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Step into BU at Knight U

On Saturday, Bellarmine welcomes nearly 400 students and their families to the Bellarmine Community. The annual event, Knight U, is the first of many big steps into Bellarmine. Students meet peers and discuss their academic plans with faculty and advisors. Parents and families receive an overview of the essentials of the Bellarmine experience from faculty, staff, and students.

My role is to help ease the transition for new families! Though it seems at first that the schedule is long and the speakers, handouts, presentations, and panels are numerous, the day really does fly by. We could probably fill double the time and still have more information for you. But, that is just the reason that we have online resources, contact information, and, ultimately, the Parent Crossroads Orientation in August!

If you’re discovering this blog before Knight U, what follows is a sneak peak of the topics (and speakers) with which you’ll interact. If you find this after Knight U, what follows will be a refresher of who you met, where they’re from, and how to follow-up. Like I said, we provide a lot of information; we don’t expect you to memorize every part.

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Registration with Bellarmine Student Ambassadors. They’re always a helpful and joyful group!

After you register and grab breakfast (and say “see you later” to your future Bellarmine student), Tim Sturgeon, Dean of Admission welcomes you. A student provides a blessing for the day.

The first major session is Academic and Curricular Engagement. The panel is led by our Provost, Dr. Pfeffer, and consists of Dr. Pike (Nursing), Dr. Blandford (English), and students. The goal of this session is to help you understand the academic trajectory for all undergraduate students, rooted in the liberal arts, but individualized depending on majors and co-curricular programming such as Learning Communities.

Next is Parent Programs (where you meet me!). I’ll first introduce the philosophy of Parent Programs and initiatives. Then, I’ll show you the specific communication pieces (like this blog) and programs available for parents to learn and engage with Bellarmine. At this time, you also reflect on your new role in your student’s life and discuss issues with other families.

Billing and Financial Aid take the stage next. Heather Boutell, Director of Financial Aid, and Angie Walsh, Bursar, will highlight the need-to-know information. They will tell you when to expect the bill, why filing the FAFSA is so important, and how exactly you can access your student’s bill as an “authorized user” online. Financial Aid staff are also available later in the afternoon to meet with families individually.

Our final panel is titled Campus Life and Support. During this session, you hear from me (wearing the Writing Center and Academic Resource Center hat), Leslie Maxie-Ashford (Student Affairs and Residence Life), Gary Peteprin (Counseling Center), and Dani Reid (Student Activities). At this time, we will open the floor to you to ask about anything– from commuter student support, to what “tutoring” is in college, to what to expect from those first few weeks of orientation and classes.

During lunch, you can stop by the Information Fair, which is also in Knights Hall. We will have representatives from the Learning Communities, Pioneer Scholars, Parent Programs (me, again), and Ronda Purdy of Disability Services.

Coach Davenport, the coach of our successful Men’s Basketball Team, closes the organized program (always with a lot of spirit!) for both families and students. After, you are welcome to spend some time with the Financial Aid staff and/or tour the campus.

Again, we organize the day with your interests in mind, but that doesn’t mean that we cover every question you have. Don’t hesitate to follow up with the offices you see at Knight U. This is just the first step on a long journey. We’re excited to take it with you!

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What’s happening on campus in April?

This list is complied by Parent Programs from the listings on U Knight, a student portal for campus organizations, events, and activities. It is intended to give you an overview. For more details and contact information for the events listed, tell your student to log-in to U Knight and access the Calendar.
 
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
SSG Prescott: Army Health Professions Scholarship Program
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Biology Club
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Knights Nation Executive Board Meeting
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Knights Nation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Intramural Sports
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Student Affairs
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Butts & Guts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Body Pump
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
 
Thursday, April 9, 2015
 
Golf Send-Off
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM • Knights Nation
BAC Meeting
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Bellarmine Activities Council
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Timmy Global Health – Guest Speaker
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Timmy Global Health
Inside Out Meeting!
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM • BUKnighted
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
Friday, April 10, 2015
Fundraiser
8:00 AM – 10:30 AM • Bellarmine University Intercollegiate Equestrian Club
Bellarmine Tennis vs. St. Joseph’s College [Ind.]
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM • Knights Nation
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Intramural Battleship!
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Bellarmine Tennis vs. McKendree University
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM • Knights Nation
Softball vs. Lewis University [DH]
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM • Knights Nation
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Softball vs. University of Wisconsin Parkside [DH]
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM • Knights Nation
Bellarmine vs. Marshall
3:00 PM – 5:00 PM • Men’s Club Lacrosse
Mass
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Ministry
Monday, April 13, 2015
BBC Discussion Meeting
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Bellarmine Book Club
Group Fitness Butts & Guts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Body Pump
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
ESA Spring Meeting 3 – End of Year Business/Elections
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM • Exercise Science Association
RSO Workshop: Celebrate the Year!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Student Activities
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Backyard Bash
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM • Residence Hall Association
Intramural Sports
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Student Affairs
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Butts & Guts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM • Campus Recreation
Alice in Wonderland
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM • STAGE
Group Fitness Body Pump
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
RHA Knight at the Carnival
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Residence Hall Association
 
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Summer Send Off
4:30 PM – 8:00 PM • Bellarmine Activities Council
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Alice in Wonderland
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM • STAGE
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
Friday, April 17, 2015
RSO Workshop: Celebrate the Year!
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM • Student Activities
SGA Assembly Budget Meeting and Transition
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Student Government Association
Alice in Wonderland
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM • STAGE
Saturday, April 18, 2015
 
Softball vs. Truman State University [DH]
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM • Knights Nation
Alice in Wonderland
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM • STAGE
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Mass
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Ministry
Softball vs. Quincy University [DH]
10:15 PM – 11:15 PM • Knights Nation
Monday, April 20, 2015
Group Fitness Butts & Guts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Body Pump
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Knights Nation Executive Board Meeting
9:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Knights Nation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
RSO, Service, and Leadership Awards
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM • Student Activities
Intramural Sports
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Student Affairs
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Butts & Guts
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Body Pump
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
 
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Group Fitness Drop It Low
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Spinning
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Yoga
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Kickboxing
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Group Fitness Barre
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM • Campus Recreation
Mass
9:00 PM – 9:45 PM • Campus Ministry
RSO Talent Show
10:00 PM – 11:45 PM • Student Government Association
Late Knight Breakfast
Starts at 10:30 PM • Bellarmine Activities Council
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Mass
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Ministry
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Intramural Sports
5:00 PM – 10:00 PM • Student Affairs
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Mass
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM • Campus Ministry
 
Monday, May 4, 2015
Senior Week 2015
All Day •Senior Week
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Senior Week 2015
All Day • Senior Week
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
 
Senior Week 2015
All Day • Senior Week
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Senior Week 2015
All Day • Senior Week
Friday, May 8, 2015
Senior Week 2015
All Day • Senior Week
Baccalaureate Mass
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM • Student Affairs
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Alternative Spring Break in New Orleans 2015

Each year during spring break, Bellarmine student participate in various trips to serve communities. The 2015 New Orleans group shared some of their experiences with us here.

19 Students venture to New Orleans to rebuild neighborhoods that are still impacted by Hurricane Katrina just before the 10th anniversary of the storm

Nineteen students ventured to New Orleans to rebuild neighborhoods that are still impacted by Hurricane Katrina just before the 10th anniversary of the storm

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“This trip allowed me to see the entire city of New Orleans in a different light. It gave me a new perspective on what social class is, and allowed me to see how race and gender influenced city dynamic, especially when it came to Mardi Gras and the French Quarter. It also gave me a deeper look into Hurricane Katrina and why the city is still in such disrepair.” Julie Reczek, Junior

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Reflections on a Year with Campus Ministry

As the academic year begins to draw to a close, Campus Ministry is able to reflect upon some very special memories. We welcomed the Class of ’18 by sending them on a quest to find their true selves at the Knights of the Round Table event in September. We prayed with grieving members of our community at the “Blue” Christmas Eve Mass in Our Lady of the Woods Chapel. We had two wonderful student-led retreats at Hurricane Hills Lake. We had a beautiful interfaith Seder meal. We co-sponsored the India Day Utsav, where we explored the rich culture of the homeland of our Franciscan friars. We celebrated Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday with myriad special events and speakers. We hosted the beautiful St. John’s Bible, a stunningly modern, English-language illuminated manuscript from Collegeville, Minnesota. We are grateful for all that has happened, and we look forward to next year with hope and excitement.

I’m sure many of you are looking forward to having your student home again after a year in college, and we are called to prayerfully discern how we can best welcome them back. The shift in maturity is best realized when, as parents, you treat them as the young adults they are becoming. As staff of a campus, we often verbalize the visible changes we witness between first and second year students, and some of that change is because of the way in which they have been welcomed home and called by their parents into new responsibilities and mature conversations during the summer. I invite you to consider how your invitations to that maturity will occur.

Our faith-based groups are already busy planning the programs and initiatives for next year. A special focus for 2015-2016 will be a NetVUE grant which enables us to offer several classes across the curriculum that deal with the topics of discernment and vocations. These courses are indicated in the catalogue as “Little Way” classes. Please encourage your child to take one in his or her course of study. Meanwhile, we pray that you and your sons and daughters have a blessed summer filled with reconnection, hard work, restful play and joy!

Dr. Karen Shadle, Assistant Director of Catholic Worship and Campus Ministry

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Congratulations to the 2015-16 SGA Assembly

Executive Board

President: Amanda Martin
Chief of Staff: Ryan Stevens
Campus and Community Service: Dulce Solorio
Recreation, Intramurals and Athletics: Aliya Thompson
Educational Affairs: Jessica Winters
RSO Affairs: Abbi Oettel
Public Relations: Dara Ricketts
Finance: Thomas Finch

Senior Representatives
Jacob Hoerter
Aly Rauen
Austin Black
Lexi Duck
Matt Higgs

Junior Representatives
Andrew McElvein
Aaron Patterson
Andrew Hubbs
Amber Fields
Lauren Troxell

Sophomore Representatives
Ellie DeVries
Paige Williamson
Duffy Baker
Bryce Chalfant
Johnny Thiel

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