COVID-19 Updates

In light of ongoing recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19 and its impact on our community, the university will continue to offer all undergraduate courses online through the end of the academic year.

In addition, all graduate and bachelor’s completion programs will continue to be offered online through summer term 2, June 29 to Aug. 23. We have also canceled or postponed all events currently scheduled through July 31.

To contain the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe, Saint Mary's University has decided to continue online classes on all campuses until further notice. All Saint Mary's campuses and locations will be closed to the public, and all events through July are canceled or postponed. Most offices will be operated remotely so we can continue to serve staff, faculty, and current and potential students. Building off its long history of helping students excel in online, blended, and on-campus programs, Saint Mary's will continue meeting the needs of its College students and adult learners during this pandemic.

We have taken the ongoing pandemic into account when making the decision to cancel or suspend all events through July 31. The university’s Pandemic Assessment and Coordination Team (PACT) will continue to monitor recommendations from state and federal authorities and will determine if cancellations or suspensions need to be extended beyond that date.

Although we don't know what the impact of COVID-19 will be on our campuses, we will continue to monitor, assess, and communicate while doing what is best for our students, faculty, and staff.

This website will be updated regularly and can serve as a valuable information tool for all members of the Saint Mary’s community.

Messages from Father James Burns

Dear Saint Mary’s Community,


The events of the past weeks have caused ever greater reflection on my part and have brought me deeper into the mystery of Lent as that time of interior preparation for the hope that is Easter. I have been particularly struck by this line from Mark 1:35, “At daybreak, Jesus left the town and went off to a lonely place to pray.” This may feel in many ways like our own personal experience. We have had to leave town and go to an “alone” place, even a “lonely” place. Of course, a key difference is that we have gone off not of our own choosing but due to external events. Yet here we are. Perhaps the challenge for many of us now is, how we find God in these events and through the experiences that surround us and people who are around us? How do we find the sacred and the good in these alone and lonely places we are now faced with?

A lesson recounted from the life of Baroness Catherine de Hueck Doherty (essentially a Dorothy Day of Canada) is instructive here. She came to Canada as a Russian noblewoman and refugee. After her husband died, she arranged for her son’s education, sold everything, and went to live in the slums of Toronto. There she served those who were considered society’s outcasts. Later she wrote a book titled Poustinia. Poustinia is Russian for “desert,” but it means more than a physical place; it means an isolated place where a person can pray in solitude, uninterrupted. Like Jesus, Catherine de Hueck Doherty sought solitude to pray and reflect — to hear the still small voice of God urging her (and now us) to understand His will. How many people have had to go off to an alone place in order to receive enlightenment and even refreshment for the task and life ahead? How much good has come by way of literature, art, inventions, new thinking, new ways of being together, from going away to think, pray and reflect?  Would Baroness de Hueck have been able to give us her works had she not spent time in that lonely, deserted place where the Spirit of God was more fully present to her without interruption?  The modern poet Carl Sandburg said, “One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.” Perhaps we might ask ourselves what of our current situation lends itself to creative solitude?

I am also conscious at this time that on March 17 we remembered Saint Patrick and were mindful of Founders’ Day. Both Saint Patrick and our founders witnessed many times of solitude and aloneness in which they had to come face to face with daunting tasks, whether being taken from one’s home against one’s will as Saint Patrick was or facing the realities, at times quite challenging, of running Lasallian schools as our founders did. In the still of these silent moments, when they were all alone, they were confronted with what God was asking of them, for their good and their neighbors. Could they have achieved all that they did without this silent, still time away?

Further, having just received a beautiful letter of encouragement, trust, and faith, in my work and yours, from the Superior General of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Brother Robert Schieler, FSC, I am sustained in my belief that the way we are doing all that we do has such great value and import, even if we now work remotely. To quote Brother Superior, “… [as] we celebrate the feast of Saint Joseph. Choosing him as the patron of our Institute, Saint La Salle did so because he believed Saint Joseph demonstrated that he possessed the qualities and virtues needed for the responsibilities entrusted to him by God. I believe God has entrusted you with the qualities and virtues necessary to guide the university through this crisis.” He wrote this for the Feast of Saint Joseph, which is today, March 19. As I find myself looking out my office window in Winona at Saint Joseph’s Hall, this letter and the figure of Saint Joseph are reminders that much of what we do is done in that silent, strong, assured but sometimes lonely place with God. In this time away from our community, great things are not only possible but the greatest among these is possible, specifically, the attainment of all things for the greatest Good.

Perhaps, just perhaps, we have been granted this time that we are now living in because the greatest Good could only happen in that still, deserted, lonely, lovely place with God. You all remain in my prayers during these quiet days. I remain full of thanksgiving to all, especially the many who have gone above and beyond in quiet and solitude to make things safe, beautiful, and good for so many. I would encourage you all, given the hard work over the past few days, to give yourself a day of rest on Sunday. Take the time to reflect on how important you are to so many people, including our Saint Mary’s community.

Saint Joseph, Pray for us!

Gratefully in Saint John Baptist de La Salle, I remain,

Rev. James Patrick Burns

Third Sunday of Lent
Dear Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Community,

The Peace of the Lord be with you.

Many of you are aware that both Bishop John Quinn, Ordinary of the Diocese of Winona Rochester, and Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis (the two dioceses where our campuses are located) have declared that, in response to the coronavirus outbreak (and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the welfare of the faithful in their charge), the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for Catholics would be lifted until the virus is under control. In relation to this, and as a result of moving so much of our teaching online while asking most of our students to return home, we have cancelled daily and Sunday Mass at Saint Thomas More Chapel (though the seminary priests will still celebrate Mass daily at 7:30 AM in their Chapel).

This is a very unusual step since Sunday Mass has been celebrated uninterrupted on our Campus for nearly 110 years. While this is cause for reflection on what it means for us as a community of faith, reminding us as well of our fragility, it also causes us a certain sadness of heart and pain of loss, realizing that we cannot as easily meet with Our Lord in the Holy Mass and pray together in that Eucharistic setting for ourselves, each other and the world. Yet, it is also a call for us to be ever grateful that we have been so blessed to have the Lord present to us in the Eucharist so often, for so many generations and whom we can still visit with and speak to in the Blessed Sacrament. 

The events of the past month and more are a reminder of our obligations. As the pastor for the University community (that represents so many hands, hearts and lives), I am aware of the awesome responsibility to pray and offer sacrifice for our beloved Saint Mary’s, and to do so fully and profoundly. To that responsibility, I invite each and every one of you to share. We will all need the strength that only God can provide but we are confident He will grant it. He will give us the courage, as well, for the sacrifices that will be required of all of us. This will be the case not only because we now need to teach and learn differently but also because we will need to do much more than in the past to make sure we come through the other side of this pandemic rooted and strong, in our beliefs and in our institution: communally and personally; physically and financially.

As I celebrated the Holy Eucharist for all of you (and your families and loved ones) this past Sunday, I kept each of you in prayer (Wherefore also we pray always for you; that our God would make you worthy of His vocation, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith in power II Thes1:11). I also am praying singularly at the Chapel of Saint Thomas More for each of your concerns and those of the world. Our humble Chapel, and that of Saint Mary of the Angels, have been sacred places where many of us (and our ancestors, too) have found the true source of solace and support during times of trial and sadness. They have also been places where we have expressed to God our joy and happiness in moments of success and achievement, remembering the work is always His. Sacraments have been celebrated, vows have been made, prayers have been committed to the Lord and Saints for our loved ones during many a trial or tribulation from war to injury, from seeking guidance and discernment to abiding prayers for family and friends in need. The very stones and the altar of God join us over the years, uniting us in decades of prayers and loving witness to all that has been and all that is yet to be. We can still all be united in this one special way, as we pray each for the other in our own chapels, churches, houses of prayer or homes. 

For those who are feeling more anxious and afraid, and lest we become overwhelmed in the current context, I want to pass along to you what a dear friend recently passed on to me as a point to think about, ponder over and pray with, reflecting on the current situation (I have altered just a few words mindful of our current context).

This is the first point to be made: and the first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be [affected] by an [pandemic virus], let that [virus] when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing …, chatting to our friends … —not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about [viruses]. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.

—C. S. Lewis, “On Living in an Atomic Age” (1948) in Present Concerns: Journalistic Essays

Finally, let us join together in the prayer of Pope Francis, to his mother and ours, the Patroness of Our University, Blessed Mary Mother of God, for all those affected by the virus and all those working to alleviate and end the consequences of it in every field and position.

Dearest Mother Mary,

You always shine on our path as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to You, who are Health of the Sick, who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping Your faith firm.

You, who are Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need, and we are sure You will provide for us so that, as in Cana of Galilee,

we may return to joy and to feasting after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who has taken upon Himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows to lead us, through the cross, to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Pray for us!

In His Divine Will,
Rev. James Patrick Burns, IVD

Dear Saint Mary’s University Community,

Since my last communication, the threat of COVID-19 has progressed, with the World Health Organization declaring a pandemic. We are now taking added precautions to keep our Saint Mary’s community safe. Although there still are no reported cases of COVID-19 within our university community, we’ve taken steps to reduce the likelihood of transmitting the virus.

After considerable deliberation and consultation, and after reviewing local, national, and international recommendations, we will cancel all in-person classes on all campuses Monday and Tuesday, March 16-17, and will move our undergraduate and graduate courses to online delivery beginning, Wednesday, March 18, continuing through Monday, April 13. Programs and courses currently delivered online are unaffected by this change. We will reassess the situation as April 13 approaches and communicate any changes as soon as possible relative to a decision to resume normal operations beginning April 14.

The decision to move classes online has been made after considerable prayer, reflection, consultation, and discussion. Saint Mary’s is known for its close and personal connections in the classroom, and for its hands-on learning and community atmosphere. In these extraordinary times, we are compelled to limit the spread of this virus. We ask for everyone’s continued prayers and patience as we navigate the many new challenges this brings forth.

Students - Winona Campus

During this time, we are asking undergraduate students to return home to continue their studies online until April 14. All in-season student-athletes, international students, and students who need special housing consideration should complete this form to stay on campus. Students who have an internship, practica, student teaching, and lab research may also request a special housing consideration. Students should monitor their emails closely for communications from faculty about next steps. Faculty will communicate with students no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16, with further information about how courses will be delivered moving forward. Your Saint Mary’s student email account will be the official means of communication with faculty regarding coursework and for COVID-19 updates.

Please begin gathering all of your textbooks, laptops, and other academic materials, as well as personal essentials. We ask students to please plan to be out of the residence halls and off campus by 3 p.m. Sunday, March 15.

Students - Twin Cities, Rochester, and Apple Valley

Students should monitor their Saint Mary’s student email account closely for communications from faculty about next steps. Faculty will communicate with students no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, March 16. Your Saint Mary’s student email account will be the official means of communication with students. Students who have an internship or practica, or are student teaching, will continue under their current arrangements. 

We are working hard to ensure all our students are able to meet their academic requirements remotely.

Staff

All university offices and services remain open. Our staff members are essential to ensuring the university can maintain operations in a safe and responsible way. All staff, including academic support staff, are expected to report for work unless they are feeling ill. Human Resources will be sharing additional guidance.

Events

We are working to avoid events that bring large numbers of people together in close proximity. As such, we are reviewing the numerous events planned this spring on all of our campuses. To that end, the decision has been made to suspend our Founders’ Day, originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17, with the goal of rescheduling later in the academic year. Additionally, we are examining options with respect to spring large group events. These measures are being taken to help ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, as well as to decrease the potential impact on the larger community. At present, any events held after April 13 will continue as scheduled at this time. You will, of course, be informed of any changes.

Travel

In addition to our previous restrictions on international travel, university-sponsored domestic travel will require the approval of the provost for academic travel or the senior vice president for finance and operations for staff travel. We also ask that all staff and faculty members consider using technology to hold meetings between and across campuses whenever possible.

Conclusion

Saint Mary’s Pandemic Assessment and Coordinating Team (PACT) continues to meet daily and work closely with our local, state, and federal partners to assess risks to our university and to plan accordingly. Refer to our www.smumn.edu/covid19 for the most recent university updates on this matter. Please also continue to closely monitor your email.

Finally, I want to thank the many members of the administration, faculty, and staff who have been working diligently around the clock to prepare for these events and who continue to assist in meeting the needs of our students. We are blessed to have such committed individuals working together for the common good of our university and community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let us continue to pray for all those affected by this virus. In a special way, we ask for the intercession and patronage of Saint John Baptist de La Salle to guide the efforts of medical personnel working around the clock to respond to this pandemic.

Rev. James Patrick Burns, IVD, Ph.D.
President

Messages to Students in our Graduate and Professional Programs

Fall semester planning update

As the spring semester ends for our graduate and undergraduate students, we now look to fall 2020. To this end, the university is focusing its attention on preparing for the return of students in the fall.

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Saint Mary’s University presents two faculty/staff awards [video]

In celebration of its heritage, Saint Mary’s University virtually presented awards to one faculty member and one staff member in honor of Founders’ Day.

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Looking ahead

The next issue of CommUNITY will be sent on Thursday, May 28, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Starting in June, CommUNITY will be shared biweekly on Thursdays.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” — John 15:9

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Saint Mary's receives high approval from the Higher Learning Commission

On May 5, Saint Mary’s received notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that our efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak “demonstrate the institution’s commitment to the public good and attention to the general well-being of its constituents.” Furthermore, we were informed that the university is approved at the highest level of distance education approval and does not require any waiver or approval to change its offerings.

Our commitment to quality education (whether online or on-campus), a core Lasallian principle, is reflected in this notification from the HLC.

Saint Mary's Alumni Association offers a variety of online programming

Saint Mary’s Alumni Association is offering numerous online programming options. Course options cover a variety of topics, including professional development, meditation, managing stress, parenting during this challenging time, being creative, and more.

The online events are free and open to the entire Saint Mary’s community. See all available events and register at connect.smumn.edu/events.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” — Isaiah 43:4

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Saint Mary’s student featured in podcast about inequities during COVID-19

Saint Mary’s student Ziad Oumer, who is completing his bachelor’s degree in public health, was recently featured in a podcast from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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Celebrate the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle May 15 [video]

Each year, Lasallians honor Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers, on May 15, known as the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle or Founder’s Day.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him; God is a refuge for us.” — Psalm 62:8

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

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LDT alumni find new perspective through remote teaching

The COVID-19 pandemic has given new perspectives to alumni of the M.Ed. in Learning Design and Technology online program as they navigate the new normal of remote teaching.

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Saint Mary’s nursing ranks No. 2 and 7 in early-career salary data

The nursing program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs has been featured on the 2020 Best Campus and Online Colleges lists from GradReports.

Saint Mary’s was ranked:
No. 2 for Best Master’s Nursing Degrees with a median salary of $186,000
No. 7 for Best Online Bachelor’s Nursing Degrees with a median salary of $88,400

The rankings are based on median early-career salary data of more than 5 million graduates from the U.S. Department of Education’s resource, College Scorecard.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“I am with you always, until the end of the world.” — Matthew 28:20

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Update on commencement

A committee has been formed to address how we recognize our graduates from the Schools of Graduate and Professional Programs. We hope to share details in the coming weeks.

We know this isn’t the spring our graduates had anticipated, but we want them to know how proud we are of all their accomplishments, and it’s our goal to celebrate them at any opportunity we can. It’s our greatest hope that we are all able to gather together again soon.

Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

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Apple Valley Center update

With the strategic growth of online programs and the move to online course delivery brought on by COVID-19, Saint Mary’s has made the decision to cease operations at the Apple Valley Center effective May 31, 2020.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good … ” — Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Contact Student Central with all your questions

We understand that busy working adults are juggling many priorities. At Student Central, you’ll find a wealth of information and a host of people ready to help connect you with the resources you need to make your student life easier.

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Art contest award winners announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in the art contest raising awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme “I ask.” Congratulations to first-place winner, Hallie Schmeling, and second-place winner, Maria Flynn.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

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FAQs: Student financial issues

The spring 2020 academic semester has experienced an appreciable and unforeseen disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The following article will answer frequently asked questions about student financial issues related to the unprecedented situation.

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Annual M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning conference hosts more than 250 participants virtually

The M.Ed. in Teaching and Learning program held its annual TEACH. LEARN. LEAD. spring conference titled “Ignite Passion. Teach with ZEAL.” on April 4. The conference looked a little different this year, with more than 250 current M.Ed. learners, facilitators, and alumni gathering virtually to discuss issues in education.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good …
– Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

University Writing Services support

There are now two ways to get help from University Writing Services.

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DBA students awarded scholarships for Doctoral Institute workshop

Four DBA students were awarded scholarships for an upcoming Doctoral Institute workshop to be held at Purdue University—Fort Wayne.

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Help us acknowledge 2020 graduates on Facebook

Add a specially designed Facebook profile pic to signify you are one of our 2020 graduates or in support of 2020 graduates (all degrees and locations). This time of year, we know our graduates are missing out on so much. The Office of Advancement and Communication created a way for us to both applaud and spotlight this year’s graduates, and it’s easy to do.

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Saint Mary’s Zoom backgrounds for work and life

If you’re missing Saint Mary’s, we have a series of Zoom backgrounds to help you feel a bit more at home whether connecting personally or professionally.

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Keeping the peace: Doctoral counseling psychology student to build training modules for trauma management on international scale

Karen Spencer M’19 has always been interested in international affairs, having done several study abroad trips during her undergraduate studies. A trip to a Liberian refugee camp in Ghana in 2004, though, helped galvanize her professional passions and her future studies.

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Strengthening community

In these times of uncertainty, it’s important to remember that we are “stronger together.” This past week, Saint Mary’s donated mattresses to Catholic Charities and participated in a mini parade with Cotter High School.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear.’ … And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” – Matthew 14:27, 32

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Updates in response to extended ‘stay-at-home’ order

Saint Mary’s continues to respond to and anticipate the impact COVID-19 has and will have on our community and take appropriate action. In light of the decision made by Governor Tim Walz to extend Minnesota’s “stay at home” order through Monday, May 4, and to continue safeguarding the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and communities, the university has made several important decisions.

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Writing support available

Students in the graduate and professional programs and bachelor’s completion programs can get writing help seven days a week through an online queue, as well as email and telephone appointments.

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An update on the International Symposium on Lasallian Research

The International Lasallian Research Symposium, scheduled for Oct. 23-25, 2020, has been canceled. Save the date for the 2021 symposium, to be held Oct. 1-3, 2021.

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Reminder of new communication schedule

Moving forward, this student newsletter will be sent every Monday and Thursday.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:1, 27

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Grading option for spring 2020

The spring 2020 academic semester has experienced an appreciable and unforeseen disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Saint Mary’s has now made the decision to offer an expanded pass/no credit option for the spring 2020 semester for all schools and all programs.

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A moment of humanity

Times of uncertainty often bring innovation and creativity. The COVID-19 outbreak is no different as students across the world find ways to come together while apart. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the ways students from across the world are recreating campus life from home.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13

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Messages to our Students in our Undergraduate Programs

Graduating seniors to be honored virtually May 22

On Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m., Saint Mary's will celebrate 198 graduating students during a virtual commencement ceremony. We invite faculty, staff, students, their families, friends, and supporters to take part in celebrating graduating seniors and all of their academic accomplishments.

Watch the ceremony at smumn.edu/commencement2020.

Fall semester planning update

As the spring semester ends for our graduate and undergraduate students, we now look to fall 2020. To this end, the university is focusing its attention on preparing for the return of students in the fall.

READ MORE

Saint Mary’s University presents two faculty/staff awards [video]

In celebration of its heritage, Saint Mary’s University virtually presented awards to one faculty member and one staff member in honor of Founders’ Day.

VIEW VIDEO

Celebration of Scholarship spotlight: Theology, philosophy double major finds inspiration in European studies

If there was an award for busiest undergraduate student this past semester, Jacob Tschida ’20 would have been one of the frontrunners, taking 17 credits on top of writing two theses.

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Looking ahead

The next issue of CommUNITY will be sent on Thursday, May 28, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Starting in June, CommUNITY will be shared biweekly on Thursdays.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” — John 15:9

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Saint Mary’s allocates emergency grants to students under the CARES Act

The United States Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As a part of this legislation, colleges and universities have been allocated federal funds to provide student emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Saint Mary’s University received an allocation of $830,548 for student emergency grants.

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Saint Mary’s announces Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors [video]

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff during a virtual awards ceremony May 15.

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Saint Mary’s announces College valedictorians

It is my distinct honor and privilege to announce that Sister Mary Mia (Rachael Menke), Spanish education major, and Michele Remer, environmental biology major, are the co-valedictorians at the College for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Saint Mary's receives high approval from the Higher Learning Commission

On May 5, Saint Mary’s received notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that our efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak “demonstrate the institution’s commitment to the public good and attention to the general well-being of its constituents.” Furthermore, we were informed that the university is approved at the highest level of distance education approval and does not require any waiver or approval to change its offerings.

Our commitment to quality education (whether online or on-campus), a core Lasallian principle, is reflected in this notification from the HLC.

Saint Mary's Alumni Association offers a variety of online programming

Saint Mary’s Alumni Association is offering numerous online programming options. Course options cover a variety of topics, including professional development, meditation, managing stress, parenting during this challenging time, being creative, and more.

The online events are free and open to the entire Saint Mary’s community. See all available events and register at connect.smumn.edu/events.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” — Isaiah 43:4

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors to be announced May 15

Saint Mary’s University is proud to recognize outstanding students, faculty, and staff at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, during a virtual Student Life Awards Ceremony.

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Chartwells, Saint Mary’s to renovate Cardinal Club, provide expanded meal plan options

Saint Mary’s University has partnered with Chartwells for more than a decade to provide student food and catering services on the Winona Campus. Over the past year, Chartwells has worked with the university to develop plans for renovations and expanded meal plan options.

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Celebrate the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle May 15 [video]

Each year, Lasallians honor Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers, on May 15, known as the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle or Founder’s Day.

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Saint Mary’s student featured in podcast about inequities during COVID-19

Saint Mary’s student Ziad Oumer, who is completing his bachelor’s degree in public health, was recently featured in a podcast from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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FGI Scholar spotlight: Biology major finds familiarity in program’s family-like atmosphere

To Margarita Lopez '22, pursuing a career as a physician assistant is more than having a good job. It’s about paying it forward as a First Generation Initiative Scholar.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him; God is a refuge for us.” — Psalm 62:8

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors to be announced May 15

Saint Mary’s University is proud to recognize outstanding students, faculty, and staff at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, during a virtual Student Life Awards Ceremony.

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Retrieval process FAQs

As you prepare to return to campus and retrieve your belongings from your residence halls, we’ve put together some FAQs to help.

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Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE

FGI Scholar spotlight: Junior hoops standout finds comfort in teams on and off the court

On the court, Kareem Anthony-Bello ’21 played a key role in the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team making the conference tournament this past season for the first time in 35 years. Off the court, the junior is an FGI Scholar who is thankful to be part of another successful team.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“I am with you always, until the end of the world.” — Matthew 28:20

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Undergraduate virtual online commencement planned

Following a Zoom meeting with 30 of our College graduate candidates, we are moving forward with a virtual commencement recognition, which will be shared on May 22 via email, social media, and our website. An in-person celebration is intended for a later date, potentially August.

READ MORE

Retrieval process FAQs

As you prepare to return to campus and retrieve your belongings from your residence halls, we’ve put together some FAQs to help.

READ MORE

Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE

Reminder: Bookstore rental return information

As a reminder, the bookstore is temporarily closed, and all rental books are due back no later than Monday, June 15.

READ MORE

Departments hold 47th annual Research Symposium in the Sciences

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry held the 47th annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Sciences virtually on April 24 via Zoom.

Four virtual rooms were simultaneously active with 38 senior students presenting their research theses. Throughout the day, there were 100-120 people in attendance celebrating the outstanding research that our students do.

International Center hosts celebration

The International Center held a special celebration and stress relief break on Study Day for the graduating international students who are still in Winona.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good … ” — Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Fitzgerald Library returns information

Fitzgerald Library is temporarily closed until further notice. All Fitzgerald Library materials, as well as interlibrary loan materials, that are checked out have had their due dates extended through Aug. 28.

READ MORE

Students honored for academic achievements by Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s University is recognizing outstanding senior students by awarding several academic honors awards.

READ MORE

Watch Caily Landers and Isabel Bettag pitch at a ‘Shark Tank’-style competition

Students Caily Landers and Isabel Bettag will be pitching their idea of using personal imagery to create a calming environment for children in hospital settings at the E1 Ignite Cup via Zoom Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Show your support and vote for Landers and Bettag as the crowd favorites.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” — 1 John 4:16

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Contact Cardinal Central with all your questions

We understand the challenges presented by this strange time in the world and know you have questions as you navigate virtual learning, registration, and more. Cardinal Central is your go-to, with trained student service specialists to assist with your questions or connect you to the resources you need.

READ MORE

Taylor Richmond Benefit raises more than $21,000

Although we were unable to hold the 20th anniversary of the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance this past March, we were still able to hold our annual silent auction. Through the generosity of our Saint Mary's University of Minnesota community and many businesses who donated, the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance Committee was still able to raise $21,026 for our two beneficiaries, Sue Shroetke and Gianna Samountry.

READ MORE

Virtual stress-free zone offered today

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to a virtual stress-free zone today, Thursday, April 30. In keeping with tradition, this will be a great time to relax and see some familiar faces before you head into finals.

READ MORE

Schultz provides tour of Winona in student vlog

Saint Mary's junior Justine Schultz reminds us all that social distancing does not mean you can't go on outdoor adventures.

WATCH VIDEO

Art contest award winners announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in the art contest raising awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme “I ask.” Congratulations to first-place winner, Hallie Schmeling, and second-place winner, Maria Flynn.

READ MORE

Student Senate minutes

Student Senate has been meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Below you’ll find Student Senate meeting minutes from the April 28 meeting:
April 28 Student Senate Minutes (PDF)

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Plan announced for students to retrieve items from residence halls

Saint Mary’s University is beginning the process of inviting students back to campus to retrieve belongings from residence halls.

READ MORE

Saint Mary’s virtual honor ceremony will be next week

Plans are underway to virtually recognize Outstanding Seniors, academic award winners, and Student Life award winners the week of May 4. More information will be coming soon.

Fitzgerald Library returns information

Fitzgerald Library is temporarily closed until further notice. All Fitzgerald Library materials, as well as interlibrary loan materials, that are checked out have had their due dates extended through Aug. 28.

READ MORE

Reminder: Bookstore rental return information

As a reminder, the bookstore is temporarily closed, and all rental books are due back no later than Monday, June 15.

READ MORE

Borchert shares tips for online learning on student vlog

Josie Borchert ’22, an English major at Saint Mary's University, vlogs some tips and tricks for online learning.

READ MORE

FGI scholar spotlight: Biology major looks forward to studying at Mayo Clinic

In high school, Carol Dao ’20 favored mathematics over science. Then, a biology class introduced her to a whole new world of lab work. Now a senior First Generation Scholar at Saint Mary’s University, Dao will be heading to the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic this summer.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good …
– Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Help us acknowledge 2020 graduates on Facebook

Add a specially designed Facebook profile pic to signify you are one of our 2020 graduates or in support of 2020 graduates (all degrees and locations). This time of year, we know our graduates are missing out on so much. The Office of Advancement and Communication created a way for us to both applaud and spotlight this year’s graduates, and it’s easy to do.

READ MORE

Saint Mary’s Zoom backgrounds for work and life

If you’re missing Saint Mary’s, we have a series of Zoom backgrounds to help you feel a bit more at home whether connecting personally or professionally.

READ MORE

Student Senate election results and meeting minutes

Student Senate announces executive board election results and shares the latest meeting minutes.

READ MORE

Student vlogs provide distance learning insight

Saint Mary’s student Sarah Hardy, a junior psychology major from Hastings, Minn., shows us a day in the life of distance learning at home.

READ MORE

Strengthening community

In these times of uncertainty, it’s important to remember that we are “stronger together.” This past week, Saint Mary’s donated mattresses to Catholic Charities and participated in a mini parade with Cotter High School.

READ MORE

Communication Department holds virtual reunion

The Saint Mary’s Department of Communication held a virtual alumni reunion via Zoom to discuss how their companies are communicating during COVID-19, offer advice for current students, and share memories of their time at Saint Mary’s.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear.’ … And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” – Matthew 14:27, 32

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Book rental return information

The Saint Mary's Bookstore is temporarily closed until further notice, and rental books cannot be returned in person at this time. Find out how to send your rental books back.

READ MORE

Students inducted in Alpha Psi Omega

Several students and one faculty member were inducted as members of Alpha Psi Omega (APO), National Theatre Honors Fraternity, on Sunday, April 5.

READ MORE

Diversity Cafe is back as part of Talk About It Tuesday

Two events will take place this week, offered by the Student Wellness Club, including the return of Diversity Cafe and Mental Health Bingo.

READ MORE

University Writing Services support

There are now two ways to get help from University Writing Services.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Updates in response to extended ‘stay-at-home’ order

Saint Mary’s continues to respond to and anticipate the impact COVID-19 has and will have on our community and take appropriate action. In light of the decision made by Governor Tim Walz to extend Minnesota’s “stay at home” order through Monday, May 4, and to continue safeguarding the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and communities, the university has made several important decisions.

READ MORE

Students inducted into Psi Chi

Several Saint Mary’s students were inducted virtually into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology for psychology students. As stated in its constitution, Psi Chi’s purpose is “to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.” This is the 50th anniversary of Psi Chi at Saint Mary's University.

READ MORE

Lasallian Volunteers recruiting for next year

Lasallian Volunteers is still recruiting volunteers to serve during 2020-21. The next application deadline is Monday, April 20, and if spots remain open after that, another deadline will be set for May or June.

READ MORE

Beckman and Mockler recognized with Engaged Campus Awards

Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) announced the winners of the 2020 Presidents’ Engaged Campus Awards, which includes two individuals from the Saint Mary’s community and one valuable partner organization.

READ MORE

Student Senate minutes

Student Senate continues to meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Below you’ll find Student Senate meeting minutes from the April 14 meeting:

April 14 Student Senate Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Reminder of new communication schedule

Moving forward, this student newsletter will be sent every Monday and Thursday.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:1, 27

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Grading option for spring 2020

The spring 2020 academic semester has experienced an appreciable and unforeseen disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Saint Mary’s has now made the decision to offer an expanded pass/no credit option for the spring 2020 semester for all schools and all programs.

READ MORE

Student Life and wellness updates

Student Life and the Student Wellness Club share opportunities to create healthy sleep habits and build and maintain connections online.

READ MORE

Apply to work in the Admission Office

Interested in working with prospective students who are looking for their college home? Apply to work in the Admission Office. We’re now accepting applications.

READ MORE

Now hiring!

If you are looking for a summer job, internship, or a full-time position after graduation, check out this list of companies in Minnesota who are currently hiring. This list is generated and maintained by WCCO.

A moment of humanity

Times of uncertainty often bring innovation and creativity. The COVID-19 outbreak is no different as students across the world find ways to come together while apart. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the ways students from across the world are recreating campus life from home.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Messages for Parents of our Students

Graduating seniors to be honored virtually May 22

On Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m., Saint Mary's will celebrate 198 graduating students during a virtual commencement ceremony. We invite faculty, staff, students, their families, friends, and supporters to take part in celebrating graduating seniors and all of their academic accomplishments.

Watch the ceremony at smumn.edu/commencement2020.

Fall semester planning update

As the spring semester ends for our graduate and undergraduate students, we now look to fall 2020. To this end, the university is focusing its attention on preparing for the return of students in the fall.

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Saint Mary’s University presents two faculty/staff awards [video]

In celebration of its heritage, Saint Mary’s University virtually presented awards to one faculty member and one staff member in honor of Founders’ Day.

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Celebration of Scholarship spotlight: Theology, philosophy double major finds inspiration in European studies

If there was an award for busiest undergraduate student this past semester, Jacob Tschida ’20 would have been one of the frontrunners, taking 17 credits on top of writing two theses.

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Looking ahead

The next issue of CommUNITY will be sent on Thursday, May 28, because of the Memorial Day holiday. Starting in June, CommUNITY will be shared biweekly on Thursdays.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.” — John 15:9

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Saint Mary’s allocates emergency grants to students under the CARES Act

The United States Congress recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. As a part of this legislation, colleges and universities have been allocated federal funds to provide student emergency grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. Saint Mary’s University received an allocation of $830,548 for student emergency grants.

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Saint Mary’s announces Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors [video]

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota recognized outstanding students, faculty, and staff during a virtual awards ceremony May 15.

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Saint Mary’s announces College valedictorians

It is my distinct honor and privilege to announce that Sister Mary Mia (Rachael Menke), Spanish education major, and Michele Remer, environmental biology major, are the co-valedictorians at the College for the 2019-20 academic year.

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Saint Mary's receives high approval from the Higher Learning Commission

On May 5, Saint Mary’s received notification from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) that our efforts to respond to the coronavirus outbreak “demonstrate the institution’s commitment to the public good and attention to the general well-being of its constituents.” Furthermore, we were informed that the university is approved at the highest level of distance education approval and does not require any waiver or approval to change its offerings.

Our commitment to quality education (whether online or on-campus), a core Lasallian principle, is reflected in this notification from the HLC.

Saint Mary's Alumni Association offers a variety of online programming

Saint Mary’s Alumni Association is offering numerous online programming options. Course options cover a variety of topics, including professional development, meditation, managing stress, parenting during this challenging time, being creative, and more.

The online events are free and open to the entire Saint Mary’s community. See all available events and register at connect.smumn.edu/events.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“You are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you.” — Isaiah 43:4

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors to be announced May 15

Saint Mary’s University is proud to recognize outstanding students, faculty, and staff at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, during a virtual Student Life Awards Ceremony.

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Chartwells, Saint Mary’s to renovate Cardinal Club, provide expanded meal plan options

Saint Mary’s University has partnered with Chartwells for more than a decade to provide student food and catering services on the Winona Campus. Over the past year, Chartwells has worked with the university to develop plans for renovations and expanded meal plan options.

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Celebrate the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle May 15 [video]

Each year, Lasallians honor Saint John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and patron saint of teachers, on May 15, known as the Solemnity of Saint John Baptist de La Salle or Founder’s Day.

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Saint Mary’s student featured in podcast about inequities during COVID-19

Saint Mary’s student Ziad Oumer, who is completing his bachelor’s degree in public health, was recently featured in a podcast from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.

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FGI Scholar spotlight: Biology major finds familiarity in program’s family-like atmosphere

To Margarita Lopez '22, pursuing a career as a physician assistant is more than having a good job. It’s about paying it forward as a First Generation Initiative Scholar.

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Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Trust him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts before him; God is a refuge for us.” — Psalm 62:8

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Student Life Awards, Outstanding Seniors to be announced May 15

Saint Mary’s University is proud to recognize outstanding students, faculty, and staff at 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, during a virtual Student Life Awards Ceremony.

READ MORE

Retrieval process FAQs

As you prepare to return to campus and retrieve your belongings from your residence halls, we’ve put together some FAQs to help.

READ MORE

Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE

FGI Scholar spotlight: Junior hoops standout finds comfort in teams on and off the court

On the court, Kareem Anthony-Bello ’21 played a key role in the Saint Mary’s men’s basketball team making the conference tournament this past season for the first time in 35 years. Off the court, the junior is an FGI Scholar who is thankful to be part of another successful team.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“I am with you always, until the end of the world.” — Matthew 28:20

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Undergraduate virtual online commencement planned

Following a Zoom meeting with 30 of our College graduate candidates, we are moving forward with a virtual commencement recognition, which will be shared on May 22 via email, social media, and our website. An in-person celebration is intended for a later date, potentially August.

READ MORE

Retrieval process FAQs

As you prepare to return to campus and retrieve your belongings from your residence halls, we’ve put together some FAQs to help.

READ MORE

Day of Prayer to be held May 14

Pope Francis has endorsed the call to the believers of all the religious traditions to unite together spiritually on Thursday, May 14, in a day of prayer and fasting, to implore God to help humanity overcome this coronavirus pandemic.

READ MORE

Reminder: Bookstore rental return information

As a reminder, the bookstore is temporarily closed, and all rental books are due back no later than Monday, June 15.

READ MORE

Departments hold 47th annual Research Symposium in the Sciences

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry held the 47th annual Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Sciences virtually on April 24 via Zoom.

Four virtual rooms were simultaneously active with 38 senior students presenting their research theses. Throughout the day, there were 100-120 people in attendance celebrating the outstanding research that our students do.

International Center hosts celebration

The International Center held a special celebration and stress relief break on Study Day for the graduating international students who are still in Winona.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good … ” — Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Fitzgerald Library returns information

Fitzgerald Library is temporarily closed until further notice. All Fitzgerald Library materials, as well as interlibrary loan materials, that are checked out have had their due dates extended through Aug. 28.

READ MORE

Students honored for academic achievements by Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary’s University is recognizing outstanding senior students by awarding several academic honors awards.

READ MORE

Watch Caily Landers and Isabel Bettag pitch at a ‘Shark Tank’-style competition

Students Caily Landers and Isabel Bettag will be pitching their idea of using personal imagery to create a calming environment for children in hospital settings at the E1 Ignite Cup via Zoom Thursday, May 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. Show your support and vote for Landers and Bettag as the crowd favorites.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” — 1 John 4:16

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Contact Cardinal Central with all your questions

We understand the challenges presented by this strange time in the world and know you have questions as you navigate virtual learning, registration, and more. Cardinal Central is your go-to, with trained student service specialists to assist with your questions or connect you to the resources you need.

READ MORE

Taylor Richmond Benefit raises more than $21,000

Although we were unable to hold the 20th anniversary of the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance this past March, we were still able to hold our annual silent auction. Through the generosity of our Saint Mary's University of Minnesota community and many businesses who donated, the Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance Committee was still able to raise $21,026 for our two beneficiaries, Sue Shroetke and Gianna Samountry.

READ MORE

Virtual stress-free zone offered today

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to a virtual stress-free zone today, Thursday, April 30. In keeping with tradition, this will be a great time to relax and see some familiar faces before you head into finals.

READ MORE

Schultz provides tour of Winona in student vlog

Saint Mary's junior Justine Schultz reminds us all that social distancing does not mean you can't go on outdoor adventures.

WATCH VIDEO

Art contest award winners announced

Thank you to everyone who participated in the art contest raising awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme “I ask.” Congratulations to first-place winner, Hallie Schmeling, and second-place winner, Maria Flynn.

READ MORE

Student Senate minutes

Student Senate has been meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Below you’ll find Student Senate meeting minutes from the April 28 meeting:
April 28 Student Senate Minutes (PDF)

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Plan announced for students to retrieve items from residence halls

Saint Mary’s University is beginning the process of inviting students back to campus to retrieve belongings from residence halls.

READ MORE

Saint Mary’s virtual honor ceremony will be next week

Plans are underway to virtually recognize Outstanding Seniors, academic award winners, and Student Life award winners the week of May 4. More information will be coming soon.

Fitzgerald Library returns information

Fitzgerald Library is temporarily closed until further notice. All Fitzgerald Library materials, as well as interlibrary loan materials, that are checked out have had their due dates extended through Aug. 28.

READ MORE

Reminder: Bookstore rental return information

As a reminder, the bookstore is temporarily closed, and all rental books are due back no later than Monday, June 15.

READ MORE

Borchert shares tips for online learning on student vlog

Josie Borchert ’22, an English major at Saint Mary's University, vlogs some tips and tricks for online learning.

READ MORE

FGI scholar spotlight: Biology major looks forward to studying at Mayo Clinic

In high school, Carol Dao ’20 favored mathematics over science. Then, a biology class introduced her to a whole new world of lab work. Now a senior First Generation Scholar at Saint Mary’s University, Dao will be heading to the Medical Laboratory Science Program at Mayo Clinic this summer.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good …
– Romans 8:28

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Help us acknowledge 2020 graduates on Facebook

Add a specially designed Facebook profile pic to signify you are one of our 2020 graduates or in support of 2020 graduates (all degrees and locations). This time of year, we know our graduates are missing out on so much. The Office of Advancement and Communication created a way for us to both applaud and spotlight this year’s graduates, and it’s easy to do.

READ MORE

Saint Mary’s Zoom backgrounds for work and life

If you’re missing Saint Mary’s, we have a series of Zoom backgrounds to help you feel a bit more at home whether connecting personally or professionally.

READ MORE

Student Senate election results and meeting minutes

Student Senate announces executive board election results and shares the latest meeting minutes.

READ MORE

Student vlogs provide distance learning insight

Saint Mary’s student Sarah Hardy, a junior psychology major from Hastings, Minn., shows us a day in the life of distance learning at home.

READ MORE

Strengthening community

In these times of uncertainty, it’s important to remember that we are “stronger together.” This past week, Saint Mary’s donated mattresses to Catholic Charities and participated in a mini parade with Cotter High School.

READ MORE

Communication Department holds virtual reunion

The Saint Mary’s Department of Communication held a virtual alumni reunion via Zoom to discuss how their companies are communicating during COVID-19, offer advice for current students, and share memories of their time at Saint Mary’s.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

“And they cried out for fear. But immediately he spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart, it is I; have no fear.’ … And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” – Matthew 14:27, 32

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Book rental return information

The Saint Mary's Bookstore is temporarily closed until further notice, and rental books cannot be returned in person at this time. Find out how to send your rental books back.

READ MORE

Students inducted in Alpha Psi Omega

Several students and one faculty member were inducted as members of Alpha Psi Omega (APO), National Theatre Honors Fraternity, on Sunday, April 5.

READ MORE

Diversity Cafe is back as part of Talk About It Tuesday

Two events will take place this week, offered by the Student Wellness Club, including the return of Diversity Cafe and Mental Health Bingo.

READ MORE

University Writing Services support

There are now two ways to get help from University Writing Services.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:37-39

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Updates in response to extended ‘stay-at-home’ order

Saint Mary’s continues to respond to and anticipate the impact COVID-19 has and will have on our community and take appropriate action. In light of the decision made by Governor Tim Walz to extend Minnesota’s “stay at home” order through Monday, May 4, and to continue safeguarding the well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and communities, the university has made several important decisions.

READ MORE

Students inducted into Psi Chi

Several Saint Mary’s students were inducted virtually into Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology for psychology students. As stated in its constitution, Psi Chi’s purpose is “to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.” This is the 50th anniversary of Psi Chi at Saint Mary's University.

READ MORE

Lasallian Volunteers recruiting for next year

Lasallian Volunteers is still recruiting volunteers to serve during 2020-21. The next application deadline is Monday, April 20, and if spots remain open after that, another deadline will be set for May or June.

READ MORE

Beckman and Mockler recognized with Engaged Campus Awards

Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact (IAMNCC) announced the winners of the 2020 Presidents’ Engaged Campus Awards, which includes two individuals from the Saint Mary’s community and one valuable partner organization.

READ MORE

Student Senate minutes

Student Senate continues to meet via Zoom at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays. Below you’ll find Student Senate meeting minutes from the April 14 meeting:

April 14 Student Senate Meeting Minutes (PDF)

Reminder of new communication schedule

Moving forward, this student newsletter will be sent every Monday and Thursday.

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me … Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:1, 27

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.

Grading option for spring 2020

The spring 2020 academic semester has experienced an appreciable and unforeseen disruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Saint Mary’s has now made the decision to offer an expanded pass/no credit option for the spring 2020 semester for all schools and all programs.

READ MORE

Student Life and wellness updates

Student Life and the Student Wellness Club share opportunities to create healthy sleep habits and build and maintain connections online.

READ MORE

Apply to work in the Admission Office

Interested in working with prospective students who are looking for their college home? Apply to work in the Admission Office. We’re now accepting applications.

READ MORE

Now hiring!

If you are looking for a summer job, internship, or a full-time position after graduation, check out this list of companies in Minnesota who are currently hiring. This list is generated and maintained by WCCO.

A moment of humanity

Times of uncertainty often bring innovation and creativity. The COVID-19 outbreak is no different as students across the world find ways to come together while apart. A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education highlights the ways students from across the world are recreating campus life from home.

READ MORE

Spiritual offering

Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry continues to share spiritual offerings to provide much-needed perspective and a focus on faith in this time of uncertainty.

"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." – Philippians 4:13

Visit Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry on Facebook.