Members of the Class of 2025 should read five articles and complete a writing assignment before you arrive to campus. These articles were chosen by Ben U professors and reflect our Benedictine Hallmark of Hospitality.
Hospitality is a patient and generous call to openness. We experience hospitality in two ways, as hosts and as guests. As hosts, we practice hospitality when we welcome others in, both friends and strangers; as guests, we wait and listen for our invitation to join. In the spirit of Benedictine Hospitality, we present this selection of summer reading to welcome you to the intellectual culture of the University.
Your professors encourage you to think critically over the summer about the importance of hospitality. At the freshman orientation, Ben Beginnings, you will attend a panel discussion among those professors and then break into small groups of classmates, orientation leaders, and first-year faculty to continue the conversation.