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Resources for Success

The Student Success Center serves as an important access point for students in pursuit of academic excellence by connecting you with resources and services that will help you adjust to college life and find your place here at the Saint Mary’s Winona campus.

Reaching your potential isn’t easy, but we’re here to help you achieve your expectations providing a wide range of academic and developmental support including:

  • Academic advising
  • Tutoring
  • Academic learning strategies
  • Leadership skills
  • Accommodations for students with documented disabilities

The professional staff members mentor, encourage, and guide students in their academic and personal development. Students are encouraged to become familiar with and take advantage of these resources throughout their four years of college

Student Success Center Website


The Advising Office works closely with faculty advisers, the tutoring program, the Writing Center, the Wellness Center, Career Services, the Athletic Department, and Access Services to provide a comprehensive advising experience for students.

Learn About Advising

Learning Services and Tutoring

Learning Services are free to all students on the undergraduate Winona Campus and includes peer tutoring, peer learning assistance, and academic counseling. Get connected with peer tutors and/or peer learning assistants to help you succeed in all of your classes.

Learn About Tutoring

Access Services

Access Services provides specific accommodations to qualified students based on individual student documentation. Students are responsible for furnishing documentation of their disability and requesting reasonable accommodations to the director of Access Services. Common accommodations include: alternate format textbooks, assistive technology, peer notetakers, testing accommodations, and liaison with the faculty as needed.

Learn About Access Services

Find Us

Griffin Hall, Room 70
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Student Success Center
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

Connect With Us

Octavia Brown

Advisor/Countdown to College Coordinator

Saint Mary's Hall, SM136C

Campus Box: # 52

(507) 457-6683

Octavia Brown
Tricia Dobrient

New Student Orientation and Academic Support Specialist

Griffin Hall, GR070H

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-1406

Joe Dulak, M.S.

Student Success Center - Director of Learning Assistance

Griffin Hall, GR070L

Campus Box: # 44

(507) 457-1414

Joe Dulak M.S.
Karen Hemker, M.Ed.

Student Success Center - Director of Access Services

Griffin Hall, GR070N

Campus Box: # 44

(507) 457-1465

Karen Hemker M.Ed.
Alisa Macksey, M.A.

Dean of Student Success and First Generation Initiative

Griffin Hall, GR070

Campus Box: # 55

(507) 457-1469

Alisa Macksey M.A.
Bethany Mota Gonzalez, M.S.

Student Success Center / FGI - Director of Advising

Griffin Hall, GR070J

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-8737

Bethany Mota Gonzalez M.S.
Taylor Zanotti, M.S.E.

Student Success Center & First Generation Initiative - Testing Coordinator/Student Support Specialist

Griffin Hall, GR070A

Campus Box: # 31

(507) 457-1418

Taylor Zanotti M.S.E.