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Please click here for the latest information regarding Benedictine University's response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

 

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Returning Home During COVID-19

I’m sure this quick transition of your student returning home and diving into online learning in the midst of COVID-19 has not been easy. The most important thing you can do is to support your student. Your presence and reassurance will bring calm to the disappointment and uncertainty they may be experiencing at this time. They’ve had to abruptly adapt to a new way of learning, being separated from their friends, and the classroom. Adding on the expectation that we all have for them to get back at it can yield bouts of anxiety. This is common, however be watchful for signs of them having difficulty getting past it, and reach out for more resources. I have no doubt that we will get beyond these challenging times with your student’s tenacity and flexibility. We are Benedictine, and we are here for you and your families

Sincerely,
Yvette Knox
Director of Parent & Family Engagement

Helpful Tips

 

  • Help your student create a study space that limits distractions
  • Encourage them to maintain their same study habits
  • Support them with their time management
  • Establish house rules/boundaries
  • Encourage exercise to relieve stress
  • Encourage communication to combat fear and anxiety
  • Encourage them to stay connected to their friends and family to avoid social isolation
  • Be careful no to overindulge in COVID-19 news
  • Foster a positive environment
  • Follow the CDC guidelines as a family
  • Remind them the world is going through this together

Family Fun/Outlets

  • Board games
  • Cook offs
  • Bike riding
  • Video games
  • Card games
  • Karaoke
  • Dancing
  • Group FaceTime with friends & family
  • Reading
  • Catching up on a good movie

FAQ

 

  • Will there be refunds for housing/meal plans?
    Communications will be going out early April after we are instructed by Federal
     
  • What do I do if my child is struggling with online learning?
    Immediate communication by your student to the instructor and/or advisor
     
  • How will my child continue to receive special accommodations for testing?
    Contact ACE for instructions
     
  • What if we do not have internet?
    Have your student contact Student Affairs
     
  • Will there be a graduation ceremony held at a later date?
    There will not be a traditional graduation ceremony, however the graduates will be celebrated. The information will be forthcoming.
     
  • Will my child be able to connect with the Counseling Office via phone?
    Have your student contact the Counseling Office to schedule a phone session

 

Important Information

Presidential Statement - Unrest in our World

A message to the Benedictine University community from President Gregory

June 2, 2020


DO WE MEAN WHAT WE SAY?

As a Benedictine community, all are welcome, diversity is our strength and the foundation of our community rests with the idea and notion that all contribute to the commonality of our values and mission. From diversity comes wisdom, shared insights and experience as well as compassion and understanding.

Our community stands together in times of adversity to act boldly in support of a few or many. Benedictines are “extremists”…extremists of hope, love, understanding, justice and moral goodness.

Words are no longer sufficient, just as they weren’t sufficient in the mid 1950’s and 1960’s.

Do we mean what we say?
If so, we will not permit nor allow any member of our community to live in fear, to struggle with feelings of alienation or uncertainty, to be betrayed by the powers that are meant to serve and protect all people regardless of the color of their skin. If we mean what we say, Black Lives Matter.

Do we mean what we say when we use our hallmarks as our standards for care and compassion?
In the past, I have spoken as to how we must transform the University in preparation for the future. It might be more appropriate now to speak in terms of transforming ourselves to be prepared for an unscripted future but one in which we must work together in order to survive. As an institution and a community of people, our hope rests in our ability to live and practice our values both on campus and out in the world. This means declaring opposition to hatred, bigotry, racism and discrimination of any type. Why? Because we mean and believe what we say.

The true “Benedictine experience” requires participation across all lines of the University with a commitment to intentional interaction and dialogue. I have seen it time and again during our annual Teach-In for Social Justice and Ben Talks throughout the school year. But if we truly mean what we say as a Benedictine university, we must commit to open dialogue every single day. As we mourn the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, we must commit to learn from these recent tragic events. We must seize this moment in time as our opportunity to change our society for the better and stop the centuries of hatred and bigotry that have persisted for far too long.

Today, we must do more than hear…we must listen and learn from our past and from each other. Together we much search for the lessons which have been there all along but often times in relative obscurity. And together we must apply them to build a better future.

Using our Benedictine Hallmarks as guiding principles, the University will stand united in our efforts to support diversity and equality. As we look to better our community, we are committed to the well-being and safety of all. We continue to support, love and welcome every member of our community regardless of race, religion or cultural differences.

I am encouraged by the discussions that are already happening among our community members. In an attempt to offer assistance and support for our students, parents and alumni, the University will expand and make available the following resources and services:

Benedictine University Resources and Services:

Center for Mission, Ministry, and Inclusion
Contact Info:
Dr. Peter Huff; Chief Mission Officer and Professor of Theology
phuff@ben.edu
630-829-6664
http://www.ben.edu/center-for-mission-ministry-and-inclusion/about-us.cfm

Benedictine University Inclusion and Diversity
Contact Info:
Karl Constant; Assistant Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity
kconstant@ben.edu
630-829-6604
http://www.ben.edu/Inclusion-Diversity/index.cfm

Student Affairs
Contact Info:
Marco Masini; Dean of Students
mmasini@ben.edu
630-829-6006
https://www.ben.edu/student-life/index.cfm

Counseling Services
Contact Info:
Elizabeth Sodaro; Interim Assistant Director of Counseling
esodaro@ben.edu
630-829-1800
https://www.ben.edu/student-life/counseling-center/index.cfm

Mesa Campus Student Affairs
Contact Info:
Kevin Broeckling, Chief Executive Officer of Mesa Operations
kbroeckling@ben.edu
602-888-5507
https://www.ben.edu/mesa/

Mesa Campus Ministry
Contact Info:
Rob Curtis, Director of Campus Ministry
rcurtis@ben.edu
480-878-6720
https://www.ben.edu/mesa/campus-community/campus-ministry.cfm

In closing, I want to thank our Black Student Union, G.L.O.W and all who have spoken out in favor of truth, justice and working together during this tumultuous time. The University is committed to making your voices heard. We are a better institution and will only continue to improve because of your hard work and determination.

Be safe. Listen well. And support one another. 

Charles W. Gregory
President
Benedictine University


Please continue to monitor your Benedictine email and the ben.edu website for any updates regarding COVID-19. In the event that a longer Virtual Campus period is needed, alerts will also be sent via the University’s BEN ALERT system. We continue to closely monitor the situation and are following all recommendations from the DuPage (Lisle) and Maricopa (Mesa) County Health Departments and the CDC.

 

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Yvette Knox
Director of Parent and Family Engagement
Lownik Enrollment Services Center, Room 202
630-829-1317
yknox@ben.edu