General communications

(319) 895-4234
Box: 1665


Student Affairs
600 First Street SW
Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1098

Office of Student Affairs

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    Gwen Schimek-Tischler

    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    Ph.D., Colorado State University, M.S., Colorado State University, B.A., College of St. Catherine. At Cornell since 2011, previously at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University and Colorado State University.

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    Cindy Krob

    Student Affairs Assistant

    At Cornell since 2009.

Student Success Center

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    Brooke Paulsen

    Director of Student Success

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    Brandi Shanata

    Associate Director of Academic Advising and the Transfer Experience

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    Amy Robasse

    Coordinator of Disability Services

  • Photo of Chelsea Plunkett

    Chelsea Plunkett

    Coordinator of Academic Support

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    Madison Dockter

    Coordinator of the First Year Experience & Parent Communication

  • Photo of Carlos Nelson

    Carlos Nelson

    Coordinator of Student Athlete Success


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    Mayson Sheehan

    Head Coach and Program Director for Campus Activities

    B.A., University of Southern Indiana

Intercultural Life

Residence Life

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    Daniel Chou

    Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life

    M.S., Southern Illinois University, B.A., Northern Illinois University. At Cornell since 2016.

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    Olivia Lennon

    Assistant Director of Residence Life

    M.A., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, B.A., Ashford University. At Cornell since 2018.

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    Nicole Casal '18

    Assistant Director of Residence Life

    B.A., Cornell College. At Cornell since 2021.

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    Judy Goetschius

    Housing Facilities Coordinator

    At Cornell since 1998.

Student Life

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    Rebecca Sullens '09

    Associate Director for Student Life

    B.A., Cornell College. At Cornell since 2014.

Chaplain's Office

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    Rev. Melea White


    Master of divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Counseling Center

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    Dr. Brenda Lovstuen

    Director of Counseling

    Ph.D., University of Missouri - Kansas City, M.A., Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), B.A., Cornell College. At Cornell since 2001.

  • Karla Steffens


Student Health Center

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    Lynn O'Brien

    Director of Student Health Services

    B.SN.,University of Iowa

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    Karen Mohwinkle

    Clinic Coordinator

    B.A., Collins College, AAS., Kirkwood College. At Cornell College since 2020.

Health Promotions

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    Marcia Sisk

    Director of Health Promotions

    M.S.,University of Northern Iowa, B.A.,University of Northern Iowa

Campus Safety

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    Mark Winder

    Director of Campus Safety

    Specialized Incident Management System (NIMS) training, including crisis management for school-based incidents. At Cornell since 2015.

Dining Services

  • Dave Smigo

    General Manager of Bon Appetit Dining Services