St. Mary's College of Maryland

Campus Resources and Services: Student Life


Scott Devine, Director
Athletics and Recreation Center, 240-895-HAWK (4295)

Competitive and recreational sport is an essential component of a liberal arts education, and development of the total person through a broad range of experiences is one of the goals at SMCM. Students have found that they can succeed in their primary academic pursuits while also participating actively in intercollegiate sports and recreational activities. Athletics and intellectual training are known to significantly complement and support one another in a small college community, and the College promotes these efforts. St. Mary's supports activities on various levels: 17 varsity athletic teams, as well as numerous club sports, intramural activities, and physical education skill courses, along with open recreation.

The Michael P. O'Brien Athletics and Recreation Center (MPOARC), which opened in 2005, can accommodate those who wish to participate in a healthy lifestyle.  The building has a 25-yard recreational pool along with a 50-meter competition pool, exercise room, weight room, recreational courts, rock-climbing wall, and numerous pieces of cardio equipment including treadmills, ellipticals, and stationary bikes.  In addition to the MPOARC, we have sports fields, an all-weather track, lighted tennis courts, and the waterfront, all of which provide ample opportunity for individual and informal group recreation. The facilities are generally available on demand except during physical education classes, athletic events, or other special activities. Students need their student ID in order to check out athletic or waterfront equipment.


M.J. Raleigh, Ph.D., Director
Ethel Chance Hall, 240-895-4289

Transition and change characterize everyone's life, and talking with someone can help. The College counseling center is staffed by professionally trained counselors eager to help, whether the issue is interpersonal relationships, stress or depression, confusion over life goals, alcohol/drug use, sexuality, family/parental difficulties, test anxiety, or some other personal, academic, or college life concern. Individual and group counseling, special topic workshops, and consultation services are available.

The counselors are on hand for individual counseling by appointment, and the staff is trained to help with crises that arise at other times. The counselors can also coordinate with therapists or medical doctors back home. All counseling services are free of charge to students, and all matters discussed in counseling are confidential.


Roberto Ifill, Interim Dean of Students
Campus Center 143, 240-895-4208

The dean of students is the administrative official responsible for all non-academic student-related matters. The dean oversees the following offices and services: Counseling Center, Health Services, Judicial Affairs, Multicultural Affairs, Residence Life, and Student Activities. For a problem that cannot be resolved by these offices, contact the dean of students for assistance.

Health Services


Linda Wallace, RN, Director
Ethel Chance Hall, 240-895-4289

The Health Center offers medical care for minor injuries and illnesses to all full-time students who have submitted a completed health form. A member of the American College Health Association, the center is staffed by a full-time nurse practitioner and registered nurse, as well as by a part-time physician. Consultation and referral assistance are provided. Students are seen by appointment and on a walk-in basis as scheduling permits. Strict confidentiality of all records and information is maintained at all times.


Clinton Gilbert, Assistant Director of Residence Life; Coordinator of MAPP
Glendening Hall 150, 240-895-4207

Multicultural Programs provides personal and academic support through counseling and workshops for all students. We also work with various offices to provide a welcoming and teachable environment for students. Multicultural Programs aims to familiarize ethnic minority students with academic programs and policy; provide information about support services; assist with academic and social adjustment; and introduce students to faculty, staff, and other students who are traditionally under-represented within Higher Education. Multicultural Programs also sponsors cultural opportunities that convey the wealth of experiences of traditionally under-represented populations to the SMCM community.