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student orientation advising & registration

Enrollment Management Staff Pete Helgesen

Kristen Rosser

Dean of Enrollment Management 913.360.7479 (office) 913.426.1813 (mobile)

Assistant Director of Admission 913.360.7469 (office) 913.426.1723 (mobile)

Tony Tanking

Alicia Brozovich

Director of Financial Aid 913.360.7485

Assistant Director of Admission 913.360.7780 (office) 913.426.2961 (mobile)

Marci Lutz Office Manager 913.360.7476

Sarah Swafford

Traci Crowell

Ruth Finnegan

Campus Visit Coordinator 913.360.7475

Records and Telecounseling Manager 913.360.7467

Jon Krebsbach

Jeri Ann Ostertag

Director of Transfer Enrollment 913.360.7483 (office) 913.426.1798 (mobile)

Database Administrator 913.360.7322

Mark Paolucci Assistant Director of Admission 913.360.7470 (office) 913.360.0288 (mobile)

Greg Bachkora Associate Director of Admission 913.360.7468 (office) 913.426.4544 (mobile)

Kristy Kreitner Assistant Director of Admission 913.360.7004 (office) 913.426.1723 (mobile)

Special Projects for Catholic Identity

Kathy Kinney Financial Aid & Admission Application Support 913.360.7321

Cyndi Wyatt Financial Aid Loan Administrator 913.360.7480

Brenda Schneider Financial Aid Administrator 913.360.7484

Katie Corrigan-Toews Communications Coordinator 913.360.7472



1:00 p.m. Check-in & Receive Overnight Assignments Lower Level, Student Union 1:30 p.m. Welcome O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union 1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Raven Orientation Camp (R.O.C.) Overview of R.O.C. Week O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Orientation Groups (Students Only) Various Campus Locations 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. “All Grown Up” (Parents Only) Dr. Adam Buhman-Wiggs & Kerry Marvin Psychological Sciences Department/Counseling Center O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Academic Sessions Various Campus Locations June 13th 4:45 p.m. Mass (optional) St. Benedict’s Abbey 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. BBQ Dinner Haverty Center June 7th 5:15 p.m. Mass (optional) St. Benedict’s Abbey 7:00 p.m. Social Activities including Sand Volleyball, Smoothie Station, and Just Dance hosted by Student Ambassadors and College Ministry McDonald Hall Lawn & Turner Hall Lounge 9:00 p.m. Walk-in Movie O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union

Tours 5:00 p.m. Friday depart from Haverty Center 11:00 a.m. Saturday depart from Haverty Center

Academic Sessions A rt Bishop Fink Art Studio, 5th Floor

Biology Westerman Hall, Room 206

Chemistry & Biochemistry Westerman Hall, Room 405

E conomics St. Benedict Hall, Room 403

E ducation Ferrell Academic Center, Room 207

E ngineering Westerman Hall, Room 105

E nglish St. Benedict Hall, Room 406

Health, Wellness & E xercise Science Mother Teresa Center, Room 101

History St. Benedict Hall, Room 408

J ournalism & M ass Communications Cray Seaberg Hall, Room 109

M ath & C omputer Sciences St. Benedict Hall, Room 402

M usic Bishop Fink Hall, Room 317

N ursing Mother Teresa Center, Room 201

P hilosophy Ferrell Academic Center, Room 308

P hysics & A stronomy Westerman Hall, Room 304

P olitical Science Ferrell Academic Center, Room 109

P sychological Sciences Cray Seaberg Hall, Room 201




Ferrell Academic Center, Room 108

Sociology & C riminology Cray Seaberg Hall, Room 215

Theatre A rts St. Benedict Hall, Mabee Theatre

Theology Ferrell Academic Center, Room 301


Student Schedule 8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast Lower Level, Student Union 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome Stephen D. Minnis, President O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Orientation Groups Various Campus Locations 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Student Panel Ferrell Academic Center, Room 108 Lunch Haverty Center Campus Ministry Ferrell Academic Center, Room 323             Raven Orientation Camp Ferrell Academic Center, Room 323 Academic Advising Ferrell Academic Center, McAllister Board Room Information Technology and Student ID Photo Library Computer Lab Study Abroad Ferrell Academic Center, Room 124 1:30 – 3:00 p.m Foreign Language Placement Exam (optional) Library

All students who have taken two or more years of a foreign language must take the placement exam at SOAR or ROC week. Exams are offered in Spanish, French, and Latin. The exam will last approximately 30 minutes and you can arrive to take the exam any time between 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.


F a m i ly S c h e d u l e

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Check-in & Continental Breakfast Lower Level, Student Union 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Welcome Stephen D. Minnis, President O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. INTEREST SESSIONS Families and students are welcome to attend any of the following interest sessions. Each session will run 60 minutes and begin at 10:00 a.m.,                                                          11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Money Matters: Financial Aid & Business Office Westerman Hall Auditorium, Room 105 Taking Flight Career Development, Counseling Center, Student Success Center, Study Abroad, Office of Academic Records, and Information Technology O’Malley-McAllister Auditorium, Student Union Raven Life Student Activities, Dining Services, College Ministry, Residence Life, FOCUS, Parents Association, Student Health, and Security Band Room, Student Union 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Lunch Haverty Center

Dorm Viewing (on your own) 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Saturday St. Scholastica Hall, Room 108 St. Martin’s Memorial Hall, Room 107 Turner Hall, Room 001 Newman Hall, Room 107

F r e q u e n t ly A s k e d Q u e s t i o n s Will my cell phone have service in Atchison? Unfortunately, not all services are alike. We’ve found that Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint get the best coverage for our area.

Is your campus wireless? Yes. All public space on campus is wireless.

Will I need money for food? The Office of Admission and Campus Dining services will provide you and your family with meals during the SOAR activities. These meals are free to students and families.

Will the Raven Store be open? Yes, the Raven Store will be open. • Friday, June 7, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Saturday, June 8, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. • Friday, June 14, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. • Saturday, June 15, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Do I register for my classes during SOAR? No, you need to complete the Freshman Course Registration Request Form prior to attending SOAR so our team of academic advisors can build your Fall 2013 class schedule. You can view information about class registration and register for your classes at

Can I meet with a faculty member to discuss/change my class schedule? There will be an opportunity during the Saturday activities for students who have questions about or need to make changes to their class schedule to speak with an advisor.

Students should meet with a faculty advisor if: • You have already taken a class that appears on your schedule • You have a conflict with requirements for an athletic program • You have serious confusion regarding your class schedule

Students should not meet with a faculty advisor if: • You do not want to take early morning classes so you can sleep in • You did not get into any of your preferred classes • You did not get into a class with a specific professor

I am a parent, may I attend my student’s meeting with an advisor? The purpose of this meeting is for the student to establish a connection with a faculty advisor in a one-on-one setting. If there are specific concerns you would like to have addressed in the meeting, please discuss them with your student and have him or her be prepared beforehand.

N e w S t u d e n t F ac t s Residence Hall Staff (On Duty August 1 – May 31) A Residence Director (RD) lives in and guides the community-centered life of each hall. The Residence Assistant (RA) is a current undergraduate who aids the RD as a member of the hall staff. RAs live on each floor and are available to assist students as they adjust to college. RDs and RAs take special interest in the growth of students and coordinate activities in the hall that support the mission of the College. These activities include developing and implementing service, educational, recreational, and religious programs. The Director of Residence Life is Sean Mulcahy, 913-360-7500. Listed below are the residence hall office numbers for incoming students: Turner Hall Office: 913-360-8401 Director: 913-360-8250

Elizabeth Hall & Campus Houses Office: 913-360-1044 Director: 913-360-1200

Memorial Hall Office: 913-360-1622 Director: 913-360-1500

St. Joseph Hall Office: 913-360-8535 Director: 913-360-8250

Newman Hall Office: 913-360-1898 Director: 913-360-1750

St. Scholastica Hall Office: 913-360-8002 Director: 913-360-8000

McDonald Hall Office: 913-360-1410 Director: 913-360-1250

Legacy Apartments Office: 913-360-1702 Director: 913-360-1700

Cray Seaberg Hall Director: 913-360-8200 Row Houses Director: 913-360-1500 St. Michael Hall Office: 913-360-6986 Director: 913-360-6986

P o l i c y I n f o r m at i o n Do I need a car? Cars are permitted, but aren’t essential. If you bring a car, you must apply for a parking sticker online at after August 1, 2013.

May I have a pet? No pets other than fish are approved.

Is summer storage available? The College does not provide summer storage for domestic students; rental space is available in Atchison. Limited storage space is available for international students. For more information, call 800.467.5340 and ask for the International Programs Office.

Is there a smoking policy? Residence halls and all other College buildings are smoke free. In addition, candles, candle warmers, and incense are not permitted. Please see the more detailed smoking policy in the Student Handbook at

What is the policy on alcohol use? The College follows United States federal and state laws for the use of alcohol. Students under the age of 21 are not allowed to use or have alcoholic beverages in their presence. Anyone 21 or older may not consume alcohol in the presence of minors.

What appliances are NOT permitted? Safety and insurance standards place restrictions on certain appliances. Hot plates, halogen lights, grills, skillets, toaster ovens, electric heaters, electric blankets, refrigerators larger than 4 cubic ft., and gas appliances are not permitted.

What appliances ARE permitted? Stereos, TVs, microwaves, coffee pots, electric razors, fans, heating pads, and computers are allowed. Roommates may bring one refrigerator (4 cubic ft. max.) for their room. All rooms are air-conditioned. For more information, call 800.467.5340 and ask for the Student Life Office.

S e rv i c e I n f o r m at i o n What is the meal plan? All freshmen men and women are required to be on the 18-meal plan with $300 Dining Dollars per semester. Dining Dollars come pre-loaded with your meal plan and must be used by the end of each semester.

What are Raven Bucks? Raven Bucks may be added to any of the meal plans. Raven Bucks work like a convenient debit system, using your Benedictine student ID card. At any time you may deposit funds on the card (a minimum of $5 will start your account) and you can use your card at many locations across Campus. There are no fees to use Raven Bucks, and they don’t expire. To close your account, simply contact the Benedictine College Business Office for further details.

How can I use my Raven Bucks? Once you deposit funds in your personal Raven Bucks account, you can use your Benedictine ID in many ways: At all dining services on campus and most vending machines; to purchase additional printing and copying balance (“paper cut”) once your free copies are consumed; and at the Raven Store. Most important, all campus laundry machines require Raven Bucks.

How can I add to my Raven Bucks? Go to, click on the “Add Raven Bucks” link located at the bottom of the page, and enter your account and pin number (your account number is your 6-digit School ID # and your pin is the last 4 digits of your School ID).

Where and when do I purchase my textbooks? Textbooks are purchased online and shipped directly to campus from our virtual bookstore. We no longer sell textbooks on campus. Textbooks will be available for purchase after August 1, 2013.

What laundry, vending, and recreational services are available? All laundry machines operate with Raven Bucks on your student ID. Soft drink, candy, and juice machines are in most hall lounges, along with a TV, and a kitchenette with stove, refrigerator, microwave, and sink. Other recreational areas on campus offer outdoor grills, sand volleyball, biking, hiking, racquetball, ping-pong, pool tables, track, tennis, basketball, a weight room, and a fitness center.

What health services are available? A registered nurse and physician’s assistant staff the Benedictine Student Health Center. The staff provides physicals, TB skin testing, tetanus boosters, over the counter medication, health education, medical diagnosis and treatment at no cost. After-hours care is available at the Atchison hospital, 913.367.2131. The Atchison Hospital Emergency Room is available 24 hours per day. An Athletic Trainer assists injured student-athletes in their recovery. For more information call 800.467.5340 and ask for the Student Health Center. Health forms are located at:

What monetary transaction services are there? Atchison has several banks that offer financial services including “student”-priced checking accounts. We highly recommend you visit with the banks and consider establishing an account for your student; some community businesses will more quickly accept checks from students when the check is drawn on a local bank account. A UMB Bank ATM machine is located on campus in the Student Union and several others are located throughout the City of Atchison. The College Business Office issues student account bills and direct deposit for work-study payroll. The Business Office will cash personal checks for students in amounts under $50. For more information call 800.467.5340 and ask for the Business Office.

What computer technology is available? Every residence hall room has two computer outlets that connect to the Internet through the campus network. This connection gives students unlimited access to the Internet. Students will be issued an official College email account. Email services can be accessed via any web browser or personal machine. Students must provide their own cable and are responsible for the installation and configuration of software on their personal computers. Personal computers can receive support services through the College’s IT staff. All computers are required to have current virus protection, which can be furnished through the College. There are computer labs for student use in the Library and Westerman Hall. Students are expected to adhere to the computer usage policies as published by the College. For more information call 800.467.5340 and ask for the Computer Service Help Desk.

What cable and phone services are there? A cable outlet is located in each room. Students may contact a local cable company for service. A telephone outlet with local service is provided in all residence halls, except Cray Seaberg Hall and the Row Houses; bring a cell phone for long distance service. If you plan on bringing a telephone and want voice messaging services, make sure to provide your own answering machine. For more information call 800.467.5340 and ask for the Student Life Office.

What furnishings are in my room? Rooms are furnished so each student has a computer desk, chair, dresser, closet, and extra-long twin-size bed and mattress. You provide your own linens to accommodate the extra-long twin-size mattress. Furniture may not be removed from the room and the room should be in the same configuration upon your departure.

What are the window treatments in my room? Window treatments include mini-blinds so curtains are not necessary. Wall paint is a neutral color. Paint, nails, tacks, or adhesives that damage walls, woodwork, or furniture are prohibited. Command Adhesive, a 3-M product, is the College’s recommended adhesive for hanging posters and hooks on walls in most residence halls. These are not allowed in St. Scholastica Hall, Elizabeth Hall or Kremmeter, Wolf, and Legacy Apartments. Residents are held accountable for any damages done to Residence Hall rooms or furniture.

Women’s Residence Hall R o o m I n f o r m at i o n What are the room dimensions? Average sizes are as follows: Memorial Hall - 11’x14’6”, McDonald Hall - 10’x17’6”, St. Scholastica Hall - 11’4”x16’.

May I build a bunk or a loft in my room? St. Scholastica Hall and Memorial Hall each have newer custom made furniture. The beds in these halls may not be unbunked and construction of other bunks or lofts is not permitted. Bunks or lofts may be constructed in McDonald Hall according to specifications available in the Student Life Office. Students are responsible for removing bunks or lofts prior to the end of the academic year. You are required to contact the Student Life Office prior to arrival if you are planning to bring materials to bunk or loft your beds.

What about full-length mirrors? The College provides a vanity mirror and full-length mirror in each Memorial Hall, St. Scholastica Hall, and McDonald Hall room. Attachment of additional wall or door mirrors is prohibited.

Men’s Residence Hall R o o m I n f o r m at i o n What are the room dimensions? Average sizes are as follows: Turner Hall - 11’6”x13’6”, Newman Hall - 11’3”x16’6”.

May I build a bunk or a loft in my room? You may construct your own bunk bed or lofts in most rooms according to specifications that are available in the Student Life Office. Students are responsible for removing bunks or lofts prior to the end of the academic year. You are required to contact the Student Life Office prior to arrival if you are planning to bring materials to bunk or loft your beds.

I n c o m i n g F r e sh m a n C h e c k l i s t We have a number of dates and details we’d like to share as our way of helping you prepare for your Benedictine College future! This checklist is designed as a quick reference for your arrival this August. For more details, please visit to access the links that will help you complete the missing items pertinent to your specific situation.

Admission o Complete Freshman Class Registration Form o Submit final high school transcript to the Office of Admission o Submit all college, dual-credit, and IB transcripts and AP scores to the Office of Admission o If you have a diagnosed disability, send documentation and a copy of your most recent IEP to the Office of Admission o Submit a request for class changes by July 15

Financial Aid o Send proof of outside scholarships to the Office of Financial Aid o Sign and submit Financial Aid Award Letter via OASIS account o Complete Entrance Loan Counseling for Federal Direct Loans o For eligible students, complete Perkins Loan process after July 1 (students will be sent instructions via their Benedictine email address) o Complete Application and Master Promissory Note for Alternative/Private Loan after July 1 (if parents will not be taking the Parent PLUS loan)

Business Office o Sign the Financial Responsibility Agreement and Financial Access Form and submit to the Business Office o After July 1, set up payment plan for the fall semester or pay remaining balance in full by August 1 o Enroll in eRefund (an electronic Student Refund option). If you are anticipating a refund from your student loans and would like to have it direct-deposited to your bank account, enroll in eRefund, which is accessible through your OASIS Estimated Tuition Worksheet payment button. o Purchase Raven Bucks for the fall semester

Miscellaneous o Submit required Health Forms (Please review the link for the Student Health Form, required vaccinations, and proof of insurance. Athletes must submit a physical form.) o Order Textbooks: All textbooks are purchased online. There is no campus bookstore. o Order Parking Pass after August 1 o Sign up for Textcaster o If you are living in Turner Hall, Newman Hall, or McDonald Hall and plan to bring a loft, you must contact the Student Life Office at 913-360-7500 prior to your arrival to campus

Parent Checklist o Complete Application and Master Promissory Note for PLUS Loan after July 1 o If not taking the PLUS Loan, have student complete Application and Master Promissory Note for Alternative/Private Loan (if needed) after July 1 o Apply for optional Payment Plan through the Business Office after July 1

I m p o rta n t D at e s Returning men & women’s Soccer and Volleyball athletes including Transfers arrive and check-in

Monday, Aug. 12, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Returning Football athletes including Transfers arrive and check-in

Thursday, Aug. 15, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Freshman Fall athletes and Freshman Honors Program Students arrive and check-in

Saturday, Aug. 17, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

New students including non-athlete Transfers arrive and check-in

Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Raven Orientation Camp

Saturday - Tuesday, Aug. 24 - 27

Classes begin

Wednesday, Aug. 28

Labor Day; all classes are in session

Monday, September 2

Opening All School Mass & Convocation

Tuesday, September 3

Family Weekend

Friday - Sunday, October 4 - 6


Friday - Sunday, Oct. 18 - 20

Fall Break

Thursday - Sunday, Oct. 24 - 27

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday - Sunday, Nov. 27 - Dec. 1

Fall Semester Finals

Dec. 12, 13, 16 & 17

Christmas Break

Tuesday, Dec. 17 - Tuesday, Jan. 14

C o n ta c t I n f o r m at i o n

Office of Financial Aid Office: 913-360-7484 Fax: 913-367-5462

Office of Admission Office: 913-360-7476 Fax: 913-367-5462

Business Office Office: 913-360-7403 Fax: 913-367-9125

Student Life Office Office: 913-360-7500 Fax: 913-367-6178

Student Success Center Office: 913-367-7965

Student Health Center Office: 913-367-5178

Benedictine College’s mission is to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship.

SOAR 2013, FAQ  
SOAR 2013, FAQ  

Commonly asked questions answered here about Benedictine College SOAR weekend.