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September News

CSB and SJU named 'Best Buy School' by Fiske Guide 

CSB and SJU have been named a "Best Buy School" by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2012. Fiske named 49 institutions - 25 private and 24 public - as Best Buys this year. (The editors of the guide count CSB and SJU as one entry.) There are no other Minnesota colleges or universities on the 2012 list.



A tip from Career Services: Keep your son or daughter informed

Career Services is looking forward to another wonderful year working with your sons and daughters. We hope to partner with you this academic year and provide you with a monthly tip on how you can help your son/daughter in his/her career development. 

College is a busy time, and it is not uncommon for students to miss important information about upcoming events. Within the first couple weeks of school, employers will already be looking at resumes of seniors and juniors seeking internships. Career Services has made it easy for students to stay informed with career-related information through Career Buzz - an electronic newsletter sent twice a month to all students. Career Buzz includes upcoming events, alum and intern spotlights, industry trends, as well as many other resources for exploring majors, careers, graduate schools or volunteer opportunities. It is the number one way to stay informed.  The latest editions of Career Buzz are available on our Career Services homepage.

Columnist and political analyst Mark Shields delivers Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture

Mark Shields, syndicated columnist and political analyst, will deliver the fifth annual Eugene J. McCarthy Lecture titled "Conscience and Courage in Public Life" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Stephen B. Humphrey Theater on the SJU campus. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by The Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at Saint John's University and the University Chair in Critical Thinking. 

Westminster Cathedral Choir to perform during 50th anniversary of Saint John's Abbey and University Church

The Westminster Cathedral Choir from London will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Saint John's Abbey and University Church. The concert will also mark the inaugural year of the Institute for Sacred Music at Saint John's. Under the direction of choral conductor and master of music Martin Baker, Westminster Cathedral Choir is a choir of men and boys and is widely recognized as one of the world's great choirs.

CSB ends sale of plastic bottled water on campus

Effective Monday, Aug. 22, the College of Saint Benedict is the first college in Minnesota and one of nine in the United States to implement a water bottle policy which eliminates the sale and purchase of plain, plastic bottled water on campus, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

"Sustainability is central to our institutional values and mission. Not only are there environmental, economic and social costs of production, transport and sale of bottled water, it's important to recognize that water is a fundamental human right. As such, we are choosing to decline to profit from its sale," said Judy Purman, director of sustainability at CSB.   

Mark your calendar for Family Weekend

Please join us Oct. 28-30 for Family Weekend. Students look forward to the opportunity to introduce their families to their extended families at CSB/SJU. We have scheduled a variety of activities for a fun-filled weekend.

SJU McKeown Center awarded LEED Gold status

The McKeown Center at SJU has been awarded LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. The first LEED certified building on the SJU campus, the McKeown Center stands as an example of SJU's commitment to sustainability. The building also provides educational value, offering environmental studies students the opportunity to visit a sustainable building on campus


The days of the campus ID charge card are over 

New federal regulations affecting financial transactions at colleges mean that CSB/SJU ID card holders may no longer use their ID cards to charge purchases on campus. 

ID card charging has been widespread, affecting purchases of food, beverages, fine arts events and bookstore items. In most instances, cash or check may be used for purchases made on campus. Culinary Services at CSB and Dining Services at SJU, as well as the Bookstores also accept debit or credit cards and have established prepaid accounts to allow ID card purchases. 

In addition, students may charge books and other educational materials and meal plans to their student accounts for a limited time until Sept. 10, and again from Dec. 10 until Feb. 10.

More information can be found on the following pages:

Please don't miss this costly deadline

All CSB/SJU students are required to have medical insurance while attending college. Failure to provide medical insurance information will result in an automatic, non-refundable enrollment in the Student Assurance Services and Sickness Policy, and the annual premium either has been or will be billed to your son or daughter's tuition account. 

If your son or daughter already has insurance, they have until Sept. 11 to complete the waiver form located at After Sept. 11, the insurance charge is non-refundable. If they have already completed this survey to waive the insurance and their account was charged, a credit will be reflected on the September billing statement.

Off to a healthy start

Counseling, Health Promotion, and CSB Health Services collaboratively support a healthy campus culture and encourage students to "Kick off the Year Well!"  We ask parents to join us in encouraging students to utilize our services and attend our programs to gain tips on keeping themselves healthy.  Please encourage them to stay healthy by engaging in physical activity, eating well, getting enough sleep and maintaining healthy relationships.  In addition, if you hear that they are feeling ill, encourage them to contact:

  • CSB Students:  CSB Health Services (320-363-5605).
  • SJU Students:  HealthPartners Central Minnesota Clinics-Saint John's Campus (320-203-2430) 

For more information, please visit the following sites:

Health care on the Saint John's campus

HealthPartners Clinic on the campus of Saint John's provides primary care for students, faculty/staff and campus visitors. The clinic provides a wide range of services including urgent care, vaccinations, treatments, screenings and travel medicine. The Saint John's clinic is open Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and closed daily for lunch. To learn more, visit the SJU HealthPartners website   or call 320 203-2430.