Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
As winter draws to a close and spring approaches, students are intensely completing assignments while preparing for new ones. They’re getting ready for internships and jobs or applying to graduate school in addition to end-of-the-year projects and final exams.
The Academic and Career Enrichment Center (ACE) is here to assist students be successful in all of these pursuits. We welcome students to our programs, events, individual appointments and drop-in hours. See all opportunities at www.ben.edu/ace.Things to remember:
The staff of ACE wishes everyone a wonderful spring.
The Benedictine men’s indoor track and field team captured its second consecutive Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC) Indoor Championship on February 25 in Kenosha, Wis. The Eagles, ranked third in the nation, will compete in the NCAA Division III national indoor meet March 10-11 in Naperville.
The men’s basketball team recently won its second consecutive NACC tournament titles and earned a berth in the NCAA Division III championship. The Eagles are ranked No. 10 in the nation in the latest D3hoops.com poll.
The third-seeded women’s basketball team was ousted from the NACC tournament by Alverno 64-63 on a free throw with one second remaining. The Eagles finished 19-7 overall and 15-5 in regular-season conference play.
The Benedictine men’s volleyball team stands at 5-4 (6-7 overall) and in sixth place in the 14-team Midwest Collegiate Volleyball League (MCVL). Two of Benedictine’s non-conference losses were five-set decisions to teams ranked in the top 10 nationally.
Saturday, March 4
Men’s volleyball vs. Adrian, 3:00 p.m.
Women’s lacrosse vs. Illinois Wesleyan, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse vs. Kalamazoo, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8
Women’s lacrosse vs. North Central, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 11
Women’s lacrosse vs. Trine, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15
Men’s lacrosse vs. Beloit, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 16
Men’s volleyball vs. Davenport, 3:00 p.m.
Men’s volleyball vs. Endicott, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
Women’s lacrosse vs. Cornell, 1:00 p.m.
Men’s lacrosse vs. Concordia University Wisconsin, 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 19
Women’s lacrosse vs. Monmouth, 1:00 p.m.
Friday, March 24
Men’s volleyball vs. Olivet, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 25
Men’s volleyball vs. Wittenberg, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 26
Softball vs. Kalamazoo, 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 29
Baseball vs. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 30
Softball vs. Wheaton, 3:00 p.m.
Friday, March 31
Men’s volleyball vs. Marian, 7:00 p.m.
Encourage your student to attend programming in the residence halls. It is an excellent way for them to make friends in their community, learn something new and break away from the stresses of class.
In March, we will open the housing process. Your student will be emailed the details for the process.
The residence halls will close for Spring Break at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, March 17, and re-open at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26. The residence halls will close for Easter Break at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, and re-open at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17.
While we anticipate the arrival of spring and the energy that a change in weather will bring, the nurses in the Student Health Services office have not been idle. We have been out and about on campus offering informational lunchtime activities addressing topics such as alcohol, relationships and nutrition. We also have provided care packages for coughs, colds and dry skin.
In a few short weeks, registration for the Fall 2017 Semester will begin. Please remind your emerging adult to check their Benedictine email for important communication regarding health holds and incomplete health records.
On December 30, 2016, eight BenU students joined those from other area schools to serve and work alongside the villagers of Bago City in the Philippines as part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet University Mission trip. During their time in the Philippines, our students worked side by side with the local community building homes through the organization Gawad Kalinga.
The students worked tirelessly all week mixing cement, gathering rocks and dirt, and laying bricks. But most importantly, our students did all of this with their new friends and host families. Our students expressed joy and delight as they played with the village children, spent time with their host families and built long-lasting relationships. Check out BenU Campus Ministry’s Facebook page to read some beautiful reflections written by the students who went on the trip.
Designed to provide students with a space to reflect, learn and serve together, Campus Ministry’s Interfaith Retreat was held on Saturday, February 4. Retreat participants visited the International Buddhist Progress Society in Woodridge, the Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago in Lemont, enjoyed lunch at a local halal restaurant, spent time with the senior residents at the Sacred Heart Monastery and ended the day in reflection in Benedictine University’s Interfaith Prayer Room. Upcoming events can be found on Campus Ministry’s website.
Fun. Singing. College students. The Paschal Mystery. What do these things have in common? Koinonia.
This strange-sounding word is Greek for community. One of the most ancient and important Christian ideals, community is also a Benedictine hallmark and the beloved student-led retreat here at Benedictine University. Currently held once a year, this fall marked Campus Ministry’s 25th Koinonia retreat. The student team devoted countless hours to make the two-day retreat a success, working on talks, gathering supplies and preparing to lead. Team members challenged each other in prayer to be at their spiritual best when leading the retreat.
The Paschal Mystery refers to Jesus’ Passion, Death and Resurrection. That is reflected in the retreat as the theme of “die, rise and go.” These words characterize the journey of the retreat from beginning to end, where participants get the chance to see how the Paschal Mystery is reflected in their lives. They may even experience their own death and resurrection on the retreat. “Go” is how we orient ourselves at the end to take the retreat’s grace back into our everyday lives.
This experience is continually supported and renewed by the greater Koinonia community. Any Koinonia alumni will tell you that the community they experienced on the retreat continues through further involvement with the retreat, prayer, friendship and Facebook. When we live the Paschal Mystery, we do it through community and the Koinonia retreat helps to introduce students to that joy. Plus, when else are you encouraged to sing silly songs at the top of your lungs with a group of people doing the same? There will be applications for Koinonia leaders for the next retreat coming soon.
Campus Ministry will hold its Busy Person’s Retreat on March 6-10, which gives students with busy schedules the chance to make a retreat. The retreatants are each assigned an individual spiritual companion to meet with each day for 30 minutes, with their appointments based on their schedules. We will end the week with a prayer service and refreshments. This unique retreat gives students the chance to start Lent in a prayerful way.
For 2017 graduates, family members and friends
This will be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our upcoming graduates and support our Class Gift initiative. The program will feature speakers from the Class of 2017 and we will have raffles.