Saint Ben's @ Home

Even in uncertain times like these, we can find comfort, solace and inspiration in conversation. The CSB office of Alumnae Relations is excited to present Saint Ben's @ Home, a conversation series with Saint Ben's campus leaders. Moderated by Kathy Hansen, CSB vice president of institutional advancement, this interactive series is free, and can be accessed by all members of our community.

Spring Series

The mission and identity of Saint Ben’s as a college for women is at the heart of who we are. As we move with our partners at Saint John’s toward a single president, it’s important to define exactly what being a college for women means. After all, alumnae, students and friends of both Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s share the importance of strengthening our individual identities even as we work toward sensible integration.

This spring we’re hosting a robust series of webinars directly focused on our future as a college for women … and why that matters. 

Spring 2021 Past Events

Saint Ben’s @ Home: Women in Tech at Saint Ben's

Presented on: May 18| 

During this episode, our panel will look at women in technology and what that looks like from a Bennie perspective. Technology, in all its variations, impacts our lives each day. This month we’re going to talk about how women impact technology – and how Saint Ben’s prepares women to make that impact.

Join us as we take a look at the ways in which a broad-based education has actually been an asset in preparing for careers that might seem far from the liberal arts. We’ll talk about the experiences Saint Ben’s alumnae have had entering and excelling in technology. And we’ll look at what Saint Ben’s is doing today to help level up the next generation of Bennie tech experts.

Moderator Kathy Hansen (CSB VP of Institutional Advancement) will sit down with:

  • Sandy Geiser Martin ’87, Director of Information Technology, Thomson Reuters
  • Associate Professor Bob Hesse, CSB/SJU Mathematics Department
  • Cami Longstreet Zimmer ’93, Chief Information Officer, Glympse

Saint Ben’s @ Home: The Role of Food, Health and Community at Saint Ben's

Presented on: April 28| 

During this episode, our panel will look at the role of food on our campus and in our community. Food and fellowship go hand in hand. As a community founded by Benedictines, we understand the significance of gathering to break bread. Most alumnae have favorite memories of meals shared, from the basement of the Main Building to the openness of the Gorecki Center. For others though, food insecurity on campus has been a very real threat.

We'll also take a look at what it’s like to meet the changing tastes of a whole campus – and what makes things different when that campus is a college for women. We’ll explore nutrition, variety and sustainable practices. And we’ll also look back and share memories of some of everyone’s favorites.

Moderator Kathy Hansen (CSB VP of Institutional Advancement) will sit down with:

  • Emily Heying, associate professor CSB/SJU Nutrition Department
  • Kim Poganski, CSB director of culinary services
  • Phil Paulson, CSB culinary chef manager

Saint Ben’s @ Home: Women, Success & Athletics

Presented on: March 16| 

During this episode, our panel will discuss what it means to be a woman in athletics, how it shapes women’s growth as a leader and an inside look at CSB Athletics. We will also talk about what athletics looks like this year, particularly how sports are being played. Panelists include:

  • Marcia Mahlum ‘96, division operation officer, assistant dean of students and deputy title IX coordinator
  • Maddie Schwartz ’21, student athlete advisory committee president
  • Nicole Hess, assistant athletic director, head coach – volleyball

Saint Ben’s @ Home: Education Lessons Learned Through COVID

Presented on: Feb. 16| 

The past 12 months have been a year like no other for educators and parents. We’ll take a look at some lessons learned about remote and hybrid learning. We’ll also spend some time exploring the challenges of gendered professions like education and what the CSB Board of Trustees’ recent statement on what it means to be a college for women means in the Education Department.

Moderator Kathy Hansen (CSB VP of Institutional Advancement) will sit down with:
Professor Terri Rodriguez, CSB/SJU Education Department
Assistant Professor Diana Fenton, CSB/SJU Education Department
Maria Stanek Burnham ’01, language arts teacher at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School and CSB Alumnae Board President

Saint Ben's @ Home: The Economic Impact of the Pandemic on Women

Presented on: Jan. 19| 

This event features a special sit-down conversation between moderator Kathy Hansen (CSB VP of Institutional Advancement) and CSB/SJU professor of economics and chair of the department of economics, Sucharita Mukherjee and Senior Vice President at AmeriPrise Financial Inc., Erika Oesterlein Perrault ’91. They will discuss the article ‘She-cession’ that Dr. Mukherjee wrote in the January edition of the College of Saint Benedict magazine, that talks about the economic impacts of COVID on women, including how women are disproportionately impacted by the pandemic through inequality in the labor markets and the burden of unpaid work done by women. How do we get out of this mess? How can people mitigate the effects of the pandemic on women in their own organizations?

Past Events

For a listing of past summer and fall events and their viewing links, please visit the Saint's Ben @ Home archive.