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Mesa, Ariz. ~ BenU at Mesa students formed two new student groups this spring, a Campus Choir and the Hispanic Student Association, to offer new opportunities for activities that further student engagement on campus.
The Campus Choir was developed after several students requested an extracurricular opportunity in which they could express their musical talents.
“I grew up with music and have been in my parish choir for seven years,” said Dulce Rosario Aguirre Martinez, a sophomore Psychology major. “Singing for me is not just a hobby, but a way to improve my musical skills. You also learn how to work with others to make beautiful harmonies all while having fun.
“It’s a great way to get to know people who share the same passion and will help us to form friendships and bonds that we wouldn’t have otherwise,” she added.
The choir’s advisor is Sr. Cecelia Schlaefer, C.S.A., D.M.A., who came to the University looking to continue her involvement in music education. The choir has since held several meetings and rehearsals with plans to hold recitals throughout the year.
The Hispanic Student Association was founded following sophomore Psychology major Dairany Blanco-Flores’ internship with the Raza Development Fund.
Working with the Latino Community Development Financial Institution inspired Blanco-Flores to organize a group on campus that would promote more cultural and social awareness.
The goal of the HSA is to offer activities and events to encourage inclusion, respect and service. In February, the organization held its first official meeting as well as a kickoff event selling aguas frescas to the campus community.
In March, the group organized a service project assisting the nonprofit Feed My Starving Children.
“We hope that every member of this organization can benefit and grow in various ways, whether it be emotional or academic,” said Arisbeth Manzo, associate registrar of BenU at Mesa and HSA advisor.
“We all experience different emotions and realizations during our college career. Understanding this fact, we hope that being a part of HSA can be something students benefit from and will attract a lot of members who will bring forth diverse ideas.”
Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine was named among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016 by Forbes magazine. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (602) 888-5500, email@example.com or visit ben.edu/mesa.