College Services

Advising Office (Student Academic Services)

Our advisors assist first-year students in curricular planning and help facilitate the transition from high school to college. Our services include the following:

Advising and Helping with Course Selection

Faculty advisors and advisors in the Advising Office will help plan your class schedule each semester.

Administering Academic Policies

A number of academic policies may affect you during your first year of college. Please visit the Advising Office for help with any academic policy including: excused absences, final exam changes, questions regarding transfer credit and credit by exam, and withdrawals from a course.

Assisting with Academic Adjustments

We encourage you to stop by our office to ask questions and discuss any concerns during your first year. At Saint Mary’s all departments are here to help; we want your transition into college life to be as smooth as possible.

Location and Contacts

The Advising Office is located in 166 Le Mans Hall.
For more information, please contact our office at (574) 284-4594 or

Karen Chambers, PhD
Dean of Student Academic Services

Sarah Pressey
Senior Academic Advisor

Tracy White
Senior Academic Advisor

Career Crossings Office (CCO)

Located in 114 Spes Unica Hall, the Career Crossings Office (CCO) assists students with choosing a major, exploring career options, developing effective job and internship search strategies, discerning post-graduation service, and preparing for graduate/professional school studies. Services include career assessments, résumé and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing, and researching and applying to graduate/professional schools. Career counseling is available through individual, Skype, email, and telephone consultation. Lifetime services are offered to all graduates.

Additional resources include:

  • Alumnae Resource Network (ARN) database of 8,000+ contacts that enables students to connect with alumnae throughout the professional spectrum for networking and mentoring.
  • College Central Network online job/internship posting and résumé referral system that enables students to access opportunities 24/7.
  • Career Resource Center (CRC), located within the CCO, houses books and handouts on a variety of career topics including preparing for graduate and professional school entrance exams.

For more information, please contact Stacie Jeffirs, director of the Career Crossings Office, 114 Spes Unica Hall, (574) 284-4775,, or

Cushwa-Leighton Library

The Saint Mary’s College campus library contains a collection of more than 240,000 volumes and provides access to more than 20,000 journal titles in print and electronic format. The rare-book collection, the 24-hour Trumper Computer Center, and the Huisking Instructional Technology Resource Center are located on the lower level of the library. The College Archives is a part of the library and is located in Madeleva Hall.

All materials are accessible through the online catalog which also includes direct access to the catalogs of twenty-three other academic libraries throughout the state of Indiana. The library is a critical resource for your college coursework. Help with library use and information research is available through many of your courses and individually at the research help desk or by appointment. Library hours are Monday through Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. to midnight; Fridays, 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m. to midnight. Research help is available in person, by phone, email, or chat, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. until 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 9 p.m. Complete information about services and library policies is available on the web at:

For more information, please call Joseph Thomas, library director, at (574) 284-5280, or the Research Help Desk at (574) 284-5288.

Disabilities Resource Office

The Disabilities Resource Office provides services and reasonable accommodations for students who are substantially limited by a diagnosed disability. Upon admission, students must self-disclose and request support services. The documentation and requests are reviewed and approved in individual meetings with the director or associate director of the office.

Please send disability documentation by mail to

166 Le Mans Hall, Saint Mary’s College 
Notre Dame, IN 46556

by fax to (574) 284-4577; or by email attachment to Iris Giamo, director of the disabilities resource office,, or to Jennifer Wright, associate director of the Disabilities Resource Office,

Mary Lee Sheftic Health and Counseling Center

To assist first-year students, the Mary Lee Sheftic Health and Counseling Center supports the educational mission of the College by providing high quality care in an accessible, safe, secure, and confidential environment. The staff is committed to assisting students in their acquisition of knowledge, skills, and behaviors necessary to become self-directed health advocates. We encourage students to participate actively in their own mental and physical health maintenance and to make informed choices regarding their care.

The Health and Counseling Center is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on the south side of Angela Athletic & Wellness Complex. Appointments can be made by calling health and counseling at (574) 284-4805. All services are confidential. More details can be found at

Math Center

The Math Center provides tutoring and resources for students taking mathematics courses. Director Suzanne Cox and Chris Dwyer are available for one-on-one or group tutoring of students taking 100-level math courses. These faculty members are available weekdays at regularly scheduled hours; no appointment is necessary. The center, located in 354 Madeleva Hall, includes a library of supplementary texts that students are free to borrow. The center also has several computers loaded with the software used in mathematics and computer science courses. Students are encouraged to use these as they work on class projects.

Office for Student Success

Diane Fox, director of student success, (574) 284-4463

Located in 119 Madeleva Hall, the Office for Student Success is an academic resource available to all students. The program director conducts workshops and welcomes individual consultations for any student seeking help. Moreover, any student has the opportunity at any time throughout the academic year to participate in a Study Tables program should they wish to do so.

The Student Success Program also falls under the Office for Student Success. The College’s admissions committee admits some incoming students to the Success Program. These Success students are required to enroll in a 2 credit hour Academic Skills and Strategies course, meet regularly with the program director, have assistance monitoring their grades and learning, and also participate in the Study Tables program.

Pre-Health Professions Advising

Calli Versagli, assistant professor of biology, assists students who are interested in pursuing graduate or professional degrees in human and veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physician assisting, and physical therapy.

Typically in the first and sophomore years, students discuss plans for graduate or professional health-related programs with their academic advisors. Then, beginning in the junior year, students are advised individually by Versagli as they begin the process of applying to health professions programs. Students can get all the courses they need to fulfill prerequisites for graduate or professional programs in health-related areas at Saint Mary’s College.

Calli Versagli, assistant professor and pre-health professions advisor
Department of Biology
274 Science Hall, 574-284-4665.

Pre-Law Professions Advising

Pre-law advising is primarily facilitated by the Career Crossings Office in collaboration with Professor Sean Savage in political science and Professor George Trey in philosophy. The CCO serves as resource for students seeking information on registering and preparing for the LSAT, writing resumes and personal statements, and researching law schools. The CCO coordinates announcements to the College community on law school fairs and events as well as information sent to the College on specific law school programs. Contact Stacie Jeffirs to be added to the College’s pre-law advising listserv.

The academic departments involved in pre-law advising provide academic advising, guidance, coordinating law school information sessions for their major(s), and serving as a main point of contact for students interested in law school programs with targeted interests (e.g., civil rights, criminal law, education, environmental, family, health, immigration, sports, and entertainment).

Stacie Jeffirs, director
Career Crossings Office
114 Spes Unica Hall

Sean Savage, professor
Department of Political Science
247E Spes Unica Hall

George Trey, associate professor and chair
Department of Philosophy
160E Spes Unica Hall

Writing Center

The Writing Center at Saint Mary’s College provides one-on-one tutoring for writers at every level of preparedness. Peer tutors representing a variety of majors work with students at any phase in the writing process, from pre-writing and brainstorming to post-writing and revision. Students can drop by the office (second floor of the Library, on the side facing Le Mans) to make an appointment.

Find our hours on facebook @writingcentersaintmaryscollege.

Directory Information for First Year Students

Office Phone Number
Advising Office 284-4594
Admission 284-4587
Athletics 284-4694
Business Office (Student Accounts) 284-4730
Campus Ministry 284-5391
Career Crossings Office (CCO) 284-4775
Cushwa-Leighton Library 284-5280
Disabilities Resource Office 284-4262
Financial Aid 284-4557
Food Services (Sodexo) 284-4342
Global Education 284-4051
Information Technology 284-4715
Mary Lee Sheftic Health and Counseling Center 284-4805
Multicultural Services and Student Program 284-4723
Office of Student Success 284-4463
Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE) 284-5368
Residence Life 284-4522
Security 284-5000
Shaheen Bookstore 284-4719
Student Academic Services 284-4594
Office of Student Involvement (OSI) 284-4562
Writing Center 284-4710