College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
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|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Provost||Richard Ice (Interim)|
|300 full-time; 52 part-time|
|Athletics||NCAA Division III – MIAC|
|Affiliations||Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities|
|Motto||Sic Luceat Lux Vestra|
Motto in English
|So let your light shine|
|President||Mary Dana Hinton|
|Location||St. Joseph, Minnesota|
|Colors||Red and White|
|Latin: Universitas Sancti Joannis Baptistae|
|Motto||Induamur Arma Lucis|
Motto in English
|Put on the Armor of Light|
|Colors||Cardinal and Blue|
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB), for women, and Saint John's University (SJU), for men, are partnered liberal arts colleges respectively located in St. Joseph and Collegeville, Minnesota, USA, within the Diocese of Saint Cloud. Students attend classes and activities together, and have access to the resources of both campuses. CSB/SJU are located about three and a half miles apart – the campuses are located on 3,500 acres (1,400 ha) of forests, prairies, and lakes.
Saint John's University has produced its own coarse-grained bread, Johnnie Bread, since 1856 and used the proceeds to fund projects such as the Abbey Church. It is also the home of the famous Saint John's Bible. People come from all over the world to see its pages on display in the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library each year
- 1 Partnership
- 2 Housing
- 3 Benedictine Values
- 4 Sustainability
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Presidents
- 7 Student government
- 8 Music
- 9 Media
- 10 Notable alumni
- 11 Notable faculty
- 12 See also
- 13 References
- 14 External links
CSB and SJU are two separate institutions that share a single academic program. Men and women attend classes together on both campuses. About 4,000 students are enrolled in CSB/SJU combined. They attend coed classes taught by a joint faculty of approximately 350 professors, mostly full-time, permanent appointees.
The Institute of International Education ranks CSB/SJU among the top baccalaureate institutions in the nation for the number of students who study abroad. Additionally, the colleges enroll approximately 250 students from 50 countries, and offer 200 undergraduate courses that have a global focus.
The Benedicta Arts Center of the College of Saint Benedict is a performing arts center on campus. The BAC presents three annual performances by the Minnesota Orchestra and has recently commissioned works by Diavolo and Merce Cunningham Dance Company. The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library at SJU is home to The Saint John's Bible (the first hand-scribed bible in 500 years) and a collection of religious sculpture, paintings, prints, and artifacts. Saint John's University also includes Saint John's School of Theology Seminary, a graduate school which confers Master of Divinity and Master of Arts degrees. The school also prepares seminarians for the priesthood.
First-year dorms for the men of Saint John's University include Saint Thomas Aquinas Hall (Tommy Hall) and Saint Mary Hall. There are two men per dorm room in both of these buildings. Many sophomore men at Saint John's live in three residence halls: St. Bernard (Bernie), St. Boniface (Bonnie), and St. Patrick (Pat), the latter two of which are connected. All three sophomore halls have two men per dorm room. Other housing options available for sophomores include St. Benet Hall which is attached to the Quadrangle Building (Quad), St. Joseph Hall (Joe Hall), St. Gregory House (Greg), St. Francis House (Frank), the Virgil Michel Apartments, and the first floor of Tommy. All of these are separate from the other three sophomore dorm halls. There are also housing options for juniors and seniors to live on campus, including the apartments Placid House, Maur House, Saint Vincent Court, Metten Court and the new Flynntown Apartments.
First-year women at the College of Saint Benedict live in three residence halls: Corona, Aurora, and Regina. Sophomore women at the College of Saint Benedict live in three residence halls: Lottie, Brian, and Margretta. Juniors and seniors can live in the either the West Apartments (Dominica, Gable, Girgen, Schumacher, Smith, Sohler, and Westkaemper) or the East Apartments (Luetmer, McDonald, Wirth, and Zierden). There are also the College Avenue Apartments which were made available as of fall 2011. This apartment complex consists of two buildings and houses 33 students offering one-person and two-person units with private bedrooms. Opened for housing in the fall of 2012, Centennial Commons is the newest addition to the residential facilities. Students can also choose to live in "living communities" such as the Health and Wellness Community, as well as in other campus houses, such as the Rainbow House, or the Anne House.
In the sixth century, St. Benedict, founder of the Benedictine monastic order wrote the Rule of Saint Benedict, which contain life values modeled after Jesus. The two campuses encourage their students to lead their lives with the values outlined by St. Benedict in mind. The values include:
- Awareness of God
- To look for God in the ordinary events of each day.
- Community Living
- To become who we are by our relationships with others.
- Dignity of Work
- To appreciate the dignity of work in God's creation.
- To offer warmth, acceptance, and joy in welcoming others.
- To work toward a just order in our immediate environment and in the larger society.
- To hear keenly and sensitively the voices of persons and all created beings.
- To be content with living simply and finding balance in work, prayer, and leisure.
- To strive for peace on all levels: with self, others, and God.
- Respect for Persons
- To respect each person regardless of class, cultural background, or professional skill.
- To cultivate rootedness and a shared sense of mission.
- To appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place.
These values provide insight and support to students and alumni in building strong and caring family, civic and church communities, wherever life takes them.
As a result of their strong Benedictine tradition and the belief in stewardship, both CSB and SJU place a high value on sustainability. The campuses each have their own sustainability office to foster a strong culture of sustainability among the students and the broader community. The institutions signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in 2007, which formalized their goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. Dramatic steps have been taken by CSB/SJU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In the most recent report, Saint John's reported a 56 percent reduction in emissions since 2008 levels. Both institutions also complete STARS reports on sustainability and are signatories of the Catholic Climate Covenant. CSB/SJU seeks to educate and engage the campus community through hosting events, speakers, energy challenges, and other activities.
The Saint John's Abbey is well known for having one of the largest solar fields in the state. The 3.9 acre facility was built in 2009, and it provides the university with about 4% of its annual energy needs and up to 20% of its real-time needs in peak conditions. A major expansion of the solar field is currently underway. The expansion will add fixed panels alongside the existing, tracking panels. It is expected that energy generation will nearly double once the project is completed. This project is especially exciting because it creates an unparalleled research opportunity for students and others to compare the performance differences between the two types of panels.
Currently a renovation and expansion of Haehn Campus Center and Murray Hall is underway. The new center includes a fitness center that includes racquetball courts, climbing wall and an exercise science lab. Future phases include a new field house, hockey arena and a natatorium. The renovation is being led by JLG Architects and Hastings+Chivetta 
Blazer basketball has won the MIAC championship five times in recent years and has made 15 NCAA Division III tournament appearances. Blazer basketball coach Mike Durbin is MIAC career wins leader and celebrated his 500th win in the 2008–2009 basketball season.
Blazer golf is coached by Daryl Schomer, who started as head coach in the 2011-2012 season. In his first season at CSB as head coach, Schomer led the Blazers to finish third in the MIAC. The Blazers finished in fifth place at the 2012 MIAC Championships. The Blazers shot the seventh best round of the tournament in the final round, led by a 79 from Bridget Cummings who place 11th individually. The MIAC Tournament wrapped up the Blazer’s fall season, a season where they won twice and finished in the top-five four times. By all standards, the team has shown marginal success.
Blazer volleyball had made appearances in the NCAA National Tournament 14 times, most recently in 2012, and has won the MIAC Conference Championship seven times, most recently in 2009. The volleyball team has been coached by Nicole Hess since 2009, with assistant coaches Amanda Anderson, Theresa Naumann, and Heather Piper-Olsen. Coach Nicole Hess achieved her 100th win as a coach on November 1, 2011 against Gustavus Adolphus College.
CSB Rugby is a club sport founded in 1978. In the fall of 2009 the team won the DIII State Championship moving to DII status. In 2011 the team placed 2nd in the DII State Championship and moved on to compete in the Midwest Sweet Sixteen in Champaign, IL. Currently the team is DIII and coached by CSB Rugby Alumn Carolyn Cooper. In the fall of 2014 the team competed in the Sweet Sixteen in Rochester, MN. NSCRO released its top 20 rankings for the fall season with CSB being 13th. The team finished the season 3rd in Minnesota and 4th in the Midwest Region.
Blazer tennis is coached by Scott Larsen, who is in his 9th season as the head coach. Scott Larsen is assisted by coach Aly Brandell. Within Larsen's first eight years he received the MIAC Coach of the Year Award twice.
The Jonnies finished the 2012 season second with a MIAC record of 14-6 and a total of 29 wins. This tied a Saint John's University record for most wins in a season. The team also qualified for the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998. This was the third time the Johnnies were able to claim the MIAC Playoff championship. The head coach, Jerry Haugen, has coached the SJU baseball team for 36 seasons with a career record of 665-567-5. He is in the top 25 on the NCAA Division III most winning active coaches win list.
Saint John's University tied for fifth and played in the playoffs. The SJU basketball team ended the 2012-2013 season with a loss to Augsburg in the quarterfinal round of the MIAC playoffs. Their record for the season was 74-67. Three Johnnies earned All-MIAC recognition. The head coach of this team is Jim Smith, and he has a 755-535 career record. The 2013-2014 season will be his 50th season coaching the Johnnies.
The cross country team of Saint John's finished fourth of 27 teams at the NCAA Central Regional. They followed behind St. Olaf, Central of Iowa, and Luther of Iowa. The Johnnies were ranked seventh in regular season. The 2012 SJU cross country team earned U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches' Association All-Academic recognition.
The 2012 Saint John's golf team was ranked third in the final Golf World/Nike Golf Coaches' Division III poll. They were ranked behind Oglethorpe (Ga.) and Methodist (N.C.). St. Thomas was ranked number 10. The Johnnies moved up a total of 15 spots throughout the year.
The 2012-2013 SJU hockey season ended in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Hockey Tournament in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The Johnnies lost to Wisconsin-Eau Claire 4-2. Wisconsin was ranked fourth and had beaten the Johnnies earlier in the season 5 to 1. SJU's record was 16-8-4 (9-4-3 MIAC).
Thomas Haigh, an instructor in the St. John's department of mathematics, founded the St. John's Rugby Club in the spring of 1968. A former St. John's Prep School student, he learned the game while an undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin. Rugby is a club sport at Saint John's. The Saint John's University rugby team captured the National Small College championship with a 31-16 win over Duke University Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Infinity Park, Glendale, Colo. They repeated this accomplishment again, defeating New England College 37-25 in a comeback win on April 27, 2014 at Infinity Park. A total of 211 teams competed for the National Small College championship, which is based on men's enrollment (schools must have fewer than 4,500 male students to compete in this division).
Saint John's University opened at its new soccer complex this 2013 season. The 2013 season opened at the end of August. In 2012, the Johnnies ended the soccer season with a 9-6-4 (6-2-2 MIAC) record and finished fourth.
Track and Field
The SJU Track and Field team finished fifth out of eleven teams at the 2013 MIAC Indoor Track & Field Championships. They were only 1.5 points from fourth place. Kevin Horton placed second in the 200-meter dash and was awarded his second All-MIAC performance. He was only 0.05 from the conference title. Brady O'Brien earned his first All-MIAC honor when he finished second in the triple jump. Willie Versen was awarded his first All-MIAC when he won third place in the 3,000 meters.
Seniors Mitch Hagen and Chris Stevermer will compete at the NCAA Division III Championships on March 15–16. Mitch Hagen is ranked fourth in the 2013 tournament. Chris Stevermer was third at regionals and is unranked in the tournament. Both competed in the tournament in 2012, but lost against higher ranked opponents. Four other Johnnies will compete in the national tournament. Ryan Arne, Ryan Michaelis, John Scepaniak, and Nick Schuler are all appearing at the national tournament for the first time.
The Nordic Ski teams at both schools were changed from intercollegiate to club teams in March 2011 due to budget concerns.
The colleges also offers a variety of other club sports including men's and women's lacrosse, rowing, Nordic skiing, ultimate frisbee, water polo, men's and women's rugby, figure skating, Australian rules football and curling.
Dr. Mary Hinton, Ph.D., is the fifteenth president of the College of Saint Benedict. She became president of the college on July 1, 2014. Dr. Hinton graduated from Williams College, received her master's degree in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence and earned her doctorate in religion and religious education at Fordham University.
Michael Hemesath, Ph.D., former Carleton College economics professor, is the thirteenth president of Saint John's University. He graduated from Saint John's in 1981 and is the first layperson appointed to a full presidential term at the school. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
The Saint John's Senate (SJS) is the elected student government at Saint John's University. The Saint Ben's Senate (SBS) is the elected student government at the College of Saint Benedict. The Senates, while individually governing in the interest of their own student body, work closely together with students, faculty, staff, and university administrators to enhance all aspects of student life.
The music department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University is expansive considering the size of the school. The department of music has many ensembles including four choirs, an orchestra, a wind ensemble, a jazz ensemble, and several small chamber ensembles. Many of these ensembles tour extensively both domestically and abroad. The department also presents an opera every year and recently performed a Stephen Paulus oratorio about the Holocaust entitled "To Be Certain of the Dawn", jointly with choirs and orchestra from Saint Cloud State University in Europe in May 2008. There are also several student run groups, including the a cappella group Johnnie Blend. Over half of the students at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University participate in some kind of music ensemble.
All student media is run independent of the CSB/SJU administration.
The official SJU newspaper since 1888, The Record became the official newspaper of CSB in 2000. The newspaper is published weekly during the fall and spring semesters and has been recognized among the best weekly college newspapers in Minnesota and the U.S. All back issues of CSB newspapers are available for full-text searching and viewing online through Vivarium, the CSB/SJU Digital Image Collection.
The official student radio station of CSB/SJU allows students to host talk and music-oriented shows in one-hour segments. When KJNB first started out in 1954, it was located in the basement of Mary Hall. In 2001, the studio was moved to its current location in the lower level of Guild Hall in the center of campus. Broadcasts are streamed via http://kjnbradio.org/, on closed-circuit campus TV Channel 8, and over the speakers at Sexton Dining Hall. The station has been undergoing renovation since 2013.
Channel Eight is the local television station for CSB/SJU. Project Eight launched during the 2011–2012 school year, the channel has begun featuring student produced television shows along with other campus related activities such as live broadcasts of Senate meetings.
Extending the LINK
Extending the LINK is a non-profit student-founded and run documentary organization. Every year ETL identifies one global social justice issue that is highlighted in the documentary. The social justice concern is typically under-reported. In the process of filming, a small group of students from ETL travel to the international location to film in the country, and return to CSB/SJU to share their film.
Mission: "Through the creation of annual documentaries, ETL fosters discussion on global issues. By applying these documentaries as vehicles for positive social change, ETL inspires and empowers students, faculty, alumni and the greater community to work for improved social justice at home and abroad." 
Vision: "ETL envisions a world where each individual has the freedom, confidence, and societal support to address any social issue and encourage change." 
- Tom Burnett, hero of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Attended SJU for two years, but did not graduate.
- Edward Devitt ('34), U.S. Congressman 1947–1949 and U.S. District Court Judge
- David Durenberger, former U.S. Senator
- Connor Franta, American vlogger, Internet personality, writer and entrepreneur
- Jon Hassler, novelist
- Elizabeth Hayden ('68) District Court Judge in Stearns County; Presided over Rep. Norm Coleman's case to overturn Dem. Al Franken's 225-vote advantage following a recount
- Patrick Hicks ('92), novelist, poet
- Vedie Himsl ('38), baseball player and coach
- Mark Kennedy, former U.S. Congressman
- Bill Kling, co-founder and president of American Public Media
- Bernie Kukar, former National Football League referee
- Ann Lenczewski, politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
- Tom Love, owner, founder, and chairman of Love's Travel Stops & Country Stores (dropped out)
Gerald (Jerry) E. Loomer ('69) South Dakota Teacher of the Year, Finalist in NASA Teacher in Space Project
- Eugene McCarthy ('35) long-time member of the United States Congress
- Mike McCarthy, businessman
- John McCutcheon, Grammy-winning folk musician
- Denis McDonough ('92), Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama
- John McDowell, National Football League player
- John McNally, a.k.a. "Johnny Blood", National Football League Hall of Famer
- Larry Millett, journalist and author
- Mary Ellen Otremba, politician and a former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives
- Kathy Persian ('88), CIO, SVP of eCommerce and Business Transformation at Sports Authority
- Lino Rulli ('93) Emmy-winning producer and radio host (The Catholic Guy)
- Michael D. Ryan, US Marine Corps Lieutenant, 2 Purple Heart recipient, Bronze Star recipient, (Vietnam), Arizona State Supreme Court Justice
- Richard Sabers ('60) South Dakota Supreme Court Justice
- Matt Schnobrich, 2008 Summer Olympics bronze medalist in rowing
- George Sinner ('50), Governor of North Dakota 1985–1992
- Eugene P. Sheehy, Head Academic Librarian at Columbia University, 1967–1986
- Stephen Sommers, movie director
- Michele Specht, actress and comedian
- Mark Vande Hei ('89), astronaut
- Richard Weening, businessman
- Jerome J. Workman, Jr. is a prolific author and editor of scientific reference works on the subject of spectroscopy; and a noted analytical spectroscopist.
- Yuko Taniguchi ('98), Poet and Author 
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- Arthur J. Spring, Professor of Education, inspired a former US Ambassador to attend Columbia University
- Axel Theimer, Professor of Music, member of Minnesota Music Educators Hall of Fame
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