Encouraging Community at Saint Mary's

We strive to embody the Lasallian charism by proactively inviting and welcoming students and other members of the university community to full participation in the caring, nurturing, and holistic climate which distinguishes our residential undergraduate College.

Inspired by the legacy of the Christian Brothers, student life personnel bring the Lasallian charism to reality by their extraordinary faith.

The Office of Student Life fulfills this mission by providing the human resources and the spiritual and temporal guidance which empowers students to pursue safe, healthy, integrated, active lives in this teaching/learning community. Functioning from the perspective of facilitators, educators, advisers, and role models committed to the education of the whole person, members of the student life staff serve the university community both as catalytic creators of a wholesome environment and as responders to the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, vocational, and intellectual needs and challenges that arise within the community.

Core Values: Teaching Minds, Touching Hearts

We are members of a community who...

  • Respect ourselves and one another
  • Seek knowledge
  • Use our freedom responsibly
  • Draw strength from diversity
  • Grow in our faith
  • Serve those in need
  • Share our gifts

University Mission:

Enriched by the Lasallian Catholic heritage, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.

Rooted in this mission, the co-curricular area of the university will foster the student experience through the following outcomes:


  • Exhibit strong communication skills
  • Discern vocation
  • Value wellness
  • Demonstrate confidence


  • Retreats
  • Mentoring experiences 
  • Athletic, outdoor, club sports, and intramural programming/experiences
  • Career and professional development sessions


  • Exhibit respect for other faiths 
  • Value the principles of Catholic Social Teaching
  • Demonstrate spiritual exploration
  • Integrate Lasallian values


  • Worship services
  • Interfaith experiences
  • Immersion trips
  • Spiritual and religious programs


  • Exhibit financial responsibility
  • Value etiquette
  • Recognize the importance of community standards
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills


  • Student judicial process
  • All-campus programming
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Student government organizations


  • Value volunteerism, reflective service, and philanthropy 
  • Engage in community building
  • Exhibit respect for all persons
  • Be well-informed civic leaders


  • Service opportunities
  • Symposiums and speakers
  • All-campus programming
  • Civic and citizen engagement opportunities


  • Utilize criteria to make ethical decisions
  • Desire to serve the common good
  • Exhibit adaptability
  • Inspire, lead, guide 


  • Mentoring relationships
  • Student organization leadership positions
  • Student employment opportunities
  • Leadership development programs


  • Value inclusivity
  • Engage in respectful interactions
  • Promote solidarity
  • Work across social, economic, political, and cultural differences


  • Diversity workshops and training
  • Cultural programs and events
  • Immersion trips
  • International/Multicultural Week

These objectives were created through the lens of:

  • Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
  • Saint Mary's University mission and vision statement
  • Lasallian core principles
  • Principles of good practice for student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities
  • Catholic Social Teaching documents and principles
  • EQ by Daniel Goldman
  • Residence Life program model

Where you are matters: Winona named most beautiful town in Minnesota

The City of Winona, home to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and its Winona Campus, again received accolades as a top place to live. The well-known Expedia online travel service recently named Winona the most beautiful town in Minnesota, and an earlier ranking by Safewise called Winona the safest college town in the United States. […] Read more ›

Exploring the possibilities through Outdoor Leadership

Guided by the beams of their headlamps, Colin Norris ’13 led a dozen hardy students on a night hike through the bluffs surrounding Saint Mary’s University. Carefully, they made their way along the snowy wooded trails, across a stream, and to a clearing far behind the campus lights and activity. The group’s excited chatter quieted […] Read more ›

Studying abroad changes lives [video]

Erin Doyle ’17 left for her London study abroad trip in 2015 as a quiet introvert. “I didn’t think I could ever travel by myself,” she said. “I’d never been on a plane, never left the country other than Canada, and hadn’t even seen the sea. But I did so successfully, happily, and safely. And […] Read more ›

Student Resources

Incident Reporting Form

Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form

Hate Bias Reporting Form

Student Complaint Reporting Form

Student Handbook (PDF)

Find Us

Vlazny Hall, Room 105
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Student Life
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #50
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1640
Fax: 507-457-1640

Connect With Us

Charissa Jakusz, M.A.

Dean of Students

Vlazny Hall, VL105

Campus Box: # 9

(507) 457-1403



B.S. in Spanish & Education, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

M.A. in Human Development, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

Student Development Interests
First-year student experience, international student life, learning communities

Charissa Jakusz M.A.