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.
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Parent Liaison, Parent Programs
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
Friday, July 31
Jaeger Hall - Freshmen Women
12:30 p.m. - Check-in
1:00 - 4:00 p.m. - Roommate Meet and Greet
With summer passing quickly, the Office of Admissions has offered the following tips to help students prepare for the fall semester.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 829-1120.
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 email@example.com or (630) 829-6100.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are excited to begin the 2015-16 athletics season and look forward to welcoming our student-athletes on the following move-in dates:
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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.