Saint Mary’s student-athletes pose with the new logo of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference at the Student-Athlete Leadership Conference held on our campus.

It is the mission of the university and a goal of our strategic plan to develop leaders and integrate leadership into academic and co-curricular activities. In late summer our Athletic Department hosted 90 undergraduates from the 13-member Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference for the Student-Athlete Leadership Conference. This is the third consecutive time Saint Mary’s has hosted the event, which is held every three years.

These exceptional student-athletes (including 12 from Saint Mary’s) were nominated by their institutions as leaders—or potential leaders—on their campuses. Activities made the most of our Winona Campus facilities and natural setting, including the ropes course, soccer field, Gostomski Fieldhouse, and the surrounding bluffs and trails. Workshops and guest speakers stressed professional development, leadership, and team-building, and the student-athletes completed the NCAA DiSC leadership and communication style exercise. Participants gained leadership and communication skills, and each formed a plan on how they can be effective leaders and work with others at their home institutions.