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January 8, 2021   |  Campus Communication

Preparations for Spring 2021 Term

 

Dear students,

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to the start of the Winter Term and Spring Semester as we expand upon our academic and co-curricular experiences while maintaining a focus on the health and well-being of our community.

As we continue to learn and adapt during the pandemic, we remain committed to providing a safe learning environment that offers online and face to face courses as well as expanded student clubs and organizations activities. We want to take this opportunity to provide you a brief update prior to the beginning of the upcoming term.

Health and Safety

Our focus from the beginning has been on the overall health, safety, and well-being of our campus. Thank you for all your efforts to Protect Our Flock this Fall as we have been successful in our efforts to address the virus on campus. However, we must remain vigilant.

Beginning this month, we are expanding our testing protocols for residential students, commuter students, student-athletes as well as faculty and staff. More detailed information regarding our COVID-19 testing process will be sent at the start of the new academic term.

BenU Academic Experience

Your input and feedback from the Fall are greatly appreciated and we are working to enhance our learning environment. As we begin the term virtually, we look to provide greater points of engagement and connection across the University, including student interactions with faculty, staff, and each other. Our planning continues for a safe return to campus for increased in-person instruction. This will be informed by state and local public health officials and we will remain in communication on plans for after Spring Break as details become clearer.

By now, you all should have heard from our Registrar and you have scheduled your classes. If you still need to register, there is still time. Please contact your advisor immediately and complete the registration process. You should continue to review your class schedule through MyBenU to ensure your schedule is complete.

As you prepare to begin the term, you can expect that your course D2L sites will be open and activated by 6 PM on the Sunday prior to the start of your classes. If you are enrolled in a Winter Term class, this is January 10. For Spring Semester courses, this will be January 17. A syllabus should be posted by this time so you are aware of the materials and expectations for your courses.

Experiential learning is an important component of the BenU academic program and a critical element in your academic journey. We are once again offering face-to-face music lessons, labs, practicums, pre-clinicals and other experiences. 

For students who have received an internship, student teaching, practicum or clinical assignment off campus, please know that we will be in close communication with your advisors at these partner organizations. We will support you to ensure that these organizations are also adhering to our standards for health and safety while also providing you with the best professional experience possible.

The BenU Learning Center will again offer services for students through student study space in Goodwin Hall (rooms 111 and 211), the computer lab on the 2nd floor of the Library and Krasa Hall. To register for space in these locations, please use the BenU Learning Center Bookings page.

BenU Student Experience

We are looking forward to further engaging our clubs and organizations this Spring and encourage you to find ways to connect with your peers through opportunities offered by student organizations. 

Please participate in the upcoming virtual Eagle Stop Student Club/Organization Fair which will be held January 19, 20, 21 between 12PM and 2PM and January 26, 27, 28 between 12PM and 2PM. More details will be sent along with directions on how to participate via FlipGrid and Zoom. 

BenU Athletics

A return to Eagle athletics! All of our intercollegiate athletic programs will be competing this Spring. We are in the process of developing plans for how our community can best support our teams within safety protocols and will provide updates as details become available. We will be streaming all home contests on our website and we hope you will cheer on the Eagles virtually as we return to action. For more details related to athletics, please visit the athletic website.

New Student Orientation

During the week of January 11th, new students will have the opportunity to participate in sessions and programs so they are able to learn about being a student at Benedictine and navigate the resources at the University.  Students can come to visit campus with up to two guests to receive their parking pass and student ID, walk campus, tour the residence hall for room layout, submit health service paperwork or financial aid paperwork, and visit the bookstore/Benny's.  Virtual sessions by the Academic and Career Enhancement (ACE) Center, Library and Student Engagement staff will prepare students for the Spring Semester.  These sessions will be available for our returning students also.

Updated information and resources are available on our COVID-19 webpage. Please visit this site for the most up to date details.

We will remain in touch with you throughout the coming academic term with plans and details to safely engage as a community. Wishing you a successful and transformative term ahead.

 

Kenneth F. Newbold, Jr., Ph.D., Provost and Chief Academic Officer
Mark McHorney, Chief Engagement Officer