Office of Recreation, Involvement, and Student Engagement (R.I.S.E.)

Student Activities Committee

Our Mission

The Student Activities Committee (SAC) of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is responsible for providing the Winona campus community with:

  • A variety of inclusive social, recreational, and educational programs.
  • A nurturing environment for students to socialize and interact with their peers outside of the classroom.
  • Extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop and display their leadership skills and talents.

Participation from the entire student body is encouraged and all programs are considered. Meetings are held weekly on Mondays at 8 PM in Toner Student Center, Room 9, and events are on-going throughout the academic year. 

Meet the Board

Jillian Alenka

Catie Schlitz
Vice President

Holly Lutgen
Executive Assistant

Gigi Centeno
Signature Events Chair

Maria Merrigan
Off Campus Events Chair

Tiwonge Kafera
Marketing and Social Media Chair

Sarah Phipps
Outdoor Leadership Liason 

Want to contact the Student Activities Executive Board with a great idea? Email or drop by Vlazny 104

Follow us on social media!

  • Instagram: studentactivitiescommittee
  • Facebook: Saint Mary’s University – Student Activities Committee
  • Snap Chat: smumnosa

Current Events

SAC provides programming that is free to all Saint Mary’s University students. To view upcoming events, please click the link below to the semester calendar. For the most up to date information about SAC programming, please follow us on social media.

Want to get involved?

All students are welcome to join SAC and participation from the entire student body is encouraged. At meetings we discuss new program ideas, implementation of current events, and evaluation of past activities. If you have an idea for a program you would like to see on campus, please attend a meeting so the group can discuss.

Meetings are held weekly on Mondays at 8 PM via Zoom.
Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 987 0204 1182
Password: 806153

Safety Statement for SAC Programs

The Student Activities Committee is following all guidelines set in place by the university and the Minnesota Health Department for planning events. This year, SAC is providing opportunities to engage with the community both virtually and safely in person. Masks and social distancing are required at all SAC events, even if outdoors. In order to continue providing events to the community, we ask that you help us follow these guidelines for the safety of all our participants. Thank you in advance!

Craft Nights

Get in touch with your creative side! Student Activities Committee puts on craft nights for student on a regular basis. In the past we’ve done build-a-bear, wine (or pop) and canvas, zen gardens, and make your own terrariums!


Movie Nights

Movie night is always popular on campus. Student Activities Committee will show 1-2 movies per month. One of the great things about movie night is SAC has the ability to get blockbuster movies before they are even out on DVD. Movies range from classics to the newest, biggest blockbusters.

Thursday Night Fun

Thursday Night Fun ensures that there is always something happening Thursday evenings for students. The most popular event is Trivia Nights in the Cardinal Club. Other events include karaoke, movie nights, contests and competitions, and more!


Student Activities Committee (SAC) organizes multiple trips off campus every year. These trips are typically low in cost and transportation is provided by SAC. Some are local in the Winona Area, while most go to the Twin Cities for various activities. Some of these trips include professional sporting events, Valley Fair, the Mall of America, and more!