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March 2015

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 you can use to help your student from now through the end of the semester. I’ve also provided a link in the Career Development Center article to a website parents of graduating seniors can visit for information regarding May Commencement preparations. 

Speaking of graduating seniors, they will be our keynote speakers at the Fourth Annual Family Spring Brunch on Sunday, April 12. In addition to celebrating spring, this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit campus and enjoy a special afternoon – plus a scrumptious lunch – with their student. The event is planned by the Parent Council and assisted by Parent Association volunteers. For additional information and to register for the event, visit ben.edu/familybrunch by Friday, April 3.


Included in this issue: 

  • A special announcement from the Student Senate.
  • Attention parents of new or prospective BenU students.
  • A few steps to follow for freshman and admitted students.
  • Tips from Student Health Services.
  • Introducing a BOLD new program.
  • Complete the FAFSA ASAP!
  • Preparing for fall and summer registration.
  • Fairs scheduled for cap and gown, career opportunities.
  • University Athletics.
  • Follow us on our social media channels to keep up with the latest at BenU.

As always, I'm only a phone call or email away. Contact me anytime. 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

Monday-Friday, March 16-20
Spring Break

Thursday, March 26
Admitted Student Day

Friday, April 3
Good Friday - University closed

Monday, April 6
Easter Monday - University closed

Wednesday, April 8 
Graduation and Career Fair

Sunday, April 12
Fourth Annual Family Spring Brunch
Honoring May graduates

Thursday, April 23
Admitted Student Day

Friday, May 1
Spring Honors Convocation 
Hooding and Honors

Monday-Friday, May 4-8
Finals week

Saturday, May 9
Commencement

A Special Announcement from Student Senate

PictureYour voices have been heard. During the past few years, Student Senate and the Office of Residence Life have heard about Wi-Fi challenges in University residence halls and Founders’ Woods apartments. Student Senate and the Department of Information Technology are proud to announce that Wi-Fi will be installed in all residence halls and apartments beginning in March 2015. 

Wi-Fi service will be provided by Comcast, and in addition to wireless Internet service students will also have access to premium television channels such as HBO and Showtime and other features. 

A sincere “Thank you” is in order for Chief Information Officer Rodney Fowlkes, the entire IT department, resident assistants and the rest of the Student Senate for all of their hard work and support of this initiative. 

We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs María de la Camára, and Executive Vice President Charles Gregory, along with all the college deans, faculty and staff who supported this effort. 

As for students, please be accommodating to the construction crew during the installation process throughout the next few weeks. The Student Senate and IT department will work together to make this transition as smooth as possible. More information and details will be shared in the near future and plans are underway to hold residence hall meetings on this issue in April. 

Joe Ward
Student Senate President

Attention Parents of New or Prospective BenU Students

AdmissionsBenedictine has rolling admissions and does not have a deadline for accepting new applications for the Fall 2015 Semester. We encourage traditional undergraduate students to apply within their first semester of their senior year of high school. The application review process takes approximately one week. Once your completed application has been received and reviewed, an admission counselor will personally contact you by phone with your admission status. Prospective freshmen should accept the offer of admission and pay the tuition deposit no later than May 1 to secure their spot for the incoming freshman class. 

Requirements for freshmen admission include: 

  • A 2.5/4.0 GPA 
  • A score of 21 ACT/980-1010 SAT 
  • Placement in the top 50 percent of graduating class 

If your student does not meet the minimum requirements, they will be encouraged to submit a personal statement. 

For students transferring into Benedictine University's traditional undergraduate programs, the
requirements include: 

  • A minimum of 20 transferable semester hours.
    (If a student has fewer than 20 semester hours of transfer credit, 
    freshman requirements apply). 

  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale or better from all colleges and universities previously attended. 

  • No previous academic probation or academic dismissal. 

Students who do not meet the above admission requirements are encouraged to contact the Enrollment Center to set up an appointment with one of our counselors to discuss the Admission Committee review process.

A few steps to follow for freshman admitted students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Benedictine for the Fall 2015 Semester. Below are steps to ensure that your transition to Benedictine is as seamless as possible:

  1. Go to ben.edu/placement to sign up for our online placement exams. 
  2. Go to ben.edu/deposit or call Student Accounts at (630) 829-6503 to submit the $200 tuition deposit. 
  3. Go to fafsa.gov and use our school code (001767) to file your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 
  4. Go to ben.edu/admitted and sign up for one of our Admitted Student Days. 

For additional information, please contact the Office of Enrollment at admissions@ben.edu or (630) 829-6300.

Tips from Student Health Services

Student-Health-ServiceHere are some tips to help your student stay on track to good health and success:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and eat a balanced diet. 

  2. Get plenty of sleep. College-aged students still require seven to nine hours of sleep in order to: 
  • Maintain a healthy immune system. 
  • Retain newly learned information and improve memory recall. 
  • Maintain emotional balance 
 3.  Time management is a MUST. Schedule time to study, sleep, exercise and socialize.
 

 4.  Utilize your campus resources. 

Student Health Services is staffed by two licensed registered nurses from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the academic year. They are available for health/illness evaluations and support. The Counseling Center is also open Monday through Friday. Call (630) 829-6046 to schedule an appointment.

Introducing a BOLD new program
The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership Development is offering two new leadership series to Benedictine Students through the Benedictine University Opportunities for Leadership Development (BOLD) Program. The first series, “Benedictine Leadership,” began in February. In this series, students learn what it means to truly be a Benedictine leader. This four-week series includes such topics as “Learning How to Focus,” “Characteristics of a Good Leader,” “Identifying the Common Good” and “Learning How to Live While Serving Others.” Each topic was led by a Benedictine abbot and held at St. Procopius Abbey. 

The second new series, “Women’s Leadership,” is being held each Wednesday in March. This series was created in partnership with one of the University’s Arthur J. Schmitt Future Leaders Scholars. This series will address issues unique to women with meetings scheduled to discuss “Gender Perception,” “Stop Apologizing” and “Be Yourself.” On the fourth week of the series, participants will plan an outing to Mooseheart Child City & School, a residential child care facility in Kane County. Students will then take what they have learned and share it with junior high and high school girls living in Mooseheart’s residential homes. Activities and programs designed at improving self-esteem and confidence will be taught. 

For additional information, please contact Joan Henehan, director of Student Engagement and Leadership Development, at (630) 829-6617 or at jhenehan@ben.edu.
Complete the FAFSA ASAP!

Remember to complete your 2015-16 Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible at fafsa.gov. Early submission of the FAFSA and any verification-related documents can save you time and money.

If you need assistance completing the FAFSA, look for a FAFSA workshop near you on isac.org.

For additional information, visit ben.edu/financialaid or call
(630) 829-6100.

 

Preparing for fall and summer registration

Student-LifeThe month of March is a busy month for both students and staff. Here’s what’s going on: 

  • All current students should start contacting their faculty advisors to plan ahead and schedule their advising appointments in preparation for fall 2015 registration. Advisor information can be located in each student’s MyBenU account. 

  • Summer school registration is also open. All current students can register for any courses they wish by visiting MyBenU. 

  • Registration for our current Benedictine students will begin on Monday, March 30. Seniors who have earned 90 semester credit hours or more will be able to register on this day. More information regarding registration and class offerings can be located at ben.edu/benulive. Students can also log into their MyBenU account to locate available classes and confirm their specific enrollment dates. 

  • We are very excited to welcome our new fall 2015 freshmen to the New Student Advising Center.
    Fall registration for these students began on March 1. During the initial advising appointment, these new students learn more about their major, plan their fall schedule and discuss various campus resources.

For additional information, visit ben.edu/NSAC or call (630) 829-1120.

Fairs scheduled for cap and gown, career opportunities

Grad-fair-4-23-14-(5)The Spring 2015 Graduation Fair will take place from 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, on the second floor of the Krasa Student Center. Graduating seniors will have an opportunity to pick up their cap and gown, have their cap and gown picture taken by a professional photographer, receive information about Career Development Center services, purchase a class ring or diploma frame, and talk to other representatives from the University. 

A career fair will also be held from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Local employers will be available to speak with students regarding open positions within their organizations.

For more commencement information, please
visit ben.edu/commencement

For additional career fair information, please contact the Career Development Center at career@ben.edu
or call (630) 829.6040.

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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