Monday, October 24, 2016

Delve a little deeper

Delve a little deeper at this point in the college transition it may be time to delve a little deeper. Ask follow-up questions when you communicate instead of just leaving it at, “I’m fi ne.” Many students feel they need to handle it all on their own and may take a bit of time to share what’s going on. While you want to give them space, sometimes a little open mindedness and curiosity can help foster communication.
Listen to the podcast below for steps you can take to be safer and healthier at college.  

Tips for College Health and Safety

Monday, October 10, 2016


Homecoming is almost here! Check out the schedule of events by clicking HERE. During Homecoming it may be difficult to get enough sleep with all the fun events, midterms,
academic advising (for more information on academic advising/registering for Spring classes click here) it is important for your student to get a good night’s sleep. Why is sleep important?  Sleep has an effect on every system of your body including your:
Mental Health and Coping Skills, Cognitive Performance and Physical Health

The SleepWell page will help to inform you of the impact sleep has on your body, answer some of your sleep questions, and allow you to interact with useful resources.
Go Saints and SleepWell so that you can enjoy all the Homecoming events!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Careers 101 - for parent of first-year students

Careers 101 – for parents of first-year students.

During their first year or so of college, students will be involved (formally or informally) in assessing their skills, interests, and abilities.  They will do this through finding success (or failure) in courses they take, involvement in campus activities, discussions with their friends and faculty, and by being exposed to and trying out different ideas and experiences.

Most students enter college with a very limited knowledge of the vast array of courses and majors available to them.  When they begin to delve into studies that are new to them, even those who entered with a plan may be drawn to different options.  This is an exciting time for students!

What you can do to help

  •           Support your child’s exploration of new areas of study and interests.  This, after all, is what education is all about.
  •         Affirm what you know to be areas of skill and ability he or she has consistently demonstrated.  Sometimes students overlook these and need to be reminded.
  •          Talk with your son or daughter about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying.  Students discover new things about themselves throughout the college experience.  Your willingness to listen and be a sounding board will keep you in the loop.
  •         Don’t panic if your child is excited about majoring in something like English, history, or art.  These can be excellent choices, particularly if they are a good match for a student’s interests and skills.
  •          Support your son or daughter’s responsible involvement in campus activities but urge this to be balanced with maintaining achievement in the classroom.
  •          Urge your child to seek assistance in Career Services.  There are various tools and assessments available to assist your son or daughter in this process of exploration.  Appointments can be made through or by phone 218-723-6085.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

St. Scholastica's Homecoming Weekend is Almost Here!

Saints families and friends are invited to join us for Homecoming Weekend 2016! Please join us on the Duluth campus for family-friendly fun and Saints spirit-filled activities. A full schedule of events and online registration are available on

Homecoming Weekend 2016:  Storm for President!
Friday, Oct. 14 - Saturday, Oct. 15

Homecoming Weekend has something for Everyone!

Events for Your Family!

Bring your little Saint to Saturday's events including the parade and science-filled fun!

Saturday, Oct. 15
11 a.m.

Family Fun!
Saturday, Oct. 15
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Burns Wellness Commons
For youth age 12 and under.

The Family Fun zone features activities such as:
  • faculty and student led science activities,
  • rock climbing,
  • and other fun activities.

Food and Spirit!

Join us at the Tailgate Party for food, games and a healthy dose of Blue and Gold!

Tailgate Party
Saturday, Oct. 15
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Mitchell Parking Lot

Music and Talent!

Saints are talented and that talent is on display during Homecoming Weekend with one longstanding tradition and one brand new offering!

SAA Student Talent Show
Friday, Oct. 14
7 p.m.
Mitchell Parking Lot

Prism Concert: CSS Music Ensemble Showcase
Saturday, Oct. 15
2 - 3 p.m.
Mitchell Auditorium

Athletic Events!

Cheer on the Saints at Homecoming volleyball and football games!

Saints Women's Volleyball vs. St. Benedict Blazers
Saturday, Oct. 15 1 p.m.
Reif Gymnasium

Saints Football vs. University of Northwestern - St. Paul
Saturday, Oct. 15
4:30 p.m.
Public Schools Stadium

Do you have questions about Homecoming that the website doesn't answer? Contact us at

Monday, September 26, 2016

Is the honeymoon over?

Is the honeymoon over? What do you do if your student is having roommate troubles?
Refer to an RA! RAs or Residential Assistants are trained to support students, mediate conflict, and refer to on campus resources if necessary. RA’s can also provide information about upcoming events and programs such as the CSS CHOICES program and Community Day.
What is CSS CHOICES and Community Day?
Community Day is October 5th. Every member of the CSS community is encouraged to participate. Ask your student what activity they are going to do for Community Day.

There is another opportunity to get involved in fun events on campus. The CSS CHOICES program is facilitated by the CHOICES team of staff, faculty, coaches and students. The program is dedicated to providing information about safe party practices, alcohol education and plans fun events for students to participate in. CHOICES will be kicking off their program this week. We would like every student to attend our kick off event! Check the CSS Master calendar or Saints Life facebook page for more information about this event.

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.