As the new academic year is underway, students and administrators have appeared in regional media, highlighting our work and mission to a broader audience.
Winona Daily News readers recently had the opportunity to learn about Saint Mary’s Anthony B’59 and Sandra Adducci Family Makerspace, the collaborative workspace equipped with 3D printers, woodworking tools, sewing machines, and more for students to express their creative, innovative ideas, and entrepreneurial interests.
The article that ran in the paper as a part of a content-sharing agreement between Saint Mary’s and the Winona Daily News provided insight into how the space can be used, and also focused on a successful microbusiness launched out of the Makerspace by two Saint Mary’s graduates.
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Last week, Ann Merchlewitz, senior vice president and general counsel for Saint Mary’s, spoke to Winona Daily News about the return of undergraduate students to the Winona Campus and the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.
In the article, Merchlewitz spoke about the events and opportunities students will have in their first few weeks on campus to prepare them for “success as a Cardinal.”
“Many faculty and staff have expressed how energized they feel now that the students are back on campus. Their arrival is a highlight of the year, and we are incredibly grateful to have them here. Our wish is that our students feel welcome, safe, and comfortable in their new home. We want them to experience diversity in all its forms, as we know that creates a richer and deeper campus and academic experience. As our students continue to emerge from the pandemic, we want them to feel connected with each other, with our faculty and staff, and with the Winona community. And, of course, we want them to meet and exceed their academic and personal goals,” Merchlewitz said in the article.
In an opinion piece for the Winona Post, Saint Mary’s junior Patrick Derleth spoke about his decision to return to Saint Mary’s this fall after considering transferring to another college following the academic changes that occurred at the undergraduate campus.
Derleth, who is a history major and political science minor and is involved in music as an extracurricular, said even with the changes, Saint Mary’s remains the “best fit for me as a student.”
In the article, Derleth said, “Saint Mary’s, despite public perception to the contrary, is still not completely deficient in this respect. After all, as U.S. News and World Report made clear last year, its tuition prices and scholarships still make Saint Mary’s the “Best Value in Minnesota.” Moreover, students at Saint Mary’s are still truly able to form close working relationships with their professors, akin to that of a master and apprentice, allowing for extremely personalized learning. Finally, I also believe that the cuts, as painful as they are, will allow me to truly personalize and individualize my major and minor paradigms as well. The administration has expressed openness to this to me, and I hope they will follow through with their assurances.”
Michelle Wieser, dean of the school of business and technology, recently spoke to Twin Cities Business for an article about how higher education is responding to workforce needs in a post-pandemic world.
In the article, Wieser said Saint Mary’s is helping meeting these needs by offering stackable credentials at the master’s level, additional online degree options, accelerated bachelor’s to master’s pathways, and digital badging.
An upcoming advertorial in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul Business Journal will highlight the value of both graduate and undergraduate business degrees that are offered at Saint Mary’s.
For those seeking graduate degrees, the advertorial offers details about the accelerated MBA program at Saint Mary’s, as well as the “Saint Mary’s Accelerators,” which includes thirteen different graduate certificates.
For the university’s undergraduate business offerings, the advertorial speaks to the high-demand business and technology skills students attain in programs at Saint Mary’s, as well as the business ethics and values that are infused into the courses.