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The future is Katies

Women currently represent more than half of the educated U.S. workforce. They remain underrepresented in many fields and in executive roles, occupying only 25% of seats in the C-suite.

St. Kate's will change this with our largest ever Comprehensive Campaign

Our Campaign Priorities

We are focused on providing our students––42 percent of whom are BIPOC women––with state-of-the-art facilities, an education grounded in social justice, and real opportunities for leading a future that centers all people.

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We are committed to preparing future women leaders. Donations will help to expand financial aid and increase accessibility, support the creation of the Office of Scholarly Engagement, and help build a pathway to success that reaches beyond St. Kate’s.

Priorities faculty

Our faculty comprises brilliant, experienced, and dedicated thought leaders who are determined to position St. Kate’s as an innovative and prestigious institution.

Donations will support a robust mentoring program for new faculty, foster community partnerships, and create a Center for Innovation and Inclusive Excellence.

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Our ability to spontaneously access funds for supporting students in need supports greater retention. Donations made to the Katie Fund allow us to give directly to the areas with the greatest need, ease the burden of unforeseen expenses, and seize opportunities for improvement.

priorities chapel

Admired for its beauty and history, the St. Catherine University campus is the backdrop for a changing future.  Funds will support the restoration and update our cherished Our Lady of Victory Chapel, and ensure it remains strong for generations of Katies to come.

priorities science

Renovating the Historic Mendel Building to Diversify the Future of STEM. We are on a mission to change the face of STEM leadership—to better reflect the diversity of our country and our world. Funds will help us create modern and well-equipped science and technology spaces for the Future of STEM.

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Insights on our impact
Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor in Financial Services
<p><strong>Mary Hurrle Bennett was the first in her family to graduate from college, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing at St. Catherine University in 1978. </strong>After launching her career as a nurse, Bennett felt her education journey was not yet over, so she returned to school at the University of St. Thomas to obtain her MBA in 1986.&nbsp; Just as she forged a new path as a first-generation college student, Bennett pursued a unique application of her healthcare and business training by bringing her skills to work as a financial planner. Over the past several decades, Bennett has risen in her field to the rank of Senior Vice President and Wealth Advisor at a global wealth management firm where she has worked for over ten years. In her work, she serves healthcare professionals, private individuals, small business owners, senior executives, and her own employees. Her knowledge, animated by sincere understanding and service-oriented leadership, dedicates her to her colleagues, clients, and friends.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Throughout her career, Bennett has centered her decisions around service. To her, those choices were simple: “I believe each person should make life choices based on their priorities. Education improves the individual and individuals can improve the world. A life as a nurse and a financial planner are focused on service.” Bennett’s life-changing education experience motivates her to seek out opportunities to improve access to education for current and future Katies. Bennett found her voice through her education, and she continues to write her own story by influencing the future of her alma mater. “Legacy is important to me. None of us are promised tomorrow. Including St. Kate’s in my estate plan is a decision consistent with my priorities.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Bennett’s values align with the Our Students priority of St. Kate’s <strong><em>LEAD &amp; INFLUENCE: The Campaign for the Next Level of Excellence</em></strong>. Championing students like Bennett is integral to St. Kate’s future. This campaign promises an expansion of need-based financial aid; the development of the Office of Scholarly Engagement to improve access to fellowships, research, and community partnerships; and enhancement of the Career Development Center to strengthen the alumni professional network and increase paid internships. The trajectory of Bennett’s life and career demonstrates the power of a St. Kate’s education, and the ongoing task of this University is to evolve and expand our offerings to support our incredible Katies.</p> <p>“My life changed forever due to my time at St. Catherine University -- I often describe my decision to attend St. Kate’s as the best decision I ever made. I was a first-generation college student and chose a career path foreign to my parents. It required working two jobs and acquiring some scholarship assistance to fund my education. Campus life provided me an opportunity to live with students who had a dramatically different upbringing than I did. Title IX was beginning to make an impact on opportunities for women. I saw a world of opportunity and I developed the self-esteem to be able to make a difference.” Bennett’s educational and professional journey is a living testament to the mission of St. Kate’s, and Katies like her deserve our absolute commitment to equity, accessibility, and empowerment.</p> <p>Bennett’s generosity to the campaign comes easily to her as the next step in a long career of applying all available resources to serve those people whose lives intersect with her own. As a highly qualified financial advisor, Bennett spends every day helping people make big decisions about their money and their legacy. As we enter the second-to-last year of the campaign, Bennett offers a final word of advice: <strong>“Be intentional with your choices. Every decision can make a difference.”</strong></p>

Lead Gifts

Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
Better Way Foundation
Robert and Gail Buuck
Katie Buuck Fratzke '17
GHR Foundation
James J. Hill Foundation
Joan Kelly '46†
Mary Sands Landis '51†
Lilly Endowment Inc.
Manitou Fund
Agnes H. Moon †
Joanne Jirik Mullen '83 and
Brian Mullen
Teresa Rolling Radzinski '86
Lois '63 and John Rogers
ReBecca Koenig Roloff '76 and
Mark Roloff MAT'88
Jean Mcllquham Stalcup '72†
Judi Druke Teske '66
Brenda Grandstrand Woodson '80