It's hard to believe we are halfway through the academic semester with spring break right around the corner and our first softball and baseball games scheduled at month’s end. I’ve included information in this e-newsletter to help you assist your student from now through the end of the semester. I’ve also provided a link to a webpage that parents of graduating seniors can visit for information regarding May Commencement preparations.
Speaking of graduating seniors, they will again be our keynote speakers at the Third Annual Family Spring Brunch on Sunday, April 6. In addition to celebrating spring, this is a wonderful opportunity for parents to visit campus and enjoy a special afternoon – plus a scrumptious brunch – with their student. The event is planned by the Parent Council and gifts presented to graduating seniors are provided by the Parent Association. For additional information and to register for the event, visit ben.edu/familybrunch by Friday, March 28.
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Remember to visit fafsa.gov to complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA. Early submission of a FAFSA application and supporting documentation can save you time and money. If you need help completing the FAFSA, look for a FAFSA workshop near you on isac.org. Common questions and answers about the FAFSA can be found on a handout which you can download here.
For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at (630) 829-6100 or email@example.com.
This semester has brought many changes to the Office of Career Development with the addition of staff members and improved space. Our new Career Technology and Library Center is now up and running. In this center, we hold daily workshops throughout the semester on a variety of topics such as:
I welcome you to stop by and visit us in our new location in the Krasa Student Center, Room 012.
Also, new this semester is our Benedictine Virtual Career Center (BVCC). The BVCC is similar to the Illinois Small College Placement Associations’ (ISCPA) Online Career Center with one major difference – it is only available to Benedictine University students and alumni.
This resource provides a unique experience for employers to hire and provide quality jobs and internships to Benedictine students and alumni. Please remind your son or daughter to take advantage of the Office of Career Development’s comprehensive services which are available free of charge.
For links to virtual career centers, informational handouts, strategies on interviewing, a calendar of events, interview schedules and more, visit ben.edu/studentlife/careers or contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We also encourage parents with ties to the business community to contact us if they have job opening leads or internships, or are willing to volunteer and provide job shadowing or informational interviews for students. Parents are also invited to share their expertise and experiences at special topic presentations and other career-related events.
Parents who are interested in furthering career opportunities and pursuits for students should contact Julie Cosimo, director of Career Development, at (630) 829-6040 or email@example.com.
March is a busy month for both students and staff. Here’s what’s going on in the New Student Advising Center and around campus:
We are very excited to welcome incoming fall 2014 freshmen to the New Student Advising Center. Registration for these students began Saturday, March 1. During initial advising appointments, these new students will learn more about their major, campus resources and planning their fall schedule.
For additional information, please contact the Office of New Student Advising at (630) 829-1120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have enhanced our traditional undergraduate summer courses by piloting more than 20 new offerings — ranging from accounting and cell biology to calculus and psychology — in a partial or fully online format at just $432.50 per credit hour. Students can also choose from a robust selection of traditional courses at the regular rate of $865 per credit hour.
Check the most up-to-date class list at ben.edu/summer
In January, Enroll DuPage and Benedictine Master of Public Health students teamed up to inform students about the Affordable Care Act, the mandate that requires all adults age 26 and older to have health insurance, and how to enroll or seek additional information.
Informational forms and contact information for representatives from the Health Insurance Marketplace are available in Student Health Services, located in the Krasa Student Center, Room 116, for any interested parents or students.
Students may stop by Student Health Services and pick up raffle tickets to win a prize for the My Healthy Plate and Exercise and Be Fit programs.
Health holds have been applied to students’ records if they have not turned in their Student Health Form or their immunization record. Students will not be able to register for classes if a hold is on their student account. Please encourage your student to speak to one of the nurses in Student Health Services to resolve any issues or concerns.
For additional information, please contact Student Health Services at (630) 829-6046 or email@example.com.
For additional information, please contact Donna Madia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 20
Women’s Lacrosse vs. Augsburg College
Thursday, March 27
Softball vs. North Park University
Baseball vs. Robert Morris College
Saturday, March 29
Softball vs. Edgewood College
Men’s Lacrosse vs. Hanover College
Sunday, March 30
Softball vs. Rockford University