One of St. Catherine University's major year-end celebrations, the Honors and Awards Ceremony, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in Rauenhorst Ballroom, Coeur de Catherine. The ceremony recognizes students for their academic and co–curricular achievements. A special part of the ceremony is the announcement of recipients who've earned an All-University Student Leadership Award.
The ceremony recognizes Associate, Baccalaureate and Graduate students. Parents and family members are invited to attend. No RSVP is required, but arrive early for a good seat!
As a regular feature in Parent Update, we like to provide you with a list
of common adjustment issues that first-year students typically describe at this time of year. (Source: Helping your First-Year College Student Succeed,
Richard Mullendore and Cathie Hatch, National Resource Center for the
First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of
South Carolina, Columbia.)
Anxiety about midterm exams
Anxiety about finding a roommate for next year
Excitement and/or disappointment regarding Spring Break plans
Concern over winter weight gain
Signing up for housing for fall semester
Concern over declaring a major
Final exam anxiety
Stress over moving when semester ends
Ambivalence about returning home for summer
Sadness over leaving new friendships and/or new romantic relationships at school
Concern about finding summer employment
Beginning to realize how college will influence future life decisions
Although these issues may be common, they aren't necessarily easy to handle. Students may find that these issues can interfere with studying
and academic goals.
The Counseling Center staff is available to
meet with students on either campus to discuss concerns and identify
helpful coping strategies. (Counseling Center St. Paul campus, 690-6805; Counseling and Student Development Center Minneapolis campus, 690-7830)
"Chapel Talk: The Architecture and Unique Features of Our Lady of Victory Chapel" Sunday, April 21st, 1-2:30 p.m., Our Lady of Victory Chapel
Associate Professor of Social
Work Mary Ann Brenden has conducted extensive research on the background, design and architecture of St. Kate's beautiful
chapel on the hill. Come learn where Sister Antonia McHugh got her
inspiration and why Archbishop Dowling reportedly said, "Sister Antonia
asked to build a chapel, but she built a cathedral."
Come to Mass at
10:30 a.m., enjoy brunch with your student and then attend this engaging
lecture with historical photographs and lively discussion.
R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 17, to the Office of Student Affairs. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651.690-6778.
Editor's Note: The St. Kate's mock trial team completed in the opening round of the Championship Series in Waukegan, Ill., from March 8-10. Although the team did not advance to the next round, the students did receive the Spirit of American Mock Trial Association Award. This award is given to the team that other participants voted as promoting the association's ideals of justice, fair play and civility. The team received a perfect score of 30 points in this award category.
Cinderella Story for Mock Trial Team
So what if they came in last, or second to last, at three
competitions? Members of St. Catherine University’s mock trial team kept
practicing. In February, the students placed eighth out of 22 teams at
the Minnesota regional tournament — and advanced one step closer to the
Team St. Kate's competed in the Opening Round Championship Series
(ORCS) at the Lake County Courthouse in Wuakegan, Illinois, March 8-10.
The competition is one of eight sponsored by the American Mock Trial
Association across the United States. St. Kate’s will go up against more
established teams from the University of Chicago, University of
Michigan, University of Illinois–Chicago, Notre Dame, University of
Wisconsin–Superior, Wheaton College, Northwood University and Hillsdale
College, in addition to local rivals from Macalester, Hamline, St.
Thomas and the University of Minnesota.
There, the teams will argue both sides of a civil case — involving a
death during a scuba diving excursion — in four rounds. (Each side of
the case is presented twice.) Two judges will score their performance.
Typically, about a third of the 600 teams that compete at regional
level advance to the ORCS. The top six teams from each opening round
tournament then move on to the National Championship Tournament in
Washington, D.C. in April.
“We’re excited to make it to this level,” says team captain Nhi Phan
’14, who was named best attorney at the regional tournament in St. Paul
(scoring 18 out of 20 points). “But we’re also nervous because we
have a lot of work to do.”
Phan, a communications studies major, will compete in Wuakegan with
Any Montenegro ’13, financial management; Alicia Gaulden '15,
accounting; Elisabeth Bierstaker ’13, marketing and management; Ngoc
Nguyen ’14, communication studies; and Lindsay Roloff ’13, political
science. (Leah Nankumba ’13 and Sarah Moundanga-Lucka '13 competed at
the other events.)
“It’s jaw-dropping amazing they’ve come this far,” says Susan Burns, a
business attorney in private practice and St. Kate’s mock trial coach.
“We have no depth on the bench. None have law background; three are new
to mock trial; and for three of them, English is their second language.
This really is a Cinderella story.”
The students have had to work extra hard for months to understand
legal lingo and to use it correctly, adds Burns. They’ve learned about
affidavits, rules of evidence and case strategy, for example, from Burns
and local trial lawyer, Theresa Bofferding. St. Kate’s Assistant
Professor and Director of Theater Theresa Lyons-Hegdahl has helped the
team hone their public speaking and acting skills.
Mock trial at St. Kate’s
St. Kate’s first offered mock trial participation for credit in fall
2010. This academic year, however, a group of students organized the
mock trial team under a new Pre-Law Club at the University.
Mock trial offers excellent professional preparation for all
students, especially those who plan to become lawyers, she adds. “The
students learn to think on their feet, improve their public speaking and
critical thinking, gain self confidence and learn a good deal about the
law,” Smith explains. “Students from any undergraduate major are
encouraged to participate.”
Smith, like Coach Burns, is impressed with her students’ achievement.
“This is the first time the team has advanced beyond the regionals,”
Phan, the 2013 team captain, joined the team last year because “I
wanted to get out of my comfort zone.” Now, she’s hooked on arguing
court cases and has set her sights on law school. “I want to do this the
rest of my life,” she says.
Her teammate Roloff is law school-bound too. “Once you get your hooks
into (playing a trial lawyer), it’s hard to get out,” says Roloff, who
earned the top attorney award at the regional tournament in 2011.
At a recent practice session in Mendel Hall, Burns spent nearly three
hours with the students — patiently teasing information like cause of
death and character evidence from them.
“When I started practicing in 1981, there were hardly any women in
the field and it was hard to find mentors,” she says. “That’s why I feel
very strongly about helping these St. Kate’s students. They are really
driven and at the top of their game.”
Article used with permission by Pauline Oo, Staff Writer and Editor, Marketing and Communications Office
It's that time of year when we'd like to remind parents of the registration process coming up and offer a few suggestions to share with your student.
Registration for Fall 2013 begins on April 22
Registration for Associate and Baccalaureate students begins April 22. By now your student should have received a letter from the Office of the Registrar providing details and instructions for registration. (Students interested in summer courses can register now by going to the Registrar's website; the summer schedule has a great assortment of courses from which to choose.)
You may want to remind your student to:
1) Complete a Degree Evaluation to make sure she is aware of the courses required to complete her major. Students can access Degree Evaluation from the student tab on KateWay;
2) Meet with her academic advisor to discuss desired courses; and
3) Check for and take care of any "holds" on her account. The Academic Advising staff is always available for back-up to the student's Major Advisor and to answer any questions or obtain information about the registration process. Office of Academic Advising:651.690-6803.
Two commencement ceremonies will take place this spring. On Thursday, May 23, the Associate and Graduate degrees will be awarded in the evening, following a hooding ceremony. On Saturday, May 25, two Baccalaureate Masses will take place in the morning with the Commencement exercise in the afternoon. Parents and family members will have access to detailed information after April 1 by using the Commencement website link on the University's homepage, www.stkate.edu; students can access this website thru KateWay. Information regarding tickets, times and specific instructions will be available from the Commencement website.