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

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.