July 2015 : Special Edition for Parents of Incoming Freshmen

Dear Parents,

I would like to share the following information to help your student(s) enjoy a successful beginning to their college career. Most importantly, this is my special invitation for each of you to attend Parent Orientation in Scholl Hall, Room 101 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, during the first day of Welcome Weekend. The information shared that day will enable you to better support your student(s) throughout their academic career.

The orientation includes a presentation from the Office of Student Life and a variety of informative breakout sessions. At 5:00 p.m., you will rejoin your student in the Krasa Dining Room for a community dinner. To register for this event, visit ben.edu/parentorientation.


Included in this issue: 

  • Roommate Meet and Greet full of opportunity and discovery
  • Tips and convenient links to prepare for the fall semester
  • The New Student Advising Center is ready to register students
  • The Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you
  • How and when to make tuition payments
  • Welcome from the Office of Campus Ministry
  • Student-Athlete move-in dates
  • Special offers from the Barnes & Noble at Benedictine University bookstore
  • Campus security and fire safety reports available for viewing
  • Upcoming dates and events

As always, please feel free to call or email me. I would love to hear from you.

Sincerely,


HopeSig


Hope Keber
Parent Liaison, Parent Programs
(630) 829-1127
hkeber@ben.edu

Upcoming Dates and Events

Friday, July 24
Ondrak Hall Resident Student Meet and Greet

Friday, July 31
Jaeger Hall Resident Student Meet and Greet

Monday-Friday, August 10-14
Bridge to Success Session 1

Monday-Friday, August 17-21
Bridge to Success Session 2

Friday, August 14 and August 21
New Student Leadership Conference

Thursday, August 27
Welcome Weekend Kickoff

Thursday, August 27
Parent Orientation

Sunday, August 30
First Student Mass of fall semester

Monday, August 31
Fall semester begins

Thursday, September 3
Opening Convocation Mass

Saturday-Sunday, October 3-4
Family Weekend

Saturday, October 3
Annual Parent Association meeting

Saturday, October 17
Homecoming 

Roommate Meet and Greet full of opportunity and discovery

Office of Residence Life staff will provide your student(s) with an opportunity to form new friendships over the summer and before the fall semester by introducing them to their roommates and fellow hall residents at the Roommate Meet and Greet. While students are busy getting involved on campus, we will hold breakout sessions for parents providing detailed information on the residence and campus life experience at Benedictine. Parents will also have an opportunity to visit residence halls and see their student’s room for the fall semester. 

The afternoon begins with a brief presentation from Career Development Center staff explaining what kinds of things students can do to prepare for academic and career success during their freshman year. Throughout the afternoon, Office of Student Life staff will be available to answer questions and assist with any last-minute concerns you may have. 

Join us for an exciting afternoon on one of the following dates:

Friday, July 24
Ondrak Hall - Freshmen Men

12:30 p.m. - Check-in
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Roommate Meet and Greet

Or

Friday, July 31
Jaeger Hall - Freshmen Women

12:30 p.m. - Check-in
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Roommate Meet and Greet

Don't forget to RSVP for your residence hall's event at ben.edu/meetandgreet. For additional information, contact Monica Miller at mmiller@ben.edu or Hope Keber at hkeber@ben.edu.

Tips and convenient links to prepare for the fall semester

With summer passing quickly, the Office of Admissions has offered the following tips to help students prepare for the fall semester. 

  • If you have not already completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid, please consider filing it today and use our school code, 001767. For more information, go to fafsa.ed.gov
  • All students must complete a health form and have it submitted to Student Health. Services by August 1. For more information, go to ben.edu/healthform
  • Students who plan to live on campus are required to submit a housing application and a $125 housing security deposit. For more information, go to housing.ben.edu or ben.edu/deposit
  • Submit all Advanced Placement test scores. For more information, go to ben.edu/placement
  • Submit final high school transcripts with your graduation date. For more information, go to ben.edu/freshmanREQs
  • Submit official college transcripts if you have completed any college-level coursework. For more information, go to ben.edu/freshmanREQs.       
If you have not had a chance to tour campus and see the development of our new Daniel L. Goodwin Hall of Business, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ben.edu or (630) 829-6300.
The New Student Advising Center is ready to register students

Greetings from the New Student Advising Center.

At Benedictine University, academic advising is grounded in Benedictine values and the mission of the University. It is an interactive process between the advisor and student supported by technology. The goal is to promote each student’s academic career and personal development. Although academic advising is a collaborative function of both student and advisor, the final responsibility for satisfying University and major requirements rests with the student.

The New Student Advising Center (NSAC) has been busy the past few months as we register the Class of 2019. Summer is usually a busy time for us as we meet with our students who have just completed high school. During the initial advising appointment, new students will learn more about their major, plan their fall schedule and gain additional information about various campus resources. Advisors keep in touch with students throughout the summer via email, and students are welcome to contact the NSAC with any questions as they prepare for the fall semester.

Fall 2015 classes will begin on Monday, August 31, and all incoming freshmen will have an opportunity to participate in Welcome Weekend, which is a great program to kick off the new school year. During the first week of school, our office hosts Advising Check-in, which is a great opportunity for students to contact their advisors with any questions or concerns. Schedules can still be adjusted during the first week so please remind your student to stop in and see us.

For additional information, please contact newstudentadvising@ben.edu or (630) 829-1120.

The Office of Financial Aid is here to assist you

Don’t delay! Make sure your student’s financial aid application is complete and every requested document has been submitted to the Office of Financial Aid. If your student is planning to make use of student loans, they must complete loan entrance counseling and a master promissory note at StudentLoans.gov. Parents can also access the site to borrow Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS) loans.

Please note: Student and parent loans have a federal processing fee which should be taken into account when calculating your student’s loan payments. Additionally, fall book vouchers will be available for students with completed aid applications showing a pending refund at the Barnes & Noble at Benedictine University bookstore.

For additional information, please contact financialaid@ben.edu or (630) 829-6100.


How and when to make your tuition payments
Tuition and fees are incurred at the time of registration. A “Statement of Account” is generated on the 15th of each month and mailed to the student’s billing, local, home or work address on file (in that order). This statement reflects only that activity which has taken place on your student account in the last billing cycle (similar to your checking/savings/credit card account statements).

Payments are due seven days after the first day of class. Due to the Labor Day holiday, payments will be accepted without penalty through the end of the business day on Tuesday, September 1. Failure to meet payment deadlines will result in a late payment fee of $100 and a financial hold placed on the student's account. If a student has not received a bill, they may contact the Office of Student Accounts at (630) 829-6503.

All students who receive financial aid will receive a bright green envelope in the mail from Higher One with a debit card enclosed. If your student is expecting to receive a refund from financial aid funds, overpayment for the fall semester or anytime in the future, a refund selection must be made using the enclosed 16-digit debit card number. Your student is not required to open a OneAccount from Higher One, however you must make a choice for your preferred method of receiving the refund either applied to a debit card, electronic transfer to another bank of your choice or a paper check sent via U.S. mail. To learn more about the My OneTM Debit MasterCard, visit MyOneMoney.com

Helpful contacts and links:
  • Contact the Office of Student Accounts at SAR@ben.edu to determine the required amount due. 
  • Visit ben.edu/MyBenU to view your student account online by logging into MyBenU with your student ID number. 
  • Visit tuitionpaymentplan.com/ben or call (800) 635-0120 to set up a payment plan. 
  • Visit MyOneMoney.com for information regarding preferred refunds. For additional information, please visit ben.edu/student-accounts or contact us at (630) 829-6503 or SAR@ben.edu.
For additional information, please visit ben.edu/student-accounts or contact us at (630) 829-6503 or SAR@ben.edu.
Welcome from the Office of Campus Ministry!

Campus Ministry welcomes you and your student to a new school year. We would like to remind all parents that students who wish to go on international service trips should look for an email from the Office of Campus Ministry during the first week of the semester about registration for service trips to the Philippines and Bolivia. Additionally, for those who want to pay for their student(s) to attend the Catholic-focused but nondenominational Koinonia retreat, the deadline is Friday, October 30. Please note, the fall retreat fills up quickly. This means your student should go to ben.edu/koinonia to register now. Freshmen who are looking for a retreat will want to keep an eye out for more information on the new FLIGHT Retreat that will be held on Sunday, September 27. Emails with more details and registration information will be sent out to you as we get closer to the fall semester.

We also ask that you remember to donate snacks, baked goods and fruit for students during finals week. Please mark your calendars now in advance of finals week, which runs Monday-Friday, December 14-18, to help you remember to donate your items to the Office of Campus Ministry on the fourth floor of Kindlon Hall.

For additional information, visit ben.edu/ministry or contact us at (630) 829-1310 or ministryrequests@ben.edu.  

Student-Athlete move-in dates

We are excited to begin the 2015-16 athletics season and look forward to welcoming our student-athletes on the following move-in dates:

  • Football - Saturday, August 15
  • Women's Soccer - Tuesday, August 18
  • Men's Soccer - Tuesday, August 18
  • Men's Cross Country - Friday, August 21
  • Women's Cross Country - Friday, August 21
  • Volleyball - Friday, August 21
For additional information, please contact the Department of Athletics at (630) 829-6140.
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Campus security and fire safety reports available for viewing

To view the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Reports for 2014 (which is published in 2015) as required by the U.S. Department of Education, for the Lisle main campus, National Moser Center for Adult Learning, Bellwood Learning Center, Springfield, Ill. and Mesa, Ariz. branch campuses, visit ben.edu/police.

You will also find useful information about department services, a campus safety video, links to the Benedictine Police Facebook page and other items of interest.  


 

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Parent Programs
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

Hope Keber, Parent Liaison
Phone: (630) 829-1127
Email: hkeber@ben.edu

Krasa Center, Room 010D 
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532