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Student-Administration gathering welcomes new changes

Ellen Richter-Norgel presents on the St. Catherine Experience at the Senate meeting on April 8.
Ellen Richter-Norgel presents on the St. Catherine Experience at the Senate meeting on April 8.
Photo by Ashley de los Reyes '15

The April 8 student senate meeting with administrators provided updates on some exciting changes happening at St. Catherine University. Topics included the St. Catherine Experience, Map-Works, Core Curriculum, the Butler Center and Sodexo.

Associate Dean of Students and Retention Ellen Richter-Norgel lead the presentation on The St. Catherine Experience. As part of the University’s holistic approach to learning, the St. Catherine Experience serves as a way to integrate curricular and co-curricular experiences through the themes of scholarship and excellence, lead and influence, engagement, liberal arts and your major, social justice and spiritual development, meaningful mentorship, diversity and global perspectives, and preparing for the future.

Richter-Norgel also introduced students to Map-Works, a popular university-level communication tool used by educators to reach out to students. “We believe it’s going to change the culture of communication,” she says. The system will be available on Kateway in Fall 2014 and provide students with more co-curricular opportunities.

Martha Phillips, director of Core Curriculum, alerted students to upcoming changes of the University’s distinct Core Curriculum. Among these, the American Chemical Society-approved concentration in chemistry will now be a Bachelor of Science degree, a combined TRW/GSJ reader will be released in the fall and new courses next year will allow students to “double-dip” to fulfill some of the liberal arts requirements.

Phillips urged students “to check the degree evaluation in Kateway” if they are unclear about the requirements they still need.

Renovations and additions to Fontbonne Hall and the Butler Center will be the most visible changes to campus. “There are still some big decisions to be made,” explains Director of Athletics Eric Stacey. Students can expect a different look to Fontbonne and the Butler center in February 2015 — with new classrooms and offices in Fontbonne, a renovated entryway in Butler, and a three-story addition between Butler and the music building.

Ryan Sinn, general manager of Dining Services, highlighted recent changes to the cafeteria. Aside from an already revamped menu, more vegetarian options and an expanded “Simply-To-Go” area, students can look forward to more gluten-free options as well. Sinn says his team is studying the use of QBOT, a mobile app, in The Pulse. This app would allow students to receive awards based on their number of visits.

April 9, 2014 by Ashley de los Reyes '15

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