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Message from Senate Presidents Find Your Spot Looking for Leaders The Intentional Tourists Leaders in Their Field The Search for Answers Times of Your Life Can I Tell You a Story? Right on Target New Spaces to Meet, Greet and Compete Explore the Outdoors Possibilities on the Potomac Bennies and Johnnies Abroad Leading the Way


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Mary Catherine Steenberge ’18

Jack Cummings ’18

President, CSB Student Senate French and political science major • Ballwin, Missouri

President, SJU Student Senate Political science major • Alexandria, Minnesota

I had considered myself a leader in high school, and I decided to attempt collegiate-level leadership. So my first year here, I ran for a position on the Saint Ben’s Senate and won! I had no idea that this was the start of a new journey. I quickly learned a new meaning of leadership that entailed so much more than being in charge or being recognized. Leadership is acting in constant service to the community and organization you represent and putting their needs before your own self-interest. The Sisters of the Order of Saint Benedict believe that no Sister is better than another, even if she holds the highest position in the monastery, since all are equal in the eyes of God. I am blessed to have had the example of the Sisters to guide me on my journey toward servant leadership. To lead means more than to be the person in charge of a club or organization. It means more than directing meetings and being the face of a group. To lead is to empower those around you to make ethical decisions and perform to the best of their abilities. I learned these lessons here at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. They’re waiting here for you to learn them, too.

From the moment I arrived on campus, I could feel a special atmosphere. Right from the start, I wanted to be involved in as much as I could. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University make that possible. In addition to being actively involved in student government, I’ve had the opportunity to be a member and captain of the Saint John’s golf team. By offering many opportunities to get involved, these schools grow their students into respectable, professional and ambitious leaders. Whether it be through extracurricular activities, academics or daily interactions, students at CSB/SJU develop their abilities to be leaders on campus. We grow with one another, learn with one another and interact with one another. This community is big and diverse enough for me to find classmates I can connect with. But it’s also small enough that I’ve had direct access to amazing mentors – SJU President Michael Hemesath, Athletic Director and Golf Coach Bob Alpers, Professor Matt Lindstrom, Dean of Students Mike Connolly – who have given me coherent examples of what true leadership looks like. The special community at CSB/SJU has formed me into the leader I am today. I am forever grateful to have attended this incredible university. 1

With two campuses filled with chances to grow and develop as a leader, you’re sure to


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Saint Benedict 1. SBS The Saint Ben’s Student Senate provides the forum where women use their voices to promote students’ rights and to aid the College of Saint Benedict in operating more effectively in the interest of students.


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2. IWL The Sister Nancy Hynes Institute for Women’s Leadership works toward helping the student body at large learn the importance of understanding gender and leadership.

3. CELA The new Center for Ethical Leadership in Action aims to focus educational programming and opportunities on ethical leadership. One key way in which they do that is awarding fellowships including stipends to allow students to pursue unpaid internships in areas of interest and impact.

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4. PRP The Peer Resource Program enhances the personal development of Johnnies and Bennies by sponsoring wilderness trips, challenge courses and on-campus events. PRP activities give students opportunities to lead, engage and experience.

5. MDI The Men’s Development Institute offers resources and programming intended to promote the holistic development of men on campus and encourage Johnnies to recognize the importance of civic engagement and grow as individual men.


6. McNeely Center The Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship awakens and refines the entrepreneurial spirit in Bennies and Johnnies and inspires the drive to lead ventures of their own.





College is a place and time to explore, define your interests and develop your skills. At Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s, there are hundreds of opportunities – clubs, organizations, programs and student employment environments – where you can find your path. And every one of those scenarios needs leaders. Our students become those leaders.




Graduate | Global Business Leadership (pre-law concentration) Side Lake, Minnesota

Senior | Global Business Leadership Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Senior | Political Science Edina, Minnesota

Angeles lives out his campus leadership through his position as one of the cochairs for the Joint Events Council (JEC), a student-led campus organization dedicated to providing students with social programing on both campuses. In this position, he oversees the whole council, from the executive board of 18 students to the 100+ members, with the help of his partnering co-chair. He also acts as a liaison between the organization and the deans of student activities.

Hunzelman is the Cadet Battalion Commander for the ROTC program at Saint John’s, Saint Ben’s and St. Cloud State University. This role has traditionally included cadets who have performed well in the battalion, have excelled at training camp and have also achieved academically. As a cadet ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation for all graduating ROTC cadets and the captain of this year’s Ranger Challenge team, Hunzelman certainly fits the criteria.

Ozanich works to create Bennie leaders on campus through her role as the student director of the S. Nancy Hynes Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL), a student-led program that focuses primarily on gender issues and promoting women’s leadership. In her position Ozanich oversees hiring, training, managing and supervision of seven fellow Bennie students. Her main goal is to provide direction to the team and ensure that the IWL carries out its mission to empower all Bennies and make them aware of the resources and events IWL provides. Ozanich sets an example in her leadership role, particularly by embracing uncomfortable situations and pushing herself outside her comfort zone to allow for growth.

Angeles has been involved in JEC all four years of college. He first joined when he saw the group’s energy and dedication at the Involvement Fair his first year. As the co-chair, Angeles now brings his own direction and sense of energy to the JEC.

“I feel like being involved in organizations on campus, and being strongly involved in them; it contributes so much (to your education) because it just creates amazing relationships and you can really see your work that you’re doing,” she says. “I really feel like CSB/SJU creates a legacy … and just being able to uphold that and serve as an example for the students coming behind you really has immense value on your impact.”

“To be a campus leader, for me, is to impact as many lives as you can positively,” he says. “I try my best to lead from the back and let other students thrive as leaders. I try to cultivate their leadership so that when I’m gone they are still impacting others to lead and kind of create a cycle of developing leaders and making sure that those leaders have the same drive for teaching others.”


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Despite his position as a leader within the ROTC program, Hunzelman says he is still learning from peers and mentors about how best to lead through empathy and personal connection. “There are people that I look up to in the Political Science Department…. They have good study habits, they help others, they want to see others succeed,” he says. “You watch Saturday on the football field and you see the same level of leadership, just in a different form. So, no matter what you’re doing here, you’re going to find those good leaders and I think it’s kind of up to you to fall in with that group.”






Junior | Nursing Burnsville, Minnesota

Junior | Nutrition (dietetics concentration) Kasson, Minnesota

Junior | Sociology Dallas, Texas

Podewils leads on campus through her work as variety editor for the weekly campus newspaper The Record. She began writing for the publication her first year and has worked in a leadership position on the editorial team each year since. In her position, Podewils brainstorms feature stories that highlight students and activities on campus while also writing columns that highlight specific interest groups. In addition, she spends tireless hours editing and designing her section of the paper every Wednesday night. The entire editorial staff consists of only 11 editors, which Podewils says allows for independence each year in deciding how best to run the paper. Katarina says much of the leadership model within the editorial team comes from observing those who came before. This year, she has taken a specific leadership approach, grounded in organization and preparedness. “It’s a lot easier for people to follow your lead if you can hold a good example for them,” she says. “I think positivity comes with it, and organization too. If you can maintain a sense of calm in this very stressful environment, you give an example for students to want to follow.”

Hernandez-Chaire applied for and received a Jackson Fellowship during her time at CSB/SJU. Each year, a new cohort of Jackson Fellows spends the summer interning at community sites. For Hernandez-Chaire, that was the Diversity Council in Rochester, Minnesota. “I got to work with the young and the old, educating on topics from toxic masculinity to freedom of speech and much more,” she says. Back on campus after her internship experience, she and her cohort of Jackson Fellows took part in leadership training, presentations from alums and visits to businesses and organizations. “Certainly I have grown in my ability to lead while here at CSB/SJU because of the many opportunities,” she says. “But leadership is not a skill learned in the classroom. It’s one attained through practice and experiences beyond one’s comfort zone. My college experiences have made me comfortable with taking risks, seeing the good in plans not working out all the time, and then trying once again. The work I do is done with faith, purpose and love for the neighbor.”

Viera is co-president of CSB/SJU’s Exploring Latin American Cultures (ELAC) club. As a first-year student, he attended a mock Quinceañera (a Hispanic rite of passage) hosted by the club and was drawn to the hands-on cultural exploration it provides students. Besides being committed to teaching fellow Bennies and Johnnies about his Latin American culture, Viera realizes that ELAC has given him a greater appreciation of that culture, as well. “I have been able to passionately appreciate my culture much more than I have realized by taking on these responsibilities that enhance my leadership,” he explains. His leadership experience in ELAC, as a member of the Saint John’s Student Senate and as a student manager in the Admission office have allowed Viera to “grow immensely as a college student and an advocate for social justice and human rights.” For him, the leadership abilities he’s fostered on campus will spread far beyond CSB/SJU. “I hope that I can take what I have learned and return home after graduation to provide new opportunities and a positive change for my community.”




For the last 13 years, CSB and SJU have been ranked among the nation’s leaders for the number of students who study abroad. For most students, it’s a transformative semester.

But seniors Kimberly Ficker, Jonathan Paquette (both global business leadership majors) and Felicia Mix (sociology and premed major) felt like they could have gotten more. “We just kind of thought that we were superficial tourists (abroad) … and that we weren’t getting the full experience, the unique experience,” Ficker says. “We could have gotten a more culturally diverse experience.” After spending their semesters abroad studying in Ireland, Italy, Greece, and England, Ficker, Paquette and Mix were inspired to create a technology tool to help people find the most genuine experience abroad. Students from all disciplines have the opportunity to create and implement real-world business ventures by the time they graduate from CSB/SJU through the Entrepreneurial Scholars (E-Scholars) program of the Donald McNeely Center for Entrepreneurship.


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heir venture is a travel app called GyPSy, whose mission is “to make more intelligent tourists.” It uses geo-location and geo-fencing to alert travelers of hidden gems in their travel destination. These hidden gems are classified as locations meeting three of five criteria. It should be new, historic, culturally important, unknown to the majority and possessing some celebrity status.


Since the nature of a venture startup is fast paced, each of the three students has taken on a variety of roles, but so far Mix has focused on business development, Ficker on marketing and communications, and Paquette on project development. They also elicited help from Connor Smith, a sophomore computer science major who coded the test app and is building the actual product. “Something we’ve learned is you can be a really skilled computer science major and produce a great app, but if you don’t have the business skills, that app will never go viral,” Mix says. “It’s this partnership that we’re having to learn – we don’t have that skill, but we do have this skill to network and talk to investors and create this business plan.” The team is currently working through their second course of the program taught by Steve Schwarz, assistant global business professor. The course focuses on establishing a “minimal viable product” in order to launch their business. In this case, that’s a functioning app that they can test on campus. The team hopes to test the app this spring at CSB/SJU, then in St. Cloud and eventually in Minneapolis. They have faced many roadblocks in the early stages of their venture including conflicting advice from entrepreneurial mentors. Paquette says this experience allowed the team to problem solve and learn to keep pursuing alternative paths. “The E-Scholars program gives me a lot of hands-on, realworld experience… It pushes you way outside of your comfort zone,” he says. “It definitely provides an environment where you are welcome to fail.”

THE DONALD MCNEELY CENTER There’s a moment of truth that stands between innovators and entrepreneurs. Within that moment, you start something – a venture all your own. Everything after that is merely figuring it out. The McNeely Center provides a thoughtful blend of education, mentorship and encouragement to students from any major. With guidance and advice from McNeely staff, faculty and alum mentors, our students don’t simply wrestle with ambiguity. They embrace it. In the Donald McNeely Center’s signature Entrepreneur Scholars (E Scholars) program, a selective three-course sequence explores the entrepreneurial process from ideation to launch.

Entrepreneurial mentors dedicated to working with students


Student start ups and ventures grown by CSB/SJU students

Schwarz says these students have taken full advantage of the program in developing their venture, but whether they officially launch the app isn’t the biggest takeaway. Instead it is building a skillset that is highly sought after by companies today. “We’re focused on action, not on the end result,” Schwarz says. “We want students to launch the business, but mostly what we want them to do is work on the launch. At the very minimum, what they’re doing is developing skills that companies are looking for. Companies are looking for people who can critically analyze information. They’re looking for people who can learn fast. They’re looking for people who have an entrepreneurial mindset.”

Entrepreneur Scholars travel to Asia and Silicon Valley to meet with business leaders

60 60 hosted entrepreneurial leadership events featuring alum entrepreneurs

Staff and faculty provide coaching every step of the way

The entrepreneurial spirit abounds at CSB/SJU. Our student entrepreneurs are: Exploring curiously.

Being resilient.

Identifying opportunities.

Instigating change.

Embracing ambiguity.

Starting something.

Figuring it out.

Creating value.

Taking risks.

Applying the liberal arts.

Solving problems.

Designing their lives.


Leaders BY | BRETT ZALLEK ’19

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University student-athletes have proud and pioneering traditions of leading our communities to victory. And as NCAA Division III competitors, our student-athletes are able to forge a balance that allows them to excel as both students and athletes. That same ability to balance plays out in intercollegiate club sports and two campuses full of intramural opportunities.


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Junior | Savage, Minnesota

One of four captains of the 2018 Saint Ben’s softball team, Claire has received the NFCA All-American Scholar Athlete Award twice, was All-MIAC Honorable Mention as a sophomore, and has been selected to the CSB/SJU Student Athlete Advisory Committee twice. “What really sealed the deal [deciding on CSB] was when I did an overnight with one of the [now seniors] on the team,” Claire says. “The coaches truly cared about not


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Senior | Tempe, Arizona

Leonard is a cornerback, and he’s a good one. His junior year he made the All-MIAC Second Team. This year, he was selected for both the All-MIAC First Team and the All-West Region Third Team. But some of his most impactful experiences with the football team didn’t even happen on the field. For three years, he was selected by coaches as a Leadership Team Captain to be a leader on and off the field. He also serves as the football team Bible


study leader. “We have around 20 guys in Bible study consistently,” he says. “My most helpful experience has been striving to help my teammates grow in their faith and have good morals – walking with them and pushing them to be great men of virtue in the classroom, on the field, in church and everywhere they go and to everyone they meet.”

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only what happened on the field but also about [the players’] studies and what kind of people that they were helping shape us to become.” Claire is a mathematics major and secondary education minor, and she is hoping to become a math teacher and eventually get her master’s in either athletic administration or school administration to become an athletic director or principal.


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SJU Golf

Senior | Sioux Falls, South Dakota

In the last 18 years, the Saint John’s golf team has qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament 16 times. In Sam’s four years on campus, the Johnnies have never been ranked lower than 26th nationally. Individually, he has been named Academic All-MIAC twice, a Golf Coach Association of America Academic All-American, a Ping All Mid-West Region team member, a MIAC champion with the team and as an individual and is the 21st ranked player in the nation for Division III.

“When I came in as a freshman, we were shown how to be Johnnies and how to be athletes here by the seniors, and that’s what I’ve tried to emulate – leading by example and being the best on the golf course, in the classroom and in our community,” Sam says. After graduation, with a major in economics and a minor in communication, Sam plans on going into golf administration and tournament management.


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Senior | Oronoco, Minnesota

For Niki, one sport is not enough. Through all four years at Saint Ben’s, she has competed on both the basketball and track & field teams. In basketball, she was named to the All-MIAC First-Year team, two-time All-MIAC and the 2015 USA Division III Basketball Team. In track and field, Niki was All-MIAC honorable mention for high jump (both indoor and outdoor) and javelin, and she holds the third-best mark in CSB history for javelin along with the fifth-best mark for high jump.

“One of the biggest things I’ve learned about leading is that you have to be positive – even when you’re not having a good day,” Niki says. In addition to being able to play both sports, she appreciates the entire experience that CSB/SJU has to offer – even if that comes with a busy schedule. “[Being at a small school] allows me to have a more rounded lifestyle, rather than focusing strictly on academics or sports,” Niki says.




You’ve decided to study science in college. Great! But now, you must decide between studying science at a large research university or a smaller liberal arts college. Certainly, there are advantages to both. So what tips the scales in favor of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University – liberal arts colleges? There are several reasons, according to faculty members at CSB/SJU. “At large research institutions, the research laboratories are for the faculty members and the graduate students,” says Don Fischer, professor in exercise science and sport studies and chair of the department. “Undergraduate students rarely have the opportunity to engage in research using the laboratory facilities. “At CSB/SJU, undergraduate students are the priority. Students are encouraged to use the laboratory facilities and equipment alongside – and often in collaboration with – exercise science and sport studies faculty members,” says Fischer. “I think one of the biggest benefits to studying biology at CSB/SJU is our physical location,” says Dave Mitchell, professor of biology. “Lab supplies and experiments are literally feet outside the door.” Mitchell mentions two studies where he and other faculty members worked with students on the impact of Ritalin on living systems, and a more recent study with a group of students that put mice on the Atkins Diet and then took them off the diet to look at what physical changes occurred. “Those were projects where I learned along (with students) and we stepped outside of our comfort zones to think about questions we were curious about,” Mitchell says. The smaller class sizes at CSB/SJU (median class size: 19 students), along with the emphasis on teaching liberal arts and sciences, also help embed undergraduate research into the curriculum, Fischer says. “The curriculum provides students the opportunity to learn and practice information literacy, scholarly writing, inquiry and analysis and laboratory skills in progressively more challenging contexts and with progressively greater autonomy over their four years at CSB and SJU,” Fischer says. More than 20 percent of CSB/SJU students participate in a major research project during their time at CSB/SJU. The CSB/SJU Undergraduate Research Program supports student-faculty collaborative scholarship in all majors, including those shown here.


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Molly Heller ’17 Major Integrative health science

Alexander Patton ’19 Major Chemistry (focus on chemical biology)

Undergraduate research project Focused on the validity and reliability of the Fitbit Charge in the college student population in comparison to a pedometer.

Undergraduate research project Working on a multi-step synthesis of a natural tripeptide neurotoxin made by sea Bryozoans in the Mediterranean Sea.

Key learning “My adviser urged me to think about multiple disciplines and integrate them into my research, which taught me to think about all sides of the problem before making a conclusion. I was able to independently plan my research project, which really made it mine. The independent and critical thinking skills I developed will help me provide better care in my future career as a healthcare provider.” Recognition Won a top undergraduate research award at the American College of Sports Medicine – Northland Chapter Conference, and has applied to present her research at the national ACSM Conference.

Morgan Potter ’17 Major Individualized-natural science Undergraduate research project Investigated the impact of a prolonged rest period after a warm up on athletic performance in a cold (32 degrees) environment. Key learning “Conducting research at a liberal arts college provided me the opportunity to create, organize and carry out a graduate-level research project. This research has provided me valuable experiences that I have been able to utilize every day in my current job as a sports medicine research assistant.” Recognition Presented her research at the American College of Sports Medicine – Northland Chapter Conference.

Key learning “It’s called research because it’s never going to work the first time. Research has really taught me that things aren’t going to work in your favor all the time and that when things slow down that’s when the work comes in. Being resilient in having to do things a multitude of times has made me a more selfsufficient and self-driven individual.”

Joshua Gavin ’18 Major Chemistry Undergraduate research project Investigated a class of enzymes known as tri-nuclear copper oxidases. These are enzymes that react with oxygen to form water, using three copper ions. By synthesizing a smaller model, researchers were able to analyze the reaction more easily. Key learning “I’ve found research to be exciting because it constantly gives me something new to learn, whether in reading papers or conducting experiments and analyzing results. My experiences in lab have shown me a career in academia would allow me to fulfill my self-identity as a student – ever learning through research – while pairing it with motivation to teach.” Recognition Has been accepted to present research at the American Chemical Society Conference in March 2018 in New Orleans.

Recognition The original creator of the project presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo in 2016 in San Francisco.

Kaitlin Geisenhof ’18 Major Natural science (pre-medicine) Undergraduate research project Investigated bacterial antibiotic resistance in the waterways around central Minnesota. This is an ongoing project that also involves Dr. Ellen Jensen and another student, junior Will Gillach. Key learning “I am grateful for the opportunity to conduct research as an undergraduate. It has allowed me to gain confidence in performing laboratory experiments in a more independent environment. Furthermore, it has allowed me to create stronger connections with faculty and peers.” Recognition Presented summer research on E-coli at the American Society for Microbiology North Central Branch Conference in October at De Pere, Wisconsin.


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Talk to Bennie and Johnnie alums and they’ll mention connections they still hold tightly years after leaving campus. So what? Most college graduates speak fondly of their alma mater. What makes CSB and SJU different? It’s the Benedictine sense of community that’s been integrated into both these schools by their founding monasteries. It’s the cherished traditions and shared experiences. And it’s the fact that, as residential colleges, we’re all here to share those experiences together. Our students live on campus. The performers, speakers, clubs, activities and celebrations – we’re all in this together.


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So let your light shine

Sprint to the finish lime

Peanut butter jelly time

Sic luceat lux vestra – so let your light shine – based on Matthew 5:16, is the motto of the College of Saint Benedict. So a candle-lighting ceremony caps the first dinner incoming Bennies have when they arrive on campus and the last dinner departing senior Bennies have before they graduate.

The name says it all. Participants in the annual Fruit at the Finish Triathlon get to challenge themselves and enjoy fruit at the finish. An indoor swim, a bike ride through Collegeville and St. Joseph, and a trail run through the woods of the Saint John’s Abbey Arboretum. You can do it on your own or form a team!

Johnnie Bread has been a tradition all its own at Saint John’s for decades. Today we top that tradition in the residence halls with Hot Bread Night. Johnnies enjoy a study break with their floor mates while they break bread and pile on their favorite toppings.

Let the music play

Family, friends & football

The holidays at CSB/SJU

Since 1979, Pines (formerly Pinestock) has earned its reputation as one of the most anticipated events of the year. Today, the all-day festival features activities such as a glow-paint dance and extreme obstacle course, all capped off with an evening concert performance. Recently featured artists include Timeflies, Echosmith and Nico & Vinz.

Get ready for a spirit-filled weekend as the beautiful fall colors set the scene for Homecoming and Family Weekend. In 2018, CSB/SJU will combine these events to create a weekend-long celebration joining all students, families, alums and friends. Everyone gets to enjoy the beauty of our campuses in the fall and a little Johnnie football.

When the leaves have fallen and the sweatshirts start giving way to jackets, holiday spirit settles over the campuses. It starts with a big, sit-down, semi-formal Thanksgiving dinner at Saint John’s. Soon after, Christmas trees are lit on both campuses and, eventually, we’re transformed into something cut straight from a Christmas card with lights and wreaths and amazing concerts. Another sit-down, semi-formal dinner – this one celebrating Christmas at Saint Ben’s – fills us up before we all scatter for the semester break. 13



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came to CSB/SJU, like many of my peers, with a vague idea in my head of what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. I started off as a theatre major. But by my sophomore year, after taking part in scores of activities, classes and events, I found myself asking questions. With so much to do here, how can I maximize my love of learning and all of the opportunities this liberal arts institution has to offer? So I created my own major. Storytelling. You can do that here, and it’s pretty great. This allowed me to take an even greater role in the rest of my education at CSB/SJU. I could still participate in theatre, while taking classes outside the major that aligned more with my interests.

That’s the beauty of a liberal arts education. It’s yours to create. There is flexibility and time to figure out what your interests are. Flexibility to try, to fail, refocus, learn and grow. You’re here to explore. By choosing a liberal arts

institution and deciding to create my own major, I focused not on narrowing down my interests and studies, but rather opening up to new experiences and knowledge. Every good story should take you somewhere, and my story here has taken me well beyond my classroom walls. With supportive family and faculty mentors, I have found that the activities I take part in outside of class are just as important to shaping me as a student. Last summer I interned with Minnesota Public Radio News as a Gary Eichten Fellow. While being mentored by the internship’s namesake (an SJU alum), I honed my craft of storytelling, covering protests in St. Paul and press conferences with Rod Carew at Target Field. I even pitched my own ideas, one of which landed me in a canoe, paddle in one hand, microphone in another, floating down the Mississippi River with the owner of Indeed Brewing Company. Thanks, liberal arts! As a videographer with Extending the Link, a student-run documentary organization, I’ve traveled to Rwanda, listening to and

acting upon stories of social injustice. Through the Peer Resource Program, I’ve led incoming first-year students into Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area for the past three years. I’ve taken classes in mask making, folklore, math and how it relates to music. Through it all, what has captured my attention, heightened my drive and ignited my passion has been people’s stories. I believe in the power of stories. I believe in my ability to take what I’ve been given during my four years here, and use the stories within us all to help better our community and world – fully backed by my professors, by my monastic friends, by my roommates in the Eco House and by my experiences lived and learned. With the liberal arts emphasis on education by experience and exploration, whether I’m helping a Fortune 500 company grow their brand and tell their story, reporting live from far-off places, or traveling the country in a VW van, I see my future as a story worth telling. I can’t wait to turn the next page.







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Senior Morgan Merritt, from Canby, Minnesota, understood that and wanted that learning opportunity. How and where would she find it? At CSB/SJU, faculty is a great place to start. “Having professors who are easy to talk to and are willing to help you find positions is one of the biggest things here,” says Merritt.

Prepping for her search led Merritt to check out the services available to her. “I had my resume overseen by (the Office of Experience & Professional Development),” she says. “They helped me to amp it up and make it look good. And then I did a couple of mock interviews with them. Also in some of my business classes we spent time covering how to respond to inquiries in an interview. That was helpful to learn how to brag about yourself without feeling like you’re bragging about yourself.”

Merritt’s ETL internship was concentrated in logistics. “I would work early in the morning because of that,” she says. “With logistics, you’re there to see the truck unload at 5:30 or 6 in the morning.”


Over the 10-week internship though, she moved around to gain experience throughout the store. “I would go to front-end one week, human resources and soft lines and hard lines…. But logistics is where I spent most of my time,” she explains.

The Office of Experience & Professional Development (XPD) empowers students to translate their liberal arts education into opportunities. With access to hands-on experiences like internships, students complement the ideas, theories, practices and methods taught in the classroom.



Frequent panel discussions for global business leadership majors, featuring a range of business professionals, helped Merritt get a picture of what’s out there. “One time we had a Target person come in,” she recalls, “and she did overnight logistics. I thought, ‘oh, that sounds interesting.’” “We bring alums and guest speakers to campus to create personal and professional connections with our students,” explains Schwarz. Those connections are key and self-perpetuating, he emphasizes. “At CSB/SJU, we create such strong relationships with our students that when they enter the workforce, they come back to pay this forward.” A conversation with the Target representative at the CSB/SJU Internship Fair led to an interview for a competitive Target Executive Team Leader (ETL) internship. After two interviews and several weeks of waiting, she got the good news. “There are 12 to 15 stores in this district,” she says, “and they picked four ETL interns. It’s pretty competitive.”

After those rotational experiences, “the last two weeks you were basically the manager on duty. I was essentially an Executive Team Leader for the last two weeks. Which is kind of cool,” she adds with a smile. When all was said and done, “I was lucky enough to be offered a position with Target after the internship,” says Merritt. “They recommended me, and I will be back with Target in July. It’s really exciting, and now in my last semester I can focus and concentrate on things that I know are going to be beneficial to me in my actual experience at Target next year.” Looking back, she sees the impact of the opportunities she received. “I know for a fact that I would not have looked into this kind of position if it wasn’t for both the Internship Fair and the numerous Target reps the (Global Business) department brought in to talk to us.”

The CSB/SJU internship experience is a hands-on form of education that integrates the knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. What that looks like depends on your chosen field, but here are some roles Bennies and Johnnies have filled recently.

A SAMPLING OF RECENT BENNIE AND JOHNNIE INTERNSHIPS: Music Marketing Intern Crowd Surf Optimized Operations Engineering Intern 3M NFL Draft Prep Intern Whitfield Athletix Sales Operation Intern Boston Scientific Health and Wellness Intern Hmong American Partnership Major Crimes Division Intern District Attorney’s Office Women’s Advocate Intern Anna Marie’s Alliance Business Analyst Intern Target Headquarters Human Resource Intern Love Your Melon Foundation Foundation Intern Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MN






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REINHART LEARNING COMMONS AT SJU Fall 2017 marked the opening of the Br. Dietrich Reinhart Learning Commons, a new addition to the Alcuin Library at Saint John’s. The diverse and flexible new space fosters student collaboration and creativity with its inviting atmosphere and updated resources. The new addition offers space for study groups and an outdoor terrace next to “The Schu” – a new coffee shop. It also incorporates state-of-the-art equipment into a 13-station media

lab designed to offer technology and learning space for students preparing video and multimedia projects. The architecture and design of the Learning Commons embrace the surrounding aesthetics of the Abbey and University Church, Clemens Stadium and Peter Engel Science Center, with large windows that allow for natural light while providing a sense of place faithful to the original designs of architect Marcel Breuer.

NEW ADMISSION CENTER AT CSB Here at CSB/SJU, community matters a lot. So much so, that we are revamping our Admission experience for prospective students when they come to visit the College of Saint Benedict. With easy access and convenient parking, the new Admission Welcome Center will welcome students and their families, as well as highlight the history of the college. The Admission department is currently located in the Main Building, and renovation is underway to transform

the Main Building into 21st century academic learning space. Admission and other administrative departments will move into a newly renovated complex of three buildings formerly owned by Saint Benedict’s Monastery. “We are creating a space that is warm and inviting for our prospective families and incorporating information about our history, our present and our future for them to see,” says Teri Durbin, director of admission services.

COLLEGE AVENUE ATHLETIC FIELDS The College Avenue Athletic Fields at CSB are completed, and reports from student athletes are that we’ve knocked it out of the park. In September 2017, the Saint Ben’s soccer team played its first game on the turf of the new stadium field. Since then, a second soccer/lacrosse field, two softball fields and three multi-use intramural fields have been added and are now available for use by intramurals, club sports and Saint Ben’s varsity teams. In addition, the athletic center within the complex is home to dedicated locker rooms and a training room, restrooms and concessions. Both the

varsity soccer field and the varsity softball field include comfortable new fixed seating for spectators. Saint Ben’s Executive Director of Facilities Brad Sinn says the fields are designed to meet the needs of our student-athletes in a responsible, sustainable way. “What makes the new athletic facilities unique is the focus not just on the top-notch fields of play and spectator experience, but on comprehensive support of our student-athletes,” Sinn says. “The athletic center building has dedicated locker rooms, a classroom for game review and a training room, all for varsity and club activities.



Life on a college campus is fast-paced and focused, and Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s reflect these characteristics. With students from around the world working to build their futures, we think a lot about where we’ve come from and where we’re going. But sometimes it’s important to stop and appreciate where we are. With two amazingly beautiful campuses, CSB and SJU make that easy. We have more than 3,000 acres of lush woods, 15 miles of trails and seven lakes, making this a perfect destination to enjoy the great Minnesota outdoors. This is a community that walks, runs, skis, skates and bikes. Our setting offers something for everyone and we’re not afraid to jump in and enjoy.

The Outdoor Leadership Center provides free rentals of canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, cross-country skis, snowshoes, camping equipment and tons of other gear designed to get students out and active.

Both campuses have quick and easy access to the 63-mile paved Lake Wobegon Regional Trail. Even better, the campuses host a bike-share program which students access for free, via a smartphone app, to reserve a bike from stations on both campuses.


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OUTDOORS A favorite adventure for students, faculty and alums is the Chapel walk – a two-mile round trip hike winding along the edge of Lake Sag to the isolated Stella Maris Chapel.

The beach on Lake Sagatagan (Lake Sag) is a campus hotspot for students wanting to cool off or enjoy some sunshine on a warm spring or fall day.

Fishing – off the dock, by canoe … or on the ice in winter – is an easy escape for an afternoon.




or nearly 40 years, the Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program has been an exceptional place for students from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University to further their careers. The program is a summer experiential learning trip that involves faculty, students and alumnae/i. It blends student internships with alum speakers and seminars into a program designed to provide students with an opportunity to live and work in Washington while earning academic credit. The program is open to all majors. The school does not place them, but rather it is the responsibility of the students to match their interests with organizations in the area. A history major might find a good fit at one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution. A pre-med science major could find a good fit at the American Chemical Association, or the American Medical Association.


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Many students work on Capitol Hill, in the Department of Commerce, or even in the State Department. Others work for advocacy organizations and non-profits, focusing on research or service to people in need. The program has become competitive, as the number of applications has increased steadily in recent years. In 2018, CSB/SJU is scheduled to have 32 students in the program, which would be a record number and an increase of 10 from last year. “The D.C. Summer Study is a signature program for CSB/SJU,” says Matt Lindstrom, political science professor, co-director of the program and director of the Eugene McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement. “We see students that may have a little doubt about their abilities, but time and time again, our students are the most prepared, the hardest workers and the most humble.” Here are stories from two of them.

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Grant Anderla ’ɕɜ

Policy & Research Intern / Global Witness

Research Intern / Henry L. Stimson Center

Olayemi Fadahunsi knew early on that she wanted to explore and foster her passion for activism and advocacy in a way that would benefit herself and others in the future. That’s where the Washington, D.C., Summer Study Program came into play. When Fadahunsi, from Maplewood, Minnesota, saw that the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University offered the chance to live in Washington for the summer and complete an internship, she was on board. The senior political science major with a focus on international relations spent last summer working as a policy and research intern at Global Witness, a nonprofit organization that researches and investigates the causes and effects of the exploitation of natural resources. During her internship, Fadahunsi practiced using research and advocacy skills to gain knowledge about how companies ethically use resources and how abusing these resources can harm the public. Fadahunsi also had the opportunity to research and write for the Global Witness blog, explaining the importance of marginalized voices in climate change and how they are often ignored. She says it was an “amazing experience to have a piece of my work get published in a public space.” After her experience, Fadahunsi is confident that she will soon be back to work in Washington, as she feels it is a good environment with many unique opportunities available. With the background she has now, she understands the steps needed to get involved in a place like Washington and beyond.

The Washington, D.C. Summer Study Program is a great opportunity for those interested in public policy, international relations, civic engagement and general government involvement. Take the case of Grant Anderla, a senior political science major from Appleton, Wisconsin. This past summer, he interned at the Henry L. Stimson Center, which focuses on foreign policy issues and specifically on defense policy and security. Anderla focused his work on Japan and East Asia and the impact of their relationships with the U.S. One of his key projects was writing a paper on the uphill battle for the revision of Japan’s Constitution. Aside from his own work, he worked alongside two researchers. “You will have opportunities to meet some pretty amazing people…through the Summer Study Program,” he says. Anderla enjoyed the relationships he created, including friendships with his classmates and learning from peers, mentors and international leaders. He especially liked attending a large conference with members of the Arctic Council. Attendees included the president of Iceland, diplomats from Russia and representatives from several of the Scandinavian countries. “You meet people from all over the world,” Anderla says. He hopes to use his experience in Washington as a resume builder, but he has also used it to grow as a person. Anderla enjoyed the independence and the confidence he gained during his internship, and he believes he was lucky to be a part of an organization that matched his interests.




For the last 13 years, CSB/SJU has ranked near the top of the Open Doors annual report on international education published by the Institute of International Education. We offer 19 different semester-long study abroad programs – 15 of them led by CSB/SJU faculty. In fact, one-third of our professors have led a study abroad program. At the same time, we’re home to 161 international students from 26 different countries. Our students, and the places they travel, shape the culture of our campuses. 24

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Nathaniel McKeehan ’19 Ireland

Simply life-changing. I learned to take charge of my own actions and decisions while bonding with 30 of the greatest people you could ask to live with.

Kirk Harrington ’19 Chile

No matter where you are in the world, get out into the local community and always try to be the first person to say “hi.” It will create conversation, friendship and a positive traveler’s mentality. Anywhere you travel will be awesome, but Chile es bacán, cachai?

Hannah Kosel ’17 Guatemala

Living with a family in a Spanish-speaking country presented challenges as well as incredible opportunities. I am grateful to have returned home with skills of resilience and empathy as well as memories of hospitality, connection and finding tranquility in the chaos of a new world around me!”

Kaylie Bednarczyk ’18 England

Shoua Vang ’19 China

Learning from British professors, presenting at the Student Global Leadership Conference, interning in London’s third sector; all of these experiences while studying abroad in London have given me the personal confidence, academic creativity and professional skills for future success.”

I became very open-minded while I was abroad. I understood that their culture is very different from mine, therefore, I didn’t judge people when they did things I wouldn’t have. It definitely made me a stronger person. I learned to embraced all my adventures and adapted my style to bridge cultural gaps.

Colin Smisek ’18 Austria

Being abroad can mold you into becoming a better leader. As one of the few Germanspeaking students on the Austria program, I was able to use my knowledge to lead students who did not know the language very well. Of course it was nerve-racking at times, but if you do not step out of your comfort zone it is difficult to grow as a person.

Matthew Burgstahler ’18 South Africa

South Africa helped me feel I was a part of the larger world community. Simply listening was learning in itself.

Morgan Durbin ’18 India

Khadra Ahmed ’19 Japan

Studying abroad in India taught me how to communicate across linguistic and cultural barriers. I became more flexible, openminded and self-assured during my time there. It reinforced my love of vibrant diversity and it inspired me to incorporate that into my daily life.

Japan taught me how to be a better intercultural communicator, since I believe that is a great trait to have for basic leadership. As someone with minimal Japanese speaking skills, I was still able to explore and meet local people to learn more about Japanese culture using my intercultural skills.






For Barry Griffin ’09, becoming an attorney wasn’t the original plan. “Before I attended SJU, I thought I would be a doctor,” he explains.

“I immediately felt connected,” says Marie Boo ’11, about her first campus visit to Saint Ben’s. But, being who she is, she had to learn more. So, “I did more research on CSB.”

But a liberal arts education tends to introduce unexpected possibilities. “I began to take classes in political science, economics and management,” he says. And that led him to the law. “I applied to law school and the rest is history. My work at SJU got me into a top-five law school in the U.K., and I became qualified to practice in Commonwealth jurisdictions.” After a short time practicing in London, Griffin returned to his home in The Bahamas, where he practices today as a barrister and attorney, specializing in corporate, financial services and private wealth law. “I was very active as a student at SJU,” Griffin recalls. “In particular, it was my involvement on the Saint John’s Senate and with the International Affairs Club that set me on my current path.” On the Saint John’s Senate, Griffin found opportunities to work on his oral and written communication skills, his public speaking and his leadership. As president of the International Affairs Club, he attended conferences and Model United Nations events at Harvard University and in Hong Kong. “These experiences helped me to grow personally and professionally and allowed me to hone key skillsets and talents that became invaluable in law school and now in legal practice.”

The things she found led her to enroll and become a Bennie. For example, “unlike big universities where the focus can be skewed toward faculty research, the focus at CSB was on undergraduate students. This focus is reflected in small class sizes, professors focused on teaching and the general close-knit community it fosters.” During her time at CSB/SJU, the biology major and sports studies minor (it’s now called exercise science and sport studies [ESSS]) spent plenty of nights and weekends in the athletic training room working as a sports medicine assistant. “I also became involved in research and later became a research assistant with (several professors) in the ESSS Department,” she recalls. After graduation, Boo attended the University of Wisconsin, where she earned her degree as a doctor of physical therapy. She continued for additional specialized training in Fort Worth, Texas, eventually earning certification as a Sports Certified Specialist. She is currently one of five full-time physical therapists in the Stanford University Department of Athletics in California. And, of course, she continues to pursue research (both data collection and manuscript publications), “to contribute to our knowledge and overall growth as a profession.”


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“I come from an entrepreneurial family, so the need to create and have my own business has been a path I have always been interested in,” says Alison Guessou ’08. “While at CSB/SJU, I took an entrepreneurship class to learn how to develop and run a business. It gave me an understanding of what it takes to start a business in terms of feasibility and ideation.”

Nic Barlage ’06 can still recall the day he embarked on a path into the world of professional sports. “I sent out 172 résumés the fall of my senior year and received zero responses back from pro sports teams,” Barlage says. For the former basketball guard, it amounted to an air ball.

Between that family nature, her business administration major (it’s now become part of global business leadership) and a broad-based CSB/SJU education, Guessou was equipped to take off in a number of different directions. Rather than choose one, she’s chosen all. Alison currently works as an independent contractor in project management for a number of companies. In addition, as an independent filmmaker, she’s founded and operates Djini Productions. Her short film 911 recently appeared at the 2018 Denton Black Film Festival in Denton, Texas. At the same time, she owns and operates Folebe Oil – a cooking palm oil distribution company. “The liberal arts education (at CSB/SJU) helped me grow, in terms of not being afraid to take risks,” she says. No matter which path she’s following on a given day, Guessou finds opportunities to put into play the Benedictine values she picked up in college. “No matter where I am, my hope is to make people feel welcome and heard, and going to school at CSB/SJU where that was exemplified, helped me recognize the values I hope to see out in the world. And if I don't see it, I see how I can create it.”

But the Alexandria (Minnesota) Beetles did eventually get back to him. Barlage had interned with the Northwoods League baseball team the summer before, and while he worked long hours, he found out he was a good salesman. Plus, he liked the job as assistant general manager. “I kept applying (to professional teams), and … I ended up applying with the Phoenix Suns. I got the first opportunity to transition there in the fall after I graduated,” Barlage says of his job as a sales consultant. That started a 12-year trek in the NBA that has taken him back to Minnesota to briefly work for the Timberwolves, then to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Cleveland Cavaliers and then back to the Suns, where he was the senior vice president and chief sales officer. In September 2017, Barlage was named president of business operations for the Cavaliers. Finance, human resources, building operations, ticketing, sponsorships, marketing, a digital group and technology services all report to him. “At the end of the day, I look at how I've been fortunate enough to grow and be in this position, and it’s been through working extremely hard,” Barlage says. “I think Saint John’s puts you in that mindset from a work ethic perspective. I also think that establishing, growing and maintaining relationships has been a huge part (of his career), and I think Saint John’s does a great job of preparing all their students for that.”




“There are several avenues to hone your faith at CSB/SJU. Sunday and weekly Mass, Praise in the Pub, Men of Benedict, Benedictine Friends, etc. There are ample opportunities to grow through fellowship.” - Owyn Ferguson ’20

“The balance of work and leisure is emphasized at CSB/SJU. One of the first things I noticed on campus was the relaxed lifestyle.” - Jacob Kirsch ’18



STEWARDSHIP “The Quadrangle at Saint John’s was partially constructed using materials collected from the bog that is now Clemens Stadium. The entire physical campus has features that have been harvested and reused from the 2,600+ acres of arboretum.” - John Colleran ’20

The values of our founding Benedictine communities are a constant presence on our campuses. Students get the chance to experience them every day.




“Here at CSB/SJU we hold a unique standard of excellence and pride in both our own work and the work of our peers, always supporting each other and developing into dedicated students and scholars with an incredibly strong work ethic.” - Chloe Becker ’20



“Respect for Persons means doing the intrapersonal and interpersonal work to find out who you are and listening to and fully engaging with who the other person is. It’s not borne from naïveté, but from a deep mutual understanding that each of you has inherent value and are worthy of the same love, respect, opportunities, and chance at living an authentic and fulfilling life, then doing what’s necessary to make it so.” - Brandyn Woodard, Director of Intercultural & International Student Services

“I have had various professors give the entire class their home phone number with the understanding that, ‘If you need anything, I am here to help you.’” - Sarah Manning ’20




“There’s no shortage of interesting and stimulating work, meetings, classes, projects, discussions and events on campus, but moments for peace nevertheless abound. Whether it is breaking for noon prayer with our monastic friends or taking a walk along Lake Sagatagan or out to Lake Sarah, it’s easy and encouraged to find that space of peace.” - George Dornbach ’18




“Stability is the cement that solidifies the Benedictine monastic through the ‘thick and thin’ of daily living. Stability is the cement that assures the monastic and the local community the presence of individuals who help make visible the ever-present love of God.” - S. Philip Zimmer, OSB

“I have been part of amazing classes and organizations on campus that have made me aware of the people, ideas and situations that have been marginalized. Through CSB/SJU, I have been able to listen to those marginalized with the ear of my heart and I have been inspired to motivate others to do so as well.” - Lesly Gonzalez-Barragan ’20

JUSTICE COMMUNITY LIVING “I am glad to be a part of a community where students are able to create conversations and bring awareness to issues that are sometimes overlooked or unnoticed.” - Pa Kou Vang ’18


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“Community living means for me stability in the same place, with the same people, day after day and year after year. That might be in a monastery or in a marriage, or in a single life, but it means embracing the everydayness of my life, responding to whoever God and the community put in my path.” - Fr. Rene McGraw ’58, OSB, Ph.D.


CSB/SJU Overview

CSB/SJU students match their academic interests with more than 60 areas of study and 37 majors. Accounting - Finance - Public Accounting - Traditional Anthropology* Art - Art Education - Studio Art Art History* Asian Studies Athletic Training (See Exercise Science and Sports Studies) Biochemistry Biology Book Arts* Business (See Global Business Leadership) Chemistry - American Chemical Society - Chemical Biology - Environmental Chemistry - Industrial/Materials Chemistry Chinese* Chiropractic** Classical Languages Communication Computer Science Dentistry** Economics Education: Elementary Education: Secondary* Education: Teaching English as an International Language* Education: English as a Second Language* Engineering** English - English Secondary Education - Creative Writing Environmental Studies European Studies - Classical Studies - Medieval and Renaissance Studies - Modern European Studies Exercise Science and Sports Studies* Finance (See Accounting) Forestry** French Studies Gender Studies German Studies Global Business Leadership Greek* Hispanic Studies History Individualized Major Integrative Science

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University admit students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the schools. We prohibit any and all discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation including gender identity, marital status, civil union status, age, physical or mental disability, military status, or unfavorable discharge from military service in regard to the administration of educational programs, admission of students, employment action, athletics or other sponsored activities. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community are aware of and respect the rights and human dignity of every other member. Therefore, we will investigate and promptly seek the equitable resolution of allegations of discrimination

Japanese* Latin* Latino/Latin American Studies* Law** Mathematics Medicine** Music - Liturgical Music - Music Composition - Music Education - Music Studies - Performance Numerical Computation - Discrete Computation - Over the Continuum Nursing Nutrition - Dietetics - Food and Business - Nutrition Science Occupational Therapy** Optometry** Peace Studies Pharmacy** Philosophy Physical Therapy** Physician Assistant** Physics - Applied Physics Political Science Priesthood Studies/Lay Ministry** Psychology Social Science Sociology - Anthropology Spanish (See Hispanic Studies) Sports Medicine* (See Exercise Science and Sports Studies) Theater Theology - Pastoral Ministry Veterinary Medicine** Women’s Studies (See Gender Studies) Writing* Other Courses - Coaching/Exercise Science - Dance - Military Science/ROTC - Language in Translation

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relating to race, religion, creed, color, national origin/ ethnicity, status with regard to public assistance, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University are members of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and adhere to the principles put forth in the Statement of Principles of Good Practice (SPGP). For more information about NACAC and the SPGP, visit Under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, formerly the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, CSB/SJU must annually distribute campus crime statistics. The most recent report from CSB/SJU can be found at or by requesting a written copy of this report from the Admission Office.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM More than 60 areas of study and 37 majors. Semester schedule. Core curriculum. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in nursing. Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1 Average class size: 19 QUALITY CSB and SJU are listed among the top colleges in America in U.S. News & World Report. FACULTY 283 full-time; 53 part-time. 90 percent of full-time faculty have the highest degree in their filed. 100 percent of classes are taught by faculty members. CATHOLIC BENEDICTINE SPONSORSHIP Benedictine men and women are actively involved on both campuses as teachers, administrators and role models. 55 percent of students are Catholic; students of all faiths are welcome. COSTS (2018-2019) Tuition and fees Room and board

$45,264 CSB $10,904 CSB

$44,990 SJU $10,319 SJU

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE More than 95 percent of students receive assistance. Average need-based award is $35,168 (including scholarships and other aid). Scholarships, from $1,000 to $24,500 a year, are based on academic, leadership, artistic and service abilities. GEOGRAPHIC FACTS 39 states represented 45 percent from Minneapolis/St. Paul area 34 percent from greater Minnesota 21 percent from outside Minnesota MULTICULTURAL/INTERNATIONAL FACTS 17 percent American students of color 4 percent international 21 countries represented 152 international students INTERNATIONAL STUDY In the 2017 Open Doors report, we ranked fourth in the nation among baccalaureate schools with 553 students studying abroad during a semester-long study abroad trip (from the 2015-16 school year, the most recent reported by the organization). ENROLLMENT FACTS First-year enrollment: 984 Total undergraduate enrollment: 3,657 APPLICATION FACTS High school GPA: 3.34 – 3.90 ACT/SAT Composite: 23-28/1590-1880 RETENTION 88 percent of first-year students return to CSB and SJU for their sophomore year. RESIDENTIAL LIFE Through a four-year residential experience, nearly all students live on campus. GENDER FACTS 53 percent women; 47 percent men STUDENT ACTIVITIES Varsity sports: 11 at CSB; 12 at SJU Club sports: 16 Intramural sports: 10-15 Clubs and organizations: 100 GRADUATION RATE 90 percent of graduates earn a degree within four years. PLACEMENT Typically, 20 percent of all graduates go directly to graduate school. About 80 percent of all graduates have found career-related positions or entered service work one year post-graduation.


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CSB/SJU Magazine Spring 2018  

CSB/SJU Magazine is published in the spring by CSB/SJU Office of Marketing and Communications.

CSB/SJU Magazine Spring 2018  

CSB/SJU Magazine is published in the spring by CSB/SJU Office of Marketing and Communications.