Alumni Virtual Connections

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Book Recommendations

Our academic leaders share their favorite reads this month. We asked them to share their favorite books, what they're currently reading this summer, or what is on their nightstand.

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St. Kate's Alumni Book Club

We’re launching our first virtual alumni book club! Hosted by Cecilia Konchar Farr, Chair of English and International Languages and Professor of English and Women's Studies, we will be reading the Harry Potter series over the summer. Join the Facebook Group now.

Lessons Plans for Families

Pivoting to this virtual world with young children at home has presented challenges and victories. This month Mrs. Shannon Alinder, a teacher from our Montessori school, offers this creative and fun activity. August lesson
Previous lessons: July lessonsJune math lessons  - May math lessons

Mapping Prejudice/St. Kate's Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?

To build community awareness about housing injustice, Mapping Prejudice and St. Catherine University are mobilizing volunteers to document racial covenants in Ramsey County. These online training sessions will teach you what you need to know to contribute to this project. Learn more and find out about upcoming sessions here.

Special Lectures


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
August 18, noon central

Join Bill McDonough in a conversation 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 RSVP online (lecture on Julian of Norwich) today!

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, St. Catherine University
Dr. Kristine West is 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. Surges in unemployment and inequality as well as drastic shifts in both supply and demand patterns across just about every economic sector have challenged economists and policy makers in unprecedented ways.  Watch the archived recording of this lecture on Covid Era Economic Indicators today!

Online Learning

St. Kate's Integrated Learning Series Lectures
Integrated Learning at St. Catherine University is a multidimensional expression of an active Liberal Arts pedagogy. Located at the intersection of creative energy and critical reflection, the Integrated Learning Series is one way we partner academics with activism, the paper with the performance, and the campus with the community. It is the array of courses, activities, speakers, events, performances and exhibitions that coalesce into our ways of knowing. The Integrated Learning Series is the web that binds our learning experiences together and the narratives that connect our collective community.
View any or all of these recordings:

U.S. Civil Rights Movement: Resistance & Strategic Nonviolence 1954-1965 presented by Alma J. Billingslea, PhD, Professor Emerita at Spelman College

Minnesota Native 101, presented by Dawn Quigley, PhD, Education Department, St. Catherine University

From Criminalization to Carceral Consequences: Race at the Center of the Criminal Legal System, presented by: Nancy A. Heitzeg, PhD, Sociology Department, St. Catherine University

Online learning archive

Audit an Online Course

Many of St. Kate’s courses will be offered online this fall due to the pandemic. Alumni near and far, this is your chance to audit an online course.
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St. Kate's Reads, Virtual

November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Daybreak Woman: An Anglo-Dakota Life by Jane Carroll, History, International Studies and Women’s Studies, Sister Mona Riley Endowed Chair in the Humanities. Read the book in advance of the online program and join the discussion. More information about the book HERE.
RSVP online today!

Join the St. Kate's community — alumni, students, faculty, staff, and neighbors — throughout the year in book discussions and celebrations at St. Kate’s and St. Kate’s-sponsored events. 


Give Back

Make a Prayer Request

Submit an intention through Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
CSJ prayer request form

Recruit a Katie!

Inspire people in your life to experience a St. Kate's education! St. Catherine graduates can present prospective students with a referral scholarship, or DupliKate and TripliKate Scholarships.
View scholarship details

Use the Katie Business Directory

Support Katie businesses during this difficult time—and add or update your own business.
Katie Business Directory

Support Katies During the Pandemic

In the current environment, many students have experienced job loss and furloughs, which has created a critical scholarship need to fill their financial gap. A gift to the Katie Fund, the emergency fund that addresses the University's most pressing needs, will assist our students in advancing their education and staying on schedule to graduate.
Give today


Focus on Your Career

Finding a Workplace that Aligns with your Values

Wednesday, August 26, noon central

In this panel discussion, St. Kate's Career and Human Resources professionals will share practical advice on how to find a workplace that matches individuals' values, recommendations and resources for individuals to explore their values, and outline tips for interviewees to ask in order to determine workplace alignment. Panelists include  May Thao-Schuck, VP of Career and Professional Development; Violeta Lara, Career Counselor; and Denise Silva, Senior HR Representative from the Office of Human Resources, Equity, and Inclusion.

RSVP online today! Find a workplace that aligns with your values!

Social Media and Managing Your Online Presence

Social media is an integral part of our society, and job seekers and working professionals alike are often left wondering about the best way to present themselves online to achieve their goals. Join May Thao-Schuck, VP of Career and Professional Development and Jennifer Radke, CEO at The National Institute for Social Media for a discussion about the best practices and advice for managing your online presence. Key Topics will include: setting goals for your online presence, choosing social media tools right for you and understanding how to put your best foot forward and connect with the right people.
Archived recording coming soon.

Great Recession Grads: An Online Conversation

COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of life, including careers and job searching. Join us for a conversation with four St. Kate’s alumni who graduated in the midst of The Great Recession, 2007-2008. Watch the archived recording to hear from alumni who've experienced graduating during a recession

Stand Out in this Job Market: Tips from HR Experts

Whether in the process or just beginning your search for a new position, what do you need to know about resumes, cover letters, the recruiting process, and best practices to stand out in this market? May Thao-Schuck, VP of Career and Professional Development, will host a panel discussion with HR experts in various industries.
Watch the archived recording on navigating today's job market

Request Career Resources

What career resources would you like to see? In the coming weeks, we will share career resources and topics with alumni in attempt to support our Katie community as best we can during this time.

Fill out our career resources interest form


Feel Good

Personal Training & Health Coaching

Join Alumna Chloe Shovein ('13), Personal Training & Health Coach, for an alum-only coaching series! Coach Chloe empowers women to feel confident without shame, impossible meal plans, or ridiculous hours in the gym. Wednesdays from 5:30-6:15p.m.
July 15, 22, 29 and August 5
Register online today!

Eating Healthy While Working from Home: An Online Conversation with Christine Palumbo '75

Registered Dietician Nutritionist, MBA, RDN, FAND
Whether you’re working from home or simply spending more time there due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the struggle to maintain a healthful diet is real. Join registered dietitian nutritionist Christine Palumbo,  class of 1975 and 2012 Alumna Award recipient, for this 30-minute online discussion.
Watch the archived recording of Eating Healthy While Working from Home

Workout You Can Do at Home Without Gym Equipment

No fancy equipment necessary for this workout. Doctor of Physical Therapy student and fitness instructor, Kristen Schultz DPT'22, shares a home workout you can do at home. LINK for workout. Enjoy!

Have a Virtual 1:1 with Alumni Relations

We'd love to get to know you more and meet with you virtually! Sign up to participate in a remote "meeting" with the Alumni Relations team.
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St. Kate's Alumni Feel Good Playlist

Enjoy a Spotify playlist full of songs suggested by your friends in the St. Kate's community!

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