Values from our Benedictine Heritage

2017-18 Value of the Year | Hospitality

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Creating a welcoming atmosphere personally and institutionally. Listening and responding sensitively to all. Extending warmth and acceptance to all. Welcoming new ideas and being open to change.

Two students holding up welcome signs at entrance of the Duluth campusBenedictine hospitality

Each year, as the calendar turns to August, the tranquility of a college campus during summertime transforms almost overnight into a frenzy of of activity ... Read More

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Utilizing human resources responsibly. Providing wise and respectful use of all material and monetary resources. Promoting prudent use of resources and energy. Finding time for work, play and prayer in daily life, which will promote physical, mental and spiritual growth.

Allen Cruz standing in the doorway of Tower Hall on the Duluth campusStudent support services paved his way

Allen Cruz was introduced to Student Support Services in his Dignitas class. "I applied and got connected to a TRIO counselor," he said. "She was a very intentional mentor ... Read More

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Cherishing and promoting the worth of all human life. Treating persons with dignity and reverence without regard to age, gender, race, minority, sexual orientation or economic status. Honoring and supporting the spirituality of each person. Valuing the dignity of all work. Promoting participation of all persons in the decisions affecting their lives.

Maddie Swenson and Professor Tom Zelman, Ph.D. holding up a book by SharkespeareAnd the young shall lead

Maddie Swenson’s research ended up inspiring a follow-up project for Zelman, leading to the first-ever joint faculty/student School of Arts and Letters Colloquium ... Read More

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Sharing responsibility to create and support community. Creating a climate which promotes a sense of community while valuing the uniqueness of the individual. Manifesting an ability to adapt to circumstances without compromising our values.

DyAnna Grondahl standing in the entrance of Tower Hall on the Duluth campusTransformative learning

The best way to describe what's happened to DyAnna Grondahl in just five semesters at The College of St. Scholastica is to say that she's encountered ideas that made change ... Read More

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Love of Learning

Preserving the intellectual and material heritage entrusted to us by past generations. Transmitting the treasures of human culture to new generations. Creating scholarly, artistic and scientific works which enrich and enlarge human life. Integrating thought and action as complementary aspects of a full human life.

Malvern Madondo presenting at CarlHacks 2017 along with CSS students Alex Afanasiev and Daniela Moreno GomezPursued math and computer science to improve others’ lives

As part of the Phillips Scholarship application requirements, Malvern Madondo designed an after-school program to introduce middle school students to computer science ... Read More