Student Engagement and Student Life

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  • De-Stress Event

About UMR Student Life

About UMR Student Life

Rochester is a small city, situated just 75 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a student on the UMR campus, you will be at the heart of one of the world's top medical centers and at the center of an internationally known research community.

Our students have access to the local YMCA for fitness and recreation, and our student government, the Rochester Student Association and the residential-based 318 Community Council, utilize the USquare and 318 Commons lounges and various spaces in Rochester to keep our students engaged outside the classroom.

UMR is a community with strong faculty/staff-student relationships, a robust residential community and a long-standing relationship with the Mayo Clinic and the rest of the downtown community, which is well-connected thanks to the subway/skyway system. Though different from the traditional university campus, UMR has a vibrant student life. We don't have athletic teams, a theater or a music department. However, our students are very active in over 30 student clubs and organizations that are dedicated to health sciences, and social and civic engagement, and are leaders who are making a difference on our campus and in our community. 

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

Meet Staff From Student Success and Engagement

Meet Staff From Student Success and Engagement

Vision, Values and Mission

Vision: The Student Engagement Team will provide high-quality student engagement opportunities and support that develop self-aware leaders empowered to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

Values: Through student-centeredness, collaboration and the promotion of a community of wellness, the Student Engagement Team strives to live by UMR’s core values of: respect, human potential, community, diversity and inclusiveness, and evidence-based decision making.

Mission: The Student Engagement Team coordinates initiatives and services for students that promote a community of wellness to benefit their overall learning, complement the academic experience and prepare them for lives of purpose.


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Julie Thornton

Assistant Vice Chancellor (AVC) for Student Success and Engagement

Office: USquare 329
Phone: 507-258-8106

My work at UMR: Student services and general student engagement at UMR, ways to support and help students/friends, Title IX and sexual misconduct support and response, student conduct issues, supervision of student engagement team (SET).

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Jeff Baier

Disability Resources Coordinator

Office: USquare 384 (SESC)
Phone: 507-258-8058

My work at UMR: General disability resources and services, accommodations, test proctoring, first-year CLI courses, and disability-related training for students, staff and faculty.


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Kris Barry

Director of Health and Wellness

Office: USquare 379 (SESC)
Phone: (507) 258-8671

My work at UMR: Healthy Living Learning Community, ROC! (Recovery on Campus), Living on Purpose (LOP class), mindfulness, yoga, health services through OMC Skyway Clinic, class suppers, sexual assault prevention and support, wellness tips, peer education opportunities.


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Jenny Casper

Director of Community Engagement and Career Development

Office: USquare 384B
Phone: 507-258-8242

My work at UMR: Volunteering, internships, off-campus research, career fairs, career resources, career support, Handshake (tool that hosts local volunteer, intern, and employment opportunities), off-campus employment, community engagement opportunities.


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Will Harmon

Residential Life Director

Office: 318 Commons
Phone: 507-258-8028

My work at UMR: The 318 Commons residential experience, any and all room/living issues, residence hall programs and events, leadership development programs, summer housing opportunities.


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Richard Kotovich Jr. MA LPC

Coordinator of Counseling Services
Schedule an appointment with Richard

Office: USquare 374 (SESC)
Phone: 507-258-8017

My work at UMR: Personal counseling, healthy habits, decision-making, mental health support, life concerns, relationships, personal skill building, stress management.


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Jamie Mathison

Director of Student Activities, Orientation and Leadership

Office: USquare 384B (SESC)
Phone: 507-258-8014

My work at UMR: Student government (Rochester Student Association-RSA), student activities, campus-wide student events, student clubs and organizations, new student orientation, student leadership, Halloween costume contest!


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Brett Schieve

Director of Intercultural Learning and Engagement

Office: USquare 371 (SESC)
Phone: 507-258-8119

My work at UMR: Study Away, IDI, Intercultural Club, Global Brigades, International Education Week, Hate/Bias Incidents, Diversity and Inclusion Committee and programming, Diversity Dialogues, cultural engagement opportunities.


Meet the Student Success Coaching team here

Student Success and Engagement Initiatives and Services