BenU at Mesa in the News

National Features

Northern Arizona earns first win in rout of Benedictine-Mesa

November 17, 2016
USA Today

Ako Kaluna scored 15 points on a perfect night from the field and Northern Arizona coasted to a 91-63 win over NAIA Benedictine University-Mesa on Thursday night. Devin White scored 16 points for the Redhawks. Read more...

Is Social Media Just Another Bad Habit To Break?

August 13, 2015
Forbes

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Read more...

Cal Pac Adds Four New Schools for 2015-16 Season

April 18, 2015
www.calpacathletics.com

Benedictine University at Mesa, Providence Christian College, and Sierra Nevada College were awarded Associate Membership in the NAIA at the recent national convention in Charlotte, NC, and all three have accepted an invitation to join the California Pacific Conference beginning in the fall of 2015. Read more...

Benedictine at Mesa Athletics Joins NAIA

April 16, 2015
Victory Sports Network

After a five-month application and review process, Benedictine University at Mesa has been accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Read more...

NAIA Approves New Members at 74th Annual National Convention

April 14, 2015
www.naia.org

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents is pleased to announce the approval of six institutions for membership in the NAIA, three as active members and three as associate members, effective August 1, 2015. Read more...

Facebook Stalking Before a Date? You Might Want to Reconsider.

August 11, 2014
USA Today

We’ve all experienced first date jitters and we all have our own rituals of mitigating them. But, according to researchers at Benedictine University at Mesa, Facebook stalking your date should not be one of them. Read more...

The Next Destination for Liberal-Arts Education Is ... Arizona?

January 29, 2014
The Atlantic Cities

MESA, Ariz.—There was a time when Lesly Herrera, 18, dreamed of going to college out of state. As the first member of her family to pursue a bachelor's degree, she knew she wanted a school that offered small class sizes and personal attention, but she also wanted the full college experience.  Read more...

Local Features

Benedictine - Mesa Softball Adds 15 Players For 2017-18 Season

August 17, 2017
Victory Sports Network

The Benedictine University Mesa softball team, fresh off a season where they qualified for the California Pacific Conference tournament for the first time, brought in 15 new recruits for their 2017-18 class. Read more...

Mesa, Developer Moving Ahead on Dtwn Project

June 9, 2017
Arizona Builder's Exchange

Under one proposed downtown Mesa redevelopment project, 2.75 acres near Mesa Drive and Main Street will be redeveloped east of Benedictine University into a mixed-use commercial/retail, student housing, row home and luxury apartment development. Read more...

Benedictine University hires new dean for Mesa campus

May 3, 2017
East Valley Tribune

Benedictine University has tapped Paula Norby to be dean of the University’s Mesa campus.She will be responsible for all academic and operational areas, and be charged with developing strategies to continue to grow the Mesa campus. Read more...

Cactus graduate helps build college volleyball program

April 20, 2017
The Glendale Star

Cactus graduate Bobby Henige had the opportunity to attend and play division I volleyball, but decided against it for a school that was beginning its second season of existence. After helping lead the team to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division III playoffs, Henige is happy with his decision. Read more...

What is the state of higher education in Mesa, Gilbert?

March 20, 2017
The Arizona Republic

Mesa has three solid success stories in higher education, such as Benedictine University. Read more...

Wilkes University ending face-to-face classes in Mesa, transitioning to online only

March 9, 2017
The Arizona Republic

One of the city's other higher-education options, Benedictine University, plans to expand into the open classrooms to meet its continuing demand. "I think what has been a wonderful success story that exceeded our expectations is Benedictine. The problem with Benedictine is it's been so successful we're having trouble finding space for them," Mesa Mayor John Giles said. "That's a nice problem to have." Read more...

College housing arrives in downtown Mesa

March 2, 2017
East Valley Tribune

A college dormitory has opened for Benedictine University students in downtown Mesa. School officials were joined by the project developers, city and community leaders, nearby business owners and curious passers-by for a ribbon cutting and dedication of the college’s dormitory on Macdonald Street. Read more...

Former Phoenix College star Troy Conley making plays at Benedictine

February 20, 2017
Sports360AZ

Senior for Benedictine University at Mesa (BenU Mesa), Troy Conley, is heading into playoffs with jaw dropping numbers as he climbs the ladder to one of colleges greatest three-point shooters. Read more...

See the 123-year-old hotel that could be your kid's dorm

February 13, 2017
The Arizona Republic

Benedictine University in downtown Mesa opened its first residence hall last week that is expected to house up to 63 students once fully completed. Read more...

Developer loves historic angle of Ben U dorm project

December 8, 2016
East Valley Tribune

The owners of a creative redevelopment company are pretty excited about their current project in downtown Mesa. Lorenzo Perez, one of the owners of Venue Projects, describes his company's renovation project at the historic Alhambra Hotel as "not for the faint of heart." Once finished, the building will be leased to Benedictine University for student housing. Read more...

World-class concert hall still on track for Mesa

November 29, 2016
East Valley Tribune

The forlorn site of Mesa’s last downtown new-car dealership is on its way to becoming one of the biggest cultural attractions in the American Southwest. Already, many of the ingredients for such a destination are in place. The mix includes: Recently opened downtown campuses of Wilkes University and Benedictine University, which the city recruited in an effort to deepen its portfolio of higher-education options. Read more...

Nursing roles expanding in future as population grows and healthcare integrates professional services

November 28, 2016
Tuscan News Now

The nurses of the future will be involved with policy and new roles in advanced practice nursing (APN). At Benedictine University, the online Master of Science in Nursing offers a program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The MSN program provides the opportunity to learn tools for leadership, advanced nursing practices, and what is required for advancement in the career. Read more...

Developing leaders through sponsorship & mentorship creates a wider pool of talent

November 28, 2016
Tuscan News Now

Organizational behavior and management have been programs of study for many years. At Benedictine University, the program has been available for nearly 50 years. Rather than manipulative in its approach, management and organizational behavior can work with employees and management to provide smoother relationships in organizations. Read more...

Campus ministry comes full circle for BenU at Mesa's new hire

November 15, 2016
Arizona Daily Sun

Rob Curtis went from serving Catholics at Arizona State University as a college student himself to wearing various hats at St. John Vianney Parish and School in Goodyear to heading campus ministry at Seton Catholic Preparatory in Chandler. Now, Curtis is headed back to college — this time Benedictine University at Mesa — to serve as its new campus minister. Read more...

Mesa voters say no to sales tax increase

November 14, 2016
East Valley Tribune

Tuesday’s decision by Mesa voters to not approve a sales tax to pay for new fire stations and more fire and police services and employees means city leaders will have to find creative ways to do those things. Mayor Giles is a supporter of increased educational attainment for Mesa residents to make the city more attractive to employers. The city will find a way to fund expansions for Benedictine University and Wilkes University, he said. Those two smaller projects would have been funded by the sales tax. Read more...

Mesa voters decide whether to boost sales tax to pay for higher ed, public safety

October 25, 2016
KJZZ

Mesa residents will vote next month on a measure to fund more public-safety officers and bring ASU to its downtown. A presentation to the Mesa City Council in June estimated the tax would draw an additional $38.4 million each year — $23.2 million for public safety and $15.2 million to support ASU, Benedictine University and the Mesa Center for Higher Education. Read more...

Mesa voters decide on sales tax hike

October 11, 2016
East Valley Tribune

The core of downtown Mesa could change, soon, if Mesa voters approve an increase in the sales tax rate in the Nov. 8 general election. If the tax hike is approved, it will pay for the construction of four multi-story buildings in the block around the Mesa City Plaza which would house Arizona State University classrooms, students and instructors. Money is earmarked for expansion projects to help Benedictine University and Wilkes University, both of which already operate in downtown Mesa. Read more...

University to renovate Mesa hotel for student housing

September 18, 2016
Clay Center Dispatch

Benedictine University plans to complete its $3.5 million overhaul of the 122-year-old Alhambra Hotel by early next year. Read more...

Mesa hotel to become renovated housing unit for students

September 17, 2016
TriValley Central

A historic Mesa hotel will be restored and converted into student housing for an Illinois-based university. Read more...

Mesa and Benedictine

September 16, 2016
Scoopnest.com

Mesa's historic Alhambra Hotel to become student housing for Benedictine University. Read more...

Historic Alhambra Hotel to provide residential facility for Benedictine students

September 16, 2016
Public Now

The former Alhambra Hotel in downtown Mesa may not be as opulent as its historic namesake, but developers converting the building into a residence for Benedictine University at Mesa students hope it will be something close. Read more...

Mesa's historic Alhambra Hotel to become student housing

September 16, 2016
The Arizona Republic

Mesa's last standing historic hotel — almost lost to a fire and then to decades of decay — will be restored and converted into student housing by early next year. Read more...

University to renovate Mesa hotel for student housing

September 16, 2016
Herald Review

Benedictine University plans to complete its $3.5 million overhaul of the 122-year-old Alhambra Hotel by early next year. The school opened its downtown Mesa campus in 2013. Read more...

Benedictine outgrows space, plans expansion

August 18, 2016
East Valley Tribune

As Benedictine University readies for its fourth year of classes later this month, it’s finding alternatives to prevent the seams from bursting at its East Main Street locations in Mesa. Read more...

Sullivan student on dean's list at Benedictine University

July 23, 2016
Mattoon Journal Gazette & Times-Courier

To receive the honor,students must be enrolled in eight hours and maintain a grade-point average of 3.75 for the semester. Read more...

Arizona’s Catholic universities form coalition

May 23, 2016
The Catholic Sun

Arizona’s four private Catholic institutions of higher education have formed a coalition, Catholic Universities of Arizona, to support each other’s mission and to help students of all faiths complete an education that is meaningful and values-based. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa graduates to hear from local philanthropist

May 20, 2016
The Catholic Sun

John O. Whiteman, one of Mesa’s most devoted philanthropists, an advocate of early childhood learning and former CEO of the Caterpillar dealership Empire Southwest, will address graduates at Benedictine University at Mesa’s Second Commencement Convocation 10 a.m. May 21. Read more...

NAIA Approves Four New Members, Two More Institutions Move to Active Status

April 20, 2016
NAIA

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Council of Presidents is pleased to announce the approval of four institutions for membership in the NAIA, effective July 1, 2016. The announcement occurred at the 75th Annual National Convention on Tuesday (April 19). The current NAIA membership total now stands at 252 total institutions. Read more...

Downtown Mesa makes a comeback

March 14, 2016
East Valley Tribune

If enthusiasm and optimism were guarantees for success, downtown Mesa would be a rockin’ place 24 hours a day. But, it takes more than enthusiasm to ensure that businesses will prosper and people will want to hang out and spend money in a particular neighborhood. Read more...

NAIA Approves Four New Members, Two More Institutions Move to Active Status

April 20, 2016
hiuroyals.com

The four new members are Crowley’s Ridge College (Ark.), Silver Lake College of the Holy Family (Wis.), Stillman College (Ala.) and University of the Virgin Islands. Two other institutions – University of Antelope Valley (Calif.) and Benedictine University at Mesa (Ariz.) – were both approved into the active membership category for the 2016-17 academic year. Both of these universities will now be allowed to participate in postseason competition, be included in the national awards programs and vote in the Association business. Read more...

Royals Take Two from Benedictine University at Mesa

April 14, 2016
hiuroyals.com

The Royals opened up their Arizona weekend against Benedictine University at Mesa on Thursday, April 14. HIU took the series, winning the first game 4-1 and winning the second game 4-3. Read more...

New financial planning program offers low commitment, high returns on investment

March 30, 2016
The Catholic Sun

Anybody can offer financial advice. Certified Financial Planners know what they’re talking about. Such professionals can soon master their craft at Benedictine University in Mesa. It’s launching a Certificate in Financial Planning (CFP) program through the campus’ National Moser Center for Adult Learning April 8. Read more...

Students provide insight into why equity is important

March 22, 2016
AZ ED News

Blanco-Flores, now a college student at Benedictine University in Mesa, is seeking a teaching degree. She graduated in 2015 from Tempe High School and participated in the Advancement Via Individual Determination program. AVID showed Blanco-Flores that she could take advanced classes and opened her to more opportunities. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa Offers New Scholarship

March 10, 2016
Mesa Community College

New full-time traditional undergraduate students enrolled beginning fall 2016 at the Benedictine University at Mesa campus may be eligible for the new Mesa Partnership Scholarship to help with tuition costs. Read more...

Mesa Public Schools partners with Benedictine University on scholarships for employees, students

March 9, 2016
mpsaz.org

Mesa Public Schools has partnered with Benedictine University to offer a scholarship to eligible district graduates, employees and dependents of employees. The $3,000 Mesa Partnership Scholarship is for full-time traditional undergraduate students enrolled beginning fall 2016 at Benedictine University at Mesa. It may be annually renewed if students maintain good academic standing. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa announces new scholarship

March 8, 2016
East Valley Tribune

New full-time traditional undergraduate students enrolled beginning fall 2016 at the Benedictine University at Mesa campus may be eligible for the new Mesa Partnership Scholarship to help with tuition costs. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa announces new scholarship for city employees, area students

March 8, 2016
Mesa Chamber of Commerce

New full-time traditional undergraduate students enrolled beginning fall 2016 at the Benedictine University at Mesa campus may be eligible for the new Mesa Partnership Scholarship to help with tuition costs. Read more...

Former city attorney to discuss ethics in decision-making at Benedictine

October 23, 2015
East Valley Tribune

Ethics and decision making is the topic of a leadership speaker series discussion scheduled at Benedictine University in Mesa. Read more...

Benedictine University on track in Mesa

October 22, 2015
East Valley Tribune

The new president of Benedictine University says the Mesa campus is on track to have 500 students enrolled two years from now when it begins its fifth year of operations in Arizona. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa athletic program begins this fall

August 26, 2015
The Catholic Sun

After having been accepted into the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics last spring, Benedictine University at Mesa is launching its athletic program this fall. Read more...

Benedictine University adds 2 more majors

August 24, 2015
East Valley Tribune

Two more degree programs have been added to the fall lineup at Benedictine University in Mesa. Read more...

New Spanish medical program to help bridge language barriers in hospitals

August 22, 2015
www.kpho.com

Going to the hospital and being able to communicate with the doctor is something most of us take for granted, but as for those who don't speak English, one program is saving lives. Read more...

Mesa’s Benedictine U Plans 100-Inning Ballgame

August 18, 2015
Modern Times Magazine

In Launching The Softball Program For The Mesa Campus, Coach Decided On A Unique Fundraiser That Will Also Feature Softball-Related Activities And Some Appearances By Political Figures. Read more...

Tucson athletes to help Benedictine University at Mesa compete in first NAIA season

August 17, 2015
All Sports Tucson

Located on Main Street in Mesa, Benedictine University at Mesa is a Roman Catholic university that branched out from Chicago a couple of years ago and is now preparing for their first season competing in the NAIA. Read more...

Benedictine U offers medical Spanish program

August 14, 2015
East Valley Tribune

Noticing a need for more Spanish-speaking employees in medical offices, leaders at Benedictine University implemented a new program at its Mesa campus for the fall semester. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa signs two local players

August 11, 2015
Mesa Independent

Benedictine University at Mesa, 225 E. Main St., will be adding a men’s basketball program. Read more...

Benedictine signs 7 more basketball players

July 17, 2015
East Valley Tribune

Seven players signed letters of intent to play basketball at Benedictine University at Mesa during ceremonies on July 10, in the Community Room of Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St. Read more...

Do Mesa’s branch colleges have what it takes to survive?

July 10, 2015
AZ Central

Three years after a Mesa push to attract old-school liberal-arts universities landed the city five new branch colleges, two of them have cut their losses and decided to leave town. Read more...

Graduation season in the Diocese of Phoenix

May 23, 2015
The Catholic Sun

It’s graduation season and schools across the Diocese of Phoenix are coordinating special moments for preschoolers, kindergarteners, eighth-graders plus high school and college seniors. Read more...

Benedictine U hosts 1st graduation

May 21, 2015
The East Valley Tribune

Twelve students graduated from Benedictine University at Mesa May 16 in the college’s inaugural commencement convocation. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa awards degrees to first graduating class

May 19, 2015
The Catholic Sun

Benedictine University at Mesa’s 12 graduating students, comprising its first graduating class, received diplomas May 16. Read more...

Benedictine President Carroll will speak at Lisle, Mesa Commencement ceremonies

March 16, 2015
The Chicago Tribune

President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., who presided over a period of unprecedented growth at Benedictine University, will address graduates at two of the school's campuses this spring. Read more...

Redhawks logo hatched at BenU Mesa in time for spring sports

January 23, 2015
The Catholic Sun

Benedictine University at Mesa debuted its new Redhawks athletic logo during a Jan. 22 school spirit celebration that sent students home with Redhawk T-shirts and pennants. Read more...

University students make an impact in the classroom, community

January 15, 2015
The Catholic Sun

Benedictine University at Mesa announced efforts Jan. 13 to offer an expanded work experience program that reaches every student. The university will partner with local businesses and the City of Mesa to offer relevant internships. Read more...

Benedictine University recognizes first graduates from Mesa campus

January 6, 2015
The Catholic Sun

Benedictine University at Mesa honored its first-ever graduates in a brief reception at Gillett Hall Dec. 4. Four students earned degrees from the branch campus – the first Catholic university in Arizona. Read more...

Three Area Golfers First to Sign with Benedictine

August 12, 2014
Ahwatukee Foothills News

One of the great debates in sports is where does success lie: a core of veterans with a few rookies sprinkled in, or a team of rookies led by just a handful of seasoned vets. Read more...

College Landscape Changes for the Better

August 12, 2014
Ahwatukee Foothills News

The recent growth in college athletics in the Phoenix area has been a blessing. Read more...

BenU at Mesa offers new degree completion award

July 18, 2014
The Catholic Sun

Benedictine University at Mesa believes that while it is important to attend college, it is imperative students continue their studies and earn degrees that prepare them for success in the workplace and in life. In keeping with its promise to provide students an affordable and attainable values-based education, the University has established the Benedictine Promise Award. Read more...

Mesa's downtown colleges confident about future

May 21, 2014
AZ Central

Although one of five small liberal-arts branch colleges recruited to downtown Mesa has closed because of low enrollment, another expects its enrollment to more than triple next year. The other three say they are committed to Mesa for the long term. Read more...

BenU Mesa students finish first year at East Valley campus

May 14, 2014
The Catholic Sun

The mess of light rail construction still takes over downtown, but a growing presence of college students is also becoming part of the landscape. Benedictine University's only U.S. campus outside of Illinois wrapped up its first year May 11. Read more...

Benedictine University at Mesa welcomes many first generation students

January 14, 2014
ABC 15 News

Started by a handful of Benedictine monks in 1887, Lisle, Illinois-based Benedictine University now serves nearly 10,000 students of all races, nationalities and religions. Read more...

Catholic universities ‘come from the heart of the Church’

September 17, 2013
The Catholic Sun

The Catholic Church has had a profound connection with the concept of higher education in the pursuit of truth, dating back a millennium to the founding of the first universities in Europe. Read more...

Benedictine opens with 90-plus students enrolled

September 6, 2013
East Valley Tribune

The newly opened Benedictine University in Mesa started classes the day after Labor Day with a touch more than 90 students enrolled. Read more...

College students join eucharistic procession into BenU’s first Mass

September 6, 2013
The Catholic Sun

Scorching triple-digit temperatures didn’t deter young adults from making history this week. They labeled themselves a downtown college’s first students and they clearly labeled themselves Catholic. Read more...

Bishop Olmsted at Benedictine University at Mesa Aug. 27

August 29, 2013
Arizona Newszap

Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, of the Roman Catholic Church, speaks at the Gillett Hall blessing and ribbon-cutting ceremony Aug. 27, 2013, at 225 E. Main St. Benedictine University at Mesa is the first four-year Catholic university in Arizona. Read more...

August 29, 2013 - Mesa Channel 11
Mesa's 5th new college, Benedictine U., blesses, opens downtown campus
August 28, 2013
East Valley Tribune

A crowd of more than 250 gathered in downtown Mesa Tuesday for a blessing and ribbon-cutting in the building that was once Mesa’s Southside Hospital and is now home to Arizona’s first Catholic university. Read more...

Benedictine University opens campus in Mesa, Ariz.
August 28, 2013
NAICU

Benedictine University, based in the Chicago suburbs, opened a new campus in Mesa, Ariz. Tuesday. The university's new branch is the first four-year Catholic university campus in Arizona. Read more...

Benedictine University opens campus in Mesa, Ariz.
August 28, 2013
SUBURBAN LIFE MEDIA

LISLE – Lisle-based Benedictine University opened a new campus in Mesa, Ariz. Tuesday. The university's new branch is the first four-year Catholic university campus in Arizona. New students, educators, spiritual leaders and city and university representatives on Tuesday attended the blessing and ribbon-cutting of Gillett Hall, Benedictine’s academic building in downtown Mesa. Read more...

Benedictine at Mesa students eager to create tradition
August 27, 2013
AZCentral.com

Their dorm rooms are in a hotel, and the school mascot has not been chosen yet. But the lack of tradition at the new Benedictine University at Mesa is exactly why Jennifer Valdez of Avondale chose to become part of the first class at the downtown Mesa branch college. Read more...

Benedictine University celebrates historic opening at Mesa campus
August 27, 2013
The Catholic Sun

MESA — Catholic and civil leaders applauded the opening of the state’s newest four-year university today. Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted joined city leaders and presidents of both Benedictine University campuses for a ceremonial ribbon cutting Aug. 27 outside of Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main Street. Read more...

Benedictine students ready for class in Mesa
August 11, 2013
The Catholic Sun

MESA — Benedictine University at Mesa is poised to bloom alongside the city’s revitalization efforts as campus life emerges the week of Aug. 26. Read more...

A new calling for 'Father Dan,' Benedictine University Mesa's new campus chaplain
August 4, 2013
East Valley Tribune

Like many college students, the Rev. Dan Vanyo stopped going to church as a young adult navigating life out on his own. Read more...

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