|The primary purpose of Student Affairs is to assist students in achieving their academic and educational goals. Through programs, activities and services provided, the division of Student Affairs encourages students to reach their full intellectual, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical potential. Under the leadership of the vice president for student affairs, the departments of Student Affairs include the Access and Success program for student parents, Butler Center (athletics and recreational sports), campus ministry, career development, counseling, community work and learning, early childhood center, financial aid, graduate admissions, health center, multicultural and international programs and services, office of student affairs (vice president for student affairs and the dean of students), O'Neill Center for Academic Development, Student Life (activities, residence life), Minneapolis counseling and student development, Minneapolis campus programs admissions, and Weekend College admissions.|
Specific program descriptions and activities are outlined below and in LeGuide, the student handbook, which is printed and distributed annually.
Office of Student Affairs
The Office of Student Affairs serves as principal liaison between students and college administration, assists individuals or groups with concerns such as campus policies and procedures, committee representation, student rights and campus emergency procedures. The Vice President also oversees the departments in the division of student affairs, the student judicial system and code of conduct, the student handbook, orientation, commencement and various college retention programs.
Access and Success
Access and Success is a program for all student parents at the College of Saint Catherine. It is a comprehensive program that helps to ensure that students are able to achieve their professional and educational goals at the college. There are offices on both campuses where staff work with students to help them address their need for housing, child care and transportation, as well as any support services they might need. Services offered include support groups, one-to-one support, mentoring, quarterly newsletter, social events, a short-term laptop loan program, emergency loans and grants, leadership opportunities, information on community services and assistance accessing resources on and off campus.
Students can learn more about the services of Access and Success on the program's web site. From the college's home page at www.stkate.edu, Access and Success can be found using the drop down "Go To" menu. There students will find additional information on resources for childcare, listings of available market rates and subsidized housing, monthly calendar of events, and the quarterly newsletter. In addition to this, students have access to a number of helpful links that connect them to area medical services, legal support, counseling, family entertainment, car repair and articles on parenting.
Butler Sports and Fitness Center
The Aimee and Patrick Butler Center for Sports and Fitness exists to enhance college life for all St. Catherine's faculty, staff and students by providing programs and facilities that support their health and fitness goals. Use of the facility supports the college's commitment to academic and personal excellence through a balance of physical education courses, intercollegiate athletics, recreational sports, and personal health and fitness programming.
The recreational sports program provides an excellent opportunity for physical activity, friendly competition and social interaction. Leagues include sport activities such as basketball, soccer and volleyball. Students who are interested in starting new activities are encouraged to call the recreational sports office. The program also provides fitness equipment orientations, day events to learn new sport activities, and equipment check-out opportunities. For those who thrive on individual fitness, classes are offered in aerobics and water aerobics. In addition, the Stay Fit program provides fitness goals and rewards students that earn points for aerobic workouts. Recreational sports activities are open to St. Catherine students, faculty, staff and alumnae.
The intercollegiate sports program is designed for the student who wishes to develop her athletic potential. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer, ice hockey, and softball. The seasons offer competition with other colleges in Minnesota and neighboring states. The teams compete within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC). Any student who wishes to compete in this program must be a full-time student in good academic standing making normal progress toward a baccalaureate degree.
Campus Ministry provides hospitality, prayer and reflection opportunities and pastoral care to students, faculty and staff of all faiths and spiritualities on both campuses. Catholic Eucharist and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are celebrated regularly. Outreach and immersion trips, and legislative actions on moral and social justice issues are organized through campus ministry. Our Lady of Victory Chapel is available for prayer. A reflection room is furnished to welcome believers of all religious traditions.
Students share leadership in liturgical celebrations as ministers of hospitality, word, music and Eucharist. Volunteers in Action (VIA) provides opportunities for students, faculty and staff to volunteer with community service agencies, shelters and with children of students who are parents. In all programs and worship opportunities, campus ministry promotes the leadership of women, and the spiritual development and full, active participation of all in the formation of the college faith community.
Career Development Office - St. Paul Campus
The Career Development office offers students comprehensive career planning information through a variety of programs and services. Professional career counselors work with students in helping clarify their career interests, values, academic interests, work environment preferences, and skills through a variety of self-assessment activities. These activities include one-to-one career counseling, administration of the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, teaching the INDI 200 course, "Career Development for Women", and offering a comprehensive library and Web site. A highly popular program for first-year and sophomore students, January Expeditions, helps students discern their academic goals and identify career options.
Students can gain occupational information by participating in an internship, the Shadow Program, conducting informational interviews with alumnae of the college, using the career resource library, attending one-to-one career counseling sessions, and more.
The career development office also assists students in implementing their career plans through job search/graduate school planning activities. The department co-sponsors the annual Career Opportunities Fair on campus in the fall, and students can also participate in a number of statewide career fairs, graduate fairs and on-campus recruiting efforts. Additionally, seniors can participate in the annual "From Backpack to Briefcase," a program to help launch seniors from the academic environment to the professional world of work.
Students can learn about all these services and programs and view a complete calendar of events through accessing the department's Web site: www.stkate.edu. Assessment activities, links to exploring academic majors, exploration of career paths, internships, resources, professional associations, employer information, job postings, relocation help, and graduate information can all be found on this Web site. The Web site contains a section for students, faculty, employers and alumnae audiences. See us on the Web!
Counseling Center - St. Paul Campus
The Counseling Center is a confidential service for students that is staffed by licensed psychologists. A psychiatrist also comes on campus regularly to offer assessments and follow-up for medication. Center services include short-term counseling, consultation, psychiatric evaluations, and referral to community resources. Students come to the center with a wide range of concerns such as increasing self-esteem, depression, anxiety, managing transitions, improving skills in stress management, and understanding relationships with family and friends. The Counseling Center also offers information and referral to local resources for support groups, workshops, specialized evaluations and long-term counseling. A library of self-help books and tapes is available in the center for browsing or loan. The department Web site gives additional information about services and also suggests links for further education about mental health. The college offers these services without charge to all students.
Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center, located on the St. Paul campus, provides developmentally appropriate care for children ages 33 months through the Kindergarten year. The Center has a Children's Center which provides care on a part-time or full-time basis, and a Montessori school which offers a half day session for children during the academic year. Inquiries should be made to the Early Childhood Center at 651-690-6608.
The Health Center provides guidance in developing and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits as well as general health care for illnesses or injuries. Health care is provided by a nurse practitioner; laboratory services are available. Students with medical needs beyond the scope of the center are referred to appropriate community resources. Frequent campus-wide wellness programs and presentations provide students with the opportunity to broaden their awareness of and involvement in their own health. Students who are interested in helping plan and implement wellness programs on campus are encouraged to contact the Health Center.
Every student enrolling in a program of study at the College of St. Catherine must provide immunization information to the Clinical Requirements Office located on the Minneapolis campus. The requirements differ depending on whether a student is entering in a clinical or non-clinical program.
Forms are due to the Clinical Requirements Office by the specified date of the first semester in which students are enrolled. Failure to provide all required immunization information will result in a $50 fee and a hold on a student's account to prevent registration for following semesters.
Non-Clinical Program Requirements:
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14), effective July 1, 1990, requires that all students born after 1956 and enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, measles, mumps and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions. The forms are available in the Clinical Requirements Office located on the Minneapolis campus and in the Health and Wellness Center on the St. Paul campus.
Clinical Program Requirements:
To protect all persons in a health-care program from possible exposure to measles, mumps
and rubella, every student enrolling in a program of study that includes an off-site clinical rotation is required to provide physician documentation of immunization or positive antibody titers. In addition, students must have a tetanus/diphtheria immunization within seven years of admission to the College of St. Catherine. Mantoux tests to prove freedom from tuberculosis must be completed each year a student is in a clinical program. If a student has a positive Mantoux reading, a chest X-ray report and/or doctor's statement documenting the absence of active tuberculosis must be submitted. Students also will be asked to indicate if they have had chickenpox after their first birthday and to record the date of their last physical examination. Students enrolled in the Respiratory Care and Nursing programs are required to prove immunity to rubella, measles and chickenpox in the form of a blood titer. Students enrolled in Radiographer, Sonography and Respiratory Care programs are also required to provide physician documentation regarding ability to perform certain physical tasks and any limitations associated with these tasks. All students enrolled in the Nursing, Phlebotomist, Radiographer, Sonography, Physical Therapy (master's program), Physical Therapist Assistant, Occupational Therapy (master's program), Occupational Therapy Assistant, Respiratory Care, and Chemical Dependency Counseling programs must provide proof of immunizations or positive antibody titer to Hepatitis B or sign a waiver declining Hepatitis B vaccinations. Without all of the documentation as described above, the student will be denied entry into a clinical facility. The forms necessary to complete the immunization requirements for clinical programs are available in the Clinical Requirements Office on the Minneapolis campus.
STUDENT EXPOSURE TO INJURY OR ILLNESS
Students in health-care and human-service educational programs at the College of St. Catherine participate in a number of classroom laboratories and clinical experiences. Those students assume the resulting risk of exposure to infectious organisms and injury in such environments.
Students are responsible and liable for medical costs related to any illness, injuries or exposure to infectious organisms arising out of or related to their participation in classroom and clinical experiences. The college urges all students to carry health insurance. Health insurance information is available in the Health Center on the St. Paul campus or from the Associate Director of Student Life on the Minneapolis campus..
Learning Center - Minneapolis Campus
The Learning Center is designed to help students achieve their academic goals through a variety of programs and services that are summarized below. All students are welcome to use the Learning Center and are encouraged to make use of its resources throughout their studies. Learning support services are offered free to all enrolled students.
Skill development in the areas of writing, reading and study skills is available on an individual basis. Learning assistants are also available to tutor students in the liberal arts and sciences and professional program course work. Learning assistants provide walk-in tutoring for many courses on a set schedule each semester.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Services for students with disabilities are coordinated through the Learning Center. Services include testing accommodations, note taking, adaptive equipment and computers, screening for learning disabilities, advocacy, disability counseling, sign language interpreting, handicapped parking, and enlarging, brailling and reading/tape-recording of course materials. A support group for students with disabilities meets twice monthly. Services are explained thoroughly in "The Disability Access Guide," available in the Learning Center.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL)
Services for ESL students are coordinated through the ESL specialist and the Learning Center. These services include out-of-class testing accommodations, note taking and the use of a bilingual dictionary during exams. Students must take the ESL assessment to be eligible for these services. ESL students may be required to take one or more ESL courses.
ASSESSMENTS FOR EXTENDED PROGRAM STUDENTS
Many Extended Program students will be required to take the Accuplacer test of basic skills before they register for classes the first time. Accuplacer is a computerized set of three placement tests designed to measure reading, writing and mathematical skills. The goal is to assist students in being successful at the college by identifying and providing developmental course work in the needed area(s).
The Office of the Associate Dean for Multicultural Education directs the college’s policy and planning on cultural diversity and supervises the Office of Multicultural and International Programs and Services. The Multicultural Education office works with faculty, staff and students, as well as external communities, to develop and support efforts to promote institution-wide cultural diversity efforts, which include both international and multicultural initiatives. These programs and policies include intercultural education and training, curricular integration, and student retention.
Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS)
The MIPS office coordinates programs and services on both campuses for multicultural and international students. These programs and services range from academic support, advocacy and advising to cultural celebrations, student organizations, and leadership training programs. Specific programs for international students include Friendship Families and immigration advising. MIPS serves as the major information and referral center for policies, procedures and programs for multicultural and international students. It encourages the integration of multicultural and international perspectives in curricular and co-curricular activities on campus and provides cross-cultural and diversity-training programming for the entire campus community.
The Office of Community Work and Learning
The Office of Community Work and Learning creates mutually beneficial partnerships between the College of St. Catherine and diverse communities to promote understanding and respect. Students are offered unique ways of learning and experiencing knowledge through reflective and active engagement in social justice. Community Organizations gain access to college resources such as student workers, research, and collaborations with faculty. This public work offers an unparalleled opportunity to revitalize the education process while collaborating with community leaders to improve the quality of life for Twin Cities residents and other communities around the world. Students can play a leadership role in the Office of Community and Learning as community liaisons, social justice leaders, and community scholars.
O'Neill Center for Academic Development
The O'Neill Center for Academic Development located on the St. Paul campus addresses the diverse academic needs and interests of all members of the college community. The professional and student staff offer programs, services and facilities designed to promote academic achievement through the Writing/Reading Center, the Math Center and the Resources for Disabilities Center.
THE WRITING/READING CENTER
The Writing/Reading Center offers assistance to students who wish to improve their writing, reading, study skills, enhance critical reasoning and other academic skills. The center offers the opportunity for collaborative learning through drop-in sessions with peer tutors who are trained to help students develop clarity and precision in writing assignments across the disciplines. The Center also works with students for whom English is a second language (ESL) to help them increase their ability to communicate in writing.
THE MATH CENTER
The Math Center provides support to students of mathematics. Trained peer tutors offer individualized and small group assistance and are available on a drop-in basis. The Math Center also administers the Mathematics/Statistics Placement Assessment. For students requiring additional mathematical background prior to enrolling in a college-level mathematics or statistics course, the Center offers courses and workshops. See OCAD (O'Neill Center for Academic Development) course listings for a description of these courses.
RESOURCES FOR DISABILITIES CENTER
The Resources for Disabilities Center coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Academic accommodations provide meaningful access to classrooms, laboratory and clinical experiences. Note taking, testing accommodations, interpreting services and assistance in obtaining books-on-tape are among the services arranged. The Center also offers help with time-management skills, advocacy and screening for disabilities and referrals. Services and accommodations are arranged on an individual basis. Students requiring such services should contact the disability specialists in the O'Neill Center.
Personal and Career Counseling Center - Minneapolis Campus
The Personal and Career Counseling Center is staffed by a licensed psychologist and career counselor who offer confidential services in the areas of personal counseling, career development, consultation, referrals to community agencies, programming and advocacy to members of the College of St.Catherine-Minneapolis community. The center also coordinates services with a consulting psychiatrist who provides medication and follow-up services. Other services include a resource library with books, manuals and video's on both career development and self-improvement topics. All services are free of charge to community members.
Student Development Office - Minneapolis Campus
The Student Development office on the Minneapolis Campus provides support services for all Student Affairs and Learning Center offices. This office is the central hub for information related to all Student Affairs departments, and also provides ID pictures for all Minneapolis Campus Community members.
Student Life Office
The Student Life Office supports students through a wide range of services and programs, including on-campus housing, student clubs and organizations, new student orientation, commencement, and dining services. The Residence Life Department is responsible for all on-campus housing, and strives to create a safe, comfortable living environment conducive to both social and academic growth. The Activities Department serves as a resource for the college's many student clubs and organizations, and provides opportunities for leadership development and training. Orientation programs for new students provide an introduction to the college's academic resources and expectations, and serve to connect new students with faculty, staff and peers.
In addition to providing support for the college's 35 clubs and organizations, Student Life also directly advises the college's student governance bodies. These include: the College Association Governing Board (CAGB), responsible for representing the interests of undergraduate day students and allocation of the day student activity fee; the Weekend College (WEC) Student Advisory Board, which represents the interests of Weekend College students and administers the WEC activity fee; and the Graduate Student Advisory Board, representing students of the college's graduate programs. Student Life also advises: the Re-Entry Adult Program (REAP) Board, a program for students who enroll at the college at or after the age of 23, regardless of class status; the St. Kate's Activities Team (SKAT) the college-wide programming board; the LEAD Team, a peer leadership education group; and the Residence Hall Association, the representative body for students living in the college's residence halls and apartments.
The safety and security of students, faculty and staff are of the utmost importance. While campus safety is the responsibility of every member of the campus community, the college employs trained security officers whose main responsibilities include the safety and security of the individuals on campus and the property of the college. Trained escorts are available to accompany students, faculty and staff to their vehicles as they leave campus. The college complies with all local, state and federal guidelines regarding campus security programs. These services are all provided by the Safety and Security department.