College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University

Infobox University
name = College of Saint Benedict

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caption =
motto = "Sic Luceat Lux Vestra" (so let your light shine)
established = 1913
type = Private
affiliation = Roman Catholic
endowment =
president = MaryAnn Baenninger
provost = Rita Knuesel
faculty = 294 full-time; 65 part-time
undergrad = 2049 (3966 combined with SJU) [ cite web
accessdate= 2007-11-06
title= Fall 2007 Enrollment Summary
residents = approx. 1600
city = St. Joseph
state = Minnesota
country = USA
address = 37 S College Ave Saint Joseph, MN 56374
telephone = 800-544-1816
coordinates =
campus = Rural
colors = Red and white [cite web
accessdate= 2007-10-02
title= Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: CSB
nickname = Blazers
athletics = MIAC
affiliations = Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities
website = []

footnotes =

Infobox University
name = Saint John's University

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latin_name = Universitas Sancti Joannis Baptistae
motto = "Induomar Arma Lucious" (Put on the Armor of Light)
established = 1857
type = Private
affiliation = Roman Catholic
endowment = $125 million
president = Br. Dietrich Reinhart, OSB
chancellor = Abbot John Klassen, OSB
provost = Rita Knuesel
faculty = 294 full-time; 65 part-time
students =
undergrad = 1917 (3966 combined with CSB) [cite web
accessdate= 2007-11-06
title= Fall 2007 Enrollment Summary
divinity =
residents = approx. 1500
city = Collegeville
state = Minnesota
country = USA
address = PO Box 5000 Collegeville, MN 56321
telephone = 800-249-9840
coordinates =
campus = Rural
colors = Cardinal and Blue [cite web
accessdate= 2007-10-02
title= Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference: SJU
nickname = Johnnies
mascot =
athletics = MIAC
affiliations = Association of Benedictine Colleges and Universities
website = []

footnotes =

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. Students attend classes and activities together, and have access to the resources of both campuses. CSB/SJU are located three and a half miles apart - the campuses are located on convert|3200|acre|km2|0 of forests, prairies, and lakes.


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.

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 175 students from 35 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 and 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. [cite web
title= Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
accessdate= 2007-10-03
] 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.


All first-year and sophomore students are required to live on-campus.


Freshman dorms for the men of Saint John's University include Saint Thomas Aquinas Hall (Tommy Hall) and Mary Hall. There are two people per dorm room in both of these buildings. Sophomore men at Saint John's live in three residence halls: St. Bernard, St. Boniface, and St. Patrick. Boniface Hall and Patrick Hall are connected. Again, all three Sophomore halls have two people per dorm room. There are other housing options available for sophomores like St. Benet Hall which is attached to the Quad Building. Also St. Joseph Hall, St. Gregory House, and the Virgil Michel Apartments are an option. 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, like on-campus apartments. These apartments include Placid and Mauer House, Vincent, and Metten Court.


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.


CSB/SJU are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). St. John's continually finishes at or near the top of their conference in football, and their coach John Gagliardi has been with the program for 55 years. Gagliardi currently holds the record for winningest coach in college football history, regardless of division, with over 450 wins. St. John's has won six national team championships (2007, 2008 Golf Division III, 2003, 1976 Football Division III, 1965, 1963 Football NAIA). St. John's biggest rival is the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

SJU made MIAC history in the fall of 2006 by winning team titles (or a share thereof) in all four fall sports: football, soccer, cross-country and golf (the golf team went on to finish first at the NCAA III championships in the spring).

Saint John's University sportsmen compete in Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Wrestling, Football, Golf, Soccer, Nordic Skiing, Ice Hockey, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field.

College of Saint Benedict sportswomen compete in Women's Intercollegiate Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Nordic Skiing, Volleyball, Ice Hockey, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field.

The colleges also offer a variety of club sports including, lacrosse crew, ultimate frisbee, water polo, men's and women's rugby, and Australian football. The rugby club recently celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2007 and continues to be a strong presence in Minnesota and the Midwest. The club has claimed the Minnesota Division II state championship in 2005, 2006, and 2007, and made an appearance in the Midwest championship in 2007. The lacrosse team was the 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2008 UMLL Champions with appearances in 2006 and 2007 in the MCLA National Championship game. Saint John's sucks at running. Go Hamdogs.


The music department at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University is not only expansive (particularly considering the size of the school,) but it is also known for it's musical prestigiousness. The department of music has many ensmebles including four choirs, an orchestra and many smaller combos and groups. Many of these ensembles tour extensively around the world. The department also presents an opera every year and has recently performed a Stephen Paulus opera about the Holocaust entitled "To Be Certain of the Dawn" that it will perform jointly with Saint Cloud State University in Europe in May of 2008.


All student media is run independent of the CSB/SJU administration.

"The Record"

Official SJU newspaper since 1888. 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 Record will be added in 2008. John Buethe is the paper's editor in chief.


The official student radio station of CSB/SJU allows students to host talk and music-oriented shows in one-hour segments. The studio is located in the lower level of Guild Hall in the center of campus. Broadcasts are streamed over the Internet and are broadcast on campus TV Channel 6 and in a few public locations across both campuses. The official broadcasting signal was purchased by a local commercial radio station, so it could expand its service area, though the studio manager in February 2006 reported that an effort was underway to regain the signal. KJNB does not advertise and dead air is filled with randomly cycled music.

Notable alumni

* Tom Burnett, hero of United Airlines Flight 93 during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Attended SJU for two years, but did not graduate.
* David Durenberger, former U.S. Senator
* Jon Hassler, novelist
* Peggy Hoffman, [ [ Peggy Hoffman] Biography at the County Criminal Court No. 9 Website.] judge of County Criminal Court 9, Dallas County, Texas
* Shaun Johnson and Mark McGowan, founding members of Tonic Sol-fa
* Mark Kennedy, former U.S. Congressman
* Matt Kirby and Kevin Truckenmiller, members of alternative rock band Quietdrive
* Bill Kling, co-founder and president of Minnesota Public Radio
* Bernie Kukar, former National Football League referee
* Terry Leiendecker, former pro soccer goalkeeper for Minnesota Strikers and the US team during the Japanese world games
* Eugene McCarthy, former U.S. Senator, author, and Presidential candidate
* Mike McCarthy, businessman
* John McCutcheon, Grammy-winning folk musician
* John McNally, aka "Johnny Blood", National Football League Hall of Famer
* Larry Millett, journalist and author
* Matt Schnobrich, 2008 Summer Olympics crew rower
* Eugene P. Sheehy Head Academic Librarian at Columbia University, 1967-1986
* Stephen Sommers, movie director

Notable faculty

* Dr. Arthur J. Spring, Professor of Education, inspired a former US Ambassador to attend Columbia University [ [ Back To The Future: An Interview with Raymond F. Burghardt '63, United States Ambassador to Vietnam] . 20 July 2008.]
* Fr. Rene McGraw OSB, Professor of Distinction, Spaeth Teacher Award winner Fact|date=June 2008


External links

* [ The CSB/SJU Official Site]
* [ Saint John's Abbey Homepage]
* [ The Order of Saint Benedict Homepage]
* [ The Libraries of CSB/SJU]
* [ Official CSB Blazers athletics site]
* [ Official SJU Johnnies athletics site]
* [ Alumni Site]
* [ The Record]
* [ Digital Image Collection of the Saint John's University Archives]
* [ Digital Image Collection of the College of Saint Benedict Archives]

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