CSB/SJU Responds

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.


Joe LaraAugust 21

Adam Lara ’21 shares his COVID-19 experience

The SJU senior hopes his story will inspire others to take the disease more seriously and follow health and safety guidelines.


August 10

SJU graduate at center of NBA action inside the bubble

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.


August 4

Plan ‘B’ for four CSB/SJU graduates sent them to the ‘Doghouse’ to develop game

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.


July 24

Safety priority with new block schedule, hybrid learning for 2020-21 school year

“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.


July 15

Kor carries Johnnie experience into battle against COVID-19 pandemic

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.


June 19

Karl Ulfers ’02: A Profile in Innovation

SJU graduate sees enormous rise in virtual doctor visits because of COVID-19 through digital health platforms offered by his company.


now hiring signJune 2

How student internships changed because of COVID-19

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.


bleeJune 1

SJU graduate Nick Blee turns company into face mask producer

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.


maressa rousslangeMay 19

CSB graduate helps students support long-distance learning

See how some CSB/SJU education graduates and professors are helping students adapt to online learning around the state.