Student Success Center


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

Contact Us 

Please contact us to begin your successful educational experience on the Saint Joseph’s College campus.

Phone: 219.866.6395

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Meet the Staff


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.

Saint Joseph's College Student Success Center Joanna Salinas

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.

Terry Duncan

Terry Duncan, Educational Support Services Specialist

M.Ed. College Student Personnel, Loyola University Chicago, 2002

B.S. Organizational Communication, Murray State University, 2000

Terry Duncan is an Educational Support Services Specialist at Saint Joseph's College. Since 2003, he has served in a variety of staff and administrative experiences in higher education within functional areas of academic advising, career counseling and placement, housing and residence life, student success, disability services, academic records, and administrative, assistive, and instructional technology support. Terry Duncan has over a decade of experience administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Strong Interest Inventory giving hundreds of interpretations each year and has received advanced training at the Center for Applications of Psychological Type in Gainesville, Florida, and Grutter and Associates in South Lake Tahoe, California. He has taught courses in career exploration, college study skills, success strategies, and first-year student orientation. He has presented at the National Academic Advising Association regionally and has served as a national conference program proposal reader for both the National Academic Advising Association and the American College Personnel Association.


“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

Title III Grant

Saint Joseph’s College Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant funded the creation of the Student Success Center.




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