About Us

Brandyn Woodard
Director, Intercultural and International Student Services; Student Human Rights Officer; Coordinator, Intercultural LEAD

I'm originally from St. Louis, Missouri. I graduated with a degree in Spanish from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Turkmenistan from 1995 - 1998, where I met my beautiful and way cooler better half, Zhanna. I worked at St. Louis Community College - Forest Park and Webster University (where I received a master's degree in Human Resources Development in 2005) until my family and I moved to Pella, Iowa, where I worked at Central College from 2006 - 2013. I started working at CSB/SJU on Monday, July 1, 2013 and have been absolutely amazed at the caliber, intelligence, and social consciousness of our students. I have a son named Gabriel and a daughter named Valeriya. You'll see them around campus occasionally, soaking up some of the vibes of these great institutions. Please feel free to stop by and socialize, vent, process, philosophize, converse, or just be. Our awesome student assistants are ready to welcome you to our space and to our campuses. Peace, Blessings, and Health and Wellbeing

College of Saint Benedict                                                    Saint John's University
37 South College Avenue                                                  2850 Abbey Plaza
Murray Hall 154                                                                  Sexton Commons 124
St. Joseph, MN 56374                                                        Collegeville, MN 56321
320-363-5455                                                                       320-363-3799


Nichole Matuska
Assitant Director, Intercultural and International Student Services

I am originally from Walnut Grove, MN and am a graduate of the College of St. Benedict. While a student at CSB, I studied abroad in Guatemala, Colombia & Ecuador and fell in love with other cultures. After graduation I spend a year teaching English at a University in Beibei, China and continued my love for learning about other people and cultures. After returning to the United States I worked in Human Resources, Social Services and finally returned to CSB/SJU in 2009. I am currently working as the Assistant Director of the Intercultural and International Student Services office. My primary focus is working with international students pursuing their 4-year degree on F-1 Visas, advising on immigration, social and personal issues.


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