In summer 2017, we celebrate Katies who graduated in years ending in 2 or 7:
1942 • 1947 • 1952 • 1957 • 1962 • 1967 • 1972 • 1977 • 1982 • 1987 • 1992 • 1997
Plus, we have special reunions for music and theater participants of all class years.
Online registration is open. Our most popular activities fill up quickly. Register by Friday, May 12 to receive a free gift upon check-in on Reunion weekend. Many activities are free!
We will issue full refunds for cancellations or change requests received before 4:30 p.m. central time on Monday, June 5. Please direct all cancellation and change requests to email@example.com.
|4–9 p.m.||Check-in and registration||-||Check in or register in the second floor atrium in Coeur de Catherine|
|4–5:30 p.m.||Class of 1947 and 1952 Dinners||$30||Reminisce and catch up with your classmates over an elegant summer dinner.|
|4–6 p.m.||Welcome Reception/Alumnae History Exhibit||Free||Enjoy refreshments while socializing amidst the “Celebrating 100 Years of Alumnae” exhibit|
|4:30–5:45 p.m.||Liturgy volunteer and choir rehearsal||Free||A practice run for those who volunteer to help with Reunion Mass on Saturday afternoon|
|6–6:45 p.m.||Opening Celebration: Theatrical Performance||Free||Experience the early days at St. Kate’s and “meet” our first president! Reunion kicks off with a new play celebrating the wise and witty Mother Antonia McHugh|
|7–10 p.m.||Class parties||$30||Reminisce and catch up with your class. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine included. Classes included: 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997|
|7–10 p.m.||Music and theater parties||$30||Gather with other alumnae who were music and theater participants while at St. Kate's. Hearty hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine included.|
Please note: room assignments for Reunion activities will be made just prior to Reunion, based on registrations. You will receive a schedule with room locations when you check in at Reunion.
|8:30 a.m.||Check-in and registration opens||-||Check in or register in the second floor atrium in Coeur de Catherine|
|9–9:45 a.m.||Campus Gardens Brisk Walk||Free||Join Peter Nipp, campus gardener, on a tour of our award-winning campus gardens. Wear your tennies! The morning tour consists of a brisk walk through the beauty of St. Kate’s.|
|9–9:45 a.m.||Leaving a Legacy||Free||What will your legacy be? Mary Emery Shearen ’75 and Mary Hurrle Bennett ’78 will help you discover and plan for what’s truly important to you and your family— focusing on issues special to women. Insightful, fun tips about estate planning and how leaving a legacy is about more than just money.|
|9–9:45 a.m.||Creating Ripples of Change||Free||Mother Teresa said “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.” Recent graduate and Student Senate President, Shannon McKeever '17 reflects on her education and co-curricular engagement, grounded in the strong mission of St. Kate’s. A great opportunity to hear and ask questions about the student experience today!|
|9:15–9:45 a.m.||Yoga||Free||Start the day with positive energy! Stimulate your senses and balance your mind. Class is led by our state-of-the-art digital FITNESS on-demand instructor system in the newly-renovated Butler Center. Class size limited to 30.|
|10–10:45 a.m.||Let's Make Music!||Free||Partake in a fast and furious music rehearsal — vocalists with Dr. Patricia Cahalan Connors, instrumentalists with Dr. Dale McGowan. Then, reassemble with the whole group for a fun, informal performance. Scroll down the page for a music sign up form where you can let us know which voice part you'll sign or which instrument you're playing!|
|10–10:45 a.m.||Chapel Talk||Free||Our Lady of Victory: Monument, Mystery and Mission. Join author and professor Mary Ann Brenden for a reading and discussion of her book which traces the architectural heritage of Our Lady of Victory Chapel and the story of how Mother Antonia McHugh CSJ, St. Catherine's first president, built it. Books will be available for purchase. All proceeds benefit the Chapel Preservation Fund.|
|10–10:45 a.m.||Pickleball||Free||Experience the newest craze in recreational sports. Fun and easy for all ages and skill levels, pickleball combines elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Class size limited to 16.|
|10–11:45 a.m.||Katies & Canvas||$20||Enjoy refreshments while you create a St. Kate’s inspired painting, guided by an experienced artist. Artists of all skill levels welcome. Class size limited to 30. (This activity spans two time slots.)|
|10–11:45 a.m.||Campus Tour (long version)||Free||UPDATE: ONLY A FEW SPOTS LEFT, REGISTER SOON! Visit familiar stomping grounds, as well as new renovations. Stops include peeks into Caecilian and St. Mary’s Halls, plus new learning spaces in Whitby, Mendel, Fontbonne and Butler Center. (This activity spans two time slots.)|
|11–11:45 a.m.||You and the New Retirement||Free||Create a fulfilling Retirement Lifestyle Portfolio that is not dependent on your finances. Holly Alger '82, international small business consultant and author of You and the New Retirement starts you on your path to retirement planning and transition.|
|11–11:45 a.m.||Instant Theater||Free||Join us for a fun-filled, community building experience that promises to engage and entertain. Designed for beginners and pros alike, you need only bring a willingness to play.|
|11–11:45 a.m.||Lawn Games/Board Games||Free||Enjoy the outdoors with giant lawn checkers and other active games, or park yourself at a picnic table for chess, Spot-It or meditative coloring.|
|11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.||President's Luncheon and Alumnae Awards||$25||Celebrate with St. Catherine University President ReBecca Koenig Roloff, as she addresses and recognizes alumnae from across the generations. Special honors include Alumnae Awards, 25-year pinning for the class of 1992 and the Reunion class gift presentation|
|11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m.||BYO Picnic||Free||Not headed to the President’s Luncheon? Bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors. Pass the time with giant lawn checkers and other fun, family activities or take a private tour of the campus.|
|2–2:45 p.m.||1992 and 1967 Class Photos||Free||Meet in front of Derham Hall for 25-year & 50-year Reunion photos. $20 fee for photo print, to be delivered after Reunion. No cost to participate.|
|2–2:45 p.m.||Rare Book Talk||Free||Catch the fever for discovering priceless books with Margery Smith, CSJ, ’49, faculty emerita. View unique literary specimens in our Rare Book Room, including a “Breeches Bible” from the time of Elizabeth I; and a 17th-century description of Minnesota by Father Hennepin himself. You’ll leave ready to haunt garage sales and second-hand bookstores in search of your own treasures!|
|2–2:45 p.m.||Strolling Garden Tour||Free||Walk with Peter Nipp, campus gardener, as he shares his secrets for creating and planting some of the most beautiful gardens in the Twin Cities. No sneakers needed! This afternoon tour will offer a slow stroll on paved walking paths.|
|2–2:45 p.m.||Campus Tour (short version)||Free||Visit familiar stomping grounds, as well as new renovations. Brief stops include new learning spaces in Whitby, Mendel, Fontbonne and Butler Center. No residence halls.|
|3–3:45 p.m.||Race, Women, Survival and Me||Free||Maria Nhambu ’67 (Mary Rose Ryan) shares stories from her recently published memoir, America’s Daughter. Learn of her upbringing in an orphanage for biracial children and her journey to St. Kate’s as a foreign student from Tanzania. Nhambu’s stories reflect on her entry into college life, American culture, becoming a Black American, falling in love and starting a family.|
|3–3:45 p.m.||Campus Art Tour||Free||Explore the amazing art gracing the walls of Coeur de Catherine, Whitby and Derham Halls. Nicole Watson, director of the Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, leads the tour.|
|3–3:45 p.m.||Ice Cream Social||Free||I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Enjoy conversation and a sweet treat perfect for a summer day.|
|4–5:15 p.m.||Reunion Liturgy||Free||Lori True, nationally-recognized composer and campus minister for liturgy and music at St. Kate’s, plans a beautiful Mass for all. Father Michael Joncas will officiate. The Class of 1967 will receive 50-year pins, and memorial candles will be lit in remembrance of alumnae who have died.|
|5:30 p.m.||Closing Celebration||Free||Reunion festivities conclude with door prizes, light hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and a live dance band. Enjoy one more chance to connect with other Katies, bring your spouse or special guest and groove-out to tunes from Pizzazz Jazz.|
Staying on campus during Reunion is not only convenient, it's fun!
The Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Residence Hall offers four-person suites and can accommodate singles, couples (yes, spouses/guests are welcome!) and groups. The cost is $50 per person per night. Breakfast is included.
Overnight accommodations will be available on a first come, first served basis. Roommate requests are accepted.
Please reserve on-campus housing when you register for Reunion.
A courtesy shuttle service will operate during Reunion. The shuttle will pick up and drop off approximately every 15 minutes in the northwest section of the Overflow/Guest parking lot off Fairview Avenue. The shuttle will stop at the location you request, including Coeur de Catherine, Our Lady of Victory Chapel, Henrietta Schmoll Rauenhorst Residence Hall and Derham Hall.
Friday: 3:30–10 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
The Office of Alumnae Relations can arrange for transportation from your home to St. Catherine University for those in the Twin Cities who are not able to provide their own transportation. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-690-666 no later than May 12, 2017.
St. Kate's graduates have made an impact on the world! Ensure your story is told by adding to your class memory book. Even if you can't attend Reunion, please share your story for your class book. Encourage classmates to do the same! Complete the questionnaire by Friday, May 12.
You'll receive a copy of your class memory book at Reunion. If you're not able to attend, please request a copy through the Alumnae Relations office, email@example.com or 651-690-6666.
A special message to those who wish to participate in the music rehearsal and performance, please sign up to let us know what voice part or instrument you'll be playing. This will help greatly in our planning process!
All photos taken by our professional photographers throughout the weekend will be posted here the week following Reunion.
The class of 1992 (25-year) and class of 1967 (50-year) Reunion celebrants will pose for formal group photos on the front steps of Derham Hall at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Order a commemorative photo print when you register for Reunion. Prints will be mailed after Reunion.
Each year since 1979, St. Catherine University has recognized outstanding graduates who demonstrate excellence in leadership, service to others, an influential role in home, profession, community, church or volunteer activities, and the ideals of the University. Alumnae Award winners are honored at Reunion each year.
St. Kate's also recognizes young alumnae making a difference with the Rising Star Award. Nominations for St. Kate's alumnae who have graduated in the last 15 years (2002–2016) will be considered for the Rising Star Award.
2017 award winners will be honored at the President's Luncheon at Reunion (June 10).
Over 475 St. Kate's graduates celebrated Reunion 2016 on June 17-18. There were many great moments, and our photographers captured lots of them. View our online photo album!
The 5, 10 and 15-year reunions will be held in September 2017 at an all-new homecoming event. Stay tuned for more details about celebrations for the classes of 2012, 2007 and 2002!
As your graduating class celebrates its Reunion on June 9–10, we ask you to consider honoring your St. Kate’s experience with a gift. Support the Katies of today and tomorrow as they prepare to lead and influence in the great St. Kate’s tradition.