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April 2009


With only three weeks left of the spring semester, we are definitely at crunch time here at CSB and SJU. In this issue of SaintsNews you will find the most current information about commencement as well as an update on our presidential search at SJU, the CSB Women's Walk and a variety of other stories. Your next issue of SaintsNews will be August 2009, just before we start the new academic year. In the meantime, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to use the links on the left side of this eNewsletter to contact the correct office at CSB and SJU.

Belinda Jensen, chief meteorologist for KARE 11-TV, the NBC affiliate in Minneapolis and St. Paul, will deliver the commencement address during the 94th annual commencement ceremony at the College of Saint Benedict at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in the Clemens Field House/Haehn Campus Center on the CSB campus, St. Joseph. During the commencement ceremony, CSB will present its President's Medal to Tony Reveles, director of college and financial aid counseling at Bell High School in Los Angeles, Cal., and Tom and Joyce Schlough, owners of Park Industries in Waite Park, Minn., and generous community philanthropists. Andrea Carrow, a Spanish major from Marshall, Minn., will be the student commencement speaker, as selected by this year's CSB senior class.

Sharon Daloz Parks, director of Leadership for the New Commons at the Whidbey Institute, will deliver the Saint John's University commencement address at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 10, in the Saint John's Abbey Church, Collegeville, Minn. Parks will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Also during the commencement ceremony, Saint John's Abbey and University will present its Pax Christi Award to the Rev. John P. Foley, SJ, executive chairman of the Cristo Rey Network. Joe Kane, a political science major from Golden Valley, Minn., will be the student commencement speaker, as selected by the Saint John's senior class.

Update on search for SJU president

On March 16 and 17 the Presidential Selection Committee met with the applicants for the position of SJU President. The Committee determined that three candidates should advance to the second stage of the process: Fr. Timothy Backous, OSB, Headmaster of Saint John's Preparatory School; Br. Dennis Beach, OSB, Associate Professor of Philosophy; and Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, Professor of Music and Fine Arts Division Head. The next stage of the selection process will include interviews and public forums with the Board of Regents, Saint John's Cabinet, faculty, staff, students and alumni. Members of the campus community will be invited to provide written feedback to the Selection Committee about each of the candidates. We are very pleased that we continue to be on track to make a recommendation that the Board of Regents could act on at their meeting on May 18, 2009.

Spring is finally here, so grab your tennis shoes, family and friends and join faculty, staff, students and alumnae for the third annual Women's Walk at the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), St. Joseph. A fundraiser for CSB athletics and recreation, the Women's Walk will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26 at the Haehn Campus Center. The event is held rain or shine. Participants can choose between a scenic walk around the CSB campus or the climate-controlled indoor track at Clemens Field House. Check-in begins at 12:30 p.m. at Haehn Campus Center. Other pre-walk activities include a Kids' Fun Run at 1 p.m., face painting, golf putting, mini hoops, football toss, bungee run, inflatable slide and sports bouncer. A welcome and announcements are at 1:45 p.m., with the walk scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. After the walk, refreshments will be served and more than 50 door prizes will be given away.

CSB and SJU's ILCP wraps up third year

CSB and SJU's Inspiring Leaders Certificate Program (ILCP) wraps up its third year this month and would like to extend its congratulations to all those who received leadership certification within our program. The foundation of the program is a unique values-based curriculum based upon Kouzes' and Posner's five principles of exemplary leadership. The principles are taught through the lens of the corresponding Benedictine values for each principle. Students attend six one-hour courses and submit a reflective summary for certification. See the list of students receiving certification.

Exclusive CSB jewelry makes the perfect gift for the Bennie in your life

Exclusive CSB jewelry makes the perfect gift for the Bennie in your life - whether it is your daughter, sister, mother, or you! Find beautiful CSB items and much more at On A Lark, the unique CSB store in downtown St. Joe. Plan to stop in next time you visit campus. On A Lark, 320-363-4735, located in the beautiful Mill Stream Shops on the corner of Minnesota Street and College Avenue. Open 7 days/week. "Extraordinary things for extraordinary women."

CSB and SJU students are lucky. One of the many priceless resources available to them as part of their CSB/SJU education is our network of alums - alums that are very interested in staying connected with the two campuses and giving back to the current campus community. Career Services takes advantage of this loyal alumni base and incorporates more than 360 alums each year into our programs such as the weekly career panels, annual Career EXPO or in the Alum Spotlights/Alum Profiles that are in our monthly newsletter, Career Designs, and on our home page. Alums have also participated in special "networking" sessions that have been held to teach students the "art of networking." Encourage your daughter/son to contact/connect with alums as part of the career planning process.

Book Buy Back is 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., May 5-8. Students will be given half of the purchase price of a textbook if the professor has ordered the text for the next semester and if the bookstore does not already have a sufficient number of books. There will be a huge promotion where students can win over 100 prizes at each location; prizes include gift cards, clothing, beverages and candy bars. For more information visit the Bookstore Web site.

The CSB/SJU Bookstores will be waiving shipping charges on all web orders of $50 and more between April 15 and May 10. Shop the CSB/SJU Bookstores for all your graduation gifts, as well as apparel and gifts for the whole family. Not only do we have the perfect gift for the graduating Bennie and Johnnie, but also for the high school senior who will be attending the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University next fall. For the CSB/SJU grad, we have diploma frames, class rings, picture frames and more. Shop our online stores 24 hours a day. Can't find what you are looking for? Call us 1-800-420-4509.

CSB and SJU's first cohort of Scholars will be graduating this spring. Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development Fellowship Program, is a new leadership and support program, geared to first-generation college students from diverse urban high schools. There are ten CSB and three SJU students in this cohort. Eleven are from the Minneapolis/ St. Paul metro area and two are from Los Angeles, CA. Of the 13 Scholars, four have plans for graduate school, six are looking at teaching positions (four in Korea, Japan or China) and the other three are pursuing other employment or volunteer opportunities in the United States.

First cohort of Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development Scholars to graduate

Book Buy Back and spring savings at the CSB/SJU Bookstores

Making Connections with Alums - Priceless!

Third annual CSB Women's Walk set for April 26

Saint John's Commencement activities held May 10

CSB commencement set for May 9