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5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4596 / 800-368-8803
Fax: 360-412-6189
Twitter: @gotosmu
Email: admissions@stmartin.edu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

Admissions staff

Scott Schulz

Scott Andrew Schulz, Ph.D.
Dean of enrollment
Email: sschulz@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4490
Twitter: @ScottASchulz

Territory: Alaska

About me…

HOMETOWN: Anchorage, Alaska – a.k.a The Motherland!

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A., Communication, University of Arizona; Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Arizona

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? As a faith-based, values-centered institution, Saint Martin’s University is that rare place that is defined by a sense of community, an overwhelming commitment to students, a diverse set of student opportunities, and the incredible impact its students have on one another and the lives they touch.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Oh, hard to say. I’m going to give a nod to the dozens of parks and lakes in the area – particularly those with a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier. It’s a great place to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, some locally brewed Batdorf and Bronson coffee, and fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market!

Interesting Facts

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? A tough one, so I’m going to list a few destinations: Italy, Russia, France, and Hawaii.

What was your favorite class in college? Enrollment management – a graduate course that changed my life forever.

What is your favorite movie? "Life is Beautiful"

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

There are literally thousands of colleges and universities to choose from throughout the United States. Do your best to wade through the marketing and rankings noise to think about what kind of postsecondary institution might be the best fit for you - maybe it’s a famous name-brand school; perhaps it’s a large public university right up the street; it could be a specialty theatre or arts school; or maybe it’s a place you never even knew existed.

College is a big decision. Take time to explore many options and challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone to find a place where you will find the support, challenges, and opportunities you need to flourish.

In short, think with heart. Ultimately, if you think a faith-based, values-centered Catholic Benedictine university that embraces personal relationships among students and faculty, cutting-edge academic programs committed to global thinking and sustainability, and a service orientation may be the best fit for you, we’ll be waiting for your call, e-mail, or tweet at Saint Martin’s University.


Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
Director of admissions
Email: sweiss@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-412-6154
Twitter: @SarahWeissSMU

Territory:Serving Hawaii, Colorado and all other unlisted states in the continental U.S. and the following Washington counties – Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom

About me…

HOMETOWN: Richland, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in International/Russian Studies, Willamette University, completing M.A. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone is here to support the other members of our community’s success. From staff to faculty to our students it’s inspiring to be around people that care so deeply for one another.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I am excited about everything happening here! New buildings, student growth and development and continued goal of success. All this while staying true to our Benedictine values and supporting each other.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Farmer’s Market. I love going downtown, trying local fruit and veggies and getting some good German food while overlooking the Puget Sound.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? Two: Contemporary Russian Society and a history class that looked at the similarities and differences between the American Civil Rights movement and the South African anti-Apartheid movement.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Lucille Ball. She tried to make everyone laugh. Humor is a great way to connect with people!

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? A hike in Priest Point Park followed by grilling out with my husband and black lab/jack russell mix, Cosmo.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

During the college search process most students find there may be more than “one right fit” out there for them. Many universities have similar programs, size, location, etc. However, it is important to imagine how you will feel as part of a certain campus community. Your experience at college ultimately shapes your goals and the experiences and skills that build your resume.

Saint Martin’s is a place that focuses on building that community and embracing those that are a part of it. That’s what is exciting and wonderful about Saint Martin’s – it’s a place where so many of us find our home and are hope that during your search you will take the chance to see if Saint Martin’s could be the place for you.


Spencer Jerome

Spencer Jerome
Admissions outreach coordinator
Telephone: 360-486-8117
Email: sjerome@stmartin.edu
Twitter: @gotosmu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Federal Way, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. Communications/Multicultural Psychology/The Evergreen State College

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The sense of community that permeates from the institution itself. Never have I seen a campus so integrated, so friendly, so warm, and so committed to the success and welfare of its students, it’s truly an amazing thing.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I always thought working in higher education would be a great experience, and when I got to Saint Martin’s I instantly fell in love with the institution. There are very few places where you can chat with a monk, take a walk through pristine woods, and get $5 movie tickets all on your lunch break!

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?
Any of the beautiful parks that are incorporated all over the city, we truly are the Evergreen State! Downtown Olympia as an art and music hub is pretty great as well!

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college?Social Psychology, the subject matter fascinated me and I had a wonderful professor who made what I learned relevant in my day to day life!

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Winston Churchill, he’s a distant relative and from all of the stories I’ve heard, seemed like a hoot and a half to kick it with.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Radar Love”

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Coca Cola went to town, Pepsi Cola shot him down, Dr. Pepper patched him up, now we all drink 7-Up. And by that I mean Pepsi all the way!

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

This school is a very special place. Saint Martin’s was not my alma mater but after spending a month here, I wish it was. It has a deep and profound sense of community at its core, and it leaves me genuinely excited to go to work each day to have a part in helping to build that community!


Robin Sleeper

Robin Sleeper
Admissions student records manager
Telephone: 360-438-4595
Email: rsleeper@stmartin.edu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Rochester, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: South Puget Sound Community College

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The warm atmosphere you feel when you come on campus.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? The Farmers Market.

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Melbourne, Australia

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Lake Como, Italy

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? The spies of WWII. They exhibited incredible dedication, determination and bravery under the worst possible conditions because they believed in the cause.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

Once you start the process, continue it in a timely fashion. If you have any questions, call us. That’s why we are here!


Bobbi Weatherholt

Bobbi Weatherholt
Administrative assistant
Telephone: 360-438-4596
Email: bobbi.weatherholt@stmartin.edu

About me…

HOMETOWN: Emporia, Kansas

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A., French, University of Kansas; M.S., Human Resources, Chapman University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The Monks. Underneath those black robes hide colorful and diverse personalities! My interactions with them are never dull.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I started as an intern in the Human Resource office and was enlisted to work in Admissions. I have seen the recruiting processes for outstanding faculty, staff, and students on this campus. I’m proud of our talent here!

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?
The State Theater.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? I had a Western Civilization class of 500 students my sophomore year. To keep everyone interested, the professor would often show up dressed up as a famous person from history and teach in character. Mark Twain and Calamity Jane were his best lectures!

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “This Corrosion” by Sisters of Mercy.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday night? Roller Derby.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

You can be as Catholic (or not Catholic) as you want to be. The school centers itself in the Benedictine values. For me this means that even though I don’t identify as Catholic or go to mass, I am still connected to the university mission. People here go out of their way to make me feel included and accepted as part of the SMU community.

Michelle Splinter

Michelle Splinter
Assistant director of admissions and coordinator for multicultural initiatives
Email: msplinter@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-486-8121
Twitter: @MSplinterSMU

Territories: Serving Arizona, California, Nevada, Idaho, and all U.S. territories. Also serving the following Washington counties - Adams, Asotin, Benton, Chelan, Columbia, Douglas, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, Whitman, and Yakima

About me…

HOMETOWN: Puyallup, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: M.A. Contemporary Hispanic Studies-Oregon State University, B.A. Spanish, English-Oregon State University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? It’s a tightly knit, community-based institution with all the opportunities of a large university.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? It’s a University that clearly cares about people, and puts the members of the campus first. Everyone here is really friendly, which makes for a great work environment.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia?
The Puget Sound waterfront in Olympia.

Interesting Facts

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Barcelona, Spain

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? I would meet Richard Hakluyt because he was a British writer who traveled with the famous explorers and chronicled the voyages. I would love to hear his stories first hand. He was also an ordained priest and Secretary of State to Queen Elizabeth I and James I.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? Eating delicious, Italian food and watching a new movie with my husband.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

It’s difficult to find a small university like Saint Martin’s that offers the large university opportunities: a wide variety of majors, campus diversity, many sports teams, and dozens of activities. Saint Martin’s is a beautiful campus where everyone truly cares for one another, and looks out for the interests of others. I have always enjoyed my time on campus!


Emilie Schnabel

Emilie Schnabel
Admission counselor
Email: eschnabel@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4592
Twitter: @connectsmu.

Territories: Serving Oregon and the following Washington counties – Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum

About me…

HOMETOWN: Shelton, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in Music and Theatre Arts/Saint Martin’s University

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The seamless blend of tradition and modernity on campus sets Saint Martin’s apart from similar institutions.

Interesting Facts

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? I’d love to sit down with Kobo Abe, Japanese playwright, and learn what it was like to live and write in such a radically changing time (post nuclear-detonation).

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? “Amsterdam” by Imagine Dragons.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday night? Dinner, a movie in or out with friends, followed up by some licorice spice tea and a good book.

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Espresso.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

I would like to encourage any student considering Saint Martin’s to visit campus. It is one thing to memorize facts about the university from the website, but it is difficult to truly feel and understand how the Benedictine tenets affect and form Saint Martin’s spirit of community without experiencing it in person.

Scott Schulz

Scott Andrew Schulz, Ph.D.
Dean of enrollment
Email: sschulz@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4490
Twitter: @ScottASchulz

Territory: Alaska

About me…

HOMETOWN: Anchorage, Alaska – a.k.a The Motherland!

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A., Communication, University of Arizona; Ph.D., Higher Education, University of Arizona

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? As a faith-based, values-centered institution, Saint Martin’s University is that rare place that is defined by a sense of community, an overwhelming commitment to students, a diverse cross-section of student experiences and backgrounds, and impactful outcomes.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Oh, hard to say. I’m going to give a nod to the dozens of parks and lakes in the area – particularly those with a breathtaking view of Mount Rainier. It’s a great place to enjoy the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, some locally brewed Batdorf and Bronson coffee, and fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market!

Interesting Facts

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? A tough one, so I’m going to list a few destinations, including Italy, Russia, France, and Hawaii.

What was your favorite class in college? Enrollment management – a graduate course but one that changed my life forever.

What is your favorite movie? "Life is Beautiful"

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

There are literally thousands of colleges and universities to choose from throughout the United States. Do your best to wade through the marketing and rankings noise to think about what kind of postsecondary institution might be the best fit for you - maybe it’s a famous name-brand school; perhaps it’s a large public university right up the street; it could be a specialty theatre or arts school; or maybe it’s a place you never even knew existed.

College is a big decision. Take time to explore many options and challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone to find a place where you will find the support, challenges, and opportunities you need to flourish.

In short, think with heart. Ultimately, if you think a faith-based, values-centered Catholic Benedictine university that embraces personal relationships among students and faculty, cutting-edge academic programs committed to global thinking and sustainability, and a service orientation may be the best fit for you, we’ll be waiting for your call, e-mail, or tweet at Saint Martin’s University.


Sarah Weiss

Sarah Weiss
Director of admissions
Email: sweiss@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-412-6154
Twitter: @SarahWeissSMU

Territory:Serving Hawaii, Colorado and all other unlisted states in the continental U.S. and the following Washington counties – Clallam, Island, Jefferson, King, Kitsap, Kittitas, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom

About me…

HOMETOWN: Richland, Washington

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: B.A. in International/Russian Studies, Willamette University, completing M.A. in Higher Education Administration through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone is here to support the other members of our community’s success. From staff to faculty to our students it’s inspiring to be around people that care so deeply for one another.

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? I am excited about everything happening here! New buildings, student growth and development and continued goal of success. All this while staying true to our Benedictine values and supporting each other.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Farmer’s Market. I love going downtown, trying local fruit and veggies and getting some good German food while overlooking the Puget Sound.

Interesting Facts

What was your favorite class in college? Two: Contemporary Russian Society and a history class that looked at the similarities and differences between the American Civil Rights movement and the South African anti-Apartheid movement.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Lucille Ball. She tried to make everyone laugh. Humor is a great way to connect with people!

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? A hike in Priest Point Park followed by grilling out with my husband and black lab/jack russell mix, Cosmo.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s?

During the college search process most students find there may be more than “one right fit” out there for them. Many universities have similar programs, size, location, etc. However, it is important to imagine how you will feel as part of a certain campus community. Your experience at college ultimately shapes your goals and the experiences and skills that build your resume.

Saint Martin’s is a place that focuses on building that community and embracing those that are a part of it. That’s what is exciting and wonderful about Saint Martin’s – it’s a place where so many of us find our home and are hope that during your search you will take the chance to see if Saint Martin’s could be the place for you.

Jo Pilon

Josefina Pilon, M.Ed.
Assistant director of admissions
Email: jpilon@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4593

Territories: Bates Tech. College, Bellingham Tech. College, Centralia College, Clover Park CC, Lake Washington Tech. College, Northwest Indian College, Olympic College (Shelton Campus), Pierce College (Main/Ft. Steilacoom Campus), Renton Tech. College, South Puget Sound CC, Yakima Valley College and all out of state colleges/universities

About me…

NAME: Josefina Pilon AKA: Jo AKA: Fina

POSITION: Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfer Recruitment

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: 1999 – BA Humanities – Saint Martin’s College 2004 – M.Ed. Guidance Counseling – Saint Martin’s College

HOMETOWN: Olmito, Texas

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? The Benedictine values of Faith, Reason, Service and Community

Why did you choose to be a part of the Saint Martin’s community? Saint Martin’s felt like home the very first day I stepped onto the campus. There is a real sense of community with staff, faculty and students that I had never sensed before.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? Waterfront Park

Interesting Facts:

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Spain

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Italy

What was your favorite class in college? Family Systems

What is your favorite movie? The Three Amigos – just ask my grand kids

What are you currently reading in your “spare time”? What spare time?

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Eleanor Roosevelt – I admire her strength during a time that women in the U.S. were not considered to have much say. She was bold, courageous and probably the first women who defined the word multi-tasking.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? Special Delivery by Evie

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? Sitting at home watching movies

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Definitely something else

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s? Check us out—you will be surprised!


Caitlin Gordon

Caitlin Gordon
Admission counselor
Email: cgordon@stmartin.edu
Telephone: 360-438-4594

Territories: Bellevue CC, Big Bend CC, Cascadia College, Clark College, Columbia Basin College, Edmonds CC, Everett CC, Green River CC, Highline CC, Lower Columbia College, North Seattle CC, Olympic College (Bremerton/Main Campus), Peninsula CC, Pierce CC (Puyallup Campus), Seattle Central CC, Shoreline CC, Skagit Valley CC, South Seattle CC, Spokane CC, Spokane Falls CC, Tacoma CC, Walla Walla CC, Wenatchee Valley College,Whatcom CC, All non-traditional freshmen (graduated from college more than a year ago), Transfers from Oregon, and all four-year colleges/universities in WA state

About me…

NAME: Caitlin Gordon

POSITION: Transfer Admissions Counselor

DEGREE/INSTITUTION: Associate of Arts, Grays Harbor College; Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication, Washington State University

HOMETOWN: Elma, WA

What makes Saint Martin’s University distinctive? Everyone on campus is extremely warm and welcoming, and is genuinely excited that you are here. The smaller campus size also allows you to meet and get to know so many more people on a deeper personal level.

What is your favorite place in Lacey/Olympia? The park around Capitol Lake and Meconi’s.

Interesting Facts:

What is the most interesting place you have visited? Germany. The country itself is gorgeous, and the people are some of the friendliest kind I have ever met.

Where would you still like to visit that you haven't already? Greece. I love ancient history, and the scenery looks to be pretty nice as well!

What was your favorite class in college? Catering and Food Systems

What is your favorite movie? The Mummy

What are you currently reading in your “spare time”? Storm of Swords, the third book in the Song of Ice and Fire series.

You get to meet any historical figure. Who do you choose and why? Queen Elizabeth I, because she successfully ran an entire country at a time when it was unthinkable for a woman to rule alone. She also helped cultivate a large amount of the music, art, and culture we still enjoy to this day.

What song can’t you get out of your head right now? I constantly have about five songs simultaneously going through my brain. They usually consist of country, classic rock, Broadway show tunes, and anything by Frank Sinatra or Michael Buble.

What is the ideal way to spend a Saturday day/night? Laying in a hammock reading, BBQing on the patio with friends and family, going to the dirt track races at Grays Harbor Speedway, and/or going to a Mariners game.

Coke, Pepsi, or something else? Milk. Or coffee. Or coffee with milk.

Do you have a message you would like to share with students thinking about Saint Martin’s? Go with your heart. This place has a lot of wonderful, caring people who are here to make your educational journey a success and will do whatever it takes to help.