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January 2008

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From the Heart of the Campus

Community Partners:
Supporting the School of Health

When the College launched the School of Health last September at a celebration attended by hundreds of alumnae, healthcare executives and political supporters, the event demonstrated the reach that the School will have in the broader community. President Andrea J. Lee, IHM, announced four new strategic partners, each of which has contributed seed money to help launch a new interdisciplinary, team-based curriculum:

  • Fairview Health Services, Twin Cities
  • HealthPartners, Twin Cities
  • HealthEast Care System, St. Paul
  • Trinity Health, Novi, Michigan, the fourth-largest Catholic healthcare system in the United States.

SPEAKING OUT: Tips for Simply Living

When architect and author Sarah Susanka addressed the St. Catherine Forum on Women in Leadership in November, she Sarah Susankaspoke less of her professional life than of how, at age 50, she has transformed her way of looking at and living in the world.

The author of the Not So Big House series of books, and the recent The Not So Big Life, Susanka has transformed herself from a self-described overachiever to a woman who makes time to write and meditate each day and who "makes room for what really matters," as the subtitle of her new book suggests.

Among the nuggets of wisdom she offered the crowd:

  • You don't have to change careers or leave your family to simplify or redirect your life.
  • Listen to "your heart's longing," and recognize that setbacks and rejections can be the seeds of transformation.
  • Enjoy each moment, rather than regretting the past or pushing forward to "what's next" on your crowded calendar.

"Life is the experiencing of the experience," Susanka said. "When we worry, project and fret, we're not here, in the present moment."

Susanka writes down her dreams at the end of each year and then tucks them away for months. "By expressing what you want, change happens in you," she said.

LEARN MORE @ www.susanka.com

Focus on Girls and Science: Making Science Inclusive

Inclusive Science ConferenceSt. Kate's will host a national "Inclusive Science" conference June 16-18 to explore how to recruit and retain women and students of color in science programs and how to educate all students in scientific literacy and practice. Key presenters include Beverly Daniel Tatum, Ph.D., president of Spelman College, clinical psychologist and nationally recognized expert on the psychology of racism, and Sue V. Rosser, Ph.D., dean of the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Institute of Technology and a renowned author on girls and science.

The College of St. Catherine, Augsburg College, Hamline University, Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas received an Associated Colleges of the Twin Cities Collaborative Grant of more than $50,000 to help underwrite the conference.

LEARN MORE @ www.stkate.edu/inclusive_science

Business and Technology: Careers Camp

St. Kate's Business and Technology Careers Camp, to be held July 12 -18, will help high-school Business and Technology: Careers Campgirls learn about computer technology, financial planning and marketing by creating an online shopping mall. The girls will live on campus and work in teams, mentored by St. Kate's students and faculty. Cargill has underwritten the camp for the past three years. The cost of $550 includes housing and meals. Scholarships are available.

For more information call (651) 690-9622 or e-mail: cwst@stkate.edu.

Scholar Tells Ghostly Tales

Saralyn Marie Smith '07 is a recent sociology graduate, an Antonian Scholar and a lover of ghost stories whose senior honors project provided her the perfect Sarlyn Marie Smith '07opportunity to combine her passions.

"There are ghost stories recorded in the literature of wildly dissimilar cultures across time and history," she says, "and the genre remains popular today in the form of reality television shows that focus on ghost hunters and sensationalistic anthologies of ghostly encounters."

For her paper, Smith analyzed the social function of a specific subgenre of the ghost story: the tale of ghostly punishment and justice. "The punishment-oriented ghost story represents society's need for justice as theorized by the French sociologist Émile Durkheim," she says.

To qualify for the Antonian Scholars Honors Program students must maintain a 3.5 overall grade point average and complete a five-component program that includes interdisciplinary seminars.


Celebrating the Season

President's Vespers

Friends of St. Catherine’s and members of the College community gathered for the annual President’s Vespers Monday, Dec. 10, for a beautiful evening Advent prayer of music, dance and spoken word.

Beyond the gates

St. Kate’s on YouTube Yanshuo Zhang, a St. Kate’s sophomore from Chengdu, China, is among the winners in a video contest sponsored by the federal government for students from China and India. Zhang’s work can be seen at www.youtube.com (search for “Yanshuo Zhang”).

Global Studies Photo Contest Winners

“Cheers, Mate Toby”by Lauren Koshere

First Place Artistic Merit
“Cheers, Mate Toby” by Lauren Koshere
New Zealand, winter ’07

"Double Rainbow" by Meghan Briski

First Place People's Choice
“Double Rainbow” by Meghan Briski
Patagonia, Chile, winter ’07

Global Studies Director Catherine Christians Spaeth, Ph.D. reflects on St. Kate's in the World