Saint Mary's Campus News
Plans for fall 2020 course delivery in Saint Mary’s Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs (SGPP) are taking shape. The university has decided to offer a majority of its SGPP courses online with some specific programs being offered on-ground. Courses being offered on-ground include those courses in the DBA program and select courses in a few graduate programs. Program directors are continuing to assess the needs of faculty and students and adjust accordingly.
Students should check the FA20 course schedule in the student portal at student.smumn.edu — or check with their program directors — if they have any questions about fall academic delivery.
The decision to continue with online courses was made to avoid potential disruptions to the learning experience in the wake of COVID-19 and to promote safety and well-being of our more than 5,500 non-residential adult learners. Saint Mary’s is actively working to prepare to transfer the handful of in-person courses to online experiences, should additional stay-at-home periods be implemented.
Building on its longstanding tradition of personalized online learning, Saint Mary’s continues to support and enhance the online learning experience by offering a newly developed faculty online instructor certification series. This four-week course will continue to provide faculty with online teaching skills and prepare them to deliver an enhanced student experience informed by best practices in online education. Additionally, a new student course is in development to continue to support students and provide best practices for their success in an online course environment.
All SGPP faculty, regardless of delivery modality, are dedicated to providing quality educational activities and opportunities. Program directors and faculty continue to be available to meet and advise students virtually during this time of remote delivery, and look forward to the continued academic success of our students.
We are committed to helping our adult learners fulfill their academic, career, and life goals and are working to ensure their academic experience exceeds their expectations.
I hope you’re having a safe and healthy summer. I’m sure you have many questions as we are heading into fall, and you are beginning to think about returning to campus. I would like to update you on progress being made, so we can begin to answer some of your questions.
I have been working with a group of dedicated student leaders for the past few weeks as part of the Fall Reopening 2020 Committee. Thank you to this group for their dedication to the process.
First, I would like to introduce you to the COVID-19 planning website, Steadfast and Resilient.
Since this website is being regularly updated as decisions are being made, this is the place to go to find answers to many of your questions. We also created an online form for you to use in helping us plan for the fall. If there are questions you believe should be addressed in future communications from me or the university, or that you believe should be included on this website, please fill out the form and let us know.
Student committee members expressed to us that you are looking for more direct guidance. Moving forward, I (and other administrators on the Winona Campus) promise to communicate with you on at least a weekly basis to discuss and share what is happening within various areas. For example, I will be able to update you on the following areas:
- Overall university safety policies
- Food service
- Campus safety
- Classrooms and academics
- Gostomski Fieldhouse (athletic and recreational)
- Residence halls
- Wellness Center (health and counseling)
- Tutoring and Writing Center
- Access Services
- Policies and procedures
- Fine arts
- Clubs and organizations
- Campus Ministry
- Quarantine and isolation procedures
- Other areas of interest highlighted by each of you
Although this fall may look and feel a little different, we are committed to providing you with a wonderful student experience. We appreciate your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times. Together, we will find solutions to make your fall successful. Stay safe and remember, together, we are Saint Mary’s.
Tim Gossen, Ed.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Students and administrators have been meeting together for the last three weeks to discuss possible fall reopening plans for the Winona Campus. Tim Gossen, Ed.D., vice president for Student Affairs, is chairing the committee along with various administrators and student leaders.
The charge of the committee is to share information on what is being planned for fall 2020, to listen to the student leaders regarding concerns and questions they and their classmates may have, to share changes to the campus that are occurring because of COVID-19, and to encourage committee members to share with their friends what is being discussed during these meetings and to come back to the next meeting with a summary of what they are hearing.
Meetings have been and will continue to be held weekly, for one hour, via Zoom.
“We are very excited to have these students and their classmates return in the fall,” Dr. Gossen said. “We have been busy planning, but a number of things still need to be addressed. Having student voices involved is a key component to the planning.”
Thank you to these dedicated students for their time and dedication to ensure reopening in fall is as smooth as possible:
- Jillian Alekna, Student Activities Committee executive board
- Kendall Archer, Student Senate president
- Clare Bath, tutor
- Jasmine Benavidez, First Generation Initiative
- Gabriel (Gabe) Bickerstaff, resident assistant
- Crystal Chavez, First Generation Initiative
- Caroline Cummings, orientation leader
- Elizabeth Duellman
- Angelyssa Figueroa, First Generation Initiative
- Sarah Fowler, Student Activities Committee president
- Jake French
- Mary Furlong, Student Senate executive board
- Bridgette Hegarty, resident assistant and orientation leader
- Tommy Hill, Student Athletic Advisory Committee executive board
- Raekwon Livingston, First Generation Initiative
- Edgar Medina-Ortiz, First Generation Initiative, tutor, and peer learning assistant
- Tara Nikolich, Student Athletic Advisory Committee vice president
- Nicole Noreen, Student Senate executive board and peer minister
- Enitan Onayiga, First Generation Initiative and orientation leader
- Claire Patterson, Student Athletic Advisory Committee president
- Luke Pauly, tutor
- Marcos Pedroza, Student Senate executive board
- Amanda Pohlman, peer minister
- Noah Reinhardt, peer minister
- Kris Shephard, orientation leader
- Destiny Walker, Student Senate executive board
- Elijah Williams, Student Senate executive board and resident assistant
- Delaney Wolf, tutor
The university is continuing to assess the needs of students and adjusting accordingly. Students who are at high risk are invited to fill out this form by Saturday, Aug. 1. Online components will be offered for students who need special accommodations. All courses will be designed and taught in ways that allow students who must be quarantined, or who must shift to fully remote learning, to continue to complete the course.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — A total of 609 adult learners will graduate from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs on Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. during a virtual ceremony.
The ceremony can be viewed at smumn.edu/about/virtual-commencement-2020 and will feature five graduates who have been invited to provide reflections as part of the ceremony. Another seven graduating students will be honored with awards.
Graduating students providing reflections are:
- Jasmine Vasquez, M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy
- Lisa Henlin, Ed.D. in Leadership
- Laura Dykstal, B.S. in Business Administration
- Teri Anne Lott, M.A. in English as a Second Language
- Ryan Bajan, M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning
Graduating students being honored with Outstanding Final Paper Awards are:
- Thien An Duong, M.S. in Accounting
- Sharilyn Hale, Ed.D. in Leadership
- Shelley Marie Evers, M.A. in Education-Wisconsin
- Ryan Matthew Paul Pomplun, B.S. in Public Health
- Gina Marie DeNucci, M.A. in Counseling and Psychological Services
- Noelle Christene Frost, M.A. in English as a Second Language
- Jesse Michael Lowther, B.S. in Business Administration
WINONA, Minn. — According to a 2020 study, Gallup found that NCAA student-athletes engaged in important undergraduate experiences at higher rates than their non-athlete peers and are more likely to be thriving in many post-college domains.
Which comes as no surprise to Saint Mary’s University athletic director Brian Sisson.
“Saint Mary’s is a stellar example of what rings true in this study,” Sisson said. “Our student-athletes are well-rounded, very active across so many spectrums of campus, and leaders into their careers and communities after graduation.
“The support our student-athletes get from our coaching staff, support staff, and the faculty and staff across campus is remarkable. Together, they leave a lasting impact and make for a memorable experience on campus for all.”
Gallup interviewed nearly 5,000 former NCAA student-athletes about their college experiences and current well-being, and compared the responses to 69,000 non-student-athlete graduates from the same colleges.
According to the study, NCAA student-athletes (55%) are much more likely than their non-athlete counterparts (31%) to have held a leadership position in a club or organization such as student government, a fraternity or sorority, or an athletic team.
The study also found that NCAA student-athletes (70%) are more likely than their non-athlete peers (65%) to have graduated college in four years or less, and they are half as likely to have taken more than five years to graduate (6% vs. 12%)
The study also noted that graduates who were NCAA student-athletes (39%) are more likely to earn an advanced degree than non-student-athletes (32%). This difference is most pronounced among Black graduates, with 49% of Black student-athletes versus 39% of Black non-athletes attaining an advanced degree.
“From the academic experience, to the numerous leadership lessons learned, to graduation rates and further education, college athletes strive and achieve greatness,” Sisson said. “I would not be here today without my experience as a former student-athlete. It has helped shape me into who I am today.
“Kudos to our exemplary athletic staff, who do so much to mentor our student-athletes — so many of whom were student-athletes themselves,” added Sisson. “Lastly, as mentioned in the study — on giving back to their institutions financially after the fact — I want to thank all of our Cardinal athletic alumni who choose to support our current and future generations of student-athletes here at Saint Mary’s.”
WINONA, Minn. — Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) invites community members to join in a unique community-building initiative. Each week, MCA will share information about an important artist of color or of an indigenous background and their approach to art. Participants will then use rocks as their canvas to create art inspired by that artist.
To take the experience a little further, after each artist’s bio, MCA will offer a series of questions about identity and art that can be discussed within families (or in a Facebook group, which will be created for this project) to help promote unity and understanding. After each week of learning, creating, and discussing, participants will be asked to place the rock they created out in the community for a lucky passerby to find.
Two optional Zoom sessions will be offered to participants to learn about the project, discover art techniques, and engage in meaningful conversations. This program is offered free of charge, but registration is required to receive weekly email updates and Zoom session links.
These are very divisive times in our country and our world. Though we may be unable to physically gather together at this time, MCA hopes this project will help facilitate important conversations within families and the community while also encouraging exploration of art, artists, and the area around us.
Participants will receive tips and ideas on where to find rocks and what materials to use, but MCA has also created “Just Add Rocks” kits which include supplies to be used by the whole family. Each kit contains acrylic paints, paint brushes, sharpies, Q-tips, Mod Podge, an instruction packet, and more. Kits are $25 and include free delivery or pickup in Winona.
- Dates: Self-paced program, July 9-Aug. 29; optional Zoom meetings, July 16 at 6 p.m. and one TBD in August; optional participation in program Facebook group.
- Ages: All ages are invited to participate. When registering, families only need to register one family member.
- Materials and technology needed: Rocks and decorating materials. To participate in optional live Zoom sessions, internet and a Wi-Fi enabled device are required. Weekly lesson plans will be shared via email. If this is a barrier, please contact MCA and we’ll provide a hard copy of the plans.
- Cost: Free, but registration is required. Optional “Just Add Rocks” multi-person kits can be purchased for $25. (After registration, an email information about how to purchase a kit will be sent out.)
- Register: Online at mca.smumn.edu.
Don’t live in Winona?
Families in other communities are invited to join. The weekly content, art instruction, and conversation prompts are not specific to Winona. However, some of the conversation and rock-hiding location discussions will be more focused on this area. If you’re interested in bringing this to your community, we would be happy to design a program for you. For more information, contact Jamie Schwaba at email@example.com.
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA), an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, is a nonprofit community arts school offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center. For more information about MCA or Galleria Valéncia, visit mca.smumn.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 507-453-5500.
Last semester’s switch to emergency remote teaching helped students continue to learn and faculty continue to teach through a very difficult time. But as we transition from a reactive position to absorb what we have learned about the experience, Saint Mary’s wants to make sure faculty have the skills to deliver an enhanced online student experience informed by best practices in online education.
Starting in July, Saint Mary’s will offer an Online Instructor Certification for all its instructors at no cost. This will be a series of three, four-week courses delivered by Angela Velez-Solic, Ph.D., director of the Center for Teaching and Excellence and Innovation for Rush University in Chicago, Ill. An expert in the field of online learning, Dr. Velez-Solic has spent much of the last 13 years supporting and training faculty. She has trained more than 1,000 people to teach online from all over the world and is the author of “Teaching Online Without Losing Your Mind.”
The courses will be mainly discussion-based and will move through three progressive levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced online teaching. Upon completion, faculty will be better equipped with skills in instructional design; more aware of what quality online courses and online teaching look like; and acquainted with the foundations of Catholic, Lasallian virtue education and how it applies to online teaching.
The courses are designed to enable faculty to apply online teaching strategies in any learning management system. However, the courses will be offered in Saint Mary’s new Canvas learning management system to give instructors experience using the platform from a student perspective.
As we continue to enhance our students’ online experience, Saint Mary’s will require faculty to complete, at minimum, the first course by the end of their second semester of teaching online.
Parking permits can be purchased through the student portal. The permits open up for purchase by class year, starting with the seniors Aug. 1 then each week following with a new class year. The permits are $60 dollars for students who live on campus and $30 for students who live off campus and commute to class.
WINONA, Minn. — Winona Campus students at Saint Mary’s University will be welcomed back to numerous changes, upgrades, and continued renovations — all of which are being made possible solely through philanthropic support.
Adducci Science Center
One of the largest construction projects underway is the renovation of the Adducci Science Center’s Brother Charles and Hoffman halls, which are being transformed into a state-of-the-art space for innovation and collaboration.
Through a $17 million initiative, Saint Mary’s is creating a space for state-of-the-art classrooms, learning spaces, and labs for business and the sciences (including math, psychology, nursing, and computer science.)
Saint Mary’s knows that interdisciplinary efforts are critical now more than ever. In fields ranging from business to healthcare, it takes a team of experts to examine issues, challenges, and opportunity from a variety of perspectives.
“No one person, or one discipline, has all of the knowledge necessary to solve our most challenging problems,” said Todd Reinhart, Sc.D., dean of Sciences and Health Professions. “We know that in solving long standing societal issues, we need experts from various perspectives and disciplines to weigh in and ultimately come up with solutions that should have a higher chance of being successful.”
Highlights of the new facility, expected to be completed by fall 2021, will include a nursing suite, simulation and control rooms, a debrief room, makerspace, trading lab, data analytics lab, computational lab, environmental biology lab, human behavioral lab, sales training suite, teaching and research greenhouse, and covered outdoor classroom extension.
Saint Mary’s has received a $5 million anonymous match to kick off fundraising efforts. Additionally several other alumni and friends, including Merchants Bank and WNB Financial, have supported this initiative. As with its other recent building projects on the Winona Campus, including the Science and Learning Center and Brother William Hall, all major building projects at Saint Mary’s University are funded entirely by the generosity of benefactors. To support this project (and take advantage of the $5 million match), contact Audrey Kintzi, vice president for Advancement and Communication, at 457-1486 or email@example.com.
Additional summer upgrades include new front entrance signage and a major plaza remodel, all of which are also possible through the generosity of Saint Mary’s benefactors. The university’s entrance signs are being replaced with two, 45-foot stone walls. Additionally, a significant portion of the concrete in the plaza is being replaced with more inviting grassy areas.
WINONA, Minn. — As a direct response to market research and an identified need in the workforce, Saint Mary’s University has announced its plan to establish a B.S. in Nursing program in fall 2021 at its Winona Campus.
The university is currently renovating its Adducci Science Center’s Hoffman and Brother Charles halls to house the dedicated nursing suite, which will include a large clinical skills lab, a high fidelity nursing simulation center, faculty offices, and learning hubs (among other collaborative disciplines like business and the sciences — including math, psychology, and computer science).
Seven clinical agency partners from southern Minnesota and the metro area have agreed to partner with Saint Mary’s on student clinical education, and more relationships are forthcoming.
The addition of nursing is just one way Saint Mary’s is expanding into the healthcare sector.
Saint Mary’s has admitted its second cohort for its 3+2 Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program in collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.
Saint Mary’s M.S. in Nurse Anesthesia program and online bachelor’s completion RN to BSN program were touted this year as having top earning potential, according to federal data from the U.S. Department of Education.
Todd Reinhart, Sc.D., dean of Sciences and Health Professions, said there is a high need, particularly in rural areas, for qualified healthcare workers in a variety of disciplines. “We know that with the changing demographics and aging of the workforce, there’s continued need for nurses and nurse anesthetists,” he said, “And we also know that we’re going to continue to need educated policy and prevention personnel. One of the biggest examples of this we are seeing today is with COVID-19.”
Dr. Reinhart added that today’s healthcare systems want to increase their patient care bandwidth, particularly in rural areas. Many of Saint Mary’s healthcare programs directly address that need.
“We have clinical placements in rural areas to help with relationship building and the job placement, and our graduates are sought after,” he said. “It’s ultimately about helping today’s healthcare system provide affordable quality care. Saint Mary’s is working to help strengthen the workforce and address the economic challenges within that workforce.”
Thanks to the generosity of anonymous benefactors, Saint Mary’s continues to make changes to its Winona Campus entrance area. These gifts have allowed us to construct Brother William Hall, tear down Saint Edward’s Hall, and remove the hill in the plaza.
This summer, the project has continued with the construction of new entrance signage, an enclosure wall around the trash receptacles at the Toner Student Center loading dock, and additional work in the plaza. The reception booth near the entrance will also be upgraded.
The concepts and plans for the new entrance, including the remodeling of the plaza, were designed by DLR Group, a Twin Cities architectural firm that guided the preparation of the university’s master plan and did the architectural work for the Cascade Meadow addition in Rochester and the remodel of the Adducci Science Center’s Hoffman and Brother Charles halls.
The general contractor for the plaza project is McGough, the same company that built the Cascade Meadow addition and is the general contractor for the Adducci Science Center. The walls at the entrance and around the garbage area are being built by Scharmer and Sons, a Winona concrete and masonry contractor.
Major components of the plaza remodel
- Nearly all of the concrete in the plaza is being removed. A portion of it will be replaced, but more inviting green space will be incorporated into the new design.
- The metal pillars and footings are being removed to create a more unified gathering space.
- The lighting will be upgraded, and landscaping work will be completed.
Jim Bedtke, vice president for university facilities, estimates that the plaza area will be blocked off throughout July, with new concrete being poured July 13 through Aug. 1, and finish work extending into the first week of August — depending on weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Staff should be able to access the Toner Student Center on the plaza side until work begins on the new foyer next week (around July 6-10). At some point, security personnel and other staff will not be able to access the doors leading to the Hall of Fame from the plaza, probably around July 30. Contact Bedtke if there are any questions about this project.
Christine Beech, D.M., executive director of the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies and assistant professor of business, was recently featured in a report titled “Higher ed’s key role in rural innovation ecosystems” from the Center on Rural Innovation.
The report highlights ways in which innovation and tech economies impact rural America’s future and how rural institutions of higher education can play a huge role in building the ecosystems that support the work.
Dr. Beech and Saint Mary’s are featured starting on page 27 of the report.
Mallory Knipe, DSW, associate professor in the Master of Social Work program, joined Saint Mary’s University on May 4.
Prior to joining Saint Mary’s, she was the social work program director for North Central University in Minneapolis. She has also previously taught in the University of Wisconsin system for Eau Claire and Madison at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Knipe began her career in social work as a child protective services worker, practicing in both Oklahoma and Wisconsin, and later moved into the realm of school social work. She began leading professional development trainings during this time, educating teachers and administrators in school districts throughout western Wisconsin on the issue of educating students in poverty.
“My research focuses on critical consciousness development in social work students and the challenges and barriers that hinder this complex process. My research explores teaching methods and other suggestions for overcoming these obstacles and promoting authentic consciousness raising in students,” said Dr. Knipe, who currently has an article in press with the Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
Dr. Knipe holds a doctorate in social work from the University of St. Thomas and a master’s in social work from the University of Oklahoma where she was a Title IV-E scholar.
“I’m looking forward to entering the realm of online education in a full-time capacity, and I’m excited to apply my research on critical consciousness development to this new online platform,” Dr. Knipe said.
Join us in welcoming Dr. Knipe!
The Winona Post featured Saint Mary’s in an article about area university plans for fall, including quotes from Ann Merchlewitz, J.D., general counsel, university secretary, and co-chair of the Pandemic Assessment Coordinating Team.
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine featured a profile on Leah Gordon, DNP, assistant professor and Nurse Anesthesia program director. Scroll to page 64 to read how COVID-19 has affected and will continue to affect healthcare professionals.
Data from Saint Mary’s GeoSpatial Services (GSS) was cited in a recent article from Cronkite News. The data referenced is part of the analysis GSS completed for Earthjustice, a legal advocacy firm that is filing an injunction against the new Navigable Waters Protection Rule.
Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) continues to offer online programming, which was shared in an article from the Winona Post. MCA camps and classes are available for children ages 2 and older through adults.
WINONA, Minn. — The following Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota students completed requirements for bachelor of arts degrees in May 2020.
Student name, hometown, parent or guardian names
Juan Altamirano Herrera, Appleton, Wis.
Cray Alvarez, Winona, Minn., Virginia Whalen
Tyler Amy, Chatfield, Minn., Julie Amy
Lydia Bacon, Rochester, Minn., Roger Bacon and Krista Affeldt
Joshua Balsiger, Camas, Wash., Alan Balsiger
Cassandra Barr, Eau Claire, Wis., Tom and Marcy Barr
Virginia Barrera, Long Lake, Minn., Saturnino and Artemia Barrera
Alexis Barth, Byron, Minn., Brian and Melissa Barth
Olivia Beauchamp, Jerseyville, Ill., Brett and Melissa Beauchamp
Kaycie Beissel, Hampton, Minn., Raena Reinardy
Kizzy Bell, St. Paul, Minn., David and Brook Bell
Alice Bettag, Maple Park, Ill., Eric and Joan Bettag
Ellen Blackmer, Forest Lake, Minn., Richard and Karan Blackmer
Annika Blesener, Saint Paul, Minn., David and Sheri Blesener
Aimee Boggs, Browning , Mont., Cameron and Victoria Boggs
Madalyn Bollig, St. Croix Falls, Wis., Gregory and Lisa Bollig
Ben Borash, Bowlus, Minn., Ronald and Ann Borash
Zachary Bracken, Oseeo, Minn., Nicole Bracken
Lillian Braun, Mantorville, Minn., Jeffery and Kelly Braun
Kayla Burck, Algonquin, Ill., Phillip and Jonna Burck
Elizabeth Ciukaj, Alsip, Ill., Jeanne Ciukaj
Jacob Coleman, Aurora, Ill., Stephen Coleman
Daniel Collette, Stillwater, Minn., Tony and Jodi Collette
Joseph Costello, Victoria, Minn., Jennifer Costello
Bryanna Cross, Alsip, Ill., Lori Cross and Therese Cross
Andrew Cummings, Anchorage, Alaska, Adam and Katherine Cummings
Jordan Danielson, Dover, Minn., Karen Danielson
Carol Dao, Rochester, Minn., Hiep Dao and Maria Le
Monet Datari, Minneapolis, Minn., Sibulu and Tiona Datari
Alexander DiBacco, Darien, Ill., Lorenzo and Kathleen DiBacco
Sadie Doering, Mosinee, Wis.
Zachary Drake, Westby, Wis., Dawn Drake
Justin Edwards, Marshfield, Wis., Janelle Edwards
Jordan Elwood, Hannon, Ontario, Canada, Brian and Lina Elwood
Ricardo Estrada Rodriguez, Oronoco, Minn., Itzel Estrada Rodriguez
Maxwell Faust, Stillwater, Minn., Scott Faust
Danielle Franke, Saint Paul, Minn., Dan and Karen Franke
Laura Gagnon, New Richmond, Wis., Alecia Gagnon
Bryce Galewski, Winona, Minn., Tamara Matthees
Christina Galvan, Racine, Wis., Cuitlahuac and Cynthia Galvan
Manuel Garcia, Racine, Wis., Daniel Garcia
Nicholas Gawarecki, Stewartville, Minn.
Dawn Gilyard, Winona, Minn., Cherie Gilyard
Kevin Gleason, Minneapolis, Minn., Jay and Peggy Gleason
Samantha Grabau, Wabasha, Minn., David and Jean Grabau
Madiso, Gueningsman, Winsted, Minn., Andrew and Tricia Gueningsman
Carla Guillen, Minneapolis, Minn., Victor Guilllen and Eva Ramirez
Jaime Gutierrez, Northlake, Ill., Ramon Gutierrez and Petra Gutierrez
Anya Hafiz, Saint Paul, Minn., Elizabeth Hafiz
Taliya Harris, Chicago, Ill., Shaundra Harris
Ian Hebeisen, Plymouth, Minn., Jim and Sue Hebeisen
Megan Hendrickson, Harmony, Minn., Scott and Laurie Hendrickson
Nayeli Hernandez Moctezuma, Austin, Minn., Hector Hernandez Morales and Carmela Moctezuma Romero
Jared Hippman, Bolingbrook, Ill., Scott and Elizabeth Hippman
Jordan Jacobson, Bloomington, Minn., Anna, Hanson
Quanlong Jiang, Yantai, China, Junhan Jiang and Yu Wang
Spencer Johnston, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Bob and Suzanne Johnston
Seth Kamrass, Norcross, Ga., Steve and Barbara Kamrass
Annabeth Kerr, Damascus, Ore., Jeffrey and Kimberly Kerr
Aaron Kibirige, Lino Lakes, Minn.
Jack Kinnunen, Chassell, Mich., Russell and Maria Kinnunen
John Kluge, White Bear Lake, Minn., Mark and Elaine Kluge
Patrick Kolias, Minneapolis, Minn., Paul and Monica Kolias
Jacob Kramer, Austin, Minn., Randall and Wendy Kramer
Kamila Kuchta, Woodbury, Minn., Waldemar and Aleksandra Kuchta
Hannah Lacina, Mankato, Minn., Matthew Lacina and Tres Lacina
Kaitlin Larson, Bloomington, Minn., Jammie Larson
Patrick Laughlin, Naperville, Ill., Dan and Dina Laughlin
Emma Lay, Houston, Texas, Newman and Sabrina Lay
Ahnika Lexvold, South Haven, Minn., Scott and Roberta Lexvold
Solomon Liebl, Fertile, Minn., Peter and Marcia Liebl
SamMichael Long, Andover, Minn., Mike and Kimberlie Long
Michelle Mangahas, Winona, Minn., Ednalyn Nillo
Michael Maniak, Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Mary Maniak
Michael Marlin, Sauk Rapids, Minn., Michael and Michelle Marlin
William Matthews, Geneva, Ill., Kevin and Janet Matthews
Abbie McCarthy, Portland, Ore., Timothy and Cheryl McCarthy
Cole McElwain, Sauk Centre, Minn., John and Katie Loxtercamp
Conor McGillivary, Minneapolis, Minn., Elizabeth McGillivary
Brennan McGuire, Minneapolis, Minn., George and Jenny McGuire
Kyle Meeh, Fenton, Mo., Cathy Meeh
Kristjan Meitz, Waukesha, Wis., Curt and Kristel Meitz
Rachael Menke, Winona, Minn., Tim Menke
McKenna Messling, Holmen, Wis., Jill Collum and Greg Messling
Emma Mockler, Dubuque, Iowa, John and Caroline Mockler
Mitchel Modic, Rhinelander, Wis., Marko and Tammy Modic
Robert Mondo, Roselle, Ill., Robert and Lisa Mondo
Molly Moran, Evergreen Park, Ill., Julia Moran
Victoria Mota, Melrose Park, Ill., Arturo and Nora Mota
Anna Muccio, St. Paul, Minn., Dan and Jane Muccio
Brando Nava-Garcia, Minneapolis, Minn., Jose Dominguez
Joel O’Shea, Valparaiso, Ind.
Matthew Pearson, Byron, Minn., Jeffrey and Sherry Pearson
Gabriella Pederson, Chaska, Minn., Jeff and Sandy Pederson
James Perreault, Batavia, Ill., James and Margaret Perreault
Samantha Peterson, Osceola, Wis., Dale and Karen Peterson
Matthew Piechowski, Hutchinson, Minn., Dennis and Colleen Piechowski
Mitchell Plonka, Plainfield, Ill., Ronald and Lia Plonka
Steven Reamer, Saint Paul, Minn., John and Jill Reamer
Ana Reding, Stillwater, Minn., Kathleen Reding
Michele Remer, Grand Forks, N.D., James and Joann Remer
Dylan Robertson, Alpharetta, Ga., Scott Robertson
Lauren Rogers, Barrington, Ill., Scott and Jacquie Rogers
Rachel Rougas, San Diego, Calif., Stephen and Janice Rougas
Natalie Ruegsegger, Billings, Mont., Bill and Linda Ruegsegger
Celeste Russell, Las Vegas, Nev., Diane Russell
Natalie Ryan, Vill of Lakewood, Ill., Timothy and Mary Ryan
Juan Sanchez, Bogotá, Colombia, Diana Sanchez
Blair Sanders, Lee’s Summit, Mo., Brent Sanders
Andrew Sandoz, Menasha, Wis., Patricia Sandoz
Jacob Sandstrom, Altoona, Wis., Timm and Staci Sandstrom
Alex Schmid, Dubuque, Iowa, John Schmid
Daniel Schmidt, Woodridge, Ill., Alan and Barbara Schmidt
Marcella Schumacher, Minneapolis, Minn., John and Elizabeth Schumacher
Brendan Scott, Rochester, Minn., William and Katie Scott
Nicholas Sedlacek, Chicago, Ill., Kurt and Judy Sedlacek
Catherine Seifert, Stillwater, Minn., Jeff and Carrie Seifert
Grace Sharp-Madson, St. Anthony, Minn., Jim and Anne Sharp-Madson
Tangang Ashley Shikei, Lillington, N.C., Andrew and Seraphine Tangang
Gabrielle Shupe, Preston, Minn., James and Heather Shupe
Brooklyn Singleton, New Braunfels, Texas, Laura Casey-Singleton
Alyssa Sloneker, Blue Earth, Minn., Doug and Kelly Sloneker
Robert Sobczak, Cloquet, Minn., Nancy Sobczak
John Stang, Mendota Heights, Minn., Brian and Megan Stang
Collin Stehr, Cottage Grove, Minn., Mark and Kathleen Stehr
Emilie Steingraeber, La Crosse, Wis., Mark and Carolyn Steingraeber
Veronica Stevens, Delano, Minn., William and Sabrina Stevens
Tyler Stilp, Lindstrom, Minn., Cory and Laura Stilp
Signey Stoesz, Mountain Lake, Minn., Michael Stoesz
Emily Strezishar, East Grand Forks, Minn., Thomas and Michelle Strezishar
Paige Swanson, Anoka, Minn., David and Terri Swanson
Amelia Sweet, River Falls, Wis., Lynnette Sweet
Jonathan Swoik, Pekin, Ill., Terry Swoik and Timothy and Susan Wiley
Yi Tao, Wujiang, Suzhou, China, Fengbiao and Jianfang Tao
Adam Tapper, Minneapolis, Minn., Jay and Holly Tapper
Alyssa Thiel, Berlin, Wis., Brian and Debra Thiel
Benjamin Thompson, Winona, Minn., Paul and Jane Thompson
Jason Timm, Brillion, Wis., Patrick and Mary Timm
Jacob Tschida, Pine River, Minn., Joseph and Tracy Tschida
Yohanan Urbina, Milwaukee, Wis., Hector Urbina and Caroline Espinoza Urbina
Trevor Wagner, Minneapolis, Minn., David and Nancy Wagner
Abigail Williams, Orlando, Fla., Martin and Katherine Williams
Haley Williams, Littleton, Colo., William and Brenda Williams
Michelle Wing, Verona, Wis., Timothy and Kate Wing
Abigayle Wishy, Owatonna, Minn., Todd and Kris Wishy
Sydney Woerly, Lockport, Ill., Denise Woerly
Ryan Wolfe, Wabasha, Minn., John and Sandy Wolfe
Sarah Zastrow, Mendota Heights, Minn., Paul Zastrow
Tianbo Zhang, Beijing, China
Marissa Ziebell, Grand Meadow, Minn., Dori Ziebell
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will introduce an all new dining program on the Winona Campus beginning fall 2020 with expected completion of all projects in summer 2021. Chartwells will offer new meal plans for residential and commuter students, creating greater value and satisfaction through available choices. Saint Mary’s retail dining program will be revitalized in summer 2020 to expand options and improve the overall quality of dining offerings on campus.
To select your meal plan, complete the appropriate form by 4 p.m. Friday, July 31:
An information session, to be held via Zoom, will be scheduled in the coming weeks. Look for more details soon.
Questions? Contact Student Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Saint Mary’s is delivering all summer 2020 coursework remotely. The pass/no credit option made available for the spring 2020 semester is being extended for the summer 2020 semester for all schools and all programs.
Students may exercise this option on a course-by-course basis after informing individual faculty members; however, the decision to move to pass/no credit should not be made lightly and only after consultation with the adviser.
Often standard letter grades are required for those pursuing licensure, certification, or admission to graduate and professional programs. Standard letter grades are often also required by employers who reimburse the cost of tuition.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about the pass/no credit option, visit the FAQ page.
The Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) recently published a piece by Michael Hahn, Ph.D., assistant professor and the Character and Virtue Education program director.
The piece, “Lessons from the Coronavirus for Catholic Higher Education,” highlights learnings from the experience of reacting quickly to restrictions imposed to help contain the coronavirus, including the:
- Value of residential learning
- Necessity of online learning
- Significance of community
- Vulnerability of all institutions
- Centrality of mission
This spring, the Academic Continuity Planning Group initiated a survey of faculty and students seeking feedback on the remote teaching measures taken by the university to ensure the safety of the Saint Mary’s community during the spring COVID-19 response.
The purpose of the survey was to guide actions moving forward. The Office of Assessment administered the survey in late May receiving input from 188 faculty and 597 students. Analyzing the survey provided insights on the teaching and learning experiences of our students and faculty across campuses which will inform continued improvement.
Overall, students and faculty took many positives away from the remote teaching experience, but those from classes originally intended to be face-to-face understandably missed seeing their peers in person, asked for more preparation and support on technology tools, and worried about diminished learning.
As a result of the survey findings, Saint Mary’s is already taking the following steps:
- Planning a self-paced course for students to better orient them to courses designed to be online, remote teaching courses, and tools for learning remotely.
- Adding additional training for faculty in online teaching (to complement the experience gained in remote teaching) and modular course design to prepare for any future needs to move classes online.
- Investing more in educational technology staff and support, with two positions already posted to support faculty teaching online, teaching with educational technology tools, and the transition to the new learning management system.
Finally, as an incentive to fill out the survey, we offered the chance to win one of four $25 gift cards to Target. Congratulations to the following faculty and student winners who recently received notification:
- Colleen Weis, course-contracted assistant professor in the education program
- Bill Knutson, MED facilitator
- Lindsay O’Shea, course-contracted voice instructor
- Benjamin Pauli, Ph.D., assistant professor of biology
- Melissa Johnsen, SGPP
- Amy Anderson, SGPP
- Caroline Woodle, College
- Melissa Varner, College