The mission of the Student Success Center at Saint Joseph’s College is to provide services to all students to enhance student learning, academic success, and personal growth through inclusive engagement with the campus community. We strive to provide comprehensive services that will empower students and connect them with the resources they need to achieve their academic goals.
Evans Arts and Science Building
The Robinson Memorial Library, Room 112
Monday – Thursday: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Please contact us to begin your successful educational experience on the Saint Joseph’s College campus.
Juan Casas, Director of Student Success
Juan Casas has a passion for assisting students and he believes that with persistence, institutional resources, and academic and personal support all students can succeed.
Juan is a Marine Corps veteran with a BA in Sociology and an MS Ed in Human Services from Purdue Calumet. He recently served as the Director of Student Support Services at Purdue North Central. Juan also is a past president of the Indiana TRIO Association and has 11 years of experience working with federally funded programs.
Kendal Kosta-Mikel, Data and Research Coordinator
A Rensselaer native, Kendal is excited to be back in her hometown and a part of the positive, supportive environment that the Student Success Center offers Saint Joseph’s College students.
Kendal has a BA in Sociology from Manchester College and a MA in Sociology and a Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research from Ball State University. Prior to coming to Saint Joseph’s College, Kendal worked as a resource and policy analyst at the University of Illinois.
Katie Kraai-Coulter, Educational Support Specialist
Katie is very excited to provide assistance to students and help them work towards their educational and career goals. She has a passion for helping students take the steps needed to achieve their dreams. She is excited to be a part of the educational support team at Saint Joseph's College.
Katie has a BS in Psychology from Missouri Valley College and an MA in Professional and School Counseling from Olivet Nazarene University. She has experience working with students with disabilities, providing individual and group counseling services, and working with students in a school wide peer mentoring program.
Joanna Salinas, Student Success Specialist
Joanna is looking forward to working with the students, faculty, and staff at Saint Joseph's College in the Student Success Specialist position. She believes in the importance of assisting students to develop strategies and build appropriate skills to reach their academic and personal goals.
Joanna received her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington, and her M.S.Ed. with a concentration in Mental Health Counseling from Purdue University Calumet. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate (LMHCA) in the state of Indiana, and is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). She has prior experience working within higher education as a graduate assistant at the Purdue University Calumet Counseling Center, and as an undergraduate teaching assistant at Indiana University Bloomington. Prior to working at Saint Joseph's College, Joanna worked as a therapist within the mental health and behavior management fields.
“The Student Success Center has helped me in all areas I have struggled with this semester. I had the opportunity to sit down with Juan Casas, the Director of Student Success, and Olivia Catey, the Student Success Specialist, and they were able to give me the resources and tools I needed to be successful in my classes. I was able to create a time-management study plan with Olivia and it has helped me a lot. I highly suggest using this tool that is available to you, even if you have straight A’s. It does not hurt to receive help, even if you think you do not need it.” - Alex Gelinas
“The Student Success Center staff are extremely understanding. My first time visiting, I was not sure what I should expect from the staff there. After meeting with them, though, I can say that they are extremely understanding and positive towards all students. The Student Success Center has really taught me to stay ‘on top’ of what I am supposed to be doing. They taught me organization and strategy as well as how to be aggressive in my studies. I would recommend the Student Success Center to anyone at Saint Joseph’s College. I truly feel that the center is crucial to ensuring student success.” - Ashley Meadows
Saint Joseph’s College Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant funded the creation of the Student Success Center.
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