A Message Home

February 2014

Dear Parents,
On tap for February is "Lislepalooza," a career fair and networking event sponsored by Benedictine University's College of Business. The event is not limited to graduating seniors. I hope you'll encourage your freshmen, sophomores and juniors to attend this daylong event, which offers students the opportunity to gain important career development skills such as resume writing and interviewing critiques.

I do have a few friendly reminders to offer. It is a new year and therefore time to fill out the new 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Additionally, spring break is only a month away, followed by the Spring Family Brunch on April 6. If your graduating senior would like to be included as a speaker during the brunch, please direct your student to me and I'll be happy to make the arrangements. Invitations will be sent within the next two weeks and you will be able to register online to attend.

Featured in this issue:

  • Students can enhance their job-search skills at Lislepalooza.
  • Need academic assistance? Visit the New Student Advising Center.
  • It's a new year and time to fill out a new FAFSA.
  • Flu and tuberculosis shots offered in Student Health Services.

In the meantime, please remember I am only a phone call or mouse click away. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

Hope Keber
Parent Liaison, Parent Programs
(630) 829-1127

Upcoming Dates and Events

Monday, February 17
Admitted Student Day

Monday, March 17–Friday, March 21
Spring break

Thursday, March 27
Admitted Student Day

Sunday, April 6
Third annual Spring Family Brunch
May 2014 graduates to be honored at event

Friday, April 18-Monday, April 21
University closed in observance of Easter holiday

Thursday, April 24
Admitted Student Day

Saturday, May 3-Friday, May 9
Final exams

Saturday, May 10

Students can enhance their job-search skills at Lislepalooza.

Students should mark their calendars for “Lislepalooza,” sponsored by the College of Business in partnership with the Lisle Chamber of Commerce, on Thursday, February 20. The event is a daylong community event held to help advance career and business opportunities for students, alumni, community members and local businesses.

The event includes workshops for students on career topics such as networking, LinkedIn, interviewing techniques and how to search for internships. Office of Career Development staff will be on hand to offer resume critiques to students. Additionally, there will be a "Benedictine Alumni Mingle" event from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. where students will have an opportunity to meet and network with Benedictine alumni to learn about potential internship and job opportunities at their respective organizations and places of employment.

The event is open to all students and will be held in the Krasa Center, Rooms ABC. For additional information, please contact Eric Goodwin, project director for the College of Business, at egoodwin@ben.edu or (630) 829-6228.

Need academic assistance? Visit the New Student Advising Center.

issueFeb-6Now that the semester is in full swing, we want to remind students to visit the Student Success Center (SSC) for academic assistance. The SSC is located in the lower level of the Krasa Center and offers free tutoring for many subjects. There are also faculty tutors available for math and writing. As always, we recommend that students first seek help from their instructors before utilizing tutoring services.

This is also the time of year when our current freshmen students will be assigned to their new faculty advisors. The New Student Advising Center will be informing students of this change. Once a student is assigned a faculty advisor, it is the student's responsibility to contact their new advisor for an advising appointment.

For additional information, please contact the New Student Advising Center at newstudentadvising@ben.edu or (630) 829-1120.

It’s a new year and time to fill out a new FAFSA.

The new 2014-2015 FAFSA is available and can be completed online at www.fafsa.gov. If your student plans to take classes in the summer or fall of 2014, please apply early. Estimated 2013 tax information can be used to complete the FAFSA. When filling out the application, please remember to include Benedictine University's School code: 001767.

February is Financial Aid awareness month. If you need help completing the FAFSA, look for a FAFSA workshop near you at www.isac.org. A special note to Illinois residents: the Illinois Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant deadline came sooner than expected last year (the deadline was early March). We anticipate the deadline to be even earlier this year. Apply today so you don’t miss this opportunity for financial assistance.

Common questions and answers about the FAFSA can be found here.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at financialaid@ben.edu or (630) 829-6100.

Flu and tuberculosis shots offered in Student Health Services.

issueFeb-5Tuberculosis shots and testing are available from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each weekday except Thursday at the Student Health Services office in the Krasa Student Center. The cost is $15 for a one-step test and $20 for a two-step test. Please note that the student must be available to return within 72 hours for the reading of the test.

Flu vaccinations will continue as long as supplies last. Flu vaccinations are available from 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. The cost is $10 cash or check to be made payable at the time of service.

For additional information, please contact studenthealthservice@ben.edu or (630) 829-6046.

Upcoming dates and events from University Athletics.
issueFeb-2Saturday, February 15

Men’s Basketball vs. Lakeland College
Women’s Basketball vs. Lakeland College

Tuesday, February 18

Women’s Basketball vs. Rockford College

Wednesday, February 19

Men’s Basketball vs. Rockford College

Saturday, February 22

Men’s Lacrosse vs. Calvin College

Parent Programs

Benedictine University

Luba Baranivsky, Parent Programs
Marco Masini, Vice President with Student Life
Phone: (630) 829-1127