Building Community at Saint Mary's

We strive to embody the Lasallian Catholic charism by proactively inviting and welcoming students and other members of the university community in learning, socializing, and leading outside the classroom. Supporting a caring, nurturing, and holistic climate of residential professional staff and students collaborating is what distinguishes our residential undergraduate College.

Inspired by the legacy of the De La Salle Christian Brothers, student affairs personnel bring the Lasallian Catholic charism to reality.

The Office of Student Affairs fulfills its goals of empowering students to pursue safe, healthy, integrated, active lives in our campus community. As educators, advisers, and role models committed to the education and growth of the whole person, student affairs staff focus on the spiritual, emotional, physical, social, vocational, and intellectual needs of our student body.

Co-Curricular Learning Outcomes

Rooted in the university mission, the co-curricular area of the university will foster the student experience through the following outcomes:


  • Exhibit strong communication skills
  • Discern vocation
  • Value wellness
  • Demonstrate confidence


  • Retreats
  • Mentoring experiences 
  • Athletic, outdoor, club sports, and intramural programming/experiences
  • Career and professional development sessions


  • Exhibit respect for other faiths 
  • Value the principles of Catholic Social Teaching
  • Demonstrate spiritual exploration
  • Integrate Lasallian values


  • Worship services
  • Interfaith experiences
  • Immersion trips
  • Spiritual and religious programs


  • Exhibit financial responsibility
  • Value etiquette
  • Recognize the importance of community standards
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills


  • Student judicial process
  • All-campus programming
  • Financial literacy workshops
  • Student government organizations


  • Value volunteerism, reflective service, and philanthropy 
  • Engage in community building
  • Exhibit respect for all persons
  • Be well-informed civic leaders


  • Service opportunities
  • Symposiums and speakers
  • All-campus programming
  • Civic and citizen engagement opportunities


  • Utilize criteria to make ethical decisions
  • Desire to serve the common good
  • Exhibit adaptability
  • Inspire, lead, guide 


  • Mentoring relationships
  • Student organization leadership positions
  • Student employment opportunities
  • Leadership development programs


  • Value inclusivity
  • Engage in respectful interactions
  • Promote solidarity
  • Work across social, economic, political, and cultural differences


  • Diversity workshops and training
  • Cultural programs and events
  • Immersion trips
  • International/Multicultural Week

These objectives were created through the lens of:

  • Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education
  • Saint Mary's University of Minnesota mission and vision statement
  • Lasallian core principles
  • Principles of good practice for student affairs at Catholic colleges and universities
  • Catholic Social Teaching documents and principles
  • EQ by Salovey and Mayer 1990
  • Residence Life program model

Connect With Us

Nicole Peterson, M.S.

Dean of Students

Student Affairs

Vlazny Hall, VL 105B

Campus Box: # 9

(507) 457-1403

Nicole Peterson M.S.
Jo Nesler

Administrative Assistant

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vlazny Hall, VL 126

Campus Box: # 9

(507) 457-1646

Jo Nesler
Timothy Gossen, Ed.D.

Senior Director of Admission and Dean of Summer Programs


Vlazny Hall, VL 113

Campus Box: # 9

(507) 457-1597

Timothy Gossen Ed.D.

Find Us

Vlazny Hall, Room 105
Winona Campus
Hours: Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office of Student Affairs
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #50
Winona, MN 55987-1399
800-635-5987, Ext. 1640
Fax: 507-457-1640

Student Resources

Students Affairs Annual Report 

Incident Reporting Form (General)

Sexual Misconduct Reporting Form

Bias Reporting Form

Student Complaint Reporting Form

Judicial Appeal Request Form

Student Handbook (PDF)

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