Saturday, September 17, 2016

Welcome Class of 2020!

What a great picture of a wonderful group of students!
Here is the official first year Class of 2020 photo on the steps of Tower Hall at the end of their first Convocation!
Our new president, Colette Geary, joined in as well.

Convocation, which took place during the first week of classes, is an academic ceremony marking the start of the school year and officially welcoming all of our new students.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Time of Transition

Greetings! Your student has now arrived on campus and they (and you!) are going through a time of transition and change.  College is different than high school. Your son or daughter will have to take more ownership of how they spend their time, manage their academics and personal health than they have ever had before. While students become more independent and responsible throughout college, CSS makes sure the support they need to thrive and succeed is available on campus and we want to support you as well.
It may help to know a little more about the theory of transition.
Click the article below to read about the W Curve, Theory of transition, and how it related to your first year student.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Parents’ Guide to Assisting your college student with major and career exploration

Your son or daughter just left for (or returned to) college but doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what he or she wants to major in, let alone choose as a career.  Don’t worry, this is not unusual, although you might wish your child had a little more sense of direction. The college years are a time of exploration, experimentation, and learning on many levels for students and their parents! 

Choosing a career is a process students need to go through – and they go through the stages of this process at different rates of speed.  The steps include:

·         Assessing skills, interests, and abilities (an important first step to choosing an appropriate career)
·        Exploring majors and career options
·        Experimenting with possible career options
·        Building professional materials, including resumes and social media profiles

Career Services is available to help your student along this path.  Encourage them to set up an appointment with a Career Counselor who has various tools and assessments to assist with this process.  Appointments can be made through or by phone 218-723-6085.

Stay tuned for more career tips and resources each month!

Adapted for The College of St. Scholastica with courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Additional Resource for Students and Parents

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Take good care,
Julie Zaruba Fountaine
Wellness Coordinator
College of St. Scholastica

Monday, August 22, 2016

Resources Available Just for Parents!

Hello Wonderful Parents!

The College of St. Scholastica has developed a resource just for you!

Check out the Just For Parents website to receive information on student health and safety , on campus resources and more!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Welcome to the College of St. Scholastica (CSS)!

Welcome to the start of the 2016-2017 academic year!
I am a mom, too!  Although mine is a
bit younger! A future Saint in training!

I would like to re-introduce myself. My name is Marisa Sanderson.  I am the coordinator of Student Activities on campus! I am hard at work getting ready for Welcome Weekend 2016 and all the wonderful events and activities planned for the fall!

I will also be a primary contact for new parents.  Most of you will want to use these emails and phone numbers to answer your questions, but if you don’t know who to contact, feel free to contact me at  or 218-723-6147 with any questions or concerns and I will do my best to answer your questions or find the right person who will.

Fall 2016 Important Dates

Friday, September 2:  Move in Day for new students from 9:00am to 2:00pm
Sunday and Monday, September 4-5: Move in Days for Returning Students  from 9:00-2:00

Friday, September 9: Last day to change meal plan selection before it gets "locked in" for the semester

What to bring to College? Check out the New Student FAQ Page 

Additional Resources:

OneStop for Financial Aid, Bills, and Registration Status
218-723-6570   or   1-877-287-8716 (toll free)

Residential Life and Housing (including what to bring and dorm room dimensions)

Food concerns/Dietary questions

Computer Purchasing and Tech Questions

Welcome Weekend Schedule

August Adventures

Health Insurance and Vaccination
Click on the links on the right to get insurance info.
I understand this can be an exciting and also stressful time of year. I am here to help calm your nerves and make the transition of your student to their new home go as smoothly as possible.  They have selected a wonderful school and we are all very excited to welcome your students into our CSS Community. Enjoy your summer and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions, such as what to bring to college, or any other concerns!

Take care,
Marisa Sanderson

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Be Prepared for Fall

Going camping in the beautiful wilderness of Minnesota is both a privilege and a pleasure for many who enjoy spending their summer days outside. From fireside s'mores, to quietly fishing in local lakes, there is something for everybody. However, before camping, there is much needed prep work to make the experience as easy as possible. A checklist is a good way to ensure all equipment and supplies are in order as well as time set aside for planning hikes and activities. While going off exploring and letting nature take it’s course is fun, being prepared is crucial to safety and security.
We here at OneStop know not everyone is enthusiastic about the great outdoors, yet we still like to emphasize the importance of preparation. This week we will be sending out the first Schedule/Bills for the fall semester electronically to student’s CSS email accounts. Schedule / bills itemize the charges on students’ accounts, including tuition and fees, housing, meals, health insurance and any course or lab fees. Keep in mind we are sending these out early to ensure you and your student are prepared for the upcoming school year.
Going to college is much like a trip into the woods and OneStop tries to provide a map to help alleviate any anxiety and stress coming into an unfamiliar place. Some parents might already know the lay of the land, while others are taking their first steps on the CSS trail; we are here to make sure you and your student can manage the business side of being a student. The best way to do so is to check and make sure all items are accounted for. When the first Schedule/Bill comes, please cross check with your financial aid award letter to see what is needed for the fall semester. If there are discrepancies, questions, or confusion, let us know so we can help light the way and show the best path for your student.
Preparation is key to success for St. Scholastica students and with the Schedule/Bills coming out, the preparation will become much easier. We would like to also reiterate our commitment to fostering a safe and comfortable community. Please encourage your students to stop by and say hello. We can set up appointments, answer questions or redirect to other resources and most of all ensure your student knows where they stand in regards to their financial situation. As always, either email or call or stop in anytime.

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
OneStop Student Services Counselor
The College of St. Scholastica