Volume 7, Issue 2
March 19, 2012
Student Edition 
Academic Advisement is Upon Us!

Spring Break is over; let's plan Fall 2012! Advisement for fall courses is  - Wednesday, March 21st - Friday, March 30th.

E-mail your advisor today to find out the best way to schedule an advisement appointment. At your session, you will:
  • Discuss your professional and academic development.   
  • Determine the best course schema to meet your goals.  
  • Talk about the future and staying on track with program and graduation requirements.  
  • Obtain your alternate pin number, which will allow you to register online through COR and Banner Web on your designated day.

As always, Seniors are allowed to register first, and it follows in chronological order Juniors, Sophomores, and First-Year Students. (Class status depends on earned credits.) 


Graduate Students and Seniors: April 2nd, starting at 12:01 a.m.

Junior Students: April 3rd, 12:01 a.m.

Sophomore Students: April 4th, 12:01 a.m.

First Year Students: April 5th, 12:01 a.m.

Open Registration Starts: April 9th     


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact a professional advisor: Melissa in Tower 2126, Jessica in Tower 2138, or David in Tower 2140 or e-mail advisement@css.edu. 

Table of Contents
Preparing for Your Advisement Session
Registering for Courses
Learn & Live on Campus This Summer
Department News & New Course Offerings
Global Learning Opportunities
Sexual Violence Courses
Music at CSS
Apply to Your Major
Academic Success Support
Not too Late to Become a Scholar at CSS
New Face in Advisement
Preparing for Your Advisement Session
Use Your Time Wisely! 


Check out the Advisement Web Page and Advisement Manual  for major schemas and a General Education checklist.     


Prepare a tentative schedule BEFORE your appointment using the course schedule at: http://www2.css.edu/app/depts/reg/sched/   


Financial aid packages are sometimes determined by your credit load. If students have too few credits, the College may need to return some of their funding to the federal and/or state government. Note: 12 credits = full time for the College and the federal government; 15 credits = full time for the state of Minnesota.    


Before your registration day, make sure you do not have a hold on your account. To check, go to "Registration Status" on OneStop's tab in COR. Some holds will prevent you from registering for classes, including if you have an unpaid balance greater than $500.00 or a hold due to academics.    

How to Register for Courses in COR 

Registration information is now accessible in the OneStop tab in Cor. By clicking "Registration Status" within the "Registration Tools" box, you will be able to view your registration day/time, registration holds, academic standing, student status, class, and curriculum. On your designated registration day, click "Add or Drop Classes" to register. You will be sent to Banner Web, where you will need to select the term and enter course CRN numbers as in the past. We advise you check out the process before your day just in case you run into problems! Questions? Contact OneStop or your advisor.  
Learn and Live on Campus This Summer

Summer Courses


It's not too late to register for summer courses. Summer Alternate PIN's are the same as the Spring Alternate PIN's. You can contact you academic advisor for your number if you do not recall yours.


Traditional undergraduate students can register for summer classes at any campus at the $395/credit rate. A financial aid form will be available on COR soon although aid is typically limited to loans. Contact OneStop for details.  


To view all course offerings this summer, click here. Note: There are a variety of term lengths ranging from two to eight weeks; for a full listing of terms, check out http://www.css.edu/Administration/Registrar/Academic-Calendar/Summer-2012-Academic-Calendar.html.   


Summer Housing   


Summer housing contracts will be available in early April in the Residential Life Office. Contracts are available for short and long term.  Students can stay on campus from May - August for $875 and will be housed in the brick apartments (Pine, Maple, Willow, and Birch).  If you would like to learn more about summer housing options, please attend one of the information sessions scheduled in April.  Students who attend one of these sessions may receive $100 off their summer housing fee. Below are the details:


Summer Housing Information Sessions:

April 15 - 8:30 p.m. Science Auditorium

April 16 - 7:30 p.m. Science Auditorium


In addition, living on campus during the summer is an opportunity to meet new people.  The College hosts many guests throughout the summer from long-term, senior citizen renters to baseball teams and Grandma's Marathon runners, and we welcome other college students to also experience summer in Duluth on campus.  If you have questions about summer housing or housing in general, please call 723-6391 or e-mail reslife@css.edu.  

Department News & New Course Offerings 

Athletic Training 

All students planning to apply for either a June 2013 or June 2014 start (Post-Bacc or 3 + 2) should meet with Dr. Strough to discuss prequisites, explorations, and other admissions requirements.  Please contact him at 723-6798 or hstrough@css.edu.

Chemistry Department 
The Chemistry Department has made a change in curriculum. CHM 1020 and CHM 1035 are being eliminated, and CHM 1040, a one semester course, will be offered in their place, effective Fall 2012. CHM 1040 will cover concepts of general, organic, and biochemistry for non-majors. If you are currently enrolled in CHM 1020, you are strongly encouraged to take the last offering of CHM 1035 this summer. 

Communication, Theatre, and Art  


ART 3777: Installation Art

This is a new topics course that will be offered in the fall. For more information, contact Po-Lin Kosuth.   


CTA 4777: Crisis Communication

This two credit course advances understanding of dominant crisis communication theories and models. Students explore and critique real world crisis cases and practice developing appropriate, effective, and ethical crisis communication responses. This course is open to any major and is a great supplement for management, marketing, communication, and public health intended students.  (Prerequisite: Senior status or CTA 4404 Public Relations)


Global, Cultural, & Language Studies Department 


GCL 3101: Advanced Cultural and Social Theory
MWF 10:30-11:35 a.m. (Elyse Carter Vosen)

Core Requirement for the Global, Cultural, and Language Studies major

This seminar course investigates language, culture, media, representation, and power through a variety of disciplinary and theoretical lenses, at a level of depth suited to juniors and seniors. Students will utilize frameworks such as subaltern, transcultural, and dependency theory alongside Western theories and tools such as postcolonial, poststructuralist, Marxist and feminist theory, and most importantly, apply them. A valuable course for students in History and Politics, Management, Social Work, or the Health Sciences.


GCL 3200: Popular Music and Political Movements

TR 2-3:40 p.m. (Elyse Carter Vosen)

Fulfills Cultural Diversity and Fine Arts Requirement

What distinguishes great artistic performance? Is it about beauty, or power? What kinds of stories does music allow a people to tell? Is music the soundtrack to a social movement, or the driving force behind it? Can a war of words and sound constitute revolution?   Does popular art help more people hear the voices no one would otherwise listen to? Are capitalism and revolution mutually exclusive? This course examines social and political movements-the collective efforts of marginalized people to change history-from the unique perspective of popular music performers who have used speech, song, and poetry as liberating and mobilizing forces for political action.


GCL 4411: Strangers in Their Own Land

MWF 1-2:05 p.m. (Elyse Carter Vosen)

Fulfills the Writing Intensive Requirement

This literature course examines the consequences of colonization on the cultural consciousness of a people by responding to the following questions: What implications do the effects of colonization have for literature written by a once subjugated people who have not had control over their own space? Whose personal history has been detoured by the intrusion of a colonizer? Whose sense of time, space, selfhood, and expression is dictated by an outsider's interpretation of the meanings of all of these? And ultimately, how does a postcolonial writer negotiate or construct reality through literature? Students will read novels from four different postcolonial contexts to consider these questions.        


RUS/ENG 2280

Course to fulfill the Cultural Diversity and Literature Requirement & count toward fulfillment of the Russian minor, GCL major

Mania, myth or multiple dimensions? In works ranging from the prison camps of the Gulag to the postmodern chat room, from dystopia to za-um, from bitter Soviet satire to Silver Age poetry, Russian writers explored myriad responses to totalitarian rule, its decline and collapse, seeking escape through chair legs and chicken legs, laboratories and labyrinths. Discover modern Russian prose and poetry in English translation while examining the cultural, historical, religious and economic transformations that provided the backdrop for the literature of this turbulent period. Discuss works by authors including Nabokov, Ilf and Petrov, Bulgakov, Brodsky, Tolstaya and Pelevin.


Education Department

EDM 3220: Educational Resources for Children & Young Adults This course will be offered Spring 2013 for English Majors in the Teacher Licensure Program. Questions? See Dr. Marie Kelsey, Tower 3106. 

Exercise Physiology Department

The EXP dept is in the process of changing the undergraduate curriculum at the junior year.  Psychophysiology of stress and exercise (EXP 3330) will no longer be taught.  Juniors will have to take Statistics (PSY 3331) fall semester.  A strength and conditioning course ("EXP 3342" will likely be the course number) will be taught spring semester for juniors. This will be a required course. 




HON 3777: The Arab Spring

TR 8 - 9:40 a.m. (Dr. C. Neal Keye)

This course will explore the roots of the various social upheavals and revolutions in the Arab world beginning in early 2011 - "the Arab Spring" from Tunisia and Egypt to Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and Libya. The first part of the course will trace how the demise of the Tunisian dictatorship and the brutal U.S.-backed Mubarak regime in Egypt by an inspiring display of individual acts of courage and collective people power not only marked the end of two brutal regimes willing to serve the military and economic needs of the neo-liberal West; it also signaled the end of the colonial world order put in place by the British and French mandate system in the Middle East following World War I. In this connection, the second part of the course will focus on the legacy of colonialism in the Arab world, including the history of Arab democracy movements and nationalism in the 19th century, the global dimensions of the so-called Israeli-Palestinian "conflict," and the hidden lives of oil in the region. The third part of the course will focus on the history and anthropology of Egypt from the colonial era to the end of the Mubarak regime.


HON/GCL/ECN 4777:  Global Poverty   

(Dr. Robert Hoffman & Dr. Thomas Morgan) 

This two credit course will examine of the seemingly insolvable problem of extreme levels of poverty primarily in Third World Countries. The problem will be examined from numerous perspectives, including historical, economic and ethical.  Readings will include materials written by speakers who are coming to CSS in connection with the Alworth Peace & Justice Lecture Series.   

Marketing Department  

MKT 4500: Bluestone Ad Agency

For Junior and Senior MKT/CTA/CIS students looking for experiential learning opportunities, this course will provide marketing services to local businesses and organizations. Faculty and members of the CSS marketing department provide oversight and mentoring to ensure projects are successfully completed. Clients include Taste of the NFL, Animal Allies, Boys & Girls Clubs, Northern Lights Foundation, Duluth Art Institute, and many others. Contact Jen Rosato at 723-6152, jrosato@css.edu or Jordan Milan at 625-4495, jmilan@css.edu for more information.  


Social Work Department


Do you want to work in a profession that helps people, but unclear about how to get there? For four consecutive years, U.S. News and World Report, has identified social work as one of the most rewarding and fastest growing jobs available. You can see the "Best Jobs of 2012" report on their website. The profession is frequently covered in the local and national press as a hot career choice. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, "employment of social workers is expected to increase faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. The rapidly growing elderly population and the aging baby boom generation will create greater demand for health and social services, resulting in particularly rapid job growth among gerontology social workers. Many job openings also will stem from the need to replace social workers who leave the occupation." Social workers are found in every facet of community life-in schools, hospitals, mental health clinics, senior centers, elected office, private practices, prisons, military, corporations, and in numerous public and private agencies that serve individuals and families in need.  


The Social Work Department will be holding a Group Advisement Session on 03/20/12 from Noon to 1:30pm in Tower 2121. This event is especially for students interested in the program and want to learn more about applying to the program for their Junior year starting Fall 2012. It is open to all Social Work Intended and Major students. Pizza will be served.


SWK 2240: Introduction to Professional Social Work

MW 2:15-3:45 

This course introduces students to the historical development of the social work profession. The course offers a survey of contemporary social work areas of practice, their historical development, underlying values, ethics and philosophy, and the need for social services in a modern society.  By the end of the semester, students should be able to have clear understandings of what social workers do and if social work may be their career choice.


Theology and Religious Studies 


TRS 2222: A History of Christian Thought

MWF 9-10:15 (Fr. Graham)   

This course will consider the intellectual history of Christian theology, examining people and their ideas from the birth of Jesus to the modern era. This course is designed to enhance the student's appreciation for the disciplines of theology and history, inviting reflection on tradition and ideas. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experience of faith, and to recognize the need for a critical examination of faith's foundations.


Global Learning Opportunities

Experience London: At CSS & Abroad  

Experience the culture and attractions of London! Ring in the new year by visiting a Roman bath...take in the grandeur of Stonehenge...walk the boards at the Globe Theatre...see all the sights! Once the center of the British Empire, London offers an exciting and artistically rich study and travel experience for students of all majors.


Students can choose one of two courses for this two-week study abroad program (December 28, 2012 - January 11, 2013). Travel plans and much of the itinerary will be shared by the two groups, including museum visits, various theatre performances, and an overnight excursion to the city of Bath and nearby Stonehenge. Fall semester financial aid is applicable.Click here for more information and course offerings.  


Mexico: Cuernavaca Quest   


This is a 10 credit, six week summer study abroad program with service-learning in Cuernavaca, MÚxico May 16th - June 25th. This exciting program combines academic work and experiential education focusing on social justice issues. It promotes personal transformation through the integration of knowledge, action, and reflection. All credits earned in this program can count towards a major or minor in Spanish and/or Global, Cultural, and Language Studies (formerly LIS) and some can count for Gen. Ed. Click here for more information and course offerings. 


Ireland 2013: Studying in Ireland is not as expensive as you might think...


Did you know that all CSS financial aid and scholarships follow you when you enroll in the College's Ireland in the Spring program? Click here for more information and course offerings.   


Journey to India - HITEC City


HITEC City stand for Hyderabad Information Technology Engineering Consultancy City, a major technology township at the center of the information technology industry in Hyderabad, A P. Students will be conducting research with Arshia Khan and Karen Peterson on one of many possible topics in Paris or London and India from December 27, 2012 - January 11, 2013. For information, contact Arshia at akhan@css.edu or Karen at kpeterse@css.edu.  


Summer Travel to Tanzania 

Students thinking about applying for the Tanzanian Experience program need to plan ahead. Applications will be accepted at the end of October 2012 for summer 2013 travel to Tanzania, East Africa. Those accepted to the program will register in Fall for GCL 3915 Tanzanian Experience, a two credit offering covering the culture, history, economics, health, music and language of the country. The month long trip planned for June 29th to July 29th includes
service work with the Benedictine Sisters of St. Agnes (two weeks) as well as site seeing and safari days. For questions about the course and trip contact either Sr. Beverly Raway or David Schuettler.  


Interested in Other Study Abroad Opportunities?

Check out this site: http://www.css.edu/Academics/Study-Abroad.html┬ 

Sexual Violence  & Advocacy Courses


Interested in learning about the intricacies of sexual violence? How about violence advocacy work? Click here to learn about two 2-credit courses offered next semester (Wednesdays 4-7 p.m.). Questions? Contact Tad Sears at tsears@css.edu.
Music at CSS


There is a choir for everyone at CSS! 

MUS 1210 - Men's Choir (MW 3:30 p.m.)
MUS 1211 - Women's Choir (MWF 10:30 a.m.)
MUS 3210 - Bella Voce (TR 4:15 p.m.)
MUS 3211 - Concert Choir (MWF 2:15 p.m.)
MUS 3215 - Vocal Jazz (M 5:30 p.m.) 

Steel Band 


Do you know that CSS has an authentic Caribbean cultural experience right here on campus (steel band)? Do you know that we have a world drumming ensemble that frequently visits local schools and shares a music education program with our area's youth? Did you know that our music "pep" ensemble on campus is a drumline (without the band!) and that we perform at football and hockey games? If not, now you do! What are you waiting for? Join the Groove. Meet new people, get a credit if you need it, increase your social circle, and be open to new experiences! And the best part--all three ensembles are open to any CSS student, regardless of prior experience. Contact Jeremy Craycraft at jcraycra@css.edu for more information about these unique opportunities.   

Don't Forget to Apply to Your Major!

If you are a sophomore, junior, or senior and you haven't applied to your major, talk to your advisor about the process, which involves filling out a form and meeting with your discipline's department chair, who may be your advisor. GPA requirements vary by department and some majors require an interview. Your advisor is the best consultant for this process. 


If you are unsure of your major, embrace the exploration process, discuss opportunities with your advisor and Career Services, and check out the various resources on Career Services' website: http://www.css.edu/Administration/Career-Services/Exploring-Careers-and-Majors.html.  

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Need Help Meeting Your Academic Goals?

The Center for Academic Success 
Life Happens


The CAS, located in Tower 2129, offers free academic assistance to any CSS student. One-on-one and group tutoring is available for: Math, Chemistry, Accounting, Finance, Economics, Biology, Anatomy, Physics, and much more. Supplemental Instruction (SI) is also provided through the CAS for: BIO 1036, CHM 1120, CHM 2210, BIO 1110, and PSC 2002. Check out the CAS website for more information or to request a tutor or contact Jessica Johnston at jjohnsto@css.edu for more details.   


Academic Role Models
Live on Campus? Check out the Academic Role Model's blog for more academic success events and tips.

The Writing Center

In concert with the English Department, the Rose Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center, located in T2121, offers tutoring sessions on a drop-in basis or by appointment. We provide a casual, student-friendly atmosphere where all students can receive free, collaborative feedback on everything from proof-reading to thesis development. 


The Rose Warner Writing/Critical Thinking Center Hours*:

Monday - Thursday: 9:30-4:00 & Friday:  10:00-12:00


Or, you can send documents to Steve Backus sbackus@css.edu seven days a week for feedback. (Also include the assignment, deadline, and what you'd like help with.)You can also call the writing center at 723-6657 to get help or make an appointment.


Student Support Services (SSS) - TRiO Program

If you qualify for SSS, the program offers one-to-one peer tutors to all participants. You will have access to qualified tutors in selected subject areas. Talk with your SSS counselor or e-mail Celeste Zuniga at czuniga@css.edu to make arrangements. Don't know if you qualify? Check out the SSS website.  

Not too Late to Become a CSS Scholar

Webster Honors Program


Honors courses enrich an already wonderful learning experience at The College of St. Scholastica. The Honors Program at The College of St. Scholastica was created to provide an environment for Honors students to have enriched learning experiences and provide a community of support for learners devoted to a vigorous life of the mind. 


If you meet two of the following criteria upon application to The College of St. Scholastica, you are eligible for an admissions interview with the director, Dr. Debra Schroeder.

* top 15 percent of high school class
* ACT score of 26 or SAT score of 1100
* GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale


If you wish to participate in the Honors Program, but do not meet two of the three criteria above, you may still apply to the Honors Program by contacting the Honors Director. The Director may allow you to participate in the Honors Program based on a successful interview.  


Students can join the Honors Program into their sophomore year and still finish it, with the exception of some professional programs.  


To graduate from the Honors Program as a Webster Scholar, 20 Honors credits are needed, unless you are a transfer student and have been approved for a 1-2 course exemption. For all Honors students, 8 of the credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. A 3.5 cumulative grade point average and a B or better in each Honors course counting toward the necessary credits are additional requirements for graduating from the Honors Program.     


For more information, contact Dr. Debra Schroeder at 723-6595 or by e-mail at dschroed@css.edu or click here for the Honors Program's website.
McNair Scholar Program

The McNair scholars program is dedicated to transitioning low income, first generation, and underrepresented student populations from undergraduate to graduate studies. The program accepts sophomores and juniors dedicated to achieving doctoral degrees. Successful applicants will receive aid finding research opportunities, professionalism training, peer mentorship in STEM programming, cultural immersion opportunities, and graduate school preparation assistance. The McNair program is an incredible opportunity. Applications will be available for download in August 2012 at  http://www/css/edu/academics/mcnair-scholars.html. You may pick up a paper application in Tower 2132 starting in August. The application deadline is Friday, October 12, 2012. Please do not hesitate to contact Mary Butler at MButler@css.edu with questions or click here  to find out more information.
Welcome, Becky!
New Face in Advisement 


Becky Thelen has joined the CSS staff as New & Transition Student Advisor.  Becky will be working closely with new and transfer students as well as students on academic probation.  Becky comes to us from UMD where she has worked in advising and orientation programs for the past six years.  Becky is a graduate of St. Scholastica and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.   Married to Brad Brunfelt, (another CSS alum), she has two school-aged children (Nick & Eva) and enjoys gardening, reading and spending time with family and friends. 
Good luck with your advisement and course registration!
David Bauman, Melissa Watschke, Jessica Johnston &
Becky Thelen

The Academic Support Services Staff
The College of St. Scholastica
Tower 2nd Floor 
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Class Status
Completed Credits:
First Year: 0-27
Sophomore: 28-60
Junior: 61-92
Senior: 93+
Don't Know Who Your Advisor Is? Check out OneStop's page on COR.
Ten Advisement Tips from Residential Life's Academic Role Models:

1. Sign up early to talk to your professor/adviser. 

2. Make an outline of your meeting with your advisor.

3. Have ideas about your future plan to bring to your appointment.

4. If the adviser is not in your field, consult a professor or other people in the field in addition to talking to your advisor.

5. It's okay to change advisor.

6. Ask your advisor about involvement options, such as the Honors Program, department clubs, etc.

7. When in doubt, talk to an advisor.

8. Don't forget to talk to seniors/ juniors in your field.
9. Show up on time.

10. Send a thank you email after your meeting.