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A Message Home

March 2014

Dear Parents,

It's hard to believe we are halfway through the academic semester with spring break right around the corner and our first softball and baseball games scheduled at month’s end. I’ve included information in this e-newsletter to help you assist your student from now through the end of the semester. I’ve also provided a link to a webpage that parents of graduating seniors can visit for information regarding May Commencement preparations.  

Speaking of graduating seniors, they will again be our keynote speakers at the Third Annual Family Spring Brunch on Sunday, April 6. In addition to celebrating spring, this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit campus and enjoy a special afternoon – plus a scrumptious brunch – with their student. The event is planned by the Parent Council and gifts presented to graduating seniors are provided by the Parent Association. For additional information and to register for the event, visit ben.edu/familybrunch by Friday, March 28.

Featured in this issue: 

  • Complete your student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today 
  • Office of Career Development offers new Benedictine Virtual Career Center 
  • News from the New Student Advising Center 
  • Benedictine offers new summer courses
  • Affordable Care Act information available at Student Health Services 
  • Steps for May Commencement

As always, I am only a phone call or mouse click away. Feel free to contact me at any time. I’d love to hear from you.

Sincerely,


HopeSig


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

Upcoming Dates and Events

March 3
Summer school registration begins

March 17-March 21
Spring break

March 23
Residence halls open at 1:00 p.m.

March 27
Admitted Student Day

March 31
Fall Semester registration begins

April 6
Third Annual Spring Family Brunch (May 2014 graduates to be honored at event)

April 18-April 21
University closed in observance of Easter holiday

April 24
Admitted Student Day

May 3-May 9
Final Exams

May 10
Commencement

Complete your student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) today

Remember to visit fafsa.gov to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Early submission of a FAFSA application and supporting documentation can save you time and money. If you need help completing the FAFSA, look for a FAFSA workshop near you on isac.org. Common questions and answers about the FAFSA can be found on a handout which you can download here

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (630) 829-6100 or financialaid@ben.edu.

From the Office of Career Development

CareerDevelopmentThis semester has brought many changes to the Office of Career Development with the addition of staff members and improved space. Our new Career Technology and Library Center is now up and running. In this center, we hold daily workshops throughout the semester on a variety of topics such as: 

  • Resume and cover letter writing 
  • Informational interviews and career exploration 
  • Job shadowing and volunteer opportunities 
  • Internships and externships 
  • How to use social media from an employer’s perspective 
  • Personal statements and branding 
  • Networking and more 

I welcome you to stop by and visit us in our new location in the Krasa Student Center, Room 012. 

Also, new this semester is our Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC). The BVCC is similar to the Illinois Small College Placement Associations’ (ISCPA) Online Career Center with one major difference – it is only available to Benedictine University students and alumni. 

This resource provides a unique experience for employers to hire and provide quality jobs and internships to Benedictine students and alumni. Please remind your son or daughter to take advantage of the Office of Career Development’s comprehensive services which are available free of charge. 

For links to virtual career centers, informational handouts, strategies on interviewing, a calendar of events, interview schedules and more, visit ben.edu/studentlife/careers or contact career@ben.edu. We also encourage parents with ties to the business community to contact us if they have job opening leads or internships, or are willing to volunteer and provide job shadowing or informational interviews for students. Parents are also invited to share their expertise and experiences at special topic presentations and other career-related events. 

Parents who are interested in furthering career opportunities and pursuits for students should contact Julie Cosimo, director of Career Development, at (630) 829-6040 or jcosimo@ben.edu.

News from the New Student Advising Center

March is a busy month for both students and staff. Here’s what’s going on in the New Student Advising Center and around campus: 

  • All current students should begin to contact their faculty advisors to schedule their advising appointment prior to Fall 2014 Semester registration. Students can access their advisor’s information on their MyBenU account. 
  • The College of Education and Health Services will be hosting an informational meeting from 12:30-1:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 13 for students to learn more about degree programs offered through the college, ask questions and meet with faculty members. The meeting is mandatory for current freshmen. 
  • Students who missed the College of Business informational meeting can visit Scholl Hall, Room 158. 

We are very excited to welcome incoming fall 2014 freshmen to the New Student Advising Center.  Registration for these students began Saturday, March 1.  During initial advising appointments, these new students will learn more about their major, campus resources and planning their fall schedule. 

For additional information, please contact the Office of New Student Advising at (630) 829-1120 or newstudentadvising@ben.edu.

Benedictine offers new summer courses

We have enhanced our traditional undergraduate summer courses by piloting more than 20 new offerings — ranging from accounting and cell biology to calculus and psychology — in a partial or fully online format at just $432.50 per credit hour. Students can also choose from a robust selection of traditional courses at the regular rate of $865 per credit hour.

Check the most up-to-date class list at ben.edu/summer

Affordable Care Act information available at Student Health Services

HealthServicesIn January, Enroll DuPage and Benedictine Master of Public Health students teamed up to inform students about the Affordable Care Act, the mandate that requires all adults age 26 and older to have health insurance, and how to enroll or seek additional information. 

Informational forms and contact information for representatives from the Health Insurance Marketplace are available in Student Health Services, located in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for any interested parents or students. 

Students may stop by Student Health Services and pick up raffle tickets to win a prize for the My Healthy Plate and Exercise and Be Fit programs. 

Health holds have been applied to students’ records if they have not turned in their Student Health Form or their immunization record. Students will not be able to register for classes if a hold is on their student account. Please encourage your student to speak to one of the nurses in Student Health Services to resolve any issues or concerns. 

For additional information, please contact Student Health Services at (630) 829-6046 or studenthealthservice@ben.edu.

Commencement ceremony scheduled for Saturday, May 10
All winter, spring and summer 2014 degree candidates should visit ben.edu/commencement and review the steps for graduation, which include applying for graduation, ordering a cap and gown, filling out a response card, attending the Graduation Fair from 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23 on the first floor of the Krasa Student Center, and printing out a full schedule of events. 

For additional information, please contact Donna Madia at dmadia@ben.edu.

Upcoming dates and events from University Athletics

AthleticsThursday, March 20
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Augsburg College

Thursday, March 27
Softball vs. North Park University
Baseball vs. Robert Morris College

Saturday, March 29
Softball vs. Edgewood College
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hanover College

Sunday, March 30
Softball vs. Rockford University

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Parent Programs
BENEDICTINE UNIVERSITY

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

Lownik Hall, Room 057
5700 College Road Lisle IL, 60532