Online Learning for Alumni

Lifelong Learning Online Programs

Women's Leadership as Inclusive Leadership presented by Amy Ihlan, Associate Professor MAOL
Do women lead differently?  Are women leaders uniquely positioned for inclusive, ethical and effective leadership across differences? This presentation will explore interconnections between women’s leadership and inclusive leadership.  Investigating barriers to women’s leadership and attention to women’s experiences as leaders can provide insight into inequities and challenges facing all who are underrepresented in traditional leadership positions. We will also consider ways that women leaders can be inclusive leaders: by bringing diverse voices and perspectives to decision-making; creating greater understanding and respect for differences; highlighting the need for systemic structural change to promote equity, inclusion, and social justice; and empowering action to achieve these goals. Watch recorded version

Self-care for Healthcare Professionals presented by Laurel Bidwell , Associate Professors of Social Work, and Carey Winkler, Assistant Professor of Social Work.  This presentation focused on our response to the needs of St. Kate's students and future practitioners... to develop self-care and a community of care. The course, Wellness Practices in the Helping Professions, emphasizes self-awareness as a building block for professional sustainability.
Watch the recording of Self-care for Healthcare Professionals

Eating to Enhance Immune System Function presented by Megan Baumler, PhD, Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences
Dr. Baumler is a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) and has practiced in clinical and community settings. She has been at St. Kate's since the fall of 2018 and is the director of nutrition and dietetics. Megan is passionate about health and wellness, older adult nutrition, and gastrointestinal nutrition.
Watch the recording of  Eating to Enhance Immune System Function

Planned Giving 101
Wondering what planned giving means? Curious about how you can support St. Catherine University today and into the future? Join our online conversation with experts, Mary Bennett '78 and Pook Grathwol '84, as we demystify this popular way of making gifts.
Link to the recorded version of Planned Giving 101


What's all this talk about Inclusive Excellence? Presented by Sandra Mitchell, Director of Equity and Inclusion, St. Catherine University
We are hearing a lot lately about Inclusive Excellence at St. Kate's, but what is it about?  In this session, we will talk about this framework for diversity, equity and inclusion and what this means to the future of St. Catherine University. Link to recorded version.


Special Lectures; Archived Recordings

Tips for your Twenties
From prepping healthy meals, to taking charge of your personal finances, to implementing mental wellness into your life, our expert lineup of alumni professionals is ready to help you conquer your twenties. Presenters: Emily Niswanger '11, Integrative and Functional Nutrition Dietitian at Anywhere Nutrition, Ka Bao Jennrich '18, Certified Law Student Practitioner at University of St. Thomas School of Law, Jennifer Koehn '89, Senior Planning Analyst at Hennepin County

Seeking Connections and Hope during the Pandemic-Julian of Norwich as a Companion for Us?
Presented by William McDonough, PhD, Professor of Theology, St. Catherine University. In this virtual session Bill will talk about how Julian of Norwich, an anchoress from the 14th century, may help us imagine deeper connections, foster sincere prayer, and help us find sources for hope during this time of Covid-19 and social distancing.

How to Make Sense of Labor Market Data and other Economic Indicators in the Covid Era Presented by Kristine Lamm West, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics, Chair of the St. Catherine University Economics and Political Science department and director of the Minnesota Center for Diversity in Economics. In this virtual session she will discuss the economic shock caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Who is the Dear Neighbor? Sociological perspectives on Community and Justice in the time of Covid-19  Presented by Daniel Williams, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and affiliate faculty in Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity and Women's Studies.

Dead Man Walking: The Journey Continues presented by Sister Helen Prejean.

Minneapolis Campus Tribute
Join us online as we celebrate the transition of Minneapolis campus programs to the St. Paul campus and pay tribute to the role that the innovative ideas that come from this space have played in St. Catherine University community's life. WATCH a recording of the event.

Virtual Women's Choir Candlelight Christmas Concert
St. Catherine University Women's Choir led by Patty Connors, director of choirs, present a virtual program "People Look East" as a musical gift of hope and joy. Watch the Women's Choir Concert.

Sister Anne Joachim Moore Lectures

The Moore Lectureship Award was established in 1995 to honor Sister Anne Joachim Moore, the founder and President of St. Mary’s Junior College (1964-1986).  The purpose of the award is to promote an understanding of the connection between social justice and higher education in our community, a view Sister Anne Joachim espoused. Each year the Moore Lectureship award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated this commitment to justice through their work at St. Catherine University. These lectures are given during our annual Faculty and Staff workshops and now available here for all alumni!

2020, Amy Hamlin, Associate Professor of Art and Art History, What is an Education for? Change and Adaptation for a Culture of Inquiry

2019, Thelma Obah, Director of the O'Neill Center for Academic Development, Making Sense: Life Lessons and Center Stories

2018, Geri Chavis, Professor of English and Women’s Studies speaks on Truth, Lies and Fiction: Reflections on a Life's Journey

2017, Janet Dahlem, Associate Professor of Holistic Health, Breaking the Silence for Justice... Honey, Be Fearless

2016, Kathy Daniels, Director, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, ART: Another Road to Social Justice

2015, Donna Hauer, Director of Multicultural and International Programs and Services, The Simplicity and Complexity of Authentic Relationship

2014, Margaret Dexheimer Pharris, Professor and Associate Dean for Nursing, Embracing a Transformative Mindset with Social Justice as a Rudder

2013 Hui Wilcox, Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity, The Desire to be Whole: Meditation on Dance, Pedagogy, and Social Justice