St. Kate's Parent and Family Association (PAFA)—Resource List
The center actively supports the St. Catherine University mission by affirming the dignity of women and fostering their intellectual and leadership potential. A program, resources space, and catalyst for change, we bring together faculty, students, activists, and community members in an environment fostering connections across differences.
Selecting a major and career path are daunting choices for any student, and our team can help with these decisions. Students may also contact us for information about course selections or for advice when facing academic difficulties. Our advisors can be reached directly by phone or email (check stkate.edu/advising for contact info). One-on-one appointments are available.
The Office of Academic Affairs oversees policies, regulations, and procedures integral to the function of academic programs on campus. University administration works in collaboration with campus offices and academic departments to provide support for both faculty and students. Academic Affairs provides answers to academic procedural and policy questions.
Access and Success offers support and programs to meet the needs of students who are parenting, or any student who is facing a basic needs emergency impacting their ability to access food, housing, medical care, child care, transportation, etc. All students are welcome to contact the program for questions. Any student who is raising a child is encouraged to meet with a staff social worker to learn more about services specific to students raising children.
High-achieving students interested in being intellectually challenged are encouraged to join the Antonian Honors program. Antonian Honors students enroll in four honors seminars and develop an interdisciplinary project their senior year. Enrollment in the program provides students with substantial research experience and connection to a community of engaged learners. Admission requirements include a 3.5 GPA.
The Butler Center supports the health and fitness goals of the entire campus community through dynamic programming and newly-renovated facilities. With a University ID, patrons can access the cardio room, group fitness studio, weight room, pool and gyms along with a wide variety of intramural programming. The Butler Center also supports 12 varsity athletic programs competing in a top Division III conference.
Deciding on a major and exploring career options can be intimidating tasks for incoming students. Students are encouraged to meet with a career counselor to explore their interests and goals, get help with résumés and interviewing, participate in job fairs, connect with alumni for career information and networking, and use KatieCareer, our online job and internship posting services. All services are free!
We provide a unique network of inclusive support to every student, no matter her faith or spiritual background. With close connection to the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice offers programs and services (including Catholic, Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Spiritual) to help students stay or become engaged in their faith. Students can work personally with spiritual mentors or as a group in community or volunteer programs, and on social justice immersion trips.
The Counseling Center’s supportive professionals are there for students when they need mental health resources. The Counseling Center offers Wellness Consultations, Crisis Counseling, and referral support to current students via phone or video chat. For information regarding appointment scheduling, visit stkate.edu/counseling-center.
Community Work and Learning (CWL) facilitates student leadership and positive community engagement through service-learning and student employment. In service-learning courses, community involvement is integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to apply their learning to real-world contexts. Our student employment opportunities include tutoring youth through the America Reads program; paid internships with local organizations through the Community Leaders program; and working with faculty or staff mentors as teaching, research, or program assistants through the Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP). Encourage your student to explore these curricular and co-curricular community engagement experiences.
The main dining room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu for everyone published weekly on the BITE app. Many selections of Grab-N-Go items are available in all food service outlets. Contact us to review any food allergies or special dietary restrictions. The Pulse Cafe offers open oven stone bake pizzas and pasta favorites. The new Dew Drop Student Lounge proudly serves Starbucks beverages, bakery, Island Oasis smoothies and shakes. Located second-floor west wing, The Market Place C-store offers one-stop shopping for most campus requested items. Located next to the campus bookstore and post office.
We welcome preschool children from the St. Kate’s community and surrounding neighborhoods. Our Montessori program is for ages 33 months to six years (includes kindergarten) and our Early Learning Program is for ages 33 months to five years. We have provided high-quality programming for young children since 1931. Full- and part-time annual enrollment options are available.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
651-690-6862 | Coeur de Catherine 463
Even though English may not be your student’s native language, she has many opportunities to improve her English at St. Kate’s. We offer several courses on English writing, grammar, and literature. Encourage your student to discuss her needs with her academic advisor or the ESL director.
St. Kate’s students have many opportunities to earn credit toward their degree through study abroad. There are programs in over 50 countries worldwide and options to include internships, research, and service-learning. Scholarships are available and students are eligible to use their financial aid. Encourage your student to visit the annual Study Abroad Fair in February and to explore program options at stkate.edu/globalstudies — advanced planning is important.
Students can visit the health center for their medical needs. Our staff of certified professionals, including physicians, nurse practitioners and medical assistants, can provide diagnoses, treatment plans, prescriptions, lab tests, immunizations, mental health care and physical therapy. We will bill most insurance plans, but there is not a guarantee of coverage.
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Health and Wellness Clinic is committed to meeting the needs of our community. Some services may be offered online or virtually via telehealth. Health and Wellness will be offering COVID testing to students, faculty, and staff. Appointments are required. Please call the front desk at 651-690-6714 to schedule an appointment. For health promotion and health education material, subscribe to the CampusWell monthly newsletter.
Feeling stuck or overwhelmed in your research? Library resources (ebooks, articles, streaming video, guides, etc.) are available 24/7 via library.stkate.edu using your St. Kate’s login. Librarians are available via email, chat, Google Meet, or phone to answer your questions. And as campus resumes our shared spaces, the library will have a study space ready for you with print resources, computers, and group study rooms. Whatever your struggle, ask a librarian — we’ll find out together!
St. Kate’s Help Desk provides walk-in, email, chat, and phone support for the University network services and applications, including D2L, computer labs, printers, and cable TV. We assist students with setup of their computer’s secured wireless access and offer free antivirus for personal computers, unlimited Google storage, and free Microsoft Office 365. Calls are answered 24/7.
Navigating expenses while in college is a challenge. St. Kate’s is unique in offering a helpful, comprehensive financial literacy program, which includes workshops, presentations, and personalized appointments. Students can get guidance on budgeting, building credit properly, savings techniques, tax preparation, student loan repayment options, and more. This award-winning free program benefits students while in school and beyond.
Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS)
651-690-6784 | Coeur de Catherine 280
The Multicultural and International Programs and Services (MIPS) office provides mentoring, advocacy, support, leadership development and opportunities to enhance the collegiate experience of our multicultural and international students. MIPS offers time, space, relationship and resources, creating a nurturing, expressive and supportive community. We are committed to educating on issues of identity, culture, power, privilege and systemic oppression to foster a welcoming, inclusive and transformative environment for all at St. Catherine University.
If you don’t know who to contact with a concern or question about your student, call us. Student Affairs provides oversight and direction on an array of services that support student learning. We also create and implement campus policies to ensure the safety and well-being of each student. These include the students’ code of conduct and policies on non-discrimination, sexual assault, harassment and violence, and crises or emergencies.
Academic support is easily accessible at St. Kate’s.
Math and Science
Jennifer Larsen, 651-690-6853
Our tutors can work with students one-on-one on a drop-in basis throughout the week. We also offer workshops and courses throughout the year for students wanting to improve their math and science skills. Study materials are available in print and online formats.
Reading and Writing
Patricia Young, 651-690-8658
We are dedicated to helping students improve their written communication skills. No matter what major a student chooses, working with peer tutors will benefit her writing and reading skills. Our tutors are available for one-on-one sessions on a drop-in basis throughout the week.
Julie Olson Rand, 651-690-6882
We will work with students to ensure they learn as effectively as possible. We can help identify a student’s learning strengths and challenges, as well as provide information and academic materials in alternative formats.
Study Skills and Test Anxiety
Thelma Obah, 651-690-6758
Students learn in different ways, as we offer help in study skills, time management, test-taking, and coping with test anxiety.
The Department of Public Safety is staffed 24 hours a day, year-round. Officers are the first to respond in emergency situations such as medical emergencies, fires, suspicious activity, and other incidents where the safety of the campus community is concerned. Public Safety also provides escort services and vehicle assistance.
We provide support for those who live on campus. Students can select roommates and housing through our office and participate in a variety of Residence Life activities throughout the year. A peer mentor or Resident Advisor (RA) supervises each floor community. Resident Advisors can assist with roommate issues, getting your student involved on campus, or other campus resources questions.
Student Accounts manages the billing statements and financial holds on student accounts. Ask your student to designate you as an authorized user on KatePay so you can receive billing statements and access their online account. We can discuss a student’s financial information with a parent or third party that is set up as an Authorized User in KatePay or if the student gives written permission by completing the “Consent to Release Student Information” form.
Campus involvement is one of the most important factors in student retention. Students can engage in numerous ways: joining student government, a student club, or attending campus events. Clubs are always seeking new members and sponsor their own activities, movie nights, and themed activities on a regular basis. Encourage your student to attend the Activities Fair in September.
Many students need a student-friendly job to offset the cost of college. Working while in college also provides professional, transferable experience that builds a resume, and improves one’s communication, organizational, and teamwork abilities. St. Kate’s is equipped to help Katies with both on and off-campus job searches, as well as with internships, via our online job search and posting site — KatieCareer powered by Handshake.