Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Hello Parents!

Once again the Duluth weather has forgotten it is spring and brought a blanketing of snow. Even now the campus is being covered in sparkling flakes of snowy memories. However, even though Duluth has decided to revert back to winter, St. Scholastica is moving forward with its school year. The past few weeks have been filled with advising in preparation for next week’s registration. Even though it’s only April, students are preparing for a beautiful fall semester after a relaxing summer.
Keep in mind, students can register for their classes if they do not have any holds on their accounts. We at OneStop are dedicated to helping students figure out how to alleviate any issues on their accounts. Whether they need to meet with us, or have a simple question, we are available to schedule a meeting or answer any inquiry. Also, if your student’s balance is over $500 and they are not on any payment plan, there will be a registration hold. Always feel welcome to call or email to ask advice or options.
            Our campus might be glistening with freshly fallen powder, but we at OneStop have spring in our hearts and are busy working for the Scholastica community. With registration starting Monday, we are prepared to help anyone who needs assistance. From our April snow showers, to graduation in May, St. Scholastica thanks you again for being a part of our welcoming community. Hopefully the sudden snow will bring gorgeous flowers soon!

OneStop Student Services
218-723-6570


Posted by Thomas Gallegos
tgallegos@css.edu
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica


Thursday, March 17, 2016

Hello Parents!

St. Scholastica is making it easier than ever for students achieve their academic goals, offering up to 60% off summer course credits. Students can explore new subjects, play a little “catch up” or get on the fast track to early graduation.

Encourage your student to take advantage of this incredible opportunity, which includes:

  • Reduced per-credit rate — up to 60% savings
  • Discounted on-campus housing
  • Convenient online or extended campus classes, as well


Learn more at our web site, or contact Academic Advisement at (218) 723-6179.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hey Parents!

It’s almost the end of February and this semester is pumping on all cylinders. From the busyness of the course load, to the various campaigns we at OneStop are currently tackling, exhaustion isn’t even a thought in many of our minds. However, we haven’t stopped smiling and are ready for the rest of the year. With the changing of the seasons and March marching its way to our campus, there are just a few business matters to keep in mind.

As a reminder, one of the most important forms to fill out is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2016-17 year. Remember, the FAFSA will determine your student aid eligibility. Additionally, the sooner you fill out the FAFSA, the sooner the school will be able to send out your award letter. Important dates to remember regarding this form; File FAFSA after January 1st, priority filing date is March 1st, and our financial aid department will be writing award letters starting mid-April. Please go to https://fafsa.ed.gov/ for the proper forms. Our school code for St. Scholastica is 002343.

For some students, please be aware that on March 1, 2016 registration holds will be placed on accounts with a balance greater than $499.99. If your balance falls into this category, your student will be unable to register for fall 2016 semester until their balance is below $500, or they’ve established a payment plan for the current balance. Also, if they are graduating in May we won’t be able to issue their diploma or an official transcript until their balance is below $25.00.

Last, we are working very hard to make sure each student is helped in every way possible. From our mounds of candy, to our one-on-one counseling sessions available by appointment, we are your ally in managing the business side of being a student. So as the weather goes from snow to rain to sunshine, don’t be a stranger to OneStop and as always, if you have questions or concerns, please contact OneStop at 218-723-6570 or onestop@css.edu.

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” - Chinese Philosopher Laozi

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
tgallegos@css.edu
OneStop Student Services Counselor

The College of St. Scholastica

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Hello Parents! E-Transcripts for You and the Environment

Climate change is a rising issue floating around the world right now. Caucuses, debates, scientific hearings, and protests are starting to address environmental issues relevant to the average person. We here at St. Scholastica have always been dedicated stewards to our beautiful, natural campus, striving to maintain beauty and tradition. From our forest to our fields, we want to preserve the pristine campus and recent snowfall St. Scholastica is known for. 

In an effort to follow our college’s goals and become a more conscious, green community, we here at OneStop have recently added an E-Transcript option for ordering transcripts from our wonderful institution. E-Transcripts are an electronic way to send documentation to scholarships, colleges, businesses and other locations without having to waste unnecessary paper. Additionally, E-Transcripts cost less money that traditional paper copies and can be sent anywhere you’d prefer. The only disadvantage is, well, we in the office might have to get back to you on that one since we cannot think of any reason why not to order this electronic copy. 

Although this might be a tough transition, and you might have many questions, we are always available to answer any inquiry and quell any fear. Remember, you can either email us at onestop@css.edu or call 218-723-6570 for any queries. Cheaper, easier, environmentally-friendly, E-Transcripts are a great way to help our college become greener and socially conscious. Small steps and actions create big solutions. Please help spread the word, encourage others, and most importantly remember to take a minute next time you are on campus to enjoy the natural beauty that is St. Scholastica.

Posted by Thomas Gallegos
tgallegos@css.edu
OneStop Student Services Counselor
The College of St. Scholastica

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Hello Parents,

My name is Thomas Gallegos and I am a OneStop Student Services Counselor and manager of this Parent Blog.

Veterans are vital students in our CSS community. From the classrooms to the Veterans Resource Center, we here at the college are striving to increase our hospitality to the men and women who have served our country. However, even with all our efforts, there is more that can be done to help those who have helped keep America safe.

Yesterday, I went to a presentation hosted by Veteran Dustin Oosten, counselor in the Vet Center in Duluth. With the help of Jessica Johnston, Mr. Oosten told the audience about his experience about transitioning from a military mindset to a civilian lifestyle. He reiterated that most of his message was an over-generalization and not all Vet experiences are the same, but a lot of aspects are very similar and there are triggers to be aware of when interacting with Vet students. 

·        Vet students have a certain amount of stress to pass classes so they don’t lose their GI Bill and have to pay out of pocket.
·        Stress in the classroom can snowball because the environment is not as strict or regulated as they are used to.
·        Academic papers can be a tough transition because the military teaches short, concise bullet point messages. Long papers with open-ended questions and opinion papers are much tougher as Vets tend to write short and clear.
·        Their mission is to keep moving as a Vet is a very driven individual. Vets will likely try all resources before asking for help. And, even then, they may not ask for help as this is frowned upon in the military. So when/if a Vet asks you, know they sought you out as a content expert and may become frustrated if you quickly send them to someone else. 
·        Small group projects with lots of talking and debating and no clear decisions can be aggravating as Vets need clear orders and focused objectives.
·        The mindset of a Vet varies on an intensity scale. Their intensity is higher than civilians, so they can seem confrontational, while they feel they are calm. Patience and understanding they have a trained to react to situations swiftly has to be dealt with calmly and not with hesitation or confusion.
·        A vet can feel their “souls” are older; meaning while a Vet may be 25, they feel they are 35 based on their life experiences so far.
·        Don’t single out or ambush a Vet with questions about his/her experiences, they might feel threatened, or triggered and react. Ask before class if they are comfortable sharing.
-      Vets may locate special seats in the classroom that enable them to see the entire room and/or monitor exits.
·        Realize Vets have VA appointments that cannot be missed so a flexibility is needed, but also keep them accountable as that is what they are trained for.
·        Treat Vets with kindness, understanding, and most importantly respect.

Mr. Oosten reiterated that Vets are all different, and only a small percentage have severe mental/physical health issues. As a community, we are doing a great job, but as always, more can be done. The key is creating a trusting and caring environment for Vets and show you are dedicated to helping them; prove they can trust and rely in you. This is called Therapeutic Alliance.  Below are a few tools/visuals which Mr. Oosten shared to help understand and interact.

Example of how a Vet feels when coming into college. This video borders on the ridiculous, but this is an idea of how a Vet feels from time to time (keep in mind this is just a generalization): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09qFkke-z18

VA Campus Toolkit with helpful tips, ideas, and resources: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/studentveteran/#sthash.lFsUrolj.dpbs

Lastly, if you know of a veteran who is one of the few in trouble, the VA has a fabulous Veterans Crisis Line that connects with the VA clinics - 1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or veteranscrisisline.net or text 838255.


If you have any questions and would like to talk to someone at St. Scholastica, feel free to call or email Jessica Johnston who is the Veterans Recourse Center Coordinator (218) 723-6645 jjohnsto@css.edu.


Posted by Thomas Gallegos
tgallegos@css.edu
OneStop Student Services Counselor
The College of St. Scholastica

Friday, October 16, 2015

Hello Parents!
For many students, life after college is just a dream beyond the rainbow. There are numerous tests, social events, study sessions, clubs and activities to participate in that the future seems much farther off than what is reality. However, as the months start to get colder, taking steps for preparing for life after graduation is becoming more critical every day.
Last Monday was the LIFE Event put on by the Savvy Saints, a group dedicated to helping students realizing the importance of financial literacy. This event was headed by OneStop Student Services Counselor Bridget Bohn, with help from her two student employees Jason Kazlauskas and Cody Brostrom. In conjunction with Storm’s Advocates, a group committed to student’s health and well-being, tables were set up with different stations so students who participated could play a life-sized version of the board game LIFE with realistic figures, expenses and salaries.
“Students had fun and the volunteers had a good time as well,” said Bohn. “We had twenty more students this year than last year and had a total of 76 students attend.”
Students who attended the event got a real taste of what life would be like after graduation. They saw what expenses would be like if they had their dream job and what it would take to afford a house, paying bills, and various other expenditures.
“A lot of new people learned a lot and it opened their eyes to life after college,” Kazlauskas said. “Financial literacy can be stressful, but it’s necessary and with practice it gets much easier.”
Although the LIFE Event was a success, the Savvy Saints have not stopped their efforts. After each LIFE Event, there are workshops through the rest of the week which includes in-detail presentations on specific topics such as taxes, student loans, and credit.
“Apart from the LIFE Event we will have a Halloween challenge at the end of October and various other workshops spread throughout the year,” said Kazlauskas.
Financial literacy is of the utmost importance for students, but unfortunately gets put on the back-burner more often than not. Not to worry however, with programs like Savvy Saints and their events, students can actively prepare while simultaneously having a good time.
If you or your student would like more information about Savvy Saints and their programs or would like to set up a budgeting appointment you can email them at savvysaints@css.edu or check out their website; www.css.edu/wellumoney. Another LIFE Event is scheduled for November 9th, coinciding with philanthropy week; be bold, be Benedictine, and be prepared for life after graduation.


Posted by Thomas Gallegos
tgallegos@css.edu
OneStop Student Services Counselor
The College of St. Scholastica

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Parents of new first-year students: 

Here's a fun video about our Team Delta students rolling out the welcome mat to our newest Saints.