Student Update – May 1, 2020

Student Update – week of May 1, 2020

Hello Students, 

I hope this message finds you healthy, happy, and safe.

As we prepare for the end of the semester, there are a few updates to services and new events to share with you. Please read on for the details:

Food Shelf

The St. Kate’s Food Shelf is open every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Students living both on and off-campus may order food through a form sent through the SCA or email foodshelf@stkate.edu. Students living on campus can have their food delivered through ResLife; students living off campus can arrange for curbside pickup. We hope to keep the Food Shelf open during the summer if possible, and will share more information as those plans take shape.

Counseling Support

During the stay-at-home order in Minnesota, our campus’ Counseling Center is continuing all scheduled appointments and therapy sessions remotely. Please call (651) 690-6805 or email counselingcenter@stkate.edu with questions or to schedule an appointment. If you have an after-hours mental health concern, we have counseling available 24/7 via the same office phone number.

Our Lady of Victory Chapel Services

Sunday Mass is suspended through Thursday, August 27. In the meantime, Bex Gaunt and the Center for Spirituality and Social Justice will continue to provide virtual prayer opportunities for the community. Follow them on Instagram (@spiritandjustice) for the latest information.

Book Buy-Back

Pending health-expert guidance, the University Bookstore will plan to be open to accept rental textbook(s) and do buyback by the end of May. If the Bookstore is not able to be open at that time, we will provide detailed instructions for how to return your rental textbook(s) and for how to do buyback.  Updated information will be available on the University Bookstore website, as well as the COVID-19 information page. In the interim, if you are done with your rental textbook(s) you may return them at any time. Our return instructions are detailed on our site.

Residence Hall Move-Out Process Update

We have been working closely with healthcare professionals to devise a safer move-out plan, and will have an update once the Stay-At-Home order is lifted for the state of Minnesota. While we finalize those details, a couple of quick reminders for students:

  • If you already moved away from campus, but did not formally check out through this process, please visit My Housing and complete the Residence Hall Check-Out form.

  • Once we have a move-out plan, we will send residential students details by email. 

Professional Development Program Virtual Information Sessions in May

The St. Catherine University Professional Development Program is sponsored by the Career Development Center in collaboration with UpTurnships, and focuses on building foundational knowledge and awareness of yourself. Students who participate will build the skills and experiences that employers want, but often don’t find in new candidates. You will explore strength-finding, networking, goal-setting and career pathways. Participants will attend training sessions and speaker presentations during the summer, with additional training dates scheduled in the fall.

  • For more information, contact Emily Reeder at esreeder871@stkate.edu. Virtual information sessions will take place on May 4, 11, 18, and 26 at 4 p.m. Create your KatieCareer profile in order to attend.
  • TO APPLY: Create a “KatieCareer by HandshakeStudent Login” profile via the St. Kate’s Career Development website. Complete the “St. Kate’s Professional Development Program — UpTurnships Application” in the surveys section of Handshake.
  • Priority application deadline is June 5. Students who demonstrate financial need are strongly encouraged to apply.

Center for Community Work and Learning Update

All in-person service-learning and student employment is suspended at this time. We are supporting remote work efforts to continue our efforts while adhering to the state and University's COVID-19 directives, and remain committed to investing in and learning with the broader community.

CWL Spring Symposium to be held online

Community Leaders and Assistantship Mentoring students will share an overview of their work and lessons learned on a Community Work and Learning (CWL) google site. Please visit the CWL website starting Monday, May 18 for instructions to view each student's narrative.  

Honors and Awards announced virtually on May 7

Mark your calendars, and plan to view the virtual Honors and Awards ceremony next Thursday, May 7. This annual event is a wonderful time to celebrate the great work and accomplishments of our students. The ceremony video will be available on the Honors and Awards page on this date for viewing. More details to follow.

Apply now for Fall 2020 student employment opportunities!

Community Leaders positions for fall 2020 semester are now posted on KatieCareer by Handshake.

May 12 Town Hall for current parents of St. Kate’s students

Parents are invited to join St. Kate’s virtually on Tuesday, May 12 for a Town Hall forum. Parents can connect with people from different offices and ask questions and connect with fellow parents. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., and is expected to last an hour. (https://stkate.zoom.us/j/94363845274, Meeting ID: 943 6384 5274)

Gather on May 14 for a community healing service

The Center for Spirituality and Social Justice is organizing a virtual inter-faith prayer and community healing service for all members of the St. Kate’s community. Look for more details soon. 

 

Ramadan Mubarak to those students and families who are observing! Today marks the 8th day of Ramadan, a 30-day holy month observed by Muslims around the world as well as in our own community. Celebrants fast from water and food from sunrise to sunset each day, and practice spiritual reflections during their fasting period. The far-reaching impacts of COVID-19 have also affected this spiritual practice, preventing communities from gathering for shared prayer and connection outside all our immediate families. We sincerely wish you all peace and happiness this Ramadan.

Please reach out to studentaffairs@stkate.edu if you have any questions or need help. Remember also that you can always request support through the Student Success tool (stkate.edu/success). We look forward to hearing from you, and we’ll be cheering on your strong finish to the semester! 

 

Peace,

Seth Snyder, PhD
Dean of Students