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Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Twin Cities, MN Permit No. 93723

ANNUAL GIVING 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374

Informed AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW PHILANTHROPY SHAPES SAINT BEN’S

Please direct questions to 800-648-3468, ext. 3 or mutsch@csbsju.edu

GIFTING OF APPRECIATED SECURITIES A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities (i.e., stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time) is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give. The two key advantages: • Any long-term appreciated securities with unrealized gains may be donated to a charity and a tax deduction taken for the full fair market value of the securities. • Since the securities are donated rather than sold, there is no capital gains tax due. The more appreciation the securities have, the greater the tax savings will be. Questions? Ask Bill Hickey, director of gift planning, at 320-363-5480 or whickey@csbsju.edu.

RIGHT ON TARGET

Informed

AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW PHILANTHROPY SHAPES SAINT BEN’S

GUY AND BARBARA SCHOENECKER P. 2 > Sustaining Saint Ben’s p. 4 > A Healthy Balance p. 6 > Welcoming First-Generation Students p. 8 > A Note From the President p. 10

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Donor Spotlight

RIGHT ON TARGET A few months ago, Guy and Barbara Schoenecker made an amazing and generous gift of $2 million to the College of Saint Benedict. When Senior Development Officers Chad Marolf and S. Colman O’Connell ’49 went to thank them personally, the Schoeneckers told them it had been a very good year and they’d decided to double the gift and give another $2 million. We could stop this story right there and it would be remarkable.

to all those who attend the college and helps them navigate through their whole lives.”

So Guy and Barbara work closely with a team of gift officers including S. Colman, whom they’ve known for decades. Together, they develop a targeted strategy for employing those gift dollars — finding the spots where a Guy and Barbara Schoenecker gift holds meaning to the donor, improves the position of The Schoeneckers have given much over the college, directly impacts students and the years. But just as impressive as their inspires other donors. And when it all comes generosity is the thoughtful nature of their together, it looks something like this: giving. They believe in the mission of Saint Ben’s and what it means to our students. As The CSB/SJU nursing program is important Barbara puts it, “The Christian education Saint Ben’s offers its students is of great value to Guy and Barbara. So, not long ago,

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S. Colman, Chad and the Schoeneckers decided to put $400,000 toward the nursing facility renovation on the fourth floor of the Main Building. That $400,000 gift brought us within $800,000 of the total needed to begin construction. Strong support and an attainable goal like that strengthened the college’s position in applying for a $500,000 grant from a major foundation. That foundation recently responded by awarding Saint Ben’s that $500,000 grant. That left us just $300,000 short of the total needed to begin construction. And with this most recent gift from the Schoeneckers, $300,000 was allocated to meet that need. Construction began this month on the new Schoenecker Nursing Education Center. And if all goes to plan, Bennie and Johnnie nursing students will be using these new facilities in the fall.

WE’RE LISTENING President Hinton and Vice President of Planning and Public Affairs Jon McGee (SJU ’84) recently hosted four Alumnae Listening Sessions in Minneapolis; New York City; Rochester, MN; and Washington, DC to gather input for Saint Ben’s Strategic Directions 2020. Over 80 alumnae met with President Hinton to share their feedback on what distinguishes them as Saint Ben’s graduates and to offer suggestions for the holistic development of women at the college.

During recent Alumnae Listening Sessions like this one in Washington, DC, President Hinton had the chance to reach out and connect with alums like Mina White ’04.

Under the guidance of President Hinton, President Hemesath and the Strategic Directions Council, the planning process will provide an opportunity to look toward the future and imagine our best selves. It encourages our community to examine the reality and challenges of today and choose a future for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

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A Note From the President

THANK YOU FOR DEFINING OUR COMMUNITY Over the past six months, I have been amazed by the warmth and vitality of the CSB community. In fact, though we all use “community” to describe who we are at CSB, I’m beginning to think that the word does

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton

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not adequately capture who, and what, we are. By definition, a community means a group of people dwelling together who share common values. While that is certainly true of CSB, we are also much more than that. For example, our community is global. I’ve met with alumnae from the Bahamas who feel as passionately about CSB as alums living in St. Joseph. Recently, a partner in our Galway study abroad program was welcomed to campus by nearly 200 CSB/SJU alums who resided with her family while studying in Ireland over the past 30 years. She is part of our community. Our various global locations enlarge our community, not constrain it. And we not only share values, we act on our values. We are fortunate to have trustees who give their time, talent and treasure to enable us to live our mission and values. We have a faculty who not only engage rigorous academic content but who also take the time to embed our values into the classroom and

the learning process. And, of course, we are fortunate to witness the monastic community of sisters who model communal living each and every day. Further, our community challenges its members to expand and articulate their values as part of the liberal arts college experience. The values of our community are not stagnant; they are ever evolving and relevant to today’s world. You, too, are essential members of our community. By supporting CSB you allow us to expand and share our community values. We are grateful to you for enabling our community to thrive.

“The Christian education Saint Ben’s offers its students is of great value to all those who attend the college and helps them navigate through their whole lives.” – Barbara Schoenecker

Molly Downes ’16

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A New Era in Giving

A LOOK AT SAINT BEN’S SUSTAINERS A growing number of donors are coming around to becoming Saint Ben’s Sustainers — givers who choose to set up recurring gifts through a credit card or electronic fund transfers (EFT). Why? There are distinct advantages for both Saint Ben’s and the donor. According to non-profit organization expert Joanne Fritz, “Recurring giving has been a bit slow to take off in the United States, but it is quite popular in other countries — the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada come to mind.” For Saint Ben’s the benefits are clear: • A steady, reliable stream of income • Higher donor retention rates • Easy and cost-effective processing

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College Possible Coaching Also new this year is the presence of a College Possible coach on-site at CSB/ SJU. College Possible works with lowincome students (beginning in 11th grade and continuing all the way through college graduation) through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

Meanwhile, donors who become Sustainers are frequently citing: • The ability to be a more substantial donor without stretching their budgets • Convenience • Their understanding that the college needs steady streams of income and their desire to help • The opportunity to multiply the sense of satisfaction that comes with giving (12 little bangs versus one big one!) The values of stewardship and sustainability are central to the College of Saint Benedict’s mission. Sustainers embrace those values by providing the security of steady, reliable support. Beginning an automated giving plan is a purposeful decision for most donors — reduced paper waste and postage costs allow the college to be better stewards of natural resources and of donor gifts.

While many of our students have worked face-to-face with College Possible coaches in high school, their coaching in college has meant working remotely with a coach in the Twin Cities or Milwaukee.

Elizabeth Rojas ’17

This year though, College Possible and CSB/SJU have positioned AmeriCorps member Brittni Sweeney in Academic Advising to offer help and referral on a wide range of topics to roughly 70 College Possible students. According to Kat Thao ’18, “My favorite thing about College Possible is that I get the chance to build a relationship with a coach who understands me and can help me reach my goals.”

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Warm Welcomes

EMBRACING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS How do you make the transition from the busy streets of South-Central Los Angeles to the quiet avenues of St. Joseph easier? Evidently, you break it up with a three-day camping trip in between.

The Intercultural LEAD program does a remarkable job of attracting and supporting bright young first-generation college students to Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s. But it’s definitely not the only program in place.

“We provide support and guidance,” explains club president Devon Fleck (SJU ’15). “Many of the students don’t know what to expect, since no one in their family has been here before.”

“Let me tell you, that trip was amazing,” remembers Elizabeth Rojas ’17. Elizabeth is a part of the successful Intercultural LEAD program at CSB/SJU, and the annual new scholars’ retreat prior to Orientation Weekend is a tradition intended to give the new cohort of high-achieving first-generation students a chance to bond and create their own support systems before the term starts.

“One of the first things we do during orientation is let first-generation students know that there are resources here for them,” says Brandyn Woodard, director of intercultural & international student services. “That includes our student club.”

First Years Forward A new program this year with definite benefits for first-generation students (though the program is open to all first-year students) is First Years Forward.

“All the people I met on the retreat, and the people I continue to meet here, are people who make having come all the way to Minnesota worth it,” explains Elizabeth. “I may have no family here, but little by little I’m meeting people with whom I can form bonds and consider family.”

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First-Generation Club The First-Generation Club is intended to develop and establish additional support for students whose parents have not attained a four-year degree. These students may be entering college with limited knowledge about the traditions and patterns of college life and academia.

First Years Forward — co-sponsored by the CSB Institute for Women’s Leadership and the SJU Men’s Development Institute — provides an opportunity for first-year students to connect with older student mentors. According to Mary Geller, vice president for student development, “We’re really excited about this development, especially for our CSB women as peers play a huge role in helping students feel like they belong in a community.”

HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you’re interested in becoming a Saint Ben’s Sustainer, you can learn more and enroll at www.givecsb.com.

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Student Spotlight

A HEALTHY BALANCE Katherine Rogosheske ’15 is majoring in global business leadership. To that end, she has co-founded and now serves as the co-president of the CSB/SJU chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It’s all very business-focused. Fortunately she keeps it balanced with a healthy diet and lifestyle, because she’s also majoring in nutrition. It’s an unusual combination, but it demonstrates the broad range of things that inspire and energize Katherine. And that range is one of the things that make her a great Schoenecker scholar. The Schoenecker Scholarship was created in 2002, thanks to a gift from Guy and Barbara Schoenecker. Scholarship amounts vary, but in recent years, scholars have received between $1,500 and $3,000 per 6

year, renewable for four years. “Earning the Schoenecker Scholarship is an honor,” explains Katherine. “I feel fortunate to have such support, because it wouldn’t be possible for me to attend this college if I didn’t have the support from scholarships and grants. I am grateful to the Schoeneckers for helping me fulfill my educational dreams as I finish my senior year.” Katherine says her decision to come to Saint Ben’s was an easy one: “My sister came here in 2008. Basically, I followed my sister’s footsteps because she is my role model.” Since arriving though, she’s definitely embraced the experiences and followed her own path. “I served on an Alternative Break Experience (ABE) service trip to the Dominican Republic that absolutely changed me,” she says. “My experience in the Dominican

showed me a different side of the world and opened my eyes to volunteering and helping others in need. As I did the volunteer work, I realized I was not doing the work for myself or for my resume, but for the kids that I was fortunate to meet and the community surrounding the school. From this experience, I believe that life is not just about finding yourself and living happily, but being the best you can be in a way that benefits others who are especially in need.” That’s a big-picture perspective that’s going to help Katherine maintain a healthy balance.

“I feel fortunate to have such support, because it wouldn’t be possible for me to attend this college if I didn’t have the support from scholarships and grants.”

Katherine Rogosheske ’15 and Jen Ulveling ’15 performed at this year’s Scholarship Brunch.

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Student Spotlight

A HEALTHY BALANCE Katherine Rogosheske ’15 is majoring in global business leadership. To that end, she has co-founded and now serves as the co-president of the CSB/SJU chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). It’s all very business-focused. Fortunately she keeps it balanced with a healthy diet and lifestyle, because she’s also majoring in nutrition. It’s an unusual combination, but it demonstrates the broad range of things that inspire and energize Katherine. And that range is one of the things that make her a great Schoenecker scholar. The Schoenecker Scholarship was created in 2002, thanks to a gift from Guy and Barbara Schoenecker. Scholarship amounts vary, but in recent years, scholars have received between $1,500 and $3,000 per 6

year, renewable for four years. “Earning the Schoenecker Scholarship is an honor,” explains Katherine. “I feel fortunate to have such support, because it wouldn’t be possible for me to attend this college if I didn’t have the support from scholarships and grants. I am grateful to the Schoeneckers for helping me fulfill my educational dreams as I finish my senior year.” Katherine says her decision to come to Saint Ben’s was an easy one: “My sister came here in 2008. Basically, I followed my sister’s footsteps because she is my role model.” Since arriving though, she’s definitely embraced the experiences and followed her own path. “I served on an Alternative Break Experience (ABE) service trip to the Dominican Republic that absolutely changed me,” she says. “My experience in the Dominican

showed me a different side of the world and opened my eyes to volunteering and helping others in need. As I did the volunteer work, I realized I was not doing the work for myself or for my resume, but for the kids that I was fortunate to meet and the community surrounding the school. From this experience, I believe that life is not just about finding yourself and living happily, but being the best you can be in a way that benefits others who are especially in need.” That’s a big-picture perspective that’s going to help Katherine maintain a healthy balance.

“I feel fortunate to have such support, because it wouldn’t be possible for me to attend this college if I didn’t have the support from scholarships and grants.”

Katherine Rogosheske ’15 and Jen Ulveling ’15 performed at this year’s Scholarship Brunch.

7


Warm Welcomes

EMBRACING FIRST-GENERATION STUDENTS How do you make the transition from the busy streets of South-Central Los Angeles to the quiet avenues of St. Joseph easier? Evidently, you break it up with a three-day camping trip in between.

The Intercultural LEAD program does a remarkable job of attracting and supporting bright young first-generation college students to Saint Ben’s and Saint John’s. But it’s definitely not the only program in place.

“We provide support and guidance,” explains club president Devon Fleck (SJU ’15). “Many of the students don’t know what to expect, since no one in their family has been here before.”

“Let me tell you, that trip was amazing,” remembers Elizabeth Rojas ’17. Elizabeth is a part of the successful Intercultural LEAD program at CSB/SJU, and the annual new scholars’ retreat prior to Orientation Weekend is a tradition intended to give the new cohort of high-achieving first-generation students a chance to bond and create their own support systems before the term starts.

“One of the first things we do during orientation is let first-generation students know that there are resources here for them,” says Brandyn Woodard, director of intercultural & international student services. “That includes our student club.”

First Years Forward A new program this year with definite benefits for first-generation students (though the program is open to all first-year students) is First Years Forward.

“All the people I met on the retreat, and the people I continue to meet here, are people who make having come all the way to Minnesota worth it,” explains Elizabeth. “I may have no family here, but little by little I’m meeting people with whom I can form bonds and consider family.”

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First-Generation Club The First-Generation Club is intended to develop and establish additional support for students whose parents have not attained a four-year degree. These students may be entering college with limited knowledge about the traditions and patterns of college life and academia.

First Years Forward — co-sponsored by the CSB Institute for Women’s Leadership and the SJU Men’s Development Institute — provides an opportunity for first-year students to connect with older student mentors. According to Mary Geller, vice president for student development, “We’re really excited about this development, especially for our CSB women as peers play a huge role in helping students feel like they belong in a community.”

HOW TO GET INVOLVED If you’re interested in becoming a Saint Ben’s Sustainer, you can learn more and enroll at www.givecsb.com.

5


A New Era in Giving

A LOOK AT SAINT BEN’S SUSTAINERS A growing number of donors are coming around to becoming Saint Ben’s Sustainers — givers who choose to set up recurring gifts through a credit card or electronic fund transfers (EFT). Why? There are distinct advantages for both Saint Ben’s and the donor. According to non-profit organization expert Joanne Fritz, “Recurring giving has been a bit slow to take off in the United States, but it is quite popular in other countries — the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada come to mind.” For Saint Ben’s the benefits are clear: • A steady, reliable stream of income • Higher donor retention rates • Easy and cost-effective processing

4

College Possible Coaching Also new this year is the presence of a College Possible coach on-site at CSB/ SJU. College Possible works with lowincome students (beginning in 11th grade and continuing all the way through college graduation) through an intensive curriculum of coaching and support.

Meanwhile, donors who become Sustainers are frequently citing: • The ability to be a more substantial donor without stretching their budgets • Convenience • Their understanding that the college needs steady streams of income and their desire to help • The opportunity to multiply the sense of satisfaction that comes with giving (12 little bangs versus one big one!) The values of stewardship and sustainability are central to the College of Saint Benedict’s mission. Sustainers embrace those values by providing the security of steady, reliable support. Beginning an automated giving plan is a purposeful decision for most donors — reduced paper waste and postage costs allow the college to be better stewards of natural resources and of donor gifts.

While many of our students have worked face-to-face with College Possible coaches in high school, their coaching in college has meant working remotely with a coach in the Twin Cities or Milwaukee.

Elizabeth Rojas ’17

This year though, College Possible and CSB/SJU have positioned AmeriCorps member Brittni Sweeney in Academic Advising to offer help and referral on a wide range of topics to roughly 70 College Possible students. According to Kat Thao ’18, “My favorite thing about College Possible is that I get the chance to build a relationship with a coach who understands me and can help me reach my goals.”

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A Note From the President

THANK YOU FOR DEFINING OUR COMMUNITY Over the past six months, I have been amazed by the warmth and vitality of the CSB community. In fact, though we all use “community” to describe who we are at CSB, I’m beginning to think that the word does

Dr. Mary Dana Hinton

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not adequately capture who, and what, we are. By definition, a community means a group of people dwelling together who share common values. While that is certainly true of CSB, we are also much more than that. For example, our community is global. I’ve met with alumnae from the Bahamas who feel as passionately about CSB as alums living in St. Joseph. Recently, a partner in our Galway study abroad program was welcomed to campus by nearly 200 CSB/SJU alums who resided with her family while studying in Ireland over the past 30 years. She is part of our community. Our various global locations enlarge our community, not constrain it. And we not only share values, we act on our values. We are fortunate to have trustees who give their time, talent and treasure to enable us to live our mission and values. We have a faculty who not only engage rigorous academic content but who also take the time to embed our values into the classroom and

the learning process. And, of course, we are fortunate to witness the monastic community of sisters who model communal living each and every day. Further, our community challenges its members to expand and articulate their values as part of the liberal arts college experience. The values of our community are not stagnant; they are ever evolving and relevant to today’s world. You, too, are essential members of our community. By supporting CSB you allow us to expand and share our community values. We are grateful to you for enabling our community to thrive.

“The Christian education Saint Ben’s offers its students is of great value to all those who attend the college and helps them navigate through their whole lives.” – Barbara Schoenecker

Molly Downes ’16

3


Donor Spotlight

RIGHT ON TARGET A few months ago, Guy and Barbara Schoenecker made an amazing and generous gift of $2 million to the College of Saint Benedict. When Senior Development Officers Chad Marolf and S. Colman O’Connell ’49 went to thank them personally, the Schoeneckers told them it had been a very good year and they’d decided to double the gift and give another $2 million. We could stop this story right there and it would be remarkable.

to all those who attend the college and helps them navigate through their whole lives.”

So Guy and Barbara work closely with a team of gift officers including S. Colman, whom they’ve known for decades. Together, they develop a targeted strategy for employing those gift dollars — finding the spots where a Guy and Barbara Schoenecker gift holds meaning to the donor, improves the position of The Schoeneckers have given much over the college, directly impacts students and the years. But just as impressive as their inspires other donors. And when it all comes generosity is the thoughtful nature of their together, it looks something like this: giving. They believe in the mission of Saint Ben’s and what it means to our students. As The CSB/SJU nursing program is important Barbara puts it, “The Christian education Saint Ben’s offers its students is of great value to Guy and Barbara. So, not long ago,

2

S. Colman, Chad and the Schoeneckers decided to put $400,000 toward the nursing facility renovation on the fourth floor of the Main Building. That $400,000 gift brought us within $800,000 of the total needed to begin construction. Strong support and an attainable goal like that strengthened the college’s position in applying for a $500,000 grant from a major foundation. That foundation recently responded by awarding Saint Ben’s that $500,000 grant. That left us just $300,000 short of the total needed to begin construction. And with this most recent gift from the Schoeneckers, $300,000 was allocated to meet that need. Construction began this month on the new Schoenecker Nursing Education Center. And if all goes to plan, Bennie and Johnnie nursing students will be using these new facilities in the fall.

WE’RE LISTENING President Hinton and Vice President of Planning and Public Affairs Jon McGee (SJU ’84) recently hosted four Alumnae Listening Sessions in Minneapolis; New York City; Rochester, MN; and Washington, DC to gather input for Saint Ben’s Strategic Directions 2020. Over 80 alumnae met with President Hinton to share their feedback on what distinguishes them as Saint Ben’s graduates and to offer suggestions for the holistic development of women at the college.

During recent Alumnae Listening Sessions like this one in Washington, DC, President Hinton had the chance to reach out and connect with alums like Mina White ’04.

Under the guidance of President Hinton, President Hemesath and the Strategic Directions Council, the planning process will provide an opportunity to look toward the future and imagine our best selves. It encourages our community to examine the reality and challenges of today and choose a future for the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University.

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Non-Profit Organization U.S. Postage PAID Twin Cities, MN Permit No. 93723

ANNUAL GIVING 37 South College Avenue St. Joseph, MN 56374

Informed AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW PHILANTHROPY SHAPES SAINT BEN’S

Please direct questions to 800-648-3468, ext. 3 or mutsch@csbsju.edu

GIFTING OF APPRECIATED SECURITIES A charitable contribution of long-term appreciated securities (i.e., stocks, bonds and/or mutual funds that have realized significant appreciation over time) is one of the most tax-efficient ways to give. The two key advantages: • Any long-term appreciated securities with unrealized gains may be donated to a charity and a tax deduction taken for the full fair market value of the securities. • Since the securities are donated rather than sold, there is no capital gains tax due. The more appreciation the securities have, the greater the tax savings will be. Questions? Ask Bill Hickey, director of gift planning, at 320-363-5480 or whickey@csbsju.edu.

RIGHT ON TARGET

Informed

AN INSIDE LOOK AT HOW PHILANTHROPY SHAPES SAINT BEN’S

GUY AND BARBARA SCHOENECKER P. 2 > Sustaining Saint Ben’s p. 4 > A Healthy Balance p. 6 > Welcoming First-Generation Students p. 8 > A Note From the President p. 10

WIN NTER 2015

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