What is a Billiken?

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2014 Program Guides – Now Available!

Our 2014 Summer At SLU Program Guides are in! Have you received yours?

If not, email your mailing address to summer@slu.edu or call 314-977-8884.

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Summer Learning Beyond The Classroom

Summer At SLU recognizes that exploration of a K-12 subject can’t always come from the classroom alone. As a result, many of our camps and academies available this summer create learning experiences beyond the classroom and being outside of the ‘box’ to encourage thinking outside of the ‘box’.

Physically taking students out of the classroom provides a hands-on experience, encourages creativity and gives students inspiring challenges in a fun way. Our out of the classroom activities can vary from visiting professional organizations to growing crops in a garden to creating films in a media production studio. Providing students of all ages with the opportunity to explore these subject matters and others outside of the typical classroom setting plays an integral role in achieving an overall meaningful, knowledgeable and enjoyable experience. Furthermore, by having the combination of the classroom experience and out of the classroom experience allows students to retain information and then apply that information to the real world.

Check out a list of some of our programs that offer learning outside of the classroom:

Summer is rapidly approaching and our programs are filling up, so act now and register today!

New Summer At SLU Programming for 2014

Summer At SLU, Saint Louis University’s summertime community outreach initiative, packs the summer months with more than 50 camps and academies for pre-k through high school aged students, 500 college credit courses and numerous conferences and events.

New camps and academies
This summer, Summer At SLU welcomes a number of new programs for junior high and high school students, including Journalism and Documentary Film Academy; Grand Theater Camp (in partnership with Metro Theater Company); Introduction to Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Workshop; Microsoft Programming 101: Become a Web Programmer, iOS Programming for iPhone and iPad; Summer Institute for Academics and Leadership; and Power Communication for Emerging Young Leaders.

A SLU kind of summer!
From swimming to soccer, performing to painting, socializing to science, there’s bound to be something that sparks your interest at Saint Louis University this summer. Staples of the Summer At SLU program include the Gardens to Tables Culinary camp, where campers prepare a variety of meals and work with professional chefs; the Engineering and Aviation Academy, where students participate in hands-on activities in aerospace and mechanical engineering, flight science and biomedical engineering; and Camp Invention, where students learn how to build for the future, one thinker at a time.

Higher purpose, greater good
Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit institution that values academic excellence, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service. Building on a legacy of nearly 200 years, Saint Louis University continues to move forward with an unwavering commitment to a higher purpose, a greater good.

For more information contact summer@slu.edu or 314-977-8884.

SLU Partners with Metro Theater Company – Summer 2014

‘New Kid’ Event Details: 9:30 a.m., November 25, Center for Global Citizenship
Summer At SLU 2014 is right around the corner and a number of new programs are being added this year, including a new theatre arts camp in partnership with Metro Theater Company. As part of the partnership, the office of summer studies is bringing a production of New Kid, Metro Theater Company’s current touring show, to the Center for Global Citizenship at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Nov. 25.

New Kid, by Dennis Foon, explores issues of bullying and intolerance in a story about finding a friend in a new place. The play resonates with anyone who has ever felt new and reminds everyone about the empathy needed to accept those who are different. New Kid is a way to provide children, immigrant families and anyone who’s been “new” with a greater sense of belonging in the community. The play also supports regional efforts to create a more welcoming community for newcomers to St. Louis.

Students from St. Louis Language Immersion Schools, Grand Center Arts Academy and City Garden Montessori School, as well as Casa de Salud families, have been invited to this performance that includes a post-show conversation with the cast and creative staff following the show.

Additionally, the Saint Louis University community and their families are invited to attend this performance free of charge.

Saint Louis University engaged more than 10,000 participants through Summer At SLU programming this past year. For more information about this special performance or summer 2014 opportunities, contact Troy Turnipseed, director of summer studies, at turniptp@slu.edu.

University Engages More than 10,000 Participants

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Summer At SLU, a new University initiative to highlight the numerous camps and academic opportunities for K-12 students, encourage high school and college students to take advantage of summer course offerings and serve as a destination for national and local conferences and events, was a tremendous success in its first year as an overarching program.

2013 welcomed a number of new summer camps and academies to campus including Camp Invention (an opportunity for 1st through 6th grade students to learn creative problem solving and teamwork through hands-on application of science, technology, engineering and math), the International Business Summer Academy (a forum for high school students to learn more about international business through lectures, experiences and hands-on activities), and the Grand Arts Camp (a two-week urban-arts program for high school students in partnership with Craft Alliance and culminating with an gallery exhibition at the Saint Louis University Museum of Art).

The Summer At SLU initiative seeks to build community awareness of activities occurring on campus between May and August as well as increase the number of visitors, revenue generated, level of community engagement and finally, the number of prospective students in years to come.

In addition, long-standing programs such as Campus Recreation Summer Youth Program, Allsup Summer Entrepreneurship Academy and Teen Connection to Social Skills experienced growth in the number of participants. Likewise, many of the sports camps reached maximum capacity with record numbers this year resulting in more than a 60% percent total increase for camps/academies across campus.

Summer conferences and events hosted 33 groups with a 17 percent increase in the number of overnight guests and a 46 percent increase in the number of beds occupied. Significant new, larger and longer conferences included: NEH Summer Institute, Jesuit Secondary Education Association, Foundations of Economic Education and the Medieval Symposium.

Campus was also filled with undergraduate and graduate students throughout the summer. Students could be found in class at the John Cook School of Business, lunching at Fresh Gatherings or studying outside the new Global Citizenship Center. Notably, the School for Professional Studies saw increases in their summer enrollment including a 142 percent increase in day school students over last year. Likewise, the one-year MBA program, which begins with the summer semester, welcomed a larger class.

With all the excitement, activity and learning that occurred on campus this summer, weekly recap videos and photo albums can be found on the Summer At SLU Facebook page. Additionally, check back in October for a new and improved interactive Summer At SLU website, summer.slu.edu.

If you or your department have an idea for a summer program and/or are interested in developing one, please contact summer@slu.edu. There are numerous opportunities for growth and Summer At SLU looks forward to working with you to spotlight your programs, engage the community and build the foundation for future Billikens to have their best summer yet in 2014!

EarthDance Farms Field Trip

Hi! My name is Lauren and I work on a communication team at Saint Louis University. I’m guest-blogging today on the Summer At SLU blog!

Yesterday, I ventured to EarthDance Farms in Ferguson, Mo., with Saint Louis University’s Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp. The campers were given a guided tour of this organic farm, which grows herbs, fruits and vegetables and keeps several coops of chickens. The farm sells its produce at two farmer’s markets in St. Louis, and also hosts a community supported agriculture (CSA) program.








Our tour began with the demonstration garden, where vegetables are grown in straw bales because the soil has been polluted. The students marveled at the beans climbing up strings and at the edible squash blossoms. We then moved over to an herb spiral, containing a variety of herbs, and then to the main part of the farm.








While checking out the squash, cabbage, beans and more, the campers learned about composting, native gardens and shade houses. The campers’ favorite part of the tour may have been sampling raspberries and sugar snap peas along the way.








I really enjoyed exploring the farm and learning so much about the plants, animals and environment. It was clear that the campers were having a great time during their Summer At SLU!  Registration is still open for Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp.

Be sure to check out even more photos from this camp and more on Summer At SLU’s Facebook page!

Summer At SLU is Action-Packed!

Check-out these recap videos from week 1 and 2 of Summer At SLU:

Week 1


Week 2


You can also view photos on the Summer At SLU Facebook Page.

Summer At SLU – Week 1

Summer At SLU 2013 kicked-off on Sunday with the Men’s Elite Basketball Camp and continued this week with the start of the Campus Recreation Summer Youth Program and the Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp.

As campers began to fill the campus this week – new excitement could be felt! As such, the Summer At SLU team hit campus for photo and video opportunities in addition to taking time to get to know some of the campers and faculty and staff. Throughout the summer, videos and photos will be posted to our Facebook page, so even if you can’t make it to campus you can still experience Summer At SLU!

Looking ahead to the rest of this week, we will be following campers to the City Museum, watching them create a fashion show and helping Athletics launch the first of many volleyball camps throughout the summer. Summer At SLU has just begun and we can’t wait to share our best summer yet!


Gardens to Tables Culinary Camp

Share Your Summer At SLU!

We want to see the photos of your best summer yet!


1. Snap a photo of yourself or a friend having the best SUMMER AT SLU yet.

2. Share your picture with us:

Email your photo to summer@slu.edu
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Upload to Instagram, tag @SLU_Official and add the hashtag #summeratSLU
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Upload to the Summer At SLU Facebook page.

3. Check out all the fun Summer At SLU pics and see if yours is chosen to win!


We’ll pick one winner from each of these categories in June and July:

Conferences + Events

Winners will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to the Saint Louis University bookstore.

In August, we’ll choose the best photo of the summer and that winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the SLU bookstore. Everyone who submits a photo will be eligible to win, including those who won in June and July.

Good luck and have a SLU kind of summer!


  • Contest begins June 2 and ends Aug. 16, 2013.
  • We must be able to see your Instagram photos (images from private accounts won’t be visible).


By entering this contest, you grant Saint Louis University a royalty-free worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, publish, display, distribute, reproduce, edit, adapt and create derivative works of the submitted photograph, in whole or in part, in any media now known or hereafter discovered, including use on websites, in publications and for promotional purposes, without compensation or prior notice to the participant, his or her successors or assigns, or any other entity. ENTERING A SUBMISSION IN THIS CONTEST CONSTITUTES PARTICIPANT’S IRREVOCABLE ASSIGNMENT, CONVEYANCE, AND TRANSFERENCE TO SPONSOR OF THE FOREGOING RIGHTS.


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