COVID-19 facts
- April 30, SJU athletics remain positive amid COVID-19 challenges
- April 27, Faculty member Amy Grinsteiner holds online concert during COVID-19
- April 21, CSB/SJU nursing graduates working to combat COVID-19 pandemic
- April 17, CSB/SJU departments and areas donate needed items to health organizations
- April 14, CSB/SJU faculty and students make adjustments to online learning
- April 6, Three SJU graduates are fighting COVID-19 in New York City
- April 3, Former SJU swimming star Phil Steger puts his company to work fighting pandemic
- April 2, Award-winning musician John McCutcheon ’74 talks about dealing with COVID-19