Student Affairs enriches students' lives and education. Working collaboratively with college and community partners to advance the mission of the College of St. Catherine, Student Affairs acts as a catalyst for learning opportunities through which students realize their academic, personal and career goals. Within a diverse and inclusive community and informed by principles of Catholic social teaching, Student Affairs fosters the holistic development of students as lifelong learners and ethical leaders in a global society.
Under the leadership of the vice president for student affairs, the departments of Student Affairs include the Aimee and Patrick Butler Center for Sports and Fitness (athletics and recreational sports), campus ministry, career development, community work and learning, counseling, counseling and student development (Minneapolis), dean of students, early childhood, financial aid, health and wellness, multicultural education, multicultural and international programs and services, O'Neill Center for Academic Development, residence life, transfer programs, student center and activities, and admission offices for associate, weekend and graduate programs.
Specific program descriptions and activities are outlined below and in LeGuide, the student handbook, which is updated annually.
Office of Student Affairs
The vice president for student affairs and the dean of students serve as principal liaisons between students and college administration and assist individuals or groups with concerns such as campus policies and procedures, committee representation, student rights and campus emergency procedures. In addition to the departments within the division of student affairs, the vice president also oversees the student judicial system and code of conduct, the student handbook, orientation and commencement, and leads the college's enrollment management efforts.
Aimee and Patrick Butler Center for Sports and Fitness
The Butler Center for Sports and Fitness exists to enhance college life for all St. Catherine's students, faculty and staff by providing programs and facilities that support their health and fitness goals. This 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. The college sponsors intercollegiate teams in basketball, volleyball, track and field, cross country, swimming and diving, tennis, soccer, ice hockey and softball. The teams compete within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and are members of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).
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. Social justice activities are organized through campus ministry. Our Lady of Victory Chapel is available for prayer, and a reflection room is furnished to welcome believers of all religious traditions. In all programs and worship opportunities campus ministry promotes the leadership of women, spiritual development and active participation in the college faith community.
The Career Development office offers students comprehensive career planning information through a variety of programs and services. Professional career counselors work with students to help clarify their career interests, values, academic interests, work environment preferences and skills through a variety of self-assessment activities. The career development office also assists students in implementing their career plans through internships, shadowing opportunities, the career resource library, one-to-one career counseling sessions and job search/graduate school planning activities.
Community Work and Learning
Community Work and Learning creates mutually beneficial partnerships between the College of St. Catherine and diverse external communities to promote understanding and respect. Students engage in unique ways of learning through reflective and active engagement in social justice issues. Community organizations gain access to college resources such as student workers, research and collaborations with faculty. Community Work and Learning sponsors the college's America Reads program.
Staffed by licensed psychologists and a consulting psychiatrist, the counseling center provides confidential services to students which include short-term counseling, consultation and psychiatric evaluations. The Counseling Center also offers information and referral to local resources and a library of self-help books and tapes. The college offers these services without charge to students.
Counseling and Student Development (Minneapolis)
The counseling and student development office is staffed by a licensed psychologist and career counselor who offer confidential services in the areas of personal counseling, career development, consultation, psychiatric evaluation, referral to community agencies, programming and advocacy. All services are free of charge to students.
The counseling and student development office also provides ID pictures, shuttle bus schedules and information on college-wide services.
Access and Success
Within the Counseling and Student Development department, the Access and Success program serves all student parents at the College of St. Catherine. Staff on both campuses work with students to address housing, child care and transportation needs, as well as various support services, including family violence issues.
Early Childhood Center
The Early Childhood Center provides developmentally appropriate care for children ages 33 months through the kindergarten year. The Children's Center provides care on a part-time or full-time basis. The Montessori school offers half-day sessions during the academic year.
Health and Wellness
Staffed by physicians and nurse practitioners, Health and Wellness provides health care for all students. Services include assessment and treatment of minor illnesses and injuries, health maintenance and promotion, and physicals. Medications, laboratory tests and immunizations are available. Students with medical needs beyond the scope of the Center are referred to appropriate community resources.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Multicultural Education directs the college's policy and planning for 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 international and multicultural initiatives, grant management, 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 include academic support, advocacy and advising, cultural celebrations, student organizations, leadership training programs, and immigration compliance and support. 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.
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 students. 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 residence life office is responsible for the coordination of all on-campus housing in the college's six residence halls and two apartment complexes. Professional and student staff members strive to offer a quality on-campus experience by building respectful living communities in a learning-supportive environment.
Student Center and Activities
The student center and activities staff are responsible for overall coordination of Coeur de Catherine student center. Students have access to a wide range of services and campus-wide programs, including student clubs and organizations, leadership development opportunities and new student orientation programs. Additionally, members of the student activities staff work closely with student leaders of the day, weekend, graduate, and associate student governments, and the campus-wide programming board.
Transfer Programs seeks to enhance the transfer student experience. By developing relationships and articulation agreements with Minnesota community colleges and other institutions, its goal is to provide transferring students with course transfer information and access to personnel who will assist them in a smooth transition to the College. The office also works closely with departments in academic and student affairs to provide and improve policies, programs and services for transferring students.
The Learning Center (Minneapolis Campus)
The Learning Center on the Minneapolis campus is a function of academic affairs. It exists in partnership with faculty and staff to support and enhance the academic development of all students through student-centered programs and services that promote appreciation and respect for diverse learning styles, physical abilities and cultures. There is no charge for any of the services provided by the Learning Center.
The Learning Center facilitates development in the areas of writing, reading and study skills. It also provides extended time and reduced distraction testing, note taking, adaptive equipment and assistive technology, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters, temporary handicapped parking and materials in alternate formats for students with disabilities.
The Learning Center also administers ESL and placement examinations for students in the associate degree programs.