Values from our Benedictine Heritage

2018-19 Value of the Year: Stewardship

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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.

Wade Petrich sitting in his classroomFresh focus

After 20 years in journalism and publishing, Wade Petrich sold the newspaper he co-owned and transitioned into a new role in car sales. But the hours weren't easy on his family ... 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.

Alicia Cyr sitting on a hillside overlooking downtown Duluth, MNSecond wind

Alicia Cyr pursued an MBA in Leadership and Change degree and now hopes to expand upon her strengths as an emerging leader — organizing strategies and engaging communities ... 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.

Portrait of Haley CarlsonGut check

There's something special about people who focus on the little things. Like the human gut microbiome, for instance. Because when you get the details just right, magic happens.  ... Read More

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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.

Cruz family sitting in the Burns Wellness CommonsLeading by example

The most powerful examples of leadership are found in the quiet, everyday acts that inspire others to live up to their greatest potential. After all, it takes courage to move away ... Read More