Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students from diverse ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. As an academic community committed to liberal arts and professional education distinguished and guided by our Roman Catholic tradition and Benedictine heritage, we prepare our students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community.
Benedictine University is grounded in the spirit of the founders who based their lives and work on St. Benedict's Rule for Monks, written in the early sixth century. Benedictine University builds its educational life and efforts on the same values which Benedictine men and women espouse:
a commitment to academic excellence
a search for God by oneself and with others
a tradition of hospitality
an emphasis on a life lived in balance
a dedication to responsible stewardship of the earth
an appreciation for living and working in community
Adrianna works to cultivate and maintain relationships between alumni and friends of Benedictine University, as well as relationships with foundations and corporations. She concentrates on outreach through specific programs, one-on-one engagement and campaign initiatives.
Brett Harrington manages all artwork, web, video,
photography, and copy writing needs for the Office of University Development,
including Alumni Development, University Development Events, Stewardship
Development, & Annual Fund. Some of Brett’s responsibilities include
handling project calendars, overseeing all art direction on print pieces and
promotional items, tracking email marketing analytics, writing scripts, serving
as a main contact to external sales administrators, and keeping up-to-date with
current marketing trends.
Engages alumni in a variety of ways with monthly alumni events, virtual networking sessions, alumni online community and Alumni Association benefits
Works with several campus departments to offer alumni volunteer opportunities and the chance to give back to the University, including partnering with Enrollment for the Postcard Project and Career Development for the Benedictine University Mentorship Program
Trente Arens is responsible for the oversight of the vision and goals for Alumni Development and Engagement. She works to increase alumni engagement by forging and maintaining relationships with alumni, cultivating volunteers and creating opportunities for alumni to connect with students and with one another.
Acquires support for the University through a variety of ways such as direct mail appeals, the graduating class gift project, employee giving and our Vacation Donation medical leave sharing program
Phonathon is another key component to Annual Fund which employs 16 trained student workers each year, serving as University ambassadors
Provides informational services that support University Development as well as the greater University, manages our alumni and donor database, online directory and event registration platforms, records gifts, acknowledges our donors and tracks donations/pledges
Develops reports to provide an array of biographical, accounting, mailing and research information as well as administers the scholarship award process and platform
office of Research and Development, including
management of the Millennium database, prospect research, gift processing and
the development of reports for the entire university.