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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seniors: Financial Aid Night Set

Every year there is a Financial Aid night for seniors and their parents held by the MN Office of Higher Education on the campus of the College of St. Benedict.  This is only HELD at the college, it is not affiliated with the college.  I hope you will all plan to attend.  Here is the information I received, please watch for an invitation in the mail (sometime in December) that will come with a return address as the College of St. Benedict, so don't throw it out!

Hello, high school counselors-

I write to invite your students to this year’s financial aid night at the College of Saint Benedict.

My goal is to inform your seniors and their parents about the financial aid application process and the types of financial aid that may be available to them.   As you will recall, this is a general financial aid presentation – not a Saint Ben’s/Saint John’s program.  The event is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Monday, January 26 and will take place on the CSB campus in Gorecki Center.

If you are interested in having seniors and their parents from your high school invited to the program, please send labels with the students’ home address to Kari Schroeder, CSB Financial Aid Office Coordinator, at the following address:  College of Saint Benedict, Financial Aid Office, 37 South College Avenue, St. Joseph, MN  56374.

Thank you, and let me know if you have any questions.

Stuart Perry
Executive Director of Financial Aid
College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Ph: (320) 363-5388
Fax: (320) 363-6090

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Study Abroad" Opportunity

I received this information from the travel coordinator at the MN Zoo a couple of days ago.  This is a great opportunity for students interested in careers working with animals through zoology, Vet science, etc.

Good morning!

My name is Liz Dengate and I’m the travel coordinator here at the Minnesota Zoo. I’m sending a quick note to all of you because we just opened up registration for a high school trip in August 2015 focused on wildlife and conservation in Costa Rica. The program has a strong focus on wildlife field research, the chance to participate in local conservation issues, and the opportunity to meet and hang out with local high school students, and I think many of your students might be interested in attending and complementing their studies. I’d love it if you could spread the word to your high school classes.

You can find more information at or you can email me or call with any questions. The trip runs from August 1-11, 2015, and will be led by a Zoo naturalist.

Thank you so much and please let me know if you have any questions!
Liz Dengate

Liz Dengate
Connections Coordinator, Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN  55124
Twitter: MNZoo / Facebook: MNZoo

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“To connect people, animals, and the natural world”

Monday, September 15, 2014

PSEO Information Opportunity

I received this invitation from Roxanne Schaef at SCTCC:


St. Cloud Technical & Community College and St. Cloud State University will be hosting a joint PSEO Information Night for students and families interested in learning about the program. PSEO allows eligible Minnesota high school juniors and seniors to take on-campus or online college courses to earn dual high school and college credit at no charge to the student. Public, private and home school students are welcome to participate.  Per new legislation, high school sophomores who meet the admission criteria may also be eligible to enroll in an on-campus technical course at SCTCC.

Please join us to learn:
·         Who is Eligible for PSEO
·         How to Apply
·         How PSEO Works
·         Courses that Count
·         Other opportunities to earn college credit while in high school (concurrent enrollment, AP classes, etc.)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Sessions at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
SCSU Campus, Miller Center 122

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Off to a Great Start!

Another school year and we are off to a great start!  I have to admit, this early start stuff was hard for me to swallow, but now that the first week is done it sure feels good to be back!  Here are some things that are going on in the guidance office:

1) Seniors: Today I am meeting with the entire senior class to help them understand how to read their transcript, give them a timeline of things to do and when during their senior year, how to apply to college and hopefully answer any questions they may have.  A big question I get quite often is applying for scholarships.  I will discuss how to apply for scholarships and where to find them.

2) Juniors: The PSAT test will be offered on October 15th.  I have a list of students that are planning to take this test.  I can increase the number of tests I want to order if I do this by September 15th.  If you would like to take the test and have not yet signed up, see me and I can help with this.  The cost is $14.

Please know if you have questions that my door is always open to you.  Feel free to stop in or if you are a parent and would rather call or email, that works as well.