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January 2010

Express your love across the miles

CBS Culinary Services has Valentine gift packs available. Click to view form.

Youth program receives $875,000 grant from Lilly Endowment

The Saint John's School of Theology•Seminary received a grant of $875,000 from Lilly Endowment Inc. for the Youth in Theology and Ministry (YTM) program. The YTM program connects high school students with seminary faculty and offers experiences of theological reflection, service, prayer and community. It also provides funding for youth ministers to complete a graduate degree in theology. CSB and SJU students serve as counselors for this program. The purpose of the grant is to provide funding for YTM to become financially self-sustaining by 2018. More information:

Career Services preps students for job fair

Happy New Year! With the start of spring semester now underway, Career Services is preparing for one of its biggest events of the year: the Minnesota Private Colleges' Job and Internship Fair. This annual event is held Feb. 16-17, at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The fair is a wonderful opportunity both for seniors seeking post-graduation employment and juniors interested in summer internships. Sophomores and first-year students have also found the event helpful for discovering possible internships and gaining valuable networking experience. The Job and Internship Fair will bring together employers from approximately 150 organizations to discuss job and internship opportunities across all academic disciplines. These organizations represent business, government, science, human services and non-profit agencies.

Students are required to pre-register for this event. Registration meetings have been taking place since November and will continue through the month of January. These meetings not only highlight specifics for the fair, but also information on resume preparation, interview strategies, and professional dress. During the fair, workshops will be conducted by human resource professionals on advising students on their tactics, initial presentation to employers and overall job fair success. In addition, two panel programs will focus on career options for students majoring in any of the science disciplines.

Another highlight of the fair for students is the pre-night reception Feb. 15, at Securian Financial Headquarters in St. Paul. This event is jointly sponsored by the Career Services Offices and the Alum Offices and gives students attending the fair the opportunity to meet and network with numerous CSB/SJU alums, many of whom as students here attended the job fair or are currently employed by organizations recruiting at the job fair. This event has proven to be very well attended in the past and given the students an extra boost of confidence as they prepare for the fair.

We hope you will discuss this event with your Bennie or Johnnie and if they have not already done so, encourage them to sign up for the event. Information on the Private Colleges' Job and Internship Fair can be found on the web at

CSB Residential Life offers tips on room selection

It's not too soon for CSB students to look ahead to the 2010-11 academic year for room selection in campus housing. The office has posted information about the process on the Residential Life Web site:

For information on housing options at SJU, click here:

CSB and SJU join vocation network

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are founding members of the new Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), a nationwide campus-supported network whose purpose is to expand and extend the intellectual and theological exploration of vocation on campuses.

NetVUE is a new initiative of the Council of Independent Colleges, a national association of more than 600 independent, liberal arts colleges and universities. It will help institutions deepen vocational exploration by their students through national and regional conferences, the development and exchange of resources and participation in online networking.

Do U txt?

The CSB/SJU Library has announced a new service for students, a text option for questions. According to the Cellular Telephone Industries Association, about 4.1 billion text messages are sent each day. Many college students use text messaging as an efficient mode of communication. Considering the needs of our students, the library has introduced a text option for students. The process is easy. Text "CSBSJU" (a space) & the question to 66746. The library will respond to the question as soon as possible.

The library also features individual research appointments through the library homepage, The students are matched with a librarian who is a subject expert in their area of research.

Please encourage your child to utilize both text message reference and individual research appointments.

CSB/SJU Bookstores ... Stick With US!

The CSB/SJU Bookstores provide essential products and services to the campus communities, and 100 percent of profits generated from bookstore purchases go to the institutions. These funds are used for a variety of campus projects and financial objectives, including student scholarships.

Pre-order flowers for Valentine's Day

The CSB/SJU Bookstores are taking pre-orders for flowers to be delivered Valentine's Day weekend. We will have roses, carnations and more available for purchase for your son or daughter. Orders can be placed now until Feb. 10. Order either on-line or by calling us at 800-420-4509. We can also add items to your package - a teddy bear, balloons or candy, whatever you would like.

Register for annual Red Tie Gala

Join John Gagliardi, Jim Smith and fellow SJU coaches, alumni and supporters for an evening of dinner, entertainment and socializing at the third annual Red Tie Gala to support Johnnie athletics. The fun begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at the Northland Inn, Brooklyn Park, Minn. In addition to the silent auction, there's an opportunity this year to sponsor a sport. See details and register online at or call 320.363.2591.

CSB Annual Fund supports a better future

Saint Ben's is blessed with the generosity of those who believe deeply in the distinct and purposeful educational experience offered at CSB. Each day, the impact of that generosity is evident in our thriving campus community. Your continued support makes all the difference!