Included in this issue:
Assistant to the Vice President of Student Life
A group of nearly two dozen freshman students traveled to Starved Rock State Park in September to participate in Campus Ministry’s Freshmen Living in God’s Hope and Trust (F.L.I.G.H.T.) Retreat. Campus Ministry student leaders talked about their experiences during their freshman year, ways they sought to grow closer to God and how it has helped them during their college career.
Campus Ministry will hold its 25th Koinonia Retreat on November 19-20. Koinonia Retreat is an opportunity for our students to build community, learn about God and make new friends.
Campus Ministry will also continue its biweekly Catholic-Muslim Dialogue group meetings. Recently, two student participants were invited to present at the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Gathering in Washington, D.C. More than 60 countries were represented and individuals from throughout the United States were present. Campus Ministry is proud to be a model of interfaith work within our BenU community and across the nation.
Benedictine University students, alumni, faculty and staff will come together as a community on Thursday, November 17, to celebrate family, faith and friendship and enjoy a great meal together. Please join us for this very special Thanksgiving celebration from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cost for the Thanksgiving buffet is $9.25 in cash, $8.75 in Munch Money or one meal swipe.
To serve the needs of our students, we have expanded our behavioral health services and created a new Counseling Center. The new location is Krasa Center, Room 112. The center includes a resource room where students may find information and where group counseling can be provided. Additionally, the new location offers increased space for individual counseling, which in turn provides students with a 25 percent increase in appointment times. Hope Keber will direct our new center and collaborate with Pat Somers, Ph.D., assistant professor of Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice and Clinical Psychology, who will provide clinical supervision.
Flu shots are available in the Student Health Services office. Flu shots are $10 for students. If your son or daughter is in need of a flu vaccine, please have them call the office at (630) 829-6046 for availability of the vaccine. Student Health Services is located in Krasa Center, Room 116.
Encourage your son or daughter to participate in the stress management programs that will be offered Monday through Wednesday, December 12-14, during final examinations week. Room A in the Krasa Center will be transformed into a peaceful area of respite for students to relax and regroup after the rigors of studying.
Health holds remain on the accounts of several students. Please have your son or daughter contact Student Health Services to address this concern. Our office hours are 9:00 am. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students may stop in or call (630) 829-6046.
The staff of Student Health Services wishes you a blessed and joyful holiday season.
The semester has flown by and as the fall semester ends, here are a few important reminders:
Make sure your Financial Aid is in order. Students with outstanding balances will be prevented from registering for spring classes. If your student is enrolling in classes for the 2017-18 school year, then you need to complete your 2017-18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) now. The FAFSA went live on October 1, 2016, and can be completed using 2015 tax data. Don’t delay!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (630) 829-6100.
Saturday, November 5
Football vs. Concordia Chicago
Saturday, November 19
Men’s Basketball vs. St. Norbert College
7:00 p.m. (home opener)
Monday, November 21
Men’s Basketball vs. North Central College
Tuesday, November 22
Women’s Basketball vs North Central College
7:00 p.m. (home opener)
Saturday, November 26
Men’s Basketball vs University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Saturday, November 26
Women’s Basketball vs Aurora University
Wednesday, November 30
Men’s Basketball vs Rockford University
Jaeger Hall is off to a great school year. We hope to continue this positive energy that the women bring to the residence hall. It has helped us thrive in programming and building community. This month in Jaeger, we are preparing for some fun activities and memorable nights. Did your daughter tie-dye their pillow cases last month? If so, we know they are resting well after our sleeping tips. Every Tuesday night we have a little dance party to unwind and enjoy each other’s company.
Transitioning from high school to college and making the necessary adjustments can be a challenge for many. Ondrak Hall staff strives to soften that burden through co-curriculum learning and community bonding. Programs that collaborate with different departments on campus, such as Benedictine University Police, academic advisors, librarians and the Department of Nutrition, incorporate educational, alcohol awareness and student life components. In addition to those collaboration programs, we also like to enjoy ice cream socials, cookouts and NFL watch parties that allow us to build a better community. All of this activity provides each student with an enjoyable first-year experience that sets them up for their sophomore year and beyond.
Neuzil Hall staff is working hard to make the transition from freshman year to the upperclassman years smooth, fun and educational. Although our programs are social in nature, there are the educational components that complement classroom learning. We also try to teach life skills such as cleanliness and how to do laundry properly. In college, we are striving to discover who we are, our shifting ideology and learning how to adapt to challenges in life. The favorite quote in the residence hall that resonates is “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape.” We are learning and growing together and Neuzil has been the perfect environment for that this year.
There are so many changes happening in Founders’ Woods this year. The Founders’ resident assistants and head resident are working hard to find new and exciting programs to liven up the community. The main focus is to bring attention to areas on campus that have been forgotten or that students do not often visit during their free time. Encourage your student to attend events throughout the year. Among them are fishing tournaments, chili cook-offs, haunted hay rides, escape rooms and more. The Residence Life staff is very excited to build the new dynamic of community in Founders’ Woods and we hope to create a lasting experience for all of the residents.
The residence halls will close at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, for the Thanksgiving break. They will reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. This does not mean residents must move everything out their space. They should only take the things they will need during the break before closing up the room properly. Before leaving, residents must:
The Residence Life Staff enters all rooms when the hall has closed at 6:00 p.m. to make sure that the rooms comply with the above items.
If a resident needs to stay longer, they must see Karl Constant in Krasa Center, Room 180, to get approval. Residents can also email email@example.com.
Residence Halls will close at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 16, and reopen at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, for winter break. Residents must take all items they will need over break. Residents will not be able to enter the halls during break.
Here’s some additional information for returning residents