Saint Mary's Campus News
A big thank you again for adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines. We are another week closer to our goal of being on campus through November. Please continue to assist the university and your peers with obtaining this goal.
If you are not feeling well, you are strongly encouraged to contact the Jay Johnson Wellness Center at 507-457-1492. You can talk to staff within the Wellness Center, and they can give you guidance on what to watch for as it relates to COVID-19 and take a COVID-19 test if needed. For those who may test positive for COVID-19 or need to quarantine because they have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, we will do all we can to assist so you do not fall behind academically.
I know we are doing well as a community, and once again commend us for that, but it’s important we continue to look out for one another, adhere to the guidelines set forth, and be cautious when off campus.
Together, we are Saint Mary’s, and together, we will obtain our goal of being in Winona throughout the semester.
Tim Gossen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
- Contact the Wellness Center if you’ve been tested for COVID-19 off campus and are awaiting results or if you’ve tested positive. The Wellness Center will work with other campus departments to notify faculty of your absence and provide meal delivery to your room if you’re an on-campus student.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, headache, muscle pain, sore throat, fatigue, congestion, or loss of taste or smell. This is to protect yourself, your friends, and our Saint Mary’s community.
- All external guests (family or off-campus friends) must adhere to all our COVID-19 guidelines and are not allowed in the residence halls. You are able to meet your guests in the parking lot and go off campus or walk around campus with a mask on.
Have a question or concern? Fill out the form and let us know.
Members of our Saint Mary’s community share a message of gratitude:
Virtual Fall Career and Internship Expo
Wednesday, Oct. 21
10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Co-sponsored by Saint Mary’s University and Winona State University
This fair will include:
- A wider array of invited employers
- Opportunity to schedule and sign up for group sessions and one-on-one meetings with employers, graduate schools, and internship sites
Look for more details soon about:
- How to register
- How to sign-up for one-on-one appointments
- How to sign-up for group sessions
- How to make the most of the virtual fair experience
Questions? Contact Mike Hagarty, director of Career Services, at email@example.com.
Saint Mary’s tutors and peer learning assistants are available on Knack. This tutoring is completely free, and sessions can take place in-person or online.
To learn more, visit smumn.joinknack.com and sign in with your Saint Mary’s student account.
If you have any questions about working with tutors, email Joe Dulak at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you experience any technical difficulties with Knack, email email@example.com. If you need help writing papers, contact the Saint Mary’s Writing Center.
The Saint Mary’s Student Senate, College Democrats, and College Republicans are partnering together to hold a voter registration drive before the upcoming election. Voting is a crucial part of the American democratic system, and we invite you to participate in this important process.
Voting is a fundamental way for us to enact meaningful change in our communities. We encourage all of you to research the candidates and vote for those whom you feel will best represent your ideals. We intend to send out an email and distribute flyers on National Voter Registration Day Tuesday, Sept. 22, which will include a link, information on how to register to vote, and how to request an absentee ballot.
Thursday, Sept. 24
Day of Prayer and Fasting
All people of good will are invited to take part in a day of prayer and fasting for the intentions of God’s mercy on the country and the healing and conversion of our hearts, especially in light of the ongoing pandemic and civil unrest.
Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
Student testimony, praise and worship, adoration, and confession in the Saint Thomas More Chapel.
Want to learn how to explain your faith? Join the conversation Wednesdays in St. Mary’s Hall.
Life’s big questions, Catholic answers. All faith traditions are welcome. Option for virtual or in-person participation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up.
FOCUS missionaries, peer ministers, staff, and seminarians all host Bible studies for different groups with varying interests. Option for virtual or in-person participation. Email email@example.com to sign up.
The Saint Mary’s Sports Information Department is looking for work-study students interested in being part of the Cardinal stats crew. Students must have work-study, be a freshman or sophomore, and be able to work nights and weekends.
Experience in doing statistics for soccer, volleyball, basketball, hockey, baseball, or softball is beneficial, but not required.
Interested? Contact Donny Nadeau, Sports Information director, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Positions are limited.
The Minnesota Department of Health reminds university students to #MaskUpMN.
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is expanding its career services support within the Saint Mary’s University community. In addition to providing best-in-class services and support to undergraduate students on the Winona Campus as it always has, beginning this fall semester, services and support will expand to include students in bachelor’s completion, graduate, and professional programs (on-ground and online), as well as all alumni.
The expansion of these services will be rolled out in several phases. Features now available to students in our Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) include:
- Access to Handshake to assist in finding and landing job opportunities. To access your account:
- Student one-on-one career coaching, covering a variety of topics including major and career discernment, assessments, résumé review, interview prep, job search strategies, and more. To schedule an appointment, visit https://goo.gl/wg0vDe and look for an appointment that matches your schedule. If no appointments are available in the next 2-3 weeks, email email@example.com to request an appointment — be sure to include dates and times you are available.
- Résumé review services. To have your résumé reviewed, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Access to the Career Services website, a robust (and growing) hub of resources, information, job boards, and more.
- Periodic communications (via email, Marketing and Communications, and other media outlets) providing career resources, updates, and information.
As time, staffing, and resources allow, future phases will include services such as:
- Faculty support and resources to enhance the faculty’s confidence and effectiveness in their role as a primary point of contact for career services support for students. Such resources would include, but not be limited to:
- Faculty tip sheets and resource pages.
- Embeddable videos for use in classrooms or student resources pages.
- Class visits to facilitate learning and discussion around career related topics.
- Consultation with academic departments and individual faculty to discuss practical ways to infuse career readiness content and strategies into their curriculum.
- Employer relations staff and services for all campuses.
- Physical presence on Rochester and Twin Cities campuses, including resource room, office space, and a dedicated video interview room.
- Further promoting opportunities for students on all campuses to take advantage of career fairs and other programming.
- Fostering relationships between students, alumni, and employers through industry-specific networking opportunities.
- Facilitating the coordination of mentoring opportunities between students and alumni.
- Career counselors and other staff experienced in meeting the unique needs of our diverse, non-traditional students served by the SGPP in the Twin Cities, Rochester, and online.
Celebrate Constitution Day today, Sept. 17, by learning about our nation’s Constitution. Paul Kotz, Ph.D., core associate professor in Ed.D. in Leadership, will present “The Constitution in the Year 2020” via Zoom today from noon to 12:45 p.m. (CST). All are welcome to attend this free event.
Whether training lab workers testing for COVID-19; directly working with patients sick with the virus; or supporting the mass production of masks in a third-world country, Saint Mary’s alumni were there and continue to be there during this pandemic — serving valuable roles and often putting their own safety at risk.
Colleen Joyce ’10 and Joe Haynes ’09, are battling COVID-19 in Chicago as a couple; she’s a nurse and he’s a firefighter. Read more.
In April, Army Reserve medic Sgt. Chuck Thibault ’21 was called to work at a convention center converted into a make-shift hospital at the epicenter of the pandemic. Read more.
Jeremy Zacher M’19 doesn’t ever see or interact with patients at Mayo Clinic, yet his work is vital to the frontline heroes testing and treating COVID-19 patients. Read more.
Ellen Schreder taught a group of Haitian friends to sew to help them earn a living and provide menstrual products to women. They switched to sewing masks during the pandemic, constructing up to 6,000 by April. Read more.
Each year, the Brother Julius Winkler, FSC Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award is presented to a Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) course contracted faculty member who has sustained excellence in teaching and contributing to Saint Mary’s University by serving as a model of the Lasallian spirit in the classroom. Among other criteria, this award recognizes faculty for demonstrating excellence, effectiveness, and integrity.
This year’s award goes to Sondra Schroeder-Davis, Ph.D., who is completing her 20th academic year as an associate professor in the Master of Arts in Education program.
Watch the virtual recognition ceremony:
In total, Dr. Schroeder-Davis has taught more than 77 sections of coursework over the past 20 years. These courses cover a wide variety of educational topics within the Master of Arts in Education program and the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Dr. Schroeder-Davis’ commitment to her students extends beyond the classroom as she helps her learners conceptualize their research studies, assists them in obtaining IRB approval, provides proofreading and editing support, and mentors all students to “Stay with it! You’ve got this!”
Students consistently give Dr. Schroeder-Davis high ratings and praise, such as:
- “I thought the layout of this class through our instructor was amazing. I am not sure how another instructor would teach this class but I cannot imagine learning from anyone other than Sondra.”
- “Sondra is the best professor I have ever had!”
- “Sondra is the QUEEN of the Action Research Project!”
- “We could not have asked for a better instructor during [a tough course like this]. Sondra is AMAZING!”
Dr. Schroeder-Davis is an example of responsiveness, trust, flexibility, and patience. Most importantly, in the words of Lisa Delpit, “Dr. Schroeder-Davis exemplifies what it means to be a “warm demander.” She has the ability to “expect a great deal of [her] students, convince them of their own brilliance, and help them to reach their potential in a disciplined and structured environment.”
Join us in congratulating Dr. Schroeder-Davis!
For the second consecutive year, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was ranked No. 33 in the Best Regional Universities of the Midwest category, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ratings of best colleges and universities in the nation. The ranking positions Saint Mary’s in the top 20% of all schools listed in this category.
At Saint Mary’s, we are a community of lifelong learners, who continue to wonder, inquire, and grow beyond the classroom. To continue this tradition, the Saint Mary’s Alumni Association recently launched A Novel Idea, a virtual book club for alumni and friends of Saint Mary’s. This presents an opportunity to enjoy and discuss books with your peers.
All faculty, staff, and students are invited to join. Discussions will take place on the Goodreads app and a virtual gathering will take place at the end of each reading period.
For the second consecutive year, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota was ranked No. 33 in the Best Regional Universities of the Midwest category, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 ratings of best colleges and universities in the nation. The ranking positions Saint Mary’s in the top 20 percent of all schools listed in this category.
Each year Saint Mary’s University presents the Brother Julius Winkler, FSC, Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award to a course contracted faculty member in the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs who has sustained excellence in teaching and contributed to Saint Mary’s University by serving as a model of the Lasallian spirit in the classroom. Among other criteria, this award recognizes faculty for demonstrating excellence, effectiveness, and integrity. This year’s award goes to Sondra Schroeder-Davis, Ph.D., who is completing her 20th academic year as an associate professor in the Master of Arts in Education program.
I would like to thank you again for all your hard work with adhering to the COVID-19 guidelines. This week, we have seen a lull in our positive test numbers, and I know much of that is because of your dedication and desire to stay on campus through November.
As you know, Winona State University is seeing a large number of positive COVID-19 cases. I ask you to be extra vigilant especially when you are off campus. Please continue to keep our campus safe. This is also not a time to experience COVID-19 fatigue. We are in this together and only together will we successfully reach our goal of remaining on campus throughout the semester.
Tim Gossen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affair
- When we successfully meet our goal of staying in session until late November, students will be asked to leave campus as if they were leaving for break. The residential experience will officially close on Tuesday, Nov. 24, and will not reopen until the second semester. Only students still in quarantine, those needing to quarantine before their travel (pre-approved), and those approved by the university will be allowed to remain on campus. Personal items within rooms will remain, however all items, except for air purifiers, will be unplugged.
- Students in quarantine now have the option to order items from the Cardinal Club store and have a friend pick them up and safely deliver them to you. Items will be delivered to students staying in the Alverna Center. Additional information will be sent to you from the Office of Student Affairs.
Wireless issues on campus
Residential students should use an ethernet cord and plug into the wall jack when using devices. The wireless connection within residence halls will work, but plugging in from time to time will assist with potential bandwidth issues. If you are experiencing wireless issues, contact the HelpDesk at email@example.com or by calling 507-457-7800.
Just some reminders regarding the guest policy in light of COVID-19:
- Only one guest allowed per room in the residence halls.
- Use the following guidance regarding guests in apartments:
- 4-person apartments = 2 guests (Residencia Santiago Miller and Brother Leopold)
- 6-person apartments = 3 guests (Saint Yon’s)
- 9-person apartments = 5 guests (Saint Yon’s)
- External guests (family or off-campus friends) are not permitted to visit or be inside the residence halls.
- There are no overnight guests allowed.
- With quarantine, no guests are allowed to enter rooms or apartments even if not all occupants are quarantined. If you need to give your friend a school book or have baked brownies to cheer them up, please make contactless arrangements to drop them off at their front door.
- We are encouraging socializing outside with masks and social distancing, especially while it is still nice.
- Guests, including family members, are not allowed in the student dining room.
Student Senate has exciting news as we head into our election season! Senate offers freshmen to seniors the opportunity to participate in Tuesday night meetings at 7 p.m. and influence every aspect of campus.
To run for any position, you will need 25 unique signatures from the student body endorsing your campaign. The available positions are:
- Two class officers for each class, sophomore through seniors
- Hall representatives from each residential hall area, including freshmen residencies
- A representative at large
For more information and the signature form, contact Marcos Pedroza, vice president of media and communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to having you join us!
Pledge with us
Thank you to the students who have committed to the “I Pledge” campaign! It is going to require each of us to do our part if we are to stay on campus for the entire fall semester, and I thank each of the 350 undergraduate students who have pledged alongside me.
If you have yet to sign, I implore you to join your fellow cardinals and commit to doing your part to keep our campus safe by filling out this form.
Ann Merchlewitz, J.D., senior vice president and general counsel, shared the “I Pledge” campaign with Cynthia Kenyon, senior epidemiologist at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), who has been the liaison between Minnesota colleges and universities and the MDH during this pandemic. Kenyon intends to share the campaign with Minnesota public and private college and university representatives. In her words … “This is great!”https://newsroom.smumn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/I-pledge-to-wear-a-mask.mp4
Student Senate President
Student flu shot clinic
Wednesday, Sept. 16
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In the Plaza (alternate weather location: Hall of Fame Room)
No appointment is needed. Most insurance is accepted. The flu shot costs $20 or can be billed to your insurance (bring your insurance information). Complete and bring this printed form with you.
Are you ready to compete? The residence hall with the highest participation percentage wins a free small coffee, tea, or single latte from Cardinal Coffee for each resident. Commuter students and seminarians will each be considered a group for a chance to win. If you got vaccinated off campus, you can still be counted! Drop off or email documentation of your vaccination to the Wellness Center by noon on Friday, Sept. 18, to be counted in your residence hall.
Will science students who rely on labs to learn vital techniques be able to stay on campus if the decision is made to send students home?
Many students have the need to be on campus for their curriculum, such as those in fine arts and science programs. If the university has to switch to online learning, we will take all of this into consideration. Hopefully, if we continue to strictly follow safety protocols, we will be in Winona together all semester.
What level or how many positive cases of COVID-19 in students and faculty will result in the shutdown of campus?
This decision is dependent on a variety of factors, including how ill students testing positive become, how many faculty are affected, whether we have enough supplies and staff power, and if we have enough quarantine space. It also depends on guidance from local and state officials. At this time, we are keeping numbers manageable, but we will require everyone’s help to keep us green.
At what point does the transmission scale turn yellow? What are the numbers ending and beginning each color?
There are no specific numbers for each transmission color. This is dependent on a number of factors both internally and externally. Right now, we are close to turning yellow, largely based on the high number of transmissions in Winona County. We are also reaching half capacity for our designated quarantine facility. Although a yellow designation is cause for concern, it does not mean we are close to switching to online. It does mean that we need to examine our policies and procedures and see if we can make adjustments to keep us from having to do so.
Why did we have classes on Labor Day? There are many schools who had that day off and are getting out early as well. It doesn’t really seem all that fair.
The answer there lies in the large number of positive cases we had our first week of school. As students travel, they re-expose themselves and bring that all back to campus with them again. Many other universities set this same fall schedule. Although it was tough to be in class on Labor Day, you can look forward to more time at home at the end of the semester.
Have an additional question or concern? Fill out the form and let us know.