Saint Louis University's Campus Ministry supports the mission of SLU in the pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity. We welcome you, regardless of your faith.
Eckelkamp Center for Campus Ministry
Who We Are
Sue Chawszczewski, Ph.D.
Director of Campus Ministry
B.A., English Literature and Anthropology, Knox College
M.A., Pastoral Studies, Saint Francis Seminary
M.S., College Student Personnel, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Ph.D., Education, Saint Louis University
I am originally from Chicago and have worked in student development administration, as well as for a Catholic nonprofit in Milwaukee. My favorite retreat house is the Jesuit Retreat Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where I can keep attuned to God's desires through the silence. I live with my cat, Francis (named after St. Francis de Sales), and in my spare time, I love to read, listen to music and cook.
Rev. Nicole Armstrong
Grand Hall 155
B.A., Sociology, California Lutheran University
M.Div., Duke University
Hello! This is my first year with Campus Ministry at SLU and my office is in Grand Hall. My years in college were where I found myself asking hard questions of the world, my faith, and my education — and thankfully there were safe and supportive campus ministers around me to sit with me through that season. That is what I hope to be for any and every student who wants that same space and support!
Originally from southern California, I went to undergrad at California Lutheran University. I received my Master of Divinity at Duke University and went on to do chaplain work at hospitals in North Carolina and California. Most recently, I have spent the last four years living and working at a church in New York City! I love good music, good food, addicting TV shows, yoga, dance, soccer, gardening and exploring the world around me. I am always available for a cup of coffee and conversation, and looking forward to getting to know the SLU community!
Liturgy Coordinator/Campus Minister
B.A., English, University of Notre Dame
M.Div. Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
I’m delighted to be part of the Campus Ministry team! I’m originally from the suburbs
of Philadelphia and spent a year in the Midwest as a Jesuit volunteer serving at the
University of Detroit Mercy. I serve as our liturgy coordinator, so you’ll find me
at College Church on Sunday nights and occasionally carrying boxes of candles and
or holy water across campus. In addition to all things liturgy, I work with our LGBTQ+
Journey community (Imago Dei), accompany our spring break group to El Paso, adventure
to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, and sometimes make soup to share.
Prior to SLU, I worked with low-income students at Boston College and spent a summer as a hospital chaplain. Around the city, you might run into me at farmer’s markets or attempting to become a regular at author events at independent bookstores.
B.A., Theology, Marquette University
M.T.S., Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
I'm overjoyed to be the assistant director and South Campus minister at SLU! My office is at the School of Medicine (Caroline 207), but I also support students at the School of Nursing, Doisy College of Health Sciences and College for Public Health and Social Justice. I previously served as the liturgy coordinator for SLU Campus Ministry from August 2013-December 2021. My areas of interest include liturgy and ecclesiology, peace, justice, reconciliation, and the overall wellness of students at SLU. I am originally from north St. Louis County, so I am happy to be living in the area close to family. I have three adorable and energetic children — Benjamin, Jason, and Isabella — who keep me on my toes. I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, and cooking/baking. I am excited to work and reflect with all people at Saint Louis University.
Don Highberger, S.J.
South Campus - Campus Minister
B.A., Philosophy and Letters, Saint Louis University
M.A., Communications, Syracuse University
M.Div., Loyola University Chicago
I am excited to be returning to SLU Campus Ministry! As a Jesuit priest with a background in many different jobs and ministries, I hope to be a good companion to all on our shared journeys. I hope we can all grow in wisdom and joy of life. You can find me on the South Campus in the Caroline Building, in the office next to the Chapel of St. Raphael in Schwitalla Hall, and on Thursdays at 12:05 p.m. in the chapel for weekly Celebration of the Eucharist.
B.A., Music (Vocal Performance) and Psychology, Saint Louis University, 2015
I'm happy to be back at SLU as the choir director for SLU's student Mass Choir. You'll most often find me in College Church, conducting in the choir area (or these days at my computer, mixing recordings). I work with a team of incredible people from Campus Ministry and beyond to help students, alumni, and the whole SLU community to minister to each other through music and find spiritual meaning in song. I live with my husband and our two cats, and when I am not doing music things, I enjoy gardening, knitting, hiking and reading.
Reinert Hall, Room 100
B.A., English and Sociology, Emporia State University
M.T.S., University of Dayton
As I begin my fourth year as a campus minister, I am looking forward to walking with students as they learn and grow throughout their college experience! I coordinate the Journey Spiritual Life Communities program. Prior to arriving at SLU, I served with Maryknoll Lay Missioners in El Salvador and Brazil and worked at Amate House in Chicago and at the University of Dayton. A native Kansan, I get excited about new library books, live music and yoga. I am a candidate in the M.S.W. program at SLU, and I live in South City with my two cats, Noodle and Boo. The lights of my life are my three nephews. You can find me at my office in Reinert Hall, and I look forward to connecting with you!
B.A., English and Philosophy, Webster University
Happy New Year, Billikens! I look forward to utilizing my 20+ years of experience providing administrative, logistical, and operational support at academic institutions in general, and at SLU in particular, to support the mission and outreach efforts of Campus Ministry. While I am new to Campus Ministry this year, I am not new to SLU — my background has been in academic libraries, including 10+ years in public services and administrative support in Pius Library. My areas of interest include knitting, crochet, podcasts on local dining and the arts, visits to the many wonderful museums that St. Louis has to offer and cozying up on the couch with a good audiobook and my feline friends, Juno and Luna.
Griesedieck Hall, Room 259
B.A., Communication (Journalism), Truman State University
M.Div., Covenant Theological Seminary
I'm overjoyed that this is my ninth year as a SLU campus minister. I'm a native of St. Louis. My responsibilities as campus minister include overseeing ministry to SLU's bereaved students; serving as the residence hall campus minister for Griesedieck Complex; directing retreats; mentoring students; helping with our Journey community group program; co-leading our student delegation to the annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice; overseeing our department's graduate intern program; leading/accompanying a group of students every spring to visit the L'Arche community in Mobile, Alabama. I also serve as an advisor to SLU's chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, an international coed collegiate service organization committed to helping students develop into servant-minded leaders in their communities.
Prior to SLU, I worked as a hospital chaplain and as a newspaper journalist. I enjoy mentoring and accompanying college students through life, faith and solidarity. Outside of work, I enjoy cooking, hiking, spending time with dear friends, exercising, taking in concerts, road trips, volunteering, and most importantly, quality time with my beloved family.
Spring Hall, Room 117
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Florida
Master of Divinity, Weston Jesuit School of Theology
Hi! I'm located in Spring Hall. I facilitate our Immersion Program, coordinate our Undergraduate Internship Program, and co-lead our student delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-In.
Mostly, I want to connect with you! I drink way too much coffee and am always game for good food. I love the city and would be happy to tell you about it. I have been married to my wife Amy for 13 years. We have three kiddos: Henry, Sam and Lily. I have also worked in campus ministry for the University of Cincinnati and Washington University in St. Louis.
As a family, we enjoy hiking, camping, going to all the great city parks and biking. I like cooking, role-playing games and watching college football.
Father Nick Smith
B.A., English, Millikin University
M.A., English, Saint Louis University
M.A., Theology, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
M.Div., Kenrick-Glennon Seminary
M.A., Biology, Saint Louis University
Ph.D. (ABD), American Studies, Saint Louis University
Ordained as a priest in 1994 for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, I have been a faculty member at SLU since 1996 and teach “Theological Foundations” and “American Christianity.” I am also a part-time campus minister at SLU, coordinating the Rite of Christian Initiation program. In addition to my teaching and campus ministry responsibilities, I am the faculty moderator for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and the SLU lacrosse team, and the academic moderator for the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity. I am also the associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the master of ceremonies for the cathedral sanctuary. I am in the final stages of my dissertation focusing on Roman Catholic military chaplains in the Iraq War.
Our undergraduate student interns are:
Our graduate student interns are:
Mary Seise, practicum intern from Aquinas Institute of Theology