Tomorrow marks the first Bennie Day of Service at the College of St. Benedict.
In celebration of the college’s 100-year anniversary, the entire school will be joining forces to give back to the community. This one-day service event as part of the centennial celebration will celebrate the power of women to improve their communities.
The Bennie Day of Service will honor the Benedictine values that have been inspiring students at the College of Saint Benedict for more than 100 years and it will educate and raise awareness in the CSB community and beyond of the college’s service initiatives.
Although the event will only last one day, many months of work went into planning. In the fall, Vice President of Student Development Mary Geller approached Senior Christa Troup about helping to plan the event. Troup helped organize the Centennial Birthday Celebration of the first day of school, so Ms. Geller knew she would be the perfect fit for the job.
“I work for campus ministry, which helps me recognize the service component of this day as well,” Troup said.
Troup worked with a cross divisional team, including Campus Ministry and some alumnae. Together, these leaders put a lot of work into the event so that CSB can prove what it means to be a Bennie.
The day is scheduled to begin with a keynote speech by Valerie Jones. Jones is the executive director of alumnae relations at CSB and a 1994 graduate. The Centennial Service Award will be presented to CSB Junior Katey Smith. Nominations for this award had to be a current Bennie who promoted service learning and the common good through leadership and community engagement. Smith earned this award by being a leader in the community for serving the common good and civic engagement of the community.
Next, educational breakout sessions about the extended community will take place. Girl Scouts from St. Cloud are coming for a discussion about the youth population in St Cloud, specifically what they do with young women becoming leaders. A panel of professionals that work with the elderly population are coming to speak about their jobs and how the community can/does impact elder’s lives. And people from Catholic Charities are coming to speak about immigrants and refugees in Minnesota. An open house will take place with appearances from some Blazer sports and campus clubs.
“For example, AKS has a kickball game planned, JEC is organizing mini golf, the pool will be open for free swim and there will be aerobics classes for anyone to try,” said Paiten Schreiner, CSB first-year who helped organize the activities for Bennie Day of Service. “There is going to be so much going on for students and the community.”
At the end of the day, a reflection will take place in upper Gorecki.
“Everyone is welcome to reflect on the day and discuss what service really means and how it connects us as a campus,” Troup said.
The Bennie Day of Service doesn’t end in St. Joseph though. Alumni have off-campus service projects planned tomorrow as well. Many CSB alumnae will join with Kids Against Hunger or Feed My Starving Children to package food for those in need.
Bennie Day of Service is open to all students, faculty and community members.