• Courtney Stempinski

    Courtney Stempinski

    Class of 2017, Graduate Student
    Cambridge, MN
    Master of Education

    Courtney's Bio:
    I'm an Elementary Education major at CSS. I also plan to minor in Spanish. Having done PSEO, I came to CSS with more than 60 credits. I'm part of Volunteers Involved Through Action (VITA), Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF), and other clubs! Dance has been part of my life for 10 years, and now I'm trying to fit it into my schedule again. I love spending time watching Supernatural and Once Upon a Time, and reading Harry Potter and other great books. I live in a suite with 3 other girls, and we are always finding something fun to do around campus!

  • Conrado Eiroa Solans

    Madrid, Spain
    Psychology Major, Biology minor

    Daniela Moreno Gomez

    San Salvador, El Salvador
    Computer Information Systems and Finance

    Laura Salazar

    Bogotá, Colombia
    Marketing and Business Management

    Bryan Chavez

    Richfield, MN
    Accounting and Finance

  • Kathryn McCarrick

    Saint Paul, MN
    Elementary Education

    Shivani Singh

    Mumbai, India
    Management & Marketing

    Halle Nystrom

    Graduate Student
    Fargo, ND
    M.S. Health Information Management

    Jason Chavez

    Minneapolis, MN
    Psychology, Organizational Behavior, and Social Work

  • Laila Zemar

    Casablanca, Morocco
    Biochemistry, Biology and Pre-med

    Brooke Elvehjem

    Mora, MN

    Jin Baek

    Aurora, CO
    Biology and Chemistry (Pre-Med)

    Takudzwa Munjanja

    Gweru, Zimbabwe
    Health Information Management, CIS minor

  • Shauney Moen

    Graduate Student
    Oak Grove, MN
    Doctorate of Physical Therapy

    Neena Koslowski

    Apple Valley, MN

    Yael Ikoba-Ndjip

    Brussels, Belgium
    Accounting Major; Finance minor

    Katelyn Gehling

    East Bethel, MN
    Exercise Physiology for Pre-Physical Therapy

  • Malvern Madondo

    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Mathematics & Computer Science

Day 2 of CSO!


Day 2 of CSO was our first day of volunteering! We started off our morning at the Benedictine Gardens on campus near the monastery. The Sisters upkeep a beautiful garden for campus, located right near the theater. CSO helps the Sisters each year by weeding the garden during this time. We spent about 2.5 hours weeding multiple areas, with a cookie break in between. After lunch we headed out to Loaves & Fishes, one of my favorite CSO service sites. Loaves & Fishes is a collective of 3 households in Duluth that serve the homeless community by providing shelter for those trying to get back on their feet. There is a house for single men, women and families, and foster care. People that are homeless are able to stay for a month at the houses. The houses have live-in volunteers that act as a head of household. This organization isn’t even non-profit, and receives no funding from the government, so it’s crazy and beautiful how they can survive on just community donations. At the houses, we helped weed the yard, sand down and prep porches for painting, and painted fences. It was a great bonding experience. I had some great conversations with my freshman as we worked.


After Loaves & Fishes, we came back to campus and had reflection. Each day we reflected on different pieces of social justice to provide the freshman a more in-depth introduction to it. Later, we rode on the Vista Fleet boat in Canal. The freshman were impressed by how big the lake is (we get this all the time) and just had a great time bonding on the ride. Afterward, we got to eat pizza in the Rose Garden at Leif Erikson Park.

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